Sometimes we just have to be honest with ourselves, and we’re slowly killing our planet. With climate change and dwindling resources threatening our survival (sorry, guys) it’s now more important than ever that we all make steps towards helping the Earth and the environment. One increasing trend and way of life is to become vegan. Whether you’re already vegetarian or a carnivore through-and-through making the steps to become vegan can be tough – but not if you know where to start. Stocking your cupboards with the right foods to keep you going is the first step to saving the animals.
For many people, not being able to drink milk is a big deal breaker in the debate of vegan vs. carnivore. (But what will I put in my daily coffee? Am I just supposed to have dry cereal?) Luckily, the vegan community has a plethora of options for you to get your mix. Believe it or not, cows and other animals aren’t the only things on the planet that can produce milk! There are numerous forms of milk that are suitable for vegans, including Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Soy Milk. There are also numerous high-quality brands that are now expanding their range of vegan milk and have introduced brand new flavors to make them extra yummy.
There’s a debate in the world of veganism surrounding honey. Many vegans refuse to eat honey because it is an animal by-product. However, other vegans will allow themselves honey because it is a naturally occurring animal product, and hasn’t harmed or exploited the bees in order for us to have it. The choice is yours. Nevertheless, there is an alternative if you don’t wish to eat honey. Agave Nectar is a natural juice or syrup that is extracted from the agave plant (coincidentally, that’s the same plant we get tequila from. We have a newfound respect for that plant) and tastes even sweeter than normal honey – but has lower sugar content and higher fructose content which is great for your health! Agave Nectar can be used as sugar or sweetener, or in place of honey on your morning toast.
Okay, we’re going to be completely honest – Jackfruit really doesn’t smell very nice. But that’s where the negatives end because it tastes delicious and is the perfect alternative to meat. Jackfruit is incredibly versatile and can be chopped, shredded or used on its own as an alternative to tuna, pulled pork, crab cakes and more. The fruit comes in the form of a huge spiky ball and can be daunting to some people – but chopping it all up is so worth it when you try out your epic Jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ BBQ burgers.
Flaxseed is the ultimate superfood for vegans! Flaxseed can be bought in seed form, in flaxseed meal, flax oil or even as ground flaxseed and can be used in so many ways. This food is full of omega-3, fiber protein and has even been proven to lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Flaxseed is best used as a substitute when you’re baking, so you don’t have to miss out on yummy muffins or pancakes.
When you’re transitioning into the world of veganism, it can be hard to find foods to bulk up your meals, so they actually fill you up. Want to know a secret? Quinoa is perfect for that. Quinoa is very similar to couscous (the food so nice they named it twice) but is made from a flowering plant, so it is totally natural. Quinoa is high in everything you need to keep yourself healthy – including protein, amino-acids, calcium, potassium, magnesium and more.
Who said being a vegan is hard? With all of these different foodstuffs that haven’t come from animals, but are found naturally, it is possible to have a healthy, balanced and fulfilling diet without subjecting any animals to cruelty. You just need to know where to look!