When deciding to eat a vegan diet, it may be hard to imagine you can do it on a strict budget. It can be done, though, with careful planning. With dedication and clipping coupons and store flyers, you can have a good game plan and learn the ins and outs of shopping on a budget, even for vegan foods.
Many stores have “buy one get one free” deals on peanut butter. It is not uncommon to find a coupon to use in addition to the store offer. Peanut butter is the staple of many vegan’s diets, especially those on a budget.
— Vegan Future (@veganfuture) May 6, 2016
Vegetables should make up about 60 percent of not only a vegan or vegetarian’s diet but all diets. The vegetables are better consumed free, but if money is an issue, you can buy frozen or canned to save money. Canned fruit generally should be avoided as it’s loaded with sugar or heavy syrup. This process adds calories and more sugar. It is better if at all possible, to avoid canned fruit.
Say No To Soda
— Eat This, Not That! (@EatThisNotThat) May 27, 2016
No one needs to drink soda, not even diet soda. In fact, if trying to lose weight or watch your diet, it might even hurt you weight loss attempts. Water will help hydrate your body and keep you feeling wide-eyed. It will also help you feel full so you will eat much less. Everyone should aim to drink about half their body weight in ounces per day. The average person weighs about 150 pounds, so they should drink about 80 or so ounces of water per day.
Pass The Beans, Please
— Ruby_Redsky (@ruby_redsky) May 20, 2016
Beans have so much protein and provide healthy carbohydrates. There are so many different types of beans, with a huge variety of taste. You can add potatoes, and it will make a complete meal. A good way to prepare beans are to add tomatoes and onions. It is full of flavor without being spicy or overpowering.
Many people avoid vegan diets because they think they don’t have the money to eat healthy foods. Eating a balanced diet can be done even on a strict budget. Granted, it can be much more challenging, but it isn’t totally out of the question, You just have to get creative.
Jillian Michaels once said that if something is important to you, you will make time for it. If it isn’t important, you will constantly make excuses why you can’t meet that goal. This rings true for the vegan lifestyle. Make time for it. Learn the ropes of bargain shopping. In the end, you will feel elated that not only did you take steps to eat more healthy, but you learned how to be a thrifty shopper. It’s a win-win scenario.
There is no reason avoid a vegan diet because of finances. So many people use the excuse I cannot afford it, so they keep shoveling junk foods. You can afford it if you omit all the fancy vegan substitution foods. Just eat real foods, fruits, vegetable, and nuts. You might be surprised how much less you spend when you stop buying milk, cheese, and meats.
Vegan readers, how did you get started eating meat free? Did you dive right in it, or ease in little by little? Do you eat any substitution foods like black bean burgers [Bocaburgers] or the imitation cheese?
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