Tips for Meatless Eating

January 5, 2012 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Even though I might be struggling without cheese, I am still the person who has the most knowledge about a vegan diet out of the 4 of us. Not wanting anyone to fail, I sent along some things to remember during our month of veganism. Even as a vegan, you should be getting enough protein and feel full after meals. You should eat tons of veggies, not just vegan junk food. And it is okay to treat yourself every once in a while! Here were my initial tips:

1. Find good dairy replacements. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my personal favorite for cereal or oatmeal in the morning. So Delicious also makes a coconut milk creamer that is a much better option for coffee (non-dairy milk tends to coagulate and get kinda funky…) For butter, Earth Balance and Smart Balance Light are both vegan. There are vegan options for other things (yogurt, cheese, mayo) but these tend to be pricey. However, there are the alternatives out there if you are really getting a milk craving!
2. You can still eat dessert! There are plenty of packaged vegan goodies out there, or you can choose healthier options like all-fruit frozen bars, or even whole, dried or baked fruits.
3. Get enough protein. Even as a vegan, you want to be satisfied by your meals. There are plenty of great non-tofu protein options – beans, nuts, seeds, etc. Have a bit of protein at every meal or snack to stay satisfied throughout the day. Stir in a bit of peanut butter to your morning oatmeal, top your lunch salad or pasta with beans or add hummus to your sandwich, pack 10-20 almonds (a normal serving size) with your apple for a snack, and make sure your dinner entree has some form of protein. Quinoa is an excellent dinner grain that doubles as a protein. My favorite high protein dinner is quinoa, black beans, corn, edamame, red onions and lime juice.
4. Check labels. Most packaged goods list allergens, and milk and eggs are commonly listed allergens. A quick scan of the bottom line of the ingredients list is often helpful to determine if something is vegan or not.
5. Have fun and focus on all of the things you can eat! There is a whole world of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, and grains to be explored. Focus on all of the fantastic things you can and have eaten in a day, rather than obsessing over the things you have given up.

Question: Do you have any advice to add to that list?

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  • 1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  January 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

    These are great tips. I don’t plan on using them, but I’ll pass them on. I think a lot of people would be interested. There’s a lot to think about ahead of time it seems.


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