Living that epic vegan life, but feeling a little stagnant in what you eat? Don’t worry, you can be vegan and still enjoy a rich selection of meals and snacks that stop those meaty daydreams in their tracks. Here are five tips for ensuring you get the variety you need as a vegan:
Squeeze Those Almond Udders
You’ve given up the dairy milk, leaving you without all the creamy treats you’re used to. Soya milk and plasticky vegan cheese are okay, but realistically, you’re kind of bored.
Now is the time to venture out and expand your vegan portfolio. There are all kinds of vegan dairy replacements out there for you to get stuck into. You’ve got almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, and even pistachio milk! There’s also a world of cheeses. Make it a fun adventure to try a new one each week until you discover the rich, creamy goodness you’ve been craving.
Push Your Cooking Abilities
When you’re vegan, you can quickly become a convenience king or queen, eating all the ready meals. However, vegan cooking can be just as convenient (and far healthier) once you get used to it.
There are numerous vegan recipes available online for salad dressings, dips, dehydrated treats, stews, soups, breads, cakes, cookies, raw bars, milks, meats, cheeses, sauces, and more to create. Sure, some of your early cooking experiments are likely to fail. However, some will be so fantastic to find yourself craving your own cooking every day; and that’s one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Also you can take the help of vegan meal delivery services.
Rotate Your Favorites When Grocery Shopping
The average person spends 41 minutes doing their grocery shop. A lot of us also have the same old list we use every week, and while there’s nothing wrong with this convenient way of shopping, it can mean you’re not getting much variety in terms of flavor or nutrition.
For the benefit of your health, and your meals, it’s worth rotating your favorites every week. Stock up on bananas this week, but have grapes in the fruit bowl next week. Try rocket as your salad base this week, spinach next week. You get the idea.
Going vegan in this world is easier than ever, with 79 million or more people identifying as vegan in the world. However, it is still a brave move in a predominantly omnivorous world. That bravery, though, is what took you from your comfort zone and had you trying all kinds of new textures, flavors, and restaurants in order to adapt.
In order to add more variety to your vegan life, you need to be brave again. Be curious about where, how, and what you eat, and you’ll be rewarded with new experiences and a richer selection of vegan foods and environments to enjoy.
Get Stuck Into Social Media
One of the best ways to enjoy more variety as a vegan is by getting to know other vegans. You can do this by attending potluck events or dinner parties hosted by vegans you know. At the very least, chatting to other vegans online is a great way to add variety to your meals.
Vegans are more likely to be within a younger age bracket, and 88 percent of Americans age 18-29 use social media, so there are a lot of vegan voices on the internet. You can take inspiration from their posts, and ask questions to help improve your meal variety.
As they say, ‘variety is the spice of life,’ and it’s all for the taking with your vegan diet – you just have to get stuck in!