Going Vegan On A Budget

budget vegan meal plan

What do you think about the recent hype concerning plant-based meat burgers? I think its ridiculous. A waste of money.

The science of transforming plants, like legumes and grains, into a product that tastes like meat is in its infancy.

Also, the problem is that Impossible Burgers and Awesome Burgers are designed to taste like meat. They aren’t healthy.

Plant-based burgers sold in fast-food restaurants are high is fat and saturated fats. Sometimes as much as 25% more than the daily recommended requirement.

They are high in sodium too. And, if you’re a vegan, you have no idea if that plant-based burger is being fried with lard or prepared with any animal-based products.

Becoming a Vegan Should be a Lifestyle Adjustment, Not a Fashion

Why am I talking about fast-food plant-based burgers in an article about helping you design a budget vegan meal plan? Well, it relates to the myth that it’s expensive to be a vegan.

If you buy pre-prepared vegan products or meals, then yes, be prepared to pay a whole lot of money.

Being a vegan is about changing your dietary lifestyle completely, being healthier, and being keenly aware of your food sources. Vegans don’t eat animals or food that comes from animals.

Vegetarians won’t eat beef or chicken, but might consume milk, cheese, and eggs. It’s also time consuming to become a vegan, but not expensive.

However, you must commit to buying raw plant-based food, preparing, and cooking it yourself every day. It’s cheaper and healthier to buy dry beans than canned beans.

Still, you must soak dry beans for a half a day before cooking them.

Vegans can’t eat meat, but there many kinds of plant-based proteins, like avocados, quinoa, or soy, that are filling and healthy.

There is no debate that plant-based foods are cheaper. You must learn what to buy and how to cook them. So, here are tips to develop your own budget vegan meal plan.

Veganism on a Budget

Here are some basic tips to get you started:

Stock Up on Staples

You can tailor veganism to fit into your life in an affordable manner. Instead of stocking up on beef, pork, or chicken, you’ll adjust to stocking up on plant-based staples.

No one with a straight face can say that pound-for-pound, fruit, vegetables, and plants are more expensive than protein.

So, you’ll buy lots of pasta, oatmeal, granola, rice, seeds, dry beans, legumes, dried fruit, hummus, flours, grains, and plant-derived cooking oils.

Compare prices by weight when shopping and buy in bulk. Always buy generic over brand name.

Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies When Affordable

Frozen fruits and veggies retain more of their nutrients when frozen and keep longer.

Or, stock up on as much fruit and veggies as you can and freeze them. These are great ingredients for smoothies.

Compare Store Prices

Visit several groceries, supermarkets, online vegan stores, and farmer markets and compare prices. Always build your grocery lists through this kind of comparison shopping. Collect daily and weekly circulars.

Look for customer appreciation day promotions where you can score 15%, or higher discounts. Always keep an eye out for marked down produce which can score you 50% discounts or more.

You’ll Save Thousands

You can save over $3,000 annually by switching to a vegan diet. It takes discipline. Also, it can be delicious.

There are numerous vegan recipes, dinner prep plans, and recipes for beginners online.

Being a vegan means having the discipline to make time to cook your staples.

It’s either that or going to the local burger joint for an Impossible Burger every day.

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