Many people are raised by society to enjoy animal-based products. Whether it is cheese, beef, chicken, or eggs, we as a society eat a lot of it. However, for those who want to go from meat-eater to vegan, how do they go about in doing so?
Many people don’t have a wide knowledge of nutrition, and many simply eliminate animal products without replacing them, leaving them nutrient deficient. When you take meat out of your diet, you need to replace it with a higher protein plant-based alternative.
A simple way you can do this is by buying processed vegan faux meats from the grocery store. Many brands such as Boca veggie patties and Gardein, have high amounts of protein that are similar to the amount found in animal-based products, such as hamburgers.
However, if you want to go down the more whole foods route, it is great to try using foods like: beans, lentils, tempeh, peas, spinach, quinoa, chickpeas for most meals…… With beans and lentils, you can make your own veggie patties, falafel, curries, and chilis, all having at least 9 grams of protein per half cup. Tofu is also a good replacement, and tastes great in soups and stews.
Nuts and seeds are a fantastic way of getting a lot of protein in a small amount of food, and are often full of healthy fats as well. Mixing granola or raisins with various nuts and seeds can create a great trail mix, which is perfect for snacking.
It’s not hard to be a vegan, but you have to come at it intelligently. You can’t just eliminate a whole food group without replacing the vitamins and minerals. So switch out a hamburger for a veggie burger or tofu and you’re good to go!