So, What do Vegans Eat? There are many ways to answer this question.
I could tease your palate with an array of delicious, delectable, sinfully scrumptious dishes.
Yet, I prefer to start with the basics, so the healthy lifestyle you're working hard to construct rests on a solid foundation.
The vegan food pyramid is a major part of that foundation; it emphasizes the importance of balance.
The pyramid serves as a nutritional guide to assure the adequate consumption of vital nutrients.
Learning the different food groups, their components, and where they may overlap or intersect, makes balancing your diet a much simpler task.
Many people assume just incorporating more fruits & vegetables, removing meat, and cutting dairy from their nutritional regimes is enough.
So while the idea of eating healthier is quite sexy, there's a science to it
Once you've mastered the science behind the question "what do vegans eat", there is still much more to discover. The do's and don'ts, finding recipes that fit your taste, & deciding where to shop are all a part of the journey.
One thing you will notice is that there are infinite possibilities. There is more than one road to veganism, and creating your own unique path will ensure your success.
Know your options.
Years ago, restaurants and supermarkets failed to meet the needs of vegan patrons. Options were extremely limited, but now that's all changing!
There are more options available to vegans today than most believe.
People have a tendency to assume that eliminating meat considerably reduces the menu, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The vegan diet is incredibly diverse.
Unlocking these possibilities does require some education.
Like everything unfamiliar to you, you have to learn the ropes.
Usually, regular trips to the health food store, the proper literary guides (cookbooks), and interacting with people in the vegan community will steer you in the right direction.
The transition will not happen overnight; and does entail some hard work on your part. It's definitely worth it!
Vegan recipes are relatively easy to find; and I’m certain you’ll find countless culinary gems!
If convenience is what you seek, a plethora of choices await you too!
Time consuming recipes don’t fit your busy schedule? There are numerous frozen, canned, or dehydrated foods lining the shelves of your local market.
The “Vegan Explosion”, as I call it, has encouraged grocers to provide more products to cater to followers of this lifestyle.
No longer are vegans restricted to specialty stores; we’re mainstream now!
What do vegans eat on the go?
Even the major fast food chains are making their menus more vegan-friendly.
While many ethnic restaurants (Chinese, Italian, Indian, etc.) already provide plenty of options for vegan diners, establishments like Boston Market and Taco Bell are now getting on board.
Learn more about eating out here.
What do vegans eat for breakfast? Well, this vegan loves Granola (My fav: organic banana granola) w. Almond Milk and fresh fruit. Yum!
You can never go wrong with a smoothie either! Just try blending some of your favorite fruits (& veggies too). I'm partial to a banana, mango, pineapple, coconut, chia seed combo.
Are traditional hot breakfasts more your style? There's something for you too! Go for some Tofurky sausage and vegan pancakes. Check your local grocer's freezer for more suggestions.
There's nothing like lunch with the girls! Usually, when I play hostess for our gatherings, I make my famous Cranberry-Citrus Spinach Salad. It sounds fancy, but it's really quite simple. Just top a bed of spinach with some sliced red onions, black olives, dried cranberries, and mandarin oranges. Drizzle a little raspberry vinaigrette over the finished product for some extra flavor. Easy, right?
Need something heartier? Don't worry; I got you covered! What do vegans eat when they're out and about? Whenever I'm in the city, I visit my favorite Falafel stand. If you're calorie counting, you may not want to indulge in this dish because it is deep-fried. However, it is full of vegetables and on whole wheat pita. That has to count for something!
Delightful Dinner Ideas
In a rush to get dinner on the table? Reach in the freezer for those veggie burgers. Partner it with some fresh veggies, or fries (it's ok), and voila! Dinner is served.
Preparing for date night? What better way to dine with your honey, then over a delicious plate of pasta with marinara sauce....It's so Lady & the Tramp! Now that's romantic. Add some candles and soft music, and you have the perfect evening.