26 Feb How to Eat Vegan On A Budget
A plant based and vegan diet is considered to be one of the healthiest ways to eat. Different studies have stated it can help lower your risk for Type 2 Diabetes, lower your chances for cancer and prevent heart disease. When you consider all of the resources that are needed to raise animals as food, veganism proves to be a great solution for the planet.
One of the main reasons many people don’t try to go vegan is they fear they can’t afford it. While fresh fruits and veggies can cost more than $1 hot dogs, you’re investing into your health long term. With that being said, most people can’t afford to triple their grocery bill so we’re going to provide different tips to make veganism affordable for you.
1) Freeze Your Greens and Fruits
Ideally we’d live in a world where we could consume the freshest produce every day. Buying fresh is great- but if you can’t use your produce in time, freeze it! Frozen greens are a great addition to your smoothies. If you’re trying to eat vegan on a budget, it’s okay to buy frozen fruits and veggies and splurge on one or two things you love to buy fresh. Do some research on the grocery stores near you so you get the biggest bang for your dollar. You’ll be surprised when you compare different grocery shop prices, buying fresh can be more inexpensive than you think.
2) Spice it Up
Getting bored of the same foods may make you feel like indulging on In N Out. Before you cave, try using different spices on your food. Turmeric, cumin, Himalayan salt, black pepper and garlic are all delicious and inexpensive. Add a little nutmeg to your tomato sauce and cinnamon to your almond butter toast- it’ll trick your brain into satisfying your sweet tooth.
3) Buy in Bulk
Stock up on chickpeas, oats, black beans, lentils, starches like whole wheat pasta, quinoa and nuts in bulk. You’re sure to save cash and don’t have to worry about these foods going bad. A wholesale membership at places like Costco can go a long way when you’re buying in bulk and the membership fees often pay for themselves.
If you have the time for it, make ingredients yourself! Plant milks, nut butters, sauces and hummus can all be made at home for a smaller price tag. You’ll be able to control exactly what goes into your food and be able to customize everything specifically to your taste buds liking.
5) Skip the “Vegan” Alternatives
The myth of vegan food being extremely expensive often comes from vegan alternatives. Prepared veggie burgers and Daiya cheese can put a dent on your wallet when your budgeting. Thankfully, you don’t need alternatives for everything. Choose a couple areas you want to splurge and stick to whole foods like fruits, veggies and grains to nourish your body.
6) Buy in Season
Eating seasonally means eating foods that are grown at the same time of the year as you eat them. Purchasing in-season fruits and vegetables is much cheaper because the food is at the peak of its season. Buying in-season not only saves money and is less expensive, but it’s a great way to support local sustainable farmers.
7) Meal Prep
Vegan or not- if you don’t meal prep, you’re bound to spend more money. It’s easier to justify buying lunch out again when you don’t have food that’s ready to eat. There are hundreds of one-pot vegan meals you can make- they’re easy too! By stocking up on staples, you’ll be able to have lunch prepared and throw together a meal anytime you need during the week. Many chefs discovered their love for cooking once they became vegan. You can experiment with so many different variations of sauces, dips and combinations to find your favorite go-to vegan meals.