How to go Vegan in 2020 (The Ultimate Beginner Guide)

Have you ever thought about going vegan, but then decided it was too expensive or difficult? Well, you are not alone. This journey can seem hard to navigate when you feel you have no direction, or friends and family to support you.

Enter Broke Bank Vegan.

We hear you, and we felt the same at the beginning of our vegan journey. It can be overwhelming to switch your whole way of eating around, but through this ultimate vegan beginner guide, we’re going to show you how to go vegan in 2020.

Vegan vs Vegetarian vs Plant-Based

Okay, let us clarify these terms because there are way too many definitions out there.

Vegetables On A Table

Vegetarian

There are literally so many different types of vegetarians that it’s hard to keep up. But, on the whole they don’t eat meat. No shit, hey?

But vegetarians still eat things like eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. Giving these foods up is why people think vegans are absolutely insane.

What sane person gives up cheese? We’ll get to that. Hint: it’s us.

Plant-Based

Here’s where it gets a little interesting. Plant-based is that trendy hashtag you always see, but you aren’t sure if it’s actually hyphenated or all one word.

Yeah, neither are we.

But, people who are plant-based do not include any animal products in their diet. Emphasis on just the diet here. So, no meat, fish (isn’t fish meat?), eggs, dairy, or honey.

Vegan

Veganism takes this all a step further to include no animal products at all. We don’t even drink water because that’s a fish’s house.

Just kidding. That’s called sarcasm.

What it actually means is no exploitation of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.

So, you can see why this ultimate guide will come in handy for you.

Yes, you. We’re talking to you.

How to go Vegan for Cheap

Plants Growing Out of Money

Now that you have an idea of what it means to be vegan, how do you do it without going broke? As we’re sure you’ve heard a million times. Veganism. Is. Expensive.

Wrong!

This guide will show you how to eat vegan for cheap without eating like a peasant. Look, it’s literally in our name. We got you.

1. Beans! Also, Legumes?

Beans in the Hand

We know, we know. They make you fart like crazy. But, they are tasty and cheap as hell. Plus, they provide you with protein, fiber, and tons of minerals and vitamins like iron.

But wait, what is a legume? We had to look this up too.

We don’t even think Google knows:

“A long seedpod of a leguminous plant”

Oxford Dictionary

Told you.

Basically, just eat things like peas, black beans, chickpeas and lentils and you should be good.

Pro tip: you don’t fart near as much if you buy dry beans in bulk and cook them with a pressure cooker. They’re also cheaper and taste better than canned beans.

2. Put On Your Chef Hat

Now is the time to stop using Skip The Dishes and bring out your pans from storage because saving money is more fun. Especially when you realize cooking is not that hard by following our cheap, simple, plant-based recipes.

Check out some of our favourite, simple AF recipes. Even your kids could make them. Well, probably only some of your kids.

3. Shop At Discount Stores

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We’re talking dollar stores. These places are gold mines for pantry items like sauces, dressings, nut butters and other things you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on at specialty stores.

Yeah, Whole Foods. We’re talking about you. We’re not saying you can’t find cheap foods here, but most of the time you’ll be more successful elsewhere.

We have an ultimate grocery store showdown coming soon, which compares prices at some of the major chains. You’ll never guess what we found.

4. Check The Clearance Shelves

You know those carts that always have 30% or 50% off produce items that are almost going bad? Stop passing by them. You’re not above that.

You can find some really good deals on foods that might be just a little bit bruised or close to expiration. Scoop those up, throw em’ in a smoothie or the freezer. You’ll never know the difference.

5. Buy Produce That’s In Season. Save Money.

Mixed Berries Closeup

Sorry, but if you live in the northern hemisphere and you want dragon fruit year round, you may as well re-mortgage your house.

You can check what fruits are in season in Canada and USA and stick to buying those. When more expensive items like berries are in season during the summer months, bulk buy and freeze them to have on-hand in the winter months.

6. Grow Your Food

Parsley

We know, not all of us have the greenest thumbs. But where there is a will, there is a way people. We believe in you.

Try starting with some herbs. At grocery stores, these are the most expensive items by weight and often go to waste! You can get some starter herbs at a nursery for a couple bucks, and if you don’t suck at growing them, they will always taste better.

But, maybe that’s just the taste of saving money.

7. DIY Unless It’s Cheaper To Buy

Almond Milk in a Bowl

You may be thinking you’ll have to make everything from scratch in order to save money. But, there are a couple of things to think about when deciding to DIY or buy.

The first is money (obviously), and the second is time spent making it. We’re not just trying to save you money. We’re trying to help you become more efficient.

Maybe making everything from scratch takes up too much time to allow you to actually put together your meals for the week. Then, you end up spending more money buying lunches anyways. Not very efficient.

Don’t waste your time unnecessarily. It’s valuable.

Here is a list of DIY foods we’ve found to actually be cheaper, and also hit that sweet spot of time versus money.

8. Don’t Be a Brand Snob

Kirkland is the bomb. If you don’t know it by now, you’re not cut out for this life. But seriously, grocery stores don’t make crappy no-name brands. They are basically the same thing, usually made by the same companies, but with much worse labels.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Don’t judge a can by it’s label? Please, be smarter than the can.

9. K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

You don’t have to be Gordon Ramsey to cook vegan. That’s the beauty of this lifestyle. You’ll learn to appreciate simple flavours and get better as time goes on.

How hard is it to throw some veggies in the oven, turn on the rice cooker, and shake a couple spices on top? If you’re used to processed and packaged foods, it’ll take some time for you get used to the feeling of health in your mouth. But, believe it or not, your taste buds will adjust.

10. Don’t consume prepared drinks other than water

Starbucks Coffees

We think this one is pretty obvious, vegan or not. You will save a considerable amount of money by investing in a water bottle and a coffee mug to make your own coffee or tea.

Here is some quick math for all you Starbucks-addicts out there. A Grande black coffee costs $2.10. That’s $63 plus tax per month.

So, if you’re out there thinking a vegan diet is expensive while you’re buying caramel macchiatos, shape up. Shape up.

Same goes for all you juice, soda, and energy drink consumers. We see you.

11. If you don’t follow a gluten-free diet, do not buy gluten-free food

Loaf of Bread

Holy, is the gluten-free market ever grossly overpriced now. Do you want to know who should eat strictly gluten-free?

Less than 1% of the population.

Gluten is perfectly okay to eat for the large majority of people, and just because you are going vegan doesn’t mean you need to give it up.

Of course, if you really have an inkling to try a hot new gluten-free treat, be our guest. But just know that your wallet might be hurting by the end of the month.

12. Limit The Use Of Vegan Substitutes

While it may seem fun to try all of the fake meat burgers and ice creams, they are by far the most expensive items in the store. Why not try making your own veggie burgers or nice cream for less than half the price? Plus, you’ll skip all those nasty additive and filler ingredients.

Those products are great to treat yourself with every once in a while, but definitely not the way to go if you are trying to stick to a budget.

Where To Find Cheap Vegan Groceries & What To Buy

Grocery Store

As the years go on, vegan foods are becoming easier and easier to find at mainstream grocery stores. Actually, let’s be real. There has always been vegan food literally everywhere. It’s called fruits and vegetables.

What we mean is that there are more vegan alternatives like fake meats and milks, which make the transition to veganism easier. So, which stores should you be shopping at?

And what should you even be buying?

We know lists are simple, and we know that’s what you want. So we’ll give you what you want.

Best Grocery Stores For Vegans

  • Costco is the best for cheap produce, grains, nuts, seeds, dairy-free milk, and random specialty items that come larger than you can buy anywhere else (we’re talking Boom Chicka Pop, plant-based yogurts and cheeses).
  • Superstore always has deals on produce (and they price match). It’s also a cheap spot for pasta and beans.
  • Bulk food stores have just about any pantry item, including spices, coffees and teas you could ever need. Just keep in mind they aren’t always cheaper than the above two.
  • Farmers Markets are the best place for finding in-season produce at the lowest prices. You don’t even need to know what’s in-season because it’s all locally grown.
  • Amazon has some good deals on pantry items as well, especially for all you lazy couch potatoes out there.

Cheapest Plant-Based Grocery List Items

Beans and Legumes:

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Hummus
  • Lentils (red, brown, green)
  • Split peas
  • Pinto beans
  • Navy beans
  • Kidney beans (red, white)
  • Chili beans
  • Tofu
  • Miso paste

Vegetables (Buy Frozen When Possible):

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce (romaine, green)
  • Beets
  • Corn
  • Green peas
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions (red, white, green)
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers (green are the cheapest)
  • Zucchini
  • Squash (spaghetti, butternut, kabocha)
  • Potatoes (sweet, regular)

Fruits:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Frozen mixed berries
  • Melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon)
  • Lemons
  • Limes

Grains:

  • Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Couscous (the food so nice, they named it twice)
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Breads
  • Popcorn

Nuts and Seeds (All of These Are Typically Under $1/100g):

  • Peanuts & peanut butter
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Almonds
  • Sesame seeds & tahini

Milks

  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Oat milk

Other Pantry Items:

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Maple syrup or Agave
  • Cocoa powder
  • Bragg liquid aminos
  • Pickles
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mustard
  • Oil (avocado, olive and/or coconut)

There are definitely way more vegan items out there, but you get the drift. Start with items on this list, and work your way up from there. It’s not a race to spend the most money.

Do Vegans Get Enough Protein?

Tofu on a Plate

Soooo, this is probably one of the most common questions vegans get asked.

“But, where do you get your protein from?”

While you may think every vegan out there is a string bean, it is actually possible to get enough protein without eating meat. Check out Nimai Delgado if you need an example. And also read Proteinaholic by Garth Davis.

Have you ever personally known someone who had a medical diagnosis of kwashiorkor? Didn’t think so.

On the other hand, it’s a well known fact that most Americans are fiber deficient due to not eating enough plant foods.

A lot of people think they’ll lose all their gains if they go vegan. But, most people who have this mindset usually aren’t in good shape to begin with. So, maybe just focus more on the fiber and we’ll all be good.

So to answer the question, yes. You can 100% get enough protein as a vegan as long as you eat enough calories.

Here is a List of Affordable Protein-Rich Vegan Foods:

  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Soy milk
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Vital wheat gluten
  • Quinoa

Here are a couple high-protein vegan meals to make sure you don’t wilt away:

Sample 7-Day Meal Plan

Vegan Meal Prep

Monday

Breakfast: Protein smoothie

Lunch: Spilt pea soup

Dinner: Lentil dahl

Tuesday

Breakfast: Blueberry pie oatmeal

Lunch: Leftover lentil dahl

Dinner: Veggie pasta

Wednesday

Breakfast: Tofu scramble & toast

Lunch: Leftover veggie pasta

Dinner: Stir-fry with tofu

Thursday

Breakfast: Mushroom hummus toast

Lunch: Chickpea Tuna Salad

Dinner: Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

Friday

Breakfast: Savory lentil oatmeal

Lunch: Tofu & veggie wrap

Dinner: Sweet potato chili

Saturday

Breakfast: Yogurt, homemade granola & fruit

Lunch: Leftover sweet potato chili

Dinner: Black bean burgers

Sunday

Breakfast: Banana oat waffles

Lunch: Burrito bowl

Dinner: Tofu buddha bowl

It’s easiest to prep a lot of the meals on Sundays, or whenever your day off is. All of the meals we listed are easy to prep, so there is no excuse not to try out a week of eating plants!

We listed a variety of meals, but you can pick the ones you like. You don’t have to make 3 different meals everyday. We typically make large batches of a few meals to enjoy multiple days in a row. Just have fun with it!

Hidden Animal Products To Watch For

Bulk Candy

Make sure to take a closer look at ingredient lists on packages for sneaky animal products you may not expect. Companies try to shove animal products in just about everything.

Some of the common ingredients include:

  • Beeswax or honey
  • Gelatin
  • Confectioners glaze on candy
  • L. Cysteine found in some breads
  • Casein (also calcium caseinate, or sodium caseinate)
  • Bone char (use sometimes in white sugar processing)
  • Milk byproducts

If you actually take the time to look up what these ingredients are, it’s disgusting. You probably wouldn’t want to eat them anymore, unless you’re a contestant on Fear Factor.

If you are unsure if an ingredient is vegan, you can always check on the Is It Vegan? app.

Vegan Alcohol

Red and White Wine in Glasses

Alcohol is not vegan? Wait, what?

It seems crazy to us too.

It’s something that many people don’t think about when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. But, since lists look professional, here are some shocking ways animal products are used in your favourite alcoholic beverages:

  • Milk and cream are sometimes added to beer and liqueurs to add a creamy, rich flavour
  • Egg white protein (AKA albumin) is used as a fining agent in a lot of wines
  • Isinglass, which comes from fish bladders, is also used as a fining agent
  • Carmine, a red dye made out of scaly insects called cochineal is used as a colouring agent

Pretty gnarly, right? But don’t worry, you can still turn up because there are plenty of vegan spirits out there! Find out if your drink of choice makes the cut with the Barnivore app.

Makeup, Clothing, And More

Makeup and Brushes

Since veganism is considered a lifestyle, it applies to more than just food. The consumer industry loves messing with animals to test and make their products.

Not cool.

We were shocked when we started realizing how many companies use unethical practices.

To be fair, we think this area of veganism is a lot more complex and we don’t want you to be overwhelmed. Like we said before, small steps. No one is perfect, except us.

Are you understanding our sarcasm level yet?

Here’s another list of non-vegan items coming your way:

  • Many makeup brushes use horse, mink or squirrel hair
  • Merino wool is used in a wide variety of products, but the sheep are treated terribly
  • Silk worms are suffocated to death with steam in order to obtain their silk
  • A lot of hair & beauty companies still test on animals and try to hide non-vegan ingredients in their products

Just remember, we’re here to help you save money, so we’re not telling you to throw away all of the stuff you own. Just think about it the next time you go to buy something.

For help determining if a beauty product is cruelty-free and vegan, check out the Leaping Bunny app.

How To Make Your Vegan Transition Easier

1. Start Slow

Tomato Soup in Two Bowls

For some people, going cold turkey is the only way. For the rest of us normal people, don’t try to be a hero, alright? Give your body some time to make the change go a little smoother. Start with Meatless Mondays, or try cutting out red meat.

From there, maybe complete a one month vegetarian challenge and see how you feel. Maybe you like it! Crazier things have happened.

If you haven’t lost all of your muscle, you will be living proof that the protein myth is a complete joke. Now you can keep cutting back on animal products more and more.

If you feel stuck on a certain food group, there are plenty of online support communities and resources you can fall back on (see step 2).

2. Join A Support Community

Hands in a Circle

Reddit is actually an awesome resource for new vegans. There are sub-groups on there that are specifically for beginners. There are tons of recipe ideas and answered questions. Beware though, Reddit can also be a bit of a savage place. Just be careful about what groups you join, and always read the rules beforehand.

You’ve been warned.

There are also Facebook communities in basically any city, so you should check there too. You’ll find resources about local events, grocery stores, deals, new vegan products, etc. It’s probably the best place to get started in all honesty.

Get out and meet other vegan people. Events are a great place to do this. But if you are a hermit, then just subscribe to our newsletter or email us directly with any questions. We reply to every message judgement-free.

Okay, maybe a little judgement. But we won’t tell you, so don’t worry.

3. Be Kind To Yourself

Be Kind in Chalk

Let’s be honest, we’ve all messed up a couple of times. No one is a perfect vegan. And if they say they are, ask if they’ve ever stepped on an ant.

We’re not here to force you to go fully 100% vegan. We just believe everyone should at least give it their best shot to cut down on animal products. If you don’t agree, let us know why in the comments.

That being said, if you are doing your best and slip up, don’t dwell on it. Shit happens. Tomorrow is a new day. We’re always here if you need to get anything off your chest.

4. Stock Your Kitchen Up

Vegetables in a Basket

Before you go throwing everything away in your house and attempting to make vegan food, take our grocery list to the store to stock up on staple items. That way, you won’t want to rip your hair out in frustration when you don’t have necessary ingredients.

Again, this is supposed to be simple and affordable. If it’s not, you’re doing something wrong. Re-read the first part of this post.

5. Go Through Your Pantry

Oreos
Did you know Oreos are accidentally vegan?

Take a journey through your cupboards with the Is It Vegan? app to see which of your items are already vegan and which ones you should eat first. Remember, we’re trying to save money here, not through it away.

Start to figure out what items you use on the regular, and slowly find vegan alternatives. One-by-one, you’ll be “veganizing” your pantry without completely shocking your system.

6. Find New Recipes For Old Foods

This tip is especially important. The easiest way to make a lasting change in your diet is to stick to what you know. There are so many delicious recipes out there that mimic non-vegan versions, so you won’t have any excuses to fall off the wagon.

Check out Pinterest for some inspiration. All you have to do is type in the meal you want to make with “vegan” in front, and you’ll be inundated with options. We bet you didn’t think you could find a vegan mac n’ cheese, did you?

Also, yes gentlemen. Pinterest is for you too.

7. Prepare For Some Judgement

Gavel

This isn’t meant to deter you from going plant-based. But, it’s also one of the most common reasons why people end up falling back into old habits.

We’ve both experienced our fair share of judgements, but we’re also very comfortable with sticking to our own decisions. If you want to make a change in any aspect of your life, there will always be haters. Just do you though, and eventually those people will start to be curious about what you’re up to.

Remember, the people who cast judgement are often the most insecure. If people are talking about you and your choices, you’ve already won.

8. Plan Your Meals

Calendar Planner

It’s all exciting when you make a change, but remember forming new habits takes time. Don’t just learn one or two vegan meals because you’ll get bored in about a week and revert to your old ways.

There are some great resources for vegan meal planning out there. Broke Bank Vegan as an example. We have some fantastic meal prep blog posts coming soon that will save you money without spending hours in the kitchen.

They are fool proof!

9. Prepare For Social Events

Strawberry Roll Cake

Call ahead to make sure restaurants have vegan options, or to see if they can accommodate you.

Prepare for family events and holidays in advance. We know they can be hard. Try making a tasty dish to bring for everyone. Do the ol’ drop-it-and-don’t-tell-anyone-it’s-vegan trick. After they’ve told who how awesome it is, you can blow their mind by telling them no animals were harmed in the making of your bomb-ass dish.

10. Educate Yourself

Laptop on Table

Stop reading headlines and listening to dumb friends who don’t know what they’re talking about. Yes, vegans do get enough protein.

If you can read this blog, you can read more than a headline. Do yourself a favor, and learn something new about health everyday instead of binge watching Netflix. Take the dang “play next episode” feature off.

Yes, it is possible.

As a disclaimer, whenever there is a book or documentary or other resource on any subject, bias will most likely be present. Don’t take everything you see or read as the absolute truth. Do your own research.

That being said, these are some of our most trusted resources.

Websites:

Documentaries:

Books:

Podcasts:

YouTube:

Supplements for Vegans

Different Types of Pills

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Vitamin B12 is actually made by bacteria in soil. So, while you may think only vegans are deficient because we don’t eat animal products, a lot of people (even meat eaters) are unknowingly low in this particular vitamin.

But wait, what does vitamin B12 even do in the body?

Well, it actually plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells and DNA, as well as proper functioning of the nervous system.

Sounds pretty damn important, eh?

But fear not.

Some varieties of bread, nutritional yeast, and plant-based milks are actually fortified with vitamin B12, so you might be okay to just eat those foods. But, to play it on the safe side, there are supplements you can take. Under the tongue, or sublingual, is your best bet (yes, we’re both RNs).

We have personally had our blood tested, and our B12 levels are well within normal limits after 5+ years of no animal products. But, we still take a supplement daily (or when we remember) just in case.

Vitamin D

Unless you live in the tropics, you (yes, you) should be aware that your vitamin D levels are most likely insufficient without taking a supplement. Those of us who don’t have the luxury of spending every waking minute in the sun need to be aware that vitamin D deficiency is a real possibility.

Both meat-eaters and plant-eaters.

While mushrooms are the only plant food that is a sufficient source of vitamin D, there are tons of fortified foods like soy milk or oatmeal that will help you keep your levels up. But, this is one of those vitamins that is just a smart idea to supplement with.

A quick note from the nurses. Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium. Calcium builds strong bones.

You can get vitamin D in dropper form or tablets. Either way, just do yourself a favor and take it!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Unfortunately, adding omega-3 supplements to your regimen isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. In other words, you could be wasting your money on this one.

We tend to stick with whole foods plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Some of these include flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. The easiest and cheapest way to include them in your diet is to throw a tablespoon or two of chia seeds into your morning smoothie or oatmeal.

Or just eat them plain. But that would be kind of weird.

Iodine

Sea vegetables, such as seaweed, should provide sufficient amounts of iodine to meet your recommended daily requirements.

So yeah, we are telling you to go eat an extra roll of sushi. Or ten.

But, if you don’t like seaweed, you might want to consider taking a supplement.

We’re working on a more in-depth guide to vegan supplements for budgeters like us. Sign up for our newsletter to get notified when we post it!

Losing Weight While Plant-Based

Fruit, Tape Measure, and Dumbbells

If you are thinking we’re going to say it’s super easy to lose weight just by changing your diet, you’re sadly mistaken. We’re realists, and we’re not here to fill your head with nonsense. We will however show you some lifestyle changes that go along with veganism, which make it easier to consume less calories and make healthier choices overall.

Fiber

Fiber isn’t as glamorous as the other nutrients because it has to do with pooping. No one seems to want to talk about poop. But we will.

The reason we’re talking about fiber is because it helps keep you full for longer. Hence why it will help you lose weight. And for all you keto people out there, you probably don’t even count it as calories.

Whatever the case, fiber is a major factor in why a whole foods plant-based diet can help you lose weight. It’s so easy to get the recommended amount of fiber because fruits and vegetables are full of it.

Meal prep

We can’t stress this enough. Yes, meal prepping will take a few hours out of your week. But, it not only saves you money, it keeps you from purchasing last-minute packaged foods or expensive restaurant meals.

To make meal prepping more enjoyable for those of you already dreading giving up the drive-thru, throw on a podcast or some music to make it more enjoyable. Hell, we’ve even watched movies while meal prepping.

Don’t drink your calories

While it may seem like a good and healthy idea to have a smoothie with your regular-sized meal, you’ve now consumed two meals at once.

Did that blow your mind or what? Same goes for lattes and juices. Just don’t do it. Eat food, don’t drink food.

We’re not saying don’t drink smoothies. Hell, we even included one in our sample meal plan. Just don’t think that you’ll lose weight while sucking back a thousand calories of nuts, seeds, honey, yogurt, coconut oil, and whatever else you can shove into your blender.

Remember. Keep it simple, stupid.

Get moving

Great, so you’re vegan. Now the pounds should just shed off, right?

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Not so fast.

You’re still going to have sweat a little. If not for losing weight, just do it to be healthy, alright?

How to go Vegan With Kids

Baby With Cupcake

So, now that we’ve made going plant-based sound so appealing, how are you going to get your little savages on board?

Make Food Interesting

Don’t expect them to be excited about a plate full of broccoli. That just won’t cut it. We don’t even want a plate full of broccoli, and we’re full-blown insane, crazy vegans.

Try mixing that broccoli in a vegan mac and cheese dish though. They won’t even know what hit them with all that cheesy deliciousness.

Get Them Involved With The Cooking Process

This tip is honestly more for the parents. You’re getting some free labour out of this! But in all seriousness, it’s a lot more likely your little ones will want to eat the food if they’ve helped in the kitchen.

Especially if you send them to school with leftovers so they can brag to all their friends about how awesome they are.

Explain To Them Why You Don’t Eat Animals

It’s not as simple as showing your kids a slaughterhouse and expecting them to not be scarred for the rest of their life. Don’t do this.

We think it’s probably a good place to start by asking your kids why they think you don’t eat animals. Be open with them, and answer as many questions as you can without getting too much into the gory details. Maybe take them to an animal sanctuary to show them how animals should be treated and to help them make the connection.

By showing them how to be compassionate towards animals, it will inevitably lead to their compassion towards everything.

Where do I go From Here?

Well, if you’re still with us. Congrats! Also, thanks for taking the time to read this beast of a post. We know it’s a lot of information to take in, so feel free to bookmark this page for future reference.

If we didn’t make this clear already, adopting a plant-based or vegan lifestyle is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. Take your time, be kind to yourself along the way, and always remember why you’re doing it.

Vegan FAQ

Is Eating So Much Soy Bad For My Health?

Not. At. All. If you want to avoid getting man boobs, soy is not your problem. Eating too much is your problem. Soy gets a really bad reputation, but it’s actually quite beneficial to your health as long as it’s non-GMO (and yes, it’s still cheap if it’s non-GMO).

Can I Only Eat Raw Food As A Vegan?

While some vegans only eat raw, it’s definitely not a requirement. We love cooked food, and it’s really good for your body.

How Can I Replace Eggs In Recipes?

Depending on the recipe, you can use replacements like flax eggs, chia seeds, apple sauce, chickpea flour, mashed bananas or sweet potatoes. There are a ton of ways to cook and bake without eggs!

What Is The Best Milk Substitute?

Soy and hemp milk definitely have the highest protein content, but there are other plant-based milks to choose from as well. Try almond, coconut, rice, or oat milk and see which one is your favourite! If you can, choose a plant-milk enriched with calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.

Can I Eat Gluten?

Absolutely you can. Vital wheat gluten is a great source of vegan protein, and it’s super cheap. Unless you are celiac or diagnosed with some other condition where it’s dangerous to eat gluten, you can most definitely eat it safely.

Can I Eat Honey?

Vegans do not typically eat honey, but it’s entirely up to you on how strict you want to be.

Can I Eat Dairy?

Dairy is not considered vegan, but there are a ton of alternatives nowadays.

Can I Eat Fish?

No, that fish is a living being. Don’t eat Nemo. That’s called pescatarian.

What Will Happen To My Energy?

While transitioning, you may feel a bit sluggish because your body is detoxing. But don’t jump to blaming it on the vegan diet, it’s because your body will be ridding itself of the toxins you’ve been feeding it year after year. After that phase, you’ll actually feel like a million bucks. You may even feel like jumping out of bed in the morning. Imagine that.

Is It Hard To Travel Vegan?

Can you order rice, veggies, and beans pretty much anywhere in the world? Yup! You just have to ask. We’ve encountered many fully vegan restaurants in our travels, and the Happy Cow app really helps find places that will accommodate you. But hey, don’t be too hard on yourself if you mess up while travelling.

Is The Vegan Diet Dangerous?

Well, just have a read of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics statement on veganism and let us know what you think. All jokes aside though, the vegan diet is completely safe and doable for all life stages.

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