Can you afford to be vegan?
The notion that adopting a plant-based lifestyle is expensive is common but that’s just untrue! With a little effort, everyone can find affordable ways to eat and live.
This blog post will go over 12 great tips for you to be vegan and save money!
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Another way to replace them is to use cooking oils such as groundnut oil or olive oil which are healthier and more nutritious than ghee when used for cooking.
Coconut milk often enhances the flavour of many traditional recipes, but if you don't like the taste you can easily make mylk at home with a blender, water, and some time.
Buying raw ingredients in bulk will always save you more money in the short-term and especially the long-term. Not only will it encourage you to make more foods at home (which is always the most economical option), you'll avoid processed, finished products at the store.
With a little more effort, you can save a lot of money when buying 1 kg or more of fresh ingredients like almonds, coconut, or cashews to make milks and butters at home.
While some people just enjoy salads, it's not the only way vegetables can be savoured.
A combination of vegetable oil, water, and plant-based shortening can easily replace the need for butter, milk, or eggs in any recipe.
Not only are these ingredients easy to find, they're affordable and can yield delicious results, no matter what you're trying to bake.
Bonus tip: let your freshly baked plant-based goodies sit for 12-24 hours before eating so that the internal moisture is distributed more evenly throughout.
Tofu, daals, chickpeas, peanuts etc. can be incorporated into meals in so many different ways, offering just as much protein as meat for a fraction of the cost (and guilt).These alternatives also help reduce the fat and cholesterol levels of your daily meals.
If you’re keen to order in or enjoy a nice meal at a local restaurant, then East Asian cuisine is the way to go for some excellent plant-based options. Opt for a flavour-packed vegetable stir fry or an irresistible fried rice or noodle dish made with tofu, if you want to satisfy both your appetite and your wallet.
Whether you’re maintaining a plant-based diet or not, it will always be more affordable to enjoy a home-cooked meal instead of eating out. Rather than spending on that exorbitant vegetarian main course dish, you can fill yourself up with a snack at home, prepared just the way you like it. You’ll be grateful when you can buy a week’s worth of groceries for the same price as that fancy dish at the restaurant.
Instead of opting for supplements, whey protein, chicken, eggs, etc. try preparing your own customised, clean protein powder by tossing your favourite plant-based protein sources into the mixer at home. There is no need to invest in expensive store-bought products when you can build muscle with the help of plant-based, natural sources of protein.
Go to your favourite restaurant, skim through the vegetarian section and customise it to create a dish you can enjoy! While most restaurants are still familiarising themselves with plant-based options, it is easy to create them yourself by replacing dairy products in dishes with alternatives that you enjoy.
If you don’t have the time to buy in bulk and prepare plant-based alternatives at home, then explore the many options available in the market today. You can find a good peanut curd or plant-based paneer to use in your cooking, or the perfect cashew cheese to grate on top of all your favourite savoury snacks.
There are indulgent alternatives to dairy or meat in the market but these can serve as an occasional treat, just like you would splurge on a fancy meal at a restaurant. These alternatives generally include premium ingredients, so they can be saved for a special day.
Plant-based diets are naturally lower in cholesterol. Our bodies produce enough cholesterol to meet our needs so a low cholesterol plant-based diet could be as good for your heart as it is for your wallet.
The Indian diet is primarily focused on vegetables, legumes, and grains. One can easily substitute the dairy counterparts in a dish with a plant-based alternative that’ll leave barely any effect on the overall taste!
If you live in India and you’re new to the idea of a plant-based lifestyle, these are some simple and effective tips to keep in mind during your journey. Remember to try everything at your own pace in order to figure out what works best for you and your tastebuds. It may not happen overnight but you will gradually see yourself adapting to a plant-based diet, after which you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Soon, your diet and conscience will be leading the way and inspiring others to follow suit!