More likely than not, you’ve heard people say the phrase, “Only rich people can be vegan” or “being vegan is too expensive!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to buy expensive juicing equipment to be vegan. You don’t need to eat a smoothie bowl every morning, either. There’s a lot of trendy images and videos circulating online that showcase a vegan lifestyle that certainly looks like an expensive diet that everyday people can’t indulge in. But that does not mean that is the only way to be vegan! Being vegan, or even just being plant-based, isn’t any more expensive than other diets. No one should be barred from living a healthier lifestyle because of financial reasons. If you’re someone who has tried going plant-based and found that you were burning a hole in your wallet, the writers here at PlantX want to give you some tips on the best ways to stay healthy and eat nutritious plant-based meals on a budget.
Saving Money While Going VeganOne of the biggest problems that people moving towards plant-based dieting face is distributing their budget efficiently. Excited would-be vegans might go for expensive pre-packaged items like seitan and other meat substitutes instead of focusing on some staples. Here’s a list of items that you can buy in bulk that are great for plant-based meals!
- Rolled oats
- Flaxseed or hemp hearts
- Brussels sprouts
Adding a Dose of Healthy FatsEven after purchasing some of these ingredients, you may still find yourself feeling hungry, or that your meals aren’t as filling as you expected. Many people starting a plant-based diet try to cut out too much at once to meet the expectations of what they think “healthy” eating is supposed to be. Always remember that keeping your macros balanced is just as important as what your meals are made from. Proteins and healthy fats, meaning non-saturated fat sources, can often be overlooked in a plant-based diet journey. Check out our other blog on vegan protein sources for more great information! Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, but depending on where you live, it may be a bit pricey. Buying coconut oil in bulk is a great way to add some extra fat into meals, and can also be used for hair and skin treatments. We love the versatility of coconut oil! Adding fatty nuts like cashews, almonds, and walnuts to a salad alongside an added drizzle of avocado oil can also be an easy way to add more fat to your meal on a budget. Some great plant-based fat sources include:
- Coconut oil
- Avocado (or avocado oil)
- Olive oil
- Nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts)