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5 Tips for a Vegan-Easy Transition

Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 13:05

This post is for all the amazing folks taking the next step in becoming a more "intentional" and "healthier" version of themselves.
Veganism is definitely the future, and all-inclusive. I believe everyone is somewhere along their journey to a plant based diet.  Some
may certainly be further along than others.

The following 5 tips are some items that can make that transition, much easier....

Prepare Weekday Proteins

By choosing one day to plan your meals for the week, you are able to determine what proteins you will need for each.

For example, Red lentil and Squash Stuffed Manicotti shells on Monday, Home-made Chilli with Kidney beans on Tuesday,  
Black bean and Quinoa burgers on Wednesday....    

Armed with your plan for the week, you now can prepare/cook the lentils and quinoa ahead of time, and place in the fridge.
You also can plan to make additional batches of one item (perhaps Chilli) and freeze for the following week.  

As well, a slow cooker is fabulous for the trending fall recipes.  It can safely and effortlessly be cooking a coconut chickpea curry,
while you are at work or school. A slow cooker is a very small investment for the amount of time/effort saved in the kitchen.

Make your own Trail/Salad/Soup Mix

A homemade mix composed of nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc. can transform any plain salad or soup into a balanced meal.  
This is a great method to use while eating out, and not sure of the menu.  You can either snack, or supplement a main dish
by simply bringing a small sealed container, along with you, while travelling.  Power proteins like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds,
and sliced almonds can be mixed with raisins and dried cranberries.  I like to add my own version of  Vegan sesame sticks to the mix.

Vegan Sandwich Spread

Three popular Vegan sandwich spreads are tahini (sesame butter), guacamoli or simply avocado, and hummus.
I prefer these flavours and recommend them highly. 

Recently, I've started spreading artisan fermented nut cheese on "Everything!" There are three reasons for this.  It tastes fabulous, comes in many flavours, and is an easy way to get more "good gut" bacteria in your system. Try some today, if you haven't yet.  Your immune system will thank you for it.

Vegan Snacking

When a snack attack hits, as a Vegan, you want to be ready.  When others around you are indulging in cakes, cookies and other non-vegan snacks, you must refer to your arsenal!  If you prefer chocolate, choose your favourite non-dairy chocolate chips/chunks and keep them handy.
Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast sprinkled on top, is a great alternative to "cheesy poofs", and some popular potato chips are Vegan.

Preparing Vegan muffins and cookies are a nice weekend project. As well, it's alway a good idea to display fruit
(apples, bananas, mandarins, grapes) in "easy to see" spots in your kitchen.  

Read Allergy Warnings

There will be many labels to read, checking to ensure whether a product is Vegan or not. A tremendous time saver, would be to skip to the allergy warning portion of the ingredients listing. Due to their allergic nature, items such as milk, eggs and seafood are always featured, if included. By quickly glancing at the allergy warning of an item, you can save yourself an immense amount of time, in the grocery store.

For more helpful Tips, Recipes, and Weekly Meal Planner,  Join the Veggie network!

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