Myth: A vegan diet will burn a hole in my pocket
Shopping for a balanced vegan diet doesn’t have to be any more expensive than shopping for a non-vegan diet. Do you think twice before buying a dress that has caught your eye? Why should choosing your diet be any different? The only thing you should think about is how glamourous you’re going to look after following this diet, just like you think about that dress!
Branded staples such as mock meats and vegan-friendly margarine are similar in price to their dairy equivalents. For those who enjoy the texture of meat and cheese in their diet, mock animal products are nice to include. You can still have a delicious cheeseburger, but with almond milk cheese and a soy patty. If prepared correctly, they are just as delicious!
Our Indian diet is itself primarily vegan! Mom’s rajma rice, daal & rice, most of the South Indian cuisines are all vegan! When it comes to vegan proteins, you can’t beat legumes! They are the best. Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes are loaded with amino acids, and are one of the cheapest sources of protein on the planet. A pound of beans will cost significantly less than a pound of beef, but the yield per pound is drastically higher.
Another nutrient-packed food group is whole grains. Brown rice, quinoa, barley, and other whole grains can provide sufficient protein and carbs needed to stay healthy and active. Pairing whole grains with legumes provides all nine essential amino acids required to build muscle.
Nuts and seeds are an added bonus. Cashews, almonds, peanuts, edamame, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and other nuts and seeds can help increase your consumption of fibre, protein, and healthy fats. They’re just something extra to add to your diet—not the main food to eat in large quantities.
Raw foods are fairly inexpensive, so you’ll spend far less stocking your fridge with produce than you would with animal products. Fruits and veggies should comprise the majority of your diet, and they’ll do wonders to improve your health!
In addition, consider your health: Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables may cost more than some junk foods, but isn’t your health worth the extra couple of bucks? If you’re still not sure, given the health benefits of a vegan diet, you’ll most likely save hundreds or thousands of rupees on health care, which will more than make it up for the extra cost of soy milk.
Veggie staples such as pasta, rice, tofu, and beans are much cheaper than meat. The money you save from not buying meat can go towards paying just a little extra for non-dairy milk and other staples, like fruits and vegetables.
The truth is that you don’t necessarily have to spend more on a vegan diet than you would on a traditional diet. It’s all about being a savvy shopper and knowing what and where to buy!
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