Some are more familiar with this ingredient than others, but even those who were once naysayers usually come around. We’re talking about tofu, the sometimes jiggly, sometimes fried, and always delicious plant-based protein that is versatile and loaded with nutrients.
So for the uninitiated, what is tofu anyway? And more importantly, is it as healthy as many claim it to be? Soy products in general were once the darling of the plant-based world, but they’ve since garnered a different reputation—specifically, genetically modified soy. Does this mean we should stop eating soy? Or is it just GMOs? If it’s healthy, what are the health benefits of tofu?
We’re here to answer all your burning questions about tofu. Learn about the popular plant-based protein below.
To some, veganism seems pretty straight-forward: avoid animal and animal byproducts at all costs. Seems easy, right? Leaving things like chicken, pork, and beef off your vegan grocery list seems obvious, but what about the products that commonly cause confusion, like honey?
Honey, a byproduct of the hardworking honey bee, is a topic that is hotly debated amongst vegans. If you believe that honey bees are animals and they make honey, this should automatically preclude honey from a vegan’s diet. But it gets especially complicated when people delve into the question of whether or not bees are animals, which is at the heart of this conversation.
To us, it’s straight-forward. Here’s what we think about honey in the context of veganism.
More and more studies have shown that plant-based diets are the way of the future. Not only is it a more sustainable way of living that ultimately contributes to a greener planet, but research suggests that it’s better for your health, too, promoting longevity, amongst other benefits.
For those who are new to plant-based diets, getting that daily protein fix is often something that becomes a major concern. The most common misconception when it comes to plant-based diets, is that one is at risk of not getting enough protein. Fortunately, there are a number of plant-based options that are protein-packed—and delicious, too!
Look, we understand that grocery shopping might not be everyone’s favourite chore. Grocery shopping can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and expensive when you go in with no plan. When not armed with a grocery list and an idea of what you might want to eat over the next week, the grocery store might even start to feel like an endless maze to you. And if you’re vegan? This can make the task that much more complicated since certain ingredients may be hard to come by even though many vegan ingredients are more readily available than in the past.
The words “meal planning” may give you pause. It can seem especially daunting when you have a myriad of other responsibilities. Sometimes, it feels like it would be much easier just to live day-to-day, figuring out what you are having for dinner that same evening. But meal planning, in addition to saving you the stress of coming up with dishes on the fly, can be really great for your wallet, too.
When it comes to vegetarian meal planning, figuring out meals ahead of time can help vegetarians new and old alike stay on course. When you don’t know what to expect for your next meal, your hunger can take over and that non-vegetarian friendly snack you used to love so much may be that much more tempting. Vegetarian meal planning takes away that option, and instead sets you up for success by making cooking daily easier.
To err is human, to figure out why you erred divine.
Adopting a vegan lifestyle can be a challenge for some, especially since there are pitfalls when it comes to transitioning away from animal products. Considering the fact that the adjustment period can be a long one, it’s important to set yourself up for success at every opportunity.
Through identifying the most common reasons as to why people “fail” or give up on going vegan, you may be able to better plan how you can avoid those things and prepare yourself when you’re faced with them.
Here are some common reasons why people fail at vegan diets—and how you can navigate them.
It’s the most important meal of the day, after all
At Planted Meals, we believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Besides the scientific proof that eating breakfast won’t only ensure that your energy levels are regulated that your body gets all of its essential nutrients but also helps your metabolism, breakfast is simply delicious. A pot of coffee, some scrambled tofu, a few slices of avocado, and toast are the makings of a perfect morning.
Many wonder what vegans eat for breakfast since one’s mind may conjure up images of bacon and eggs, but the possibilities are endless. From something quick and easy for those busy weekday mornings, to those slow weekend mornings, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite recipes to start your day right.
The name may sound silly, but we assure you nooch is something you’ll want to start eating.
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One of the most common staples for vegans is nutritional yeast. It’s so popular, in fact, even non-vegans have heard of this product before. Also known as nooch, nutritional yeast adds a cheesy, umami flavour to dishes. From vegan mac and cheese to scrambled “eggs,” nutritional yeast is one of the most versatile ingredients. But did you know that in addition to providing that tantalizing je ne sais quoi to your meals, nutritional yeast is also very nutritious (it’s right in the name!)?
Here’s why nooch is one of our favourite vegan ingredients. You gotta eat this!
A whole month of opportunities to become a vegan.
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Veganuary is in full swing, and it’s likely that you’ve seen friends or family share about the annual challenge. Started by a non-profit organization from the United Kingdom that promotes and educates about veganism, Veganuary has become so popular that even businesses like Costco have been promoting the event. The organization reports that in 2020, over 400,000 individuals participated and they estimate that this represented the CO2 equivalent of 450,000 flights and the lives of more than a million animals.
The word “Veganuary” is a portmanteau of “vegan” and “January,” and the concept is simple: for the month of January, people are encouraged to ditch animal products and go vegan. As it coincides with the beginning of the year, many people see Veganuary as an opportunity that aligns with their resolutions, often relating to better health. It’s a great way to try out the diet with no added pressure. In some cases, participants end up sticking with veganism.
Of course, going cold “tofurkey” can be hard. We generally recommend to those who are starting out in their journey towards veganism that they should start slow and be patient with themselves when they slip up. But when condensed into 31 days, many can fall into the trap of wanting to be perfect and consequently feeling discouraged when they’re not.
To help you stay on the course, here are some of our best tips for dominating Veganuary.
Now is the best time to welcome some new vegan-friendly traditions.
The holidays are coming up, and no matter who’s part of yours, many families are all about traditions when it comes to Christmas. Though these may differ from family to family, chosen or otherwise, many of them most likely surround food.
It can be tough for vegans during the holiday season since most holiday feasts heavily feature animal products, especially if they’re new to the lifestyle. But considering the growing popularity of veganism, now is the best time to welcome some new vegan-friendly traditions this year.
Here’s how you can veganize some holiday traditions or welcome new vegan ones altogether!