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!
It’s that time of the year - we’re cozying up inside more, the atmosphere’s a little more festive, and there’s nothing quite like freshly baked goods from your own oven. You might have already started some quarantine baking earlier this year, but now’s the time to turn up the festive flavours!
In a past life, Head Chef Natalie was a big-time baker and even had a small home business making cakes and cupcakes for friends and family. This is one of her favourite recipes that she revisited this year and was delighted to find it tasted just the same veganized. Better yet, it required only buying the plant-based substitutions instead of a complete recipe overhaul
Look out for these ingredients in items in your everyday life.
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When you’re new to the world of veganism, things can seem a little overwhelming. There’s a lot to learn, many old habits to shed, and a list of things to look out for when it comes to things you can eat and products you can buy. Feeling overwhelmed is completely normal, but don’t let it scare you.
Beans, beans the magical fruit: the more you eat, the easier it’ll be for your vegan route
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Legumes—which include beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts—are heaven-sent for any vegan. They’re low in fat but satiating, varied and versatile, and they’re packed with protein, beneficial fats, and fibre. While many vegans utilize legumes as a meat substitution, they can actually be used in every meal—even desserts!
Knowing how to prepare legumes is the first step, as they come ready to eat canned, dried, or shelled. From there, the recipe options are endless.
To give you an idea as to just how great legumes are, here are some ways in which you can incorporate more legumes into your diet.
We’ve got some tips on how you can make your journey towards veganism a little easier
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There are plenty of benefits when it comes to veganism, from its positive environmental impact to its many health benefits. But becoming vegan isn’t something that most people can achieve overnight—and that’s okay! For some, cutting out animal products can happen immediately, whereas for others, giving up meat can be a little more difficult.
Though everyone’s journey to becoming vegan is different, some help can go a long way. So, to help those who don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a little guide that may help make the journey easier.