When you first go vegan it can be a bit confusing trying to find a substitute for your favourite foods, so knowing the simple and easy swaps to make can make a world of difference. Transition to veganism can be made harder if your knowledge of vegan food isn’t vast, and you’re running out of options to keep your taste buds happy!
Sometime it’s the simple ones that are the best:
Swap cows milk with plant milk-An obvious one but I still get asked what I have in tea all the time (I HATE TEA!). If you play it right this can be a really nutrition swap. Check out my blog on three easy vegan milks here!
Swap milk chocolate with dark chocolate-It can be a bit of a change if you’re a lover of the dairy milk chocolates, but choosing to have raw dark chocolate over these processed dairy chocolates isn’t only giving you a delicious substitute, but it’s 10x better for you. Raw Cacao is extremely effective at reducing high blood pressure, and improves blood flow.
Swap eggs with tofu-coming from a former scrambled egg lover, i’ve found a new love-scrambled tofu! Take a block of firm or extra firm tofu and break it apart between your fingers, then mix it together with smoked paprika, salt and pepper and fry in a pan with other veggies. All the protein, less of the cholesterol!
Swap honey with coconut nectar-There’s a lot of debate over whether honey is vegan. In my opinion it isn’t. The bee’s didn’t create the honey for us therefore we shouldn’t be taking it from them. I know many people like to keep their own bees, which is a whole lot better than buying supermarket honey. However, coconut nectar has a very low glycemic level, meaning you wont get that awful sugar spike and crash half a hour later.
Swap pulled pork with jackfruit-Jackfruit is an extremely versatile fruit. It has a meaty texture and also shreds up very much like pulled pork. Cooking jackfruit in a BBQ sauce is a great alternative and it takes a fraction of the time!
Swap mince with lentils-If you really fancy a spaghetti Bolognese but you’re trying desperately to go vegan, why not sub the mince with lentils?! Lentils are really high in protein and are a very clean source of protein. They’re also low in calories and rich in Iron.
Swap egg whites with aquafaba-Aquafaba is the water you have left over when you open a can of chickpeas. It should never be wasted because it can be made into meringue, mayonnaise, cakes, the list goes on!
Swap burgers for homemade bean burgers-I don’t mean shop bought bean burgers, I mean home made bean burgers. These are so simple to make (I will be putting some bean burger recipes up soon!) and are packed with protein and flavour.
Swap whey protein for pea protein-If you’re a gym goer who cant be without your protein shakes fear not! There are lots of vegan protein options available! Pea protein and soy protein seem to be the top contenders in the vegan protein business.
Swap butter for avocado-Yep, I couldn’t go another blog without mentioning avocados. If you’re a sandwich lover and make one for lunch every day why not sub the butter for some mashed avocado?! It testes delicious, adds an extra element to the sandwich and is a healthy fat that we should all love.