Plant Based On A Budget (Part 1 of 3)
One of the most common misconceptions about adopting a plant based or vegan diet is that it is expensive.
Sure it can be, but so can any way of eating if you are always grabbing takeaway, having dinners out and purchasing gourmet products.
Going plant based, needn't be expensive... in fact it can be one of the cheapest and most sustainable diets.
So how can you keep it affordable?
This week I'll be taking you through my top tips for doing plant based on a budget.
It can actually be super simple, and delicious. You don't just need to eat a boring salad to stick to a budget. In fact I have recipes for cheap mexican meals, affordable indian meals, delicious desserts and more!
Having a meal plan and recipes to follow can help you avoid food wastage, as you know what to eat and what to purchase and so you can simply get what you need.
This helps you be organised, stops you from purchasing unnecessary extras from the supermarket, and you can prepare meals in advance... so if you are tired and don't feel like cooking you don't fall into the trap of getting takeaway. In fact, when I am prepared with my meals and meal prep I save so much $$$.
If you need a meal plan, or recipes to help you stick to budget friendly meals my Transition plan or 28 Day Vegan Shred are a great place to start. You can make back the initial investment on a plan, within a week of following it. In fact I have had clients say that following my plan has saved them over $50 per week on their grocery bill AND has prevented food wastage, a double win!
But generally if you stick to whole foods, and avoid packaged and processed foods you will find you save money.
Great kitchen staples include:
- in season fruits
- in season veggies
- frozen fruits
- frozen veggies
- beans (black, red kidney beans, etc)
- chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
I made a video about these staples, how much they retail for (at least here in Australia) and what kinds of meals you can make with them... you can check that out here....
Purchasing in season fruits and vegetables, especially if they are grown locally, is a great way to save money and also ensure you get actual fresh food, full of nutrients... not food that has been gassed and kept in cold storage for up to 12 months!
It's also a misconception that you need a lot of expensive supplements when you go vegan. In fact, most of the time you will only need a B12 supplement which can be really inexpensive. In fact you can buy the injection vials for like $12 (AUD$) for 3. Then if you develop a deficiency (due to stress, hormones, poor diet for a period of time, other underlying health issue) you can simply supplement with that specific vitamin or mineral.
In the next part of the series, I will be sharing with you why you don't need to buy into the superfood myth, and how this will save you a fortune.
And, how buying bulk foods can really help you save $$ too :)
So stay tuned on Wednesday and Friday for the next installments.
Oh, and if you have any questions or things that you are struggling with when it comes to eating plant based on a budget let me know in the comments in below.
P.S. Part 2 is live now... you can check it out here - https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/plant-based-on-a-budget-part-2-of-3
P.P.S. please feel free to share this article on Facebook, in relevant Facebook groups or on Twitter to help others go plant based on a budget :)
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