Whenever somebody finds out that I’m vegan, this is usually their immediate reaction:
Yes. There’s life without cheese, and that life is sometimes interpreted as an expensive one. When I first told my mom that I was considering going vegan, she laughed… a lot. She told me that there was no way that I’d be able to afford it, let alone follow through. Well mom, guess what? Yes, I’m a broke student living on pocket change and what’s left of my saving account, BUT I’m determined to make this lifestyle change affordable.
Knowing what I can and cannot eat has forced me to really think about what to add to my grocery list: grass, twigs and leaves. Being a vegan is basically the same thing as being a rabbit. Like rabbits, vegans tend to habitat in meadows, woodlands and small outdoor cages. They live in groups and tend to think of themselves as better than everyone else. They also hate when people call them rabbits.
I was in the middle of Google searching why vegans were healthy, when these suggested searches came up:
Back to what I was saying……..
I will be the first to admit that I have little to no knowledge of cooking a half decent meal. I blame my mother. (Just kidding mom I love you, this is totally my fault.) But in all seriousness, I have reacquainted myself with the same stereotypical boring vegetables that I grew up with, one being the zucchini; only $2 a pound, or free if you steal them from your grandparents garden. Needless to say, keeping your fridge stocked with fresh fruits and veggies is a must! Vegetable broth, whole-grain breads, nuts and seeds are some essentials that come in handy when on the go!
“You don’t meat, so you must have low iron. Aren’t you concerned about not getting enough protein?”, said everybody in the world
Garbanzo Beans aka. chickpeas are theeee bomb. You can throw them on a salad or at people! They also are high in protein. Home made hummus is an inexpensive way to keep up with your protein and have an excuse to eat large amounts of crackers.
WAAAYS TO SAVE
Container of Organic Hummus – $4.99
Fresh homemade hummus – approx. $2.50
- 1 can of Organic chickpeas
- 3-5 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon seasalt
- 1/4 cup Organic olive oil
*blend in food processor*
Following a vegan diet can definitely be more expensive if you let it. I know what you’re thinking. Trust me, I’ve been there. I found out on Saturday that it is in fact possible to drop a bill in the 10 items or less lane. Places like Whole Foods are notorious for being the Organic chain store, and when people hear the word Organic they also envision twenty dollar bills being tossed out the window. So be smart with your grocery list and plan ahead! Making your meals in advance and freezing them is a great way to preserve your time and money. If you are willing to invest your time into preparing cruelityfree/animalfree/tasty meals from home, chances are you’ll be saving more than just an animal’s life!
Feel free to visit my recipe page to find more inexpensive ways to cook up a storm on a budget. 🙂
- Is hummus healthy? Four reasons to include this tasty dip in your diet (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- Sun-dried Tomato Tart with Zucchini Hummus (onegreenplanet.org)
- Sweet Potato Hummus (thesmartcookiecook.com)
- Homemade Hummus (santabarbarablackbook.wordpress.com)