Veganism isn’t just a diet change, it can be a lifestyle change too. When transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, there are lots of different factors to consider, from your diet to your makeup and from your wardrobe to the supplements you take.
This can be a really fun challenge to embrace to kick off the new year, so check out our easy vegan lifestyle swap ideas.
1. Find a Meat Substitute
One of the main reasons people rule out trying Veganuary is because they’re meat lovers. But there are many meat alternatives that are just as delicious and have a similarly high protein content, and less fat in some cases.
Swap mince for lentils; when cooked with the same herbs and spices, lentils taste just as good as mince and they’re a much cheaper substitute! A good source of vegan protein, fibre and iron, lentils are a great alternative that can be used in your chillies, tacos and lasagnes.
Another great swap is to switch your usual beef burgers for bean-based patties. Black beans have a meat-like consistency and are high in both protein and fibre to help keep you feeling full.
2. Explore Protein Alternatives
A common vegan myth is that vegans lack protein, but there are actually lots of different tasty ways for vegans to get their protein fix:
Swap scrambled eggs for scrambled tofu – it’s very similar in both taste and texture, and contains roughly the same amount of protein. Try scrambling your tofu with tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs and spices
Beans and soy can be great alternatives to protein that would normally be consumed through meat
Vegan protein supplements are a handy option for people worried about a low protein intake. Garden of Life’s Raw Organic Protein Powders are vegan-friendly, made from a variety of whole food ingredients and available in a range of different flavours.