Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I want to be vegan but || Its too expensive

So I have decided to start this series of posts where I will take common "reasons" not to be vegan and give some explanations as to why they might not be so valid. 

I will start with one of the most common reasons: 

I want to be vegan but its too expensive. 

"That's a rich person diet." "Fruits and vegetables are the most expensive food at the store." "Have you seen the prices at a vegan restaurant?" The list goes on and on.

And I can actually understand why people would have a misunderstanding about this. Vegan restaurants can be pricy, but the average person isn't eating at a vegan restaurant for every meal. Most of us are eating at home and if you take a second to think about it, all of the cheapest ingredients are vegan. Rice, potatoes, bananas, pasta, beans, oatmeal, bread, tofu, seasonings and the list goes on for these very cheap and affordable ingredients. 

I changed my diet when I first started college and I won't lie it was quite difficult in the beginning because I was not informed properly. Once I did my research I was on a roll. I was your average college kid with a student worker job and brand new bills that I was not use to having. So as you can imagine my budget was near non existent. If I did it, anyone can. Especially coming from a former meat lover (but that's for another post). 

Here are some staple meals that can be made on even the tightest of college budgets. I will give two options for each meal: one will be a cooked meal and the other a raw meal. 

Breakfast: Oatmeal- take two packs of flavored oatmeal cook those as directed, then add a hand full of raw oatmeal to give it some extra oomph. After that top it off with some banana slices, peanut butter, pretty much anything. And you will have yourself an extremely filling meal.

                Smoothie- dump about 5-7 bananas into your blender(by no means 
do you have to have a fancy high speed blender for this) add some cinnamon and voila. If you'd like it a bit more liquidy just add a couple tablespoons of nondairy milk. 

Lunch: Rice & Broccoli- this one is probably the easiest of them all. You make some rice, you steam some broccoli, season to taste and bam! You've got yourself a meal. Very simple and you can easily pop it into a container and take it to school or work with you. 

           Watermelon- no really, just watermelon. Haha. May sound a bit crazy, but who doesn't love watermelon. Super hydrating and delicious and when in season really affordable. (That's my lunch today)

Dinner: Pasta- you could take this as simple or as fancy as you want. A simple pasta can be made with cooked noodles, warmed tomato sauce, and some toasty bread on the side. It can be jazzed up with mushrooms, bell peppers, faux cheese, or anything else really.

            Raw Pasta- and no that does not mean uncooked noodles. Haha. What you do is you take several zucchinis and spiralize them (cut them into noodles either with a knife or spiralizer) and then add your favorite sauce. There are so many sauce recipes out there I could not pick just one. 

By the way Pinterest is your friend. I love just going on there and finding new ideas and changing them up to suit my own liking. It's okay to mix things up a bit. You can drink a smoothie for lunch or eat oatmeal for dinner. There are no rules! 

Here are a few pages that will give you more ideas. 

Youtube: Cheaplazyvegan, Ecovegangal, Shessomickey 

Web: Peta, One Green Planet, Yummy Plants

And here are a few pictures of Mowgli, just because. 

She loves drinking smoothies
I told you everyone loves watermelon
Celery yum!



  1. Oh my goodness! Mowgli drinking smoothies! Get outta here! What a sweetheart. :)

  2. All the meal ideas are good but I noticed something important: they lack protein! If you eat that in a day, you won't get the right amount of protein your body needs. Some good sources are tofu and beans (like you mentioned), nuts, spinach, seeds and lentils. Just thought I would tell you this :)