The question “what can a vegan eat” always brings a smile to my face. No, it’s not because I am ridiculing the person who is asking but rather because he or she is asking for reasons that please me to no end. So, what could possibly be the reasons that anyone might be asking, “what can a vegan eat”? or perhaps they might be phrasing their question slightly differently, “what do vegans eat”? Well, there are several reasons that I can think of for someone or anyone to ask such questions:
1. Curiosity might be one reason for asking. The asking person might simply be curious about the vegan diet because he or she has heard about it from one source or another. This opens up the door for good explanations and the possibility that he or she may actually transition to the very healthy, natural, vegan diet which is, of course, also the only diet that is ethical and cruelty free.
2. Quest for improving healthy. The asking party may be struggling with poor health and was advised to switch to the vegan diet because vegan nutritional values have the power to reverse many chronic and life threatening medical disorders such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, stroke, various cancers, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, MS (multiple sclerosis), macular degenerations, etc. Yes, the vegan diet does indeed promote optimal health.
3. Pursuit for sustaining and maintaining optimal health. Some asking individuals may actually be currently enjoying good health but they have heard somewhere that the plant-based diet can sustain and maintain it by staving off disease causing factors such as access cholesterol from animal fats, free-radical, malnutrition and so on.
4. Desire to lose weight with a low fat, high fiber diet. It’s a well known fact that the vegan diet which avoids all animal products (flesh, dairy, eggs, honey) helps with weight lose and then also helps keep it off because it is very low in fat and very high in dietary fiber.
5. Ethical considerations. Many of those who ask such questions have come to realize the extent of the abuse that goes on in the meat, dairy and egg industries and they have then decided to stop promoting it by boycotting their products. Now they earnestly want to know what they can and cannot eat as vegans because they are consider evolving into veganism.
Whatever the reason, transitioning into the vegan diet requires many culinary (dietary) changes in perspective, in attitude and, of course, in food preparation. However, none of these are insurmountable.
Then, if you are worried that by going vegan you will be narrowing your eating options to such extent that your meals become boring, let me assure you that you could not be more wrong. With the help of your local health food stores, the many hundreds of vegan cookbooks that are available out there and with the wealth of information that you can easily access on the Internet; your food options will not only double or triple, they will also provide more color, texture, aroma and flavor.
So, what can a vegan eat?
A vegan can eat any food that is derived from or whose list of ingredients are plant-based. This will include fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. With these ingredients your pantry, you can easily prepare amazing meals that are delicious, nutritious and cruelty-free.
Because there are vegan substitutes for every imaginable product, there are no limits to the dishes you can prepare:
a) Vegan milk substitutes: Soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, coconut milk, rice milk, quinoa milk, flax milk. Most of these milk alternatives are available in various flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, etc.
b) Vegan egg substitutes: Prepackaged Ener-G Egg Replacer or the following combinations that equal one egg …
… 2 Tablespoons potato starch
… 1/2 Mashed banana
… 1/3 Cup apple sauce
… 1/4 Cup mashed potatoes
… 1/4 Cup canned pumpkin or squash
… 1/4 Cup pureed prunes
… 1/4 Cup silken tofu
… 2 Tablespoons water + 1 Tablespoon oil + 2 Teaspoons baking powder
… 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed simmered in 3 Tablespoons water
c) Vegan cheese substitutes and other dairy products: Health food stores carry a wide variety of non-dairy alternative cheeses that are made with soy, rice, beans, etc. and, just like dairy cheese, they come in different flavors, textures and consistencies.
d) Vegan faux meat substitutes: As a vegan you will be able to eat cruelty-free faux meat products such as hotdogs, sausages, hamburgers, beef, chicken, pork, bacon, tuna fish and much more.
So, what can a vegan eat? A vegan can eat anything that a non-vegan can. The only difference is that what the vegan eats is healthier and completely ethical as no animals are ever harmed.
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