Once misconception about Veganism that refuses to go away is that vegan lifestyle is too expensive. The truth couldn’t be more shocking. People are living this myth because they relate the term ‘vegan’ or a plant-based diet to vegan dairy alternatives, packed vegan foods and meat substitutes. Many of these vegan diet products are produced and packaged in the typical conglomerate manner, high on promises and prices but with little clarity about the purity. We are taking the lid off this conspiracy without pointing fingers, clarifying with some facts and tips. Here we go with some immediately usable, practical vegan lifestyle ideas:
Always buy in bulk:
Many vegan foods have a long shelf life. Once refrigerated, they don’t present any storage issues. This means you should be buying vegan foods in bulk. Every time a discount scheme comes up, ensure that you load up on the staples such as oats and spices. When shopping online, you will come across bigger discounts on larger orders, such as buying Herbal Teas that can easily last a season without any warehousing requirement. Considered the perfect beverage for a true vegan, Herbal Teas are a budgeted option to overcome your hunger cravings too. The same applies to vegan snacks, cereals, grains, pulses, seeds, and nuts.
Always buy regional:
Understand one simple fact—there is always a fair price market hidden somewhere in the overwhelming landscape of blatant advertising. The promotional costs are recovered through the sticker price. You might as well get your vegan stock from nearby farms, weekly organic markets and online stores that are known to procure locally and sell at industry-best prices. When shopping online for vegan foods, put a premium on vegan online stores that deliver and ship with the bare minimum costing. For instance, VitaVega offers free delivery on all UK orders for a minimum billing amount.
Always shop seasonally:
It is very important to understand that in-season produce is always more likely to have negligible chemical residues. Try to buy fresh fruits and vegetables if you want to adopt plant food based diet. You might come across some vegan produce that is packed smartly, without chemical preservatives or additives. These can be consumed through the year but be biased towards seasonal produce as it presents significantly lesser chances of any synthetics being used during the supply chain.
Always stick to the basics:
There is a very commercial way of doing veganism in some areas. Many fancily named foodstuffs are being branded as vegetarian or vegan and sold at exorbitant prices. Steer clear of what is being peddled as vegan superfoods and opt for basic vegan foods like oatmeal, fruits or herbal smoothies to ensure you maintain sufficient nutrition on a budget. Spend less on frozen products where the preservation/freezing costs are invariably incorporated into the pricing.
We recommend, you have these vegan essentials:
- Whole wheat couscous
- Wholegrain bread
- Rolled oats
- Brown rice
- Yellow/green split peas
[None of these are expensive, most are easily available and don’t have seasonal variations]
To ensure that you can sustain a vegan lifestyle, your kitchen should have easy to use equipment too. This includes a rice cooker, perhaps one with a steamer basket. A food processor and blender means ease of mincing vegetables and fruits into a quick salad or a smoothie that you can slurp on the go.
Your Perception Matters the Most
Perhaps the biggest challenge in being vegan on a budget is your perception. Don’t carry preconceived notions about it. The organic and vegan marketplace is trending across the world. More genuine, local communities that provide synthetic-free foods are coming to the fore. In fact, expect your vegan picks to get cheaper as this year progresses…