Thursday, July 2, 2015

7 Ways Living Vegan Has Actually Saved Me Money

There is a popular misconception that being vegan is expensive and unattainable for people who are on a budget. I am here to clear things up for those with concerns about financing vegan living. 

1. No more fast food stops. I eat out less and cook more complete meals at home. I buy less junk food in general. You can also pack a simple lunch for work or school.

2. I waste a lot less food since going vegan and most vegan food tends to have a longer shelf life.

3. I used to get sick all the time before going vegan. Now I never even get a cold so I'm not spending money on doctor visits, Rx or over the counter treatments.

4. I reuse and recycle everything now, including reusing bathwater to flush the toilet. Going green saves green!

5. Have you seen the rising meat, dairy and egg prices? Demand for it is decreasing as more people open their hearts to a more compassionate lifestyle.

6. I make my own cruelty-free, chemical-free toothpaste and other products.

7. I shop for most of my clothes at thrift stores because it's ethically and environmentally friendly, plus it often supports a good cause. For example, my favorite thrift store is American Council for the Blind which helps vision impaired people.

Ways YOU can save money living vegan:

·Grow your own produce
·Avoid vegan labels and buy more whole food like beans, rice and produce
·Walk or bicycle more. Drive less
·Make your own laundry detergent, shampoo etc

Be creative. The possibilities are endless!

-----------------------------------------------------------------------DISCLAIMER: I realize everyone is different and have had different experiences when going vegan. This is uniquely my experience.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Delicious Vegan Dairy Alternatives

varieties of vegan milk

coffee creamer 
vegan marshmallows

this tastes very much like Kraft 

vegan nacho cheez

and even vegan nog

Daiya has 4 vegan cheescakes: New York Style, Strawberry, Key Lime and Chocolate

Just like the brand name says, SO Delicious! Better than Cool Whip

There are a couple vegan butter brands, but they contain palm oil which I avoid due to its unethical harvesting. Here's a great, easy recipe

Super Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe! SO Good!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Delicious Vegan Meat Alternatives

red beans and rice with Tofurky sausages

tater tot casserole with Boca ground crumbles

Irish corned seitan and cabbage

Gardein fishless filets
vegan shepherd's pie made with soy beefless crumbles

BBQ vegan riblet sandwich from Comet Cafe in Milwaukee
chili dog made with Boca crumbles and Smart Dog veggie dogs
Viana veggie steak and vegan fetuccine alfredo
open face Gardein meatless meatloaf sandwich
I make this often. It is so delicious
Tofurky also has roasts, pot pies, pizzas and many other varieties of deli meat and sausages
great lunch option and super easy!
Gardein has tons of great products
my favorite vegan bacon
this is so good
Gardein Ch'kn Sliders

rueben sandwich made with Tofurky deli slices