okay so I've been really really wanting to go vegan for the past 6 months and really just don't see how I can do it. I have been a vegetarian for 3 years and can drop all of the eggs, cheese, dairy etc in a heart beat, so that's not the problem. I'm really just on such a tight budget living with my family and being in high school on a minimum wage job. I'm really trying to save my money for a car and for the future, I'm not looking to spend a lot of money (or any) on vegan food. My mom does still buy food for me since I'm still a minor, but I feel like if I switched to vegan I wouldn't be able to have a well balanced vegan diet with how much money we have. What are some cheap ways to be vegan and have a HEALTHY, well balanced vegan diet?
Oh and nutritional yeast for under 5$ my ass. The cheapest I can get is about 7-8 dollars for a LITTLE bag. I mean it lasts me for awhile, since i hardly use it, but the price is why I hardly use it. Also, the jury’s out on if your body absorbs the b12 in nutritional yeast, if there is even a significant amount. All plant milks and almost all breakfast cereals are fortified with a crap ton of b12 and your body does absorb that.
I didn’t buy any food while I was in high school, my mom paid for everything, so I never got the amount of fresh produce I like and I didn’t get any of the ‘fun’ vegan stuff, like tofurky, ice cream, ect. ect. So I lived off of banana strawberry smoothies in the morning, apple and peanut butter as a snack at school, spinach avocado wraps or assorted leftovers for lunch and dinner was whatever struck me as sounding good. I ate sooooo much vegetable soup(potatoes, onions, rice, carrots in vegetable broth), black bean burgers with rice and mushroom gravy, and chili.
Please be careful taking advice from nutritionists, anyone can call themselves a ‘nutritionist’ without having any qualifications at all. To get professional, well-qualified advice please speak to a dietician.
I’ve done a bit of research and most nutritionist say that if You are or are planning to be a vegan, to be a mindful of getting protein, i don’t think its something that i shouldnt worry about, but i’ve gotten great answers from people about getting protein easily and cheaply, so don’t worry about me
Unless you have a protein defficiency disorder then you really don’t need to worry about getting enough protein, it’s in everything we eat! (Apart from sugar and alcohol). But if you need to tell parents, vegan-doubters etc. about protein then tell them that tofu, beans, pulses, nuts etc. are all great sources of vegan protein.
@LittleLotte well obviously if i just drop foods from my diet it would be cheaper since i’m not spending money on them, but those foods give me valuable nutrients that I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to obtain efficiently everyday while being on a tight budget. Which you have explained i might need a calcium supplement and soya milk, which will be a little more expensive than just eating eggs, but I have gotten some great answers to substitute eggs and cheese cheaply and still getting my nutrients (:
Surely dropping the eggs, cheese etc. will save you money? And be healthier!
As a vegan, the only thing you may have to worry about is calcium (as a healthy vegetarian you’ll already be getting everything you need, including things like iron and B12) and this can easily be obtained from fortifed soya milk and leafy green vegetables.
I’m a little confused at why not eating eggs and dairy anymore will mean you spend more money or eat a less well-balanced diet? Unless you rely on convience vegetarian foods, which certainly isn’t cheap to start with!
I don’t have much money too. I can buy organic breads and regional, seasonal, and organic veggies. The protein I get from beans (combined with (fermented) bread) or Tofu (has all amino acid).
Calcium from Soymilk. Your daily dishe should have protein, veggies and carbohydrates.
And very important! Take a B12 supplement.
&%#@, the size of the calcium bottle that I just linked to was reduced from 16oz to 12oz.
Here are corrected numbers: Amount per day: 1g … Cost per day: 0.01
(Costs about 1 penny per day and lasts for 340 days.)
Also, note that my calcium intake is below the RDA. This is because my diet and lifestyle don’t justify an RDA intake, and taking in more calcium than I need unnecessarily puts me at a higher risk for kidney stones. You’ll need to determine how much calcium you personally require. You may personally need more iron than I take in too. The difference, cost-wise, is only a couple pennies per day.