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.