30-day vegan eating challenge for students
November is World Vegan Month, so we’re challenging students to try out a vegan diet for just 30 days. We’re sure you’ve heard of the many health, ethical and environmental benefits of veganism, but the good news is that it can be friendly to your pocket, too! So, here are our top tips for incorporating a vegan regime into your student lifestyle…
1. Make chickpeas your new best friend
So versatile, so healthy and so CHEAP – chickpeas are the perfect food for a vegan student. You can put them in a salad, stew, soup or curry, blend them to make hummus or even chickpea burgers – the list is endless! They’re a great source of protein and also count as one of your five-a-day. What’s not to love?
2. Get on your way to five-a-day
Fruit and vegetables lay the foundations of a vegan diet and we all know it’s important to eat enough of them. Frozen vegetables can be super cheap and convenient for making stir-fry, as long as you’ve got enough freezer space! Frozen berries, on the other hand, are great for making smoothies or can be used as a porridge topping - simply add them to your oats and almond milk before microwaving and you’ll end up with a deliciously fruity breakfast. Read more ways to make fab food from your freezer here.
3. Brave the label
Always read labels, because there are a few things to be aware of that could potentially catch you out, such as sauces you might not think contain animal ingredients (Worcestershire sauce, for example, is not vegan, as it contains anchovies). Make a habit of thoroughly reading labels and menus or asking in the restaurant to make sure you’re not accidentally eating something that isn’t vegan. And there are great alternatives out there, so don’t despair if the brand you used to love isn’t vegan!
4. Tofu or not tofu?
Definitely yes. Tofu is another of those versatile and healthy ingredients, which is high in protein, amino acids, iron, calcium and other nutrients. Great in a stir fry or on top of a salad, you can eat tofu hot or cold. You can season it with all sorts of different herbs and spices, such as chilli or paprika, to create tasty meals like a tofu and vegetable Thai curry. Yum!
5. Debunk the junk
Believe it or not, there are many vegan junk food products out there and plenty of restaurants that’ll satisfy that craving for a burger. You HAVE to try jackfruit (AKA the new pulled pork) burgers, because they taste absolutely incredible. But, like with any junk food, a lot products are highly processed, such as vegan cheeses and vegan ice creams (some of which contain a whole host of unhealthy ingredients that you’ve probably never heard of - I mean, what is ‘corn maltodextrin’?). So, enjoy vegan junk food, but don’t eat it every day and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy vegan lifestyle.
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