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What do Vegans Eat Anyway? (Part II)

Having a vegan guest over? Maybe you’re just thinking of trying to eat healthier for the new year, or even go Vegan! But knowing where to start can be tricky, especially when you don’t know what is and isn’t vegan yet. So here’s a mini mock-menu of some real life Cheap Vegan staples I eat on the regular.

Breakfast: 
  1. Oatmeal w/ natural peanut butter, chopped apples, banana, and cinnamon, topped with granola (for crunch and sweet flavor)
  2. Granola with as many different fruits as I have/want and almond milk. Sometimes a scoop of natural peanut butter.
  3. Natural Almond/Peanut butter and banana sandwiches w/some cinnamon (sometimes I’ll also do strawberry, peach, apple or grape slices, depending on what I have) 
  4. Pancakes - I’ll just use the Bisquick flour, add some oatmeal to the batter to pretend it’s healthy. 
    Then substitute milk with soy/almond milk and eggs with Energ-G Egg Replacer or Oil as an egg substitute. 
    Top with fruit and natural peanut butter 
  5. Smoothies/fruit salad (they also sell vegan yogurt for about $1 at whole foods)
Lunch: 
  1. Veggie Burger on Ezekiel bread with avocado, tomato, lettuce and Jalepeno.
    (I like the veggie burgers that are made of veggies rather than say the boca burgers that are mostly soy/wheat protein to replicate meat)
  2. Raw Chopped Salad** (This is my FAVORITE go-to when I don’t know what to eat, good for the work week)
  3. Soup - generally I just take anything I have and dice it or throw it in a blender then slow cook it when I know I’ll be home the whole day. Then I have soup for the rest of the week, same as the Chopped Salad. 
  4. Taco Salad - instead of meat, sub beans, instead of cheese sub nutritional yeast or Daiya “Cheese” (Daiya is tapioca based faux-cheese, it’s pretty tasty but not that healthy)
  5. Hummus Sandwich w/tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, black olives, whatever looks good.
Dinner:
  1. Pasta w/Tomato Sauce and Beans 
  2. Red Beans and Brown Rice w/Greens
  3. Stir Fry and Brown Rice or Quinoa
  4. Various Veggie Casseroles - I think baking is the best and tastiest way to cook so I’ll make casseroles out of anything. Vegan Shepherds Pie, Veggie Pot Pie, Mediterranean Veggies with White Beans, Artichoke, Zucchini, tomato, garlic, etc. 
  5.  Mexican Quinoa, or nachos, or burritos, or tacos…..
    (Quinoa recipes: http://cheapveg.tumblr.com/search/quinoa)
Snacks
  1. Nuts/Trail Mix
  2. Sun-dried tomato on baguette
  3. Apple and Peanut Butter w/cinnamon 
  4. Olives
  5. Veggies and Hummus
Desserts
  1. Raw Banana Ice Cream** AMAZING 
    I’ll usually add strawberries, blueberries and a scoop of Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, made from peanuts and cocoa, sorta like a healthier fudge. 
  2. Fruit Juice Popsicles
  3. Frozen Fruit - you can also blend frozen fruit to make a sorbet, similar to the banana ice cream method
  4. Various Types of Dark Chocolate (without milk, whey, etc)
  5. Vegan Pastries
    Still not really healthy but better than normal. They sell them pre-made at whole foods or you can make your own 
General Tips on Nutritional Substituting:
  • To cut down on empty carbs and to get extra Calcium, Iron, etc. I try to add green leafy vegetables to my meals and then a smaller portion of grains. (Here’s a link explaining how)
  • I put Nutritional Yeast on basically everything savory for some added B12
  • I put beans or nuts/nut butters in almost everything for Protein 
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Cheap, Raw, Healthy Homemade Ice Cream!!?
I scream, you scream, we all scream when we have ice cream cravings. Ice cream is definitely on the top 5 list for most missed non-vegan foods. Luckily for us, there is a great alternative!
It’s called a Banana whip, and you can make it for under 50 cents at home.
You’ll need a food processor or juicer, 2-3 frozen bananas, and whatever toppings you like.
Freeze bananas in a tupperware or a ziplock freezer bag.
Put bananas through food processor or juicer until the consistency of soft serve. Some juicers will come out perfect on the first go, others you’ll need to put it through twice.
done.
You can also add different frozen fruits to create new flavors and add variety to your whips.
The nice thing about banana whips is they’re 100% raw and they don’t take much effort.  The banana flavor is very mild after freezing and is great for kids. You can eat banana whips as an in between meal snack or even add granola and peanut butter and have ice cream for breakfast!
If you don’t have a food processor, enjoy frozen bananas on their own or with melted dark chocolate and nuts.

Cheap, Raw, Healthy Homemade Ice Cream!!?

I scream, you scream, we all scream when we have ice cream cravings. Ice cream is definitely on the top 5 list for most missed non-vegan foods. Luckily for us, there is a great alternative!

It’s called a Banana whip, and you can make it for under 50 cents at home.

You’ll need a food processor or juicer, 2-3 frozen bananas, and whatever toppings you like.

  1. Freeze bananas in a tupperware or a ziplock freezer bag.
  2. Put bananas through food processor or juicer until the consistency of soft serve. Some juicers will come out perfect on the first go, others you’ll need to put it through twice.
  3. done.
  4. You can also add different frozen fruits to create new flavors and add variety to your whips.

The nice thing about banana whips is they’re 100% raw and they don’t take much effort.  The banana flavor is very mild after freezing and is great for kids. You can eat banana whips as an in between meal snack or even add granola and peanut butter and have ice cream for breakfast!

If you don’t have a food processor, enjoy frozen bananas on their own or with melted dark chocolate and nuts.

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Too Easy Cool as a Cucumber Salad(serves 1-2 people)
1/2 cold cucumber (cubed)
1 tomato (cubed)
about 1 tbsp finely diced onion
red wine vinegar
1 chop cucumber and tomatoes to be bite size (not tiny)
add onion, vinegar, and a little salt to taste
serve chilled
This is a great summer side dish and you can make it in 5 minutes for very cheap.

Too Easy Cool as a Cucumber Salad
(serves 1-2 people)

  • 1/2 cold cucumber (cubed)
  • 1 tomato (cubed)
  • about 1 tbsp finely diced onion
  • red wine vinegar
  1. 1 chop cucumber and tomatoes to be bite size (not tiny)
  2. add onion, vinegar, and a little salt to taste
  3. serve chilled

This is a great summer side dish and you can make it in 5 minutes for very cheap.

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Free Vegan Apps
There are a lot of apps on the market designed to make going vegan easier. Here is a list of some free ones that are pretty cool. Great for new vegans who need a little help.
21-Day Vegan Kickstart - This app maps out the first 21 days of being vegan with recipes as well as suggestions on what to order at restaurants. It includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, and Dessert.
Animal Free - This is basically a dictionary of all questionable ingredients. They tell you if weird ingredients like “Isinglass” or “Glucose Isomerate” is vegetarian, vegan or neither. It’s a nice little pocket dictionary specifically for shopping vegan.
Whole Foods Market Recipes - This app lets you put in what type of meal you want (dinner, soups, breads, etc.)  Then you can actually put in a “budget” option to find you inexpensive meals! After that you put in any dietary restrictions and the app finds recipes for you to choose from. Once you decide on a recipe, the app creates a shopping list for you!  There is also an option where you type in what you have in your kitchen, and the recipe finder will find a meal to match the ingredients you already have.
The Eatery - This isn’t specifically a vegan app but it’s a great way to stick to a vegan diet if you’re worried about falling off the wagon. What you do is you snap photos of your food and people rate them healthy or unhealthy. There is no exact science to this app, but if you get friends to join in it can be helpful. First you tell them you’re eating vegan from now on and you agree to use The Eatery. Then you make a point to update every meal. This makes you accountable for what you eat and will make it less likely for you to “cheat”. It’s also fun to read comments and see what scores you get.

Free Vegan Apps

There are a lot of apps on the market designed to make going vegan easier. Here is a list of some free ones that are pretty cool. Great for new vegans who need a little help.

  1. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart - This app maps out the first 21 days of being vegan with recipes as well as suggestions on what to order at restaurants. It includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, and Dessert.
  2. Animal Free - This is basically a dictionary of all questionable ingredients. They tell you if weird ingredients like “Isinglass” or “Glucose Isomerate” is vegetarian, vegan or neither. It’s a nice little pocket dictionary specifically for shopping vegan.
  3. Whole Foods Market Recipes - This app lets you put in what type of meal you want (dinner, soups, breads, etc.)  Then you can actually put in a “budget” option to find you inexpensive meals! After that you put in any dietary restrictions and the app finds recipes for you to choose from. Once you decide on a recipe, the app creates a shopping list for you!
    There is also an option where you type in what you have in your kitchen, and the recipe finder will find a meal to match the ingredients you already have.
  4. The Eatery - This isn’t specifically a vegan app but it’s a great way to stick to a vegan diet if you’re worried about falling off the wagon. What you do is you snap photos of your food and people rate them healthy or unhealthy. There is no exact science to this app, but if you get friends to join in it can be helpful.
    First you tell them you’re eating vegan from now on and you agree to use The Eatery. Then you make a point to update every meal. This makes you accountable for what you eat and will make it less likely for you to “cheat”. It’s also fun to read comments and see what scores you get.
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Quick, Cheap, and Hearty Salad For The Entire Work Week
Making a meal that lasts the entire week is great for those of us on a busy schedule. For the winter I used soup as an example. But as the weather gets warmer, hot soup gets a little less appealing. Here’s a recipe you can make over the weekend to last you the entire work week.This hearty salad is a nutritious and refreshing meal on the go. It includes 7 different types of raw vegetables and fruit. It also has protein of your choice. This is a great meal for any person who needs to include more whole foods and fiber in their diet.  You only need a few ingredients to make a large portion. The price of all of the produce equals out to be $5 or $6 and makes 4-6 servings. That’s the same as eating out for lunch 1 day!The salad stays good for a long period of time and actually gets tastier the longer it sits. It’s very easy to bring into work. Plus it acts as a great meal on it’s own, or a colorful side to lunch or dinner. 
So without further adieu, 
Marybeth’s Diced Salad (mostly raw)
serves 4-6 people
1/2 onion
2 tomatoes
1 cucumber
2 zucchinis or yellow squash
6 stalks of celery
1 red apple
6-7 baby carrots
2 handfuls of walnuts or 1 cup of well-rinsed black, white, or garbanzo beans
4 tbsp red wine vinegar (not raw)
salt/pepper/oregano/garlic powder to taste
Dice the ingredients in order as listed in to small 2x2cm cubes and place in a large tupperware. Stir each new vegetable in to mixture as you go. NOTE: When you get to the celery, before chopping, smash celery with a tenderizing mallet on both sides. This will make the celery more absorbent when it’s mixed with the vegetables’ juices.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder on top.
Add vinegar and serve or refrigerate.
Special thanks to my friend Marybeth for inspiring this recipe.

Quick, Cheap, and Hearty Salad For The Entire Work Week

Making a meal that lasts the entire week is great for those of us on a busy schedule. For the winter I used soup as an example. But as the weather gets warmer, hot soup gets a little less appealing. Here’s a recipe you can make over the weekend to last you the entire work week.

This hearty salad is a nutritious and refreshing meal on the go. It includes 7 different types of raw vegetables and fruit. It also has protein of your choice. This is a great meal for any person who needs to include more whole foods and fiber in their diet.

You only need a few ingredients to make a large portion. The price of all of the produce equals out to be $5 or $6 and makes 4-6 servings. That’s the same as eating out for lunch 1 day!

The salad stays good for a long period of time and actually gets tastier the longer it sits. It’s very easy to bring into work. Plus it acts as a great meal on it’s own, or a colorful side to lunch or dinner.

So without further adieu,

Marybeth’s Diced Salad
(mostly raw)

serves 4-6 people

  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 zucchinis or yellow squash
  • 6 stalks of celery
  • 1 red apple
  • 6-7 baby carrots
  • 2 handfuls of walnuts or 1 cup of well-rinsed black, white, or garbanzo beans
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar (not raw)
  • salt/pepper/oregano/garlic powder to taste
  1. Dice the ingredients in order as listed in to small 2x2cm cubes and place in a large tupperware. Stir each new vegetable in to mixture as you go.
    NOTE: When you get to the celery, before chopping, smash celery with a tenderizing mallet on both sides. This will make the celery more absorbent when it’s mixed with the vegetables’ juices.
  2. Sprinkle salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder on top.
  3. Add vinegar and serve or refrigerate.

Special thanks to my friend Marybeth for inspiring this recipe.

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grave-wisdom-deactivated2012042 asked: cabbage is also a cure for stomach ulcers, after years of being on pills to fight my ulcers the only real cure i found was cabbage! it fights carcinogens in your stomach and helps encourage natural bacteria, eating 4 cups a day will relieve the pain of stomach ulcers in a few days, and eventually leave your stomach back in perfect health!



Medicinal Diet: Alkaline and Acidic
That’s Amazing! (this is a response to this post about cabbage)  I think a lot of people are so often told to turn to medicine, they don’t even realize they can fix their illnesses by what they choose to eat and drink.

There has been strong evidence that a vegan (especially a raw vegan) diet can help prevent or even cure illnesses. The China Study and Crazy Sexy Cancer are two books that give first hand accounts of illnesses treated by lifestyle changes instead of medicine. Plus they go on to explain the science behind how it works.

In cancer survivor, Kris Carr’s follow up book Crazy Sexy Diet, she recommends an 60/40 diet for good preventative health, and an 80/20 diet for those who want optimal health or are treating chronic illness. These numbers refer to percentages of alkaline and acidic foods. 60-80% alkaline foods and 40-20% acidic foods. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, a list of alkaline acidic foods can be found below.
Acidic doesn’t necessarily mean bad foods, though some of the foods on the list are clearly healthier than others. But generally green leafy vegetables and fruits are alkaline, where sugars, meat/dairy, and some starches and other proteins are more acidic.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
Everyone else, go eat some cabbage!

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10 Snack Foods You Forgot Were Raw

Raw whole foods are the healthiest you can eat, but when you hear “raw diet” it’s hard not to think of salad. While a totally raw diet isn’t for everyone, eating more whole food than processed food is possible and healthy. One of the most tempting times to grab unhealthy food is snack time. Instead of going for the white cheddar popcorn, here is a list of 10 snack foods that are conveniently raw (or mostly raw).

  1. Bruschetta - Tomatoes, onions, basil, some garlic, sea salt, and if you use cold pressed olive oil are totally raw.
  2. Frozen Banana - Delicious dessert that is really similar to ice cream.
  3. Hummus - (recipe for raw hummus here) Chick peas, garlic, lemons, paprika.
  4. Salsa - Tomato, onion, green pepper, cilantro, sea salt, and lime juice.
  5. Fruit Salad- When something is as delicious as a combination of all your favorite fruits, and so common you can find it in most cafes or even Wawas, it’s easy to forget fruit salad is raw.
  6. Olive Plate - assortments of olives are a fancy treat, full of healthy fats.
  7. Guacamole - Avocados, onions, tomatoes, a little sea salt and lime juice.
  8. Pistachios (and other raw nuts)
  9. Granola - There are many different types of raw granola, perfect grab and go snack or, add almond milk and make it a meal.
  10. Smoothies - Yes!

While most of us aren’t willing to make an 100% raw commitment, incorporating raw foods in to our diet is one of the best ways to insure you’re eating healthy and we can do it with foods we already eat normally.

(NOTE: The recipes for all of items listed above have room for variation, if you want to be sure your snack is 100% raw, make it at home or be sure to ask the cook. Processed versions of these snacks can have added sugars and salts, be sure to read labels.)

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No Better Way to Save Money on Food Then by Not Eating!

Joking aside, I’m definitely NOT talking about starving yourself or limiting your calories to 600 a day, I’m talking about 24 hour water detox.
Detoxification is a healthy way to give your body a break from digesting and instead lets it clean out toxins that have been getting a free ride in your bod.
Benefits of Detoxifying:
Gives digestive system a break so it can flush out toxins trapped in your intestines.
Some studies have proven regular fasting can improve heart health
Suppresses insulin secretion and reduces the desire for sugar. This is especially beneficial since most of us on a Western diet are addicted to the stuff. We often don’t even realize how many foods contain sugar. Some professionals have called sugar a toxin equal to alcohol.
Fasting benefits the brain. Some say that regular fasting can protect against diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and strokes.
Reduces the amount of food you need to get full the next day. If you feel like you’ve been eating more than usual, a 24 hour water fast is a great way to get back on track. 
Some even say that fasting can help lengthen our lifespan. During fasting, our body is told it needs to store energy and manage our cells more efficiently. 
Fasting also can help lower blood pressure and can even help prevent cancer.
When to Fast and What to Expect
Fast when it’s unlikely that you will be active. Pick a day like Sunday when you’ll be laying around watching Rob and Big re-runs. 
Dizziness (should not happen). Even when fasting during only somewhat active days can bring on dizziness. You really should fast when you will be resting. If ever you feel faint, eat a small piece of fruit, drink more water, and rest. The feeling should pass fairly quickly.
Be near a bathroom. During a water fast, you obviously need to drink a lot of water. This is very important, you need to stay hydrated while your body is working to sustain itself. The side effect of water, of course, is having to pee. So make sure you’re going to be somewhere where it is easy to get to the toilet. You might also want to make sure it’s a toilet where you can have some privacy. You’re detoxifying, that means getting all the nasty crap out of your body (literally).
Hunger. Obviously fasting can make you hungry, but if you fast correctly, and you are constantly drinking water, your hunger will be more tolerable. If you need a fix, drink some herbal tea like chamomile or mint. There are even special detox teas.
Do not (water only) fast for more than 2 days. The best time to take a water fast is for 24 - 36 hours. Your body needs calories to work and if you fast without taking in any calories for too long your body will start eating your muscles. If you want to fast for a longer period of time, there are many 21 day detox diet plans that include taking in juices and other easily digested food.
Many people recommend fasting once a week for optimal health. Some even recommend fasting every other, or every 2 days. I tend to fast once a season. Test it out and see what works best for you.
Remind yourself that you can eat tomorrow…and the next day…and the next day. Often times it’s hard to fast because of cravings, remind yourself that you get to eat tomorrow. It’s not the end of pasta and burritos in your life. Sometimes a good time to fast is when you need to go grocery shopping, then you have less in the house to tempt you. Just make sure you have some fruit to break your fast the next day for breakfast. 
Go to sleep early. Going to sleep early is a good way to get some well needed rest, and it’s much easier to have hunger when you’re asleep than when you’re awake. 
How to Break a Fast
First drink a glass of water, then eat a small meal of raw fruit. Take your time eating.  Eat slowly so you can notice when you are actually full or when you are actually hungry. You will find that you get full faster/with less food.
Try to eat raw vegan for the rest of the day. Raw vegan means none of your food is cooked and you are not eating meat or dairy products. Cooked food, dairy, and meat are hard to digest. Your digestive system has been sleeping while you were fasting, so give it a break and wake it up slowly.
Always remember to Listen to your body.
If you spent the weekend (or month…) drinking, over eating especially on unhealthy food, and generally not treating your temple well, you will probably feel pretty lousy. These are good times to fast.
Also, if you feel sick or lightheaded during a fast, today might not be your day. Try another day with a less trying schedule.

No Better Way to Save Money on Food Then by Not Eating!

Joking aside, I’m definitely NOT talking about starving yourself or limiting your calories to 600 a day, I’m talking about 24 hour water detox.

Detoxification is a healthy way to give your body a break from digesting and instead lets it clean out toxins that have been getting a free ride in your bod.

Benefits of Detoxifying:

  • Gives digestive system a break so it can flush out toxins trapped in your intestines.
  • Some studies have proven regular fasting can improve heart health
  • Suppresses insulin secretion and reduces the desire for sugar. This is especially beneficial since most of us on a Western diet are addicted to the stuff. We often don’t even realize how many foods contain sugar. Some professionals have called sugar a toxin equal to alcohol.
  • Fasting benefits the brain. Some say that regular fasting can protect against diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and strokes.
  • Reduces the amount of food you need to get full the next day. If you feel like you’ve been eating more than usual, a 24 hour water fast is a great way to get back on track.
  • Some even say that fasting can help lengthen our lifespan. During fasting, our body is told it needs to store energy and manage our cells more efficiently.
  • Fasting also can help lower blood pressure and can even help prevent cancer.

When to Fast and What to Expect

  • Fast when it’s unlikely that you will be active. Pick a day like Sunday when you’ll be laying around watching Rob and Big re-runs.
  • Dizziness (should not happen). Even when fasting during only somewhat active days can bring on dizziness. You really should fast when you will be resting. If ever you feel faint, eat a small piece of fruit, drink more water, and rest. The feeling should pass fairly quickly.
  • Be near a bathroom. During a water fast, you obviously need to drink a lot of water. This is very important, you need to stay hydrated while your body is working to sustain itself. The side effect of water, of course, is having to pee. So make sure you’re going to be somewhere where it is easy to get to the toilet. You might also want to make sure it’s a toilet where you can have some privacy. You’re detoxifying, that means getting all the nasty crap out of your body (literally).
  • Hunger. Obviously fasting can make you hungry, but if you fast correctly, and you are constantly drinking water, your hunger will be more tolerable. If you need a fix, drink some herbal tea like chamomile or mint. There are even special detox teas.
  • Do not (water only) fast for more than 2 days. The best time to take a water fast is for 24 - 36 hours. Your body needs calories to work and if you fast without taking in any calories for too long your body will start eating your muscles. If you want to fast for a longer period of time, there are many 21 day detox diet plans that include taking in juices and other easily digested food.
  • Many people recommend fasting once a week for optimal health. Some even recommend fasting every other, or every 2 days. I tend to fast once a season. Test it out and see what works best for you.
  • Remind yourself that you can eat tomorrow…and the next day…and the next day. Often times it’s hard to fast because of cravings, remind yourself that you get to eat tomorrow. It’s not the end of pasta and burritos in your life. Sometimes a good time to fast is when you need to go grocery shopping, then you have less in the house to tempt you. Just make sure you have some fruit to break your fast the next day for breakfast.
  • Go to sleep early. Going to sleep early is a good way to get some well needed rest, and it’s much easier to have hunger when you’re asleep than when you’re awake.

How to Break a Fast

First drink a glass of water, then eat a small meal of raw fruit. Take your time eating.  Eat slowly so you can notice when you are actually full or when you are actually hungry. You will find that you get full faster/with less food.

Try to eat raw vegan for the rest of the day. Raw vegan means none of your food is cooked and you are not eating meat or dairy products. Cooked food, dairy, and meat are hard to digest. Your digestive system has been sleeping while you were fasting, so give it a break and wake it up slowly.

Always remember to Listen to your body.

If you spent the weekend (or month…) drinking, over eating especially on unhealthy food, and generally not treating your temple well, you will probably feel pretty lousy. These are good times to fast.

Also, if you feel sick or lightheaded during a fast, today might not be your day. Try another day with a less trying schedule.

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Substitutes for Meat Substitutes
A lot of people have the impression that eating vegan means that you have to spend an arm and a leg on Tofurky and Trader Joe’s special vegan whatever. This isn’t true, there are plenty of cheap and easy ways to make meat substitutes with cheap, whole food ingredients.
Seitan, Tempeh, and Tofu - These are 3 meat substitutes that are very popular in vegan cooking. Seitan is the best for meat lovers gone veg. Tofu is good for making weird textures like scrambled eggs or ricotta cheese.
Nuts and Seeds - Healthy and very common in raw food recipes, also really good for staying full while eating vegan.
Beans and Legumes - Filling and full of fiber, beans and legumes are a great source of protein and are delicious. 
Portobello Mushroom (photo above) - Which produces helps your body produce its own antioxidants and helps with blood flow. Marinated mushrooms can be a great way to add some meaty flavor and a savory texture to your shroom.
Combos - Adding the foods mentioned above with grains like barley, bulgur what, or quinoa are a great way to make food like veggie burgers or “meat”loaf 

Substitutes for Meat Substitutes

A lot of people have the impression that eating vegan means that you have to spend an arm and a leg on Tofurky and Trader Joe’s special vegan whatever. This isn’t true, there are plenty of cheap and easy ways to make meat substitutes with cheap, whole food ingredients.

  1. Seitan, Tempeh, and Tofu - These are 3 meat substitutes that are very popular in vegan cooking. Seitan is the best for meat lovers gone veg. Tofu is good for making weird textures like scrambled eggs or ricotta cheese.
  2. Nuts and Seeds - Healthy and very common in raw food recipes, also really good for staying full while eating vegan.
  3. Beans and Legumes - Filling and full of fiber, beans and legumes are a great source of protein and are delicious. 
  4. Portobello Mushroom (photo above) - Which produces helps your body produce its own antioxidants and helps with blood flow. Marinated mushrooms can be a great way to add some meaty flavor and a savory texture to your shroom.
  5. Combos - Adding the foods mentioned above with grains like barley, bulgur what, or quinoa are a great way to make food like veggie burgers or “meat”loaf