Our most popular vegan recipes can be found at the bottom of this article.
The Old Vegan Ways
Many do not like to hear the word trend and vegan in the same paragraph but to say that veganism hasn’t been trending in 2017 would be false.
With the growth of videos on Facebook and the explosion of documentaries on the subject, more people have been adopting the animal-friendly diet protocol that is: The Vegan Diet.
The education that’s been acquired through social media, blogs and Netflix about why people should switch to vegan-eating is extensive, some of it opinionated but is overall informative and at the very least shows people some of the realities of the agriculture industry.
The information that’s often missing from these mainstream sources, is how to be healthy once you remove animal-products from your diet.
About 5 years ago, if you looked at the average vegan diet plan, you’d see everything from crackers and vegan-cheese to tofu stir-fries and tempeh “bacon” on salads. That’s all great, but that doesn’t add up to much in the way of vegan recipes for the week.
Processed Food Replacing Healthy Vegan Recipes
This is where processed food would make its big entrance. When somebody removes animal-products from their diet, they’re usually removing a huge portion of their weeks intake of food. We’re talking cheese, yogurt, milk, steaks, chicken, pork chops, ground meats and anything that derives from an animal. For some people, this even includes honey – because of the process taken by some to get the honey.
When you remove that many foods from a person’s diet, there should be planned replacements. Often times there are not, however, and people will reach for the easiest possible solution. This means cookies, breads, grains and leaf-salads. This can add up to lots of oils and carbohydrates that, not only hold you back from your weight-loss goals but also harm your body in other ways. Oils in most processed foods are treated with extreme heat. Most oils in extreme heat break down and change at a molecular level, leading to health concerns.
Most of us are pushed toward vegetables from a young age, even bribed to eat them when we don’t like them. Perhaps this isn’t the approach we need as a society. What seems to be getting a lot of attention regarding the vegan diet are the health benefits, but these benefits only occur when replacing those animal-based foods with plant-based whole foods.
This is the approach we should be taking when educating anybody about the benefits of a vegan diet: Health.
The New Vegan Diet
This is where things get interesting. Some seasoned vegans (pardon the pun) who have already adopted this newer and healthier version of the vegan diet may argue “I’ve been doing this for years – it’s not new!” but taking a good look around would open their eyes to the fact that so many others are still eating processed vegan food instead of the plant-based whole foods that offer the astounding health benefits.
Let’s get started by introducing the idea of consuming vegetables you may not enjoy. It’s important that you enjoy your food but it’s also important that you understand that food is a fuel for your body. You wouldn’t put 50-octane gasoline in your car, would you? There’s a reason standards like 87, 91 and 93 exist at your local gas pumps – engines require a certain quality fuel to run efficiently and with longevity. Your body is no different!
If you want to feel great each and every day, you need to fuel it properly. Those easy-meals and snacks full of artificial colors, flavors and refined oils do not give you the fuel you need to feel the way you want. Don’t short-change yourself by limiting your diet to only a few foods. Branch out and try new vegan recipes that include a large variety of root, cruciferous and nightshade vegetables.
Learn to prepare batches of vegan recipes in advance, separate and store them in individual containers (commonly known as meal prep) and you’ll always be ready to eat healthy!
When adopting any kind of new diet or eating habit, it’s important to be aware of possible obstacles.
Possible Nutrition Obstacles
Examples could be;
- Not having access to microwave or heating appliance,
- Not having access to a fridge,
- Knowing what sensitivities, allergies and intolerances you may have,
- Knowing which foods you’re likely to avoid (for taste) and the nutrients you’ll be missing from your vegan diet.
- Figure out which foods carry the nutrients you need to replace.
Write a list of all the foods you like and can eat and use it as your “database” of foods. This list will give you bouts of inspiration when you’re not sure of what meals to prepare, but it also acts as a cheat sheet to tell you what not to eat. If it isn’t on the list, don’t eat it!
Vegan recipes are sometimes seen as the most difficult to create due to the lack of different food groups (mainly dairy and meat) to choose ingredients from. The key to overcoming this is to look at yourself as an innovative chef.
There are plenty of vegan recipes out there to follow and help you, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort-zone and try different combinations. If you liked that BBQ chickpea vegan pizza this week, why not try an Italian Black Bean vegan pizza next week?!
Be creative and try new meal ideas. If your recipe is a success, maybe it will end-up on LowFatLowCarb.com!
New Vegan Lifestyle
Don’t be afraid of trying new recipes. If you haven’t eaten certain vegetables since you were a child because you didn’t like them, there’s a good chance that your taste buds have changed and you could enjoy them now.
Below are a couple of examples of what a vegan diet plan might look like. Each plan is based on a style of eating, whether it’s intermittent fasting, 6 small meals per day or the traditional 3 square meals each day.
We’ve included several vegan recipes for you to try out too – now you can have a jump-start!
*12-18 hour fasting period*
**Consume during 6-12 hour eating period**
Big Meal 1:
Big Meal 2:
6 Small Meals