Here’s the thing. I think at this point in the game, all of us are aware of the fact that as a population, we eat way too much meat and far too many animal-based products both in terms of our health and in terms of the health of the environment. More and more people are turning to vegetarianism and veganism these days, and whilst I can’t tell you to make a complete switch, what I can do is make a few suggestions for your diet! Here are some easy vegan food swaps for carnivores who want to eat fewer animal products.
Diary yoghurt is something that you can easily switch out, as there are plenty of coconut and almond based varieties that can provide just as much creamy texture and flavour as the dairy-based original. When you have thrown in all of your berries and various fruits, you will barely notice a difference at all, and if there is something that you notice, it will probably be for the better!
There are plenty of vegan butter substitutes that you can buy in stores these days, but if you want just a straight food swap, then think about something like avocado that you can easily smash and spread for a creamy, tasty experience. Of course, nut butter is always a great option too, and there are countless kinds to pick from.
Eggs can be a tough one to break up with, but when you are using a recipe that calls for one to act as a binding agent, you can instead use something like ground chia seeds or flaxseed that has been combined with warm water. It creates a sort of egg-like jelly consistency that can then be used to the same effect. If scrambled eggs are the thing that you miss, then try scrambled tofu instead.
Coconut milk can become your new best friend in this dairy swap situation, but there are also plenty of interesting nut milks to experiment with as well. Almond and soy tend to be the most popular these days, but there are countless other types available. Name any nut, and there is probably a milk drink available for it!
When it comes to things like making a curry, coconut cream is the perfect substitute to dairy cream. It provides exactly the same kind of creaminess and thickness with an extra taste profile that I actually prefer to be honest. When making something like chocolate mouse, you can use creamy avocado instead.
Milk chocolate is something that a lot of vegans miss when they make the transition, and the best advice I can give is to just join the dark chocolate revolution. There are plenty of dark chocolate products out there that don’t use any dairy products, so it is just a case of getting used to the bitter tinge and making sure that you read the labels before buying.
If you are making something like spaghetti or tacos, then you can make a great switch from mince to tofu or quinoa or even vegetarian mince (such as corn) for the same kind of consistency.
Cheese is one of the hardest things to give up, but once again nuts can come to the rescue in the form of cheesy type sauces made from cashew nuts, almond milk, and nutritional yeast. It is the nutritional yeast that provides the natural cheesy flavour!
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