I have only been a Pescatarian for six months but I already feel the need to make the next major leap to Veganism. I know I will feel better in the long run but I am just having a lot of trouble figuring out what to add to my Grocery list. Not only this but I am 16 and I still depend on my mother fo grocery money. Although she is very supportive and doesn't mind spending some money for me to live my lifestyle I am concerned about if this diet might be a little more expensive and if I should save some money aside myself to help out. I am also trying to eat pretty local and go to Farmers Markets so thats tough too. No one in my family but me doesn't eat meat. I spend a lot of time at my sisters homes so I was wondering about a few meals I could take with me for when they are cooking something I can not eat. They are all very supportive but I still don't want to seem like a burden. Thank you for any advice you can give! Also, does Spirutein Protein Powder have milk products in it?
Hi Isabella- I would think vege protein is less expensive than good fish and seafood so you might end up saving money. I don't know anything about Spirutein, just avoide anything with whey and isolated [protein. For my smoothies I use 2 T hemp seeds and 1 T flax seeds. Best protein and you will be getting Omega 3 & 6, good fats, fiber and enough complete protein.
Congratulations for starting on such a healthy lifestyle at such a young age. I wish I had been so enlightened in my youth. As far as bringing food, 3 bean chile is easy, and most non-veggies like it. Soups, lentil stews etc are good. It is easy to find recipes for these things online. If you need to bring an appetizer, guacamole and salsa always go over well with non-vegans. Or bring a big salad with some chick peas and sunflower seeds thrown in. Really, you don't need to get too fancy. I find that when I'm bringing food to a non-vegan gathering, the simpler the better. People get freaked out by fake meats and cheeses. And of course, that kind of processed stuff isn't good for you, so it really should be more of an occasional treat.
My favorite vegan protein for at home is tempeh. They sell marinated stips in flavors like curry, or sesame. Just pan fry a few strips and they are great on a sandwich or in a wrap.
Good luck on this journey. Keep it simple, and you'll do great.
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