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BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 02: A grocery cart filled by the photographer with vegan food products stands in a Veganz vegan grocery store on February 2, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Veganz has three stores in Berlin and sells a wide range of vegan foods. Vegan food offerings are a growing trend in Berlin with more and more restaurants and shops specializing in purely plant-based products as an alternative to conventional meat or dairy-based foods. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

I recently began my vegan journey and I want to share. So many people who have never attempted to taste vegan food say negative things about it. I just want to address some common misconceptions. Not everyone needs to be vegan, but no one should be afraid to try.

Myth 1: Vegan food is expensive

I completely disagree with this, and I am actually spending less on groceries than before I started this journey. Today I did a quick grocery run and picked up all of this for about $15:

  • portabella mushrooms
  • almond milk
  • coconut milk
  • olive oil
  • meatless chicken strips
  • jasmine rice
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen asparagus
  • onions
  • peppers

Myth 2: Vegan food doesn’t taste good

Like any other food, plant based options need to be well seasoned. Only you know what you like, but I recommend going heavy on the seasonings you enjoy (aside from salt… go easy on the salt.) My personal favorites are:

  1. Onion powder: For anyone who enjoys things like sour cream and onion chips.
  2. Montreal Steak seasoning: This is for mushrooms when I crave steak because it creates the same taste for me.
  3. Mrs. Dash Table Seasoning: Great if you enjoy seasoning salt on your food! What makes it  even better is that it is completely salt free. 
  4. Garlic powder: I just enjoy the taste of garlic, not the aftermath on my breath though.
  5. Paprika: It  brings out the flavor in almost anything you use it in, it’s my secret ingredient in pretty much everything.

Myth 3: Vegan food doesn’t give you many options

When I first attempted going vegan over a decade ago, I was limited to  fresh veggies, tofu, and soy based meatless and dairy options. Today most major grocery chains carry a nice variety of vegan options from premade frozen dinners to vegan cheese (which I’ll admit can be a bit tricky.)

My point: going vegan may not be easy but it’s not nearly as hard as you think!

 

Babydoll is an American Radio Personality born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. Greg Reid said it best in Wealth Made Easy: “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” She is a graduate of Carolina School of Broadcasting, in Charlotte North Carolina. Babydoll colloquially delivers compelling content and information. She connects with listeners not only over the airwaves, but also through social media platforms; as well as in their communities where it counts most.