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
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:
- Onion powder: For anyone who enjoys things like sour cream and onion chips.
- Montreal Steak seasoning: This is for mushrooms when I crave steak because it creates the same taste for me.
- 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.
- Garlic powder: I just enjoy the taste of garlic, not the aftermath on my breath though.
- 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!