For the first day of Vegan for May we thought we’d share a few tips and tricks to set you up for success for the next 31 days. It ain’t easy going cold turkey from all that delicious chicken, beef and fish but we thought we’d make the transition a little easier.
Many vegan and vegetarian recipe book are created by chefs that live in areas like New York, Chicago, and sunny California. These areas are very diverse meaning they have a plethora of grocery store options. Many times the recipes they create ask for ingredients that aren’t easily found in smaller cities, especially those in the midwest like Indianapolis. So checking the list of ingredients in at least one recipe before purchasing a recipe book will save you money and heartache.
Kroger is a great local grocery store to find all types of unique spices. They are stocked piled with many seasonings that are used in common Indian dishes like curry, saffron, and cardamom. They also have an extensive aisle of fresh herbs like basil, ginger, and cilantro.
Planning is key when going vegan. Nothing is worse than getting home and preparing to cook only to find out you need to soak your beans for 8 hours. Make sure you fully read your recipe to avoid disappointment later.
Lentils are a great source of protein, especially when added to salads. While lentils are amazing at adding that extra punch if you consume too much you’ll soon feel an equally as hard punch in the gut. Lentils like many beans contain FODMAPs which are sugars that may contribute to excessive gas production and bloating. However, you can help ease digestion by soaking or sprouting the lentils before you eat them.
While providing vegan or vegetarian options at restaurants is becoming more common there are still places that don’t provide more than a side salad. Be sure to check the menu online for your upcoming outing before committing. No one wants to be stuck with a few pieces of dry lettuce while everyone else is eating steak.
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