i laughed about how most zookeepers’ animals eat better than they do, but then literally that night my dog got his kibble with fresh tender chicken, carrots, and apples while i ate a $2 chicken tender meal from the store with chicken so dry and hard that the lady behind the counter literally asked me if i thought it was edible.
Some of the most affordable foods on the planet are vegan, including rice, beans, legumes, pasta, and all kinds of fruits and veggies. Despite this, people will often ask us about eating vegan on a budget.
So we’ve compiled some handy tips and tricks that will keep you veg without breaking the bank:
• Dry beans are worth the wait. Sure, you have to soak them overnight, but dry beans are exponentially cheaper than canned. They’re also a delicious, protein-packed essential in a budget-friendly vegan diet.
• Buy it frozen. One great way to save money is to reduce food waste. Frozen veggies like corn, peas, and green beans are great because they last almost forever.
• Get into oatmeal. Yeah, oatmeal is a super secret vegan hack. It’s filling, loaded with iron and calcium, and one of the cheapest things you could eat for breakfast.
• Stick with produce under $2 per pound. When choosing fresh fruits and veggies, try to stick with items under $2/lb.
• If you want to splurge, buy some Vegenaise. Of course you can just use it like mayo, but you can also create sour cream (just add lemon juice), salad dressings, and sauces with this must-have specialty item.
• Soup is a thing. Soups loaded with veggies, grains, and beans hold well as leftovers, stretch your dollars, and make great filling meals!
• Stick with staples. Rice, pasta, and peanut butter are all great choices for affordability and versatility.
• Every night can be taco night. Put those tasty veggies and beans to use inside a toasted tortilla! Add some Vegenaise sour cream and you’ve got yourself a tasty and inexpensive vegan dinner.
vegans come in all shapes and sizes. we aren’t all pretty Australian twenty-somethings with model bodies and youtube channels. some of us are rounder and plumper, but that doesn’t mean that our veganism isn’t just as important.
Last June vs today. I remember how I felt when I first bought this, “fatkini”. I was so scared to wear it out in public, even though I felt somewhat secure in myself, due to what people that aren’t affected by my body at all would think. I did it anyway and I continued to all summer. I felt like the most strong individual in the world because I was fat, happy and vibrant af. You couldn’t convince me otherwise. I look at these photos today and I still feel happy when I look back and see how excited I was but I also have realized that I was not strong at all. I had become content with who I was and how I looked because I felt like I was stuck and that was who I was and who I would continue to be. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and how I’ve managed to love myself throughout the whole entire process and no one will ever be able to convince me that I am worth any more in my current body than my past body. A body is just a body but now I am treating mine like I truly am happy to be alive and exist. Needless to say, I’ll need to invest in a new bikini this summer.
Ps: I don’t need the, “you were beautiful then, you’re beautiful now,” comments because I never said that I wasn’t and fat isn’t synonymous with ugly. Cool, thanks.