As a vegan when you’re speaking about your diet to people who aren’t truly informed about nutrition you will often hear one (or more) of the following: “Oh but you need to eat many different foods in order to meet your nutritional needs right?” “Isn’t it hard to get enough iron as a vegan?” “Where do you get your protein?” (Such a classic) “Aren’t you deficient in like..everything? This can’t be healthy!”
What you see above is the nutritional value of my dinner tonight. According to cronometer I have gotten a bit of every essential amino acid, I’ve met my iron requirements (which I know are higher for vegans but this is only a small part of what I ate today thus I’m not worried in the slightest that I haven’t gotten much more), I’ve covered 72% of my calcium needs and so on and so forth, you can see for yourself.
Now, if you were one of those preaching about how vegans need to combine many foods to get what they need you might assume that I’ve had a mountain of a huge variety of vegetables and greens and maybe some tofu/beans to make sure I’m not protein deficient.
But what I present you here is the nutritional value of an estimated 900g of steamed potatoes with 20g of parsley. That’s literally it.
I think most of us aren’t aware of how nutrient dense such simple yet filling and, in my opinion, delicious plant meals are.
If you are concerned about going vegan because of nutritional issues, DO NOT WORRY! As long as you stick to a diet largely based on whole foods and you eat enough (that is to say 2000+ calories for the average young woman) you will not suffer any deficiencies.
Do yourself, the animals and the environment a favor and go vegan 🐮♻️❤️