Plant-based diets have become more popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. There is more of an emphasis today on taking responsibility for your own health and research has revealed the negative effects of the standard American diet on the body. Vegan foods don’t have to be boring, and you don’t have to be limited to salads and oatmeal if you’re planning on undertaking a vegan diet. Let’s take a look at some popular vegan foods.
Yes, you can have pasta if you’re vegan. Most dried pasta is vegan, but as always, be sure to read the ingredients on the package. Recently many different companies have begun to make dried pasta out of healthy ingredients like quinoa, brown rice and even beans. These are also great alternatives if you’re trying to avoid gluten. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even make your own fresh pasta at home.
Tofu sometimes gets a bad rap for being flavorless and bland. The truth is, tofu is like a blank canvas. You can add any sort of flavoring you like and use as a protein in a variety of different dishes. If you have a dehydrator, you can even make tofu jerky! The trick is to drain as much moisture as possible before cooking it. There are several different methods to doing this, but the easiest is to wrap a block of tofu in paper towels, top with a weight like a can of beans and let sit on your kitchen counter for several hours.
Beans are a great source of protein and fiber and are a staple in most vegan diets. Chickpeas in particular are extremely versatile and can be used in place of meat in several different main courses. They make a great protein for tacos and burritos and can even be smashed up and used as a replacement for tuna salad.
As always, the best vegan foods are fresh fruits and vegetables which make for easy grab and go snacks!