Challenge Yourself with a Vegan Meal a Day
Are you looking to lead a healthier lifestyle, but aren’t ready to commit fully to veganism? Try the Vegan Challenge – prepare one meal per day that is vegan, and see how your body reacts. Likely the change in your health will be enough incentive to help you make a full conversion. Even if you can’t fit veganism into every meal, just one meal will make a difference.
Veganism isn’t only about preventing cruelty to animals (although this can play a large part for some people) – it’s also about being good to your body and the environment. Vegan diets are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, meaning they are perfect for people looking to lose or maintain their weight, or for those who want a diet that is heart healthy and lowers the risk of diabetes. By also buying organic, local produce and other food items, your veganism can help reduce harmful chemicals in our soil and air as well.
Which meal do you have the most time to prepare? Although vegan meals take no more time to prepare than any other meal, they do take some forethought. People tend to consume the most calories at dinner, so by choosing to replace this meal with a vegan alternative will likely have the greatest impact on your health. However, if you prefer a vegan breakfast or lunch then by all means. Just make sure that you plan ahead so you don’t decide to grab a burger at the last moment instead.
There are so many processed vegan products out there that it may seem easy to reach for a frozen meal that you can just pop into the microwave. While convenient, choosing processed meals will not give you the advantages that a home-cooked vegan meal will. Start with soups, salads, and stir-frys that are quick and easy to prepare, then you can move on to more complex meals. The great thing about soups is that you can prepare a large batch at once and refrigerate them for a few days, or freeze for them for the long term. There are many blogs that share healthy and easy to make vegan meals. Use these sites to help plan out your meals for the week. One of our favorites is Choosing Raw.
Once you are accustomed to your single vegan meal per day, it only takes a few more steps before you can declare yourself a full vegan. Start by replacing snacks with vegan alternatives (like our Nut Butter Buddha vegan protein bar), and then work on one of your other two main meals. It’s easiest if you keep lots of vegan-friendly food on hand, including fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
Challenge yourself to eat one vegan meal per day.
We'll be sharing healthy vegan recipes on Facebook with you so that you always have a new vegan meal to try. And if you have any you'd like to share with us, please do! Congratulations on your commitment to be healthy!Photo credit: SweetOnVeg