Jimmy Pierson, vegan lifestyle expert and organiser of the VeggieWorld London event, explains there are many great ways to try out plant-based fare as part of Veganuary without splurging your hard-earned cash.
“If you’re worried about the potential dent in your pocket from going vegan, think again. It’s a common myth that you’ll need to spend a great deal more on your weekly shop,” he told Cover Media.
Here are some top tips for going vegan on a budget:
- Look for alternative proteins
- Beans, chickpeas and lentils are all brilliant sources of protein, and so much cheaper than meat and fish – usually just a fraction of the cost.
- Also limit your vegan cheeses and mock meats, as these can still be quite expensive.
- Whizz up your own snacks
- Get yourself a blender, which you can find online at reduced prices. Use this to make soups and smoothies, which make for great budget meals you can make in bulk and freeze for a later date.
- Fill your freezer
- Stock up your freezer with frozen vegetables such as peas, green beans, cauliflower and spinach. These are often far cheaper than fresh, and are still packed full of nutrients.
- Buy own-brand wherever you can. Most of the major supermarkets are now doing their own free-from ranges, which are just as good as branded versions.
- Seek out bargains
- If you have an international supermarket nearby, head there for cut-price cans of coconut milk, which is great for veggie curries, big bottles of soy and other sauces, and bargain bulk buys of spices and rice. Or visit a supermarket just before closing and head straight for the reduced isle.
“You’ll find half-price pots of hummus, salad and fruit items for a few pence and bread almost given away,” added Jimmy.
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