A Vegan Diet is very nutritious, and a real alternative to a meat and dairy eating regime.
Most of us older people were brought up on a “meat and two veg” diet which over the years has been adapted to pies, burgers and other processed meals, alongside with chips and a reduced vegetable content. This is a main factor in having so many overweight people tottering around the planet (or at least, parts of the planet),
A Vegan Diet is plant based. Vegetables form a large part of the diet, supplemented with beans, pulses and grains. Cows milk is replaced with Soya, Almond, Rice or Hemp milk, Avocados are a healthy alternative to cheese, and mushroom and tofu based dishes offer alternatives to meat.
Make the transition gradually, reducing meat and dairy portions bit by bit, substituting vegetable options whenever possible. If you want to lose some weight, ditch those big meals and instead eat small and often when hunger pangs strike. Have meals and snacks made in advance, readily available for when you need them.
Salads with beans and legumes are easy to prepare and can be very filling with the right ingredients. Falafel, Lentils and Chickpeas added to tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce have pleasing flavours and are full of goodness. Keep some Nuts handy – Walnuts, Cashews, Pecans, Pistachios and Almonds, to have instead of those chocolate bars, cakes or biscuits. Bread should be wholemeal and fresh.
For Fruit, eat the whole fruit and not just the juice. Cut down (or out) on fruit juices that are full of sugars and contain no fibre. Blend the fruit into smoothies for a nutritious pick-me-up. Follow the seasonal trends and buy your cherries, blueberries, strawberries, apples and pears in season, and locally produced wherever possible.
Bananas are a great snack at any time, and you can eat as many as you like (if you feel like swinging from trees – reduce intake).
There are those people who will scoff at your Vegan Diet. They will joke about Nut Cutlets and Lettuce Sandwiches. Let them continue to eat their cheeseburgers and fries in blissful ignorance. YOU KNOW BETTER.
Here’s a great little meal that is easy to prepare, doesn’t cost much, and is filling and satisfying, and will feed between 4 and 6 people (depending on appetite):-
Cook half a pound of Lasagne Noodles, according to the directions on the packet.
Wash and dry 2 packets of 10 oz Frozen Spinach
Blend 1 lb Hard and 1 lb Soft Tofu, 4 teaspoons of sugar, and a quarter cup of Soya Milk in a mixer, adding half a teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Put a cupful of Tomato Sauce in the bottom of a 12 x 9 inch baking dish and add a layer of noodles and a layer of the blended Spinach mix. Add another cupful of Tomato Sauce, another layer of noodles, and another layer of the Spinach mix. Top with a final layer of noodles and another cupful of Tomato Sauce.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Mop plates up with Wholemeal Bread and Sunflower Spread.
And no animals were killed in the production of this meal.
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