Vegans? Please Help. I’d like to go Vegan, but I don’t exactly know where to start. Please Help!?

January 13, 2014

Question by TwinkleToes: Vegans? Please Help. I’d like to go Vegan, but I don’t exactly know where to start. Please Help!?
I want to go vegan but I don’t know exactly what to eat, how to prepare it, and how to get needed nutrients. What do you eat? What is your favorite vegan food. Also where to find vegan foods? Please Help! Thanks

Best answer:

Answer by Betty
Your first step might be to find a vegan food pyramid, buy vegan cookbooks or check out vegan recipe websites. Vegan foods can be purchased at any supermarket or natural foods grocery stores. Farmer’s Markets are also good places to shop. Plan healthy, balanced meals around the pyramid. Make a list of vegan foods you can make at home. This is a good website(s) to start with:
http://www.chooseveg.com/vegan-food-pyramid.asp
http://www.veganpeace.com/nutrient_information/veganfoodpyramid/vegan_food_pyramid.htm

The key to eating a healthy vegan diet is variety and eating whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are not pre-packaged or processed. Whole foods do not contain food additives, preservatives or food chemicals. Sugar, white rice and white flour are highly processed, so avoid foods that contain these. Stay away from junk foods or foods that come from a box. In other words, cook from scratch as much as possible using fresh ingredients.

When choosing fresh fruits and vegetables, pick different colors. Choose from red, orange, yellow and green produce. If you eat this way everyday, you’ll be sure to be getting the nutrients you need.

Quinoa, amaranth, edamame, mushrooms, spirulina, hemp seeds, goji berries, etc. are complete proteins just like meat. Spirulina is 55% to 77% protein. Compare that with 20% protein found in meat. You can also make protein powder by grinding together flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds. Grind these seeds and nuts into a powder by using a spice grinder or an old fashioned, hand-cranked coffee grinder. You can sprinkle a little on everything you eat. Not only is a good source of a complete protein, but its also an excellent source of omega 3 fatty-acids.

Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, legumes, nuts, seeds, rice, corn, grains, tofu, tempeh, seitan, bread, cereal, pasta, soy milk, hemp milk, almond milk, rice milk etc. are all excellent sources of protein.

B12, a vitamin that some vegans lack, can be found in nori, nutritional yeast, fortified cereals and fortified vegan milk (rice, soy, hemp and almond milk). You can also get it by taking vegan supplements.

You may also want to consider purchasing a juicer. Juicing fresh, organic produce everyday is a great way to get extra nutrients into your diet.

Do a little research and practice making vegan foods. Its not very difficult. Within a few weeks you’ll be an expert in cooking and eating this way and you won’t even have to think about it. Here are some more vegan websites:
http://vegweb.com/
http://www.veganchef.com/
http://www.101cookbooks.com/vegan_recipes/

Good Luck!

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