It may seem like it takes a herculean amount of willpower to cut out dairy, eggs and meat from your diet. After all, a life without cheese pizza, ice cream or a good old burger is a life not worth living for many. But if animal rights and environmentalism are advocacies you feel strongly about, changing your diet is one of the most impactful and perhaps most importantly, doable ways of taking action beyond just online activism. Whether you’re slowly transitioning into a plant-based diet or trying to eat healthier in general—here are some easy and affordable food swaps to try.
For the staunch meat lovers
The Veg Mom PH: The Good Longganisa (P200)
The Superfood Grocer: Chickpea Tempeh Patties (P250/4 pcs)
If cheese is the glue that holds your life together
In a Nutshell: Garlic and Herb Boursin (P300/280 g)
The Real Happy Cow: Pimiento Cashew Cream Cheese (P260)
1. When it comes to baking, “chia eggs” are a good substitute for eggs as a binding ingredient. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds (flax seeds would work nicely too) with 3 tablespoons of water and let it thicken for about 10 minutes. Et voila! You’ve got the equivalent of 1 egg.
2. If scrambled eggs have been a staple of your breakfast for years and you’re a creature of habit—try making tofu scramble. Make sure to press your tofu before crumbling it and don’t forget to add a dash of of kala namak salt (found in most Indian grocery stores) that’ll replicate that sulfurous egg-like taste to a T.
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Writer: VIANCA UY