Plant-based food swaps for the aspiring vegan
These alternatives are bound to put all your “I couldn’t possibly go vegan” excuses to rest
Jul 26, 2017
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 Good Longganisa will officially be part of the repertoire of longganisas in the Philipines. Watch as our vegan version of this Filipino favorite makes history on June 8, 10:15pm on GMA News TV's Pinas Sarap with Ms. Kara David. . . . #thegoodchoices #thegoodlongganisa #proudlyvegan #manilavegans #vegansofinstagram #thevegmomph #thevegetariankitchen #tvmphxtvk
The Superfood Grocer: Chickpea Tempeh Patties (P250/4 pcs)
Looking for a delicious plant-based meat alternative? Enjoy these flavorful Vegan Chickpea Tempeh Patties which are rich in fiber and protein WITHOUT the cholesterol. Each patty is potassium-packed and made with 100% plant-based whole foods — banana heart, chickpeas, tempeh (fermented soybeans). Available at www.thesuperfoodgrocer.com starting June 15. Delivered within Metro Manila. Choose to live a Super life. 💪💚🍃
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)
Our pimiento cream cheese knocked our socks off time and time again. Our favorite way of serving and eating it is always slathered on hot toasted whole grain bread. It reminds us so much of what our lola used to make during the holidays without the nasties (no dairy hence no cholesterol) and all the good stuff (loads of probiotics) So good! 🍞🧀 To order, please send an IM. We deliver anywhere in Metro Manila. 🍃🌱💚
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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