- Zaatar mix1 tablespoon
- Water1 cup
- Parsley1/4th cup
- Tahini Sauce4 tablespoon
Skipping protein can come with a lot of benefits. It is essential to cleanse your body from all the excessive cholesterol you eat through fattening meat — going vegan is one of the many ways!
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products in your diet. Transitioning from a steak feast to a leafy supper can seem daunting, however, often just the thought of a big lifestyle change is spine-chilling than the actual process. If you too want to get onto the vegan wagon, then embrace these baby steps to make your transition smooth.
- Enter in Slo-mo
Overnight change is unrealistic. Deciding onto a thought that popped in your head before sleeping and jumping into it in the morning with a short-term motivation without mental and physical preparation will push your goals further away. It is always okay to take it slow!
Begin with a no-meat day in your week, then a no-meat week, and soon you’ll be the vegan champ! Replacing a meat item with a plant-based protein in any one of your meals can come in as a useful trick as well. Grab soy or almond milk instead of cow milk on your next trip to the grocery store, remove the butter bar from your refrigerator and substitute it with the ever-healthy coconut oil. Swapping items in your grocery list with a vegan item one at a time will push you towards the goals.
These small steps will help you figure out your way to veganism, regardless of the mistakes that follow through. Feel the progress in your process!
- Learning is Key
Going vegan is a learning curve, therefore, as you begin to change your lifestyle, familiarize yourself with what veganism is all about. Curiosity will help you feel prepared, taking you out of the unknown ditch you have jumped into and bring you into the brightness of knowledge.
Like any other lifestyle change, going vegan not only takes getting used to, but also takes time to find out what works best for you, and what better way to do that than research, trials, and errors. While you are on the discovery, make sure to nourish yourself with all the necessary nutrients on this new plant-based diet.
Look for vegan-friendly restaurants to hang out at with your friends and family for an added motivation — when it comes to a new diet, these restaurants always come in handy for innovative recipe ideas.
- Add to Your Diet Before Subtracting
Before you feel the need to remove items from your diet, try adding first — Discover your likes and dislikes, develop the taste for vegan products, choose the flavors you want to incorporate into your meals so your body does not get traumatized from a huge difference coming it’s way.
Begin by experimenting with new recipes or incorporate vegan products into your existing recipes such as halloumi tikka masala or tofu shawarma instead of the basic meat ones. Avoid mastering the complicated recipes in the beginning, learn a few simple ones and make them your trusted favorites, like Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce, all you need to do is
- Season a whole cauliflower with Zaatar mix
- Pour a cup of water into the pan and cover tightly with foil.
- Roast in a 425F oven for 45-55 minutes, depending on the size.
- Remove the foil or lid and bake another half hour until deliciously golden and crispy.
- Top with fresh herbs like parsley.
- Drizzle tahini sauce over the roasted flower
It’s that simple and delicious!
- Snack Along the Way
Who said that going vegan means you have to give up on some of your favorite snacks? Infact,
vegan munches are much tastier and way healthier for you. Munch on some hazelnut butter bites or coconut butter cookies to stop you from feeling hungry and craving other non-vegan meals.
Avoid resisting cravings, there is always an alternative and now with the popularity of veganism, there are a variety of products available such as vegan feta, vegan mozzarella, and vegan cheddar. You can also add tortilla wraps, chickpeas, and salads to your meals as they too qualify for non-protein foods.
Let’s not starve our journey to veganism and eat a small bite every two hours to maintain the level of energy and vital nutrients.
- Don’t get disheartened
The journey of transition, be it mental, physical, or food-related can come with alot of disheartening moments. Let’s not let those demotivating thoughts become hurdles, fight those challenges that cross your way from time to time, and do not give up. For after every difficulty comes ease and with ease comes lots of benefits and progress!
Enjoy the process and before you know it you’ve been vegan for years.