Whenever telling someone I am vegan, they have always ask me two questions – What can you actually eat? and Where do you get your protein? I am here to clear up some of the confusion once and for all because we can actually eat quite a lot! I will put a ** next to protein sources. Try a Meatless Monday and see how well you do!
First, a vegan is a person who does not consume any animal products for either health or moral reasons. I began as a vegan for my health but have always also cared deeply for animals.
We can eat:
All fruits (apples, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, grapes, berries, mangoes, apricots, peaches, plums, pineapple, etc.)
All vegetables (spinach, carrots, beets, celery, cucumber, cabbage, corn, potatoes, peppers, peas, squash, etc.) **
All beans (green, pinto, kidney, navy, chickpeas, fava, lima, etc.) **
All soy products (tofu from silken to extra firm) **
All nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, macadamias, etc.) **
All grains (wheat, quinoa, barley, rice, millet, etc.) **
Meat substitutions that include veggie burgers, hot dogs, chick’n, “beef”, etc. **
Dairy substitutions like daiya cheese, Go Veggie sliced cheese, soy yogurt, almond/soy/hemp/rice/coconut milk, etc. **