If you’re finishing up Veagnuary, you might be wondering if there are tips and tricks on how to stay vegan after January. You’re in the right place! This guide is full of tips to help you successfully keep up your vegan or plant-based goals. Here are some tips and staple meals that you can use to help you continue your plant-based vegan journey!
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Are you ready to have a week full of delicious vegan food that leaves you nourished and content? Let’s get started!
This week, we’re bringing you ways to eat and enjoy simple staple meals that are fully vegan and plant-based!
Find Out What Works for You
Did have breakfast ready the night before help out? Did having your dinners ready to pop in the oven when you get home helpful? Did you find yourself craving anything specific? Starting with these questions can be helpful to figure out what worked for you during your Veganuary journey, and what didn’t.
Find a Community
It can be helpful to have a community to ask questions to and find out how they’ve been successful in their own journeys. If you’re not ready to jump into an entire community, find a friend or two that you can bounce meal ideas with or share your favorite recipes with.
Third, stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is one of those habits we’ve all heard a million times, but it’s important! Hydration helps your body function, and remove toxins. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, but if you’re struggling to meet that, find a goal that works for you!
Make Sure You Have Staple Meals
These are the meals that you can throw together fairly easily and that you enjoy, too! If you’re favorite dish that you’d want to be a staple but takes too long to make every single day, find out ways to prep a part of the recipe ahead of time. For instance, if you’re going to make a vegan creamy alfredo dish, it might help to have the alfredo sauce or the pasta (or both!!) cooked beforehand. For meal ideas on what meals would make great staple meals, check out the list below!
These breakfasts are simple to make and are perfect for on-the-go! These meals aren’t just filling, but you can figure out which you like best and put your own creative twist on them, too!
- 15-Minute Tofu Scramble by Lenny Wu
- Nut Butter Overnight Oats by Planted and Picked
- Large Batch Green Smoothie by Caroline Doucet
- Garlicky White Bean Avocado Toast with BBQ Drizzle by The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook by Jenn Sebestyen
- Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos by Compassionate Cuisine, Linda Soper-Kolton and Sara Boan
Try out these lunches and prep the ingredients ahead of time, if you can! If not, these are easy enough to toss together or re-warm for a quick meal!
- Veggie-Packed Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad by Gabrielle St. Claire
- Spiced Up-Sweet Potato Kale Cakes by Jeunesse Pouchet
- Tahini Kale Protein Bowl by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler
- Hummus, Avocado, and Sun-dried Tomato Sandwich by Linda Wagner
- Creamy and Crunchy Chickpea Salad Sandwich by Christina Bedetta
Source: Chickpea and Pinto Bean Chili
Having dinner prepped might work best for you, and these dinners are wonderful to make ahead of time. Feel free to make a batch of chili or soup at the start of the week and have it a few times throughout the week!
- Mushroom, Black Bean and Barley Soup by Julie Zimmer
- Roasted Veggie Pasta With Sage Cream Sauce by Kristen Genton
- Chickpea and Pinto Bean Chili by Megan Calipari
- Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Dressing by Shanika Graham-White
- Freezer Friendly Eggplant Meatballs by Lydia Filgueras
It’s always nice to have a sweet treat or two on hand. These sweet treats are ones that can be made quickly and kept in your freezer for when you’re ready to snack on them!
- Date-Sweetened Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge by Caroline Doucet
- Break and Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Carly Paige
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich by Taavi Moore
- Healthy No-Bake Brownies by Angelina Papanikolaou
- Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins by Claire Swift and Sarah Biagetti
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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