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Plant Based Diet on a Budget

Plant based products are sometimes expensive.

It's sometimes though, being on a plant based diet doesn't have to necessarily be just eating fruit, veg, nuts and seeds either.

Stock essential equipment

A blender/food processor: Perfect for making humus, quickly chopping veg to small chunks, making brain food, smoothies, meatballs, sauces, cashew cheese, bean dip and more.

Pressure cooker/slow cooker: This is necessary for making bulk recipes for the bulk ingredients you buy and the pressure cooker forces moisture into foods you cook, hence making it tastier and easier to eat, reducing food wastage!

Rice maker: It's not only for rice, use this to help you cook any wholegrain or legumes without having to constantly check on it.

Chopping board: Buy a large and good chopping board to help you chop the many vegetables, nuts and plants.

A plant based diet is usually assumed to be expensive or some general products are actually quite high in price.

Stock cupboard essentials

Herbs & spices: Herbs and spices such as garlic, oregano, ginger, cinnamon and curry powder will be perfect for adding variety of tastes to dishes such as tofu and many more without the need to add fresh ingredients all the time.

Buy in bulk: This is a no-brainer when it comes to saving money in the long run, buying your whole-grain rice, lentils, oats, alternative milk (long life is cheaper) and wholegrain come out to be cheaper as compared to individual/small packets.

Be shy of where you buy

Shopping for plant-based products:

1. Shop at asian stores for vegetables/tofu.

2. Your local fruit stall/market/supermarket may be cheaper than the large supermarkets.

3. The frozen aisles are great for low-cost fruit/veg and are more sustainable.

4. Visit the local farm for produce such as veg, potatoes/roots.

5. Buy carton alternate milks such as almond, soya, cashew, chocolate almond milk.

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