Okay, so you’re going to want to get rid of all dairy products, that’s milk, butter, cream, ice cream, chocolates, cheese and anything that has dairy products in it. You also will be saying goodbye to eggs and any egg-based product such as mayonnaise. No meat, no fish, no seafood and no animal products like pate and all the other mush that you can never identify. Baring in mind that this a conscious decision and this is the start of a new adventure, looking at it from this point of view will help you to start enjoying the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Start drinking dairy milk substitutes, in my opinion, they actually taste nicer than dairy and a lot of non-vegan friends of mine have said the same. They are really easy to make cost effectively or can, of course, be bought from your local store. There are so many options to choose from soya, oat, almond, cashew, coconut, hemp to name but a few. In addition to this, you can have also buy flavoured milk, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, for any milkshake cravings you may have or just a super tasty cereal option.
As for butter, you can straight swap this with an avocado or olive spread, double check it’s vegan as packaging can be deceiving.
Since becoming vegan, I have found that cravings for sweet things are less frequent, because of the natural sweetness in fruits, however, if you need a snack….you need a snack, right?
Vegan Ice cream is sold in most supermarkets in case you get stuck with a craving and can’t manage to make your own and wait for it to freeze, however when you get a chance to make your own – do!
Try vegan chocolate, not only is it, in my opinion, tastier than dairy chocolate, it is also easy to get from most supermarkets and doesn’t cost as much as you would think. I do like to make my own and have posted some recipes for making some delicious vegan treats with some cacao and being creative is a great trait to have when vegan.
Cheese is a great quick sandwich filler and there are many vegan choices. It really is down to preference of what type of cheese you like, but with a vast range of options, it won’t be hard to find a vegan replacement.
Most baking recipes you can change the egg part for banana or coconut oil and as for eating something similar, tofu is a really good replacement for scrambled egg. If Mayonnaise is something I would put on everything, now I use avocado for a healthier, creamier consistency but if you really can’t be doing without it then there are so many alternatives out there and tonnes of recipes online for great sauces including mayonnaise. Flax seeds can also replace egg and remember aqua faba is your friend!