5 Very Easy Plant-Based Swaps
More and more people are making the switch towards a plant-based diet, whether it’s to enjoy a healthier life-style, to make a stand against animal exploitation, or to give Planet Earth a breather. For whatever reason you’re doing it for, going plant-based no longer seems to be a big personal sacrifice and there is no need to miss out on any of your favourite foods.
Nonetheless, when starting anything new, it’s always handy to have a few tips. These plant-based alternatives to animal products are fantastic and inexpensive – and are also very tasty within their own right.
Ditch the Dairy. Go Nuts Instead
There are many plant based alternatives to dairy milk to choose from. These can be found at your local supermarket. Personally, I think they are all delicious, from Soya Milk, Hemp Milk, Cashew Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk.. and many more. Try a few, to find your favourite one.
Plant based alternatives usually have fewer calories and less saturated fat than dairy, so you will soon be making good head-way with your health and fitness goals.
Also, now that you’ll be minus the dairy, you can expect to say hello to healthier looking skin!
Don’t just stop at dairy milk. You can swap all your usual dairy options for dairy-free ones instead, including ice-cream, chocolate and yoghurt.
Aquafaba! No Eggs Required For Baking
No, I’m not being rude. Aquafaba is a great replacement for eggs when baking. It is the liquid in the can of chickpeas and also of other beans. As we all saw on The Great Bake Off ‘Vegan Week’ Aquafaba can be whipped into a beautiful meringue and used in general baking. When making brownies, mayonnaise and butter, go ahead and make your own – plant-based style!
Other handy alternative options for egg include a mashed banana, or chia seeds.
No Whey! Plant-Based Protein All The Way
Say goodbye to that bloated feeling when you say goodbye to whey protein. Plant based protein is much easier to digest, than whey protein. This helps you to avoid that sluggish and gassy feeling that often comes when consuming whey.
Brown rice protein, pea protein and soy protein are just a few plant-based alternatives that are just as effective when working towards your fitness goals as whey protein.
Plant-based proteins mix well with water and can also be added to food, such as smoothies and food sauces, for that extra protein hit.
Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter? It’s Olive Oil!
As with all the above, there are many alternatives to be found here, when putting spread on your toast in the morning. Butter can be simply replaced with an oil of your choice, whether its coconut, vegetable or olive oil. You can also typically find a range of dairy free spreads at your local supermarket.
Cliché alert! Mashed avocado as a replacement to butter is one of my personal favourites.
Say (Dairy-Free) Cheese!
Is the thought of giving up cheese just that step too far? Dairy-free cheese is a booming market and has come a really long way in the last couple of years. Many people scoff at the thought of dairy-free cheese, though (in my opinion) they are being pretty unfair.
There is a huge range of great offering out there, with cheese made from nut oils, or soy based milk. Next time you’re at your local pizza express, check out the dairy-free pizza option, or when you are at the supermarket, ask for the dairy free cheese section (it’s often somewhere obscure).
Try it and then make up your own mind about dairy free cheese.
There are plant based alternatives for everything and absolutely no need for animal products in any form. As you make more plant based swaps a whole new world will open up, as you discover new ideas, recipes, and food creations.
A plant based diet can help you to think outside of the box and will encourage you to try different and a bigger range of ingredients. You’ll also very likely increase your number of fruit and veg portions each day, and that can’t be a bad thing.
In the mean-time, let us know which of the above plant based swaps worked well for you and also share some of your favourite plant based swaps, which we haven’t listed!