Friday, 19 October 2018

How to eat vegan as a student #cheap

Many people have this huge misconception that being Vegan is expensive, before I was Vegan myself I actually thought the same way.
But since going Vegan I actually found it can be one of the cheapest lifestyles.
I myself managed to stay Vegan living as a student and even now as a broke graduate.
So i thought i would share with you some of my tips for eating Vegan on a budget and the types of foods to eat and the ones to avoid...

Avoid all the Fancy processed stuff
Sure there great as a treat every once in a while, but many Vegan alternatives can be pretty pricey, such as Raw bars and Vegan convenience meals.
They are usually extortionate in prices compared to the cheap non vegan products.
A great alternative is to make your own, Raw treats can be made very cheaply and easily with just simple ingredients like nuts and dried fruits.
It also forces you to prepare freshly cooked meals for yourself which are so much better for your health and you can always make a bulk load so you have leftovers for the next few days, for those days when your too tired to cook.

Stick to Basics:

Rice Grains/cous cous/quinoa/Pasta/Noodles
These things are always very cheap and you can make a bunch of different dishes with them.

Potatoes/sweet potatoes
Again very cheap, staple, filling foods, that you can buy in large quantities.

Tasty and a great source of Plant-based protein, you can buy dried or in a can and its still affordable.

Frozen Veggies/Fruit
Frozen foods are student staples, you can buy huge bags of veggies and fruit and keep them in the freezer for ever, eat them alone, with rice in stir drys make soups etc, and of course smoothies!

Tinned Veggies
Not always as tasty, but good to keep in your pantry for when you run out of fresh ingredients
I recommend lots of chopped tomatoes perfect for creating pasta sauces and the base of soups and stews.

Nuts and nut butter
Now I know Almond butter and all these fancy nut butters are expensive, but plain old peanut butter is very cheap and can make yummy sandwiches, toast and just to spoon out of the jar!
Nuts can be bought in bulk and can be used as a great on the go snack, add to porridge smoothies and cereal etc.

Whats cheaper than a bag of oats? I actually lived on porridge my whole time at uni, chop up some banana on top add some syrup and your set for a hectic day.

Buy seasonal
Buying your fresh fruits and veg seasonal saves you a lot of cash and there usually tastier.
Stick to the basics, apples, bananas, oranges, pears, carrots, broccoli, parsnip, lettuce etc.

Some other affordable vegan items
- Frozen Veggie burgers
- Bread so cheap an yum (unless your gluten free like myself then it gets expensive so annoying!)
- Tofu
- some Avocado's
- houmous
- dark chocolate
- cereal bars
- cereal
- Soy milk/plant milk
- oat cakes/crackers/rice cakes
- frozen chips
- tinned beans (a broke mans staple great on toast) 
- tinned spaghetti 
- pre maid pizza bases (add your own vegan toppings) 
- instant noodles (a student cliche many of them are vegan just check the ingredients)

Other Tips:

Buy on the go
one thing I've found is buying on the go saves you a lot more cash, i used to buy in bulk because it was cheap, however i then found there would be a lot of waste with fresh produce and i hate waste!
I know its harder but just head to the shops and buy the ingredients you need for your meal that night or just buy a few bits of fresh fruits so you know it will get used up!

Reduced stuff!
By the end of the night after 8pm most supermarkets tend to reduce a lot of fresh produce, so head to your local store at this time, its usually less busy too!
A lot of the produce is going out that night, so its perfect for you evening meal or you can even freeze them, and sometimes there's even produce thats not going out of date for a while yet.
oops think I told you my lil secret! haha

Look out for offers all supermarkets have them at some point, but remember don't stock up on things you won't use!

Shop around
Go around all your local supermarkets to check out the prices time consuming, but cost effective if your on a strict budget!
Its also a great way to see which stores you prefer.

Don't buy Brand names
Sometimes the brands are on offer so thats fine, but the majority of the time the supermarkets own brand is cheaper don't worry it tastes the same I've never had an issue with basic products.

Cheap supermarkets in the UK
Asda (I found asda to be the cheapest as a student)
Tesco (cheap and its everywhere)
Sainsburys (have a great basics range)
Morrisons (have lots of offers)
Aldi & Lidl (They do tend to have a lot of great value products however they don't seem to be in many locations I've never had a local one!)

Stay clear of
- corner shops (always more expensive and not much choice especially for Vegans.)
- Small stores (there convenient but they tend not to have as much produce and don't sell the cheaper ranges.)

Hope you found this useful, let me know your thoughts?
If you would like me to make some cheap vegan student recipe ideas let me know?

Have a Wonderful day! 


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