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8 Amazing Tips To Become A Healthier Vegan! (Even On A Budget)

  • Barbara Dizdare
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How many times have you been told eating healthy is expensive? And forget eating healthy while being vegan?  Being a student who travels often that too without a permanent job, I’ve gathered some genius tips over time that can hopefully help you as well! Having a list of things you need will make life simple and you might land up getting discount on your overall bill too! You’ll also not over-spend by buying things you don’t need!

First of all, the basic foods in a vegan diet are staple foods for non-vegans too. All the nutritious veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.

We’re all trying to save money for our indulgences, to buy a coveted pair of heels or for the dream vacation, but at the same time we need to watch out for our health first.

You can either be a vegan munching on chips, having one muffin for breakfast and drinking soda that fills your belly which might be cheaper overall or you can try to be a highly-energized, super-strong, wonder-vegan by putting a little effort to make your meals nutritious and cheap at the same time!

Being a student who travels often that too without a permanent job, I’ve gathered some genius tips over time that can hopefully help you as well! These might take a bit more time and involvement but we’ve all got to make that compromise sometimes!

1. Shop in bulk! As we all know, bulk is much cheaper.

Bulk shopping always turns out to be more economical. Especially if it’s something that you consume on a daily basis like beans, grains and nuts. Make a routine monthly and go and shop for these things in one go. Make sure to not experiment this with things you’re trying for the first time!

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2. Pay attention to discounts!

Just throw a quick look at the flyers or signs and remember them. It might be slightly time-consuming, but a little here and there and you’ve got a deal that’ll make your wallet smile. There generally displayed at the stores or the newspapers. These are super awesome ways to save some bucks.

3. Make a grocery list and schedule a day when you’ll go shopping.

As clear as it sounds. Having a list of things you need will make life simple and you might land up getting discount on your overall bill too! You’ll also not over-spend by buying things you don’t need!

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4. Soak Your Food In Baking Soda Or Vinegar

If you’re the organic one, but cannot afford it at the moment, go for the alternative. Fill up a pot with water just to cover the products and put a teaspoon of baking soda. Let it stand for 1-2 hours. A lot of fruits and vegetables can be cleansed this way. For example: apples, oranges, lemon, tomato, cucumber etc.

5. Cook your own food!

If you have the time, commit to cooking your own meals. You’ll be using fresh ingredients in the optimum amount and won’t have to spend more money on a single item while eating out or ordering in. It’s a much healthier option and a reasonable one too! 

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6. Prepare bigger batches.

Cook in bulk too. Then refrigerate them and use them as and when you feel like! Save time, energy, power and cash by following this method!

7. The most important thing: Listen to your body!

Most of the time, people overeat and stretch their stomach. Eating unconsciously, under pressure or on the run, not only makes you eat more than you think you need, but also compromises your overall health. Each time your body says you’re hungry-take a deep breath, have a glass of water and then listen to what your body has to say again. 

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8. Take your food from home.

If you’re a student, worker, or simply want to stick to homemade meals when you’re out,  prepare your lunch-box! When I spend days at school, being vegan made me pack my lunch-box every day. It might be a little more work, but it definitely pays off money-wise, taste-wise and nutrient-wise! .

AUTHOR

Barbara Dizdarevic

Born in Botswana, lived in Serbia, and currently studying in the US, I've always been exposed to a variety of cultures. A vegan, chess player, and business studies student, my interesting experiences have always reflected in my writings.

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