The Must-Try Vegan Alternatives To Use in Your Favorite Meals

 
If you have a lot of food sensitivities, or if you are just trying to be healthier or are concerned about environmental impacts, you may want to look into going vegan. Today I accumulated a list of the best replacements for each category of food in which you may be concerned about finding a replacement for. That way there will not be any excuses to you trying out this new healthy lifestyle. Scroll down for a complete list of vegan alternatives for just about everything you can think of.

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Vegan Alternatives, But Keep It Low Carb:

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash only contains 20% of the carbs you would find in regular pasta size of 3.5 oz. Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled, or microwaved and provides a great nutrient-rich alternative to regular spaghetti.

You can find an easy recipe HERE

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Spiralized Vegetables

These veggies are 3-10 times lower in carbs than pasta and these veggie noodles are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These vitamins include: Vitamin C, E, and K. However, in regular pasta noodles, these types of nutrients can’t be found.

You can find a list of easy recipes HERE

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Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant only contains 9 grams of carbs per every 3.5 oz, that is 3.5 times fewer carbs than a regular 3.5 oz of spaghetti.

You can find an easy recipe HERE

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Cauliflower Couscous

This easy replacement only contains 4 grams of carbs for every 3.5 oz’s.

You can find an easy recipe HERE

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Sprouts

Sprouts are generally low in carbs and rich in proteins, which in turn makes it a great replacement for spaghetti. It’s also a lot easier for your body to digest and contains lots of great vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K and C and magnesium. To replace pasta with sprouts, first blanch them by boiling for a few seconds, removing almost immediately. Then run cold water over your sprouts to stop the cooking process. Drain and top with your favorite sauce.

You can find an easy recipe HERE

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Miracle Noodles

these come in many different varieties to mirror pastas, but are made from yam flour rather than wheat. They are basically zero calorie and zero net carbs if you’re trying to track calories or carbs and take on the flavor of whatever you cook them with. They are a great alternative if you are vegan or have a wheat allergy or are keto. Also, the recipe below feature broccoli, pork shoulder, and miracle noodles. However using meat is optional.

You can find an easy recipe HERE

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Alternatives To Dairy

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  1. Almond milk: As well as being suitable for lactose-intolerant people, almond milk is slightly healthier because it contains vitamin D, which cow’s milk does not. Also milk is made for a baby cow, not humans, therefore it contains a lot of hormones that we as humans are not met to ingest. Drinking cow milk and eating dairy and meat has been traced to depression and anxiety for this reason. Also soy milk is actually bad for you because it has been linked to breast cancer, so your best bet with milk when it comes to being dairy free is definitely almond milk.
  2. So Delicious: So Delicious is a great replacement for yogurt because it’s dairy free and contains high amounts of calcium, vitamin D, and the biggest one, B12. B12 is SUPER important if you plan to completely cut out meat and dairy. I really think this yogurt should be apart of your diet if you go vegan just for the fact that it contains B12, and you should also be taking a B12 supplement daily.
  3. Almond cheese: Almond cheese is a great replacement for regular cheese. Almond cheese is better than regular cheese because it is less calories, contains only good fats, and has the same amount of protein. Cashew cheese is another great option and many people say the texture is closer to regular cheese than almond cheese although it can be harder to find. We’re really showing you that there’s no excuse not to go vegan after reading this right?
  4. When it comes to baking applesauce is a great replacement for anything that calls for eggs. You can also buy Just Egg. Which is literally a vegan egg. You just mix it into a pan and voila.
  5. Coconut oil or flax oil: Coconut oil or flax oil is a great replacement for butter when it comes to cooking. Flax oil has a ton of natural fiber and omega 3s. As to what you should spread onto your toast in the morning, try vegan butter

Vegan Alternatives to Meat And Bread:

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  1. Tofu: Tofu is a low calorie food that is high in protein and a great supplement for meat.
  2. Veggie burgers: You can find these just about anywhere nowadays, although they can be expensive. So try out this homemade recipe first.
  3. Ezekiel bread: Ezekiel bread is ALL vegan and natural. It tastes less sweet than regular bread due to the lower amounts of sugar and carbs in this unique loaf. You can find this bread at pretty much any grocery store. 
  4. Making your own bread: That’s right, making your own bread is the best way to make sure it’s vegan friendly. Here’s an easy recipe.
  5. Whole Wheat Tortillas: low in calories, vegan, high in fiber, and these tortillas also contain lot’s of B vitamins. I would say it’s a great replacement to regular bread and tortillas, wouldn’t you? If you’re looking to go low carb, celery root sliced wide makes a great taco sized tortilla replacement.
  6. Sliced sweet potatoes can be toasted and used as a bread replacement for avocado toast or even to make a sandwich. You can make it yourself or find it in the freezer section at many grocery stores.

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