If you want to eat healthier with more organic and plant-based foods but feel like it's too expensive, this post is for you. My dear friend Whitney from Eco-Vegan Gal has written an incredible book Healthy, Organic, Vegan On A Budget where she shares fantastic tips for saving money so that you feel empowered about your food choices no matter what your financial circumstances. She will help you eat healthy vegan good for $5 a day or less!
Yes! It is possible. Whitney shares her personal story, money template, and health goals with a view to helping you get clearer about your own. The book opens with a valuable questionnaire to define your overall budget and emotions towards health and money.
Whitney then runs through the virtues of a plant-based diet, as well as purchasing whole, organic, and local foods. But, the real gold in the book is the practical tips born out of her personal experience of eating vegan for $5 - $10 a day! She says planning, organizing, meal planning, and resetting your pantry and fridge are the first things to do to eliminate waste which equates to lost money. She also suggests choosing 20 basic recipes and rotating them throughout the month, and creating themed days (like pizza night, soup night etc) to make things more structured and interesting.
One of the best tips in the book is to have your budget match your plate. So, whatever makes up most of your plate should get the same percentage of the budget. Hopefully that's vegetables! Splitting the cost of expensive ingredients with friends also helps to use fresh ingredients more quickly and reduce expenditure per month. I also love the section on "U Pick" farms, CSA's, strategies for saving money at farmers' markets, online resources, and tips for saving money at Whole Foods! There are so many great ideas in here, and Whitney has used them in her life to eat for between $5 and $10 a day.
Today, I'm sharing one of Whitney's favorite recipes that serves as a fantastic example of how you can put her tips into practice to make delicious healthy meals. This split pea soup is a great healthy vegan spin on the traditional split pea recipes you may have grown up with as a child. She uses sweet potato and smoked paprika for a delicious sweet and smoky flavor. This delicious recipe is a great basic staple that you can make your own by adding extra vegetables or other spices. Watch Whitney's recipe video here.
This soup works out at about $1.50 a serving even with entirely organic ingredients! It doesn't get much easier or cheaper than that! I also recommend checking out Whitney's What A Vegan Eats vlog where she shares tasty affordable bites every day.
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