Meat Alternatives for Vegan diets
Whether you've just made the switch to a vegan diet or are simply looking to shake up your meals and consume more plant-based foods, Natures Healthbox have you covered. As an interest in veganism has increased seven fold in the last 5 years, it's a great time to start eating vegan foods as there are more meat-free options than ever before.
While there is nothing wrong with the veggie-centric dishes that make up a large percentage of the vegan diet, when you are craving something more substantial you should look to turn to some of the delicious meaty meatless products we have below. From Just Whole Foods to Amy's Kitchen, Biona Organic to Free & Easy, each of these animal protein alternatives can help you skip the meat but still leave you feeling satisfied after a wholesome, hearty meal.
Which are the best vegan meat alternatives?
There are a wide selection of vegan meat alternatives available;
- Tofu is a classic meat alternative for meats including pork, beef, chicken, and seafood. It’s made from soybeans and is high in protein and Calcium.
- Tempeh is is a traditional Indonesian Food that is firmer than tofu. It is made from fermented soybeans and is packed full of protein, calcium, fibre & Vitamins.
- Seitan is a processed wheat gluten, full of protein and a great alternative to chicken.
- Jackfruit has a texture similar to that of pulled pork, despite being a healthy tropical fruit.
Why go meat free?
The growing demand for meat free alternatives comes as more and more consumers are questioning meat consumption and the effects it has on animals, the environment, and our own health. Going meat free could help you to cut out potentially dangerous processed meats, increase your fibre intake, and lower the risk of Heart & Cardiovascular issues in the future. Even if you're not a vegan but decided to go meat-free for a couple of days a week you could potentially save money on a plant-based diet. For example, beans and lentils cost less than the equivalent amount of meat or Fish.