“Eating a vegan diet is SO expensive. I could never go vegan.” Really? Right up there with the cheese excuse or the concern that vegans are dropping dead like houseflies from a lack of protein — the other big vegetarian/omnivore argument is that eating vegan (which means, essentially, plant-based whole foods) is cost prohibitive for the average person. Eating more meat, dairy, and eggs somehow is so much more affordable that it’s impossible to go vegan without going broke. Really? It’s not.*
Check this out (prices are current as of July 2013/Northeast Region U.S.):
- 1 lb. ground beef = $3.10 versus 1 lb. of broccoli = $1.29
- 1 lb. turkey breast = $2.50 versus 1 lb. of spinach = $1.99
- 1 lb. bacon = $3.99 versus 1 lb. of portobello mushrooms = $2.15
- 1 lb. of chicken = $1.99 versus 1 lb. of uncooked brown rice = $1.60
- 1 gallon of milk $2.99 = versus 1 gallon of almond milk = $2.00
- One dozen eggs = $3.50 versus 1 brick of organic tofu = $3.25
Total for the omnivore column? $18.07. Total for the vegan column? $12.28. A savings of almost $6. Not to mention the thousands you’ll save over time in medication and hospital bills.
If you took all the plant-based ingredients above, you not only have the makings for a very healthy meal, you could save a ton of money (and, by the way, get plenty of vitamins, minerals AND protein).
Just add a little wheat free tamari, a teaspoon of evaporated cane juice, and sesame oil and you’ll have all you need to make a delicious fried rice. Eating healthy doesn’t require more money but it does require more time and creativity. Taking fruits, vegetable, beans, rice, and tofu and creating delicious meals might be daunting at first but once you explore all the amazing, natural flavors these foods contain … you’ll soon find yourself eating like royalty.
* This does not includes any government subsidies that may be given to families in need. These food items inevitably include dairy milk, cheese, and eggs. One more way the U.S. government is trying to keep its citizens unhealthy.