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Here are 12 vegan alternatives to popular foods

By Finserv MARKETS - Nov 26,2019
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Earlier, taking care of your health largely involved eating healthy, getting regular checkups and having health insurance. There are a lot of options for health insurance available on Finserv MARKETS. So, that part is covered! But there is a constant worry about dietary intake and lifestyle. Nowadays, there is a constant quest towards a better, healthier, more satisfying life. People are slowly going away from animal-based food. A global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds.1 In this scenario, veganism is gaining pace.

What is veganism?

Veganism, not to be confused with vegetarianism, is refraining from consumption of any food that is derived from animals. This includes meat, dairy products, honey seafood, or any other food obtained from animals. The idea is that animals are not ours to use, and we should take care of nature by sticking to a plant-based diet.

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However, following a vegan diet seems a little difficult to the average Indian. If you are an aspiring vegan and wondering what will happen to your weekend bingeing plans, here’s a vegan food list with 12 alternatives to some of the most popular foods.

1. Gajar halwa with dates

Gajar halwa is usually made with milk and sugar as sweetener. Vegans can make it with coconut and use dates as sweetener to make it a proper healthy meal. This vegan version has its own sweetness and flavour.

2. Tofu tikka masala

The paneer in this popular North Indian dish can easily be replaced with tofu while keeping the masala recipe the same. Tofu is obtained from soyabean milk, and is a much healthier option than paneer. 100 gms of tofu has about 60-65 calories, while 100 grams of paneer may have about 260 calories.

3. Almond milk smoothie

Smoothies are the go-to breakfast option for health freaks. If you’re turning to a vegan diet, you would be delighted to know that there is an alternative to regular milk which is actually healthier. Almond milk has lesser calories and free of saturated fat.

4. Vegan chocolate

One of the major reasons why people put off going vegan is that they don’t want to give up on chocolate. The vegan chocolate just had to make it to this vegan food list. There are special vegan chocolates available online, which won’t make you compromise on taste.

5. Lassi with coconut yoghurt

Yes, you read it right. Coconut yoghurt is made from fermented coconut milk and will make your lassi taste as good as the regular one. In fact, coconut yoghurt is naturally creamy and sweet, and is packed with probiotics which are good for your gut health.

6. Mac and cashew cheese

Your comfort food, macaroni and cheese, just got better. You can make cashew cheese at home by following an easy recipe, and use it to make mac and cheese. However, if you are counting calories, you might want to think again as cashews are rich in calories.

8. Banana nice cream

A vegan diet can now have ice cream too. Of course, it doesn’t have milk. It has a frozen banana base instead and is called nice cream. Try it out to know how different it tastes!

9. Jackfruit sandwich with vegan mayonnaise

A good substitute for the shredded chicken or pulled pork sandwich is a jackfruit sandwich with vegan mayonnaise or vegan cheese. A lot of health cafés around India serve this delicacy.

10. Pizza with cashew cheese

Cashew cheese makes another appearance in our vegan food list because cheese is probably the second most loved ingredient after chocolate. A pizza with cashew cheese tastes as good as the regular deal, try it to know it.

11. Vegan cake

You can make a delicious vegan cake yourself with soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk, and use flax eggs instead of regular eggs. A flax egg is an egg substitute made of ground flax seeds and water. In fact, you can also make a flax egg yourself.

12. Vegan omelette

Vegan omelettes are made with either flax or besan, and both have their own unique tastes. Flax has omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely beneficial, while besan helps your heart to become healthier.

Turning vegan is definitely a great decision, even though it is not easy. It is a positive step for your health and the environment as well. As far as your health is concerned, another step you must take is health insurance. Bajaj Allianz health insurance, available on Finserv MARKETS could be a great option for individual or family health insurance as it comes with facilities like cashless claims in 6000+ hospitals in India, and comprehensive coverage. Once you are insured and are sticking to your diet, your overall well being will also improve.

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