Plant-Based Living 101: Tips to Getting Started
Whether you’re flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan or just considering adding more fruit and veg to your diet, we’ve got the low down on how to make plant-based eating easy, delicious and sustainable.
Leozette Roode, Media and Outreach Manager at Humane Society International – Africa and real-life vegan is here to help. She says preparation really helps you thrive on a plant-based lifestyle.
These simple tips will help set you up.
Understand whyEducating yourself on the benefits of eating plant-based will make this way of eating even easier. Delve into books and articles, listen to talks and refer to documentaries and videos to learn more.
Build up a databaseCollect easy and tasty recipes you look forward to feasting on. Visit our recipe hub for delicious inspiration, tips and guidance.
Plan your mealsPlanning your meals will help you navigate this journey with ease. Not only will it ensure you stick to a plant-based diet and remain excited about what’s to come, but it will also eliminate possible frustration or failure when creativity in the kitchen hits a low.
Stock upOnce you have a database of recipes saved and meals planned, it’s time to draw up a shopping list to stock your fridge, freezer and pantry. Make sure you have non-perishable essentials for daily use and think about how often you need to visit your local market or closest Woolies for fresh produce.
Prepare for emergenciesAll too often the world throws us a curve ball and cooking a meal from scratch no longer fits our schedules. In case of emergencies, always have a ready-made meal or quick-to-cook alternative in the fridge or freezer. A good idea is to prepare a big batch of your favourite dish and freeze it in individual portions.
EquipmentPreparing plant-based dishes requires only a few basic kitchen utensils. A good blender and mixer will make your life (a whole lot) easier, but you can definitely whip up great dishes without spending your entire budget on new gear.
Join a community
Taking on the challenge of adopting a plant-based lifestyle is easier when you’re not alone. There are many community groups, social media platforms, dinner clubs and events happening around the country that you can join or refer to for support.
We have partnered with Humane Society International – Africa and Green Monday SA to bring you this information.