If you are thinking about becoming Vegan, but worried about where to buy your food or even what to buy! Take a read below. I hope you find this useful <3
Since being Vegan, I spend a lot less money on my weekly food shop. It seems crazy too me that people really think that being Vegan means having to spend more money on food when meat is far more expensive than fruits and vegetables! Of course if you spend all your budget on frozen processed vegan meat alternatives, expensive dairy free cheeses and milks the cost of your shop will rack up, seek out the best supermarket for your needs and go for the best offers. Buy at markets for the best fruit and veg prices, and buy dry foods in bulk!
You need to see food shopping as an activity and make it fun! My boyfriend is not Vegan, so we tend to do main fruit and vegetable shops together then we will each buy things that we need that the other will not use. I go food shopping once every couple of weeks and spend under £20 each time.
Here is a little look into what I buy, and where I buy it.
Tesco is great for dairy free alternatives, as well as stocking the Violife Vegan Cheese range they also have a large range of their own, this is where I do my usual shop!
Alpro Milk Alternatives (whatever flavour is on offer that week) 4 for £4, | Coconut & Almond is my favorite! These last the whole month!
Violife Cheese slices £2.20 a pack | I don’t always buy these, only once every few months. Mostly because it tastes so good and I would eat it every day if I could!
Tesco Own Brand Vegan Cheese £2.20-£3 | I’m not a huge fan of this stuff, its made with Soy and has a very strange taste and texture.. it also smells rank when its cooked.
Some sort of Rice or Pulse £1 – £2.50 for 500g-1kg| I usually go for Cous Cous, Bulgar Wheat or Brown rice
Beans 34p – 89p a can of 400g | I always have to have beans in my cupboard as both of us love them! They are a great source of protien, versatile, full of fiber, very cheap and very filling. I go for Kidney beans, cannelini beans and mix beans
Peanut Butter, Tesco own and the crunchy kind 62p 340g
500g Fresh Washed Spinach £2 | this bag will last just over a week
Broccoli 39p each | I ususally buy between 2-4 of these every few weeks
Fresh Cauliflower 95p each | Make sure you go for ones that are large, covered in leaves and not green on the stalks!
Gnocci 500g 70p | I LOVE this stuff! cook it up in 2 mins, mix in some tomato paste, fresh tomatoes and basil! Delicious <3
Courgettes 60p 350g (2 courgettes) | These are great to put on Vegan pizza or for making Courgetti!
Bananas £1 for about 6-7 | I only buy bananas from supermarkets when I can’t get to the Market
Coconut oil £1.50 | I use this instead of Olive Oil, the main difference is that Coconut Oil has less saturated fat vs Olive Oil
Snacks 85p-£2 each | When I do buy snacks I usually get – Cofresh bombay mix (the red bag), Doritos (chilli flavour), Raisins or other dried fruits, salted peanuts.
Tofu £1.50 | I go for Cauldron if I want to make some crispy baked tofu.
Frozen Edamame £2 600g bag | I LOVE edamame beans, they are low Kcal high protein and very good for you. Buy a bag of these, and let them defrost before you use them. I recommended snacking on them cold, or adding them to salads!
Asda is great for fruit and veg! They seem to think that the tiniest brown spot on bunch of bananas means they have had their day and reduce them to crazy prices, you can sometimes get about 15 bananas for 60p!
Their cauliflowers are still around £1 each but they are HUGE!
Like Tesco, they always have Alpro and other milk alternatives on sale every week, the usual deal is 2 for £2 or 4 for £4
They also stock Violife cheese, but do not have their own brand selection
They have a great world foods selection, that has loads of different types of snacks that are suitable for Vegans!
Whitechapel Market | Outside Whitechapel Station
I love heading to Whitechapel market with an empty back pack and filling it too the brim with tons of fresh fruit and veg for less that £10! They have everything from Bananas to Jackfruit, pretty much every stall will sell a bowl of Fruit for £1, you can get Avocados, Oranges, Bananas, Apples, Grapes, Cherries, Courgette, Aubergine, Lettuce, Green Beans, Chillies, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes the list is endless!
You can get around 6 Avocados for £1, but make sure you check them properly. Many times I have gone home and had to throw a couple!
Asian Supermarkets | My Pick: Loon Fung, Stratford
While I like to go to Asian supermarkets for cheap tofu and soy sauce, there is a downside… They have A LOT of fresh meat in, it can sometimes smell quite bad and I remember one I went in last year that had a freezer full of whole baby pigs. I just walked straight out.
Loon Fung in Stratford is great for cheap tofu, they sell firm, medium firm and silken each for around £1.50 but you get more than you do in the standard packs in other supermarkets.
They are also great for Soy Sauce, you can get 1 litre bottle of it for about £1, same goes for rice wine vinegar! They also have a great selection of sushi stuff, and fresh and frozen gyoza pastries!
Also, get the 2kg pack of oranges for £1.69… They are SOOO juicy and you can make a really good OJ out of them
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“People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” -Pino Caruso