I know how overwhelming and scary a lifestyle change to be...especially cutting meat, dairy and eggs from your diet.
It doesn't have to be all or nothing to get started on a vegan journey. Every single change will bring you closer to reaching your vegan goals. I promise!
Here are a some tips to get you started....
It's like butta, baby
Brands like Earth Balance make it super easy for you to switch out your butter now. Vegan margarine is made of oil, water & salt. Use it on toast and with baking and I highly doubt your family will notice the difference. Locate Earth Balance near you using the zip code locator at the bottom of this page.
Add an extra vegetable to your dinner plate
I loved vegetables growing up but some kids don't even want them on their plate. My middle son, Elijah used to be like this. I quickly realized the more exposure he had to vegetables the more he ate them. I love how that happens
If regular chicken, rice and corn are what's for dinner, add a side of steamed broccoli or sautéed kale, too. You don't even have to say anything...just serve it up. :-)
Veganize simple dishes
Beyond Meat vegan crumbles rock and are an easy replacement for ground beef/turkey. You can find this brand at Whole Foods, Target and most health food stores.
Just add the crumbles to your favorite spaghetti sauce and/or taco shells.
Your family won't notice the difference and this is such an easy way to gradually get the family onboard.
Swap out the the milk
Dairy is the devil! lt will make you fat and jack up your skin (I know about that adult acne life). Not everyone is ready to leave cheese alone, but milk in your cereal and coffee are simple changes. Start experimenting with soy, almond, coconut and other nut-based milk to find the right fit for your fam.
Reduce your kids' commercial/TV time
It can be pretty difficult to get your kids to embrace vegan eating when TV commercials are working overtime to contradict everything you say.
Use Netflix (no commercials) and/or record their shows to fast forward the commercials.
Don't ever discount the small daily changes that you're making to improve your health and the health of your family.
Be gentle with yourself! You got this!