Tips for the New Vegan

If you’re starting a new vegan diet, you probably have questions. I’ve got answers!

Chili Cheese Popcorn - Nooch Popcorn

It’s the beginning of a new year and in addition to requests for the magic bullet for weight loss, I get lots of questions about going vegan. How do I get enough protein on a vegan diet? How do I know I’m getting the right nutrients on a vegan diet? Is a vegan diet the right one for me?

The questions keep pouring in. Though I’m not vegan, I follow a pretty plant heavy diet. And for what it’s worth, I was vegan years ago. Before it was cool and before they started mass producing nut cheese. There are plenty of benefits to eating this way but you have to plan ahead to meet your nutrition needs. Key nutrients of concern include omega 3 fats, B12, iron, calcium, zinc, and others. You’ll need an appreciation for legumes from lentils to pinto beans and chickpeas and a variety of nuts and seeds. And I think you also need a sense of adventure in the kitchen to keep things tasty and interesting.

Speaking of flavor, I got a request from the folks at Peach Dish here in Atlanta to share my tips on following a vegan diet. So, I laid out my top 5 tips for new vegans over on their blog. Check it out. And let me know in the comments if you’re following a vegan diet, new to it, and if you have any questions I can answer.

Before you go, here are a few of my most popular vegan recipes to add to the rotation:

Smoky Chickpeas & Spinach – One of the easiest, high fiber and protein recipes on the site.

Chili Cheese “Nooch” Popcorn – This easy snack will satisfy your smoky, salty, crunchy cravings! (shown above)

Easy Chocolate Truffles – Sweet (healthy) dreams are made of these.

 

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