Many people are aware of the advantages of a vegan diet, but are hesitant about becoming vegan. They think of a vegan diet and what comes to mind are boring vegetables or tasteless lentils. But a vegan diet has much more to it than that.
While both vegetarians and vegans do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, the main difference between the two diets is that vegans do not eat any animal by-products. This includes all dairy, eggs, and foods that may contain animal products such as gelatin. However, a vegan can eat a wide and varied diet using natural foods such as grains, seeds, pulses, nuts, and vegetables. In addition to these, there are a number of other interesting and varied products suitable for vegans. These add a range of exciting and healthy possibilities to a vegan diet.
Soy is a nutritious source of protein. It is also good for a vegan diet because soy has such a neutral flavor that can take on different flavors, textures, and seasonings. Grains contain protein and complex carbohydrates.
Because vegans do not eat dairy, they often seek replacements for milk, yogurt, and cheese in their diet. There are a number of dairy replacements including these tasty options:
- Milks, such as Rice Dream, So Delicious coconut milk, Silk soy milk, and Almond Breeze almond milk
- Cheeses, such as Tofutti soy cheese and various vegan cheeses from Linsatti
- Yogurts made from coconut and soy
Nuts, seeds, and legumes are all vegan foods. Vegans can eat all fruits and vegetables, the list goes on and on. As you can see, the vegan diet can be very varied & absolutely delicious.
At this year’s expo Rofia Payman will be having a cooking demonstration where she will show us how to make vegan food tasty and enjoyable.
Roufia Payman, CDN, is the Supervisor of Outpatient Nutritional Education at Northern Dutchess Hospital. Roufia leads programs including the New Leaf Program, the Bariatric Support Group and more, all through the Rhinebeck campus. She has worked to initiate program changes within the Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park school systems. Her writing and advice has been featured in several news outlets throughout the region. She is also a certified lifestyle coach for diabetic prevention.
This is a great opportunity to learn a great ordeal about a delicious and healthy vegan diet. If you attend this demonstration you’ll be more than satisfied. See you at the expo.
Frazier, Karen. What Do Vegans Eat. n.d. <http://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com/What_Do_Vegans_Eat>.