The Vegan Student’s Handbook

Asparagus Couscous with Chickpeas and Almonds

There was once a time where vegans were stereotyped as socks and sandal wearing tree huggers, who only wore tie-dye and probably grew illegal plants in their basements – but not anymore.

The 2016 vegan is impossible to define, with everyone from bodybuilders, and regular folk alike making the shift to a plant-based diet. Not only is it good for your health, the environment, and animals, but being a vegan is also very friendly on your purse, which makes it a great option for students. Here are some handy tips to get you started if you are interested in taking the plunge, or if you are already a vegan hopefully you will feel even more inspired.

Do your research

With any diet and lifestyle change you must do research and know your stuff when it comes to vitamins and minerals, you do not want to be missing out on anything, especially in these cold winter months. Luckily the internet is a hive of information and you can see just how simple being a vegan is, all while getting your vitamins.

Plan your meals, make a list and do a shop

Planning your meals in advance is such a great way to save money and ensures you do not skip meals. Websites such as Rosanna Davison Nutrition or The Happy Pear are full of simple meal ideas that also keep in the fridge for a few days, so you will be fed all week. Vegan food is everywhere in the supermarkets and because there is no raw meat involved you can eat it all raw. However, they are super easy to cook too.

Start small

The easiest way to make the change is by transitioning yourself over time. Pick up a carton of chocolate soya milk next time you are in the campus gym (It’s delish) and start small. Eat more fruit and veg and less meat and eventually you will start to notice your skin is clearer, your energy is improving and you will hopefully stop falling asleep in lectures (well, we can hope anyway).

Amy Rohu

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