Don’t worry about getting enough protein
If you’re trying to figure out how to become vegan without letting your tummy rumble, “rich sources of concentrated protein include beans, soy products like tofu and seitan, quinoa, nuts, and hemp seeds,” says Moran. Plus, there are vegan protein powders you can add to water and shakes. As long as you include these staples, along with protein-rich veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, and broccoli, you should meet your daily requirements. Find out which other nutrients vegans might miss out on—and how to get enough.
Focus on vegetables (and fruits)
“Many who claim to be vegetarian or vegan are really starch-atarians filling meat voids with pasta, fries, bread,” and other non-plant substitutes, says Ashayla Patterson of the bakery Sweet Artique. Try to eat more healthy, whole foods to give your body the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs.
Going vegan doesn’t mean deprivation
“When you remove animal products, you lose a lot of the fat and salt, which is often what contributes to the can’t-put-it-down taste,” says Kroecher. He likes to add rich, complex flavors with walnuts, avocados, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, fresh basil, cold-pressed flax seed oil, and unrefined grey or pink sea salt. Other ingredients to consider include nuts, dried fruits, protein powder, chia or hemp seeds, and Spirulina, a protein-dense freshwater algae. Try these 11 tofu recipes even meat eaters will love.