How to Save Money with a Plant-Based Meal Plan

Getting your grocery budget in order is essential, but did you consider the dual impact of embracing plant-based eating and money-saving techniques? Enjoying fresh produce — and reducing or eliminating meat from your diet — doesn’t have to create added expense.

You don’t have to live on a diet of ramen noodles and over-processed, inexpensive junk to save cash. Instead, plan for a creative, plant-based diet that benefits your health, the environment and your wallet all at once. Here’s how you can save money with a plant-based meal plan.

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Acaí Bowls 101 [Infographic]

Bowls? They’re a big deal in the food world, and the reasons are varied. Sometimes, just one ingredient on its own doesn’t have much appeal but toss some together and suddenly you’ve got a vibrant, varied potpourri that looks (and tastes) delicious.

While many bowls that you might see focus on lunch or dinner type of entrees—noodles plus protein, for example—there are plenty of options to start your day and to have a filling midday meal or snack, too, that don’t involve a starch or a meat. Take, for example, a crazy-good-for-you acai bowl.

Acai is a fruit that’s native to South America; while it’s intense in its dose of antioxidants and other vitamins, it doesn’t store well on shelves, which is why you won’t find it fresh. Instead acai is powdered or pureed, and then added to smoothies, drinks, and, of course, bowls. How can you max out your acai bowl’s healthfulness? This graphic offers some ideas.

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Here’s what you need to know about Poké [Infographic]

When you think of dishes from Hawaii, what do you think of? You might think of a luau, of course, which is a classic notion of what a big, fun meal from Hawaiian culture looks like. You probably also think about fish—that’s a natural, given the islands’ accessibility to the sea. But have you ever heard of poké?

Poké is gaining popularity in more places than the Hawaiian islands, as foodies (and everyday people) continue to look for interesting food and ways of cooking. And poke fits the bill on both counts.

The typical poké uses raw fish, but you don’t have to. You can basically use whatever you want—make it vegetarian, for example. The great thing about this dish is that it’s generally packed with good-for-you ingredients, and it’s filling, too. So how can you make your own poké at home, and what might you like to try in it? This graphic gives you some insights.

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Go Meat free at Work [Infographic]

How reducing the amount of meat you eat can be better for your health and the environment.

While many people eat meat every day in the office, there are definitely advantages in going meat-free. While I’m sure everyone is aware of the fact that cutting down on the amount of meat you have can save you money and help you lose weight, fewer people are as aware of the link between eating meat and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer state that there is a causal link between eating processed meats and contracting cancer and that there is a strong correlation between eating red meat and cancer. This research is backed up by studies carried out by The Harvard School of Public Health, who found that unprocessed meat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by 18% and of cancer by 10%. Processed meat, on the other hand, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease by 21% and of cancer by 16%.

Another reason to eat less meat is the effect rearing these animals has on the environment. Currently the rearing of livestock takes up 30% of the earth’s surface and the livestock sector produces as much global greenhouse gases as the exhaust emissions of every car, train, ship and aircraft on the planet.

The guide below covers all of this and also gives you information on how to make sure you get enough protein and other ways you can make your packed lunch more eco-friendly, including a seasonal eating guide. Euroffice also added some quick and easy vegetarian recipes for you to start with.

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Recipe: Oven-Baked Veggie Roots

This was the first time I tried parsnip, back in México I didn’t eat it (neither the celery root or parsley root). I don’t even remember seeing them at the grocery store! But here in Germany is quite common (or at least, I have noticed) to prepare these root vegetables during late winter. Today I tried them myself and I have to admit, they are delicious! They are easy to make, yes, it takes some time to wash peel and cut them all but no more than 15 mins 😉

I hope you try these vegetables, if you haven’t already, and let me know what you think of this recipe!

Eat Good, Feel Good! 🍏

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