Many students look to make changes when they move university, and this is a great time to reorient your life. Going vegetarian is an increasingly popular choice, particularly amongst young people. According to recent studies, around 13% of the country follows a non-meat diet. Many recent converts have begun following a vegan diet, but plenty more vegetarians, pescatarians and flexitarians have begun to cut animals out of their food.
Going vegetarian can be challenging
University presents a lot of challenges to students; you’re on a tight budget, with lots of demands on your time, and sometimes it’s difficult to stick to your resolutions. In this article we’ll look at how you can minimise these challenges. Whether it’s exploring delicious new foods or picking up bargain meals, we’ll help you achieve your diet goals.
Saving money as a vegetarian
All students have money problems to some extent; student loans give you very little room for manoeuvre in your monthly budget. However, vegetarian meals can be a great way to save money, if you know what to look for. Firstly, you should keep in mind that most “meat alternatives” are a relatively expensive option. Quorn, Linda McCartney, and the many new brands on the market all come at a premium price. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat them, but you shouldn’t rely on them for every meal.
Making the most of vegetables
A vegetarian or vegan diet is going to feature veg heavily, but it will quickly go off. It’s a good idea to buy in bulk at a local greengrocer, then chop your veg and freeze it. That means when you need a cup of diced peppers, or a teaspoon of ginger, you’ll always have the right ingredients on hand. It’s also a good idea to store a potato in the fridge as a backup plan – a baked potato always makes a decent meal when there are no other options.
Vegetable-based foods that fill you up
Many trend vegetarian and vegan recipes focus on great-looking, low-calorie foods. If you’re anything like the typical student, though, you’ll often be looking for quick, tasty meals that keep you full of energy. Explore options like halloumi, which makes a great replacement for meat in many meals – try it with chips and mushy peas. Vegans should try out various forms of tofu, from silk to super firm.
Never stint on flavour
The days of vegetarianism and veganism as a “hair shirt”, foregoing both meat and flavour, are long gone. Today, there is a huge range of delicious meals that don’t require any animal products at all, and those used to eating meat won’t feel like they’re missing out. Vegetarians can try meals like the mattar paneer curry, while vegans will love a tofu-filled miso soup.
Skipping meat and dairy at university
This is a great time in your life to make changes. Take this opportunity to experiment, to take responsibility for your own diet, and make changes that you want to live with. The tips we’ve explored in this article should help you enjoy life without meat, or without dairy, and make it easier for you to make a success of your new diet.