For some, eating a healthy vegan diet might appear to be a daunting task. In reality, it can be very simple.

Fresh fruits, such as apples, oranges, bananas, and cherries, make a great summer snack - and so do vegetables. Eat carrots, celery, cucumber, and other veggies as finger foods or use them to dip in hummus. How about chips and guacamole, or salsa, or both? For entrees, most animal products can be replaced with a vegan substitute such as veggie dogs, veggie burgers, veggie meatballs, or various meat-free "meats." Vegan cheeses are even available. For those who struggle with leaving behind their meat or dairy counterparts, this approach can provide an easy and delicious transition to a vegan diet. Start by looking through your favorite cookbooks. You can "veganize" your favorite recipes by replacing any animal ingredients with a vegan substitute - there are so many available these days!

Substituting vegan food products for animal foods is not even necessary, however. You can create a simple, nutritious meal by combining a grain (such as brown rice, whole wheat couscous, or whole grain pasta) with beans or tofu and steamed fresh or frozen vegetables. Add some spices, and you have a complete meal! Colorful salads with an array of vegetables and beans, nuts, and seeds, are also a great, easy option.

Gene Baur
Farm Sanctuary

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Comment by Louise Duda on July 25, 2012 at 9:40pm
Thanks, Gene, for leading me to Peaceful Daily. I've been keeping up with your work at Farm Sanctuary for several years. It has been a help to me as I transition from a vegetarian life style to a vegan one. I'm liking what I see here at Peaceful Daily as well.

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