When you're used to making meals that focus on meat or dairy, it can difficult to know where to start when creating a well-balanced vegan meal.
Instead of trying to substitute meat for processed alternatives, you can actually make a wide range of new recipes that include whole foods in the form of vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
The easiest way to put together a healthy vegan meal is to have half of it made up of vegetables alongside plenty of healthy fats, with protein-packed beans or legumes and small quantities of fruit and whole grains.
Breakfast – for example – might be oatmeal with oat milk and cacao nibs, giving you all the protein, carbs, fibre and fat you need to get through to lunch. Try medium or pinhead oatmeal, or a blend of the two, as they are less refined than rolled oats and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
You can now find that some non-dairy milks are fortified with vitamin B12, nutritional yeast and cereals, but you can also add a B12 supplement to your diet if you struggle to find enough from food sources.
Here are some simple mix and match charts to give you an idea of vegan-friendly foods you should include on your next shopping trip!