Living The Vegan Life: Delicious And Healthy Meats

vegan meat products

A brief look behind the etymology of this word reveals that the original word is rooted in Old English, literally meaning “of meal”. Faux, fake, and fake meat analogs are alternative meat products that resemble more like the texture and appearance of real meat, but cannot be labeled as being meat at all. Some examples include tofu, soy burgers, hamburgers, and tofu muffs. However, these are just a few of the more common types of faux products available on the vegan market.


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One popular vegan meat product for vegetarians is crumbling. While it can be made from different vegetables and fruits, the most commonly used ingredients are potatoes, onions, carrots, and peppers. This is because it is an excellent source of vegetables in general and vegetables themselves are high in protein content. Other than that, it can come in a variety of different flavors including banana shakes, cashew nut crumble, maple syrup swirl, and apple cinnamon swirl.

Mushrooms are another favorite for many people, especially those who are not particularly big fans of vegetables. Unfortunately, most people do not enjoy eating too much of the real thing. That is why some vegans substitute mushrooms for vegetables, and vice versa. There are many recipes out there that substitute mushrooms for other foods, yet still give the same great flavor and texture.

Black Beans

Another common vegan meat option is black beans. They are high in fiber and protein, making them a highly effective replacement for meats-although not as flavorful. To make them even more similar to meats, try using soy sauce to augment their flavor. These can come in two varieties: wet or dry. Wet brown rice has a more authentic taste and is a little bit higher in dietary fiber.

Flax seeds are another interesting alternative for vegan meat. They have a nutty flavor that is somewhat like the flavor of toasted sunflower seeds, but without the fat. The best brands are those that are wheat based, such as Life Foods or BioLite.


Surprisingly, burgers are also a popular vegan meat choice, providing more protein per burger than any other type of food, even though they are more expensive. However, it is important to use high quality meat, such as organic grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish. Grass-fed beef has been known to contain less saturated fat and antibiotic residue than most commercially produced cattle, which can be found in most supermarkets.

Another thing to remember when creating your vegan diet is to avoid anything that contains artificial ingredients or vegetable oils. This includes mayonnaise, margarine, peanut butter and other similar ingredients. High calorie foods should be consumed in moderation. Try substituting soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk for the traditional cow’s milk.


If you are looking to replicate certain types of plant-based burger patties, try substituting tofu for hamburger and replacing cheese with nutritional yeast, which can be purchased in a health food store. Cashews are another great substitute, as are hemp seeds, hemp oil and sunflower seeds. Nuts are also a good choice, although some find that almonds can clog their arteries. To get the same crunchy, healthy crunch, experiment by mixing peanut oil with walnuts instead of peanuts, and grilling a tofu-wrapped dinner. In addition, lettuce can be replaced with sprouts to create a new taste that is rich and creamy, similar to spinach.

If you enjoy eating a variety of different textures in your cooking, you can create mouthwatering vegan meat substitutes like faux bacon and veggie bacon. Just dice up some regular vegan meat (preferably grass-fed) and use it in your favorite recipes. For instance, instead of frying up faux duck eggs in vegan mozzarella, you could bake them, broil them or put them on the grill until they’re golden brown.

Natural And Healthy

While you can find vegan versions of the typical barbecue sauces, you can create your own “sauce” to use on grilled meat, which will enhance the taste while reducing the amount of oil used. The key to long-lasting vegan meatless diets is choosing quality ingredients over highly processed ingredients.

Although many of the fancy names may sound natural and healthy, many are not and contain hidden chemicals and unhealthy fillers. Instead, you should focus on buying products that are made from natural ingredients like vegetables, nuts and herbs and focus on using healthy cooking methods that foster the growth of good bacteria (good bacteria naturally occur in the colon and on the intestinal walls and are responsible for controlling the population of harmful bacteria).

Final Words

Many people also worry about the taste of vegan meats, because they don’t get as much taste as they might from traditional animal products. However, most of these foods are very similar to the real thing so they’re actually very tasty. It’s all in the preparation. Most people prepare vegan meats the same way they prepare regular meats – by marinating them in wine, cooking them in butter or using some kind of special sauce to enhance the flavor. Another great way to make sure you stay on track with your vegan diet is to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially if you eat dairy) and keep your pantry stocked with plenty of fresh and healthy foods. By investing in a quality supplement, you can ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need and that you’re eating a wide variety of nutritious foods.

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