The kinds of food that we eat comprise a big part of our lifestyle. These foods, more often than not, reflect our beliefs, cultural ideologies and perceptions about life. This is the main reason why in so many parts of the world, a wide variety of dishes are exclusively prepared and served. In Asia, for example, rice is a staple food. But in North America and other continents, it is not.
This food philosophy applies to those who also do or adapt a certain diet. Just like what an old saying says, “You are what you eat”. At present, more and more people are getting into vegan foods. This entails the elimination of any kind of animal products from their food intake, including dairy and eggs. Such kind of food preference rooted on the belief of vegans that animals are not meant to be exploited or eaten. This includes the non-consummation of dairy products and eggs. Vegetarians also share the same kind of principle with vegans, though there are some who still eat either eggs or dairy products or both.
One doesn’t have to go outside the city to look for these particular kinds of foods. Nowadays, vegan foods are increasingly becoming commercially available in supermarkets and restaurants across the world. Sports athletes also practice veganism. So, how to go being vegan? Here are examples of the food they eat which you can try.
Also known as bean curd, is a food prepared through the process of soy milk coagulation wherein the curds are formed into soft white blocks. This kind of food is commonly found in many Asian countries’ cuisine. Tofu is known to have a low calorie count and fat yet rich in protein, iron, calcium and magnesium. It can be prepared and cooked to become vegan dishes like scrambled tofu, chocolate mousse and fried tofu.
If you don’t like eating tofu, then, perhaps, you can try eating this dish made from cooked and fermented soybeans. Companies also mix other grain varieties like barley to enrich its flavors. Tempeh is also rich in protein and calcium and also has a nutty, textured flavor. Because of its low fat and high protein content, many vegans try to incorporate tempeh in their daily meals.
Seitan is another term for wheat gluten which is made from the main protein of wheat. This is prepared by swabbing wheat-based flour dough with running water until all the starch it is gone. This will leave an elastic mass of insoluble gluten which is then, prepared and cooked, before eaten. Like other vegan foods, seitan is also very easy to prepare.