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Making the Vegan or Vegetarian Transition

Going vegetarian is easy. Grocery stores are always stocked with colorful vegetables and plenty of other vegan foods. Almost all grocery stores now carry delicious faux meat products, too—from veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs to vegetarian chicken nuggets, ribs, steak strips, and more. With all these great products available, it’s easier than ever to whip up delicious meat-free meals at home. Going out to eat couldn’t be easier too! With more and more people becoming vegetarian these days, most restaurants now offer great-tasting, healthy vegetarian selections.

We’ve listed our top six tips for making your transition to a vegetarian diet easy and delicious. We have also provided some “everyday eating” ideas for each meal (and snack!) of the day. If you want more help making the transition, take our “Pledge To Be Vegan for 30 Days.”

Bon appétit!

Top Six Tips

1. Make vegetarian versions of your favorite meals.
2. Explore thousands of delicious vegetarian recipes.
3. Try some tasty faux meats and dairy alternatives.
4. Sample vegetarian microwaveable meals and convenience foods.
5. Search online for the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in your area.
6. Explore the amazing variety of meat-free ethnic foods.

Ideas for Everyday Eating

We have thousands of delicious recipes searchable by meal category and type of cuisine. Here are some of our favorites! (Click on the links below to read more.)

•    Breakfast and Brunch
•    Lunch
•    Dinner
•    Side Dishes
•    Desserts
•    Appetizers
•    Sandwiches
•    Pizza Toppings
•    Quick-and-Easy Snacks
•    Barbecues and Picnics
•    Accidentally Vegan

More Ideas for Vegetarian Living
(Click on each tip below to read more.)

•    Dining With Friends and Family
•    Eating While On the Road
•    Raising Vegetarian Kids and Teenagers
•    Where to Find Vegan Groceries
•    Eating On a Budget
•    Going Vegetarian: All at Once or Gradually?
•    A Note About Tiny Amounts of Animal Products in Foods
•    How to Go Vegan

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  • Angel says:

    Hi guys, I’m slowly making the transition to vegetarianism. My issue with it is the cost. Why is it so costly to eat so healthy? Farmer’s markets aren’t that much cheaper, and in some cases, the same price as produce from Vons or Albertson’s. I’m down to try recipes and transition my family of 6, but I don’t want to have to break the bank in order to do so. If anyone can provide any additional tips, I’d greatly appreciate it because this is a lifestyle I really would like to commit to; thanks!!

  • Jesse says:

    In have seen some talk about telling your family that you wanna be vegetarian/vegan but your family would make it hard. My family is very anti vegetarian/vegan. When I told them I didn’t really do it as a process. I just went all out and told them I am a vegetarian. They yelled at me and said some pretty mean stuff but now they are use to it but you just have to stand your ground for a few weeks and they back off.

  • Vince says:

    I have been a vegetarian for almost for 14 months and never felt better.Now I’m trying to talk to my friend to turn vegetarian and shes trying .As of this moment i have been drinking Almond milk and love it .I just wished i would have done this a long time ago guess its never too late .
    one more thing watch out for those veggie product that has GMO soy that’s one more thing that I’m staying away from

  • Sierra says:

    To every one that wants to make the transition but have family holding you back. I cannot say from personal experince how that would turn out.. I came out as a vegan when I lived on my own.. But I can say making smaller steps towards being a vegan might help.. like saying you just dont want to eat red meat at first.. then add no chicken.. and so on.. I again can not say how that will turn out.. everyone is going to laugh or say things to make you feel like veganism is a cult… trust me that never goes away.. but I think it is awesome yall want to start!

  • Shelley says:

    I have been transitioning for about 7 months now! It is all a process ! Do not beat yourself up! Just start out replacing meals with fresh juices and incorporating more fresh vegetables and fruit into your diet! As time goes by, you will find that your body will start responding to the fresh raw fruits, veggies and juices with greater urgency! I am currently reading 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham who is a raw vegan and I watch a lot of Dan McDonald the Liferegenerator on YouTube! He is very informative and knowledgeable on raw veganism and the ansistion process! Continued success to all of you and as Freelee the Banana girl also on Youtube would say ” Go Fruit yourself”!

  • Blackrose9053 says:

    Hi I have been trying to go vegetarian but me granparents are agaist it what should i do?

  • Sam says:

    @SadieC. Hi SadieC I have the very same problem. I started the 30 day challenge 2 days ago, told my family I was thinking of becoming Vegan and I just got laughed at. What I did was bought my own food such as almond milk, vegan marg etc. just buy yourself some essentials that you use everyday. My family buy fruit and veg so I didn’t need to buy any of that. And instead of my mum buying me sweets on her weekly shop I will ask her to buy me some grapes or apples etc. I’m sure your family will come round to the idea as much are mine are starting too. For example my father said he was boiling veg and potatoes for tea I will be having all that but i will have vegan sausage instead and have boiled potatoes instead of mashed. You will get through it. Hope all goes well.

  • littlelights21 says:

    I have been a vegetarian for 10 months. I had been considering it for a while, but then I saw PETAs video “meet your meat” and becoming a vegetarian was the easiest thing. I have felt great ever since I mad the transition. However,