Published by PETA Staff.

Are you new to the world of saving animals and eating healthy? Welcome! Here are six things that you should do RIGHT now.

1. Eat vegan versions of your favorite meals.

There are vegan versions of almost every meal you can think of—really! “Veganize” your favorite recipes simply by replacing the meat and dairy “products” with beans, grains, nuts, veggies, faux meats, and dairy-free foods. You don’t have to go a single day without your favorite meals.

2. Explore thousands of delicious vegan recipes.

You can check out thousands of free vegan recipes on our website, or you can buy one of our favorite cookbooks. You can also peruse your local library for vegan cookbooks—there are hundreds of titles available.

3. Try some tasty faux meats and dairy-free treats.

Low-fat, high-protein faux-meat products, which can now be found at almost every grocery store, can help ease the transition. Dairy-free items, including vegan milk, cream cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, are also readily available at most grocery stores.

4. Sample microwaveable vegan meals and convenience foods.

Always on the run? There are tons of microwaveable vegan meals and convenient snacks available everywhere, from your local health-food store to big retailers like Walmart and Target.

5. Search online for the best vegan-friendly restaurants in your area.

Whatever your budget and wherever you live, you can enjoy great vegan meals while dining out. White Castle, Chipotle, The Cheesecake Factory, and P.F. Chang’s are just a few of the national restaurant chains that offer meat-free meals. Locally owned restaurants across the country are also teeming with vegan options. Check out this handy guide to eating vegan at chain restaurants.

6. Explore the wide variety of meat-free ethnic foods.

Don’t be shy about exploring new cuisines. Ethnic foods like Thai, KoreanChinese, Indian, Mexican, Ethiopian, and Italian are often centered around vegan-friendly foods. Although restaurants in your area are sure to offer delicious dishes, you can also save time and money by making them at home.

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