Laura McNamara, the Australian Mumpreneur who is currently raffling off her plant-based seaside cafe, which has been voted best cafe on Phillip Island, shares her tips for swapping to plant based alternatives. If you want to buy a raffle ticket, the tickets are $15 each and the winner is announced on the 17th of Oct.
Here are simple swaps you can make towards living a plant-based lifestyle.
- Swap Cow’s Milk for Plant Milk
Whether you try almond, oat, coconut, rice, pea or hemp milk you’ll be making a really easy switch. Our favourite is cashew milk especially in smoothies, just add a handful of cashews to your smoothie and replace milk with water.
- Swap Beef Burgers for Veggie Burgers
You can easily pick up veggie burgers from the supermarket or you can make your own. Sweet Potato and chickpea burgers are our favourite with house made cashew cheese
- Swap Butter for Coconut Oil
- Swap Ice-Cream for Frozen Bananas
You can add anything you like to the bananas like berries, mango, toasted coconut and nuts. Our favourite combo is placing a few frozen bananas in a blender with a table cacao nibs, 2 dates and a handful of almonds.
- Swap Meat for Beans or Mushrooms
Four bean mix is a really nice option because it gives you some variety, otherwise chickpeas or lentils work really well too. If you do have time fry up a whole bunch of mushrooms with a little sea salt and place in the fridge to add to salads or grains.
- Swap Eggs for Chia Seeds
An added benefit of chia eggs is that they are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and are loaded with antioxidants.
- Swap Cream for Coconut Cream
Regular cream has lactose is a type of sugar and accounts for a 4g per 100g so if you want it to taste a little sweeter, add a teaspoon of sugar and/or vanilla.
- Swap Mayonnaise for Avocado
- Swap Egg Noodles for Zoodles
Rather than just the empty carbs you get from noodles, you’ll be filling up on a green veggie that’s nutrient dense and really tasty. Try making zoodles out of carrot or beetroot to jazz up your next stir-fry!
- Swap Creamy Dressings for Tahini
We make a great creamy dressing by whipping together tahini, lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt and coconut sugar and water.
- Swap Milk Chocolate for Dairy Free
But these chocolates can be a bit expensive, so you might like to try out making your own chocolate by mixing together raw cacao, coconut oil and maple. Add in nuts, seeds, freeze dried fruit or coconut and you’ll create a delicious and wholesome treat.