Just because you’re vegan, and just because you’re eating healthily doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite comfort foods! There are plenty of healthy, vegan versions of common comfort foods so you can have the best of both worlds!
You might think, because you’re eating healthily, you can’t eat pasta – think again! You should avoid white pasta, as it uses refined wheat, but whole wheat pasta is a healthy part of a balanced diet. If you’re gluten intolerant, there are also options for you! There are many alternatives to wheat pasta, some of our favourites include lentil pasta, pea pasta and buckwheat pasta.
Similar to pasta, you don’t have to give up bread when you follow a healthy diet. You will still need to check the ingredients and labels – annoyingly, sugar is often added to bread – but there are a few types you should still be able to eat:
· Sprouted whole grain
· 100% whole wheat
· Sprouted rye bread
Another option is to make your own bread, as you’ll have complete control over the ingredients used. It can take a bit of trial and error to get homemade bread right, but it’s worth it if you have the time (plus, it makes your house smell amazing!).
3. Cheese sauce
This might sound like a strange one, but you can still have cheese sauce (just without the cheese – vegan or otherwise). Check out or cashew cheese recipe here, which is part of our recipe for cashew mac and cheese. This is a delicious, creamy and healthy alternative to cheese sauce that should help settle any cravings!
The ultimate, indulgent comfort food! Good news, you don’t need to give up your weekend curry just because you’re following a healthy vegan lifestyle! By making small adjustments, you can have a healthy, delicious curry and still be compliant with a whole food, plant based diet! A big step towards this is to eliminate oils/ghee from the recipe. Simply sauté your onions/vegetables in water or vegetable broth instead of oils. Check out our recipe for a healthy vegan curry here.
5. Chips (fries)
You can have a healthy version of this traditionally deep-fried food. Baking chips/fries instead of frying them means that you can still have a healthy version of junk food with a whole load of flavour. We like flavouring ours with nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper. These chips are so delicious that you won’t remember they are healthy!
It is possible to make your own whole wheat pizza dough at home. Or, if you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even make pizza dough out of cauliflower! Either way, you can make yourself a healthy pizza base and then put on the toppings of your choice. Tomato paste with mushrooms, olives, charred broccoli, pine nuts, jackfruit or spinach are all good options to top your healthy, home made pizza!
This will be a big one for many of you! You can still have chocolate on a healthy vegan diet – in fact, there are health benefits from eating it! The only catch is that it is dark chocolate. It is high in antioxidants and iron and, more importantly tastes delicious! Cocoa powder and cocoa nibs are both delicious, chocolatey additions to a balanced, healthy diet, but don’t have too much of it, just one square at a time will do!
Finally, another sweet treat! You can make healthy, delicious muffins that complement a healthy vegan diet! You can make many different types of muffin and add in flavours and ingredients of your choice. One of my favourites is this recipe for banana and hazelnut muffins.
Hopefully all of these are enough to convince you that you can still enjoy delicious and healthy comfort foods by following a plant based diet!