When I first went vegan, the first concern everyone seemed to have was "How will you get enough protein?" Well newsflash to anyone who isn't vegan or vegetarian: You don't need meat for protein! Between leafy greens, nuts beans, legumes, and soy products, there are plenty of sources to get your daily dose of protein!
That being said, getting other nutrients can be a bit difficult for vegans, especially when you first become one. I've included some of the easiest nutrients to forget about when you're vegan and some ways to get them! Disclaimer: I'm in no way a medical professional or nutritionist, these are just from my own personal experiences and consultations with nutritionists.
Let's dig in!
Nutritional yeast rocks. Not to be confused with brewer's yeast (the stuff that makes dough rise), nutritional yeast has a slightly salty/parmesan-y taste. It's chalk full of Vitamin B-12, which can be tricky to get without animal byproducts in your diet.
It can veer on the pricey side, so I highly recommend buying it in bulk instead of in a pre-packaged container. Nutritional yeast is sold as flakes, so typically, I grind it between my fingers so that it becomes more of a powder before using it.
Nutritional yeast works best used in place of where cheese might be added to something and when used with a liquid or oil-like substance. So basically, nutritional yeast and brownies? Not a good mix. Nutritional yeast with pasta? Perfection.
Here are my favorite ways to use nutritional yeast: