Vegan Alternatives to Meat

Why should anyone create a vegan tuna alternative at all? As we often hear from all sorts of media sources: the single most important thing we can do for our planet is to eat more plant-based foods. So why create a vegan tuna brand? Why not just eat less fish and animal deriving products overall? Because people don’t like to be deprived of their habits and their basic daily food routines. And actually, they don’t have to.

The perception of alternative foods as a second-rate option was reinforced during wartime when the consumption of less meat was encouraged or prescribed through rationing. During World War I, national newspapers advertised “nutmeat” and even whole grain bread was sold as an alternative to meat, as it contained more protein than white bread. These “meat-free and low-meat” diets have predictably retreated in times of peace.

During World War II, soy was used to replace and enrich meat dishes – although its taste left much to be desired. Soy was viewed negatively until the 1960s when Archer Daniels Midland developed a textured vegetable protein from soybeans containing a complete amino acid profile.

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Vegan tuna

Vegan tuna is actually a healthier alternative to the real one, the one we are all used to. Tuna is extremely high in mercury, which is harmful to human bodies if consumed in excess. This is why is not recommended to eat tuna more than two or three times a week.

Soy

Soy is an excellent meat substitute, primarily because it is very rich in protein. Tofu, tempeh, and other soy-based foods should be in every vegan’s diet. And if taken in the right quantities, then they can replace meat without any problems.

Beans

Chickpeas, lentils, and peas are the foods that any vegetarian should eat. They contain a huge amount of protein, which a person usually gets from meat. Besides, they will saturate the body with magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin B.

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Sunflower seeds

Often we add various seeds to smoothies or salads: pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, or sesame seeds. It is not only a decorative element but also a source of protein. And the more the better.

Vegan nuggets

Meatless snacks are made from soy or jackfruit in the famous nugget shape. Formed, breaded, and deep-fried vegetarian or vegan mass replacing poultry meat. The gentle portioning, shaping, and separation process ensures first-class product quality. Optionally, it is possible to manufacture products on baking sheets or wire racks.

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Falafel

A popular snack made from chickpeas or beans. Precisely shaped balls or burgers and cost savings per serving thanks to high portioning accuracy and less waste.

Milk

Cow’s milk is perhaps the most popular animal product. Cow’s milk is found in thousands of other foods: drinks, yogurt, cheeses, chocolate, and pastries. Replacing it is easy. In many cases, you can simply use soy milk or soy rice drink as a substitute for cow’s milk. Soy yogurt can also be made easily by yourself. Herbal alternatives to cow’s milk are also: rice milk, any other plant-based milk (almond, pumpkin, etc.), soy yogurt, tofu, soy or oat cream.

Honey

Honey is an animal product that vegans do not consume. There is a good selection of flavored plant-based sweeteners that can easily replace honey. Honey substitutes: dandelion honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, palm honey.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter