Deciding to adopt a vegan lifestyle is a decision that will bring many health benefits. However, it is not an easy thing to do. Many people struggle with changes to their dietary plan and are unable to find products that meet all their nutritional needs.
The good news is that if you decide to go vegan, you don’t have to give up on all the foods you love, and there are ways to continue treating yourself to a savoury meal.
Being vegan is, above all, about caring about others and yourself. It is, simply put: “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, entertainment or any other purpose.” This means you will have to look for suitable alternatives that provide nourishment and fulfil your dietary needs.
One good alternative is couscous. Couscous (pronounced “KOOS-koos”) is a popular food prepared from tiny granules of durum wheat. The couscous grains are then cooked by steaming them until they have a light, fluffy consistency that goes well with a variety of dishes.
Similar to macaroni and spaghetti, couscous is made from semolina flour, but instead of mixing the semolina with water and/or egg to form a dough, couscous is made by rubbing the semolina between moistened hands until the flour combines with just enough water to form hundreds of tiny grains. This is a long and tiresome process, which was mechanizes over time in factories like the one of Martino in Italy to set a new standard of modernity and excellence. The process continues until the grains combine into a gooey mass, and once mastered – produces couscous that is light and fluffy in texture, and cooks fast and easy.
Introducing Martino couscous into your vegan diet is the perfect way to more health-conscious eating plan, based on vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and legumes. Appropriately planned vegan diets can be healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegan diets are appropriate for people during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
Depending on your situation and preference, transitioning into veganism can be done gradually or overnight. Now, brands like Martino make eating vegan easy and hassle-free with ready-made couscous products that fit well into a standard western diet.
Adjusting your diet with Martino couscous
Becoming accustomed to plant based eating starts with incorporating plant based meals slowly into your life day by day. This will allow you to gradually learn how to eat plant based meals and become accustomed to full days of vegan eating.
An example of this would be to start eating completely vegan on Mondays by choosing one of Martino’s specially-developed ranges like our Conventionally Flavoured couscous and the rest of the week you are free to eat how you like. You will then be able to plan your meals for the day with ease.
Another option is to transition meal by meal, e.g. only eat vegan for breakfast, then breakfast and lunch, then breakfast lunch and dinner. In this case, you will find Martino’s Ready to eat meal couscous to be very helpful as it’s easy to prepare and you can take it with you to school or the office it is 100% organic: ready to taste, in handy 150 g packages with a fork. Many delicious recipes that will save your lunch break at work, at the gym or simply in your free time. For a light yet nourishing lunch break. They can be heated quickly in the microwave and don’t require to be stored in the fridge.
One great advantage of transitioning to veganism these days is how easy it is to find vegan options at every grocery store and the majority of restaurants. Martino’s products can be found in most big supermarkets and they are conveniently packaged for multiple uses.
Going vegan can be inexpensive and easy to shop for at regular conventional markets or online. We offer a variety of ready-made couscous products to help you experiment with meals and keep you diet balanced and varied. Remember that going vegan is all about discovering as many new foods as you can, from as many places as possible. A sure sign that you are headed in the right direction is when you notice that you are happy and content with your meals as you start to eat more compassionately, healthfully, and sustainably than ever before.
We’d love to hear how switching to a vegan diet has helped you stay in shape and become healthier. Let us know which Martino couscous products made your dietary change easier and tastier!