How To Go Veg

With thousands of veg recipes out there, hundreds of vegetarian eateries in Singapore and veg options at many non-veg eateries, going veg has never been easier! Here are some resources to help get you started in a healthy and satisfying way.

(Disclaimer: The nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this web site.)

Nutrition

As many health benefits as there are to a veg diet, anyone who is just starting out must make the effort to do it properly. Eventually, it will become second nature. In the meantime, however, there's lots of learn.

Here's how your new food pyramid should look like:

Check out The Ultimate Vegan Guide's section on nutrition to ensure that your new diet is not deficient in any essential nutrients. This Vegetarian Starter Kit is loaded with info and will help you start your journey on the right foot. Veganessentials and iHerb are both great websites to get your supplements at cheap prices.

Lastly, just as with a non-veg diet, remember to keep deep fried foods and other junk foods to low levels. A veg diet will be healthier on average, but that doesn't mean that you should overload yourself on french fries!

Eating Out

There are so many veg and veg-friendly eateries in Singapore that eating out is not a problem at all!

Check out the Vegetarian Society (Singapore)'s directory which lists close to 500 vegetarian food outlets in Singapore!

To find veg and veg-friend eateries anywhere around the world, happycow.net and vegdining.com are excellent resources.

If you want detailed reviews of local veg eateries, you can check out local food blogs Veganash, Hungry Ang Mo, Mr & Mrs Vegan and Sunny's Vegetarian Food Hunt.

Most restaurants have veg sections in their menus. Even if they do not, you can politely ask if a non-veg dish can be made veg by removing or substituting some ingredients. For instance, ask if the chicken in a chicken aglio olio pasta can be changed to mushrooms. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many chefs are willing to take the opportunity to cook something different!

Almost all airlines will allow you to specify special dietary needs when you book tickets through the website. Happycow has a guide on eating veg during air travel. Be sure, however, to inform airlines ahead of time. If going to a catered affair, it's best to let the organisers know your dietary needs ahead of time. If you forget to do this, just talk to the servers when you arrive -- they will often have a veg option or will at least be able to remove the meat and give you extras of another item. When invited to someone's home for a meal, politely let your host know ahead of time that you are veg (and what exactly that excludes from your diet) and offer to bring a veg dish or to help with the meal plan if they'd like.

Dealing with Cravings

Cravings are natural, and everyone who goes veg gets them. The good news is that nowadays, there's a vegan version of almost any food you could possibly crave.

For meats, try the frozen section of large supermarkets to find products such as Garden burger patties or Tofurkey roast. For cheese, try Daiya. You can also make your own using nutritional yeast, tofu or nut milks! For ice cream, try Soyato in Fairprice or Brownice. For chocolate, read the labels for dark chocolates made without dairy.

Cooking Veg

Cooking can save you a lot of money and give you great control over the nutrition and taste of your food. There are so many veg cookbooks out there, including the VSS's own published cookbooks for local fare! You can also find plenty of fantastic recipes online!

If you wish to continue using your favourite non-veggie recipes, you can always substitute certain ingredients using The Complete Chart of Vegan Food Substitutions to assist you.