These days you might find yourself flashing some cash for bougie, gourmet vegan fare — $18 for a plate of jackfruit tacos, anyone? "We live in a crazy carnivalesque food culture where we're, like, dumping nacho cheese on everything, and just covering things with layers upon layers," says Vallejo. "It's like, let's build the tallest sandwich made out of macaroni and cheese, even in the vegan culture."
To save some bucks and eat healthier, nix processed fake meats, like Impossible Meats, Beyond Meat, stuff from Morningstar and Gardein, says Vallejo.
"You're now seeing veganism at fast food places, like Burger King, that's relying on Beyond Burgers," she says. "So the first thing is to completely take that off the table. Not only is it heavily processed and not very healthy, but that stuff is also pretty expensive at the market."
Plus, if you have a food delivery subscription where you get prepared meals brought to your door, you might want to drop those as well. "We've accepted a subscription culture," says Vallejo. "That means you're paying a lot for something that you could be doing yourself, to some degree."