The cost of food has risen dramatically over the past few years, and many shoppers are looking for ways to save on their grocery bill. Experts have pointed to plant-based foods to get more bang for your buck compared to animal products – but what does that look like for your grocery haul? The PlantUniversity team took to the shops to find out.
Bag #1: Meat
For $25, a British Columbian consumer can purchase one 600 g striploin grilling steak.
Bag #2: Plant-based foods
Or, for $25, a consumer can purchase the following plant-based foods:
- 1.81 kg red lentils
- 3 398 mL cans black beans
- 350 g tofu
- 1 crown broccoli
- 1 bunch kale
- 750 g frozen peas
Plant-based foods are not only less costly; they also offer better nutritional value compared dollar-for-dollar against their animal-based counterparts, including protein, iron, fibre, calcium, and potassium. Registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson determined the cost of 100 g of protein in various foods:
Will you be buying more plant-based foods to save at the till?
Check out these simple and budget-friendly recipes for inspiration on how to use more plant-based protein sources in your cooking:
Looking for more inspiration? See all plant-based recipes in the Plant University recipe library!