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Plant-based diets: here are five of the cheapest things to buy from Lidl

It's 2019: #MeatlessMondays is trending every week. Every menu you look at has a plethora of healthier, cheaper meat-free options and it's not only David Attenborough and Greta Thurnberg agreeing that the meat and dairy industry is wreaking havoc on our environment.

With the affordability and wide (if not at times, random) range of products at Lidl, transitioning to a plant-based diet shouldn't be too damaging to your bank balance. Here are the top five vegan/veggie staples that I buy weekly from Lidl without fail:

An oaty breakfast:

Lidl's own-brand porridge oats are gloriously cheap (just 75p for a whole 1kg), wholegrain, and come in recyclable paper packaging. Then again, if you're looking for something a bit more bougie and less 17th-century peasant, the 'Luxury Fruit Muesli' is certifiably vegetarian and only £1.69.

One of your five-a-day:

Spruce it up with some competitively priced chopped fruit like banana, plums, or frozen berries (£1.49 for a big bag that'll last for weeks) and you'll have an Instagrammer's breakfast without the influencer's budget.

Veggie snacks:

Lidl also offers ridiculously cheap, typically 'vegan/vegetarian' foods that usually come with a premium 'healthy-food' price tag. Hummus is a major contender here for a cheeky 69p. Not that Lidl is skimping on range. Options include reduced fat, Moroccan flavoured and caramelised onion. Top it onto a couple of rice cakes (59p or 70p for Gluten-Free) with a handful of kale (56p for 250g) and you've got yourself a cheap low-cal snack. One that's full of plant-based protein and iron—essential for vegetarians and vegans.

Sweet treats:

That's not to say following a plant-based diet isn't without its gluttonous perks. For 99p you can get a jar of smooth or crunchy peanut butter. For a meagre 30p a decently sized bar of vegan dark chocolate. And, for only £1.99, a 450ml tub of Graham's low-cal ice cream—my go-to choice at the moment is salted-caramel.

Milk:

Finally, a simple, but not to be overlooked, product in every vegan's fridge: plant-based milk. Lidl is now offering almond and oat milk for only 89p and soya milk for 59p. Admittedly, after a year of paying almost triple that for soya milk, I was pretty happy when this appeared on Lidl's shelves. 

Disclaimer: Whether you're slowly moving towards a plant-based diet or jumping headfirst into veganism, it's undeniable that you'll be reducing your negative impact on the environment. However, the amount of plastic packaging used by supermarkets is a massive problem and Lidl is no exception. Packaged fruit and veg is often cheaper so if you're willing to spend the few extra pennies on unpackaged produce (perhaps some of those pennies you saved shopping at Lidl you'll be doing the planet a favour.
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