WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
A vegan diet excludes all animal products including animal flesh (meat, poultry, fish, shellfish), their derivatives (extracts, stocks), and other ingredients derived from animals whether they are living or deceased, including eggs, dairy, or honey. Individuals may choose to follow a vegan diet for reasons that include animal welfare, environmental responsibility, religious consideration, and personal health and well-being.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
Plant-based foods including vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils) are nutrient-dense and contain all the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. Like all styles of eating, the key is to include a variety of foods as no single food is nutritionally complete. A balanced vegan diet is high in fibre which has many benefits including maintaining bowel health, reducing cholesterol and blood sugar, and managing hunger and prolonging fullness.
Protein, B12, iron, omega 3s, vitamin D, calcium and zinc are nutrients that require particular planning and attention when following a vegan diet. These nutrients can be met through a diet of grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruit (1). Vitamin D can also be synthesized in the skin from sun exposure. Iron needs for a vegan are higher than the average population due to the lower bioavailability (ability for the body to absorb) of iron in vegan food sources (2). Iron found in plant-based foods is referred to as “non-heme iron.”
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH MEALS ARE VEGAN?
Whether you are a strict follower of the vegan diet or you simply want to incorporate more plant-based foods into your life, KitchenMate’s Vegan meals have been carefully balanced and designed to be delicious!
Meals containing only Vegan ingredients are indicated in 3 places, so that you can't miss them!
Look for this logo on:
- Physical Meal Pod
- Dish Details
We are fully committed to preparing food safely and thoughtfully. We try our best to minimize cross contamination so that only the ingredients that are supposed to be in a meal make their way in. Read more about our Food Allergies and Intolerance Handling Procedures here.
(1) Healthy Eating Guidelines for Vegans, Dietitians of Canada, 2014 https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Vegetarian-and-Vegan-Diets/Four-Steps-to-a-Balanced-Vegan-Eating-Pattern.aspx
(2) Dietary Reference Intakes, Reference Values for Elements, Health Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/dietary-reference-intakes/tables/reference-values-elements-dietary-reference-intakes-tables-2005.html