Vegan Meal Kits and Meal Plans in Canada
Today there are over 850,000 people in Canada who describe their lifestyle as vegan, and this number is growing. What is veganism? Some people consider veganism to be a special diet that excludes any animal-based food. Unlike vegetarians, who only exclude meat, vegans also exclude poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. Other people consider veganism a way of life. Vegans stand strongly against animal cruelty and exploitation, whether for food, clothing, cosmetics, medical research, or any other reason.
While many meal kit companies in Canada have already incorporated vegetarian meals and plans into their services, only very few have vegan options. One of them, Zesty Kits, is offering its customers in Saskatchewan the Vegan Plan that consists of three vegan recipes per week for two or four people. Rooted is available in Alberta. Those vegans who cannot find any vegan meal kits order vegetarian meal kits and adjust them according to their food preferences. All items in meal kits are packed separately, so adjustments are quite easy to do.
Vegan Diet Pros and Cons
Apparently, there are many health benefits of vegan meal kits. Multiple research studies showed that people who followed a vegan diet had lower weight. There was a lower incidence of heart and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Vegans had a lower cholesterol level and healthier blood pressure compared to carnivores.
On the other hand, a vegan diet may lack key nutrients that come in very limited quantities in plant-based food compared to animal-based food. These include vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iodine, and more. To support their health, many vegans have to take over-the-counter or prescribed supplements that reimburse the deficiency of these nutrients.
Vegan vs. Vegetarian Meal Kits
While many meal kit companies in Canada offer vegetarian meals and meal plans, only one local company that serves Saskatchewan offers a Vegan Plan to their customers at the moment. This plan includes three vegan meals a week that can be ordered for two or four people. The price per serving is around $12. In other companies, including The Big 3, vegans can order certain meals that satisfy their diet restrictions, but no vegan meal kits are available at the moment.
Thus, Hello Fresh vegan options include vegetarian meals such as Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas with Fresh Tomato Salsa and Sour Cream, where the sour cream comes in a separate pouch and can be easily avoided. A similar situation with vegan meals is in Chefs Plate. Vegan diet followers can order Chipotle Lentil Burrito Bowls with Pico De Gallo and Avocado. This meal also includes sour cream that can be left out while cooking. The same is true for GoodFood vegan meals. Since all the ingredients in a meal kit are packed separately, you can select vegetarian meals and leave out all of the ingredients that are not vegan.
Zesty Kits and Rooted are the meal kit companies that offer vegan meal plans. Each week, the companies deliver three plant-based and vegan recipes to their customers in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Such meals as Baked Nachos, Pad See Ew, and Lemon Pepper Super Bowl contain only vegan-friendly ingredients. Zesty Kits proudly uses local and seasonal Saskatchewan-grown produce that conforms to the most common vegan practices: no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs, and no honey. You can order up to six portions a week for about $12 per serving. Rooted also sells their famous sources that many customers buy to create their own meals.
Another local meal kit company, FreshPrep, delivers meal kits in the Vancouver area. There is no specific vegan meal plan in this company, but there are always a couple of vegan meals available among the 10 weekly menu choices.
Final Words About Vegan Meal Kits in Canada
Even though the vegan diet is not as popular as the vegetarian diet among Canadians, there are a growing number of people who recognize the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle for their health and environment. As the demand for vegan food is slowly growing, so does the supply.
While the majority of meal kit delivery companies have not only included single vegetarian meals to their menus but also developed whole vegetarian plans, for vegan diet followers, it may not be as easy to find a company that provides vegan meal kits in Canada. If you would like to order HelloFresh vegan meals, for example, you still need to read the list of ingredients carefully to make sure the recipe fits your lifestyle. In many cases, it is possible to avoid or leave the non-vegan ingredients out.
At the moment, vegan food lovers in Saskatchewan are the luckiest Canadians because they have Zesty Kits that delivers vegan recipes and ingredients to their local customers. We hope this company will grow soon, and more vegan diet followers in Canada will be able to order vegan meal kits from them.