According to the New York Times, meat, poultry, fish and eggs now cost 14.3 percent more than they did at this time last year. 14.3%!

If you’re looking for ways to cut back on spending (and help the environment) eating plant-based or plant-forward is a great solution. We’ve compiled a list of tips for being plant-based on a budget.

Here at Splendid Spoon, our mission is to help more people experience just how craveable (and convenient!) plant-based eating can be. Our meals are not only packed with important nutrients but just plain delicious, bestsellers like our Vegan Meatballs, Brown Rice Taco Bowl, and Chocolate Cherry Smoothie will keep you ordering each week. Get Started with Splendid Spoon today and save $35. As you incorporate more Splendid meals into your diet, you’ll experience a real change in your quality of life and health goals.

But first, what does plant-based mean anyway?

No, it doesn’t mean replacing all of your meat with meat alternatives. The definition of plant-based is “(of food or a diet) consisting largely or solely of vegetables, grains, pulses, or other foods derived from plants, rather than animal products.” Think whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies.

Many people may shy away from becoming fully vegan because it can feel like a daunting undertaking - we totally get it. We don’t believe the all or nothing approach is necessary, we call it plant-forward. Going plant-forward means eating 1-2 meals a day that are plant-based, and finding balance in that 3rd meal. Read more about our Food Philosophy here.

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Not only is eating less meat good for the planet (​​animal products produce greenhouse gasses at twice the rate of foods from plants), it’s been proven to be good for your health, too.

Tami Smith, certified Nutritionist of Fit Healthy Momma says, "when you really stop and factor in what it costs to purchase healthy ingredients, the time it takes to prepare the meals, and the impact eating healthy can have on your life, Splendid Spoon is well worth the price."

Eating more fruits and veggies is also linked to improving your mood. Now that makes us smile.

Ready to get started on a plant-based or plant-forward diet? Here’s $35 off your first order of Splendid Spoon.