10 Vegan Food Hacks That Will Change Your Life! 💥🌱💪

Checkout these tips that will help you save time, money and help you along your journey Throughout many years of trial and error I have developed a few hacks, tips & tricks that have helped me on this lifestyle and I share them with you in this video!

Share your tips in the comments down below! I'm sure you know and already do a few of these, but I'm sure you have some gems to share yourself!

0:00 – Intro
0:40 – #1 How to keep greens from wilting?
2:48 – #2 How to pick a good avocado?
4:19 – #3 How to keep bananas from getting too ripe?
5:12 – #4 How to mix oil into nut/seed butter easier?
6:34 – #5 Use Kala Namak to make tofu scramble taste more 'eggy'.
7:06 – #6 How to make a quick vegan cheese crumble?
10:11 – #7 Frozen fruit & veg are healthy time and money saving options!
12:00 – #8 Grinding flax & chia for optimal absorption.
13:19 – #9 Cook different grains and legumes in the same pot to boost nutrition and variety!
14:45 – #10 How to quickly find out if something contains milk/eggs.




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Derek Simnett
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Parksville, BC, Canada V9P2G5


I'm Derek Simnett, a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
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  • Seriously, some of the most useful content and unpretentious presentation on YT.

    mary smith April 24, 2021 9:56 pm Reply
    • Aren’t they sweet!

      Debbie Tampa she her April 25, 2021 1:34 am Reply
    • So true! Really watchable and absorbing videos

      Carolyn Herbert April 25, 2021 2:50 pm Reply
    • Thanks this was very good. 👍😊

      Nava Zalait April 25, 2021 5:22 pm Reply
    • I must agree! I am still not full vegan but I try to eat more sustainably and healthy and I think these tips are just great for everyone.

      kapybarka June 6, 2021 12:28 pm Reply
    • I subscribed because if this comment, before watching the whole thing… Hoping to have found a gem! So far, I like what I’m seeing and hearing.. 👀 👂👂👁️👁️🕶️

      Heidi S June 14, 2021 9:28 pm Reply
  • I have definitely done that with my bananas – put them in the fridge to try to save them and then I thought — MAN I ruined them! Thanks for all the tips!!

    THE WADS April 25, 2021 11:49 am Reply
    • Peel & cut bananas into discs, freeze discs spread over a chopping board, once frozen place in container to use for smoothies, banana “ice-cream” etc.
      (They won’t clump together once the discs are individually frozen)

      Donna C April 27, 2021 9:13 pm Reply
    • can also take skins off and freeze and use later in smoothies or bannana nice cream

      Frank Critelli May 9, 2021 5:47 pm Reply
    • Once ripe, I peel them and store them in a large container or 2 in the fridge because I notice everything smells and tastes a little like bananas to me if I just put it on the shelf with the skin on 😄. Plus it saves space and stacks well. Also, very convenient to just grab and chuck into the blender. I also freeze the bananas whole in a gallon size bag lain flat and just break it in 3 places (in half and each half in half while in the bag) before blending. I use a Vitamix so certainly your not-so-powerful blenders might need more pre cutting…I’ve never tried frozen bananas with the less powerful ones, though. I make a banana smoothie every morning ( bananas-3 fresh & 1 frozen, 1.75c water, spinach to fill the rest of the blender…delicious) Oh yeah I just discovered I could save a bunch of time if I just shove my large bag of spinach into the freezer on day one…no more sifting through to remove/discover leaves after x amount of decomposition time in the fridge. Always ready for my smoothie.

      Dionne Childs May 23, 2021 11:56 pm Reply
    • Can’t believe I found Brownie Friday momma here❣️❣️

      Betti Nagy June 13, 2021 12:43 pm Reply
    • @Betti Nagy I was surprised too! 🤩

      Kay O July 7, 2021 6:10 am Reply
  • Option for people without window/counter space: Chop fresh herbs and pack them into an ice cube tray, put just enough water in each space to saturate them, then freeze them and put them into labeled bags. Anytime you need a heaping Tablespoon of herbs, drop a cube in the dish and stir it in.

    Keene Monahan April 25, 2021 4:46 pm Reply
    • @Laura Upton Yes! Leafy green things are great in the freezer. I’ve been using plastic ziplock bags. I toss my whole bag of spinach straight from the store in there for smoothie ease.

      Dionne Childs May 24, 2021 12:02 am Reply
    • thanks for the tips ! I pretty much always waste a bit of herbs :/

      sadiemakesmesmile May 29, 2021 2:16 am Reply
    • @Dionne Childs I would suggest to wash the greens first, even though it says triple washed, specially if you are consuming it raw

      Anagha D June 11, 2021 2:19 am Reply
    • Great tip

      Silvia Hernandez June 14, 2021 8:27 pm Reply
    • Brilliant!

      Beverly Dee July 18, 2021 7:27 pm Reply
  • My tip would be to keep mixed chia seeds and flax seeds in the freezer:)

    Ulrica Hallin April 29, 2021 11:29 am Reply
    • Absolutely what I do !
      I stay in a hot climate and heat oxidises the oils in them. I ground them and powder them and keep them refrigerated.

      abc abc July 13, 2021 9:41 am Reply
  • wait–the peanut butter tip 😱

    Damon Dominique April 29, 2021 11:36 pm Reply
    • If you have to shake it for 30 seconds, why does it matter if the oil is at the top or the bottom?

      Stebahn July 14, 2021 8:02 am Reply
    • @Stebahn if the oil is separated shaking it wont do anything at all. You have to get in and stir it and it takes a lot of work. I just opened my new jar today after trying this and it is a game changer. Shaking is nothing compared to stirring with a knife.

      MzCAGOMEA July 15, 2021 3:19 am Reply
    • @MzCAGOMEA That didn’t answer my question but thank you anyway.

      Stebahn July 15, 2021 7:51 am Reply
    • @Stebahn I guess a very basic answer is if you flip it the oil will not be at the top or bottom. It will be all throught the butter. Have you ever used a nut or seed butter? When the oil is separated from the solid part you cannot spread it. It has to be mixed in. This is an easier way to mix it because the act of dlipping and letting it sit starts the process for you.

      MzCAGOMEA July 15, 2021 12:31 pm Reply
    • @Stef F. They even did it for wine!

      Stephanie Ray July 21, 2021 10:26 pm Reply
  • “You don’t want to eat like guacamole for your meals for like two days straight.” 😳 Says who, sir? 🤣🥑🥑🥑 I do!

    Alyna Waters April 30, 2021 4:00 pm Reply
    • I can eat Avocado without adding anything to it…I actually hate mashing it up to eat it with anything.. i am from a country in the Caribbean where we only cut it in slices and add it to food..🤩🤩🤩🤩 I eat it with salt Biscuits.. its sooooo good😍😍😍 give it a try..

      Tamia Jackson May 2, 2021 1:14 am Reply
    • @Tamia Jackson I love plain avocado too. It’s so wonderful. 😋

      Alyna Waters May 2, 2021 3:26 am Reply

      Angeles Rivera June 23, 2021 4:25 pm Reply
    • I can eat it everyday!!!!!

      Tee Tirado July 28, 2021 1:15 am Reply
  • Use stems of fresh herbs, such as cilantro and parsley, in sauces. The stems have amazing flavor.

    Teresa Wiant April 30, 2021 10:33 pm Reply
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    Simnett Nutrition May 1, 2021 6:54 pm Reply
    • No need for soy products at all. I have been living on fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds for years with only positive results. That is how God designed us to eat.

      56pjr July 2, 2021 11:05 pm Reply
    • @Simnett Nutrition this is crazy thank u so much for all this information

      Megan M. July 8, 2021 6:48 pm Reply
    • I saw a video on quinoa saying they have a coating that protects them and if you dint wash it off properly it leads to a leaky gut….

      Christopher Jenkins July 27, 2021 4:38 pm Reply
    • This was great information to help me get started on going vegan%

      TWA Group August 1, 2021 6:49 am Reply
    • As a vegan athlete, we appreciate you sir.

      Jae Flame August 12, 2021 6:05 pm Reply
  • Loved the video!! Quick tip for greens: When buying the organic greens put them in a bowl and layer with paper towel, it makes my greens last for about 3 weeks.

    Backroad Money May 2, 2021 1:05 am Reply
  • Try soaking your seeds and nuts more, the shells contain substances which absorb the nutrients from your gut. With soaking you wash them away, helping you get more from your munching 👌

    Dennis Oborski May 2, 2021 8:27 am Reply
  • The mushroom bag tip is FIRE!

    Levi Hildebrand May 3, 2021 2:48 am Reply
    • @Tanja Aparischa nutritional yeast

      Avita Cunnikin June 29, 2021 1:54 pm Reply
    • @Avita Cunnikin sorry glutamat allergie

      Tanja Aparischa June 29, 2021 4:00 pm Reply
    • We don’t have paper bags for mushrooms. 😥

      Christina Durr July 17, 2021 10:33 pm Reply
    • @Christina Durr see if your store has smaller paper bags for wine bottles, and use those bags in the bulk section.

      Melody July 20, 2021 1:29 am Reply
    • @Melody thank you! I will!

      Christina Durr July 20, 2021 2:27 am Reply
  • I’m so blessed to have an avocado tree 🥰 I pick 2 or 3 everyday to keep the supply coming. They don’t ripen until you pick them.

    Donna Vee May 11, 2021 12:48 am Reply
    • Sell them

      Jason Dakin May 29, 2021 10:02 am Reply
    • You are very lucky, because I am not sure supermarket Avocadoes or Banana’s that are shipped over are very bad for the environment and animal habitate in general. Especially monocrops. You can grow an avocado tree, might as well do a Banana tree too, real one with seeds.

      David Johnson June 4, 2021 11:28 pm Reply
    • I’m jealous

      Catherine Metauten June 19, 2021 7:36 pm Reply
    • Didn’t know that thank you.

      AuberJean 68 June 22, 2021 5:52 am Reply
    • You’re lucky I can’t do that in Italy because the weather don’t let the tree to grow up healthily

      Trupa Babuinilor August 2, 2021 11:44 am Reply
  • Good video, Derek. A quick “vegan-check” on a packaged product is to check the nutrition label for Cholesterol. If the product has a numerical value of > 0, it is NOT vegan. Only animal products contain cholesterol.

    jillianvanliew May 11, 2021 2:25 am Reply
    • jillianvanliew thank you! Great tip! It’s rare to find good onions at the store, where I live. When I find some good ones, I buy several and pop ’em in the freezer, whole. They last a long time!

      AuberJean 68 June 22, 2021 5:59 am Reply
    • Ooooh, that’s so smart!!

      Taylor Southall July 26, 2021 4:39 pm Reply
    • Good tip. Thanks

      Rona Prescott August 6, 2021 11:55 am Reply
  • I love the tip about combining grains. This is something we have never done. You give the example of white rice, red lentils, and quinoa. Could you give more examples of combos you use that cook at about the same rate? Thank you!

    Jennifer May 13, 2021 1:21 pm Reply
    • Check the cooking times of individual grains before you combine them. If you don’t have the packaging with the information, you can get it online.

      veganleigh July 20, 2021 5:43 pm Reply
    • Millet works awesome with veggies.

      Kathy Bailey July 29, 2021 4:00 am Reply
    • Usually you have to soak the bean overnight. Don’t they get undercooked when mixed with rice?

      Rio 737 August 2, 2021 3:32 am Reply
  • These are actually really good tips! Not gonna lie, a lot of vloggers who get recommended have “hacks” that are a ridiculous amount of work — but it’s SO NICE to hear someone defending the nutritional profile/accessibility of frozen. (And keeping greens in water!) I’m going to definitely try the cheesy crumble this weekend. 🙂

    Mmy Moon May 16, 2021 12:21 am Reply
  • This was soooo helpful! There’s a bonus hidden tip: use a whisk when washing your grains 🙂

    Laura Amador May 17, 2021 12:26 am Reply
    • Yeah, definitely noticed that trick! 😍

      Suzanne Pharr June 12, 2021 12:00 am Reply
    • @Suzanne Pharr
      Me too.😳😁. I use(d) to wash- squeeze the ( red) lentils until the water turned orange. I will try to whisk the stuff.

      C. BL1986 June 29, 2021 7:15 am Reply
    • @C. BL1986 I’m a squeeze-wash kind of girl as well 🤔

      cate curl June 30, 2021 8:22 pm Reply
    • I’ve read that if you wrap the banana stems in plastic wrap, it will slow the ripening since they ripen from the stem down.

      Kathleen East July 4, 2021 12:33 am Reply
    • I love avocados. I could eat them everyday. ❤

      Alicia Rideaux July 8, 2021 11:41 pm Reply
  • I’ve been primarily vegan for 40 years. Just met and am helping out a young woman who lives on the city streets who has gone vegan for the animals, and she just found it will also address her diabetes.. She has watched videos and wishes there were a book to help her be vegan on the streets; I told her she needs to write it, with all her experience!

    Franny Holly May 18, 2021 7:03 pm Reply
    • Franny Holly may you be rewarded for your kindness. 💕

      AuberJean 68 June 22, 2021 6:29 am Reply
  • You’re such a happy person, you’re like a human labrador! Great tips! I just went plant based (as my youtube account knows well) and this was very helpful! The rice, quinoa and lentils is already on my plan for tomorrow’s lunch 🙂

    Alice Morita May 19, 2021 9:40 pm Reply
    • Human labrador 😂

      Teri Morris July 26, 2021 1:59 pm Reply
  • I am a farmer from Israel, here is some of my tips:
    Choose the avocado that you shaked and felt the seed moves in side.
    Choose the tomatoes that attaches to the leaves
    Choose watermelon by their leaves, dry and twisted means good (look for with the white sunburn marks)

    LEVI LEVIKOO June 2, 2021 3:55 pm Reply
    • Shalom paisano! I live in South America.
      Those plants grows like grass on my backyard.
      I’m a software developer, and do occasionally electronics automatization/integration with systems.
      I’m really interested on how things are done there. Sorry my hebrew is more than rusted.

      DAzZuLK July 8, 2021 9:59 am Reply
    • Great tips thank You 👍🇨🇦

      Joanne Pereira July 10, 2021 8:41 pm Reply
    • @DAzZuLK I went to Argentina and Brazil in 2018 for a holiday. I loved it. I am from South Africa. I want to eat healthy from now on. You’re lucky to have vegetables in your backyard. 🙂😀🍅🥝🥭🍇🥬🥒🥦🌽

      Lara Gravenor July 16, 2021 6:24 pm Reply
    • @Lara Gravenor Thank you!
      I live right next to where you have been (Paraguay).
      Also, beside of any healthy food to consider, it’s satisfying to just take it while making some dish, or harvesting to make juice.
      And as well when you take the first fruit of a plant you grew from a seed, it’s a particularly satisfying moment.

      DAzZuLK July 16, 2021 6:38 pm Reply
    • Thank you!

      Sofie Vigström August 4, 2021 5:29 pm Reply
  • To speed up the ripening process of avocados, you could put them in a container full of uncooked rice!

    Captain Enzo June 20, 2021 5:16 pm Reply

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