How to Eat Plant-Based on a Budget with Toni Okamoto

Listen on Google Play MusicOne of the main factors that we take into account when making food choices is price. The other two major factors are taste and convenience. When you optimize all three into a healthy, compassionate, and sustainable paradigm, an amazing way of living occurs. However, one of the biggest misconceptions about plant-based or vegan diets is that they are extremely elitist and expensive. You have to shop at Whole Foods. You have to eat goji berries to stay alive. You must get all of your produce at the farmer’s market, and it better be organic, damn it!

Well, we disagree with these sentiments. And this episode has been highly requested for quite some time. After mulling over how we wanted to formulate this episode for a while, we decided to invite on the master of this realm, Toni Okamoto of Plant-Based on a Budget to share her wisdom. Toni started Plant-Based on a Budget in 2012 in order to help people eat more plants without breaking the bank, and has since evolved into a huge platform that has everything from recipes to meal plans to how-to videos. She was also featured in the recent documentary What The Health. Suffice it to say, she knows her stuff on the topic of eating well and frugally.

The three of us sit down to share our very different perspectives and advice for eating plants on a budget. We debunk some of the major misconceptions on this topic, share tips, and talk about our favorite meals and ideas. We think it’ll be a very helpful guide for anyone looking to tighten up that food budget or new to the plant-based lifestyle, so share the episode with your friends and family! We’d also love to see where you guys are listening to the show this week, so tag @tfflifestyle and @plantbasedonabudget on your Instagram stories/posts and share the love!

Definitely check out Toni’s work to learn much, much more on this subject with more in depth guides and recipes, and look out for her new book coming soon! And if you have questions for us, send us an email to or jump into our private Facebook group and maybe we’ll do an exclusive Q&A with Toni in the future.

For those of you new to Thought For Food, we have a really awesome eBook geared towards the plant-based endurance athlete, called Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? It’s available for $10 on the store, so click here to check it out. It features a bunch of budget-friendly, athlete-focused recipes that are delicious and simple. It clears up all the misinformation about protein for plant-based athletes, something we didn’t cover in today’s episode. #alwaysbelearning

Finally, could you do us a humungous favor? If you enjoy the show, please write us a review on iTunes to help us grow and to share what you think of the show. It helps so much, and we really appreciate everyone that has done so already.

Enough from us, enjoy the show!

-Jackson and Aaron

Show Notes

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Twitter: @plantbasedblog

Slow Cooker Book:

What The Health:

Brendan Brazier’s Thrive:

Dirty Dozen:

Instant Pot:

World of Vegan:

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