What’s veganism? How do you do it? Gosh, that must be so hard. You can’t eat anything. I could never do it, I love meat too much!
I hear at least one of these phrases every single day.
Here’s the deal: I love my vegan diet, so when I meet fun people, I want to share this super awesome way of life with them! Unfortunately, most would rather stay closed and comfortable than be open to a new idea. So instead of getting hot-and-bothered with those who do not see (or better yet, choose to ignore) how meat/dairy/egg consumption contributes to devastation across the board, I have decided to let it go. The plant based diet has introduced me to some pretty delicious and unbelievably healthy foods, and if you’re not interested, that’s fine. More for us.
All joking aside, if you are interested in the benefits of a plant based diet, below is a cheat sheet to help you begin your journey. If you already eat vegan/veggie heavy, then here are some new ideas or reminders for great go-tos.
Kite Hill Cheese
This creamy goodness is made with almond milk and is pasteurized in a similar fashion as cow/sheep/goat milk. All the flavor, none of the animal fat. My favorites are the ricotta and the soft ripened camembert. Great on whole grain toast, flaxseed crackers, veggie burger patties, etc.
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This sausage is delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Fry it up in a pan, hot-dog style, to slip it in a bun for a healthy alternative, or cut the sausage in slices, hamburger style, to mix into a veggie scramble, a pasta/quinoa concoction, or a sugar free stir-fry. Hint: Sun-Dried Tomato Basil is by far the best.
Amy’s Kitchen Canned Goods/Frozen Foods
There really are so many options for veggie eaters. This brand has it down, accommodating a plant based diet in the majority of their products. Any of the soups are good, but the Lentil Vegetable, the French Country, the Golden Lentil, and Curried Lentil are favorites in our house. The Refried Beans are a winner, the Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese is bomb, and the Tofu Scrambles are all just fab.
Majestic Sprouted Hummus/Dips
Absolutely incredibly! I never go more than a day without it stocked in the fridge and usually take home two containers from the grocery store just to be sure I always have it at home. The Cayenne and the Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus are the best, in my book. As far as the garlic dip, the shelf is yours. All of the flavors are mouthwatering. Enjoy with avo, crackers, kale stems (like celery), celery, carrots – anything. It’s a versatile product. Try it and you will instantly understand.
Califa Farms Almond Milk
This is the best choice on the milk shelf, in my opinion. The toasted coconut is my favorite and my roommate is obsessed with the cold brew coffee. All of it is so tasteful, it puts cow curd to shame. Great ways to use this yummy treat: as a smoothie base, with granola and berries, mixed in some protein powder, or simply sipped on its own. Super refreshing!
NuttZo Organic Seven Nut & Seed Butter
Herbivores need a hearty snack once in a while and this spread does the trick. The taste is really earthy and fulfilling. There’s no artificial junk or added sugar, which really allows you to taste the wholeness of this wonderful seed/nut creation. Spread it on some healthy toast and sprinkle some chia seeds, cinnamon, and agave nectar on top, and you have yourself one incredible sweet treat. Or you could always scoop a spoonful out and eat as is. Always a good call.
These are just some highlights from a typical vegan shopping list. In addition, it is encouraged to indulge in a variety of raw fruits and veggies, to find supplements that fit your new needs, and to experiment with all kinds of cool vegan protein powders and essential nutrient mixtures to boost your energy, vitality, and overall personal radiance.
Unfortunately, there is a bit of truth to the back-lash saying “organic food is so much more expensive,” but supply and demand are co-dependent. Thus, the more demand we create by buying plant based foods, the more supply will be forced to increase, providing cheaper, more diverse, and sustainably produced organic, healthy foods all around.
To wrap things up, plant based eating is not only a more conscious way to live, but it is also really fun, extremely tasty, and just plain exciting. Bon appetit!