The strangest part of becoming Vegan has been the questions. For some reason people seem to think that because I don’t consume dairy or meat products, I don’t eat. I can’t tell you how often I get “so, what do you eat then?” Don’t get me wrong, I love the questions and I am more than happy to use it as a learning experience! Sometimes, it scares me that people think that meat and dairy are the only food groups. That being said, I am from Wisconsin, so this shouldn’t be all that surprising.
After a co-worker recently asked me about my diet, I thought this was a perfect blogging opportunity! I’m still learning how to be Vegan, every day and I have questions myself but I thought I could give a basic idea of what always ends up in my cart. Be on the lookout for my Cart to Cast Iron blog soon for how I turn my few simple ingredients to some of my favorite recipes!
I find that shopping has become much less stressful now that I shop in one section of the grocery store. I live in the produce and bulk product section of the store and it satisfies all my needs! The list below is a loosely based list of my go-to’s, not an exact guide, as I like to switch things up every once in a while!
When it comes to veggies, I stick to a few basics:
-peppers (mini sweet are my go to)
-lettuce (spinach and arugula)
-potato (sweet or red)
As far as fruit goes, I like to have one easy grab and go, a melon and at least two types of berries. My favorite fruits to get at the grocery are:
Besides fresh produce, I like to keep a few grains, nuts and legumes in the house because contrary to popular belief, Vegans don’t just eat lettuce! Just most of the time. I am impartial to crunchy green things but I also like:
-rice (jasmine, brown and wild)
-beans (black, garbanzo)
-nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts and cashew)
-seeds (chia, sesame and pumpkin)
-flour (whole grain, almond or coconut)
This is the most basic of lists and by no means a guide, rather a starting point to get you away from those evil aisles in the middle of the store so many people like! Spices and oils are essential too, but that’s a whole other blog to have a conversation about.
I eat often and I am satisfied enough to workout twice a day. Meats and dairy are not essential to live, no matter how much you want to believe pizza is a life source! (It is, its just vegan!) Eating food that grows from the earth, rather than created in a lab makes me feel alive!
I want to know what other Vegan MUST have in their diets. What are your essentials? What non-dairy musts do you always pick up at your local grocer? Favorite fruit? Nut? Grain? Lets talk about it!