You might be wondering what it is that you will need to shop for, now that you are considering going vegan. First of all, let’s talk about your kitchen. Time for a get rid of party. Get into your kitchen with a few bags. And get rid of anything that you feel is a temptation for you. ANYTHING. If you feel bad about getting rid of something, call some food banks, see what you can give to them. If you are worried about the money, I promise that in the end going plant based will save you A LOT of money, not to mention save you from lots of dr. visits and meds. So don’t feel bad about getting rid of food, feel good that it’s the last time you will see it.
On that note, be prepared to spend a little up front money to change your kitchen. Think of it as the best make over EVER. Remember that a lot of things you will be buying are staples, you won’t have to buy them every single week. Remember, you are worth ever cent!
Here is my big and easy shopping list for new vegans:
- Firm Tofu – (be sure to get a couple of packages)
- You can also try some of the softer tofu for different recipes.
- Cans of beans or whole beans (not refried) black, kidney, white, garbanzo (whatever you like really) Just stock up – they won’t go bad
- Red Potatoes.
- Bananas- a bunch of them, you’ll be freezing them.
- A good cereal – a high fiber or high protein. Check to be sure that it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrrup or casein, eggs or milk powder)
- Non Dairy Milk (Soy, Almond milk, Oat Milk or Rice milk (really any thing aside from regular milk)
- Hummus (you can also get the stuff to make your own, which is very tasty) You will need Tahini if you are going to make your own.
- Pita bread
- Any veggies that you like to eat. Be sure to get some flavorful ones like peppers!
- Any fruit that you enjoy – again stock up on bananas
- applesauce (plain)
- Spices – go wild – seriously! Garlic, cumin, pepper,cinnamon are my staples.
- A good spicy chili sauce (like cayenne pepper based)
- A good non dairy protein mix – (Soy, Hemp, Green) Stay away from anything with casein or whey in it.
- Pasta – I use “Brown rice pasta” but you don’t have to – it is a healthier option, and honestly I think it tastes a lot better
- Tomato sauce (be sure to check for cheese or meat) I like chunky veggie ones
- Mushroom or meatless meatballs (MMMMM)
- Veganaise – it’s mayo but a much healthier one, my husband prefers it to mayo!
- Sea Salt
- Agave Syup and powder
- Nuts –
- A nut butter – (peanut, cashew, sunflower seed)
- Crackers, rice cakes,
- a good bread (with out corn syrup)
- Tofuti – sour cream and cream cheese.
- Corn Tortillas
- Rice – brown or white, I mean brown is better, but hey if you only want to do white, that’s cool.
- soy sauce – low sodium
- Rice noodles
- Smart balance or Earth balance ‘butter”
- Tortilla chips
- A good dark chocolate
- Coconut flakes
- cocoa powder (like the baking kind not the dutch processed ones)
- Limes and lemons
- seeds (like sunflower seeds)
- Flour – and if you can try some new kinds of flour, I like Bob’s Red Mill for some good variety of whole grain flour.
- Ground flax seed, or flax seed oil – sometimes they put this in the pharmacy section.
- dried fruit
- a big water bottle
- B-12 vitamin (I do a liquid, but anything to get you started is fine)
Some processed and pre-made foods that might make your life easier right now:
- Veggie burgers – be sure they do not have eggs or cheese in them (a lot do, they are sneaky)
- “Meat” crumbles – Again check ingredients.
- Chicken-less chicken strips or nuggets (I find that especially if you are feeding kids this ia good one)
- Amy’s brand in the frozen aisle. Before I learned to do it myself, the tofu breakfast scramble was a staple of mine for a long time. There are a lot of vegan options with her food – but be careful and read ingredients!
- Soy/Rice/ or Coconut Ice Cream
- Soy or Coconut yogurt
- Tofurky – I’m not a big fan, but hey, if it helps you out to start with, that is just fine.
Great places to order from online:
Okay – so there is my list. I know there is A LOT more that could be added – but I don’t want to completely overwhelm anyone. But – to my vegan readers, please put as many suggestions in the comments as your heart desires. Foods that you love, staples, and places you shop. Hints are great as well – like where to look for something in the grocery store. Think back to when you first went vegan and all of the things you wished you had known then about grocery shopping.
I’ll be posting a sample menu with recipes tomorrow! I know – how exciting!