January 3, 2014
I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. I appreciate how people get excited about bettering themselves and trying to improve, however, I don't think it should take a new year or change in calendar date to make a change. You can make improvements and resolutions every day - constantly! Don't wait around for tomorrow.
I also don't believe that big changes happen in an instant. Everything is a process. For me, a big process was converting our kitchen to a vegan one. Dining vegan doesn't happen over night - at least it doesn't have to happen that way. You can start with little steps to stock your home with healthier and more wholesome foods.
This list is long overdue and I will be updating it as time goes on, however, for those looking to make a change TODAY, this list is for you. Also, if you're curious about what sort of food a vegan keeps in their pantry, this is the place to see. Cheers to good health this year!
You’re Vegan?! What Do You Eat?!!
Although my vegetarian/vegan journey began only a few years ago, I still find myself shocked that the world hasn’t caught on to the fact that vegans eat an extremely varied diet that DOES include protein.
Any products suggested are listed because I adore them (not because I’m getting paid to advertise them). Ok let’s get cookin!
In the Pantry
squash (butternut, kabocha)
Grains and Beans
oats (rolled, groats)
Christmas lima beans
lentils (orange, yellow, beluga, French green)
Nuts and Seeds (all are raw
flax seed meal
pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
Baking and Misc
whole wheat pastry flour
whole wheat flour
whole wheat white flour
kosher salt and sea salt
brown rice syrup
nutritional yeast (a.k.a. Nooch!)
sea vegetables: kombu, dulse, hijiki, and nori
vegan and sometimes gluten free cereals (I like Envirokids for cold cereals and Bob’s Red Mill for hot cereals)
maca powder (I like Navitas Naturals)
goji berry powder
tea (herbal and sometimes not – loose tea is great for getting the best flavors, but I also like Republic of Tea when using bags)
In the Freezer
frozen fruit like bananas, mango, berries, peaches, avocado
frozen veggies like broccoli, brussel sprouts, peas, carrots and spinach
gluten-free and sprouted bread (love using Food for Life Ezekiel breads)
coconut water (dried to put into fresh filtered water)
collard greens (red and green)
seasonal varieties of lettuce and spring greens for salads
fresh herbs – can never have enough basil and dill
zucchini and summer squash
radishes and turnips
Sauces, Condiments, Vinegars, Sweetners
chili garlic sauce
whole grain mustard
jams and preserves
almond butter and peanut butter
Tamari, Bragg's Liquid Aminos
Sriracha hot sauce
apple cider vinegar (Bragg's brand is raw and unfiltered)
red wine vinegar
extra-virgin olive oil
toasted sesame oil
Snacks and Such
Annie Chun’s seaweed snacks
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
dark chocolate bars and peanut butter cups (Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or Endangered Species brand chocolate bars are some of my favorites)
Enjoying Pick-Your-Own tomatoes at our CSA!