What to buy and where to shop on The Plant-Based Diet. Phoebe Chongchua heads to the Farmer’s Market to stock her pantry for the week.
There are several must-have foods that I always have around to help me stick to The Plant-Based Diet lifestyle. Here are somethings I recommend. This is by no means a complete list but it will certainly get you started. Then look through The Plant-Based Diet website for ideas of how to combine the foods. A lot of what I teach is how to mix various foods together and then top them off with things like salsa (which can be purchased pre-made to save time). However, you don’t want any items with preservatives. So when you buy packaged foods, read the labels and don’t buy items with too many ingredients or ingredients that aren’t healthy. Will have more on label reading in a coming up post. Basically, you should recognize the ingredients on the back of the label as “truly food”! Sounds silly but trust me if you really looked at what goes into some of the packaged food, you wouldn’t eat it!
The Plant-Based Diet Shopping List
Heirloom, Roma, Grape tomatoes
White onions, red, brown
Bell Peppers (red, green, yellow, orange)
WATER (pure and clean…drink a gallon a day!)
Soy Milk (occasionally…it froths better than almond milk and I like it frothed on cereal)
Herbal Tea (caffeine-free or minimal caffeine such as green and white teas)
Coconut Water from the actual young coconut. See health benefits, here.
Hemp Milk, See a fantastic dessert shake recipe, here.
I do not have Celiac Disease, however, I have a gluten sensitivity and so I try to limit by gluten intake, when possible. Look for the words Whole Wheat when buying grains.
Salsa–fresh with no preservatives and no added salt
Stevia (natural sweetener)
Honey or Agave Nectar
Low-Sodium vegetable broth
Olive Oil (use very sparingly, per calorie this has very little nutritional value and is high in fat)
Organic Tamari Sauce
Garlic (cloves not in a jar)
Gluten-Free pizza crust
Edamame (soy beans with or without shell)
Nuts: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts–sometimes cashews
I’ll have more on this later. I don’t buy much pre-packaged foods and I am not a big fan of all these “fake meat” products. Often they are loaded with sodium and other unhealthy ingredients. So if you’re not eating meat to be healthy and then eating these processed, packaged foods, you are effectively undoing your effort. Don’t be a junk food vegan or vegetarian. It’s pretty simple…eat whole-food, plant-based meals for the healthiest lifestyle.
Okay, I do buy some though. So here they are:
Muffins occasionally (gluten-free, from Whole Foods)
Rice crackers (from Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, or Whole Foods)
Tempt ice cream (made from hemp milk)