Plant Based Staples Shopping List
If you are planning on adopting the whole food plant-based diet, there are many things you should always have on hand. Expense should not be an excuse because my grocery bills have been more than cut in half due to not buying meat anymore.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!!
Unless you are an amazing cook and love to cook, if you try to go super gourmet vegan, you might throw in the tempeh (see what I did there.. towel.. tempeh...). If making your meals is making you mad, it ain't gonna work. Granted, trying new recipes and perfecting them takes time and can end with frustration when you know you can whip up that chicken dish in 30 seconds. Hang in there. That lentil stew will be whipped up just as easily in no time!
Sugar free items are not on my list because they are filled with chemicals and do not fit in the whole food category. New studies are showing that they mess up the intestinal flora and actually can raise blood sugar. Check out this article. I have known for years that they do not help with weight loss and that other studies have shown that people that drink aspartame and splenda in their drinks often have higher appetites or crave more sugar. I'm still on the fence about stevia and and will sometimes use organic drops in a smoothie or salad dressing. I don't always love how it tastes though, so I usually stay away from that too. It takes a while to lose that sugar craving, but I promise it does happen. Stick with it. It will be worth it when an orange is the sweetest thing you've had all day.
This is a good article in the Huffington post on how to start a PB diet... There are so many versions of the plant-based food pyramid but I like this one the best. Is the most in line with a whole food plant-based diet
I like to have the following on hand at all times. Of course, I have tons of other stuff in my fridge and pantry in addition to these staples, but these are always in there. If it is something jarred or not a whole food, select the one with the fewest ingredients.
SHOPPING LIST SUGGESTIONS
Fruit and veggies
Higher protein Veggie Sources