Going vegan can feel like a lot of change at first, but the journey can be very rewarding. Whether you’re doing it for animal rights, for the environment or your health, becoming a vegan takes patience but can deliver a range of benefits for those who practice this lifestyle.
Many people assume that embracing a vegan lifestyle, especially nutrition-wise, is healthy — but it isn’t exactly true. Due to the restricted nature of the diet, sometimes your choices are limited when eating at non-vegan/vegetarian restaurants or while on the road. That can lead to buying junk food like potato chips, French fries, fried vegetables and other less-than-healthy options that happen to be vegan.
Well, being a vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, that’s why we’ve included our pocket-friendly vegan grocery list for you.
Vegan Grocery List
For vegans, beans are an excellent, plant-based source of protein that’s easy to incorporate into the diet. There are many delicious beans out there, and they come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. Dry beans require a little more prep, but they’re much cheaper than the canned variety. If you do go for canned, remember to rinse them off to remove the sodium-heavy liquid they’re doused in.
Lentils get their own category because they’re just that amazing, and an excellent addition to any vegan grocery list. Whether you go for red lentils, green lentils or beluga lentils, these versatile legumes are a delicious addition to soups, salads, on their own or with a side of brown rice.
Chances are, you’ve already heard a lot about the wonders of quinoa. Quinoa is a pseudocereal, which is a fancy way of saying it doesn’t originate from a kind of grass-like wheat or barley. Often labeled a superfood, nutritionists love quinoa because it’s high in fiber (10-12 grams of fiber in just 100 grams!), has a substantial nutrient content and a good deal of protein.
We like it as a base for Buddha bowls topped with our favorite veggies, tofu, and beans, but there are even more creative ways to prepare it. Use it in place of oats in oatmeal, as a salad topper, to make burger patties, mixed into the soup, or even in cookies.
A vegan grocery list is incomplete without mentioning tofu. Made out of soybeans this food is an excellent source of protein and a great addition to soups, or any dish that you’d usually use meat. Half a cup of firm tofu gives 10.1 grams of protein, so if you need to find more ways to fit protein into your diet, try adding tofu to your next stir-fry.
Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy flavor that makes it favorite among vegans who miss dairy products. You can sprinkle it on pasta as Parmesan substitute or use it to make a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese; there are many delicious ways through which nutritional yeast can brighten up a meal. It’s also a significant source of vitamin B, and it’s even a whole protein with around 9 grams in two tablespoons.
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