Vegan For A Month

There are peoples who don’t know what vegan means and then there are peoples being vegan to them means, no meat = boring lifestyle.

To be a vegan doesnt mean being boring, and by boring I mean terrible food. If you can browse through my posts, you’ll find vegan recipes and they are delicious ones. And it’s cheap. We all know the price of meat.

#72 on my bucketlist is “Going vegan for a month”. For someone who loves meat/fish/milk, its going to be a huge challenge for me, but am willing to give it a try. I did some research before i decided to go vegan. And my question is DO VEGAN EAT FISH? Some bloggers wrote that vegans are allowed to eat fish and some said fish is a NO for vegan. So, any vegan in here who would like to share with us what is right or wrong. I’m definitely not gonna eat fish, but I’d like to know what is correct.

Shopping list

Fresh – Raw & cooking

    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Cauliflower
    • Cucumbers
    • Sugar snap peas
    • Tomatoes
    • Bell peppers
    • Avocado

Fresh – Cooking

2.

  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Squashes
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Onions (red, white, green)

3. Leafy greens

  • Baby spinach
  • Romaine
  • Butter lettuce
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Salad mixes
  • Baby Kale

4. Frozen

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Edamame
  • Stir-fry mixes

5. Fruit

FRESH

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Kiwis
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

FROZEN

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mixed berry blends
  • Sweet cherries
  • Mango
  • Mixed fruit blends

DRIED

  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Cranberries
  • Apricots
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Apple slices
  • Banana chips

6. Grains, Beans and Legumes

100% WHOLE WHEAT

  • Bread
  • Tortillas
  • English muffins
  • Bagels
  • Pitas
  • Pasta

WHOLE GRAINS & STARCHES

  • Oatmeal (quick, rolled, or steel-cut)
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Seitan (wheat gluten)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Russet potatoes

BEANS & LEGUMES

  • Chickpeas (canned/dry)
  • Black beans (canned/dry)
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils (dry)
  • Hummus
  • Veggie burgers (lentil, bean, or vegetable based)

7. SOY PRODUCTS

  • Firm or Extra-firm Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Soy milk
  • Edamame (frozen)

HEALTHY FATS

Healthy fats are a very important part of a healthy vegan diet! Include a wide selection of items from this list to ensure a good balance of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Keep a couple of different whole foods like avocado, dark chocolate, nuts/seeds, or olives on hand for snacking, at least 1 nut/seed butter for dipping fruit, spreading on toast, or adding to oatmeal, and a couple of different oils for cooking, making salad dressings, or supplementation. Larger quantities of nuts and seeds should be kept in the freezer to prevent spoilage.

  • Avocado
  • Edamame
  • Coconut milk
  • Dark chocolate
  • Olives
  • Hummus
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond/Nut butters
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sunflower seed butter
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Tahini (sesame butter)
  • Coconut oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Earth Balance butter

9. Non-diary products

MILK

  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Rice milk
  • Oat milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Flax milk

YOGURT

  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond yogurt
  • Coconut yogurt

10. SWEETENERS

  • Organic cane sugar
  • Agave syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Coconut sugar
  • Fruit preserves
  • Dates
  • Dried fruits
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Stevia

11. FLAVOURS, HERBS, & SPICES

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

12. CONDIMENTS

  • Salsa
  • Hummus
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Mustard
  • Vegan mayo
  • Vegetable bouillon
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lemon/lime juice
  • Vinegar (white, balsamic)

13. COOKING & BAKING

  • Whole grain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut oil
  • Earth Balance Butter
  • Ground flax seed
  • Yeast
  • Cocoa

14. Vegan alternatives and convenience foods

HEALTHY CHOICES

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Bean or lentil burgers
  • Marinated tempeh bacon
  • Marinated tofu
  • Seitan
  • Unsweetened plant milk
  • Plain non-dairy yogurts

DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

  • Plant-based milks
  • Plant-based yogurts
  • Soy cheese
  • Daiya cream cheese
  • Daiya cheese
  • Soy coffee creamers
  • Earth Balance butter

MEAT SUBSTITUTES

  • Veggie or soy burgers
  • Veggie or soy hotdogs
  • Veggie sausages
  • Tofurky deli slices
  • Tofurky holiday roast
  • Tempeh bacon
  • Textured vegetable protein

Please do share with us, if you other things.

credit: ilovevegan – for the shopping list

 

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