Happy Sunday everyone! I recently shared this photo on my Instagram account and received feedback that people liked to see what plant-based foods really look like. The purpose of this post is to give you an idea of what a plant-based diet can look like, and some of the delicious plant-based foods and products that are out there. This isn’t an example of meal planning for the week, this was just a quick grocery run to my local Whole Foods. Here’s a list of what I got:
• Pears, kiwis, bananas and sliced mango. These were for snacking on and to throw in smoothies.
• Garlic herb vegan cheese from Treeline Cheese. This is artisan vegan cheese! It tastes delicious and is so much better for us than dairy. (Read more about why dairy is bad for us here). Treeline Cheese is made from fine cashews. It’s non-GMO, gluten-free, contains no cholesterol and it’s probiotic. Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this stuff.
• Frozen pitaya for breakfast smoothies. The organic pitaya I bought is made by Pitaya Plus. It is non-GMO, 100% fruit, full of active enzymes, a good source of fiber and magnesium and has no added sugar.
• Frozen organic strawberries and mango. Also for smoothies.
• Fresh squeezed orange juice. It’s cold and flu season so fresh squeezed OJ can help bolster our immune systems with its high concentration of vitamin C. Never get OJ with added (processed) sugar. Processed sugar actually has the opposite effect and makes us way more susceptible to getting sick. Also make sure to get your orange juice with pulp, as pulp has fiber, an important nutrient for our bodies. When we get rid of the pulp we also get rid of the fiber.
• Califia Farms almond milk. This almond milk is non-GMO and has 50% more calcium than cow’s milk. This was my first time getting this particular brand of almond milk and I really liked it. One cool thing about this almond milk is that it’s used in lots of coffee shops because it heats up nicely and makes for a great latte.
• Near East roasted red pepper and basil quinoa brown rice blend. I bought this to make for dinner one night with roasted veggies.
• Raw vegan kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean superfood made from fermented cabbage. This brand is Sunja’s and I bought the medium spicy kimchi. It was made with cabbage, carrots, sweet red pepper, leek, scallion, red hot pepper, garlic, ginger and sea salt. I also swear by kimchi whenever I think I’m getting sick. More to come on that in a future post I’m working on about natural cold remedies.
• Vegan almond coconut bar from Perfect Bar. This is my favorite for when I need a quick breakfast bar on the go. This is the only vegan bar by this company so make sure to check the label before you get it. This bar has 8 grams of whole food protein and 20+ organic super foods in it. Plus it’s non-GMO and gluten-free. I find it to be delicious and filling. Here’s what’s in it: organic dates, organic almond butter, organic dried cranberries, organic dried coconut, organic hemp protein, organic cocoa powder, organic chia powder, organic coconut oil, organic flax seed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic sesame seed oil, organic olive oil, organic pumpkin seed oil, dried organic kale powder, dried organic rose hip powder, dried organic orange powder, dried organic lemon powder, dried organic papaya powder, dried organic tomato powder, dried organic apple powder, dried organic alfalfa powder, dried organic celery powder, dried organic kelp powder, dried organic dulse powder, dried organic carrot powder, and dried organic spinach powder. And with all that in it, it still tastes like a sweet breakfast bar.
• AiVy vegan spring rolls. It’s not often that I buy frozen prepared foods but on this day I was looking to try some new foods, so I bought these spring rolls and loved them! Since that day I went back and bought 3 more boxes. So perfect for when I get home late from work and need something easy to make. These spring rolls are filled with organic cabbage, carrots, onions and mushrooms.
• Feel Good Foods gluten-free, vegetarian dumplings. I still haven’t tried these yet but I’m looking forward to doing so soon. With something like this that doesn’t say vegan on the front, a quick glance at the ingredient list on the back will let you know what’s in it.
• Coconut-milk chocolate bar from Raaka Chocolate. This bar is dairy-free and made from virgin dark chocolate. A delicious sweet treat.