The best aspect about a vegan diet is that you get to be very creative about the foods you make. This is one of the aspects I enjoy about this diet.
This is why your list of vegan foods is essential to have just before you decide to go to buy your grocery as this will help you know what types of foods you have to play around with.
Most vegans have a problem when it comes to picking out the best vegan foods. It is good to know this since you need to ensure you are buy foods which will complete your nutrition.
Do not worry because I have got you covered with what to include in your grocery list.
Nuts and seeds
When writing about your grocery list you will soon find out that nuts and seeds are a must in the list of vegan foods which you have to always be buying.
This is because these foods are what I call the fuel of the vegan diet since they provide the core amounts of protein, along with tofu, in the vegan diet.
Luckily for us vegans these foods are unlimited and are readily avaliable in any store. Not only that there are so much variety to choose from and this is what I will listing below:
- Brazil nuts
The list of vegan foods would also not go without putting vegetables. The vegetables are so vast that many people think that vegans only eat veggies and leafy foods.
In this post I will list the veggies which cover many of the nutrients that you need. This will help make your job easier when it comes to doing your shopping the healthy way.
- Leafy greens
Ofcourse the list goes on…but basically every veggie you can imagine will fit in here.
Related: Benefits of a vegan diet
Meat substitutes are where I started off as a vegan since I did not know too much about cooking vegetables and combining them the right way.
Meat substitutes are normally made of soy beans or soy and they are pre-made for you so that you just have to get home and do a bit of warming or and grilling.
There are loads of brands catering for these meat alternatives and it all depends on what you enjoy having. My favorite is Frey’s which I have been using for years.
Here are just a few of the meat substitutes:
- Soy sausage
- Soy burger
- Soy pie
There are also other alternatives which make up for meat that are not processed like Tofu.
Speaking of vegan meat substitutes I have had the tasting vegan burger, which tasted and looked like meat, few months ago and I did a review that you can check it out >>here<<
Are you a sucker for cheese? well if you are, do not worry as a vegan there are many vegan cheese alternatives for you.
I am not really a fan of vegan cheese so I hardly buy this food.
However, here is a pick for you:
- Raw cashew almond cheese
- Baked cashew mozzarella
- Potato and carrot cheese
- Paprika cheese
- Cashew blue cheese
Frozen foods can include your meat alternatives, and cheese substitutes which I have already listed.
There are other foods that are worth putting in your grocery list which you may not have realized.
If you are looking to use butter you will be happy to know that there are many brands.
Although I do not use this food due to the fact that I am trying to keep my heart arteries clean it is there for those who want it.
Butter substitutes are basically processed foods so even the oils in it are highly unhealthy if you eat them for extend period of times.
Below are the top brands to choose from:
- Coconut oil
- Vegan spread
- Nut butters
Vegan desserts have always been a bit of a hard one for me since it has always been so hard to get vegan desserts up until last year.
Maybe this was due to the fact that I was only focusing on eating no junk food at all. However, what I have found is that vegan desserts are much healthier than normal desserts.
This is because the vegan desserts do not have any dairy and normally have 100% natural sugar.
Snacks make up about 50% of people’s diet and that is why it is vital to ensure you include them in your list of vegan foods when you do your grocery.
Below is a list of vegan snacks:
- Kettle brand potato chips
- Dark chocolate
- Vegan protein bars
- Vegan protein powder
You can check out my number recommendation for protein powder >>here<<
Non-dairy milk and products
Vegan non-dairy products are used extensively by people who bake and eat cereal. I am one of them ha-ha.
With non-dairy milk it is better to choose the unsweetened version as this is the healthiest since there are not added sugars.
Again there are many non-dairy milk to choose from and here are some best options:
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Soy milk
List of vegan foods is also never complete without the food that makes you get full, called whole grains.
There are many times of grains that you can get and what is best is that you can include grain in all of your meals if you plan well.
if you have pets like cats or dogs that you feed them a vegan diet than you may also want to buy great quality vegan foods.
Here post for best vegan dog food that you can read here.
Take home message
Choosing your vegan food list can be really daunting especially for vegan beginners and this is what messes up most people in terms of attaining proper nutrition for this diet.
There many types of vegan foods like meat substitutes and cheese substitutes which most people tend to gravitate towards when they are starting out on the vegan diet.
I always recommend that you stack your grocery list with natural vegan food as opposed to processed foods like meat substitutes and cheese substitutes.
That is why I usually fill my vegan grocery list with fruits and vegetables which will enable me to do my own juices like smoothies.
I have not eaten any cheese or butter vegan substitutes due to my artery related issues.
Regarding snacks I eat them only occasionally as I try to be as healthy as I can be but people’s circumstances depends
I hope this vegan grocery list was very helpful in giving you the best vegan foods that you will need as a vegan.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask you can leave them below and I will be more than happy to engage with it.