Vegan staples are actually probably things you’re already eating right now. After reading Kris’s Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life Revolution, we have pledged to try out the vegan diet to investigate what this veggie-filled lifestyle really has to offer.
People choose to go vegan for all kinds of reasons. The first step to trying any new diet is to understand your motivation. Let the reasons why lure you towards a healthy new way of living. Do you buy into the philosophy? Are you concerned about the welfare of animals? Do you believe this is the best and healthiest choice for you?
But changing your diet requires changing both habits and mindsets.
If you come home from a long day, open up your fridge, and find nothing you want to eat chances are you’ll make poor choices. This will lead to ordering nutrition-free takeout and straying far from your health goals.
Keep your fridge stocked with healthy essentials, and you’ll always be prepared to make good choices. Vegan staples are a must and they’re more delicious and appealing than you might think.
Greens are the centerpiece of all plant-based diets. Greens are versatile; you can make green juice, green smoothies, salads and kale chips. Always have a variety of greens washed and stored in containers so they remain crisp and ready to eat. Darker greens, such as kale, are great for your health. Collards, spinach, and swiss chard are best for sautéing. For tasty salads, use arugula, romaine, kale, and bibb lettuce.
Organic, fresh, seasonal fruit is a great breakfast option and a true vegan staple. Papaya, apple, and melon will start your day off right. Keep a few of your favorites always on hand for ultimate easy access. Apples, berries, and grapefruit are excellent lower-sugar options and highly satisfying. Tropical fruits such as bananas, pineapple, and mango are great frozen and work fantastically in smoothies.
Raw vegetables are an essential vegan staple and a hallmark of any healthy diet. They make great snacks or toppers to any green salad. They’re much healthier than chips, so use them as your ‘shovel’ to deliver healthy, flavorful dips. Carrots, celery, peppers, and cucumbers are all wonderful choices.
Avocados are an incredible source of healthy fat and a vegan wonderfood. Add to salads, smoothies, pasta, sandwiches, and dips. For a nutrient dense snack, put avocado on your tofu. They are literally a fantastic addition to any meal and a true vegan staple.
Nut and seed butter like almond, cashew, and sunflower seed butter are a great source of healthy fat and protein. They also have the ability to satisfy a sweet craving and are effective in helping you feel full and satiated.