Need Help Navigating the Grocery Store as a Vegan?
Are you in need of a grocery shopping list or re-haul?
If you are considering going plant-based even for a little while. This guide should be able to help you with the basics of what to look for.
A lot of people think, that plant-based lifestylers ONLY shop in the produce aisle.
But you’ll soon discover that there are many options out there and that you just have to know where to look. Even though you are being conscious of cutting out meat products, it doesn’t mean that the whole other side of the grocery store is off-limits.
So if you’re curious about what to buy when you turn vegan, don’t worry!
Below I have given you a very helpful vegan shopping guide, aisle by aisle. It is loaded with many tips that can help you begin to live the vegan way of life and stay on the road.
Let’s get to it!
1. Devour Lots of Produce
When it comes to produce, try to get the produce that is still in season. This will save you lots of money. 100% of organic food isn’t a requirement.
And if you are trying to save some more cash, then it’s better for you if you just know what to buy organic and what not buy organic.
For starters know that berries and leafy greens are the most heavily sprayed produce, therefore try to stick with organic if it involves these two items.
Also if you need extra flavors: Make sure to buy things like parsley, cilantro, garlic, ginger, and mint whenever you can for additional flavoring. They go a long way.
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2. Discover Healthy Frozen Foods
Who doesn’t love the freezer aisle? The freezer aisle is very tempting with the finished products on the boxes that look amazing and it’s totally okay for vegans if you know what to get. Some frozen foods that are vegans favorites are, frozen berries, frozen cauliflower, veggie burger patties, and edamame beans as a light snack!
3. Use a Variety of different Oils
When it comes to oils, oils can make any salad or sauce just that much more delicious. And having a variety of oils will help you make delicious vegan sauces for your food!
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), Vegetable oil, or Sesame oil are all great for different marination’s whether it’s for tofu or for faux meats. Avocado oil and coconut oils are especially good for salads as well.
When it comes to oils, the oil industry has been known to be very misleading, so make sure that the oil brands you buy are legitimate.
4. Dairy Alternatives
Dairy alternatives are easy to find, you just have to find the ones that you like and you have many options. Vegan cheeses come in the plenty now, dairy-free kinds of milk are available in all nut variations from cashew to almond.
Oat milk is very much like regular milk and there are even chocolate kinds of milk made with real almonds and cocoa powder.
5. Vegan Condiments
The one thing that hasn’t changed since I turned plant-based is my love for condiments. I’m sure that won’t change for you as well. Keeping vegan condiments stocked at all times like vegan butter, vegan mayonnaise, stable sauce, minced garlic, and peanut butter helps to make dinners just that much easier.
Healthy proteins are everywhere, so don’t let the no-meat lifestyle make you think that you are SOL because that is totally not the case! If you knew that there were endless proteins out there, then you most likely would have started the vegan lifestyle and seen it benefits much longer ago.
To help you navigate the grocery store easily and much more confidently. Here is some healthy proteins aisle by aisle:
- Proteins that you can get in the faux meats section are faux beef (a staple for fast meals) and Tofu
- Proteins that you can get in the produce section are sprouts, mushrooms, broccoli, leafy greens like spinach for starters.
- The dry/bulk section is stocked full of proteins such as quinoa, nutritional yeast (a HUGE staple), nuts, and a variety of seeds.
- There are also proteins hidden in the canned goods section such as canned artichokes, canned mushrooms, lentils, beans, and peas.
7. Stay inspired
If you are new and need some guidance on what to make for yourself then you HAVE to start pinning and planning your vegan meals pronto.
Take the pressure off of your shoulders and start a Pinterest account and pin everything you see that is vegan. You can also categorize different boards to pin to. I also have a vegan board chocked full of amazing vegan recipes HERE if that makes things easier for you.
Don’t forget to snag your free shopping list below!
Hopefully, you are able to incorporate more whole foods, fun ideas, and rethink what you eat. It’s totally doable to satisfy your daily needs on a plant-based diet, you just have to know where to find them!
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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