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Vegan Pantry Essentials

  • Feb 10, 2017

Vegan eating can be one of the best ways to not only eat healthy, but also enjoy the many tasty plant-based foods provided for us by Mother Nature. Keeping your pantry stocked with the following items will ensure you always have what you need to prepare meals that are as delicious as they are nutritious:

  1. Seeds – Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds are all excellent sources of fiber, healthy fats, minerals, and even protein.
  2. Nuts – Walnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts deliver a hefty dose of healthy unsaturated fats, along with fiber, protein, some carbs, and lots of awesome minerals.
  3. Agave Nectar – This sweetener is much more eco-friendly, as agave plants are already harvested to make tequila. It’s a more sustainable sweetener, not to mention a much healthier one that won’t affect your glucose levels.
  4. Vegan Milk – Soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk are all excellent alternatives to dairy product. Keep them handy for cooking both sweet and savory dishes.
  5. Spices and Herbs – Cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, red pepper, black pepper, turmeric, curry powder, dill, and the list of delicious spices and herbs keeps going on! They will make a delicious addition to your meals, and can help to improve circulation, fat burning, and overall health.
  6. Veggie Stock – This is handy to have for making quick meals: soups, casseroles, and pastas. You’ll find it’s easy to whip up a meal in a few minutes as long as you have veggie stock in your pantry.
  7. Pasta – Noodles are a delicious addition to your diet, and they provide a great base for a wide range of veggie-based sauces and toppings.
  8. Legumes – Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and green peas are all loaded with plant-based proteins. Pair them with whole grains, and you get all the nutrients your body needs to produce muscle tissue.
  9. Whole Grains – Brown rice, brown flour, quinoa, bulgur, and barley are just a few of the whole grains you want in your pantry. These foods deliver a hefty dose of high-fiber carbs, and they’ll round out the amino acids in your plant-based proteins.
  10. Applesauce – You can make your own applesauce or buy it from the store—all that matters is that you have plenty on hand if you need a quick, healthy snack.

Stock up on these vegan pantry essentials, and you’ll find it’s brilliantly easy to eat a healthy, balanced diet!