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yam soupI’ve compiled a short list of a few key vegan essentials that I feel are necessary when attempting to follow a vegan diet. I’ve been exploring and experimenting with vegetarian and vegan recipes lately, and both my family and I are falling in love with these types of dishes. Simply removing meat out of my diet has already had some positive effects on my body, and although I am still very new to this way of eating, many aspects intrigue me enough to continue to try it out. Here are some tips and tricks that have helped me thus far. Are you already a Daily Routine Fitness member? If not, click here to join today and take advantage of new members content each week! From recipes workout videos, Daily Routine Fitness’ members only area is packed full of amazing resources to help you achieve your fitness goals!

Find Your Local Farmer’s Market!

The amount of locally grown organic produce at our local Farmer’s Market is amazing! Every week I come home with bags full of kale, carrots and an assortment of other organic fruits and veggies. It’s also a great place to network with other like-minded individuals, who are focused on eating healthy and many of whom are experimenting with the same vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. If you haven’t been to your local Farmer’s Market, do yourself a favour and GO!

Don’t Stress About Proteinbrussel sprouts

If you think that your body may suffer from a lack of protein if you give up meat, then you will be happy to hear that this is not the case…not even close. Check out these amazing foods that are packed full of protein.

  • 1 cup Quinoa (cooked) = 8 grams of protein
  • 1 cup Kidney Beans (cooked) = 15 grams of protein
  • 1 cup Broccoli (raw) = 3 grams of protein
  • 1 cup Almonds (raw) = 32 grams of protein
  • 1 Brussel Sprout (cooked) – 1 gram of protein

The list could literally go on and on with amazing high protein foods that don’t include an ounce of meat. Don’t stress! Educate yourself and constantly have a list of your vegan essentials when you go grocery shopping.

Plan Ahead

When you leave your house for an extended period of time, whether that be on a trip or simply going to work, plan your meals and snacks ahead of time, and pack them with you. Success comes when you have control, but when you rely on the closest restaurant to have vegan options, you may be let down. Control is having what you need to eat, when you need it. Although even some fast food establishments are now offering vegetarian and vegan options on their menus, there is a really good chance that the one you are driving past right now doesn’t.

Vegan Essentials – Kitchen Tools

These 2 kitchen tools are a must-have to support vegan eating habits.

Blender – I’ve blended different kinds of veggies and made chunky sauces that have adorned many meals. My Vitamix is one of my best friends.

Slow Cooker – There isn’t much you can toss in a slow cooker for a few hours and not turn into an amazing meal. Vegan stir fry is incredible in a slow cooker. Tons of veggies, tofu, whole grain noodles and vegan stir fry sauce…yum!

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