Happy Monday, friends! Sooo in case you didn’t know, the fam and I recently took a giant leap and spontaneously committed to a 100% vegan diet. Now, I know this sounds extreme (especially since we have two littles), but it actually hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it was going to be.
One of the most challenging parts for us so far was figuring out, what the heck are we gonna buy?? It can be a little intimidating to suddenly cut out a bunch of stuff that you’ve been consuming your entire life! But with a little research, some trial and error, and a TON of Pinterest browsing, I’ve compiled a handy list of basically everything you’ll need on a plant-based diet!
Well, maybe not everything. 😉 And no, you don’t have to buy all this stuff at once! These are just some of the essentials and staples that our family has tried or are interested in trying. I honestly just go off of what I’ve seen online (Pinterest mostly) and try it out. If it’s a hit, we buy it again. 🙂
*You may have noticed that Nutritional Yeast has its own category, because it doesn’t really fall into any of the others. Commonly referred to as nooch, it is a type of deactivated yeast that has so so SO many uses and is an absolute must-have in any vegan pantry! (It is also a significant source of vitamin B12!) I accidentally left this out of my original list, but one of my lovely fellow Vegan Mommas let me know. 🙂 You can read more about nutritional yeast here!
As I mentioned before, it can be a bit intimidating at first, but don’t go throwing out everything in your pantry just yet; start by switching out one product at a time. Phase out the cow’s milk and work on finding the perfect plant-based milk that everybody loves or maybe experiment with tofu instead of chicken breasts. The possibilities are endless! It’s also worth mentioning that some products can be very tricky (breads, pasta, packaged foods, etc.) and sneak animal products into their ingredients, so it’s always a good idea to check the label if you’re unsure. You can find a handy list of vegan brands and products here!
So be sure to download The Ultimate Vegan Shopping List and let me know which products you absolutely love!