(How to) Own your vegan grocery shop

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There’s nothing more satisfying than coming home after a big shop on your pay day with bags full of vegan/vegetarian goodies (I’m currently on my way to a fully vegan lifestyle, but not quite there yet!). There’s a big misconception that to eat nourishing, vegan food you have to be rich. Yes, a lot of vegan food carries with it a hefty price tag, but as long as you know how and what to look for, you’ll be on your way. Personally, I don’t earn a huge amount (being 18 and just moved out of home, the options work wise aren’t exactly endless) and I have been supporting living independently for a few months now whilst maintaining a diet of mainly cruelty free foods. If I can eat a cruelty free diet, so can you!

Let’s start with the basics. Any good vegan food shop begins with selecting fruit & vegetables that are in season. Although it’s always best to choose organic, we don’t always have that luxury. As a general rule, based on the blah’s Dirty Dozen [insert here] it’s preferable to choose organic _____ as those products in particular contain a lot of pesticide. Sourcing this part of your weekly shop directly through farmers either through markets or delivery (NB Fruit & Veg Co-op in my area delivers cheap fruit & veg baskets, and most areas should have a few of these businesses) can save you up to 30%.This is completely up to you, however I’ll give a comprehensive list of the fruit & vegies I find most useful in my cooking:

  • avocado
  • tomato
  • sweet potato
  • baby spinach
  • kale
  • cos lettuce
  • cucumber
  • broccolli
  • leek
  • sweet corn
  • mushrooms
  • butternut pumpkin
  • orange
  • banana
  • berries (frozen, although buy fresh if you can afford it!)
  • mango (frozen when not in season)

Liquids:

  • green tea
  • cranberry juice (for mixing with soda water)
  • lemon juice
  • coconut water (for smoothies and hydration)
  • coconut milk (for soups and curries)

Grains:

  • chia seeds (sprinkle these on fruit and cereal, or make into chia pods – recipe coming soon!)
  • lentils (I buy soup mix lentils)
  • 3 bean mix, canned

Carbs:

  • soba noodles
  • wrap breads
  • brown rice

Vegan junk food & snacks:

  • soy chocolate milk (it contains a lot more protein than normal chocolate milk so I don’t feel too guilty… a personal favourite is So Good Soy Milky)
  • chia corn thins
  • almonds
  • sea salt dark chocolate

 

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