I'm 16 and I am vegetarian trying to go vegan .. The problem is everyone in my house eats meat and my parents nor I know what healthy foods to buy for me to eat ... Can you give me some suggestions please ...
Hi there! You guys are the best, I never seen so many people wanting to go vegan and that makes me extremely happy :)
Anyway, here are some staples I’ve gathered that might help. All kinds of fruits, veggies, green leafs and nuts/seeds are essential on a plant based diet. You can even start your morning with a green smoothie as I do, it’s my breakfast and gives me every nutrient I need.DAIRY
- Alternative milks: Almond, soy, rice, oats or hemp milk.
- Buttery spread: Look for non-hydrogenated versions, like Earth Balance.
- Dairy-free cheese: Daiya melts and doesn’t taste like plastic.
- Cream cheese: Tofutti makes a reasonable mock cream cheese.
- Sour cream: Again, Tofutti.
- Soy yogurt: Good for probiotics.
- Ice Cream: Frozen ripe bananas blended in a food processor. Flavor with cocoa powder, vanilla extract, or peanut butter. OR buy SoDelicious, Almond Dream, Rice Dream, Soy Dream, or Tofutti.
- Whipped Cream: Whisk cooled coconut cream. OR buy Soyatoo! Soy Whip or Rice Whip.
- Buttery spread: Squid Butter is also an option (but pricy).
- Tofurkey: If you can’t live without a “roast.”
- Field Roast products: Grain-based faux meat products, not too processed and unusually tasty.
- Tofu: Silken for smoothies and puddings; medium or firm for cooking.
- Tempeh: Soybean-based meat substitute.
- Seitan: Meat substitute made from wheat gluten; great texture, great protein.
- Frozen vegetable burgers: Making your own is better, but these are convenient in a pinch.
- Edamame: Fresh (frozen) soy beans are a great high-protein snack or side.
- Beans: Dried and home-cooked are cheap and the healthiest.
- Chickpeas: In addition to beans, because they’re so versatile.
- Seeds: Sesame, sunflower, poppy, pumpkin, chia … all high in protein and healthy fats.
- Nuts: Because, protein.
- Nut butters: Because, peanut butter!
- Cashews: In addition to nuts, because they can be soaked and used in so many ways.
- Lentils: Super cheap, versatile, easy to make, delicious, and nutritious.
- Brown rice: Ditch the white for more-nutritious brown.
- Quinoa: One of the few plant-based perfect proteins.
- Steel-cut oats: Good for breakfast.
- Whole grain grits: Because they’re filling and delicious.
- Whole-wheat couscous: More nutritious than regular.
- Multigrain pasta: Whole-wheat or legume mixes offer more nutrients and don’t all taste like cardboard.
- Sprouted bread and tortillas: Food for Life products are nutrient-rich and altogether lovely.
- Amaranth: Super cheap and nutritious.