Thursday, 22 December 2016

Vegan Shopping List

The phrase 'vegan' carries with it a whole lot of connotations; namely, negative ones that suggest the person in conversation is either incredibly opinionated, or annoyingly nosey. Perhaps both. These connotations, whilst false, are their own story. The thing I'm most concerned with, and the thing most people misjudge, is the perceived difficulty associated with finding, buying and consuming vegan foods.

As someone who 'went vegan' in college, let me assure you, eating plant-based can be both easy and affordable, if you know how to do it right!!!

At first it may take a little bit of trial and error (a lot of error, in my case), but you get the hang on things fast, and soon enough you'll find yourself eating more, feeling better and glowing more than you ever thought possible!!

If you're a busy-bee who just doesn't have time to go to a grocery store (shopping for fresh food in person is ideal), I recommend either Instacart or Thrive Market - both allow you to filter products as vegan, saving you time. Thrive is especially good, offering bulk pricing for regular sized produce and packaging!

That said, taking yourself and your dog along to the local markets is still the best way to shop; you can buy in bulk (saving you money), and really see, smell and hold the fruits and vegetables you're buying. Plus, you're supporting local farmers, which is great.

For those of you who love the idea of eating a clean, plant-based diet, but don't have the faintest idea of where to start and what to do, I've created my very own Starter Vegan Shopping List, which you can view and download for free here! The list covers a range of food categories, allowing you to walk into the grocery store with some purpose, guidance and sense of direction. From here, you can make the list your own; try new foods and recipes in order to find out what you do and don't like, and challenge yourself into adding new things into your cart each week - you'll likely be surprised with the range and amount of fresh, delicious and healthy vegan food accessible at your very doorstep!



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