What DO vegans eat? – Part One

For years as a vegetarian I was told that vegans ate a restricted and boring diet. That if meals weren’t going to be based around meat then they were going to be based around dairy. To my shame I fell for it. It took a real interest in food and nutrition to see that everything I needed and wanted came from plants. Since going vegan I have never eaten such a varied, nutritious and interesting diet. I have never felt so excited about food.
When I was waiting in line at the shops and comparing my trolley with the grey looking people around me I realised that it might be worth looking at the foods that vegans eat. This is a list of the typical foods I’ll eat at some point over the week. Tomorrow I’ll post some meal plans.
Grains and Pulses – brown rice, quinoa, cous cous, wheat berries, red lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, buckwheat, wholemeal flour, rye flour, white flour, oats.
High Protein – Firm smoked tofu, tempeh, seitan.
Nuts and Seeds – Walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, ground flax seeds.
Milks‘- Soy, almond, hazelnut, oat, coconut, soy yogurts.
Fruit – Banana, apple, tangerine, pineapple, peach, blueberry, strawberry, nectarines.
Vegetables Carrot, beetroot, white potato, sweet potato, leek, celery, spinach, kale, bok choi, broccoli, sorrel, courgette, runner beans, artichoke, garlic, chilli, lettuce, tomato, peppers, aubergine, lemon, lime, cucumber, basil, mint, coriander, olives, capers, gherkins
Oils – olive, canola, sesame, sunflower.
Breads – multi seed, white rolls
Snacks and processed – salted crisps, twiglets, marmite, marmalade, chorizo substitute, veggie sausages, dark chocolate.
This is a fairly typical week although the contents change a little rach week and I am sure there is loads that I have missed (spices, sauces and other flavours for a start). I hope it shows that our diets are never dull 🙂
What do YOU eat? How does your shopping basket compare?

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