Plant-based foods are becoming mainstream. Even only 18 months after I ditched the dairy and un-meated myself, the number of products that have come to market is impressive.
But before you load up your cart and drop some serious green, here are a few tips to help you navigate this new landscape.
Tip#1 – Read Labels
Just because a product is labeled vegan or plant-based doesn’t mean it’s a healthy option. The ‘trick of the trade’ for food manufactures is to add ingredients to make it palatable. Sodium, fat and sugar are the holy trinity that’s mostly added to these products. So read labels and decide if it fits into your healthy eating plan.
Tip #2 – Tiptoe with your Taste Buds
Before you go all-in and load up your cart with vegan options of your favorite foods, take a step back. Many of the food items that are supposed to be “like” the real thing don’t quite taste the same. Trust me, I’ve made some expensive mistakes (BBQ Jackfruit in a pouch – blech). So the next time you’re at the store pick one or two items to test them out. And while I don’t want you to lower your expectations, just re-calibrate them. 🙂
Tip #3 – Home vs. the Freezer Section
Just because there is a vegan lasagna in the freezer section of your grocery store doesn’t mean you have to buy it. Many foods available can be recreated at home for a fraction of the cost, are fresher, healthier and tastier. Lasagna noodles layered with crushed tomatoes and roasted veggies topped with a plant-based pesto is delicious! You’ll also have leftovers and you get to control what you put in the pan so you know it’s good for you and your family.
Ok that should get you started. Good luck at the grocery store, don’t get overwhelmed and let me know if you have any questions. #eatplants
Now go run!