Eating plant-based is becoming more mainstream, especially for people looking to improve their health with nutrition. Plant-based grocery shopping can be a bit daunting at first, but this plant based grocery list will make it a breeze.
This blog post will show you everything you need to make your way through your first plant-based grocery list, from the produce section to the pantry staples of your local supermarket.
While you might assume you must go to a specialty or expensive grocery store to find your plant based grocery list staples, luckily, that’s not the case. Most items can be found at a normal supermarket, and we’ll take you through where to find all of them!
Getting started with a plant based grocery list
You might wonder where to start as you eat more plant-based or think about making dietary changes. The truth is there is no right or wrong way to start: you’re in charge.
Some people prefer to start with alternatives for their favorites, such as swapping dairy milk cream for non-dairy milk. Others feel more comfortable swapping to homemade alternatives, like making a tahini-based dressing as a creamy alternative to a salad dressing with dairy.
Either way, this path is yours. With this plant based grocery list, you’re ready to take grocery shopping by storm.
How to use this grocery list
This blog post is not intended to be a comprehensive list of absolutely everything in a grocery store. That’s too long of a list and far too much food for most of us. However, you will have a big list of options by the end.
The goal here is to provide you with a framework to get started. Get to know the general healthy categories and use this guide for options to fill them in. As you choose a few foods from each category, you’ll end up with a balanced, tasty, and filling grocery cart of vegan foods that you’ll be excited to try.
So, without further ado…let’s go shopping!
Fruits and veggies
Fruits and veggies are the foundation of any eating plan, not just plant based people. As a registered dietitian, I’m thrilled whenever I can help my clients eat more fruits and veggies.
Fresh fruits and veggies are a great option, but did you know that frozen fruits and veggies are just as healthy as fresh? They are frozen at the peak of freshness, so they have just as many vitamins and nutrients. They’re also chopped and ready to add to soups, smoothies, or quick stir fry.
You’re also encouraged to consider some canned fruits and veggies. Not only are they incredibly budget-friendly, but they can also really help a meal come together in a snap. A few of my favorite canned fruits and veggies are:
Beans (black beans, chickpeas, white beans, all beans really)
Canned pineapple in juice
Nutritionally, what gives fruits and veggies their color also tends to give that fruit or veggie their vitamins and minerals, too.
When choosing canned items, opt for the “no salt added versions when possible.”
So, eat the rainbow! Kick off your plant based grocery list with various colors for beautiful, enjoyable, and healthy produce.