Plant-Based Food Introduction

Our family has been working towards a plant-based wholefood diet for over seven years, and we have learnt a lot about this way of eating over this time. I thought I would share some tips and a few reviews on some of the items that make it easier for us to live this type of lifestyle.

It is definitely not easy to transition from meat, processed and refined foods, dairy, and eggs, to fully plant-based in this day and age, where vegan substitutes are very expensive (such as vegan butter, non-dairy milk and nut cheeses), and also when real life advice is in the form of google and not personal encounters (this is due to the fact that not many people are plant-based in our communities). 

I will be posting on kitchen products and food that we have found that we cannot live without, and that make our life more convenient (with four kids, and living outside of the city most of the time).

This is a summary of the items and the links to the review posts:

Kitchen Equipment
  1. Coffee grinder (to grind up seeds, nuts, grains etc for easier digestion and to make flour): you can read the review here The Perfect Grinder;
  2. Blender (high-speed if possible or just a regular smoothie blender for smoothies, muffin and dessert mixes): I have published a post on the Russell Hobbs Mix & Go Mini Blender;
  3. Sprouter (to sprout grains, seeds, beans etc): this is my review on the Elzed Seed Sprouter.
Food:
  1. Buckwheat
  2. Chia seeds
  3. Chickpeas
  4. Flaxseeds
  5. Hemp seeds
  6. Pumpkin seeds
  7. Sunflower seeds
  8. Sesame seeds
  9. Nuts
  10. Nut butters
  11. Mung beans
  12. Lentils
  13. Black beans
  14. Cannellini beans
  15. Whole oats
  16. Quinoa
  17. Brown rice
  18. Wholegrain Rice cakes
  19. Olive oil
  20. Coconut oil
  21. Coconut desiccated
  22. Berries
  23. Bananas
  24. Apples
  25. Mangos
  26. Pineapple
  27. Dates
  28. Other fruit in season
  29. Avocados
  30. Sweet Potatoes
  31. Potatoes
  32. Vegetables: carrots, peas, green beans, baby marrows, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut, squash, aubergines…
  33. Mushrooms
  34. Corn / mielies
  35. Spinach and baby spinach
  36. Salads: lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, spring onions…
  37. Cinnamon
  38. Herbs: parsley, rosemary, origanum, basil…
  39. Maca powder (see my review on this amazing Miraculous Maca)

The whole food plant-based lifestyle can be a real challenge, but it is very rewarding in a holistic way once you learn some simple creative tips and tricks, and get involved with a like-minded community. We have found Rich Roll‘s website very helpful, as well as Kris Carr, Leo Babauta, Minimalist Baker and Ka Sundance. There are other sites where you can find recipes, shortcuts, substitutions and many more amazing encouraging articles.

Never stop learning about this lifestyle; design beautiful rainbows into your meals; have fun in your adventure of filling your body with pure healthy energy; and be a part of protecting the creatures around you all at the same time!

Jolene

Worldschooling unschooling family, self-educating 4 children. Advocates of peaceful parenting, non-violence and plant-based whole-food lifestyles.

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