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:
- 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;
- 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;
- Sprouter (to sprout grains, seeds, beans etc): this is my review on the Elzed Seed Sprouter.
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Nut butters
- Mung beans
- Black beans
- Cannellini beans
- Whole oats
- Brown rice
- Wholegrain Rice cakes
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Coconut desiccated
- Other fruit in season
- Sweet Potatoes
- Vegetables: carrots, peas, green beans, baby marrows, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut, squash, aubergines…
- Corn / mielies
- Spinach and baby spinach
- Salads: lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, spring onions…
- Herbs: parsley, rosemary, origanum, basil…
- 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!