As someone who’s been vegan for several years and loves to work out, I know firsthand how important it is to fuel your body with the right foods.
But let’s be real, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to buy at the grocery store. That’s why I’ve put together this guide on how to build a plant-based grocery list to help fuel your active lifestyle.
Start with the basics: Fruits and vegetables
I know, I know. This seems obvious, but hear me out. Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential nutrients that will fuel your workouts and help you recover faster. Plus, they’re delicious! Some of my personal favorites include bananas, kale, berries, mango, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
Get your protein fix from tofu and legumes
As a plant-based nutritionist and fitness enthusiast, I get asked a lot about where I get my protein. The answer? Legumes and tofu! Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and tempeh are all great sources of protein that will help you build muscle and feel full for longer.
Add some healthy fats with nuts and seeds
Healthy fats are essential for brain function, hormone production, and overall health. Some of my go-to sources include almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, chia seeds, flaxseed, and hemp seeds. These are great for adding to smoothies, salads, or just snacking on throughout the day.
Experiment with whole grains
There’s more to life than just brown rice! Whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, farro, and barley are packed with fiber and nutrients that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Plus, they’re a great way to switch up your meal prep routine.
Don’t forget about herbs and spices
If you want to enhance your meal’s flavor without adding calories, herbs and spices are your new best friend. Garlic, ginger, cumin, and turmeric are all great for reducing inflammation and adding some zing to your dishes.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about how to actually put together a…