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Five vegan food staples for your fridge

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vegan shoppingLeolin Lopez

A vegan diet can be a huge change. Eating different from the majority, learning news ways to cook, and maybe for the first time reading labels for hidden ingredients; these daunting tasks can be enough to make anyone go back to omnivore eating. If you need some help as to what to keep on hand at all times to make cooking that much easier, start with this list of five vegan food staples.

Non-Dairy Milks

Non dairy milks have become very popular. You can now find soy, hemp, rice, almond, or cashew milk at most grocery stores. Even a simple search of “making your own nut milk” will turn up tons of recipes Non dairy milks can be used in cereal, baking, smoothies, or for a refreshing drink.

Tofu

A staple of Asian meals, tofu is high in protein, low in calories, and cholesterol free. It is easy to add to a variety of meals because it has no taste and will take on the taste of any seasonings that it is cooked with. And because it can come in a variety of firmness (extra firm, firm, and silken) it can be used in anything from a protein in stir-fry to a milk substitute in baking. Tofu can be a highly modified food, so be sure to buy an organic non-GMO brand.

Kale

Kale Yeah I’m vegan” is the logo on a popular vegan shirt and displays just how awesome and loved kale is. Kale is high in Vitamin A, K, and E and how been shown to have anti-inflammatory as well and antioxidant benefits. Whether you steam it, eat it raw, or put it in your smoothie make sure this is always on hand in your kitchen.

Nutritional Yeast

Becoming vegan does not mean that you can no longer enjoy the taste of cheese if you learn to love nutritional yeast. This yeast comes in flaked or powder form and can be used to sprinkle on popcorn as well as used to make dairy free cheese sauce. It is a good source of protein and most brands are fortified with vitamin B12.

A Really Good Vegan Ice Cream

Do you really need a reason? Chicago Vegan Foods makes a great vegan ice cream called Temptation and you can even get vegan raw ice cream from Kayrn’s Raw.

This is by no way an exhaustive list so feel free to add or subtract as your taste buds and diets see fit. Enjoy trying new foods and have fun developing your own staple list!