Since I’ve recently become a vegetarian and try to stick to being vegan as much as I possibly can, I feel like I’m an adventurer that discovers new artefacts in tombs every time I go into a food shop. My interest in vegetarianism/veganism sparked when I began reading Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kind Diet‘, where she introduces her readers to a couple of alternative, meat-free diets.
I discovered ingredients I hadn’t dreamt or heard of, began making better food choices and trying out loads of new recipes. However, since I live with my parents, a lot of the time all the food shopping gets done without me so I am left unsatisfied with a poor variety of vegan friendly meals and healthy snack choices.
Over these last two days I’ve decided that I want that to change and went out to do some shopping on my own yesterday and then joined my mother on a big food shopping trip today.
Here are some of the delicious things I’ve bought. I must stress that some of these are cheap and some are more expensive products, but since I’m planning on making them last I believe it was a good investment.
- Dairy free dark chocolate – A must, bought for like £1 in Tesco, prefer dark chocolate over milk anyway.
- Crispy seaweed slices – I grew up on this, this is the shit, it’s incredible if you want a healthy, savoury snack.
- Agave nectar – Recommend this as a sugar and honey alternative, it’s a natural sweetener I’ve been using for a while.
- Peppermint tea – Do I need to comment on this? Amazing for digesting food, tastes great and just overall really good.
- Rye Bread with pumpkin seeds – I love rye bread, grew up eating it and it just tastes so much better than your soft, crappy, white, pre-sliced loaf of bread.
- Miso paste – Homemade miso soup is currently my weakness, I eat soup all year round and miso has been one of my favourite for years. Apparently it’s really good for you too!
- Miso soup sachets – If you can’t be bothered to make miso soup, just use this: tastes almost as good.
- Whole Earth crunchy peanut butter – Apple slices with peanut butter is one of my favourite snacks. Also toast with peanut butter and sliced banana with honey or agave nectar on top: perfect for breakfast or after a work-out.
- Soya milk – Essential.
- Rice milk – My favourite out of all of the milk alternatives, also the most healthy/low fat one.
- Soba noodles – Can’t wait to make some veg stir-fry with this.
- Chia seeds – Have been hearing a shit-tonne about this and can’t wait to try this out.
- Various dried fruit and nut snacks – Mango, banana chips, apple slices, fruit and nut bag etc
- Some asian health drink – My mum bought this years ago for me and I went through a phase of drinking it everyday for breakfast. It’s like cereal in a cup! (Don’t know what it’s called as its in Chinese characters and we got it from an Oriental Supermarket)
- Ryvita Multigrain Crispbread – Heard a lot about these things too so thought I’d try them out as a snack/breakfast option.
- Quinoa – I literally live on this, if you haven’t tried it, I really suggest you replace all your carb-based meals with this as it is so good, healthy and beneficial for you it’s almost criminal.
This last item deserves it’s own special shout-out.
- Booja- Booja ice cream – I’ve been searching for a dairy-free ice cream for a very long time and after venturing into a local health store today I finally found this. I first heard it mentioned by a blogger/Youtuber Niomi Smart who spoke about this ice cream in her video and I’m so glad that I finally found it! It tastes really plain but delicious and fairly light, what’s more impressive is that this ice cream is absolutely magical as it’s made out of 4 ingredients – water, agave syrup (the natural sweetener mentioned above), cashew nuts and vanilla extract. It is organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, soya-free and made without refined sugar. If that’s not the healthiest thing you’ve ever heard then I don’t know how else to impress you. It is pricey, but I decided to give it a go and if you’re really concerned about eating healthily this is a good investment (at £5.99 per 500ml pot, but it is worth it).
I hope that maybe my food choices will inspire someone to go out and buy something new to try out as I think being healthy and happy are the two most important things in life. As you can see, I still have plenty of snack options but I try to find the more healthier and beneficial alternatives that I can enjoy at the same time. Happy shopping!!!!