I wish there were more vegan grocery stores!
While reading a vegan forum I came across a post that included that line "I wish there were more vegan grocery stores close to where I live". The following was my reply.
Supermarkets are mostly vegan by default:
- all produce aisles - fresh fruits and vegetables and herbs
- frozen aisles - frozen fruits, vegetables
- bean aisles - canned beans, dried beans, breakfast beans
- canned fruits and vegetables
- pasta aisle - most pastas and sauces, noodles
- condiments aisle - vinegars, olives, pickles, ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauces, mustard, tahini
- snack and bulk aisle - nuts, dried fruits, nutritional yeast, various grains, some potato chips
- cereal aisle - oatmeal, Spoon Size Shredded Wheat, Shredded Wheat etc
- beverage aisle - sparkling water, herbal teas, coffee
- bakery aisle - sprouted breads, pitas, tortillas
- dairy aisle - tofu, plant-based milks
- a plant-based diet that reduces or eliminates all animal foods like meat, dairy, and eggs PLUS has the addition of starch, so that you feel full and satisfied
- include grains like rye, wheat, barley, oats and corn; starchy vegetables like squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes and legumes like red and brown lentils, chick peas, green peas, and lotsa beans like pinto, kidney AND lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
- reduces or eliminates added oils, including coconut, olive and peanut and reduces added sugars and salts
- it is believed Dr T Colin Campbell coined the term "whole food, plant-based" and Dr John McDougall the term "starchivore"
I hope this helps a bit. Processed vegan foods are not necessarily healthier than non-vegan, they are animal free.
KIS - keep it simple. WFPB stands for whole food plant-based and that is the healthiest way to be a starchivore vegan. Eat those fresh or frozen vegetables, fresh or frozen fruits. Buy the delicious herbs and serve your vegetables with tasty beans and potatoes or rice. A large bag of rice can cost just $15 or so and will last a very long time.
Having access to a health food grocery store is very nice for some specialty items like, nutritional yeast and miso and a selection of tofus however good plain vegan foods are found in most aisles of any grocery store. I remember hearing someone say, a few years ago, that if you shop around the outside aisles of the store you will buy the healthiest and freshest foods. The produce department, the bakery, the frozen foods and the bulk departments are normally the outside and the back aisles - hard to go wrong there.
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