As some of you may know, I went vegan a couple of months ago! So far it’s been really good. I want to do a whole post about it, but I want to wait & keep at it for longer because although I have seen some improvements, I really want to make sure I know what I’m doing & talking about!
This post is basically going to be my shopping list since I’ve gone vegan. I wanted to show you guys that it’s possible to have a certain “high-maintenance” diet without spending a ton of money. One of the main reasons I went vegan was to try & save money! But I think sometimes people think that when you eat vegan, you can only shop at places like Sprouts or Whole Foods or all those other specialty grocery stores. I love those stores, but they are sooo expensive! And that is totally not the point of eating vegan! So I’m going to give you guys a break down of what I buy at Safeway & some of my favorite vegan brands that can be found there.
PRODUCE – Vegetables & fruit are the basis of my diet. I literally eat a salad for at least one meal a day, if not two. I don’t eat organic, so that saves me money, but I try to stick to the veggies that I eat on a regular basis in my salads or with hummus. (I would eat hummus for breakfast, lunch & dinner if I could.) My go-to’s are: peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, & apples. I also get frozen broccoli. I’m allergic to a lot of fruit unfortunately, so I rely on vegetables for my fresh food. I might get seasonal fruit if it’s not too expensive though!
DAIRY – So I don’t actually eat any dairy because that was another main reason I went vegan. I love cheese, but it’s so expensive & just really not healthy, at least for me. I also hate milk, so almond milk is not a problem for me. I usually get unsweetened vanilla. I can’t drink coffee without creamer though & I was so worried I was going to have to give that up or spend a ton on an alternative, but luckily my favorite brand is already dairy free! Coffeemate is my go-to & I think they are all dairy free, but I can’t be sure of that! I just know my favorite flavors are. (Hazelnut & vanilla in case you were wondering…)
CANNED GOODS – Canned goods are so cheap, but they can have a lot of added sugar & salt, which brings down the health factor. I always buy beans for my protein, & I recently discovered that pinto beans are the best. I will usually get tomato sauce because spaghetti is another quick easy meal I love that doesn’t necessarily need meat to be good. I’ll get non-creamy dressing to avoid dairy, & then mustard for the hummus wraps I live off of. I’m also totally digging beets these days – I am Dwight Schrute.
GRAINS – I just recently discovered that my favorite bread has milk & eggs so I switched to Thomas’s Everything bagels, which are just as good if not better! I also get tortillas to make wraps & stuff.
SNACKS – The most important meal of the day if you ask me haha. I always get popcorn, & nuts are also a healthy choice.
FAVORITE VEGAN BRANDS – Okay, so ever since going vegan I love finding new brands that are dairy free & meatless. Gardein makes the best meatless meat haha. I recently tried their “chicken sliders” for the Super Bowl & they were so good. I’m always skeptical of stuff that isn’t “real” meat, but these aren’t even that bad. But they are expensive. I also already mentioned Coffeemate, but their creamer is the best. I also already talked about my fave bagels, but Thomas’s Everything bagels are basically everything to me.
This post is longer than I thought it would be, but I eat a lot, okay! I really want to do a grocery hall or a what I eat in a day, but I think those would be better as videos. I figure if I talk enough about making a YouTube channel & making videos, I’ll get the bravery to do it. Speak it into existence.
I hope you guys liked this post because it was so much fun to write! Grocery shopping is one of my favorite chores, as you guys can probably tell! If you eat vegan or even vegetarian, what are some of your favorite brands? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media!
P.S. Oreos are vegan, so if you weren’t already convinced…