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5 Essential Vegan Foods

Are you new to the vegan life? Feeling overwhelmed by all the new food choices? Don’t worry, I got you covered. Here are five essential vegan foods that will keep you satisfied and cravings at bay. I made this list because being vegan is simple. As long as you have these five essential foods in your fridge or pantry, you’ll always be able to satisfy your cravings and transition to a vegan diet with ease.



When going vegan, it’s important to have whole grains on hand. By “whole grains,” I mean any grain that is brown and not refined. Some examples include brown rice, oats, and whole-wheat pasta. These slow-burning carbs are the perfect base for any meal. They’ll keep you energized for hours, and they’re versatile enough to go with anything you add to them.

Green Vegetables

The next item is leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, and cabbage. These vegetables are nutrient rich and a great source of protein and vitamins, which are essential for staying healthy. Ultimately, the best way to eat a healthy diet is to vary your intake of vegetables. But if you’re looking for a simple rule of thumb, I’d say always strive to have something green on your plate.

Meat Replacement

Meat replacements are another essential part of a vegan diet. There are many different options available, including beans, jackfruit, mushrooms, seitan, soy products, tofu, and more.  Bean-based meat substitutes can help you meet your protein needs, but some are designed to replicate the taste of meat. This can be helpful for people who are accustomed to eating meat and find it difficult to give up the flavor. So think about using mushrooms in a way that you would use a burger, or using jackfruit in a way that you would use taco meat. Be creative with these ingredients and use any sauces or seasonings that you like. Be creative. You get my point.   


Sure, there are many vegan desserts that are delicious. However, fruits are the best source of sugar. And the best part is that you get to discover all sorts of new fruits that you may have never tried before.

I know that there are many foods that I never tried before that I now love. For example, papaya was never really on my radar when I went to the grocery store. But now it’s become a staple in my diet. Fruit is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar levels. It’s also a healthy and refreshing treat that can be enjoyed as part of any meal or snack.  Fruit can be used to make a variety of dishes, including smoothies, parfaits, and more. It’s also a great snack option, as you can eat a lot more of it than ice cream or other unhealthy snacks.

Good Sauce

One of the most important things about vegan food is to make sure you enjoy the flavors. If you’re used to savory foods like meat and cheese, you’ll get bored quickly if you don’t season your food properly. Invest in a good selection of spices and experiment with them. Try using garlic, shallots, and wine in your cooking to create all sorts of sauces or rubs. You can use these same sauces and rubs on your vegetables or meat substitutes. You can also buy premade sauces at the store, or look up recipes and make your own.

Eating plant-based is not a restriction, it's an invitation to explore the incredible world of whole foods

With these items, I believe that anyone transitioning from eating meat or dairy to a vegan diet can feel completely satisfied. You will be able to create meals that are filling, flavorful, and energizing. This will help you to stay away from your old habits and make the transition to a vegan diet a smooth one.

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