Making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Many plant-based foods are both nutritious and delicious. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best vegetarian staples to help you make the transition to a more sustainable diet easier.
What are vegetarian staples?
Vegetarian staples are ingredients that are useful in making many dishes. Having these ingredients on hand can make it easier to make a wide array of dishes, even when you are low on food generally. Ideally, these items can last at least six months, meaning they have a longer shelf life.
Top Vegetarian Staples
- Oatmeal. Can be made into a sweet or savory meal. A good source of fiber and a decent protein source, especially when combined with nuts and chia seeds.
- Rice. Brown rice is slightly more nutrient-dense, but any rice is useful to have on hand.
- Beans. A great place to start when transitioning to a vegetarian diet. They are both filling and packed with nutrients.
- Lentils. Great for soup, salads, and curry.
- Nuts and seeds. A good source of healthy fats, protein, and minerals.
- Chia seeds. A superfood that is high in fiber and antioxidants. Also a great source of added protein.
- Frozen vegetables. Great to have on hand for a quick stir fry, soup, or quicky side dish.
- Braggs Liquid Aminos. Not quite as salty as soy sauce, these amino acids may help boost your mood and not feel as fatigued.
- Nutmeg. Elevates both sweet and savory dishes.
- Cinnamon sticks. Nothing better than fresh graded cinnamon!
- Cumin. Popular in many parts of the world, a versatile flavoring for more savory dishes.
- Smoked paprika. A smoked seasoning that can give depth of flavor to many dishes.
- Turmeric. An anti-inflammatory spice that can be used in curries, stews, and more.
- Chili powder. Great if you a looking to add some heat to your dishes!