Try a Vegan Diet on Your Next Adventure

 We all get to that point in life when we feel like we need to take a vacation. That is a good thing, because it is a good opportunity to relax after working hard. It helps us to unwind as we visit new places, meet new people, experience different cultures, and pursue our hobbies. You could also try going on a vegan adventure. Veganism is a strict type of vegetarianism whereby people do not eat meat and any sort of animal product. These products include eggs and dairy products, including foods that have them. Vegans rely on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. The foods must have sufficient proteins, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

 

Vegan Staple Ingredients List 

We are going to take a look at some of the vegan staple ingredients that you’d need in order to stay healthy. When shopping for the ingredients, you need to read the labels carefully since they could contain hidden ingredients with animal products such as like gelatin, which is made from animal bones, and beef or chicken broth, can show up in unexpected places. Below is a list of the ingredients, although we’ll leave out raw or frozen fruits and vegetables. 

 

Grains 

These are very healthy, although grains like brown rice is better than white rice due to the fiber content. Below is a list of the grains that you can purchase: 

  • Barley 
  • Oats 
  • Rice 
  • Quinoa – this is a gluten free grain that can be swapped with rice 
  • Millet 
  • Beans – both dry and canned 
  • Seeds and nuts – these include peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, and they can also make nut butters such as Tahini 
  • Popcorn 
  • Flax seeds 
  • Pasta and bread crackers – these include wheat pasta, rice pasta, quinoa pasta, loaf bread, flat breads, and crackers 
  • Oils – olive oil, canola oil, and coconut oil 
  • Vinegars – balsamic, rice wine, apple cider and white vinegars 
  • Herbs – Basil, chives, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, bay Leaf (best in dried form), cilantro, Italian parsley, and lemongrass 
  • Spices 

 

Proteins 

Vegans need to eat food that is rich in proteins, and below are some of the most common foods. 

 

  • Tofu – is made from soya beans 
  • Tempeh – also made from soya beans 
  • TVP (textured vegetable protein) – is also a soy based vegan protein option 
  • Seitan – not the best option for gluten free vegans, seitan is a high-protein form of vital wheat gluten with a meaty texture 

 

Dairy Alternatives 

  • Non-dairy milk – it comes in various forms, including soy, almond, rice, coconut, hemp, cashew and pea milk, and can be sweetened or not 
  • Vegan butter substitute – comes in liquid or stick form, depending on what you want to use it for. 
  • Vegan cheese – this includes nut based vegan cheese 
  • Vegan yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and ice cream – these include coconut milk yogurt, rice milk ice cream and tofu-based cream cheese 

 

Savory Flavoring Ingredients 

  • Nutritional yeast 
  • Dried mushrooms 
  • Liquid smoke 
  • Tamari/ soy sauce 
  • Broth 
  • Miso paste 
  • Tomato paste’s and sauces 
  • Dried seaweed 

 

Condiments 

  • Jam, jelly, preserves, and fruit “butters” 
  • Hot sauce 
  • Mustard 
  • Ketchup 
  • Mayonnaise 

 

Baking Ingredients 

  • Thickeners 
  • Sweeteners 
  • Flavor extracts 
  • Flour 
  • Baking soda and powder 

 

As you can see, those are just some of the ingredients. There are many more things that could be added, but the mentioned ones are the most common, and you would want to include them in your budget when you head out on that vegan vacation. You can check out http://veganproducts.org/vegan-ingredients/ for more information regarding the ingredients.

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