Labeling yourself can be great when it comes to your intake.
I take great pride when I tell people that “I’m a vegan,” and that I categorize myself as a “health nut.”
But labeling can also surround you with barriers and restrictions that cause you more stress and unhappiness than they’re worth.
I semi-fit into a few other labels when it comes to food. While I strive to maintain a Macrobiotic approach to eating, I also eat bananas on a daily basis and require snacks to keep me sane/satiated since I do work out daily.
Like I’ve said many times, I’m very stubborn and hard on myself, and when I say I’m going to do something, I go balls to the wall and DO IT. I’m learning that when it comes to my eating habits, I should be more lenient and just go with the flow. Yes, most days I eat grains and greens for breakfast, but I also have tofu scrambles with toast, banana, and PB & J even though those aren’t technically “macrobiotic.” I snack between meals because I’d rather be comfortably satiated rather than extremely full, and snacking helps keep my energy up. Although I’ve been avoiding nightshades like potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant, I will eat them when I’m out to eat, or if I’m in the mood cause they’re a delicious part of life.
Basically, although I love being a vegan, it’s hard enough being in social situations/dining out, and putting excess pressure on myself to fit within certain sub-labels just makes me anxious and unable to enjoy the pleasures in life.
So, with all that said, this is my basic grocery list if I need to stock up on EVERYTHING, but usually I only do a huge, comprehensive shopping trip once every two weeks. It’s veggie packed, all vegan, and isn’t labeled with anything more than being plant-based, healthy, and delicious.
I’ve also included some of the meals I make with this list. I hope this helps any vegans out there struggling for inspiration or shopping list knowledge!
Note: I buy 90% organic, so most items are organic, with the exception of cucumbers, avocados, and zucchini, which for me, are far too expensive and I peel anyway. I utilize the bulk section as much as possible, and get my rice, pasta, dates, digs, nuts, seeds, and beans there. SUPER CHEAP and UNDERRATED. USE THE BULK SECTION.
Some Meals I make with these ingredients:
- Curried Cauliflower and Lentil Stew over rice
- Falaffel Patties
- Buddah Bowl w/ Grain of choice, Steamed Greens, Romaine, Sweet potato, bean of choice with Tahini Garlic Sauce
- Mashed Parsnips with Mushroom Gravy over Millet
- Veggie and Chickpea Curry
- Veggie Fried Rice
- Roasted Balsamic Tempeh with Quinoa and sauteed Kale
- Tabbouleh with radishes
- Alicia Silverstone’s Cleansing “tea”: 1/2 cup each grated carrot and daikon boiled with 1/2 umeboshi plum (not on the list…it’s optional) and 2 drops tamari boiled in 1 cup of water for 3 minutes. Drink unstrained and hot.
- Peanut Tempeh and Greens over rice
- Banana-date-raspberry-spinach smoothie
- Curried Tofu Scramble with greens/veggies
- Roasted Root Vegetables over quinoa with Tahini Sauce
- Big Salad topped with pumpkin seeds, and black beans
- Pasta with mushrooms and kale with lemon balsamic sauce
I hope my grocery lists and meal ideas give you some veg-spiration to keep you inspired and healthy while you’re in the midst of winter’s cruel fury. These are just a handful of recipes/idea you can create from humble but healthy and delicious ingredients.