How many of you love grocery shopping? Going down memory lane, I remember my parents hating it and my dad was always the shopper. I, on the other hand, used to love going with and that hasn’t changed. I still love grocery shopping. Today I wanted to share with you some of my vegan grocery shopping tips.
Tip 1: Set a weekly food budget for your vegan grocery shopping
It’s super important to know how much you can afford to spend on food in a month. Once you have your allocated amount, you can plan your meals around your budget. Trust me you will feel great sticking to it.
Many people assume being vegan is so expensive. This may be true if you buy processed fake meats, vegan pre made options or choose to only eat organic. A balanced healthy whole foods diet is totally doable on any budget.
My weekly food budget for two adults is $100 (R1400). Sometimes we spend less and sometimes more if we have a treat eat out meal. Now for some, this is quite a bit. At one stage I thought it was too much, however, we eat so well and our budget works for us. If that amount is too high then you can definitely cut this down to $50 (R700). The above groceries came in at $52 and it’s all I need for this week.
We eat 3 meals, plus snacks and mostly organic. Some weeks you will buy more staples like oil, potatoes, onions and spices and those last for a few weeks or months.
Tip 2: Vegan Pantry Staples
For us, our health is the most important thing. Naturally our diet includes a lot of fresh veggies and fruit, legumes, beans, quinoa, rice and some one these items we buy once a month with fresh produce weekly.
These are my 21 vegan pantry staples I can’t live without:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Black beans
- Canned tomatoes
- Coconut milk/cream
- Soya sauce or tamari
- Coconut sugar
- Peanut butter
- Spices – smoked paprika, curry powder, black pepper, salt, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon
- Nutritional Yeast
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Egg replacer – 1 box lasts 6 months if you don’t bake frequently.
- Coconut Oil or Olive oil – I use both
- Flour (gluten free or normal)
From the above list, having these makes cooking mot dishes a dream and you get to include so much variety into your meals.
Tip 3: Vegan meal planning essential for vegan grocery shopping
Do I meal plan? Absolutely! Meal planning is essential to know what you need to buy when going to the store. Wandering aimlessly down isles without knowing what you are going to cook in the week wastes time and money. For instance, how many of us get home and have forgotten a handful of items?
This is where planning and creating a list is essential. It results in successful shopping, sticking to your budget and getting everything you need.
This week I’m planning on making a Indian dhal, Indian cauliflower palak, roasted veggie salads, a Mexican bowl with guac, Puerto Rican piñon, soup and smoothies. How awesome is that variety?
Tip 4: Shop when you have little but more time
Shopping when you are pressed for time isn’t something you can always control but it doesn’t make the experience less satisfying. I tend to forget or can’t find what I’m looking for and get frustrated. It also means you could be grabbing the first item you see and not shopping for better competitor deals.
Tip 5: Buy your produce at a farmers market
Fresh produce is always better when it’s coming from a farmer directly. It’s most likely picked a day or two ago and hasn’t been picked weeks ago and put into cold storage. The added benefit is that the produce doesn’t come in plastic which is wasteful. You are guaranteed that your produce will last longer if stored correctly.
If you have any questions or need help in making the transition, feel free to reach out to me by commenting below or sending me a mail.
With love always – Amy