Whether you’re new to a plant-based lifestyle or just getting started, stocking up your pantry with the essentials can be a chore, especially when you’re still figuring out what you should have on hand to succeed with a healthier eating plan. Yes, we all would love to try a new plant-based chocolate bar or snack cracker but let’s face it, you have to balance out your meals with the staples.But what exactly are the staples for a plant-based diet? Well, to keep you on track for healthy eating success we’ve put together a list of some of the most useful pantry items you should have on hand for plant-based eating.
How To Stock Your Plant-Based Pantry
Most Important Shelf-Stable Pantry Products
Produce: No plant-based diet is complete without fruits and veggies to lead the charge. Tubers and starchy veggies can help keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Legumes: We’re talking beans and lentils, whether that’s brown, red, or green. Lentils can take the place of meat in any dish and are full of protein and fiber.
Whole Grains: Versatile and filling,whole grains can be enjoyed with just about any meal. When we say whole grains we mean brown rice, quinoa, rolled or steel-cut oats, and amaranth. Include whole grains in your pasta choices and if you’re baking, try out whole wheat flour, almond flour, or spelt flour.
Keeping those three items in mind when stocking your pantry can help keep your meals lively and filling while trying out new dishes and recipes.
Top 5 Plant-Based Pantry Products
Below you will find some of our favorite products that we keep on hand in our own kitchens here at PlantX. You can find these items and other new and interesting plant-based foods in our plant-based shop.
1) IMAGINE SOUP AND BROTHS
Imagine creates shelf-stable soups and broths, like Imagine Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, that make it easy to enjoy or add a splash to meals for extra flavor. Broth is always great to have on hand and it’s even easier to stock up on. Add a dash of broth to your favorite rice dishes or couscous and create a more flavorful and filling meal.
2) MINOR FIGURES OAT MILK
Non-dairy milk alternatives are so important to have on hand, especially if you’re new to plant-based dieting. You can easily enjoy a cup in the morning, a splash in your coffee, or in your favorite baking recipes. Minor Figures Oat Milk is also shelf-stable which means you can keep a couple in the pantry without taking up too much space in the fridge.
3) EXPLORE CUISINE PASTA
Explore Cuisine offers an array of healthier pasta options that are made from ingredients like black beans, lentils, and edamame for a pasta that’s full of both fiber and protein. We love Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti Pasta for a quick and nutritious dinner that goes great with a red sauce or mushroom sauce. You can also keep it simple by tossing in olive oil and sprinkling with just a touch of herbs. Yum!
4) MANITOBA HARVEST HEMP HEARTS
Whole grains and seeds, like chia seeds and hemp hearts, are an easy way to start your morning with some added nutrition. If you’re tired of oats in the morning, try mixing together your favorite overnight oats ingredients with Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Hearts and chia seeds instead and enjoy an easy on-the-go breakfast.
5) CADIA BLACK BEANS
Having beans on hand can help make dinner sides and salads a little more interesting, which is why Cadia Black Beans are a great option if you’re in a rush. Buying dried beans in bulk isn’t for everybody, and soaking your beans can be a real chore. Keeping canned black beans in your pantry makes it easy to add a little more protein, fiber, and flavor to your meals while keeping you full throughout the day.
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