Walking you through my weekly vegan grocery haul!
So, if you’re vegan, you’re probably familiar with the question, “so like, what do you eat?” I figured it would be fun to post a grocery haul for vegans to see if they’re looking for some variety for their own routine, as well as for my non-vegan readers who are curious as to what a week of totally plant-based eating looks like!
Before I get into it, I just want to say that our weekly trip may vary, depending on the season and just what we’re particularly loving at any given time. We do our big shopping trip once a week, always on the weekend. Then during the week, I typically go back one or two more times just to grab more salad greens, because we go through about 3-4 of the big containers shown here, but they go bad too quickly for us to buy that many on our big trip!
So here’s what we eat in a week, vegan couple edition! This whole haul costs us around $100, which is what we average each week. $50 a person for a whole week of healthy, whole food plant-based eating is NOT a lot, so when people try to say eating vegan is “too expensive,” don’t believe them!
As far as tips, especially if you’re transitioning, I recommend getting tons of frozen fruits and vegetables rather than fresh. It lasts so much longer, and is usually way cheaper, too! I also highly recommend canned foods like beans and lentils, they’re already prepared which makes them really convenient. I always just make sure to get organic, and no salt added/low sodium if possible. Plus, the organic cans don’t have BPA in the lining.
Also, go to the store with your list ready! We always know exactly what meals we’re going to eat that week – and if for whatever reason we aren’t sure or we’re feeling indecisive, we know our staple foods that we like and just make sure we’re stocked on those. SO much of healthy eating is about being prepared, and having a stocked pantry/fridge ensures that you won’t fall back on old, unhealthy habits.
Okay, here’s da foods!
So for refrigerated/frozen stuff, we always get a big container of greens, a 5 pound bag of carrots, and roma tomatoes, which we use for our salads (we start dinner every night with a big salad of greens and just chopped carrots and tomatoes). On this particular trip we got eggplant to make eggplant pizzas, and that’s what the onion was for as well. The other bag is mushrooms, which we like to cook when we make a pot of lentils. The three bags of frozen vegetables are a stir fry mix I’m obsessed with lately, except we don’t stir fry them, haha. It’s a mix of bell peppers, snap peas, green beans, mushrooms, and broccoli. I just add them right to the pot while I’m cooking quinoa or lentils to as part of our dinner. We always get frozen blueberries and mango, I use the blueberries for breakfast every day on my oatmeal bowls and Joe loves the mango in his smoothies. Then just some plant milk, we always have almond milk and I’ve been loving unsweetened pea milk lately, too!
Next is our dry foods and non-refrigerated stuff. We get lots of sweet potatoes, because, they’re life. We eat them almost every day! Lately I’ve been baking them and taking one for my work lunch each day. We get a lot of canned beans and lentils for dinners, because legumes and pulses are SO amazing for health, and they’re the perfect balance of satisfying but easy for me to digest at dinner, so that I’m full but not still super full by the time I got to bed. The canned crushed tomatoes are for making quick sauces and using in chili. The bag behind that is quinoa, which is without a doubt my most favorite grain-esque (it’s actually a seed!) food, for sure. I love getting super spicy chili sauces, and salt free spice mixes for flavoring our dinners. I’m i love with mustard. I always get the dijon that’s just vinegar, turmeric, and some other spices, no added sugar or oils. Rolled oats are a staple for me, I have them for breakfast practically every single day, whether in my favorite oatmeal breakfast bowl or in pancake form! I get Bob’s Red Mill because they’re a gluten free facility. I don’t have celiac but I do like the comfort of knowing that oats, which are naturally gluten free, haven’t been processed with other gluten-full stuff 🙂 And lastly, banana, because, I am the beaming banana girl, after all! Perfect in smoothies, on top or mixed into oatmeal bowls, or of course, on their own.
I really hope seeing my vegan grocery haul was helpful to you in some way! How do you guys typically grocery shop? It’s so easy to get into your own routine, so I always love hearing how other people do it 🙂 If you’ve got any other questions that I didn’t answer here, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message through email or on IG! I love hearing from you guys. Have a fabulous day!