Happy Healthy Days – 10 Staples on Hand ~ Foodie Blog Time

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Suggesting that you can have one meal a week or one day a week to be a vegan or at least be a vegetarian will = HEALTHY.

Your lifestyle and health will change over time. Trust it. You will thank yourself. Trust me.

10 Versatile Vegan Staple Foods   (450 words)

Living la Vida vegan has so many health benefits.

A.  You burn fat, you lose weight until you return to your unique and healthy weight.

B.  Your skin and hair become stronger and younger looking, and your heart is healthier.

C. Your mind is quicker, your immunity system is boosted so you fight infection and disease, and your entire body looks and feels better.

Keep the following 10 vegan staples in your plant-based pantry and you ensure all those health benefits are delivered with every meal. That’s what I call

LIVING IN THE NOW! It’s the secret to making each day your best.

1 – Avocados – You need to get fat in your diet, and the avocado provides high levels of healthy fat. It can be eaten raw or cooked, made into guacamole or other flavorful pastes, and low-cost accompanies its delicious taste and versatility.

2 – Nuts, nuts, and more nuts – Put simply, vegans are nuts about nuts. Like most of the other foods on this list, nuts are super versatile and super healthy. They add healthy fat and protein to every meal.

3 – Apple cider vinegar – This healthy vinegar can be used as the base of a delicious, nutritious salad dressing. You can also combine it with non- dairy milk to create a tasty alternative to buttermilk.

4 – Extra virgin olive oil – A recent report shows that extra virgin olive oil is not always that. Make sure you choose a brand that bears the seal of the California Olive Oil Council, International Olive Oil Council or Australia Olive Association. You can also look for PDO, POD or PGI certification, meaning the destination of origin has been validated. An extremely versatile vegan staple.

5 – Maple syrup – Hey, you’ve got to get your sweetener somewhere, and it’s hard to beat the sweet maple syrup and its many uses in the vegan food pantry.

6 – Sriracha – Yummy, hot, spicy, and vegan. That about says it all. I just lllooovvvveeee it H-O-T.

7 – Onions – If you want to make an argument that the onion delivers the most attractive combination of low-cost and extreme versatility for vegan cooking, I will probably agree with you. I lllooovvvveee onions in any form.

8 – Garlic – Just like the inexpensive onion, garlic adds a healthy, low-calorie “kick” to literally hundreds of vegan eating possibilities. I llloovvvveee garlic in any form and add it to everything.

9 – Carrots – Great for keeping your eyes healthy, the humble carrot also helps prevent cancer, slows down aging, makes your skin stronger and younger looking, detoxes your body and lowers your risk of stroke. WoW, no wonder I lllooovvveee’m and put them in everything.

Here is one of my favorite stir-fry specials. Add garlic, onions, zucchini, carrots, squash, and all the spices you love, especially parsley and dill weed! YUM!

HINT: I have a wonderful “salad shooter” that slices everything in a second! 

10 – Kale, spinach, chard, and other leafy dark greens – The list of enzymes, healthy minerals, phytonutrients, and immunity boosting marvels in these dark green leafy vegetables would fill an entire page. Cooked, eaten raw, in a smoothie, juice or salad, or on a sandwich, leafy dark greens are versatile, healthy, and tasty. Kale, and Swiss Chard from my garden take quite a while to soften. Spinach, on the other hand, steams up quickly!

Lettuce, arugula, and spinach salad topped with sauerkraut. I lllooovveee adding sauerkraut to my huge dinner salad. It’s great and healthy because sauerkraut is cabbage that has been fermented. YUMMY!

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