Sadly, I left my iPhone in a cab Thursday night, meaning whoever found it probably thinks I have a food fetish since 99.7% of the pictures on my phone are of food.
Lucky them and unlucky us, because now I can’t post the food I ate this weekend.
So instead, let’s talk about my absolute favorite foods that form the foundation of my best attempt at a whole foods, plant-based diet.
1. Trader Joe’s.
This isn’t a food, but it deserves the #1 spot because I think it’s the best grocery store ever. Anything with the Trader Joe’s label is guaranteed to have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They have tons of organic options at extremely affordable prices and instead of having sales, they just sell everything at an awesome price. Trader Joe’s has the rep of being a pricey speciality store, but that couldn’t be far from the truth. The employees love their job, the food is priced right, and they have delicious samples including free coffee. Items I buy exclusively at TJ’s because of the unbeatable price and/or taste include almond butter, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, spices, white whole wheat flour, coconut oil, sprouted bread, hummus, frozen fruit, agave, Earth Balance, and quinoa. Go Joe!
2. Almond milk
The perfect alternative to cow’s milk. Trader Joe’s unsweetened vanilla almond milk is the best, hands down. I use it in hot chocolate, smoothies, baking and in cereal.
3. Almond butter
A more nutritious and delicious alternative to peanut butter with no added salt nor sugar. Delicious on toast, apples and in smoothies.
I eat hummus like it’s my job. I buy two tubs at a time. Best.snack.ever.
Packed with protein and calcium, tofu is a wonderfully versatile option. Throw it on a salad, roast it with some veggies, or cook it on the stove and serve over thai broccoli slaw. My favorite way to prepare it is to drain it, cube it, and marinate it in soy sauce, garlic, ginger and maple syrup. Broil for about 6 minutes on each side. If you’re hesitant, try these tofu dippers–life changing.
Bananas are the perfect way to naturally sweeten a smoothie. I also love bananas sautéed on the stove with some chocolate chips!
8. Organic eggs
I love scrambled eggs with veggies in a pita with hummus or fried on the stove with toast and smashed avocado.
Try some smashed avocado on toast for a healthy butter substitute or just mash it up the old-fashioned way with some red onion, garlic and lime juice for delicious guacamole.
10. Dark chocolate
This is by far the tastiest way to get your antioxidants.
Cinnamon isn’t just delicious–it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It has even been speculated to lower blood pressure, so all the more reason to sprinkle it on everything!
12. Chia seeds/flaxseed
Packed with omega-3’s, fiber, calcium and protein, chia seeds are ideal for thickening smoothies and adding nutrition to just about anything you can think of. I add them to smoothies, oats and cereal. One word of caution: you won’t get the health benefits of flaxseed unless it’s ground. Try sprinkling ground flax on roasted cauliflower. It makes a great, toasty alternative to breadcrumbs.
13. Sweet potatoes
Chop sweet potatoes into fry-like shapes and sprinkle with sea salt and cinnamon. Roast at 400 degrees until spotted. This is a delicious and much healthier alternative to traditional fried white potatoes.
Roasted zucchini is my favorite roasted vegetable. Try it in coconut zucchini tempeh for a complete meal!
15. Finn crisps
These are one of the only packaged crackers that I eat. They only have three or four ingredients and they’re downright addicting dipped in hummus. Great crunch.
16. Whole wheat pastry flour
This is the perfect alternative to white flour (aka enriched wheat flour). Try it in green protein pancakes!
Packed with antioxidants and fiber and speculated to protect against Alzheimer’s, berries are the perfect snack. Start your day right with a cocoa berry smoochie.
18. Amy’s burritos
The ultimate organic convenience food. The spinach tofu and non-dairy are my favorite.
19. Ezekiel sprouted cinnamon raisin bread
According to their website, “Sprouting is the only way to release all the vital nutrients stored in whole grains. The sprouting process activates beneficial enzymes which cause the grains to sprout and become living and nutrient-rich. Stores of vitamins and minerals dramatically increase over the amount available in flour. Sprouting also converts the carbohydrates in grains into maltose, which is ordinarily done by the body during digestion, thereby predigesting nutrients for you. The enzymatic action enables the body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus, the sprouting process naturally increases the protein content and decreases the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain.”
If you haven’t tried anything on this list, I encourage you to try something new!
20. If any one has an old iPhone they’d like to give me before I spend $169 on a new one, I would forever grateful 🙂