Veganizing Your Kitchen
There are a few stables that I recommend having in any kitchen. Although most of them are key ingredients in many vegan recipes, they are also great options for those looking to make healthier substitutes in their cooking and in their food choices 🙂
-Agave nectar: A low glycemic index sweetener (no blood sugar spike). Can replace honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, white sugar
-Chia seeds: Source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, fibre. Great for baking (can act as an egg substitute), add to smoothies, oatmeal
-Coconut oil (look for virgin): a great substitute for canola oil (or any oil), margarine or butter
-Flax (look for ground flax meal): a great source of Omega-3 and fibre. You can add flax meal to pretty much anything! Oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, muffins…
-Goji Berries: Source of vitamins (A, C, E, B1, B2, B6), antioxidants, amino acids. Great for baking, add to smoothies, cereal..
-Hemp Hearts: Good source of protein and Omega-3 and -6. Sprinkle on salads, add to yogurts, chili, stew..
-Organic Coconut Sugar: A much healthier sugar alternative which is low-glycemic. Great for baking, and dissolves well in coffee or tea.
-Raw Cacoa Nibs: Source of magnesium, iron, antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonols. Use these nibs in baking, trail mixes, smoothies, or simply munch on them. These come straight from pure cacoa beans and are very natural with little processing and no added sugar.
These are just a few to get you started! The list is endless. Visit a health food store near you and be amazed at all of the options and interesting products that are available!