Hi everyone! Coming at you from a more personal level today to talk about my most recent plant based grocery haul. As of late, I’ve been really interested in eating a more plant-based diet. For months now, I have drank almond milk instead of cow’s milk; I’ve had my coffee black and I’ve really minimised the amount of meat in my diet. None of this was really intentional, but over the last few months my diet has just evolved that way. I stopped enjoying the taste of meat as much, and since I’m just buying for me, I found that I didn’t have that much interest in it; I would opt for plant based/vegetarian style meals instead.
This last week or so however, I have decided to make eating a plant based diet more of a priority.
I have suffered with acne for years and years, and been on Accutane twice which failed both times. Although it’s under control with a hormonal pill, I would like to not have to rely on that forever to keep my skin clear. Another reason is that I’m sick of feeling sluggish and waking up feeling like I’ve been stamped on in my sleep. The past few days I’ve been eating solely plant food with no diary or meat, and this morning I couldn’t believe the difference in how I felt. I had a clear head, I felt awake almost immediately, and I sprung out of bed.
If this is the effect after only a few days, how will I feel in a few weeks, or months?
Onto the groceries!
I normally get all of my food shopping at Aldi. It’s cheap, easy to find stuff and if you want to eat healthily, I think you can’t go far wrong. I went to three different places to get stocked up for my new diet. The first place was Tesco. I only really shop in Tesco if I can’t find what I’m looking for in Aldi. In this case I bought Hoisin sauce, Harissa paste, Tamarind Sauce, Tahini, Tofu and Soy Sauce. My friend made me an Asian inspired tofu dish the other day so I knew I had to try and recreate it!
I then made my way over to Aldi and bought a whole host of fruits and vegetables. I always buy frozen raspberries and have them on my porridge with almond milk on a morning, so this was just like normal. I’d had a look at some plant-based recipes beforehand so I went out and purchased what I needed to make them. I also got loads of tins of coconut milk to make curries with, and stocked up on almond milk too as you can see! I was looking for maple syrup but they didn’t have any, so I opted for this Manuka honey which must be new in stock. It was only a few quid too so I thought I’d give it a try.
My next stop was the local health food store. I knew I wanted some chia seeds as I’ve used them before and forgotten about much I loved them. I got quite a big bag for only about £3.50 or something so I know where I’ll be going to restock! From the same shop I bought sesame seeds and cacao powder. I’d been using cocoa powder in my porridge but decided cacao was a better alternative. I’m excited to try it in other things too!
There are so many recipe websites out there too, such as this one that I’ve been using. Overall I’m really excited to keep on trying new recipes and incorporating a lot more vegetables and other plant based foods into my diet. I honestly think it’s going to be the best way I can feel healthier, and the more I look into it the more fascinated and interested I’m getting.
Thanks for reading!
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