Let me start by saying that neither of us over here at The Bester Life are vegans. But we respect you and your choices! That being said, we have vegan clients. We love to cater to different lifestyles -- it makes our lives more interesting & always gives us a new challenge which usually means a new connection when we have make and a opportunity to grow our minds and expand our reach.
One thing that seems to be increasingly difficult for personal trainers and coaches, is understanding the differences between a vegetarian and a vegan... and creating diets that are comprised of enough nutrients to meet all of the needs for the goals and lifestyle of the person seeking guidance.
We have put together a list of VEGAN friendly foods for our vegan clients & for those who just want to see a general scope of how a grocery shopping trip with a vegan may look. We are no experts, still learning, and are well aware that this list can expand.
Vegan: a person who does not use animal products or animal byproducts (ie nothing remotely related to another animal enters this person’s mouth)
Any unsweetened organic, non-dairy milk like rice, almond, hemp, cashew, oat or soy milk.
Use natural oils for cooking – coconut, avocado, olive oils
Whole Foods & most leading stores have a nice variety of soy based cheese products
Again, vegan veggie meat substitutes can be found in most of our leading grocers: Temphe, Tofu, Soy products
Cane sugar, coconut blossom sugar, xylitol, 100% organic maple syrup, black strap molasses
Nuts, Seeds, & Fruits
Any raw, NON-gmo nut seed and fruit; if you want dried fruits be sure they are dried without added preservatives or sugars
Avocado, Lentils, Tofu, Beans, Quinoa, Soy, Chick Peas, Green Peas, Artichokes, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Oatmeal, Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Milk, Edamame, Spinach, Black Eyed Peas, Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Beans, Almonds, Spirulina, Tahini, Nutritional Yeast, Peanut Butter, and Amaranth all have high amounts of protein.
All of them!
Whole Grains & Pasta Substitutes
Whole Wheat Pastas, Rolled Organic Oats, Quinoa, brown rice, faro, bulgar wheat, Soba Noodles