This is what the fridge of a 50/50 plant-based & not plant-based family looks like!
Lots of fresh produce, free-run eggs, meal prep to stay on track for the week + essentials (bee pollen, probiotic shots, coconut water, Dijon mustard, salsa, hummus, pickles, dark chocolate, dried fruit, raw nuts, aloe Vera juice, chlorophyll, goat’s milk, balsamic glaze, granola + raw veggie wraps)
My transition to plant-based eating has been SO amazing + eye-opening! I already learned so much & it’s a continuous learning experience. This isn’t to say it comes without any difficulty at all but that’s okay because nothing worthwhile comes easy & I’m all for putting in the work if it means I feel my best!
Luckily, I’m not grossed out by prepping animal protein for my fam so they still get meal prep!
The biggest difficulty I encounter is getting enough protein + fat without having to eat massive quantities of food – the thing with plant-based foods is that they’re SO nutritious but you have to eat larger quantities to get the same fat + protein you’d get from a small piece of chicken!
Nuts, seeds, grains + avocado have become my best friends – they’re rich in protein, healthy anti-inflammatory fats but also contain vitamins + minerals often found in animal protein!
Instead of using vegan dark chocolate chips in my baking, I often use cacao nibs because they’re higher in fat + more nutritious!
Cashew cheese, almond + cashew creams, homemade nut + seed milks add fat to recipes, especially breakfasts (overnight oats, chia puddings, smoothies, baked treats)!
As for protein, I thankfully found a vegan protein powder I love but I don’t like to rely on it. I use Botanica Health perfect protein, made with brown rice, coconut, quinoa + vanilla. I incorporate it into smoothies, oats, chia pudding + baked/raw treats but I like to eat FOOD & choose not to depend on powders as my primary source of protein.
I reincorporated small amounts of non-GMO organic fermented soy products, mostly just tempeh though (I’m not really a tofu gal).
I take chlorella/spirulina daily (extra protein).