The one piece of diet advice that everyone can agree on is that we should all be eating more plants. A vegan (or plant-based) diet focuses on getting all nutrients from plant sources like vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Eating more plants and a plant-based diet, in particular, is being encouraged by more scientists and physicians, with good reason—crowding your diet with more plants means more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your body. Take for example, The Blue Zones, which is the term coined for areas of the world with the highest number of people living to over the age of 100. One aspect of their lifestyle that they all have in common is a plant-heavy diet with very small amounts of animal protein.
If you’re new to a plant-based diet or just want to start eating more plants, you’ve got to be prepared, and the best way to do that is by stocking your pantry with animal-friendly foods.
Check out this list of foods that will take you from plant-based novice to plant-powered pro.