Updated: Aug 31, 2018
The plant-based fridge essentials that you MUST have.
1. Chia Seeds
These little gems are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, omega-3s, protein and vitamins to fuel your day. Honestly, all seeds bring the heat. Chia, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin - stock that fridge up! Add them to your smoothies, oatmeal, toast, salads or cereal to boost those healthy calories.
2. Raw Nut butter
Any type. Peanut, almond, sunflower, cashew. You name it, gotta have it. Nut butters are filled with unsaturated fats (the good kind) and protein. This combo of fat and protein makes it the perfect topping for any type of oatmeal, toast, or rice cake. Or if you're like me, STRAIGHT OUT THE JAR.
Grain or seed? It's a SEED! Who knew?! This seed is powered with the full amino acid profile to make a complete protein. How cool is that? Quinoa is filled with protein, complex carbs and fiber - the triple threat to keep you full and stop your blood sugar from spiking.
Tofu seems to get such a bad rep because it can "mess with your hormones." I hear this all the time. Stick to 3 servings of soy a day and you have nothing to worry about! Moderation, my friends. It's a top-notch protein, and cheap when you're living on a budget.
5. Soy Milk
Does dairy upset your stomach? Me too. Soy milk is the perfect milk-alternative. It's derived from soy beans, just like tofu. Tasty AND has the same amount of protein as milk (8g protein in 1 cup). All the goods without the bloat.