Dried legumes – bortolli beans, blackeye beans, red kidney beans, cannellini beans, adzuki beans, chickpeas, red lentils, green/brown lentils, yellow split peas
Figs, prunes, apricots, dates, medjool dates, sultanas, raisins, dried cherries
Nuts and seeds
Raw – almonds, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, pecans, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, linseeds
Soak in water overnight to release gases and aid digestion
Nori, kombu, wakame, hiziki, dulse
Condiments and sweeteners
White tahini, black tahini, almond paste, tamari soy sauce, pink or himalayan sea salt, sugar free low sodium tomato sauce, red curry paste, hummus, pure maple syrup, agave nectar, date puree, apple sauce, sugar free berry jams
Dulse flakes, nutritional yeast, gomashio, miso paste, ume vinegar, spirulina, maca powder, maqui powder, raw cacao powder, spirulina, liquid chlorophyll, goji berries, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, cold pressed olive oil
Almond milk, coconut milk, coconut yoghurt, coconut ice cream.
Grains, pastas, breads and flours
Quinoa, oats, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, kamut flour, oat flour, shredded coconut
Go organic when you can. Heres the dirty dozen. Research suggests that these are loaded with the most pesticide residues. If you can buy these organic or grow your own then heres the ones to choose do that with.
Tip! Get your kids involved in food and make food fun by growing your own! Herbs, greens, sprouts, strawberries, garlic, tomatoes, edible flowers, fruit trees, avocados. The list is endless. And kids love food more when they are involved in the process.
Most of a healthy plant based diet will consist of an abundance of fruits and vegetables
Bananas, strawberries, apples, apricots, grapes, kiwi fruit, mangoes, peaches, passionfruit, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruit, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, papaya, paw paw, pineapple, avocados, figs, plums, nectarines, watermelon, pomegranates, organic frozen berries
Peel and freeze bananas in zip lock bags to use in smoothies and to make banana ice cream
Always buy organic frozen berries to ensure they are pesticide free
Sprouts, kale, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cucumber, carrots, sugar snaps, sweet potatoes, corn, tomatoes, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflour, basil, parsley, coriander, celery, capsicum, spring onions, onions, garlic, ginger, swedes, watercress, pumpkin, zucchinis, daikon, leeks
Kitchen equipment – getting started…
Mixing bowls, vegetable peeler, non-toxic non-stick frypans and saucepans, colander, standard and microplane graters, baking trays, cake tins, spring form cake tins, muffin tins, paint scraper (for baking cookies), good quality knife set, chopping board, kitchen scales, measuring spoons, baking paper, cling film
Juicer, blender/food processor, handheld blender, popsicle moulds, spiralizer, germinator, dehydrator