“Oh, you don’t eat meat or dairy? Well what do you eat?”
So, I have been asked this a couple times. I will spare you all my witty sarcastic responses and instead offer a new series to jddorfman.com; “What Vegans Eat”.
Today’s episode – Cereal, the plant based way.
Pumpkin Flax Cereal: $2.99
First off, it’s delicious. The first ingredient is rolled oats and it continues with solid stuff all the way through the list. With only 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving and no cholesterol I add this to my smoothies, have with dried cranberries in a bowl of “milk” (rice/almond/etc.) or just eat straight out of the box as a snack.
Organic Rice “Milk”: $3.19
Unlike most milk or milk substitutes, I like the box option because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated until after it’s opened and saves me some refrigerator space. I get the unflavored because it has less artificial ingredients and has 120 calories per serving with only 20 of them coming from fat.
Organic Dried Cranberries: $2.99
Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. I add them to my cereals and salads or just a handful when I need something to snack on.
Two things I always try and avoid when looking for dried fruits are canola oil and a high amount of added sugar. This brand is made with sunflower oil and did not have processed sugar.
Bananas $.19 Each
In my opinion, Bananas are natures most perfect food. Bananas are high in potassium and fiber, they are a great source of magnesium, vitamins C and B6. Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells.
I add a banana to just about every smoothie I make because, well, they are $.19 each.
Bananas are one of the foods that do not need to be organic but make sure to wash your hands after eating one because the pesticides will rub off onto anything it touches.
Sprouted Super Seed and Ancient Grain Mix – $4.49
This stuff is the bomb. It’s a combination of different sprouted wheat and seeds that I add to my smoothies or any place else I can get it in. This is a great source of good fuel and nutrients for your body including: fiber (4g), protein (4g), calcium, iron, B6, niacin and zinc.
I add these to my cereal and smoothies every time I can.