Top 7 Vegan Staples To Keep In Your Pantry

by | May 2, 2018

If you have hungry little ones to feed, you know your cupboards always need to be stocked full of healthy food that’s easy to eat as a snack or on the go. These are the top 7 vegan staples we keep regularly stocked in our pantry to make sure we have full, happy tummies!

 

Oatmeal. Oatmeal is great because it’s versatile and great for nursing mamas, as it increases one’s milk supply. Half a cup of dry oats contains, 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber. Eat it for a nutrient dense breakfast or bake it into delicious vegan oatmeal cookies!

Avocado. Hailed as a superfood, avocado is loaded with brain-benefiting fats and minerals. It’s the perfect first baby food, and is easy to whip up into guacamole for a delicious toddler snack or meal.

Rice. Rice is great to have because it’s filling, affordable and can be added to many different dishes. We often make rice bowls, put leftover rice in lentil soup to bulk it up, and use rice when making tacos or enchiladas. You can also check out my Vegan Rainbow Rice for a colorful, veggie packed dinner idea!

Bananas. Bananas are great because they’re cheap, portable and make yummy snacks. They are widely known as one of the top 7 vegan staples to keep in your home. The more spotted and brown your bananas are, the more antioxidants it contains and it’s easier it is for your body to digest it. I slice up bananas on my oatmeal in the morning, eat it with peanut butter and carob chips as a guilt-free dessert, or freeze them for my smoothies!

Wild (Frozen) Blueberries. My 18 month old daughter has been obsessed with frozen wild blueberries this past week. They’re nature’s tiny, nutritious popsicles! The Medical Medium says this about wild blueberries on his website, “Wild blueberries are… the most powerful brain food in existence, the most potent prebiotic there is, and a star at restoring the liver.” It’s another wonderful addition to morning oatmeal or smoothies, and eaten plain as an afternoon snack!

Cashews. Cashews have become a staple in our house because when they’re soaked in water and blended up, they make an amazing vegan cheese sauce or vegan sour cream. Check out amazing and simple cashew cheese recipes for vegan queso, parmesan and more HERE.

Medjool Dates. If you’ve never tried a date before, please stop everything you’re doing and go find some and eat them. All jokes aside, dates are my favorite food at the moment. They’re incredible and totally underrated. They taste like caramels. Not only that, they’re packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. I eat them as a snack, but they’re easy to add to homemade energy bites or throw into desserts as a sugar replacement.

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What are the top 7 vegan staples you have in your cupboard? Are any of them the same as mine? Let me know in the comments below!

Siri Steven is a midwest mama, passionate about delicious vegan food, animal rights and caring for the Earth. She loves to write, take photos, make music with her husband and spend time exploring national parks with her family. She’s the creator of The Vegan Steven which features recipes, interviews and more! Follow her on Instagram @thevegan.steven

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