Best Vegan Foods: Body and Mind

Best Vegan Foods: Body and Mind

If I were to base the best vegan foods by taste, it would most likely be filled with preservative added and refined junk food, although I’m not craving it nearly as much now as I would have since I started being proactive in my whole food preparation. But that is not what this post is about. This is about getting the most out of life, and the food we eat not just to sustain us, but allow us to thrive. So here are the best vegan foods to get the best out of life.

Best Sweet Food: DatesBest Vegan Foods: Body and Mind

Dates are probably the sweetest thing out there. They are definitely sweeter than white sugar. I admit that I love sweets, but dates can overwhelm me with just how sweet they are. Too sweet for my blood on their own, especially medjool dates. However they are an amazing food that is perfect for sweetening what you like without the debilitating effects that white sugar can do to your body. Check out my amazing Date Sugar recipe!

Dried fruit are also a great sweet food, but has the water taken out of it, so make sure you’re getting plenty of water throughout the day. For those times that dates just aren’t going to cut it for you maple syrup is also something to think about. I know I use maple syrup in my teas. Just make sure that it’s pure maple syrup, and not that high fructose corn syrup added stuff they like to market as maple syrup.

Best Starch: A Toss Up

Both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes are tied for the best starch, but that might be my bias showing through as I love regular potatoes more than sweet potatoes.

Sweet PotatoSweet potatoes are one of the most versatile starch on the planet. They just have that something extra that makes them special. Perhaps its because they are sweet and therefore can be transformed into many different things. You can also add them to almost anything. Seriously! Blend them and add to oatmeal or desserts for added fiber, sweetness, and nutrients. I’ve made sweet potato pudding and it’s pretty good. Serve them as a side, whether whole of fries is up to you. I’ve even seen someone put fruit and nuts on top and eat it skin and all for a snack. The only thing I don’t think they should be added to is water, but then again, I’ve never tried it.

Now regular potatoes are more savory, so I like to put them into stews and soups, and they can make an amazing thickener. Just don’t forget to leave the skin on as most of the nutrients in a potato is directly underneath the skin and gets peeled away when the skin is removed. Check out my Soup recipes for ideas!

Best “fatty” food: Nuts for the Win!

Just to be clear fats and oils are not the same. Fat is essential to good hair, skin, and nails, as well as making bodily functions run as smoothly as possible while oil is a refined junk food that does little but expand your waistline and cause all sorts of health issues. You’d get more nutrition out of a candy bar than you would oil.

Now, I was at a bit of a loss on this one because nuts are my favorite, but I’ve heard about all the great benefits of avocado. That’s right: heard. I’m food intolerant to avocado. My stomach cramps and it takes hours for it to settle down again, so I avoid them like the plague.

That being said, I think nuts are an awesome best vegan food. They are high in protein and essential fats, they make you feel fuller longer, and satiate more. I’ve been adding more nuts to my diet recently and I do find myself not snacking nearly as much, excepts when I’m at my day job, but that is a whole nother story.

Cashews are my best friend in the food world. I can make cashew cream that can double as sour cream, cream of whatever soup, a very dense whipped cream, actual cream for soups, and it makes a pretty good substitute for vegan mayo. It would also make a pretty good frosting, too. I’ll be posting a recipe for a very basic cashew cream here in a couple of days so watch out for it.

Best Vegetable: Romaine Lettuce

Yes, I can here it now. Why the heck is romaine lettuce the best vegetable? It’s simple. Lettuce helps us regulate our bodily functions. Dark leafy greens are the best thing that a body can have. However, not many other types of lettuce can boast being used as boats. What I mean is I use whole romaine as a sort of shoot from whatever is on my plate to into my mouth. That and romaine add a nice crunch to everything, which is good for my since I’m a textural eater.

Spinach is also good as it is most definitely a dark leafy green, and should definitely be added to peoples’ diets more often.

If your are looking for a non leafy green vegetable to win, then I would say tomatoes. They are versatile and can be used in many different ways, even though I think the cherry tomatoes aren’t the greatest. The texture when you bite down into them is . . . slimy, at best, for me.

Best Sweet and Salty Food: Cantaloupe

I was struggling a few days ago trying to figure out if there was anything I was missing and I was thinking about it while eating a small dish of different fruits. One of those was cantaloupe and it hit me. This fruit has a mild sweetness along with a touch of saltiness that makes it perfect to go on this blog.

So the next time you want both salty and sweet, don’t reach for the kettle corn. Try some cantaloupe instead.

Finally

You will notice one very pervasive thing about each and every single one of these. It’s that they are all whole plant foods. That is the secret to the best life possible. A wide variety of whole plant foods. They come in every color of the rainbow and all have different tastes and textures. This is how you give your body what it needs, and watch as the cravings you have slowly go away.

I admit that I still get cravings, but that’s only when I am actually hungry or thirsty. I know that when I start craving chocolate to look at the amount of water I’ve been drinking and if that looks good then to actually get some food.

Well, that’s all I can think of. If you want me to expand on this please let me know in the comments!

Thanks,

Michelle

4 thoughts on “Best Vegan Foods: Body and Mind

  1. Thank you so much for this informative post. Most people struggle in the area of healthy eating. I agree with you that sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile root vegetables. I absolutely love them. Especially the roasted ones. On occasions, I have bought sweet potato fries. Also, they are really tasty. I haven’t explored blending them and adding them to oatmeal. I am going to give it a try.

    In terms of salads, Spinach Baby Leaf Salad has become my favorite since the day I learned about its many benefits. I didn’t know that it is that high in Vitamins including protein and fiber, etc, For dressing I dress it Warm French Dressing.

    Do you have any idea if a Cantaloupe tastes like a Watermelon?

    1. Thanks for commenting!

      Cantaloupe doesn’t really taste like a watermelon. It’s still really juicy when it’s ripe, but it’s more creamy in taste and texture. It definitely has it’s own flavor. I also don’t find watermelon as salty for lack of a better term as cantaloupe. 

      For me spinach and romaine are definitely filler foods. Our stomachs only hold so much volume, and salad is a great way to fill up that volume to feel full without filling up on extra calories.

      Thanks for checking me out,

      Michelle

  2. Who knew that cashews were so versatile?! I am a vegetarian who has often thought about going vegan. My motivation is animal based mostly but improved health is a nice benefit too.
    I haven’t made the plunge to veganism because I would miss dairy so much and I’m not sure how I feel about all the dairy vegan substitutes. But cashews sound like they would help to add the “dairy” back into a vegan diet naturally.
    I couldn’t agree more about the starch. Potatoes are so much better than sweet potatoes (in my opinion, of course).
    I’m not sure where you are located but do you find it difficult in the winter to get good fruit and veg? A good veggie or piece of fruit can definitely stave off cravings but in the winter I find them pretty tasteless – or too expensive. Have you had this trouble?

    1. Yes, cashews are so yummy! I made a sort of dipping sauce with them the other day for my broccoli since you should always eat your greens with a healthy source of fat.

      I live in Nebraska, USA, and it can get rough sometimes. I know that I can’t keep a salad around for more than a couple days before it goes bad, and the apples are just pitiful. Which is why I go to the apple orchards in September and pick a good 10-20 pounds of apples so I can make cinnamon apples and applesauce and freeze for the winter months.

      I will have to try something similar with peaches next year when they are ripe, as peaches are one a my favorite fruits. As for vegetables they are on the small side, and the price does go up. I tend to go with frozen during the winter months.

      Thanks,

      Michelle

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