The Essentials

What Every Plant-Based Pantry Needs

by Desirée Reed

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Protein

With some key guidelines in place, plant-based protein can be more efficient than that of animal sources. It just takes a little planning.

Grains

Also high in protein and fiber, packing essential amino acids, B vitamins, magnesium, iron and cancer-fighting antioxidants, quinoa is a smart staple to have in reach. It’s also gluten-free for those with sensitivities.

Dried Fruit

As the palate adjusts to a transition from processed sugary foods, dried fruit satisfies the ‘sweet tooth’ while offering fiber and phenolic antioxidants, key for digestive health and reducing the oxidative process. Apricots, dates, raisins and dried coconut add flavorful dimension to oatmeal or cereal, and are great to have on standby for baking.

Oils, Sauces & Bases

Packed with minerals and vitamin C, vegetable broth is key for crockpot creations, casseroles, bakes, and stews.

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