Barbell Gal Vegan Food List

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February 29, 2016 by Virginia James

What I Eat

The following is a list of healthy foods I enjoy to eat:

Grains

  • Oatmeal (Old fashioned, Quick oats, or steal cut) NOT instant
  • Rice -white/brown/pilaf…any kind really
  • Ezekiel bread
  • Rye/Spelt
  • Pita bread made from scratch
  • Naan bread
  • Any Breads made without egg/or made from scratch
  • Whole Wheat Pasta / Pasta made from corn or quinoa
  • Vegan Pizza Dough (most pizza doughs already are Vegan)
  • Eggless Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Corn Tortilla
  • Whole Wheat Vegan Flour Tortillas

 

Vegetables & Roots – my favorites are:

  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms: any kind
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce: Romaine/Iceberg/Bock Choy/Watercress/Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Rutabaga
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Squash /Zucchini/Pumpkin
  • Kale
  • Nori/Seaweed
  • Sprouts (broccoli sprouts/clover sprouts)
  • Peas/Sugar Snap and other Podded Vegetables (see Legumes section below)
  • Tomato (red/green/cherry tomatoes)
  • Yams/Sweet potatoes
  • Potatoes: Yukon, Gold, Red… literally any potato I love potatoes!
  • Carrots
  • Onions: Green Onions/Red/White/Yellow
  • Cilantro
  • Chives

 

Fruit – my favorites are:

  • Apples
  • Oranges: Valencia/Blood Orange/Navel
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas/Plantains
  • StarFruit
  • Passionfruit
  • Figs
  • Dragonfruit
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines/Tangerines/Clementines
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Tomato
  • Avocado

Legumes

  • All Legumes: You seriously can’t go wrong!
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Beans: Black/Kidney/Cantinelli/Cannellini/Fava/Garbanzo
  • Daal/Fagioli

Other

  • Low sodium Meat alternatives (tofu, tempeh, Seitan, etc.)
  • All raw nuts -unroasted, unsalted
  • All raw seeds -also unroasted, unsalted
  • Natural Style Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil, Safflower oil, Flax seed oil, Coconut Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • All unsalted spices and seasonings
  • Mustard/Ketchup
  • Garlic, or garlic powder (unsalted)
  • Chia seed
  • Flax seed
  • Hemp seed
  • Agave Nectar/Maple Syrup
  • Hot Sauce

Drinks

  • Water: regular, or sparkling (unsweetened)
  • Coffee -black only
  • Tea Unsweetened or very lightly sweetened with Agave
  • Infused Water
  • Switchel
  • Kombucha
  • Milk Substitutes: Almond Milk/Rice Milk/Soy Milk/Pea Milk

 

Sweets

  • Agave Nectar
  • All fruits
  • Baking flour -for Vegan Bakes
  • Any homemade desserts made with natural ingredients that are in the list above

 

 

The following is a list of foods I DO NOT TOUCH:

Processed foods

  • Includes, but not limited to: Chips, Take-out, packaged sweets, candy, White Bread, microwaveable meals, and soft drinks. These foods are high in sodium, saturated fats, and bad cholesterol. It’s unnatural for food to NOT go bad after a few days… just imagine that how long that stuff would be sitting in your stomach -gross!

Animal Products

  • Literally anything that comes from an animal; meat, eggs, dairy, gelatin, honey, etc…

Sugar

  • Table Sugar is a big no-no;  Agave Nectar, most fruits and even some vegetables are a good source of natural sugar- ditch the packaged sugar or baked sweets and aim for natural sources instead- or even some of my Barbell Gal Approved desserts! (check the recipe section)

Salt

  • Sodium is a major advocate of Heart Disease -The #1 killer in our country. Cutting table salt out of our eating habits is one of the best ways to prevent it, so why not? I mean, you like your heart…. right? If you really need a flavor enhancer (and you really shouldn’t) opt for salt substitute instead -in Moderation, of course.

Drinks

  • Sodas, malts, floats, ice cream shakes
  • Iced coffees that are NOT made at home with ‘Barbell Gal Approved’ ingredients
  • Fruit juices from concentrate
  • Alcoholic Beverages (if you drink socially, 1-2 8oz drinks per week is okay) –aim for a bottle of Kombucha instead.
  • Energy drinks such as Monster/Redbull
  • Sweetened bottled or canned iced teas

Other

  • Butter/Margarine, and other fatty products such as crisco.
  • Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Mayonnaise (including miracle whip), and Pesto -unless you make from scratch with a vegan recipe
  • Refined and processed starches which include white breads, packaged cookies, crackers,  and other packaged goods.

Always remember that a lean body is made in the kitchen. You can go the gym, run 5 miles/day, and still won’t see/feel a difference if you don’t change your eating habits.

 

Much Love,

~Virginia

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