Vegan Pantry Staples

So, I’m actually not Vegan, but I tried to go sort of “Pesco-Vegan” for a few months where I cut out dairy and everything but fish. I decided to pick 4 of my favorite grocery store items and didn’t realize until later that they’re all vegan! So veg heads rejoice, these are a few of my favorite things.

Annie’s Naturals Shiitake Sesame Vinaigrette 

This stuff is the (does anyone still say that? Yikes) No really though, I love almost every food that is Asian inspired, but I always find the ginger and sesame dressing to be too sweet, at Asian restaurants. This stuff actually has no sweetness too it at all, and has a good sesame flavor without it being overpowering. There is a slight hint of shiitake, most mushroom haters probably wouldn’t even notice. It’s pretty heavy on the vinegar, but that’s not an issue with me. I love to toss it with some cucumbers or pretty much any salad. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. You can get it at Publix and most local grocery stores.

Unique Extra Salt “Splits”

Okay so I was introduced to these pretzels by my parents a few years ago. I have been known to have an unhealthy relationship with salt, and these really cure all of my salty crunchy cravings. They are super crunchy, super salty, and pretty much the perfect pretzel. They’re amazing dipped in peanut butter or crushed up over ice cream. You can find them locally at Detwilers Farmer’s Market and also at Fresh Market.

Wonderful Sweet Chili Pistachios

These have been a favorite of mine for awhile. Pistachios are actually the “nut” with the least amount of fat and maybe that’s because they aren’t technically nuts, they are seeds. Regardless of what they are, these sweet chili pistachios have ruined all the plain salted ones for me for all of eternity. They are little bit sweet, a little bit spicy but mostly salty, garlic-y, and onion-y. Perfect for snacking because you can have a whole half cup un-shelled for 160 calories. You can find them at most grocery stores.

Larabar Bites 

These are my newest find out of the group. I did actually find these when I was sticking to my pesco-vegan diet. The best thing about them is they taste naughty but are actually super healthy. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, so pretty much anyone can eat them unless they have a nut, coconut or date allergy, because that’s all they are. They taste like little brownie bites. The hardest part is stopping at the recommended 4 piece serving size. Even then you don’t really have to feel guilty right? They’re all natural 🙂

What are some of your favorite “healthy snacks” I realize healthy is a relative term and everyone defines it differently.


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