The Vegan Starter Shopping List

Get started on the vegan diet with this list of healthy foods.

The Vegan Starter Shopping List

Veganism is not just a fad diet, it is a lifestyle choice. A choice that involves eliminating all foods and ingredients that derive from animals -- including items like eggs and milk. If you're thinking of going vegan but don't know where to start, use this list, from The Latina Vegan, the next time you go to the grocery store.

More: The Beginner's Guide to Going Vegan


Quinoa

Quinoa is a staple in the vegan diet because it is a perfect protein-packed base to use in meals. Try making quinoa bowls with fresh veggies and meat alternatives like tofu and tempeh. This grain is very versatile and can also be made into a filling breakfast, similar in consistency to oatmeal.

More: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Quinoa Recipes

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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