How to Go Vegan Without Going Crazy

Curious about the vegan diet? Consider this your introductory course!

How to Go Vegan Without Going Crazy

Whether you’ve just completed the 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet and want to continue eating prominently plant-based proteins or you are simply curious about this popular green diet, here is what you need to know to get started.

Watch: Dr. Oz's Diet Guide

Build a Vegan Shopping Cart

When you begin your vegan diet, it’s important that you have all the food items in hand. Add all kinds of fruit, vegetables like kale, spinach, and sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, grains like oats and quinoa, and plant protein like beans, tofu, and tempeh to your shopping cart. Quinoa will serve as the base for most of your meals, and sweet potatoes are easily roasted, mashed, and pureed, and can work as both a savory snack and a building block for muffins or pancakes.

More: Vegan Starter Shopping List

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