Eating according to a vegetarian lifestyle isn't something that's only done by those who have gone meatless. Nowadays, thanks to the rise of things such as Meatless Mondays and cutting out certain meats for health reasons or otherwise, vegetarian meals are widely accepted by everyone who wants to get more veggies into their daily meal. And thanks to stores such as Trader Joe's, that's super easy to do - especially when it comes to finding foods that are just as healthy as they are versatile.
If you're planning your next shopping trip and are looking to incorporated more vegetables into your or your family's lives, this the list of must-haves for maintaining an interesting, versatile, and meat-free routine. Even if you're just looking to switch things up now and then, these should be on every Trader Joe's fan's list.
Hear us out on this one. It's especially important for those who have switched over to a full vegetable-based diet to consider where they're going to get protein from. Not only is nutritional yeast full of it but it also contains necessary b12 vitamins that often get left behind when meat is eliminated. One serving contains more than the daily amount of each, and it's easy enough to add to the recipes you already use - especially in things such as sauces or as a textured topping over a snack or dinner dish.
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
Of course, this had to be on the list. Everything but the Bagel Seasoning has been a long-time staple for Trader Joe's fans and, for some reason, no one can seem to get enough of it. This seasoning really does have that everything bagel flavor but with so much more to offer; it can be used on practically anything from avocado toast in the morning to some roasted vegetables for dinner. Add it to some homemade veggie burgers or use it to flavor tofu - either way, it's going to boost the flavor of anything.
Organic Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal With Chia And Flax Seeds
Granted, oatmeal is not very exciting even though it is vegetarian-friendly. However, it's the health benefits of this oatmeal that make it so high on the must-have list for those who follow vegetarianism. The addition of chia and flax seeds add tons of fiber on top of an already fiber-filled meal, and also give some texture to a fairly mushy breakfast option. The maple and brown sugar flavor is sweet without being overwhelming and it's a great way to start the day with tons of energy.
Trader Joe's Creamy Peanut Butter
There's something about Trader Joe's peanut butter that makes it taste better than the average and many would agree that it's worth going out of the way for. Peanut butter is the essential nut-based butter and it's far more versatile than many people realize. In dishes such as Thai peanut noodles or as a protein-based snack, it's pretty unbeatable. Of course, you could swap this out with another nut butter but nothing is better than the original peanut flavor.
Frozen Sweet Potato Frites
Sweet potato fries have slowly taken the mantle over the more traditional potato fry. Sweet potatoes are also packed with necessary vitamins which makes them healthy and beneficial for a vegetable-based lifestyle, not to mention, these also make for a great snack. sprinkled with some cinnamon sugar or eaten with a plant-based butter, they're the perfect way to indulge without feeling as though you're eating something super sugary and heavy. They're also great with practically any dinner dish, especially if it's a veggie-based BBQ or
Roasted Seaweed Snacks
It's bound to happen - we've all craved a salty snack. While we could reach for a bag of chips, a bag of roasted seaweed is just as tasty and unbelievably healthy. Seaweed, also known as nori, is packed with two kinds of fiber, both of which are essential for digestion. These also taste delicious and once you get past the slight ocean-like flavor of them, they're highly addicting.
Frozen Shelled Edamame
Edamame can be added to practically anything to give it a little bit of oomph and make it taste fresher. Whether it's salad or stir-fry, it's a great addition, especially for picky eaters since edamame is somewhat of a blank slate of a vegetable. It's also packed with protein (as most of these foods are) and suffices great as a snack once it's defrosted, too. Eat it with a side of dressing or a dip, or cook with it to reap its full benefits in a meal.