Grocery List of Healthy Foods for Weight Loss – All Vegan

If your plant based diet is making you gain weight then there may be a combination of reasons why this could be happening; the most common being the eating of less protein, ultimately leading to the consumption of more carbs overall. Or, maybe you are still learning how to combine foods for the correct ratios of macronutrients and amino acids and not quite hitting the target, thus causing you to feel unsatisfied with your meals and craving more food.

It’s a work in progress, or at least it has been for me over the past two and a half years of eating mostly a plant based diet. But this grocery list of healthy foods foods weight loss will help get you back on the right track if you find you are putting on the pounds.

How plant foods may help with weight loss

1. ANTI INFLAMMATORY

Most whole plant foods are pretty alkaline when measured against animal based foods, so in general a whole food plant based diet will lead to less chronic inflammation in the body over time. Chronic inflammation is not only the driver behind many diseases but according to this NCBI study conducted on over 7,000 people, it can also promote obesity and weight gain in the longer term.

2. ANTIOXIDANTS

Nearly ALL natural, whole plant foods contain high amounts of antioxidants which are known to help combat the chronic inflammation that can lead to weight gain. Also, filling your body with the most nutrient dense foods possible will help to curb hunger and sugar cravings due to the fact your body will be obtaining all the nutrition it needs.

3. HIGH FIBER

A healthful plant based diet is naturally high in fiber and low GI, which of course boosts fullness and satiation levels. Feeling satiated after a meal through eating a combination of complex carbohydrates, protein, and a little healthy fat will go a long way towards stopping you snacking, and will also give you a ‘slow burn’ of energy to see you through to your next meal WITHOUT the need for in-between snacking.

4. DETOXIFICATION

Many plant foods are known detoxifying foods that will help to neutralise free-radical damage in the body. Free-radicals accelerate the aging process by damaging protein, cells, and your DNA. This damage is called oxidation, and is something that should be negated as much as possible if you wish to look and feel great for as long as possible.

That aside, keeping the body detoxified can help boost weight loss due to the fact that toxins can actually be stored in your fat cells for safe keeping, therefore the more rubbish you eat, the bigger they swell, which can then contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Food Combining

For long term weight loss you will need to make the effort to understand how to put a complete meal together with the correct ratios of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Newbie plant based eaters often get this wrong (hence the reason for weight gain in some cases).

Always go for high protein plant foods; not all plant proteins are complete protein sources like animal is, so preferably go for the type that have a good amino acid profile as much as possible, such as:-

  • SOY
  • BUCKWHEAT
  • AMARANTH
  • QUINOA
  • HEMP

Adding at least one of these to your diet every day will help even out the amino acid profiles of your other plant proteins that may be lacking in certain areas. Also, eating these proteins will help keep your muscle mass high, which is another very important part of weight loss.

Examples of Correct Food Combining Meals and Snacks for Weight Loss

  1. Oatcakes topped with humus, tahini, or small portion of sugar free nut butter.
  2. Medium ripe banana, 2x teaspoons of sugar free nut butter.
  3. Low calorie green smoothies.
  4. Handful of no added sugar dried fruit and unsalted nuts.
  5. Couple of squares of dark chocolate of at least 70% cacao solids.
  6. Mixed berries, coconut yogurt, small ahndful of pumpkin seeds.
  7. Wholegrain sourdough toast topped tahini, smashed avocado and a squeeze of lemon.
  8. Lentil soup and wholegrain bread.
  9. Beans on granary toast.
  10. Low carb protein shake.
  11. Mixed salad, quinoa, chickpeas, and pine nuts.
  12. Vegetable and buckwheat noodle stir-fry topped with sesame seeds or cashew nuts.
  13. Quinoa and roasted vegetables.
  14. Mixed bean chilli and brown rice.
  15. Buckwheat grout granola made with raw nuts and seeds.
  16. Tofu curry and brown pilau rice.
  17. Crumbled tofu scrambled with mixed veggies (courgette, peppers and spinach work the best).
  18. Baked sweet potato topped with chili and guacamole.

Muscle mass, Exercise and Weight Loss

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If you do not receive enough protein when on a weight loss diet then this can cause your body to start burning up your muscle for fuel as well as fat, which can be one of the more frustrating things about losing weight (especially when you lose it too fast). This is a common problem that needs to be avoided as much as possible, due mostly to the fact you need your muscle mass because it’s metabolic which means, unlike fat, it burns calories even when you are resting, and that alone helps to keep weight under control.

So, bottom line, keep your muscle mass high. You don’t need to look like Arnie, but keeping yourself toned through eating a high protein, low refined carbohydrate diet, plus doing some weight bearing exercises a couple of times a week should be enough to keep your metabolism efficient and your body in fat burning mode.

Weight Loss Foods Grocery List

Add the below foods to your shopping list; throw out all the refined rubbish and junk foods in your kitchen cupboards and just snack on this good stuff (in moderation of course – a calorie is still a calorie, just some satiate you for longer than others) and you should be seeing weight loss benefits pretty fast.

Remember to load up on protein. I have put an asterix against the high protein items on this list, but of course you should only eat the high fat items such as nuts and seeds in moderation. A small handful is a portion when it comes to these types of foods.

  • Unsalted and unroasted raw nuts – Brazil*, cashew*, hazelnut*s, pecans*, walnuts*, peanuts*, almonds*
  • Unsalted and unroasted raw seeds – Pumpkin*, sunflower*, chia*, sesame*, hemp seeds*
  • Plant based protein powders* – for snacks and smoothies.
  • Oatcakes.
  • Buckwheat pasta*
  • Buckwheat or soba noodles*
  • Hummus*
  • Tahini*
  • Specific weight loss dried fruits – goji berries, sultanas, un-sulphered apricots, dates, prunes, apple rings, figs.
  • Tofu*, seitan* and tempeh*
  • Avocados.
  • Low sugar fresh fruits – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, oranges, lemons, limes.
  • Vegetables of all kinds – especially green and leafy.
  • Salad vegetables – lettuce, rocket, spinach, salad leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers.
  • Sweet potatoes.
  • Butternut squash.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Sugar-free nut milks – soya*, hemp, oat, rice, pea*
  • Brown rice – basmati, pilau.
  • Quinoa*
  • Amaranth*
  • Buckwheat – flour*, grouts*, flakes*
  • Millet*
  • Beans (dried or canned) – cannellini*, borlotti*, butter*, black beans*
  • Lentils*
  • Chick peas*
  • All herbs and spices.

CONCLUSION

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As you can see that there are an abundance of healthy plant based foods that can all boost weight loss and ultimately help you stay slim for good. It’s all about balance and sticking to the general 90/10 rule, which means foods from the list 90% of the time and the other 10% of the time you can ease up a little.

If you have a lot of weight to lose then you will have to be stricter with this until you reach your ideal body weight, but in general, if you stick to this in your every day life then you will find no need for diets and calorie counting.

Remember to get moving!

And do remember that regular exercise is another vital piece to the weight loss puzzle; this is due to the importance of keeping as much of your precious muscle mass as possible to help keep your metabolism fired up. It’s easy to exercise when you find something you enjoy, so find some dance classes, run, hike, cycle in nature, or boxercise with a friend. All these things are fun, interesting, and will keep you going back for more. You will also be surprised what you will find you enjoy when you actually give them a go.

MEAL PLANS

If you would like some inspiration on the kind of meals to prepare that contain all the above ingredients then please check out this one week food plan. It is designed to have the perfect ratios of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals to boost your health to new heights and is the perfect way to get yourself used to putting nutritionally complete meals together. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by and supporting this website. Nutrition and the plant based lifestyle is my life and passion and I love sharing the information I have learnt along the way to help make others lives better too. Please feel free to post any comments below – I would absolutely love to know how you get on.

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Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2019; not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 2 years, which is the reason why zestforever was born to share my experiences, trials and errors, how I overcame them, and how to turn to this lifestyle in such a way that you will thrive too.

I have studied, tried and tested healthy foods, superfoods and diets for over 25 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz of wellness that plant based eating has. To expand my knowledge further I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor - all of which can tie in with the plant based diet.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant as a way of showing you how to boost your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

I am grateful for your support, and I hope that the tips and guides you find here will help to guide you on your own plant based journey.

8 thoughts on “Grocery List of Healthy Foods for Weight Loss – All Vegan”

  1. Healthy plant based foods coupled with exercise is the way to go in my opinion. Your list of how they may help us lose weight is spot on.

    I loved your grocery list and it gave me some new things to try. Great idea also of the 90/10 rule. In my option I think many people go all out 100% with their diet and in many cases burn out and give up but the 90/10 rule still gives them some wiggle room.

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome resource.

    • Hi Nate,
      You are so right, people try to go all out with 100% vegan/plant based or whatever other diet they are trying and get so stressed out with the whole thing that they sometimes come to the bad conclusion that it’s just not worth it. Then they go back to their old way, but sometimes even worse than before. I’ve definitely seen it!

      In fact, I’ve been pretty obsessive myself in the past when it comes to food (I guess you have to be to an extent to go to the trouble of building a food based website), but I’m healthier minded about it these days and will definitely have a little of anything I fancy if I fancy it. Life’s to short not to, and honestly, with the 10% leeway your body can easily bounce back and recover if you have moments of weakness.

      Bad health comes from putting junk foods in continually, and I guess many are still using this rule the other way around, but I like to think times are changing.

  2. Thank you for all of this crucial info. I have been vegan for about a year and a half, and I sometimes struggle with all the things that you talked about here. The list you gave was A-1 and the food combos give me new things to try. I will be sending many of my plant-based friends to this site. Thanks again…

    • Hi Rolondo, thanks, it would be much appreciated if you could send your friends my way as I have tried to cover all bases for all new plant based eaters, or even anybody who’s still not quite sure how to put a nutritionally complete plant based meal together.

      You have done fantastic to be vegan for such a long time; it’s hard, but well worth it huh? Thanks for getting in touch!

  3. Your post was very engaging to read. I am always looking for ways to be healthier. I enjoy trying new foods and introducing new foods to my children. My doctor recently told me to add more fiber to my diet so I have been adding flax seed to my smoothies, muffins, etc. Do you recommend any foods that are very high in fiber.

    • Hi Tessa,
      thanks for your great comment!
      It’s good you are introducing new and healthy foods to your children at a young age as it will have such a positive impact on the rest of their lives. My Mum use to make sure we ate really healthily and I think it was most certainly the foundation for my passion of healthy food to this day.

      There’s loads of great foods full of fiber and flax is one of the best. Other high fiber foods are psyllium husk, nuts, seeds, whole fruits, dried prunes, and pretty much all raw vegetables. The more lightly you cook a veg the more you keep its fibers in tact. Hope that helps.

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