Below is a list of helpful products and resources that I use on a daily basis for my healthy plant-based lifestyle needs. I’ll add to this as we test more products and learn more, and I’ll probably refer to this page a lot. Enjoy!
Making Healthy Meals On The Go
Whether traveling or making lunch at work, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from having the healthiest meal possible. Here are some items I kept in the office break-room and then brought with me on my 2-month Healthy North American Road Trip.
5-Quart Squish bowl – Popup salad bowl – I used to keep it in the office break room to be pulled out every day when I made my lunch salad. I bring it when I travel so that I can always eat a giant salad every day, no excuses!
2-Tier Stainless Steel Lunch Box – We have two of these plus a 3-tier one. They are very valuable for packing meals to go, especially when you’ve got a few courses such as salad and cooked sweet potato. They don’t do very well with liquid, though so don’t get them for soup or it might leak.
Tomodachi Chef’s Knife with Sheath – One of the most important tools to travel with or keep at the office. For making salads and cutting up fruit. The sheath is great for protecting the blade and storing all neat and tidy. I’ve used this one a lot.
Bamboo utensil set – I take these with me whenever I travel, even if I’m just out of the house on the move for the day. They are easy to put in a purse and forget about. Great for being “green” and bringing your own utensils, like when I was at the Toronto VegFest.
Collapsible Salad Bowl with Lid – 72 oz so fits a full salad. Aladdin also has some other, smaller plastic collapsible containers on the market. I use this one on those days I need to make a salad ahead of time and bring with me.
Stainless Steel Container, Set of 3 Nesting Bowls – these ones are pretty leak-proof though I would still be cautious with soup. I have this Kids Konserve nesting set which has a 16-oz, 8-oz, and 5-oz. These are good cooked food sizes. I sometimes bring these with me when I go to a non-vegan-friendly restaurant and bring some of my own veggies or beans to add to my meal. They also work great to take home your leftovers in and avoid styrofoam!
First read this article: 5 Kitchen Tools that Make Being Raw Easier (and More Fun!)
Vitamix – the #1 blender for making the green smoothies, banana ice cream, and wrap fillings. Produces an amazing creamy texture. I really wouldn’t want to live without mine. I’ve even brought it with me on my 2-month North American Road Trip and subsequent trips. If you purchase through this affiliate link, you’ll get free shipping on your Vitamix. Check out the Refurbished models first, as that is how I bought my first one. Saves some money and you still get a great machine. Also check out the new S30 model, with a slim design, pretty sleek.
Tribest Personal Blender – Great blender for starting out with before getting the Vitamix – I had this for a year before making the jump. I still love it to death – enough that I purchased new one when my motor finally gave out after a few years of hard use. Easy clean up and perfect for travel. For salad dressings, sauces, smaller smoothies (16 oz).
Oster 4093-008 5-Cup Glass Jar 2-Speed Beehive Blender – A great and easy blender to use for a two speed motor. A nice low/mid range blender that will keep things blending until you upgrade to a Vitamix in the future. Just don’t plan on mixing large volumes of liquid in it. Holds about 1/2 the size of a Vitamix and has a tough time with pulverizing leafy greens thoroughly. However, with enough liquid, will make a delicious smoothie for one.
Oster 6812-001 Core 16-Speed Blender – I have owned this style of blender for over 10 years. Is fine for making things with lots of a water or juice base, such as a daiquiri or frozen drink. If use lots of greens, needs to be shoved down with a wooden utensil into the blades, and doesn’t pulverize the greens very well. Also holds 1/2 the volume of a Vitamix. But highly recommended for those who make smaller portions using only soft fruit and liquids, especially at the $50 price mark.
Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite – El Cheapo, for the price of around $25, you can’t go wrong giving it a try, even if it lasts 3 months. No wonder why its Amazon’s best 100 top sellers. I would recommend for those unsure if they want to make a true commitment to sticking with a raw foods or high raw diet.
Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer – A high end juicing extravaganza! The rule of thumb with juicers tends to be the cheaper you go, the more time you spend juicing and during cleanup. I recommend this Hurom because it is the Queen of all juicers. I have had several others in which I spent way too much time to make a small 8 oz cup of juice. Spend the money if you have it and and go for the best, you surely won’t regret it.
Excalibur Dehydrator – the King or Queen of all Dehydrators. When I first purchased mine I went all out and got the 9 tray version. Many years later, it still works great and I am able to make many things. Kale chips, Banana chips, and raw cookies are among my favorites. I dry my own herbs, fruit and veggies from my garden. Simply delicious.
Saladacco Spiral Slicer – same entry level spiralizer that I own. An extraneous gadget but inexpensive enough that it’s worth having around to easily make raw zucchini pasta in 2 minutes. Made of plastic, but sturdy enough for the price. Learn how to use it to create zucchini pasta or get my raw spaghetti marinara recipe.
Wusthof Grand Prix II Chef’s Knife – the knife I currently use and have been happy with. I purchased it a few years back on a recommendation from Colleen Patrick Goudreau, The Compassionate Cook. A quality knife from a reputable manufacturer might run you over $100, but it is really the only knife you need on a raw or plant-based diet.
Knife Sharpener – because dull knives are more likely to slip. You can use a simple metal sharpening steel, sharpening stone, or a more expensive electric sharpener. I opt for the combo of inexpensive and easy and use a manual sharpener that I can just slide my knives through without having to worry about the correct angle.
Bamboo Cutting Board – a full-sized wood board is best for its antimicrobial nature and keeping your knives sharp.
Calabash Bowl – 12″ diameter and 4″ deep, a beautiful way to hold a large dinner salad, hopefully a single portion, just for you. Made out of acacia wood. Just treat it well, and don’t leave liquid sitting in it like I did!
Fish Shaped Salad Serving Set – a pair of acacia wood “hands” are great for tossing salad in the bowl above with scratching it.
Browse Knife Storage (e.g. wood block, in-drawer block, magnetic holder) – I don’t have a recommendation because I don’t like the one I’m using. Whatever you do, don’t just stick your knifes loose in a drawer. That’s a fast way to dull them and mess them up.
Sunwarrior – Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein, great for recovery shakes after a workout. They come in 3 different flavors but my preferred choice is chocolate.
Vitamin Code D3 – Even though I live in a sunny climate in Las Vegas, it is surprising how deficient most people are, including myself. This is the vitamin I choose for getting my extra D in my diet.
Ovega 3 – My choice for getting my extra Omega 3 DHA and EPA, Vegan style. Non animal gelatin capsules, and a great way to support a great company. FYI, I always make sure to refrigerate mine to make sure they stay fresh since they are still an oil that can go rancid. This is a just in case measure.
Vitamin B12 – This is a must have for any Vegetarian or Vegan, as is the only vitamin that our body is unable to make on its own.
I have used probiotics at different points of time and this is a great brand for the price, as you may know that probiotics can get really really expensive. I recommend this product anytime after taking antibiotics, or being sick. Gives you a jump start with building your own beneficial bacteria back to its healthy levels.
Nutiva Hemp Seed – The Hemp seed of my choice to get the extra Omegas I need in my diet.
For Your Puppy
V-Dog – Vegan Dog Food and treats! Yay! I found out that most dog food I could buy locally contained forms of soy protein isolate of which I found out real quick that my dog was allergic to when his chin broke out with acne. He has been on a V-Dog food diet for a few years now and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants their four legged friend to have the same kind diet as themselves.
Dolphin Water Pump – Great way to offer bottled water to your pup, cat or yourself. I ordered one for my house in which I pickup Reverse Osmosis water from the store in 5 gallon bottles rather than buying bottled water in non-bpa containers. Also keeps the cost down of purchasing your own filtration system at home and filters maintenance.
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