Vegan In Aruba Introduction Post

Hi all! From the moment I began this blog I wanted to add a section about vegan food abroad. I’m currently in Aruba volunteering at Island Yoga, and it feels like the perfect time to start my vegan food travel blog. I have met a few people on the island that claim that being vegan is ‘impossible’ in Aruba because there aren’t a lot items in the supermarket that cater to vegans. I have decided to take on the challenge, and prove to my new friends that being vegan, even with few premade vegan foods is not just possible, but simple and delicious as well.

Before I post my first recipe, I have created two very short list of essentials to get you guys started. One list includes items that I always have on hand in my pantry at home, and the other is a very very short list of staple items I always make sure to buy when I’m at the supermarket. All of these items can be found in the supermarkets of Aruba except for some of the super foods powders. Those can be ordered on Amazon. Of course, these items are optional, but I find that they make life a little easier, and help ensure that you are consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods that you may otherwise exclude from your diet. Some of these items can be a little pricy, so it might be best if you accumulate these items in your pantry over time. If you need to modify any of these items due to allergy or for any other reason feel free to do so.

Pantry List
– instant oats
– almond milk (or other nut milk)
– dates
– coconut flower, brown rice flour or gluten free flour
– cinnamon, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, thyme, paprika, cocoa powder, turmeric, chili powder, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, ground cloves, rosemary, onion powder, star anise, mixed herbs
– bananas (frozen)
– nut butter of choice
– raw cashews, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, pistachios, almonds
– brown rice
– whole grain pasta of choice
– quinoa
– granola
– various superfoods including spirulina, moringa, chlorella, lucuma, gogi berries, mulberries, pitaya powder, and matcha
– green tea
– cold pressed oils including avocado oil, flax seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, and toasted sesame oil
– vegan dark chocolate
– coconut flakes
– dried cranberries
– nori sheets
– rice cakes
– black beans
– chickpeas
– kidney beans
– navy beans
– lentils

Staple Produce Items
– potatoes
– spinach
– kale
– tofu
– tempeh
– avocado
– berry of choice
– bananas
– legume of choice (black beans, lentils, etc.)
– grain of choice (multigrain bread, brown rice, multigrain pasta, etc.)
– instant oats or rolled oats
– nut milk of choice
– granola (if you choose to make it at home just use the rolled oats for this)
– vegan yogurt

Can’t wait to start this project for you guys! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

4 thoughts on “Vegan In Aruba Introduction Post

  1. This is great. Even if I do not plan to go vegan, your list contains healthy food items, and your info gives great options. Having a list of items I should keep in my pantry is a great help.

    I was glad to see your newest post. Happy New Year, and I am looking forward to reading what you will post in 2018.

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