131: How to stock a plant-based ‘pandemic pantry’ – with Michelle Cehn

By August 18, 2020The Simplifiers Podcast

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Today, we are talking all about how to stock a plant-based ‘pandemic pantry!’ If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that we (might) need to be more prepared. Who knows if or when we will go into a second lockdown and access to grocery stores and healthy foods become difficult to find once again?

My special guest today is the founder of World of Vegan, Michelle Cehn and she’s simplifying how to stock a plant-based ‘pandemic pantry.’ So, if you’ve been contemplating eating healthier or moving towards a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, this is the first step to make sure your pantry is in tip-top shape. 

Here’s how.

My special guest today is Michelle Cehn and she’s simplifying how to stock a plant-based ‘pandemic pantry.’

We tackle all aspects of it, including:

  •  Why it’s so important to eat plant-based, especially now as we’re living in a pandemic and how it’ll make you feel stronger, more energized and will boost your immune system
  • What key things you should stock in your pantry, fridge and freezer right now
    • Pantry = pasta, tomato sauce, oats, rice, beans, legumes, quinoa, millet, barley, farrow, Better Than Bouillon, nuts, seeds, chickpeas
    • Fridge =  “shelf-stable milk”, guacamole, tofu, cheese, seitan
    • Freezer = frozen banana, frozen mango, frozen berries, veggie burgers
  • How to shop, so you can minimize the processed foods and start to choose better options that are just as easy and cost effective
  • What stops people from going vegan and her advice for those who want to dip their toes in and try it out this week
  • Her favorite 3-ingredient vegan snack that is super simple make, tasty and affordable! (spoiler alert, it involves chocolate!)
  • …and ultimately, how to respond to the nay-sayers in your family or inner circle who might poo-poo your idea of eating more plant-based foods.

Grab your pen and paper, this episode is chock full of ideas! We talk about the very best plant-based brands to look for at your local grocery store and loads of resources that’ll help you simplify your shopping experience and build up that plant-based ‘pandemic pantry’ in no time at all!

Q: Are you looking to stock a healthier, more plant-based pantry to feed you and your household through the pandemic? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and stock a more plant-based ‘pandemic pantry’ this week? What’s one thing you’ll try that is new to you? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Resource: online grocery shopping in the US – Amazon Prime, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target, Walmart

Resource: online grocery shopping in the UK – Tesco, Ocado, Sainsbury’s

Book: How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease – Dr. Michael Greger

Resource: best vegan/vegetarian food brands to look for at your local grocery store – Quorn, Linda McCartney (in the UK only), Amy’s Kitchen meals, Trader Joe’s freezer meals, Gardein, and Beyond Meat

Films: why go plant-based? Watch this: What The Health, The Game Changers, Forks Over Knives

Book: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High – Kerry Patterson, Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan

Bonus: pre-order The Friendly Vegan Cookbook before Oct 26, 2020 and receive a free ebook now with a few of their favorite recipes, so you can start cooking tonight, plus a chance to win a brand-new Vitamix blender! Pre-order at FriendlyVeganCookbook.com

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About Michelle Cehn

Michelle Cehn – She is the founder of the popular food and lifestyle website WorldofVegan.com and a YouTube personality who has reached millions through her creative and relatable videos. 

She is also co-host of the Plant-Powered People Podcast, also the Plant Based on a Budget Meal Plans, and the 7 Days documentary. In addition, she is a new mama on a mission to inspire compassion and positive change.

Where Michelle hangs out online:

Website: worldofvegan.com

YouTube: @worldofvegan

Instagram: @vegan

Instagram: @michellecehn

Twitter: @worldofvegan

Facebook: @worldofvegan

Pinterest: @worldofvegan

Michelle’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Toni Okamoto – She is her co-author on their forthcoming cookbook,  “The Friendly Vegan Cookbook” (slated to release Oct 2020) and also the founder of Plant-Based on a Budget, the popular website and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies. 

She’s also author of the Plant-Based on a Budget cookbook, The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, and the co-host of The Plant-Powered People Podcast.

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