Plant-Based Pantry Essentials

Transitioning into a fully plant-based lifestyle can be daunting. There is a lot to learn from a nutrition standpoint, and on top of the information overload, you have to try to figure out what is cost effective, which proteins / carbs / veggies etc to stick to, and how to build your meals out.

Luckily, you’re not alone in this quest. Many people around the world are going through, or have gone through this transition, and we’ve built enough learning over the past few years to help you build your kitchen. We’ve even linked some of the products we use directly in this article so you can simply click and order through Amazon. (On a side note, if you’re looking for the best kitchen accessories to equip your house with, our friends over at Your Vegan Boyfriend have also compiled a list here.)

Note: We did not include any oils, including olive oil, as we do not believe them to be part of a plant-based diet. Some of the products listed below do have oil, but are listed under ‘non-essential’ — and mostly to give you a psychological break and freedom to fill your cabinet with whatever makes you happy!

*Foods that are recommended by Dr. Gregor on a daily basis.

Here we go:

‘Dairy’ Essentials

‘Dairy’ Non-Essentials

Protein Essentials

Protein Non-Essentials

Fat Essentials

Grain Essentials

Grain Non-Essentials


  • Berries *
  • Bananas
  • Any other fruit you wish to eat! *


  • Any cruciferous vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc) *
  • Any greens (spinach, mixed greens, etc) *
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Any other vegetable you wish to eat! *