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Hi friends! This is a question I’ve seen pop up a lot lately, so I thought I’d answer all the variations in one central place to make it easier on everyone. When you first start vegan keto, especially after eating a non-keto/paleo/low carb diet, there are a lot of ingredients that may be unfamiliar and that you haven’t purchased before. There are also ingredients which may not be where you think they should be (I’m looking at you, lupini beans). So, for all of you wondering where I buy all the less-common ingredients for my recipes, here we go!
A quick note – most of this stuff is available at Whole Foods, but the prices there can be a bit steep on these types of items. So, I tend to avoid buying them there unless there aren’t other options. Also, most of these items are regularly available for a great price at my local grocery store (Market Basket, for those of you in New England).
It’s also worth noting that no one is sponsoring this post in any way, shape or form. Any brands mentioned are just for information, and because I like them. There are also a few Amazon affiliate links, which won’t cost you anything extra but do help to keep this site up and running. 🙂
I’ll be updating this post as I receive more questions, so if you’re curious about a particular ingredient, let me know in the comments!
If you follow me on IG, you’ll know that I really, really like shirataki noodles. I know they’re not for everyone, but I’ve been enjoying them for almost 7 years and find they really hit the spot for me in noodle dishes.
Anyway, I almost always buy these at my local grocery store. They’re almost always in the produce section, usually hanging out with tofu, some mock meats, and other veg-friendly items. My go-to brand is House Foods – they make a bunch of different varieties and shapes.
I always buy lupini beans at my normal grocery store. In fact, most of the stores near me carry them. Lupini beans can be frustrating to track down in the store, because they aren’t often where you’d expect them to be. Instead of being in the section with the beans, I tend to find them in the following places:
- Italian imports
- Central American imports
- Kosher foods
It’s also worth noting that lupini beans aren’t sold canned like most other beans, but are brined in jars. The brand I buy most often is Levant, from the Kosher area of the store.
I’ve also seen them (rarely) packaged in pouches with more paleo-themed snacks, despite not being paleo.
I can always find these at my local whole foods, but that’s the only place that seems to carry them regularly. They’re in the section with all the Asian ingredients. You can also find them at some Asian specialty stores.
Fun fact: psyllium is the main ingredient in a lot of fiber supplements, like Metamucil. Because of this, it’s more of a supplement than a food ingredient in the eyes of grocery chains, so usually psyllium husks are actually found in the pharmacy section. Sp, if your grocery store has a supplements section, it will likely be there.
You can also find plain psyllium (be sure that it has no added flavor or sweeteners!) at drugstores and even in the little pharmacy area in Target. I typically just buy mine on Amazon, though.
I prefer buying whole psyllium husk to the powder, as I find the powder clumps more easily, which can throw off baked goods and is really unpleasant to bite into…
Freeze Dried Fruit
This is another item that’s just regularly sold at my grocery store, but is also available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and even Target. This is usually merchandised with the trail mixes, nuts, seeds and other dried fruits. I like using freeze dried fruits in things like fat bombs because they don’t add any additional moisture to the recipe, and they can be store for much longer than fresh fruit.
This is another Amazon purchase for me. Even though they’re widely available in grocery stores (usually with the health foods or the Bob’s Red Mill products), I find Amazon has the best prices, and I have them set to be delivered every month.
The brand I use the most is Manitoba Harvest, but I also like the Bob’s Red Mill variety.