Those with a soy allergy or intolerance (or anyone concerned with soy and breast cancer or thyroid health) have plenty of options when it comes to eating soy-free on a plant-based diet. Soy is a great source of protein, but there are many others that make it easy to go soy-free and maintain a soy-free diet while receiving plenty of nutrients. Yes, you can eat a plant-based diet without one bit of soy milk, tofu, tempeh, miso, or alternative meat product if you choose or need to for allergy purposes. Though some of these options can be healthy when eaten in non-GMO form, other whole plant-based foods can give you all the nutrients you need.

The important thing to remember when eating a soy-free (or even a gluten-free, grain-free, etc.) diet, is to maintain a whole foods diet versus processed allergen-free foods as much as possible. Emphasize all fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, legumes, beans, and alternative milks such as almond, hemp, rice, coconut, or cashew.

Here are some great menu ideas you can try out for a week while eating a plant-based diet free of soy: