Without the internet I would have been so lost when I first went vegan. Of course you don’t have to be vegan or plant based to buy these groceries. You could be wanting to eat healthier, want to participate in Meatless Monday, or be transitioning to a vegan diet. There are so many things you can purchase that are vegan but these are things that I like and helped me start out.
Obviously you can purchase any produce you want. But it is extremely important that you get your fruits and vegetables in daily. Most people even vegans don’t get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in. It is also important to have a very colorful diet. I am not a doctor or nutritionist so I am not going to try and give you medical or nutritional information or advice. That stuff you are going to have to find on your own and I think that is the best way to get the most information that matters to you. I will make a list of my favorite things.
- Apples, Clementines, Bananas, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Avocados, POTATES (such an important carb!!), sweet potatoes, spinach, romaine, cabbage, bell peppers, mushrooms, brussel sprouts and so much more!
Eat these items like crazy. Raw, cooked, in a smoothie or juice, however you want them. This is the most important part of my diet.
Packaged, Canned, Bottled, and Bulk Bins:
These items you have to be more careful with. But it also depends how strict you are. But these items can be more processed. Not all of them obviously but there is definitely a lot of processed items that are still vegan. These items also will have hidden animal based ingredients. Ingredients will often say “Contains” or “Allergens” and will usually list things such as milk, eggs, nuts, shellfish, etc. But it is always safe to just check the ingredients and if you are curious about a specific item or ingredient, Google it! I have been vegan for about 9.5 months and I still check ingredients all the time and research online. I will list items that I always have around the house or just really good options.
- Oats, beans, rice, pasta, dried fruit, tortilla chips, peanut butter, jam/jelly, cereal, tofu, bread, oil, vinegar, frozen fruit and veggies, canned veggies, salsa, seeds (chia, pumpkin), ground flax, pasta sauce, salad dressings, etc.
It is amazing how many items that you are probably already eating are vegan or have a very similar vegan option.
Everyone is different but I love a good vegan replacement for my favorite foods before I was vegan. I have not found a really good replacement for everything but just about everything! There are so many options and even if there is not a store bought replacement you can probably find a recipe for it somewhere.
- Gardein: Gardein is a faux meat brand and they make just about everything. Fish fillets, meatloaf, chicken breast, turkey cutlets, chicken wings, and even an amazing Holiday Roast. Read about that in my Thankful for Vegan Thanksgiving post. They have even more options than that and everything I have tried is amazing.
- Boca: Boca chicken patties are amazing! They are my favorite chicken replacement.
- Fieldroast: Fieldroast makes amazing veggie burgers, bratwursts, and other specialty items. Their hand formed veggie burgers are my favorite burger replacement. Fieldroast also makes a cheese replacement called Chao and its the best cheese replacement I have tried.
- Kite Hill: If you like cream cheese normally, try this cream cheese! Its made with almond milk and is amazing. They have an original and chive. They also have a ricotta and soft cheese replacements. Everything I have tried is great.
- Milk: When it comes to milk replacements there are about a million. Almond, soy, cashew, hemp, rice, oat, macadamia, hazelnut, pea protein, and even more. They also have different varieties like vanilla, chocolate, and unsweetened. Find your favorite for things like cereal, baking, and smoothies.
With meat and cheese replacements you do have to be careful because some of them aren’t actually vegan but just lactose free or vegetarian. Some items will also say vegetarian but also be vegan. Just make sure you are reading the ingredients and you will be fine!! Also these items can definitely be more processed so make sure you eat in moderation.
I could go on and on about all the food possibilities there are but this definitely makes starting out much easier. It is so fun to learn about new products or recipes. I have always enjoyed cooking and eating but I enjoy it even more now. I also spend less money on food as a vegan. So for the new year give some of these things a try! Eat less animal products and your body, the animals, and the world will thank you. I hope you enjoy this post! If you have any questions feel free to comment down below and I will answer as best as I can!