Who this is good for: the veggie-curious, the newly vegan, the vegan vegans. Basically, this is a great post for all.
Below I share with you some of my favorite vegan food swaps! These are not all “plant-based” but they are all vegan. There are still some that are processed and therefore not the healthiest option available but are definitely a delicious treat (or staple). Honestly, there is a swap for everything these days, so try the cruelty free option and see what you think. You may be very pleasantly surprised!
D A I R Y
Vegan Milk Brands:
I really am not picky about the brand. Typically, I just go for whatever is on sale that week. I always get unsweetened vanilla almond or cashew milk unless I will need it for baking and then I just get unsweetened original.
Vegan Cheese Brands :
Sliced cheese - My favorite sliced cheese in Follow Your Heart but the Chao Slices are really good, too! Violife competes for my favorite, but those are more difficult to find.
Shredded cheese - Daiya is the more widely available cheese to get on your pizzas at places like Mellow Mushroom but is not my favorite. If I can, I prefer Trader Joe's brand or So Delicious.
Cream cheese - Kite Hill is my favorite but I usually opt for Tofutti because its easier for me to get locally.
Ice cream - Okay, ice cream is my favorite. When I first went vegan, the only real options were So Delicious. They have an amazing cashew icecream line that is personally my favorite. The coconut based icecreams are good, too but in my opinion, the cashew ones are richer and creamier. However, now that Halo Top has a dairy free line, that is my daily go to.
Butter - Earth Balance is the way to go when it comes to margarine. Whether you want it for toast or for baking, this comes through. I opt for the soy free version.
Yogurt - I have not been able to find a good substitute for Greek yogurt. I used to eat Skyr every single day and it was one of my favorite foods. I didn't think I could live without it, but here I am thriving. There are vegan yogurt options with both coconut milk and soy milk. There are also a lot of yogurt options that are not available in my area, so I haven't tried all the options. There is quite the following and fanfare behind Coconut Cult and I am dying to try it!
M E A T
VEGAN MEAT BRANDS:
Burgers - Hands down the most "burger-like" veggie burger is the Beyond Burger. It is now available at Target, Whole Foods, specialty stores and even in restaurants like TGI Fridays.
Sandwich meat - This is a toss up. Try all of the options. If you love a good sandwich, check out this YouTube channel, Chris makes some awesome sandwiches.
Chicken - Beyond Meat does it again. Their chicken strips are my favorite to put in salad and wraps. Seitan is another chickeny option that, in my opinion, is best in stir fries or soups.
E G G S
Eggs – Follow Your Heart eggs changed my vegan way of life. Really, really similar when it comes to scrambled or omelet style of eggs. However, they are not going to work for things like hard boiled or over easy. Chickpea flour is another eggy substitute that you can use. I have only ever made egg cups with this, but they were spot on, albeit a little dry (I recommend pairing with salsa, hot sauce or ketchup!) I also use flax meal if I am in need of an egg replacement for baking. 1 tablespoon of flax meal and 3 tablespoons of water equals one flax egg!
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VEGAN CHOCOLATE BRANDS: