Going vegan often starts with what you eat.
So, what can you eat on a vegan diet?
It’s not just lettuce and celery, that’s for sure.
There are so many foods that can be part of a vegan diet. And coming up with a vegan menu that suits you doesn’t have to be difficult.
In addition to whole plant foods, there are more vegan foods becoming available all the time. From non-dairy milks, vegan cheeses, plant-based meats, and even vegan eggs, you can find a vegan version to almost anything.
Even using whole plant foods there are various alternatives and combinations that create the similar tastes and textures you’re used to, but without the guilt factor.
It can take a bit of time to realise just how many options there are out there to help you with your vegan diet.
Of course the more whole plant foods you eat the easier it is to be sure they’re vegan, and the healthier they are. But, often made by dedicated vegan companies, there are many vegan products available to give you all the variety you could ask for. Which is great to see.
From traditional foods made vegan to healthy plant-based recipe options, you have plenty to choose from.
Here is a vegan food list with various products and brands dedicated to making vegan foods. There are also a bunch of recipes and vegan meal ideas to help you, or someone you know, to go vegan.
The foods people can make using just plants never ceases to amaze. And these are only some of the many great vegan brands, products, and recipes out there.
First, some basics to cover off…
There is an ever increasing selection of plant-based milks to choose from.
Made from a base of soy, oats, almonds… you name it. Non-dairy milk sure comes in handy on a vegan diet.
Pour it over your morning cereal or oatmeal, add it to a fruit smoothie, have a glass for lunch, or you can use it in casseroles and baked goods.
Non-dairy milk brands to check out include:
So Good makes soy-based milks in different flavours as well as fat-free and no sugar added options.
With soy, almond, coconut, and cashew-based non-dairy milk varieties, Silk has lots to choose from. They even have an almond-coconut, non-dairy milk blend.
Organic almond and soy non-dairy beverages from So Nice come in original, vanilla, unsweetened, and chocolate varieties.
Eden Foods makes Edensoy organic soy milks in original, unsweetened, vanilla, chocolate, and carob.
Rice, soy, almond, cashew, coconut, and Dream Blends… the Dream vegan milk options keep growing.
With almond, hemp, oat, rice, soy, seven-grain, and even hazelnut non-dairy milk options in original and vanilla, and some coming in chocolate flavour too, Pacific Natural Foods has quite the selection.
Keep your eye out for new flavours and varieties from these and other companies.
Homemade Almond Milk
Or, you can always make your own homemade almond milk.
Add only the ingredients you want and enjoy the flavour of fresh non-dairy milk made right at home.
To make almond milk you’ll need:
* a strainer, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag
* flavours you’d like to add such as cinnamon or vanilla
* a touch of salt
* and a bit of sweet from dates, maple syrup, or whatever sweetener you prefer
Homemade or store bought, there are many ways you can use non-dairy milks on a vegan diet. Learn more about non-dairy milks varieties…
Vegan Cheese and Cheesy Options
For the cheese lover…
When you go vegan, you can use any number of vegan cheeses.
Add them to your favourite dishes, or make recipes that create a cheesy experience using plant foods such as nutritional yeast or cashews.
A few vegan cheeses include:
Made by Field Roast, Chao Cheese is great for veggie burgers and sandwiches, or you can melt it over pasta for a cheesy casserole.
Follow Your Heart makes many flavours of non-dairy cheeses such as mozzarella, provolone, and garden herb that are all suited for a vegan diet.
Daiya makes vegan cheese in slices, shreds, cream cheese spreads, and blocks, all coming in a multiple flavours. Daiya even has a Jalapeno Havarti style block cheese that you can find on Vegan Supply.
Finish off your pasta dish by sprinkling on some Parma! vegan parmesan made by Sister River Foods.
Go Veggie has vegan parmesan cheese as well as vegan cheese blocks, spreads, shreds, and slices.
Before people go vegan they often wonder what they’ll do without meat. You certainly don’t need meat to get your protein. You can get all the protein you need on a vegan diet from plants.
Learn more about protein from Dr. Garth Davis in his book Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.
And as for taste, there are more vegan meat options now than ever before, coming in all varieties.
If you’re interested in vegan meats, you can try:
The makers of the infamous vegan Beast Burger, Beyond Meat is a plant-based meat company with chicken, beef, burger, and meatball options. Their products are all vegan and paving the way for the future of protein-rich foods.
Bute Island Foods has vegan deli meats that are perfect for sandwiches.
Get vegan seafood, meats, hot dogs, deli slices, burgers, and more from Yves Veggie.
Match Meat makes ground vegan meat, chicken, crab, sausage and more.
Load on the toppings and enjoy a baked potato with Pig Out whole grain vegan bacon bits from WayFare.
More vegan bacon bits, CocoBacon is made from coconut and has a great crunch.
Upton’s has a number of vegan meats like Bar-B-Que Jackfruit and Bacon Seitan.
The Herbivorous Butcher
Located in the Minneapolis area, stop by The Herbivorous Butcher to try their selection of tasty vegan meats. Or you can order a Teriyaki, Sizzlin’ Cajun, and Salt n’ Peppa vegan jerky sampler online.
There are quite a few different vegan and vegetarian deli and butcher shops opening up these days, so look out for one in your area.
Meat out. Beans in.
You don’t even need to use vegan meats if you don’t want to.
If it’s that “full” feeling you’re going for, beans can be just as satisfying and provide you with a hearty plant-based meal.
Some filling and healthy vegan recipes with beans include:
Plant-Based Eggs and Egg Substitutes for Baking
Innovation has led to many creations including vegan egg replacers and even vegan eggs that you can scramble up for breakfast.
The Vegg makes vegan egg replacers, vegan scrambled eggs, and baking mixes.
neat has vegan egg and meat substitutes including the neat egg.
Bob’s Red Mill makes vegan egg replacers that work really well for baking.
In addition to various vegan egg alternatives and egg replacers, there are a number of plant-based egg substitutions that you can use for vegan baking.
This infographic from No Meat Athlete shows quite a few…
And there are plenty of ways to re-create your favourite meals without using eggs.
Take these healthy vegan recipes for example:
Of course, you don’t need to be constantly looking for veganized recipes or products, you can just focus on eating whole plant foods.
One of the great things about going vegan is that your world opens up to so many more options. It’s just realising it that often takes people a bit of time.
You’re not sacrificing anything. You’re just changing. And change can be good.
So, experiment. Try something new. Enjoy the subtleties of flavours. You’ll likely be amazed by all of the great tasting vegan recipes that can be made using only simple plant foods.
Fruit and Vegetable Based Meals
Going vegan is really about changing your mentality towards food and what you put at the centre of your meals.
This might take a little bit of time, but having a number of easy vegan recipes that you can make up certainly helps.
You don’t need to compromise taste when going vegan. There are so many delicious vegan recipes and foods that can prove to you how satisfying plants can be.
Don’t be afraid to try new foods.
You don’t need to like everything, but you might as well try it first before you judge it.
Fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. Get acquainted with the basics. And mix things up a bit in the kitchen. Try new recipes and experiment with different flavours.
Many people start cooking more when switch to a vegan diet.
When you go vegan, especially the healthier you want to eat, it sure helps to make your own food.
If you make it, you know what’s in it.
Once you’re a bit more comfortable with your vegan diet, that’s a good time to surprise those you know by making some of your delicious vegan recipes for them. Chances are they won’t even know it’s vegan unless you tell them.
Get healthy vegan recipes to help make going vegan easier, and better for you.
Vegan meal ideas
Here are a bunch of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and even dessert ideas and recipes that can all be enjoyed on a vegan diet.
What do vegans eat for breakfast?
Well, including many of the more traditional breakfast meals, these are just some of the things that you can have when you eat a vegan diet:
Cereal with fruit
Fruit bowl – Keep it simple.
Waffles or pancakes with syrup
Oatmeal or cereal with non-dairy milk and fruit – You can even get oatmeal that’s ready to go, just add water.
Scrambled vegan eggs with toast and vegan bacon
Veggie-filled vegan omelette
Fruit loaf, sliced and paired with your favourite fruity jam or spread
Vegan berry muffins
If you’re looking for more vegan meal ideas for breakfast, be sure to stop by VeganStart.
Fruit – Nature’s fast food. It’s healthy and ready to go.
Crudites (raw vegetable sticks) – Another healthy snack that are nice to have on hand for a quick bite to eat. Snacks are just one of the many ways that you can incorporate more raw foods into a vegan diet.
Crackers – A box of crackers in the glove compartment will help make sure you don’t go hungry while you’re out running errands.
Healthy vegan snacks you can make at home:
Dried fruit bars
Make your own oil-free vegan air popped popcorn.
Hummus with dip to go with veggies or healthy oil-free organic brown rice crackers.
Or get a whole snack box with variety to choose from so you can try out a bunch of different vegan snack foods.
And take a look at this list of vegan foods that make for great snacks on a vegan diet.
As with any meal it’s really up to you, but here are some lunch-time vegan meal ideas to get you started:
Salad, loaded with veggies, chickpeas, and topped with a light dressing
Sandwich, made with your favourite vegan bread and filled with veggies and hummus.
Fruit smoothie – Why not have some more fruit? It’s easy to prepare and a great source of energy.
Fruit salad, or fruit slices with vegetables and dip
Soup – When preparing soup, having a good soup broth can make all the difference. The Forks Over Knives Cookbook has a great homemade broth recipe that provides an excellent base for all sorts of soups. And if you’re looking for something ready to go, try out this organic low sodium vegetable broth that’s gluten-free and oil-free. Soups are especially great to help warm you up on those colder winter days.
Baked potato wedges
Much the same as lunch, here are some more healthy vegan recipes to try out:
Vegetable potato curry
Quinoa or rice with beans and vegetables
Veggie and bean soup
Ah, dessert. For many, the most important meal of the day.
When you eat a vegan diet you certainly won’t have to skimp on dessert, so don’t worry.
From puddings to cakes you can have it all, just made vegan.
Vegan desserts that are all ready to go:
So Delicious vanilla bean vegan ice cream – Made from coconut milk, just take it out of the freezer and you’ve got a delicious, instant vegan dessert.
There are even countless healthy vegan recipes that you can make for dessert, like:
Homemade vegan cookies
Pudding – How about a Pumpkin Chia Pudding to start?
Pies – Pumpkin, caramel apple crumble, cherry… they can all be made vegan.
Fruit bars and other delicious vegan recipes with a fruity twist can all be part of a vegan diet.
Banana bread – Breakfast, as a snack, or dessert, this could really go for any time of day.
Don’t feel you need to compromise on dessert when you go vegan. These vegan meal ideas and many more are yours to be had.
Let your imagination run wild. If you can think of it, chances are it can be made vegan. Follow some of these vegan recipe creators to find out how.
Water (of course) – Having some warm water in the morning, with a squeeze of lemon for flavour is a nice way to being the day.
Fruit smoothies – Blend your favourite fruit for a healthy energy boosting beverage. Smoothies are a nice way to incorporate more raw fruit into a vegan diet.
Organic vegan herbal teas – They provide a nice way to wind down the day.
A number of the companies that make non-dairy milks also have dairy-free creamers for your warm beverages.
Silk makes original and almond vanilla flavours.
So Delicious has a French vanilla creamer.
So Nice offers a original, French vanilla, and a barista blend non-dairy coffee creamer.
In addition, nutpods offers a number of unsweetened flavours including French vanilla.
These are just some of the many foods you can eat on a vegan diet.
Going vegan doesn’t have to be difficult
It’s never too late or too early to go vegan.
In addition to being good for the planet, and everyone on it, these plant-based professionals can show you how following a vegan diet can be excellent for your health too!
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