Are you ready to adopt a plant-based lifestyle and don’t know where to start? It can be overwhelming, especially in today’s world where there are so many alternatives to meat, cheese, dairy, eggs. It’s so much easier to go vegan than it was ten years ago when there was only one or two cheese alternative options. Fast forward to today you’ve got dairy farmers converting to plant-based production!
Here’s my roundup of my ten absolute favorite products. I’d recommend these to anyone, vegan or not!
Ok if I could only have invested in this company when it launched. I feel like such a genuine advocate for this company since its inception. I’ve seen slight changes to their ingredient list as they’ve hit the big market but still this is my #1 go-to vegan alternative all around. I eat this every day for breakfast: scrambled eggs, egg sandwich, breakfast burrito, you name it. The reason I like it is because it has a similar consistency and taste to real eggs. You can find this at your local health food market, Whole Foods, and now major retailers like Wal-Mart and Costco.
Ripple Pea Milk
There are sooo many good plant-based milks out there but this takes the cake in terms of its rich creaminess. My boyfriend actually introduced this to me and I have not grabbed another brand since trying this. My favorite is the unsweetened vanilla.
Kite Hill Cream Cheese
Pair this with a vegan/GF bagel and OMG you can’t even tell this is “fake” cream cheese. I’ve tried other brands but Kite Hill has continuously been my favorite in terms of tasting like the actual real deal. Miyoko’s makes one too but I find that one too cashew-y for my liking.
Ok so what about cheese? Cheese is the one food that many non-vegans can’t live without and prevents them from switching. That was definitely the case for me! There are so many good brands out there now so it should make your life easier. I’ve tried them all. Violife is my favorite (particularly the mature cheddar), with Follow Your Heart as runner-up.
Coconut Bliss Ice Cream
Not gonna lie, I ate through tubs of this brand when I was recovering from my jaw surgery. This is the real OG. Doesn’t taste fake or that “flaky” creamy taste you get with some of the other plant-based ice-creams. It’s so creamy and they have a bunch of products ranging from ice cream bars to sandwiches to ice-cream cookies and pints galore! My favorite is the Coconut Almond crunch bars.
Ok now let’s move on to the breads. I am also gluten-free so sometimes it’s a challenge finding BOTH vegan and gluten free. I’ve stumbled upon my favorites and am committed to these brands.
Better than real bread I swear!! This company makes the BEST sourdough bread I can’t get enough. They don’t sell them anywhere near me so I get them shipped to me whenever I get the craving. Trust me, it’s so worth it!
Happy Campers Bread
My go-to sliced bread that you can find in any health store, including Whole Foods. I’ve tried all the V/GF breads out there and I always tend to reach for this. It has the same texture as glutinous bread and doesn’t crumble easily like some of the other GF breads. My favorite is the Classy Slice pictured above.
Little Northern Bakehouse
This is another fave of mine for sliced bread, but my #1 go-to for BAGELS! Pair this with the Kite Hill cream cheese.
Hands down the best vegan/GF tortillas out there. Warm them for a few minutes on the skillet so they get buttery soft. They have all types: almond, cassava, cashew, chickpea tortillas. The best thing about these tortillas is they only have 5 ingredients. FIVE!!! Why would anyone opt for regular tortillas that contain 20+ ingredients when you can actually count the number of ingredients on one hand?
So as you can tell, I am very passionate about the brands that I’ve mentioned above. Vegan or not, you should definitely keep an eye out for these products the next time you are at the grocery store. For those looking to make the switch, I hope this helped you and takes out some of the stress of shopping for alternatives.