Having a kitchen full of versatile and tasty ingredients is your first step to creating fantastic vegan food. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite vegan-friendly products to help you on your healthy journey!
Enjoy your new grocery shop:
Flora Freedom Dairy Free Spread
Dairy Free Cheese:
Cheese is notoriously one of the hardest animal-based products to recreate, but these brands are offering amazing dairy-free alternatives to mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar and more:
Follow Your Heart
Bute Island Sheese
There are so many varieties of non-dairy milk to choose from, including soy, rice, almond, oat, hemp, coconut and more. Here’s around-up of my favourite brands of plant milk:
Koko Dairy Free
Whether you’re looking for a Greek yoghurt alternative for your breakfast, or a fruity flavoured treat, these brands should have you covered. The bases of the yoghurt vary with each brand, but soya and coconut are common alternatives in plant-based yoghurt:
Koko Dairy Free
The Coconut Collaborative
Supermarket own label
Rubies in the Rubble
Follow Your Heart
Hellman’s Vegan Mayo
Dairy-Free Chocolate, Ice Cream & Desserts:
Freaks of Nature
Ben & Jerry’s
Protein is a hot topic when it comes to going vegan, but there’s no need to worry. There’s so much choice when it comes to vegan sources of protein, whether you like wholefoods plant-based forms of protein or meat-alternative products.
Here’s a quick summary of the meat-replacement brands available, which typically use seitan or soy as their base:
Quorn (not all Quorn products are vegan - please check the label)
Meatless Farm Co.
Tofu: Extra firm for cooking or silken for sauces and desserts.
Beans, Chickpeas & Lentils: dried or canned beans such as kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans. Lentils are a wonderful ‘meat’ substitute in Bolognaise, Shepherd’s Pie and Lasagne.
Seeds: Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax etc.
Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, brazils and pine nuts
Nut butters: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter etc.
Tempeh: Similar to tofu in that it is made from fermented soy beans, but less popular in Western countries. It’s firmer than tofu with a stronger flavour
Quinoa: a grain that’s also a great source of protein
Protein powders: including Pulsin powders.
GRAINS & CARBS
Grains such as rice, oats and cous cous are a great addition to your meal. Most pasta and breads are also vegan, but just keep an eye out on the ingredients list for eggs or milk if you’re unsure.
COOKING & BAKING
Use these simple replacements to help you switch-out the animal products in your cupboard:
Agar agar: Vegan substitute for gelatine, available from Clearspring.
Nutritional yeast: A lovely cheesy flavour and great for vitamin B12.
Vegetable stock/bouillon: (cubes or powder) Low sodium options are also available.
Oils: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is great for cooking, but there’s a range of vegetable oils at your disposal, including rapeseed and sunflower.
Egg Replacements: flax seeds or chia seeds (one chia ‘egg’ equals 1 tablespoon of seed to 2 tablespoons of water), available from Follow Your Heart and Orgran.
Coconut oil: Good for replacing butter.
Honey Replacements: Agave nectar, maple syrup or date syrup.
Blackstrap Molasses: Fantastic source of iron.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Don’t forget to fill your diet with nutritious fruits and veg – eat the rainbow! Here’s some of my favourites:
Kale: A vegan superfood! (along with other cruciferous vegetables) An excellent source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
Bell peppers: Great raw dipped in hummus or in a stir fry.
Sweet potato: A fantastic source of vitamin A.
Mushrooms: Get your B vitamins here!
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Avocados: A great source of healthy fats!
SNACKS & DRINKS
Nuts and seeds