What Will Vegans Eat?

Answer: anything that doesn’t involve animal exploitation!

Whenever you read guidance for going vegan, the focus always seems to be on the restrictions, the things you need to cut out. We find that quite negative! So if you’re thinking of going vegan, first have a look at what you can eat. Get a good idea of what will make up your daily food intake, what you can buy for a naughty treat, and experiment with flavours that work for you. People often find that veganism opens them up to food they’d never even heard of before!

So what will vegans eat?

  • Vegan meats – burgers, hot dogs, sandwich slices, bacon,
    A vegan apple slice and frozen banana ice-cream.

    A vegan apple slice and frozen banana ice-cream. Photo by Kevin McCutcheon

    sausage, chicken style nuggets, sausage rolls, mince… These can be made from soy protein, seitan, tempeh, mushroom and more.

  • Dairy replacements – cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt, butter. Even things like parmesan and coffee creamer exist! Different types of plant milks include soya, almond, oat, rice, hemp, cashew, hazelnut, coconut, plus more.
  • Vegan egg – you can buy vegan egg, or use other products as replacements. Tofu can be made into scrambled egg, and bananas and apple sauce are great replacements for baking.
  • Tofu – firm tofu (refrigerated) is quite bland, so can be fried, baked, grilled, scrambled, marinated – all for a variety of tastes and meals. Silken tofu is found on the shelf and is creamy, so perfect for desserts, dips, and soups.
  • Sweet treats – easily found in supermarkets are cakes, doughnuts, pies, pastries, cream, yoghurt, cheesecake, chocolate and biscuits.
  • Savoury treats – crisps, pretzels, popcorn, salted nuts,
  • Falafels.
  • Fruit.
  • Vegetables.
  • Beans and lentils.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Carbs such as pasta, rice, couscous, noodles and bread.
  • Dips such as houmous, guacamole, and french dressing.
  • Drinks – juices, smoothies, water, some fizzy drinks. More and more alcohol is now labelled up as vegan now, but do check out Barnivore for a comprehensive guide.
  • Herbs, spices and seasonings.

 

Phew! Is that enough to be getting on with?

Don’t forget to check food labels – you may be surprised at what has the ‘vegan’ logo! A great website to check out is Accidentally Vegan. They regularly post on social media with new vegan buys they have spotted in the UK.

The-Vegan-Societys-Vegan-Trademark

Everything listed above can be found in large UK supermarkets, Holland and Barrett, or both! Don’t forget to check out Ocado too if you like online food shopping, as they are particularly good for stocking vegan products.

Of course, you may have allergies or personal preferences that adjusts this list. Those following a whole foods, no junk diet may overlook faux meat and snacks, for example. Find out what works for you. And remember, to be a healthy vegan have everything in moderation, just like with an omnivorous diet!

What’s your favourite vegan food? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll share ours!

Feeling positive about all of the wonderful things you can enjoy as a vegan? NOW you should have a look at the things to avoid. Check out our page on what vegans won’t eat.

Ready for some cooking inspiration? Head over to our recipes page where we ‘veganise’ many classic dishes.

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