This is the list of vegan food I use to replace ingredients in my recipes.
This guide will help you replace products either all at once or slowly over time as you need them.
In this program, I will show you what products I love that you can start replacing with the ones you already have in your fridge. Just a healthier alternative.
The transition to a healthier life is about to get more comfortable.
I use many of these ingredients in the recipes on the cleanse. I believe that if you, just swap out what you eat for plant-based versions that are healthier, you will see a dramatic shift in your body and energy.
This is a guide to give you ideas about what you can swap for what.
Milk and Creamers-
What you need to know about non-dairy milk and creamer is, there are so many different types. Some are more like non-fat milk, others closer to 2% and the creamers are closer to whole milk. It is essential to find one that you love, so you don’t go back.
The replacements for milk keep coming, but my personal favorites are:
- Almond Milk
- Soy Milk
- Cashew Milk
- Oat Milk
- Hemp Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Rice Milk
It is so easy to replace milk in any recipe.
If it’s vanilla or flavored milk it may not be suitable for your savory dishes. I love it in a smoothie but vanilla mashed potatoes, are not my favorite.
I prefer almond milk for everything. The refrigerated ones are creamier than what you find on the shelf. My recommended brand is CALIFIA. I love the original.
Creamers/ Half and Half-
New creamers are popping up every day. I find that most don’t stand up to the original. They aren’t as creamy or thick.
- Soy Creamer
- Coconut Creamer
- Almond Creamer
- Stir in Creamer
My favorite creamer to replace half and half is…
So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer
Laird Superfoods Coffee Creamer (stir in)
Many brands also have flavoring if that is your jam.
Butter and Cream Cheese-
I first tried vegan butter 16 years ago when I was at a friends dinner party, and it was all I could talk about. I loved it more than butter. I made the switch to vegan butter before I was ever vegan.
My favorite is Earth Balance, it comes in different varieties, but every one is delicious.
- I always buy their soy free variety when available.
- Use it in place of anything you would use butter for.
- The possibilities are endless, Skies the limit.
Cheeses and Dairy-
Daiya Cheese for melting
Chao Slices for snacking
Follow your heart for burgers
Mykonos Garlic Herb for goat cheese
I love a good bagel with cream cheese, add some fresh veggies, and I’m in heaven. The cream cheese replacements didn’t taste good when I first went vegan, but they have come far since then.
There are so many cream cheeses on the market these days,
Kite Hill Chive and Original Cream Cheese.
Kite Hill is almond based, and you would never know.
Daiya Cream Cheese
Kite Hill Almond
So Delicious Coconut Milk
Forager Cashew Yogurt
Tofutti Sour Cream
Homemade Cashew Cream
EGGS AND MEAT
Tofu (poached, fried or scrambled)
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer
Tofu is delicious and takes on any flavor it’s marinating in.
I love Wildwood Tofu.
You want to always buy soy organic as the conventional soy is Genetically modified.
Field Roast Sausages ( I love Italian and apple sage)
Beyond Meat Sausages
Beyond Meat Burgers
Amy’s California Burger
Sunshine Sunflower Burgers
Beyond Meat Chicken Strips
Chicken Nuggets- Chik’n Nuggets
Tofu pups Hot Dogs
Field Roast Frankfurters
Any organic non dairy
Soy Sauce/ Teriyaki-
San J Tamari
San J Teriyaki
Any organic (non-dairy) tomato sauce
Pesto (no cheese please)
Imagine Vegetable Broth or Stock
Nut butter and Jelly-
Organic without added ingredients
Braggs Healthy Vinaigrette
Follow Your Heart Ranch
Hummus and Dips-
Oils and Vinegars-
Any organic Pasta, without eggs or dairy
Any organic noodles without eggs or dairy
Check labels, but lots of breads are naturally vegan
Check labels, but lots of these are naturally vegan
Tortillas- corn or flour-
Mainly vegan, but check labels
Mainly vegan, but check labels
Garden of Eatin Tortilla Chips
Cabo Corn Chips
Kettle Brand Chips- non-dairy flavors
Lundberg Rice Chips- non-dairy flavors
Simple Mill Crackers- non-dairy
Any organic replacement for a cracker you love
Mac n Cheese-
Organic Vegetable Flavors
Annie’s Cinnamon Crackers
Uncle Eddies Vegan Cookies
Justin Dark Chocolate Bars
Surf Snack Gummies
Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chips
Non -Dairy Chocolate
In the Freezer
Vans Frozen Waffles
Amy’s Non-dairy Burritos
Tofu Scramble Burrito
Amy’s Vegan Raviolis
Annie’s Chun Potstickers
Amy’s Vegan Pizza Bites
Sweet Treats and Baking Swaps
Ben and Jerrys Non Dairy
Almond Milk Pudding Cups
Newman’s Oatmeal Choclate Chip
Enjoy Life Double Chocolate
Trader Joe’s Marshmallows
Change to organic flour, whatever flour you prefer. In my pantry you will find
All purpose, Brown Rice and Almond Flours.
Change to organic oats
Organic Brown Sugar
Baking Soda and Baking Powder-
Bob’s Red Mill or any organic aluminum free replacement
Organic Pink Salt
Coffee (switch to organic)
Black Teas (switch to organic)
Soda and Juice-
Switch to organic
I love Blue Sky (sugar) Soda
Virgil (sugar and sugar free varieties) Root Beer
Zevia (sugar free)
Fresh Squeezed Juice-
Fresh Squeezed Only Please
Go India Sweet Rose
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Wine and Beer-
Switch to organic
Where do I shop?
If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you, I’ll bet somewhere there is a health food store close by. Here on Kauai, we have five small health food stores. I shop at all five, as they all offer different products. I have my main one but do small shopping at the others. I have three kids, and they eat a lot, so I shop a lot.
We don’t have a Whole Foods here, which is nice as Kauai is quaint and small with smaller businesses. I do enjoy them anytime I travel. I don’t know if I would cook if I lived near one.
If you haven’t been to it, you will be amazed at all the products you never knew existed. For the most part, I try to buy organic (see attached sheet). However, I always try to find the best product replacement available.
In Hawaii it is very expensive to have food shipped, but if you are on the mainland, a quick google search will find you an online health food store that delivers. Since Amazon bought Whole Foods, you can have it delivered right to your door.
Farmers Markets are another great way to find organic fruits and veggies.
I love when you can get fresh bread along with other products as well. Big plus as you are supporting local farmers and your body with the freshest food.
Any unprocessed plant food is vegan, this includes fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes.
HOW TO TELL IF A PACKAGED FOOD IS VEGAN?
Start by scanning the products label and packaging. Due to the rise of veganism, in the last few years more and more products are being labeled as vegan. Look for products that say “Suitable for Vegans” or have the “Certified Vegan” logo.
Find the allergy information of a product by looking near the very bottom of it’s ingredient list. If the product contains milk ingredients, eggs, or shellfish it will plainly say, “Contains milk, eggs, shellfish”. This doesn’t work so well for products containing meat, but it will quickly tell you whether or not it’s worth reading the whole ingredients list or not.
READ THE INGREDIENTS
There are many by-products derived from animals which can cause some confusion at first, for example; whey powder, casein, and modified milk ingredients are all dairy products. Don’t let that scare you! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you learn what ingredients to avoid, it’s nothing to cry over, you’ll learn it all in time!
MAKE SURE PERSONAL CARE ITEMS AND COSMETICS ARE CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN
READ VEGAN LABELING & INGREDIENT LISTS
Start by scanning the product’s label and packaging. Look for products that have the “Certified Vegan” logo. If the product is simply labeled “vegan” or “contains no animal ingredients” do not take that as a guarantee, read the full ingredient list and find out for yourself. Make good use of vegan/cruelty-free product lists that are easily found online, it’s a lot easier to do research at home than trying to understand some of the unregulated terms used in packaging.