We all know the best-case scenario is eating a whole food plant-based diet – I believe no one will argue with that.
How feasible is this, though?
What happens if you are juggling a job or two, plus have other passions and responsibilities to cater for? I believe food should not become the center of our universe, and though I aim to exclude most processed foods from my menu, I am not extreme. I don’t think it is all that unhealthy to pack on some store-bought vegan cheeses, milk, tempeh, tofu or even snacks. One cannot and doesn’t need to be 100% perfect when it comes to processed food, plus there are some options which are not that ‘bad’ for you, believe it or not! If one becomes an absolute health nut, you might as well stop breathing with all the pollution we nowadays have!
My goal is to help people thrive vegan whether they have hours to cook or not. A lot of transitioning vegans are scared they can’t live without cheese or find the idea of making their own nut cheeses simply daunting. Plus, just like our muscles, our cells have memory – they crave certain tastes, smells, and textures. This is not the case for everyone, but for most of us – yes! There is nothing wrong about giving into a craving, or living off certain convenient foods when this is simply the best we can do at this point in time… Think about it – is it better to eat dairy and meat, or opt for these store-bought vegan alternatives? So, these are
12 Convenient Go-To Vegan Products You Can Totally Survive On
A good vegan cheese is hard to find, and almost every vegan will tell you Daiya is the best out there. It actually melts (novel idea!), and while both the shreds and wedges are good in cooked recipes, pieces of the wedges are also nice for snacking or on cold sandwiches.
While they also make gravy mixes, Road’s End is on our list for their mac and “chreese,” which is a Godsend when you have a craving and don’t want to cook from scratch. Choose from a variety of pasta shapes with cheddar or elbow macaroni with Alfredo. You can also buy mixes for their cheese sauces.
Trader Joe’s Zucchini Fries
These Trader Joes Zucchini Fries are AAH-MAZING dipped in some vegan ranch! Plus, not as ‘unhealthy’ as you might think!
Trader Joe’s Dolmas
These vegan stuffed grape leaves are good to keep on hand when you’re craving a savory snack. In many Eastern countries stuffed grape leaves a traditional main meal, so they are also filling enough to use for lunch, in combination with a salad and some vegan yogurt.
Slightly nutty and naturally sweet, the unsweetened varieties of almond milk are usually the lowest-calorie non-dairy milks. It’s best in sweet recipes or on its own. If you want something a little different, they also make almond milk-coconut milk blends.
No getting around it, Silk makes the best soy milk and is one of the few companies to offer one that’s both unsweetened and organic. Nice and thick, it’s good by the glass, with cereal, and in sweet or savory recipes. For a treat, try their vanilla flavor or the Fruit & Protein drinks, which are like smoothies.
The product sits in the pan like eggs, and is scramble-able like eggs. This is such an exciting feature. Is it necessary? No way. However, it’s nostalgic and nice.
Kite Hill Vegan Yogurt
Yogurt has always been a staple food at my house, and it’s a great thing that we have such a variety of choices – today’s vegan yogurts are versatile, creamy, silky, sweet and satisfying.
Kite Hill’s vegan yogurt is a favorite since it’s silky yet has body and super creamy and. Flavored versions are rich and silky smooth. This stuff is the real deal — tastes like yogurt and not too sweet. No funny aftertaste. Just pure goodness.
I usually eat burgers without the buns (rather combining with salad + cheese), and a lot of other vegans share the opinion this meat substitute is insanely delicious! The burgers sizzle and brown just like a hamburger. It’s also free of soy, gluten, and GMOs.
You can make many quick & tasty dishes with these! Easy to prepare and very yummy!
Just Cookie Dough
I am a huge fan of the “Just” products from Hampton Creek. Their Just Мayo is mind blowing and even non vegans are buying it up like crazy. Their new product is cookie dough and yes, you can eat it right from the container if you like. Yummy! It comes in several flavors like Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter. Get all the details on their official website.
Earth Café to Go Cheesecake
Ordering dessert online seems odd, but when you’re in the mood for really good cheesecake, these are so worth it. Made from cashews, the smooth, rich “cheese” sits on a nutty crust that provides a nice contrasting crunch. Not only are they vegan, but also gluten-free and raw, and they come in enough flavors to satisfy any craving.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”