Going Vegan: Trying New Snack Foods

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Most of what I eat is already vegan (fruits and veggies, nuts, beans, lentils, rice and grains etc) but I am also an avid consumer of junk food. This switch will be good for me in a bunch of ways, one being that I can’t just grab some chocolate bars at the checkout without thinking and inhale them in the car. Taking the time to read the ingredients of the products I want to purchase slows me way down and helps me to make the right choices, in addition to making me aware of what is in the food that I eat. There are some areas that are going to require some big revisions for me; chocolate, ice cream bars, mayonnaise, etc being just a few. As I make the switch to vegan options I’m going to post about it to help out anyone else who also wants to make the transition to plant-based eating!

An easy switch was from traditional ice cream bars to these awesome coconut almond bars by So Delicious. As a kid I had myriad food allergies and was put on a dairy free diet to help fix my lizard skin. I never got used to the rice milk “ice cream” (this was also like 20 years ago so we’ve come a long way since then) and still kind of dread the idea of vegan store bought ice cream. Good thing I have an ice cream maker and some really good recipes for vegan ice cream! These bars though… so good. They are obviously different from the Haagen Das ones I eat from time to time, but they definitely satisfy the craving. Plus they are mini-sized so it’s not like a zillion calories in one shot.

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Mary’s Organic Crackers are great because they are vegan and also gluten free. They are a good dose of grains and I personally feel less overfull after eating them as opposed to saltines or stone wheat thins or something. They are really good with peanut butter or vegan cream cheese!

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Justin’s organic dark chocolate peanut butter cups. These things are so super good but come with a warning – the ingredients list does not include any dairy, though they include on the label that they may contain milk. I looked into this and it is because the equipment they use to process these largely vegan snacks is also used to produce products that include milk. While these peanut butter cups don’t contain any milk, they have included a note that reads “Contains: Peanuts, Soy, Tree Nuts, Milk.” purely for allergy reasons. Taken from their FAQ page:

Even though there are no milk ingredients added to our delicious Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the recipe has not changed, we recently changed our label to disclose “contains milk” because they are produced on machinery that also processes our Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, which do contain milk. While there is an extensive sanitation process between each batch, the reason we made this change is two-fold, both deriving from our company’s primary fundamental – safety…

So… yeah. If you are die hard I guess skip these tasty peanut butter babies, but I’m going to count them as vegan. They are too good.

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These Vega snack bars are a good substitute for those crappy chocolate bars by the check out, and more and more grocery stores are carrying these by the check out now too. More chocolate and peanut butter… mmmmm.

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This one was a scary one for me… my beloved mayo! No more! I picked up some Vegenaise and was really, really surprised at how totally delicious it was. I made up a veggie burger last night slathered with this stuff and it was just as good as mayo, possibly even better. And what is also exciting about this product is that they have a ton of different flavours; roasted garlic, pesto, chipotle and more. AHHH I’m so excited about this!

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The “go to” veggie burger for a lot of vegetarians in the original Gardenburger (my favourite), but it contains cheese so is sadly not vegan (they DO have a vegan burger option but I haven’t tried it yet!) I do love me a good veggie burger, so here are the two brands that I have tried recently and really enjoyed. SoL Cuisine makes a great gluten free and vegan patty with sprouted quinoa that I really enjoy. I had this one last night with the vegenaise and I was VERY happy about it, haha.

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Another vegan patty I have been eating recently is the Original Veggie Burger from Big Mountain Foods. They also have a “cheesy” one with Daiya cheese that looks good! This one is also gluten free which is good for your tummy.

More vegan product roundups coming at you soon! ❤

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