Vegan Food

While eating whole foods is by far the healthiest choice for any diet, it may not be practical for many people… and some of us just like the taste of a cheeseburger! Having vegan “meat” and “cheese” options allows us to continue to participate in some of our favorite food-centered activities, such as Bar-B-Ques and pizza parties, without feeling deprived. We are fortunate to live in a time when we have a plethera of options that make transitioning to a compassionate diet much easier than ever before. In fact, considering you can get pretty much anything in a plant-based version - from sushi to cheesecake to pizza - there really is no reason to keep eating animal products. Many people are also avoiding products that contain palm oil for ethical reasons. To learn more about the problem with palm oil, click here.

On this page we give you examples of some of our favorite vegan / plant-based alternatives. For more up-to-date reviews of vegan foods, follow us on Instagram. Or check out VeganMiam.com for food and other vegan product reviews.

And if you can’t find any of these products in your local grocery store, there are now plenty of online vegan grocers, like VeganEssentials.com  (and check out TheHerbiverousButcher.com for amazing vegan “meat” and cheese!)

Vegan Meat

Consuming the flesh of an animal is not only bad for the animal it came from and bad for the planet, but it’s bad for the consumer as well. Humans are not physiologically designed to digest animal flesh. So while it is possible, it is not optimal. But most of us grew up eating meats of all kinds, and many of us have had it as part of nearly every meal for as long as we can remember. The great news for meat-lovers is that we can now get the same taste we crave without harming ourselves, our planet, or the animals that most of us love when they are alive.

Below are some of our favorite faux-meats products. We can tell you right up front that we absolutely love most Gardein, Field Roast, and Beyond Meat products, including the famous Beyond Burger!

Beyond Burger
Beyond Burger

Beyond Meat’s signature product… the world-famous Beyond Burger! It may be the best burger in the world!

Gardein Beefless Tips
Beefless Tips

Home Style Beefless Tips (vegan tri-tip) pieces from Gardein. Great with pasta, rice, or on their own. Also perfect for tacos, stroganoff, or any dish that calls for chunks of meaty pieces.

Vegan Teriyaki Burger
Terikayaki Veggie Burger

Terikyaki style Veggie Burger from Sweet Earth. A nice change from standard  vegan "beef” burgers.

Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips
Szechuan Beefless Strips

Sizzling Szechuan Beefless (vegan meat) Strips from Gardein. Easy and delicious… and a little spicy.

Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
Vegan Chicken Strips

Seven Grain Crispy Tenders (vegan chicken strips) from Gardein. Sure to be a favorite with the kids!

Vegan Kung Pao Chicken
Vegan Kung Pao Chicken

Vegan Kung Pao Chicken from Vegetarian Plus is surprisingly yummy. A good item to keep in your freezer for when you don’t feel like cooking.

Gardein Vegan Chicken Sliders
Cripsy Chick’n Sliders

Crispy Chick’n (vegan chicken) Sliders from Gardein. Four small sliders per package. Fast and easy!

The Alpha Nugget
The Alpha Nugget

Original style Chik’n (vegan chicken) Nuggets from Alpha Foods - also available as patties. By far our favorite faux chicken to date!

Bar-B-Que Jackfruit
BBQ Jackfruit

BBQ flavored Jackfruit from The Jackfruit Company. Makes an incredible vegan version of pulled pork sandwiches… without the cruelty.

Tex-Mex Jackfruit
Tex-Mex Jackfruit

Tex-Mex style Jackfruit from The Jackfruit Company. Our new favorite for making nachos, burritos, tacos… or any Mexican dish!

Gardein Vegan Turkey Cutlets
Breaded Turk’y Cutlet

Lightly Breaded vegan Turk’y (turkey) Cutlets from Gardein. A popular turkey replacement at the Holiday table… or any time.

Tofurky Festive Holiday Veggie Roast
Veggie Roast

Vegan Veggie Roast and Wild Rice Stuffing from Tofurky (turkey alternative). A wonderful way to create a new compassionate holiday tradition  Even the most picky carnivores will be impressed!

Gardein Vegan Meatless Meatballs
Meatless Meatballs

Classic Meatless vegan Meatballs from Gardein. We’re pretty sure you know what to do with these! We like to mash them up and add to marinara to make vegan “meat sauce” from time to time. Bursting wtih true Italian flavor!

Gardein Vegan Fishless Filets
Golden Fishless Filets

Golden Fishless filets from Gardein (vegan fish). If you like fish and chips, you won’t be disappointed. All the fish taste without the dioxins, death, or destruction. YAY!

Gardein Crabless Cakes
Crabless Cakes

Mini Cripsy Crabless Cakes from Gardein (vegan crab cakes). A tasty way to replace this popular seafood staple with something healthier and more earth-friendly.

Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Shrimp
Breaded Vegan Shrimp

Breaded Vegan Shrimp from Sophie’s Kitchen (Gourmet Plant-Based Seafood). It may seem impossible, but it’s true… you can even get plant-based shrimp! If any seafood needs to NOT come from the ocean, it’s shrimp.

Sol Veggie Breakfast Patties
Veggie Breakfast Patties

Veggie Breakfast Patties / vegan breakfast sausage from Sol Cuisine. One of our favorite faux-meat breakfast foods!

Upton's Bacon Seitan vegan bacon
Upton’s Bacon Seitan

Vegan Bacon Seitan from Upton’s Naturals is rich and flavorful. No need to eat nasty pork any more.

Lightlife Smart Bacon
Smart Bacon

Smart Bacon meatless bacon strips from Lightlife. The perfect partner for VeganEgg or tofu scrambles… or the old favorite… BLTs!

Yves Veggie Pepperoni
Veggie Pepperoni Slices

Plant based Veggie Pepperoni slices from Yves is a delicious pizza topper, and a fun addition to any vegan meat and cheese platter.

Tofurky Spinach Pesto Sausage
Spinach Pesto Sausage

Vegan Artisan Sausage links from Tofurky: Spinach Pesto. Add to pasta or slap in a bun. A unique and tasty vegan sausage.

Smoked Apple Sage vegan Sausage
Smoked Apple Sage Sausage

Smoked Apple Sage vegan sausage links from Field Roast. We absolutely love this for breakfast, but you can use it for any dish that would benefit from sweet sausage.

Beyond Sausage Bratwurst
Beyond Sausage Brats

Beyond Sausage Brat Original (vegan bratwurst) from Beyond Meat. Can anyone say OMG? Add to pasta, or serve like traditional brats with onion, mustard, and sauerkraut.

Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausage
Mexican Chipotle Sausage

Mexcian Chipotle flavored vegan sausage links from Field Roast. You are sure to find myriad ways to incorporate this into your spicy Latin dishes!

Tofurky Oven Roasted Deli Slices
Tofurky Deli Slices

Original Recipe / Savory Oven Roasted vegan deli slices from Tofurky. We love all of the Tofuky deli slices - they make awesome turkey / chicken sandwich replacements. Makes an excellent meat & cheese tray filler, too.

Field Roast Mushroom Slices
Wild Mushroom Slices

Wild Mushroom vegan deli slices from Field Roast (also available as a roast). Not only are these slices full of robust, smokey flavor, they are a great option for people who don’t like faux meats. Use in place of “roast beef” on a party platter or in your lunch sandwich.

LIghtlife White Bean & Kale Deli Slices
White Bean & Kale Deli Slices

White Bean & Kale vegan deli slices from Lightlife. This is another good option for those who want a tasty sandwich, but don’t want the fake meat (mock meat) option.

Sweet Earth Harmless Ham
Harmless Ham Deli Slices

Harmless Ham vegan deli slices from Sweet Earth. Another one of our favorites. This incredible faux ham is hard to discern from “the real thing.” Now even vegans can have the ham & cheese comfort food.

Dairy is Scary!

In case you didn’t know, cheese is literally addicting. It’s also very, very bad for you. And what you might also be unaware of is that the dairy industry is one of the most cruel and completely inhumane animal industries in the world. Since most people don’t really know how the milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese gets to the dinner table, Youtuber Erin Janus put together this brilliant little video that explains the dairy industry in five minutes. Then see below for great dairy alternatives!

Vegan Cheese

One of the most unhealthy, destructive, and cruel parts of an animal based diet is dairy! And cheese is one thing most people are convinced they cannot live without. The great news is that there are finally some plant-based cheeses on the market that are good enough to eat, not only on a sandwich or on a pizza, but on their own! But a little note of caution... not all cheeses are created equal - some are downright gross. Check out these vegan cheese options that we don’t think are gross. 

There are a few we really don’t like (although everyone’s taste is different), which include Daiya, and Trader Joe’s brand. Also watch out for some cheeses in the “vegetarian” section as they may contain milk. Yes, that’s right… you might pick up a package of “almond cheese” only to find out it’s got cow lactations in it. WHY????? Oh well… just always read the labels before you put the items in your cart.

Chao Creamy Original Vegan Cheese
Chao Creamy Original

Creamy Original vegan cheese slices from Field Roast / Chao Creamery. So smooth and creamy it almost tastes like butter.

Chao Tomato Cayenne Vegan Cheese
Chao Tomato Cayenne

Tomato Cayenne vegan cheese slices from Field Roast / Chao Creamery. Savory and spicey - excellent for so many things, including cheese trays, sandwiches, and Mexican dishes.

Coconut Herb Vegan Cheese
Chao Coconut Herb

Coconut Herb vegan cheese slices from Field Roast / Chao Creamery. Like the other Chao options, we love this on cheese platters, sandwiches, or just for snacking.

Miyokos Vegan Mozzerella
Fresh VeganMozz

Fresh VeganMozz vegan Mozzerella cheese from Miyoko’s. If you’re making pizza or caprese salad, try this.

Vegan Pepperjack Cheese
FYH Pepperjack Slices

Pepperjack vegan cheese slices from Follow Your Heart. Great for sandwiches, nachos, tacos, and more!

Vegan Provolone Cheese
FYH Vegan Provolone

Vegan Provolone cheeses from Follow Your Heart. Smooth and tasty, this our go-to for sandwiches and vegan cheeseburgers.

Vegan Smoked Gouda Cheese
FYH Smoked Gouda

Smoked Gouda vegan cheese slices from Follow Your Heart. It really tastes like Gouda! The perfect option when you’re feeling fancy.  ;-)

FYH Parmesan Cheese Shreds
FYH Permesan Shreds

Dairy Free Parmesan shredded vegan cheese from Follow Your Heart. FYH knows how to do cheese, and this shredded parm is tasty and convenient.

Tofutti Better-Than-Cream-Cheese
Better Than Cream Cheese

Better Than Cream Cheese (vegan) from Toffuti. For bagels, frosting, cheesecake, or whatever you need a cream cheese for. (Trader Joe’s brand is pretty good as well!)

Kite Hill Vegan Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese with Chive

Almond Milk (dairy-free) Cream Cheese with Chive from Kite Hill. Other flavors also available. Their cheese-like spreads are top notch.

Vegan Paremesan Wedge
Violife Vegan Parmesan

Just Like Parmesan vegan cheese block from Violife. Tastes almost exactly like dairy parm. Our favorite so far.

Violife Mature Cheddar Cheese
Mature Cheddar Slices

Violife has mastered vegan cheddar cheese with these Mature Cheddar slices! Cheddar lovers rejoice!

Vegan Dairy (beyond cheese)

As we stated, dairy is bad on so many levels, yet is pervasive in most diets. This is why so much research and development is going into plant-based dairy alternatives. If you go into almost any grocery store you are now presented with a plethora of options, including: soy milk, oat milk, pea milk, flax milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, almond milk, banana milk, and more! Vegan butter, vegan mayo, vegan yogurt, vegan ranch dip… popping up in markets around the world.

Ripple Pea Milk Unsweetened
Ripple Pea Milk (plain)

Ripple Pea Milk Unsweetened (note: the unsweetened versions are DHA Omega 3 fortified!)

Ripple Pea Milk Vanilla
Ripple Pea Milk (vanilla)

Vanilla Ripple Pea Milk is awesome for smoothies and cereal!

Ripple Pea Milk Chocolate
Ripple Pea Milk (chocolate)

The chocolate verion of Ripple’s pea milk is a great protein shake replacer.

Bolthouse Farms Pea Milk
Bolthouse Farms Plant Milk (vanilla)

Bolthouse Farms Plant Milk is another great option for protein… made with peas.

Silk Soy Milk
Silk Soy Milk

Original Soy Milk by Silk is a popular beverage available almost everywhere. Amost every soy milk we’ve tried is pretty darned good.

Oatly Vegan Oat Milk
Oatly Oat Milk

Oat milk is another favorite for its neutral flavor. Drastically lower your carbon footprint with oat milk.

Good Karma Flaxmilk
Good Karma Flax Milk

Flaxmilk by Good Karma is full of ALA Omega 3! Another very planet-friendly option.

Califia Farms Yogurt Drink
Dairy-Free Yogurt Drink

Priobiotic Dairy Free Strawberry Yogurt Drink from Califia Farms (aka vegan kefir). 

So Dellicious Coconut Creamer
So Delicious Organic Coconut Creamer

So Delicious offers a variety of creamers, including oatmilk based.

Forager Vegan Half and Half
Cashewmilk & Coconut Cream Half & Half

Creamy half and half from Forager for coffee and cooking.

Wildwood Soy Creamer
Wildwood Soymilk Creamer

Simple and delicious dairy free coffee creamer from Wildwood Organic.

Ripple Half & Half Creamer
Ripple Half & Half

Dairy free half & half - vegan peamilk coffee creamers from Ripple. One of the best, and also great for cooking.

FYH Vegan Sour Cream
FYH Sour Cream

Dairy-free vegan / plant-based sour cream by Follow Your Heart. Coconut oil based.

Ripple Plant Based Sour Cream
Ripple Vegan Sour Cream

A plant-based alternative to dairy sour cream made from peas and coconut oil.

Miyokos Vegan Butter
Miyoko’s Butter

Our favorite: Miyoko’s vegan butter made from cashew & coconut. Soy-free, gluten-free, and palm-oil free. Get it cheap at Trader Joe’s.

Earth Balance Vegan Butter
Earth Balance Buttery Spreads

Plant based butter alternatives from Earth Balance, available in a variety of flavors and sold just about everywhere.

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

Truly delicious vegan ice cream made from soy milk. So Delicious is our favorite vegan ice cream brand. Every flavor we’ve tried we’ve loved.

Vegan Ice Cream Bars
Coconut Almond Ice Cream Bars

So Delicious makes a variety of desserts, but this is the perfect summer snack! Coconut ice cream covered in dark chocokate and almonds!
CLICK HERE to see all of their frozen desserts - wow!

Mint Chip Vegan Ice Cream
Nada Moo Lotta Mint Chip

Nada Moo makes lots of great flavors, like Strawberry Cheesecake and Himalayan Salted Carmel!

Daiya Vegan Cheesecake
New York Cheezecake

This vegan cheesecake (in all flavors) from Daiya is the ultimate in vegan cheesecake! Get the pumpkin version for the holidays! How do they do it? YUM!

And so much more!

When we first started Better For Us All, one of the main motivators was to answer the question, “but what do you eat?”  Fast forward a few years and the plant-based options are so ubiquitous that there is no way to keep up with new releases and offerings. We are sharing on this page just a few of our favorites, but the new vegan foods are so good that it’s worth just trying some on your own to find out what you like. And just a reminder… every grocery store is full of the best vegan options: fruits, veggies, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, and grains! That is what we are meant to eat, and it’s available everywhere. Just search the internet and you will find more vegan recipes than you could ever possibly try, so you are to sure to find plenty of delicious options that work for your tastes, cooking skills, and budget.  Bon appetite!

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