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The Complete Vegan Guide to Whole Foods Market

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Warning: Super long post. I went vegan cold turkey one night and I was faced with a difficult question: “What am I supposed to eat now?” I was used to a typical North American diet, so I was out of my comfort zone. My gut told me: Go to Whole Foods. I had no clue what to buy, so I aimlessly wandered around and eventually picked out a few things. This guide is my attempt to...

Is White Bread Vegan?

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White bread seems like it could be vegan. Flour, water, yeast, salt…what else do you need? While you can make bread with just those ingredients, most white bread is not vegan. At least not the ones you find in stores What’s In White Bread? On top of the ingredients I mentioned about, there are some common non-vegan ingredients as well: Dried milk powder or milk Butter Eggs...

The Simplest Vegan Meal Prep Shopping List

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If you’re just getting started with vegan meal prep, it’s best to keep things simple. You want to focus on flexible ingredients that go well with most other vegan foods and reheat well. This lets you cook a big batch of each individual ingredient, and then toss them all together. For each meal, you generally want to aim to have a vegan protein source, vegetables (a mix), a grain. Here are the...

Vegan Clif Bars: Find Out Which Flavors Are Vegan

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I’ve been a big fan of Clif Bars for a while. They’re not super healthy, but they have a decent amount of protein, and taste great. Many types of Clif Bars happen to be vegan-friendly, and they’re easy to find in stores and on sites like Amazon and Billion Vegans. There are 5 main types of Clif Bars, all with different core ingredients, so I’ve divided this guide into 5...

The Best Vegan Alternatives to Sour Cream

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Whether you typically use sour cream when baking, or add it to soups and potatoes, you have a few options as a vegan. Sour cream is made using cream (dairy) with lactic acid. Since lactic acid can be obtained from non-animal sources, we can made plant-based sour creams that do a decent job replicating the traditional one. I’ve divided your main options into 2 main categories: Store-bought and...

The Best Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps That Doesn’t Fall Apart

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Lettuce wraps are a savior if you still want to eat burgers and wraps while watching your calories. They don’t work as well as bread does, but some types of lettuce are better than others. After eating dozens of wraps over the years, and trying many types of lettuce, here are my top 4 from best to worst. 1. Butter Lettuce It’s not always easy to find, but if you have access to butter lettuce...

Is Wrigley’s “5 Gum” Vegan?

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Many common gums aren’t vegan. But what about 5 Gum (or 5Gum)? Well it partly depends on your personal definition of veganism, because there are 2 potential issues in most flavors of 5 Gum. Let’s start by looking at the ingredients of 5 Gum. Ingredients of 5 Gum There are 5 main flavors currently. They all have similar base ingredients, but have slightly different coloring additives. Here are the...

Are ‘Natural Flavors’ Vegan? (Some Are, Some Aren’t)

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You see them on many ingredients lists: “Natural Flavors” This is a catch-all term for many ingredients that are added for flavoring purposes. Some of those flavors come from vegan sources, and some do not. So this puts us in a bind. It’s not safe in most cases to assume that natural flavors are vegan-friendly. Where Do Natural Flavors Come From? In the United States (and similar in most other...

Are English Muffins Vegan? (Many Are Not, Here’s Why…)

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They look like simple pieces of bread, but for some reason, most English Muffins are not vegan. Take one of the most popular brands, Bays, and let’s look at the ingredients in their sourdough English muffins:  Bleached Wheat Flour, Water…Dry Whole Milk, Butter, Lactic Acid These are typical ingredients. Almost every brand you’ll find in most stores has some form of milk...

The 3 Best Vegan Alternatives to Butter

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There are some foods that vegans need to go without a good alternative to, but butter is not one of them. I literally can’t tell the difference between a good vegan butter and dairy butter that I had in the past. I’ll go through all the best vegan butter alternatives in this post, from best to worst. The Best Alternative: Store-Bought Vegan Butters or Make Your Own When I first went vegan, I...