Fruits, veggies, beans, nuts – all obvious healthy vegan choices. But sometimes you don’t have the time or access to go to a separate health food store for all the extras. There are plenty of vegan options right in your local, all-purpose grocery store, convenience store, and even target – you might just not know it yet.
I sometimes make the joke that ‘chemicals are vegan’, but it’s true - and they make a lot of foods vegan because they replace what otherwise may have been diary or eggs. Oil is also a common substitute that works in lieu of dairy. So while many of the options below aren’t always the healthiest, it’s good to at least know about them and have the information ready if you ever need to use it. I chose to showcase some guilty pleasures in this post rather than the kitchen staples, but I’ve revealed my sources at the bottom if that’s what you’re really interested in…
What iconic American cookie is actually vegan by default? The Oreo! See, that’s what I’m talking about, chemicals, making it happen!
And what if you want to bring a whole pie to a party or holiday event, but don’t have access to or money for one from a vegan bakery? Sara Lee to the rescue. Enjoy her accidentally vegan cherry pie at the next holiday with your family (and don’t tell anyone its secret until after they’ve had at least one slice…)
Now you’re stuck on a car trip or just out and about away from home. You’re only option is a convenience store for a snack. What can you grab that’s vegan? Fritos, Lays potato chips, Stacy’s pita chips and Ritz crackers are all options. Oh, you want something sweet instead? Sweddish fish, Cracker Jacks, Airheads taffy, Mike and Ike (one of my favorite candies ever) and Twizzlers are all choices. Most dark chocolate is also safe, just read the label and make sure there aren’t any milk ingredients.
So how did I get so smart about navigating a grocery store for unsuspecting vegan eats? Peta keeps a list on their website, and there is also a single running list (which I think contains some additional items) at Peta2. I’m not sure what the difference between the sites is, other than official vs. unofficial, but I’m trusting the info. The list also includes lots of staple items, for you know, actual cooking, as well as lots of prepackaged foods. I can’t help it, I’m drawn to the junk though. Check out the lists so you can stock your cabinets!