Vegan Shopping List: Groceries, Products & MoreApril 19th, 2019
If you’re putting together a vegan shopping list, this post is for you. From condiments to meat alternatives, we’ve rounded up some of the top vegan products our Thrive Market members can’t live without.
What Is a Vegan?
Similar to vegetarians, vegans don’t eat meat, but veganism takes the diet a step further, eliminating all animal products including eggs, dairy, and animal byproducts. For many vegans, the “animal-friendly” philosophy often extends to other lifestyle products like skin care, beauty, and clothing—they might steer clear of leather garments and products that are tested on animals, for example.
Certified Vegan Condiments
Fresh produce is essential to any healthy eating plan, but don’t forget to fill out your vegan diet food list with condiments that’ll add extra flavor to your favorite dishes.
This quintessential condiment is a must-have for any vegan fridge. Made from only six ingredients, this spread is tangy, bright, and slightly pungent, perfect for dressing up potato salad or smearing on veggie sandwiches.
Say hello to the ultimate “cheese” sauce. Vegans (and non-vegans) will love it on noodles, broccoli, baked potatoes, or even as a dip for tortilla chips. Made from plant-based ingredients, it’s also dairy-free and gluten-free.
Instead of eggs, our new vegan mayo is made with canola oil and avocado oil. Use it to thicken salad dressings or as a sandwich spread.
Delicious Vegan Fruits and Vegetables
No vegan shopping list is complete without plenty of vegetables. Here are some of the best options to fill your cart with.
- Brussels sprouts
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potatoes
Best Vegan Protein Sources
Just because you’re not eating meat doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of protein-rich foods to enjoy. Beans are a popular choice, but don’t forget about ingredients like chia seeds, quinoa, tempeh, and lentils, just to name a few.
With 10 grams of protein per serving, hemp hearts are the perfect addition to salads, rice dishes, and more—just sprinkle them on top of your plate. You can also blend them into pesto, smoothies, or dressings.
There’s nothing artificial about this creamy cashew butter made from 100 percent raw organic nuts (with 6 grams of protein per serving). Enjoy a scoop on its own or as a base for sauces, dips, and dressings.
These little lentils pack a big protein punch, with 8 grams per serving. Make a satisfying Indian dal or a cozy soup, or toss them into a salad for added texture.
This quinoa is grown at 12,000 feet above sea level using traditional farming methods. It’s perfect for a range of dishes—like stuffed peppers, salads, and more. You can even add cooked quinoa to vegan pancake batter.
Half a cup of pinto beans offers 7 grams of fiber, making them a great choice any night of the week (we’re partial to Taco Tuesday).
Top Vegan Meat Alternatives
Even when you’re not sinking your teeth into a juicy burger, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your taste buds—especially with these top vegan meat alternatives.
Upton’s Naturals Chili Lime Jackfruit Carnitas
Even carnivores will devour this satisfying meat alternative. The texture is similar to pulled pork, and perfect for tacos or burrito bowls.
Enjoy a vegan taste of the sea with this plant-based, black pepper-seasoned “tuna.” This fish-free alternative is made with the Asian superfood Konjac root, pea protein, and spices that’ll turn your bagged lunch into something special.
Made from non-GMO soybeans, tofu is a low-fat, plant-based protein with a custardy texture. It can replace non-vegan ingredients like eggs, dairy, and meat, and it’s ideal for adding richness to stir-fries.
Top 10 Vegan Recipes
Our blog is home to hundreds of vegan recipes, but here are the top 10 our members return to again and again.
These vegan and gluten-free muffins will power your day thanks to spinach and a subtly sweet salted caramel protein powder.
Take a trip to Hawaii without leaving your kitchen! Just pile meaty jackfruit and tropical salsa over fragrant basmati rice.
Game day, meet your new favorite snack. Inspired by traditional chicken wings, this cauliflower version is extra flavorful thanks to ginger, apricot jam, and spicy sriracha.
A bowl of shirataki noodles topped with a rosemary-infused cremini mushroom sauce—what’s not to love? This is one of our most popular pastas.
Yes, vegans can still enjoy mac and cheese! This recipe tosses chickpea shells with a cashew-based cream sauce and chopped broccoli for the ultimate comfort food.
For a light lunch, try carrot noodles tossed with cucumber and a dressing made of sesame oil, ginger, and nut butter.
If a big pot of soup is calling your name, fill it with a vibrant pumpkin purée seasoned with curry powder. Coconut milk makes it creamy without the cream.
Enjoy an afternoon treat with coffee added right to the batter. The crunchy topping is extra nutty thanks to pecans and almond flour, and, instead of eggs, the cake comes together with an egg replacement made with flax.
This three-ingredient recipe will take your love of hazelnuts to new heights. We like to eat it by the spoonful for your next vegan dessert, but you can also enjoy it on toast.
Make this chocolate bark to share or keep it all for yourself. While it’s still technically a treat, it packs in plenty of powerhouse ingredients to feel good about—like almonds, cranberries, maca powder, and goji berries.