Our vegan tips are to first get vegucated (watch and look at the videos & pics). We know how hard it is to see what these poor animals go through but those images have a way of turning the grey areas into black and white so that it suddenly feels clear and easy to make compassionate choices.
The next step is to look at your routine: your daily food, body care products, house cleaning products, and your clothes. Then start finding replacements for the non-vegan items. Some people do this very gradually, some people do it overnight - no matter how you do it you'll feel great when you do.
The vegan favorite foods listed here are the processed ones. The best foods for your body are raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, and sprouted nuts and grains. The foods below are our favorite substitutions for what we ate growing up. We recommend using these as tasty additions to the "real" food your body needs. For example you can make a sandwich with sprouted grain Ezekiel bread (great protein), some raw kale leaves and fresh tomato slices (more "real food") and then to make it extra tasty add some Tofurkey slices or a Boca patty or maybe some Vegenaise and 2 Smart Bacon slices.
Just remember to eat fresh foods and strive to include a variety of veggies and grains and you will feel wonderful. Also eat lightly. Your digestive track can be stressed when you eat more than a cup or two of food at a time.
Another tip - if you have trouble digesting fruit, only eat it on an empty stomach. First thing in the morning is a great time for this and then wait 2 hours after you eat it to start eating other foods. Eating all raw food feels the absolute best (please surf the web for all the wonderful raw recipes and eat as raw as possible) but if you're looking for vegan substitutions, here are the Blu Hipp favorites!:
These products are our favorites and we also recommend googling recipes for "cashew cheese". It's easy to make and So tasty. Remember for any favorite food you cook you can always search online for a vegan version and you will be very surprised how easy dairy is to fake. Cows do not need to suffer for us to have comfort food!
Daiya is the all around melting cheese for pizza, quesadillas, nachos, itallian dishes, and salads. It is tapioca-based so it is even soy-free! If you are addicted to cheese this product will save you! :)
For drinking milk and for cereal we like Silk vanilla soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk and Blue Diamond chocolate almond milk is great too. Around the holidays look for Silk eggnog and other festive flavors.
Tofutti Cream Cheese and Sour Cream can be used in anything
Follow Your Heart Vegenaise is a perfect mayo substitution especially for sandwiches
Earth Balance butter alternative for bread or baking
For ice cream we love: Tofutti Cuties Ice Cream Sandwiches
and Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream (Cookie Dough is the best!)
and Almond Dream chocolate covered ice cream bites!
Chicken/Turkey Alternatives: Boca Patty (they even have them at Target now)
Tofurkie Deli Slices - Hickory Smoked flavor is our favorite. Warning - your cat will love this so guard your sandwich!
Gardein makes great chick products in both the fridge and freezer secitions
Dr. McDougall soups are Wonderful - mix the chicken ramen flavor with the Amy's No Chicken Noodle soup and some Gardein or Boca chicken chunks and you will have a very comforting chicken noodle soup! (add some extra noodles, carrots and potatoes too)
Amy's soups are great. So are Amy's freezer meals. When you look at the ingredients you can easily tell which items are vegan because they say "vegan" at the beginning.
Smart Bacon makes a Great BLT!
Gardein BBQ Pulled Pork Alternative
Ezekiel sprouted grain breads are in the freezer section
Sunshine veggie burgers are sunflower seed based and soy free. They are wonderful
Gardein Beefless tips are a great beef alternative is dishes
Field Roast makes a great sausage alternative - Smoked apple sage is our favorite flavor
Marshmallow Alternatives - Dandies and Sweet & Sara are great for s'mores, rice crispy treats, and to top sweet potatoes
MyChelle skin care products - Here is their list of vegan products:
Alba skin care products - these are even at Target now
Pureology Hair Care Products
Giovanni Hair Care Products - their spray shine is incredible
Urban Decay Cosmetics - Look for the purple paw print to know which items are vegan
Almay Clear Gel Fragrance Free Antiperspirant (deodorant w/out antiperspirant is healthier but if you need antiperspirant this one happens to be vegan. We called Almay and they said the glycerin is plant derived)
Wintec Non-leather saddles