Thanks to the boom of veganism, you can track down a plant based alternative for pretty much everything these days. Unfortunately, there’s a reason that such alternatives tend to get a bad rep, and a lot of products on the market just don’t live up to expectations. No-one wants to waste their money on something that tastes like dirt or leaves you feeling hungry again just half an hour later. Which is exactly why we’ve created this vegan-friendly guide, so you can enjoy the *dairy-free* cream of the crop:
When it comes to finding a good milk to add to protein smoothies, we don’t look further than Rude Health’s vast plant based range. Hazelnut is our personal favourite, especially for a Sweet Like Chocolate Shake, but they also do awesome tiger nut and peanut milks too!
Oat milk is definitely the latest London coffee shop trend, and for good reason – it’s hard to get a better tasting dairy-free flat white than one that's made with Oatly’s Barista milk. It’s creamy, naturally slightly-sweet and has a great structure and texture for latte art. They also do an amazing oat-based custard too!
Although most dark chocolate is actually vegan, we’re big fans of Doisy and Dam’s maple, toasted rice & pink salt bars. They also do handy SNAPS bags, perfect for shared movie snacks!
Ombar’s coconut and vanilla centres are another favourite, boasting fully vegan ingredients with no refined sugar. Their 60% dairy-free chocolate contains a melt in the mouth coconut and vanilla centre – it’s richly indulgent and exactly how we want to finish off the day.
There are a lot of meat substitutes on the market, and it can be pretty hit and miss when it comes to taste and texture. The Linda McCartney range is a firm favourite with most veggies and vegans, and the vegan red onion and rosemary sausages come will settle your cravings whilst giving pretty great macros too! It’s a little harder to track down, but Upton Jackfruit is another favourite of ours, which is actually a fruit that gives a pulled pork texture. It even comes in multiple different flavours, including chilli lime and BBQ.
For a Greek yoghurt like texture and taste, Alpro’s ON yoghurts are the closest you’ll get. It’s super thick and creamy and is high in protein too. For coconut fans, Coyo is the creamiest yoghurt you’ll find. It’s absolutely delicious and tastes like a real treat – we love the chocolate flavour for a decadent, dairy-free dessert.
Another hard one to get right, a lot of vegan cheeses can be pretty bad! A lot taste like that fake sliced cheese or taste heavily of coconut oil. However, we found that Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Shreds had a great chees-y flavour and didn’t taste too fake!
When it comes to vegan snacking, we, of course, don’t look much further than our Neat bars – made with all-natural ingredients and coming in with 12g of plant based protein!
If you love trying out new snacks and products, treat yourself to an awesome LifeBox subscription – a lovingly selected box of health foods delivered every month, which are all gluten-free and vegan-friendly.