My Top 5 Favorite Vegan Alternatives

How I transitioned into making 75% of my meals plant-based.

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By no means am I a full-fledged vegan, although I’ve definitely tried going that route in the past. The first time I’d begun to take steps toward a meatless diet was back in 2015 while I was working in a vegetarian restaurant. In that time, I learned a great deal about vegan cooking, and about the plethora of plant-based brands that exist.

With my eyes open to how delicious and refreshing vegan food actually is, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites!

#1 Almond Milk

Making the switch from dairy to almond milk has benefited my body in several ways. Even though the thin, less creamy texture takes a little time to get used to, there are various flavor options available for different palettes. Personally, I like sweetened vanilla.

Some of the big differences I’ve noticed in my body are significant weight loss and a major improvement in my skin. Acne is an unfortunate genetic issue that I’ll always have to deal with, and it’s often exacerbated by dairy consumption. If you have skin problems too, cutting back on the lactose might just help!

When it comes to brands, you kind of just have to try them out and see which suits you best.

#2 Just Egg

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I was a little apprehensive about this one, egg substitutes haven’t actually been very enjoyable in my experience. However, the only replacement at my disposal has usually been tofu, which doesn’t taste, smell, or feel like an egg in any type of way. On top of that, I greatly enjoy sunny-side up as opposed to scrambled.

With , there’s still not really a sunny-side-up option, but the texture and flavor are amazing! If I didn’t know any better I’d actually believe that it was made from real eggs.

Just mix it up with a little salt and pepper and pour it into the saute pan. I promise you won’t regret it.

#3 So Delicious Dairy-Free Yogurt

While I’ve yet to find a vegan ice cream that even comes close to the creaminess of dairy, allows me the opportunity to enjoy yogurt without the acid reflux and heartburn. You can find their products in either a coconut or oat milk base, along with a variety of flavors.

I like the coconut milk strawberry banana flavor best, but I’m dying to try the chocolate flavor soon.

#4 Sweet Earth Frozen Meals

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Until I’m able to make a full-time income from writing, I’m on a 40 hour work week as a dog groomer. The job is extremely physically demanding, and by the time I get home, I’m not really in the mood to cook. Sweet Earth frozen meals are a filling and nutritious option for anyone having a TV dinner kind of night.

Their menu includes everything from burritos, to burgers, to quesadillas, and the company has a ton of awesome on their website.

#5 Gardein Beefless Ground

Much like Sweet Earth, the Gardein brand is rich in plant-based alternatives. Whether I’m looking to make spaghetti and meatballs or beef tacos, Gardein always comes in handy for Meatless Mondays. The only downside to Gardein is that their packages are a little small for the cost.

I feel like I get more out of Sweet Earth’s portions, but Gardein has almost always hit the mark as far as texture goes. If seasoned right, the fish filets are especially tasty and come pretty close to the real thing.

So, there you have it! Whether you’re trying to eat less meat or just incorporate more plants into your diet, you’ve got choices.

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