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TRANSITION FOODS

Plant-based foods that intentionally mimic animal-sourced foods are sometimes called "transition foods". (Here’s a list of transition foods that I enjoy and are very close to their animal-sourced counterparts; there are many others.) Some people chose to include transition foods when switching to a vegan diet, which can make the transition easier. For one, the option to continue eating familiar foods means less perceived change, which can obviously make change easier. Cultural reasons can also factor. For instance, you can have the same food as your friends and family at the next cookout or holiday gathering (just in their animal-free form). I personally love to include transition foods around nonvegan friends and family to advertise how easy and tasty veganism can be. This is not a page about nutrition, which is covered in our Being Vegan article.


Many junk foods are accidently vegan, such as Oreos and Lays potato chips; I won’t be listing those here. I also won’t list the many well-documented vegan fast-food options (e.g., Burger King’s French toast sticks or Chipotle’s sofritas burrito). This article serves to list some of the many plant-based foods that mimic foods traditionally sourced from animals (pizza, cream cheese, chicken tenders, crab cakes, etc.), which are available at grocery stores across the US.


A note on availability

My wife and I are permanent travelers, living in an RV and moving states about every 2-3 months. As vegans and activists, we are always quick to investigate vegan options at local grocers in each new town. We've lived in the West, Midwest, South (and "Deep" South), and up and down both coasts, and it’s fair to say that vegan options vary by location. Items like black-bean burgers and plant-based milk (soy, almond, coconut, etc.) are available everywhere we go. Plant-based hotdogs, chicken tenders, steak strips, beef crumbles, dressing/mayonnaise and ice cream are almost everywhere. Some items such mac ‘n cheese, sour cream, cheese, mock seafood, and pizza are a little more sparse, but becoming increasingly popular (I just made an excellent Philly cheese steak from ingredients purchased at a Walmart in DeSoto, TX).


The following items are typically found in one of three sections: the frozen section (either specialty/novelty or dessert); the specialty section in the produce area (this is where tofu, tempeh, and sometimes hummus are); the specialty section in the dairy aisle. If you don’t see them, ask! Health-food chains like Whole Foods have these items throughout the store.

Dairy

Notes: ice cream is listed in Dessert. This list doesn't include plant-based milks (soy, almond, coconut, etc.), which can be found in any US grocery store, typically right next to the dairy milk.


Cheese


  • Shreds

-Daiya 

-Follow Your Heart 


  • Slices

-Follow Your Heart 

-Field Roast


  • Blocks

-Daiya


  • Fancy Cheeses

-Miyoko's

-Treeline

-Kite Hill


  • Cream Cheese

-Tofutti

-Kite Hill


  • Speciatly

-Follow Your Heart parmesan (grated and shredded)

-Kite Hill ricotta


Yogurt

-So Delicious

-Daiya

-Kite Hill

-Silk

    

Sour Cream

-Tofutti


Egg


-Follow Your Heart


Snack Foods


Earth Balance makes a variety of intentionally vegan snack food, including:

-Cheese crackers

-Cheese puffs, chips, and popcorn



Beef
Notes: all hot dog-type items are listed in Pork. There are many vegan black-bean patties, but here I am only listing those that mimic beef.

Burger patties
-Field Roast 
-The Beyond Meat Beast Burger, Beast Sliders, and Beyond Burger
-Gardein Beefless Burgers and Beefless Sliders

Beef crumbles
-Gardein
-Beyond Meat

Steak
-Gardein Beefless Tips and Beefless Strips
-MorningStar steak strips
-Sweet Earth

Specialty
-Gardien meatballs and meatloaf
-Field roast meatloaf

Pork
Note: and deli meat is listed in it's own section.

Hotdogs
-Lite Life we recommend the Jumbo Dogs :)
-Field Roast
-Tofurky

Sausage, Kielbasa, Bratwurst
-Field Roast
-Tofurky
-Lite Life

Breakfast sausage
-Lite Life Gimme Lean 
-Gardein patties
-Sweet Earth
-Field Roast

Bacon
-Sweet Earth

Specialty
-Gardein Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites
-Sweet Earth BBQ Grounds
-MorningStar pulled pork  

Poultry
Note: and deli meat is listed in it's own section.

-Gardein has done it all with chick'n, and they always do it amazingly well (Asian chick'n, chick'n breast, BBQ chick'n, strips, etc.). They also have turkey cutlets.
-Beyond Meat
-Tofurky
-MorningStar
-Quorn

Deli meats

-Tofurky 
-Field Roast

Seafood
Tip: don't forget to add the vegan tartar (see Condiments). 

-Gardien Crabless Cakes and Fishless Filets
Dessert

Tip: the Whole Foods bakery section has fresh made cookies, pies, and cakes that are amazing and vegan. Just look for the vegan label or ask an associate in the bakery dept.


Ice Cream


  • By the pint

-So Delicious 

-Dream

-Ben And Jerry's


  • Sandwiches

-Tofutti Cuties

-So Delicious


  • Bars

-So Delicious


-Hampton Creek Just Cookie Dough comes in three varieties.


-Daiya cheese cake 


Condiments/dressing

Note: sour cream is listed in Dairy.


Dressing

-Hampton Creek (Ranch, Caesar, 1000 Island)

-Follow Your Heart (many, including Ranch and Bleu Cheese)

-Daiya (Caesar, Ranch, Bleu Cheese)


Mayonaise

-Hampton Creek (many flavors, including regular, garlic, and sriracha)

-Follow Your Heart (many flavors, including regular, pesto, and chipotle)


Tarter

-Follow Your Heart


Butter

-Earth Balance


Prepared food


Frozen Pizza

-Daiya (many different topping choices, including veggies, cheese-lovers, and vegan sausage or pepperoni)


Mac 'n Cheese

-Daiya

-Amy's

-Field Roast

-Earth Balance


Holiday roasts

-Tofurky

-Field Roast

-Gardein


Pockets

-Gardein

-Tofurky


-Amy's Chili