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By Compassion Over Killing staff

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Navigating the supermarket as a new vegan can be intimidating, to say the least. So many familiar items, taunting you with their animal ingredients! It takes time before you’ll be speed-shopping the produce aisle and reading labels like a ninja.

To help make your life a lot easier as you embark on a plant-based path, we’ve put together a simple vegan shopping list. It incorporates a lot of ingredients you’ll find in recipes (including those on TryVeg.com!). If you can’t find some of these items at your local store, ASK. Sometimes they’re tucked away in odd aisles. If what you’re looking for isn’t in stock, most grocers are happy to order products for you.

Some of this stuff (like the spices and grains) you might already have on hand, so check your cabinets! For the substitute products, we’ve included several options in each category, so you can pick and choose your favorites. Remember, this is just a place to start.

Feel free to add to this vegan shopping list, expand the categories, and take notes of your fave items for future reference!

Meat Substitute Options
  • Tofu
  • Gardein (chicken/beef/seafood substitutes, kept in the freezer section)
  • Beyond Meat strips and crumbles
  • Tofurkey roasts and slices
  • Field Roast deli slices
  • Upton’s Naturals seitan or jackfruit
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

 

Egg Substitute Options
  • Follow Your Heart VeganEgg (for scrambling)
  • The neat egg (for baking/cooking)
  • Ener-G egg replacer

 

Cheese Substitute Options
  • Daiya shreds and blocks
  • Follow Your Heart slices, blocks, and shreds
  • Chao Cheese slices
  • Kite Hill (artisanal cheese, available only in Whole Foods)
  • Go Veggie parmesan
Butter Substitutes
  • Earth Balance spread
Milk Substitutes
  • Cashew, almond, soy, coconut, or hemp milk
  • Non-dairy creamer
Veggies
  • Leafy greens (kale, collards, spinach)
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes (yes, technically a fruit!)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Garlic
Fruits
  • Bananas
  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • Apples
  • Kiwis
  • Oranges
  • Lemons/limes
  • Raisins
  • Dates (fresh for eating, dried for recipes)
Condiments, Sweeteners, and Sauces
  • Nutritional yeast (aka nooch)
  • Just Mayo or Vegenaise
  • Vegetable bouillon cubes
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Sriracha
  • Olive oil and/or coconut oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Tahini
  • Soy sauce
  • Agave/Maple syrup
Spices and Herbs
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
Nuts and Seeds
  • Cashews (raw is best for recipes!)
  • Brazil nuts
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
Beans, Grains, and Pasta
  • Canned beans (garbanzo/chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans)
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Spaghetti and/or macaroni
Desserts and Sweets
  • Daiya Cheezecake
  • So Delicious Dairy Free ice cream
  • Go Max Go candy bars
  • Enjoy Life cookies
  • Dandies marshmallows

Note: for items not on this vegan shopping list, like bread, crackers, etc., just be sure to check labels! Avoid obvious animal ingredients like milk, eggs, and butter, and less obvious ones like gelatin, whey, albumin, carmine, casein, and lactose.