During the first few months of becoming vegan, it’s a good idea to learn as much about vegan food as possible. Know all your options. Learn what restaurants are vegan-friendly and learn what grocery store foods are vegan. Read labels. Yes, it may take more time to shop but it’s worth it. Wouldn’t you rather know before you buy? Why be disappointed when you get home. It’s worth the effort. Read the labels on everything.
Most food packaging now mentions in bold text at the end of the ingredients list if it contains milk, dairy, or eggs in the product. This definitely makes it easier to identify non-vegan foods. There will be many foods, unfortunately, that you think are vegan but aren’t. I quickly learned that my favorite bread contained milk. Luckily I found a brand I like even better that is vegan. (So there, you-stupid-bread-with-cows-milk-and-why-do-you-have-cows-milk-in-your-recipe-for-humans-anyway? That felt good to get out! Sigh.)
On the bright side, there are tons of products out there that you would never think are vegan but are. Yippee! It’s good to have options. Oreos are vegan. Twizzlers and Hot Tamales are vegan too. You can see there is a lot of vegan junk food out there.
You can find your favorites in this guide by PETA: Accidentally Vegan. VegNews magazine has a column also called I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan! that they run from time-to-time. If you haven’t checked out this magazine yet, it’s a must for all vegans.
Now I have to add a word of caution. Most of the items on these lists are not real food in my opinion. I hesitated to write a post on this topic because I would rather people, vegans and non-vegans alike, eat real, unprocessed food. However, in a pinch, this list is helpful. I also know that having some of these foods as options for new vegans makes for an easier transition to a vegan diet. So enjoy in moderation but don’t forget to eat your fruits and vegetables.