A Cheat Sheet for Lazy Vegans & Bi-Curious Non-Veggies

People have this crazy misconception that being vegan (or even vegetarian) is a less satisfying way to live. Sure, traveling is a bit difficult if you don't plan appropriately and nibbling on your non-vegan date's dinner becomes a no-no, but in today's Vegan-is-so-hip-even-Oprah's-tried-it world, going animal-product free requires less willpower than a trip to gym.

In fact, having been vegan for nearly two-and-half years, I've found that deprivation has no place in the educated vegan's diet. 

There is no better cookie dough on the planet than Eat Pastry's spoon-scoopable variety, for instance. Wild Wood Veggie Burgers defy logic in their tastiness and are quite the opposite of what we've all come to expect from a typical veggie burger. Replace your butter and margarine with Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread and you will never look back.

And so, as I was shopping and salivating at Whole Foods this morning, I felt compelled to share my purchases, most of which I can vouch for with complete conviction.

The list below doesn't include fruits and veggies -- which I love now more than ever -- but instead items that replace traditional meat and dairy fare. I dare you to try any of the following and not enjoy the experience.

I've also decided to make my vegan Evernote notebooks publicly accessible. Did you know that Amazon has more than 2,000 vegan grocery items for sale? Um yea,  that's pretty badass. Anyway, you can find my vegan notes here: 

And, because I epitomize what it means to be a lazy vegan, I can't live without VeganXpress, an iPhone app that lists out vegan items at chain restaurants.

Without further ado...


Whole Foods Cheat Sheet


Fake Meats & Cheeses:

  • Gimme Lean Ground Sausage Style
  • Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style
  • Wild Wood Savory Baked Tofu
  • Field Roast Classic Meatloaf
  • Wild Wood Veggie Burgers: Original, Shiitake & Southwest
  • Tofurky Hickory Smoked Deli Slices
  • Tofurky brand Tempeh Organic Five Grain
  • Yves Veggie Cuisine Meatless Pepperoni
  • Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds
  • Rice Vegan American Flavor Slices
  • Rice Vegan Pepper Jack Flavor Slices



  • Tofurky Italian Sausage & Pre-Roasted Veggie Pizza
  • Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza
  • Gardein Classic Style Buffalo Wings
  • Amy's Non-Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie
  • Amy's Burrito (non-diary bean burrito)
  • Breaded Vegan Fish Fillets



  • Eat Pastry Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough 
  • Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig Zag Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
  • Goldie's Premium Carob Bar Rice Crunch
  • Uncle Eddies Vegan Cookies (not pictured)



  • Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread Original Whipped (not pictured)
  • Tofutti Cream Cheese
  • Whole Soy & Co Vanilla Organic Soy Yogurt
  • 365 Organic Herb & Garlic Water Crackers
  • Whole Foods Hummus
  • C2O Pure Coconut Water


Great Vegan Brands

  • Gardein
  • Field Roast
  • Uncle Eddies
  • Yves Veggie Cuisine
  • Amy's (not all products are vegan)
  • Tofurky
  • Whole Soy
  • Purely Decadent
  • Eat Pastry
  • Lucy's


Vegan Quick Bites & Standbys

  • Starbucks: Frappuccinos w/Soy & no whip (syrups & Mocha are vegan, Light Frappuccino and White Mocha are NOT vegan)
  • Taco Bell: Bean Burrito no cheese or Seven Layer Burrito no sour cream or cheese
  • Chipotle: Vegetarian Burrito or Burrito Bowl (black beans, no cheese)
  • Sammy's Pizza: sub Daiya cheese & ask about crust options
  • Quiznos: Veggie Sandwich on white or wheat, no cheese/no dressing
  • Jamba Juice: Five Fruit Frenzy, Pomegranate Paradise & Protein Berry Workout w/soy protein
  • Super Pretzel Baked Soft Pretzels
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Fritos
  • Sun Chips (original)
  • Triscuits (original)
  • Stacy's Pita Chips (baked)
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Twizzlers
  • Skittles (U.S.)
  • Swedish Fish
2 responses
You should try Mimi Cream - delish - and also Lydia's Organics Fiesta Crackers. And if you like chocolate and / or tea, try Tisano Cacao Tea www.tisano.com.

Great post - I always feel like I need to explain this to people.

Wow. I was vegetarian for 11 years (till about 12 years ago) and the variety wasn't nearly as good then. One thing I disliked was that the various "fake" stuff (as you put it) was highly processed food, very far from any natural produce... Is it any better today?