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The 17 Best Vegan Products on the Market Right Now

By Kari Langslet
February 22, 2023
Image credit: Lindsey Engelken for Clean Plates

I have been vegan for a whopping twelve years now, and it blows my mind how easy it is to go vegan (or plant-based) now compared to when I started. Long gone are the days of soaking cashews for eight hours, scouring grocery stores for staples more exciting than plain tofu and hemp milk, and spending a quarter of my day preparing a simple dinner that only takes 15 minutes to eat. Being plant-based used to be a process, but now it’s pretty dang easy to live a delicious, fulfilling “plantiful life” with an abundance of options. With tens of thousands of vegan products readily available at grocery stores everywhere, going vegan has never been easier. Here’s a look into my kitchen for some of our go-to staples, available in shops and online.

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1. Yeah Dawg Vegan Hot Dogs

These local-to-New York dawgs are made from vegetables, chickpeas, and a variety of alternative flours, and is probably the least-processed store-bought vegan hot dog available. They are hand-rolled and created by Chef Marina Bendetto, a former youth homeless shelter counselor who believes in creating familiar, accessible, nourishing food to heal people. Not only do these dawgs taste amazing, but you’ll actually feel good after — and feel good about eating them.

Buy now: Yeah Dawg Vegan Hot Dog

2. Field Roast Italian Garlic & Fennel Sausage

Field Roast sausages have to be one of my all-time favorites. Low-calorie, protein-dense, and delicious, these are great on their own, mixed into sauces or sautes, or even just thrown in a panini press and sliced with a little spicy mustard to watch the big game. I also love the chorizo version and the maple apple mini breakfast sausages.

Buy now: Field Roast Italian Garlic & Fennel Sausage

3. Veggie Noodle Co Butternut Squash Noodles

I already mentioned zoodles, but have you tried butternut squash noodles? Butternut squash noodles are a great pasta substitute and packed full of dietary fiber, vitamins A, B, C, potassium and magnesium. Try a bowl of them with this bowl recipe.

Buy now: Veggie Noodle Co Butternut Squash Noodles

4. Just Egg Folded Plant Egg

These delightful little “omelets” are game changers. I love to pop one of these in my toaster oven and eat it on its own or in a low-carb wrap. It’s quick, easy, has a great texture, and packs only 100 calories and 7g of protein. There’s also a liquid version that can be used for a variety of different dishes, but I find the frozen version to be the most convenient and has little to no cleanup.

Buy now: Just Egg Folded Plant Egg

5. Lightlife Tempeh

I’m typically more of a seitan person, but my partner absolutely lives on Lightlife tempeh. He loves to cut it up and throw it in the air fryer before mixing it into his famous “whatever is in the fridge” saute. I prefer to toast it and throw it in a wrap with avocado, tomato, arugula, and everything but the bagel seasoning. It’s a great source of protein, has a nutty flavor, and it’s very versatile for whatever kind of dish you’re craving.

Buy now: Lightlife tempeh

6. Very Good Butchers Taco Stuff’er

Minimal ingredients, great flavor, great texture. Where other faux taco crumbles fall short, Very Good Butchers got it right. With 16 grams of protein and 150 calories per serving, you can’t go wrong on your next taco night — no additional spices are necessary. It works great in Siete tortillas or as the protein to a low-carb taco salad.

Buy now: Very Good Butchers Taco Stuff’er

7. Miyoko’s Liquid Mozzarella

Pizza isn’t an everyday meal, but when you want a little comfort food, Miyoko’s liquid mozzarella is by far the best vegan cheese out there for pizza, IMO. For my comfort food take on a Neapolitan pizza, I slice up an English muffin, top it with a tablespoon of marinara, a tablespoon of cheese, and a dash of oregano before throwing it in my toaster oven until bubbly and crispy.

Buy now: Miyoko’s Liquid Mozzarella

8. Be Hive Pepperoni

This is my favorite pepperfauxni I’ve ever had. They cook, they crisp, they come ready to eat, and have 14 grams of protein at only 90 calories, and only 6 carbs. Based out of Nashville, TN, this product was developed by a group of friends who expanded their small deli into a much larger faux meat production, which is good news for us — you can now find their products in stores and restaurants all over the country. Impress your friends with a delicious vegan charcuterie board, or even add on top of the toaster oven “pizza” mentioned above.

Buy now: Be Hive Pepperoni

9. Bakefully Yours Paleo Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love these mini six-ingredient chocolate chip cookies. They’re chewy, low-sugar, and keto- and vegan-friendly for when you’re craving a sweet treat but don’t want to stray from your diet plan. And the best part: They’re packed in eco-friendly, compostable clamshells.

Buy now: Bakefully Yours Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

10. 365 Plant-Based Parmesan Cheese

This plant-based parmesan adds an extra pizazz to any meal. I use this on zoodle pasta, in soup, sandwiches… the works. My go-to post-weightlifting quick wrap includes two tablespoons of 365 parm on top of Black Magic seasoned seitan chik’n with a cup of chopped kale or arugula. A great alternative available at most grocery stores is Follow Your Heart Vegan Parmesan Shreds.

Buy now: 365 Plant-Based Parmesan Cheese

11. Elhurst 1925 Milked Oats Unsweetened Oat Milk

Elmhurst has a creamy texture and nutty flavor. I like that there are only three ingredients in this oat milk: Filtered water, whole-grain oats, and salt. It’s great in coffee, tea, and smoothies. And for a really solid alternative, consider Califa Farms unsweetened oat milk.

Buy now: Elmhurst 1925 Milked Oats Oat Milk

12. 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk

I love my almond milk, and I especially love my almond milk unsweetened. For a basic, use-in-anything, no-sugar-added, great-bang-for-your-buck almond milk, this one takes the vegan cake. Great flavor and subtle nuttiness… if this is too processed for you or otherwise doesn’t float your boat, a simple three-ingredient alternative is Malk unsweetened almond milk, and it’s only two dollars more.

Buy now: 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk

13. Bare Apple Chips

I love snacking, but snacking isn’t always healthy. Rather than reach for potato chips or dried mango (which usually has a ton of sugar added), my new go-to is a bag of baked apple chips. Their only ingredient: Apples, that’s it. Simple, nostalgic, delicious, and satisfying your snacking cravings.

Buy now: Bare Apple Chips

14. Nuts for Cheese Chipotle Cheddar

Whenever you want an alternative to fancy cheese plates, check this brand out. Their cheeses are rich and creamy, and make you not even miss animal milk cheese. This is an organic fermented cashew cheese made without a bunch of processed ingredients. My favorite is the chipotle cheddar flavor, and my partner loves their Un-brie-lievable flavor, which is their version of brie (naturally).

Buy now: Nuts for Cheese Chipotle Cheddar

15. Caulipower Cauliflower Linguine

When you’re seriously craving pasta and low-carb vegetable noodles just aren’t going to cut it, give this gluten-free, sugar-free (definitely not carb-free) linguine a go. They’re made out of cauliflower, potato, and a few alternative flours, so check the ingredient list to see if these align with your specific diet. These bad boys are ready to eat in three minutes, which helps alleviate mealtime stress. Top with a little truffle olive oil and sea salt to really treat yourself.

Buy now: Calipower Cauliflower Linguine

16. Elite Owyn Protein Shake

Not everyone wants a protein shake, but if you do, this has been my favorite on-the-go shake I’ve tried. With 35 grams of plant-based goodness at 230 calories, it can be fit into any diet or meal plan. I like the chocolate flavor, because, well, chocolate. If you don’t need or want that much protein, I love Orgain Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk with 10 grams of protein at 80 calories and perfect to use in a matcha latte or turmeric latte.

Buy now: Elite Owyn Protein Shake

17. Territory Foods

Courtesy of Territory Foods

Last, but certainly not least, if you really want to take all the guesswork out of transitioning to a plant-based diet, check out Territory Foods. I supplement my cooking with their meals several times a week and they’re all great. Some of my favorites are the Tempeh Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash, Chili Lime Tofu with Cauliflower Rice and Ranchero Sauce, and the Tofu Bibimbap with Gochujang sauce. Their menus change weekly, with a variety of filters for specific dietary preferences and allergens. You can skip a week, pause orders, or cancel anytime.

Buy now: Territory Foods

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