I’m Vegan and These Are the 10 Walmart Products I Always Stock Up On
Grocery shopping can be tough when you have a restrictive diet. You can’t go in and just buy anything. I’ve been following a vegan diet for just over three years, and whenever I shop I find myself double checking ingredient lists, and obsessively stalking the shelves where stores end up placing their plant-based products. As a massive department store chain, Walmart sells a lot of things — board games, clothes, electronics, and surprisingly, a large amount of vegan-friendly products, so I do a lot of my shopping there. While my grocery list is never the same, I find myself returning to these vegan Walmart products again and again. Here’s what I stock up on.
1. MorningStar Farms Veggie Chorizo Crumbles
Taco nights are a frequent occurrence at my house, and while there’s always an array of beans, vegetables and other toppings to put on my taco, my favorite is these chorizo crumbles. They’re great with vegan-friendly refried beans and vegetables, but are so flavorful that they also pair well with something simple, like red onions. The chorizo crumbles are also extremely simple to prepare — just heat the crumbles in a skillet with some water. That’s all it takes.
Not only is this chorizo simple to make, and delicious, but it’s also a good source of plant protein, with nine grams of protein per serving. The chorizo also contains no cholesterol, because it’s vegan, and only has 110 calories per serving.
2. Planet Oat French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
No matter what season it is, or how cold it can get outside, I’m always up for an iced coffee. For an easy start to my day, I pre-make coffee the night before in a French press and put it in the fridge overnight, but I don’t like drinking black coffee. That’s why I love Planet Oat’s French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. In the time it takes to get a cup out and put some ice in it, I have a delicious iced coffee ready.
Not only is the creamer dairy-free, but it avoids other allergens as well, including peanuts, soy, and gluten. Planet Oat has several other seasonal and year-round flavors available at Walmart, like coffee cake and gingerbread.
3. Hellmann’s Vegan Dressing and Spread
When you have dietary requirements, it’s a basic fact that there are some food items you won’t be able to eat. As a vegan, I assumed that mayonnaise was off the table, but Walmart sells several vegan varieties of mayonnaise-like spread, including Hellmann’s Vegan Dressing and Spread.
Each serving of Hellmann’s vegan spread has less calories than Hellmann’s non-vegan version, as well as other competing egg-free products. The 24-ounce container has 47 servings per tub, making it a great accompaniment to many, many sandwiches.
4. Annie’s Goddess Salad Dressing
I’ve been a vegetarian since I was a young teenager, and while it was obvious that my new diet excluded things like bacon and chicken nuggets, there were other items that weren’t vegetarian that came as a surprise, like some salad dressings.
Thankfully, Annie’s Homegrown makes plenty of salad dressings that are plant-based, including Annie’s Goddess Salad Dressing. The dressing, which contains tahini and lemon, has a powerful citrusy burst, and is great as a salad dressing, as well as a marinade for vegetables or other protein sources, like tofu.
5. Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage
Vegans need to be extra conscious of where they’re getting protein from, since they’re not eating meat, or eggs. I like having a bit of protein in every meal, especially breakfast, as it helps keep me feeling full and energized throughout the day. I always stock up on Beyond Meat’s breakfast sausage patties, and have them as a protein-packed side along with avocado toast, or pancakes.
The plant-based sausage patties are made from pea protein, and contain 11 grams of protein per serving. They also contain 35 percent less saturated fat than pork sausage. Another perk? They’re simple to make. Just pop the sausage patties in the oven for eight minutes, or cook them on the stove.
6. Great Value Original Oatmilk
With an abundance of vegan-friendly brands and plant-based products, Walmart is a great place to shop if you’re following a vegan diet. While it’s fun to find unique plant-based products at the department chain, sometimes you just need to stock up on basic essentials. One of the essentials that I always get at Walmart is Great Value oat milk.
I use oat milk in so many recipes — from cereal, to smoothies, to baked goods — it’s a must-have product for me. Because this oat milk is sold under Walmart’s house brand, it’s also relatively inexpensive at $3.78 for a gallon, compared to name brand competitors.
7. Nasoya Organic Vegan Thai Basil Vegetable Dumplings
It’s not tricky to find plant-based Thai food. Thai dishes, if not already vegan, are usually pretty simple to adapt to fit the diet. It’s even more helpful to make a Thai-inspired dinner on busy nights, when there’s pre-made items like these vegan vegetable dumplings.
The dumplings, which contain tofu and veggies like green peas, carrots and red bell peppers, are quick to make, whether they’re steamed or fried in a skillet. They’re also low in calories — each serving of five dumplings is only 150 calories.
8. Country Crock Dairy Free Plant Butter with Olive Oil
Without any meat, dairy product or eggs, a vegan diet can sometimes seem pretty restrictive. But there’s often a workaround for anything that can’t be eaten on the diet, even a kitchen essential like butter. Country Crock offers up a plant butter that can be used in cooking, baking, or eaten on a slice of toast.
While most margarines are vegan (although be sure to double check the ingredients before you purchase), I prefer this vegan butter because it also contains olive oil, which makes it taste even better. This butter also has 25% less saturated fat than traditional dairy butter.
9. Gardein Plant-Based Vegan F’sh Filets
One of my favorite things is when I can convince my meat-eating friends and family to try a vegan product and they actually enjoy eating it. I don’t get them hooked with everything, but I did with these vegan fish filets. If you’re looking for a fish substitute that packs the same flavor as the marine animal, this isn’t it. But a big perk — there’s no fishy smell, either.
Just because the filets don’t really remind me of fish, doesn’t mean they’re not delicious. Pair them with a homemade vegan tartar sauce for a tasty, and filling, plant-based fish fry. While real fish is, for the most part, a healthy protein choice, so is this plant-based fish, which contains nine grams of protein and just 200 calories per serving.
10. Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
There’s an incorrect assumption that just because something’s vegan, that means it’s healthy. A wide array of vegan baked goods and desserts definitely prove that’s definitely not the case, but even people following a plant-based diet have to pig out sometimes, right?
For me, my sweet treat of choice is Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Surprisingly, Oreos contain no dairy products, making them a perfect option when I feel like indulging. Just like when I was a kid, I love taking two double stuffed Oreos, splitting them in half and then combining the two halves with cream to make the ultimate treat: a quadruple stuffed cookie.
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