New year, new you? Well with the year we’ve had there’s no need to put pressure on yourself to change but if you’re looking to make some healthy plant-based changes to your life, look no further! Transitioning from habit can be difficult but with our list of plant-based swaps you can make, you’ll forget why you were ever questioning making the switch!
Here’s what swaps to make!
Swap milk for oat milk
Ditch the dairy! Oat milk is similar in texture to dairy milk and is better for the environment and tastes more neutral than almond milk. Of course, if oat milk isn’t your fave, there are lots of non-dairy milks to try like cashew, walnut, and hazelnut.
WanderEater Pick: Elmhurst Oat Milk
Swap yogurt For coconut yogurt
Make the switch from a yogurt containing dairy to a non-dairy one and we promise you’ll hardly notice a difference. This one from Good Goddess contains vegan bacterial cultures that are amazing for your gut. It’s made with just a few ingredients and not only will you be supporting a small business but your body will thank you, too!
WanderEater Pick: Good Goddess Coconut Cloud Yogurt
Swap butter for vegan butter
The REAL “I can’t believe it’s not butter” moment will occur after you spread some non-dairy butter on your toast. There is a wide array of vegan butter out there so find one that suits your taste the most and run with it. There are even cultured vegan butters that result in an even more real buttery taste.
WanderEater Pick: Earth Balance Traditional Spread
Swap pork for jackfruit
We know that this may sound weird but trust us! Jackfruit shares a similar, meaty texture to pulled pork and will take on any flavor when cooked. Whether you can find it fresh or you opt for a canned version, jackfruit is a brilliant swap for meat and tastes delicious when smothered in BBQ sauce!
WanderEater Pick: Ecoideas Organic Jackfruit Plain Shredded
Swap fish for plant-based filets
Believe it or not, these fishless filets taste just like the real thing! From the texture to everything in between, all you need is some vegan tartar sauce and you’ll feel like you’re in a pub eating legit fish and chips.
WanderEater Pick: Gardein Fishless Filets
Swap mayonnaise For veganaise
If you ask us, a sandwich just isn’t complete without mayo but if you’re vegan you clearly need a replacement. This veganaise gives you all the creaminess you love minus the eggs!
WanderEater Pick: Earth Island Original Veganaise
Swap ice cream For almond cream
If you’re considering making the switch to a plant-based diet, you’ll be glad to know that there is a huge selection of vegan ice cream. Even more commercial brands are seeing the demand. With that being said, you have our permission (not that you need it!) to eat your very own pint.
WanderEater Pick: Breyers Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
Swap beef for plant-based patties
There’s a reason why it’s been all the rage! You can find it already shaped into patties for plant-based burgers or even n packages similar to regular ground beef. Use it like you would ground beef and your options are endless. Plus, you can find Beyond Meat at A&W and other burger shops across the country.
WanderEater Pick: Beyond Meat Beyond Beef Plant Based Ground
Swap cheese for non-dairy cheese
Now we know that nothing will totally replace cheese with dairy in it but there are some vegan cheeses that are a close second. Non-dairy shredded cheeses have a bad rep for being plastic-y and not melty but once you try some of the cheeses from Violife Foods, you’ll be amazed.
WanderEater Pick: Violife Cheddar Flavour Slices