Make the Switch

Veganizing familiar foods is an easy way to transition to vegan food choices. Almost every animal product you used to eat or drink now has a tasty plant-based alternative. Tastes and textures vary by brand and by product. Experiment to find your favorites! If your store doesn't carry the products you'd like to try, ask your store manager and/or consider ordering onlineClick any animal product in the left column below to switch to the vegan version. 

  IF YOU LIKE THE TASTE OF...

MAKE THE SWITCH TO...

  FOR SO MANY REASONS...

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    "Beef" Alternatives
    Boca Ground CrumblesOriginal Vegan Burgers
    Field Roast Classic Meatloaf
    Gardein Beefless Tips, Beefless Burger
    Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Burger
    Match Meats Vegan Ground Beef
    Nate's Meatless Meatballs

    "Pork" Alternatives
    Field Roast Celebration Roast
    Lightlife Gimme Lean SausageSmart BaconSmart Deli Baked Ham
    Match Meat Ground Italian SausageGround Pork
    Morningstar Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets
    Yves Canadian BaconBreakfast Links


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    Hotdogs, Brats, Pepperoni, Jerky
    Field Roast FrankfurtersApple Sage, Italian, and Mexican Chipotle Sausages
    Tofurky Italian Sausage and Kielbasa
    Yves Pepperoni
    Tofurky Jurky
    Primal Strips (softer jerky)

    General Substitutes
    You can also use general plant-based foods as substitutes for recipes -- like extra firm tofu or seitan in stir-fries or sandwiches, and texturized vegetable protein (TVP) in recipes calling for ground "beef" like spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes and more.

    recipe seitankabobsRecipes
    Homemade Brats 
    Homemade Seitan 
    Baked Mini Corndogs
    20 Vegan Burger Recipes

    For them. Pigs are social, playful, and protective animals who bond with each other, make nests, and like to relax in the sun. They are known to dream, recognize their own names, can learn “tricks” like sitting for a treat, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. 

    Cows are curious and clever animals who have been known to go to amazing lengths to escape death at slaughterhouses (they know what’s coming). These affectionate social animals prefer to spend their time together forming complex relationships and social structures. (Learn more)

    iStock 000006142173XSmallFor the planet. Animal agribusiness is a leading threat to life on earth including being a leading contributor to climate change, species extinction, water pollution, wasting of water, deforestation (including cutting down rain forests), and the leader in publicly funded wildlife killing and displacement of wild animals due to wilderness destruction.

    healthy-adultsFor your health. Eating vegan substantially reduces your risk of Heart disease, Strokes, Kidney stones, Prostate cancer, Cervical cancer, Diabetes, Breast cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Stomach cancer, Hypoglycemia, Constipation, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Colon cancer, Ovarian cancer, Endometrial cancer, Kidney disease, Hemorrhoids, Obesity, and Asthma.

     
     
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    Products > "Chicken" & "Turkey" Alternatives
    Beyond Meat (NEW!)
    Boca Chik'n Nuggets, Chik'n Patties
    Gardein Chik'n Filets, Chik'n Scallopini, Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers, Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Wings
    Match Meats Ground Chicken
    Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips
    Tofurky Deli Slices
    Yves Meatless Deli Turkey Slices

    General Substitutes

    You can also use general plant-based foods as substitutes for recipes -- like extra firm tofu or light seitan in stir-fries, fried "chicken," sandwiches, and more. See New-To-You Foods.

    beyondmeatRecipes
    Vegan Fried Chick'n Recipes
    Deli Slices (cheap!)
    Stir Fry Recipes

    girl-holding-chicken2For them. On average, every person who goes vegan removes their cooperation to harm and kill more than 27 chickens EVERY YEAR, sparing them a horrible life and a gruesome death! Each year hundreds of millions of chickens, turkeys, and other birds are killed for human habit and profit. Say “No!” to cruelty and killing. Say “Yes” to compassion, justice, and a better way. (Learn more)

    planet-leafFor the planet.
    • Chicken flesh is a waste of agricultural energy and resources. It takes 4 pounds of grain energy for 1 pound of chicken’s flesh -- requiring 4 times the amount of fuel, land, water to feed animals rather than directly feeding people.
    • According to the U.S. Geological Survey and WorldWater.org it requires on average 500 gallons of water to produce ONE pound of chicken flesh -- mostly for growing food for the chickens. This does not including water used at the slaughterhouse.
    • "The amount of animal wastes produced in the U.S. is staggering. In chickens, for example, the daily production of wastes is essentially equal to the amount of feed used. This means for every truckload of feed that is brought onto the farm, a similar load of waste must be removed. A one million hen complex, for example, produces 125 tons of wet manure a day" (Bell, D. "An egg industry perspective," Poultry Digest, Jan. 1990, p. 26.).
     

    health-veggie-heartFor your health. The flesh of chickens is high in cholesterol – higher than the flesh of cows or pigs. The flesh of chickens is also high in long-chain triglycerides which accumulate in the blood stream and contribute to heart disease. It also contains arachidonic acid which stimulates inflammation in our bodies, aggravating conditions like arthritis and heart disease.

    Eating vegan substantially reduces your risk of Heart disease, Strokes, Kidney stones, Prostate cancer, Cervical cancer, Diabetes, Breast cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Stomach cancer, Hypoglycemia, Constipation, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Colon cancer, Ovarian cancer, Endometrial cancer, Kidney disease, Hemorrhoids, Obesity, and Asthma.

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    "Fish" & "Seafood" Alternatives
    Match Vegan Ground Crab Meat
    Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Seafood
    Vegetarian Plus Vegan Shrimp
    Vegieworld.com Vegetarian Codfish Ball
    Vegieworld.com Vegetarian Salmon
    Vegieworld.com Vegetarian Shrimp Ball
    Vegieworld.com Vegetarian Tuna

    Other Online Resources
    http://www.maywahnyc.com/

    food-vegan-sushiRecipe Substitutes
    Tofuna (Tofu "Tuna" Salad)
    Sushi
    Tempeh "Crab" Cakes
    Long John Silvers Make-Over: Tempeh Filets

    animals-fish-yellow-smallFor them. Most people agree that sea mammals such as whales and dolphins are intelligent and even majestic animals. Now scientists are also finding that fish and invertebrates (animals without a “backbone” like lobsters, shrimps, and crabs) are smart and sensitive too. Research shows that they have individual personalities and seem to experience emotions. Aquatic animals feel pain, can experience panic, have complex social relationships, and show an overwhelming desire to avoid suffering and death (like other animals, like us!). (Learn more)

    animals-dolphinFor the planet. The oceans are dying. Industrial fishing has caused a global decline in fish populations to near extinction in most parts of the ocean. Massive nets, miles long scrape the ocean depths and indiscriminately scoop up and suffocate everyone in their catch – turtles, seals, dolphins, whales and billions of struggling fish. And industrial fish and shrimp farms are creating environmental dead zones – massive amounts of concentrated waste from these factory farms smother the ocean floor and choke the life from it. Farmed fresh water fish are fed ocean-caught fish, compounding the devastation. 

    For your health. Fish and aquatic animals live in some of the most polluted environments. Our waste, heavy metals, and other pollution ends up in our oceans and waterways. Living, eating, and breathing pollutants, the flesh of aquatic animals concentrates the pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury.

    health-veggie-heartIt has also been found that fish oil does NOT benefit the heart (read about the new findings).

    Eating vegan substantially reduces your risk of Heart disease, Strokes, Kidney stones, Prostate cancer, Cervical cancer, Diabetes, Breast cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Stomach cancer, Hypoglycemia, Constipation, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Colon cancer, Ovarian cancer, Endometrial cancer, Kidney disease, Hemorrhoids, Obesity, and Asthma. 

     
  • food new veganmilk

    Milks
    Silk Chocolate Soy, Almond, or Coconut Milk
    Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
    Rice Dream Non-Dairy Beverages

    Milk/Creamers
    MimicCreme Creamers
    Silk
    Creamers

    Butter
    Earth Balance­ Natural Buttery Spread
    Smart Balance Original Buttery Spread

    Cheeses
    Daiya­ Cheddar, Mozzarella, & Pepperjack
    Follow Your Heart Cheeses
    Galaxy Parmesan
    Love & Joy Nacheez
    Chicago Vegan Foods Teese Vegan Cheese
    Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
    Tofutti Soy-Cheese Slices


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    Ice Cream
    So Delicious Ice Creams & Novelties
    Tofutti
    Rice Dream Novelty Bites

    Whipped Cream
    Rich's Rich Whip
    Soyatoo
    Whipped Creams

    Yogurt
    Silk Yogurt
    WholeSoy 
    Soy Yogurt

    Recipes
    Tofu Ricotta (great for lasagna, stuffed pasta shells, etc.)

    animals-cows-dairy-cutecalfFor them. Cows, like other mammals (like humans) naturally produce milk for one reason – for their babies. Whether on factory farms or on small scale farms, dairy cows are made to repeatedly give birth in order to ensure a constant supply of milk. Baby cows are taken from their mothers almost immediately after birth causing emotional distress for both mother and offspring. The majority of calves are slaughtered for “veal” while some female calves are forced into dairy production. Spent mothers are loaded up and trucked to a slaughterhouse when they are no longer productive and profitable. (Learn more)

    planet-water-irrigationFor the planet.
    • According to WaterFootprint.org, on average 1 gallon of cow’s milk requires 1000 gallons of water to produce (feeding and watering cows).
    • Dairy uses much more water, land, grain, and energy resources to produce compared to vegan milk choices.
    • Dairy production is a disastrous source of water pollution. One dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste every day -- equal to that of 24 people, but with no toilets, sewers, or treatment plants.
    • Even a relatively small-scale farm of 200 cows will produce as much nitrogen as is found in the sewage from a community of 5,000 to 10,000 people.
    • Farm run-off, especially from dairy farms because of increased water usage, significantly adds to the contamination of waterways.
    • Cow flatulence emits methane gas. Their urine produces nitrous oxide which contributes to climate change.
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    For your health.
    Humans are not designed to consume dairy. Most adult humans naturally lack the ability to digest and tolerate lactose (milk sugar). Lactose intolerance is natural – consuming dairy is not. Most of the human population is lactose intolerant.

    "A comprehensive review article published in Pediatrics in 2005 showed that getting extra calcium—from milk or anything else—makes no difference in bone density in children or young adults. And evidence shows that dairy product consumption contributes to obesity, ear infections, constipation, respiratory problems, heart disease, and some cancers." - StrongBones.org 

    If you're still not convinced and want to consume more calcium -- almond milk contains 50% MORE calcium than cows' milk.

    Go dairy-free and see increased stamina, reduced stress levels, clear skin and lungs; eliminate flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea caused by lactose intolerance; and markedly reduce your risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer (women), other cancers, and heart disease.
  • food new eggreplacer  vegg
    Products
    Ener-G Egg Replacer (for baking only)
    Vegg Egg Yolk Replacer

    Mayonnaise
    Follow Your Heart Vegenaise

    Recipes
    Scrambled Tofu
    Eggless Salad

    See our tips for baking without eggs or dairy -- including an extensive list of over 30 egg substitutes for recipes. 

     

    animals-chickens-chicks-handsFor them. Chickens bred and raised for egg production suffer in even worse conditions for even longer periods of time than chickens bred and killed for their flesh. Male chicks are thrown away upon hatching. And hens are slaughtered or gassed after about 18 months when they are no longer profitable. (Learn more)

    planet-small-globeFor the planet.
    • Factory egg farming is a waste of agricultural resources -- only 23% of feed protein is converted to animal protein in eggs (Animal Factories, p. 110).
    • According to the U.S. Geological Survey and WaterFootprint.org it requires on average 400 gallons of water to produce ONE egg (feeding and watering chickens).
    • "The amount of animal wastes produced in the U.S. is staggering. In chickens, for example, the daily production of wastes is essentially equal to the amount of feed used. This means for every truckload of feed that is brought onto the farm, a similar load of waste must be removed. A one million hen complex, for example, produces 125 tons of wet manure a day" (Bell, D. "An egg industry perspective," Poultry Digest, Jan. 1990, p. 26.).

    health-runnerFor your health.
    Consumption of eggs has been conclusively linked to dramatic increased risk of cancer including breast cancer and ovarian cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.