Vegans and Non-Vegans, Roll up your sleeves and grab your shopping list. I’ve recently downloaded The Listonic android app which saves your list and you tick them off as you go but the app store has a few others that can help you as you go round.
This isn’t the typical ‘vegan food’s post’ on my website.
Today I’m talking the time-saving, grab before you dash out of the house- kind of foods. I’m normally a sucker for ‘whole foods’ and Paleo eating but when it comes to working full time and having a healthy meal prepared sometimes instant meals or some things that are a bit grab-and-go, are heaven.
Sweet Treats; Snacks and Cakes
Let’s just get this one out of the way. We all know this is why you’re here, come on. So I’ll do a
brief (I got carried away again), list for you and leave some links to some amazingly naughty vegan treat lists at the bottom of this section.
Ben & Jerry’s – Ice Cream (They have a huge range of dairy-free ice creams)
Biscuits – Bourbon Biscuits- Thank god ‘am right?! Lotus – Original Caramelised
Biscuits Nairn’s Biscuits – Dark Chocolate Chip Oat, Stem Ginger Oat, Mixed Berries Oat, Fruit & Spice Wheat Free. Oreo’s
Butterkist – Sweet Cinema Style, Sweet & Salted, Microwave Popcorn Salted
Co-op – Jam and plain ring doughnuts.
Crawford’s Pink Wafers – Not my fave but I know my mum would love to see these around the house!
Divine – Dark Chocolate Mint Thins, Ginger Thins & Dark chocolate bars in various flavours
Fruit – Frozen, Dried or fresh. Come on you lazy buggers, did you think I wouldn’t sneak this into the list? – Go and grab a banana for your sweet fix!
Green & Blacks – Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Currant, Ginger, Maya Gold, Espresso, Spiced Chilli, Lemon, Mint
Kellogs – Strawberry Pop Tarts
Lindt Excellence – 70%, 85% and 90% Dark Chocolate [Sea Salt is amazing]
McVitie’s – Ginger Nuts, Fruit Shortcake, Fig Rolls, Hobnobs, Chocolate Chip Hobnobs
Mr Kipling – Apple & Blackcurrant Pies, Treacle Tart
Propercorn – Smooth Peanut & Almond, Lightly Sea Salted, Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato, Sweet & Salty
Sweeties – Skittles & Starburst, Haribo; Sour Rainbow Strips, Sour Rainbow Twists. Urban Fruit, Yo yo Bear, Cola Bottles, Etc. There are tonnes!
Frozen Desserts; Family selection Icecreams and Ice lollies, Tesco’s Own; Mango Sorbet,
Raspberry Sorbet, Free-From Ice Creams; Strawberry and Vanilla Cornetto’s, Toffee and Vanilla Cones, Chocolate Sticks, Assorted lollies.
9bar – Peanut & Raisin, Apricot & Strawberry, Nutty, Original, Flax, Fruity, Chia Berry, Pumpkin, Almond & Raspberry, Peanut, Cashew & Cocoa, Hazelnut, Coconut, Raspberry
Trek – Peanut Power, Berry Burst, Original Oat Flapjack, Cocoa Chaos, Cocoa Coconut Flapjack
Basic Cupboard Essentials;[Oats, Lentils, Bulgar wheat, Quinoa, Puy Lentils, Rice etc…]
These aren’t really ‘vegan’ as they’re for most diets and I ate them before I was vegan but I also noticed they’re vegan too and wanted to show you how versatile the menu can be. Shopping has really changed in the last year and tonnes of new Gluten-free and meat-free, Animal-free products are now on the market!
The Obvious; ALL OF YOUR VEGGIES!!
Pasta & Noodles
Cauliflower Rice, Pasta and noodles are pretty much all egg free apart from Sharwoods thick noodles (they say egg on them). Rice noodles are the safest bet if you’re concerned about accidentally buying egg or products that may have any animal products in them.
Grains & Pulses; Quinoa, Lentils, Bulgar Wheat, Brown and White Rice, Chickpeas. [East End are around 21p per 100g]
Beans; All of the beans!! Beans are a super food, full of Carbohydrates and fibre and some brilliantly filling nutrients. Some special mentions are; Kidney Beans in Water or in a ready made chilli sauce, Black-Beans, White Beans which are similar to baked beans, Mixed beans.
Nuts & Seeds; Chia Seeds for breakfasts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds for desserts and thickeners. Nuts; Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts.
Cereals; Weetabix, Oats, Cornflakes, Shredded Wheat Etc.. [Just look out for Vitamin D3 which isn’t Vegan and is in a tonne of cereals]
Savoury Snacks (Pre-Made foods)
Basically, if it’s; prawn cocktail, Smokey Bacon, Barbeque or grilled. It’s vegan (but still check!).
Ready Made Grain Blends – Merchant; Red & White Quinoa, Puy Lentils, Tesco’s Own; Wholegrain and quinoa, Asda’s Own; Cous Cous and quinoa, Sainsbury’s; Bulgar wheat chickpea and quinoa, Seeds of Change; Spicy Quinoa and whole grain rice, Original quinoa and rice.
Chips – Wedges, Sweet potatoe fries
Crackers – Most Crackers are vegan as they don’t have any egg or whey products. Even Ritz cheese crackers are vegan!
Doritos – Lightly Salted, Chili Heatwave (Yu-huh.)
Hash browns – From most brands!
Hula Hoops – Original, Salt and Vinegar.
Kettle Chips – Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt & Crushed Black Peppercorns. Kettle Tortilla Chips – Sweet Chili Salsa, Sea Salt
McCoy’s – Salt & Malt Vinegar, Ultimate Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Ultimate Sizzling BBQ Chicken, Ultimate Chargrilled Steak (My fave) & Peri Peri
New york – Bagels.
Pot Noodles: Current UK Vegan flavours; Beef & Tomato (brown), Bombay Bad Boy (black), Sweet & Sour (light blue), Southern Fried Chicken (red). Thanks to Vegan Wiki’s pot noodle guide for the information.
Pringles – Original, BBQ, Paprika, Smokey Bacon
Quorn – Do a full range of products. Most Quorn products are egg and milk free so they’re perfect for a vegan addition! I used to be addicted to their Spicy burgers but I’ve had to give them up for Tom’s new addiction as I’m allergic to them now. Read my warning’s before eating, even if you’ve eaten it before!!
Tesco Bacon Rashers Snacks, Sainsbury’s Bacon Crispies and many other own-brand bacon snacks
Tyrrells Crisps – Lightly Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Naked, English Barbecue, Red White & Blue. Tyrrells Veg Crisps (all flavours apart from Crinkly Veg).
Walkers – Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour. Walkers Sensations – Balsamic Vinegar, Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms & Caramelised Onion.
- It’s more-ish. Read PETA’s List of Accidental Vegan Snack foods.
Condiments and Extra’s[Spreads, Sauces, Cereal, Custards, Jelly Etc]
It’s just assumed that these have some sort of animal proteins in them but I’m key to find a brand that isn’t vegan. Make sure you check for honey, Egg, Whey Powder (milk) or if it’s soy and Worcester sauce then check for fish in any brand that you may purchase. I buy mine from Tesco & Asda and they’ve been fine. I’ve also seen Aldi and Lidl do own brand Sauces.
BBQ Sauce – It’s just assumed that these have some sort of animal proteins in them but I’m key to find a brand that isn’t vegan. Make sure you check for honey in any brand that you may purchase but I bought mine from Tesco & Asda and they’ve been fine. I’ve also seen Aldi and Lidl do own brand BBQ Sauces.
Bird’s Traditional Custard Powder
Bisto – Most of the Bisto range is vegan, though they state they’re vegetarian. It’s win-win.
Cadbury’s – Drinking Chocolate
Dairy-Free Milk – There are tonnes of branded and non-branded choices!
Hershey’s Reese’s Shell topping
Heinz- Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Brown Sauce,
Jam – Most Jams are now made with Pectin’s and not gelatin but always make sure!
Lotus Smooth Caramelised Biscuit Spread
Nestle Cereals; Shredded Wheat Original, Bitesize, Orchard Fruits, Summer Fruits, Cherry Bakewell, Apple Crumble Shreddies Original, Frosted, Coco, Coco Caramel Cornflakes Gluten Free Original Gluten Free Rice Pops
Peanut butter – All Brands
Pesto – Yep, There’s even a vegan pesto! Asda, Tesco and Aldi sell this!
Salad Cream – All Brands
Sainsbury’s Raspberry Jelly
SunPat Choc-A-Nut Peanut Spread
Tesco Bourbon Biscuit Spread, Tart Pastry.
Top brands to buy from
Sometimes you have to shop around but with my brand list, you can select the best brand for what you want. I typically stay between Asda and Tesco and pop into Aldi when I’m nearby.
Need a light lunch? Go to the Co-op, Aldi or Sainsburys! Need a full Vegan shop? Try Aldi, Asda or Tesco!
Aldi – They’ve been winning the game in recent months offering low priced veggies and cereals they now also do a host of rice, quinoa packets and even some non-branded non-dairy milk.
Asda – They don’t have an official vegan list but they have a tonne of branded and non-branded items in store! Vegan Womble‘s full foodie list.
Tesco – I buy a lot of my frozen veg and fruit from them as they’re super cheap! Their fresh veg is a bit pricier then Asda so it’s always good to shop around! Downloadable food guide.
Sainsbury’s – Again, I’m not a huge fan of Sainsbury’s but they do have all the typical veg and snacks that most of the bigger chains have. The only issue is they don’t have a lot of the ready meals available. A Downloadable Food Guide.
Waitrose – Super amazingly good snack food section (sweets,bars & salad boxes etc) but not a great selection of ready meals. Downloadable Food Guide.
And, if you’re not vegan yet but you’re thinking about it, you can read how easy the transition can be to going vegan and my personal reasons for going vegan too! There are tonnes of benefits to a vegan lifestyle and not all of them include saving the planet, some of them are about saving yourself.
There are also some great subscription boxes for you to trial if you’re dipping your toe into veganism or…just wanted to try some new snacks.