What foods are vegan? {Vegan MoFo #3}

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by JL Fields on October 4, 2012

My Vegan MoFo theme this year is “Go Vegan with JL…In the kitchen!” in which I reply to your questions about cooking in your vegan kitchen.  (I explain a bit more about my theme and plan for my October posts here.)


Today’s question:

“How do I know what foods are vegan?”

This is a really great question!  We know that vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds are vegan; they are derived from plants.  It gets a bit trickier, however, when you start to shop from the inside aisles of grocery stores or in the refrigerated section.

My tip:  Use these great resources:

  1. Vegan Shopping Guide.  This PETA resource outlines vegan foods by grocery store sections.
  2. Accidentally Vegan. PETA provides a fun list of foods that are, oops!, vegan.  Is this a list of only healthy vegan foods? Nope. But sometimes I don’t to eat healthy (Get over here, Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips!).
  3. Vegan Foods Glossary. This Vegan Outreach resource provides handy vegan substitution ideas.

I found each invaluable as a new vegan.

Other great resources:

Also, check out the Vegan 101 post here on this blog regarding reading labels.

Here’s an another tip: shop from vegan grocery stores! That’s right, you can order vegan groceries from online stores such as Vegan Essentials.  If you’re lucky, there may be a vegan market in your town, like Food Fight! Grocery in Portland, Vegan Bodega in NYC or Nooch Vegan Market, in Denver.  In fact, I’m in Colorado right now and I popped into Nooch for supplies for my hotel room in Colorado Springs. Joshua, one of the co-owners helped me find what I needed.

and I am completely ready for breakfast in my hotel each morning

and for snacks (including kale chips!) in the evening.

I know many vegan bloggers include a vegan grocery list on their site – if you have one, link it up!

  • Great post! Love all of the resources you have here – wish I would have had this when I first when vegan 🙂

    • JL

      Thanks, Ashley! Yeah, I guess it’s one of the things we do to give back, right? Provide that which we could not find! LOL

  • Nooch is the ish!

    • JL

      LOVE Nooch!

  • tomhodgins

    I’m a long-time vegetarian (or as I call it, the worst vegan ever) who is attracted to the idea of a cruelty-free lifestyle and am evolving more toward a vegan diet over time – thanks for compiling these resources her, I just wish there were more lists of Canadian markets floating around the net :/

    • JL

      Hi Tom! If you know of any Canadian markets, please let me know and I’ll update the list!

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