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By Allyssa Jade Acevedo
Adopting a plant-based diet can be tricky, especially in the beginning. You may find yourself looking through a pantry full of snacks you used to love and thinking, “What on EARTH am I going to eat??” But perhaps one of the best ways to go about it is instead of focusing on what you can’t have, think of all the wonderful things you still can! Here are 10 popular (and delicious) snacks that you don’t have to scrap when going vegan.
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Okay, this had to be the best news I could have ever received when I first went vegan. I could still eat Oreos and not just the original, but ALL of the flavors. That includes Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Roll, Golden, Peanut Butter, Lemon, Blueberry Pie, Coconut, Red Velvet, Chocolate Hazelnut, Mint and so many more! The downside to this would be that Oreos contain palm oil, which from both an environmental and health standpoint, is definitely not the best. But it is still worth knowing they’re free from animal products. We’ll let you be the judge.
2. LÄRABAR FRUIT & NUT FOOD BARS
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For someone who has a sweet tooth but would like to have a snack with more natural ingredients, these bars are perfect. Lärabar is a brand that clearly labels the number of ingredients on the front of their product, and as stated on the packaging, they are mainly fruit and nuts. These bars come in over 10 delicious flavors such as Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Lemon Bar, Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Chip Brownie and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. They are also non-GMO and gluten free!
3. SO DELICIOUS DAIRY-FREE YOGURT
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Yogurt lovers, this one is for you! Though So Delicious is not a brand that is accidentally vegan, they had to be included on this list because their products are amazing. All of their yogurt is a coconut milk alternative made with organic coconuts and it comes in a wide range of flavors that arguably taste even better than dairy. There is Plain, Chocolate, Raspberry, Key Lime, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla, Mango as well as several others. Once you taste this alternative, there is no going back!
4. BBQ PRINGLES
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If you thought your barbeque days would be over when going vegan, think again. BBQ flavored Pringles are suitable for vegans, and they will definitely satisfy your cravings! The original flavor is also vegan, as well as their Smoky Bacon flavor!
5. HIPPEAS ORGANIC CHICKPEA PUFFS
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These flavorful puffs, similar in shape and texture to Cheese Doodles, are a great new addition to the snack world. They come in flavors such as Far Out Fajita, Sriracha Sunshine, Pepper Power, Vegan White Cheddar and Bohemian Barbecue that will send you to chickpea puff heaven. You can find these at Starbucks, Shoprite, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Central Market, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Kroger, and on Amazon! As their website says, “Give peas a chance!”
6. ACT II BUTTER LOVERS POPCORN
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Now here is a shocker! This buttery, flavorful popcorn is VEGAN! If you are craving that movie theatre popcorn taste, head over to the supermarket and pick up a box of this. It will definitely hit the spot.
7. SABRA GUACAMOLE
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Guacamole is possibly the best invention ever, and Sabra’s is vegan! You can have classic style, spicy, south-western, garden vegetable or classic with lime! Dip some veggies in or if you prefer something salty, Tostitos Scoops will do the trick.
8. VARIOUS CLIF ENERGY BARS
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These energy bars are made with organic rolled oats and provide sustained energy through their wholesome ingredients! They are great to eat after exercise, on a hike or even just throughout the day as a little pick-me-up. Be aware that not ALL of these bars are dairy free! The flavors that ARE vegan are Apricot, Berry Pomegranate Chia, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, Coconut Chocolate Chip, Cool Mint Chocolate, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Hot Chocolate, Iced Gingerbread, Nuts & Seeds, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Sierra Trail Mix, Peanut Toffee Buzz, Peanut Butter Banana with Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Crisp. So to sum it up, there are plenty of flavors us vegans can choose from!
9. SPICY SWEET CHILI DORITOS
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If you love Doritos and the thought of going without them is a sad one, fear not. There is still one flavor that is vegan, and it is the Spicy Sweet Chili. They come in a bright purple bag and look oh-so tempting! If Doritos are your guilty pleasure, here is your chance, plant-based friends!
10. KEEBLER VIENNA FINGERS
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The Keebler elf has really gifted us with these accidentally vegan cookies. These crème filled sandwich cookies have been around for as long as I can remember, and yet I never knew they were vegan! If Oreos aren’t your thing and you prefer vanilla cookies, try these out!