Easy Vegan Food Swaps

From Chef Chloe Coscarelli of By CHLOE. 

When you think of the word “vegan”, do visions of tie-dye wearing, sprout-munching hippies come to mind? In the year 2016 it doesn’t have to, because it has never been easier or more fun to go vegan! The latest trend that’s sweeping the nation has everyone from celebrities (including Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and even Stevie Wonder) to everyday folks ditching meat and dairy and incorporating a vast amount of healthful plant foods into their diets. Delicious food that doesn’t hurt animals or the earth and helps you glow from the inside out is a win-win situation for everyone!

If you are considering going vegan, or just interested in learning more about the lifestyle, here are some great tips to give plant-based beginners the boost they need to get started. So if you’re not sure what to eat, where to go, or how you could possibly give up cheese, I’m here to help!

If you’re afraid of missing your favorite foods like pizza, ice cream, or mac and cheese, never fear! Luckily, there are plenty of plant-based substitutions you can make that will have you wondering what you were ever doing without them before!

Instead of dairy milk, try almond, soy, rice, or coconut milk. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try cashew, hemp, or oat milk!

Instead of dairy cheese, try nutritional yeast or cashew cheese on pizza, pasta, in sandwiches, or even on popcorn!

Instead of eggs, try scrambled tofu for a protein-packed breakfast!

Instead of ground beef, try using crumbled tempeh, beans, or lentils in “meaty” foods like chili or tacos.

Instead of honey, try plant-based sweeteners like maple syrup, agave, or brown rice syrup to sweeten your drinks and desserts.

Check out Chloe’s must-have kitchen ingredients. For more vegan tips, see 1-day vegan meal plan. Also check out this guide to the raw diet

*Feature image by Alexandra Dawson of InMyBowl.