The Ultimate Vegan Shopping List

From Chef Chloe Coscarelli of By CHLOE. 

One of the largest misconceptions about a vegan diet is that it’s extremely limiting. This is simply not the case! All foods that do not include animal parts or by-products are suitable for vegans. If you are used to a diet that includes animal foods (as most people are), this may seem limiting at first. In reality however, a plant-based diet exposes you to a world of different foods that you may never have thought to try before. Here are some great, healthy foods that should be absolute staples of a plant-based diet:

Fruits and veggies (especially green leafy ones like kale, chard, and spinach)

Beans and legumes (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, lentils)

Soy products (tofu, tempeh)

Nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds)

Healthy fats (avocado aka “nature’s butter”, olive, and coconut oils)

Whole grains (rice, quinoa, barley, farro, pasta)

What to Avoid: 

While vegetarians generally just choose to stop eating meat and fish, vegans go a step further and do not eat any type of foods that are made or derived from animals. Aside from meat, this includes:

Dairy (milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt)


Honey (Yep, it comes from a bee which counts as an animal…believe it or not factory farming of bees even exists!)

*Keep in mind that lots of processed junk foods are vegan friendly (I’m looking at you Oreos…), so be sure to indulge in those treats every once in awhile and not rely on them as a main food group.

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