The foods you had no idea were vegan

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Did you know that there are now over half a million people living the vegan lifestyle in the UK? More and more people are taking the plunge and saying goodbye to animal-based products for the ethical and health benefits, but abstaining from meat and dairy products comes with its own struggles. Ever pick something up at the supermarket only to discover it’s not vegan-friendly? Yep, we hear you.

The good news? There are so many animal-free products out there, the trick is knowing where to look. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan or a newcomer, here are eight animal-friendly grub options that you never knew were vegan…

Pot Noodle

Did you know the meat in pot noodles is actually textured soya pieces? We’ll take one of each flavour, please.

Vegan-friendly flavours: Beef and tomato, Bombay bad boy, Sweet and sour, Southern fried chicken. In the Pot Noodle in a mug range, stick to flavours: Tomato & Herb, Spicy curry, Chinese chicken and Roast chicken.

Kettle crisps & Pop Chips

A healthier alternative to your conventional deep fried crisps, popchips & (our personal faves) Kettle Crisps are heated in a pressurized chamber and then quickly released into fresh air which causes them to pop, giving you all the flavour and half the fat.

Vegan-friendly flavours: Kettle sea salt and vinegar, Kettle salt and pepper, Popchips original

Halo Top

The popular low-calorie, high-protein ice cream that quickly made its way across the pond now has three dairy-free options available. Made with coconut milk, it’s the ultimate guilt-free treat.

Vegan-friendly flavours: Toasted coconut, Sea salt caramel, Peanut butter cup.

Readymade cake mixes

Minus the egg and milk listed on the box (and with the help of science) going vegan doesn’t mean completely abandoning the foods you love. Cake mixes usually require eggs, milk and water to be added but you can always substitute regular milk with coconut, soy or almond milk. For the eggs you can use silken tofu and vegetable oil instead of butter.

Vegan-friendly desserts: Devil’s Food, Vanilla, Chocolate Swirl, Carrot Cake.

White Rabbit Pizza Co.

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White Rabbit Pizza Co. have a pizza hand-topped with vegan mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, pesto genovese and it’s stone baked – it’s basically the pizza vegan dreams are made of.

Vegan-friendly pizzas: Smokin’ vegan, Viva La vegan and Nudies.

Biscuits and spreads

We were excited to find out that there are even vegan biscuits and spreadables out there to accompany a good old cuppa. Oreos of course rank seriously high on the vegan-friendly treat list.

Vegan-friendly biscuits and spreads: Lotus biscoff biscuits and spread, Hobnob original, Hobnob choc chip.

Chocolate

For those with a sweet tooth here are some rich and delicious chocolate options that are completely and utterly vegan approved.

Vegan-friendly chocolates: Ritter sport chocolate marzipan bar and Vego organic hazelnut chocolate bar.

Cheese

Going dairy-free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of cheesy goodness. Depending on the brand, most vegan cheese is made out of soybean. For the cheese-heads amongst you , here are vegan-approved alternatives that will satiate any cheese craving.

Vegan-friendly cheeses: Ocado non-dairy cheese slices, Mature cheddar alternative, Tesco free from soft cheese.

For those planning on dining out, check out how to hack the menu if you’re vegan or vegetarian here.

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