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Let Vegans be Vegans _ Alternatives, Recipes, & Food Trends _ Philip BernaboSince the beginning of the new year, everyone and their mother has challenged themselves to be healthier, stronger, faster, and/or happier. Some achieve these successes through increased exercise or improved eating habits. Others find additional ways to reach realistic health goals.

Below, we will explore some of 2018’s biggest Vegan trends, which can be incorporated into your #14DayVeganChallenge, #Whole30, or it can be utilized in your everyday life:

Drinkable soups – As lunch alternative to pressed drinks and smoothies, drinkable soups are convenient and more filling. Because they are packed with produce, they can also be a lot healthier. While there are plenty of heatable options, these soups allow for you to gulp on the go.

  1. Drink Zupa – Zupa is tremendous, and it’s available in assorted flavors, such as Carrot Coconut Lime, Avocado, and California Cashew
  2. Soupure – Soupure offers a variety of soups such as Pumpkin Miso, Japanese Sweet Potato, and Split Pea Chlorophyll
  3. Tio Gazpacho – Offers three chilled varieties including Gazpacho Clasico, Gazpacho de Sol and Gazpacho Verde

Dairy Milk Alternatives – Most of these milk alternatives won’t be a surprise, but there many lactose-intolerant friendly options to enjoy your cereal, without the stomach cramps.

  1. Soy Milk – Soy milk offers the most protein and is the most comparable to cow’s milk
  2. Almond Milk – Almond milk is probably the tastiest dairy alternative. Available in multiple brands at most major grocery stores
  3. Cashew Milk- Very similar to Almond Milk, Cashew milk is creamier and sweeter than regular cow milk
  4. Coconut Milk – Coconut milk is thicker than most dairy alternatives and it doesn’t have the nutty taste that most choices offer. Check out brands like So Delicious Dairy Free
  5. Rice Milk – Rice milk tastes more similar to regular dairy milk, but the texture is more watery. Check out Rice Dream Milk
  6. Oat Milk – Made with steel cut oats, oat milk it’s low-fat and low cholesterol. Check out Pacific Original Organic Oat Milk
  7. Hemp Milk –  Hemp milk is made from hemp seed. This dairy alternative has a nutty flavor with a watery texture
  8. Hazelnut Milk – Hazelnut milk a hazelnut flavor and there’s a thicker texture, similar to almond milk
  9. Flax Milk – Flaxseed has a lot of Omega 3 which is excellent for the heart. It’s a thin texture, and there is a sweet taste to this Milk alternative. Check out Good Karma Foods.
  10. Quinoa Milk – Quinoa milk has a weaker taste, but it is a popular milk alternative that isn’t very easy to find in grocery stores. If you’re interested in checking it out, look for Suzie’s Quinoa Quinoamilk Beverage
  11. Pea Milk – Pea milk is the newest alternative that boasts on the fact that it nut-free, and made from chickpea. Pea milk offers 25 percent -45 percent of needed daily calcium. Check out Brands like Rippie Foods Pea Milk and Bolthouse Pea Milk at Whole Foods, Target, or Walmart

Caffeinated Treats – Most of us don’t have time to make coffee at home or stop on the way to work for caffeinated drinks, so its good to know there are vegan-friendly coffee options.

  1. Steam Caffeinated Peanut Butter is made of just peanuts, salt, agave, peanut oil, and green coffee extract, delivering 150 mg and 210 calories per two-tablespoon serving. The serving is equivalent to 2 cups of coffee
  2. Pamela’s Ambition Bars 70mg of caffeine, the flavors of in a coffee flavor or matcha. The Ambition bars are a gluten-free a vegan snack
  3. The Caffeinated Cookie from Get Up and Go uses B6 and B12 to sustain energy. Also, Panax ginseng and green tea are in these treats

4. Plant Based Meats – The options for vegans and vegetarians are steadily increasing. With more options and production, come better-tasting alternatives that carnivores would even enjoy.

  1. Beyond Meat – Beyond Meat is a pea-protein based burger with 20 grams of protein and red beets for a meaty look and consistency
  2. Impossible Foods -Impossible Foods create items using Wheat protein, potato protein, coconut oil, and heme. The burger the realistic meat-like scent, look, and taste. This alternative is served in major restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, LA and Texas but it’s not in stores yet
  3. Gardein – Gardein offers a broad range of meatless products including crabless cakes meatless meatballs, golden fishless filet
  4. Tofurky – Tofurky is a meatless veteran is known for a number of meatless wonders including deli slices, veggie dogs, vegan pizza, chorizo-style ground beef and holiday roasts
    Field Roast – Grain meat used to make vegan sausages, deli slices, roast burgers, and meatloaf
  5. Boca Burger –  Boca burger is another vegan staple that offers a variety of burgers including Spicy Chik’ n Patties

This list is the peak of the iceberg; the Whole30 movement also has meals turned on its head with healthier alternatives that are available in most grocery stores, near you. What are some vegan trends that you’ve noticed?