Vegan Transition Suggestions

Whether you’ve decided to adopt a plant-based diet or go vegan for health reasons, environmental reasons, ethical reasons or a combination of these (or others), this page can provide you with some helpful ideas. The packaged foods listed aren’t health foods(i.e., fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds), but for the most part are better than their animal based alternatives and provide good options (as in.. they taste very good) to satisfy an old craving or to share with friends and family.
For healthier long-term change suggestions, see the reading and website sections below.

Check our Business Directory to see where you can buy these, and other healthier πŸ˜‰ , products.


Beyond Meat – Beyond Burger

(Tip: Season with cracked pepper/your favorite spices)

Beyond Meat – Beyond Sausage

(Tip: Perfect for BBQ or stovetop)

Beyond Meat – Beyond Beef

(Tip: Use for meatballs, spaghetti bolognese, tacos, nachos, pizzas, etc.)

Gardein – Meatless Meatballs

(Tip: Use for subs or pasta)

Gardein – Fishless Filets

(Tip: Mix vegan mayo with sweet relish for dipping)

Yves – Breaded Chick’n Burgers

(Tip: Cook on stovetop till crispy)

Yves – Breaded Veggie Nuggets

(Tip: Cook on stovetop till crispy)

Yves – Veggie Turkey Deli Slices

Yves – Veggie Bologna Deli Slices

Yves – Veggie Salami Deli Slices

Field Roast – Chao Cheese Slices

(Tip: Perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches, or any sandwich!)

Daiya – Monterey Jack Block

(Tip: Great for slicing or grating.)

Daiya – Medium Cheddar Block

(Tip: Great for slicing or grating.)

Daiya – Dairy Free Yogurt

(Tip: Try the cherry first. Unless you don’t like cherries πŸ˜‰ )

Ripple – Dairy Free Milk

Ripple – Dairy Free Chocolate Milk

Silk – Dairy Free Almond Coconut Milk

(Tip: If you prefer a more neutral flavor, instead of coconut, try the silk soy milk)

Silk – Dairy Free Creamer

(Tip: Add to coffee or recipes calling for cream)

Earth Island – Vegenaise Mayo Spread

(Tip: Use as you would any mayonnaise type spread)

Earth Island – Creamy Garlic Dressing

Earth Island – Plant Based Egg

(Tip: Make as you would scrambled or fried egg)

Hellmann’s – Vegan Mayo

(Tip: Use as you would any mayonnaise spread. Tastes the same)

Earth Balance – Buttery Spread

(Tip: Use as you would any butter spread)

Tofutti – Sour Cream

(Tip: Stir well before using)

So Delicious – Coco Whip

Ben & Jerry’s – Non Dairy Ice Cream

Haagen Dazs – Non Dairy Ice Cream

Haagen Dazs – Non Dairy Bars

Magnum – Non Dairy Bars

Nestle – Non Dairy Drumstick

Nestle – Non Dairy Drumstick

Daiya – New York Cheezecake

(Tip: Top with berries or pie filling)

PC – Chocolate Cheesecake-style dessert

(Tip: Top with berries or pie filling)

Belsoy – Dark Chocolate Pudding

(Caramel flavour is also good. Try the others)

Voortman – Chocolate Chip Cookie

(Tip: Don’t eat them all at once πŸ™‚ )


Dr. Greger – How Not To Die

Dr. Barnard – Reversing Diabetes

Dr. Barnard – Your Body In Balance

Dr. T. Colin Campbell – The China Study

Dr. Graham – 80/10/10

Brendan Brazier – Thrive

Robert Cheeke & Vanessa Espinoza – Plant-Based Muscle

Rich Roll – Finding Ultra

Scott Jurek – Eat & Run


FORKS OVER KNIVES – Beginner’s Guide To A Plant-Based Diet

NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG – Health & Nutrition Videos By Dr. Greger



FATFREE VEGAN KITCHEN – delicious oil-free recipes

HAPPY HERBIVORE – easy vegan recipes

RABBIT AND WOLVES – vegan comfort food recipes

FEASTING ON FRUIT – awesome dessert recipe ideas

PUBMED.GOV – search biomedical & life sciences literature

THE VEGAN SOCIETY – why go vegan?

WE ANIMALS MEDIA – more reasons to start the transition


An Ottawa Vegan & Vegetarian Web Resource

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