Surprising vegan items at your grocery store.

Are you excited to get started on your new vegan adventure, but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re a veteran vegan, but the only Trader Joe’s within 45 miles just closed down, and you’re tired of eating salad for every meal, but you don’t want to brave the isles of your local supermarket for fear you’ll come up empty handed, without your favorite vegan items? Or quite possibly you don’t fit into either of those categories, and you have your own personal reasons. But look again, fellow vegans, for victory is closer than you think!

Your typical grocery store actually has a surprising number of vegan items, whether they know it or not. We’ve come so far as a culture, and you no longer have to live on the west coast to find affordable vegan friendly foods.

Canned Goods

There are a ton of plant-based vegan items in the canned goods isle, and the best part is, they are cheap! Hormel makes a vegan chili, and there are a ton of Progressive soup options that are vegan. Canned beans are always a solid option, and can be used in a variety of different recipes to replace meat. Chickpeas, black beans, and lentils can be used in mock tuna salad, tacos, and bean burgers. Old El Paso even makes vegan items, like their famous refried beans, if that’s your thing.

Grains and Ethnic Food

We all know that grains are a vegan’s best friend when it comes to quick, filling meals, and that’s no exception at the grocery store. Most grocery stores carry all sorts of grain based vegan items, (and not so grain based—make sure you always read labels) from gluten free to veggie pasta, and since it’s the supermarket, you know it’s cheap. What may be surprising, is that there are a plethora of vegan items from around the world – available at your local grocery store! Thai Kitchen, La Choy, and Annie Chun’s make meatless soups and rice dishes that can be made on the fly. Even good ol’ Knorr-Lipton has some tantalizing curry options for the spicy vegan.


Even the best, most disciplined vegan has a sweet and salty tooth from time to time. Lucky for all of us, a lot of our guilty pleasures from our pre-vegan ignorance days are already vegan approved. Such timeless treasures as Oreos, Nutter Butters, Fritos, and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, are all vegan items. Salted cashews are always a healthier, less processed snack food, if you’re trying your best to stay away from any processed food.


For an extra crunchy snack attack, try some surprisingly vegan cereals. Some of your favorites, such as Life and Trix are vegan. A lot of other brands offer vegan options, such as Unfrosted Flakes, Unfrosted Pop-Tarts, and Quaker Instant Oatmeal.

No matter what your mood, or your reason, a trip to the local grocery store can still be enjoyable and fun!