Vegan Life

  1. The Best Vegan Cheese for Pizza (6-Mozzarella Taste Test)

    Vegan cheese may be the final frontier of vegan food; at least it seems to be one of the hardest things to get right. And these non-dairy substitutes often get a bad rap for being goopy, plasticky, and artificial tasting. Fortunately, vegan cheese has come a long way. So whether you're vegan, lactose intolerant, or just looking for a healthier option, the best cheesy options for topping a vegan pizza are now quite good.

  2. The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (9-Recipe Taste Test)

    There are so many vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes on the internet, and they all seem to have great reviews. But are these recipes as delicious as they claim to be? How do you know which one is the best vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe before you spend your ingredients and time?

  3. The Best Vegan Mac and Cheese? 10 Boxes Taste-Tested

    Mac and cheese used to be one of my favorite junk foods, but when I went vegan it became a lot harder to find a vegan mac that I liked. It seemed like I was always hearing someone raving about a new vegan mac and cheese, and I'd try it, just to be disappointed. So in a quest to finally find something better, I got together with another vegan friend and we taste-tested ten vegan mac and cheese products.

  4. 12 Brands of Vegan Ice Cream, From Best to Worst (Taste Test)

    I think by now, every vegan has tried at least a few non-dairy ice creams. I know I have. But what I didn't realize is just how many options there are these days. There were so many options, in fact, that I had to restrict our taste test to vanilla-only, just to keep it manageable. In this taste test, we tested 12 brands of vegan ice cream, but we could have tested many more.

    I'm really happy to say that we found 5 really excellent options in our taste test. And all of our top five choices have different ingredients and bases. So if you can't find a particular brand in your area, or if you're allergic to a certain ingredient, you can likely still find an amazing non-dairy ice cream option that works for you.

  5. We Tasted 11 Vegan Coffee Creamers to Find the Absolute Best

    It wasn't too long ago that vegan creamers were hard to come by. But today there is a plethora of vegan coffee creamers out there, and so there's a new problem: it can be hard to know which one to choose. Many simply don't stack up to their dairy counterparts. A good creamer provides richness and can even balance some of the bitterness of coffee.

    To find out which creamer is the "cream of the vegan crop," I sat down with two friends (one vegan, one not) to taste-test eleven creamers and barista milks.

  6. The Best Vegan Cheese Slices for Grilled Cheese (Taste Test!)

    While vegan food has come a long way, cheese seems to be one of the hardest foods to get right. The stretch, melt, and flavor of vegan cheese is hard to compare with the original. And while a lot of vegan cheeses might do the trick to add a little flavor to your veggie burger, when you put them in a grilled cheese sandwich, with the cheese being the main attraction, they often don't quite stack up.

    I've personally been using Field Roast Chao original cheese on my veggie burgers for many years, but I've stopped trying to make grilled cheese sandwiches because I've been disappointed. However, this time I searched 4 supermarkets to find as many different vegan cheese brands as I could, and I put them all in a head-to-head grilled cheese taste test to find the best vegan cheese.

  7. What to Eat with Hummus: 25 Classic & Creative Ideas (All Vegan!)

    Hummus is healthy, versatile, easy to make, delicious, and vegan. Although the exact origins of hummus are not certain, evidence indicates that it was probably developed somewhere in the Middle East. Today, it's popular throughout the world and can be found in most grocery stores in the United States and elsewhere.

    This delicious, creamy dip is an easy way to get some healthy fats and other nutrients into your diet as well. Hummus is a good source of protein and fiber; vitamins like vitamin B6, vitamin C, and folate; and minerals like manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, and calcium. (The exact amounts of these nutrients will vary depending on the recipe you use or the brand you buy).

  8. Açaí is for more than just bowls!

    4 Delicious Açaí Smoothie Recipes

    I had my first taste of açaí in 2011 at a beachside stand in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was a simple cup of frozen tart fruit topped with granola and banana slices. Since that time, I'm happy to report that açaí has become more widely available in the United States, from juices to powders to frozen packets. Unfortunately, the fruit spoils too quickly to be transported here fresh.

    Açaí bowls are the most common way to enjoy this exotic fruit, but I've come to love acaiaçaí smoothies just as much. It's a really versatile flavor that makes great combinations with other fruits, and even chocolate and peanut butter. I've decided to share my four favorite açaí smoothie recipes with you so you can enjoy this fruit just as much as I do!

  9. The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Vegans

    The holidays are almost here and it's time to start thinking about gifts to show the people in our lives how much we care about them. If one of those people in your life has recently gone vegan, you may be at a loss for gift ideas. But I'm here to help! I was once a new vegan, too. Now with several years of experience, I'm recommending some things your new vegan might be dreaming of, and some others that they might not even realize they need! Without further ado, let's get to the list:

  10. How to Change Your Eating Habits, Forever (Creating a new food lifestyle that you won't want to cheat on!)

    I've changed my diet many times in my life. At the age of 10, I abruptly stopped eating meat. In my 20s, I switched over to a mainly organic diet and started cutting out most junk food and fast food. In my 30s, I gradually went vegan. Every time I made a change to my diet, I used different approaches and techniques. Some were better than others. But I didn't "go on a diet." Instead, I changed my eating habits. I've been able to sustain all these changes over the long term, without feeling like I'm missing out on anything. This is my ultimate guide to how I did it, with my most effective methods (and how you can too!)

    Note: I personally am vegan and eat mostly organic foods, but these methods can be applied to any changes you want to make to your diet, whether it's cutting out sugar, eating whole foods, or any other diet change you want to make. I'm not here to tell you what you should or shouldn't be eating, because that's up to you!