noun: vegan; plural noun: vegans
a person who does not eat or use animal products

adjective: vegan
using or containing no animal products

Whether you are looking to transition, choosing to go vegan for a day or two each week or are just curious what vegans and vegetarians eat other than salad, the list below provides you with both healthy and indulgent alternatives to some of your favorite food items.

Must Try: Raw Energy Bites
Where to get them: Legazpi Sunday Market (Makati) or order online through email

The name says it all. These raw bites are small bombs exploding with flavor, naturally sweetened to re-energize you without the crash. Keep a bag with you everywhere you go to keep sudden hunger pangs at bay.

Must Try: Green Crunch Peanut Butter
Where to get them: Order online via Instagram @plantedseedsbykristina

Planted Seeds has just gotten ahead of the Matcha game by giving the antioxidant-filled flavor a super boost. Planted Seeds’ Green Crunch combines Matcha with Moringa (malunggay) and another powerful detoxifying superfood, Cacao.

Other interesting flavors include Pumpkin Spice and Cacao (now you can replace that sugar-laden chocolate spread you’ve been hiding in your cupboard).

Must Try: 4-herb Cashew Cheese and Cashew Parmesan Cheese (Romano Style)
Where to find them: Real Food Molito, Alabang or order online through

Cheese is often the hardest to let go when looking to transition to a vegan diet. Yet, what most people don’t realize how dairy wreaks havoc on the body.

Luckily, more and more plant-based alternatives are popping up. THRC’s cashew-based cheese products are great sources of Potassium, Vitamin E and K, which are great for your hair, skin and nails. The culturing process also helps keep your gut healthy.

Must Try: Superscoops Premium Vegan Ice Cream
Where to find them: Visit for their list of partner stores

The Superfood Grocer’s plant-based ice cream comes in indulgent flavors that are just as creamy as any other dairy ice cream out in the market, if not better. The brand proudly supports local coconut farmers (that’s right, they’re soy-free too) and keeps refined sugar out of their cups and tubs without compromising taste.

Must Try: Dark Chocolate Cake
Where to find them: Weekend Markets and bazaars. Special orders are accepted (let them know in advance). Contact them through

Jertie’s dark chocolate cake will probably be the most indulgent, and at the same time, the healthiest option you will find in the local market. Made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients and 100% dark chocolate, this mouth-watering cake is carefully crafted with people who have health restrictions in mind. The ladies behind the brand are out to prove that healthy doesn’t mean tasteless.

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