When it comes to shopping for foods for Christmas ALWAYS check out your local supermarket first. See what exactly it is you want to feast on and go from there. Just remember, you don’t have to be traditional. Both Woolworths and Coles have a huge range of vegan and plant-based foods available in their fresh and frozen sections and it’s important to be creative in what meals and snacks you’re going to prepare. It’s also important to check the ingredients of products that are not labelled vegan as there are plenty of accidental vegan foods on the shelves of supermarkets and it can help you avoid the high price of labelled vegan foods.
There are items like Tofurky, that everyone goes crazy over each year. Just remember most vegan ‘meats’ are processed, so be careful in your choices. Also remember this is one day of the year so go hard in your food choices and enjoy your meal, processed or not. I’ve tried the Tofurky Roast in the past and it’s neither here nor there for me, doesn’t taste like anything other than a vegan meat but it’s highly popular for this time of year.
If you are cashed up and money is no issue I would suggest visiting The Cruelty Free Shop and grab some items from them, you can order online or visit them instore. They have a huge array of items and they sometimes offer discounts too. I shop with them once or twice a year- the last two years being on Vegan Day Out so I can get somewhat of a deal. There are vegan cheese platters available for order plus everything from shortbreads, to chocolate Santa’s, puddings and roasts.
Another great place to shop online is iHerb, although of course you won’t be able to get anything fresh or frozen as it comes from the USA. But I highly recommend at least taking a look through for all their vegan goodies, treats and supplements.
If you’re located in Melbourne be sure to hit up Wholefoods Market and grab everything, you’ll need for your Christmas celebrations as it’s the one stop shop for all your holiday supplies- vegan wines, foods, drinks, treats and fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have a café in-store which you’ll need to stop in at as the store is huge and you’ll need to take your time to browse their endless aisles or health foods.
Where are you getting your vegan foods from this Christmas?