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Plant Based Foods to Try

Innovation is flourishing in the plant-based world, with brands continuing to generate healthy, good-tasting meat- and dairy-free creations.

By Rebecca Heaton

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The numbers don’t lie: Plant-based food is a multibillion-dollar industry that isn’t slowing down. According to natural and organic products information provider SPINS, that number hit $4.2 billion at the end of 2018, and could reach $6 billion by the end of 2020. The NPD Group, another global information company, shares that more than 43 million Americans regularly use plant-based alternatives. One of the reasons: Plant-based foods just keep getting better and more available. Here are a few to try.



Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds

daiya shredsThis plant-based cheese is dairy-free, made with tapioca flour, canola and coconut oils, plus pea protein and natural flavors. Gooey when melted!

Treeline Treenut Cheese Herb-Garlic Flavor

treelineSoft, French-style spread from cashews, lemon juice, scallions, herbs and L. acidophilus, a probiotic.


Pure Blends Avocado Oil Plant-Based Butter

pure blendsMade with avocado oil, delicious and “better-y” in a made-with-plants kind of way.

Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread

earth balanceA blend of palm fruit, canola, soybean, flax and olive oils, with a dash of pea protein.


Field Roast Italian Sausage

field roastLike an old-country artisan sausage, but made with wheat gluten, eggplant, sweet peppers and spices.

Beyond Meat The Beyond Burger

beyond meatMade from pea protein and beets. Looks, cooks and tastes like beef; this plant-based burger bleeds “beet blood.”


Barilla Red Lentil Rotini

barilla lentil pastaNo long ingredient list, made simply with red lentils—rich in iron, folate and protein. Certified non-GMO and gluten-free.

Banza Penne

banza pastaProtein- and fiber-laden chickpeas are the main ingredient, with a touch of tapioca and pea protein.


alpha foods burritoIn need of nourishing, quick plant-based foods for lunch or post-workout? A protein heavy hitter can help you feel fuller, longer. Try Alpha Foods’ vegan Mexicali Burrito, loaded with 11 grams of plant protein from soy, plus dairy-free cheese, caramelized onions and spices.


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