Guilt-free snacking

Want to save animals and help the planet, but not ready to give up your favorite snacks?

Sadly, a lot of packaged snacks have animal products – like lard – lurking in them. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of foods at your local, big name grocery store that are 100 percent free of these animal by-products.

One of the most common misconceptions about vegetarians/vegans is that they have to eat really weird foods (cue the scene in Baby Mama where Kate and Rob share that awful yeast bowl). You don’t have to eat yeast bowls. These snacks are things that you probably already have at your house!

Cereal and granola bars:

  • Life (cinnamon and original)
  • Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch
  • Nature Valley crunchy granola bars
  • Nature Valley trail mix chewy granola bars
  • Most Kashi and Cascadian Farm Organic cereals
  • Clif bars
  • Luna bars


Candy and desserts:

  • Oreos
  • Nutter Butters
  • Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free (seven flavors)
  • Keebler Fudge Shoppe fudge pops
  • Luigi’s Italian Ice
  • Airheads
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • Nesquik chocolate and strawberry syrup
  • Jell-O pudding & pie filling (Cook & Serve and Instant kinds)
  • Duncan Hines cake mixes & creamy homestyle frostings
  • Unfrosted Pop-Tarts
  • Chocolate Teddy Grahams
  • Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate (the 70, 85, 90 & 99 percent varieties)
  • Red Bull and Monster energy drinks
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Swedish Fish
  • Tic Tacs

Chips and crackers:

  • Fritos
  • Sunchips (original)
  • Lay’s potato chips
  • Kettle brand potato chips
  • Ruffles potato chips (original)
  • Ritz crackers
  • Wheat thins
  • Triscuits
  • Pringles (original & bbq flavors)
  • White Cheddar Skinny Pop
  • Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos

  • Stacy’s Pita Chips

Meal essentials


  • Thomas’ bagels
  • Ore Ida french fries & tater tots
  • Vegetarian Jiffy cornbread (bake with an egg substitute)
  • Classico pasta & pizza sauces (any flavors that do not contain cheese)
  • Ragú pasta & pizza sauces (any flavors that do not contain cheese)
  • McCormick Bac’n pieces
  • Old El Paso seasonings
  • Mission Foods taco shells & tortillas
  • Newman’s salad dressings (except for caesar)
  • Campbell’s mushroom gravy
  • Simply potatoes hash browns and diced potatoes
  • Healthy Choice Asian potstickers
  • SuperPretzel soft pretzels
  • Smucker’s Uncrustables
  • Betty Crocker Bisquick pancake mix
  • Aunt Jemima pancake/waffle mix
  • Pillsbury crescent rolls

…of course, there are many vegan food brands you’ll love too – Amy’s, Gardein and SO Delicious are some of my favorites.

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment below!


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