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When someone tells me they eat vegan, I sometimes chuckle to myself.  I eat vegan, too.

I started eating vegany (as I sometimes call it) in a little accidentally-on-purpose kind of way a couple of years ago when I was trying to find a way to help my body (read that – my intestines) respond to a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis that I couldn't afford the multiple hundreds of dollars a month for the prescription medication the doctor wanted me to take.  (I'm sure that was some giant kind of run-on sentence, all made into one paragraph – hehehe!)

During the transition from "regular"  food, while I was checking out vegan food items, I discovered that eating the vegan way doesn't necessarily mean eating healthy.  In fact, for me, it's been a challenging journey to eat healthy and not just to find something to eat that my insides like.  As an example, I've never been a potato-chip-eater but my insides seem to like them, so I sometimes eat them. As for non-vegan food, I really, really love good cheese, so every once in awhile, I have some brie and crackers, or a slice of non-vegan pizza… and then I just endure the "aftermath."  I can tell you that my body likes me eating vegan better than it doesn't, and in that respect, I would do better to eat one of the pictured food items below, however "junky" it is.  Ain't life weird?!

Here's some of the vegan food out there on grocery store shelves that might surprise you!


Lays Potato Chips


Cracker Jack

Ritz Crackers

Tater Tots

Jello Lemon Instant Pudding


Rice a Roni Spanish Rice


I found a couple of websites that have some interesting listings of vegan food – you might be surprised at the food you eat that's vegan and you didn't even know it!

Comprehensive List of "Accidentally Vegan" Foods

13 Junk Foods You Won't Believe are Vegan

Vegan Junk Food by Lane GoldAnd then there's this very cool cookbook that's one of my favorites – I love it!  It's called Vegan Junk Food.  If you're looking for some comfort-type vegan recipes, or just want to try something different, check out this book – you won't be disappointed!


That’s Vegan? Really? Some Food Items I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know Were Vegan!

6 thoughts on “That’s Vegan? Really? Some Food Items I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know Were Vegan!

  • June 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I have eaten a vegan diet because I thought it was healthy!  In fact I just got less healthy by the day.  Figuring out over 18 months ago that I am gluten sensitive eating all the wheat, grains and gluten was doing more damage to my health.  Since I have eliminated all the wheat, grains and gluten I have never felt better.  Interestingly though like you I do like potato chips and occasionally would eat them until I found out that the very unhealthy they are!  According to Nora Gedgaudas A single serving of trans-fat in French fries or chips may take up to two years for one’s body to fully eliminate, and its biological effects on your system in the meantime are chaotic and anyone’s guess as to how deleterious they are likely to be.  Needless to say I have not had any Lay's since.  Best Regards, Wendy

    • June 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Wendy!  Interesting, isn’t it?  in my food journey trying to address my body’s adventure, I also investigated gluten-intolerance as a possibilty for me, eliminating all sources of gluten from my diet for about a month+.  It did nothing to help me feel better so I dropped it – as you know, it can be quite challenging to eliminate gluten!  I rarely eat potato chips now but when my intestines are in an uproar and it’s the only thing I can eat without making the situation worse, I will have some but I do try to find some that are baked, not fried, with low salt or even without salt.  It seems that it’s the fat and salt that settle my insides, though, so sometimes, I just bite the “bad nutrition” bullet and eat a small single-serving-size bag of Lays.  Thanks for your comments!

  • June 14, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I guess a lot of things don't contain animal products, like fruit and vegetables. I do best on these too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I haven't seen those products here in the UK. Anyway, I don't eat much junk food. (Read: any.) Chuckle.

    • June 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Francene, I so agree! My post was intended to be primarily about what we call “junk food” here in the States and as far as I know, nobody puts fruits and vegetables in that category. Ha! Thanks for the comment!

  • June 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

    That was interesting!  Had no idea that some of my very favorite junk food was considered Vegan!  Although I don't have any stomach issues, yet, I try to eat healthy to maintain my weight and well, because I probably need to treat my body a little better the second half of my life.  However, the next time I have a craving for some Double Stuffed Oreos, I'm going to tell my husband that I'm trying to become Vegan.  Yep, I doubt that will fly, but I'm going to try!  😉 

    • June 14, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Thanks for commenting, Julia!  I have a friend who thinks “eating vegan” is a communicable disease so he won’t touch anything that’s vegan – wait till I tell him about his Oreos!  I hope your husband appreciates the attempt at “becoming vegan”  😀

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