So what is Veganism?
What does it mean to be vegan? Well, a vegan is someone who refrains from eating or using animal products. It differs from a vegetarian diet in that vegans stop eating meat/fish and avoid all animal products like dairy, eggs, honey, meat, and fish.
Dedicated vegans will also avoid using leather and other animal-derived materials too. While veganism wasn't a very popular diet in the past, it's grown in popularity.
In 2018, there were 1.7 million vegans in Canada, and 10% of the entire population follows either a vegan or vegetarian diet (CTV News).
With more people committing themselves to a vegan diet, new brands always pop up. There's never been a better time to embrace the plant-based lifestyle - so what are you waiting for?
Veganism: It's a whole lifestyle change
People don't just choose veganism for the health benefits; it's often a complete lifestyle change.
Some might want to prevent animals from being exploited or focus on green living, while others will cut out meat and dairy - because plant-based foods contain more nutritional value.
Veganism offers numerous benefits, and choosing a plant-based lifestyle could enhance your health and make a positive difference in the world.
Improve your health
Certain meats and dairy contain high amounts of saturated fat, but switching to vegan products can improve your health. Increased servings of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease and help people manage diabetes 2.
Contribute to the environment
Vegan foods are also great for the environment, as they don't require as much energy to create. Many vegans demonstrate their commitment to conservation and welfare by cutting animal-derived products from their diets.
The great thing about veganism is the foods often contain a lot of nutrients and protein. For example, if you swap traditional dairy for almond milk, you'll receive a healthy dose of good fats and protein.
Many people report weight loss when they make the change, and if you stick to a vegan diet, you'll be able to maintain that weight.
Vegan Snacks, Sweets & Treats
Get your snack on and enjoy experiencing tasty - yet healthy treats. We've got tons here, including the Healthy Crunch School Approved range and vegan coffee drinks.
Protein-filled vegan products
Protein is an essential macronutrient your body needs to stay strong and healthy. Not only does it provide energy, but it also helps build muscle, repair cells, and create hormones.
Eating a protein-rich diet can have a range of benefits for your body, including greater satiety and appetite control - but it also supports growth and development of bones and other muscles.
We have a range of protein-filled vegan goods ready for you to experience.
One of our favourite brands is TRUBAR, which offers your favourite treats in vegan form - with a huge amount of protein.
The Donut Protein bar will curb those Krispy Kreme cravings, while the Fudge and Peanut bar is the perfect replacement for Reese's products (which aren't vegan and are high in sugar).
If you're a fan of plant-based protein products, you've probably heard of Four Sigmatic. Their range of protein powers are ideal for a post-workout drink or healthy, flavoured fill breakfasts.
Choose from various flavours, including peanut butter, creamy cacao or unflavoured powders. Four Sigmatic is an ideal alternative to Whey protein, and their low price means you can fill your pantry.
Who says you can't enjoy cakes, cookies and chocolate on a vegan diet? These products might have zero dairy ingredients, but they certainly pack a lot of flavours. Some are even low on sugar too.
If you're looking for sugar-free vegan treats, Swerve will never let you down. They offer a range of mixes, so you can make cakes, cookies and other treats. Mix them with your favourite non-dairy milk, and you're ready.
Get a double chocolate muffin fix, or keep it simple with chocolate chip cookies - an all-time classic.
With a whopping 10g of plant protein in each bar, Mazcla is a satisfying snack that delivers energy. Combining popular chocolate flavours with puffed quinoa, you'll love the luxurious nature of a Mezcla bar.
Try a combination of Peruvian Cocoa bar or sample the delicate notes of the Japanese Vanilla Matcha bar.
Chips and snacks
Never say no to chips and snacks again with our vast collection of vegan products. You'll find weird and wonderful flavours, irresistibly crunchy textures and options for both children and adults.
The only thing you won't find is animal-derived ingredients.
Forget potatoes; Mozaics use beans and peas to make their infamous chips. Healthy, moreish and tasty, these are a hit with children and adults. Keep it simple with the Sea Salt flavour, or indulge in some BBQ chips.
Artisan Tropic specialize in taking natural ingredients and turning them into delicious snacks. The cassava strips have a distinctly savoury flavour, while the plantain chips balance savoury and sweet flavours.
Stock up your food cupboards
So, we've covered snacks and treats - but what about those household staples? We've got them all here too. From breakfast options to dinner choices, you'll have everything you need to transition to a vegan diet seamlessly.
Are you a toast person? Or do you prefer a simple breakfast on-the-go solution? Whatever you're looking for, we've got it here.
Ideal for a hassle-free breakfast, Olyra Organic's Ancient Grains biscuits offer heaps of flavour and a healthy dose of protein. Try the dark chocolate sandwich, or enjoy an indulgent breakfast with some tasty peanut butter cream biscuits.
Oat Haus Granola Butter
Oat Haus manages to take unhealthy treats and turn them into delicious snacks that are perfect alternatives to nut butters.
The red velvet spread tastes exactly like the famous cake, while the cinnamon roll spread creates the perfect continental treat - without all the calories.
Simple Mills is a favourite among vegans who want to appreciate their favourite breakfast treats. Made with almond flour, the pancake and waffle mixture mix lets you quickly whip up some delicious snacks.
Dinners and condiments
Sauces add spice and flavour to foods, but most people are conscious of the sugar content. If you're looking for convenient dinners, we have some great food options.
Many of these foods and sauces are also Non-GMO project verified.
This Little Goat
Inject some personality into your meals with The Little Goat's sauces. The Hong Kong version is ideal for Chinese cuisine, while the Yucatan sauce adds some spice to dishes but can also work well with veggie burgers.
Add some vegan cheese, and you've turned a standard food item into an exotic meal!
When convenience is key, Annie's is there to save the day. The vegan mac and cheese in a box is perfect for quick, stress-free dinners and features organic flavours.
Ramen & Noodles
Noodles and soup also offer convenience, and plenty of instant brands are available. Mike's Mighty Good specializes in Ramen noodles, including their Vegetable Noodle Soup, and Wicked Kitchen offers heaps of flavour.
Tia Lupita is a sodium and gluten-free range of sauces, making ideal vegan seasonings. The Chipotle sauce will add life to three-bean chilli, while the hot sauce is perfect for tempeh and soya chicken alternatives.
Full of protein and natural ingredients, Tasty Bite offers convenient solutions for hearty dinners. We love the Indian curry version, but the Mexican chilli is worth a try.
Shopping with Natura Market has many benefits
A meat and dairy-free diet is a significant change but offers many benefits. An average trip to a large grocery store can often mean you spend a lot of money and don't know where your shopping comes from.
Vegan diets are usually more environmentally friendly, and many products come from local brands. We aim to give each customer the biggest selection of vegan foods without sacrificing our environmental commitment.
If you want:
We've got you covered. Many of our chocolate-based products are also fair trade certified, so you can be sure that shopping with us is helping - and not hindering - the environment.
Our helpful team is always happy to offer support. Please contact us with any questions, or shop today and enjoy the Natura Market experience.
Top Tips for a vegan diet:
What not to eat
Some foods you should avoid on a vegan diet include Meat, fish, eggs, honey, milk or dairy products, and products that contain animal-derived ingredients. It's a good idea to look at the label before buying something.
What can you eat on a vegan Diet
Foods that you can eat while vegan include:
Grains: Wheat, Oats, Barley and Rice
Beans: Kidney, Pinto, Butter and Black Beans.
Nuts: Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews.
You should also try adding vegan superfoods such as chia seeds, soy, and pepper to ensure your diet is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Hummus makes the perfect accompaniment to crackers, and vegan cheese will become your new staple for pizza.
Great meat alternatives include soya, tempeh, tofu and seitan, and you can add more flavour to them by using herbs and spices.