It has never been easier to shop for vegan food at Whole Foods. I have been shopping there for years, but today I visited one of the biggest and busiest locations in New York City: the Union Square Whole Foods.
Walking through the door, the first thing I saw was the fresh baked goods cabinet. Filled with breads, bagels, cookies and muffins, there were plenty of clearly marked, vegan items including: vegan chocolate chip maple walnut muffins, chocolate chip scones, banana pecan scones, and oatmeal date scones.
The next big case contained packaged goods and the shelves are clearly marked vegan (in a greenish color.) Our favorite vegan brands are there: Divvies, Liz Lovely, and Dandies marshmallows.
Of course the salad bar has clearly labeled items, including ingredient lists for salads such as the Mediterranean crunch with olives and beans, the Detox salad with broccoli, ginger and lemon, and the Waldorf salad with apples, brown rice, and cashews.
At the hot food counter, there was a vegan lasagna, a delicious looking balsamic roasted tofu and these sweet potato and cranberry quinoa cakes (which I will definitely be replicating in my kitchen!) Ida, who was behind the counter today, told me that the vegan items sell well. She said, "People order all vegan or mix it up. Which is good, because people should know that the vegan stuff is really good too!"
And the hot food section includes pizza with Daiya cheese or no cheese at all. And a few hot sides like mashed potatoes and fries. And that was just the first floor!
I took the escalator downstairs to find gorgeous fruits and vegetables. They also offer prepped vegetables like chopped onions, carrots, celery, etc.
Finally, I discovered something new. The V+ label on the Whole Foods 365 line, with the white label. I have purchased the brand before for their vegan cane sugar and vegan chocolate chips. But this was a whole new discovery. Here is a list of what I found, but I am sure there are more:
- brown rice crisps and corn flake cereals
- cranberry raspberry drink
- can of pumpkin purée
- oyster crackers
- golden round crackers
- organic wheat square crackers
- pretzel twists
- pita chips
- kettle cooled potato chips
- tortilla chips
- almond milk
I bought the wheat square crackers, pretzel twists and pita chips for our weekend road trip. We all agree that everything is great. And I bought pumpkin purée so I can make pumpkin banana bread. I can't wait to go back to try everything else V+. If food can be made vegan, and it is this good, why make any of this stuff any other way!
Photo credit: Lisa Dawn and cc: flickr.com/photos/austins_only_paper