Plant-based. If it isn’t already, it surely needs to be the buzzword for this year. And seeing as Veganuary was such a trend, we thought it would only makes sense for us to share our top plant-based picks from grocery stores around South Africa.
Gone are the days of having to spend a small fortune at specialist health stores. South African grocery stores have stepped up at growing their plant-based ranges. Stores like Pick n Pay and Checkers are making an effort to provide their customers with affordable vegan-friendly and plant-based products.
Calling all vegans, paleo, keto, gluten-free, or flexitarians alike. Make eating your way to a healthier you easier with these great options…
Some of our top plant-based picks from SA grocery stores:
When you wander the isles at the grocery store, keep an eye out for a marked plant-based section.
You can also make this search even easier by shopping online. Pick n Pay, and Checkers both have dedicated ‘live better’ tabs while Woolworths’ plant-based options come up with a simple search.
This is the perfect drink if the thought of lactose makes you queasy. Try this chocolate flavoured soy milk from Clover. Super yum!
Kauai, in partnership with Pick n Pay, launched a new frozen meal range now available in stores and includes vegan options such as a Mexican veggie bowl, garden cottage pie, hearty veggie bowl and Thai veg curry. These are great healthy meal options if you’re in a rush and haven’t had time to cook.
Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about what you eat, but also about what you breathe in when coming into contact with cleaning products. Regular cleaning products are notoriously known to be bad for your health; use these ‘greener cleaners’ instead. No nasty stuff, but still gets the job done.
We love the new Linda McCartney gourmet range of flavoursome meat alternatives made from the finest ingredients. It includes vegan and vegetarian products such as red onion & rosemary sausages (from R29.99 for a pack of 6) and succulent burger patties (from R29.99 for a pack of 4).
The exclusive Simple Truth range from Checkers includes vegan, organic, and free-from foods, as well as a range of eco-friendly cleaners.
More from the Simple Truth Range:
Skip the hassle of trying to scoop up coconut oil from those large tubs. Utilise the efficiency of this aerosol application. Also suitable for vegans.
These ‘alt-pastas’ are so colourfully fun and the fact that they’re healthier makes it a double win!
Guilt-free snacking? Say no more, these super yummy, super healthy snacks will have you unashamedly putting that slab of chocolate to the side.
Burger night but with a twist. These plant-based burgers are packed with umami flavour so you don’t miss out on any of the meatiness.
Woolworths also offers an amazing variety in plant-based meaty goodness. Often lower in kilojoules, these meat-substitutes make an excellent swap if you’re watching your kilojoule intake.
Woolworths is leading the pack when it comes to dairy-free alternatives. You won’t ever feel like you’re going without with their extensive range of dairy-free plant-based goodness.
With more and more people moving towards a plant-based diet, hopefully these power-packed picks will get you excited to make even just a few changes to your grocery list every month.
By Features Writer, Andrea Cresswell
Person of faith. Features writer. Lover of baked goods (Mary Berry is one of her heroes). A curator of really great Pinterest boards. She also loves to stay up to date with the latest health trends. If she was lost you’d probably find her perusing the cookbook aisles of Exclusive Books, sipping on a cortado.