Some things sound scary when they are unknown. Vegan shopping, a shopping list … what goes in there? Will I have to climb to the top shelf and drag items down that are hidden behind some boxes? Or will I have to dash from store to store for various items, wasting valuable time? No, no, don’t worry. It’s neither a quixotic quest, nor an intimidating grocery bill. In fact, when you see me shopping, I am pretty sure that judging from the items in my shopping cart you would never guess I’m vegan. Well, unless you notice the obvious absence of meat or any other animal products, of course.
Living where I do, it used to be a little difficult to find certain foods (even for people with omnivorous diets), but that was a very long time ago. Los Cabos – which is my hometown and a wonderful place to live – has grown over the last two decades, meaning that many stores have found their way here, such as Costco, City Club, Walmart, and the Mexican store chains like La Comer, Soriana, Chedraui, each and every one offering a wide array of choices.
What? That is Vegan? I had no idea.
My colleagues are always surprised when I tell them that several items in the stores are (accidentally?) vegan, products that they buy every week. For example, some breads, snacks, chocolates, and canned food. I always check the ingredients when I buy something (that’s definitely a telltale sign that a vegan is going shopping) Look out for the person who pauzes in the store isle and attentively reads the finely printed list of ingredients. 😉
Over the years I have learned which foods are plant-based and which ones are not, and for many items I do not need to check the ingredients anymore, but I often still do. I always want to be sure.
Then what on Earth Does She Buy?
While living or vacationing in Mexico, you can buy the following:
- Pan Bimbo, linaza (linaza: flaxseed), Pan Bimbo, centeno (centeno: rye)
- Golden Wonder Pan Hot Dog & Hamburguesa (hot dog and burger rolls from the Golden Wonder brand)
- Canned food:
- Chilorio de soya (packaged or canned), brands: Chata, Sinaloa
- Canned veggies
- Mexican salsas
- Chillies in brine
- Canned or packaged beans (Some brands use pork fat as an ingredient, so always check the ingredients. La Sierra is one of the few brands that uses vegetable oil)
I don’t buy many canned foods, that’s why this list is a little short. 😉 I will, however, update it in due time.
- Soy chorizo
- Almond milk, rice milk ( Or am I supposed to call it a rice drink now? Either way, it is delicious), nut milks, etc.
- Dried beans
- Vegan cheese
- Vegan sausages – they had to come up in my list 😉
- Vegan yoghurt
- Lindt Chocolate 70% cacao
- Ghirardelli bitter chocolate
- Chips & Other Snacks:
- And so many more …
- Pringles, Original
- Ritz crackers
- Lays salt chips
- Fritos sal y limon (salt and lime corn chips)
- peanut, coconut, almond, and apple Nature Valley bars
- Kettle chips: salt and pepper, salt, salt and vinegar, barbecue, and maple-bacon
- The Daily Crave chips
- Spicy sweet chili Doritos
- Veggies and fruits: ha, that’s a no-brainer 😉
- Peanut butter! Yay! I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches 🙂
I may have forgotten a few items in my list, and I usually do not buy so many chips, but it is good to know all these brands, especially if you are planning a party. The next time I go shopping I will write down exactly what I buy, so I can expand this list a little more.
I hope that this helps a little. Although I wrote this blog while thinking of vegan shopping in my hometown, Los Cabos, it is similar, (if not the same) (and possibly more extensive) in many other places. If you ever come here, then you can use these tips. Trust me, you will love Los Cabos, it is an amazing, beautiful place. And remember, if you’re not sure about the items on your shopping list, always check the ingredients.