Three foods vegans should never buy - and why

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    Hummus and vegetables
    Claire H Cohen Photography

    I do purchase hummus from time to time, but there's really no excuse. And yes, many store-bought hummus dips are filled with a shocking list of chemical ingredients including, yes, high fructose corn syrup.

    No matter what you have on hand, there's no excuse for not making your own hummus. No tahini? No chickpeas? No problem. Here's a few hummus recipes that prove it:

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    Salad dressings

    Yes, avoid purchasing salad dressings! As you know, they aren't a bargain at several dollars a bottle, and nearly all of them are filled with high fructose corn syrup (don't believe me? Read the label!) and many have a shocking amount of fat in them. Make your own and experiment with different kinds of vinegars, recipes and oils. Hemp oil, for example, is perfect for using in homemade salad dressings.

  • 03 of 04


    I may be guilty of picking up a bottle of salad dressing from time to time, and yes, even some hummus, but I honestly can't even remember the last time I bought pre-made seitan! I think it must have been sometime around 2006. Seriously. Yes, you can't beat the convenience of a ready-made mock meat, but the price difference between store-bought and homemade is just shocking when it comes to seitan. Make your own seitan. Nuff said.

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    More vegan resources, tips and tricks

    Need some help, tips and resources as you transition? You've come to the right place. Even if you've been vegan for years, you can never have too many vegan recipes (especially vegan dessert recipes!). Here's a few resources to get you started, going strong, happy and healthy on a vegan diet:

    • Popular vegan dinner ideas (Pictured.) Need an easy vegan meal idea? Browse through this collection of simple vegan dinners, including vegan lasagna, stir-fries, Thai curries, Mexican meals and more.
    • 7 vegan ways to get your protein No, you don't need meat (or even eggs or dairy) to get plenty of protein. Here's seven easy ways to see those protein grams add up fast, along with plenty of high-protein recipe ideas.
    • All vegan recipes Looking for a vegan recipe? You'll find hundreds of them right here. And yes, there's also plenty of vegan desserts.