Making the switch from an omnivorous diet to a meat-free lifestyle isn’t easy. Even the most dedicated vegans and vegetarians crave dairy chocolate or cheese from time to time. If you’re starting out, you’ll probably have to overcome your desires a great deal more initially – until you become more disciplines. All it means is that you need to be prepared for when those cravings do inevitably hit.

Luckily, the growing popularity of these eco-friendly lifestyles means that there is an extensive market of satisfying substitutes to suit your taste. Faithful to Nature stocks a number of amazing products you might consider trying.

Earthshine Moring & Baobab Activated Granola Snack

Start the day right with a bowl of ‘super-cereal’. While moringa fights inflammation, reduces diabetes symptoms, protects the cardiovascular system and supports brain health, baobab works on your immune system, aids in digestive health and the absorption of iron.

Earthshine’s granola also contains kelp extract, fruits, nuts and seeds that will keep you fuller for longer – you’ll notice you become regular too. Crush the bite-sized snack into a bowl and add a splash of almond or cashew milk or eat them on the go.

Herbivore Organic Raw Broccoli

I always hit a slump just before home time. To keep myself going until I knock-off, I’ll often reach for a packet of crisps because the crunch is loud enough to keep me alert while the quick burst of energy propels me for 90 minutes.

These broccoli bites are a much healthier alternative and come in a number of yummy flavours including sour cream and chives, and sriracha.

Antonia’s Nori Wands

It is believed that a craving is the body’s way of communicating that it is lacking in something. If you have a hankering for meat, your body might need iron. Why not nosh on this vegan droewors. The seaweed wands are full of healthy enzymes and nutrients for your body to absorb. Add this to the iodine, taurine, fiber, protein and Vitamin B12 packed into the faux biltong and you have a great energy boosting snack.

Antonia’s Nori Wands are a great addition to any child’s lunchbox, and might prove effective if you nibble on them before the gym.

Snackaroons Caramel Crunch

If you’re looking for an indulgence with all the decadence of a dairy dessert, these might suit your sweet tooth. Each biscuit is a spoil of minerals, vitamins and brain boosting fatty acids.

As long as you keep it to two biscuits with your afternoon tea or evening Irish coffee, you won’t get too much organic coconut oil or cashews – which are calorie dense.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps

Every packet is packed with high amounts of Vitamin C and 0 grams of fat. This is a win-win for fruit lovers who are also watching their waistlines. The dehydrated pineapple boosts your immune system, strengthens your bones, supports your digestive system and improves your eye health; it is also an effective acne treatment. Kiwi has proven effective in cases of insomnia, it too helps with digestion, and is a great source of folate and dietary fiber.

Antonia’s Raw Vegan Parmesan

Like bacon, cheese is one of the foods that make it very difficult to give up animal products completely if you are a vegan or lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Hemp seeds and nutritional yeast make this dairy-free substitute possible. You no longer have to limit your diet, as this cheese makes all your favourite pasta dishes, salads and savoury snacks possible.

Sprinkle a handful of this parmesan (not) cheese in your basil and cherry tomato linguine and you’ll get a healthy dose of protein, fibre, B-vitamin and folic acid.

Eden Crunchy Peanut Butter

You shouldn’t have to give up your love of the classic PB&J just because you’re making active decisions to live a more environmentally responsible life. With no added sugar, preservatives and hydrogenated oils, Eden’s peanut butter is a crammed with all the goodness and flavour of air-roasted peanuts.

This is another great buy if you’re on lunch-making duty. Enjoy a slashing of peanut butter on an apple if you want a hassle-free snack in the afternoon.

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