Too busy to plan every meal to perfection? No worries! For this year’s Foodie Awards, VT editors sampled and selected the yummiest, most convenient veg items for all sorts of eating occasions—from breakfast to lunch to dinner and beyond (c’mon, you totally deserve a treat). We nominated products in 25 categories and asked you, our trusty readers, to vote for your favorites. Read on for the results, and don’t forget to whip out this comprehensive shopping list the next time you hit the market.
Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
Just a hint of maple sugar perks up this ultra-creamy nut butter, which comes in both jars and little packets for easy snacking on the fly. We dig it with crunchy apple slices.
Artisana Raw Organic Almond Butter
MaraNatha Creamy Coconut Almond Butter
Once Again American Classic Creamy No Stir Almond Butter
Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Popcorn
Craving cheesy popcorn? This vegan version, with its satisfying Cheddar-like topping, beats the real deal any day. Bonus: 3 grams of hunger-quelling fiber per serving.
479° Toasted Sesame + Seaweed Artisan Popcorn
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
Quinn Kale & Sea Salt Popcorn
Clif Kit’s Organic Coconut + Sesame Seeds Fruit + Seed Bar
A riff on the typical nut bar, this coconutty treat swaps in crunchy sesame seeds and gets natural sweetness from dates. Keep one (or three) at your desk.
18 Rabbits Cherry, Dark Chocolate & Almond Granola Bar
Pure Organic Ancient Grains Triple Berry Nut Bar
Two Moms in the Raw Gojiberry Nut Bar
Annie Chun’s Sesame Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Step aside, potato chips—these paper-thin seaweed snacks provide the same salty, crispy satisfaction at a fraction of the calories.
gimMe Organic Teriyaki Roasted Seaweed Snacks
SeaSnax Stix Original Crispy Seaweed Strips
Sea Tangle Snacks Vegan Korean Nori
The Good Bean Cracked Pepper
Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas!
High in protein and fiber, these lightly seasoned chickpeas make the perfect energy-packed snack (you can toss them into soups, salads, and trail mixes too).
cruncha ma-me Lightly Seasoned Edamame Veggie Snack
Saffron Road Bombay Spice Crunchy Chickpeas
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Premium Black Edamame
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Scottish Oatmeal
Great for busy mornings, these finely ground oats cook into a supremely creamy porridge in just 10 minutes. Look for Bob’s Red Mill’s new gluten-free version too.
Arrowhead Mills Organic Steel Cut Oats
Flahavan’s Quick to Cook Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal
Nature’s Path Organic Original Hot Oatmeal
Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Low Fat Plain Yogurt
This velvety favorite has all the calcium and good-for-you probiotics of regular yogurt—without any of the lactose. Add fresh or frozen berries to sweeten.
Nancy’s Organic Plain Cultured Soy
Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Milk Yogurt
Wallaby Organic Plain Lowfat Creamy Australian Style Yogurt
MorningStar Farms Sausage Patties made with Organic Soy
Each of these chewy, spicy patties packs an impressive 9 grams of protein. Try them alongside scrambled eggs or tofu.
Field Roast Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage
Lightlife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips Fakin’ Bacon
Upton’s Naturals Bacon Seitan
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
Not just for breakfast, these sprouted whole-grain goodies do double duty as a sweet midnight snack. We love toasting them and topping with coconut oil.
Glutino Gluten Free English Muffins
Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain English Muffins with Flax
Unsweetened Pure Almondmilk
Delicately nutty and silky smooth, this nut milk could totally pass for homemade. Stir into coffee, pour over breakfast cereal, or sip it straight.
Edensoy Organic Unsweetened Soymilk
Organic Valley Grassmilk Organic Milk
So Delicious Unsweetened Cashew Milk Beverage
Pacific Organic Spicy Black Bean & Kale Soup
Meet your new favorite emergency meal: a chunky, filling soup that needs only a hunk of good crusty bread to sop up the tomatoey broth.
Fig Food Co. Tuscan White Bean Soup
Imagine Organic Savory Black Bean Soup
Right Foods Dr. McDougall’s Organic Tortilla Style Soup
burritos & wraps
Amy’s Southwestern Burrito
Not your average bean-and-cheese burrito, this midday staple gets extra oomph from jalapeño chiles and fire-roasted poblanos.
Sukhi’s Veggie Samosa Street Wrap
Sweet Earth Natural Foods The Kyoto Burrito
Tandoor Chef Masala Dosa
crisp bread crackers
Wasa Light Rye Crispbread
This thin, delicate crispbread strikes just the right balance between nutritious and delicious. Grab a few to top with hummus, cheese, or mashed avocado.
Ak-Mak Sesame Crackers
GG Unique Fiber Sunflower Seed Scandinavian Thins
Ryvita Wholegrain Rye Crispbread, Pumpkin Seeds & Oats
Teas’Tea Unsweetened Jasmine Green Tea
For a refreshing midday energy boost, grab this earthy, aromatic green tea, which has no added sugars and just a third of the caffeine of coffee.
Harmless Harvest Raw Honey & Lemon 100% Raw Tea
Harney & Sons Organic Green with Coconut Transporting Green Tea
Runa Clean Energy Traditional Guayusa Tea
Eat Well Embrace Life Edamame Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers
Switch up your hummus routine! Protein-rich edamame stars in this tasty twist on the popular dip. Pair with veggies, slather on pita, or use as a sandwich spread.
Better Bean Wholly Chipotle Bean Dip
Hope Foods Hope Dips Organic Original Lentil Dip
Tribe Forty Spices Hummus
Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous
Plump, chewy, hearty pearl couscous makes an excellent substitute for other grains in salads and veggie bowls. Tip: for stronger flavor, cook in broth instead of water.
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf
Lundberg Organic Quick Wild Rice
TruRoots Accents Organic Sprouted Quinoa Trio
light coconut milk
So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk
Recipe-ready coconut milk, which adds instant creamy goodness to soups and stews, gets a BPA-free makeover with a new carton.
A Taste of Thai Lite Coconut Milk
Native Forest Light Organic Coconut Milk
Thai Kitchen Organic Lite Coconut Milk
gardein Mandarin Crispy Chick’n
For a foolproof stir-fry the whole family will love, simply combine these sweet-and-salty bites with broccoli, cashews, and brown rice. Voila!
Beyond Meat Beefy Beef-Free Crumble
Turtle Island Foods Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh
Wildwood Organic SprouTofu Teriyaki
soy (and soy-free) sauces
Ohsawa Organic Nama Shoyu Unpasteurized Soy Sauce
Nama shoyu (aka the Champagne of soy sauce) isn’t cheap, but one splash of this richly flavored stuff will make you a convert.
Bragg Liquid Aminos
Ojio Organic Soy Sauce Alternative
San-J Tamari Lite Gluten Free Soy Sauce
frozen veggie finds
Trader Joe’s Artichoke Hearts
Stash these babies in your freezer, and you’ll have tender, brightly flavored, ready-to-go artichoke hearts without the bother of cutting up the prickly veggie.
Earthbound Farm Organic Kale
Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Shelled Soybeans
Wild Veggie Red Bell Pepper Veggie Purée
TREAT YO' SELF
Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate & Natural Cherry Flavor
Dark cherry flavor adds fruity flair to this smooth-as-can-be chocolate bar. Even sweeter: Endangered Species donates 10 percent of net profits to conser-vation, preservation, and humanitarian organizations.
Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate
Lake Champlain Chocolates Organic Sea Salt & Almonds
Taza Chocolate Cacao Puro Chocolate Mexicano
Midnight Moon Aged Goat Milk Cheese
Paired with fig jam and arugula on a baguette, this subtly sweet and nutty Gouda-style cheese is nothing short of addictive.
Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam
Kite Hill White Alder Soft Ripened Nut Product
Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche
KeVita Tangerine Sparkling Probiotic Drink
KeVita’s signature ginger-ale-like kick gets a hit of citrusy tang in this new flavor.
Ayala’s Ginger Lemon Peel Sparkling Herbal Water
Q Sparkling Grapefruit Soda
Reed’s Organic Raw Culture Club Cabernet Grape Kombucha
desserts on a stick
Julie’s Organic Ice Cream Fudge Bars
If you liked Fudgsicles as a kid, you’ll love this outrageously creamy upgrade, made with organic chocolate ice cream and no artificial ingredients.
Ciao Bella Blueberry Passion Sorbet Bars
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Café Latte Bars
Ruby Rocket’s Galaxy Green Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Pops
Amy’s Gluten Free Classic Shortbread Cookie
Serve these rich, buttery cookies at a party, and nobody will guess they’re gluten-free. Almond flour lends a welcome nutty flavor to the classic treat.
Effie’s Homemade Pecan Nutcakes
Tate’s Bake Shop Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies
Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies