You’ve made the decision to commit to an SOS-free vegan lifestyle, so congratulations are certainly in order. As with any new diet, figuring out the time to make meals and do other prep can be difficult, especially if you have a busy schedule.
Sure, you could choose a dedicated day/night for food prep for that week (Sunday is a popular day for this), but sometimes you forget. You don’t want to slip up your diet, but cooking at home isn’t possible for you every night.
Don’t panic. We’ve gathered 20 of the best products, foods, and tools on Amazon for new and aspiring SOS-free vegans. From staple food ingredients to blenders and vitamins, you’ll have everything you need to not only keep up with your diet, but enjoy it as well.
1. Dr. Fuhrman’s Cashew Butter
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is one of the most important names in SOS-free veganism, which you know if you read this blog. He has his own line of food staples that make it easy to stick to your SOS-free diet. One of his most recommended is this cashew butter.
Free of genetically-modified ingredients and gluten, this vegan cashew butter also lacks preservatives, hydrogenated oils, salt, and added sugars. It’s chock full of raw cashews that you’ll taste in every bite. You can spread this cashew butter on morning vegan toast, use it in a sandwich come lunchtime, and even snack on it in between meals. It’s also a great base for dessert.
You can get Dr. Fuhrman’s cashew butter for $18.25 before shipping costs. You’ll never miss peanut butter again!
2. Benson’s Gourmet Seasonings Table Tasty Salt Substitute
Are you finding that food tastes a little bland since you removed salt from your diet? That’s no problem when you have this salt substitute from Benson’s Gourmet Seasonings. You can get a six-pack on Amazon, choosing from two-ounce bottles, 16-ounce bottles for $39.99, and even jumbo-sized 32-ounce bottles for $69.99.
Customers once used Benson’s salt substitute on popcorn, which started the craze. Gradually, vegans began adding it on cottage cheese, dip, salad dressing, gravy, sauce, soup, salad, potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, and eggs.
The ingredients list to this salt substitute is incredibly simple: dill, parsley, carrot, and red bell pepper. If you’ve been looking to take sodium out of your diet, this salt substitute will help you do it.
3. Instant Pot’s Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauter, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
Whew! As you can tell from the name, this Instant Pot sure does a lot. This one can feed up to six people. The pot itself is made of stainless steel. It has a handle and steam rack built with the same material for years of reliable use. With its energy efficiency, you don’t have to worry about higher bills when you use this Instant Pot regularly. It even has 10 safety mechanisms.
If you’re often too busy to make homecooked meals, the Instant Pot will make you look like a chef. You just prepare your ingredients and then set the pot to cook. It can go as briefly as 120 minutes, 24 hours, or anything in between. Switch between three temperature differentials as food cooks. If your meal is ready before you are, there’s a keep-warm feature that will kick on as needed.
You get dual pressure settings as well as 13 other Smart Programs. It’s no wonder you can make yogurt, rice, and just about any other meal with this great Instant Pot.
4. Cuisinart’s Smart Stick Hand Blender
Sometimes your standard kitchen blender is a little too big and clunky for certain cooking jobs. What then? Blending by hand is time-consuming, not to mention sometimes painful. That’s why we recommend you get Cuisinart’s Smart Stick Hand Blender. This is available for $65, and you can even choose from several different colors! These are Brushed Chrome, Chocolate Cherry (a dark crimson), Metallic Charcoal (black), Metallic Red, Pink, Pink Champagne (metallic pink), Red, Sapphire, White, and White Pearl (metallic white).
There’s a single button you press to mash and mix your foods and ingredients effortlessly with two speeds. The motor is 200 impressive watts. The comfort grip means you’ll never have to deal with hand cramps or blisters again. This tiny blender is ideal for mixing in bowls, pitchers, and pots.
When you’re done, you can take off the beaker and blending shaft and put them in the dishwasher. How convenient! You also get a three-year warranty.
5. Dr. Fuhrman’s Daily Formula Capsules (for Men and Women)
Dr. Fuhrman’s daily formula vitamins make it easy to stay healthy every day. Here’s the women’s version and here’s the one for men. Both bottles cost $45.99 each. There are two flavors to choose from: blueberry and cherry.
These formula vitamins are non-GMO and vegan. If you’re lacking Vitamin D3, you’ll get all you need in one little bottle. Each capsule delivers 2,000 IUs of the stuff. According to Dr. Fuhrman himself, getting more Vitamin D3 could lead to better performance in sports and other physical activities for both men and women. Men could also have better prostate health if they take these vitamins daily. Women will notice better immune health as well.
6. Bragg’s Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
You may never have thought about the ingredients in your yeast before, but it often contains sugar or salt, sometimes even both. As you start your SOS-free diet, you need an alternative. Bragg’s yeast delivers. You can get a two-pack for $10.49, a single 4.5-ounce bottle for $2.91, or even a five-pack!
Here’s what you won’t get: brewer’s yeast, candida albicans yeast, artificial preservatives and colors, animal derivatives, soy, starch, corn, wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, sugar, or salt. That makes this yeast truly SOS-free. Your vegan baking adventures are about to begin!
7. Breville’s Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor
I love this juicer! I have loved it since I saw the documentary “fat, sick and nearly dead”. I bought it on the same day and haven’t regretted it. It is what I most proud of in the kitchen.
Most store-bought juice is bogged down with sugars, negating any health benefits you’d get from consumption. As an SOS-free vegan, you’ll be making a lot of your own foods and beverages. Why should juice be the exception? It won’t be with the Juice Fountain from Breville.
This juicer includes a limited warranty good for one year. With its large-capacity pulp collector, you can have your juices pulp-free. There’s also an overload protection LED and safety stocking arm for safe use every time.
Breville’s juicer has a cutting disc made of stainless steel as well as an 850-watt dual-speed motor for fast juicing. How fast? It takes about five seconds to get eight ounces of juicy goodness thanks to the three-inch feeder chute.
You can even wash most of this juicer in the dishwasher, including the cleaning brush, filter basket, froth separator, and liter juice jug.
8. Aroma Housewares’ Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, and Food Steamer
While sure, the Instant Pot we covered above can cook rice, it can’t handle as much as Aroma Housewares device can. This can fit 10 cups of uncooked rice or 20 cups of cooked rice. It’s no wonder this is one of the top rice cookers available on the market today.
You get everything you need to start making vegan rice right out of the box, such as the serving spatula, rice measuring cup, and steam tray. You can set the rice to a 15-hour delay if need be. That’s perfect for those busy days when you don’t have time to plan dinner. You can literally set this rice cooker and forget it.
There are tons of fun functions to try, among them Slow Cook, Flash Rice, Steam, Brown Rice, White Rice, and Keep-Warm. You can even add vegetables and meat substitute to make a hearty, filling meal with your rice.
The basic model of Aroma Houseware’s rice cooker costs $39.90, while the professional model, which has four quarts, costs $52.99.
9. Vitamix’s Blender
This is one of the most important tools in my kitchen. With it, I can blend and makes sauces out of nearly anything.
Blend almost anything with this handy, dandy blender from Vitamix. It boasts a seven-year warranty for two-way shipping, labor, performance, and parts. That gives you the freedom to explore in the kitchen as you adapt to your SOS-free vegan diet.
This blender is one of the most expensive items on this list, as it’s available for $375.95 before shipping costs are factored in. It’s beloved on Amazon, though, with over 150 customer reviews as of this writing as well as a rating of nearly five stars.
The Pulse feature allows you to make heavy vegetable soups, salsas, purees, and chops. You can also switch to the Variable Speed Control, which lets you change speeds throughout blending. The motor on Vitamix’s blender runs at 2.2 horsepower. It includes propel blades that can slice almost anything.
10. Excalibur’s Electric Food Dehydrator
If you’ve never tried dehydrated fruits and veggies before, you should. The dehydrated fruits taste like candy but with only natural sugars. Dehydrated veggies make for a great side with lunch or dinner as well as a filling snack.
Excaliburs dehydrator had a great deal when I bought if for $249.99.
You can program it to retain up to 30 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks. With the backlit LCD digital display, it’s simple to see how much time is left until your dehydrated food is ready.
This dehydrator includes a dual chamber with two zones that have different temperatures and drying times. Those temperatures vary between 105 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit. With a translucent double door, you can watch how your food is coming along.
Besides fruits and vegetables, Excalibur says you can use its dehydrator for nuts and herbs. Each tray has 15 square feet (with the nine-tray version), so you can load ‘em up with plenty of food. This dehydrator runs on 110 volts and 600 watts and includes a seven-inch fan. You also get a poly-screen tray insert so foods don’t get stuck to one another.
11. Ball’s Mason Jar Wide-Mouth Can
Mason jars are having a moment, and none are better-known than the Ball Brand. You can look trendy and drink well with these wide-mouth jars, which are available by packs of 12 on Amazon. Each jar is 16 ounces.
What’s the big deal about these jars, you ask? For one, they can preserve your favorite foods, beverages, and ingredients for a whole year or less. They can sit in the freeze for that long without any risk of cracking or breaking, too. They can also spend three-week stints in your fridge, keeping your food and drinks cooler and fresher longer.
The jars are embellished so they look good. They and the lids have a brushed silver design that will win you over. Ball uses a customized sealing compound to keep your food as fresh as it does. The manufacturer recommends using the jars for flavored vinegar, mustard, sauces, jellies, and jams, but you can try other edibles, too.
12. Hamilton Beach Eight-Cup Food Processor
For an inexpensive yet efficient addition to your SOS-free vegan kitchen, try this food processor from Hamilton Beach. It can fit up to eight bowls of foods and liquids. Don’t be afraid to experiment; with its large feed chute, it’s possible to squeeze an entire cheese block into this thing.
With a shredding and slicing disc made of stainless steel that can be reversed, you’ll be dicing and chopping your days away. There are two speeds to choose from and a strong 450-watt motor in this food processor. You might use it to make dips and soups, blend sauces, chop cheese, and cut fruits and vegetables.
The blades, lid, and bowl can all be cleaned in the dishwasher. When you’re done, you can put the parts back in the food processor and stash it away until next time.
13. Dr. Fuhrman’s Chocolate Date-Nut Pop’ems
If you’re craving sugar but you’re trying to give it up, reach for these Chocolate Date-Nut Popems from Dr. Fuhrman. Gluten-free, this delicious snack or dessert also has no dairy or added sugar.
Dr. Fuhrman makes these treats with vanilla, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, cashews, dates, and cocoa. With micronutrients and plant-based fats in the seeds and nuts, this is one sweet dessert you can feel good about eating.
You can get a 1.5-pound bag for $23.99 before shipping.
14. Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Organic Maple Oatmeal Cups
Dr. John McDougall is another major player in the world of SOS-free veganism. His brand, called Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, includes meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more. This breakfast, organic maple oatmeal cups, will help you start your mornings off on the right foot.
You can get a six-pack of oatmeal for $14.99. More than 150 customers have reviewed this yummy breakfast on Amazon, rating it almost five stars. The oatmeal is good for the heart and made with only natural ingredients. You’ll get plenty of fiber with a daily serving without any saturated fats or cholesterol.
Pure maple sugar and organic whole grains add flavor and texture that you’ll love. You get 15 ounces of oatmeal, which can be eaten hot or cold. Each cup is 2.5 ounces.
15. Vega’s One Organic All-in-One Shake
If you don’t have time to make your breakfast, then drink it instead! Vegas One Organic shake is available in 17 servings in large tubs for $47.49.
There are seven flavors to choose from: vanilla chai, plain unsweetened, berry, chocolate, mocha, French vanilla, and coconut almond. Ingredients like carrot juice provide Vitamin A, while acerola cherry juice has Vitamin C. The rest of the plant-based ingredients deliver other essential minerals and vitamins.
There’s no soy or dairy in these shakes, and they’re also gluten-free and of course vegan. You even get the probiotic bacillus coagulans as you sip. Vega’s shake is protein-packed as well due to organic pumpkin seed protein, organic sunflower seed protein, and organic pea protein.
16. Coleman-Hall’s Digital Kitchen Scale
Never underestimate (or worse, overestimate) the quantity of your ingredients again with Coleman Halls digital kitchen scale This scale is rated four-and-a-half stars on Amazon and has more than 200 reviews. Even better, you can get it for only $14.95.
This slim kitchen scale runs on AAA batteries, which do come in the box. It can hold more than 15 pounds of food, which is impressive for a smaller scale like this one. If you need to convert between pounds, ounces, or grams, you can with standard English weights and metric weights without doing the math yourself.
You get a satisfaction guarantee good for 90 days, so if you don’t enjoy Coleman-Hall’s scale, you can get your money returned to you. There’s even a replacement guarantee good for a year.
17. Swerve’s Sweetener
Kick sugar to the curb for good with this sweetener from Swerve. The Bakers Bundle includes two products: granular and confectioner’s sugar replacement.
You can forget about the sour, unpleasant aftertaste you may have had to deal with if you’ve tried other sugar substitutes. More than 3,000 people agree that Swerve has a natural sugar taste without all the calories and fat. Why not try it for yourself and see?
18. Chugod’s Vegetable Slicer and Spiralizer
If you’ve ever wanted to try veggie noodles and other fun means of getting your greens, you need Chugods veggie slicer and spiralizer. Despite the many functions this spiralizer can handle, you can get it for only $15.98.
Let’s get into some of those functions now. With five blades that come in two millimeters through six millimeters each, you can slice, cut, spiralize, and chop vegetables and fruits. Even tougher ones like apples, beets, butternut squash, cabbage, onions, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, and zucchinis can’t stand up to Chugod’s spiralizer.
The base of this device is built with an ABS-reinforced, BPA-free white plastic. There’s a suction cup that keeps the spiralizer firmly on your countertop even as it chugs away. That said, you can collapse certain parts of the spiralizer for fast and easy storage in the kitchen.
19. Vegan Egg Replacer
If you love cracking eggs but you’ve gone SOS-free vegan, you’re not totally out of luck. Vegan Egg Replacer is a highly-rated, recommended option.
Now, don’t be fooled, these aren’t real eggs. They’re non-GMO, gluten-free substitutes that look like real eggs. They will bind to food and thus can be used for cooking and baking. They will even scramble! Best yet is that they’re entirely plant-based.
20. Nuby Garden’s Fresh Fruitsicle Frozen Pop Tray
In the heat of the summer, ice cream and popsicles can be tempting. Even low-calorie popsicles are often laden with sugar. You can always make your own sugar-free versions with Nubys frozen pop tray. You can get a single pack of pop makers for $7.99.
With more than 1,000 reviews and a rating of four-and-a-half stars on Amazon, many people love this product. You won’t be making large popsicles with these; the size is one fluid ounce per pop. They’re ideal for young kids and adults who want a small snack. You can even try making veggie pops if you’re feeling brave.
The above 20 foods, products, and tools will help you learn that cooking your own food isn’t as time-consuming or as difficult as you thought. You’ll want all these in your pantry as an SOS-free vegan.
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