Whether you’re a vegan, veggie, flexi, or you’re just interested in trying something new; there is an endless list of meat alternatives for you to choose from when it comes to plant-based options.
The meat-free market covers everything from standalone burgers and sausages to full-on plant-based ready meals, which means you can recreate almost any dish without animal harm being involved.
Discover our favourite plant-based alternatives that you’ll find at home in the fridge of many of the Omvit’s team’s too!
THIS is a slightly newer brand on the block, launching in early 2019, with a delicious range of plant-based meats, predominantly made from soybean protein, water and pea protein. Many have said their flagship product THIS Isn’t Bacon tastes incredibly similar to the real thing, with impressive colour, a rich, smoky taste and a delicious texture.
They also sell chick’n nuggets, chick’n pieces, sea salt chick’n, tikka pieces and pork-style cocktail sausages, with reviews stating “I had to double-check to make sure I wasn't eating chicken, this is good enough to pass off as chicken!” This is an excellent sign in our books.
Beyond believe that by shifting from animal to plant-based meat, we can positively impact four growing global issues: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources, and animal welfare. Their plant-based meats are made with intention. By combining expert innovation with simple, non-GMO ingredients, they deliver the meaty experience you crave without compromise.
With their iconic Beyond Burger, which seems to be the favourite option for restaurants as their vegan burger, meatballs, sausages, beef, and beef crumbles, you’ll struggle to find a meal you can’t replicate with their great range of fake meats. As an added bonus, these burgers are gluten and soy-free too, made from pea protein which is subjected to heating, cooling and pressure to mimic meat.
The Meatless Farm was founded in 2016 by Morten Toft Bech when he became concerned about health, the environment, and animal welfare and him and his young family were keen to reduce their meat consumption but found a lack of tasty plant-based options were available.
Their team of chefs and nutritionists aren’t just experts, they are also dedicated to making fresh-plant based alternatives that taste delicious too. They’re constantly experimenting with new tastes and flavours, whilst working with farmers from across the world to ensure they use the highest quality ingredients. Meatless Farm’s plant-based beef range includes burgers and mince, with its pork range featuring sausages, hot dogs, patties, and more.
Founded in 1993 (as the Redwood Wholefood Company) VBites is the brainchild of campaigner Heather Mills and has grown to become the largest plant-based food manufacturer in Europe. Mills said, “Although a practising vegan for many years I realised that I missed the taste of burgers, pizzas and sausages and wished I could still have them. So I decided to begin developing and perfecting plant-based alternatives, and VBites was born. We now have over 140 products, and I’m so proud of what we have achieved.”
VBites’ mission is to deliver all of the taste and texture of meat, fish and dairy products, but without the harmful dietary, environmental, welfare and sustainability drawbacks of pastoral agriculture and fishing. From ‘chkn’ goujons to ‘beeph’ mince, you’ll find an alternative to just about everything at VBites.
Quorn is pretty much a household name for vegetarians or vegans. They aim to inspire people to eat healthy food with delicious and irresistible recipes packed full of flavour and bursting with new taste experiences from around the world.
They’re working on reducing the amount of packaging they use and ensuring as much of their packaging as possible comes from renewable sources and is recyclable. Quorn not only has a massive range of meat-free alternatives such as buffalo dippers, fish sticks, patties, chicken pieces, and steaks, they also sell prepared meals such as lasagnas and pies.
The Co-Op’s own brand GRO has tasty, exciting, convenient and wide-ranging plant-based meat. They’ve got a bumper selection of vegan foods – with more being introduced each month.
What we love about their GRO range is that it now costs the same as their meat and dairy equivalents! They announced a price reduction in May 2021 for their 29 products and up to 50% off some key ingredients and meals.
The price drop will reduce the vegan sausages from £3 to £1.45, while burgers will now cost just £1.35 rather than £3 – more than 50% off the previous price. According to the group, these reductions could save a family who regularly eats vegan foods over £100 every year.
Whatever plant-based meat brand you choose, these vegan meats have just a fraction of the environmental impact of their meat counterparts. Good for you, and good for our planet.
Taking supplements is such an important part of your vegan diet. If you’re looking to begin taking a supplement regime, then check out Omvits, a 100% vegan and palm-oil free vitamin producer.
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