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WholeFoods has a wonderful assortment of grains, beans and non-dairy milk. You can often get sample packs of the protein powders and other supplements for free. Once you have seen and tried these, you can usually get them less expensively online. I live just six miles from the WholeFoods, and still do this—nice to see what’s on the shelves, get inspired and try it out, but anything other than produce, frozen food and refrigerated products is typically less expensive from an Internet source—which means you actually can get these in rural areas. Nice to see them on the shelf first, though, and decide whether and what to try.
I take a similar “buy some inspiration” approach to their vegan deli and salad bar items. Expensive per pound, but I buy once and then, if I like them, recreate less expensively at home. And, since you mention vegan cheeses, there’s an excellent cookbook available about making artisan vegan cheese at home.
Regarding nutritional yeast, I’d just note that the flavor varies a lot between brands. One well-known brand is so bitter that I composted it, yet I use other brands freely. So, you might want to sample.
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I get dino kale and nuts, beans, and seeds in the bulk section (the stuff I can't find anywhere else)
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Even though you have current access to soy milk, you might want to try some other non-dairy milks. There are a ton available now including almond milk (and other nut milks like hazelnut), hemp milk, rice milk, flax milk, and, my personal favorite, coconut milk. Some would require a cooler, but some are in asceptic containers and wouldn't. If protein is an issue for you at all, the Whole Body department has a great selection of vegan protein powder (the one I use occasionally is raw, organic, and vegan). While you're in the bulk area you'll probably find some other new-to-you grains that you're interested in trying. If you can't access it where you live, Whole Foods with have a good selection of tempeh and should have at least Daiya "cheese" if nothing else.
Have fun! Happy shopping!
I went to my first Whole Foods 2 months ago with my son and DIL. I bought Vegan friendly vitamins while there, vegannaise (vegan mayo) and flax tempeh. I also picked up some kelp as well. I live in a very rural area as well and the WF I went to was in Glen Mills PA - 1 1/2 hours away. When I need more items, I'll go back there again. It's a great family outing for the 3 of us (they are vegans as well) and I love that it allows us to spend time together. I bought some soy yogurt and stopped by their bakery and got a cupcake Some items I found to be expensive but I can't find them by where I live.
Enjoy! I love those kinds of outings, Pat
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Hi all. I'm a fairly new vegetarian, and I'm trying to go dairy free as well. This has been difficult at times, as I live in a very rural area. Luckily, our local grocery store does carry soy milk and lentils, so I have been able to manage.
This weekend, I'm making a 4 hour drive to a city that has a Whole Foods store. I'm hoping to find some things there that I don't normally have access too. On my list already are: nutritional yeast, quinoa, and bulgar. I'm also going to see what they have in the way of vegan "cheeses."
Do any of you have any ideas of things I might want to try while there?
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