Let's face it, when you consider going vegan, its a big transition.  We're creatures of habit and we have 'go-to' staple foods that we make or eat over and over that probably include animal products.  To make a switch to a vegan diet, its a must to have some great swaps for the foods you might be eating all the time. 

There are a lot of alternative options available in the market today; here are just a few examples to help you go from processed foods to more nutrient rich options:

  • Milk - Move from traditional cow’s milk to nondairy types like nut-based such as almond or cashew, soy, coconut, rice, hemp, and whole grain based milks.
  • Cheese – Drop the cow’s milk products for nut-based cheeses or try nutritional yeast as a substitute.
  • Butter – Try healthy oils as a substitute for butter like avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.
  • Eggs – If you love eggs in the morning, opt for a tofu scramble instead.
  • Honey – Do you drink tea with honey? Try sweetening your tea (or other drinks) with agave next time.
  • Tuna – If you’re a fan of tuna sandwiches, try mashing up chickpeas as an alternative.

Simple Vegan Food Swaps

  • Ice Cream – Need something sweet at the end of a long day? Instead of traditional cow’s milk ice cream, try blending frozen bananas with peanut butter or check out the 'nice cream' recipes at the end of this blog.
  • Burgers – Look for meat alternatives in either the frozen section or make your own veggie packed burger patty.
  • Snacks – Are you a snacker? If you’re looking for a great vegan snack option, try the Dark Chocolate Coconut or Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Truth Bar. You can easily incorporate these bars into several tasty recipes like smoothie bowls and desserts.
  • Chicken – Gardein makes several varieties of chicken flavors and options to spice up your meal and leave you satisfied.

With a little research, a little help from your friends, and a recipe (or your own imagination) you can probably recreate some of your favorite foods with vegan and plant-based products; really! So, get creative!

Also, here are a few links to Truth Bar recipes we highly recommend that are plant-based!

  • Vegan Pina Colada Soft Serve
  • Tropical Blue Smoothie Bowl
  • Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Good luck!





Also in Going Vegan

Chapter 1: So you're thinking of going vegan?
Chapter 1: So you're thinking of going vegan?

If you're considering going vegan, read on to learn why most people make the choice to go vegan.  Discover the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle as well as the positive impact on animals and the environment.

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Chapter 2.  What are the Challenges of Going Vegan?
Chapter 2. What are the Challenges of Going Vegan?

Read this quick guide to the challenges of going vegan to understand the potential pitfalls to a vegan lifestyle, and to get some advice on overcoming these challenges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS:

What is a Prebiotic?

Prebiotics come from plants, usually root plants that contain a lot of fiber and feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics?

Probiotics alone cannot grow without a healthy gut to support them. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced microbiome.

Can your body make its own Conjugated Lineolic Acid?

You certainly have the gut flora to make your very own CLA. It’s one of the many things your lactobacilli and bifidobacteria do for you.

It’s important to have healthy gut flora to be able to make CLA. People with gut dysbiosis have a significantly harder job of it – possibly one reason why obesity and gut dysfunction tend to go hand-in-hand. So if you’ve been eating well for a while and your gut is humming along nicely, you can probably count on a substantial CLA intake from gut flora. If you’re eating is not so “healthy” or you simply aren’t producing enough good bacteria, Truth Bar can help by giving probiotic support to build up your colonies of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

How much inulin is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g

How much MCT Oil is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 4.5g MCT/bar
Mint Chocolate Chip: 0.5g MCT/bar
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 0.5g MCT/bar

These are approximate amounts based on estimate of 60% MCT present in coconut oil, and 65% oil in coconut.

What is the percentage of “prebiotic - probiotic"?

Using approximate inulin amounts:

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g prebiotic to 1 Billion CFU probiotics
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics

What is the strain of probiotic in the lactoSpore?

Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has exceptional and lengthy studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastro intestinal issues, bloating, diahhrea and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Questions about SWEETENERS:

What is erythritol derived from?

Erythritol is derived from NON-GMO corn as a fermented sugar alcohol with GRAS status from the FDA.

What is the ratio of sweeteners? (Tapioca / Erythritol / Stevia)

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 6.5g / 3.2g / 0.02g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 11.0g / 3.3g / 0.02g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 11.0g / 2.5g / 0.02g

 

Questions about COMMON INGREDIENT CONCERNS:

Are Truth Bars Vegan?

We have created both Vegan and Non-Vegan bars. Two of our flavors are Vegan and two are Non-Vegan. Our Chocolate Dipped Coconut and Chocolate Dipped Raspberry bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.

Our Chocolate Almond Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein and whey isolate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein. Our balanced mix of fiber and protein results in two meal replacement bars that provide all the BCAAs needed for proper muscle development.

Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?

Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% gluten free!

Is there soy in Truth Bars?

Soy based lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in dark chocolates. However, they are are serious consumer concerns over soy that we have taken very seriously. In order to protect and promote overall health the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of both soy and sugar.

Are the bars Peanut Free?

Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% peanut free. We use only high quality almond and sunflower butter.

 

Other Questions:

Where can I find a full list of ingredients?

You can find a the full list of ingredients on each bar’s product page. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab. Here's a link to each of our product pages: Chocolate Dipped RaspberryChocolate Dipped CoconutMint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Almond Crunch.

Where can I find nutrition information?

Each bar’s nutrition facts can also be found on the product pages above. Just click the third tab.

Another place to find info would be our ingredient's page, which outlines each of our key ingredients and their benefits.

What is the shelf life of the bars?

Truth Bars have a shelf life of 18 months. We make our bars in small batches, which ensures that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars.


Please let us know if you have a question that is not listed above.
Simply write to us at info@truthbar.com. We are happy to answer any questions!