5 Dairy-Based Meal Essentials That Need a Vegan Makeover In the New Year

You won't even notice they've gone plant-based.

You savor some bacon and eggs for breakfast, along with a steaming cup of coffee topped with your favorite vanilla-flavored creamer. For lunch, you reach for a turkey sandwich, with mayonnaise smeared on each slice of your whole-grain bread. And for dinner, you enjoy a chicken Alfredo topped with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

As you wash the dishes, you realize that—without even noticing—you’ve incorporated multiple animal products into every single one of today’s meals.

You need an animal detox, and fast. But cutting out animal products can come as a shock to your system (as well as your tastebuds).

What if we told you that cutting back can be just as helpful as cutting out completely? Dairy-based condiments like mayo and Alfredo sauce are high in calories and saturated fat. So swapping in a vegan alternatives, while keeping the turkey breast or chicken strips, is a painless way to cut back and make headway towards your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some easy vegan replacements for your favorite dairy products. Whether you’re looking to slim down (and veg out) your coffee creamer, your much-loved Alfredo sauce, or that decadent sprinkle of parmesan that adorns your pasta dish, these vegan recipes will help you kickstart your journey towards, “new year, (somewhat) vegan you.”

Turmeric Lavender Coffee Creamer

Ahhh, that morning cup of joe. The sacred a.m. ritual that is sometimes the only thing that can drag you out of bed. Unfortunately, your hazelnut-flavored, Coffee-mate creamer fills your body with 3 grams of added sugar (if you stick to one serving—and who does?) before you even step out the door. Try this vegan, sugar-free alternative to kickstart your day in a healthy, Turmeric-boost kind of way.

Vegan Caesar Dressing

Caesar dressing is creamy and delicious, but it’s not exactly known to be the healthiest of salad dressings. While classic Caesar calls for eggs, this vegan alternative uses cashews, honey and nutritional yeast to deliver that rich flavor in a plant-based package.

Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce

Who doesn’t love Alfredo sauce served alongside a generous portion of garlic bread? Unfortunately, the cheese and butter in this sauce may leave you with that post-pasta lethargy that makes you yearn for hibernation. Luckily, this vegan version is made with potatoes and vegetable stock for a decadent pasta sauce that you can feel good about eating.

>Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Everything tastes just the slightest bit better with a little parmesan cheese grated on top. This vegan, cashew parm is made of nuts, and does just the trick on all your favorites—from salad to pasta.

Vegan Mayonaise 

Your sandwich wouldn’t quite feel the same without the glue that holds it together—and leaves your tastebuds singing. So take out your food processor, and whip up this veganaise in a jiffy. Make a big batch for many sandwiches to come.

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