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Accidentally plant-based: Your favourites you didn't know are meat and dairy free



All of these amazing foods we all regularly eat and enjoy and are 100% plant-based. Read more on how to make the transition to a plant-based diet much easier.

Saying YES to LESS is all about reducing our consumption of meat and dairy for animals, people and the planet. Despite the many benefits of reducing our meat and dairy intake, the prospect of changing our diet can be daunting for some people.  

Even the phrase ‘meat and dairy reduction’ can cause a negative psychological reaction as people generally don’t like to have less of something they might enjoy - even if there are a whole host of reasons why less of it might actually be a good thing.  

However, reducing your consumption of meat and dairy doesn’t automatically mean having to give up all the foods you like! So many of the delicious everyday foods we already eat are plant-based (vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds etc), plus the supermarkets are now full of tasty and affordable meat and dairy alternatives. 

On top of this, there are many familiar products, snacks and treats which just happen to be meat and dairy free, meaning you can continue to enjoy them as you always have. Here just some of the everyday foods you may well already have in your home which are ‘accidentally plant-based'! Do any surprise you?



  • Marmite
  • Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread
  • Sunpat peanut butter (and most other peanut and nut butters)
  • Hartley’s jam (and most other jams, as long as they pectin instead of gelatine)
  • Robertson’s Golden Shred marmalade



  • Bourbons
  • Oreos
  • Fox’s Party Rings
  • Rich Tea
  • Jammie Dodgers
  • McVitie’s Ginger Nuts
  • Hobnobs and Choc Chip Hobnobs



  • Starburst
  • Jelly Tots
  • Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles (from February 2021)
  • Skittles
  • Love Hearts
  • Haribo Sour Rainbow Strips
  • Butterkist Sweet Cinema Style or Salted



  • Mr Kipling Apple and Blackcurrant pies
  • Co-op Jam and Custard Donuts
  • Tesco Apple Strudel
  • Tesco Mini Filled Churros
  • Just-Rol Pains Au Chocolate, Croissants and Cinnamon Rolls
  • Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix 
  • Soreen Malt loaf original, apple loaf and banana loaf



  • Most dark chocolate!
  • Fry’s Peppermint Cream
  • Green & Blacks Organics – most dark chocolate varieties including Dark Chocolate Mint, Ginger, Raspberry Hazelnut
  • Lindt Cocoa Excellence Dark Chocolate 70% and up
  • Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate, Coco Selection 61%, 74% and 81% and Marzipan



  • Kettle Chips - Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, Lightly Salted, Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepppercorn; 
  • Sainsbury’s bacon crispies
  • M&S chorizo and red pepper Tortillas
  • Skips
  • Sweet Chilli Sunbites
  • Original and Salt and Vinegar Hula Hoops
  • Walkers Sensations – Lime & Coriander Chutney Popadoms
  • Walkers Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce
  • Pringles Original, BBQ, Paprika and Smokey Bacon



  • Weetabix
  • Oatibix & Oatibix Flakes
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Shreddies
  • Quaker Oats
  • Jordan’s Country Crips Dorset Cereals Muesli
  • Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Granola Fruit & Nut
  • Lizi’s Granola

Although making changes to our food choices can be a challenge at first, if you think about all of the things you CAN eat, the transition to a more plant-based diet becomes that much easier!  

If you have a favourite ‘accidentally plant-based’ product, why not share it on our community Say YES to LESS Facebook Group.

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