I grew up as a Seventh Day Adventist. Many people in the denomination don’t believe in eating animal meat and either are vegetarians or rely on vegetarian meats for a meat and protein substitute. Those who have been on this diet for awhile know the ins and outs of purchasing their alternative meats, but those knew to the lifestyle might need some help in knowing where to shop.
GNC or another local health food chain often sells vegetarian meat products. When searching, ask for the two main brands, Worthington Foods or Morning Star. There are other brands as well that specialize in fake meat products including Yves Vegetarian Cuisine and Quron. Many stores can order products that they don’t have in stock. They can also help new customers become familiar with different types of vegetarian meat products
Adventist Hospitals,Campuses or Colleges
We grew up near a 7th Day Adventist high school and as such, they ran a health food store on campus. It was often frequented by locals alike, trying to avoid meat products. If you do not know of a school, hospital or campus in you area, search for a local 7th Day Adventist church and they would be happy to direct you to a local one or an alternate source for purchasing vegetarian meats.
Worthington Foods Online
Worthington Foods has been a long time supplier of vegetarian meats for both Adventists and health conscious people who prefer a meat free diet.There are countless other online retailers, but Worthington is probably the oldest in the market with the widest variety. Their products range from steaks to vegetarian burgers to ground chicken. For those new to eating fake meat or in need of a recipe, Worthington provides a link to recipes using their vegetarian meat products.
Local Grocery Store
Yes, even local retail grocery chains are starting to carry non meat products. Larger cities generally carry a larger supply than smaller towns. Parts of the country also differ in the amount and variety of products. I live in a rural area of Florida and our local store carries only one name with only 3 or four products located in the frozen food section. However, upon visiting San Francisco, I found that almost every store carried several brands and many varieties. You can always request that a local store carry a particular product or brand, but generally it takes several people’s request to ‘ get the ball rolling’.
Not every community has Whole Foods, but for those who do, it is a great place to buy vegetarian meat products. The store opened its first doors in 1980 and now has nearly 1000 stores in the United States alone. In addition to fake meat products, the store carries other natural foods items, including soy products and organic vegetables.
If you are new to the vegetarian meat arena, anyone who is presently following a non meat diet would be happy to help simply Google for chat rooms, groups or check Facebook for assistance. Eating meat free may not be for everyone, but it is an adventure for those who try it!