Vegan and Vegetarian Survival Guide
to Brazilian Grocery Stores:
A look at 12 unique products | Belo
After a week in Rio de Janeiro, I hopped
on a plane and took an easy 1 hour flight
to Belo Horizonte (BH), Minas Gerais. We started
the day at the most awesome market in BH:
Mercado Central, mercadocentral.com.br
Our first stop was at the fresh coconut
water shop and the fruit
Then my cousin Mariana took me to "Vita
Salgados", a pastries shop that now offers
delicious vegan options! Here are some of
their vegan pastries flavors you can enjoy:
- "Creme de Milho Verde/ Tofú",
Green Corn Cream/ Tofu Pastry
- "Brócolis/ Tofú",
Broccolis/ Tofu Pastry
- "Espinafre/ Tofú", Spinach/
- "Creme de Palmito/ Tofú",
Palm Cream/ Tofu
- "Alho-Poró/ Tofú",
Leek Garlic/ Tofu
- "Abóbora/ Tofú/ Azeite/
Ervas", Pumpkin/ Tofu/ Oil/
- "Broto de Feijao/Tofú/Ervas
Finas", Bean Sprouts/ Tofu/
- and many more
The photo below shows their full menu ;)
we wanted to do some grogery shopping. So
we left "Mercado Central" and
hit the city.
What vegan products can I find at the local
So my family took me to their
My cousin and I started by
getting some vegan chocolate and
vegan condensed milk. Well, chocolate
and condensed milk are national bestsellers...
so it's no wonder you can find vegan
versions of these 2 items everywhere!
I then noticed that most of
the popular Brazilian products (i.e milk
and cheese products), had been made into
vegan versions by switching milk
to soy milk, and cheese
to soy cheese — that was easy!
Here they are:
1. "Bem me Quer,
Pasta de Soja" | Soy Paste in Chocolate
and Dried Tomato Flavors: At this
section of the mall, next to the traditional
cheese products, such as "requeijão
cremoso orgânico", creamy organic
cream cheese, we saw the vegan creamy soy
paste. See below:
Sabor Doce de Leite" | Caramel Flavored
Condensed Milk: I then saw a popular
dessert ingredient that adults and kids
love. Sometimes, they just grab a spoon
and eat it straight from the can! lol...
3. "Nolac, Leite
Condensado" | Nolac, Condensed Soy
Milk: Another staple dessert ingredient.
Kids use it to make "Brigadeiros",
Add the Condensed
Soy Milk plus some Cocoa
Powder to a medium saucepan over
medium-low heat. Keep mixing and cooking
the mixture for about 15 min (until it thickens
enough that you can see the bottom of the
pan while stirring).
After letting it cool
in another dish, kids can roll
the creamy thick mixture into small chocolate
balls, roll them into sprinkles, and place
them into small paper cups. Done!
4. "Mistura para
Bolo com Soja, Com Açucar Orgânico"
| Soy Cake Mix with Organic Sugar: Brazilians
love cake, so cake mixes are a necessity
in Brazilian households. The flavors I saw
were orange and chocolate.
5. "Carnes Vegetais"
| Vegetable Meats: The brand "Superbom"
(Verygood) has made all the popular Brazilian
meats in vegan versions. Impressive!
- "Medalhão ao Molho Madeira"
= Filet mignon in Cognac Sauce
- "Bife Vegetal" = Vegetable
- "Almôndega Vegetariana"
= Vegetarian Meatball
- "Salsicha Vegetal" = Vegetable
Salgado Sem Glúten, Gergelim e Alecrim"
| Gluten Free Cracker, with Sesame and Rosemary
: It was about time for Brazil
to have some gluten free cookies! lol...
With so many bakeries and french breads
being part of the country's daily cuisine,
perhaps the body needs a little break from
de Tapioca com Batata Doce" | Tapioca
Biscuit with Sweet Potato: Tapioca
as well as sweet potatoes are common in
tropical regions, especially in Brazil.
Tapioca is a starch extracted from the tuberous
roots of the cassava plant (also called
loves Tapioca: It's
veratile ingredinet that's gluten free,
fat free, and easily digested....and since
it's rich in carbohydrates, many eat it
as an pre-workout and post workout meal!
"The Vegan Survival Guide"
we included an entire Body Chapter.
Whether you want to boost your
athletic abilities, or just lose a few pounds...
we will show you what to do, what not to
do, and how to make it tasty, delicious
8. "A Tal da
Castanha" | Cashew Milk: A
brand of cashews milks that are rich in
omega 9, gluten free, lactose free, soy
free, and cholesterol free. Their flavors
= Cashew Milk + Coconut
Just Cashew Milk
= Cashew Milk + Chocolate
9. "Isola Bio"
| Isola Bio Vegan Milks: This brand
offers vegan and gluten free milk alternatives.
These are also gluten and cholesterol free
(except the Spelt Milk of course).
Also, I noticed that these
are referred to as "vegan beverages"
in Brazil... But they are closest to the
vegan milks that we have in the US.
- "Arroz Avelã" = Rice
- "Arroz ChoQuinoa" = Rice
Chocolate Quinoa Milk
- "Espelta" = a 16%
- "Arroz Coco" = Rice
*Spelt, also known as dinkel wheat,
or hulled wheat, is a species of wheat
cultivated since 5000 BC.
Let's go to
the other refrigerated section:
We noticed that soy products
are NOT placed with traditional cheese products.
Rather, they are in a separate part of the
refrigerator, or on another side of the
store. So when shopping in Brazil, make
sure to look around, or ask any employee
10. "Requei Soy"
| Vegan Soy Cream Cheese: A soy
cheese in cheddar and provolone flavors
with a great texture and aroma.
Sabor Chocolate" | Soy Chocolate Yogurts:
A tasty and healthy protein rich
soy dessert. Lactose-free and made with
12. Vegan Cheeses:
Yellow (Cheddar?) and Parmesan cheeses now
made vegan. I later got to try these when
cousin prepared some vegan pizza. ;)
So we ended
our shopping at a section of the market
called "Espaço Bem-Estar",
They wrote: For those with
dietary restrictions and those who want
to have a healthy diet. "Para quem
tem restrição alimentar e
para aqueles que querem ter uma alimentação
Wow! So many exciting new
products!! :) After looking around we decided
to get some organic grape juice.
Have you visited
Brazil? Have you tried Cashew Milk,
Soy, Rice or Almond Milk?
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