“I couldn’t give up my cheese!”

When the topic of veganism arises at social occasions, or even on the internet, cheese is usually the one thing people say they could “never give up”.

When I first went vegan there was probably two different brands of vegan cheese – both of which weren’t very nice. However, nowadays vegan cheese is widely available and so much better than it was 12 years ago when I first went vegan!

Here’s a quick run-down of the vegan cheese that available in the UK!

Supermarkets– Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Ocado and Sainsbury’s all sell their own-brand vegan cheeses, in a variety of flavours – such as smoked-cheddar and soft spreadable cheese. Almost all supermarkets now stock VioLife, which has a lovely creamy flavour, and Waitrose stocks the Koko Dairy-Free coconut-based cheeses.

Daiya– a very well-renowned American brand – is also available in selected Sainsbury’s stores.

Follow Your Heart– Available in some Sainsbury’s stores and through Ocado.

Health food shops– Most health foodshops, like Holland and Barrett, will offer an even wider variety of vegan cheeses. There’s Cheezly, Sheese, and many of them also stock VioLife. Some independent health food shops even stock Vegusto, which is my other personal favourite. It has a lovely savoury, cheesy taste, without being too overpowering.

Many pizza restaurants now provide vegan cheese for their pizzas; including the most well-know chains, such as Pizza Hut, Zizzi, Ask, Pizza Express and, thanks to a campaign by Animal Aid, Papa John’s.

You can find a more comprehensive list of vegan cheeses that are available in shops on the ‘Simple Swaps’ section of the Summer Vegan Pledge website.

So there’s no need to “give up your cheese” these days – just swap it for a tasty plant-based alternative.