It’s always great to see how organic health food brands grow every year. It only means more people are demanding healthier food options, right?
But for the vegan community, we have one more question to ask, because organic and healthy isn’t necessarily vegan.
Today’s spotlight is on family-owned health food brand: Amy’s Kitchen.
Is Amy’s vegan?
The brand is popular for their range of organic and non-GMO vegetarian food products. But how healthy is Amy’s? And which of their products are vegan?
Let’s take a closer look and find out which ones we vegans can enjoy!
Currently one of the leading brands for organic and non-GMO convenient food, Amy’s kitchen goes way, way back. In fact, way back before organic food was even a thing.
Amy’s kitchen was founded in 1987, and began with a vegetable pot pie. This was after founding couple Rachel and Andy Berliner couldn’t find organic and vegetarian ready-to-eat food products from groceries that also taste good.
In just a year after their first pot pie, Amy’s Kitchen had to expand to accommodate the growing demands from their clients. Burritos and mac and cheese were then added, and slowly, more and more in-demand products were introduced.
Despite the rapid growth from their increasing popularity, Amy’s continues to maintain their dedication to creating “food made with love”.
Fast forward to today, Amy’s is a highly successful organic vegetarian food company worth $500 million! Wow! The brand focuses more on creating healthier and tastier ready-to-eat food products. That, and a notable consideration for individuals with food allergies and sensitivities.
Is Amy’s Vegan?
Don’t we all vegans wish that? Well, Amy’s is a vegetarian brand from the beginning. But although Amy’s is not totally vegan, they do have vegan products, which is still great news!
Another thing is Amy’s Kitchen is known for their dedication to cater to a wide range of special dietary restrictions. So it’s no surprise that they have a vegan range! And a huge one!
Amy’s Vegan Food Products
With over 100 ready-to-eat vegan food products, one can easily make a day’s meal from Amy’s! It’s so easy when they have everything for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks and sweets! They have plenty of vegan items to choose from within each variety:
- Burritos & Wraps
- Pasta Sauce
- Pot Pies
- Veggie Burgers
- Veggie Meats
You can find a complete list of their vegan products here.
Special Diets Available On Amy’s Kitchen
I think this is the widest range I’ve seen in a brand. Amy’s Kitchen offers products for all these dietary restrictions:
- Kosher D
- Kosher DE
- Light in sodium
- Reduced sodium
- Tree nut-free
This makes Amy’s an excellent food brand not just for vegans but also for people with certain food allergies and sensitivities. If you are prone to hypertension, their products with less sodium is something worth looking at.
I think they just need to add food products with less to no sugar and it will be perfect. Yes, some of their candies are really sugary!
Amy’s Meal Plans
What I love about Amy’s meal plans is that they also come with a shopping list! Their meal plans include recipes for a week’s consumption. Some of them includes Amy’s very own products, which means much less food prep!
Surprisingly, Amy’s offers not just one or two, but four vegan meal plans!
Vegan Meal Plans
No Meat Athlete (NMA) is a movement that also offers a plant-based diet developed especially for athletes who need protein. Using Amy’s Health Made Simple framework, this NMA meal plan is made simpler and easier. The goal here is stress-free healthy eating.
Which vegan is it for? If you’re a vegan with an active or busy lifestyle, this is definitely the meal plan for you!
This vegan meal plan includes simple recipes that you can tweak to suit your preferences or needs better. It also includes ready-to-eat gluten-free and dairy-free products from Amy’s to make it more convenient.
Which vegan is it for? Gluten-sensitive vegans who need help with meal planning ideas but also prefer flexible and fuss-free recipes.
Featuring recipes for balanced and filling vegan meals, this meal plan is great for new vegans. The recipes are tasty and nutritious enough, which might surprise those new to a plant-based diet.
Which vegan is it for? New vegans or those transitioning into a vegan diet who are looking for tastier vegan recipes.
From Pickles & Honey, a plant-based recipe blog, this meal plan features practical recipes that are simple but satisfying. More Amy’s products are also in the daily meal plans for convenience.
Which vegan is it for? The busiest vegans who don’t mind ready-to-eat meals but could use some help with recommendations for a more nutritionally balanced meal plan.
Other Meal Plans (Vegetarian)
- Whole Foods Meal Plan – a 7-day meal plan with raw and detoxifying foods for clean eating. Also includes options for gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free recipes.
- Balance Meal Plan By Nicky Clinch – this meal plan from Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Chef Nicky Clinch features nourishing and nutritionally balanced recipes.
- Creative Comfort – Indulgent food made healthier for less guilt. Recipes have a creative touch for fun and mostly healthier meals. Also includes several products from Amy’s.
Amy’s Food Quality
As a private brand with no shareholders, the owners of Amy’s Kitchen get to have full control of their products. This means there’s no pressure from shareholders who might want to prioritize profit over quality.
That said, Amy’s Kitchen continues with their promise of healthier food that’s also friendly to its workers and the environment. Here are the qualities that Amy’s food products are known for:
All of Amy’s products have a non-GMO certification. Their strict non-GMO policy also requires certifications from their suppliers to guarantee GM-free ingredients. To confirm this further, they also test the ingredients to make sure there will be no GMOs. Their factories also undergo auditing three times a year for quality assurance.
Aiming to reduce environmental impact, Amy’s strive to make more efficient operations, reduce production waste, and use more renewable resources. Beyond that, they also make sure to take care of their employees like family. They also give back to the community through donations and volunteer work.
As an organic food pioneer, Amy’s have long been organic even before the implementation of certifications. Although not all of their products are 100% organic, they use as many organic ingredients as possible.
This problem mostly had to do with quantity and costs. There are organic ingredients that are too expensive for the amount or the quantity is just not enough. Consequently, this will make product prices unreasonably higher.
However, the USDA regulations only require at least 95% organic ingredients for such a label.
1. Are Amy’s burritos vegan?
Unfortunately, not all of them are. But they do have plenty of vegan burritos and wraps.
2. Are Amy’s soups vegan?
Some but not all. Thank goodness for their vegan filter though, it’s easy to find their vegan soups.
3. Is Amy’s bowls vegan?
Not all, but you can find their sumptuous vegan bowls here.
4. Is Amy mac and cheese vegan?
Not all. The only vegan mac and cheese varieties they offer are:
- Vegan Chili Mac And Cheeze
- Rice Mac And Cheeze, Gluten Free And Dairy Free
5. Is Amy’s chili vegan?
Amy’s Chili selection does include non-vegan varieties, but you can find the 6 exceptions here.
6. Is Amy’s pizza vegan?
Vegan pizza is usually challenging to make, Amy’s pizza flavors are not all vegan but they do have 9 vegan pizza flavors. See them here.
BONUS: To learn more about how Amy’s fair out against other ready made meals, check out the video below!
Where Can You Buy Amy's Food?
Amy’s is one of the biggest suppliers of organic and vegetarian ready-to-eat food products in the U.S.. You can find their products both in groceries and online. Here are the biggest brands that distribute Amy’s food products:
- Fresh Direct
- Good Eggs
- Mylk Guys
- Thrive market
Amy’s products are also available in independent, natural, and organic stores nationwide. For convenience, you can do a zip code search here to find the nearest distributors in your area. Outside U.S., Amy’s products are available in Canada, Australia, U.K., and some parts of Asia and Europe.
They now have convenient drive-thru restaurants in Rohnert Park and in San Francisco International Airport. Further expansion sees more branches in Corte Madera and Walnut Creek, both set to open in 2020.
This means more convenient vegan food for travelers! Well at least for the peeps in CA. But at the rate they’re going, it won’t be surprising to hear they will be expanding to more states and countries soon!
Amy’s Kitchen is a major brand of organic and vegetarian ready-to-eat food products. While not all vegan, they do offer plenty of healthy vegan products, meal plans, and recipes.
The brand’s continuous growth is also a sign that more people are looking for healthier plant-based foods.
Which vegan products from Amy’s are your favorite? Have you tried any of their vegan meal plans yet? Let me know in the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this article in your favorite social media platform.