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To Vegan or Not To Vegan...That is the Question
Let me just start this post with a big, clear statement: I am NOT vegan. I have no issues devouring a steak the size of my head...on special occasions. However, I have a set of amazing friends that are vegan. Through this friendship, I have picked up some products that are absolutely delicious and are better for me. I am all about replacing unhealthy things for a healthier substitute- as long as I can’t taste a major difference. So, I would like to introduce you to a list of four vegan products that have completely changed my life.
Half and Half
Everybody, and I mean everybody, knows that half and half is not exactly a good choice for keeping your triglyceride count down. Yet, I’ve never met someone that said to me, “Know what I hate? Half and half. That rich, creamy goodness is just gross.” I love the way half and half feels in my mouth. I need it for my coffee, for making chocolate ganache, and in my pancakes. I’ve tried the fat-free version. It’s just wrong. My mouth isn’t coated with the deliciousness that I crave from the fat in the half and half. So, what to do? Never have delicious coffee again?? Have the half and half and tell my triglyceride level that I sincerely don’t care about it??
Enter So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer. This is the best thing to ever happen to my coffee. It’s thick and delicious, like half and half. I know, I know, I was worried that my coffee would taste like coconuts...but nope. It just tastes perfect. I have made chocolate sauce with this stuff and the results were utterly divine! For the final test, I made my pancakes. I have never had better results, even with real half and half. So, this product gets my whole hearted endorsement. I’ll definitely be trying the other options this company offers (like ice cream!!)
I grew up in an environment that was taught to never judge anything by its color. You should love everything based on what is on the inside. I completely and utterly agree. Except with bread. I have been in the camp of only eating white bread for a VERY long time. The more egg-y and full of milk, the better, in my book. My ideal bread looks like this:
Until I met this:
The best part of this is the fact that my mother eats this bread all the time. I refused to try it because it looked like it was full of wheat and was possibly the most disgusting bread on the market. However, when I spend the night with some vegans and they say, “I’d like to make you breakfast” I say, “Sounds great!” I then receive a sandwich made with this bread. I would like to confirm that this bread is not disgusting. Quite the contrary, it’s soft and tastes like it was baked with love. This bread is made with canola oil; no milk or eggs are added. It is definitely a more heart healthy choice.
I heart breakfast meats. I do. In no place in this article will you see me suggest tofu bacon or such ridiculousness, because bacon is straight from heaven. However, sausage is an interesting mix of meat and spices anyway. Why not replace part of that with something a bit healthier? I mean, if I don’t know what’s in it in the first place, it’s probably ok to try to change it up a bit.
Primm Springs Soysage is, in one word, yum. I get that spicy flavor that I want so badly from sausage. I will warn you that the texture is a bit different. Somehow, those sausage patties always have to be cooked to near death to be safe, so they are always a bit tough. Soysage has a much softer, more palatable bite to it. So, this change is a do-able way to keep my heart a bit happier.
I am a fan of all things coming off of a grill. I like grilled veggies, and ribs, and steaks, and chicken, and on and on and on. I tend to want my burgers to taste like burgers...and the thought of vegan ribs is just terrible. BUT...I accidentally ordered one at my cafeteria. I thought “GardenBurger” just meant meat with a lot of vegetables piled on top. As I munched on this burger, a kernel of corn popped out. Wait... what just happened here? Turns out this tasty treat is a burger actually made of vegetables. Underneath all the other junk I put on a burger, I couldn’t taste the difference at all! Holy cow, Batman, I just saved a cow!
So, basically, I’m not thinking I will be converting to a life of veganism any time soon, but if I can make little changes that my taste buds don’t mind, then why not give it a go? Try them out. Let me know what you think!