What I'm here to blabber about today is the Vegan Challenge that is going on right now in the little ole blog world. While I have never wanted to label my eating style, I think it's safe to say I don't usually eat a lot of animal products. I'm not sure why, but I have never been overly carnivorous and I tend to not eat some animals because I think they are cute. My perception of dairy is usually pretty passive, unless ice cream is involved- then we're talking. So when the challenge came up, I decided that one of the richest and most powerful women in the world could do it, this challenge was my next step to ruling the world.
Challenge accepted. But I would have my own rules:
1. I would eat whole foods including fruits, veggies, and grains
2. I would be soy free
3. I would still maintain my gluten free and food combining as much as I could
4. No fake meat
5. Limit of 2 substitute products (described below)
The reason behind all my rules is that I wanted to see how normal people did it, without relying on Whole Foods and other specialty markets or frankenfoods that don't make any sense in my head.
I did choose to experiment with a couple of items that I have been wanting to try and had fairly recognizable ingredient lists. I purchased both of these items with my own money and these opinions are my own.
SO Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt
The other product I tried was Daiya Vegan cheese. The ingredients in it are below:
Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavours, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor), annatto.
I was honestly freaked out by this 'cheese', but it melted. Not that I didn't believe other people, or the package, but I had my doubts.
I think that by trying these two substances early in my challenge, it will be much easier to just eat real food. I honestly enjoyed the roasted veggies I made today much more than the specialty products I tried.
I think the rest of my week will be filled with some of my favorite real foods and that's just how I like it.
Question for you: Are you doing the vegan challenge? If not, what are your personal food rules?