Pleasant Surprises

Since our family went vegan in May, we’ve had to struggle a bit to learn some new recipes, learn what products don’t have milk in them (so many do and you don’t know it) and how to ween ourselves off of dairy.

We did it without much of a plan and it’s been a learning experience for us. It was something I felt strongly about and managed to convince my wife. She still long for cheese at times, but she says she feels better overall, both ethically and physically.

Since we’ve been eating this way, we’ve had to mostly buy fresh produce (which we did already anyway), but also had to learn what prepared product were okay for us.

I tend to keep my eyes open for new things and we’ll try a couple new things every week. Sometimes they are winners, sometimes they aren’t. This weekend, we tried 3 new things that were all fantastic, and vegan, but not necessarily healthy. We would only eat these types of things irregularly, but this is our testing phase, science if you will.

  1. Beyond Beast burgers. By far the best veggie burger I’ve had. Grills up nicely, has a great texture and is juicy, all things I’ve missed since forgoing meat. I would recommend these to people who want lower calorie burgers as well, or want to try something new. They are fantastic.
  2. Salted Caramel Cluster Cashew Milk Ice Cream This was amazing. I always used to get the salted caramel ice cream at Washtenaw Dairy and this is identical. It is creamy, smooth and delicious. I will definitely be buying this again.
  3. Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Rolls. Holy smokes. This was the best surprise of all, especially for my wife. “We can have that?” She was delighted. My son was too. And now, we know what we’re bringing to Christmas breakfast at Gangi’s house.

Sticking to our original principles (compassion, health & environment) has made being vegan fairly easy, but finding products like these make it even easier, especially when attending or hosting family events. All of these products will definitely be a part of our repertoire should we need them in the future. I knew the vegan food market was on a crazy incline, but I had fairly low expectations at the outset. Lower expectations allow for pleasant surprises such as these and I am very grateful.

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