So I heard from Samantha that my last Foods I Have Been Loving Lately (Vegan & Gluten-Free!) blog was a really popular item on the menu of topics we dish out and I decided to indulge myself on another course.
I am a creature of habit and find that when I find a product that I love (or that my stomach agrees with) I continually use and consume it almost daily until I get sick of it. So, my diet rarely changes but I love finding new veggies and products that work well for me.
Below is a list of some products that I have loved dearly for some time now and also some others that I have recently come to appreciate for all of their greatness!
I just recently became really fond of asparagus and wish I had indulged myself more on this veggie sooner. I prefer to bake asparagus on a cooking sheet in the oven at 425° for 12-15 minutes. Prior to baking, I lather the asparagus with my cherished Olive Oil, that was discussed at length in the previous chapter of this blog. I also add salt & pepper prior to putting the asparagus in the oven and voilà!
Fun Fact: Did you know that this is how asparagus grows?
#2 Unsweetended Vanilla Almond Milk
Being vegan, I do not drink milk so having a proper substitute that has a similar consistency is essential. There are a plethora of substitutes but this is by far my favorite that I have found thus far. The vanilla flavor adds the perfect kick and also being sugar free, I buy the unsweetened version so only the naturally occurring sugar is in the milk. I mainly use this for smoothies I have every morning. My favorite brands are Silk & Almond Breeze.
You can buy either here:
#3 Teddie Natural Peanut Butter
I have always loved peanut butter but when I went sugar free I was dumbfounded with how much added sugar there is in it. I searched for products that would fit my standards and I found Justin’s Peanut Butter, but it is overwhelmingly pricey and I needed something more affordable. I then stumbled upon Teddie Natural Peanut Butter. Teddie is not only more affordable, it tastes the exact same if not better than Justin’s. I typically use Teddie with my breakfast, whether I am scooping it onto a banana or into my smoothie. I prefer the Smooth Teddie when I am eating it with my bananas and the crunchy Teddie when I am making smoothies!
Decide for yourself which brand you like better and try both below:
#4 Ancient Harvest Pasta
When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, there were no gluten free isles in the grocery store and food labeling was virtually non-existent. Many of the first GF products and substitutes tasted awful. GF foods have come a long way, and I am so thankful for it. It is very difficult to have tasted real pasta before and then try to find something that tastes similar, knowing it is not the real thing.
I can say with certainty that Anciet Harvest has far exceeded my expectations by creating a GF brand that does exactly this. Their pastas are made with corn and quinoa and I love their penne, elbows, linguine, spaghetti, rotini, & shells. I rely on this brand for more than just its pasta, as I buy my Quinoa from them as well, as I discussed in the previous chapter of this blog.
Get some pasta for yourself here:
#5 Ya Mama’s Authentic Italian All Natural Sauces
So I talked about pasta… but what do I put on it? Sauce of course! But it is actually extremely difficult to find sauces that do not have gluten, dairy, sugar, or a bunch of chemicals in them. Luckily, I found Ya Mama’s Authentic Italian All Natural Sauces! They are only sold locally through stores throughout New Hampshire. They are both gluten free and vegan, and I absolutely love them. My favorite is the Marinara Sauce.
#6 Daiya Pizza
Similar to the GF substitutes for pasta, yummy alternatives for pizza have been very sparce and difficult to find. Additionally, being vegan added an extra hurdle because I needed to find GF and dairy free pizzas. Luckily, Daiya began creating these types of foods 2009. Shortly after, I stumbled upon their pizzas. My favorites became their Fire-Roasted Vegatable and Supreme Pizzas. They are amazing and I add Cholua hot sauce to both which gives them an extra kick.