As I've mentioned in other posts I turned Vegetarian just after Christmas day. I have since then also tried to put more & more Vegan things into my diet. I always thought if I turned Vegan the biggest hardship for me would be cheese, milk and yogurt. I have now tried enough over the few months and made definite replacements for myself.With Milk certainly I completely cut it out of my diet, best thing I've ever done!
Butter has been replaced with Pure Soya Dairy Free Spread - £1.50 for a 500g tub. This honestly tastes lovely, its not as salty as butter but Its delectable on toast, dolloped into mash potato and used as I would normal butter. No different and so much better for you!
Milk was the first thing to go even when I turned Vegetarian, I didn't drink pints of milk on its own but I did (and still do) have a lot of proper coffees out and about, not to mention at home with my Tassimo maker! I found Soya Milk perfect, it tastes lovely in my Americano's and I even have it in tea. I have read some posts about Soya Milk - saying it curdles, I luckily have had no sign curdling in my hot drinks. I also put this on my 'Weetabix' (inverted comma's because I never buy the big brands, always supermarket's own for me) and it tastes lovely, Soya seems to be naturally sweet so goes rather nicely! I buy the Long Life Soya Milk 1 Liter for £1.29. It is of course, more expensive than milk these days but think about it, if you're only paying £1 (or mostly less) for 4 pints of milk, what is the quality of that milk? How much is it watered down? How much other stuff has been pumped into it? And how is this effecting the farmers & cows? The farmers can't be gaining much profit at £1 for 4 pints too be honest, and maybe the cows would not be having the nicest of times! So i am fully prepared to pay this for Dairy Free milk.
Yogurt - I LOVED yogurt & until recently (in the last three weeks) I was still sneaking in a bit of Yeo Valley here and there. While peroozing the Yogurt isle I stumbled upon some Alpro Soya Yogurts, I chose the Vanilla tub & the Strawberry & Rhubarb tub (you're usually safe with vanilla & Strawberry things, always my got to flavours!). I was unsure on how the taste would be (I anticipated not as tasty) and decided if they were no cop I would give up all yogurt forever......luckily they hit the spot! The Strawberry & Rhubarb in particular was my favourite, the rhubarb really gives it that delicious kick. The vanilla was nice as well-not perhaps as strong as a normal vanilla yogurt but still tasty! I will ABSOLUTELY be purchasing again, they last so much longer than normal yogurt not to mention the health benefits from them. At £1.35 for a 500g tub, this is cheaper than my old yogurt brand- WIN!
And just one more little treat, I found this in the Free From section at Tesco's (with all the cheeses). This Free From Chocolate & Coconut Milkshake is the best thing for a pick me up. At 60p for a small carton, they're brilliant to store up for those times when you are in need of a something a bit 'naughty'. Also, what I like about this shake, there isn't loads of clumpy ingredients. I have found this with a few other Dairy Free milkshakes, its all good stuff in the shake but it doesn't make for a great texture to drink! This little drink however, is lovely!