When I first went vegan, I wasn’t too interested in “replacement” products. You know, like soy cheese (and soy free too), cream “cheese” and so on. Tempeh Bacon. You catch my drift. Non-dairy ice cream was about as far as I would go.
But little by little, I have tried products such as those and mostly I’ve been impressed. I love Tofutti cream cheese and sour cream, which taste exactly the same as the real deal to me.
Some products have been better than others, that is for sure, but it has been fun to try all the various alternatives out there. Even more evidence that it is possible to eat a vegan diet without sacrificing all of your favorite foods (or condiments).
The latest product I have experimented with is Nayonaise, a mayo-like product from Nasoya, those tofu people:
Since I started my journey to health in 2007, mayonnaise has been a rarity, as it contains a lot of calories and fat, especially when served at a restaurant. At home, the fat free versions just didn’t taste as good. Then, when I went vegan and said no to eggs, mayo was out for good.
Until tonight when I decided to give the Nayonaise a shot on a Morningstar Farms Grilled Chik’n patty for dinner.
I have to say, it has been a LONG time since I’ve had mayonnaise. However, the Nayonaise tasted pretty darn close to me. I can’t wait to try it on veggie burgers and in recipes (like potato salad) that would normally call for mayo.
Like I said, the consistency is different but the taste (and smell) are spot on. Do you use faux mayo? How?
Have you tried any other replacement products? Which ones were hits? Misses?
I did not care much for this vegan alfredo pasta I had one time. But that’s the only thing I can remember not loving. I’m sure there are others, but the good definitely outweighs the bad!
As I sit here at the close of this day, I feel so happy. It’s like a whole new me!
I have been so touched by your all’s comments over the past couple of days. To have this support system is truly amazing.
I also feel great and I have a sound mind about everything that I ate today. It feels good to get back to the basics.
I started the day off with a green monster, of course.
Mid-morning, I enjoyed some coffee with So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (French Vanilla) and some mixed nuts.
Plus a juicy apple!
For a snack, I had some Stonyfield O’Soy yogurt. I really like this brand but I would like it even more if it didn’t have 25 grams of sugar. I also had cup of coffee #2.
I ate half the bag and then saved the rest for a future snack emergency. I felt better immediately and had a pretty great run considering I’m rusty!
For dinner, I knew I wanted some tofu.
I enjoyed half the box of tofu (sprinkled with turmeric, chili powder and garlic powder) with some steamed asparagus and brown rice.
For a snack, I had a banana with a tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams 🙂
I’m going to have a cup of tea and go to bed. It’s been an amazing day, I’ll just leave it at that.