For those new to the veg lingo, vegetarians consume some animal products whereas vegans avoid all foods and products made of or by animals (including honey).
When we started out on our plant-based journey, we decided to become lacto-ovo vegetarians rather than vegans because we weren’t quite ready to give up dairy and eggs. As we have learned more about the harmful effects of dairy over the years, we have given up quite a bit of cheese but are always looking to improve.
In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share some tips for giving up dairy, some of which come from the amazing members of the Peas and Carrots Society! We also offer some vegan alternatives, in case you just need to have something “cheesy.”
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Here’s what we mention in this episode:
Resources Used for this Episode:
- Dr Axe – Dairy Free Benefits and 6 Dairy Alternatives
- Mind Body Green – 29 Tips to Get Rid of Dairy Without Turning to Soy
- Dairy: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid It at All Costs
- How Meat Producers Have Influenced Nutrition Guidelines for Decades
- Vegetarian Zen Ep 33 Reasons to eat less dairy
- Vegan Essentials – Chao Vegan “cheese” slices
Recipe of the Week
Trisha’s Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce
2 red bell peppers, fire-roasted and peeled
1/2 cup of cashew butter
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp pink salt
1/2 cup water, or amount needed to make a smooth sauce
1/2 c nutritional yeast
Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender. Enjoy!
Question: What are some of your tips for reducing or eliminating dairy? Challenge: Take ONE step towards reducing dairy (even if it’s just one sandwich substitute and let us know about it! You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa