40 Before 40: Challenge #14

15 Nov

Challenge 14 on my #40Before40 list is to eat vegan for 3 months. I haven’t started the challenge yet but I have started some research into it. I think that this challenge is certainly doable but I will have to plan in advance.

I have already had a look in supermarkets to see what alternatives they offer. One of the supermarkets here has a coconut oil spread alternative to butter. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t know if I am just not going to eat butter at all. I don’t eat a great deal of it anyway.

I have stopped drinking milk and have tried almold, oat and rice milk as potential alternatives. I am not particularly taken by any of them and almond milk is by far the worst. They seem to be a lot thinner than milk and a bit sweeter to the taste. I have also noticed that no matter how much I put in my cuppa, it doesn’t make it go the right colour. You will know what I mean if you are British and reading this. We have colour charts like most countries have for paint for our tea.

I have also swapped my normal breakfast of museli and youghurt for chia seed pudding made with my milk substitute, which hasn’t been so bad. Of course, when I do get going with it and I can’t have eggs and bacon for breakfast, I will definitely be complaining.

There is a good range of meat free products available in Coop. It’s mainly bean burgers, falafel and so on. All of this I can make myself, if I do manage to get myself organised. They also sell dairy free cheese. It will possibly taste like plastic but it is good to know it is there.

I have also spent quite a bit of time online researching some receipes. I googled best vegan breakfasts and I got a list of receipes that say “drizzle over a bit of honey…” If it has honey on it then it isn’t vegan. I was hoping that I would be able to find a list of lunch ideas which says “to the horseradish add roast beef”. That would make the challenge easier but I don’t think that I will find that.

I plan to start this challenge in earnest next spring/summer. As more fruits and vegetables are available in spring and summer, I think it will be easier to do it at this time of year. It will be tough not to have sausage on the BBQ but I can have grilled vegetables which I like just as much.

In the meantime, I will be continuing my search to find alternatives and ways to make sure that I get all the vitamins and minerals that I need. This is defintiely going to be a challenge! If any of you have any vegan receipes or tips that you would like to share with me, please feel free to get in touch!vegetables-2898523__340

4 Responses to “40 Before 40: Challenge #14”

  1. Confuzzled Bev November 16, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    My friend is lactose intolerant AND allergic to milk so she can’t just buy lactose free milk. When she comes to stay, I buy alternative milks for her. The worst is soya (which I see you didn’t try). Soya yoghurts are also awful. I find oat milk the closest to “real” milk – although obviously still very different – and I’m told it works well in muesli (probably because it already contains oats anyway so it fits in nicely?). Hazelnut milk is nice for making hot chocolate – it’s a bit like drinking Nutella! The same friend was the reason I made mango lassi with coconut milk instead of yoghurt and it was delicious!

    Of course you can make your own veggie burgers, etc. but I find the coop ones nice for convenience. I like the pumpkin falafel and I could never be bothered to do whatever you need to do to pumpkins to get them into falafel form! Sadly that’s a special for this time of year though and will disappear soon.

    Since you’ll be doing it in summer you can always resort to lots of salads. Here’s a recipe for a couscous salad: https://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/spiced-apricot-couscous-salad/ (obviously ignore the fact that I served mine with salmon πŸ˜‰ ). Apricots and lime juice for vitamins and cashew nuts are a good source of magnesium and zinc.

    • ourgirlinzurich November 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

      I didn’t try soya this time around because it is, what I can only describe as, yuk-tastic. As I saw the other alternatives on the shelves, I was a bit skeptical but they turned out to be a lot more palatable that I thought they would be. I will definitely be trying out you hazelnut milk for hot chocolate. Sounds amazing.

      I tried the spinach falafel from Coop this week and they were really nice. If I do get to grips with this in the summer then there should be lots of nice veggies and fruits to fill myself up on.

      Thanks for the recipe tip. I love apricots! Are you sure that I can’t just have a bit of the salmon? 😦

      Really useful comment. Thanks Bev πŸ˜€

      • Confuzzled Bev November 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

        As far as I’m concerned you can eat allll the salmon! Not sure it’s vegan though πŸ˜‰

      • ourgirlinzurich November 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

        You might have a point there! πŸ˜‚

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