Thursday, August 14, 2008

Soy cheese sucks

I love cheese! But I love Carter more, so I am not eating any cow's milk products while I'm breastfeeding since this seems to be a source of his irritability and poop issues (see previous poop post). Poor little guy! And I must say, poor me ,too.

It is tough...the sweet joy I got from eating whatever I wanted is gone. I have not yet found a way to replace it, to be honest. So I was really excited when a friend told me about almond milk and soy milk products.

I have been using soy milk on my cereal for a few years, but I had no idea the wide array of non-dairy dairy products that are made from alternative milks. "How cool!" I thought as I strolled the aisles of Whole Foods a few weeks ago. I couldn't wait to get home and start nibbling on some yummy jalapeno almond milk cheese and soy ice cream.

So the good news is that Carter is doing much better since I stopped eating dairy. Here's the bad news...both the soy cheese and the almond milk cheese are horrible. Just disgusting. The texture, the flavor, the's not like real cheese AT ALL! The soy ice cream was not bad, but the Rice Dream non-dairy frozen dessert was no treat. People rave about that Rice Dream and it is no good, I tell you!

I think the source of my disappointment is that I am expecting these products to be as good as the real thing. My neighbor is a vegetarian. NOT a vegan, because she loves cheese to much. Believe me, I understand her not wanting to give up cheese. She says after a while of not eating the real thing, you start to think that the substitute tastes exactly like the real thing. I find that hard to believe I'll let you know in a few months.

PS - The yogurt made with coconut milk is awesome! You have to try's called So Delicious...and it actually lives up to it's name.

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