Delicious Vegan Substitutes
Some people have a negative view of veganism solely based on the food. I'll admit that I had the same view until I opened my mind (and my mouth - yum!).
Our society has some death grip on things slathered in cheese and greasy meat, and so the thought of giving that up sends them into a panic.
Thankfully, no panic necessary. Companies are hearing the demand for faux meats and cheeses, and the market isn't what it used to be - it's much, much better!
Vegan substitutes were once known as being bland and tasteless, sponge-y and slime-y, and it was all us poor vegans could eat to get enough protein not to die! Well, you know that last part isn't true (and the first part isn't necessarily true, either) - vegan substitutes have always been about eating the things we have always eaten, but in a compassionate and cruelty-free way. While I admit that some of the first things I tried as a vegan were lackluster (to put it nicely), that is simply because I didn't know the amazing array of foods that were out there. Not to mention as time has gone on, and veganism has become more of a household name, products are becoming more widely available. Even the local grocery store in my tiny, rural town has started selling low-end vegan meats and even some good dairy milk alternatives! Times are certainly changing.
However, if you're going vegan expecting that there is going to be an assortment of substitutes available to you at every store you go to, and that every substitute you come across is going to be delicious, well, you're going to be disappointed to say the least. Keep in mind that when you go to the grocery store to pick up burgers or cheese, you tend not to buy the cheaper products, especially when you're looking for quality. Just as you know there are brands of burgers and chicken and sour cream you don't like, there are also brands in vegan substitutes that won't tickle your tastebuds.
Veganism is just now growing, and some of the quality products are not yet widely available. For instance, there are only 1-2 specialty stores in my