Favorite Find: Fake Cheese

by Kristine on April 27, 2011

in Blog, Favorite Finds, Food Products

Happy Wednesday!  Hope your Easter hangover is gone!  Those chocolate eggs can really make you sluggish!  I was busy eating Low Carb Chocolate Chip cookies, so I didn’t even miss the chocolate eggs 😉  Alas, back to my regular (healthy) eating all this week.

It certainly seems that many more people are becoming allergic or sensitive to dairy products.  I’m ok with it in moderation, thankfully!  Its especially difficult when children have dairy allergies, as it really is sneaked into so many foods.

As I mentioned in My Story, I was sensitive to numerous things as a teen, so I did my fair share of trying all the alternatives, soy cheese, rice milk cheese.  I must admit, they were all YUCK! 

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the latest fake cheese phenomenon called Daiya

daiya.jpgI first read about on a blog, apparently, its HUGE in the Vegan blogging world.  Not only is it dairy free, its also casin free (which is difficult to find in even soy cheeses) soy free, egg free etc.  Here’s the checklist…..

* Cholesterol free
* Trans Fat free
* Dairy free
* Free of all animal products (Vegan)
* Free of common allergens including:
* Dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts (excluding coconut)
* Free of Artificial Ingredients
* Free of Preservatives
* Free of Hormones & Antibiotics
* Kosher Pareve / Vegan

INGREDIENTS: Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, vegan natural flavours, lactic acid (vegan, for flavor), spices, garlic, titanium dioxid (a naturally occurring mineral).

TASTE?

While the ingredients are fine and dandy, more importantly, how does it taste???  Well to me, it is by far the best cheese alternative I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a TON of them.  It melts well and even stretches like real cheese.  The only downfall is its more like a kraft cheese slice, versus real aged cheddar cheese.  But of course, that is a given.  You can’t exactly replicate aged hard cheese!!!

NUTRITION INFO

Here’s the calorie count of it (all the flavors have virtually identical nutritionals)

daiya nutrition facts.JPG

Not too shabby if you stick to the portion size.

PEPPERJACK!!!!

While I was at the health expo a couple weeks ago, I stopped by their booth as they were introducing a new flavor!

daiya pepperjack.jpg

Pepperjack!  It was really great!  I actually prefer it to the other flavors.  I think the spiciness makes it taste like real cheese even more.  I tried it in a quesadilla and it was yummy!

Where to Get It?

I know its been available in the US for quite some time.  But I’ve started seeing in on store shelves in Canada for the past few months.  Check your local health food store, Planet Organic, Whole Foods, Choices, Lowblaws and Thrifty’s.  Haven’t seen it in Safeway or SaveOn yet.

QUESTION!!!  Do you know anyone that can’t eat cheese??

See you Friday!

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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