You Can Take a Break …….
When I switched over from what most people would consider eating “normal healthy” to a fully plant based whole food way of eating I promised myself that I wouldn’t get sucked into eating “vegan junk food” just because it didn’t have meat, dairy, or eggs. I am not on this journey because of any ethical beliefs I have in regard to animals, but for my own health. Actually this was just four-week experiment that has turned into a lifestyle. It has been three months now, and I don’t see myself ever turning back unless our animals start being raised in a “bio dome” environment.
In saying that I am proud to say that I have taken the bull by the horns on this journey and I am the boss. I was at maintenance weight when I started, and have lost 10 lbs, and reduced body fat percentage without even trying. I can’t tell you how good it feels to no longer have to count calories, and grieve over macros. Along the way my consumption of sugar, and highly processed foods, has been reduced to a very minute amount. I try to make as much as I can from scratch, and when I don’t the ingredient lists need to be short, real, and be animal, dairy, and egg free. But we all get tired, and even the most dedicated foodies need a break.
Friday night I was exhausted. I hadn’t slept well the few nights before, the weather was getting to me, I’d been out all day, and in all honesty was just tired of cooking. Friday nights are meant to enjoy, right? I asked the hubs if he wanted pizza and he had no problem with that. Any other time we would have all eaten the same pizza and gone on with our evening, but no longer. When I first started this journey I was very interested in trying dairy free “cheese” so I grabbed a bag of shredded Daiya. I knew it wouldn’t taste exactly like cheese, but I have to admit I was disappointed. I’ve kept it in the freezer and used it sparingly over the last three months. Well, I heard that they came out with some pizzas. They are the only dairy and meat free pizza that I know of that has real ingredients, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I wanted to keep it as simple as possible because the more you add, the more ingredients can get sketchy. I skipped the “meat” pizza, and grabbed the garlic and mushroom pizza. I read over the ingredients, and while they weren’t fresh out of the produce aisle I have to admit that for a processed food their list looked pretty good.
Gluten-Free Crust (water, tapiocastarch, brown rice flour, white whole grainsorghum flour, potato starch, olive oil, canesugar, milled flax seed, yeast, psyllium, sea salt,xanthan gum), Tomato Basil Sauce (water,tomato paste, olive oil, onions, basil, salt, garlic,xanthan gum, spices), Daiya Mild Mozzarella and Cheddar Style Shreds Blend (filtered water, tapio-ca starch, non-GMO expeller pressed canolaand/or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil,coconut oil, pea protein isolate, inactive yeast,salt, vegan natural flavors, vegetable glycerin,xanthan gum, lactic acid (vegan), titaniumdioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), yeastextract, citric acid, annatto (for color)), Shiitake and Crimini Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic.
I haven’t missed much since I’ve switched over to 100% plant based eating, but I’ll admit that I have missed pizza. I’ve made my own, and it works, but it was really missing that “pizza feel”. I have to give props to Daiya, their pizza did the trick. It satisfied that craving, gave me a night off from cooking, and didn’t really do any damage to my health goals. If you decide to give Daiya a try don’t expect the cheese to be like dairy cheese. I found it to be creamier, almost like dairy cream cheese. It is nice to know that in the future, if I’m in a crunch, I can enjoy some pizza without feeling like I strayed, or having any guilt over junky ingredients. Thanks Daiya!
Have you ever tried a Daiya pizza?
Do you know of any other pizzas that are plant based?
I have not been paid for my opinion. All of the thoughts I have expressed are original, and my own.