One of the hardest things for vegetarians thinking about going vegan is cheese. I know, because I was in this boat not that long ago — cheese seems like a hard thing to go without.
But here’s the thing: it’s actually not as hard as you might think.
For years, I wouldn’t quit cheese because I loved pizza, and cheese on my veggie burger, and nachos, and tacos with cheese on top, and pasta with cheese, and feta on my salads, among other things. However, the secret to veganism is not to focus on what you’re “giving up”, but on the delicious food you’re eating instead.
So for me, I just found delicious vegan food that made me not miss cheese.
For me, part of the struggle was thinking I could no longer enjoy pizza. Luckily, that was far from the truth. More and more pizza places are offering vegan cheese.
Make your own.
While making your own vegan cheese can take time and a wide array of skills, there are definitely some simple recipes that anyone can make. Click here for a list of our favorites.
Buy some nutritional yeast.
Yeah, I know it’s an awful name, but this stuff is seriously good. Highly regarded by vegans around the globe, nutritional yeast is a must-have vegan pantry staple. From an amazing Parmesan alternative to a bomb nondairy nacho cheese dip, nutritional yeast (lovingly known as “nooch”) can do it all.
Remember why you decided to ditch dairy in the first place: animal cruelty. Cows at dairy farms are subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers—and inevitably, a ruthless slaughter. Even worse, they are denied nearly everything that comes naturally to them, including caring for their young.
You’re making a big difference for animals, the environment, and your health when you leave cheese off your plate.
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Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”