Daiya is To Die For!
When I first stopped eating dairy, the biggest challenge was giving up cheese. Back then, there weren’t many tasty dairy-free options available. I tried some soy cheeses that were pretty good, but contained casein (a milk protein) & made my belly bloat and ache. The few vegan options I found were kind of odd in taste & texture, and never really melted all that well. Up until very recently, Tofutti was the only brand that made a cheese alternative I really liked.
Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot about Daiya “cheese” products. They’ve been getting great reviews, so I decided to give them a try. Yowza! I am impressed. Daiya makes 6 deliciously dairy-free products – shreds and wedges in 3 flavors each. They melt, stretch & behave like real cheese.
The jalapeno garlic havarti style wedge is absolutely incredible! I also highly recommend the pepperjack style shreds. I wasn’t crazy about flavor of the jack style wedge, but am still looking forward to trying the other flavors.
Daiya is not organic, but it is GMO free. Daiya products are vegan & free of many common allergens including; dairy (casein and lactose), gluten, egg, peanuts and tree nuts (excluding coconut).
I will conclude this by saying that these days, I try to avoid processed food as much as possible. Let me be clear in saying that all cheese alternatives are processed to some extent. I do think it’s important, however, to treat yourself every once in a while. If having a cheese alternative helps you to stay on track in the lifestyle you want to lead – be it vegan or dairy -free – I say, go for it! Just not all the time. 😉