Vegan, soy free, gluten free life isn’t SO bad I guess!
After a fainting spell last weekend, and some blood work this week, I’ve been found to be hypothyroid. (And anemic, though only slightly lower than what has been my lifelong blood chemistry of borderline anemia, due in part to my IUD placement last month. I’m starting some serious supplementation for that.) It wasn’t incredibly surprising, given that several women on my maternal side have been as well. My [hypothyroid nurse] mom did some research on some nutrition things and forwarded them to me. While much of our diet already fits into the recommended foods, we did decide to try to minimize (not eliminate!) our soy and gluten for now. Though to be fair, gluten sounds like it’s really only a problem with the medication absorption if eaten within 4 hours of medication. As for the soy, we figure cutting down on what we’re ingesting in fringe processed foods isn’t a bad idea, and then we won’t feel bad about indulging in the less processed tofu or tempeh dish occasionally. Some of the other info was contradictory, but overall kale and cruciferous veggies are sadly not great, seaweed good, spinach okay, beans, nuts, and other veggies good to go.
Happily though, after some quick hitting of the interwebs, we realized a lot of the products we already love are soy free and gluten free. Here are some of them…
So Delicious Cashew Milk Frozen desserts come in Cappuccino, Creamy Cashew, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Salted Caramel Cluster, and Snickerdoodle flavors.
Trader Joe’s Strawberry Coconut Milk frozen dessert ice cream is SO FREAKING GOOD!
So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk yogurts in regular or Greek styles, in a variety of flavors, all of which my cats are a fan of!
Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread butter, easy enough! I’ve bought this other times I’ve wanted to limit my soy intake. It’s easy to find. Tastes just as good.
Follow Your Heart has a whole line of soy free products, including their new & improved line of vegan cheeses that are INCREDIBLE and compete with Field Roast’s Chao slices (which have soy). Also, the classic vegan mayo, Vegenaise, comes in soy free.
Daiya All Daiya products are dairy, soy and gluten free! Besides the Daiya cheese shreds that we’re so familiar with, we were recently gifted with a fantastic cheesecake on my birthday that I loved! They make a ton of products these days including yogurt (which I haven’t tried) and cream cheese that is soy and gluten free, which we’ll have to check out if we buy some bagels. (Can’t imagine finding decent gluten free bagels though!)
As far as meat analogues go, here’s a list I took from the PETA website for Soy & GF, but have NOT tried myself:
Neat “meat” is a new product made from a mix of nuts and garbanzo beans. It comes in four flavors: Mexican, Italian, Breakfast, and Original.
Great Life by Lucinda has a variety of veggie burger mixes.
Beyond Meat’s Beyond Beef Crumbles come in both Feisty Crumbles and Beefy Crumbles flavors, and they’re made from pea protein.
Beyond Meat’s Beast Burger boasts the fact that it contains more iron and protein than its meaty equivalent, and more omegas than salmon.
Sunshine Burgers are made from a variety of beans, seeds, and brown rice. They come in eight flavors, including Shiitake Mushroom, Loco Chipotle, and Hemp & Sage.
Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger is made from quinoa, garbanzo beans, nuts, and vegetables.
Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Bites and several types of veggie burgers are made with grains, beans, seeds, and greens and are certified kosher as well.
In other good news, our favorite meaty things, Field Roast, while gluten filled, appear to be soy free! Which is probably just fine for some dinners since it will be far away from my empty stomach medication taking morning time.