If you’re struggling with cheese cravings on a vegan diet, you’re not alone. Cheese is often one of the hardest things for people to change because it’s so popular.
The good thing is that there are plenty of delicious vegan options to deal with those pesky cheese cravings.
How to Overcome Cheese Cravings on a Vegan Diet
If you love cheese and are going vegan, you might have some serious cheese cravings from the start. It’s normal, and it just takes time to adjust to vegan food. However, there are several ways to make the transition smoother. Especially since there are several tasty vegan food options that are just as cheesy and even more delicious.
Here are some tips to help you beat those dairy cheese cravings in your vegan diet!
Find alternatives to cheese
Cheese pasta gratin
The best way to nip those cheese cravings in the bud once you go vegan is to find cheese alternatives to eat instead. This will not only help you get your cheese fix, but it will also help you recreate your favorite dishes!
The best alternative to cheese that is not only vegan but also healthy is nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a type of inactive yeast that is designed to be eaten as a kind of seasoning. It doesn’t work or taste like regular yeast at all.
Nutritional yeast has a natural orange color similar to cheese and surprisingly similar in taste. If you’re not much of a cook, you can simply sprinkle nutritional yeast on your food for a cheesy solution.
Many vegan recipes that have a cheesy flavor call for nutritional yeast, and you can find it at most grocery stores in the baking or health food aisle.
Check out some of these recipes that include nutritional yeast: Lobster Mushroom Mac and Cheese, Breakfast Burritos, and Wild Mushroom Buckwheat Risotto.
Make your own vegan cheese
Sliced Vegan Cashew Cheese
Another great option you have if you are on a vegan diet but have cheese cravings is to make your own vegan cheese.
Unlike dairy-based cheese, vegan cheese is remarkably easy to create at home. All you’ll need is a handful of common cooking ingredients and a few specialty items. One ingredient you might want to purchase if you are considering making vegan cheese is agar agar. It is an ingredient derived from seaweed that acts like gelatin. It is often used to thicken cheese recipes and give them a cheese-like texture.
You can make any type of vegan cheese you fancy! There are all kinds of delicious dairy-free cheese recipes, from mozzarella and cotija to cheddar and blue cheese.
This is a great option if you have frequent cheese cravings and need a daily dose of cheese.
make cheese sauces
Life Changing Cheese Sauce
One of the easiest ways to continue enjoying cheesy foods on a vegan diet is to make cheese sauces! Vegan cheese sauces are so easy and quick to make and taste great on just about anything. They can be poured over mashed potatoes, pasta, steamed vegetables and more! The options are endless when it comes to enjoying homemade vegan cheese sauce.
Vegan cheese sauces also require fewer ingredients and are easier to prepare than vegan cheeses. They can be enjoyed immediately and do not require any special ingredients like agar agar. The most common ingredient in vegan cheese sauce recipes is nutritional yeast, as it provides the cheese flavor as well as a cheddar cheese color.
Try these recipes for Green Chili Nacho Cheese Sauce, Smoked Oatmeal Cheese Sauce, and Vegan Cottage Cheese Sauce.
Buy vegan cheese
The second best option if you have serious cheese cravings is to buy vegan cheese at the store. This option is considerably more expensive than the others as vegan brands can sometimes be a bit pricey. You also might not have access to as many of the best vegan cheese brands.
Most grocery stores will carry one or two brands of vegan cheese to choose from. Keep an eye out for brands like Miyoko’s, Violife, Daiya and Follow Your Heart. Some grocery stores also have their own line of vegan cheeses. They are usually found in the cheese aisle or in the refrigerated natural food section.
These cheeses are made to melt and act like regular cheese, so they can be added to almost anything.
Store-bought vegan cheese is delicious on pizza, in mac and cheese, or eaten with crackers. You can eat this type of vegan cheese the same way as any other type of cheese.
Other tips for cheese cravings
If you’re going vegan and having the worst cravings for cheese, you can also try using these tips when you go vegan and cut out all dairy. These additional tips will help you better transition to a diet that does not contain dairy-based cheeses.
If you are a real cheese lover, you can try weaning yourself off cheese slowly. IIt will help you adapt to a diet low in dairy cheeses. Go slowly so you can adapt to changes in your diet.
Slowly add vegan alternatives to your diet
As you slowly wean yourself off cheese, try adding vegan cheese alternatives to your diet. This will help your taste buds start to get used to the different tastes of vegan cheese alternatives.
You can still do this by adding store-bought vegan cheeses to your diet as well as cheese sauces. Both of these options are pleasing to the taste buds and can help you adjust to vegan food.
Try nut cheeses
Walnut cheeses are one of the most popular types of vegan cheese alternatives. Most people don’t even realize that this cheesy treat is completely vegan and dairy-free!
Walnut cheeses are easy to make at home with just a handful of ingredients and turn out delicious. They are amazing when eaten on their own with crackers, spread on bread, eaten on potatoes or on pizza! The options are endless.
Learn how to cook plant-based meals at home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergic, gut health, and Following! Unfortunately, the consumption of dairy products has also been linked to many health problems, including acne, Hormonal imbalance, Cancer, Prostate cancer, and has a lot Side effects.
For those who want to eat more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food monster app which features thousands of delicious recipes, making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals, and get healthy! And, while you’re at it, we encourage you to also educate yourself on the environmental and health benefits of one plant-based diet.
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