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Vegan Challenge: Week Three

What do vegan zombies say? – Graaaaaains! Graaaaaaains!

 

Last I left you, I was pumped about the 7 pounds I lost and made plans with myself to get up in the AM for a run. Well, I did it! Not only that, but this week I have taken 3 yoga classes, a Pilates class, more cardio, and I lifted weights. I checked the scale before starting this post and I am down another 3 lbs. – That is 10 lbs. in just three weeks. I have discovered that Oreo’s are vegan so we will see how that plays out in my last week on this vegan challenge.

 

One of the myths I wanted to bust was does being vegan give you more energy. If you have seen Scott Pilgram vs. The World then you are aware of the theory that vegans have super powers. In the last three weeks I have sadly not developed any super powers, but  have noticed some changes. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have more energy. Over the last three weeks I have been making healthy choices are far as what I have been eating. Mentally I feel like these healthy choices make it easier to make other healthy choices throughout the day.

 

The largest hurdle in starting to work out is getting over the dread of going to the gym. You know what I mean, right? Those days when you literally give yourself a pep talk while you sit in your car in front of the gym. (This just can’t be me.) Well This weeks work outs have required no pep talks at all – I wanted to work out, I wanted to do something good for my body. While some people say that being vegan gave them the energy to work out, I say that it gave me a clear healthy mind that was more accepting of making healthier choices.

 

Quest for the Perfect Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer:

 

One of the hardest challenges for me through this process is to not use half & half in my coffee. I instinctively gravitate towards the milky goodness that is that evil half & half bottle. What makes this so hard is that some of the non-dairy options out there just do not pair well with the robust flavor of a dark roast. So this week’s big challenge was to find the perfect coffee creamer! Let’s get started with my top 5 list of the top coffee creamer.

Silk Almond Milk:

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Oh, almond milk, there was so much hope for you. You’re probably the non-dairy option that most people would first think of and you pair so well with cereal  and granola. But, boy you let me down when it comes to my caffeine fix. Almond milk does not pair well with the flavors of coffee. It laves this funky after taste that take me out of those moments of enjoying a delicious cup o’joe. Another thing I don’t like about almond milk is that the coloration change when you add it to the coffee. There is something so exciting about watching your coffee get milky – you wont get that here.

 

Trader Joe’s Soy Creamer:

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Soy milk was much better than almond milk in the flavor department. Right from the moment the coffee touches your tongue you just get the delicious flavor of coffee. It is the after taste that I do not agree with – It lingers in an unsatisfying way and leaves you with a weird taste afterwards. I was conducting one taste test session with my cousin Kyle, and she mentioned that this is her favorite non-dairy creamer. She has been vegan/vegetarian for two years and said that the taste has grown on her over that time. So it might just be an acquired taste that I have not developed yet. Still no victories in the coloration of the coffee, unfortunately.

 

Califa Coconut Cream and Almond Milk:

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This stuff was really delicious and offered only a slight, subtle after taste. The coconut milk makes the coffee super creamy and tasty. This brand is also great because they offer the creamer in a wide variety of flavors, if you are someone who is into that. I personally love tasting the flavor of the coffee I am drinking, but I thought that was really a cool feature of the brand as most non-dairy creamers don’t have too many favor options. We start to see a coloration change in the coffee, but it’s not quite what I am looking for just yet.

 

Ripple Creamer:

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I picked this stuff up at Whole Foods and honesty had no idea what I was buying at the time. When I got home I looked up the creamer and found that it is made from pea protein, among other ingredients. Reading this I was really concerned about how this option was going to taste, but all of that was for nothing because it was INSANELY delicious. There was a tiny after taste, but adding a little bit of sugar masked the taste and made for a very satisfying cup of coffee. I would say that this was the first cup of coffee where I was able to fully enjoy the taste of my beverages. Another bonus, you get that milky complexion to your cup of joe – Finally!

 

Living Harvest Coconut Hempmilk:

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Who knew that hemp could be so good as a milk???? This was the boss B@*%h of all of the options. It was super creamy and had no after taste what-so-ever. It wasn’t half & half, but you honestly would not mind – The flavor was pretty on point! The coloration change with this stuff was absolutely picture perfect. If you are looking for the perfect non-dairy alternative for your coffee I 100% recommend you try out coconut hempmilk blend!

 

I hope that this weeks update helps all you coffee addicts who are scared to go vegan and give up their caffeine fix. If you have tried any of thee options or any other options I have left out then please comment below. I would love to hear what you guys are loving! I also am linking some adorable mugs that I have or would love to add to my crazy cup collection.

XOXO

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  • Reply veganclairet

    Yay re going vegan! I’ve been vegan for 9 years now so feel free to ask me any questions! Love your blog! 🙂

    – Claire

    August 23, 2017 at 6:45 am
    • Reply wildprettythings

      That is really sweet of you!!! What are some of your go to options for protein rich meals? I know plants have a lot of protein as well, but I don’t feel like I’m eating enough of the right ones. You’re so sweet! You have no idea how happy that makes me to hear 💗

      August 23, 2017 at 7:03 am
      • Reply veganclairet

        One of my favorite things to make is a Buddha bowl. There are recipes but you can also wing it. Basically you start with a grain (rice or quinoa is what I use) then add veggies (cooked, roasted, raw) add some beans or lentils(protein!) and then top with a sauce/dressing. You can also top with hemp seeds which are full of protein. Google vegan Buddha bowl and you will find lots of easy recipes. 🙂 <3

        August 23, 2017 at 9:17 am
        • Reply wildprettythings

          That sounds delicious! I’m going to look into this- thanks!

          August 23, 2017 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Twinkletoes

    I looked for the coconut hemp milk at the nearest Sprouts, but didn’t see it. Where do you buy? I’m going again this Thursday to see if they had just run out of it.

    August 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply wildprettythings

      There is this small health food market and restaurant in LA called Follow Your Heart: I haven’t noticed it anywhere else, but a Whole Foods might have a brand with hemp milk

      August 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Vegan Challenge: Reflection – Wild Pretty Things

    […] way to have a milky cup of coffee without the blah after taste of almond milk. In week three (Post here) I found the perfect creamer that lets me continue my addiction without contributing to the abuse […]

    September 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply danielle

    Well done! Been vegan now for 2 months, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be! I made a few oopsies in the beginning, chai latte with almond milk still contains cow milk?What?! NOOOOOOOO! Sad, sad, sad. I found that I really like almond milk with my coffee, the soy is gross and the coconut milk has a funny taste for the first few sips. I can’t find hemp milk. Maybe that one would have been super tasty.

    September 25, 2017 at 9:16 am
    • Reply wildprettythings

      Go, girl! Two months is great! I feel like we live in a time where there are so many alternatives that it’s getting easier and easier to become vegan. I mean I found a tofu cheese that made my family all agree that it was our new garlic bread cheese. My mom as vegan when she was younger and she said it was way tougher because there weren’t things like that. I hope you can find a hemp milk!!! It’s so delicious! In fact I just found a soy free hemp tofu that I’m dying to get in the mail so I can try.

      September 25, 2017 at 9:20 am

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