new vegan needs advice, any is appreciated!!
Hi everyone, I've recently made the decision to become a vegan. Im so excited about it. I've been thinking about it for about a year now. My health and love for animals is what turning me. I'm a little confused about some things, like bread? Do any of you know what brands are vegan? What about pasta's? I thought all pasta was made with eggs and milk, even the whole grain?? How about granola bars? Any brands that are vegan?? I could really use some help here.
some of the nature made (is that the brand)... not the honey.. wait, unless you eat honey?
i always use sprouted barley TJs brand or ezekiel
check the label, most does not have eggs, i don't think any has milk.
do you knwo what ingredients to look for in veg foods? try linking to the 'list of animal derived ingredients' on the peta website
the easiest way of finding vegan brands is just by checking the ingredients on the package and looking for the animal ingredients. in addition to avoiding milk, whey, eggs, etc., keep an eye out for weird-sounding ingredients--many of these are animal derived.
I have this link bookmarked for quick reference. it describes the ingredients' origins, alternate names, and where they're commonly found. One thing I see in bread ALL the time is mono- or diglycerides, which unless specified as veg. based, are almost always from animal fat. >:(
become familiar with the lesser-known animal byproducts and you'll spot them quickly.
also watch out for gelatin! that crap pops up in the most unexpected places, like some granola bars!
Welcome to the board! Glad to have another new face!
One of the coolest things about being veg*n is the number of things you realize you CAN eat. It's not nearly as restrictive as most people think. After that delightful glow wears off (oh my god, POTATOES ARE VEGAN!!! YAY!) and you've gained a little weight, you begin to realize that french fries and beer, while vegan, are boring and not very good for you. (this is a very personal example. obviously.)
One of the best things about being veg*n, in my opinion, is the number of foods you suddenly open up to. The Standard american diet tends to rely on fats and meats for flavor, instead of spices and herbs. As you begin to add new flavors and recipes to your arsenal out of boredom, you begin to realize how boring your non-veg diet was.
Pasta and bread are two of the most vegan friendly supermarket items, you can find a huge variety of both in any market.
Keep an eye out for whey in bread, a good rule of thumb is: if you can't pronounce the ingredient it's probably not healthy. I've found a lot of good whole grain sliced breads, I know Sara Lee makes one specific flavor, but you'll have to read the packages. The ingredients list should be short if you're looking for healthy bread. Freshly baked baguettes are vegan for the most part, as are bagels.
For store-bought pasta, unless it's labeled as an egg noodle chances are it's vegan, including the whole grain stuff. For granola bars, you'll find a lot that have milk and honey, but I have gotten some really good vegan ones at Target (as well as them having the cheapest Amy's frozen products that I've ever found).
I love new vegans! It's not as hard as it seems once you get into the flow of things :}
Welcome! What I did when I first became vegan was to look for the easy stuff first (eggs, milk, cheese, whey, ect). I didn't bother with the stuff you couldn't pronounce at first. It was all too confusing ... for me anyway. I did that for a little while, until I got used to it. Then I learned little by little here on Vegweb what other things to look for. Now it's second nature ;) But now, I cheat. If it doesn't say vegan somewhere on the package, I don't buy it LOL. Except for bread, chips, salsa, bagels, pasta, ect that I know are vegan. Call me lazy :o :D ;D Thanks to my local food chain. They label their store brand stuff vegan (if it is). I just look for the little "V" then I'm all good hehehehehe.
And Kylissa is right as far as pasta. That's an easy one. If it doesn't say "egg noodles" on the front of the package, it's probably vegan. Most plain whole wheat bread is vegan. But you have to watch out for honey in those.
Hello, Welcome to the board!! The recipes on here are really good!!
Wow, how awesome for you! Welcome, welcome, wlecome.
Here's my 2 cents:
Most bread tends to be okay. Look at the igredients and look out for eggs (duh), whey and milk (duh). Most breats will even have in bold at the end of their ingredients list in bold, "Contains ____, ____, and _____ ingredients". While it may not tip you off to some of the items on the list above, it's at least a handy starting guide.
Another bit of advice: Don't obsess too hard on ingredients starting out. For me, I would have gone nuts looking out for every small ingredient at the beginning... so start out witht the biggies: Milk, eggs, whey, casein and go from there. You'll be surprised how soon you start being able to identify "off" ingredients.
And enjoy the recipes on this site... they're amazing!