Do I have to eat soy?
I've been a vegetarian for a long time, ten years or so, but have recently decided to go vegan. Before I used quite a lot of dairy in my cooking, and now that's off the table I've been trying a lot of alternatives - and I've discovered that I really don't like most soy-based products and I'm not wild about seitan, either. I have yet to try tempeh so I hope that will be more to my taste - but in general I'm not really looking for 'meat replacements' in terms of taste and texture anyway, I haven't had meat in many years and don't miss it. It just seems as though soy is a staple part of most vegans' diet, can we do well without it?
I do love love love seeds, beans, nuts and pulses - can I just rely on those (in combination with fruit, veg, grains etc., obviously!) and steer clear of most of the soy stuff? Along with a vegan multivitamin, will they supply me with the nutrients I need?
Any advice most welcome!
Oh, no, you don't have to eat soy. Processed soy isn't good for you anyway.
I would try edamame if I were you, though, 'cause it's the best thing ever.
Just eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, take flax oil supplements (or mix a little bit of actual flax oil into your food), take spirulina, and take a multivitamin.
You don't need soy. I know a woman who is allergic to soy, wheat and dairy. She does fine.
I personally don't like many soy products like soy milk or soy cheese substitutes. I use nut milk made at home.
for a thin milk (drinking, coffee/tea addition, making cakes that call for "milk") use 1 part nuts to 4 parts water in a blender on the highest setting for about a minute and then strain out the chunks (or leave them in if you don't mind)
For a thicker product, decrease the water or increase the nuts. I accidentally made a cocoa hazelnut mousse yesterday while blending up a mix to put in coffee for a mocha treat. I must have had too many nuts. Then when I added the cocoa, it turned into a thick mouse. It was pretty tasty even with the nut-chunks, but I was adding it to coffee so I put in more water to thin it back to a milk.
Really, it's astoundingly easy and does not have the beany/bitter taste I sense in soy products.
I'm also a big fan of almond milk... Silk's Original Almond is THE BEST!
Also, they make coconut milk and coconut "ice cream", which is GREAT! They even have a cookies and cream flavor!
Yes. You have to eat soy. It also helps if you know the secret soy handshake.
I hardly ever eat soy (tofu or tempeh) or seitan. You don't need them. Think whole foods. Try unsweetened almond milk for the dairy replacement.
germany has a lot of choices, im in denmark and we have nothing... Vitariz makes an almond milk with a rice milk base i think.
Also making mayo wtih sunflower seeds is great too. Using beans, big vegeables, nuts and seeds should be fine.
My boyfriend is not a huge fan of soya stuff, unless its junk food e.g a burger but otherwise beans are his choice.
You can look on things here for organic health shops http://www.happycow.net/europe/netherlands/utrecht/
I agree with everyone, soy is not necessary at all. I do not eat it, because of hormonal issues. Instead I make homemade walnut milk (super easy and great source of omega 3), and eat beans for my protein.