The fact that I am about to post about vegan food is probably laughable to those that know me in real life. While I always endeavor to be healthier, when the chips are down (mmmmm chips) I am a taste-focused eater. I will not sacrifice taste for health. I cant brainwash myself into pretending I like kale or chia seeds. They gross me out.
That being said, I don’t want to get fat or be too unhealthy and therefore I rock at food swaps. What is a food swap, you ask? It is when you substitute in a product that is less calories/fat/better for you but still delicious. For instance I only drink skim milk. I like it and it is low fat. I have turkey meatballs and chili instead of beef. I eat egg white omelettes instead of including the yolks. I only eat whole wheat breads as well.
A few weeks ago while at the InStyle event with Single Edition Media I encountered a brand called Gardein. I have to admit that when the waiter told me he was carrying a tray of fishless fish and chips I initially passed. This was way outside of my comfort zone. Then he pressured me to try them and I was so immediately impressed with the taste that I stood by their table and persuaded fellow bloggers to try them, too.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching I am looking for both healthy and delicious recipes. I did a search for Gardein products and learned that they are sold at over 22,000 retailers/grocers nationwide. So, not only are they good for you and tasty, they are accessible!
There are tons of ideas on their website as well as an online cooking school to help you impress your guests this holiday season. Some of the recipes I really want to try are the Fishless Fish and Chips (as I mentioned above), Thanksgiving Tasting Spoons, Rosemary-Pecan Crusted Chick’n Skewers and Gardein Mini Beefless Tacos. Here are the cards for those:
I hope you will try out these tasty new vegan options. Incorporating more plant-based protein into your diet and cutting back on meat is beneficial to your health and to the environment. Plant-based foods have less fat and no cholesterol which help reduce the risk of cancer, obesity and diabetes. These products are also delicious so it really is win win.
Do you guys have any cheats or food swaps that you incorporate into your eating routines so that you can be healthier without sacrificing taste? If so, please share in the comment section below!
This post is sponsored by Gardein. All opinions expressed herein are entirely my own. I was compensated for this post.