happy Sunday! I am in Germany and I am struggling a bit with my jetlag. The problem is that I just can't sleep on planes so I basically lose a whole night of sleep when I fly from America to Germany. The flight itself was a bit of a chaos but that's a topic for another post. I need to take care of some things here in Germany - which is also a topic for another post. The weather isn't that great over here. It's raining most of the time. I am hoping for some sunshine.
Today I want to talk to you a little bit about my favorite German vegan products. I talked about the differences between American and German food before and being in Germany I have to take the chance to eat my favorite vegan products.
1. Wilmersburger - vegan cheese.
I stopped eating meat when I was eleven or twelve - and I have never missed it. I never craved a Schnitzel or any other meat product. I have never been a huge meat eater. But it is a bit different with cheese. I really liked to eat cheese. My hometown is 15 minutes away from the French border so I lived really close to the best cheeses in the world. So when I went vegan I had to adjust to not eating cheese anymore. Which wasn't too bad in most cases but sometimes you just crave a lasagna or a Käsebrötchen ( bread roll with cheese - we Germans love our bread). I started to try many vegan cheeses and I have to say that lots of them tasted like paper. But then came Wilmersburger and saved me. They offer different flavors (tomato-basil, paprika, olive...) and my favorite is "Würzig" (spicy). It even melts - which lots of vegan cheeses don't. So if you ever travel to Germany and look for a vegan cheese, I highly recommend buying this one.
2. Carobella Duo
People in my hometown would say that I am a "Süssschniss" which basically means that I love to eat anything sweet. And yes, as a kid I loved to eat the famous hazelnut spread from Italy. I like this one even better because it is not as terribly sweet as Nutella. Plus it is mixed with vanilla so you can't do wrong.
3. Vantastic Foods "Schnouggi"
As I said, I really have a sweet tooth. This one is a nougat bar and I love the fact that the only ingredients are sugar, hazelnuts, cocoa butter, low fat cocoa powder, salt. The only negative - the bar is way too small so one just isn't enough.
4. Vantastic Foods - Veggie Fish Filets.
Yes, vegan fish. I was a bit skeptical at first but I gave it a try and I loved it. It definitely had a bit of a "fishy" taste - as far as I can remember. I guess that comes from the seaweed. The ingredients are wheat fibre, water, soybeans, olive oil, saccharose, salt, seaweed, spices. I love to eat it with potatoes, roasted in olive oil and garlic.
5. Provamel - Rice Coconut drink and Rice Almond Drink
I love to use the coconut drink to make smoothies and I prefer the almond one for hot chocolates or in coffee. I am so glad that we have so many options now. When I went vegetarian there were only a few vegetarian options - I will never forget the first soy Schnitzel my Mom prepared for me. I felt like eating an eraser and the smell wasn't very nice either.
I don't eat things like meat or fish alternatives every day, it is more of a special thing to do. My daily meals consist of lots of veggies, potatoes, couscous, pasta and things like that. But sometimes it is nice to put something on the grill or have a good old Schnitzel. A cruelty free one please. I have never regretted my decision although many people thought it is just a phase and won't last very long. But I guess I have proven them wrong. I can't imagine to ever change my diet back. The plant based diet definitely is the right one for me.
Please stay tuned for part II.
What are your favorite vegan products? And if you are not a vegan: would you try products like vegan fish or vegan "meat"?
Have a happy Sunday!