It’s almost 2020, and people are STILL eating dairy. The past few years have been revolutionary for the plant-based world, with more and more people putting away their meat-eating tendencies and opening their hearts to the wonders of a plant-based diet. But one of the most challenging parts of being vegan and the #1 complaint heard is: but how can I give up cheese?
It’s no secret that cheese is delicious. It’s creamy and delicious and makes almost anything taste better. But, the deal-breaker with cheese and other dairy products is that it’s not all that great for you. Thankfully, in 2019, you don’t have to give up taste for health, because there’s a whole world of non-dairy “dairy” products out there, and these are some of the best:
Kite Hill Cream Cheese
If you can’t imagine a world without a bagel and cream cheese, Kite Hill has got you covered. The texture is just as creamy as regular cream cheese, and the taste is just as delicious. Plus, it comes in 6 flavors: plain, chive, jalapeño, everything, and strawberry.
Miyokos somehow managed to recreate all the cheeses we know and love without any dairy. Magic, I swear. Their list of products keeps growing, but for now, we have a vegan cheese wheel, butter, mozzarella, cream cheese, and cheese spread- all in tons of delicious flavors.
Treeline French Style Soft Cheese
Yes, so you still can have a fantastic charcuterie board with vegan cheese. Treeline soft cheeses are so good. You can fool anyone. Treeline offers a wide variety of flavors, so there’s one for every occasion. Some of the flavors are Chipotle-Serrano Pepper, Herb-Garlic, and Green Peppercorn.
Chao cheese slices
A list about the best non-dairy cheeses wouldn’t be complete without cheese slices. How else would you enjoy grilled cheese and tomato soup on a rainy day? Chao has you covered with their vegan cheese slices that taste and melt pretty much just like the real thing.
Follow Your Heart Shredded Parmesan
Just because you go dairy-free doesn’t mean you have to give up putting cheese on your pasta. Shredded parmesan is essential for basically every Italian meal, and Follow Your Heart does it so well you’ll have yourself wondering how anyone still eats dairy parmesan.
Upton’s Mac and Cheese
One of the hardest parts about giving up dairy is giving up mac and cheese. I mean, nothing compares to mac and cheese. But thankfully, several vegan brands have caught on and created dairy-free mac and cheese that tastes like the real thing. One of the best dairy-free mac and cheese brands is Upton’s Ch’eesy Mac (along with all their vegan products).
You know when there’s non-dairy ricotta, that means serious strides are being made in the vegan world. Ricotta is amazing with lasagne, on top of pancakes, or paired with crackers, and Toffuti’s Better That Ricotta cheese will fulfill all those needs.
Amy’s Vegan Margherita Pizza
Vegan pizza that looks, tastes, and smells like the real thing? Yeah, Amy’s has you covered. Amy’s Vegan Margherita Pizza uses shredded Daiya cheese and is perfect for a quick and easy dinner when you can’t imagine eating anything other than pizza.