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Old 04-28-2006, 03:23 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Vegan Friendly snacks

Found this list at the vegancooking site!

Candy

Airheads taffy
Atkins peanut butter bars
Blow Pops
Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
Charms lollipops
Chick-o-Sticks
Cracker Jack
Cry Babies
Dem Bones
Dots
Dum-Dums
Fireballs
Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
Hot Tamales
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Jujubees
Jujyfruits
Lemonheads
Mambas
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Mike and Ike
Now and Later
Pez
Ring Pop lollipops
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Starburst (jelly beans and hard candy)
Super Bubble
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts
Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
Twizzlers
Zotz
Snacks

Bean dip (make sure it’s lard-free)
Cracker Jack
Fritos
Lance’s Toasty Crackers
Lay's Stax
Lay's WOW! potato chips
Microwave popcorn (minus the real butter flavor)
Munchos
Peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and Pistachios
Pretzels
Salsa
Skittles’ Mints
Tostitos
Trail mix
Triscuits
Wheat Thins
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Old 04-28-2006, 03:31 PM   #17
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Exclamation Check you food labels!

Casein—Whey’s cousin, casein is made from curdled milk.

Gelatin—Gelatin is a protein made by boiling cows’ and pigs’ skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Lard—Fat from hog abdomens.

Pepsin - a clotting agent from pigs’ stomachs, used in some cheeses and vitamins.

Rennet—an enzyme taken from baby calves’ stomachs, is used for in cheese production.

Stearic Acid— often appears in chocolate and vitamins, comes from a fatty substance taken from slaughtered pigs’ stomachs.

Cetyl Palmitate— the waxy oil derived from sperm whales’ heads or from dolphins - it is used in some margarine products.

Urea—Urea comes from urine and other "bodily fluids." It’s used to "brown" baked goods, like pretzels.

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Old 09-09-2006, 11:57 AM   #18
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that list makes me wanna puke!!!!!! Who would eat anything with the name lard in it either way? Why woudl you consuume something called lard? Eww!
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:10 AM   #19
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I miss being a vegetarian/vegan. I've been both. Anyone who knew me back then would be shocked if they knew I'm a meat eater again.

This was part of my lifestyle foe many years. It wasn't until I became pregnant with my 6 year old that I started craving meat. I mean I wanted steak like crazy!! That's one way I knew I was pregnant.

I'm considering returning to this lifestyle. It worked out so much better for me. I've discussed this with my DH but he's such a meat and potatoes guy. It seems this may be something I'll have to do on my own.

Maybe I'll start with just cutting out red meats and stick to fish/seafood, chicken and turkey. Eventually eating fish/seafood only. I'm not sure yet but we'll see what happens.

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Old 07-20-2008, 01:15 AM   #20
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Sunshine, best of luck finding what works for you.
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I use to be a meat eater and my DH is still a big fan of meat. for the past few months I have totally cut out meat except for seafood. does that make me a vegetarian? Or do I have to stop eating seafood to carry that label? just wondering. btw, I feel soooooooooooo much better now that i stopped eating all that gross meat. I dont know what I was thinking before. It kind of grosses me out now.
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well, ok I did have a turkey sandwhich a couple weeks ago. idk..... I guess Im still in the process huh? I forgot about that, hehe
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I believe just eating seafood and no other meat would make you a pescatarian.
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I was just wondering how healthy Vegan "subsitutes" were for you. Such as vegan butter, mayo, cheese, egg, meat? I want to go totally vegan, but my boyfriend (who loves his steak and hot dogs!) keeps telling me they load chemicals and other weird/unhealthy/fattening things in those products to make them taste more like the "real thing." Does anyone have any insight into this? Thank you!
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I looked at the Earth Balance container and didn't see any awful chemicals. I compared it to the Smart Balance my DH uses, and the Earth Balance has less ingredients and no strange chemical names. I also looked at the Amy's vegan burger and didn't see any chemicals.

You can go totally vegan and not eat processed foods. If you stick to beans, grains, etc., then you don't have to worry about chemical additives.
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I think your boyfriend is full of it

You can make meat substitutes yourself as they generally have very simple ingredients. I'd say with anything, read labels. Is your boyfriend also concerned about all the hormones/chemicals given to animals?

I also agree that you can go vegan without touching any processed items. Legumes, whole grains, veggies, fruit, etc are all vegan.

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I was just wondering how healthy Vegan "subsitutes" were for you. Such as vegan butter, mayo, cheese, egg, meat? I want to go totally vegan, but my boyfriend (who loves his steak and hot dogs!) keeps telling me they load chemicals and other weird/unhealthy/fattening things in those products to make them taste more like the "real thing." Does anyone have any insight into this? Thank you!
Ummmm, has he looked at the ingredients in his hot dogs? I don't think processed food is good for you no matter what kind of vegetarian you are or aren't.
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Hahah...oh trust me, I've brought up the ingredients in the food that he's eating, but he doesn't care. I'm the health fanatic not him. But I thought he brought up a good point with the vegan substitues...is adding those things to your diet healthier and less fattening than just using, say, regular butter or mayo?
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Hahah...oh trust me, I've brought up the ingredients in the food that he's eating, but he doesn't care. I'm the health fanatic not him. But I thought he brought up a good point with the vegan substitues...is adding those things to your diet healthier and less fattening than just using, say, regular butter or mayo?
Yes. Butter and mayo are not good for you and the vegan substitutes are generally better. I don't use either though (vegan butter or vegan mayo). I use olive oil quite a bit and mustard for things you'd use mayo with. I firmly believe animal food products are not good for our bodies.

A healthy mayo substitute is nasoya (sp?). Less fat/calories. Earth balance has just as many calories I think but I'd say its a bit healthier.
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