A Small Vegan Experiment

Best Soy Milk for Cereal
Best Soy Milk for Cereal
Best Soy Milk for Cereal

As I mentioned, Jane's mom was here for a visit recently. While she was here, she mostly ate vegan.  But she couldn't give up milk for her coffee.  She tried, but she wasn't enamored with the soy milk or almond milk alternatives we had for her.  When she left, we had a bit of milk leftover that she hadn't consumed.  In the interest of "science" I decided to try it and see if it still tasted great to me.  Remember, we really loved cow's milk.  Not only did it taste weird to me.  I would have to say I didn't like it at all.  I know plenty of people who are omnivores who don't like milk, but I used to drink it all the time.

I found it very interesting that after two years I've grown to actually dislike something I used to love.  How quickly our tastes can change.  It makes me wonder how I would react to a meat-based meal?   Would it taste odd to me?  Would it be bad?  Not that I'm planning on experimenting here.

But what is even more exciting to me is that I can now say, in all honesty, that you can easily learn to adapt to a vegan diet.  And after a few short months, eating vegan will be the norm.


  1. I used to love sour cream and now the thought of it makes me ill. Even the tofutti fake sour cream makes me want to gag. Same thing will all fake cheeses, except for mozzarella for some reason.

  2. I agree that I haven’t found a really good creamer substitute for my morning coffee. I’ve been using the Silk French Vanilla, but it just isn’t as vanilla-y as Coffee Mate. Silk really should come out with additional flavors. Or maybe they do and my local grocery store just doesn’t stock it.

  3. Milk was the last thing I gave up when I was transitioning from being a vegetarian to a vegan. As I was drinking it one day, I suddenly realized that I didn’t even like it. I drank it only out of habit. So I understand where you’re coming from!

  4. Hi Kevin,
    Haven’t gotten there yet. But we try to skip the Tofutti sour cream since it’s full of partially hydrogenated oils. For most recipes that call for sour cream, Jane just subs in a little non-hydrogenated cream cheese.

  5. Hi Becky,
    Actually, I just read that Silk has come out with a line of coconut milk products. I’m pretty excited about that. I really like the So Delicious coconut milk based yogurts. We haven’t found it in any of our local grocers yet, but when we do, we’re going to buy it immediately.

  6. Hi Jill,
    Honestly, I can’t say that I’ve grown to love the taste of soy milk, the exception being the Silk Light Chocolate Soy milk, which I often have as “dessert.”
    Thanks for the link.

  7. I never really liked the taste of cow’s milk.. and while I like soy milk better as a substitute, I was so excited to finally try almond milk after listening to colleen’s podcast. I use it for my cereal and hot cocoa. It tastes great. I guess it helps that I like the almond flavor. I can’t believe I didn’t discover this a long time ago… I think these foods actually taste much better with almond milk than cow’s milk. I used to not like to eat cereal because I thought cow’s milk tasted disgusting and I wasn’t that enthused with using soy milk for my cereal either, but almond milk actually makes it taste really good.

  8. I love almond milk in my morning smoothing. But Jane always things it tastes especially good in baked goods. We both really love the taste of almonds too.

  9. Wow, I guess I’m lucky; even before I was vegan I loved dairy alternatives. My favorite is Almond Dream. I always encourage folks who try plant milks and don’t like them to try a different brand. It’s amazing how the flavor and texture can vary from brand to brand.

  10. Hi Hannah,

    Absolutely agree about the brand formulas being critical. ie, we really love West Soy Plain Lo-Fat soy milk for our cereal. It has the consistency of skim milk, which is what we used before going vegan.

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