You might remember my blog post asking for your help with Wellness Warehouse’s #LiveLifeWell competition a little while ago. I just started off my vegan journey when I came across this incredible competition that offered a R20 000 wellness makeover to … Continue reading
I absolutely LOVE popcorn! Usually I would pop my own to ensure that is done in the healthiest way possible, but every now and again I crave it at work, in which I opt for Just Popcorn’s low-GI deliciousness – today was one of those days! However, it was the first time I had Just Popcorn since I turned vegan and I was quite taken aback when I read on the label that it is only suitable for lacto-vegetarians. The cheese, butter and cream cheese & chives flavours are understandable as it probably contains milk powder, but I held a packet of chutney flavour in my hands? So I took it upon myself to get to the bottom of this mystery…
I searched up their contact details online and called the Johannesburg head office (the Cape Town office line was busy – probably another vegan trying to source some answers). A very friendly operator named Kobus, picked up and listened carefully to my dilemma. He took down my details and promised to clarify the ingredients with the laboratory and get back to me soonest. Within 20 minutes I received a call-back from Kobus who confirmed that FOUR of their Just Popcorn flavours is indeed lactose-free! These flavours are:
- Mexican Chilly
- Salt and Vinegar
- And their original lightly salted flavour
The reason why some brands list milk as an allergy on their labels that due to the fact that the factory in which the product is made, makes use of it for other lactose-containing products. Thus, if by any chance the product you consume does contain lactose by mistake, they are covered from insurance claims.
I am just happy that I am still able to enjoy a bag of Just Popcorn from time to time. Thank you Kobus for being attending to my needs and getting back to me so promptly!
ABOUT JUST POPCORN:
Just Popcorn is produced using traditional oil poppers to ensure the best tasting popcorn combined with a low glycemic index and lower fat rating. Just Popcorn is a healthy snack endorsed by the Glycemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and is suitable for diabetics, slimmers and active people. Just Popcorn is sold at cafeterias in office complexes, universities, schools, supermarkets and convenience stores.
I LOVE the fact that Lindt 70% – 99% dark chocolate bars are VEGAN! This is by far my favourite chocolate from the Lindt range and I am in heaven knowing that I can eat it. Apparently Lindt did not produce the chocolate specifically for vegans and thus people refer to the chocolate as accidently vegan. No you will note that the packaging does not state that the product is vegan and that is does state that it MAY contain traces of milk… Do not be alarmed, there is a very rational explanation for this: The reason why is classifies as vegan is due to the fact that the dark chocolate does not contain any milk, but it is produced in the Lindt factory that handles milk products.
This is what they state on the official Lindt USA website: “Lindt uses skim milk, whole milk powder, and other dairy ingredients in many of our chocolate products. While our white and milk chocolate products contain the most, our 70%, 85%, 90% and 99% bars do not have milk products in them. All Lindt manufacturing facilities process milk, dark, and white chocolate products. We have an allergen control program in place, and adhere to strict Good Manufacturing Practices in order to reduce the risk of cross contamination, however, we do label all of our chocolate products that do not contain milk as an ingredient with the statement “may contain traces of milk” as a precaution for those that are most sensitive to milk and whey”.
So go on vegans, put a square in your mouth and let it melt away… For me, the darker the chocolate the better! But for those who do not prefer the bitter richness of Lindt’s dark chocolate, I would suggest sticking to the 70% option. The best is that vida e caffé gives you a little sample square with each coffee you purchase – there is nothing better than a soy latte and a dark chocolate bite for an afternoon snack. I love dipping my chocolate into my soy latte… but that’s just me. Lindt is also available at most leading retailers in South Africa, so you don’t have to drive until the ends of the earth to satisfy your cravings!
Is you are an ex-biltong lover like me, you are going to love what I am about to tell you! I found, not one, but TWO types of vegan biltong and both are absolutely delicious! No more watching rugby at the bar, snacking on celery while everyone else is enjoying the salty, chewy goodness.
The first is V-Life Vegetarian Biltong which is available at Wellness Warehouse at R20 per packet. They are offered in a variety of yummy flavours including the original biltong flavour, spicy chilly, honey infusion and black pepper. V-Life Vegetarian Biltong products are suitable for all vegetarians, vegans and Jains and serve as a deliciously tasty alternative for biltong lovers. You can view their website and online shop here or even follow them on Facebook here.
The second biltong alternative is brinjal biltong that I found at R40 per packet at the V&A Market on the Wharf. It is sold at the By Nature food stall who offers a variety of raw products including nuts, preservative-free sweet and savoury dried fruits, seeds, grains and even cocoa beans. By Nature food stalls can also be found at a variety of other markets including the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market as well as the Willowbridge Slow Market , which makes me very happy as it is right around the corner from me! For more info on their products or participating markets, you can follow the By Nature blog here.
These veggie biltong alternatives has made me one very happy vegan! I encourage you to give it a go, but beware – they are highly addictive!
If you have tried V-Lite’s or By Nature’s vegetarian biltong before, or if you have found another delicious biltong alternative, please do share your thoughts comment section below.