In the past few days a few of you kind souls have inquired about nondairy cheese, so I thought why not share the love with everyone?  There is a whole world of plant-based/vegan, dairy-free, amazingly creamy, rich, delectable cheeses out there that come from…you guessed it.  Plants!  Either in the form of nuts, coconut, soy, or a combination of the two or three.

You can make your own plant-based cheese or you can venture out for a few tasty varieties at the store.  Today’s blog is centered around the latter.  Fair warning: not all store-bought plant-based cheeses are created equal.  Some are great and others are far from it.  So, that’s where I come in; to help guide you toward the good ones.  The ones that will knock out the dairy-based competition and excite your pallet.

A few disclaimers before we get started.  In providing you this information, I’m not encouraging you to pile on the cheese.  Cheese of any kind is not particularly nutrient-rich and thus is not meant to take the place of vegetables and fruits.  Instead cheese, in small amounts, is great for adding a little flavor and mouth feel to a dish.  I like to think of cheese the same way I think of salt – a little goes a long way.  So with that said, let’s get started.

 

Here are my top 5 plant-based cheese picks:

  1. Kite Hill
  • What they offer:  This is probably the most comprehensive plant-based cheese line I’ve come across.  In addition to their cream cheese and soft cheese varieties, Kite Hill also makes ravioli (in two flavors – Spinach Ricotta and Muschroom Ricotta) and yogurt (in several flavors – plain, strawberry, blueberry, and peach).
  • Great for:  The cream cheese is great for veggies or whole grain toast.  The soft cheese is excellent on salads and pasta.  The ravioli is great with homemade pesto or marinara sauce.  And, the yogurt, is great all by itself or with some fresh fruit.
  • Where to find it: Whole Foods

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  1. Miyoko’s Creamery
  • What they offer:  This is some fancy cheese!  Made from nuts, herbs and spices, Miyoko’s has a full-bodied flavor and aroma, and it’s incredibly rich.  They offer an assortment of flavors from Classic Double Cream Chive to Aged English Sharp Farmhouse.
  • Great for:  Serving as a cheese plate with fruit, veggies and crackers.
  • Where to find it: Whole Foods

 

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  1. Field Roast Chao Slices
  • What they offer:  Cheese slices in Creamy Original, Coconut Herb and Tomato Cayenne.
  • Great for:  Melting onto veggie burgers, grilled cheese, veggie sandwiches, lasagna, pizza, and quesadillas.
  • Where to find it:  Whole Foods, Safeway

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  1. Follow Your Heart
  • What they offer:  A whole bunch of stuff.  These guys are the makers of the infamous Veganaise.  They also have cream cheese, salad dressings, cheese slices, dips, spreads, and gourmet shredded cheese.
  • Great for:  The shredded mozzarella is excellent when melted on pizza or pasta.
  • Where to find it:  Whole Foods, Safeway

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  1. Treeline
  • What they offer: An assortment of soft and aged cheeses.  Similar to Miyoko’s Creamery, this stuff is rich and great in small doses.
  • Great for:  The soft cheeses are nice on salads and pastas.  The aged cheese make a perfect cheese plate.
  • Where to find it:  Rainbow Grocery Coop (SF)

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So there you have it, a few of my favorite cheeses.

Cheers to your health!

Coach Jentry

 

Gumsaba Outdoor Fitness Class schedule Thursday 10/8/15

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Womens only class – Coach Briana – Med Ball Madenss 

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Mens only class – Coach Joel –  Med Ball Madenss 

6AM Sunup Lafayette Co-Ed class – Coach Jentry – Med Ball Madness

9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens class – Coach Briana – Med Ball Madenss 

9:15 AM Rose Court Private Class – Coach Jentry – Med Ball Madness

11:00AM Cytosport Power Training – Coach Briana (private class) 

12:00PM Cytosport Beginner’s Yoga – Coach Jentry (private class) 

3:30PM Miramonte Football Stretching Session – Coach Jentry & Coach Michelle