Category: Product Review


So in my “My Alternatives” page, where I outline the different food alternatives I use, I mentioned that I had found another company that was attempting to make dairy free pizzas and I was interested in trying them out. My first attempt to get one of the pizza’s ended in utter failure. The grocer that I suspected would probably have them in stock did not have them in stock and my fallback grocer didn’t either. So, for a while, I kind of forgot about it. I went back to my whole food grocer the other day and they had 2 of the pizzas. They didn’t have the one that I really wanted to try and would have been comparable to the Amy’s Fire Roasted Veggie pizza I am used to eating, but I did pick up the Daiya Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza and it is glorious!

First off, I’d like to point out that all the Daiya pizza’s are gluten-free and soy free as well as being dairy free. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to find a delicious tasting dairy alternative that is not based on soy. I have nothing against soy but the majority of dairy alternatives are soy based and too much soy in the diet is not good, hormone levels and all. It is also vegan, and free eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

The crust and pizza sauce are organic and they are topped with Daiya shreds. The crust is sort of thin and my oven burnt the outside edges based on the cooking instructions, so keep an eye out on the pizza if you don’t like burnt crust.

The texture on of the pizza is great. I did end up having to pick some of the mushrooms off (I’m not a huge fan of the texture of mushrooms). I was able to eat most of the pizza without taking the mushrooms off since they are cut up into smaller pieces and it’s not completely covered in mushrooms. The mushrooms if you’re wondering are a combination of shiitake and crimini. And the roasted garlic blends nicely with the cheese, mushrooms and sauce.

Here’s a comparison of the nutritional values

Amy’s Fire Roasted Vegetable Pizza Daiya’s Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza
Serving Size 1/3 Pizza (113 g)
Calories 280
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 540mg
Carbs 42g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4%
Serving Size 1/3 Pizza (113 g)
Calories 250
Fat 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbs 33g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 6%
Iron 2%

Daiya’s pizza is a bit more expensive than the Amy’s pizza I buy and it is not as convenient to get as the Amy’s; but I did enjoy this pizza and will probably buy more. I’m hoping my whole foods grocer will start carrying the Fire Roasted Veggie version as well so I can get an actual comparison between Amy’s and Daiya’s pizzas.

I think the thing I miss the most about a non-dairy lifestyle is pizza. I loved pizza growing up. Once a week my parents would order a pizza and we sit round the television and watch a movie together while we ate. It is some of the fondest memories I have from my childhood. But, now pizza is a problem. I can’t really order a pizza. I usually just make my own. But sometimes I tend to be lazy and don’t want to cook. A long time ago I found a Kashi pizza that was completely dairy free; but after a couple of months it went off the market. One day while shopping in the natural food section at my local grocer I came across the Amy’s brand. Amy’s has several different pizzas that are made from mostly organic products and a wide range of gluten-free options. There are a few lactose free options, but there is only one dairy free option.

Amy’s Fire Roasted Vegetable pizza is the only pizza in the Amy’s line that is dairy free. The soy cheese pizza has casein in it and is off the menu for me. The Fire Roasted Veggie pizza is also soy free, tree nut free and vegan. It also has the added benefit of being cholesterol free. The sauce is made out of organic shiitake mushrooms and is topped with roasted artichokes, organic onions, and organic red peppers. To make it even better it’s 100% natural, not artificial flavors and no hidden ingredients. It’s quite delicious.

I’d like to say that I am not a big fan of mushrooms. It’s mostly a texture thing for me. I don’t like the texture of a mushroom across my tongue. I honestly don’t mind the mushroom sauce on this pizza. Maybe it’s just shiitake mushrooms or maybe it is just that they are pureed and lose the texture I don’t care for. The shiitake sauce is very creamy and brings a rich flavor  to the pizza. The onions, red peppers and the artichokes blends nicely with the mushrooms. You can also taste the roasted garlic and the balsamic vinegar. The pizza itself has subtle sweet taste underneath the salt of the mushroom sauce.

Overall the pizza is full of flavor and has a nice texture. If portioned properly you can get about three servings out of the pizza; granted on a bad day I can eat the whole pizza in one sitting. It’s not bad in terms of pricing. It’s about the same price of any frozen pizza.

If you’re looking for a great tasting dairy free pizza Amy’s Fire Roasted Vegetable Pizza is a good choice. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Soy Yogurt

Non-dairy yogurt alternatives, particularly soy yogurt, seems to be a big topic. I see a lot of people coming to Alternatives for the Not So Vegan looking for soy yogurt information. I thought I’d make post dedicated to Soy yogurt products – the good and the not so good alike. So without further ado below you will find a list of companies that market Soy yogurts that I have come across in my travels around the whole food sections in the local grocers. It is not a complete list, but it’s something to get you started. Also note, these are in no particular order.

Stonyfield Organic

Beware this “soy” yogurt if you are completely allergic to dairy or are trying to keep dairy out of your diet. This full dairy alternative to yogurt is only lactose free, not dairy free. The live active cultures in this yogurt are milk based. Being the case, I can’t try this one to let you know what you’re getting into. I do feel that if they are going to market that they have a soy yogurt, they should have a bigger disclaimer on it than an allergy warning under the nutrition information. If you’re not like me and can have small amounts of dairy, it is organic – both in the soy milk and the fruit it uses; as well as being lactose-free. It also conveniently comes in a 6 pack and not individual cups.

Silk

Silk used to have a brand called Silk Live! That had a many flavors from your typical Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry to Black Cherry, Key Lime Pie and Strawberry Banana. It seems this product has been discontinued and they are now marketing Silk Fruity and Creamy which only has 3 flavors at the moment: Strawberry, Blueberry and Peach Mango. Also because this is a new product, they only come in 5.3 oz individual cups.  That being said, it is completely dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG free. It also doesn’t have any high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors. For those who are absolutely no dairy it is a good source of calcium and vitamin D.

WholeSoy & Co.

Since Silk Live! has been discontinued, WholeSoy & Co. has jumped to the top of the list of soy yogurt flavor variety. The cups come in 2 sizes, 24 oz. and 6 oz., and between the 2 sizes there are 12 flavors. The 24 oz. comes in 3 flavors: Plain, Unsweetened Plain and Vanilla. The 6 oz. comes in 11 flavors: Apricot Mango, Blueberry, Cherry, Key Lime, Lemon, Mixed Berry, Peach, Plain, Plain, Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla. I haven’t seen the Key Lime or Apricot Mango in any of the stores in my area, but everything but the Plain and the Vanilla tastes good to me. I do sometimes find the taste to be to tart or tangy. The plain and vanilla yogurts especially. All the yogurts offered by WholeSoy & Co. are Non-GMO verified and Organic, Vegan, gluten-free, and 100% dairy free.

Trader Joe’s

I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s in a long time. Last time I was in their soy yogurt selection consisted of Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry. I have been notified that some Trader Joe’s do carry Vanilla. I remember when I was buying this yogurt, I wasn’t overly fond of it plain. Something in the texture wasn’t right and I could only eat a couple of bites before I’d have to stop and wait a while. It is very friendly on the budget. When I last bought it, it was only $0.99 at my local Trader Joe’s. Silk Fruity and Creamy and the WholeSoy & Co. are around $1.29 – $.149 depending on where I shop. Trader Joe’s is vegan, and gluten-free.

Soy Delicious

I’ve mentioned in a earlier posting that Turtle Mountain’s Soy Delicious brand had a soy yogurt. It looks like since that posting, they have discontinued the product. I never got to try that one as no grocer around here would carry it.

These are all the soy yogurt’s I’ve come across. Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any other brands that offer a soy flavor. I’ll update the list as I try them out!