New Vegan Cheesecake vs. Vegan Cream Cheese at Trader Joe’s

September 9, 2020

If you are like me, a proud recovering cheese addict, you may be interested to know:

“If so, you just might be a turophile, the ultimate cheese lover. From an irregular formation of the Greek word for cheese, tyros, plus the English -phile, meaning “lover” (itself a descendant of the Greek -philos, meaning “loving”), turophile first named cheese aficionados as early as 1938.“Merriam-Webster › dictionary

“Cheese is addictive, Barnard said, because the dairy proteins inside can act as mild opiates. Fragments of cheese-protein, called casomorphins, attach to the same brain receptors as heroin and other narcotics. As a result, each bite of cheese produces a tiny hit of dopamine.“

Here’s how to give up cheese for good:

  1. “Wean off cheese. Can’t go cold turkey? …
  2. Try nut cheese. There are some plant-based cheese alternatives, but first, it’s good to understand these alternatives are not cheese.
  3. Get yourself some nutritional yeast! …
  4. Cook with non-dairy creamy textures. …
  5. Explore other flavors. …
  6. Be patient!”

In July 2020, Trader Joe’s (my favorite grocery store) released a new cream cheese product: Miyoko‘s Kitchen’s Vegan Cream Cheese. I quickly researched it online. The following is a product review of this product:

“Luckily, our trusty Trader Joe has solved that problem. We just found out that our go-to grocery store carries Miyoko’s Kitchen’s vegan cream cheese. … Also available in plain and scallion, the vegan spreads are certified organic, dairy-free (obviously), cholesterol-free, lactose-free, soy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO.“


“We Tried Trader Joe’s Cheese-less CheesecakesYou know that saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should?” That’s how I feel about Trader Joe’s Cheese-less Cheesecakes. Now available in the freezer section ($3.99 for a pack of two), my hopes were high for this dairy-free dessert. If anyone could pull off a cheesecake with a rich mouthfeel, while still being vegan, I thought it would be TJ’s. Maybe they’d use coconut cream? But flip to the back of the box, and you’ll find the base includes lima beans, a vegetable oil blend, gum arabic, sea salt, konjac gum, cultured dextrose, agave syrup, natural flavors, oats, calcium citrate, citric acid and more. At 300 calories per cheesecake with 26g of sugar and that list of ingredients, I knew this one wasn’t gonna be a repeat purchase. Tasting it confirmed this one is a big ol’ nope for us.“

Personally, I must agree with the second review by Daily Waffle. I must conclude that this situation calls for the warning: “…buyer beware!”

“Caveat emptor is a Latin term that means “let the buyer beware.” Similar to the phrase “sold as is,” this term means that the buyer assumes the risk that a product may fail to meet expectations or have defects.”

In general, it behooves each one of us to carefully read each label of the food product that we are about to purchase (before we put it in our cart). I will soon be posting a blog about: How to Read Food Labels. Please stay tuned!

As you may recall, I just recently became vegan after years of being vegetarian. I did it to feel even better, and further improve my quality of life. I know that it will be a gradual change, and will involve a long journey. Yet, I can report that I noticed drastic positive changes after one week of beginning my journey. One of the most noticeable changes is that I lost four pounds, while still eating my normal portions of plant based foods. I also have more energy, and have been able to begin walking regularly.

I have been staying away from all cheeses. Yet, I still at times think about adding cheese to certain foods. It is a habit/addiction that is difficult to break! I have found that when I crave it in a particular meal, I will use vegan cheese. It satisfies the craving, and it is tasty.

The Essential Vegan Guide to Trader Joe’s (read the labels carefully):

  • Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto. From stirring into fusilli pasta to spreading on toasted baguettes, this flavorful vegan, dairy-free pesto is an absolute must-buy. …
  • Miyoko’s Kitchen Un-Lox Your Dreams Cream Cheese. …
  • Soy Chorizo. …
  • Cashew Fiesta Dip. …
  • Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter. …
  • Rainbow Wrap. …
  • Zhoug Sauce. …
  • Coconut Creamer

Are you a turophile—cheese addict? If not, is there another food that you are addicted to? Please share about it in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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