Are there any other vegan Saskatchewan moms of young children on this blog? I've just started transitioning to vegan three weeks ago and could use some advice and recipes and also just other moms to talk through the transition with. My husband is not too keen on the vegan idea but he is willing to switch to vegetarian so I'm happy he's moving in the right direction. My daughters are 18 months and just about 4 so they will pretty much eat whatever I offer. The struggle for me is coffee creamer, whipped cream, cream cheese, and cheeses like provolone, feta, etc. I don't use the cheeses that often but I sure am wanting them now that I am not eating them lol!
I know exactly one (n = 1) here in Regina, and I can put the two of you in touch.
As you've already mentioned (very briefly) the biggest problem is the division this creates with family members who aren't vegan (perhaps including your husband). I really think that the main art of the thing is to get used to carrying around portable vegan snacks at all time (for yourself, for the kids… whatever) even if you don't think you'll be in a situation where you'll need them.
In general, all dark chocolate is vegan (check the label, but 70%+ dark chocolate is generally vegan) including some of the mainstream brand-names that are available everywhere. If you don't pack something as a snack of last resort, chocolate is going to be your only last-minute option in any public space here in Saskatchewan.
I recently quit eating chocolate myself (just for the challenge, frankly) and now there's really nothing I can eat in public (if I don't pack it and bring it with me).
Re: coffee cream… I'm guessing you just started to figure out how awful Tim Horton's coffee really is, now that you're vegan, right? ;-)
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