NMP#46: Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese with Julie Piatt

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Today I’m talking with Julie Piatt about her new book, This Cheese is Nuts (see link below). If you’ve been hesitant to take on a vegan diet because you can’t bare to give up cheese, this book will be your salvation. Listen to my discussion with Julie for more information about creating healthy plant-based cheese and how you can add delicious vegan cheeses to your diet. Julie and I also talk about honey, if you’re interested in more listen to my podcast on Vegans Who Eat Honey. We also talk about smoothies and I’ve got an episode on the Benefits of Smoothies too.

Julie Piatt is the next guest on the Namely Marly Podcast. She's talking about how creating healthy plant-based cheese makes a vegan diet even easier. We also talk about her new book that provides recipes for your favorite cheeses!

It seems like the number one reason people have trouble transitioning to a vegan diet is cheese. I know it’s one of the foods that held me back. That and M&Ms. And guess what? I don’t even like milk chocolate anymore.

It’s true.

And guess what else? I don’t like dairy cheese anymore either. I ordered a vegan pizza and it accidentally arrived with dairy mozzarella and I could tell immediately; and it wasn’t a positive experience. The rubbery texture and greasy aftertaste was not enjoyable.

Taste buds are malleable. That means they change. Mine changed and yours will change as well.

And as Julie points out, the benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet can be so important.

Resolving emotional trauma is a key task in our life. — Julie Piatt

Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese

Julie’s book offers plant-based recipes for bleu cheese, feta, cheddar cheese, and many more traditional cheeses. She even includes recipes in which you can use those vegan cheeses.

Our bodies are divine. That’s the premise on which Julie has created her plant-based diet. We need to cultivate a diet that feeds the our souls and our bodies. In fact, I asked Julie about weight management and a plant-based diet. She described how our bodies house our spirit. Eating plants won’t mean we’re free of problems, but it helps create a balanced environment where our body can begin to heal itself.

Julie describes that any issues you might have with weight is between you and you. That’s it. She suggests asking yourself this question: Are you embodying the best version of yourself?

She continues, “It’s not about you looking like me. Every body is unique and it has it’s own optium form. Are you supporting it so it can be in its optimum form? Being authentically you and been that at the highest level you can be, that’s what you’re being asked.”

Julie urges people dealing with weight issues to resolve any emotional trauma around food or body image. That’s a more foundational point from which to begin.

The true key to successful weight loss is to embark on that path to truly know yourself. Julie says you should make this mission. We ALL should make this our mission.

Understand that you are a divine emanation of a force, a divine force, a sacred force. — Julie Piatt

Once you make that commitment that you are the most important mission of your life — the most important thing for you to do is to know yourself —  then you’ll discover that primary to that is what you put in your mouth.

Cheese 2.0

Julie’s recipes are creating cheese in a new light. She cautions people not to expect blue cheese and brie and feta that tastes exactly like its dairy counterparts. In fact, you should expect it taste even better. Not only is the process of making plant-based cheeses easier, but you’ll love the creamy, delicious texture and flavors too.

Our goal at Namely Marly is to provide you with inspiring resources to take on a vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and inspired, energetic life. We hope today’s interview about Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese has been helpful and informative.

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4 Responses to NMP#46: Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese with Julie Piatt

  1. I have a question about “This Cheese is Nuts”. I went to Amazon but didn’t find the answer there. The cheeses may be based on nuts but how many have nutritional yeast or soy added to them? I can’t eat either of these so if most of the recipes have one or both of these things I wouldn’t want to buy it. I looked for a place to ask the question on Amazon but couldn’t find it.

  2. Hi Timaree. Thanks for your comment. I thumbed through the book and it looks like there are some recipes that do not call for nutritional yeast flakes. Of course, several also do call for nutritional yeast flakes. I haven’t seen any that call for soy as I’ve thumbed through the recipes. But regarding nutritional yeast, why not make the cheese without? I imagine it will still be very tasty and have a great texture.


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