So if today had been January 1st, day one of Orangutanuary, how would I have fared eating Palm oil free?
Breakfast: Green Smoothie (kale, banana, apple, orange, Alpro Simply Plain yoghurt, flaxseed, chia seeds, spiruluna, crunchy peanut butter).
Palm Oil Free? No! I was so surprised to see not even my smoothie made it through. The culprit? Ascorbyl Palmitate in the yoghurt. I’ve asked Alpro whether this is sustainably sourced and if they’re looking into alternatives. I’ll let you know.
Lunch: Homemade vegetable soup (onion, butternut squash, carrot, broccoli, kale & veg stock) and homemade savoury muffins (spelt flour, carrot, courgette, baking soda & powder, flaxseed, rapeseed oil, OJ). Then finished baby’s Warburtons sandwich thin and Violife cheese.
Palm Oil Free? No! It would have been if I’d laid off the toddler’s leftovers! Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon powder is a vegan, palm oil free stock and Violife original cheeses are made with coconut oil. However, the Warburtons brown sandwich thins are made with vegetable oil containing palm. They do state it’s sustainable, but that’s no good for Orangutanuary!Snacks: fruit, all good! But cakes? All bad. Finished the last chocolate reindeer cupcake and final slice of homemade Christmas pudding.
Palm Oil Free? No!
Cupcakes – My cupcakes were made using the Vegan Society’s basic chocolate cupcake recipe, and I used rapeseed/canola oil, so plain they would have been fine. The reindeer’s antlers were Penn State original sea salted pretzels, and these are palm oil free, made with rapeseed oil. The pupils were Cooperative dark chocolate chunks, also palm oil free. But the icing was Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing, the eyes were made from Cooperative ready to roll icing, both of which contain palm oil.
Christmas Pudding – I adapted a BBC Good Food recipe for Cherry and Pecan pudding, swapping eggs for flax-eggs and butter for Stork’s original baking block which is dairy free. This is unfortunately made with palm oil, although Unilever state they are committed to sustainable palm oil.
Dinner: Merchant Gourmet Puy Lentils, Tesco Mixed Bean Salad, Chilli seed mix and Waitrose Artichoke hearts. Alpro Strawberry and Banana yogurt.
Palm Oil Free? No! With the Alpro yogurt containing Ascorbyl Palmitate again, I failed again.
Overall I am gutted and actually amazed I didn’t manage a single meal palm oil free. This is going to be harder than I even thought!!
Wish me luck. I think I’m going to need it.