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Sep 26th, 2011, 08:31 PM
Okay, my vegetarian mum is a definate potential vegan, and has virtually given up eggs and reduced her dairy intake, but she can't give up milk in her tea. Thus, she feels there's no point in giving up cheese on her jacket potatoes, or resisting chocolates etc etc.

I've suggested she goes entirely vegan except her tea, and I frequently inform her of farmers getting sperm out of animals to make her think of the other "white stuff", but I feel the best way forward is simply to find a nice, vegan way of drinking tea.

I've never drank tea, so I wouldn't know, but she said that it tastes disgusting with soya milk and "just not like tea." She tried rice milk and didn't like it. She says coconut milk would be too sweet.

Has anyone here found a way of enjoying a milky tea?

Sep 26th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Which brands of soya milk have you tried? I find some of the Alpro stuff very inoffensive in tea.

Whereas some brands are a tad terrible.

Sep 26th, 2011, 08:52 PM
alpro's sweetened original version is absolutely lovely in tea, however if she likes tea to be sweeter oat milk is also passable. i think you just have to get used to the difference in taste, but i honestly can't remember what tea with cows milk tastes like any more, soya milk has definitely taken its place.

Sep 26th, 2011, 09:13 PM
I would say try different brands of soy milk, they can all taste quite different so she may find one that she likes

Sep 26th, 2011, 09:39 PM
Thanks for all your replies :)

She's only tried the sweetened original version, which must have been ages ago, like 5 or 6 years ago, when I first went vegan, because I hate that stuff. Therefore, my mum has been making excuses. She said it curdled, and tasted like evaporated dairy milk. We always thought Alpro Original was waaay too sweet, so I'm hoping we'll have more success with Alpro Light. I've just googled it and you're meant to add the tea to the soya milk, not the milk to the tea which is what my mum did, to prevent curdling.

What do you think about adding a little coconut cream or milk, to mimic the fat in dairy milk? Tea+milk seems to compliment the taste of deserts, so i would have thought coconut would be great.
(As I was typing this I was telling my mum, and she said she's been having 1% fat milk for the past year, which means her body is re-learning its instinctive repulsion towards animal fat! :D)

Plus she once had tea at a vegan fair which tasted of cheese - what the hell was that?!

Sep 26th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Try Kara coconut milk, its not sweet at all and its a bit like semi-skimmed. You just need to put a bit more in than you normally would. :heart:

Sep 26th, 2011, 09:54 PM
^^With regards to the Alpro, it really has really improved in the last 5 years, it tastes better and no longer curdles (especially the uht one). What I also quite like is Alpro soya cream in coffee/tea.

Sep 26th, 2011, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the info people!

Interesting! Me and my mum should probably be more open-minded. Every time I've tried a shit milk replacement, we tarred them all with the same "overly sweet" brush. I also tried a Wot No Dairy? plain yoghurt and it tasted a bit chemically, so I assumed any creamy type of dairy replacement would be not very nice.

The Alpro custard used to be criminally sweet, but we had it last night and it was almost normal :) It could still do with losing a widdly bit of sugar though. My mum said she wrote to them about 9 months ago to complain about the horrendous sweetness of Alpro's yoghurts and custard, so maybe that's why they've changed :)

She will definately be trying these tomorrow :) Maybe this will be the catalyst for her to go vegan

Sep 27th, 2011, 06:04 AM
Alpro definitely puts way to much sugar in their products... which is why i only buy the plain yoghurt (and find that very sweet already) and their unsweetened soy milk.

By the way, i find that it helps to warm up the soy milk a bit in the microwave, then add coffee to it (or tea, i guess). There's no curdling at all that way.

Sep 29th, 2011, 07:19 PM
Have you tried almond milk? There are so many different nut milks now. Make sure to get unsweetened and unflavored. I don't know how many times I've facepalmed myself for arriving home with the vanilla flavored soy. eck. I do not like it.

Sep 29th, 2011, 07:20 PM
Also, you can make nut milks at home too :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIgzbQi9kTM

Oct 1st, 2011, 12:05 AM
Since the day after I started this thread my mum has been having Alpro light in her tea with one sugar, and she gives it 6/10 compared to cow milk. She says it gives her a film in her mouth but I suspect that's the sugar (she shouldn't need that now anyway. It was probably only to disguise the taste of cows milk, but she only wants to change one variable at a time). Anyway she says at least it resembles tea. When she gets used to it she'll probably learn to enjoy it as a drink in its own right rather than comparing it all the time.

We've also brought coconut milk to try soon.

Ananas and Mary, thank you for the input, I will tell her your suggestions :)

Oct 10th, 2011, 08:40 PM
I thought my mum had mentally "clicked" and made a post about her turning vegan, but she's just said she's really not enjoying the tea - coconut or soya - and might be vegan apart from cow's milk in her tea :( For her it's still an issue of willpower, which shows that she's not hade the psychological change that definaes a vegan. Today she had warm Ribena instead of tea.

But there is still hope we haven't tried the nut milks or rice milk yet.

Oct 10th, 2011, 08:47 PM
If your mum tries being vegan in every other respect but milk in her tea, the psychological change may happen a bit later - some people do it that way.

Oct 18th, 2011, 12:02 PM
Try "Blue Diamond" Almond Milk. It comes in original and vanilla in unsweeted and original and vanilla in sweetened (with a tiny bit of sugar cane juice).

No soy at all (and it's lactose free). ...Just the pure juice squeezed from fresh almonds.

I've had it in all sorts of teas. It's delish!!

Oct 19th, 2011, 03:27 PM
Alpro soya milk is my fav... we drink loads of tea at work and cause i always make the tea then i put it in everyone else's too (omni's) and they like it. (i also force my defaf organic tea bags on them too hehe)

Oct 19th, 2011, 05:50 PM
All the vegans I know use soya milk in tea and they all seem to like Alpro unsweetened longlife milk. I've changed recently to sainsbury's own as I'm skint and am pretty happy with that as well.

My Mum and Dad have been drinking soya milk for over a year now. My Dad who is the most traditional person you could meet regarding food, told me he found it pretty easy to change to soya milk in his tea he's been trying for about 10 years to give up the teaspoon of sugar though.

I think soya milk is the way to go personally the other milks change the taste of the tea too much. I think you maybe also need to adjust the amount, don't put too much in, I hate the taste of tea when the soya milk flavor is overpowering.

Oct 20th, 2011, 03:22 PM
I only have one cup of tea a day when I first get up and love the kara coconut milk, I never have sugar and cannot stand sweet drinks but this tastes good in tea and doesn't curdle at all. Tesco Sunrise soya doesn't curdle either.

Oct 20th, 2011, 06:14 PM
Oh dear god that was a horrible moment when I saw this thread. The thought that tea wasn't vegan for some strange reason, you can't scare a Yorkshireman with something like that!

Oct 20th, 2011, 09:07 PM
Oh dear god that was a horrible moment when I saw this thread. The thought that tea wasn't vegan for some strange reason, you can't scare a Yorkshireman with something like that!

lol, yes I can see that would be a shocker!

Dec 15th, 2011, 07:37 PM
Unfortunately my mum failed. She didn't enjoy any of the milk replacements enough. She evades the question whenever I talk about it. For month or two she had hot Ribena, but then she lapsed. I don't understand why it has such a pull over her, tea isn't particularly delicious. And it smelt exactly the same no matter what milk she put in it!

Dec 15th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Is she just using the milk in her tea or has she gone back to using dairy generally? I would personally try to get her to stop using dairy in other things and let her carry on in the tea for now. You might find that she will stop that but it will take a little while. Some people go vegan overnight others like myself do it gradually. Although cows milk for soya milk was one of the first things I changed.

Dec 15th, 2011, 09:12 PM
Yes, she's given up everything else. I went vegan slowly too, and the little things I loved and couldn't give up, started to seem silly and insignificant and I realised I didn't want them any more. Hopefully my mum will be the same, I think she will :)

Dec 15th, 2011, 10:20 PM
I was the same with Tea, it was the last/only dairy I had for a couple of weeks before completing my journey. Once I decided to stop I drank fruit infusions for a few days and then tried probably each and every type of other milk, also coming around to not thinking of it as a substitute.
I've settled on fresh Alpro light. I think one of the key things is not to use as much as you maybe were of dairy. If I use too much it can leave an after taste but I think that I've got used to it now. Another bonus is I can get this from the supermarket, neither my local H & B or Health Store sell the fresh one.

Dec 16th, 2011, 10:23 AM
I've run across this situation with a few of my friends and rellies. It seems (according to my sister's doctor) that the psychological hold of dairy on a person (or a specific food like ice cream, milk in tea, etc.) is connected with a traumatic event in that person's life. It's difficult for that person to "give it up" because there's a subconscious healing that has to occur first.

In my sister's case, she was "addicted" to ice cream. It's not that she overate it, it's that she couldn't live with not having "real" ice cream every week for the rest of her life. Come to find out during a hypnosis session, she was traumatised by being deprived of ice cream at her 4th birthday party. Right after that, our dad died and her favourite kitty was given to a friend as a permanent pet.

Her subconscious somehow interpreted her deprivation of ice cream at her party as the "cause" of other disasters in her life and wouldn't let her even think of not having ice cream whenever she wanted it.

I'm not sure if that makes sense. I just thought I'd share it to maybe shed some light on why your mum is having such a dinger of a time letting go of milk in her tea.

By the way, almond milk in tea tastes MUCH better to me than cow's milk, anyway.

As someone mentioned above, you can also get other nut milks (hazelnut milk, hemp milk, etc.). They're all yummy alternatives.

I hope this helps in some small way ...

Warm Blessings to you, splodge!