Afternoon! I’m chugging right along. How are you?
Lunch was eaten in parts between 10:30 to 11:30. I like to stretch it out. 🙂
First up: a bowl of watermelon!
I finally finished that ENTIRE watermelon. I think the Husband only helped a little!
The main part of lunch:
1 cup of Wolfgang’s Roasted Red Pepper soup:
And a whole wheat English muffin with melted cheese. Plus cucumbers on the side:
My lunch-time dessert was something new and fun!
Cool Cups sent me a pack of Natural Gels to try. I was very excited because I love Jell-O, but I don’t like the Jell-O ingredients!
Cool Cups are:
- Gelatin Free
- Less than 95 calories
- Gluten, fat, dairy, and GMO free
- Artificial flavoring and preservative free!
Gelatin is a big "thing" in the vegetarian/vegan world. Gelatin is the stuff inside Jell-O that makes it wiggle, but (grossly enough) gelatin is actually formed from a structural protein in animals’ connective tissue, skin, and bones. According to the Gelatin Manufacturers Institute of America (GMIA) (yes, there is such a thing), pork skin, cattle bones, and cattle hide are the predominant raw materials used to make gelatin. So, strictly speaking, Jell-O is not vegetarian. Ew!
Cool Cups are not only vegetarian/vegan, but they are also delicious! Very yummy. Instead of gelatin, they contain carrageenan. Carrageenans are a family of linear sulphated polysaccharides (i.e. carbohydrates) extracted from red seaweeds.
I don’t normally enjoy little snacks like these, but it was nice to have something sweet, light, and refreshing after lunch. The perfect summer treat!
How carefully do you read ingredient lists? Do you ever Google ingredients you don’t recognize?
I always read ingredient labels for many reasons, and looking for gelatin is one of them! I was bummed when I went veg and realized I could no longer eat marshmallows (or s’mores), frosted mini wheats, or Junior Mints! Oh well, it’s worth it to me to be vegetarian!