For the vegan child, or adult like myself, these uncrustables are really great. I was driving home from a friend’s house in Chicago one late night, and that is almost a 3 hour drive to S.W. Michigan. The friend is a mom, not vegan, but in her freezer was a huge box of these Smucker’s Uncrustables. I had to read the box to see…
They were clean. (vegan)
I had a long drive ahead, had to be home by morning and it was after midnight. In the old days this would have been no problem, but now in my vegan days, because of the lack of protein, I get tired more easily. So I robbed her kids of a few Uncrustables and hit the road.
I like them because they are individually rapped, stay fresh and they thaw out quickly. So every time I got a little sleepy I jolted myself back to consciousness with a protein + sugar fix from my uncrustable stash.
I made it home, and now I’m hooked on the darn things.
*I have received many comments on the line above “because of the lack of protein”, and rightfully so. I do not “lack” protein as a vegan, but I do find that I have to focus on getting enough because my diet is not overloaded with it from an enormous amount of animal products. I just have to remember to eat beans, nuts and soy products which contain alternative, non-animal based protein. That’s actually what I meant.
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Thank you for this website. I check it often and enjoy hearing your point of view. But, I would like to say that if you are not getting enough protein, you need to revamp your vegan diet! Its not good for your body or the reputation of veganism to deprive yourself of protein, then blame it on the fact that you are vegan. You should include some form of protein in every meal, and if that is not enough, keep high-protein snacks within reach all of the time. Nuts are an obvious choice, but you can also order things like tofurky jerky and high-protein vegan cookies online. Uncrustables are a nice once-in-a-while treat, but you should not have to rely on them to keep you awake!
Wow, this is great to know. I really love your site, it’s really helping me out!
I can totally relate to the “I’m hooked on ’em” comment. I wouldn’t normally eat such a processed food, but I’m a big fan of PB&J and I’m rather lazy!!! These pretty much cover both…
You mention that “because of lack of protein” you become tired as a vegan and that the Smucker’s Uncrustables helped you (they have about 7 grams of protein, by the way). Please know that there is no reason a vegan diet needs to lack protein and if you need help in that area, it’s easily found. Most people (Americans especially) consume far too much protein and an excess of protein is a real health concern (it taxes the kidneys etc.). As a nutritionist, I have never come across a person eating a sound vegan diet that was protein deficient.
Too bad they had to put a picture of a glass of milk on the cover…. :|
SOOOO NOT VEGAN.
Datem is ANIMAL FAT. Yummy. Suck it up and enjoy it.
LEARN IT. LOVE IT. LIVE IT.
BREAD: ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, YEAST, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: WHEAT GLUTEN, SALT, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF: DIACETYL TARTARIC ACID ESTERS OF MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (DATEM), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, ETHOXYLATED MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, ASCORBIC ACID, AZODICARBONAMIDE, L-CYSTEINE), YEAST NUTRIENTS (MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF: MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM SULFATE, AMMONIUM SULFATE), CALCIUM PROPIONATE (MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), CORNSTARCH, ENZYMES (WITH WHEAT). PEANUT BUTTER: SELECT ROASTED PEANUTS, DEXTROSE, VEGETABLE MONOGLYCERIDES (FROM PALM OIL), SALT. GRAPE JELLY: GRAPE JUICE, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE ADDED AS A PRESERVATIVE.
I called Smuckers today and spoke with to 2 people … they both confirmed that the mono and diglycerides, datem and enzymes are not sourced from animals. (I inquired about the regular pb&j with strawberry jelly uncrustables)
The “may contain milk” is only in regards to cross contamination.
it’s good to see that you’re posting again!
Just because you’re vegan, that is no excuse for a lack of protein. I wish people wouldn’t make comments like that, it shows people that vegans are unhealthy, which is completely untrue.
I’m trying to avoid items with high fructose corn syrup, and these things have ’em in spades. Wouldn’t be cheaper to buy peanut butter and a box of crackers?
Okay, when I re-read that entry I must admit. I didn’t like how it sounded. I didn’t mean it so much when I was writing it, about the lack of protein. I get a lot of protein, I work at it. I eat beans, nuts, peanut butter, soy products and a lot more to ensure that I have plenty of protein. But I find it a challenge to keep my protein levels high. I find that to be the hardest thing about being a vegan.
But I function as well, if not better now, than I ever did as a non-vegan, and I didn’t mean to imply otherwise.
How about buying organic whole wheat bread with all natural peanutbutter and REAL jam instead of feeding the machine that is smuckers and poisioning yourselves with enriched, denatured and frozen garbage??? Are we really so lazy and gross we can’t even make pb and j’s???!!!!
Food doesn’t become “poisoned” by being enriched with additonal nutrients, and certainly not by being frozen (a few days back I had some delicious “poisoned” cauliflower and broccoli :D).
Using hyperbolic and ridiculous statements like that tends to make people take vegans, or really any “group” of people less seriously. It seems that way to me, at least.
wow I a amazed how stupid some people can be!! if the girl wants to eat Pb&J’s Leave her Alone!! You all act like she ate raw steak on her drive home..Geez get a life. Oh and ya no wonder she is tired. Being a Vegan is unn-atural, the body is designed to eat meat, and veggies, and other things. No wonder you are all stupid, you are too damn tired to think straight!!! HAHAHAA
You need to understand, the human body was designed to be an omnivore. As a vegan, you’re going against natural evolution of the human body, an example being the enzyme to digest milk that first appeared 10,000 years ago. However, it is not hard to live life as a vegan. Just make sure you are getting ALL of the essential amino acids your body needs. The only sources of all essential amino acids for your body are eggs and milk, meat does not even have all the essentials. So, just make sure you mix up your protein sources (such as black beans + amaranth for dinner) and you should be fine.
Try the krustbuster. Make your own sandwich with your own natural ingredients. Eat it fresh or freeze for later when you are in a hurry. If you are a vegatarian make a peanut butter and jelly. If you are a carnivore try a ham and cheese. Better yet try a tuna fish sandwich. Check it our at Krustbuster.com