Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!
There were some tough spots when we first started avoiding soy, but after a few months Ashley and I felt pretty confident. We knew enough about where to find soy-free alternatives that we were comfortable eating and living soy-free. We went out to eat, cooked new recipes at home, and generally felt in control of our food.
Even with this confidence, we still came across foods from time to time for which we just couldn’t find a soy-free alternative. When that happened we would double our efforts and look through the grocery store in detail (often multiple grocery stores). Typically, we were able to find some sort of substitute (for example: allergen-free chocolate chips since most chocolate has soy) or a close alternative. After identifying that we could make something work, we could then decide on the viability of the substitutes. Some things weren’t worth the hassle or cost, but we have incorporated others as needed into our eating.
Since the very first year we avoided soy, crescent rolls have been on our list of foods that we just can’t seem to find a soy-free alternative for. It seemed like every crescent roll we found in the store contained soy. We’ve made soy-free biscuits and muffins, but they just don’t quite replace the flavor and texture of a crescent roll. Crescent rolls were a key component of Thanksgiving meals for Ashley growing up (she loves them!), so we really wanted to find a soy-free option, but there seemed to be nothing available.
Recently, we were looking in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and we found Annie’s Crescent Rolls! These weren’t located next to the butter, not by the other crescent rolls and biscuits, so they were a bit tricky to find. But, they are soy-free! Annie’s is a great brand for us because they offer a variety of many common foods that are soy-free (e.g., graham crackers and cheddar bunnies) and we are so happy that we were able to find their crescent rolls! We’ll definitely be having them as part of our Thanksgiving dinner this year.
If it feels like a soy-free product is impossible to find, don’t give up! It may take some time, but we’ve had some success finding almost anything (now even crescent rolls). Let us know if you are looking for a particular product and we’ll see if we can help!