I haven't had tuna fish in 30+ years, but my mom's tuna sandwiches were one of my favorite things growing up. Forewarned, if you eat tuna, you probably won't like this product as a tuna substitute. If you're vegan and haven't had tuna in years, you'll totally appreciate it. My husband and I first tried this at the Natural Products Expo West. And we loved it! I now eat Toona straight out of the can with crackers and some of that Treeline nut cheese that I mentioned in June's Favorite Things post. I've made Toona sandwiches with this and an old school Toona casserole that turned out great. (I'll post a recipe soon.) Here's a quick peek on the Live Strong Blog as to why you're better off ditching real tuna. $4.49 on Vitacost.
I'm always looking for natural, vegan, cruelty-free shampoos that work. This is my favorite right now. I just ordered the conditioner today. The shampoo lathers (big plus), smells great and leaves my hair soft. Only problem is that the lid is janky, so I just broke it off to make it easier. You can find Yes to Carrots at places like Walgreens and Target, but you can also order it from Lucky Vitamin for $6.82 PS. The packaging looks different on different sites.
3. Teva Tirra (Women)
A sandal that feels like a running shoe? Sold. You can't get me out of these. The above color "Meadow" was my favorite, but they were out of my size, so I bought "Chocolate Chip" instead. Even though the only water my shoes see is when I accidentally step through a lawn sprinkler while walking my dog Monroe, they are made for water sports. $80.00 on Teva, but you can find them cheaper on other sites.
Men, check out Teva's Toachi 2. They look like a convertible sports car for your feet. $95.00
Happy Conscious Consuming!
You wouldn't think it'd be so hard to find vegan granola, but it is. A lot of them use honey. I prefer to support vegan companies, but honestly I'm just grateful to find a vegan option in most companies. I'm sure there's a vegan company that makes vegan granola, but I haven't found them yet.
I really like this granola. I use it for my acai bowls. But here's the thing about Kind. I went to their website to read about them, fully thinking they were a vegan company, I mean with a name like that, how can you not be, right? I read their mission statement, and it's awesome: "to spread and celebrate kindness." But then I was surprised to see that some of their products contain dairy. Huh? The truth is, until Kind goes all vegan, they are not a Kind company. They are supporting one of the cruelest forms of abuse in the world--the dairy and veal industry. Just to make sure I was reading this correctly and that they hadn't changed their policy, I wrote them and asked if they still use dairy. This was part of their reply:
I haven't had tuna fish in 30+ years, but my mom's tuna sandwiches were one of my favorite things growing up. Forewarned, if you eat tuna, you'll hate this product. If you're vegan and haven't had tuna in years, you'll appreciate it. My husband and I first tried this at the Natural Products Expo West. I loved it. I now eat Toona straight out of the can with crackers and some of that Treeline nut cheese that I mentioned in June's Favorite Things post. I've made Toona sandwiches with this and an old school Toona casserole that turned out great. (I'll post a recipe soon.) Here's a quick peek on the Live Strong Blog as to why you're better off ditching real tuna. $4.49 on Vitacost.
Sometimes you need a little something more to snack on than just cashews and cherries. There are tons of vegan snacks out there--potato chips, pretzels, corn chips--but most are terrible for you. Here are three healthier vegan snacks that I've been digging lately.
This is the first time I'm including something on the list that I haven't yet purchased. But I'm so obsessed with these sandals that I couldn't wait to include them. They're a bit pricey, but aren't they perfect? I'm a sucker for rubber heels too, because I'm all about comfort. I had not heard of the unisex shoe company Good Guys but check out their adorable label:
I was fortunate to be at the Natural Products Expo West with my husband Brad for our second year in a row. This massive expo, which included 73,000 visitors, is held at the Anaheim Convention Center next door to Disneyland. In fact, the shuttle drops you off underneath a roller coaster! Last year we went on a Sunday, the last day, and quickly realized we'd made a huge mistake. You need at least a weekend to get a glimpse of what's there. This year we went spent all day Saturday and Sunday and, no joke, saw maybe a 1/1000th of the vegan products.
I was just reflecting that 2015 is my 26th year of being a vegetarian. (Who says you need meat!?) And 7th year of being vegan. (Who says you need eggs and dairy or leather and wool!?) I'm excited to think about all the new vegan products that will come out in 2015.
One product I can't wait to try is the new chick'n pot pie that Gardein recently announced. I've longed for a good ol' fashioned pot pie. Vegan things are popping up all over, from new cosmetic companies to clothing lines to food products. There's never been a better time to go vegan, or go vegan before 6pm, or go vegan one day a week. It doesn't matter, just start moving in that direction. You don't have to be perfect, you want to evolve.
When I say that I am obsessed with each of these new favorite things, I mean that I eat, wear or use them every day since discovering them. No exaggeration.
OCHO stands for Organic Chocolate. Their bars are also gluten-free, non-GMO, and the coconut bar is vegan. I found these at my local Ralph's grocery store and nearly flipped my lid when I tasted it. If you liked Mounds or Almond Joy candy bars, this is your lucky day. Available on their website. $1.99 each. (I just hope they veganize all their bars. Vegan Snickers, c'mon!)
Who doesn't love Mexican food?! I've been eating a ton of it lately, especially because I found these great additions to my meals.
I love good ol' flour tortillas best, but I'm trying to eat healthier. I didn't think I'd like these--though I eat the Ezekial 4:9 bread regularly--and boy, was I was wrong. They're good! I make quesadillas with them and Brad uses them for wraps. And it's a complete protein! All the amino acids in one tortilla.