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Cynthia's Favorite Vegan Things for September


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:

"While our nut bars that contain chocolate or yogurt as an ingredient contain dairy, we're pleased to share that we're working towards transitioning from dairy to a different ingredient for the near future."

Yay! Bravo, Kind! Thank you! I can only hope we see vegan alternatives to diary in Kind products sooner rather than later so that they can truly align their products with their mission and be deserving of a company that bears such a name.

I told them I'd check back for an update. I'll report back to you as soon as I hear anything. In the meantime, their Vanilla Blueberry Clusters are safe for vegans and super delicious. Non-GMO, Gluten-free.

2. Gunas: The Cougar Backpack


I don't have this bag....yet. I love orange, but there's also a white and a brown version. I'm more of a backpack girl than a tote bag girl, and I'm very particular about the straps. They have to be wide--none of those tiny straps that dig into your shoulders once you put a bottle of water in your backpack. I like this bag because 1. It's cruelty-free. 2. It's flat. 3. It's not too big. 4. Wide cloth straps. 5. Simply designed and stylish. 6. All Guna products are vegan, and manufactured using non-toxic methods. No vinyl or PVC is used. 

I linked the bag to Modavanti (a wonderful eco-friendly, conscious website store for women, men and home) because you can sign up as a member and get $20.00 off. Check out Guna's websitethough, she's got some really great other vegan handbags. $110.00, but $90.00 with discount. 

3. Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks: Sriracha Tortilla Chips


My friend Tracy introduced these to me a few weeks ago, and I have not stopped eating them since. Thanks, Tracy! I like tortilla chips, so why not eat healthy ones filled with sprouted kale seeds, organic quinoa, and flax seeds? These are high in omega 3s and antioxidants. They say "spicy" but they're but not too spicy. They have other other flavors, as well. Organic, nonGMO, Gluten-free. Widely available.

Happy Conscious Consuming!