By Sammy Caiola
Native Foods Cafe
For many of us, the joy of the holidays has worn off and the back-to-work excitement has morphed into back-to-work dread, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to be happy about. I can think of a number of things for vegans to be happy about this week. Well, I can think of five. Here they are:
1. Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter
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Almond butter is considered a healthier alternative to peanut butter and a staple of the vegan diet. Unfortunately for me, I always thought it tasted like Elmer’s glue. But a friend recently recommended Chocolate Almond Butter to me, and boy am I happy she did. This is a jar full of premium chocolate, dry roasted California almonds, sea salt, cocoa butter and magic. Put it on toast, sandwiches, apples, really whatever you want. It is hands-down the best way to get your daily dose of almonds.
2. Saving on Taxes
As of the new year, Los Angeles is joining a number of California municipalities in banning disposable bags in grocery stores. Customers must bring their own reusable bags or pay a ten cent fee for each grocery bag requested. This is a huge step toward limiting the amount of deadly plastic in oceans and waterways. If you’re reading this post you probably already use your own bags, so you’ll be in the clear while everyone else is getting taxed! Plus, you can buy these really adorable grocery bags.
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3. Real Salt
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I’ve been experimenting with sea salts lately, and this pink, grainy stuff is the best. It’s got more than 60 trace minerals in it and no added nonsense, which gives dishes like risottos or even eggs a really raw, earthy taste without being too chunky (I found courser varieties to be too disruptive to the texture). If anyone starts telling you that this is no different than Morton’s, take their advice with a grain of salt.
4. Vegan Cowl Scarf
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I am obsessed with this cranberry knit/crochet scarf that serves as a both a shoulder covering and a hood. It looks super cozy and would fold perfectly into most winter wardrobes. I love how it’s so big and bulky, but still fashionable thanks to the little wood button. Definitely worthy of your next shopping splurge.
5. Poptarts are vegan!
Well, not all of them, but a few! I am not, by any means, promoting these as a healthy choice. They’re still processed and full of funky chemicals. But sometimes I get this strange, nostalgic craving to buy a box in the grocery store, and it’s nice to know that there are cruelty-free options. The original unfrosted blueberry, strawberry, apple cinnamon and brown sugar cinnamon are OK, according to isitvegan.com.
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