Once a month, we round-up some of our favorite vegetarian foods and kitchen tools and share them with you here on the Marketplace. Here are this month’s picks! (Note that we received samples for review on products marked with an asterisk.)
1. Beanitos White Bean Mac ‘N Cheese Crunch
Cheese puffs. They’re so good, but they’re also so bad—that neon orange color, the lack of nutritional value. But these—these cheese puffs—they taste good and they’re good for you because they’re made with beans and no artificial ingredients. They have 4 grams of protein per serving too!
Learn more: beanitos.com
2. NuGo Slim Bars*
With 15 or more grams of protein per bar and no weird artificial sugar substitutes, NuGo Slim bars are the perfect snack. (And bonus: the lack of artificial sweeteners mean they don’t taste gross either.) We love the Crunchy Peanut Butter flavor.
Learn more: nugonutrition.com
3. The Natural Citizen Smoothie Boosters*
Just because a product is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe, especially when it comes to supplements. We’re big fans of The Natural Citizen because they’re conscientious about what goes into each of their products, keeping the ingredient lists minimal and testing for quality above and beyond what the government requires. Their smoothie boosters include blends for digestion, greens, and protein, but our favorite is energy—a scoop added to a fruit smoothie is the perfect way to get over that afternoon slump.
Learn more: thenaturalcitizen.com
4. Daily Greens Half Pints*
We love that these organic fruit and vegetable smoothies contain 500 million CFUs of probiotics in each bottle—and the 8 ounce bottles make them the perfect serving size for kids. Our favorite flavor is Dragon Power, which tastes just like summer—and you’d never know it contains spinach!
Learn more: drinkdailygreens.com
5. Dairy-Free Nocciolata*
OMG. We’ve had our fair share of hazelnut and cocoa spreads that contain milk, but this vegan version is so much better. Without the added dairy, the nutty chocolate flavor really shines. Spreading a tablespoon on a banana is our new favorite dessert.
Learn more: rigonidiasiago-usa.com