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. True Chia*
With protein, fiber and Omega-3s, chia lives up to its superfood label. Sundia True Chia is a fun, portable way to get your chia fix—chia seeds are combined with creamy coconut milk and flavors like Vanilla Bean Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Cherry Almond and Banana. And at $1.99, True Chia is also more affordable than similar packaged chia products.
Learn more: sundiafruit.com
2. Quince & Apple Peach Chamomile Preserves
Quince & Apple is local to me and I’ve loved their products for a long time, so I had a total fangirl freakout when we recently went to look at bamboo floors for our new house and found out that Quince & Apple’s headquarters were in the same building. I walked past where this Peach Chamomile jam is made! Anyway, this has been my morning toast topper for the past month and the flavor of ripe peaches makes me so excited for summer to get here.
Learn more: quinceandapple.com
3. Mezzetta Truffle, Porcini & Cream Marinara
Best. Pasta. Sauce. EVER. I found this at World Market and bought it on a whim and I plan on going back and buying out their whole stock of it because it’s just that good.
Learn more: mezzetta.com
4. WelleCo Fruit & Veggie Wash*
With a baby in the house, I try to only buy organic produce, but there are times when that’s not possible, so washing fruits and veggies thoroughly is a must. I had been using a spray cleaner, but after using this wash from WelleCo, I’m convinced this method is better and results in cleaner produce. WelleCo wash is a concentrate that’s added to a sink of water (although it can also be used as a spray if you prefer)—put your produce in the water, swish it around for 30 seconds, then drain and rinse.
Learn more: welleco.com
5. Yumbutter Protein + Probiotic Cultures
I’m happy about the probiotics, but thrilled about the extra protein in this almond butter. Two tablespoons has 10 grams of protein and it tastes delicious too. I also love that Yumbutter is another business that’s local to me and that for every pouch sold, they feed a child in need.
Learn more: yumbutter.com
6. Kuali Amaranth Snack Bars*
Everyone’s eating quinoa and chia these days, but what about amaranth?! Like quinoa and chia, amaranth is a seed that packs a powerful nutritional punch—it’s high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And these bars are an easy way to work it into your diet! Kuali bars come in three varieties (Chia and Quinoa, Cranberry and Cocoa) and are lightly sweetened with agave nectar. They’re chewy, almost like a Rice Crispy Treat, and have just the right amount of sweetness—they’re pretty much the perfect snack for tucking into your purse or desk drawer.
Learn more: kualifoods.com
7. So Delicious Chocolate Cookies N Cream Cashewmilk Frozen Dessert*
Waaaay back in the day, when I was probably 13 or 14 years old, I bought a soy-based carob flavored ice cream from a health food store and it put me off of dairy-free ice creams for years. It was rock hard, icy, and: carob. Sorry guys, carob will never be chocolate. But things have changed and So Delicious brings us cashewmilk frozen desserts that have the taste and texture of honest-to-goodness ice cream. It’s so good! Click on the link below and you can get coupons emailed to you so you too can try So Delicious and be convinced.
Learn more: sodeliciousdairyfree.com