More and more people are going plant-based and meat-free. While veggies are where it's at, herbivores are still sometimes left with cravings.
Meat substitutes don't have to be full of soy and lacking flavor.
The future is here, and we can fill our cravings healthfully and consciously.
Good Catch - I can't sing this product any higher praises.
If you don't like eating mercury and plastics and contributing to the decimation of the oceanic eco-system, but you still like the flavor and texture of a tuna salad, Good Catch is here to save the day.
Made of a blend of pea, soy, chickpea, lentil, fava, and navy beans (meaning it not only has proteins but also nutrients and omegas) Good Catch tuna actually tastes like tuna (but without the fishy taste and world-crushing accountability).
And it's good for you. And it's good for the planet. And it tastes really good. That's probably why they call it Good Catch.
The only catch? It's not on the market yet. (Marketing rep says they'll be in stores by the end of 2018.)
The Jack Fruit Company - When I first had prepared jack fruit in an Indian dish at The Conscious Life Expo, I instinctively spit it out; it was too meaty, too savory - something could have been awry. A bystander informed me that it was in fact a fruit, or a vegetable, or whatever, it just wasn't actually meat even through it had a hearty, flavorful texture. While I have since seen pictures of giant whole jackfruits on social media, prepared to induce envy, that's just too much work for me. I need something easy to prepare, like we're talking throw it in a pan for a few minutes and it's done kind of meal prep time. Enter The Jack Fruit Company into the equation.
Their seasoned jack fruit is conveniently sealed into a package, waiting to be a topper on your BBQ pizza or thrown in your Tex-Mex burrito. They even sell frozen jackfruit to be added to smoothies. A great source of potassium and fiber, Jack Fruit is also a sustainable and ethical solution when desiring a hearty, flavorful meal.
Beyond Meat: The Future of Protein
Hey Beyond Meat, where ya been my whole life? I've been meat-free since I've been old enough to make my own decisions, and girl, it's been hard.
Back then (think The Rachael haircut and "Teen Spirit") vegetarians had to eat soy-laden products and the same S.A.D. diet as everyone else, just without meat. And now the plant-based future is finally here...
Beyond Meat has the closest thing to a hamburger that those of use who don't eat hamburgers have tasted in a while. And there's no soy, instead relying on protein heavy pea protein.
I've had the Meaty Crumbles in pasta (yay!), the Beyond Burger (I'll be bringing these to summer BBQ's) and the tasty Sausage. I recommend them all, and I cannot wait until the day when I can walk into a hot dog stand and fill a vegan hot dog with all the onion, mustard, and sauerkraut fixings that I've been craving for years.
No Evil (plant meats) - No Evil Foods makes meat from nothin’ but plants
Been craving chicken salad, pork sliders, hamburgers, bacon bits, chicken tacos, pork tacos, asada tacos, and the like? No Evil has pretty much every meat substitute you can imagine except for turkey dinner. (Actually, I stand corrected, as I've learned that they have created "The Pardon" - a vegan holiday centerpiece. Made without soy like many other vegan turkeys, $1 from every purchase also supports a Turkey Sanctuary).
Made with non-gmo and organic plant ingredients their products are available for purchase online.
Whether you're into plant-based products to save the animals, save the planet, or save your own health, No Evil also provides some compelling information on why it's mutually beneficial to do so.
Pan's Mushroom Jerky - "A Perfect blend of flavors that herbivores crave and carnivores love."
I know everyone on the social media says, "I'm OBSESSED with..." But no, really. I'm obsessed with this jerky.
Let me explain... I've been a vegetarian for twenty years (we've already discussed not doing the math too hard, k?) and the thing I missed, I mean really MISSED was jerky.
There's just something about gnawing on that chewy texture with those spices that hits that spot. I thought I would never again have the pleasure of enjoying jerky... so when I ran into Pan's Mushroom Jerky at Natural Products Expo I was beyond excited (and I sampled more jerky than is likely appropriate, but it's been a while).
Mushrooms are awesome. They're sustainable, their healthful, and don't come with moral or ecological guilt. And these ones are super tasty! ? .
Gotta plant-based, vegan "meat" substitute to fit the list? Throw down your recommendation in the comments, and we'll add it to the list.
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