Our 8 Favorite Healthy Plant-Based Items to Buy This Week, From The Editors
When you try to buy something healthy at the store, the experience of shopping can be overwhelming–there are just so many choices. That's why each week the editors of The Beet share our favorite products and lifestyle hacks and what helps us achieve our healthy plant-based eating goals. Here are eight to consider, including two superhero products from each editor. Send us any products you are loving or share your favorites on our Facebook page. We want to hear what helps you be your healthiest and live a more plant-based lifestyle.
Lucy's Favorite Plant-Based Products of the Week
1. So Good So You Immunity Shots
This company makes super potent, super healthy immunity shots, now in more flavors than never, that you can swig down in one fell swoop and feel instantly more healthy, energetic, and full of vital nutrients that work to boost your immunity. The shots come in Ginger (the bestseller) as well as Elderberry, Camu Camu, and Turmeric. We also dove into a selection of Digestion and Beaty boosting shots, and Energy formulas, promoting our entire family to fight over who got the Beauty one (my husband won that battle, prompting sarcastic compliments along the lines of, Honey, you're glowing!) As you toss back your daily shots of So Good So You in the all-new flavors everyone can pick and choose their favorite daily dose. I love the one powered by Camu Camu, which is a watermelon-strawberry flavored shot that delivers 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamins D and C. Each shot is a plant-based formula with benefits that include 1 Billion CFUs of probiotics. Buy them here. Drink up!
2. Omega’s Cold Press 365 Juicer: Smaller in Size, Bigger In Juice Power
When my daughter Josie left for LA she left behind one of her favorite items since it was too big to bring: Her big juicer at home with me, so I made sure she got a new one—smaller and more compact to fit into her tiny kitchen, but it turned out to be even better at producing more juice than the mighty one at home. So we got her the Omega Cold Press 365 Juicer, which is designed to make juicing easy, affordable, and beneficial. It's the perfect wellness item for someone starting a new healthy juice habit, but $149 is less pricey than many of the larger models.
Here’s her review: “I was so excited to unbox my juicer as the finishing touch to a tiny, studio apartment kitchen. Waking up in the morning to a green juice sets my mind and body right. It gives me a positive outlook on the day ahead. The juicer itself is beautiful. It looks like the Tesla of juicers; sleek and running with a smooth engine, which is only appropriate in Los Angeles. I used organic ingredients from the Erewhon market: green apple, lemon, cucumber, celery, parsley, and ginger. I like my green juices bitter and spicy, and this was definitely not lacking for spice (it could be that I doubled the typical ginger amount). So in just a few uses, it actually saves you money, by not buying expensive juices at the store. You can buy it here.
1. Sacred Serve Plant-Based Gelato
Regardless of the temperature outside, I'm always down to indulge in a frozen treat. In the midst of the current snowstorm that's been sweeping NYC, Sacred Serve's Plant-Based Gelatos have been keeping me company inside my apartment. With gourmet flavors like Chaga Chocolate, Coconut Salted Caramel, Matcha Mint Chip, and my personal favorite, Saffron Chai Spice, these are not the average flavors you find in your grocer's frozen aisle.
These allergen-friendly gelatos are creamy, smooth, and sophisticated, and contain no refined sugars, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, artificial flavors, preservatives, or gums. They're also vegan, raw, low glycemic, and paleo-friendly, but you'd never be able to tell they're lacking ingredients from the rich, robust taste. Although I've only enjoyed these gelatos straight out of the pint, I can't wait to try mixing them with some plant milk in my blender for a delectable, vegan milkshake.
You can purchase Sacred Serve online here.
2. Acid League Mango Jalepeño Vinegar
This next month marks a year of staying at my apartment for almost all of my time, and I really feel like I'm starting to hone my at-home chef skills. What started out as a necessary way to ensure I was staying healthy has quickly grown into a hobby, and I find myself trying to make homemade versions of all my favorite foods, even down to the condiments.
During this cooking journey, I came to realize how valuable often-overlooked ingredients like pickled shallots, mustard, and of course, vinegar were, and how much they can really change a dish. I've been obsessed with making my own salad dressings and nut cheeses as of late, and there's nothing like Acid League's uniquely-flavored varieties of vinegar to make me feel like I have a Michelin star or two under my belt.
My current favorite vinegar is the Mango Jalepeño, which adds a kick and a sweet citrus note to salads, tofu marinades, sauces, and more. The brand has a wide array of other flavors like Strawberry Rosé, Garden Heat, Cabernet Port, Apple Cider Maple, and more, and I can't wait to get my hands on these other offerings to play around with creating unique tastes. It doesn't hurt that the brand's packaging is so cute, I proudly display my bottles atop my counter either.
You can purchase Acid League's vinegar online here.
1. Super Cocoa
If you're looking for hot chocolate that not only tastes incredible but is also good for you. Try Super Cocoa, a rich blend of two types of real cocoa and made with superfoods. You would never know that this small package is loaded with veggies, fruits, grains, and seeds. It's the perfect size to take with you on-the-go or store in your purse to mix with hot water when you're in need of energy, and a sweet fix.
Each package contains six grams of organic plant-based pea protein, six ancient grains, and seeds: Oats, chia, and quinoa, six organic greens and veggies: Kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, beet, and carrot, and seven organic fruits: Strawberries, blueberries, and elderberry, all of which are full of powerful antioxidants that help boost immunity.
Now, your hot chocolate will make you feel like you have superpowers, instead of weighing you down and feeling sluggish. Enjoy a mug of two, three, or four Super Cocoa 'hot chocolate' and you will feel cozy, satisfied, and healthy all winter long.
To purchase Super Cocoa, click here.
2. Blissfully Better Vegan Bon Bons
For a delicious treat, maybe to enjoy with your hot chocolate, try these new vegan Bon Bons by Blissfully Better. They are my newest obsession, especially when I'm in a need of a sweet fix. Each bite-size dessert is coated in a chocolate layer and full of a delicious surprise. There are three different flavors: Sea salt caramel, toasted coconut, and peanut butter. My favorite happens to be the peanut butter because I'm a sucker for anything chocolate PB, but my boyfriend likes the salted caramel because he's a savory, salty dessert kind of guy, and my mom loves the toasted coconut, which she describes as "similar to an almond joy." When you take a bite of these 'chocolate bombs' the smooth, silky, and rich filling surprises your taste buds with a burst of flavor.
These chocolates are made with quality ingredients, and you can tell the difference from other store-bought brands. The best part is that they contain fewer calories compared to the real thing, which contains dairy and other additives. Each bag is 110 calories and contains 4 grams of plant-based protein, a healthier-for-you treat. I suggest storing the package in your fridge for a cool, refreshing snack.
To purchase Blissfully Better Vegan Bon Bons, click here.
1. Banza Chickpea Pizza Crust
Banza pizza is a hot item in my area and after finally getting my hands on the plain pizza crust, I can say it exceeded my expectations. The chickpea-based crust tastes like homemade dough and once baked, the crust becomes perfectly crunchy. Banza is made with chickpeas, tapioca, cocoa butter, and olive oil as the base and seasoned with spices such as oregano and garlic powder. The ingredients list is short and sweet, which is always a plus! In one serving there are 150 calories, 22 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.
I highly suggest making a veggie-packed pizza with vegan pesto for sauce and dairy-free cheese sprinkled on top. All you have to do is pop it in the oven for 10 minutes and you have a healthier and delicious pizza
You can buy Banza products at major stores such as Whole Foods, Wegmans, and ShopRite.
2. Field Roast Chao Dairy-Free Cheese Slices
The moment the snowstorm hit, all I wanted for lunch is grilled cheese and luckily, I had Chao dairy-free cheese in my fridge. Field Roast Chao slices are the perfect dairy-free cheese for any sandwich or cheesy appetizers, such as grilled cheese and nachos. The coconut-based cheese tastes just like the real thing and melts better than any other dairy-free cheese I have tried.
My personal favorite Chao slices flavor is creamy original, which is similar to American cheese but Field Roast also makes four other flavors: Tomato Cayenne, Smoke Original, Garden Herb, and Spicy Original. All the flavors taste just like the real thing and you can fool any cheese lover into thinking it's real cheese!
You can find Chao at Whole Food, Wegmans, Walmart, and Target.