Friday Finds

As you may have guessed already, Nick and I love to go grocery shopping, and we love looking for new finds. I always get so excited when I see a new product on Instagram or Facebook because then it’s like a treasure hunt to find it! Over the last several weeks we’ve scored some really awesome finds, and I wanted to share them with you!

Square Bars:
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I’m usually not a big fan of protein bars, but these are awesome! They taste more like a candy bar, which makes me really happy! They do have some sugar in them, but I love that they are non-gmo, organic, and are a good source of protein. They are great when I need a snack, and they’re great before, or after, a workout. I haven’t gotten my hands on the peanut butter one yet, but so far the chocolate covered coconut is my favorite.

Glutiny Beer from New Belgium Brewing:
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I’m definitely not a beer drinker, but it’s great to have some tasty beer on hand for baking, or for a good beer batter. While this beer is not certified gluten free, it’s crafted in such a way to remove the gluten. There is a similar beer, daura, that we’ve used in the past, and this is a lot like that. Nick is a fan of New Belgium, and he liked it a lot. I will admit, I tasted it, and it wasn’t awful. (remember, I said I’m not a beer drinker) I can’t wait to make beer battered buffalo cauliflower!

Millet & Chia gluten free/vegan bread from Little Northern Bakehouse:
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I got a heads up on this product on Instagram from Melissa at It’s Got Vegan in It. While I’m not a celiac, I like to cut my gluten intake because I like to try different flours, and different grains. When I found out that they sold this bread at MOM’s, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I grabbed a loaf of the millet & chia bread to try. I made it as toast, and topped it with cashew butter and raspberry jam. Delicious! It has great texture, and flavor. And it doesn’t have a gluten free free flavor. I was worried it might be really dense, and gummy, but it’s light, and wonderful! I can’t wait to try their other flavors, too!

Wegman’s Organic Cashew Butter:
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I like nut butters just as much as the next person, but I usually just stick to peanut or almond butter. But while at Wegman’s last week I happened to see this jar of cashew butter and I was intrigued. Cashews are a vegan staple, so I was excited to try them as a butter. This stuff is SO good! Now, I’m sure that there are other brands of cashew butter that are available, but this is just what I happened to grab. (I’ve heard Trader Joe’s makes a good one) It’s super thick and creamy, and it’s great on toast. I definitely reach for this when I head to the pantry!

Trader Joe’s Scandinavian Swimmers:
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We heard about these on Instagram through VegNews. Nick LOVES Swedish Fish, and so he was excited to find something similar without all of the artificial colors. These things are crazy good, and crazy addictive. They’re super soft, and they have great fruit-like flavor. I think the bag was only $2.99. What a steal! So, so good.

Lily’s Stevia-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips:
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Now to be honest, we haven’t tried these yet, but we can’t wait to try them! They are a favorite of Somer McCowan who wrote “The Abundance Diet”. She suggested them (or Enjoy Life) for several recipes, so we were excited to get our hands on these. Can’t wait to bake something delicious with them! And they’re fair trade! Yay!

Amy’s Candy Bars:
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I’ve always looked at Amy’s candy bars in the past, and they were never vegan, so I always walked away sad. BUT! I happened to look at them again while at MOM’s (all of the bars were on sale), and TWO of them were vegan! Say what?! Needless to say, I bought them both. I think the Dreamy is going to be like a 3 Musketeers or a Buccaneer bar. The Sunny bar is a lot like an Almond Joy. There are two bars in each package, so they’re great for sharing!

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy ice cream:
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I might, or might have not, squealed out loud when we found these. I would have grabbed all 4 flavors, but we didn’t have room in our freezer, but believe me, I’ll be making room for them! We tried them when we got home, and they are AMAZING! They’re creamy, delicious, and full of all kinds of yummy chunks of stuff. I also love that they’re fair trade! There are some arguments out there that we (the vegan community) shouldn’t buy these because they support a company that’s a part of the dairy business. My hope is that they will out-sell the dairy flavors and we’ll send a huge message to them! I’ve heard they’ll be rolling out nationwide in the next 3-6 weeks. We found these at Wegman’s, too. They weren’t with the non-dairy ice creams, but with the regular Ben & Jerry’s display. And you know what? The non-dairy flavors had been ransacked! Yay for non-dairy!

I love finding new things to try, and sometimes you have to look where you might in a crazy spot, but it’s always worth it in the end! What great vegan finds have you found recently?

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Vegan & Cruelty Free Household Favorites

Did you happen to see my post on vegan and cruelty free beauty favorites? This is a similar post, but these are just a couple of our most used and favorite products. It’s really getting quite a lot easier to find recycled, and/or environmentally friendly household cleaners, and products. It used to be that you could only find these things online, or at a specialty store, but more mainstream grocery stores, and Target are carrying things that I feel good about purchasing.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Household Favorites
{method: Smarty Dish dishwasher detergent tabs // Eco Nuts: Organic Laundry Detergent // The Honest Co.: Premium Recycled Bath Tissue}

Is it weird to talk about toilet paper on here? Whatever, everyone uses it (well…). We used to use the recycled one from Trader Joe’s, but we didn’t have one nearby, and sometimes you don’t want to buy ALL the toilet paper when making a Trader Joe’s run. People just look at you funny. When I found out that Target started carrying Honest products, I was ecstatic! (you can ask Nick) We also use their paper towels, too. I try not to use paper towels all the time, but sometimes you just need them. I love that it’s affordable, and accessible to everyone! Who doesn’t love Target? Besides my dad, that is.

If you follow the method link, you’ll notice that these tabs don’t get a lot of great reviews. I don’t know who those people are, or what their dishes look like when they go into their dishwasher. I love these! They’re fragrance and dye free, which is a great bonus! I’ve noticed that when we don’t quite get everything clean it’s because something was blocking one of the spray arms or something. These tabs are great. We were having a problem with all of the dry powder actually coming out of the door, and so these are the perfect thing. When the door pops open during the cycle, they fall right out and do their job! I think you can get these at Target as well. We usually remember to buy ours at our local grocery store, or Whole Foods.

Lastly, it’s talk about Eco Nuts. Nick was one who first found these at our local MOM’s store. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical because WHAT IN THE WORLD?! They aren’t even nuts! Eco Nuts are dried berries that grow in the Himalayas. When agitated in water they produce a low-sudsing soap called saponin. They are fragrance free, dye free, organic, non-geo, nut free, and cruelty free. The box we bought will wash at least 100+ loads for only $10! You just put 5 berries in the linen sachet bag that’s included and throw it in the washer with your clothes. And if you accidentally throw them in the dryer, no worries! These work great with our front loading washer. Our clothes always feel and smell fresh, so I’m sold!

What are some of your favorite vegan and cruelty free household items that you use the most?