It’s summertime! Cue the vegan BBQ foods: burgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, watermelon; the works!
Rest assured, there’s no shortage of vegan food for outdoor cookin’ that’s filling, easy and tasty!
Vegan burgers have come a long way, baybee! Especially when it comes to taste, texture and easy access.
This month I found Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger smack dab in the middle of the meat section! Or as I call it, the grocery’s morgue.
It was worth a quick trip to grab a few packs of Beyond Burgers, and snap a few quick photos, though. After all, for those who have been vegan for decades, you know, this is a HUGE turning point for plant-based foods.
No longer are new vegan items banished to a little bitty corner of the supermarket, or trapped in a pricey specialty store. They’re in mainstream markets, right where everyone can see em’!
We picked up Beyond Meat’s Burgers at Safeway, in Northern California. I assume they’re testing them out here, along with Northern Nevada and Hawaii, and if they sell well, they’ll spread across the nation.
We’re definitely doing our part to make sure it happens; we’ve bought a lot!
We even grabbed some on our way home from the Grass Valley Vegan Food + Wine Festival where I spoke about my new book, The Vegan Way, and how to make the transition to a healthy vegan lifestyle.
We whipped them up in the kitchen for my meat-eating in-laws and… they loved them!
They’re almost too “real” for me, but that’s OK; I’m happy about that because I know it’s so helpful to emmulate the taste and texture for those who are trying to kick the pesky meat habit.
Did you know cows produce about 150 billion gallons of methane per day?
And 55% of the water consumed in the U.S. is for “animal agriculture?”
1/3rd of the planet is “desertified,” with “livestock” as the leading driver (yikes!)
And “animal agriculture” is the LEADING cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction, too!
Yep. So when you ditch that cholesterol laden, saturated fatty fat FAT meat patty, and enjoy a plant-based burger instead, you’re not just helping your own health, and the animals, but the entire world’s health, too!
Here’s the link to see if there’s a store with Beyond Meat Beyond Burgers near you! (but don’t forget to “like” or “share” this post before you go! *wink*)
And if you can’t find them, enjoy another tasty vegan burger. There are a bajillion to choose from made by: Amy’s, Gardein, Wildwood, Hilary’s, Sweet Earth Natural Foods, etc.
Seriously, the variety out there is amazing!
It’s SO easy to be vegan!
Jackie Day, Author of the new book The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan)