I picked up some Lightlife Tempeh (smoky bacon strips) at the Grocery Outlet for $3 (normally around $5) and was surprised at how good it was. Organic, vegan, carbon neutral – 4.5 Green Stars.
JUST, the San Francisco plant-based food company mostly known for its vegan egg products has brought out a series of sous-vide vegan egg bites. 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
Modern Kitchen cream cheese is made with vegan whey protein produced by food-tech company, Perfect Day. I’ll review two varieties on sale at the Grocery Outlet and also profile the brand for sustainability – 3.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
A few kinds of Good Planet cheese can be found at the Grocery Outlet. I’ve tried the shredded mozzarella and hot pepper cheese slices – both decent. Good Planet cheese deserves 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
You may find Miyoko’s cheese wheels at the Grocery Outlet, if you’re lucky. I liked the Smoked English Farmhouse but preferred the Black Ash – they exhibit a level of sophistication that has been lacking in vegan cheese. Miyoko’s Creamery gets 5/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter raised the bar in the vegan dairy space. In terms of taste and texture, it’s my favorite vegan butter. Miyoko’s Creamery gets a perfect score of 5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
Explore Cuisine makes a range of high-protein pastas from organic legumes and other sustainable ingredients like Spirulina. The three that I tried all had a great texture and flavor and I’d recommend them for anyone looking for sustainable protein sources and/or alternatives to wheat-based pasta. 4.5 stars for social and environmental impact.
Gardein is a brand of vegan meat substitutes that is owned by Conagra Brands. I’ve previously evaluated Earth Balance, also owned by Conagra and it scored very poorly for sustainability. Gardein is better and although there’s room for improvement, it gets 3.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
NotMilk is a brand of pea-based, vegan milk that’s produced by the Chilean company, NotCo. Like Ripple milk, this is based mainly on pea protein and sunflower oil. I tested both products in tea, coffee and cereal. NotMilk gets 3.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact, with one easy way to improve to 4.5 stars.
I bought a box of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal at the Grocery Outlet. I’m not in the market for nutritionally poor cereals, whether flakes, puffs, charms, loops, or Os. This cereal, comprised of organic whole grains and seeds, is more substantial and nutritious than most. 5/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact!