Here I’ll review two products from Lärabar – a hemp seed brownie and an apple cobbler protein bar. Overall, I think that Lärabar, now owned by General Mills, deserves 3.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
Spero Foods have made a range of vegan cream cheese spreads from sunflower seeds. They now rank among my favorite vegan dairy alternatives and I’m happy to say that they also deserve 5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
I’ve tried many vegan cheeses over the last few years and Violife’s vegan feta is one of the best that I’ve had, so far. In a Greek salad, I really can’t tell that this is a vegan product. Overall, I think that Violife deserves 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
Califia have recently brought out two Plant Butter products, both on sale at the Grocery Outlet: Sea Salt with Avocado Oil and Sea Salt with Olive Oil. The quality of plant butters has improved to the point that they are good substitutes for dairy butter. Overall, I think that Califia plant butter deserves 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
I found a new Prebiotic soap from Tom’s of Maine at the Grocery Outlet. The prebiotics are designed to encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial on your skin. Tom’s of Maine is a responsible company but could do a better job on palm oil sourcing policy – 2.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
I bought Impossible Burgers at the Grocery Outlet and compared to them to Beyond Meat burgers, also available on discount at the Grocery Outlet. My feeling is that people who crave meat may like Impossible Burgers but most vegetarians and vegans might prefer Beyond Meat. I’m scoring the Impossible Burger 3/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
I recently found Beyond Meat burgers, the Cookout Classic 10-pack, on sale for $7.99 at the Grocery Outlet. This review looks at ingredients, cooking tips, and sustainability and I also compare the Beyond Meat burger to the Impossible Burger.
I bought hemp seed bars from Canadian brand, Hemp Yeah!, at the Grocery Outlet and they’ve become some of my favorite seed-based energy bars. Hemp Yeah! is a line of hemp-based products from Manitoba Harvest, several of which are available on discount at the Grocery Outlet. I’m giving the hemp seed bars 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
I bought Quorn Meatless Turkey-Style Deli Slices at the Grocery Outlet last week and found them to be very similar to real turkey (as I remember it). Quorn Foods is a veteran of the vegetarian movement and although this product (which is vegetarian) doesn’t score as highly as Quorn’s vegan products, it still gets a very solid 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
I bought two types of Nature’s Path cereal at the Grocery Outlet this month – Almond Nut Butter Crunch and Coconut Cashew Nut Butter Crunch. I thought that both were good and Nature’s Path does a really good job on sustainability metrics, reducing waste and carbon footprint and being a longtime pioneer in organic farming practices. 5/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact!