I've got lots to report on so will try to keep this as brief as possible with bullet points and just a bit of commentary;-)
1) There is a FREE conference being help at CU and Caldwell Esselstyn
will be speaking. He usually speaks for a small fortune so this is quite a rare opportunity to see one of the leading cardiologists and pioneers in plant based eating. This is someone to see if you have the opportunity. There are a host of other MD's
speaking but I haven't heard of any of them. You must sign up to attend. http://www.goldlabcolorado.com/2014.html
Vegan Food News:
1) Amy's has a delicious new vegan nice cream (created by awesome vegan advocates!) and I have only seen it at the Safeway on Baseline and 55th. They have three luscious flavors.
2) Right next to that is another vegan nice cream made by the Hain Celestial folks called DREAM Gelato. The salty caramel is my favorite.
3) Treeline cheese is available at Whole Foods on Pearl Street. It is located in the non dairy cheese section.
4) Just Mayo is available at all Colorado Costcos. It's a fabulous price in an economy size. If you are still eating mayo products this can replaced ounce for ounce and no one will know the difference- except the chickens.
5) I discovered these "vegan by accident" CHUNGs veggie rolls at King Soopers that are relatively healthy considering it is a frozen egg (no egg) roll. They are really yummy:
6) King Soopers also has a vegan pot pie by Mon Cuisine- Again not the healthiest but a go to easy to find frozen food meal:
7) Tofurky's newest products are in distribution but the retailers need to hear that you want them to pick up the new Artisan Sausages, Pot Pies, Pockets, Quiche. Alfalfas has the new sausages and others will hopefully pick up soon, but as with all new vegan products, it always helps to leave a comment or speak with a manager.
8) Protein Bar in the 29th street mall is a new and very vegan friendly fast casual eatery. We will be having a meetup there soon so you'll get to try all their vegan offerings and juices and smoothies that are tasty and healthful.
9) GO MAX GO ALL vegan candy bars by are on sale at Pharmaca on Braodway. Possibly other locations but I only know for sure on this location. They are freaking delicious and will bring you back to your days of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Buttterfingers and Snickers Bars and all those nasty candy bars some of us got addicted to. This a vegan owned biz.
9) There are a ton of vegan processed foods at Trader Joes. I find new things every week but my favorites are the Maple Leaf cream cookies and the Specaloos. Both my new sugar addiction.
10) Nooch has moved and reopened to a bigger place. We'll have a meetup for the next Neat Market and make a road trip to Nooch afterwards.
11) And the best news I have heard all month is that WaterCourse has taken the bold and courageous move to only serve vegan food!! This is quite remarkable and as far as I know unprecedented. I know of no other vegetarian restaurant that has gone vegan. Regardless, this is really phenomenal. This was a risk for a profitable business to ditch the dairy and eggs but hopefully this will make them even more profitable and popular.
Every time I send an email out like this listing all the vegan options we have, most being processed convenient food, I get quite a few emails asking me why I am pushing processed foods. Just to head that off bc this email certainly has a lot of it- I am certainly not telling anyone to go out and eat these products. Just informing about their availability. I do believe that the healthiest vegan diet is a whole foods unprocessed diet but I certainly eat my fair share of vegan junk food because 1) i love it and 2) it's sometimes convenient and 3)it's my work (I need to test dozens of frozen pot pies to see which crust is perfection.;-)) Anyway, as you will experience when you attend a potluck, most of the food is wholesome and unprocessed bounty from the plant world and this is just to let folks know these vegan convenient foods are available IF you choose to partake.
eat your fruits and veggies.