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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Vegan Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

The Best Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies



Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan margarine or butter
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Egg replacer in the amount of 1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of sea salt
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preparation

 
Preheat oven to 375ºF (175ºC).
Cream margarine and sugars until creamy, then add egg replacer and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add Peanut butter and continue to beat until combined.
Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir to combine.
Add chips and stir again.
Drop small spoonfuls of dough onto parchment
Bake 12 minutes or until just golden.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Vegan Products Featured on Dragons Den (Seasons 9-14)

So Netflix added the Canadian version of Dragon's Den to their library and I quickly got addicted. I had seen episodes here and there in the past as my dad watched it and always found it entertaining but I really got into it when I could binge my life away.

I enjoy seeing all the cool inventions and businesses the people of Canada have. There's so many incredible entrepreneurs and I was blown away by how many vegan or vegan-friendly companies entered the den, many of which got deals from the Dragons too. Since I am the self-titled queen of lists, I thought I'd make a list of all the companies from seasons 9 through 14 that offer plant-based and cruelty-free goodies.

     


     
  1. YamChops- Toronto based vegan butcher shop was featured and they wowed the Dragon's with their plant meats and won a deal with Jim (owner of Boston Pizza) but they decided not to execute the deal. If you're in Toronto visit their business there but they also sell their vegan chicken at fast food franchise WokBox.
  2. Nona Vegan Foods- Creator of cheesy vegan sauces. The Dragon's didn't bite on this deal but Nona is still growing strong regardless. You can find Nona at natural food retailers nationwide.
  3. Newton's No Gluten- Family run business that creates bread and dessert mixes without the 7 common allergens. No gluten, peanuts, soy, eggs, dairy or tree nuts. Their mixes are also vegan-friendly. Newton's didn't make a deal with the Dragon's but can be found in many stores across Ontario.
  4. Happy Pop's- All natural popsicles that are naturally dairy-free and vegan. Happy Pop's landed a deal with the Dragons so I'm sure we will be seeing them nationwide soon! Currently in stores across Ontario.
  5. Grace & Stella Co.- Pamper yourself with the cruelty-free and vegan skin and hair care products from Grace & Stella. A Vancouver based beauty company landed a deal with the Dragons. You can order their products through their website.
  6. Smart Sweets- Wanna enjoy some sweet treats without all that artificial or added sugar? Smart Sweets  has you covered and are sweetened with natural Stevia. They also have a high fibre content, have no added artificial colours and free of common allergens.  The entire product line is NOT fully vegan but 3 of the 5 are which is pretty impressive. Smart Sweets got a deal with the Dragons and can be found at many local retailers include Bulk Barn.
  7. Oat-Deal- A company from Saskatchewan using the power of oats to enhance smoothies, hot or cold drinks to add extra protein, probiotics and nutrients. They made a successful deal with the Dragons. You can order their products online with free shipping Canada.
  8. Bad Monkey Popcorn- Quebec popcorn company landed a deal with the Dragons but apparently after the show they decided to go with another investor. They make vegan popcorn in varieties such as dill, ketchup, nacho cheese and caramel. You can find their products at big retailers such as Winners. Note: Their website states all their products are vegan but I found one at Winners that wasn't. Not sure what that is about but read labels. 
  9. The Green Moustache- Whistler based vegan organic juice bar and eatery faced the Dragons and won a deal with vegetarian Dragon Manjit. If you're in the Whistler area check out their restaurant.
  10. Nomz- Vegan energy ball company didn't land a deal with the Dragons but you can still order their gluten-free balls on their website with free shipping on all orders. They also have a vegan ice cream on the market too.
  11. Fatso Peanut Butter- If you are looking for healthy all natural peanut butter, check out Fatso. They stole the show and got a deal from the Dragons. Their products are vegan, gluten-free and keto and comes in cocoa and salted caramel flavours, yum! You can find their products at many health food stores across the country including many here in the HRM.
  12. Welo- Creators of probiotic bars and drinks snatched a deal from the Dragons. Their products are vegan, gluten-free and come in a variety of tasty flavours, and of course they are good for your tummy. You can find their products at many retailers including Loblaws and Sobeys stores.
  13. Pur Gum- I've been a huge fan of Pur for many years! They make awesome aspartame and sugar-free, vegan gums and mints. They made a deal with Dragons Jim and Arlene. You can find Pur all over the place including big retailers and grocery stores.
  14. BioSecrets- This 100% Argan oil beauty company scored a deal in the den with this pure cruelty-free, vegan oil. Perfect for hair, body and face.You can order straight from the website.
  15. Nova Scotia Fisherman- A couple of entrepreneurs from my neck of the woods who create skincare infused with sea kelp. Their products are cruelty-free but NOT all vegan, as they do use beeswax. However, their lotions and (most of) their soaps are vegan-friendly. They didn't make a deal with the Dragons but here in Nova Scotia you can find their products all over. You're able to order from their website as well.
  16. Tutti Gourmet- This gluten-free company got a deal with Dragon Arlene but from what I read online it didn't work out. Even so, you can find their products in retailers such as Winners and healthfood shops. Their biscotti is NOT vegan but their crackers and bites are.
  17. Naked Coconuts- Vancouver based company sells a line of coconut products, such as oil, energy balls and sauces. They are all vegan, gluten and soy free. They didn't get a deal with the Dragons but you can order their products online and find them in select retailers.
  18. Holy Crap- High fibre, gluten-free, vegan and organic healthy cereal. They visited the Den twice, not impressing the judges the first time around but they ended up being a huge success, so when they came back to the Dragons, they were ready to invest! You can find Holy Crap at many mainstream stores or order from their website.
  19. It's Not Bacon (Everyday Superfoods)- Vegan coconut bacon company faced the Dragons and won a deal with Michele. It comes in 5 flavours and can be found at health food and grocery stores across the country.
  20. SunCoat- Vegan, cruelty-free water-based nail polish and non-toxic makeup brand took on the Dragons and made a deal with Michael. You can order their products on their website or find them in health food stores and select retailers.
  21. Fiasco Gelato- Although their gelato is not vegan-friendly, they offer a line of sorbetto's that are! They made a deal with Jim and you can find their products at most mainstream grocery stores across the country including Sobeys.
  22. Walton Wood Farm- Cruelty-free beauty company that offers bath soaks, lotions, body and hair care and more. They offer many vegan products but some do contain beeswax so read your labels. They made a deal with the Dragons and you can order their products from their website or search to find a retailer near you.
  23. Grind Bar- Organic, vegan, gluten-free CBD infused energy bar company didn't get a deal from the Dragons. You can find their bars through online retailers.
  24. Truly Turmeric-So definitely not vegan specific but I really liked the sound of this product. Turmeric paste, mixed with coconut oil, salt and lime juice. Turmeric is known for its health benefits including as an anti-inflammatory. They landed a deal with the Dragons and you can order their products online or find them at health food stores locally.
  25. Lotus Liners- I've been using reusable pads for years and although they can seem intimidating at first, they are so much better for you, the environment and your pocket book. They also make periods a lot more comfortable. Lotus Liners got a deal with the Dragons and you can buy online or find it at select retailers.
  26. Wilder Harrier- Dog food company trying to take on the sustainability issues with conventional dog food. The company's main focus is cricket based foods for dogs but they also have a vegan dog biscuit made with seaweed. They snatched up a deal with the Dragons and can be ordered on their website or found at select pet stores across Canada.
  27. The Very Good Butchers- Vegan butchery shop hailing from Victoria faced the Dragons and won with their animal-free meats. The Dragons were extremely impressed with their vegan fare. They ship from their website and are carried in retailers in BC and Alberta.
  28. ReMIXed- A new healthy and vegan snack made with wholesome ingredients such as beans, dark chocolate and apple. They got a deal with the Dragons and it can be purchased on their website and retailers in Montreal and Toronto.
  29. Almondia- A new almond milk that is more sustainable as the almonds come from Spain and contains more almonds than your regular almond milk. The Dragons passed on this deal and so far I think their milks are only in Ontario but hopefully they will expand nationwide in the future.
  30. Loop Juice- Juice company creating raw cold pressed juices but what makes Loop different is they get imperfect produce that may otherwise be wasted and turn it into delicious beverages. Naturally vegan. They got a deal in Den and you should be able to find their juice is your local supermarket, including Sobeys.
  31. My Ramen- Vegan ramen that comes in 3 flavours, salt, soy sauce or miso. No MSG and a much healthier alternative to traditional ramen. The Dragons didn't go for it but you can order on their website.
  32. Tuesdays In Love- Water permeable nail polish, cosmetics and skincare that is Halal, vegan, cruelty-free and organic. They got a deal with the Dragons and you can order from their online store.
  33. Evive- A new way to have your morning smoothie. Evive creates smoothie cubes that you simply pop in a jar, let thaw and then shake for a healthy and easy preparation. They come in multiple flavour combinations and they also offer ones with vegan protein powders. They landed a deal with the Dragons and you can buy their products on their website or in Quebec retailers. I am sure they will become nationwide soon. 
  34. Eve's Crackers- If you're looking for a healthier cracker to snack on, Eve's offers a gluten-free, keto and vegan alternative. They landed a deal with Arlene but later backed out.
  35. Cheekbone Beauty- I was super impressed by this cosmetic brand which is Indigenous owned and helps Indigenous youth feel heard through education programs. They are also a cruelty-free and completely vegan company, as well as offering environmentally products, such as their less waste lipsticks. They turned down a deal with the Dragon's but I see a bright future for Cheekbone.
  36. Unscented Company- If you are scent-sensitive and have a hard time finding good products, Unscented Company is an awesome option for you. Their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They offer everything from laundry soap, hair care, lotion and dish tabs. After appearing on the Den, they got a deal with Canadian Tire!
  37. Good Food for Good- Looking to decrease your sugar-intake? Good Food for Good makes ketchup, BBQ sauces and cooking sauces with no added sugar. They are also vegan, keto and paleo, organic and gluten-free. Also every time you buy a bottle they donate a meal through local food banks. They also landed a deal with the Dragons!
  38. Unbelts- Ethically made, vegan belts and also very stylish and claimed to be very comfortable.
  39. Norden- If you are looking for ethical, sustainable and vegan outerwear, Norden has stylish coats for the winter and fall. They use plastic bottles that they turn into fabric!
  40. Nomad Nutrition- Are you a camper or hiker? This fully vegan dehydrated meal company is truly something I'm happy to see in this market since it's not easy to find these types of meals for vegans.
  41. Happy Gut- Fermented products are all the rage these days. Happy Gut offers water kefir grains kits that you can do from home.

I can't wait to see what new seasons of Dragons Den will offer. I am certain we will see even more vegan companies in the future.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Moncton Vegan Guide

Since Moncton is essentially my second home, and the place I was born, I thought I would be the perfect person to create it's very own vegan guide. My Halifax guide has been so successful and helpful to tons of people, while Moncton is not quite as vegan-friendly as my home in Nova Scotia, it is definitely growing and expanding every day and I see a demand to offer a one stop guide for those from and travelling to Moncton. On top of that, it has some of the most amazing vegan food I've ever had!

So here it is,
with love,
The Vegan Peach.
xox :)


Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants: 


Copper Branch: 100% vegan restaurant on Champlain St., Dieppe. They are a food chain originating from Montreal. Offers burgers, power bowls, smoothies, desserts and so much more.

Veggie Vietnam: Vegetarian restaurant located on Champlain Street in Dieppe. I had been told multiple times over and over that everything was vegan and they did not use egg but a girl on the Moncton vegan page said she talked to the owner and they do have egg in their eggrolls, wontons and some noodles. Apparently the new menu lists what is vegan. If you love Chinese-style food, you will love this place. They offer pad thai, mock meat dishes, fried rice and noodle dishes, bubble tea and so much more. Huge menu but I definitely have some trust issues with them now. 

Calactus: Located on Church Street. Another one of my personal all-time favourite restaurants. What can I say, Moncton offers amazing vegan food! Calactus is completely vegetarian but they do offer dairy cheese, however, anything can be made vegan and they make their own tofu cream as a cheese substitute and it's pretty much the best thing ever! My personal favourites are their nachos and their Big Marq burger.

Zen Gardens: On Mountain Road, vegetarian restaurant, they use milk and egg in some things but list ingredients on the menu so it's easy to know what is vegan. I still haven't tried this place. They offer sushi, dumplings, faux meats, tea and much more.

Coffee Shops: 


Duo Cafe: On Main Street, owned by the same people as Tide and Boar, also right next door. They have soy and almond milk for drinks and offer a featured vegan sandwich daily. I have heard they also have vegan donuts on Monday's but haven't confirmed that recently.


Laundromat: Located on Mountain Road, Laundromat offers soy and almond milk in both regular and chocolate for drinks and has a vegan bahn mi.


Clementine Cafe: On Elmwood Drive, They offer soy and almond milk for drinks, a vegan date square, smoothies and a sandwich with vege pate that can be made vegan upon request. I suggest watching the barista's (I usually do everywhere because I have obvious trust issues), as the last time I was there he made mine with dairy milk. He corrected it no problem but I had already taken a sip. :(


Cafe Codiac: Located on St. George Blvd. They offer plant milks for drinks and vegan cookies made by Nico's bakery. They also have daily soup and salad specials that are sometimes vegan.


Jitter Bean Cafe: On Mountain Road, Jitter Bean offers plant milks for drinks, as well as several vegan meal options, including bibimbap (vegetables with steam rice), japchae (vegetables with sweet potato noodle) , mandoo, chao fan (stir fried rice & vegetables) and a sandwich.

Inspiration Cafe: At Church Street, offering a vegan layered toast with beans and a vegetable stir fry. Also offers plant milks for coffee. The thing that is truly unique about this cafe is they are a non-profit that addresses barriers in employment, particularly for mental health, so get your caffeine on while supporting a good cause!

Cafe Cognito: Find this cafe on Main Street, they have soy and almond milk for drinks and a vege pate sandwich.

Cafe Lakay: Donut and coffee shop that is now offering vegan donuts. 

La Vida Cafe: Specify vegan when ordering, offers a falafel wrap, bruschetta hummus, veggie stir-fry and a power salad. 

Halo Donuts: Adding vegan donuts as of March 31st, 2021. 

Veg-Friendly Restaurants: 


Dolma Food: On St. George Street, first floor is a food market where they sell fresh veggies, breads, packaged vegan products and more. The second floor is their restaurant where they have vegan sushi, donairs, a breakfast sandwich, vegan cake and more.

Red Satay: Has 2 locations, one in Moncton and the other in Dieppe. Offers customizable stir-fry style dishes with veggies, tofu, rice or noodles.

Guacamole: There are 4 locations of Guacamole: Morton, Universitie, Mountain Road and inside Champlain Mall food court. Their menu is fully customizable Mexican style cuisine and they mark what is vegan-friendly. They offer tofu as a protein. Please note that their fajita mix (vegetables) contains honey.

Japan Go: Located on Main Street, sushi restaurant that has a full vegetarian/vegan menu.

Cinta Ria:  On Robinson Street, has a vegan menu upon request.

Maharaja: In Dieppe, Indian restaurant serving vegan chana masala, cabbage thoran and dal curry

Taj Mahal: Located on Main Street, Indian restaurant that has a vegan menu upon request.

Frahda's Pita Wrap: On Main Street, offers a marked vegan falafel or garden wrap.

Mint Tapas and Martini Lounge: Located on Weldon Street, offers a vegan Lebanese lunch buffet Monday to Friday 11:30am-2pm.

Pur & Simple: On Mountain Road and Champlain mall, breakfast restaurant that offers smoothies (almond milk) and a menu item called "The Vegan", think toast loaded with avocado, beans and a bunch of other healthy junk.

Saigon Thai: Located on Orange Lane, has a vegetarian menu that can be adapted for vegans (no egg, etc.)

Sugar Roll: On Champlain Street in Dieppe, offers vegan options, ask server for details.

Mansu BBQ: Located on Amirault Street in Dieppe. Vegan options include: Veggie tempura roll and Amirault roll and for appetizers: sushi pizza yam, avocucumber roll, edamame and veg tempura and avocado salad!

Tide & Boar: They have finally added a vegan option to the menu, the vegan Big Mac. Located downtown Moncton. Fries are cooked in the same fryer as meat.

Yanakee Sushi BBQ: On Elmwood Drive, Veg sushi, udon, fried tofu and more.

Cavok: Located in Dieppe. Offers hummus and poke bowls.

Thaizone: Locations in Dieppe and Moncton. Choices include general tao, pad thai (say no egg), tum yum soup, thai soup, and stirfry.

Milestones: has a large menu with marked vegan options including crispy brussel sprouts, kale noodle salad, mushroom soup and a stuffed Portobello mushroom cap. 

Quesada: Mexican fast food joint that offers Beyond Meat crumble, beans or roasted veggies for burritos, tacos and bowls. 

Vinh's Wok: Vegans to specify. Asian restaurant that offers tofu, noodle and rice dishes and Pad Thai. 

Paparazzi Poutine: Poutine shop that offers vegan options. All poutines are named after celebrities. Vegan options are the Beyonce, Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey. Location in Moncton and Bathurst. 

Mini Asian Noodle: Ask for vegan when ordering. Vietnamese and Chinese style food, as well as Pad Thai. Tofu is an option. 

ASA Sushi: Japanese restaurant that offers veggie option, tofu, tempera and sushi rolls. 

Kimganae Korean BBQ: Vegans to specify. Offers veggie rolls, edamame, rice, etc. 

Spoon Sushi: Japanese restaurant that offers vegan sushi rolls, tofu rice bowl, spring rolls and more. Two locations in Moncton. 

Yanakee Sushi BBQ: Japanese restaurant with vegan options that include, Sushi, salads, udon and fried tofu. 

Tandoori Zaika: Indian cuisine with a full veggie menu, vegans to specify. Offers traditional Indian dishes such as chana masala. 

Tokai Ramen: Ramen restaurant with vegan options. Tofu, noodles, rice, veggie stock, etc. 

Natural Food Stores:  

Sequoia: Natural food and supplement store with 3 locations, one in Dieppe, Trinity and Downtown. Sells vegan foods, supplements and cruelty-free products.

Corn Crib: Natural food and supplement store with 2 locations, one in Dieppe and the other on Mountain Road. Offers organic and vegan food items, cruelty-free products and supplements.

MacArthur's Food Market: Located on McLaughlin. Huge plant nursery that also has a food market attached. They offer an awesome selection of vegan products from local and international companies. Also has cruelty-free products, eco-friendly goods and supplements. Sells Beyond meat burgers and sausages, Sheese. Local brands: Good Parma, Fresh Start Fauxmage and Eggcitables.

Aqua Natural Store: Located on Penny Lane, sells cruelty-free products, supplements, protein powders and natural food items.

Pizza: 

Piatto Pizzeria: On Main Street, pizzeria that offers a vegan pizza on their menu that can be customized.

Famous Peppers: Pizza joint that offers a fully vegan pizza on their menu called "The Garden of Vegan". Offers vegan cheese.  Located in Dieppe. 

Market Stalls/Vegan Small Business: 


Nirvana Nutrition: Sells at the Dieppe farmer's market every Saturday. Nirvana Nutrition makes decadent vegan desserts that will fool any dairy lover. She makes cheesecakes, macaroons, cookies, as well as, black bean burgers and soups. Plus Cindy is a total sweetheart. <3

Red Earth Kitchen: Has stalls at both Moncton and Dieppe markets. They have the most AMAZING vegan and raw desserts imaginable! They also sell vegan meatballs, soups, quinoa salad and more.

Hanami Sorbet: Offers vegan sorbet in many different flavours at the Dieppe market.

Charlson Faumagerie: Artisan handcrafted vegan cheese at the Moncton market.

PastaHouse: Fresh vegan pasta vendor located at the Moncton market. 

Maiz & Mixta: Maker of gluten-free and dairy-free tacos at the Moncton market. Offers 3 vegan options, pinto beans, TVP Al Please and vegan Conchita. 

Leafy Greens: Made to order vegan protein cookies. Also available at Corn Crib and Stirlings. 

B-go Nuts: Made to order vegan cheese that is celiac safe and free of major allergens 

The Cookie Lair: Made to order cookies with vegan options. 

Lost and Found Ice Cream: Local artisan ice cream maker that also offers some vegan options. Sells at a few local retailers such as Stirlings. 

**Please note, the market is currently on hiatus due to Covid. Hopefully back in September. 

Other: 

Nico's Bakery: Most of their regular breads are vegan and they also have gluten-free vegan cookies.

Tomavo: Grocery store that offers fresh produce and smoothies. Locations in Moncton and Shediac.

Adorable Chocolat: Has a storefront in Shediac but also sells at the Dieppe farmer's market. They have one product labelled vegan (vegan chocolate almond snaps) but most of their dark chocolate is vegan-friendly too.

The Carefree Cakery: Offers custom made-to-order cakes, vegan options available.  

Rosie's Ice Cream: Ice cream shop in Shediac that offers vegan options. 

Cremerie Roule Ta Creme: Rolled ice cream shop in Shediac with vegan options. 

Mimziz Macaron: A mostly non-vegan dessert shop but offers a couple vegan options like chocolate cream pie and blueberry cream pie. 

Bar Laitier Amiro Dairy Bar: Opens April 2nd, 2021 and is going to have homemade vegan ice cream on the menu made by Lost and Found Ice Cream. 

Superstore, Sobeys and Walmart all have decent natural food sections where you can find many vegan products. Winners and Marshall's carries a great variety of vegan snacks and cruelty-free items.

You may also be interested in these posts:  

Shopping Cruelty-free in Canada 
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

So You Wanna Go Vegan... Now What?

Hey! The Vegan Peach here, thanks for stopping by. Have you decided to begin your journey to a compassionate lifestyle? Are you having trouble knowing where to begin? Fear not! I am here to help.

 

I know it can seem like a scary and difficult journey but I promise you it is very much worth it and not nearly as scary as it might seem. Look at it as a step by step process. There's no need to overwhelm yourself, the most important thing is to just start somewhere.

  • Educate yourself: I am a firm believer that getting as much knowledge as possible is going to help you so much in the long run. Watch the documentaries, read the books, visit websites like this one, watch YouTube videos, check your local library for vegan cookbooks and so on. There is an endless wealth of information out there for you and the beauty is, people like myself, have done the research for you. As you search this website, you will find all the tools you need for an easy transition. I have tried to make it as easy as possible for you.
  • Build a community: It is so important to talk to people who understand. It can feel like you might be very isolated in the beginning but finding a space to talk to like-minded people will ease that feeling. Even if you don't have local vegan groups in your city, the internet is chocked full of vegan spaces. Reach out and don't be afraid to ask questions. You might be surprised who you meet online that lives next door.
  • Google is your best friend: Many people think they are going to miss out on their favourite foods, this is where Google comes in. Vegan cookbooks are fantastic and if you can afford to buy some I highly recommend it but there are literally thousands upon thousands of vegan recipes all over the internet for every food imaginable. Type in vegan"enter food here" recipe and you will get hundreds to choose from. Everything can be veganized, you really aren't giving anything up at all.
  • Don't be afraid to speak out: Friends and family may feel concerned or confused by your decision but don't be afraid to express your views.
  • It's okay to make mistakes: Mistakes are bound to happen, sometimes we miss ingredients on prepackaged items, that is okay. The important thing is to make sure you shake it off and move forward. Life is a learning experience.
  • Don't be scared to ask for help: If you need help, ask for it. Find a vegan mentor via Vegan Outreach
  • Remember who you doing this for: Cravings can happen just don't lose sight of who you are doing this for. Look at videos of pigs, cows, chickens and remember what they go through for meat, dairy and eggs. Cravings are simply physical and will most likely go away within a month or so. Animals can't escape the misery and death. Fight past them, you are strong and capable.
  • Become an ingredient master: Labels might seem overwhelming but within a couple months you'll become a speed reader when it comes to ingredient labels. Check for common animal ingredients such as: honey, milk, whey, lard, gelatin, etc. Master tip: Read the allergy warnings first, if eggs or milk aren't there (you know no milk or eggs are in the product) then scan over the rest of the list for honey or other non-allergen ingredients.
  • You aren't really giving up anything: You are simply shifting your current habits to a cruelty free one instead.

Check out below my Beginner's Guide to Veganism and followup video with more tips and tricks. 



 

Originally posted on www.theveganpeach.com

Surprising Vegan Products by President's Choice

President's Choice recently announced they will be releasing 40+ plant-based products to their popular stores; Superstore, No Frills and other sister stores. This is huge news for the vegan world or those simply looking for healthier alternatives. Here at The Vegan Peach, I wanted to compile an easy access list of surprisingly vegan products you can find at your local stores. 

New products will be added when I see them in store. Here is the beginning of my list:

PC Gluten-Free waffles are accidentally vegan. Can be found in the Natural Foods freezers

PC Organics four vegetable pizza with no cheese. Found in the Natural Foods aisle freezer area.

PC Organics has a good variety of shelf-stable plant based milk options.

PC cultured coconut milk yogurt comes in 3 varieties and can be found in the dairy aisle

PC Blue Menu fruit & nut granola bars are vegan-friendly and can be found in the cereal/granola bar aisle. I personally love the dark chocolate cherry.


PC coconut milk ice cream found in the ice cream aisle. New packaging and new flavour. This ice cream is fantastic, super creamy, flavourful and delicious.
New Veggie Bites found with the packaged frozen foods.
Tofu can be found in the deli area with other vegan products.

Tempeh can be found in the deli area with other vegan products.

Mango mochi. If you love mango you will enjoy these. Found at the end of the ice cream aisle.

New Undeniable vegan burger. I believe it's to compete with the Beyond Burger. I prefer this one but it is still too meaty for me and prefer classic veggie burgers. Find this in the freezer section next to the meat burgers.
Also another vegetable based burger.

Cashew dip

Tofu Dip

Vegan cheesecake. Find it in the freezer section near other cheesecakes. 

Chickeless breaded cutlets, found in the freezer section. Prices seem really high on the chickless products at 12.99 for a small bag.

Chickenless breaded strips. Found in the freezer section.

Chickenless breasts, found in the freezer section.

Frozen chocolate chip cookie dough rounds

Apple Crumble Pie

Vegan mayo


Chickenless and beefless broths 

coconut cheese-style spread

Chickenless and beefless strips

Vegan cheese-- they have shreds and slices

Dairy-free kefir

Mozza style sticks 

Vegan Cheese puffs

Vegetable and bean chili

Sorbet

Sour cream alternative 

Pancake Mix 
More coming soon....

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Battle of the Vegan Deodroants

Still one of the biggest complaints I get from people is finding a vegan and cruelty-free deodorant they like and really works. I feel like there is 2 main components to a good deodorant.; the ability to apply the deodorant easily and smoothly and of course, the overall effectiveness of it. So I wanted to give my opinions on the many different brands I have tried and my experience with each. If I try new ones in the future, I will also add them to this list. Hopefully this will be effective in helping people find what works for them. We have to remember what works for one person, may not work for everyone. We are all made up of different chemicals and our bodies are all very different. It's also important to remember that natural deodorant are NOT antiperspirants, as those involve nasty chemicals, such as aluminum. It is natural to sweat even if it is uncomfortable for us, it's HEALTHY. Natural deodorants can still be very effective however and here are my results.

First number is for effectiveness, second is for the application quality. 

3-1 Minimo- I received this, along with a couple other items, from the creator for a YouTube review. The formula has changed since I got it, so everyone please keep this in mind. The new formula may be way better. The one I tried was extremely rough on the skin, so much so that I only used it a couple times and couldn't take it anymore. I have extremely sensitive armpits and it was hurting them badly. It also was extremely white and left a bad residue. However, I did find it fairly effective considering. I would like to eventually try the new formula in hopes of better results.


4-4 Kiss My Face- This tends to be my go to drugstore brand for deodorant. It's been tried and true for many years. It goes on smooth, clear and is also very effective for me. Kiss My Face has a few styles of their deodorants including a roll-on and stick. I prefer the stick but I do like their roll-on one as well. The scents are really nice too.


3-4 Jason- This is another trusted drugstore brand. Not quite as effective as the Kiss My Face but I do still like it but you will most likely have to reapply a couple times a day. They come in lovely scents and go on smooth.


3-5 Lavanila- I decided to try the Lavanila deodorant after my best friend told me it is her favourite. The coconut that I had smells fantastic and it's probably the nicest deodorant to apply. So smooth and easy. My only issue was that it wasn't super effective for me and I did have to reapply during the day. A stronger scent may resolve that.



1-1 Me & You Body- I hate having to say this since this is a small independent company out of BC but honestly, it was terrible all around for me. Way too rough to apply and also not effective. Sorry Me & You body. :(


4-2 Lafes- I actually got this deodorant for my husband but decided to try it for myself. Hubby said that he did find it to work quite well, for me it worked okay, not fantastic. But my biggest complaint was application. A bit rough and sticky which I didn't enjoy.


2-4 Nutribiotic- Effectiveness with Nutribiotic was not great but I did love the scent and application was very smooth and easy to apply. 

5-5 Rustic Maka- Second place for favourite deodorant has to be the Pachy by Rustic Maka. I received this as a free product to review and I fell in love. The scent is amazing, smooth application and it worked wonders. Fresh all day without having to reapply.




3-4 Crystal Deodorant- Tried and true Crystal deodorant is such a unique product and one of the first deodorants I used when I went vegan. My mother actually used it before I knowing that aluminum is so bad for us. My mother switched after having a lump in her breast and has never gone back. I give effectiveness a 3 cause I do normally have to reapply during the day but overall, you'd be surprised how well a crystal rock can work. They also have it in roll-on and spray methods now and that's even better! I really like using it between applications of other deodorants and I also keep a small crystal in my purse. I don't mind any of the methods but could see some people not liking them. It's definitely not like traditional deodorants which could be difficult to get used to.




2-3 Nature's Gate- Application of the Nature's Gate deodorant is not bad but I didn't find it overly effective. They do have nice scents and many of their other products are great.


1-2 Green Beaver- Green Beaver is a fantastic Canadian company but they fell short on the deodorant game. I found application sticky and the effectiveness bad. I had to reapply multiple times per day and the scents are nice but not strong enough.




3-3 Desert Essence- If you've followed me on YouTube at all, you know how much I love Desert Essence. Their hair care products are by far my favourite. The deodorant they make smells amazing but works just okay. Application is pretty smooth.


1-2 EO Organics: Not only did I not particularly enjoy the spray aspect, as it creates wet armpits that you need to let dry before putting a shirt on. It also didn't work well for me. :(



2-1 Hugo Naturals: I picked up a couple of their deodorants on sale. Unfortunately, I didn't care for them. The application is really rough going on and it's not all that effective either.


2-5 Nature Love: The scent was wonderful and application was really smooth but the effectiveness was not so great. I had to reapply at least a couple times a day.



3.5-5 Alaffia: Nice fresh scent and smooth application. Fairly effective as well. Sometimes I need to reapply closer to the end of the day.



3-5 Live Clean: I love the baby powder scent and how smooth the application is but I do find I need to reapply a couple times a day. I love that it's mainstream though and can be found at places like Walmart.

1-4 Natural Care: Smells lovely and applies smooth but is not very effective against odor. I have to reapply a couple times a day.



4-2 PurelyGreat:  I've used the citrus cream deodorant. It has a nice scent, simple ingredients and does work fairly well and is long lasting. My biggest complaint is the application as it's a bit messy but you do get used to it. Stir, stir, stir!
5-4 Habitat Botanicals: I got their promotional deal of 5 of their products for 12 dollars. I love the deodorant. It smells lovely and so far I've been finding it really affective. Application is rougher than I'd like but not terrible. The thing I think is the coolest about their products is the fact they are compostable and biodegradable packing, as well as being cruelty-free and vegan. 


5-5 Schmidt's: Probably my favourite deodorant I have used. Super effective, smells amazing and the application is smooth. It is nice too cause you can purchase them at mainstream stores like Walmart now. 
2-5 Pink House Organics: Vancouver based skin care company. Their pit potion goes on smooth and has a lovely scent but I do have to reapply at least once a day. Sadly it's not long lasting. 



Rating system: 
Not affective 1____3____5 Very affective
 Effectiveness

Rough 1____3____5 Smooth
  Application

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