Friday, March 30, 2012

Coconut Sugar, Baking Mix, and Skin Care

The Delivery: Wholesome Sweeteners organic coconut-palm sugar, vanilla frosting and baking mixes from Babycakes, and skincare samples from Derma E
Staff Pick: The sugar

The DL: Considering we at VNHQ love our daily coffee and tea, our pantry is curiously devoid of sweeteners. Good thing this shipment of organic coconut-palm sugar just arrived. In addition to dumping heaping spoonfuls into our beverages, we're looking forward to using the sweet stuff in recipes such as Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp and Vegan Tagalongs. Looking to appease your sweet tooth this weekend? Check out VegNews' Must-Make Vegan Desserts board on our Pinterest page!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vegan and Gluten-Free Frozen Foods, Books, and Masala Chai

The Delivery: Masala chai from Blue Lotus Chai, lasagna and wraps from Amy's KitchenQuick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking by Carla Kelly, and The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan.
Staff Pick: Amy's new frozen foods

The DL: Veggie lasagna with Daiya cheese that's ready in five minutes? We've died and gone to heaven. We always appreciate Amy's for making it easy-as-frozen-vegan-Shepherd's-Pie to eat cruelty-free (and tastily, at that), and can't wait to taste test these new frozen foods. Want to get a sneak peek of staff taste tests and other goings-on at the VNHQ? Make sure to follow us on Instagram!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fresh Pasta, Cookbooks, and Springtime Sweets

The Delivery: Fresh pastas from Mama Sue's Gourmet Pasta, springtime treats from Sweet and Sara350 Best Vegan Recipes by Deb Roussou, and 150 Best Vegan Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury
Staff Pick: The sweet and Sara stash!

The DL: A chocolate-coated rice crispy treat? How is that not going to get staff pick? We love everything from Sweet and Sara (and with adorable marshmallows like that, who couldn't?), and plan on noshing on these Easter-themed treats with gusto. You know what else we're in love with? Our newly redesigned website! Head on over to and let us know what you think in the comments. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kale Chips 'n' Cookies

The Delivery: Alive and Radiant's kale chips and raw cookies (most contain honey)
Staff Pick: The kale chips

The DL: We are no strangers to Alive and Radiant's creatively-flavored kale chips: We first tasted these savory and sweet (yep, they have chocolate kale chips!) snacks at this year's Expo West. And you know what's great about them? They're so covered in delicious coatings (not just chocolate, but tarragon-Dijon, cheesy chipotle, and others), you can't believe you're eating kale! Want a killer kale chips recipe to make in your kitchen? The best one ever is in our March+April issue!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Down to Cocomo(Joe)

The Delivery: Assorted Cocomo Joe Foods bars, granola, and popcorn
Staff Pick: The caramel corn!

The DL: We first tasted this new line of vegan bars, granola, and popcorn at Expo West, and let's just say that we wouldn't mind taking this caramel popcorn down to Bermuda (or Bahama). If you can't make it to Key Largo or Montego, be sure to check out The Healthy Voyager's top 10 foodie and green spring break destinations over on All of us here at VegNews wish you a happy weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vegan Cookies, Pasta Sauce, a Book, and an Apron

The Delivery: Mama Jess' organic pasta sauces, chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter, and double-chocolate cookies from Isabella's Cookie Company, a Daiya apron, and The Autism Puzzle by Brita Belli
Staff Pick: The cookies!

The DL: After days of savory snacking, we were pining for something to sate our collective sweet tooth. Enter Isabella's Cooking Company, which sent us products from its vegan cookie line—an act that caused a chorus of cheers to erupt throughout VNHQ. Some VN staffers are eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Hunger Games (starring vegan actor Woody Harrelson!), which hits theaters tonight at midnight, but there are several other intriguing movies out this spring. Check out our film-festival faves here!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Seitan-Sandwich Smorgasbord

The Delivery: An assortment of vegan sandwiches and wraps from Upton's Naturals!

The DL: We considered this delivery of scrumptious sandwiches an extended celebration of yesterday's Great American Meatout. And the good news didn't stop there—in the same day these sandwiches arrived, we saw sunshine for the first time in weeks! Simply coincidence? Probably. But who doesn't like believing in the magic of seitan sandwiches? If you want to keep celebrating Meatout, check out our interview with its founder and an exclusive recipe for Ranch Burgers from the queen of veggie burgers herself, Joni Marie Newman!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ready-to-Eat Meals, Fruit Preserves, and a Cookbook

The Delivery: Go Picnic ready-to-eat meal packs, snack mix from Karmic Health, muscat grape jelly and golden-plum preserves from Bonne Maman, and Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson
Staff Pick: Go Picnic meals

The DL: Guess what? Today marks the first day of spring! Since picnic weather is (hopefully) almost upon us, this delivery from Go Picnic couldn't have arrived at a better time. Go Picnic's conveniently packaged ready-to-eat meals contain such goodies as sunflower butter and dry-roasted edamame—munchies that would look right at home atop a grass-stained gingham blanket. Still finalizing your springtime plans? Get your foodie fix at one of these vegan-friendly vacation destinations!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Salsa, Eyewear, and a Book

The Delivery: Chipotle and nopal cactus salsas from Casa Martinez, Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast by Ani Phyo, and frames from Amy Sacks' spring eyewear collection
Staff Pick: Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast

The DL: Author Ani Phyo won our hearts in past with her raw-food cookbooks, so it's no surprise that her latest book was one of our most anticipated of the year. Part raw-foods primer and part recipe book, Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast promises to help you shed up to 15 pounds in 15 days. But don't think that going raw means munching on salads all day—Phyo's palatable plan includes recipes for dishes such as raw fudge brownies with fresh berries and spicy bok choy soup. Follow Phyo's lead and get your raw fix by grabbing some seasonal spring produce at your local farmer's market. Bon appétit!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Vegan Easter Fun

The Delivery: Assorted Easter chocolates from No Whey! Chocolate and Dyeable Ceramic Easter Eggs from EggNots
Staff Pick: The chocolates

The DL: You know what makes the fourth rainy day in a row better? A box of chocolates. The folks at No Whey! are seriously spoiling us, and you know, we're perfectly content with that. Want some chocolaty deliciousness of your own? Head over to the VegNews Store, which has no shortage of vegan chocolate. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Salad Dressing, Raw Chips, and Vegan Bacony Bits!

The Delivery: Petrini's Italian, Classic Italian, and Italian Ranch (not vegan) Salad Dressings, Samples of Pig Out bacony bits from WayFare Foods, and Raw Red Bell Pepper and Kale Chips from Brad's Raw Foods
Staff Pick: Brad's Raw Chips and Raw Leafy Kale

The DL: We've had these kale chips before and we'll have these kale chips again, and that's because they're delicious. Seriously—taking out a container in one sitting is a piece of cake for the VN staffers. Want to make these addictive snacks at home? Check out our March+April issue for a fantastic recipe for Kale Chips, plus three yummy variations.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vegan Cookies, Baby Clothes, a Cookbook, and Soy Sauce

The Delivery: Baby Clothes from Rock 'n' Roll BabiesLittle Soya soy sauce (not vegan), cookies from Mama Micki's All Natural Bakery, and Vegetarian by Alice Hart (not vegan).
Staff Pick: The cookies!

The DL: Cookies, we meet again. But this time, it's different: Instead of taste-testing classic chocolate chip or simple snickerdoodle, we've been presented with creative concoctions such as Chocolate Orange with Walnuts and Oatmeal Raisin Sunflower Seed. And to them we say, welcome. Oh, and we're excited to eat you. While we're gobbling these sweets, check out 10 must-visit best spring break destinations for foodies (cookies included) in our new travel feature.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cookbooks, Vegan Pasta Sauce, and Eco-Friendly Beverage Accessories

The Delivery: Cooking Vegan by Vesanto Melina and Joseph Forest, Victoria Vegan Pasta Sauces from  Victoria Fine Foods, reusable beverage accessories from Green Paxx, and Fresh and Green by Aldo Zilli (not vegan)
Staff Pick: Cooking Vegan

The DL: We're back from Expo West, and boy was it a doozy. After tons of excitement, a few bad stomachaches, and more food samples than we can count, we're glad to be sitting at our desks in the VNHQ. And after all that eating, we're more than happy to flip through pages of "healthful, delicious, and easy" recipes. Bring on the green smoothies! Want to see what went down at Expo West? Head on over to our Facebook page and check out our photos!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sprouted Burgers? Yes Please!

The Delivery: Heart Healthy Pizza by Mark Sutton, a galley of The Easy Vegan by Janet Hudson, Sprout Burgers from Health Is Wealth, and Spa Ritual's spring/summer 2012 nail polish collection
Staff Pick: The burgers!

The DL: The next time we head to a barbecue—which, if this beautiful weather is any indication, may be sooner than expected—we'll definitely arrive with these sprouted burgers from Health Is Wealth in tow. With flavors such as Chipotle Bean and Mushroom and Onion, we're betting these grain-based grillers would be great topped with thin slices of the new Daiya cheese wedges, then slathered in chipotle, barbecue, and horseradish Vegenaise (no such thing as too many condiments!). Speaking of Daiya and Vegenaise, tomorrow we're heading to Natural Products Expo West, a trade show featuring the nation's best and brightest natural product companies. This Just In will be on hiatus until we get back on Tuesday, but you can follow our dispatches from Expo West on Facebook, Twitter, or our brand new Instagram account. See you soon, Anaheim!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bars, Books, and Putty

The Delivery: Two Degrees food bars with quinoa, chia, and millet, Locavore Adventures by Jim Weaver (not vegan), Vegans Are Cool compiled by Kathy Divine, The Little Lotus Learns About Wellness by Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero, and Putty for Your Hands from Lush
Staff Pick: The Two Degrees bars

The DL: "For every bar you buy, we give a meal to a hungry child." Now that is an energy bar that gives back! We're excited to try these snacks, which come in yummy flavors such as Chocolate Banana, Apple Pecan, and Cherry Almond. Perhaps they'll supply the much-needed energy to get us through Natural Products Expo West. We're heading down to Anaheim tomorrow to find the hottest new vegan products—be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to get the inside scoop!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Crazy for Cookbooks!

The Delivery: Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton, Chia: the Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood by Wayne Coates, VegeBaby by Pragna Parmita (not vegan), and Cook, Eat, Thrive by Joy Tienzo
Staff Pick: Cook, Eat, Thrive

The DL: Oh man. Sweet Potato Challah? Is there really anything else to say? A simple peruse through Cook, Eat, Thrive not only makes us hungry, but also has us surprised and delighted by creative dishes we've never seen before. While we're drooling over page 92 (that would be the Smoky Corn and Date Empanditas), you can find in-depth reviews of fantastic vegan cookbooks in every issue of VegNews. Subscribe today to get our upcoming May+June issue before it hits newsstands. There just so happens to be an extended media section!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Books, Tea, and a DVD

The Delivery: Dating Vegans: Recipes for Relationships by Anne Dinshah, Practically Raw by Amber Shea Crawley, Humane Society of the United StatesLatest in Clinical Nutritional Volume 8 by Michael Greger, and Mother Earth Zest and Dreamtime loose-leaf teas from Sacred Rose
Staff Pick: Practically Raw

The DL: It's pretty serendipitous that Practically Raw was today's Staff Pick: Not only is it one of our 10 must-buy vegan cookbooks for 2012, but the author herself stopped by the VNHQ today! If you're looking to add more uncooked deliciousness to your diet, be sure to pick up this book and whip up some of Gena Hamshaw's Raw Corn Tortillas (which just so happen to be this week's What's Cooking). Maybe you could read over Practically Raw's pages while eating a raw tortilla or two. Just a thought.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Instant Bread Mixes, Raw Hemp Seeds, and a Veg-Friendly Graphic Novel

The Delivery: Organic bread mixes from Baked Better, Tails: Book One comic by Ethan Young, and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Staff Pick: The hemp seeds

The DL: We're not going to lie: Here at VegNews, we love gobbling up the occasional cookie or huge sub sandwich, but we also love to eat healthful food (just search for "kale salad" on Café VegNews and you'll see what we mean). We're excited to try these hemp hearts (not the seed—just the center) on oatmeal, cereal, and yes, those kale salads too. Cheers to health! And kale! And cookies!