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Serving Sizes Are a Myth

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Serving Sizes Are a Myth

The study is quiet when Stephanie Brown notices Damian Wayne standing in the doorway, looking in at her on the couch and Bruce leaning back in his office chair. Damian’s expression is hard to read, maybe boredom, and he observes them for a minute before speaking.

“I was instructed to inform you that it is dinner time,” Damian says.

“Ugh,” Stephanie says, slumping against the arm of the couch. “Hard pass, but thanks.”

“Tell Alfred we’re skipping dinner,” Bruce says.

There’s a flash of surprise on Damian’s face and then he asks, “Shall I tell him you are ill?”

“I already ate,” Stephanie says, sighing. “And now I’m sick.”

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88 snacks under 100 calories 

SWEET TOOTH

1. Mini PB&F: One fig Newton with 1 teaspoon peanut butter.

2. Chocolate Banana: Half a frozen banana dipped in two squares of melted dark chocolate.

3. Frozen grapes (any color): 1 cup (about 28 grapes), stuck in the freezer for 2+ hours.

4. Honeyed Yogurt: ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey.

5. Spiced Orange: One orange— about the size of a tennis ball— sprinkled with cinnamon.

6. Grilled Pineapple: 2 ¼-inch thick pineapple rounds (about 1 cup), grilled (or sautéed) for two minutes or until golden.

7. Berries n’ Cream: 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping.

8. Stuffed Figs: Two small dried figs with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat ricotta stuffed inside. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

9. Oats n’ Berries: ⅓ cup rolled oats (cooked with water), topped with cinnamon and ¼ cup fresh berries.

10. Dark Chocolate: One block, or three squares.

11. Nut-Stuffed Date: One Medjool Date filled with one teaspoon natural unsalted almond butter.

12. Chocolate Milk: 6 ounces skim milk mixed with 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup.

13. Cinnamon Applesauce: 1 cup unsweetened applesauce. Or, try this homemade version!

14. Citrus-Berry Salad: 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.

15. Maple-Pumpkin Yogurt: ½ cup non-fat regular yogurt (go Greek for extra protein!) with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon maple syrup… like this!

16. Chocolate Pudding: One 4oz package. Try a fat/sugar free version or a homemade one!

17. Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Five strawberries dipped in two squares melted dark chocolate.

18. Tropical Juice Smoothie: ¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice.

19. Vanilla and Banana Smoothie: ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth.

20. MYO Banana Chips: One sliced banana dipped in lemon juice and baked.

21. Baked Apple: One tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender.

22. Fruity Waffles: One 7-grain frozen waffle toasted and topped with ¼ cup fresh mixed berries.

23. Skinny S’more: Two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate.

24. Cinnamon Graham Crackers & Peanut butter: Two graham cracker squares with 1 teaspoon peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

25. Cereal and Milk: ½ cup rice krispies with ½ cup skim milk.

26. Milk n’ Cookies: Five animal crackers with ½ cup skim milk.

27. Warm Spiced Cider: 6 ounces apple cider with sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg, warmed.

28. Citrus Sherbet: ½ cup lime sherbet (about one standard-sized ice-cream scoop) with ½ sliced kiwi.

29. Café Latte: 8 ounces steamed skim milk with 1 shot espresso.

30. Jelly Beans: 25 of ‘em! Although we don’t recommend these.

31. Marshmallow Pear: ½ pear diced and topped with 1 tablespoon marshmallow fluff.

32. Protein Shake: One scoop protein powder with 8 ounces water (choose from tasty powder flavors like cookies n’ cream and chocolate peanut butter!).

33. M.Y.O. Popsicle: 8 ounces lemonade frozen in an ice pop mold, or use a small paper cup as a mold.

34. Apple Chips: Munch on ¾ cup of kinds like these, or use this recipe!

SAVORY SATISFACTION
35. Carrots n’ Hummus: About 10 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons hummus.

36. Pistachios: A couple handfuls— about 25 nuts (Crackin’ them open will take more time and avoid grabbing 25 more).

37. Cheese n’ Crackers: Five Kashi 7-grain crackers with 1 stick reduced-fat string cheese.

38. Dippy Egg: One over easy egg with ½ slice whole-wheat toast, sliced (to dip in yolk!).

39. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

40. Curried Sweet Potato: One medium sweet potato (about 5 inches long) cooked for six minutes in the microwave and mashed with 1 teaspoon curry, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

41. “Cheesy” Popcorn: 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast— it’ll taste like real cheese!

42. Guacamole stuffed Egg Whites: Halve a hardboiled egg, remove yolk, and stuff the empty space with 2 tablespoons guacamole (avocado, lime, cilantro and salt).

43. Grilled Spinach and Feta Polenta: 3 oz polenta (about the size of a deck of cards) cooked with 1 ½ cups water and topped with 1 teaspoon feta cheese and a handful spinach.

44. Soy Edamame: ¼ cup boiled Edamame with 1 teaspoon soy sauce.

45. Dijon Pretzels: Two pretzel rods with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.

46. Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad: ½ cup canned tuna with 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, and two ribs celery (chopped).

47. Greek Tomatoes: One tomato (about the size of a tennis ball) chopped and mixed with 1 tablespoon feta and a squeeze of lemon juice.

48. Shrimp Cocktail: Eight medium sized shrimp boiled and served with 2 tablespoons classic cocktail sauce.

49. Smoked Beef Jerky: About 1 ounce— look for low sodium versions!

50. Cheddar and Tomato Soup: ½ cup tomato soup with 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar cheese.

51. Kale Chips: ½ cup raw kale— stems removed— baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil at 400° until crisp.

52. Sweet Potato Fries: One light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes.

53. Cucumber Sandwich: ½ English muffin with 2 tablespoons cottage cheese and three slices of cucumber.

54. Turkey Roll-Ups: Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard.

55. Mixed Olives: About 8 olives.

56. Antipasto Plate: One Pepperocini, a ½ inch cube of cheddar cheese, one slice pepperoni, and one olive.

57. Pumpkin Seeds: 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

58. Choco-Soy Nuts: 3 tablespoons soy nuts with 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs.

59. Wasabi Peas: About ⅓ cup of these green treats.

60. Balsamic Veggies: 3 cups raw peppers (any color!) dipped in 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction.

61. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus: Four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°.

62. Cucumber salad: One large cucumber (sliced) with 2 tablespoons chopped red onion and 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar.

63. Spinach and Feta Egg-White Scramble: Three egg whites scrambled and mixed with ½ cup raw spinach and 1 tbsp feta cheese. Cook in frying pan or zap in microwave until egg whites are no longer runny (about 1-2 minutes).

64. Crunchy Kale Salad: 1 cup kale leaves chopped with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

65. Chick Pea Salad: ¼ chickpeas with 1 tablespoon sliced scallions, a squeeze of lemon juice, and ¼ cup diced tomatoes.

66. Grilled Garlic Corn on the Cob: One small-sized ear brushed with 1 teaspoon sautéed minced garlic and 1 teaspoon olive oil, grilled until tender.

67. Pretzels & Cream Cheese: 15 mini pretzel sticks with 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese.

68. Bacon Brussels Salad: Seven brussel spouts thinly sliced and mixed with one piece lean bacon, chopped.

69. Rosemary Potatoes: ⅓ cup thinly sliced potato tossed with 1 teaspoons olive oil and a teaspoon of chopped rosemary.

70. Spicy Black Beans: ¼ cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt.

71. Caprese Salad: 1 ounce (hockey puck sized) of fresh mozzarella with ½ cup cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.

72. Goldfish: About 40 fishies…try the cheddar kind!

73. Chips n’ Salsa: 10 baked tortilla chips with ¼ cup salsa.

74. Mini Ham Sandwich: Two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf.

75. Lox Bagel: ½ whole-wheat mini bagel with two thin slices of lox.

SWEET N SALTY
76. Chocolate Trail Mix: Eight almonds, four chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon raisins.

77. Apples and Cheese: 1 non-fat mozzarella cheese stick with half of a baseball-sized apple (any variety), sliced.

78. PB & Celery: 1 medium celery stalk with 1 tablespoon peanut butter.

79. Cottage Cheese Melon Boat: 1 cup melon balls with ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese.

80. Carrot and Raisin Salad: 1 cup shaved carrots with 2 tablespoons raisins and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

81. Tropical Cottage Cheese: ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup fresh mango and pineapple, chopped.

82. Blue-Cheese Stuffed Apricots: Three dried apricots with 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese.

83. Rice Cake and Almond Butter: One rice cake (try brown rice!) with 2 teaspoons almond butter.

84. Sweet n’ Spicy Pecans: Five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

85. Apples n’ Peanut Butter: ½ an apple, sliced and dipped in 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter.

86. Chocolate Hazelnut Crackers: Four wheat thins dipped in 1 teaspoon Nutella (or other hazelnut spread).

87. Strawberry Salad: 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic.

88. Cacao-Roasted Almonds: Pop in eight almonds like these!

Maple and Mustard Pork Roast

After last week’s heat wave, this week’s been downright autumnal; but not even a little (or a lot of) rain could dampen our mood on Canada Day (ask Ottawans!), especially when you get to have a slice of this yummy Maple and Mustard Pork Roast! Happy Sunday!

Ingredients (serves 4 to 6):

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup dark (grade A) Canadian Maple Syrup
  • 6 long peppercorns
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 1 (14-ounce) pork roast
  • 1/3 cup Apple Jelly
  • 1 tablespoon dark (grade A) Canadian Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

The day before, make the brine. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar and coarse sea salt. Stir in boiling water, until dissolved. Once dissolved, stir in Canadian Maple Syrup, long pepper, sage, garlic and ice water. Place pork roast in a large zip-lock bag, and pour brine over it. Close bag tightly, and keep in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, remove pork roast from the zip-lock bag, and place in a baking dish, along with 1/3 cup of the brine (discard the rest) and ¼ cup water. Roast at 400°, 1 hour.

Meanwhile, melt Apple Jelly in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in Maple Syrup and whole-grain mustard; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture thickens and coats the back of a xooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Generously brush pork roast with Maple and Mustard glaze and return to the oven. Roast, 10 minutes at 410°, until golden brown and caramelized.

Slice Maple and Mustard Pork Roast, and serve drizzled with sauce

MEAT, EGG & DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

Meat, Egg, and Dairy Alternatives

Meat Substitutes

Below are just some of the faux meat products available at many supermarkets, health food stores, and co-ops. Some grocery chains, such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market, also offer store-brand options.

 Hot Dogs

Cincinnati Chili Dog by Field Roast

The Cincinnati Chili Dog by Field Roast

Cedar Lake  Deli Franks, Tofu Links, Tofu Franks

Field Roast Frankfurters

Lightlife  Smart Dogs, Smart Dogs Jumbo, Tofu Pups

SoyBoy  Not Dogs, Vegetarian Franks

Tofurky  Hot Dogs, Jumbo Hot Dogs

Yves  Meatless Hot Dog, Meatless Jumbo Dog, The Good Dog, Tofu Dog

Hamburgers

Gardein Burger

Gardein Burger With Vegan Cheese (via Mike Hipp)

Amy’s Kitchen  All American Burger, Bistro Burger, California Veggie Burger, Quarter Pound Veggie Burger, Texas Burger, Sonoma Veggie Burger, Black Bean Veggie Burger

Beyond Meat  The Beast Burger, Beastly Sliders

Boca  Original Vegan Burgers

Gardein  The Ultimate Beefless Burger and Sliders, Garden Veggie Burger, Chipotle Black Bean Burger and Sliders

Gardenburger  Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burgers, Veggie Medley Veggie Burgers

Quorn  Vegan Burgers

Sol Cuisine  Burger and Sliders

Yves  Meatless Beef Burgers

Cold Cuts

Sandwich with Tofurky Deli Slices

Sandwich with Tofurky Deli Slices

Field Roast  Thin Deli Sliced Field Roast (Lentil Sage, Wild Mushroom, Smoked Tomato)

Lightlife  Smart Deli (Ham, Pepperoni, Turkey, Bologna)

Tofurky  Deli Slices (Oven Roasted, Peppered, Hickory Smoked, Italian Deli, Bologna Style, Roast Beef Style, Smoked Ham Style, Pepperoni)

Yves  The Good Slice (Ham, Turkey, Salami)


Bacon

Frontier  Bac’Uns Vegetarian Bits

Lightlife   Smart Bacon, Fakin’ Bacon Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips

Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon

Turtle Island  Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh

WayFare  Pig Out Whole Grain Bacony Bits

Yves  Meatless Canadian Bacon

Sausage

Skillet Pizza with Field Roast Sausage

Skillet Pizza with Field Roast Sausage

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Sausages

El Burrito  Soyrizo

Field Roast  Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage, Sausage Links (Italian, Mexican Chipotle, Smoked Apple Sage)

Gardein  Breakfast Patties

Lightlife  Gimme Lean Ground Sausage

Sol Cuisine  Veggie Breakfast Patties

SoyBoy  Tofu Breakfast Links

Tofurky  Beer Brats, Italian Sausage, Kielbasa, Artisan Sausage (Spinach Pesto, Chick’n & Apple, Andouille), Breakfast Links, Chorizo Style Ground

Yves  Veggie Chorizo, Meatless Breakfast Patties, Veggie Brats (Classic, Zesty Italian)

Beef

Vegan meatballs

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Meatballs

Beyond Meat  Beyond Beef Meatballs (Swedish, Italian), Beyond Beef Crumble (Beefy, Feisty)


Boca  Ground Crumbles

Field Roast  Classic Meatloaf

Gardein  Home Style Beefless Tips, Classic Meatless Meatballs, Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips, The Ultimate Meatless Ground, Home Style Meatless Meatloaf

Lightlife  Gimme Lean Ground Beef, Smart Ground (Original, Mexican)

MorningStar Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets

Nate’s  Meatless Meatballs (Classic, Savory Mushroom, Zesty Italian)

Sol Cuisine  Veggie Crumbles, BBQ Tofu Ribs

Tofurky  Ground Beef Style

Yves  Meatless Ground (Original, Taco Stuffers), Classic Veggie Meatballs

Chicken and Turkey

Beyond Meat  Beyond Chicken Strips (Grilled, Lightly Seasoned, Southwest Style), Beyond Chicken Poppers (Feisty Buffalo, Sesame Ginger), Beyond Chicken Tenders (Homestyle, Southwest Style)

Boca  Chik’n Patties (Original, Spicy), Original Chik’n Nuggets

Butler Foods Soy Curls

Field Roast Celebration Roast, Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

Gardein  Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini, Teriyaki Chick’n Strips, Zesty Marinara Crispy Chick’n Filets, Crispy Chick’n Patty and Sliders, Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Wings, Savory Stuffed Turk’y with Gravy, Holiday Roast, Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlet with Homestyle Gravy

Lightlife  Smart Strips Chick’n

MorningStar Farms Grillers Chik’n Patties

Tofurky  Roast & Gravy

WestSoy  Chicken Style Seitan

Yves   Meatless Chicken Burgers, Meatless Ground Turkey, Veggie Breast in Vindaloo Sauce

Pork

Match  Vegan Ground Pork

Gardein  Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites

Seafood

Sophie’s Kitchen prawns and scallops

Cedar Lake Vegi-Scallops

Gardein  Mini Crabless Cakes, Golden Fishless Filets

Match  Vegan Crab

May Wah   Vegan Tuna, Vegan Squid, Vegan Crab Steak, Vegan Shrimp Roll, Vegan Fish Cake Tempura, Vegan Belt Fish, Vegan Fish Ball

Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Crab Cakes, Breaded Vegan Scallops, Breaded Vegan Fish Fillets, Breaded Vegan Calamari, Breaded Vegan Shrimp, Vegan Prawns, Breaded Vegan Fishless Sticks, Breaded Vegan Coconut Shrimp, Vegan Smoked Salmon, Vegan Toona (Sea Salt, Black Pepper)

 Worthington Vegetable Skallops


Eggs and Dairy

Eggs

Ener-G  Egg Replacer (for baking only)

Follow Your Heart VeganEgg

Vegg  Vegan Egg Yolk

(Our cooking section contains more tips on baking without eggs, and our foods glossary has additional info on egg substitutes.)

Milk

Califia Farms Almondmilk (Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla, Vanilla Unsweetened, Vanilla Protein, Chocolate, Chocolate Protein, Holiday Nog, Barista Blend), Coconut Almondmilk Blend (Toasted Coconut, Chocolate), Horchata with Almondmilk (Classic Cinnamon, Vanilla Coconut)

Eden  Edensoy Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, Carob, Unsweetened Original), Edensoy Extra Soymilk (Original, Vanilla)

Good Karma  Flax Milk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla), Protein+ Flax Milk (Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Vanilla)

Silk  Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, Very Vanilla, DHA Omega-3), Organic Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened, Original), Light Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Chocolate), Almondmilk (Original, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Vanilla), Light Almondmilk (Original, Vanilla), Coconutmilk (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened Original), Almond Coconut Blend (Original, Unsweetened Original), Cashewmilk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla, Chocolate)

So Delicious  Cashew Milk Beverage (Original, Vanilla), Coconut Milk Beverage (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Nog, Pumpkin Spice, Sugar Free Original, Sugar Free Vanilla), Almond Plus 5X Almond Milk (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened)

Taste the Dream   Rice Dream Enriched Rice Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla, Chocolate), Rice Dream Organic Classic Original Rice Drink, Rice Dream Horchata, Rice Dream Horchata, Soy Dream Enriched Soymilk (Original, Vanilla) Soy Dream Organic Classic Soymilk (Original, Vanilla), Coconut Dream Coconut Drink (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened), Almond Dream Enriched Almond Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Dream Blends Enriched Almond, Cashew & Hazelnut Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Dream Blends Enriched Coconut, Almond & Chia Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Dream Blends Enriched Rice & Quinoa Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Organic Sprouted Rice Dream Rice Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Cashew Dream Cashew Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original)

WestSoy  Organic Soymilk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Chocolate, Unsweetened Vanilla, Unsweetened Almond), Soymilk Plus (Plain, Vanilla), Low Fat Soymilk (Plain, Vanilla), Non Fat Soymilk (Plain, Vanilla), Soy Slender Soymilk (Vanilla, Chocolate, Cappuccino), Chocolate Peppermint Stick Soymilk

ZenSoy  Soymilk (Plain, Vanilla, Chocolate, Cappuccino)

Creamer

Califia Farms Almondmilk Coffee Creamer (Original, Pecan Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla)

Silk  Soy Creamer (Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut), Vanilla Almond Creamer

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Barista-Style Original, Barista-Style French Vanilla)


Butter

Earth Balance buttery spread

Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread (Original, Soy Garden, Olive Oil, Soy Free), Organic Buttery Spread (Original Whipped), Vegan Buttery Sticks, Organic Coconut Spread, Organic Culinary Spread (Sweet Cinnamon, Garlic & Herbs)

Smart Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread

Spectrum  Organic All Vegetable Shortening (Original, Butter Flavor)

 Cheese Daiya Foods Shreds (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Classic Blend), Wedges (Cheddar, Jack, Jalapeno Garlic Havarti, Smoked Gouda), Slices (Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone), Cream Cheese Style Spread (Plain, Chive & Onlion, Strawberry)

Field Roast  Chao Slices (Creamy Original, Tomato Cayenne, Coconut Herb)

GO Veggie!  Rice Vegan Slices (American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella), Vegan Blocks (Cheddar, Mozzarella), Vegan Shreds (Mexican, Mozzarella), Parmesan Flavor Vegan Grated Topping, Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative (Classic Plain, Chive & Garlic, Strawberry)

 Miyoko’s Creamery Artisanal Nut Cheeses

Teese  Vegan Cheese Alternative (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Creamy Cheddar Sauce, Nacho Sauce)

Tofutti  Soy-Cheese Slices (American, Mozzarella), Better than Cream Cheese (Plain, Nonhydrogenated Plain, French Onion, Herbs & Chives, Garlic & Herb), Better than Ricotta Cheese

Treeline  Artisanal Nut Cheeses

Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative Block (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Nacho, Mozzarella), Cheese Alternative Shreds (Cheddar, Fiesta Blend, Mozzarella), Cream Cheese Alternative

WayFare  We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Spread (Cheddar, Hickory Cheddar, Mexi Cheddar)


Mayonnaise 

Earth Balance Mindful lMayo Dressing and Sandwich Spread (Original, Organic, Olive Oil)

Follow Your Heart Vegenaise (Original, Grapeseed Oil, Organic, Reduced Fat, Soy Free)

Hampton Creek  Just Mayo (Original, Garlic, Chipotle, Sriracha)

Nasoya  Nayonaise (Original, Light, Whipped)

Spectrum  Light Canola Mayo

Sour Cream

Tofutti  Better than Sour Cream (Sour Supreme, Nonhydrogenated)

Vegan Gourmet  Sour Cream Alternative

Vegenaise

WayFare  We Can’t Say It’s Sour Cream


Yogurt

Almond Dream  Almond Non-Dairy Yogurt

Amande  Cultured Almondmilk

Nancy’s  Organic Cultured Soy

Silk  Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

So Delicious   Cultured Coconut Milk, Greek Style Cultured Coconut Milk, Cultured Almond Milk

Ice Cream

Mocha almond bar

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk Cool Scoops (Chocolate, Vanilla, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip)

Double Rainbow  Soy Cream Pints

Luna & Larry’s   Organic Coconut Bliss (Pints, Bars)

So Delicious Coconut Milk Frozen Desserts (Pints, Minis Sandwiches, Minis Bars), Almond Milk Frozen Desserts (Pints, Minis Sandwiches, Minis Bars), Soy Milk Frozen Desserts (Pints, Quarts, Minis Sandwiches)

Taste the Dream Rice Dream (Pints, Quarts, Bites, Frozen Pies, Bars, Nutty Bars), Soy Dream (Pints, Quarts), Almond Dream (Pints, Quarts, Lil’ Dreamers, Bites, Bars)

Temptation  Vegan Ice Cream

Tofutti   Cuties Sandwiches, Bars, Premium Frozen Dessert Pints, Yours Truly Cones

WayFare  We Can’t Say It’s Ice Cream

Whipped Cream

CocoWhip

So Delicious CocoWhip Original Coconut Milk Dessert Topping, CocoWhip Light Coconut Milk Dessert Topping

Soyatoo!  Soy Whip Whippable Soy Topping, Soy Whip Whipped Soy Topping, Rice Whip Whipped Rice Topping

With thanks to Vegan Outreach.

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Newest machine completed. Many thanks to Saylor Guitars for crafting the body out of Oregon Alder. Sanded and finished with grey MinWax and spray polyurethane. Loaded with a Mastery Bridge and McNelly Pickups P90’s. Neck is from Warmoth and is an awesome roasted maple with stainless steel frets and locking Sperzel tuners.

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BIRTHDAY ADVENTURE: Mt. Baldy Ski Hut

The adventure squad headed to the mountains to brave freezing temperatures, heavy rain, ice, fog and snow for my birthday. It was splendid. We rendezvoused at Veggie Grill in Pasadena, enjoyed a delicious lunch then carpooled to the trailhead. There are no roads leading to the hut, only narrow trails heading up the mountain. We put on our packs and slowly hiked up the steep trail towards the ski hut. The fog was rolling in, sometimes encapsulating us. The rain was heavier than expected but we knew there would be a nice fire going once we arrived at the hut. At 8,300ft the altitude of the hut did have an effect on us. The hike is relatively strenuous when you carry a decent sized pack but we all made it safe and sound.  

The Ski Hut was built in 1937 and is run by the Sierra Club (R.I.P. John Muir) and staying here is like traveling back in time. Wood burning stoves heat the hut while also constantly boiling and heating large kettles of water. You can have a nice cup of coffee or tea anytime of the day which was delightful. Water from a spring is piped into the kitchen and is always flows through the hut.  

We successfully backpacked with a birthday cake again! This time my wife made a Vegan Cookies ‘N Cream Cake and it was far beyond delicious. The trick to backpacking with a birthday cake is freezing all of the components and building it on sight.

My brother and I unearthed the most recent issue of Backpacker Magazine in the hut which was from 1978. And how I love looking at pictures of all the vintage gear. I’m glad they made the gear so durable back then because I have plenty of 70’s gear in my arsenal. 

This magical place is just one hour away from downtown Los Angeles. 

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