5 Best Plant-Based Products to Buy This Week, from the Editors of The Beet
One of the perks of working at The Beet is getting to try out all kinds of innovative new plant-based products: Alternative milks, a new type of vegan snack, a vegan cheese that melts like the real thing, or even lifestyle gear like a revolutionary bike that helps you live your healthiest life.
Here are the editors' favorites from this week: Our choices for the best, healthy vegan or plant-based snacks, drinks, frozen, treats, and more. If you're trying to eat live plant-based and love it, we're here to help, week after week.
Check out our recommendations for the latest plant-based or vegan products to add to your grocery cart this week, from Lucy Danziger, Stephanie McClain, Hailey Welch, Caitlin Mucerino, and Max Rabb – the editors of The Beet –– since we are living the plant-based life and want to make it easier for you to do it too! Have a great, healthy plant-based week, from our kitchen to yours! For more great choices that we've written up in the past check out our favorite products each week.
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Lucy's Favorite Plant-Based Product of the Week
Flying through traffic on an electric bike is a tripe joy: One you're moving fast and pedaling modestly, even uphill. Two, you're saving money on expensive cab fares and avoiding subways, buses, and public transportation (always a good thing in cold and flu season). And three, it's so fast you feel like you're cheating, by zooming along past cars, taxis, and buses all stuck in gridlock.
We have two recommendations for you: Wear a helmet, and choose a lightweight bike. One we love is made by Story Bikes. This maker of high-quality electric bikes (with seats and handles made from vegan leather) is a great gift to your significant other or yourself.
You can choose from the Electric Road Bike or the more cruiser-style Step-Through Electric Bike—both come in five different colors. There's a good reason that Oprah named Story Bikes to her "Favorite Things" list: For each bike sold, the company donates a bike to a child in Africa – which enables their commute to school and back. Look for deals on Story Bikes.
Stephanie's Favorite Plant-Based Product of the Week
Califia's Toasted Coconut Almondmilk Blend
After years of searching long and hard for a tried-and-true go-to plant-based milk, I've found a holy grail in Califia Farms' Toasted Coconut Almondmilk Blend. Rich and unbelievably creamy, this blend boasts the roundness of coconut milk without having too overt of a flavor.
My favorite accompaniment to my cold brew, this milk is also stellar in baked goods, oatmeals, and granolas thanks to the richness and hint of toasted coconut. Free of carrageenan, Califia's product also flaunts that it contains 40 percent more calcium than dairy milk.
You can purchase Califia Farms' plant-based milks and creamers at your local Whole Foods Market or use the brand's store locator to find a retailer near you.
Hailey's Favorite Plant-Based Product of the Week
Public Goods Hair Oil
The perfect hair oil is completely vegan, all-natural, and only costs $10 from Public Goods. This high-quality oil blend nourishes and moisturizes my hair and scalp without weighing it down, it's super light. The smell is fresh, and clean, and has a scent of fresh jasmine and the ingredients also include rapeseed seed oil, sesame oil, and pumpkin seed oil.
This product shines and smoothes my hair like no other so when I pull my hair back in a ponytail, there are no fly-aways or frizziness, it also acts as an alternative to conditioner. For even better results, this product is silicone-free, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and 100% plant-derived.
To purchase hair oil from Public Goods, visit their website.
Caitlin's Favorite Plant-Based Product of the Week
Hippeas Sriracha Sunshine
Cheetos used to be my guilty pleasure but after I went plant-based I struggled to find another snack that was just as good but was healthier and vegan. That's when I found Hippeas. Hippeas is an organic, vegan and gluten-free chickpea snack that has four grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving. These crunchy puffs are better than Cheetos and I can guarantee once you try them, you won't be able to put the bag down.
If you like a hint of heat, then I highly recommend the sriracha flavor. If you aren't a fan of sriracha, Hippeas also makes three other flavors including vegan white cheddar, nacho vibes and bohemian barbeque. You can also buy Hippeas in a variety pack if you're looking to try all the flavors. These puffs are perfect for the times when I'm craving a healthier and lighter snack in between meals. Once you try these puffs, you will wish you grabbed a couple of bags at the stores.
You can buy Hippeas online or in-stores at Target, Walmart and Whole Foods.
Max's Favorite Plant-Based Product of the Week
Violife's Mexican Style Shreds
Finding the perfect dairy-free cheese is one of the most daunting tasks when eating a plant-based diet. Most market options offer products that struggle to melt, hold a chalky flavor, or leave a strange aftertaste. Violife successfully provides customers with a plant-based cheese product that melts easily and contains a delectable flavor.
The plant-based cheese is accessible to almost anybody as well, boasting a soy-, gluten-, dairy-, nut-, and lactose-free recipe. The Mexican Style Shreds provide a unique-to-the-market option for anybody trying to cook a traditionally dairy-heavy meal. The Violife product is perfect for bean enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and all of the above. The Mexican Style Shreds blends together the company's cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey jack flavors to create the delectable vegan cheese blend.
To try Violife's Mexican Style Shreds, find where you can buy it near you via Instacart.