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May 19, 2011

Veg on the Run Disney Edition

by jem614

We were in Orlando this weekend and stayed at a Disney Resort that shall not be named.  It was actually not bad, the room was clean, the price was right and the service was extremely friendly but the vegetarian/vegan options were, shall we say, lacking?  Isn’t Disney supposed to be the Happiest Place on Earth?

An option of “Vegetarian Burger” (that was literally the only option at this place for me except some oily oozy cheese pizza) seems to be the go to meal for all restaurants that aren’t sure of what to serve those of us that are mostly “meat-challenged”.  At least they have an option right?  Wrong.  With over 7.3 million (Vegetarian Times, 2011) vegetarians in the world, I think that we’re getting the short end of the stick.  I mean, about 8 million people live in New York City.  That’s like telling New York City that they will have to survive on Veggie burgers because they aren’t big enough for other options.  Can you imagine New York City only eating veggie burgers?  We’d have a riot on our hands!

I’m not saying it’s time to break down doors, stomp, cry or complain (that’s my job) but I think we should make companies aware that there should be other options.  Please talk to your local grocery store managers, fast food joints and others.  If we keep asking, they will start realizing that there is a demand and respond accordingly.

As an aside: I did find a website dedicated to vegetarian food at Disney but it looks like it’s dedicated to the actual “Parks” which, I would imagine, have more variety than the resorts themselves.  Check it out:
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/08/31/best-disney-world-restaurants-for-vegetarians/

Good luck changing the world!

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May 19, 2011

RAAW Carrot Lemonade

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I bought a bottle of It Tastes RAAW Carrot Lemonade at my health food market today while picking up lunch, thinking it would be a nice drink to calm my appetite while driving back to work. I especially liked that it is manufactured here in Miami, as I like to support local brands as much as possible.

Unfortunately, upon opening the container a strong smell, almost like when you’re walking into an older vitamin store when there is a strong smell of open capsules. If you’re from Miami and you’ve been to that old health food store next to Jimmy’z Kitchen on Alton Road, then you know what I’m talking about. But, despite the smell, I decided to dive in and try a sip. To my dismay, it tasted almost worse than it smelled. I turned the bottle over and read the ingredients, “Carrot Juice, Pineapple Juice, Apple Juice, Lemon Juice…” well, those things cannot possibly taste this badly. I could blend those in my home blender and make a great juice. I continued reading “Natural Flavors, Apple Pectin & Beta Carotene”…wait, what exactly is “Natural Flavors”? And why would we need more beta carotene added to carrot juice?

I hate to do this to RAAW, however I just really did not like their juice. I really hope that they rethink this recipe and come up with something more natural and pleasant.

May 19, 2011

EnviroKidz Organic, Gluten-Free, Gelatin-Free Crispy Rice Treats

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

It’s rare to find a product that is sold nationwide, but still holds that family oriented, local farming mentality. Founded in 1985, but with much older roots dating back to the 1930’s, Nature’s Path (the owners/creators of EnviroKidz) have built a company through years of dedicated organic farming and family values. I was impressed reading through their quaint, but ample website that they have such strong connections with their workers and farmers. If you have a few moments, I would suggest you read through it a little too. I’ve included a link at the bottom of this post.

When you can place a story with the product you pick up in your hands, whether in a farmer’s market or in a grocery store, something special happens. The product is no longer just a cereal bar, just a piece of fruit, just a bag of rice – it becomes your connection with the hands that made it. And that makes enjoying the product just a little sweeter.

Opening the packaging of the crispy rice treat this morning, I was immediately greeted by the wafting scent of fresh fruit. I turned over the package and re-read the ingredients, noting that the bar contains both fresh freeze-dried raspberries and blueberries. Freeze-dried doesn’t always invoke the most pleasant of thoughts, but in this bar they are lovely. All ingredients are also USDA approved organic and gluten-free. While I don’t have children, I immediately thought why other products aren’t this health-conscious. This is what we should be feeding our children – not chemicals and preservatives, basically poisons.

Nothing artificial, almost vegan (it includes organic honey), made from gluten-free organic brown rice flour and tastes better than any other crispy rice treat out there. I don’t think a healthier sweet snack exists.

Visit http://www.EnviroKidz.com/ to check out their site, I really was impressed with the scope of their dedication to organic farming. Nature’s Path will also donate 1% of all proceeds to an environmental or children’s educational charity for every product you purchase.

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