I have been obsessed with focaccia bread lately. Not sure why. Maybe it’s because I tried eating gluten free for a couple of weeks, and every time I went to Sprouts to look at their gluten free bread selection, I was seriously tempted by these plastic bags of freshly baked focaccia that looked infinitely better than the chilled bricks of bread in the GF cooler.
I just had a birthday. And you know what that means? Total life evaluation! I mean, not really, but kinda. One thing that I reflected on was my health and my diet. I do love delicious food, and I do have a cooking channel on YouTube, but I do, as my metabolism slowly grinds to a halt, need to be more conscious of what I put into my body. At least a little bit more than I am now.
Are you feeling like you’re not getting enough refined sugar in your vegan diet? Do you feel like you’re missing out on your favorite sweet treats because you no longer want to purchase candies with milk, eggs, fish bits, or boiled bones in them? Then this is the video for you. Ben and I sit down and try a grip of certified vegan candies and treats. Which ones tricked Ben’s omnivorous spidey senses? Which ones should be left on the grocery store shelves? Watch and find out as we undertake the ULTIMATE VEGAN CANDY TASTE TEST!
Before we begin, I just want to present a bit of a disclaimer: There are a lot of quotation marks in this post. They are all intentional. They help me process my thoughts on the subjects of “real” food, versus “fake” “meat” “alternatives” and “substitutes”. These types of words are often contested, but more over, they have connotations that I want to think critically about. What is “meat”? What is a “substitute”? What is “real” food? What does it mean for a food to be “fake”?
I want to change my paradigm.
I’m composing this post on August 4th, a few days after the time was up on my Plastic Free July “adventure”. I still don’t know the right word to use for it, whether it’s an adventure, or a journey, or an experiment, or all of the above. The bottom line is that it’s up, so I need to reflect on what my experience was like, and to set a path as to where I go from here.
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Hi! I’m Michael, and I’m obsessed with cooking vegan food and developing vegan recipes. I love reinventing my childhood (and even my adulthood) favorite foods into vegan works of edible art. I’ve been vegan for just over two years now, so join me on this journey of discovery in the plant-based world of incredible food. Click the YouTube link above to watch all of my videos, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.