Pumpkin Spice, Candy Corn Frozen Vegan Treats Coming to Whole Foods

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'Tis the season for pumpkin overload. Just like Christmas merchandise, the autumnal trend seems to arrive earlier and earlier each year. Sadly, vegans are left out of much of pumpkinpalooza -- no #PSLs, pumpkin ice cream, or pumpkin donuts for us.

Luckily, So Delicious Dairy Free has our back. The company, in conjunction with Whole Foods, is about to release two new treats: Candy Corn and Pumpkin Spice coconut milk ice cream bars.

See also: Vegans Want Starbucks To Make Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte, How To Make Your Own


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Beyond Meat's New Beast Burger 'Sizzles, Sweats, Satiates' Says CEO Ethan Brown

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The Beast Burger, being beasty.

Meat is delicious. Nobody said it wasn't (well, almost nobody). But it's also wreaking havoc on earth's environment, screwing with human health, and leading to the violent deaths of billions of animals a year. Raising meat for food is problematic, at best.

Lucky for everyone, there are innovative companies working to make even better versions of the real thing, so carnivores can have their cows and eat them too.

Leading the charge is Beyond Meat (you may have seem them on The Today Show? Ellen? Good Morning America?). We spoke to CEO Ethan Brown on the company's new Beast Burger, how plants make better meat than, well, meat, and MLB players eating plants.

See also: Veg-Friendly Atlas Deli Bringing Handcrafted Fake Meat to Hollywood


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Cowspiracy Screenings Look to Raise Awareness About Environmental Hazards of Eating Meat (Video)

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Author Michael Pollan in Cowspiracy.

While environmentalists tend to bang the drum of hybrid cars and recycling, there's not a lot of talk about another major contributor to climate change: moo cows.

As it turns out, the factory farming of cattle is a biggie when it comes to screwing up the big, green globe we live on. In fact, according to the folks behind the new documentary Cowspiracy, it is the industry doing more damage to our planet than any other. Think leading cause of deforestation, ocean "dead zones," water shortages, species extinction, and more. Scary stuff.

To educate meat eaters and herbivores alike on the issue, screenings of the flick are scheduled for September 3 and 4 in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.

See also: Animal Agriculture Is Destroying the Planet


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"Bad Ass Vegan" John Lewis on Breaking Stereotypes, Saving Animals, and Building Muscles

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Photo by Nicole Kent.
Ask him about again about how he gets enough protein.

The best way to describe South Florida's own John Lewis (AKA the Bad Ass Vegan) is, well, as a badass. A trainer, nutrition coach, entrepreneur, and all-around role model for meatless eating, he's breaking the mold when it comes to plant-based living.

An athlete always (including a turn as a Division I College basketball player), Lewis has channeled his passion for health and fitness into a vegan brand that's changing lives (not to mention changing minds -- his muscles are single-handedly shooting down the whole vegans-don't-get-enough-protein myth). His Bad Ass Vegan Power Cookies (which are delicious, btw), can be found all over the place, from Choices Cafe to Green Bar Kitchen.

We spoke to Lewis on overcoming stereotypes, pulling the veil back from the meat and dairy industries, and why being vegan is the best thing ever.

See also: Ginnybakes, Superfood, Pale-o-la, Good Future, and Bad Ass: Top Five Miami-Made Packaged Snacks


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Six Places to Get Dairy-Free Ice Cream in South Florida for National Ice Cream Month

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Summer days were made for ice pops and swirly soft serve. And with National Ice Cream Month upon us, now's the time to start debating favorite flavors and that age-old question: chocolate or rainbow sprinkles?

Unfortunately, indulging in frozen treats isn't as easy for the lactose-intolerant and vegan eaters among us. Luckily, we've done the legwork and sought out the best spots to score dairy-free ice cream and desserts in South Florida. Bon appetit.

See also: Green Bar & Kitchen Now Serving Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Vegan Ice Cream


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Veg-Friendly Atlas Deli Bringing Handcrafted Fake Meat to Hollywood

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Thin, deli-sliced chipotle turk'e.

As a cook and former carnivore, Ryan Bauhaus was sick and tired of frozen, processed faux meats. He wanted fresh stuff to work with, so why didn't it exist?

Thus, the idea for Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen was born. Bauhaus dreamed up his own fake meat product, dubbed vegitein, which he'll soon be selling to meatless eaters across South Florida. The new spot, at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, will sell "meat" by the pound, plus made-to-order sammies, sides, and all the other trappings of a legit deli.

See also: Five Vegan Starbucks Drinks for Summer and How to "Veganize" the Rest


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Celebrate Vegan Pizza Day Saturday at These Four Local Spots

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Although there are many meaty summer holidays out there that pay homage to grilled flesh on the BBQ (July 4 and Memorial Day, ahem), there is one summer throwdown that we vegans can wholeheartedly endorse without any guilt associated with the celebration -- Vegan Pizza Day on June 28.

In its fourth year of existence, the annual summer day to celebrate, share recipes, promote vegan-friendly businesses, and get together over a shared pie was started by vegan blogger Quarrygirl and Dan Reed of Chicago Vegan Foods but has quickly blown up internationally into something all its own with its own Facebook page and Twitter hashtag, #veganpizzaday.

Although it's most tempting to make your own damned pie in the comfort of your own kitchen and in the loving, forgiving glow of your Instagram filter, we suggest getting out and supporting some local businesses that always have a vegan option on hand.

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A Super Easy, Store-Bought, Meatless Memorial Day Menu

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Memorial Day is almost upon us, which means folks across South Florida are breaking out the propane tanks, "Kiss the Cook" aprons and various cuts of meat for their BBQ extravaganzas. It can look pretty lonely for vegans.

But all is not lost. It's not as tough as you might think to whip up a meatless Memorial Day menu with some quick grocery store shopping. Because nibbling on celery sticks gets so old.

See also: An Open Letter to BurgerFi From a Vegan


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An Open Letter to BurgerFi From a Vegan

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As a nonmilitant vegan, I frequently find myself eating out with omnivores. Their meat consumption doesn't irk me, but the lack of options at eateries often does. Because seriously -- how hard it is to throw together one vegan entrée?

On that note, I was recently bummed to discover that BurgerFi, the environmentally sustainable burger chain that everyone's obsessed with, has nothing to offer vegans. Even its quinoa vegetarian burger has animal products in it. FAIL. So in response, here's my open letter to the leaders of the "better burger movement."

See also: BurgerFi Opens Newest Location at CityPlace


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Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur to Speak at Darbster Event Tuesday

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Maybe it was the first time you saw the pink slime footage. Or perhaps it was the first time you saw a video about the grave realities of the veal industry.

Whatever the entry point was, something got you thinking about giving a damn about what you're putting in your mouth and the process of how it got to your plate. For many folks, a visit to a Farm Sanctuary (where rescued animals that were slotted for slaughterhouses live out their lives) is that very entrance.

With farm locations in California and New York, Animal activist, best-selling author and co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur will bring his personal experiences from the farm to a special speaking event and buffet dinner at Darbster in Boca Raton on Tuesday night.

See also: GMO Free USA Pushing Petition Encouraging Publix to Label GMO Products

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