Okay, for once, I’m not writing about my latest procrastination technique. No, in fact, I am in the wine country, w-r-i-t-i-n-g. And to prove to you how serious I am about this, there’s an annual barrel-tasting event underway right now. While tourists are out enjoying the sunny weather, traipsing from winery to winery, sampling early harvest of local wines (or whatever), where am I? Indoors. Staring outside at the view, W-R-I-T-I-N-G. Sometimes, the sacrifices one must make for this craft are unbearable.
Anyway, though I am, indeed, w-r-i-t-i-n-g, even non-procrastinating writers need nourishment. So, today, I headed to the grocery store for healthy snacks. BTW – I hate healthy snacks. Anything loaded with sugar, bad fats, and spurs cholesterol levels to go skyward, has my name written on it.
I discovered this tiny organic grocery store. How much healthier can a girl get? With a sigh, I dragged my feet towards this temple of healthy food choices.
After passing through aisles of Vegan-this and Vegan-that, my heart grew heavy. Where were the products oozing with cheese? Where were the butter-laden sugar cookies? Even Whole Foods throws in the occasional decadent treat, labeling it ‘healthy’ because it contains organic unhealthy ingredients. But Vegan steak (soy-based products colored and shaped to look like steak) and Vegan cookies (no dairy, eggs, wheat, or refined sugar)? Okay, I admit it. In case the above eating habits didn’t give you a hint, I’m a Vegan snob. ‘Vegan,’ just like ‘vegetable,’ is a four-letter word in the Rachelle Chase Unabridged Dictionary.
All right, all right, enough of this rambling.
The whole point of this story is this … after being ‘forced’ to try healthy and Vegan desserts, I was shocked to discover two I loved …
The VEGAN Ginger Spice NO Cookie Cookie
Ingredients: Organic barley flour, Sucanat (granulated cane juice), Non-hydronated margarine, filtered water, prunes, molasses, ginger, real vanilla, spices, baking soda, soy lecithin.
Taste: Tastes just like a ‘real’ ginger cookie! It was moist and chewy, with just the right sweetness, and the wonderful taste of ginger.
(Sorry. I thought to write about the cookie AFTER I ate them, hence the cookie-less photo. LOL)
Wild Berry PIE-OH-MY!
Ingredients: Organic wheat flour, organic strawberries, water, organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm fruit oil, marionberries, organic whole wheat pastry flour, organic maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, organic tapioca starch, apple, raspberries, salt, natural flavors, citric acid, xanthan gum, sodium alginate (seaweed extract), guar gum, and baking soda.
Taste: Resembles a pop-tart. Only the crust is soft and fresh and flavorful, instead of like cardboard. And the inside is stuffed with soft, gooey, berries – instead of a thin line of colored stuff you think must be fruit. And it actually tastes like berries – with just the right sweetness to enhance the fruit.
I just might have to rethink this whole healthy, vegan thing. But later. Now, while munching on my forth NO Cookie Cookie, I can now get back to writing.