In partnership with our friends in Elmhurst
We live in the golden age of tidy pantries. We’ve picked our favorite swaps when you want to get rid of the dairy or add fiber to the everyday basics. Most importantly: everything tastes delicious.
BEST NON-DAIRIAN CREAMER
We’ve been fans of Elmhurst for a while – we use their plant-based milk in smoothies and lattes, and pour them over granola. This oat based coffee creamer is the best. Non-dairy creams usually taste flat and are not rich, but the combination of oats and hemp seeds in the Elmhurst mix tastes incredibly creamy. The unsweetened variety is our top pick, but we’re definitely intrigued by the flavored options (chai spice, please!) For this afternoon cup.
BEST NO-STIR NUT BUTTER
If you love the idea of natural nut butters but hate the way the oil separates (and refuse to have to use all that elbow fat to stir it back together) look no further. MaraNatha has many varieties of organic nut butters. The stir-free almond butter is free from sugar and salt.
BEST VEGAN BUTTER
The vegan butter scene used to be pretty overwhelming. Miyoko’s cultured vegan butter is different. Fortunately, while the texture is close to real butter (it spreads and melts beautifully, and you can even get a browning effect for baking), no strange fake butter flavors are added. Its richness is achieved through the ingredients (coconut oil and cashew nuts) and the traditional European cultivation method.
BEST GLUTEN-FREE BREAD
Leave it to San Francisco – home to some of the best sourdough breads in the world – to be the home of a superior gluten-free sourdough bread. SRSLY bread gets its wonderful taste from a wild fermented starter. It toasts like a dream and has the best texture of any store-bought gluten free bread we have tried. The brand also makes buns and rolls for your gf burger and slider needs.
BEST (NOT TOO SWEET) CANDY
Okay, candy is still candy. But what we like about Unreal and Smart Sweets is that they capture the essence of childhood favorites (chocolate and gum, respectively) with less sugar. The dark chocolate coated peanuts and fruity gummy bears are now special guests at home at movie nights.
BEST GRAIN-FREE CHIPS
Siete has the finest grain-free tortillas and a vegan killer queso, and their tortilla chips don’t disappoint either. All flavors have fans, but GP (the resident heat seeker at goop) brought our attention to the Fuego flavor and we didn’t look back. It has that pleasantly addictive burn – so good I have to keep snacking.
BEST PLANT BASED JERKY
Moku Mushroom jerks is new to the scene. We envision adding it to the snack rotation for hiking and road trips. It’s chewy, salty, hearty, and a little sweet with a hint of maple syrup. There are three flavors: Hawaiian Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy, and Original. Don’t sweat if you pick just one – there are choices.
There are so many Selters out there – but Something & Nothing popped off the shelf with its ornate cool-kid design and tempting flavor combinations. They’re barely sweet and free of refined sugar, with just a little grape juice for sweetness and lemon juice to finish off the flavor. The Hibiscus & Rose is just as tasty as it is pretty and pink.
BEST ALT GRAIN
The best way to level up your side game is to switch to Right Rice. Made from lentils, chickpeas, peas, and rice flour, it will add more fiber and protein to your plate than regular rice. You can season it, but usually season your rice or try the flavored pilafs (garlic herb, Thai curry, and coriander lime) for a quick, flavorful side.