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5 Ways to Celebrate Meat-Free(dom)!
Our current food system is dependent on factory farming to produce many of our most popular Fourth of July foods. It’s time to open up a can of freedom. Or better yet: unwrap a pack of Beyond Burgers for the grill. 
 
To help you declare your independence from meat, dairy, and bad barbecue experiences, we’ve put together a shortlist of the best-tasting foods to fuel your Fourth festivities! 
Because nothing tastes better than freedom of choice. 

Alright, I promise that’s all the word play I’ll try to fit into this blog. 

On to the food! 
 

1. The Beyond Burger


Yes, I did just put this in both the intro and the number-one slot. The Beyond Burger is the bomb, and now that it’s available in Safeway and Whole Foods, it’s easier than ever to get it! That is, unless it’s sold out because everyone else had the same idea. So get there fast! The Beyond Burger was custom-built to replicate beef’s flavor and texture, so the only thing this burger lacks in comparison to its beefy counterparts is the environmental destruction and the factory farming. 

2. Lightlife Smart Dogs 
 

Let’s be real. When it’s the Fourth of July, you’re not looking for a health food. You’re looking for a classic. Smart Dogs may not be the newest or most innovative product on the market, but they’re a perennial favorite for one important reason: These dogs do a dang good job of replicating the familiar flavors of an old-school hotdog, just without the ick factor. So if burgers aren’t your thing, or doubling up on burgers and dogs is your thing, add a few packs of Smart Dogs to your cart! 

3. Tomato Cayenne Chao Slices
 

I don’t care what plant-based meat you grill, you’re going to have to top it with a killer cheese. Chao gets our stamp of approval. Unlike many plant-based cheeses of yore, Chao’s slices are melty, rich, and made with high-quality ingredients. I’d suggest the Tomato Cayenne, but you can’t go wrong with the Coconut Herb and Creamy Original either. 

4. Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise (Potato Salad) 
 

I’ve sworn not to give away any secret recipes, but I can tell you that when you mix Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, dill pickles, and [redacted] with a batch of red potatoes, something magical happens. Maybe the magic is that something with mayonnaise as a main ingredient is still considered a salad. Maybe it’s that no chickens or cows were involved in the making of said “salad”. Maybe it’s both. Whatever it is, it’s delicious. 
 
5. Haagen-Daz Dairy-Free 


Dessert time! I love Ben and Jerry’s non-dairy ice creams (particularly the Coconut Seven Layer Bar), but I have to give a shoutout to Haagen-Daz for releasing four new non-diary options just in time for the holiday! The new flavors – Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle, Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Mocha Chocolate Cookie, and Coconut Caramel – are all conveniently available at Target. Also convenient: None of the flavors compromise on taste. Win. 

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