A Little Culinary Confession
First, let’s make one thing clear: I can’t cook. I appreciate good food and truly admire folks who can bring together a fine meal (and sure do like to be invited to their houses—hint, hint!), but I am not such a person. And that’s putting it mildly. . . .
This reality caused me a bit of concern when I first adopted a vegan diet. My only motivation for going vegan was that veganism is the ethical choice. But, like most people in our culture, my eating habits until that time had relied largely upon dead animals (i.e., meat) and animal-exploitation products (e.g., milk, butter and eggs). Without any real cooking or food preparation skills and without being able to rely upon the same old menu, I remember pouring that last gallon of milk down the drain and thinking, “Wow, I sure I hope I’ll figure out a way to eat enough to survive.”
As it turns out, eating well—and eating better than I ever had before—has not been an issue. A vegan diet—much to my surprise—turns out to be easier, safer and healthier than an animal-based diet. And one company that is doing its part to make a vegan diet also a convenient diet is Sequel Naturals, which is based in Vancouver, BC, with U.S. offices in Blaine, WA.
Sequel produces a line of vegan convenience foods called Vega. Formulated by Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, Vega offers a wide variety of ready-made vegan meals that come in forms such as an energy bar or a powder that can be mixed with water. Here’s a quick guide.
Vega Whole Food Energy Bar
Sequel’s Vega Energy Bars condense a whole lot of nutrition into a small package. The size of a standard candy bar, the Vega Energy Bar includes ten grams (10g) complete raw protein, six grams (6g) dietary fiber, and four-and-a-half grams (4.5.) of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Available in chocolate, berry, and natural flavors, I have thoroughly enjoyed incorporating Vega Energy Bars into my diet as an easy way to get in a good meal while on the go.
My favorite is, of course, the chocolate Vega Energy Bar. And, since it’s often hard to find any vegan chocolate items, I’ve particularly appreciated discovering Sequel’s chocolate offering as both a yummy and good-for-you way to get my chocolate fix.
Left: My favorite super-model, Kitty Witty Bang-Bang, showed up at the shoot while I was photographing the Vega Energy Bar.
Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer
Sequel’s Vega powder is practically a feat of food engineering. Coming in a thirty gram (30g) serving that can be mixed with eight ounces of water to form a complete meal, the Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer blows away my previous expectations of what a convenience meal could be. To wit, this supercharged supplement provides:
- Calcium equivalent to five (5) cups of milk
- Fiber equivalent to seven (7) slices of bread
- Omega 3 equivalent to six (6) ounces of dead salmon flesh
- Potassium equivalent to six (6) bananas
- Iron equivalent to twenty-nine (29) ounces of dead cow flesh
- and a whole lot more
Moreover, two packages of the Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer provide 100% of RDI of vitamins and minerals. Such is the power of a convenience food that has been extremely well designed.
The Vega line from Sequel also includes the Vega Whole Food Vibrance Bar (Green Synergy, Chocolate Decadence, and Wholesome Original flavors), Vega Antioxidant EFA Oil Blend, and Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion. All these products include the same kind of plant-based nutrition that makes the other Vega products special.
My recommendation: a strong buy. For more information, visit the Vega website from Sequel at http://www.myvega.com.
(Original article publication date: August 18, 2009 (Cruelty-Free))