This might not be news to anyone but me, but there is another vegan butter out there besides Earth Balance! Now we all know of the resplendent delicacy known as Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread. Yes, it’s amazing. So amazing that it has been exalted to a near-holy status in the vegan food world.
So why, you may be asking, would I bother blogging about any V-Butter other than Earth Balance? Here’s why…
Until very recently I did almost all my grocery shopping at Whole Foods. No shortage of vegan products there. Sadly however, there is now a shortage of cash at my disposal. This cash-drought coincided with the grand opening of a sparkly new Safeway just around the corner from my house.
- Cheaper food
- Closer to my house thus saves gas/emissions from driving there
- They send a cornucopia of weekly coupons to me
- Waaaaaaay less vegan specific products
Upside > Downside = I shop at Safeway now.
So there I was at Safeway two nights ago… I’d checked everything off my little shopping list except one thing. Earth Balance. I cruised over to the dairy aisle, which is also the beer aisle (so weird). I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t eat dairy so this is an unfamiliar wasteland to me. I don’t know where stuff is, it’s cold, please god I just want a vegan butter. I arrive at the butter “section” and no Earth Balance. I’m really not surprised, but I’m feeling a bit deflated at this point as the final shred of hope that I was going to leave Safeway with the ability to butter my toast in the morning was quickly evaporating.
stubborn resourceful and I just started grabbing margarines off the shelf and reading the ingredients. Hoping against all hope that maybe one of these would be so artificial and chemical laden that it would be accidentally vegan. Like Oreos.
(Sidenote: Seriously people, I know they’re “America’s Favorite Cookie” and they’re accidentally veganandohmygodisn’thatawesome?!?! No. No it’s not. Doesn’t it bother you that a cookie which arguably should have a dairy ingredient, doesn’t?? They’re so chemically preserved that they ended up accidentally vegan. No bueno. Stop with the Oreos.)
But I digress. After some sighing, angry mumbling, and exaggerated hand gestures at the seeming lack of vegan butters at Safeway I came across this:
So YAY! I left Safeway triumphant. I buttered my toast this morning.
I just wanted to pass this joyous news along to anyone who may not be as fortunate as some of us to have a great bounty of vegan products at our local grocery store. Smart Balance Light is low-fat, vegan, and available at most MAJOR grocery stores.
It’s good news for the rest of us 🙂