Meatless Meatballs, Beefless Tips

Transition towards a vegan diet was bumpy for me. I had always liked cooking meat. I enjoyed BBQs on the rooftop in Brooklyn and eating ribs in both texas and memphis. Finding something to cook around that felt satisfying was hard. I didn’t really want to eat more processed foods or fake meats. I felt stuck.

A few Gardein products have helped my transition. The Meatless Meatballs and the Beefless Tips are two that I cook with regularly. I use them in vegan stews, curries and pasta sauces along with lots of vegetables. Good flavor, good texture, and something that feels like it sticks to your ribs.



Going vegan meant giving up some of my guilty pleasures. I admit it, I was a cheetos guy. Gross in a way, but something I never gave up until I had to. Finding decent vegan snacks isn’t that hard anymore. Finding great vegan snacks that scratch the itch of your old guilty pleasures is nearly impossible. That’s why I’m so happy about finding Hippeas.

My local Sprouts recently started carrying the white cheddar, sriracha and barbecue flavors. Honestly, they’re all really, really good. The texture is more puffs than crunchy, but they aren’t as airy as most puffs. They feel dense, which for me is good, and feel like a substantial snack. There is some finger dust, which might be good if you want to feel like you’re eating cheetos, but it’s not the gross orange paste on your fingers.

Before I found Hippeas, I was still occasionally picking up a box of Cheezits. Yikes, I know. Now that I have found Hippeas, I haven’t wanted to cheat with any of the cheesy snacks.

More Butt Cleaner

These are long washcloths, that you can use to reach all the spots on your back or butt that have otherwise become inreachable. They are gentle enough not to cause abrasion of delicate areas. They soap and lather well.


A Helpful Tool

When I finally confronted the reality of my progressive disability, I realized that I needed some kind of help to keep myself clean. I did some research and found this little tool. It works. It’s not the kind of think you want to need, but if you need it, it helps make the best of a bad situation.

I use it with regular tissue at first, then baby wipes. Keep a good, easy to clean trash can with a lid nearby — you’ll need it for the wipes. Yikes!