So I have a confession to make y’all. I took an honest look at my pantry the other day and realized there aren’t many Black-owned vegan food products on my shelves. Whelp.
So duh, it’s time to change that! Supporting and buying black should come naturally to us all. Let’s make sure we’re normalizing it and consistently making this apart of our lives – and not just on Blackout Tuesday. Here are a few Black-owned vegan food brands to add to your kitchen. Get ready to salivate!
1. A DOZEN COUSINS
@Adozencousins is a Black-owned brand selling soulfully seasoned vegan beans inspired by Black & Latino recipes. I had this for lunch today! Y’all. SO good. I have the 3 Flavor Variety Pack, which includes Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry, which you can purchase on Amazon.
The founder Ibraheem grew up eating his mother’s southern cooking which was a melting pot of cultures thanks to his Caribbean and Latin American neighbors. He put that flavor in these beans to help fulfill his mission to encourage people of all backgrounds to eat better food and live longer. Black Americans in particular living in under-served communities face real challenges to living a healthy lifestyle, putting them at higher risk for diet-related illnesses. He hopes to spark positive change with A Dozen Cousins.
2. PARTAKE FOODS
@Partakefoods is a vegan and allergy-free cookie brand that Jay-Z’s venture capital firm, Marcy Venture Partners, invested in. His investment also made Partake Foods founder Denise Woodard the 1st black woman to raise over $1 meeellion for a food startup company.
Denise started the company after her daughter began eating solid foods and having allergic reactions. She became frustrated after searching for healthy, allergy-free snacks with no luck. Denise set out to create her own snacks that met the dietary needs of children affected by food allergies; and boom, Partake Foods was born.
3. MAC AND YEASE
@Macandyease is a Black-owned vegan Mac & Cheese brand that donated 30% of all sales on Blackout Tuesday to provide bail assistance! How many times have you heard your friends say they’d miss way too much if they went vegan? Introduce ’em to Mac & Yease and they might never go back.
Mac & Yease is a recipe based on good ole’ southern tradition. The owner took his great grandmother’s delicious baked mac and cheese recipe from Alabama and completely veganized it for all to enjoy a dairy-free classic southern delight. You can find it online and at Whole Foods.
4. MIKE’S VEGAN FUDGE
@Mikesveganjourney is a one-man brand. He sells Mike’s Vegan Fudge, a hemp protein chocolate spread that packs 30g of protein per 8oz jar. I first found out about this when I posted my own vegan chocolate spread concoction – it was basic as hell – and someone swiftly pointed me in the direction of a fancier, fudgier option.
Hemp protein is free from allergens that affect those with intolerances to certain foods. It’s gluten, sugar, lactose, nut and soy free, making it safe and beneficial for everyone to partake. So what’s it made of? A rich cocoa powder blended with hemp protein, maple syrup, coconut oil and sea salt make Mike’s Vegan Fudge is what makes this spread a nutritious, decadent must-have.
@Plantmadeco is a health & wellness brand that makes plant-based protein designed with people of color in mind. Their ingredients are clean, vegan, and non-GMO. Plantmade began out of lack of representation in health and wellness-related topics and issues.
My hubby and I wake up at 5am every day to work out. We’ll def be placing our Plantmade protein powder orders! The chocolate one looks pretty drool-worthy.
Do you know any sustainable, plant-based food products created by Black companies? Please share them!
I want to see their products on the shelves of Whole Foods and Sprouts and even backed by venture capitalists like my fave – Khaled Alwaleed, a firm supporter of clean energy, healthy living and the humane treatment of animals.
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Stay green y’all,