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Whole Foods 365 Organic Grade A Maple Syrup

This amber syrup comes from certified organic trees in the Northeastern United States and Canada. A smooth, balanced syrup, it reminded us of traditional ones from years past.

Vegan beer is having its moment.

Consider investing in a high-quality knife or two, and then take good care of them. According to Jeffrey Elliot and James P. DeWan, authors of Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills, a good knife should be cleaned and dried by hand directly after use and kept in a sheath, knife tray, knife block, or on a magnetic wall mount.

The VT staff indulged their sweet tooth by tasting five fantastic vegan chocolates. Some were made with equipment that also processes milk—so check the label to make sure it’s the right bar for you!

Pasta is a staple of many households all over the world and has been for decades. It is loved for its versatility, ease of cooking, and long shelf life. But, the days of one-size-fits-all pasta are long gone. As anyone who has walked through the supermarket pasta aisle in the recent years knows, there are many brands, styles and shapes now available, and they all have slightly differing flavors and textures.

When it comes to cooking with gluten-free flour, it’s an absolute jungle out there. The internet, health food stores, and even conventional supermarkets provide an ever-expanding dizzying array of options.

Tree nuts are one of the best sources of good quality fats, fiber and protein, and in some cases even Omega 3, the anti-inflammatory powerhouse.

Our favorite summer treat? A scoop or two (OK, three) of sorbet. VT staffers dug into pint after pint of the frozen dessert to choose a few of the best.

1. Ciao Bella Blueberry Passion Fruit Sorbetto We couldn’t get enough of this party-worthy dessert, with its bold, sweet-tart flavor and pretty, swirly pattern. $4.99/pt.;

2. Sambazon Organic 
Açaí Berry Sorbet Smooth and rich, this subtly sweet sorbet stars açaí, a chocolaty-tasting berry packed with healthful antioxidants. $6.99/pt.;

Whether you're lactose-intolerant, follow a vegan diet, or just want to switch it up, non-dairy milks (also known as alternative milks, or “alt milks”) make a tasty and versatile addition to try. There are many varieties on the market today—we aren’t limited to just soy milk anymore. While the milks may come across as straightforward, here's some important label lingo to know:

Grocery shopping can be intimidating for new vegetarians: off-limits ingredients abound, and questionable products seem to lurk in every aisle. Is there lard in those beans? Anchovies in that dressing? When in doubt, use this handy cheat sheet to identify the most common supermarket foods and drinks that might not pass the veg test—and learn how to replace them with suitable substitutions.