Trader Joe's now carries vegan cultured cashew milk | image/onegreensmoothie/Instagram

Trader Joe’s now carries organic vegan cultured cashew milk.

The affordable supermarket chain launched the new dairy-free beverage this season. Instagram user One Green Smoothie posted the find earlier this week, likening it to a vegan version of kefir, a fermented milk drink originating from Eastern Europe.

Trader Joe’s probiotic “Cultured Cashew Beverage” comes in two flavors — Plain and Mango — both containing no added sugar. “There is a lot of versatility with both a plain-think savory dishes, dressings, dips or sweeter with the mango-think smoothies, frozen treats, but also salad dressings, etc,” One Green Smoothie wrote.

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There are several reasons why I was overcome with joy when one of my TJ crew/friends excitedly came up to me and asked if I’d tried their new vegan cultured cashew milk aka vegan kefir: 1) Clearly TJs is on point with the exponentially increasing vegan community 🌱👏🙌🏽 2) TJs might actually be hearing both vegans and carnivores alike rally cry for LESS SUGAR PLEASE! These have ZERO added sugar 💥 🙏 💚 Impressive!!! 3) It’s ORGANIC 🙌🏽 🙏💚🌱 4) There is a lot of versatility with both a plain-think savory dishes, dressings, dips or sweeter with the mango-think smoothies, frozen treats, but also salad dressings, etc… 5) The bottle is large enough for several servings so less waste 6) It’s full of healthy probiotics Before I get to the obvious con, let me just say that the crew member offered me a taste of the mango (it wasn’t on sample) and it’s delicious!!! Anyone who is used to the the high sugar kefirs and yogurts might think it bland, but I LOVED it! It has a natural sweetness that isn’t sickening and you can really taste the mango. Now I realize this comes in a plastic bottle which is a con for sure, but let’s remember that choosing plants over animals (including their secretions, aka milk) is the greatest positive impact we can make for our planet (not to mention our personal health and clearly the animals), and since most people aren’t going to take the time to make homemade kefir/yogurt, this is an overall win! Way to go @traderjoes 🎊🙏💚🌱🌎!!! #traderjoes #vegan #kefir #fermentedfoods #yogurt #probiotics #kidfriendlyfood #eatfortheplanet #plantbased #savetheplanet #sustainable #progressnotperfection

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Trader Joe’s: Vegan Shopping Paradise

The American grocery store chain first opened in 1967 by the eponymous Joe Coulumbe in Pasadena, California. It now has nearly 500 locations across the country. Trader Joe’s is best-known for its low price points on produce, frozen foods, pantry sundries, snacks, and desserts all sold under a private label.

In recent years, the grocery store chain has amassed somewhat of a cult following among lovers of vegan food.

Along with staples like beans, pasta, and cereal, Trader Joe’s carries a wide variety of specialty items, including vegan milk (soy, almond, coconut, cashew-macadamia, and flavored) and plant-based meat (Mandarin Orange “chicken,” Tofurky sausages, Lightlife chicken, tofu, and tempeh). You can also find nondairy coconut yogurt, vegan ice cream, and sweets like cookies and chocolate, typically for a lower price compared to other grocery stores.

Other recent vegan additions include watermelon jerky — chewy, dehydrated watermelon sliced — vegan cocoa puffs cereal, and dairy-free cheesy cashew dip.

Trader Joe’s Nixes Excess Plastic

Earlier this year Trader Joe’s began phasing out excess plastic in response to consumer demand.

“Taking into consideration our customer feedback and our desire to be great neighbors, we have been taking a careful look at our packaging and the opportunities that exist to make improvements, with respect to sustainability,” the chain announced last December.

Changes include replacing Styrofoam bases for its produce with compostable trays, replacing plastic produce bags with a biodegradale alternative, and discontinuing single-use plastic shopping bags. The grocery store also plans to reduce the number of items sold in plastic packaging and finding sustainable alternatives.

Trader Joe’s vegan Cultured Cashew Beverage is now available in stores.