...the occasional Slurpee might work in a pinch.
For years, I've been dreaming of the day when vegan soft serve comes to Grand Rapids. There's nothing in the world like pulling that lever and watching that creamy vegan goodness wend its way into the cone or cup like a coil of frozen rope! Eating it isn't so bad either. For now, alas, vegan Grand Rapidians must take other measures, such as crafting our own alternatives at home (The Vegan Scoop: 150 Recipes for Dairy Free Ice Cream that Tastes Better Than The Real Thing can help with that), or scouring the streets of our fair city for free Slurpees on that one day in July when childhood dreams come true. According to The Chicago Rabbinical Council, the vast majority of Slurpee flavors are kosher and vegan, but you'll still want to choose wisely, as some of the "Yo-creme" flavors contain dairy (we didn't see any such flavors on our trek, but maybe they're out there). In any case, occasional use is probably the best bet, since high fructose corn syrup isn't exactly power food. Except on July 11, of course.
Mix a cocktail, grab an Adirondack chair, and read for the cause!
Consider injecting some purpose into your pleasure reading this summer by checking out care2.com's recommendations on Animal Rights Reading: A Top Ten Summer Book List. And if you've already devoured all of these suggestions or none of them particularly strikes your fancy, there's certainly no shortage of other possibilities, as scientists, theologians, legal experts, philosophers, physicians, dieticians, and activists continue to discover new and ever more compelling evidence in favor of the importance of compassionate eating. Those of us who wish to make a difference have an obligation to know what we are talking about and to be able to refer others to the best, most recent resources.
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