The refreshing taste of seafood is one that’s loved by many. However, the plant-based options for seafood have traditionally been severely lacking. This gap in the market makes the debut of Sophie’s Kitchen’s vegan seafood products all the more exciting! This past week, at Expo West, Sophie’s Kitchen revealed two of their latest innovations — Smoked Salmon and Toona!

To emulate the fishy flavor so many are accustomed to, Sophie’s Kitchen uses seaweed and elephant yam root as base ingredients, both of which possess a host of nutritional benefits. Elephant yam root, also known as Konjac, provides the same kind of protein and energizing carbohydrates as potatoes, while seaweed provides vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and iron. These fish alternatives will not only taste like the real thing but will supply just as many benefits!

Ever since we heard about the two products we’ve been daydreaming about all the dishes we’re going to make. Big batches of tuna salad and faux tuna melts for picnics are a given. And oh what a magical day it will be when we will not only be able to start our mornings with a cream cheese bagel, but one with lox no less! We’re ready to stuff this salmon into puffs, douse them with lemon and layer slices into sandwiches, and of course, rolling them into sushi goes without saying! Considering salmon is one of the most frequently eaten fish in the U.S. this product may just turn the seafood market on its head. We’re pretty much ready to erect a statue in honor of this momentous occasion.

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Not only are these faux-fish an amazing and very welcome addition to any decent brunch spread, but the time for a truly sustainable seafood couldn’t be more pressing. Tuna and salmon are some of the most popular fish in the U.S., and sadly this has led to their populations being severely overfished.  On a global scale, 80 percent of the world’s fish stocks have fully exploited or in decline. Not to mention, as Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder of One Green Planet so aptly pointed out, we treat the world’s oceans more like a toilet bowl than a sustainable food source. On average, 8.8 million tons of plastic get dumped into the oceans every year and fish and marine species easily consume plastic particles in addition to other toxic substances. So basically, when you eat fish, you also get a health dose of gross.

Luckily, thanks to these two new vegan options, Sophie’s is making sustainable and healthy seafood possible! With all of the seafood dishes out there ready to be recreated, we’re ready to dive in and get cookin’!

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