Saturday, September 3, 2016

Celebrate No Bacon Day, September 3rd, With Cool Foods

September 3 is International Bacon Day. I'll confess to being an omnivore who was a strict vegetarian for 10 years before marrying a self confessed "meatatarian". Now we have 2 teens and compromise is key when it comes to feeding everyone. I raised my kids vegetarian through toddlerhood then let them make their own choices. Although we didn't cook it at home, my small daughter snagged bacon off my husband's restaurant plate at every opportunity and put on a "puppet show" with the pieces, in different stage voices declaring "I'm bacon. Don't eat me!" then chowing down. My son still won't touch it. 

We don't make hard line food judgments here. It's a choice. We do cover meat sometimes and also veg, vegan, gluten free and other food genres. That said, we have many many friends and readers in the vegetarian and vegan communities, so today we're featuring #NoPigBaconDay. There's no denying the science that veg and vegan diets are better for your body and better for the earth and sustainability. It's a process. If you'd like to explore a 100% meat free diet or just dabble in consuming less, kudos to you. Happy eating. 

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is pleased to partner up with Cool Foods and we have been sent complimentary samples for review purposes. As always all opinions are our own.

Vegetarians & Vegans Unite! Cool Foods’ Vegi Bacon Bits & Dips Unveils 
“NO BACON DAY” Campaign 
to Begin On International Bacon Day September 3

Campaign Created To Protect Pigs & Support Pig Sanctuaries By Reducing Bacon & Pork Consumption

Show Your Support September 3 -  (Hashtag)#NoPigBaconDay

Determined to give a voice to all the vegetarians and vegans out there who quite literally can’t stomach the notion of basing parties and good times around the slaughter of innocent pigs, plant-based food company Cool Foods ( – makers of the new Vegi Bacon Bits & Dips line made from protein-rich pinto bean pulses – is declaring the very same September 3 as the start of its ambitious NO BACON DAY campaign.
Join The Cause September 3!                                                                                                                                                
Cool Foods invites the public to support No Bacon Day by using the hashtag #nopigbaconday and visiting

Photo Credit ©Kenaz-Mara

Here at ChiIL Mama, we tried Cool Foods Vegi Bacon bits and they rock on baked potatoes, avocado/tomato/mozzarella sandwiches and broccoli salad. They're even tasty for snacking right out of the package. This weekend we plan to add them to some Labor Day dip. As a mom, I love that they're gluten free, vegan, non GMO, and a healthier choice for my family than both bacon and soy based alternatives. 

We're frequently running into families where one or more of the kids have decided to go vegetarian for humane or health reasons, and the rest of the family isn't. Sometimes it gets complicated catering to everyone's food preferences. We also have a hybrid family where half adores red meat and half eats very little and prefers vegetarian choices, Cool Foods is a great way to bridge that gap and keep everyone fed and happy. Highly recommended.

According to Cool Foods founder Tom Mosk, “Cool Foods is concerned about the health risks associated with eating pork bacon and has created a better-for-your-health alternative – as standard bacon is loaded with calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. Plant-based Vegi Bacon Bits & Dips is made with pinto beans and is healthier than soy-based imitation bacon, which is often highly-processed. We also believe that if more people switch to plant-based bacon, there will be less of a need for pork bacon and this will help reduce the inhumane abuse of pigs that goes on each and every day. So please join us in making September 3, and every day, No Bacon Day!”

Now available on the site and on ( - and soon to be introduced in retail stores around the country - shelf-stable, plant-based Vegi Bacon Bits & Dips are sold in 3oz packages, as well as in 30oz food service pack sizes. 

A deliciously nutritious alternative to highly-processed soy-based imitation bacon, Vegi Bacon Bits & Dips are made via a patented process in which premium pinto beans are steamed without water waste and thereby retain their inherently rich nutrients. All of Cool Foods’ pulses are sustainably grown.

DON'T Bring Home The Bacon! – A Few Important Facts & Figures

-       Pigs learn their name in a few weeks and respond when called
-       Pigs rank #4 in intelligence – behind chimps, dolphins and elephants
-       Pigs snuggle close to one another and prefer to sleep nose to nose
-       Pigs have a sophisticated cognitive ability – more so than dogs and comparable to 3-year old children
-       Pigs communicate with one another – over 20 vocalizations have been identified
-       Contrary to their reputation, pigs are actually clean animals; if given sufficient space, they won’t soil where they sleep or eat
-       Pigs feel pain and affection
-       According to WebMD, bacon is unhealthy due to the harmful chemicals that are created when its processed, as well as its high saturated fat content (which can raise cholesterol levels that can lead to clogged arteries, heart disease and stroke) and. Because of the unfavorable qualities of bacon, in fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends completely removing it from our diet.

About Cool Foods & Cool Cups

Based in Santa Monica, California, Cool Foods, a division of Cool Cups LLC, strives to produce the healthiest possible meat-free alternative products on the market today. The new brand  made its debut at Expo West with  their irresistibly tasty and nutritious Vegi Bacon Bits & Dips™. Please visit for more information.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is pleased to partner up with Cool Foods and we have been sent complimentary samples for review purposes. As always all opinions are our own.

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