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Product Review: Pipcorn Mini Popcorn

Screen_Shot_2016-12-21_at_1.13.58_PM_1024x1024So today I tried Pipcorn Mini Popcorn. It’s vegan and comes in 4 different flavors at my local WholeFoods: Cheddar, Truffle, Sea Salt & Sea Salt and Vinegar. Though their website advertises kettle and rosemary as additional flavors. I chose the cheddar. I saw the truffle flavor and it has a picture of a pig on the front. While I know pigs are used to find truffles, I found it a little odd to pick out vegan food with a pig on the bag.  So, back to the cheddar. The bag was full, not half air like most popcorn. The popcorn itself was tiny! Just barely popped beyond the seed it seems. I’m not sure how they did it, but they did! The taste was just ok and the little corn kernels got stuck in my teeth. Some good things are they are gluten free, non GMO, vegan and whole grain. But, for $4.99 a bag I think I can make my own vegan popcorn at home and for much less.

About Pipcorn:

Pipcorn is Delicious Mini Popcorn, of course! But wait, there’s more! Pipcorn is also:
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Whole Grain
Pipcorn was founded by brother and sister team, Jeff & Jen Martin, and Jeff’s wife, Teresa Tsou. The Pipcorn seed was planted when Jeff was helping Jen move apartments in the spring of 2010. In desperate need of a snack, Jen remembered these special little kernels that she had gotten a few days earlier. Five minutes later, they were snacking on the best popcorn they had ever had. Together with Jeff’s wife Teresa, Pipsnacks was started!
For more information visit their website:
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Recipes: Curried Spaghetti with Kale and Buffalo Chickpea Pizza

I saw these 2 recipes on Facebook and just wanted to share with everyone. They both look so delicious! Thanks to veganricha.com and holycowvegan.net

Comment below if you’ve tried these recipes.

BUFFALO CHICKPEA PIZZA WITH WHITE GARLIC SAUCE AND CELERY RANCH DRESSING

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http://www.veganricha.com/2014/09/buffalo-chickpea-pizza-white-garlic-sauce-celery-ranch-vegan-recipe.html

 

ONE POT CURRIED SPAGHETTI WITH KALE

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https://holycowvegan.net/one-pot-curried-spaghetti-kale/

Product Review: Libre Naturals

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Breakfast is always a hard meal for me. Being vegan, traditional foods like eggs or bacon, cheesy omelettes and more are off the table. So I am always looking for new products that can satisfy my vegan needs, while still appealing to my family (which is almost all vegan). I came across the Libre Naturals Products online and it was advertised as gluten-free and allergy friendly and decided to give it a try.

My family and I tried Libre Naturals instant oatmeal, granola bars and granola mix. Their products are mostly advertised as allergen-friendly, but they are also vegan! With simple, plant based ingredients, everyone in your family can eat them and will WANT to eat them. The oatmeal was easy to make, comforting and filling. Each cup had 7g protein and 7g fiber to keep you full until lunch (at least). My favorite flavor was the Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins and Spices, which actually has 8 grams of protein. The Blueberry Maple granola was my favorite snack overall, and my dog’s too! I was eating some granola on the couch as my dog sat eagerly by me wanting a treat. After looking up the ingredients to make sure they were dog friendly, I gave him a scoop. He loved it and now chooses it over rawhide for an afternoon treat!

Even though oatmeal is not my favorite food, I found Libre Naturals products tasty, filling and satisfying as a snack. The granola is definitely my favorite (and my dog’s). If your family is vegan or suffers from any food allergies, give these products a try.

About Libre Naturals:
Libre Naturals is family-owned and was created by a mother of a food allergic child. Their website states the following allergen declarations.

No dairy : No ingredients containing dairy are used in the Libre Naturals facility. This includes all derivatives such as casein or whey. Cocoa butter is not dairy but is the fat of the cocoa bean.

No egg : No ingredients containing egg are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No fish : No ingredients containing fish are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No gluten : No ingredients containing gluten are used in the Libre Naturals facility. All of our products are certified Gluten Free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) which has a standard of 10 parts per million (ppm), more stringent than the national standard of 20 ppm.

No mustard : No ingredients containing mustard are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No peanuts : No ingredients containing peanut are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No sesame : No ingredients containing sesame are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No shellfish : No ingredients containing shellfish (including crustaceans) are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No soy or derivatives : No ingredients containing soy or its derivatives (i.e. soy lecithin) are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No sulfitesNo ingredients containing sulfite preservatives are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No tree nuts : No ingredients containing tree nuts i.e. almonds, cashews, pecans)are used in the Libre Naturals facility. Canada, where our manufacturing facility is located, does not list coconut as a tree nut but the USA does. In any case, we treat coconut as a tree nut declaration with all of our suppliers.

No wheat : No ingredients containing wheat are used in the Libre Naturals facility.

No latex : No latex gloves are used on any Libre Naturals production line. We use only medical grade, powder-free nitrile gloves.

For more information and to find where to buy their products:
http://librenaturals.com/

Product Review: Legendary Foods

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I tried 3 of Legendary Food’s nut butters and loved them all! The apple pie raw almond and cashew butter with real apple pieces had to be my favorite. It was sweet and salty and had real apple in it. It brought me back to the days when I’d make apple pie with my grandmother. My second favorite was the peanut butter chocolate chip. It tasted like Reese’s peanut butter cups, had a super smooth texture and even had real mini chocolate chips inside. While I loved all of the flavors, my least favorite was the blueberry cinnamon bun raw cashew butter with blueberries. To me, it could’ve been a little sweeter and the blueberries were way too tiny.

All 3 flavors are gluten free and advertised as having “no sugar added, no cane juice, no agave and no honey”. I do want to add, though, that they did add erythritol and stevia for sweetness. Typically these sweeteners give me a headache, but luckily my head was feeling fine after eating these butters.

They are a bit pricey at $10.99 – $17.99 for 16oz jars, but considering they are made from cashews and ingredients from nature, I’d say they’re worth a binge purchase every now and then. Also, if you buy a multi-pack you end up saving a few dollars!

About Legendary Foods:

Legendary Foods combines science and nature to make delicious snacks and follows these basic snack principles:

Basic snack principles

We handcuffed ourselves to a few major principles in creating our products:

  • It had to be delicious and fun to eat. Life’s too short to eat bland food even if it’s healthy.
  • It had to be good for you. Not easy in nutritional science, as even basic nutritional concepts cause major disagreements.
  • It had to be made from ingredients that are found in nature. Not because everything that’s natural is good for you but because it’s a good place to start.
  • It had to satisfy hunger. Unlike sugary, carb-rich foods that increase hunger and keep you craving more.
  • It had to be the opposite of most other snack foods nutritionally. We were tired of trying something that looked delicious only to see that it was loaded with junk ingredients.
  • It had to be based in science – something that people who cared about health, mitochondrial function and telomere length would appreciate. Who wants to damage their health just to be able to eat something delicious?
  • It had to be convenient. Being able to eat well when you can’t sit down for a meal is important. Our nut mixes and nut butters will help keep you fueled on the go.

For more information on how to buy these butters visit their website: http://www.legendaryfoodsonline.com/

Product Review: Olivado Oils

This past weekend I put together an oil tasting dinner. We had 3 different oils from Olivado. We tried them with bread, on a salad, in cooking beans and to deep fry fritters on another occasion. Avocados in general are not a favorite of mine, (I know, vegan blasphemy) so eating oil made of avocados made me feel a little apprehensive. The omega plus oil and macadamia oils were my favorite. They had mild flavors and went well with everything. The virgin avocado oil went over well with my family, but the avocado flavor was too strong for me. Olivado also offers virgin coconut oil. I fried fritters with it and it worked very well. It melted quickly and easily without burning, and didn’t leave an aftertaste. You can find them at the usual locations, Publix, Whole Foods, etc. and prices are comparable to other brands of olive oil. I still think that plain extra virgin olive oil is the choice for me when cooking and on salads, but if you’re looking for something different to add to your salads or cook your vegetables in, then these are worth a try.

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About Olivado Oils:

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Olivado’s Cold Pressed Extra Virgin oils retain all of their natural goodness and taste with minimal processing.  Grown in New Zealand, or sourced from the best international ingredients, the Extra Virgin range provides oils of exceptional quality and nutritional value.

Olivado’s philosophy is Natural Nutrition: that a balanced everyday diet combining a variety of foods should give a person all the nutrition they need.

Current research suggests that many food supplements are not an effective way of obtaining nutrients; that Nature’s bundle of nutrients in vegetables and fruits works best, rather than extracting what we think is the important ingredient and taking this in a tablet.

For example, a 10ml (2 tsp) serving of Olivado’s extra virgin cold pressed avocado oil provides 20% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E.

Extra virgin avocado oil has been proven to be one of the healthiest and most versatile of culinary oils.

The rich smooth taste enhances the flavours of delicate foods, and its high burn point makes it the best choice for healthy pan frying and high heat cooking. And of course it’s perfect with salads, vegetables, in smoothies, even baking. Add to that an extraordinary list of health benefits, including high levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E, Omegas 6 and 9, lutein, alpha and beta carotene, and many more.

For more information or to buy your own Olivado products:

http://www.olivado.com/

Or visit this page to find where you can buy them locally:

http://www.olivado.com/where-to-buy-usa

 

Product Review: Dr. Bronners

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Dr. Bronners products are a vegan staple. They are certified fair trade, biodegradable, organic, and vegan. How could you go wrong? I love the peppermint “flavored” line of products. The hair creme made my head feel tingly, moisturized my hair and kept my style in place all day.  I only had to use a little bit, too much and my hair was greasy. The lip balm is nice and moisturizing, They do have beeswax, though, so whether or not you consider them vegan all depends on how you feel about using bee products. Sal suds biodegradable cleaner is an awesome multipurpose soap. I cleaned my bathroom, the kitchen, dishes, the toilet, my car..everything with it! Considering most of their products are concentrated and long lasting, the price you pay for them is well worth it. I’ve been able to replace most of my cleaning products with something from Dr. Bronners: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, multipurpose cleaner, lip balm and the list goes on.

About Dr. Bronners:

Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third- generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family. He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message that we must realize our unity across religious & ethnic divides or perish: “We are All-One or None!” Still family-owned and run, Dr. Bronner’s honors its founder’s vision by continuing to make socially & environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating our profits to help make a better world. All-One!

https://www.drbronner.com/

Product Review: Rhythm Superfoods

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Oh kale. The multipurpose leaf, feeding vegans everywhere. When I first became a vegan I thought kale was disgusting, the thorn in my side. Over the past year, though, I’ve grown to love it and try to put it in as many dishes as possible. Rythm Superfoods has helped me love kale as a snack. I tried all 10 flavors in the photo and I definitely have some favorites. The zesty nacho and kool ranch kale chips are at the top of my list. I know you may not believe me, but they are actually a good replacement for Doritos! The richness of the nacho and ranch flavors is so satisfying that I almost forgot I was eating dried up kale. The garden ranch broccoli bites are equally delicious.

The roasted kale, on the other hand, wasn’t as good. The leaves had a very strong kale taste, almost bitter. And for some reason I just couldn’t get myself to finish a serving of the beet chips. Overall though, their product lineup was pretty good. If you’re looking for a replacement for your unhealthy potato chips or for a “nutrient-dense” snack, give these a try!

About Rythm Superfoods:

Our journey began with a simple concept: when you need a snack, you deserve delicious, nutrient-dense options that are all-good for your body. We started experimenting with air-crisped Kale Chips in the kitchen of The Daily Juice, a little juice bar in Austin, Texas.

Our original products were so popular, we perfected our recipes and made our move to become the superfoods snack innovator we are today. We’ve got multiple superfood snack lines and oodles of flavors to keep you in your groove. Our snacks are all good, not just “less bad” — we hope you’ll try them all!

http://rhythmsuperfoods.com/

Product Review: Kite Hill 

I just have one thing to say about kite hill products: I LOVE THEM! I have been searching high and low for a good cheese replacement and I’ve found it in kite hill products. While they don’t have sliced cheese yet, the products they do have are an awesome start to a cheese replacement lineup. I’ve tried all of the cheeses: cream cheese, ricotta, soft truffle, dill and chive and love all of them! You can spread them on crackers, bagels or add into lasagna. There’s no yucky soy aftertaste, because they are soy free! They also do not taste like almonds, like other products do. Kite Hill cheeses just have a mild, smooth flavor and texture. While their website states that they do not use organic almonds, they do note that their products are non-GMO and without artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners. They also note that they stay away from organic to keep costs low. At around $6 for a small container of cream cheese and $9 for ricotta, I can’t imagine what they’d cost if they used organic!

About Kite Hill:

We began with a vision for a plant-based food that would have all the qualities we relish in the best artisan dairy cheeses. As we believe the best part of eating is inviting everyone to the table for a convivial meal, these products had to entice the full range of food lovers, from those dedicated to a plant-based diet to others simply curious about a healthier lifestyle.

Today, Kite Hill represents much more than artisanal almond milk products. Kite Hill stands for the very best tasting alternative dairy products made with the simplest ingredients using traditional methods — from artisanal delicacies, nut milk yogurts, and cream cheese style spreads to entrées and even deserts.

http://www.kite-hill.com/

Product Review: Nutpods

I tried the three flavors of nutpods in my morning coffee: french vanilla, hazelnut and original. Like most almond and coconut milks, these were not very creamy, so I had to add a good amount before my coffee turned that caramel color that I like. While nutpods are flavored, they do not have added sugar. This can be a good thing for most people because then you can add whatever sweetener you like, be it stevia, or sugar in the raw. I like to steam my milk/creamer before putting into my coffee using my Starbucks milk frother at home. Unfortunately, these milks did not froth very well and simply warmed up. To me all 3 flavors tasted the same, like almonds, but I love almonds and anything almond flavored, so I was ok with that. Even though these “creamers” are not exactly creamy and definitely are not sweet, they still are a good replacement for dairy creamer or even soy. They are GMO, soy, dairy and gluten free and better for the environment and cows!

About nutpods:

nutpods was born out of founder Madeline Haydon’s impatience for a wholesome dairy-free creamer that had the richness and creaminess of half & half. For years, she waited for a company, any company, to develop this type of product – without carrageenan or the “usual suspects” of titanium dioxide, mono and diglycerides, hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils. Carefully crafted to be wholesomely delicious and developed to give you the freedom to choose your own sweetness level, enjoy the rich creaminess that come from MCT-rich coconuts and the balanced taste with heart-healthy almonds. All free from GMOs, soy, dairy, gluten and artificial flavors/colors.

nutpods is a dairy-free creamer made from heart-healthy almonds, MCT-rich coconuts

https://www.nutpods.com/

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