Vegan Products We're LOVING Right Now!
Food Should Taste Good's Harvest Pumpkin Chips
It's fall and we know you've been inundated with pumpkin flavored things, but here us out on this one! These seasonal Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips from Food Should Taste Good are DELICIOUS! They're lightly seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg, but they're not overly sweet. We served them up at a recent taco party with a bunch of vegan blogger friends and they were a hit! People were dipping them into white bean hummus, guacamole, and eating them all on their own. We kept a bag for ourselves and made a sweet cashew dip sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg and sweetened with maple syrup - so yeah, that was fucking delicious. I loved these chips and will start looking for them every year at this time...and you should too! They're the perfect holiday chip, and they taste good with seemingly everything. You can order some for your holiday parties at FoodShouldTasteGood.com!
Lucy's Holiday Sugar + Chocolate Merry Mint Cookies
We've been fans of Lucy's Cookies for years, ever since we moved to Maine and they were some of the only vegan cookies we could find in markets. We were so appreciative to find a cookie we didn't have to make and that actually tasted good! If you like a crispy cookie, these are for you. There are SO freaking yummy. They come in a multitude of flavors, but we're really excited about these seasonal Holiday Sugars and Chocolate Merry Mint cookies! They're really good and the perfect thing when you just can't bake another dish this holiday season. Put out a plate of these cookies out with some almond milk and you will have one very happy Santa this Christmas! You can get more info and order some for your Holiday parties at DrLucys.com.
Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mix - Acaî + Goji Boost
I'm always looking for new ways to toss a little extra protein into my meals, and this superfood powder from Essential Living Foods with acai and goji is the perfect way! Its got a great fruity flavor and packs 8 grams of protein into every 2 tablespoon serving. As with all ELF's products, this mix is non-GMO, gluten-free, organic, and raw - so there are only pure, unadulterated superfoods in an easy to eat form! We like in smoothies, on our oatmeal, and even mixed into water for a quick pick-up with fruity flavor. You can check it out and order your own at EssentialLivingFoods.com!
I love tea. We really steer away from caffeine at our house, and we're big herbal tea drinkers. When monthly tea subscription box Teabook reached out and offered to let us try their box a few months back, I was thrilled. I love trying different types of tea - iced or hot - and was excited to see what they were all about. They sent us a typical monthly box, which contained not only 3 different types of premium tea, but a lovely glass tumbler for brewing and drinking the tea in. Being a green tea fan I immediately opted to try the loose leaf green tea. I placed the loose leaves in my glass bottle, filled it with hot water, and let it steep for several minutes before placing the strainer cap + lid to it. Then I ran out the door! I loved how simple it was to prepare while I was getting ready to go, and I also loved having a steaming hot glass of really good green tea on the commute. Teabook sends different fresh loose leaf teas monthly for you to explore at a reasonable price, and the double-walled glass tumbler is high quality and the perfect size for a cup of tea. You can get Teabook delivered directly to your door by visiting them at Teabook.co!
Lola Menstrual Cups
When we lived in Maine two years ago, I became super interested in finding alternatives to traditional tampons. Some studies have shown that typical tampons contain carcinogens and often tons of perfume. I don't (any my lady parts DEFINITELY don't) want any part of that. The vagina is a pretty great and super sensitive piece of equipment, and I like to keep it as harm-free as possible during my monthly menstruation. I had tried a product called the Moon Cup, which is similar but slightly different. I could never seem to get comfortable with it and ditched it after a few uses to go back to organic tampons instead. Recently I've again become interested in finding an alternative to expensive and wasteful organic tampons, and started looking around for a better option. I stumbled upon the Lola Cup after some searching and loved that it looked more flexible and a little smaller than the moon cup I had tried before, and also came in 2 packs! Lola Cups are a great alternative to tampons or liners on light or heavy days. They are hypoallergenic for us sensitive babes, BPA-free, and made from medical grade silicon. I went with size 1, the smaller of 2 sizes since I have yet to give childbirth. I won't go into the whole insertion and removal process here, but Lola Cup does come with instructions and is super easy to use. I loved it and loved that there were two so a backup was always available, and it was way more comfortable than I ever imagined. Plus, no mess! I'm a big fan, and even Alex loves the idea of never running to the grocery store on a late-night tampon run again. You can get more info from them at their website, LolaCup.com.
Vegan Products We're LOVING Right Now!
Thirty Acre Farm Fermented Hot Sauce
When I was in Maine last month I realized that instead of just craving all my fave Maine goodies in between trips, I could start shipping some back each trip so I'd have a little supply in California, too. This was one of my must grab's my first day in town, and I even turned my Dad onto it. It is SO good! And as you can see, fermented, too! Thirty Acre Farm is a small vegetable farm down the street from where I grew up in Whitefield, ME, where they make all sorts of fermented goodies including ruby + jalapeño kraut made from their own cabbage. This hot sauce packs a lacto-fermented culture punch and some serious heat, plus is preservative free and made by hand in small batches. It's the best hot sauce I've ever had - we pour it on everything! They ship, so be sure to check out their website and email Jane + Simon to get some for yourself - it is so, so worth it. You can do that here.
Cherrybrook Kitchen Cake + Frosting Mixes
I celebrated my 25th birthday at the beginning of the month and was planning a camping trip with Alex up in the mountains, so we wanted a quick dessert we could bring with and cook while camping. We ended up totally forgetting the boxes and buying some vegan cupcakes when we got up there, but when we came back, I whipped up the vanilla cake with chocolate frosting (my fave combo!) and was pleasantly surprised. Both the cake and frosting mixes are vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, egg-free, and nut-free - so super allergen friendly. The cake cooked up moist and golden and the frosting whipped up to literally the perfect texture. I loved it! Even though I am perfectly capable of making a great cake, sometimes taking the easy route is the way to go, and I would highly recommend checking these easy mixes out the next time you're in a pinch and need a great cake or cupcakes! These would probably also be perfect for taking to school for kids birthdays, since most schools these days are nut-free for kiddos with allergies. You can check out all their mixes here.
Kevita Master Brew Kombucha
Oh man. We are just so obsessed with KeVita's new Master Brew Kombucha! It comes in 6 flavors and is some of the best kombucha I've ever had. It is perfectly bubbly and the flavors are top notch. They come in Tart Cherry, Grapefruit, Lavender Melon, Pineapple Peach, Raspberry Lemon and Ginger. My faves are definitely a toss up between the Tart Cherry, Lavender Melon, and Pineapple Peach flavors. They are so flavorful and would make any kombucha-hater rethink their position. There is none of the vinegar-y taste that sometime accompanies different kombuchas, and the probiotics in it make it stellar for your tummy! Whenever I'm having a little tummy trouble I suck one of these down and it almost always turns things around. KeVita also makes other sparkling probiotic drinks, but I'm such a kombucha junkie I reach for this stuff every time. The price is comparable to other kombucha brands on the market, but these have way more flavor. Plus they're organic, non-GMO, and stevia sweetened, so there is no added sugar, which makes these way lower on sugar than comparable brands. What I'm saying is GO FIND THIS STUFF! Its available just about everywhere, and you can check out more about each flavor here.
AMRTA Garam Masala
I love Indian food, but until recently was intimated by trying to successfully make my own. After Richa Hingle released her latest cookbook, Richa's Vegan Indian Kitchen, I felt like I finally had the recipes in front of me to try and conquer. And so far, I've loved everything I've made form the book. When AMRTA offered to send me some of their garam masala to try, I was stoked. Garam Masala is a spice made from a mix of dried and ground cardamom pods, cinnamon, peppers, and flowers. AMRTA is a family company that uses the method that their great-great grandmother did, never relying on a recipe but rather learning the technique from their mother's before them. We used it to make Richa's recipe for Garam Masala Potatoes + Onions and just fell in love. Its the perfect blend of smoky, sweet, and spicy and would be a welcome addition to any lentil or cauliflower dish for sure. We'll definitely be buying this Garam Masala again, but luckily the nearly 4 oz. jar should last us a while. You can order some for yourself here!
Urthbox Snackbox Review
I'm a big snacker. I tend to eat in small portions quite often throughout the day as opposed to sitting down for big meals, so anything snack-sized or that I can take in the gar or on-the-go is a huge win for me. I especially love when those snacks are randomly selected and sent to your door, because having to think about buying snacks sort of makes me feel like a jerk, Like I know I should be buying kale salad fixings but instead I'm getting saltines and a $12 hunk of vegan cheese. And maybe some chocolate on the way out because what the hell? Snacking is possibly my greatest personal struggle. Thats why when the folks at Urthbox sent me a box of theirs to try, I was pretty stoked. I was so excited when I got the box - because I love snacks - that I cut through a bag of popcorn getting into the box. Oh well, I just ate that first. And it was delicious!
All of the snacks Urthbox ships to you are guaranteed Organic + Non-GMO, plus they come in 4 different boxes, depending on your dietary restrictions: vegan, gluten-free, diet, and classic. They come in 1 to 6 month order subscriptions for you or friends, so all you have to do is wait for delivery day and get a box full of thoughtfully selected goodies that are good for you. If you love what you got you can even go onto the Urthbox Online Store and order up the specific snacks you liked best AND you get a member discount! If you purchase often and refer friends you can even earn loyalty points, which get you bigger discounts on the goodies they sell.
Urthbox send all kinds of different snacks each month like bars, chips, dried fruit, drinks, crackers, cookies, granolas, nuts + seeds, and trail mixes. In our monthly box (the whole box contents featured in the last picture of this post), we also got chocolate covered rice cakes, banana chips, fruit leather and a few coupons. Our favorite snacks in the box are pictured above (also we ate that delicious curry popcorn right up!) and are as follows: the Leaf + Love Organic Lemonade Juicebox, the dried Coconut Medley covered in seeds, nuts, and coconut sugar, the spicy Sheffa snack mix (reminiscent of a spicy chex mix), and the sweet + savory snack bars from Paleo Life (Chocolate Coconut) and Sheffa (Everything with rye, sesame, etc.). While the snacks that were our favorites were all new to us, as most of the products in this box were, I did see a couple things I'd seen in other boxes before (like VeganCuts), but I was really overall impressed with the sweet and savory variety of snacks they offered. They had something in there for everyone, and the lemonade was a nice treat.
There are also 4 snack box SIZES to order from, and they start at $12.99/ month, with free shipping in the US. You can order your own Urthbox Subscription by clicking the coupon code below and getting $10 off your first box! And be sure to check out Urthbox on FB + Twitter.
*NOTE: I was given this box free to review but all opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links.*
Vegan Products We're LOVING Right Now!
Kefta Spice Rub
We got this spice first in a 'Try The World' delivery box Alex had ordered. 'Try The World' is a monthly subscription food box that gets delivered right to your door. Each month has a different country as a theme, and includes snacks, spices, teas, coffees, and any other delicious tidbits relating to the country of choice. In our Moroccan-themed box, we got this Kefta spice rub- and now we're obsessed! Kefta generally refers to the spice used in Moroccan meatballs, but we like it all over baked and grilled veggies and even on tempeh and in our shredded jackfruit! This stuff is AMAZING. A mix of spices like cinnamon, cumin, paprika, coriander, mint- this spice will add a TON of flavor to any ol' dish. It reminds us of the flavor in our Moroccan Chickpea Soup, and we can't wait to re-order a jar!
Peace Cereals are my new favorite breakfast addition. They offer delicious flavors like Vanilla Almond, Walnut Spice, Wild Berry, Raspberry Ginger, and Maple Pecan (pictured in bowl above) that are completely vegan, organic + non-GMO! They have a great crunch and I like them a bowls of cereal themselves or as a topping for my yogurt or acai bowls. Alex's favorite flavor was the Blueberry Walnut (he loves blueberries!) but my fave flavor is a toss up between the Vanilla Almond and the Maple Pecan. The vanilla is a little sweeter, but just so good! Plus, all Peace cereals are loaded with whole grains, fiber, and protein to get your day started right. I can get behind that! You can check them out on their website or find 'em at your local grocery store.
Sweet Earth Functional Breakfast Burritos
Okay, THESE are a game changer. I've tried all of the vegan frozen burritos on the market and while they're generally okay (I'm talking Amy's brand + even the original Sweet Earth burritos, plus a few other smaller So Cal brands), they don't usually have a ton of flavor or texture, or are so packed with faux meats and cheeses you can't really enjoy them. These burritos, which I first tried at ExpoWest back in March, caught my eye because they were designed to be different. Sweet Earth calls these 'functional burritos' because they're high in fiber, protein, nutrients and superfoods. They're unlike any other frozen burrito out there right now, and they taste GREAT! Like, way better than you'd expect. The 'Get Cultured' (pictured left), is a Korean-inspired blend of tofu, fermented red pepper, cabbage, edamame, and fresh ginger. The probiotics in the burrito contribute to gut health and better digestion, and make this the very first probiotic breakfast burrito, so that's neat! The 'Lighten Up' (pictured right), is Mexican-inspired and filled with spinach, black eyed peas, red bell pepper, seasoned tofu, and salsa verde, and clocks in under 200 calories. I really liked them both, but preferred the flavors of the 'Lighten Up' because I love anything with a little spice! They definitely kept me fuller, longer and I have been looking for them in grocery store freezers ever since. I haven't seen them everywhere but I have spotted them at my local Whole Foods! You can get more info at SweetEarthFoods.com.
Lucy's Triple Chocolate Brownie Crisp + Chocolate Chocolate Crunch Cookies
We've mentioned Lucy's before, but we just can't get enough! The new Brownie Crisps are SO GOOD and the Chocolate Chocolate Crunch cookies got me through that time of the month- which basically means they're a miracle in a box. They're the perfect amount of crunchy and sweet and they taste like the packaged cookies I always hoped were in my lunchbox as a kid- only wayyy healthier. If fact, 'Lucy', the creator, is an MD who created the cookies for her own child with food allergies. Not only can you pronounce all the ingredients on the label, but they're allergen free too, meaning no peanuts, tree nuts, milk or eggs! I also like that they are little smaller than the average cookie or brownie, so I feel like I can eat a couple extra without guilt. (That's how that works, right?) Lucy's are nearly everywhere now in terms of grocery stores, so you should be able to find them pretty easily. If not, you can order from DrLucys.com!
We also found these toothbrushes at Expo West back in March, and we're loving them! We have always tried to use a more eco-friendly toothbrush, and previously bought recycled toothbrushes made by Preserve. The only problem? They're still made of plastic, and you have to mail back the used brush to help keep the cycle going, which is kind of a pain. These bamboo brushes make far less of an impact on the environment and come in adult, kid, and even dog-friendly sizes! To quote right from the website:
The handles are all made from organically grown, sustainable, biodegradable, antimicrobial bamboo. The recyclable bristles are Dupont Tynex, arguably the best quality and most trusted bristle available. So when you’re done using your Woo Bamboo toothbrush, you could literally pull out and recycle the bristles, and throw the handle into your compost where it will gently biodegrade. As we say, they’re “Dentist approved, Mother Nature recommended!”
We like that. Plus, they feel good on the teeth and do a great job of getting them clean! Even the dog lets me clean her teeth with it- that's gotta be a good sign. And, if for some reason you want customized toothbrushes, they do that, too! Check 'em out at WooBamboo.com.
Kaeng Raeng Cleanse and Daily Greens Energy Review + Giveaway!
When I met Kelly from Kaeng Raeng at Expo West, I loved her pitch. She was basically showing off a healthy, 100% vegan meal replacement shake. I tried a sample cup and stopped- it was DELICIOUS! Way better tasting that I had expected and a lovely shade of pink, too. Next I tried a sip of the new, bright purple Daily Green Energy drink. I like green drinks, but this was different- and SO much better. It tasted fruity and fresh, and tasted 'green' but not like grass. Kelly and I kept in touch after the show and I was thrilled to try the all 4 of their delicious drinks this last week. Now, I'm hooked! Kaeng Raeng offers 3 and 6 day detox drink programs, the Daily Green Energy superfood drink and a skin care line consisting of an exfoliant, cleansing clay, and facial serum. I love that they're made (locally for me) in California and are certified organic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. And each serving in the detox program (thats 3x a day!) contains a full serving of fruit, 15 grams of pea protein, and 2 billion probiotic cultures. That makes for one very happy tummy!
These cleanses aren't about fasting or starving- you're encouraged to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as you'd like, and of course drink plenty of water. We started with the 3-day detox cleanse. It comes in 3 flavors: Into The Blue (blueberry + banana), Daybreak (mango, peach + pineapple), and Joyful (strawberry, raspberry, + pineapple). They come in powder form and are recommended mixed with water, juice, or a smoothie. I mixed mine with water so I could fully taste the drink's flavor and texture, but I actually really liked it that way and thought it was plenty sweet enough to enjoy that way as well. Each drink is made from a mix of 1 oz of freeze-dried raw fruit, non-gmo protein, probiotic cultures, and vegetable fiber.
The strawberry, raspberry + pineapple flavor was my favorite and the one I finished first. I liked the mango peach flavor second best, and preferred the blueberry banana least- but I'm not a huge banana fan, either. I loved the way they made me feel. All day long I felt light, energized, and satisfied. I have a lot of stomach issues so I usually get a few hours a day of stomach ache-age, but on the cleanse I really felt great and had almost no stomach pain. I was eating plenty of raw fruits and veggies along with the drinks and was using the higher end recommendation of adding 32 ounces of liquid to each packet. The best part about these drinks- and maybe what I was most surprised by- was how realistic and full they tasted. Since Kaeng Raeng freeze dries whole, raw fruit and adds psyllium to the packets, the detox drinks are packed with fiber and actually have a great mouth feel when you're drinking them. Add some ice and it makes a super easy, yummy smoothie! Plus the 9 grams of fiber per serving (27g/day) keeps you filled up for way longer than a juice ever could. My only warning is that you really want to mix the powder in water very well (like with a fork or whisk, not just in a shaker bottle) before you drink it or it can get clumpy. I'm sure if you're mixing it into a blended smoothie there would be no problem, though.
The day after the cleanse I drank the Daily Green Energy purple superfood drink- the one I had sipped at Expo West- and totally loved it. I felt like it was a good segue way back into 'normal' eating, and a way to help extend the detox cleanse a bit. I will definitely be re-ordering these on the regular and drink 'em every day. It was so easy to pop into a shaker bottle (it dissolved much more easily than the cleanse drinks) and take anywhere, and I really did feel a pick-me-up from it when I drank it during my typical 2 pm afternoon slump! The Daily Greens drink has 6 grams of protein per serving and can be added to water, juice, or a smoothie- though I really loved the flavor in just water. It's made of all pronounceable fruit and vegetable ingredients plus some probiotics, which is just more good news for your tummy.
I mean it when I say I really loved these drinks- I would probably order the 3-day cleanse again (it recommends about 4x per year) in a few months, but am already planning to restock my Daily Greens drink because it is just so easy and so good- and its a way for ANYONE to sneak a little heath into their day. Luckily, I'm allowed to share a cute blender bottle like below AND some sample packs of the Daily Green Energy drink with ONE of you lucky gals or guys. Keep scrolling for the deets!
Okay here are the rules ya'll: open to US residents only (sorry, mates!), you can enter through the widget below until May 9th, when we'll pick a winner. Trust me guys- this is such a savings and so delicious, you're gonna wanna try it! If you can't wait or don't want to (and why would you?) you can go straight to Kaeng Raeng's website and order it for yourself. Good luck!
Vegan Products We're LOVING Right Now!
Four Sigma Foods- Instant Chaga & Xoco Blue
Living in Maine last year, we actually spent a lot of the year foraging and learning about edible plants and mushrooms. Finding a good chaga mushroom is like finding GOLD. You chip away small hunks and steep them to make a slightly sweet, earthy tea that boosts the immune system. I had friends who would store their dried chaga for months and years and use it just as needed, especially in the winter months when immunities were already low and head colds run rampant. When we heard about Four Sigma's Instant Chaga tea powder we were totally intrigued. And after trying it? Well it makes mushroom hoarding seem like craziness. It has the same light, earthy flavor I remember, but in a way more convenient container. We also tried the Xoco Blue- a chocolate shot with reishi and herbs that melts away stress, and tastes like heaven. A little earthy, but rich and chocolatey...perfect as a sweet treat or a before-bed sipper. We have used Four Sigma's Instant Shiitake before in our chickpea scrambles and love the flavor it adds there, too. Basically- I'm obsessed with their products. Mushrooms are making a comeback, and we're so glad! You can check out all of the fungus-y goodness at FourSigmaFoods.com, and follow their fun Instagram HERE.
Green Pea Cookies
We've become a bit obsessed with these tiny green sweets. They melt-in-your-mouth and are sweet- but not TOO sweet. And they don't taste at all like peas! They're made from just 5 simple ingredients by 3 friends, consisting mostly of roasted green peas, powdered sugar, and flour- no preservatives. The recipe is based on a Singaporean cookie loved by one of the co-founders of the company, and it is SO good! There are just 100 calories in 6 cookies, and they come in a gluten-free option, as well. Oh and a chocolate-dipped and seasonal cranberry flavor, too! They're killing it over on their Kickstarter- which is great, because I NEED MORE GREEN PEA COOKIES! Its cookie crack, and I can't wait to get my hands on more. You can support their Kickstarter HERE or check out their website directly HERE!
We always love trying new body care products, and Bella Organics is another to add to our favorites list! The deodorant creme has just 7 ingredients and is made from recognizable, edible ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, and arrowroot powder. The Iced Lemonade scent was a little strong for my tastes, but it definitely held-up after a rigorous 5 mile run in Southern California heat! It has the texture of a body butter, but far less oily, so its smoothes onto skin and is easily absorbed, and doesn't leave a white sticky mess everywhere. The lip balm kept my lips soft and quenched, and wasn't greasy. Plus, it smelled great! Bella Organics offers all kinds of body-care products, from face cream and mud masks to body scrubs and baby diaper creams. Check out the whole line at LoveBellaOrganics.com!
Vegan Products We're LOVING Right Now!
Veggies Don't Bite: Overnight Oats Jars
Sophia from 'Veggies Don't Bite' is the best. A fiery, sweet, hot-sauce loving' pregnant lady (for now, at least), she's also a bit of a breakfast genius. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Sophia at a blogging event about a month ago and after hearing her talk about her new overnight oats jars, I knew I needed one. Sophia is kind of the Queen of Oats. She regularly posts yummy looking bowls of oats created by her and her cute kiddos on her Instagram and offers 10 different (and YUMMY!) flavor ideas for your overnight oats jars right in the included pamphlet. Flavors like Blueberry Muffin, Oatmeal Cookie, and Ice Cream Sundae will convert you to a overnight oat-er if you aren't already. And oatmeal- especially when packed with Sophia's recommendation of fruit, nuts, and hemp seeds- is super nutiritious and (now) super easy to take with you everywhere you go! Since the jar retails at just $9.99, its affordable and makes a great gift for anyone, especially someone trying to join the healthy breakfast club! See Sophia's magic at work: VeggiesDontBite.com.
I've been sucking on VerMints for quite a while now, but when they offered to let me taste-test ALL their flavors? Well I said heck yeah! These organic, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, nut-free AND kosher mints come in 6 flavors: Peppermint, Wintergreen, GingerMint, Café Express, Cinnamon, and (my favorite) Chai. Instead of keeping the mints whole with horse bones and hooves, they use gum tragacanth & agar- much more appetizing post-dinner!
What I love most about VerMints, aside from the lack of guilt over ingredients, are the creative flavors. The spiced mints will make you reconsider what a breath mint is all about. Between the refreshing wintergreen and the sweet chai, plus the caffeine-quenching coffee flavor- there's a VerMint for every occasion! Find 'em in regular tins or pocket-sized at VerMints.com.
Authentic Foods Gluten-Free Flours & Mixes
Edward & Sons
Edward and Sons online grocer has become my go-to spot lately for specialty products I can't always find and don't always want to have to look at 6 different stores for. They have everything from canned jackfruit to boxed mac 'n' cheese, sprinkles to shredded coconut. Basically everything a good vegan, gluten-free kitchen needs! I love that I can find a staple like coconut cream next to Not Chick'n bouillon cubes and cheese sauce mixes, and can get it all shipped directly to my door- no hopping store to store hoping they have what I need. And the gravy above? Well that has become a staple around here, too. We're always whippin' up roasted veggies and potatoes 12 ways, and these ready-in-3-minute gravies pack a lot of flavor and are perfect in a pinch! Check 'em out at EdwardandSons.com.
Hnina Gourmet Raw Chocolate
You've been eating right and working out since the New Year, making all the right food decisions. So what do you do when you just need some damn CHOCOLATE? There are plenty of sugar-ridden treats you could reach for...OR, you could try something better! Hnina's artisinal, single-origin, nut and seed-filled dark chocolates are the answer. Not only are they vegan-friendly, gluten-free, raw, and paleo-friendly- they are low-sugar, guilt-free truffles you're gonna fall in love with!
Hnina was started by French transplant Vanessa Morgenstern-Kenan after craving a healthy, low sugar chocolate option when pregnant with her twins, Carmel and Julia. The chocolates only contain a few ingredients each: Dominican Republic single-origin 95% dark chocolate, unpasteurized & sprouted nuts and seeds, pure maple syrup (or raw honey by choice), and Bourbon vanilla beans- meaning that on top os tasting good, they're loaded with nutritional benefits!
So the nuts and seeds are sprouted? Yup! Hnina soaks & sprouts all of their nuts and seeds, then lightly roasts them to release aroma and flavor. They keep the temp down to preserve as many of the living enzymes as possible. This also makes the chocolate easy on your digestive system and allows the nutrients to be more easily absorbed by your body.
When determining flavor/ nut and seed combinations, Hnina considers taste, nutritional value, PH, and protein content. We love that we can eat these chocolate AND feel the health benefits!
So what kind of flavors can you order? These truffles come in combos like macadamia & pistachio, almonds & hazelnuts, Brazil nuts with almonds & coconut, walnuts & cashews, pecans & pine nuts, pistachios & hazelnuts, and flax seeds with pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds. My favorite? The Brazil nuts with almond & coconut. So rich and just the perfect amount of sweet. Plus, I'm a sucker for coconut!
These delicious, French concept chocolates are available in 4 (adorably named) sizes: pebbles (.5 oz), rocks (1 oz), boulders (2 oz), bricks (6.5 oz), or assorted boxes, depending on how much of each flavor you'd like to order. The most striking thing I noticed when I first got the box was the beautifully designed, recycled & biodegradable packaging. The box is wrapped in twine and stamped with a wax seal, guaranteeing that you're the only one to have your chocolates since they were packaged. Inside were twelve oddly shaped chocolate wrapped in biodegradable craft paper, just waiting to be unwrapped. The paper material is all made trough the use of wind energy, so these chocolates are good for you AND the planet!
These truffles will have you NUTS over CHOCOLATE! Order your favorite guilt-free truffles at Hnina Gourmet online, and be sure to follow them on Facebook & Twitter for updates and more info. Order before February 15th, 2015 and use the promo code FETTLE for 20% off your purchase!
** Thanks again to Hnina for sending us a box to try & review (we weren't paid for this, just given a test box). **
Vegan products we're LOVING right now!
GoPicnic Ready-To-Eat Boxes: These easy-to-carry boxes are packed with vegan, gluten-free snacks you can take anywhere! We loved the red pepper hummus with multigrain crackers best, and loved even more that you could fit the small boxes into a purse or bag to travel with you all day. Kid-friendly and appetizing to adults, these meals are great for airplane traveling, field-trip lunches, and plain ol' picnics! The boxes come in snack & meal sizes, and some are focused on certain meals, like the protein-packed almond butter & multigrain bagel chips for breakfast. They even offer a subscription, so you can get these sent straight to your mailbox. Rather get it today? Try Target, Whole Foods, Costco, or Walgreens!
Cream of Coco Sustainable Soap: Available only for a limited time, Wisdom of the Ancients has re-released their popular Cream of Coco Sustainable Soap- and we're glad they did! Free of synthetic foaming agents, preservatives, fragrances & dyes, the soap is also wrapped in 100% recycled packaging. The soap is made of just 4 ingredients, the base of which is an ultra-moisturizing Mbocaya nut oil. It's never tested on animals and each bar is hand-cut, meaning that you'll always get a slightly different shape and color- so you KNOW its real! Its super sudsy, and lathers up great in the shower or in the sink. Its gentle enough to use on skin AND hair, and is incredibly similar to the soap used for over 2,000 years by native Paraguayans. A soap you can feel GOOD about using!
Primizie Thick Cut Crispbreads: Crispy, crunchy, flavorful- what more could you ask for in a chip?! Made with natural ingredients, these crisp breads are also cholesterol & preservative free. 3 of the 4 flavors (chile, simply salt, and italian) are 100% vegan & non-GMO. They taste great as a snack on their own or dipped in guac, salsa, hummus or our favorite- in our homemade spinach artichoke dip! We devoured the simply salted on our own, but brought the other flavors to holidays parties, and they were a hit! They're not greasy since they're grilled, and each chip is hand-cut, so you know they're made with love :) We'll definitely be serving these up with our favorite dips at the next party!
Vegan products we're LOVING right now!
1. Blode Kuh Vegan Tree Nut Cheese- Blode Kuh (pronounced BLUE-deh KOO) means 'silly cow'. If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen some of our posts about this amazing, flavorful, soft cheese. We discovered the booth at our local Long Beach Farmers Market and we're SO PUMPED! In rows of fresh produce and food trucks catering exclusively to non-vegans, this find was a gold-mine. They make 8 flavors of their cheesy spread, all handmade weekly with organic cashews by creators Maxi & Doug. They have flavors like Truffle Fluff, Sriracha Cheddar, White Cheddar, Herbievore, and Garlic Green Peppercorn. And for the Sriracha Cheddar? They make their OWN raw, vegan sriracha! Now THAT is quality- and you can taste the difference. And what I like best about Maxi & Doug is that they agree that most vegan cheeses aren't palatable or even cheese-like. Instead of dealing with it like the rest of us, they dove-in and started making a better product- one they liked and could be proud of. For now, they're selling at Farmers Markets in the greater LA area, but I am PRAYING they go big- I cannot get enough of the stuff! And everyone that tries it agrees...its better than the rest!
2. ENERGYBits- Made from 100% organicallly grown, non-GMO spirulina & chlorella algaea and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%!!)- for just one calorie per tab. They act as a plant-based energy shot to help supercharge workouts, increase mental alertness, and give you healthy energy to help get through the day. Since they're small they go down easy- and are cool for kids, too! They are 100% ALGAE, which means nothing in them will do anything but good for you. And since they're high-protein, they help stave off hunger and unnecessary snacking & cravings. I've been poppin' one overtime I feel run down or snack after I've already eaten. I'm hooked!
3. Fruigees Organic Fruit Snacks- These little babies have been SAVING me lately! As a nanny, I am constantly running around. Between car rides to school and activities, plus the constant GO that a 4 & 2 year old have, its nice to have an easy-to-eat in the car snack that isn't full of crap. These delicious treats come in3 flavors: 'Kalefornia Grape', '24 Carrot Orange', and 'Nothing Beets Cherry'. My fave is the 24 Carrot Orange. And with 1/2 cup of fruit per serving, they're fruit-filled enough to make adults happy and sweet enough to keep the kiddos happy. Plus, they have 100% serving of Vitamin C. What more could you ask for?!