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.