One Bar

I received these the same day, that is why the hemp protein is pictured with the one bar. When I first transitioned into being a vegetarian I discovered the world of energy, protein, and fruit bars. I have had countless brands and love having a bar for snack at home and on the go when I need something quick to eat. It makes my day to have a bar from a new brand and share how much I love them with my fellow vegans and my mom. I first found out about one bar at the vitaminshoppe that is located very close to where I live; they have a good selection of vegan bars of which I have bought some in the past. I can even remember the day that I bought and ate One Bar on my walk home from school; it was a good snack to have for walking. The company sent me their three bars which are apple, cherry, and mango. I had one soon after opening the box and the other two the following day. If you are a fruit lover like myself, you will love these sweet snacks that is just like eating the actual fruit. The mango one was just as sweet as a mango is and quite chewy. The cherry flavor was very sweet, not sour at all, and perfect really. Lastly, the apple I enjoyed in my bio class since I was getting hungry. It tasted like tart green apples; first sweet and then sour. Each one was delicious and perfect to buy a box for yourself and friends. I can’t wait to see what flavors they have in store for the future.

Check out their bars: http://theonebar.com

Brad’s Raw Foods

The raw food community has grown rapidly as well as the companies that produce raw foods. As for Brad’s Raw Foods, they offer raw chips and crackers, kale, and dog snacks. I was so excited to have the chance to review these two products and received them this afternoon. While preparing my healthy snacks, I quickly opened the box and had a few chips and kale. The cheddar chips are crunchy, light, and cheesy. The best benefit of eating these raw chips as with other raw chips is all the ingredients are natural and organic. Even non-vegans would appreciate the light touch of cheddar at the first bite that increases in cheesiness as you continue to chew. The benefits of these raw chips are that they are gluten free, organic, non gmo, vegan, and of course are so tasty. It is hard to only eat a few, but I had to try. As for the Vampire Killer Kale, it took a little time to decide which kale flavor I was most interested. I wanted to choose one that didn’t seem it would be overly hot because I am not keen on eating spicy foods. I was gladly surprised that the kale was quite crunchy and with enough garlic and the taste of a vegan cheese for it to be satisfying, but not overwhelming. After having a few, I can say that the kale is very fresh and a great alternative to fattening chips. The lightness of each piece makes it a perfect snack at home or a side to a vegan meal. I hope to offer both to my mom and or boyfriend to get their reaction and I try many of their other products in the future. If you are interested in trying Brad’s Raw Foods, here is the site: http://www.bradsrawchips.com/

Manitoba Harvest

There is a vast variety of vegan/plant based protein powders on the market of which several I have tried. For the most part, I use the powders to add protein to smoothies and occasionally when baking a snack. Hemp is largely used in different forms such as in hemp seeds, powders, and milk. Since the first time I purchased natural hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest, I use the seeds several days every week to add protein to a meal or snack. Thus, I was interested in trying another product from this company. Just this week I received their Hemp Pro 70 and tried a half serving today in a smoothie recipe from their website. Along with using this product, I used a half cup of their Hemp Hearts that I bought recently and made hemp milk for the smoothie. The benefit of hemp protein is that it doesn’t change the taste of the blended ingredients in the smoothie and is easily digestible; the end result was a sweet and light strawberry smoothie. As for the benefits of Hemp Pro 70, they include being a complete, plant-based protein, with 20 grams of protein, 25% iron per serving, and it contains all the essential amino acids. I recommended this product to those that frequently make smoothies and want to use a protein powder that doesn’t include any chemicals and is tasteless. For those of you that are interested in this protein, a giveaway for it will be up soon; I will post in the comment section with more details.

http://manitobaharvest.com/view_category.htm

Two Fold

I really enjoyed the quinoa granola that I purchased for the first time from my initial Artizone order that was featured in a previous post. Speaking directly to those that work for this grocery delivery home service, I had the opportunity to talk to other vegans and place my input/feedback about what vegan foods I would like to see offered on the site. It was great to talk to Paula from Twofold and have the chance to try their other foods. Receiving their samples this past weekend was a great surprise since I have been sick all of last week; thankfully I am finally feeling better. Thus, having a healthy snack to turn to was good to have on hand. I was given the full product of classic granola of which is wholesome, healthy, and tasty. It can be packed to have on the go or can be added to other vegan foods like yogurts and cereals. As for the pistachio granola, it was similar to the classic, but with pistachios of course and the addition of currants. I enjoyed equally both and having snacked on them plenty, I gave the remaining granola to my mom. She liked them as well and thought the glazed almonds were yummy too, but not as sweet as she would have liked. My first impression was that they maple syrup made the almonds into a satisifying choice as a treat to snack on without feeling guilty one bit. The last sample were savory nuts with spices that created the taste of those pizza combos that I ate on occasion before I changed my lifestyle. Of course, these almonds, cashews, and pecans are a great alternative to that “food”. I most likely will purchase from Twofold in the future and share with my mom again, as well as have my boyfriend try them too. My hope is that the company will have more products in the future as well.

To learn more about Twofold, take a look their site. http://www.twofoldfoods.com

Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates

sjaaks chocolate

I had the great pleasure in tasting an assortment of the delicious chocolates from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates. Previously, I tried a number of their products and was very excited to try more. Sharing vegan chocolate is a must for me, thus my mom and boyfriend were treated with some chocolates as well. The box of chocolate mints were quite tasty; a great serving size, chocolatey, and delicious. My mom even enjoyed having a couple; the rest I so generously gave to my boyfriend in hopes that he would have his mom try them too. The Eli’s bars which I have a few times before are great dessert options rather than having dairy filled chocolate bars with unknown and unhealthy ingredients. The four sea salt caramels were ginger, orange, almond, and hazelnut; they were all bite sized pieces of caramel heaven. Lastly, the chocolate truffle assortment included such flavors as cherry, coconut, blueberry, almond and more. I am a sucker for all things vegan chocolate, so I was happy to try some and of course share them as well. Each had its own unique taste and could satisify any sweet tooth, vegan or not. If you have yet to have the opportunity to have their chocolates, I would highly recommended them.

To learn more, follow this link: https://sjaaks.com/home

P.S -giveaway on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152171716316253&set=a.10150212017736253.357583.403767786252&type=1&theater

Artizone

Lauren's Blog 029As a customer of a home delivery service for close to a year now, I have had the advantage of having fresh produce when I am unable to shop at Whole Foods. I stumbled upon Artizone this past week; it is an online food community that delivers to Chicago and Dallas areas. Almost immediately I was drawn to Artizone by the user-friendly site, the prices of organic produce, the 20 dollars for the first order, and the fact that you can choose the day you want the delivery. I received my first one yesterday and have already ordered my next one for next week. Groupon even offers 3 deals for Artizone, which I took advantage of. For my first order, I chose a head of romaine lettuce, 3 kiwis, 3 navel oranges, 2 lbs of red and green grapes, one pineapple, a bag of celery, a package of flax crackers, a bag of frozen organic strawberries, a bunch of organic bananas, and a package of Twofold Quinoa Granola. I was so excited to receive this order and happy to have some more fresh produce for the next few days. The granola is from a company that I have not heard of before, but that I hope to be having more of in the near future. The convenience of a service as such is very beneficial for those that may not have the time to grocery shop on a weekly basis.

Of course my cat Tiger, sleeping in the Door to Door organics box, has to see what I was up to in the kitchen.

 

For more information on Artizone and if you are located in an area that they deliver, check out their service, http://www.artizone.com/Chicago

If you wish to be referred for their service, please leave a comment for this post.

Navitas Naturals

Lauren's Blog 027Navitas Naturals offers a large variety superfoods, snacks, powders, and much more. I was lucky enough to win a $200 gift last July on their site and purchased many of their great products along with a super food cookbook. I still have many of those foods in my collection and recently bought their hemp seeds on Spencer’s Market. One of their new snacks is Cacao Goji Superfood. I received this snack from the company and was so excited to try it this week. As all of their foods are, this snack was nutritious and tasty. As a snack or treat, you really only need one to satisfy your sweet tooth as it is rich because of the cacao powder and quite chewy as well. It contains many of the healthy ingredients such as organic cacao powder, chia seed, maca powder, goji powder, and the list goes on. With all of their ingredients being organic, I have to say that they are a superb company. I am definitely a loyal customer of Navitas Naturals and will purchase from them in the near future.

To learn more about Navitas Naturals, click the link

http://navitasnaturals.com/