Mic Check, *tap-tap*, 1, 2, 1, 2.. Is this thing on? Holy crap, people, it’s been a hot minute since my last recipe, hasn’t it? I can say with certainty that time has totally gotten away from me, no thanks to travels, exciting projects, and work. First, there was my trip to Michigan, which I briefly touched upon, then less than a week spent at home before I headed out to New York! Exciting stuff, I must say. But, now, I’m home and I’m finishing up The Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook! Yes, this eBook is filled with 20 recipes ranging from savory to sweet and healthy to downright decadent.
Oddly enough, the recipe that I’m showcasing today isn’t in said eBook. I actually made this smoky squash soup for a ladies’ night dinner, yesterday; along with a main course and dessert. What I love most about this, besides the flavors, is that it comes together in under a half hour, it’s oil-free, and the tofu sneaks in a decent amount of protein. Ta-dah! Topped with a crisp kale chip and you have yourself a faux-fancy dish that is perfect for warming up.
I’m also working on a Stuffed Seitan Roast recipe that I’m excited to take on. Nothing against delicious, pre-made holiday roasts, but making your own is just so satisfying. Make sure to check back next week for that recipe!
Let me start off my saying that today is the first day of Vegan MOFO (Vegan Month of Food) AND World Vegetarian Day! So, this month, I’ll be posting more frequently and my theme with be a Month of Grains. What better way to start it off with a post on quinoa and a giveaway? Yes, I know that quinoa is a seed, but it is still considered a whole grain, which are the type of grains that I’ll me making recipes with all month.
When I was asked if I’d like to review the Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars from YogaEarth, I became very excited. I have tried these bars once before, and loved them, so I’m glad that I get to do a thorough review for my readers and tell you what these bars have to offer. I’m a huge fan of organizing with bullet points, so it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for in this review.
- About the Company: Community, sustainability and health make up the core of the YogaEarth philosophy. YogaEarth supports local community development by sponsoring cleanup projects, events and organizations such as the World Y.O.G.A project. They also loan 1% of all product sales to Kiva.org women micro-entrepreneurs via the non-profit organization’s sustainability-focused lending program in the developing world and all loans are directed to countries where YogaEarth sources its ingredients (i.e., quinoa from Peru).
- Packaging: I honestly love the packaging of these products. With bold colors differentiating the flavors and a subtle background print, you can find your favorite in seconds. Bold text highlights the name of the bars, but the front of the package remains simple and clean, holding the most important information (organic logo, flavor, etc.) without seeming cluttered. Overall, eye-catching and what some might consider “cute”.
- Ingredients/Nutrition: Not only are these bars organic, they have a list of ingredients that has a host of whole foods and some star superfoods, like chia seeds and of course, quinoa. They use raw cacao to coat the base, which makes these protein bars seem more like a dessert than a snack (but in a great way). Keen-Wäh Decadence bars are also Gluten-free and GMO free, yay! With 6g of Protein per bar, these make for a good snack that will hold you over until your next meal or would be perfect for having right before working out.
- Organic Chocolate Chia: This flavor is doubly chocolate with its chocolate-y inside and smooth chocolate coating; if you’re a lover of chocolate, this one is definitely for you. When you bite into it, you’ll find crunchy quinoa crisps in the midst of cacao butter, almond butter and chia seeds. Do you ever work out at night? This would be a great dessert-like snack for afterward.
- Organic Coconut Almond: I have to say, this one is my favorite, although it’s pretty hard to choose as they are all delicious. The Coconut Almond flavor is slight less decadent than the Chocolate Chia, but doesn’t skimp on flavor. I am a huge fan of coconut, so once I bit into the chocolate-covered base, I was in love. (Don’t tell Corey )
- Organic Cayenne Cinnamon: This one was also a total hit with me, I love mixing spicy with sweet, as well as cinnamon. So, this flavor took all of those points and wrapped them into one neatly wrapped, protein-filled package. The cayenne isn’t too overpowering or overly spicy, it just emits a subtle heat after you’re done enjoying it. I love that!
Overall, I really enjoyed trying these bars out. I think that they’re a great alternative to a lot of the protein/workout/”natural” bars out there, especially when you compare what they use to make them and the ethics behind the company. If you’re on the run, or are an active person, it’s a good idea to have these on hand! You can order the Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars online, for your convenience.
YogaEarth has also been kind enough to give away some bars to lucky winners, so hold tight for the giveaway contest entry!
UPDATE! YogaEarth will be giving you guys the chance to win on of THREE 6-packs of their Keen-Wah Bars! Each 6-pack with have 2 of each flavor in it, so you’ll get to try all of them out. Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget, and Good Luck!
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Disclaimer: These bars were sent to me from YogaEarth to be reviewed, I did not pay for them, but my opinion remains the same and unbiased.
Let’s talk about drinking for a moment, shall we? I really don’t drink very often, and lately, I have found myself not even finishing the beers that I start with dinner. So unlike me. I suppose that I just haven’t had the mindset nor the appetite for various liquors and brews (although, brews always sound better to me). But, every so often the stars align and I somehow I end up drinking double sweet tea vodkas (Dangerous!!) for a couple of hours and getting a bit giggly. Of course, that can only last so long before I wake up with a sweet headache and a little less coordination than usual.
It’s mornings like those where I hate to get out of bed, but I know that I need to get a good breakfast and some coconut water into my system. If you didn’t know before, coconut water is great for hangovers because it has lots of potassium; and it’s easier to get down than a banana. So, one morning, last week, this happened and I was yearning for a filling and savory breakfast. Clearly a smoothie just wasn’t going to cut it.
I tugged my refrigerator door open to find an assortment of fresh veggies and a block of tofu. Clearly, a tofu scramble was in my near future and I couldn’t have been happier at the thought of it. One problem I have with a block of tofu is that it’s not a single portion, but it’s kind of irritating (at least to me) to keep in around in a Tupperware container, just waiting to spoil. By adding a good amount of veggies and spices, this recipe is perfect for two people to share, even if you’re not hung over.
It seems as thought it’s been quite a while since my last post (at least for this site), and I have a good reason for it! In the midst of being busy with recipes and freelance photography, my boyfriend told me that he had just found out this past weekend he’d be heading up to San Francisco for some work. He then asked if I would like to go with him, because I’ve never been there before, but also because he needed someone for the HOV lane. Mind you, this was about a day and a half before we needed to leave; talk about having no time to prepare for being gone for nearly a week!
We started making our way from Southern California to Northern, barely making it out of LA county because of the insane summer traffic. Hot temperatures for the entire length of the Grapevine had us sweating in our seats, due to a faulty air conditioner. Despite it taking nearly 8 hours to get there, we made it! Then, Corey decided to take a short detour before we headed somewhere to eat, at this point I had no idea where we were going. Sometimes he’s sneaky.