Some of you may have heard about the site Vegan Cuts, through past posts of mine; but, did you know that they have a monthly subscription snack box? No? Well, they do and it’s awesome! I got my first official one this month and am loving everything that’s included in it. It’s a great way to find out about new vegan products (food and otherwise) and try things that you might not normally try; this is because you don’t know what’s going to be in the box when you get it! A bit like a birthday, but without the awkward sweaters and horrible bath products.
What’s also great about this service, is that it ships to Canada! But, Jill (the co-founder) has informed me that it will take a bit longer to get to you and has an additional charge; I assure you that it’s worth the wait, in my opinion. Now, let’s take a look at some of the things that I got in the snack box, this month.
My blog is going to look a tad different this month than most others in the past. You may have seen that I’ve done guest blog posts on other blogs before, but in January, I’m going to have a few great bloggers post on mine! Today, I’m hosting the always inspiring Rika from Vegan Miam. Her blog concentrates on traveling the world, taking beautiful photos, and eating vegan while doing so. So, let’s read about some of her adventures in Thailand and be transported!
I would like to thank Jackie, from Vegan Yack Attack for inviting me to be her guest blogger this year! She is an amazing food blogger that makes such incredible-looking vegan dishes that I would love to devour someday.
My partner and I stayed for one month in Phuket, Thailand for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which I will be blogging about later this year. We stayed at a 2-bedroom flat across Friendship Beach, which is located in the southern part of Phuket. Apparently, we discovered a vegan-friendly and raw-friendly “outdoor” eatery next-door, which is at Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort, a hotel, resort and spa. They also have a wellness spa and detox center. The restaurant doesn’t have a name nor a signage, but their menu was titled, “SuperNatural” and I assumed the restaurant’s name would be SuperNatural.
SuperNatural does not use artificial colors, flavors, or MSG in any of their dishes. They only create dishes from natural ingredients available. In their menu, they have a small raw vegan section, a few vegan salads, main courses, burgers and sandwiches, soups and Thai dishes including their terrific raw and vegan juices and smoothies.
It is located 2.6 kilometers south of Chalong Circle (between Chalong Circle and Rawai). Just tell the driver you are heading to Rawai.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Memo, a manager at SuperNatural for sending me a copy of the menu for my readers. Please note, their menu may change over time (as of October 2012). You can contact Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort for a copy of their menu in advance.
Here is the copy of the menu, you can download here, or e-mail me at veganmiam(at)gmail.com as well.
Entrance of Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort, and I saw a couple of fabulous creatures along the road.
This is the view from SuperNatural “outdoor” restaurant at Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort. Gorgeous view, very quiet and serene. Great for anyone who is going through detox, a quiet getaway, or peaceful sessions. This is completely the opposite of Pattaya Beach.
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!
The awesome gentleman, and co-founders, of Bearded Brothers came to me a couple of weeks ago to possible try out their energy bars and maybe even include a giveaway. I’m so glad that they did! They have a great set of raw energy bars and I’m excited that you wonderful readers have a chance at winning one of each flavor. But, before I go into my review of their bars, I’m going to give you a little background on these furry-faced fellows.
Caleb is an avid rock climber, runner, and cyclist and has a passion for raw organic foods and saw the need for tasty organic energy bars and snacks to fuel his adventures.
Chris, an outdoors lover, world traveler, avid disc golfer shares the same love for foods as fellow bearded brother, Caleb. Chris also has over 11 years experience in the health food/supplement industry.
The shared passion resulted in Bearded Brothers, an organic snack food company. Handmade with love and joy, in Austin, Texas.
Bearded Brothers is an organic snack food company, located in beautiful Austin Texas. Most of our handmade energy bars are 100% organic, mostly raw, gluten-free, vegan friendly and amazingly delicious. Just try them, we guarantee you will be back for more.
Picture from Bearded Bros. Site
Now, onto the flavors. They currently have four different bars: Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla, Mighty Maca Chocolate, Fabulous Ginger Peach, and Colossal Coconut Mango. Of the four, I’d have to say that the Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla was my favorite; it had a slightly sweet flavor from the dates with a subtle hint of vanilla and blueberry, plus I really like the texture of all of the bars.
I loved the fruity-ness of the Colossal Coconut Mango bar, especially because those flavors always pair so well together; so, that would probably be my second favorite. That may sound weird considering there is a Mighty Maca Chocolate bar, but that one left a little more chocolate flavor to be desired. If that bar was just a tad richer, it would probably be my first choice. Lastly, the Fabulous Ginger Peach bar, with ginger stealing the spotlight from peach. The ginger flavor wasn’t completely overpowering, but I felt that if I could just get some more peach flavor in there it would be perfect.
Of course, everyone has a different palette and preferences so you may feel completely different about the taste of these than I! Overall, I thought the bars were great and that the size, although initially underwhelming, was perfect for keeping me satisfied before or after a workout. Definitely take a look at their site and consider supporting a new, vegan business with quality product. Plus, look at those shirts! So stylish and awesome.
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