Wednesday, June 15, 2016
More Vegan Options From Mainstream Candy Shows & Back To Basics!
Eventho I wasn't the person to attend 'said Candy Show' I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the vegan products thanks to my lovely parents!
First up - today - are these wonderful Matcha Snakaroons from Laughing Giraffe. I have had a half dozen flavors from this company before and am a fan but I have to tell you these top my list! YUM! Since they are a Matcha product I might even review them for the Sororitea Sisters Blog, too!
My parents said that this year was WONDERFUL for vegan products and many of them shined bright during the show! This is a annual, national candy show that he's attended for YEARS, too!
These are a mix of fruit and seeds but the thing I want to point out right away is that these are MOIST. The fruit "jelly" surrounding the whole bar is quite gooey and fresh!
I can't say as I have had another bar quite like it! It was memorable for that fact. Secondly - the fruity flavors never failed to pack a powerful tarty punch and blast of flavor in your mouth!
I'm also liking that more and more companies are stating that the product is vegan. Regardless I am still a label reader - but - it's great to have it identified right away and SEE the word VEGAN if you know what I mean!?
BUT...I didn't think these really tasted like bacon. Not that I ever liked bacon even before going veg. Therefore, I personally don't care that they weren't closely bacon-esque anyways. However, if you are a 'bacon person' and looking for a TWIN of bacon-with-out-the-bacon...I don't know if this would fit the bill. Having said that...a co-worker who is NOT veg in anyway really liked these so I guess that is all that really matters!
And finally this last photo of this post...my lunch that day! It included: corn, watermelon, roasted yams, raw mushrooms, HUGE Blackberries, celery, and I think that is about it!
It was a solid lunch!
I have a confession to make...not so much in the last month...but..prior to that for a few months I was being LAZY. I was consuming beer on a weekend sometimes. I was falling back on pastas and had a little bit too much bread, I think.
Well, I think the beer, bread, and pasta caught up with me. Eventho I was rather bloated this past week I can FEEL that I have gained a notable amount of weight back and just seemed to realize it. Therefore, I think it might be time for a reboot! I've already started this reboot and plan on continuing with it for a while...at least a month...maybe more. What I am doing is this...MOSTLY juicing, smoothies, salads. I will fill in holes from time to time with other things such as raw veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds. I think my cheats for the most part will be with my dressings. The dressing may or may not be store bought...and/or if I make them at home may or may not be higher in fat. But with me cutting back on so many other foods I shouldn't be that concerned about the higher fat in a dressing once a day. Another thing I may do once or twice a week is include blended soups I make at home, myself, too! Years ago I did this in the summer months...June, July, August...I believe...and for the most part this worked well. What non-veg people might not understand is that - when I do a salad - I do a salad! I throw all sorts of stuff on my salads! I hope to post most of them here! Stay tuned for some REALLY FUNKY salads, and salad dressings...not to mention dips and/or spreads.
These are the type of recipes you will be seeing from me in the very near future! So it's Back To Basics for me!!!
Also...I don't have a code for MIDWEEK MUNCHIES but let me know if you participated this week in comments! I would LOVE to see them!