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!
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Lots of great stuff in this post, thanks! Those Nature's Bakery bars are great and agreed on back to basics, it's all about simple and whole foods for me this week with madness at work.ReplyDelete
Work gets in the way - doesn't it?Delete
I hear that!
I love gooey, moist fruit bars, and that flavor, (anything pineapple) really tickles my taste buds!ReplyDelete
I know what you mean about the whole pasta, beer bread thing. When I lived with my ex, he was a VERY picky eater, like the palate of a two year old. So I made pasta several times a week, with garlic bread and all that. Plus, I kept a lot more junk in the house because he like it, and so I would mindlessly munch too. Still working that off! And beer, while I love it so, it's such a calorie bomb!
I need to find the daiya dressings!!!!!!!!!
Glad I'm not the only one it happens to every once and a while.Delete
You mean I found Daiya product before you? LOL I think that is a first!!!! I'm still jealous (in a good way) of your Hampton Creek finds!
Holy snacks, batman! Wow they look great! The maple bacon flavoured almonds sound especially intriguing. I haven't seen matcha flavoured snakaroons yet, I'll have to keep my eye out as my hubby would really like them.ReplyDelete
Summer is a good time to reboot! I'm trying to reboot this week myself.
The matcha snakaroons are wonderful! Let me know if you guys try them!!!!!!Delete
Hi cuz! :) Mom and I got "attacked" (in a good way!) by Nature's Bakery reps at both the Pocono and Watkins Glen NASCAR races, since they sponsor Danica Patrick. Tried the brownies first - YUM! Also tried Apple Cinn fig bars - YUM! Bought a Peach Apricot fig bar to try - guess what? YUM! This company is great at promoting their products to the NASCAR crowd and great-tasting - love 'em!ReplyDelete
I'm just seeing this comment! So sorry!!!! So happy you are commenting here!!! MISS YOU!!!!! Glad you got to try these products and had a neat experience with them, too!Delete