In September, it was the first anniversary of the Vegan Cuts snack box--yay!! For those of you not familiar, Vegan Cuts offers a monthly snack box filled with all-vegan goodies delivered to your door for $19.95. Every month is different, but you can always count on discovering a new favorite!
To give you an example of what to expect, let me introduce you to the contents of my September Vegan Cuts snack box.
First, let's take a look at that full size bag of tasty vegetable chips! These Kiwa chips are new to me and they contain a variety of chips including beet, cassava, parsnip, plantain and sweet potato. I don't even like beets and the beet chips were great! I loved these and my dog approves them as well.
Next up, another new product--Meatless Select Fishless Tuna! I was one of those people who loved "Tuno" when it was still on the market, but with that leaving years ago, it left a void in the faux tuna market. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm looking forward to a faux tuna salad sandwich with veganaise, celery, onions and a little dill relish. This might be a great alternative to using chickpeas (which I also love)!
These "home free" mini double chocolate chip cookies were the first to be eaten. They were super-tasty and what? They are also gluten and nut free! This is great for people with those types of allergies. Plus, it's whole-grain, so you can tell yourself it's health food!
In my house, we like to fight off any colds at the first sign with any natural method we can get our hands on. I'm looking forward to trying this Herbal Zap! and hopefully adding it to my short list of immune boosters and cold-fighters.
If you like bananas, I bet these are awesome. I, on the other hand, am totally grossed out by bananas. This raw, organic banana snack was gifted to my mom to snack on!
It's hard to find a decent sunscreen that's vegan and doesn't contain all those awful chemicals. I'm excited to give Sunology sunscreen a try. Hey, even though it's not summer, it's still sunny out!
Another great gluten-free option is this savory nutrition bar by JourneyBar. When you're not in the mood for something sweet, this might be the way to go for some quick nutrition and energy.
Time for a healthy breakfast! Gluten and sugar free with blueberries and dates and all those power seeds!
Oooh, another healthy, raw, organic snack bar! I can't wait to try it...so many good things to snack on this month!
That's just a taste of what you're in for each month when you subscribe to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box. You get to try all these awesome vegan products that you might have never known existed. You can also buy individual products in their Marketplace from lots of great vegan companies. And, if you're into make-up and other beauty products, they also have a monthly Beauty Box that will introduce you to all kinds of fun new products.
Vegan Cuts is sort of one of our sponsors too--we belong to their ambassador program, so any new purchases through these links helps raise a little money to keep the site going. Thanks a bunch!! :)
A guest blog in all lowercase by Lindsay--visit her at the vegan chai blog too!
last weekend, our lovely neighbors to south held their fifth chicago vegan mania event, and i was lucky enough to visit. this was my third time, and i'm happy to report that it just keeps getting better and better! the venue was moved last year into the broadway armory building, which is a great space (and much bigger than the previous venue, which is a good thing!):
if you've never been, vegan mania can be a little overwhelming: there is a lot going on, a lot to take in, and you will be tempted to try doing everything at once. it's best if you can create somewhat of a game plan, so check out the speakers and cooking demos ahead of time; it will help you come up with some semblance of a schedule. at this year's event they had five scheduled events going on at any given time: a speaker in a large room upstairs (the presentation stage); a workshop or panel at the discussion stage; a series of vegan experts at a table on the main expo floor; a chef demo in a dedicated area on the main expo floor, but slightly away from the hubbub; and live music in the culture cafe. basically, tons to choose from, and a great lineup over the course of the day! beyond all of that excitement, there was a giant food court filled with plenty of (totally vegan) options, AND a veritable cornucopia of vendors and exhibitors.
we were only there for a couple of hours or so, but we still managed to sample a bunch of vegan delights, see some old friends, and do a bit of shopping. i took some pictures when i could, so i'll hit a few highlights below.
up top we have desserty snacks: temptation chocolate soft-serve (complete with vegan sprinkles!) and a sampler dandies marshmallow. yum! on the bottom are two of the greatest things about chicago: the diner (their food court booth) and vegan chicago. <3
here's an example of some of the tables out on the main floor: the ask a vegan table... at this moment, featuring two great bakers, natalie slater of bake & destroy (left) and our dear friend kelly peloza with her upcoming book cheers to vegan sweets (right); the chicago vegan foods extravaganza (nachos! dandies! teese!), and the SASHA table. SASHA farm is the largest farm animal sanctuary in the midwest, located in manchester MI, and i was really excited to see them at vegan mania because i have several friends who volunteer there! it was a nice little six degrees of separation moment, and it was also great to see SASHA getting some publicity.
we tried not to eat too too much while we were at the event, because we were also planning to hit up the chicago diner on our way out of town... but i will admit, i did a fair amount of sampling. when we first arrived we each bought a samosa, and then we followed that up with a temptation soft-serve cone. after that, all bets were off as i browsed the sampling area... i had a marshmallow (pictured previously), several different kinds of beanfield's chips, some tofurky chorizo, and a variety of new-to-me cheeses. in the picture on the left you can see some of the absolute chaos at the treeline cheese table; it was a little difficult to elbow my way in there for a taste! i'm glad i persevered, though. they had one hard cheese (smoked) and two soft cheeses (herb-garlic, and scallion), served up on crackers. i'm not much for smoke-y flavors (although it was good if you like that sort of thing), so i preferred the soft cheeses. both flavors were great, but i think the herb-garlic was my favorite. a little while later we came upon the punk rawk labs table, which is a company i hadn't heard of before, and they had three soft cheeses up for sampling: plain, herb, and smoked. i skipped the smoked this time around, but i really enjoyed the other two. as with treeline, i think the herb flavor was my favorite. i'll be keeping an eye out for both of these brands!
all in all, we had a great time at chicago vegan mania. it's such a nice event, and well worth the trip. were any of you also there this year? what was your favorite part? please feel free to fill in anything i missed!