Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review

Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review

I have always been a snacker, I admit. Chips and chocolate are my favorite snacks, but I try to find ones that are lower in sodium, fat or sugar. At least I can snack better if I can’t quit it, right? Plus, what is life without some little fun snacks?!! When Vegan Cuts contacted me about their monthly snack boxes, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try. Not only they have premium quality fun snacks, they are vegan, too! I honestly had no idea what kind of snacks were in my first box. But that to me is the fun part.  Some nuts, seeds, chocolate at least, I thought to myself. As long as there is chocolate, I am happy. Within 4 days of  initial email with tracking number, I received my Vegan Cut Snack Box. Wow, total of 10 hand-picked snacks in the box: Hail Merry Macaroons, almost raw Antidote Chocolate Bar, made with raw cacao, fruits, nuts, salt and spices Simply 7 Snacks, quinoa chips Peeled Snacks, bite sized organic apple pieces rolled into clusters Fruitgees, organic fruit snack in a squeezable pack Ocean’s Halo, crispy seaweed chips Snack out Loud, gluten-free bean snacks made from pinto beans Somersault Snacks, sunflower seed nuggets King Soba Noodle Culture, organic wheat-free soba noodles Organic Gemini, Tiger Nuts (Paleo) Quite a variety box, with everything from chocolate, bars, seeds to noodles. Some of them are also organic, paleo, or gluten free. Clearly, these are not just selected for vegans, but also for any one who wants healthier snacks. Every year I attend the world’s biggest natural product trade...
Review of Clean Lean Protein (vegan, pea protein) and Discount Code

Review of Clean Lean Protein (vegan, pea protein) and Discount Code

A few months ago I made a Youtube product review on “Vega One vs. Raw Meal”, and both have been my favorites vegan protein supplements for years.  You can watch the video here. As much as I love cooking whole foods, I absolutely love the convenience of protein powders for post-workout and while traveling.   Therefore, I am always looking for new, high quality vegan protein products to add to my list.  I came across Clean Lean Protein a couple of months ago, and was very impressed with the short and clean ingredient list. The company is called Nuzest. Although new in the US market, it’s big in Australia and New Zealand. Unlike the Raw Meal or Vega One, Clean Lean protein uses only one type of protein – golden pea protein isolate sourced from France. In fact, this product is manufactured in Belgium, and certified gluten free, GMO free.  Here are some of the things I really about Clean Lean protein.   1. Taste – It comes on four flavors – Natural (no flavoring just protein), Smooth Vanilla, Rich Chocolate, and Creamy Cappuccino. I have had the Smooth Vanilla ad Rich Chocolate so far, and I just can’t believe how good they taste. Most of the similar products I have tried in the past have too much artificial flavors, and they tend to have a funny aftertaste. But Clean Lean Proteins use natural vanilla powder, cocoa extract and/or coffee. There is no weird, artificial or chemical taste. The protein dissolves in water almost instantly without the need to stir or blend much at all. I have to say...
Fitbit Force Calorie Tracker Review

Fitbit Force Calorie Tracker Review

My 2014 New Year resolution is to be more physically active. Yours is probably the same. But it’s hard to find time to work out every day. Let’s face it, most of us are busy as is. Most people give up working out after just two weeks. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a fitness tracker that stays with us 24×7, and motivates us to reach the daily goal. To me, it’s like having a personal trainer (or mom) who kicks my buns and get me moving around all day long. After all, consistency and discipline are key to making a difference in life. In this video I’m going to share with you a little health and fitness gadget that I have been playing with. It’s called Fitbit Force. This is the latest model. I paid about a $130 dollars for it and waited about a month, because it was on backorder. So far I’m pretty happy with it. It works really well, as a constant reminder for myself that I need to walk or just move more throughout the day. You can set a goal. I think it’s preset at 10,000 steps a day which is what everybody should be doing. But most of us don’t actually. I believe the national average in America is around 5,000 steps a day. So if you can hit 10,000 steps, you are doing pretty good. Cons: One thing I don’t like about it is that it’s a lot bigger than the previous model. This is actually my first one but I know this is bigger than the previous model. And the second...
Shakeology (vegan) Meal Replacement vs. Vega One Shake

Shakeology (vegan) Meal Replacement vs. Vega One Shake

Have you ever wondered which one is better, Vega One shake or Shakeology? They are both pretty pricey and very high quality. I have use them both for a quite a while, and I will tell you what I think the differences are. First of all,  the cost difference. Vega one is about $2.7 per serving of 44 grams, Shakeology is $4/serving of 44 grams. So that means Shakelogy is about 1.5 times the price of Vega One, and Vega One is already quite a bit more expensive than most other plant-based meal replacement on the market. Does that mean Shakeology is higher quality than Vega One? Not necessarily in my opinion.  the ingredients are very similar. They both have brown rice protein, pea protein, savi seed protein, chlorella, maca, goji berry, acai, tons of super foods, etc. No major difference in terms of ingredients.  Both have 16 grams of proteins per serving, soy free, and no artificial sweetener. But Shakeology has 9 grams of sugar per serving, and Vega has only 1 gram of sugar per serving. That is a pretty big difference for people who don’t want extra sugar in their drinks. Now, I want to tell you about an experiement I did recently. I have been doing a kettle bell workout routine for 3 years. BTW,  I am a big fan of kettle bell workouts.  Every single time I do this routine, I get crazy sore in my legs, and it takes me 2 days to recover. A few week ago, I took shakeology after the kettle bell routine. Guess what, I was not sore the...
Vega One vs. Raw Meal

Vega One vs. Raw Meal

Vega One Meal replacement and Raw Meal by Garden of Life are two of my favorite plant-protein meal replacements. Vega One is designed by athlete Brendan Brazier.  Garden of Life is a US company out of FL. Both have been around a long time. Garden of life is one of the first companies that came out with raw, vegan supplements years ago. Both are superb quality product in my experience. Here is the comparison between the two, in terms of cost, taste, nutrition. I will give you my recommendation.   1. Cost. Because serving size is very different for every product, and honestly it is quite subjective for each individual. I usually compare cost per gram instead.  These products are almost always sold by weight anyway. Vega One costs me about $60 dollar for 22 servings, and 0.07 per gram. Raw Meal costs  $40/1.1 kg, 14 servings, at about 0.03 per gram.  Neither has fillers, so a gram should be a gram of core ingredients. Raw Meal is half of the price of Vega One per gram.   2. Taste : Vega One comes in natural, chocolate, vanilla, berry and vanilla chai flavors. All flavors except for the natural have added natural flavors and Stevia. If you don’t mind the added flavors, you will like the taste of Vega One better.  It dissolved in water pretty easily. Tastes pretty good for a supplement. Raw Meal comes in vanilla, chocolate and vanilla chai flavors.  The vanilla has no added flavors or sweeteners, although one might think it did based on the name. So that is a good choice for people...