Category Archives: Healthy Snacks

Enjoy Life Give Away: Not Nuts Seed & Fruit Mix

The kind people at Enjoy Life gave me a bag of each of their Not Nuts Seed & Fruit Mix products: Beach Bash (R) and Mountain Mambo (R), I’d like to pass them on to you to enjoy.

Both products are vegan and free from:

  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Peanut
  • Tree Nut
  • Egg
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Casein
  • Sesame
  • Sulfites
  • Potato

  • They’re great for: Hiking, school lunches, cereal/soy yogurt toppings, baked goods additions, just about anything really.

 Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Seed & Fruit Mix Beach Bash.

Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Seed & Fruit Mix Mountain Mambo

Contest details:
Start date: Monday December 8, 2014 @ 9:30 am EST
End date: Friday December 19, 2014 @ 12:00am EST
This contest is open to Canadians including Quebec.

How to enter:
Complete the requests through the Rafflecopter link below. Your chances are based on the amount of entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Contests at AllCanadaContests.com
Contests at Win-Free-Stuff.ca/

Share

4 Comments

Filed under Contest, gluten free, Healthy Snacks, vegan

Made Good Review

The lovely people at Made Good sent me their amazing products and I have to say I completely love them AND they’re organic. The Made Good company is from Toronto. What are these products?

Granola Minis
Granola Bars
Raw Bars

Granola Minis Apple Cinnamon

 

If you’re looking for a comfort snack that will give you a hug and remind you of fun times with Grandma the Apple Cinnamon Granola Minis are exactly that. As soon as I opened the bag the cinnamon aroma was enticing and it’s hard to stop eating these pint sized snacks. The size ratio is perfect for controlled snacking and the balance of flavours is excellent. Not one ingredient overpowered the overall taste.

 

 

Ingredients:

Rolled oats*, agave nectar*, brown rice syrup*, raisins*, apples*, coconut oil*, sunflower oil*, whole grain crisp brown rice*, agave inulin*, cinnamon*, vegetable powder (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms), natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*. *Organic

 

Granola Mini Chocolate Banana

Made Good Mini Granola Chocolate BananaMade Good Mini Granola Chocolate Banana close up

These little bad boys are just like taking a bite of tasty banana bread with not too sweet chocolate chips. This snack is totally perfect for a ‘bad craving’. I can see how I’d want to reach for these. Don’t be put off by the vegetable powders, they aren’t prominent and are a sneaky benefit to this snack. The smell of banana was rather authentic and not the gross brown spotted banana smell that comes with overripe bananas. I would totally warm them up in the toaster oven for a minute to get that same banana bread smell.
Ingredients:

Rolled oats*, agave nectar*, brown rice syrup*, bananas*, chocolate chips* (cocoa liquor*, cane sugar*, cocoa butter*, cocoa powder*), sunflower oil*, whole grain crisp brown rice*, coconut*, agave inulin*, coconut oil*, vegetable powder (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms), vanilla flavour*, natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*. *Organic

 

Granola Mini Strawberry

 

Made Good Mini Granola Strawberry frontMade Good Mini Granola Strawberry close up

From the first whiff you can certainly smell the strawberry pieces. I find it the vegetable powders unrecognizable. I tried very hard to taste the other ingredients to no avail. I suppose that’s a good thing, but I was hoping for hints of the cherry juice. What I enjoy the most is the strawberry pieces and it’s not that weird fake strawberry that some companies tend to use. All of it feels real and it’s not a surprise when you see the ingredients. I can’t feel guilty for something so tasty when it’s rather healthy!

 

 

 

Ingredients:
Rolled oats*, agave nectar*, strawberry pieces* (apple juice concentrate*, apple puree concentrate*, strawberry puree*, cherry juice concentrate*, apple pectin, natural flavour*), apricots*, brown rice syrup*, apples*, sunflower oil*, whole grain crisp brown rice*, coconut oil*, agave inulin*, vegetable powder (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms), strawberry flavour*, natural mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*. *Organic

Made Good Mixed Berry Organic Granola Bar

Made Good Mixed Berry Organic Granola Bar

I’m not usually a fan of mix berry as a whole, I never reach for it as my number one pick, but it grew on me. Not too sweet, not too tart, the cranberries were delicate and the raisin taste dominated along with and underlining hint of blueberry/raspberry. I felt like I searching for notes to detect with each bite as I tried to decipher the mix. Right at the end the coconut bit really struck me. What an interesting combination. For you berry lovers this is certainly a hit.

 

 

 

Ingredients:
Rolled oats*, agave nectar*, brown rice syrup*, raisins*, coconut*, sunflower oil*, cranberries*, whole grain crisp brown rice*, agave inulin*, molasses*, blueberries*, raspberries*, vegetable powder (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms), raspberry flavour*, apple juice concentrate*. *Organic

Made Good Chocolate Chip Organic Granola Bar

Made Good Chocolate Chip Organic Granola Bar

 

Forget the traditional chocolate chip granola bar. I grew up with the Quaker Oats bar and Made Good has completely gone above and refined the bar with a healthier version. This bar doesn’t need marshmallows or corn syrup to please. The bar is chewy and overall not too sweet for what it is. Sure to please any chocolate lover.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Rolled oats*, agave nectar*, chocolate chips* (cocoa liquor*, cane sugar*, cocoa butter*, cocoa powder*), brown rice syrup*, sunflower oil*, whole grain crisp brown rice*, agave inulin*, coconut*, molasses*, vegetable powder (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms), vanilla flavour*. *Organic.

 

Made Good Brazil Nut Orange Fruit & Nut Bar Organic No Sugar Added Raw in package

Made Good Brazil Nut Orange Fruit & Nut Bar Organic No Sugar Added Raw

Made Good Brazil Nut Orange Fruit & Nut Bar Organic No Sugar Added Raw

Made Good Brazil Nut Orange Fruit & Nut Bar Organic No Sugar Added Raw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop whatever you are doing and find this bar. Go on, I’ll wait. This is unlike any raw bar I’ve usually had. Most of the time it’s a mishmash of ingredients in a paste formed into a bar and or pressed ingredients that are just unpleasant. This bar is not only pleasant but incredibly delicious. I could not stop pecking at this bar while I was typing. Do be mindful when eating this bar, the pieces will flake and it’s not as solid as it could be. I don’t really care as the taste is worth it. The brazil nuts and orange combination – I could cry. Do yourself a huge favour and try it for yourself.

Ingredients:
Raisins*, almonds*, Brazil nuts*, cranberries* (cranberries*, apple juice concentrate*, sunflower oil*), coconut*, tapioca flour*, sea salt, orange oil*. *Organic. May contain sesame.

When I asked the company why the bars and mini balls don’t have the gluten free icon, this was the response, “We can’t say gluten free in Canada unfortunately, we have to say: MadeGood granola minis and bars are made with clean, pure oats (no contamination from wheat fields).”

The raw bars are labeled gluten free.

Overall, I am incredibly happy that Made Good contacted me. I know I will be searching them out at my local health store. Click here to order online.

Please note: I am not being paid to say this. I’ve not received compensation. This is my honest opinion.

Happy eating!

Share

Leave a Comment

Filed under celiac, gluten free, Healthy Snacks, raw, vegan

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies with Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

The lovely people at Enjoy Life sent me a bag of their dark chocolate Morsels. I have one word for them – DELICIOUS! I had to stop myself from eating the bag. Yes, they are fantastic just on their own. I love dark chocolate and these are just right.

I used a fantastic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from The Gluten Free Vegan. This recipe is supposed to make 20 cookies, I made 15 because I really packed those babies. I used my hands to form them into cookie patties. I usually use an ice cream scoop, but today I felt like using my hands for some reason.

I’ve made this recipe about five times now and things I’ve learnt:
1. Do not use coconut oil – it doesn’t soften the cookie whatsoever, it makes them dry and kinda not to great
2. Use more chocolate chips than recommended, it’s a personal preference
3. You can use home made apple sauce, works fine too
4. Do not use rice sweetener, for some reason maple syrup really works, the rice sweetener does not

1-IMG_20140129_112640

2-IMG_20140129_112654

Oh, they are delicious! I love, love, love the texture and they’re not too crunchy. Excellent recipe that you can’t mess up. Unless you use coconut oil.

Happy eating!

Share

Leave a Comment

Filed under baked goods, gluten free, Healthy Snacks, vegan

Peach Raw Fruit Leather

I decided I was in the mood for a fruit leather and I had peaches on hand, so one thing lead to another and there you have it (24 hours later!) peach leathers. Super easy to make, but hard on the wait time.

I took four peaches, removed the pit, ran them through the food processor until smooth, added the juice of one lime and two tablespoons of maple syrup then spread it out on my special dehydrator sheet. You can apparently use parchment paper, but that’s a) costly and b) wasteful.  You can use agave or any other liquid sweetener. I suggest liquid just because it’s easier to mix in.

1-peach fruit leather-001

2-peach fruit leather 2-001

3-peach fruit leather roll up-001

 

TIP: I spread it as thin as I could and flipped after 12 hours. You should keep an eye on these babies to make sure the colour has changed from wet to dry. It’s easy to rip them if you don’t spread it thin enough. In this instance, too thick is not a good thing, it will result in an incredibly long dry time and who knows if it will really work.

Happy eating!

Share

5 Comments

Filed under gluten free, Healthy Snacks, vegan

Whole Soy & Co Vanilla Vegan Yogurt

If you see this product on the shelf – stop, do not pass go, buy all of them that you see. We don’t have this product in Ontario, not that I’ve been able to find, and Mat and I recently were in Buffalo so we picked it up there. I cannot believe how tasty this yogurt is and it is HEAVENLY with sliced strawberries or other fruit. Seriously – it tastes like eating cream. I just about died when I tried it. No, I was not paid to say this, I would happily become their spokesperson, but it really is just that tasty.

1369490671444

 

As you can see in the fridge shot, we also picked up some Tofu dogs, that are gluten free, which are also pretty awesome to have for the summer. Don’t you love not having to worry about nitrates and other nastiness like colon cancer? I’m not going to lie, that part makes me pretty darn happy.

Anyway, just takes a few dollops, add some sliced fruit and instant happiness. How could I not included the nutritional facts?

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 6.59.32 PM One serving size is a cup, I consider that a lot of yogurt, but maybe it’s just right to some people. I just use it as a bit of a sweet topping, instead of faux whip cream, but I suppose you could eat it on it’s own as is; fruit makes everything better.

I know we’ll be bringing back a cooler with us when we visit again.

 

Happy eating!

Share

Leave a Comment

Filed under gluten free, Healthy Snacks, vegan

Whole Life Expo 2012

We went to the Whole Life Expo and I think this year it was better than last. The show is divided into three sections: 1) Food, 2) Health related products and 3) Health related services. As foodies we tend to stick to the food section and were happy to see a bunch of familiar faces.

This picture makes the show look calm, but let you tell you when people have their back packs on and aren’t paying attention this get crowded FAST.

First, we stopped at Upaya Natural’s booth – they had a wide selection of raw, vegan, organic foods and appliances. I took pictures, but I realized after we left they were blurry. I’d go so far as to say they have the most selection of any raw/vegan store, they will most likely have anything you can think of and they are always adding more products to their mix. We bought our Blendtec and Excalibur dehydrator and Omega Juicer through them – oh, and our spiralizer as well. They are more than equipment, they have every raw/vegan food item you can imagine from: dehydrated mulberries, to enema bags, to Earthings grounding shoes and more.

Giddy YoYo is a company out of Orangeville, Ontario and they make raw chocolate amongst other things. They recently change their packaging and increased the size of their chocolate while maintaining the same price. That is pretty impressive. You don’t hear of a company giving you more of a product and not charging you for it. We are addicted to the mint raw chocolate. I cherish it and eat it one square at a time. Too good. I asked Mark, one of the owners, about the shelf life of the chocolate and if it’s okay not to seal it once opened. He mentioned it was fine, oxidation does not occur, but chocolate can age like a fine wine. Mind you raw chocolate from 1960 wouldn’t be suitable to eat, but month old chocolate is okay.

Cruda Cafe was very busy with their raw tacos and desserts. These were the same tacos I reviewed at the CNE this summer. Cannot say enough good things about how good the tacos were then, we had already eaten before we came, but that really shouldn’t have stopped me now that I think about it. Ah well. If we’re in St. Lawrence market on a weekend I’m sure we’ll venture to the basement level to find the storefront of Cruda Cafe.

Rawfoodz is an organic raw vegan salad dressing company and they recently started making a raw chocolate spread that’s not on their website. I tried it during the Raw Food festival. What is on their site is their new Butter style spread both in original and garlic. That I can totally get behind – freaking tasty. I’ve tried the dressings and the spread and each are pretty darn good. I have a preference to Italian Idol, but don’t let that discourage you from trying others. They’re creamy and intensely flavourful, it’s hard to believe the dressings are raw. The dressings are great on kelp noodles, raw coleslaw, veggie dip just to name a few uses.

A new face on the raw vegan scene is Rawlly Delicious. They are operated by a husband/wife team Natalie and Derek Neal based in Caledon, Ontario. On my high raw days I have resorted to carrying nuts and seeds with me to snack on. Sure that does the trick, but why not have a fulfilling treat that provides 5g of protein per serving. Rawlly Delicious has five flavours of Energy Ball: Hulk Energy, Nuts About Hazel, Almond Crunch, The “Seed” and Coconut Bliss. They have since added one NEW product: Chaga-Maca Brawnie.

Chaga-Maca Brawnie

What I love about these Energy Balls a) they all taste amazing, yes I have stuffed my face with them and b) they’re sprouted/raw/organic. I asked Natalie how long does it take to make each Energy ball batch and her answer – four days in total. That’s commitment. I like the idea of having a product that I can eat on the go and not feel guilty about. In fact, I feel pretty darn good after eating them just because they are easier to digest. Rawlly Delicious has an auto-ship program so you can opt to have a customized order shipped to you so you never run out. I can see this being very helpful in keeping up with my new addiction.

This is the six pack of all of the Energy Ball products. At the show the price was $20. I’m not sure if this is going to be sold on their website, but hopefully it will. 

What kind of Air Eater post would this be without the Nutritional Value information? (Click to enlarge) The Chaga-Maca Brawnie info is missing as it’s still being finalized. Here is a link to their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube account. Amazing that this little company has already been featured on CTV.

Overall, I am very glad we went to the Whole Life show, it was worth the parking and crowds to get the great deals we did. I felt hilarious walking around with so many raw food items, but I refuse to feel guilty about healthy pleasures.

Happy eating!

 

Share

Leave a Comment

Filed under Gluten free eating, Healthy Snacks, raw, Trade show, vegan

Vegan MoFo: Day 2 Square Tomato Crust with Kale Celery Pizza

The beauty of making a lot of one crust is that you make make it into different shapes and this time I made the crust into a rectangle. I like how the edges curled providing a bit of a lip and that helped with the cashew cheese.

1. Crust – Tomato bread recipe
2. Cheese – Spinach cashew cheese
3. Toppings – Red pepper, celery, kale, red onion Continue reading

Share

Leave a Comment

Filed under celiac, gluten free, Healthy Snacks, Meals, raw, vegan, Vegan Mofo

The Canadian National Exhibition 2012

Have to love the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), many fun memories as a child, teenager and now as an adult. Crazy to think the CNE has been going for 133 years! I can only imagine what it looked like back then.

According to the CNE fact sheet:

– Approximately 1.3 million attendance, largest fair in Canada, 8thlargest in North America.
– Has evolved and changed over time; emphasis has shifted from exhibits to entertainment and interactive experiences.
– Self-funded, the CNE is a major economic generator for the province of Ontario
– CNE is financially stable and operates without any annual subsidy.
– An Economic Impact Study conducted by Enigma Research Corporation in 2009, reported that the CNE had a gross economic impact of $58.6 million on the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million on the province of Ontario.
– CNE is a provincially chartered, non-profit agricultural society.
– CNE is EcoLogo certified making it the Greenest Fair in North America

Pretty impressive stats for an exhibition. I’d have to say the main attraction for a lot of people I know is the Food Building. Incredibly packed with food from all over the world, but only ONE raw vegan booth called Vie. Vie was the only guaranteed vegan and gluten free place we could eat and frankly after trying the tacos, I didn’t want to try anywhere else.

We spoke to the booth owner who explained he was being supplied by St. Lawrence market’s Cruda Cafe. The tacos were comprised of a dehydrated corn soft taco shell, a sour cream, corn, avocado, shredded lettuce, tomato, and magical spices that all really worked. We were incredibly pleased and impressed. Had to try the desserts, two chocolate and one key lime, had to stop myself from eating more. The entire meal was incredibly delicious, filling and had me wondering what else could be created.

We walked around and took a few pictures, but couldn’t photograph everything, just a heck of a lot going on.

 The animal section was the saddest part for me. I hated seeing: chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, sheep ostrich, llamas, alpacas cooped up. Like this is what they want to do for two weeks. I realize this is probably the only time some city children will see live farm animals, but that’s what animal sanctuaries are for. I saw a turkey fighting with another, the bigger one was pulling the other’s gullet. I hit the plastic window a few times to try to startle them to stop, but that didn’t work. The attendant wasn’t there and I told the information booth what happened. I have no idea if my information was relayed, but I’m going to be optimistic.

This is a sign in the Food Building. I am very impressed that the different food options were displayed so clearly.

Here’s where our glorious meal at Vie started:

These tacos were beyond tasty, we ended up eating one and then coming back for two each for take away. I would dare anyone to eat these and not be full, they were fantastic!

There’s no way you could tell the brownies were raw, they were so moist and rich, incredibly well done. The key lime was also tasty and not overly sweet. Excellent.

As we are slaves to our devices, we were glad to see there was a free phone charging box with clear markings which cable worked with what phone. Pretty cool to be able to charge your phone while at an event as such.

This is the newest addition to the CNE,  according to the Wiki: Sky Ride, a cable car ride introduced at the 2012 CNE in the spirit of the Alpine Way.

It was a sun screen kind of day and a great way to spend the time if you’re into rides and eating all day. Why not? There are vegan options and one for sure gluten free vegan option. Not sure if Vie is coming back next year, but they certainly have my vote versus the rest of the food.

Share

1 Comment

Filed under Eco Friendly, gluten free, Health, Healthy Snacks, Meals, raw, Trade show, vegan

Mint Chocolate pudding

 

P-U-D-D-I-N-G! Wish I was a cheerleader because I’d be doing some high kicks after trying this pudding. Made me think of this SNL skit:

I hope I am like this in my 50’s, I don’t see why not. Perhaps I won’t be pulling up my pants as much. I hope not. Either way, I will be eating pudding no matter what. I found this recipe on All Recipes and it’s so easy!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Share

3 Comments

Filed under gluten free, Healthy Snacks, vegan

Raw Strawberry Banana Mint Ice Cream

I love mint chocolate chip ice cream and what better way to enjoy summer than to make your own! With my trusty Cuisinart Ice Cream maker ready I decided to test it out.

Such a simple recipe and what I love most about ice cream is what you can add to it. The flavour combinations are really endless.

Ingredients:
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tsp mint extract
1/2 tbsp agave or your preferred sweetener
1/2 bar of Mint Giddy Yoyo chocolate

Instructions: Continue reading

Share

Leave a Comment

Filed under gluten free, Healthy Snacks, raw, vegan