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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!

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Eggless Egg Salad

I decided to test out a recipe from Melomeals – Eggless Egg Salad! Yes, strange to have the main ingredient be substituted, but I figured this would be good. Oddly enough, I never really liked egg salad, I found the consistency to be gross. Thankfully this vegan version is very different and there’s none of that a) cruelty and b) rubbery strange stinky weird mouth feel. Yes, mouth feel is a legit term, for real.

I just happen to have tomato raw bread around. No seriously, I do, I am addicted to making it. My poor food styling attempt is mediocre at best, but I tried to make the cucumbers slices look interesting. Oh well. With this recipe the food processor is your friend. I didn’t even bother chopping anything I just blended it up. I don’t think I’m ever going to grate another carrot. Why should I when the machine can do it easier and faster. Heck, it slices, it dices and makes a dang fine tool in the kitchen.

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If you have a version of eggless egg salad, I’d love to try it, the summer is here and it’s a perfect dish to bring to a party!

Happy eating!

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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!

 

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Vegan MoFo: Week 4 – Creamy Cashew Spinach cheese rustic pizzza

Sometimes I find watching cooking shows, it seems the chef just throws things together. I figure, why can’t I do that with raw food? Here I’m using the week’s crust and cashew cheese, but I mixed in a bit of sweet basil. What a difference basil makes. I can’t say I was upset if I got some on my fingers, I was licking the spoon after I transfered the cheese out of the food processor.

cashew cilantro red pepper cheese

How creamy is this? Who can miss regular cheese when you have such a lovely cruel free substitute? Totally worth trying for yourself.

This time I broke the buckwheat groat psyllium seed husk crust by hand into a rustic rectangle and I think this gives the pizza its own character. It’s not perfectly cut, nor is it too awkward a shape.

The toppings: tomato, pineapple, red pepper and sprigs of parsley.

Can’t beat this with a side salad or veggies.

 

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Vegan MoFo: Week 4 – Mini Mushroom Pizzas

The wonderful part about making a lot of one thing is you have the fun of dressing it up in different ways. Today’s pizzas has the same crust/cheese as yesterday’s. The toppings are: reconstituted shiitake mushrooms then soaked in gluten free soy sauce, spiralized carrots and corn. I know soy sauce is not raw, but I don’t have Nama shoyu. If you want to be completely raw, I would suggest you use that instead of soy sauce. The mushrooms really come alive after being soaked for 20 minutes in warm water.

mini phyllium husk buckwheat groats marinated shiitake mushroom pizza

mini phyllium husk buckwheat groats marinated shiitake mushroom pizza 3

To get the perfect circles, I used a cup sized measuring cup as a cookie cutter. I could never make such a perfect circle by hand. I cut out this shape before I put the base in to be dehydrated and popped them out when complete. I didn’t feel guilty at all after having a few of these. They’re healthy, filling and are lovely with a side salad.

 

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Vegan MoFo: Week 4 – Raw Pizza with Walnut meatballs

I saw a recipe for how to make walnut meatballs and I HAD to try it. Here’s the link to the recipe that I used. I omitted the green onion part, I’m not partial to them unless it’s in a specific manner, so I figured it wouldn’t be a bad thing to not add them. Food is, after all, about your own individual taste. The meatballs turned out to be the most darling little things. I dehydrated them for a few hours to get them a bit harder and it really gave them a great mouth feel.

 

walnut meatballs, air eater, vegan, gluten free, raw, Lidia Le François

The crust is a combination of phyllium husk, buckwheat groats, irish moss and a few other things. You can see a previous post where I made this crust and the recipe I followed here. You can thank Hannah Mendenhall for the recipe.

The cheese is soaked cashews, with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, kale, spinach and a tiny bit of salt. The toppings: carrots, red pepper, kale, and walnut meatballs.

phyllium buckwheat groat cashew cilantro cheese with walnut meatballs close up

 

phyllium buckwheat groat cashew cilantro cheese with walnut meatballs

It does taste as good as it looks. I highly suggest trying this walnut meatball recipe, it will completely surprise you and impress guests.

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Vegan MoFo: Week 2 – Raw Pizza Video

This video inspired me to try this recipe (http://raw-pleasure.com.au/) and I wrote about it here. Tip: If you don’t like leeks, don’t use them because this recipe is overwhelmingly leek flavoured. If you do like leeks – enjoy!

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Vegan MoFo: Week 2 – Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower Raw Pizza

Today’s pizza is a continuation crust of yesterday’s carrot/flax with a new spin on the cheese and topping.

1. The recipe for the crust can be found here.

Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower, raw pizza, Lidia Le François, Air Eater

2. The cheese is still the macadamia nut (which you do not have to soak), with added kale, and red pepper.

Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower, raw pizza, Lidia Le François, Air Eater

3. Toppings:

As you can see I went a little topping heavy with this one. I started with a base of massaged kale, then added spiralized carrots, corn, cauliflower, tiny bits of red pepper, and hollowed field cucumbers. I’m not a fan of seeds of the cucumber, and what’s the point; it will just make things soggy and rather messy.

Kale, Cucumber, Cauliflower, raw pizza, Lidia Le François, Air Eater

The cucumber was different, but provided a nice crunch and it was almost like having a rather eclectic salad wrapped in a pita.

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Vegan MoFo: Week 2 – Wordless Wednesday Raw Pizza

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Vegan MoFo: Week 2 – 3 Topping Raw Deep Dish Pizza

This week I decided to try a new crust that and I was happy to find a recipe from a local raw Chef named Pedja, who is the Head Raw Chef at a very lovely grocery store (Nature’s Emporium) in a town north of Toronto called Newmarket. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this fine young man and he is quite warm, intelligent and worth a listen. I’ve written about the amazing pizza and sun burgers he’s produced for Nature’s Emporium in their raw food section, they are worth the drive. I hope he comes out with a cookbook, because I would LOVE to make the pizza he sells in the store. It’s full of flavour and impact.

Here’s the link to this recipe and the crust ingredients:

1. Crust
5 medium carrots
2  cups whole oats
1.5 cups flax seeds
2/3 cups water

Chef Pedja Raw Pizza recipe Air Eater Lidia Le François

I followed the instructions, but what I should have done was add: garlic (raw or powder), oregano, thyme, sage, marjoram, paprika, white pepper, chili and chipotle. That is what I would have done if I made this again. I would have used at least 1/2 tablespoon of each. I liked the texture, but the flavour was lacking in the dough.

This is my attempt at a ‘deep dish’ pizza, it was easy to make the indent of the crust as the dough is super easy to work with.

2. Cheese:
I am a cashew nut, but for this one I used macadamia nut (1/2 cup), a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast, 1 clove of minced garlic, 2 tbsp lemon juice.

Chef Pedja Raw Pizza recipe Air Eater Lidia Le François

3. Toppings:
I felt this was a tabouleh inspired by using parsley and red onion. I spiralized carrots because I love the colour/texture contrast. This format will satisfy the carb lover in you.

Chef Pedja Raw Pizza recipe Air Eater Lidia Le François

A simple three topping pizza that is a quick snack/meal for any occasion.

Happy eating!

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