.When I became vegan almost two years ago, I would often see recipes calling for nutritional yeast and people also mentioned nutritional yeast to me from time to time. I didn't really know what is was, and I never took the time to read about the product...until now. I was so impressed with an article I read about nutritional yeast and the health benefits, I went out and purchased some today to see for myself. There were two things that made me want to try the product. Many say it is a great cheese substitute, and it it has a nice list of health benefits.
1. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals. When I turned it over to read the nutrition information on the back, I was surprised, especially when I saw the percentage of vitamin B12. Many vegans are concerned about getting enough B vitamins in their diet, and this product definitely delivers when it comes to vitamin B12. According to Dr. Josh Axe, "Consuming B12 helps your mood, energy level, memory, heart, skin, hair, and digestion."
2. Nutritional yeast is not the same as brewer's yeast. Brewer's yeast is used to make beer and bread and derived from a fungus. It does not contain vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, and a 1/4 cup serving contains 290 percent daily value of vitamin B12.
3. Nutritional yeast helps boost the immune system. It contains immune boosting compounds. According to Dr. Michael Greger, the beta glucan fiber in nutritional yeast can help maintain our body's defense against pathogens.
4. Nutritional yeast is a great source of protein. A 1/4 cup serving contains 9 grams of plant based protein.
I sprinkled some on my salad as well, and it provided a delicious cheesy flavor. My daughter saw me add it to my pasta at dinner, and she asked to try it. Now she is a fan of nutritional yeast, too. It definitely enhanced the overall taste of the pasta.
Nutritional yeast will be an ongoing staple in my household, and my only regret is not trying it sooner.
Every time I was at Whole Foods looking for a good organic shake and meal replacement, I would glance at this one and pass it by. For the life of me I don't know why, but now I know what I was missing. For a while I would only purchase the PlantFusion vegan shake brand, but now I have a new favorite!
What's in it? Each serving contains a raw organic protein blend, an organic flavor blend, a raw organic fiber blend, a raw organic fruit and vegetable blend, a raw organic greens blend, and a raw probiotic and enzyme blend. See for yourself!
How does it taste? It has a full, rich, creamy, dark chocolate taste to me. The real, raw, chocolate cacao gives it a pure and strong chocolate flavor. No imitation here! Some protein powders have that "artificial" taste and aftertaste, but I found that this one does not. It is filling. It does what a meal replacement is supposed to do-provide the nutrients to replace a meal and keep you from feeling hungry without upsetting your stomach. Who wants the bubble guts after consuming a protein shake? Not I!
This one is a winner and part of my daily routine! What is your favorite shake or meal replacement?
Well, I recently wrote a post about The Beyond Burger coming to Georgia. I actually didn't know it had even made it to Georgia until people started posting about it online. When I saw that is was at Whole Foods, I had to go check it out. It's one thing to read about it, but I figured I might as well experience it for myself. The company's website says it is sold in the meat section, but when I purchased it at Whole Foods, it was in the plant based food section...nowhere near the meat. But anyway...
I was shopping in Whole Foods the other day, and I saw a display for Aunt Dottie's products. I purchased the salad toppers and dressing previously, and they made an amazing vegan salad. Seeing the display again peaked my curiosity, so I ventured over to see what was on the table. The representative described the products as "a salad bar on-the-go." The packaging was attractive, but I wondered how it would taste. When I looked at the product, it reminded me of fruit leather in appearance. My five year-old daughter was with me as well, and she loves fruit leather. She was more than willing to try a sample! We both tried it and liked it, so I purchased a few additional bars to review.
The texture of the bar is similar to fruit leather, but it is not as tough, sticky, or sweet. I tried the beets & greens bar and the cacao & greens bar. They were both a hit, and my daughter loved them both so that was a plus as well. I am always looking for wholesome, kid-friendly vegan snacks, too!
Beets & Greens
The beets and greens bar contains organic beet juice, organic apples, organic strawberries, organic carrots, organic spinach, organic cashews, organic beets, organic almonds, organic dates, lemon juice, organic kale, chia seeds, and spices.
Cacao & Greens
The cacao and greens bar contains organic apples, organic almonds, organic spinach, organic carrots, organic dates, chia seeds, organic cacao, and spices.
Overall, I am very impressed with the bars. There are nearly two servings of veggies per serving, no added sugars, and they are non-GMO, plant based, gluten free, and all natural. They were $1.99 per bar when I purchased them, and you can buy a box of bars or individuals bars.
Thank you, Aunt Dottie's for another delicious, kid-approved product!
In the quest to find amazing vegan food, last weekend I visited Clean Eatz in Alpharetta for the first time. Clean Eatz cafe serves a menu that "accommodates all levels of clean eaters with the standards of (1) low calories, (2) low fat, (3) no sugar, (4) no added sodium, and (5) affordable." The menu has a great variety of items like wraps, bowls, salads, and burgers. I was very pleased to see that they offer organic tofu as a meat substitute.
In addition to the healthy menu, the cafe provides a positive, family-friendly and motivating environment as well. I absolutely love all the quotes on the walls!
After looking at the menu, I finally decided to order the black bean burger and the buffalo cauliflower. I am so glad I did! I love a great vegan burger, and this burger is well seasoned and packed with flavor. The buffalo cauliflower is tender, spicy, and absolutely delicious. The portions here are filling, and I definitely will be back soon.
If you're looking for a new place that offers a menu with quality vegan options, friendly and helpful staff, and a nice environment, then you absolutely must visit Clean Eatz Alpharetta!
Have you visited Clean Eatz in Alpharetta? Share your experience below!
In the quest to find the perfect vegan protein powder, I have tried numerous brands, flavors, etc. I found some that were alright, but most of them were chalky, clumpy, artificial-tasting, and just not right. I was shopping at Whole Foods about six months ago, and I came across the PlantFusion brand. The label immediately caught my attention with phrases like: gluten free, no dairy, no soy, no animal, and 21 grams of protein...so I purchased it.
What's In It?
Well, it's easier to say what is not in it. It contains no dairy, soy, gluten (wheat), eggs, nuts, fish, tree nuts, or shellfish. It is also free of artificial flavors and preservatives.The PlantFusion website boasts that it is the only plant-based protein shake that compares to whey. It contains 4500mg of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and 3,350mg of glutamine. BCAAs help improve exercise performance and reduce the breakdown of muscle.Glutamine also helps minimize the breakdown of muscle. It also contains a special blend of enzymes that make the product easily digestible.
The serving size is a prety hefty scoop. I was concerned that when I added my almond milk to my blender bottle with the protein powder, it would not thoroughly mix.
How Does It Taste?
When you read the ingredients and see things like artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, organic sprouted quinoa powder, and cocoa, you may wonder if the chocolate flavor will be overpowered by everything else. It definitely is not. The chocolate flavor is very rich and smooth. The powder mixes well with my almond milk in my blender bottle as well. There is no chalky taste, and no clumps.
I am impressed with the taste, quality ingredients, and health benefits of this amazing product. It is an excellent post-workout shake, and it is part of my daily routine!
The Flying Biscuit is an award-winning cafe with Southern hospitality and charm. It's known for delivering great food and a welcoming atmosphere. Although the Roswell location is very close to me, I am ashamed to say I have only eaten there twice in eight years. The first time I ate there was about five years ago, and I was not vegan at that time.
Last Friday I had a day off from work, so I decided to try breakfast at The Flying Biscuit. The menu has many different selections, but I was curious about the vegan options. I scanned through the menu, and the Tofu Scramble caught my eye. Of course, when the waitress took my order, I asked if the biscuits were vegan. She replied, "I think you're the first person to ever ask that!" Sadly, they were not, but she quickly offered me a vegan option, wheat toast with no butter.
I finally decided on my order: Tofu Scramble, Oven Roasted "Moon Dusted" Potatoes, and whole wheat toast, no butter.
The ingredients of the Tofu Scramble include: tamari-marinated tofu scrambled with red and green peppers, onions, spinach and mushrooms. Tamari is a rich, gluten-free, naturally fermented soy sauce. I tell you this, the Tofu Scramble is absolutely delicious! The flavor of the tamari and the peppers and onions really takes the tofu to another level. The spinach and mushrooms make it a flavor packed, filling, hearty dish.
Oven Roasted "Moon Dusted" Potatoes
The potatoes are the perfect compliment to the Tofu Scramble. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and dusted with a tasty blend of herbs and spices.
The portions of food were very substantial. The Tofu Scramble also comes with fresh fruit. I highly recommend this dish. The Flying Biscuit got this one right, and I will be back soon!
In the quest to find great vegan cupcakes, I stumbled upon Jilly's Cupcakery. I had no idea that they even had a vegan cupcake on the menu, so I was pleased to see it. I stopped by the Alpharetta location and figured I'd ask, and there just happened to be four left. I left with one chocolate and one vanilla cupcake.
The vegan cupcakes do not disappoint. The cake is light and moist, and the icing is sooo decadent! They use fresh ingredients, decorate the cupcakes by hand, and they are vegan and gluten free as well. If you're ever in Alpharetta, stop by Jilly's Cupcakery on Highway 9. You are definitely in store for a gourmet treat!
Before I became vegan, I regularly ate Quorn products. They have a great taste and texture, and I was disappointed that they did not offer a vegan option since the regular patties contain egg. I was at Whole Foods recently, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the word "vegan" on the new box. I definitely had to take a box home to try.
They still have the great taste and texture of the original patties, but when they put "spicy" on the packaging of this box, they were not lying. If you do not enjoy foods with spice and heat, then you may want to steer clear. With ingredients like cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, ginger, and kibbled chili, you understand what I am saying concerning the spiciness factor.
When the heat of the peppers combines with the flavors of garlic, onion, paprika, and tomato, the taste is perfect. The breading delivers a delicious crunch, and the patty is tender and juicy.
Overall, I am impressed, and I will continue to purchase this products to use in various dishes like burritos and salads as well. Thank you Quorn for the non-GMO, vegan, meatless and soy-free, spicy chik'n patties!
Serving size: 1 Patty Calories: 120 Fat: 3g Sat. Fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 300mg Carb: 18g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 7g
Before I order food from a restaurant these days, I peruse the menu in search of vegan selections. Today we ordered take out at my place of employment. After looking at the menu, I finally settled upon the Acapulco Salad from El Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Sandy Springs. The salad normally comes with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onion, bell pepper, shredded cheese and a choice of chicken, tilapia, or shrimp, so I made a few substitutions.
I requested an addition of black beans, no avocado, and a side of pico de gallo and guacamole. They said it would be no problem for the changes.
I have encountered several restaurants that will not modify their menu, and I have also ran across a few that claim to have "vegan" options, only to find out that they really don't understand what vegan food is...very frustrating!
I didn't know how my food would look, or if the modifications would be correct, but when I opened the container I was pleasantly pleased. The presentation was beautiful! In addition to making the changes, they also included fresh sliced carrots, sliced avocado, and purple radish. There was an equal amount of all ingredients instead of it being mostly lettuce. The pico de gallo provided the perfect amount of zestiness and heat, and the fresh guacamole was authentic, creamy, and flavorful.
This healthy, hearty, vegan version of the Acapulco Salad should definitely be on the menu, and I will be ordering it again in the near future!
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About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author navigating her way through a vegan way of life!