Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Protein Shake

A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeCoffee and chocolate…am I right? What is it about that sweet and rich combo that makes everything better? When you combine those flavors with hazelnut, there’s just no going back. I was inspired by my favorite flavor combos to make this secretly-healthy Hazelnut Mocha Shake, which is boosted with some Hemp protein. Manitoba Harvest recently released their line of hemp protein called Hemp Pro 70. The chocolate and vanilla flavors have both been some of my favorites lately and guess what…Manitoba Harvest agreed to collaborate on a giveaway with me for a bag of their chocolate protein! Scroll down for details on how you can enter to win, and get the recipe for this delicious protein shake! Continue reading

A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeA rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeHemp Pro 70 is super clean, allergen-friendly, and really tasty. Not only does it have a great deal of plant protein, it also have the benefits of those healthy omega fatty acids that keep you feeling full, especially after a tough workout. The chocolate flavor is my personal favorite, which is why I’m really excited to get to give a bag away to one lucky winner! I also added some Fit Matrix, which aids in workout recovery and immunity, plus some Dark Hazelnut Spread from Golo Foods for flavor and added protein.

A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-freeThe coffee part of this shake is totally optional, but it does give it that blended espresso and/or frappuccino quality. You could also use decaf coffee or a coffee alternative (such as herbal coffee or something similar) if you’re avoiding caffeine. Personally, I like using cold brew like Chameleon Cold Brew or the coffee concentrate from Trader Joe’s. I find that combining coffee with frozen fruit, protein and healthy fats makes it easier to digest and you don’t feel super jittery afterwards.

And now for the giveaway that you’ve been waiting for…see below and be sure to follow all the instructions. This giveaway is open to residents in the United States and Canada and it will run from Tuesday May 19th until Sunday May 24th at 11:59PM MST.

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A rich, protein-packed and energizing Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Shake to start your day! Vegan and Gluten-free
After you enter the giveaway, don’t forget to try this recipe for yourself! Modify if however you prefer, as many of the ingredients are optional. Don’t have dark hazelnut spread? Just throw in a serving of hazelnuts and some cacao/cocoa powder. The options are really endless, but be sure to leave me a comment if you give this recipe a try!

Hazelnut Hemp Mocha Protein Shake
A rich, protein-packed and energizing coffee smoothie to start your day!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coffee concentrate+3/4 cup water (or 1 cup chilled coffee)
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 2 Tbs HempPro 70 Chocolate
  4. 1 tsp FitMatrix
  5. 1/4 tsp maca powder
  6. 2 Tbs GoLo Foods Dark Hazelnut Spread
  7. sweetener to taste
  8. handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor and mix until a smooth consistency forms. Mix in additional sweetener or ice if desired.
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Coconut & Nutella Shake

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comNutella is one of those spreads that vegans and non-vegans dream about. There’s something about that nutty, sweet and chocolatey flavor that makes whatever you put it on spectacular. However, as you probably know already…Nutella is neither vegan nor healthy. BUT I stumbled upon this alternative at Expo West that tastes exactly like the infamous treat. Read on to find out what it is and how to make this delicious shake with Coconut and Vegan Nutella plus some protein for good measure. Continue reading

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comA dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comGoLo Foods makes this incredible Dark Hazelnut Spread and not only is it vegan, but it’s also gluten-free, paleo and sugar free so anyone can enjoy it! In this shake I also used my favorite chocolate coconut milk lately from Rebel Kitchen, which is making its way to the United States! If for whatever reason you don’t have chocolate non-dairy milk on hand, you can also use your favorite milk alternative and add some cacao powder. If you’re going for a completely sugar-free recipe here, that’s totally do-able. All you need is an unsweetened non-dairy milk, because the protein and cacao powder will be naturally lower in sugar. Oh, and don’t forget the GoLo Dark Hazelnut Spread because that’s the star of the shake!

A dairy-free, vegan Nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein @anotherhungryvegan.comAlso in this shake, I used one of my go-to proteins, the Chocolate Power from Growing Naturals. This protein is awesome because it boosts 24g of plant-based protein per scoop and it gives the drink a milkshake-like consistency. To give it a true milkshake flavor, I also added some maca and mesquite powder from Sunfood. The powders have become a staple for me, because they turn any smoothie into a sweet dessert (especially if you’re using cacao in there too). As an added benefit, the products from Sunfood help with regulating hormones, balancing energy, and providing nutrients like fiber, iron, potassium and other vitamins.

So, if this shake sounds amazing to you (which is should), get yourself some Dark Hazelnut Spread from GoLo foods. It only takes a little in this recipe to add a lot of flavor, and besides…who doesn’t want to have vegan (and diet-friendly) Nutella in their cupboards?

A big thanks to GoLo Foods, Growing Naturals, Rebel Kitchen and Sunfood for these samples that I was provided over time (and have been stockpiling for special recipes like this). Let me know if you get to try this shake or these products on their own and what you think!

Coconut & Nutella Shake
Serves 1
A dairy-free, vegan nutella shake with a hint of coconut and lots of plant protein.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 container Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Mylk
  2. 1 heaping Tbs GoLo Foods Dark Hazelnut Spread
  3. 1 scoop Growing Naturals Chocolate Power rice protein
  4. 1 tsp Sunfood mesquite powder
  5. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. a few handfuls of ice
  8. coconut chips for topping
Instructions
  1. Place the coconut milk and vegan hazelnut spread in a high-speed blender and turn on. Slowly add the chocolate protein, mesquite and maca. Add in the banana and ice last, and continue mixing until well-incorporated. Top with coconut chips or shredded coconut and enjoy!
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Dark Chocolate Chip Mint Shake

A vegan minty chocolate protein shake recipe, made with some of my favorite products of this season @anotherhungryvegan.comIs it mid-April already?? Something that almost immediately comes to mind for me when it comes to Spring is mint – the color, flavor and everything in-between. Because Easter, Mother’s Day and my birthday all happen during this season, I also automatically associate it with chocolate. So I figured, why not combine the two in a Sweet Mint Chocolate Shake made with some of my favorite products of the season! Continue reading

A vegan minty chocolate protein shake recipe, made with some of my favorite products of this season @anotherhungryvegan.comA vegan minty chocolate protein shake recipe, made with some of my favorite products of this season @anotherhungryvegan.com One of my favorites this Spring are these cute little cookies made by Rawxies. If you aren’t familiar with them, Rawxies are raw, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free heart-shaped cookies made with completely natural ingredients. As their sticker “Stop Eating Crap” would suggest, Rawxies is all about eating clean foods that will nourish your body and give you plenty of energy. Their Mint Chocolate Chip flavor was one that definitely influenced the flavor of this particular shake recipe. I love breaking the cookie into pieces and topping the shake with it.

A vegan minty chocolate protein shake recipe, made with some of my favorite products of this season @anotherhungryvegan.comAnother product I’m loving lately: Chocolate HempPro 70 from Manitoba Harvest. This protein is super clean, easy to digest and incredibly allergen-friendly. I’ve been a long time fan of the Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest, so it’s great to have a convenient powder form to throw right into smoothies and shakes. I love hemp as a protein source because it has fiber, iron, and essential fatty acids to keep you feeling great! Plus who doesn’t like versatile flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and original? Check out the full line of hemp protein from Manitoba Harvest. I promise there’s a special hemp protein powder for everyone!

A vegan minty chocolate protein shake recipe, made with some of my favorite products of this season @anotherhungryvegan.comMore products I’m loving this month? Well if you’re following me on Instagram, you probably already know what this one is. Sweet Spreads makes these incredible naturally-flavored coconut butters called CocoNutter. They have anything from Vanilla Cupcake to Cinnamon Roll to Dark Chocolate Mint, and yes the flavors all taste as great as they sound! If you’re wanting to try them for yourself, I really recommend getting a sample pack off their website. Sweet Spreads are a great way to get in healthy fats for an active lifestyle, and I love throwing them into protein shakes as a post-workout treat. This shake really gets its rich dark chocolate and minty flavor from the CocoNutter!

A vegan minty chocolate protein shake recipe, made with some of my favorite products of this season @anotherhungryvegan.comLast, but not least I’ve been loving these Super Algae Tablets from Sunfood. Spirulina is a protein-packed superfood with nutrients including iron, B vitamins and so much more! These tablets are a great way to get in more spirulina and chlorella because you can literally just take them like a vitamin with some water. I like to throw them in smoothies (and you can’t even taste anything) but that’s just me.

A big thanks to Manitoba HarvestRawxiesSweet Spreads, and Sunfood for giving me the opportunity to try and review their products. Stay tuned for more recipes in the future via this blog and my social media pages. Let me know if you get a chance to try some of these products, and be sure to check out the recipe below. Remember, you don’t have to have these exact products and you can adapt things as needed.

Dark Chocolate Chip Mint Shake
Serves 1
A minty chocolate protein shake made with some of my favorite products of this season
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 2 Tbs Chocolate HempPro 70
  3. 1 Tbs Sweet Spreads Dark Chocolate Mint
  4. 1 Tbs cacao powder
  5. 1/2 tsp Sunfood maca powder
  6. 3 spirulina tablets (optional)
  7. 1 frozen banana
  8. sweetener if needed
  9. handful of ice
  10. Mint Chocolate Chip Rawxies (optional) for topping
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. Top with Rawxies, cacao nibs, or whatever else you fancy!
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Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake

A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comRemember when I promised another Sprout Living recipe in my previous post? Well, you’re looking at it! After trying the Original, Chocolate Maca, and Green Kingdom EPIC Protein flavors I was just dying to use the Vanilla Lucuma in a recipe. This shake/smoothie is nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and low in fat but still high in protein and fiber. I only recently started using buckwheat in smoothies, and I was amazed at how it makes them so creamy and filling. The frozen pear, vanilla, and spices all compliment the Vanilla Lucuma protein quite nicely. Keep reading on for the recipe! Continue reading

A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comA high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comAs I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a big fan of Sprout Living, and their newly reformulated EPIC Protein is pretty impressive! Not too long ago they sent me some samples including a cool shaker bottle and a full-size of their Green Kingdom (which I’m a big fan of as well). I think my favorite will always be the Chocolate Maca with the Vanilla Lucuma as a close second. In case you’re not familiar with lucuma or maca, both are considered “superfoods” for their nutritional benefits. However, what I really love about them is the unique flavor that they add to any smoothie. Throwing them into your favorite recipe really kicks things up a notch. These protein powders from Sprout Living are perfectly balanced with ingredients so that you get the superfoods with delicious flavors that are ready to be used. 

A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
Don’t forget, if you’re wanting to try Sprout Living for yourself…they have Epic Protein Venture Packs available for sale on their website so you can figure out what flavor(s) you love before buying full-sized tubs of each. Now, let me know in the comments below…what kind of recipe would YOU use the Vanilla Lucuma protein in?

Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake
Serves 1
A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat shake made with Sprout Living's Vanilla Lucuma from their EPIC Protein Line.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1/4 cup buckwheat, pre-soaked and drained
  3. 1 pitted date, soaked and drained
  4. splash of vanilla and/or almond extract
  5. 1 frozen, sliced pear
  6. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  7. 1 pack/serving EPIC Protein: Vanilla Lucuma
  8. pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Add additional sweetener or ice if needed.
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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake

A super delicious and healthy vegan Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comI’ve had a few Sprout Living smoothie recipes on my mind lately, and I couldn’t wait any longer to share them with you! If this is the first time you’re hearing about Sprout Living, well basically they make a line of super nutritious, raw, gluten-free and vegan protein powders. One of my favorite flavors of all time has been their EPIC Protein: Chocolate Maca. Sprout Living recently reformulated their line, and I was eagerly waiting in anticipation to try it out! The first recipe I made with their reformulated Chocolate Maca is for this Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake, which isn’t your standard protein shake. This one is filled with protein and healthy fats, without any artificial sweeteners or color additives. Believe it or not, the color is from raspberries and the sweetener comes from bananas and dates. Read on for the recipe, and to learn more about one of my favorite products from Sprout Living! Continue reading

A super delicious and healthy vegan Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comA super delicious and healthy vegan Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comAs I mentioned before…the new protein line from Sprout Living is even better than the first formulation I tried! A big thanks to the company for sending over samples, and for inviting me to be one of the Healthy Vegan Chefs on their website! If you’re looking for more of my recipe experiments using their products, I actually have quite a few on this blog that you are more than welcome to check out. I’ve made smoothies before with just almond milk, a banana and the protein (and maybe a date or two) and even the simplest combinations have turned out phenomenal.

A super delicious and healthy vegan Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some Sprout Living Chocolate Maca Protein ASAP. If you’re hesitant to get a full-size flavor, luckily they also come in these Epic Protein Venture Packs so you can figure out what flavor(s) you love before buying full-sized tubs of each. I know I can be indecisive at times so it’s really awesome to be able to try each flavor before committing to a full-size. Plus, these are in pouches so you can take them anywhere with you whether it’s to the gym or traveling.

Have you tried anything from Sprout Living? How do you like to enjoy their powders? Or, if you’re wanting to try them…what kinds of recipes would you come up with?

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Shake
Serves 1
A super delicious and rich protein shake made with all-natural ingredients, including Sprout Living's EPIC Protein: Chocolate Maca
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 2 Tbs hemp seeds
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. 1 pack/serving EPIC Protein: Chocolate Maca
  5. 1/3-1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  6. 1 pitted date or other sweetener
  7. 1 Tbs cacao nibs
  8. ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Add extra sweetener or ice if needed.
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Loving Hut in Upland, CA

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.comThere was no shortage of food to be enjoyed over my trip to California a few weeks ago. Despite it being an Expo West-centered trip, I still got the chance to enjoy some food outside of the trade show. That is, on the days that I wasn’t completely full on all the samples that were handed out over the weekend. I went here with some vegan friends I made on Instagram, including UnhealthyVegan who I recently did an interview with. It was actually his idea to go to Loving Hut in Upland, which is a completely vegan establishment located in Upland, CA. Read on to see what we ordered and shared with our whole table. Continue reading

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One of the entrees we shared was the Kung Pao Wow. Made with soy protein, celery, onion, and chile sautéed with kung pao sauce topped with peanut, small salad and rice. As a small disclaimer, I wasn’t the one doing the ordering so I might be a little off on the names. However, this dish was delicious! I loved the salty, crunchy taste from the peanuts compared to the soy protein which had a meaty texture. I really enjoyed the side salad, which had a dressing that was half sweet, and half savory.

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One of the people who joined us was feeling a little under the weather so she ordered a soup to have while the rest of us shared the food. I’m not sure what this was, but from the photo it looks like the Loving Ramen. That dish is made with wheat noodles, bok choy, corn, mushroom, and soy protein and it comes in a decent-sized bowl. I heard this was good, so I guess you’ll just have to take their word for it!

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.com
Next was the Garden Chow Mein, which used to be one of my favorite takeout dishes before going vegetarian. This was super delicious too, and it tasted even better than I remembered! I loved the vegetables in here, and the noodles had a nice “bite” to them, meaning they weren’t too soft.

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.com
One of the specials at this Loving Hut were these fries. I think the sauce tasted like a cheesy ranch, so these were a little like nacho fries with the jalapeños on top. Our table actually ordered two of these they were so good. Normally I wouldn’t think of ordering fries at a place that’s serving vegan Asian-inspired cuisine, but they turned out to be a wonderful idea!

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.com
I ordered a Thai Iced Tea with coconut milk to drink alongside my water. This was incredibly sweet with just a hint of the actual tea taste. I don’t know if I would order this again to go with my meal but it would be a great dessert item all on its own.

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.com
The next dish is the Mongolian Delight, made with red/green bell pepper, green onion, and soy protein cooked with Mongolian sauce and served with a side of rice. I could definitely tell that the meat was made with TVP (texturized vegetable protein) as it was fairly chewy. The sauce really made the dish spectacular and the veggies added a crunch. I thought this was really good when you mixed the rice to get a bite of everything on the plate all at once.

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.com
Remember how I said Chow Mein was one of my favorites for a long time? Well fried rice was always a close second. I was told that the Loving Fried Rice was good, and I was not disappointed in the slightest! This looked and tasted just like the fried rice I had tried before I went vegetarian. It’s made with stir fried rice, soy protein chunks, mixed veggies and onion. If you get the chance to go to Loving Hut in Upland, don’t forget to order this!

Loving Hut in Upland, CA @anotherhungryvegan.comBecause all good things come to an end, I had to order some Carrot Cake for dessert. I was already super stuffed so I had a few bites and then passed this on to someone else to finish. I don’t normally go for carrot cake, but this was super tasty! It probably would’ve been even better if I wasn’t so full, but I’m still glad I got the chance to try one of Loving Hut’s desserts!

So in all Loving Hut was an awesome place to eat at, and I’m happy I had the opportunity to go on my California trip. Let me know in the comments, have you been to Loving Hut before and what are your favorite things to order? Or, if you were to go there in the future…what would you order off their menu?

Chocolate Cocozia & Espresso Shake

An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comExpo was a lot of fun and all, but I was missing smoothies almost the whole time. I ended up with a few bags of samples to take home (luckily I was able to check a separate suitcase), and I wanted to make something special with some of the items. Cocozia also happened to send me some samples of their Chocolate Coconut Water, and although I’ve been featuring some recipes using it on my Instagram, I couldn’t wait to share this particular recipe! This shake tastes like a delicious frappuccino, but it’s even better. Yes, Starbucks might have coconut milk, but I doubt that they have chocolate coconut water on hand!  Continue reading

Review of Cocozia @anotherhungryvegan.comI’ve done a few recipes on this blog using Cocozia Coconut Water in the past. Their coconut water is organic, vegan, gluten-free and now comes in a few flavors. I love how pure it tastes, and it’s a great addition to my smoothies and shakes as an alternative to non-dairy milks. It has a ton of potassium and electrolytes to keep you feeling hydrated all day long. Fun fact: when I was in high school, I started an exercise routine but that didn’t mean I was eating the healthiest of foods. After a long and tough workout, I would drive over to Starbucks to get a Mocha Frappuccino Light (this was before my vegan days) thinking that it was actually a healthy option. Let’s just say…I’m really glad I crave these much healthier protein shakes instead!

An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comAn alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comThis shake is a fantastic post-workout morning or afternoon treat because it’s dairy-free and made with a lot less sugar or fat than most frappuccinos. Keep reading on for the recipe, and if you want to purchase some Cocozia for yourself you can do that right here. I also used some samples from my Expo West bag including one of these Hemp Pro 70 sample packs from Manitoba Harvest. I’ve also been obsessed with these Italian Espresso Coconut Chips from Made in Nature. They have a smoked, espresso tastes and add a nice crunch to any recipe!

An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Plus it's vegan, gluten-free and delicious! @anotherhungryvegan.comIf this protein shake doesn’t have a good combo of ingredients, then I don”t know what does! You won’t find anything artificial in here, which is just the way I like my smoothies. Let me know what kinds of recipes you would use Cocozia’s chocolate or original coconut water for. Would you go for a smoothie or some decadent banana ice cream? I can say I’ve tried both of those and I highly recommend Cocozia if it’s new to you!

Chocolate Cocozia & Espresso Shake
Serves 1
An alternative to that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino you used to love. Packed with electrolytes, potassium and some protein too!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chocolate CocoZia
  2. 1 pack Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Hemp Protein
  3. 1 Tbs Shredded coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  5. 1/4 tsp maca powder
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. ice
  8. Italian Espresso Coconut Chips, or other toasted coconut chips
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender except the coconut chips, and mix until well-combined. Once you get a smooth consistency (add ice or sweetener if needed), pour into a glass and top with the coconut chips. Sip through a straw or eat with a spoon and enjoy!
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Four Sigma Foods

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comI’ve mentioned a couple times on this blog that there are a few new superfood trends of 2015 to follow. One of them happens to be mushrooms, and YES that’s where this review comes in. Four Sigma Foods was a company I discovered on Instagram through their beautiful photography and vegan-friendly drink mixes that sounded lovely! The company reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try and review their products, and of course I said yes. Find out more about their line of products and how I enjoyed them, just to give you more ideas on how to incorporate superfood mushrooms into your daily routine! Continue reading

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comFirst off, kudos to Four Sigma Foods for making such beautiful packaging! The XOCO Blue is the first product I tried because a shot of chocolate and chai sounded wonderful, and it was! Imagine a delicious, hot chocolate boosted with warm cinnamon and cardamom flavors that you can take with you wherever you go! Whether it be on your next airplane ride, hike, camping trip, or just spending the afternoon at a friend’s house these are perfectly portable. Just bring a couple packets to share between whoever you’re with, or they might get jealous.

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I paired mine with a huge vegan croissant from Beet Box Bakery in a little espresso mug. These are recommended to be enjoyed espresso-style due to the burst of natural energy that they deliver. The flavor is a lot like espresso in terms of richness with the chocolate and spices. However, unlike espresso it left me feeling relaxed as opposed to jittery or hyper. This completely makes sense when you consider that Reishi mushrooms help to balance stress levels and improve your quality of sleep. Plus, Reishi helps to reduce the effects of aging but you can’t really even tell that it’s in this hot chocolate packet. Typical espresso definitely won’t cut it after you try some of this!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comThat brings me to the Instant Cordyceps and Chaga. I felt like having a tea party of sorts (for myself mostly) and I got the chance to try one of these hot and the other iced. As Four Sigma Foods states on their website, they have made superfood mushrooms more accessible than ever with their line of Instant mushrooms. Just pour a packet into some hot or cold water, add some non-dairy milk or sweetener if you prefer and sip away!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Instant Cordyceps is described as a superfood mushroom drink with ginseng, to help give you an energy boost and aid in recovery. I found that it had a unique flavor, almost between coffee and tea. I decided to add a little coconut milk afterwards because I like my warm tea to have a little creaminess to it. Now, normally I don’t like black tea because of the caffeine. I will be awake literally the whole night if I have caffeine too late in the day. Thankfully this didn’t have that effect on me at all. If you’re looking for an energy boost but trying to quit caffeine, these Instant Cordycepts might be for you!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comTo go with my shared cookies (made from Cappello’s Cookie Dough in case you wanted to know), a nice cold glass of Chaga mushrooms! This one did have a different flavor than the Cordycepts, and it was a little bit more earthy-tasting. I found that these Instant mushroom packs have a slightly rich, brothy flavor and because of that I really enjoyed them as I was getting over a small cold in the middle of winter this past week. I’ve heard that you can also mix these products into your morning smoothies or shakes, and I really can’t wait to try that out! 

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, I know you’re wondering where you can get some of these for yourself. What’s awesome is that even if these particular products don’t appeal specifically to you, there is a variety for virtually anyone and everyone. Check out Four Sigma Foods’s Online Store and find the ‘shrooms that will suit your needs the best. Don’t forget to comment below and let me know which products you’re wanting to try first!

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comThis is the last of my Dastony review posts (for this week anyway)! Since it’s Friday, what better way to power through your day than with some matcha and pumpkin seeds? Interestingly enough, I did some searching online and I found out that pumpkin seeds have some benefits that I didn’t even know about! Did you know that they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming in the body? Or that they contain the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper? Of course these seeds are also a great source of heart-healthy fats and protein. All the better reason to eat them. With this vanilla and matcha smoothie recipe, it’s easier than ever to get in your dose of pumpkin seeds! Continue reading

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
I love the fact that Dastony makes a sprouted and all-organic pumpkin seed butter. I literally have never been able to find another one in any of the stores I shop at (and certainly not one made with organic ingredients)! Can you guess what’s in this jar? Just organic, raw and sprouted pumpkin seeds! No sugar or salt added and definitely no preservatives. Like the other nut and seed butters, no refrigeration is required and you don’t have to keep stirring the seed butter to avoid clumping. It has a rich, almost cheesy flavor that I know would make an excellent pesto or other sauce. I went for the smoothie option (typical, I know), but I will definitely be experimenting with some other recipes!

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comSimilar to my other recipes, this one also features Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast protein. It adds a smooth and sweet taste, and you would never know that it adds 24g of protein per scoop! I also included a teaspoon of Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder which helps give you a boost along with a little maca powder thrown in the mix. A huge thanks to Windy City Organics for sending these awesome jars of nut-free seed butters for me to try! As mentioned before, if you’re interested in purchasing Dastony, you can do so on the Dastony website. Which nut or seed butter are you wanting to try first? What kind of recipe are you thinking of using it in?

Vanilla Matcha Pumpkin Seed Shake
Serves 1
A sweet green shake to give you a healthy pick-me-up!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1 heaping tbs pumpkinseed nut butter
  3. 1/2-1 tsp maca powder
  4. 1 tsp matcha powder
  5. 1 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. 1-2 tsp coconut sugar/other sweetener
  8. ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. Add additional sweetener or ice if needed.
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Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
I really like tahini, and I mean REALLY. There’s just something about the rich, slightly bitter taste that I love combining with sweet flavors like fruit and Bee Free Honee. As promised, this is another review/recipe post using stone-ground raw and organic nut butters from Dastony. Expect of course, this one is nut-free since it’s made with raw sesame seeds. I basically took one of my favorite smoothie combos of all time (pears and almond butter) and turned it into an allergen-friendly, mostly-organic protein shake. Continue reading

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
First, I had to give you a preview of the Sesame Tahini itself. Wow, is this stuff good! Unlike most tahini you’ll find in the store this is actually made with raw sesame seeds. It’s also lower in sodium than your standard tahini yet it has a richness and a flavor that makes it really versatile. There’s something about this tahini that makes it so you can eat even the tiniest amount and be satisfied. Plus, the jars are portioned in a way that you don’t end up having all this extra stuff lying around to just eat with a spoon. I’ve been wanting to use some of this particular tahini from Dastony in hummus, but I decided that a smoothie would be more fun! 

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
The best part of this smoothie? The Bee Free Honee and tahini create an amazing balance of savory and sweet. It’s a great one to serve to kids and adults alike, plus you don’t have to worry about any nut allergies! I also added some Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast protein for an extra boost. In total, this smoothie has about 30G of protein. Can you believe it? As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the Growing Naturals Giveaway is still going on, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already!

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
As always I recommend everyone to try this with the ingredients that they have on hand. However, using this high-quality Sesame Tahini and organic brown rice protein will have a slightly different taste. The only thing you might not have on hand is the honee, but no worries! You can easily sub in agave, coconut sugar or dates to help sweeten things up. If you’re interested in purchasing Dastony, you can do so on the Dastony website. Which nut or seed butter are you wanting to try first?

Pear, Sesame and Vanilla Shake
Serves 1
A shake that's sure to satisfy your salty and sweet cravings all at once. Plus with extra protein to keep you full for longer!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1 heaping Tbs Dastony Sesame Butter
  3. 1 frozen, pre-sliced pear
  4. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  5. 1/2 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  6. 1 Tbs Bee-Free Honee (or agave, maple syrup, etc)
  7. ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a super smooth and creamy consistency. Add extra sweetener or ice if needed. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!
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