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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE BITESRecently, I teamed up with Amazing Grass to come up with a recipe featuring their Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored Protein Superfood. Even though the weather is finally starting to cool down, I still wanted to create an easy no-bake recipe that likely uses ingredients that you already have on-hand. An added challenge was making something that was gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, vegan and obviously tasty! This post was sponsored by Amazing Grass, but all opinions on the product are completely my own. I have a lot of great things to say about it!

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I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this new product from Amazing Grass, since it’s not only a protein powder but is also packed with superfoods and other nutrients. The flavor is exactly as it sounds, but neither the chocolate nor the peanut butter is too overpowering. This product does have a little stevia in it, but I found it to be a lot more subtle than other protein powders I’ve tried in the past. When I’m not making no-bake recipes like this, my go-to way to enjoy Amazing Grass is to throw it in a blender with a little non-dairy milk, frozen bananas and ice. The nutrition facts are impressive per serving and you can’t go wrong with this flavor, especially!

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These individual-sized cheesecake bites are a cinch to make and use only a few ingredients. They are gluten-free, vegan, soy-free and even have some hidden fruits and veggies in them! Your friends will be amazed when they find out how simple, yet delicious this recipe is!

Ingredients – Crust:
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup peanuts
1 Tbs maple syrup

Ingredients – Filling:
1/2 avocado
1 serving Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, Chocolate Peanut Butter
1 small banana
1/4 cup peanuts
2-4 Tbs almond milk

Directions:
1. Place the oats and peanuts in a high speed blender and mix until you get a flour-like consistency. Add in the maple syrup and continue blending until the mixture sticks together.
2. Using a cupcake pan, place the crust mixture into 4 wells of a cupcake pan making sure to press into the bottom of the pan. Place in the freezer while preparing the filling.
3. Put all ingredients for the filling into a blender, and blend until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Start with less almond milk and add more if needed. Pour this mixture into the cupcake pan on top of the crust.
4. Freeze the cupcake pan with the filling and crust for 1-2 hours so it can set. Remove from the freezer and use a butter knife or something similar to remove the bites from the pan if needed. Allow to thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating and enjoy!

*Note: these are best when enjoyed straight from the freezer. Thawing and re-freezing is not recommended.

Do you have any favorite ways to enjoy protein powder? Have you used Amazing Grass before in the past? Let me know in the comments below!

Amrita Bars

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comYou wouldn’t believe the amount of things I’ve been up to lately. With just having recently moved, starting a new job and doing other work in my spare time, the days just don’t seem long enough. At times like these, I’m really grateful to have easy “grab and go” foods like fruit, nuts and seeds, and energy bars. Of course, that’s where Amrita comes in! Amrita makes a lot of unique-flavored nutrition bars, that not only taste great…they are also made with really high-quality ingredients. As their name would suggest, they are made out of dried fruits, seeds and other gluten, dairy and soy-free nutritious foods. Are you curious about these bars and what flavors you would like the most? Read on to find out!
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Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comThe first bar I tried happened to be the Apricot Strawberry. When I first opened the package, the smell actually reminded me of a PB&J sandwich (despite being completely free of peanuts and gluten). I think I was picking up the sunflower seeds and tahini, which often give off a rich and nutty flavor. Once I tasted the bar I could taste the apricots as well as the strawberries and dates mixed in. I couldn’t taste the chia flour or brown rice and they didn’t seem to affect the texture at all. Overall, I would say this was a great bar to start out with!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comI’m not sure what paradise would taste like, but it must be something like this Pineapple Chia bar. First off, with it being summer I find that these bars all have really appropriate flavors. Along with pineapple, this treat also contains cranberries, sunflower and sesame seeds, chia seeds, coconut and brown rice protein. It’s great that a little bar like this also has the benefit of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, along with 4g of fiber and 7g of protein!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comOne of my favorite bars, not surprisingly, was the Apple Cinnamon. This seriously tasted like apple pie in bar form. What I love about Amrita bars is that you get so much fresh flavor, and all without added sweeteners other than the ones in dried fruit. I find that these bars are similar in texture to Larabars, but the combination of seeds, brown rice protein and dried fruit makes them a lot more filling. These definitely are more of a snack than a meal replacement, but they are really satisfying in-between meals!

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comAnother fun, tropical flavor is the Mango Coconut. When it comes to dried fruit, mango and coconut are some of my favorites for their ultra-sweet flavors. Because this bar is also balanced with a mix of seeds, you don’t get as much of a sugar rush as plain fruit can often deliver for some people. This bar would be also be delicious if you blended it into a smoothie (seriously), or if you cut it up and placed it on top of a smoothie with banana, mango and coconut.

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I was worried that the Cranberry Raisin bar might be a little sour, but I think it was another winner! The texture reminds me a little of an oatmeal raisin cookie and I’m not complaining! I notice that many of the bars are made with similar ingredients, but with the addition of the special dried fruits they really take on a unique taste. Plus, they don’t make a mess when you eat them and are very portable and for a snack that also happens to be raw.

Review of Amrita Bars on anotherhungryvegan.comLast but not least…the Chocolate Maca bar. Where oh where do I begin with this one? Cacao and maca are an incredible combination,  and this bar proves that. These superfoods are great for giving you energy as well as helping with hormonal issues. Another fantastic thing about this chocolatey bar is that it doesn’t melt in the heat, unlike many energy/protein bars made with chocolate. Though the flavor sounds more like a sweet dessert, this actually makes a great morning or mid-morning snack. Instead of reaching for coffee or energy drinks, I would recommend picking up one of these instead.

So, did hearing about all the different bars entice you? I hope so! If you’re curious where you can pick up some super tasty and nutritious Amrita bars for yourself, visit their store locator. You can also add some to your cart when you shop on their online store, either way I hope you can enjoy the bars for yourself. If you’ve tried these bars before, let me know which are your favorite or which flavors you want to try next!

Fresh N’ Lean Meal Service

IMG_0011-1 copyWouldn’t it be nice if you could have fresh, healthy vegan meals delivered right to your front door? What if I told you that services like Fresh N’ Lean do just that? This company is dedicated to making vegan meals more accessible to everyone, whether they are Type 2 diabetics, athletes, hospital patients, people with allergies, or just anyone looking to improve their health. Their meals are full of nutritious ingredients, and they are not about restriction or promising unhealthy weight loss. Fresh N’ Lean prides themselves in providing real food made by real people, not something pumped out of a machine. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try 5 days worth of meals thanks toFresh N’ Lean, to review for you all. Find out what I thought of this service and see if it will fit in with helping you live healthier with a plant-based diet. Continue reading

IMG_0007-1Fresh N’ Lean has a menu that rotates, so you always get the opportunity to try a wide variety of meals. You have the option to order a meal plan, either 5 or 7 days, based on how many meals you would like. Fresh N’ Lean also offers à la carte dishes, as an alternative if you aren’t ready to commit to a meal plan just yet. This is a great way to try out the meals before subscribing to a delivery service, and you get to preview the dishes and get their nutritional facts/ingredients before placing your order. 

IMG_0033-1One of the first meals that I tried fromFresh N’ Lean was the Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal. This was filled with organic ingredients such as oats, maple syrup, walnuts, blueberries, raisins, almonds, dates, vanilla and cinnamon. This meal was extra filling, energizing and easy to digest. The best part? It tasted incredible (like something you would get at a restaurant), and there were no artificial ingredients or preservatives added. This means that you have to consume the foods by the “best by” date on the package, but that’s the whole point! These meals are so tasty and easy to prepare that there really is no good reason for why they would sit in your fridge and go bad.

IMG_0304-1 The next meal that I tried for dinner was the Fiesta Black Beans. These were made with black beans, cabbage, bell peppers and other veggies. Now, I have to say that the initial color wasn’t super appetizing because the black beans were mixed with the veggies. However, the aroma was wonderful, and so was the taste! The other people in my household were wondering what was cooking because it filled the kitchen with such a great smell. Fresh N’ Lean recommends adding your own spices to these dishes, although I thought they were plenty flavorful without them. I do like that they give that option because everyone’s tastes are different. These would’ve been great with some salsa, avocado or hot sauce too!

IMG_0089-1For breakfast the next day, I tried the Mixed Berry Chia Pudding. This one has organic chia seeds, maple syrup, blueberries, raspberries, almond milk and sea salt. The directions recommend heating this up, either by microwaving or other methods which is great for people who don’t have a microwave. However I think you could also eat this as a chilled pudding as either a breakfast or a dessert. It was great warmed up because the flavors of the berries infused the entire chia mixture, and it was just as filling as oatmeal. I want to start incorporating more chia puddings into my diet

IMG_0384-1The next meal I tried for dinner was the Smoky Kidney Beans with Dino Kale. Along with the Fiesta Black Beans, these had an incredible aroma. For a dish with such simple flavors, it was surprisingly tasty and really filling. As Fresh N’ Lean describes about their meals, they are not about being low-calorie or low-carb, but rather about being nutrient-rich. This one has a ton of protein and fiber while being low in fat and (more importantly) chemical/preservative free!

IMG_0346-1IMG_0357-1I really enjoyed the Hearty Granola, which actually packs 2 servings in one container. Normally I don’t go for granola because a lot of brand add extra unnecessary ingredients such as honey, oils or even extra flavorings. For this granola, you obviously don’t need to heat it up to prepare it. This is one of the few meals from Fresh N’ Lean that will have you add your own ingredients. They recommend non-dairy milk and some fruit to make it a full meal. For this serving, I used half the container of granola with some unsweetened flax milk and fresh berries. Talk about a quick breakfast!

IMG_0607-1We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, despite it being spring/summer so these warm meals have been ultra-comforting (but still totally healthy). These Indian Spiced Lentils came in a surprisingly large serving size, in fact it was almost tricky to finish these off. However, this meal packs 20g of protein, 14g of fiber and only 5g of fat with very little sodium. That makes it healthy for not just our hearts, but for our entire bodies!

IMG_0726-1 The Italian Chard with Millet was definitely a new one for me. I’ve never actually had something with millet that I can remember. This reminded me a lot of rice or quinoa in terms of texture, and it really soaked up the flavors of the vegetables. Some of my favorite vegetables in here were eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini and kale. What I love about this type of meal is that it gets you trying new foods, without needing to buy them in the store or having to prepare them. With this service, you have healthy meals ready in seconds and you didn’t even have to drive to the store for them!

IMG_0759-1 Lastly, the French Lentil Tomato Penne. Normally I don’t think of having a meal with lentils AND pasta, but it ended up being super filling, protein-packed and chewy. The pasta is even gluten-free, though I honestly couldn’t tell from the taste. This meal was higher in calories than the others, but I really wasn’t paying attention to those because I knew these were super nutritious and good for me. In my opinion, it’s more about the quality of the ingredients than the quantity of calories. I noticed that this left me feeling full into the night, and I didn’t feel the need to snack at all after dinner. Because of this, I also slept soundly hours after having such a hearty but light meal. When we eat nourishing meals, we don’t have those strong urges to have unhealthy “midnight” snacks that often consist of junk food.

In summary, I have to say that I was really impressed with all the meals that Fresh N’ Lean provided to me to try out and review. This is a service I would highly recommend to anyone looking for super healthy and easy-to-prepare meals. So I know what you’re thinking now…where do I sign up or how can I learn more about Fresh ‘N Lean? First off, check out their weekly menu to find out what the special meals are. If you’re already wanting to order, just go to that page on their website and pick what meals you want. When you place an order for any meal plan on their site, you can get 15% off with the promo code: ANOTHER. You won’t want to miss out on this! Are you thinking of trying Fresh ‘N Lean out for yourself? What meals sound the most appealing to you and how would this service help you out?

Green Superfood Protein Pancakes

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.com Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? I swear these are healthier and lower-in-fat than your standard pancakes and other sweet breakfast items. I’m super excited that Sprout Living has recently reformulated their line of EPIC Protein, and they sent a few samples for me to experiment with in the kitchen. Their Green Kingdom is packed with superfoods and greens including sacha inchi, chlorella, spirulina, kale, moringa and many more! One serving is 20g of raw, organic and gluten-free plant protein. I’ve been experimenting with protein-packed breakfast items besides smoothies such as protein oats and banana ice cream, and pancakes were just calling my name. If you’re gonna have pancakes, why not make them packed with great ingredients? Continue reading

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.comWhy have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.comAs fun as it is to go out to brunch, sometimes it’s nice to just stay in your pajamas and have brunch at your own kitchen table. That’s what weekends are for, right? There’s just something about sitting at the table with your family that makes the food even better. If you’re going to make a home-cooked meal, why not make the most of it? I challenge you next weekend, to have brunch with your family or invite some friends over. And if you need something to make, these pancakes aren’t a bad choice! They’re also a double-win if it’s around St Paddy’s Day!

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These pancakes end up coming out slightly green from the protein powder, but they taste so incredible you won’t even notice it! Sprout Living’s new line of proteins are great in smoothies, but I felt a little adventurous and decided to use them in a super easy breakfast recipe. No blender required, all you need is a mixing bowl, stovetop and pan but you still get a lot of the benefits that you would if you used this protein in a smoothie. Even if you have picky eaters in your house, they won’t even be able to tell that these contain a ton of superfoods in them!

Why have regular pancakes when you can make these healthy and delicious Green Superfood Protein Pancakes? @anotherhungryvegan.com
I think we all know the magical moment when you pour the syrup on your pancakes and are just about to dig in. The best part of these nutritious pancakes aside from the flavor is that they’re super filling. That means you can sleep in and have these for a late breakfast and likely be full until dinner time.

Stay tuned for more Sprout Living recipes coming this week. In the meantime, check out Sprout Living’s Website and pick up some Epic Protein: Green Kingdom for yourself (they even have trial sizes available). Let me know in the comments below, what kinds of toppings would you put on your protein pancakes?

Green Superfood Protein Pancakes
Serves 3
Why have regular pancakes when you can make a batch that are protein-packed and full of healthy superfoods? Not to mention fluffy, flavorful and filling!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk
  2. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  3. 1 Tbs ground flaxseed
  4. 2 Tbs unsweetened applesauce
  5. 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  6. 2 scoops Sprout Living EPIC Protein: Green Kingdom powder
  7. 3 Tbs baking powder
  8. 2 Tbs coconut sugar (or other vegan sugar)
  9. pinch salt
  10. 1/4 + 1 Tbs water
  11. maple syrup, vegan butter or fruit and nuts for toppings
Instructions
  1. 1. To make a vegan buttermilk, pour and stir the apple cider vinegar into the pre-measured almond milk and let sit for a couple minutes. Add the flaxseeds and mix until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. 2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Incorporate the wet mixture into the dry, adding the water and mixing until a batter forms. Be careful not to overmix.
  3. 3. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat and/or use cooking spray. Pour the batter onto the pan to make pancakes that are roughly 5 inches in diameter. Once they start to form bubbles, flip the pancakes cooking for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. 4. Serve with jam, peanut butter, nuts, vegan butter, syrup, and/or fresh fruit and enjoy!
Notes
  1. These pancakes can be made ahead of time and frozen to meal-prep for the week. Just wait until the pancakes cool completely and then place them into an airtight ziplock bag. Let them thaw briefly at room temperature and reheat using a microwave, oven or toaster oven.
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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!

Sunbiotics – Organic Probiotics

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comHow often do you REALLY think about your digestion? It turns out that a lot of Americans are having more than tummy troubles because of antibiotics that kill good bacteria and lack of important nutrients in their diets. I mentioned earlier this year that I’ve been looking to add more fermented foods into my diet, and I have definitely noticed an improvement in how I feel. Why fermented foods especially? Because they have great probiotic benefits to help return any digestive system back to normal. And, you guessed it, that’s where this review of Sunbiotics comes in! Sunbiotics is one of the Windy City Organics brands that I was given the opportunity to try and review. See what I thought of their line of Probiotic Almonds, powder and more! Continue reading

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comFirst off, the almonds! It’s awesome to have this “healthy gourmet snack with the extra benefits of probiotics”, as Sunbiotics states on their website. The best part of these almonds is that they are made with sprouted, raw and organic almonds which means that they will already digest better than standard almonds. In addition, these have been enhanced with a vegan probiotic blend, with up to 8 billion CFU per package!

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Chocolate almonds are lightly coated in cocoa powder. They’re not quite chocolate-covered, however they do have a nice richness when you combine the taste of the almond with the chocolate powder. The ingredients in this pouch are: organic sprouted raw almonds, organic raw cacao powder, organic coconut sugar, probiotic blend of L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. lactis, B. longum I threw these almonds into a smoothie to make a cocoa-dusted almond milk base and it was incredible! You can expect to see the super sweet recipe sometime in the next few days over on my social media channels (see the links on the sidebar).

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Cheesy Almonds are made with a dusting of nooch and sea salt. These are lightly salty but nice and crunchy at the same time. I remember buying these a while back and they were one of my favorite flavors of all the Sunbiotics (and I think they still are). If you like nooch, I think you will enjoy these savory almonds. You could definitely crush some of these and throw them into some salad or pasta! Or possibly making a noochy sauce with the almonds thrown in!

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Truffle Almonds are a close second as my favorite of all the Sunbiotics. Like the name suggests, these are made with a truffle sea salt. They don’t have the cheesiness of the nutritional yeast-coated almonds but the salt adds an excellent savory factor. If you’re usually buying and eating salted, roasted almonds then this is a fantastic healthy alternative to try instead. Plus, you get the probiotic benefit that you won’t find in any standard nuts.

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comIf you’re hesitant to try the flavored almonds at all, I would seriously recommend going with the Original Almonds first. These are simply raw sprouted almonds enhanced with probiotics, but similar to the other almonds, they don’t taste different because of the probiotic blend. You could easily throw these into your oatmeal or make some trail mix and share it with your friends and family. No one needs to know that these almonds are great for healthy digestion!

Review of Sunbiotics - Organic Probiotics @anotherhungryvegan.comSunbiotics also makes a powder so that it’s easier than ever to include probiotics in your daily routine. The Vanilla-flavored powder is made with organic superfoods including vanilla, mesquite, and yacon root, which each add a prebiotic benefit as well. The best part? You only have to add a third of a teaspoon. That’s right, one of these little jars has 45 servings per container that you can mix into your regular meals. These also come in different flavors for kids and in a tablet form if that’s more up your alley. I’ll be posting a fun recipe tomorrow using this Probiotic Powder, but you can really throw it into just about anything!

IMG_7698And…I know you were thinking it already. Yes, Probiotic Chocolate Hearts! Kind of appropriate for February/Valentine’s Day, no? The difference between these chocolates and your standard chocolate pieces is that you treat them more like a vitamin. One jar has about 30 servings, which is roughly a one-month supply if you want to have one every day. Just like with the almonds, these hearts taste like dark chocolate and nothing else. If only all vitamins were this delicious, then you would never forget to take them! Now in the comments, I want to know if you’ve tried any of these products from Sunbiotics or what your favorite ways to incorporate probiotics into your diet are! Check out Sunbiotics if you’re looking to purchase online and try some of these for yourself!

Coracao Confections Valentine’s Goodies

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I can imagine that happiness looks something like getting chocolate delivered to your door. Am I wrong? I know Valentine’s Day is getting super close, but it’s never too late (or too early depending on when you read this) to start shopping for that special someone. Who did I buy these for you may ask? To be honest I bought a few different varieties for myself and as gift options to have on hand. Luckily, I had these just in time for my mom’s birthday and she helped me out in reviewing them! Find out what I thought of these treats from Coracao Confections, and afterwards order some (and scroll down for a 15% OFF promo code) from their online store today. Trust me on this one! Continue reading

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My mom really likes peppermint patties, so I gave her the one from Coracao to try. It’s the one on the bottom left if you were wondering! She said it was a million times better than any “generic” peppermint patty brands that you find in most stores. There was a hint of coconut along with the mint that really complimented the rich chocolate flavor nicely.

The Crangerine Truffle on the bottom right(a holiday/seasonal variety) had a sweet, cranberry orange taste that went surprisingly fantastic with the dark chocolate. The taste was very smooth, yet almost airy when you bite into it. I think this was a splendid holiday treat that I will wish was sold all-year round!

IMG_8099Next, the Chai Spice Truffle (top left), which had a similar lightness with cacao and the traditional spices you find in chai. Now, normally I don’t care for chai with chocolate, but this was a nice surprise. I really like the fact that these truffles aren’t overly sweet and they are made with only high-quality ingredients. The flavors really speak for themselves.

Ok, a bit of a warning on this one (bottom right). If you don’t like coffee or espresso, you probably won’t be a big fan of this one. But if you are like me and really like the coffee-chocolate combo (and I mean good-quality coffee and chocolate) then this Espresso Ganache truffle is definitely for you. What a powerful coffee flavor in such a little morsel. This may be a little more espresso than coffee in terms of flavor, but it still retains the same richness of the other chocolates.

IMG_8133The After Dark Truffle (bottom left) is one of my favorites. It has a true, dark chocolate flavor and a mousse filling along with many of the other truffles. If you or someone you know loves only the darkest chocolates, this is the one to try first for sure!

Also, the Almond Coconut Dream (top left) which tastes like a Mounds bar in truffle form! From what I can remember at least, although I think this is even better. The inside is soft and chewy, with a strong hit of coconut and actual flakes. This tastes how a candy bar should!

Last but not least of the truffles, the Almond Butter Bon Bon (top, second to left). This had a filling that oozed right out of the truffle as I bit into it. I could definitely taste the maca powder in here as well as the coconut sugar that gave it note of a toffee. I didn’t love this one compared to the other flavors, but if you like almond butter and cocoa together this might be right up your alley!

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I couldn’t wait to try the Blondie Bar! It looks like a chocolate-dipped cookie and has a faint coconut and chocolate smell. The taste? Like a chewy coconut and vanilla cookie with a nice surprise. It’s advertised as a butterscotch cookie dough flavored macaroon dipped in 81% dark chocolate. Though the chocolate is really dark, the sweetness of the cookie helps to balance it out. After a couple bites, the bar really did taste like a sweet and buttery cookie. This bar is actually a pretty decent size, and you could even split it with someone special if you like.

IMG_8149Did someone say bacon? Relax, it’s coconut bacon! This make an excellent addition to your salads, sandwiches, and both sweet and savory dishes as an added topping. Or, you can just eat it out of the bag by the handful. No judging here! This would also make a great gift to bacon-lovers (omnivores and plant-eaters alike) or for someone who prefers savory treats to sweet ones! Just to be on the safe side, you can even get them one pack of coconut bacon and some truffles to see which they prefer.

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I’ve been eyeing the other Coracao spreads, since trying their fantastic Salted Almond Caramel one that I tried in a smoothie recipe here. This particular spread is an almond butter with cacao nibs inside, and it has a nice nutty but surprisingly decadent taste from the nibs. It’s not overly sweet, and thanks to the coconut sugar, and maca this has a slight caramel-taste that makes it a wonderful treat even simply on a spoon. Oh, and if you are looking for a pick-me-up, this smoothie is truly worth trying, especially since it has some Coracao in it!

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I thought this small box set was the perfect gift for my mom and I think she agreed! This one comes with everything from a Caramel Cup to a Raspberry Fudge Truffle. Now, I’m not going to go too in-depth with this one, but some of the favorites were the Hazelnut Mousse Truffle and the Berkley Bar, which is Coracao’s take on the classic Snickers® bar. A gift set like this is great because there is one truffle per flavor so the recipient of your gift gets to try them all! Also, this comes pre-packaged in a cute box with a bow tied around it, so you can have it shipped right to their door.

IMG_5889As part of this post, I also decided to do a special GIVEAWAY just in time for Valentine’s Day! Coracao Confections was incredibly generous to send me not one, but TWO Valentine’s Gift Boxes and some of their Love Potion Hot Cocoa. These items are both full of high-quality chocolate and ingredients like maca, rose oil and vanilla that are perfect for any romantic gift. In fact, the hot cocoa is infused with 18 roses so it’s definitely great for special occasions!

IMG_5847As you can see, this is a super fancy gift box that you or someone else is sure to love. The box contains a Berry Caramel Heart, Raw Fudge Truffle, Goji & Almond Heart,  whipped cashew butter Caramel Cup and a Rose Truffle. Can you imagine how good they all taste?! To enter, just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The winner will be announced Wednesday, good luck to everyone! For anyone who doesn’t want to wait for the giveaway winner to be announced, you can order from Coracao Confections directly and get 15% off your entire order with the code “hungry vegan” at checkout! This code is only good until Valentine’s Day, so I would definitely take full advantage of it while you can.

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Growing Naturals Rice Drink & Giveaway

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From my Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest page and this blog, it’s pretty evident that I love smoothies and protein shakes. Why, you may ask? Because they are quick to make, flavorful and a great way to pack in more protein, fiber, hydration and different nutrients. Whether it is in the morning, afternoon or evening a blended drink always sounds appealing to me. Recently, Growing Naturals reached out to me to try and review their various plant-based proteins and rice drinks. Keep reading on to find out what I thought of their Rice Drinks and get 50% OFF your order so you can try them for yourself. Plus, find out how you can enter to win a selection of your choice of rice and pea protein powders, rice milk powder, a shaker bottle and signature tote bag! Continue reading

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In the past, I have tried rice milks and they really didn’t appeal to me all that much. Many typical rice drinks have very little protein (if any), lots of sugar, are super watery in consistency and don’t last that long in the fridge. Luckily, these Rice Drinks from Growing Naturals don’t have any of those issues. They are made with 8-9g of whole grain and sprouted brown rice protein, are low in sugar and fat, and they can be stored in your cupboards and taken on the go.

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The Velvety Chocolate organic Rice Drink powder was the first one I went for because…well it’s chocolate. I mixed this up in a shaker bottle with about 10oz of cold, filtered water and poured it into a glass. I remember this craze that went on a couple years ago where people were claiming that chocolate milk was the perfect post-workout drink. However, I believe that this chocolate-flavored rice drink is way better for you, is easier to digest, and no animals were harmed in the process to get the milk. When the powder is mixed with cold water, it really does taste like a milky chocolate drink. However, you can also use it in smoothies, shakes, and even hot cocoa to add a little extra protein into your favorite drinks.

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The Creamy Vanilla also makes a smooth vanilla-flavored drink that you can drink on its own or add to your favorite smoothies. For one of my latest recipes featuring some February product favorites including this Rice Drink powder, you can click here.

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I’ve also heard you can use this Rice Drink protein in baking, such as in recipes that call for non-dairy milk. Unfortunately I took the easy way out and bought some pre-made dough from Hampton Creek. But, I found that the Silky Smooth Original is a great milk alternative to drink with your favorite desserts. The Rice Drink packs some clean protein so you don’t over-do it on the sweets that you might have with it. 

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The Rice Drink powders also can be added to your morning oats or cereal. Just use a scoop and 8-12oz of water and you’ve got a protein boosted breakfast when you don’t feel like making a smoothie. These overnight oats kept me full for a long time, and the powder added a creamy texture but I still couldn’t even tell there was added protein in there.

So, how can you win the prize of your choice of rice and pea protein powders, rice milk powder, a shaker bottle and signature tote bag? Just follow the prompts for Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest closes next Friday (Feb 13th) so you have a full week to enter and/or share it with your friends!
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Growing Naturals Rice Drink Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.comDon’t want to wait to find out if you’re the winner? Growing Naturals provided me with a 50% OFF coupon to purchase and try their Rice Drink powder! All you have to do is log in or sign up for their free Growing Groupies rewards and use the code “AHV50” at checkout when you order online. There are other benefits to joining too including special promos, health tips, recipes and so much more. Even if you aren’t the winner of the contest, this is still a great deal so take full advantage of it while you can!