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Manna Munchies Kale Chips

The particular flavor I have out is the Curry Bliss. I sampled like all their flavors at last year’s Green Festival (they’re skipping Chicago this year so if Veganmania hasn’t completely morphed into an animal rights psycho party I will be there instead) and this was either a recommendation or a personal preference, maybe a little of both.

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Anyway they’re not capsaicin-spicy but they definitely have a good hint of turmeric and other delicious spices that are hella familiar to me. There’s a tiny bit of a greasy undercurrent but compared to regular chips it’s nothing. Also, the texture is light and airy, so these aren’t sitting in my stomach like potato chips would.

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The pieces are optimally bite-sized.

And the best part is, these are made right out of the SW suburbs, minimizing the travel footprint for anyone else who lives out there.

I think it’s called “Ocean Halo”

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Because of the amount of kale chips in my life, I’ve been assuming this product is called “Ocean Kalo”… which doesn’t make sense since it’s actually seaweed based. So I’m assuming “Halo” henceforth.

Anyway, these are mildly flavored (in a good way, for reasons I will explain shortly) dried/dehydrated/something seaweed chips. The texture is unique; I’d almost call them the accidentally delicious love child of rice cakes and baked chips, because they’re about medium crispy and have a fairly noticeable grain.

The nice thing about not having a strong flavor profile is it lets the seaweed aftertaste through. Obviously, if you don’t like seaweed, you will not enjoy this experience, but I’ll take any victory over kelp I can get, and the fact that these come in a good range of simple but enjoyable flavors is just a bonus.

Why the Conscious Box Isn’t For Me

Let me be clear, the Conscious Box might be perfect for some. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, have kids, live in a commune, and/or doubt the scientific method, it might be exactly what you’re looking for, because unlike the Vegan Cuts snack box it doesn’t exclusively focus on food, and also comes in a non vegetarian variety (which did include a supplement with fish oils, hence why I switched to the vegan one).
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Beanfield’s bean & rice chips

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Avanti Natural Inc

I couldn’t find the website listed o the spice packets for them, so I’m thinking maybe they don’t exist anymore… but better late than never, right? Anyway, there is definitely still the cafe in Costa Mesa, if you’re out there. (more…)

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Food Review: JOURNEY Savory Nutrition Bar

Food Review: JOURNEY Savory Nutrition Bar

I picked up the Vegan Cuts snack box at Chicago Veganmania 2013. First item on the list, this savory nutrition bar! (more…)