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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.

In which I try a number of vegan protein powders

…and am very surprised to discover my favorite is HEMP70.

I’ve had a fair bit of Vega’s various flavors, another vegan protein blend, PlantFusion, and at least a couple other things, but somehow the one I’ve liked most is the HEMP70 vanilla (aside from Naked’s banana chocolate protein drink, I’m just not a fan of chocolate-flavored mystery protein). The only downside is that it’s clumpy as hell, more so than the other ones.

As to nutrition values…I don’t actually read that stuff. Yes, I’m trying to put on more muscle, but ketone bodies ew.

The other product I have enjoyed a lot is the Athletic Superfood powder, which mixes with water to create a weirdly delicious green thing.

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…)

Hail Seitan

I love seitan.

I have no idea whether or not it accurately represents some sort of meat, and that’s fine. It’s great as a food by itself, and that’s what I care about. The first time I had it was “Mongolian BBQ Seitan” at some small restaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, and it was perfect for what it was supposed to be. (more…)

Quick Review: chickpea snacks from The Good Bean

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Another one from the Vegan Cuts snack box, this is The Good Bean’s cracked pepper chickpea snack. I was apprehensive since the cover had those little brown chickpeas on them (I don’t even like falafel), but fortunately the inside appears to only contain garbanzo beans.
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