Review – The VeganKind Box 9

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The VeganKind Box 9 Review

The VeganKind have done it again. I was super excited when I saw the amazing items that company have put together this month! This box is super special to me, because it contains one of my own recipes – Agave-Sweetened Raspberry Sorbet. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen one of my recipes in print and it’s making me super happy! I’ll post the recipe on here soon, too.

Firstly, let me introduce two products that I accidentally deleted the photos of before I managed to upload them: Coconut Organics CocoBacon (full size) and Frank Bar Strawberry & Chocolate (full size). The Coconut Bacon took a little bit of getting used to, but after a few tastes I found myself really enjoying it. Somehow, the sweet, salty and smokey flavour merge perfectly and I think this would be amazing alongside breakfast pancakes. Not that I ever got that far, I just snacked away the whole bag. As usual, I didn’t eat the Frank Bar. As I’ve said before, the only date & nut based bars I’ll eat are Nakd brand, I just don’t enjoy any others. Jake had this and he quite liked it though, so if you’re slightly less fussy than I am, this might be something to try.

The VeganKind Box 9 Vita CoCo

One of my favourite products ever is Vita CoCo coconut water (full size). We always have a big carton of this in the fridge and use it to make smoothies and to re-hydrate after workouts. It delicious, although spendy. This 500ml carton is the perfect size to chuck in your gym bag and drink during a particularly intense HIIT cardio session.

Vego Bar

The Vego chocolate bar is possibly the biggest improvement to vegan chocolate/confectionary ever (full size). Most of you will have tried one at this point (we ate two in Germany because they’re just so good), but if you haven’t, you really need to get your hands on one. Sure, it’s not the healthiest treat ever, but if you’re going to indulge, then this is the way to do it. Unfortunately, it’s like poison to nut allergy sufferers due to all the hazelnuts, so I hope the brand expand their line in the future to incorporate something for everyone!

Squeeze Wheatgrass Juice

Next up was a sachet of Squeeze Wheatgrass Juice (sample size). I’ve never had wheatgrass before, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. I’m not sure whether I can stomach drinking this on it’s own, but I think it’ll make a wonderful addition to one of my green juices!

Heavenly Organics Just Add Water Shampoo

Lastly, a tin of Heavenly Organics Skin Care Just Add Water Shampoo was included. I haven’t tried this yet, either, but it seems to be ideal for traveling, as it’s a powder rather than a liquid. I think this might be going in my gym bag. TVK have been really good at including at least one non-food item in the box each month, and they’re releasing a special one-off beauty box this month! I’ll definitely be buying that, so hop on over to their website on the 16th to reserve yours!

You can subscribe to The VeganKind at their website for £10.00 per month, plus an additional £2.95 shipping costs.

Disclaimer: I receive a 50% blogging discount on my subscription of The VeganKind Box. This does not affect the honesty of my review in any way.

Weekend in York

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Weekend in York

 

Hello!

I can’t believe how behind I am with the blog at the moment. Life has been a little bit crazy, and is about to get a whole load crazier. Within the past 8 weeks, I’ve been working almost non-stop, finished my degree, received my results (which I’m very pleased with indeed), landed a real, full-time job that starts in August, started planning for Vegan MoFo in September and made a whole tonne of travel and wedding plans. Now I have four weeks off and am feeling the drain. I also have lots and lots of housework to do, but I’m going to take a break from that to show you a few pictures from my latest trip to York.

York York Walls Walk York Walls Walk 4 York walls walk 3 York Walls Walk 2 York River Yellow Bicycle

I’m going to refrain from lots of text here, and instead just tell you that my friend Adele and I had an amazing day out, walking along the entire walls, enjoying a few too many cold coffee-based drinks, see what may well be York’s most committed (and largest) running group and getting kicked out of Waitrose. For real. That last bit wasn’t our fault though, they opened the doors far earlier than they were supposed to and ended up having a lot of confused customers being shepherded bad out.

German Summer

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German Summer - Moving ScouseThere’s something magical about spending lazy sunny days with your family in the house you grew up in. Earlier this month, Jake and I braved the discomfort of Ryanair to visit my mum, dad and brother in the north of Germany and were lucky enough to be blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather.

We spent an absolutely lovely day walking around Bremen, where we found a restaurant that sells Vegan Currywurst. It’s called Scharfrichter and if you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend giving this place a go!

Schnoor Bremen Schlachte Bremen Rathaus Bremen Marketplace

As lovely as a day out is, though, there’s nothing better than sitting on the verandah together and just catching up. Last summer‘s kitten has grown up and is gigantic (and hungry). We tried some amazing vegan food from the health food shop close to my parents’ house, including the much-discussed Vego bars, the new Vivani chocolates and some Vantastic Foods goodies, including faux steak pieces that we made vegan barbecue skewers with! Jake is always totally smitten with my mum’s collection of sauces, and my parents sure know how to make a barbecue awesome. Drinks, lots of veggies, gigantic local strawberries, sunshine and lots of talking! I can’t wait for our next visit!

Wine o'Clock :) Vivani Mandel Orange Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms Vegan Grilling Skewers Strawberries Giant Strawberry German SummerDo you visit your family in the summer? What are some of your traditions?

 

 

 

Review: The VeganKind – Box 8

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Review VeganKind Box 8

This is fast becoming on of my favourite monthly features on the blog. I just love the surprise of the box each month, and The VeganKind are somehow managing to avoid the death pit of repetition and sample sachets so many other subscription boxes fall into, instead providing novel and high-quality products each month without charging extortionate amounts of money. So having said that, lets dive into this month’s box!

Ten Acre Crisps

First up were the holy grail of veganism (well, one of them anyway), Cheese & Onion crisps (full size). After Barrow Boys went bust, we thought we’re never see the day, but here they are! Ten Acre Crisps have produced a delicious product, retailing at a sensible £0.85. They also offer several other flavours, and I believe they may be available at Utopi-ish in Liverpool (I’ll have to find out for myself if that’s true!), but who are we kidding. Given the choice, I’d choose vegan cheese and onion any day. I thought it important to mention that the ingredients list on these is surprisingly simple. No crazy chemical faux-cheese flavour here!

High Pro Strawberry Banana

Second, the box contained a packet of Sativa Shakes Strawberry and Banana Protein Powder (full size single serving sachet). I’ve been dying to try this product forever, but have shied away from the price. I found that I really enjoyed this, and it also comes in a chocolate caramel flavour, so I think this will be on my list for the next time I have some disposable income (hah, as if).

Mr Organic Pesto

I have only one thing to say about the Mr Organic Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (full size): Buy it. It’s so delicious. You only need about a tablespoon for a bowl of pasta and it turns it into the most delicious, sun-inspires, flavourful meal ever! Seriously. It’s amazing.

Next up was a bag of Inspiral Raw Chocolately Superfood Bites (full size), which I was a bit apprehensive about. Reading the label, it just looked a bit too much. I quickly changed my mind however, so quickly, in fact, that these didn’t even make it in front of the camera. The brand’s Kale Chips have been featured in the box before, and I can’t wait to see what the brand comes up with next!

Peppy Galore Diva TonerLast but not least, a small bottle of Peppy Galore Diva toner, made of rose water, was included. It smells divine! I haven’t tried this yet, but if the smell is anything to go by, it must be amazing. This definitely deserves its own post very soon!

Overall, the value of the box came to £13.17, so you’re definitely getting you money’s worth.

Are you a new subscriber to The VeganKind? What is your impression so far?

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Disclaimer: I receive a 50% blogging discount on my subscription. This does not affect the honesty of my review in any way.