Kite Hill Jalapeño Cream Cheese

I have been vegan for quite some time, but still enjoy bagels and cream cheese for breakfast. I try not to eat it every day, but I will admit that it makes a regular appearance on the breakfast table. Some mornings I switch it up for oatmeal (or a half of an English Muffin), to be a little healthy.  Kite Hill has always been a delicious brand, but it is a bit too expensive to have every week. However, the jalapeño flavor makes me want to buy it weekly. cream cheese tubProduct: Jalapeño Cream Cheese By Kite Hill

Overall Grade: A

Pros:

  • It is vegan cream cheese!!
  • It has a delicious creamy flavor with a hint of spice.
  • It is mildly spicy. I would prefer it a bit spicier, but it is good for most taste buds.
  • The package lists less than 10 ingredients!
  • It is almond based, unlike other popular cream cheese alternatives made of soy.
  • It is a cultured cheese product and therefore has a more in-depth flavor. Kite Hill cream cheeses are the closest flavor to dairy cream cheese that I have tried.
  • It is gluten free and soy free.

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Cons:

  • The cream cheese is quite pricey. I have seen it for about $7 a tub. At this price, it will only make an appearance on my table for special occasions.
  • I can only find it in health food stores. I hope to see it in more mainstream grocery stores.

 

 

 

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Compassionates Products & Apparel

A local store, Compassionates Product & Apparel, opened recently with a mission to “live with compassion while raising awareness of a vegan lifestyle”. The grand opening was at a local VegFest and I had the pleasure of stopping by the booth. The booth had shirts, bags, stickers, koozies, and mugs available for purchase with words of compassion. After carefully looking through the options, I came away with a mug for my kitchen.  Check it their online shop to see the products offered, more will be added soon. Maybe they will be at your local VegFest.

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Product: Compassion, Kindness, Vegan mug by Compassionates Products & Apparel

Overall Grade: A

Pros:

  • The mug has a simple design with effective wording.
  • I like the colors! The inside is red and the outside is black with red lettering. There were other choices as well.
  • The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • The price was very reasonably priced at $8 (they are now $7 online).
  • This is a vegan owned company.
  • All of the products support a vegan and compassionate message.
  • The products can be ordered online.
  • There is a good variety of designs and products.

Cons:

  • I usually like to have at least one con, but I cannot think of one in this instance.

 

 

 

 

 

Little Bakehouse With a Big Flavor

I feel like I have been living in a vegan, gluten free bread desert. The available options on the market have been less than desirable, unless you enjoy munching on cardboard. Some of the major gluten free bread makers refuse to make a bread that is also vegan. Besides a few specialty products, I’ve been skipping sliced bread. Then one day I was introduced to a loaf of bread that gave me hope. This bread was soft, fluffy, and tasted great even without toasting. Let me repeat EVEN WITHOUT TOASTING. Straight out of the bag. If you are doing a little happy dance, I’m right there with you. I was finally able to have a delicious slice of cinnamon toast, grilled cheeze, tempeh ruebans, the possibilities where endless. My desert was turning into a tropical oasis. Only one problem, I had a hard time finding the bread. Then slowly, it started creeping into a few markets somewhat nearby. It still needs to get into more shelves, but in the meantime I’ll keep driving to the locations so I can have bread. If you see this bread, do your little happy dance and then buy as many as you can carry!

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I forgot to take a picture before we devoured most of the bread.

Product: Millet and Chia Loaf by Little Northern Bakehouse

Overall Grade: A++

Pros:

  • This bread is delicious out of the bag. Even if it is frozen, when it thaws it can be eaten as is. Most GF bread has to be toasted to be semi-edible.
  • It doesn’t taste like cardboard. It is fluffy, soft, and flavorful.
  • It comes in three flavors, plus rolls. I have loved all four products.
  • All of the ingredients are things you have heard of! There isn’t anything obscure in the ingredient lists.
  • The bread is non-GMO and certified vegan.
  • They use a certified gluten free facility.
  • The facility that they use is also peanut and tree-nut free.
  • They are soy free as well!

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Cons:

  • They need to be in every grocery store! They are not in Whole Foods yet locally, but I am still able to find them.
  • They are priced like other gluten free products. You will most likely pay over $5 a loaf.

 

 

 

 

 

Not So Tempting Yogurt, Vegan MoFo Day 29

I have tried most of the vegan yogurts on the market, if not all of them, and have found a clear worst in the bunch. The title of this post was almost “This Yogurt Makes Me Gag!”. If you haven’t already tried Tempt Hemp yogurt, I suggest you save your money. They are pricey and taste like chalky yogurt. Gross about sums up the way these yogurts taste. I’ve tried all of the flavors that I can get my hands on and they all seem to be the same. The product today does not earn the seal of approval here at Veggie Product Reviews.

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Product: Tempt Hemp Yogurt

Overall Grade: D

Pros:

  • The only pro that I can think of is the nutritional value of this product. A container has 10g of protein and 15% iron. It is hard to find a yogurt that has that much protein.
  • If you can’t do soy or nuts, this is a good alternative for you…… if you can stand the taste. Go me! I found two pros!

Cons:

  • The taste is chalky and gross. It made me gag.
  • My toddler liked it at first, but now won’t touch it. I think the chalky taste has kicked in for him as his taste buds have formed.
  • It is expensive. I’ve seen them for about $2 a container.
  • There is no calcium. I think calcium is a reason some people consume yogurt, no?
  • If you did want this product, it is hard to locate. I’ve only seen it at specialty stores like Whole Foods.
  • It is hard to cook with because the chalky flavor seeps through.
  • The product is quite watery and not thick and rich like other dairy alternative yogurts.
  • The product is also grainy and not smooth. GAG!

 

 

 

 

Not Your Parents Tofu Scramble (Microwave), Vegan MoFo Day 26

Last year for MoFo you might remember that we posted about The Vegg’s egg scramble product. Since then they have come up with an updated version of that product called “Not Your Parents’ Tofu Scramble”. The creator of The Vegg contacted us to ask us to provide a review the microwave version of the “Not Your Parents’ Tofu Scramble”.* I loved the old product, but it had complicated directions and it is no longer on the market. The title of the new product is a little confusing. It is an “egg” scramble. It is not a tofu scramble where you use a block of tofu. Confusion of the name aside, this product seems to imitate scrambled eggs quite well. As you can see by the pictures, it looks like scrambled eggs. The directions were very simple. Mix with water, place on a plate, microwave, push curds around, and then microwave more. You might remember that Follow Your Heart has a vegan egg scramble out as well that we reviewed during Day 1 of MoFo 2016. I am a huge fan of The Vegg because they were the first company to come out with a vegan egg yolk that has a wonderful taste and is easy to use.

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Product: Not Your Parents Tofu Scramble by The Vegg (Microwave Version)

Overall GradeA

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Breakfast: GF O’Doughs bagel, Tofutti Cream Cheese, The Vegg Not Your Parents Tofu Scramble, and a SoL patty

Pros:

  • This product has 22g of protein per serving. Move over eggs from a chicken’s butt, this is some serious proteinage!
  • The product has 15% of your daily needs of iron and 20% of your daily needs of B12. The Vegg really took an opportunity to make this product more nutritional than the Follow Your Heart vegan egg.
  • There is NO cholesterol!!
  • The instructions are easy. No stove necessary, just a microwave.
  • The product is able to be made on the stove or in the microwave. Options are good.
  • The products is certified Kosher.
  • I don’t have to add any vegan milks to make this product high in protein. I’ll mention it again…….22 g of protein
  • The product easily makes curds that have a feel just like an egg in your mouth and look like scrambled eggs on your plate. Texture and look of this product is spot on.
  • It is gluten free! It is made in a facility with wheat though.
  • This product is toddler approved! My son loved it.
  • This made us feel like we were eating a plate of scrambled eggs. I’ve often missed that as a vegan and am glad to have this back in my life. I like being able to whip up some vegan eggs on a weekend. And since this is so easy, I can do it during the week too!
Whisked with water, ready to go into the microwave.

Cons:

  • Currently the 5 oz version is sold on The Vegg’s website for $9.59 (plus shipping and tax).  This product is not cheap. A carton of eggs is much cheaper.
  • The current products are mostly available online only. This isn’t for lack of trying on the part of The Vegg. I’d love to see this product on store shelves some day.
  • Without adding black salt, pepper, and other seasonings this product is quite bland. It didn’t have that much of an egg taste. I was able to easily remedy this with seasonings.
  • This product contains soy, which would be a con for people who need to avoid soy.
  • This product isn’t as versatile as it’s competitor at Follow Your Heart. It can only do scrambled eggs. It doesn’t seem to be able to be used for an omelette or quiche. The good news is that I think there are plans on the horizon for a product that makes an omelette. We hope to review that product when available.
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After being microwaved for a few minutes. The curds are starting to form.

 

*We are willing to review any vegan product in exchange for an honest review from a member from our review team.

 

 

Hot Dang Breakfast Toasters – Vegan MoFo Day 13

Product: Hot Dang Breakfast Toasters (Peanut Butter Banana flavor and Berries & Seeds flavor)
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Overall Grade: A
Pros: 
  • Both of the flavors that i tried (Peanut Butter Banana and Berries & Seeds) were really good. They tasted healthy with just a little natural sweet flavor.
  • Healthy, clean ingredients – 6-7 g protein, 5 g fiber, and ~220 calories in one patty.
  • Quick, convenient, portable, and easy. Pop them in the toaster or heat in a pan.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
Cons: 
  • Could use a topping or sauce. I added a touch of maple syrup to mine. (This is more of a suggestion than a true ‘con’)

 

 

 

Kite Hill Plain Yogurt, Vegan MoFo Day 12

I may be alone in this, but in my dairy days I was a big fan of plain yogurt.  The fruited ones were good, but there was nothing like the plain with my own added ingredients or along side a Mediterranean meal. When I stopped eating dairy, there really was nothing like it.  I’m allergic to soy, so I couldn’t even try most vegan yogurts.  The ones I could try were either overly sweet or they were chalky.  Then I met Kite Hill.

I see on the Kite Hill website that they’ve released an unsweetened plain soon.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for that.  But, for now, I present to you the original Kite Hill plain almond milk yogurt.

 

Product: Kite Hill Artisan Almond Milk Yogurt (Plain)

Overall Grade: A

 

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Pros:

  • It actually tastes like I remember plain yogurt.  Even though it has sugar in it, it’s not overly sweetened.
  • It’s creamy not chalky or grainy
  • It’s perfectly tart.
  • The container is recyclable
  • It’s just one of a line of yogurts which will be reviewed in the future.
  • It gives me back one of my favorite breakfasts: plain yogurt, blueberries and granola

 

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Cons:

  • The only thing holding the Kite Hill plain yogurt back from getting an A+ is that it’s not quite as thick as I like yogurt.
  • It’s spendy at $1.99 for a 5.3 oz container (it’s on sale at the WFM in the Triangle area this week for $1.69)
  • I’d like it to come in larger containers too for recipes (can we say tzatziki sauce?)

 

 

Simple Mills Baking Mixes – Vegan MoFo Day 7

The first Simple Mills product that i tried was the Artisan bread mix. It was on sale so i decided to give it a try. It immediately turned me into a fan and I have purchased it several times since!
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Products:
Overall Grade: A
Pros: 
  • Both of these mixes were absolutely delicious! They has a nice soft texture and didn’t taste ‘gluten-free’ at all.
  • Super easy to make. You only need one bowl, the mix, and 2 or 3 other ingredients. I used flax to replace the egg. 1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flax and 2 tbsp warm water.
  • Each mix gives you multiple recipes, depending on what you want to make. The bread mix gives you the option to make flat bread or rolls. The chocolate cake mix gives you options for cupcakes or muffins.
  • Simple Mills has a variety of other mixes, as well. I’m hopeful that their other mixes are just as great as these were.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free, Soy-free
Cons: 
  • On the expensive side at $6 – $8

 

 

 

 

 

Green Juice – Vegan MoFo Day 4

This product has become a regular in my house. I like to have a little with breakfast for a little extra healthy sweetness.
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Overall Grade: A+
Pros: 
  • Delicious! This juice tastes healthy but also just a little sweet, so you’re getting the best of both worlds
  • Organic
  • Gluten-free
  • The only ingredients are fruits, veggies, and tea… no additives
  • They have other great flavors
Cons: 
  • Slightly price, depending on where you purchase (My local Whole Foods charges $8, but Target is less than $6 which i think is reasonable)

 

 

 

Follow Your Heart VeganEgg, MoFo Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of Vegan MoFo 2016! I’m excited we are back and blogging. I really hope this will give us the motivation we need to keep posting after MoFo is over. This is our second year as a group participating and we have been busy little vegan bees trying products!

In the past year there has been a lot of hype about vegan eggs. There are two products that I am aware of on the market that scramble and one possibly coming soon. I’m loving this because I miss the ease of eggs for breakfast on the weekends. It’s probably been 10+ years since I’ve bought a carton of eggs, but I always loved how easy they were for a weekend breakfast. I just didn’t love the cruelty that came along with the egg. Follow Your Heart has come out with a powdered egg that can be mixed with ice cold water and scrambled in a pan. Pretty cool, huh? I think so too!

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Product: Follow Your Heart VeganEgg

Overall Grade: I give this product an A-. It earns our seal of approval. I’ll explain in my cons why I am giving it a minus. The short of it is that it is on the right track, but still needs a little work. I think the other egg product by The Vegg needs work too. I still like both enough to buy them regularly!

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Vegan breakfast. Coffee with coconut creamer, vegan sausage patty, and VeganEgg scramble.

Pros:

  • It is available in stores and on Amazon. It still doesn’t have wide availability in the stores near me, but I can find it if I need it.
  • There are easy to follow directions.
  • The product scrambles up pretty quickly and easily.
  • It looks like a plate of eggs.
  • It makes an omelette!!! This is the big one! This is why I give this product an A. It can make a fancy omelette, scramble, and quiche. It is so versatile.

  • This one needs it’s own bullet point to repeat. It makes a mean quiche! It is so realistic and delicious.Quiche
  • It has an “eggy” texture.
  • There is no cholesterol in the product!!!!

Cons:

  • It doesn’t really have an “eggy” taste. I have to add black salt and other spices to make it taste like something. This is what leads me mostly to the minus.
  • It is NOT comparable to an egg nutrition wise. This is a fail for this product. Someone who eats eggs would not switch to this product for the nutrition. This product is not going to convince non-vegans to give a vegan egg a try. There is one gram of protein. Compared to eggs that contain more protein, vitamin D, and B12. There are many other sources to get these vitamins as a vegan, but the company missed an opportunity to have this product be more nutritionally comparable to an egg. I have increased the nutrients by adding plant based milk instead of water.

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  • It is pricey compared to a carton of eggs and that will turn some people off to it. A carton of eggs is under two dollars and this product is usually more than five dollars a carton.
  • Some people might have a problem with the ingredients, specifically the carrageenan.