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Vegan Food Swap: January 2013!

The Vegan Food Swap took a holiday break, but came roaring back with a vengeance! Wait, that makes the swap sound mean or aggressive… which it’s not! It’s totally sweet and unassuming and delicious :)

In case you’re not familiar, here’s the 411: Participants are paired up, and each spends about $20 on their favorite vegan goodies that they want to share. They ship them, the other person tears open the box and devours said goodies, the end. Oh, and if you happen to be a blogger, you take pictures and write about it. But you don’t have to be a blogger to participate! Go visit Cat for more details.

Here are the goodies I sent out:

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Funny story about Tamara, who I sent the box to- She lives in CA not too far from where I used to live, AND we both lived in San Diego at the same time AND lived not-too-far from each other AND hung out in the same areas AND we were both going to SDSU! Small world, huh?

Anyway, Tamara(who blogs at Tamara Eden) and her hubby Gerard are not only plant-based eaters but they try to be very healthy eaters, so I was hesitant to send her too much sugary chocolately madness. I still sent mostly snacks (because I wanted the package to be fun for them), but I tried to keep it (mostly) healthy. Included were:

Everything except for the cashews came from our local all-vegan grocery Nooch or Whole Foods. You can read about these from Tamara and her hubby’s POV over at her blog!

AND THEN… I also got a box in the mail! Mine came from Denise in Texas, and although she “warned” me that she’s a newish vegan, there was no need for concern because her box ROCKED! Here’s a peek:

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  • Breaking News veggie chips: I love these! They’re chips that are healthier so I can snack without all the guilt (not that I ever feel guilty about snacking, ha ha!)
  • Primal vegan jerky: I ate this first, it was THE BEST!!!
  • Food is For Lovers queso: I haven’t tried this yet but I’ve tried other jarred quesos and liked them
  • Emerald almonds: Who doesn’t love almonds? Not me!
  • Sun Warrior raw protein powder: I’ve been wanting to try this forever!
  • Whole wheat Israeli couscous: I love couscous, and am excited to try the WW kind! I bet it’ll be wonderful!
  • A mix of herbal teas: I was particularly happy about the tea because I’m starting on Somer’s Green Smoothie challenge and the only thing you’re allowed to drink (besides water and smoothies) is herbal tea. And I have had no herbal tea! So, perfect timing.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

Thang was the recipient in my very first vegan food swap last year and being the sweet person she is, she decided to reciprocate! She sent me a “care package” right before Christmas (which was perfect because I was in the midst of house drama and really needed some “care”)

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Let me put it this way: kale chips have officially been replaced in my heart and stomach by arugula and cabbage chips!!! They’re crispy and covered in a mix of sesame, dill and garlic and are phenomenal. They’re made by the same folks who also make those (vegan) ranch kale chips… so obviously a great company. Thang also included a neat little grater and an awesome tea pot- complete with green tea which is my favorite. Oooh, and matcha green tea too.

But she didn’t stop there. She followed up with another box last week:

Swap-#1Obviously I had been blathering to her about how much I love matcha and that veggie crunch, because she showered me with some more. She also included the most intriguing food item I’ve come across: Freeze-dried coconut water powder! I can’t wait to use this is smoothies and baking! She also sent these Biscolinos- a raw, “biscotti-shaped” treat (per their website) that were so good.  If you see these on any local shelves, grab them for sure! The Square bars look really good too, although I haven’t had a chance to try them yet.

A girl (even this girl) can only eat so much…

Ok, that’s all I got for now. I’ll check back in next week after I’ve started the challenge and let you know how I’m faring! Hope you all have a great weekend :)

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  • Bianca-Vegan Crunk February 1, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Glad you posted this. I talked to Cat about signing up awhile back and forgot. So I just signed up! I love swaps!

    • Barb February 4, 2013, 10:08 am

      Good! I hope I get paired up with you… I got some crazy hot stuff to send ;)

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview February 1, 2013, 8:00 pm

    That queso is soo good, it’s hard to believe it’s vegan. We were thinking of doing nachos for the Super Bowl; gives me a good excuse to go to Nooch to pick some up :)

    • Barb February 4, 2013, 10:10 am

      I can’t wait to try it!

  • Tamara February 1, 2013, 9:29 pm

    :) It IS a small world :)

    We are trying to be healthy, trust me, we blow it all the time but it’s all a learning process.

    Thanks again! I LOVE those peppers. Today’s lunch included a mashed up avocado with some lemon and a scoop of peppers. I also had 4 slices of tofurky, eggplant hummus with broccoli and a nice portion of berries :)

    • Barb February 4, 2013, 10:09 am

      You’re so welcome, and that lunch sounds WONDERFUL!

  • Thang February 1, 2013, 11:13 pm

    Thank you Barb for your nice ‘introductory’ post. The Biscolinos are the fastest moving items in the store where I bought, the shelves are restocked almost daily, I love arugula and cabbage chips. I had one bite of square bar yesterday but don’t like it, sorry if it’s the same for you.

    Thanks again for posting !

    • Barb February 4, 2013, 10:09 am

      You’re very welcome, and thanks again for all the goodies!

  • Sophie33 February 4, 2013, 5:15 am

    All of these products look really good & tasty too!

    • Barb February 4, 2013, 10:10 am

      They were… and it’s just fun to get vegan treats in the mail :)

  • Cadry February 5, 2013, 7:13 pm

    What fun! Good mail & vegan treats has to be the best combo ever! I loved seeing all of your packages. I’m very intrigued by the arugula and cabbage chips. They sound very much like something I’d like. I’ll keep an eye out for them!

    • Thang February 6, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Cadry,

      These arugula and cabbage chips are crazy good and packed full of goodness if they are not available at your local groceries, and if you don’t mind then just email me with shipping info. I’ll send you some…

  • Tamara February 18, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I never saw Cat’s round up post, nor have I received any emails. I’ve posted on her blog and emailed her and nothing. Hoping she’s fine and that she’s just super busy. I figured she’d shoot a group email out to let us know what’s going on. Do you have any clue?

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