Friday, April 27, 2012

Vegan Food Swap for April with Product Reviews

I recently joined forces with some other vegan bloggers to hold a monthly food swap. If you'd like information on it or to join up, visit The Verdant Life. My box was from Carol, who's blog I unfortunately don't have a link to, due to my inability to read it on the note she sent me. As soon as I hear back from her I'll post a link in the comments.

It included the following treats: Stacy's Pita Chips in Garden Veggie Medley, Fearless Chocolate Super Seeds Bar, Sleepytime Extra Tea, Maesri Green Thai Curry Paste, Justin's Maple Almond Butter, and Sea Snax Spicy Chipotle Flavor Nori.

Product Reviews

Stacy's Pita Chips

I buy and love the Simply Naked version of these pita chips on a regular basis to go along with hummus and other dips. This was my introduction to the Garden Veggie Medley flavor, and I have to say they are awesome! It just so happened that the day I received my food swap box, we were having friends over for game night. Carl and I were planning Falafal stuffed pita bread with veggies, vegan sour cream, and hummus for dinner anyway, and these were the perfect dipper to go along with it. I give these 4 V's out of 5.

Fearless Chocolate

It's usually about 50 degrees here in April. This year has been a record setting year for heat already. Who knew it would be nearly 90 degrees on the day my food swap box would arrive?! My chocolate bar arrived as a puddle. Luckily it was sealed well enough that we could pop it in the freezer and restore it to a bar. This was by far my favorite food swap item. Even though it arrived melted, the flavor of this chocolate is amazing! I'm serious about my chocolate, and this bar did not let me down. The flax, chia, and hemp seeds added a crunchy texture to the bar that I really enjoyed. I give this 5 V's out of 5.

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra

I'm well versed in the world of tea, so I was happy to receive tea from Carol. I do tend to be a bit of a tea snob and favor whole leaf teas over bagged. I will say though that Sleepytime Extra is true to its name. The herbs involved work to calm the system and allow for some serious relaxation. The flavor is that of mint with a hint of citrus, which I find appealing. I give this 3 V's out of 5.

Maesri Green Curry Paste

This is the one thing in the box that I haven't tried yet. I'll review it once I get the chance. I'm a huge fan of Thai Curry, and can't wait to give this product a shot. I'm planning a veggie and tofu dish to be served with rice for dinner next week that this should go amazing with.

Justin's Nut Butter

Our grocery stores only seem to carry Justin's Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Cups, so I was excited to see a packet of their Maple Almond Butter included in my box. It was amazing! I spread it on whole wheat toast for breakfast, and enjoyed it so much I'm going to order more online. I give this 4 V's out of 5.

Sea Snax

I was really excited to see these in my food box, because I had heard great things. But, I have to say even after trying them a third time, I'm unimpressed. These sheets of flavored nori are like eating air and left me wanting to snack on something else to fill me up and get the weird aftertaste out of my mouth . I'm considering using what I have left to make veggie sushi, in hopes of finding a way to enjoy them. I give these 1 V out of 5.

I look forward to what May's Vegan Food Swap might bring. I'm so glad Cat over at The Verdant Life had the idea to set this up.


  1. The link for Carol's Blog is

  2. I'm glad that you liked most everything! I'm sorry the nori was a disappointment. It was a gamble to send something that I hadn't tried before. I hope the sushi comes out okay!

  3. Carol~ I loved it! We're trying the Green Curry tonight. No worries about the nori, I think it'll do just fine for sushi later this week. Vegan Love!

  4. Nice stash! Interesting to hear your take on the nori. I haven't tried that particular product but I'd bet sushi would be the way to go. Or rip them up and add to salads, possibly?

    Thanks for helping make the first Vegan Food Swap a successful one!