Thursday, 19 March 2015

Vegan Life Magazine Issue 4

Can you believe we're up to issue 4 of Vegan Life already?!


This issue was something pretty special, and by far my favourite issue yet. (Also, how yummy does that cover picture look??)

After being a little disappointed with the digital edition of issue 3, this one blew me away. Vegan Life have introduced a whole host of new interactive features for their digital version, and I absolutely loved exploring these!


Some of the features are things that simply make the magazine easier to read, such as having one article on a long page that you can swipe up/down through, swiping to turn to the next page, etc. Some seemed more aimed at being a bit of fun, like the hotspot buttons, which reveal a sort of flip card when pressed, which gives you extra information. For instance, the "touch here" buttons in the below pictures flipped the recipe around and overlaid it onto the picture. (These are both recipes that I definitely want to try!)

 

I think the content was a lot more relevant to me this time around too, after all the detox/cleanse/new year based articles last time. There was a good variety of topics, ranging from a vegan take on a popular health trend (I find the idea of the paleo diet really interesting, so found this article and associated recipes useful),


to a brilliant article about a raw chocolate company (which made me want to rush out and buy some of their chocolate!),


to an article that really hit me in the feels, and brought a tear to my eye (it also REALLY made me want to go on holiday to an animal sanctuary).


It was also great to see a familiar business from Yorkshire in the form of El Piano. I had my hen do in York and picked El Piano for the meal due to the lovely vegan food they do there. All my non-vegan friends seemed to love it too!


There was even an article that Mr Hatter wanted to read, showing the great things about vegan beer.


So, in my opinion, a fabulous issue! And I think you should all go out and get yourselves a copy!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

#TVK16

Another month, another box... I do love getting surprises through the post!

(This post is for February's box but is a little delayed... you will see why when you read below.)

This month's box from The Vegan Kind was filled to the brim with goodies:


Freedom Mallows Choc Dip
Fitbites
White Rabbit Skincare Toning Eye Cream
CoFresh Sour Cream and Chive Quinoa Chips
Supernutrients Banana Powder
Beyond Skin Discount Voucher

Freedom Mallows Choc Dip


I was super excited to try this, and so was Mr Hatter! These haven't even hit the shops yet so it was a privilege to receive these in my box this month. I have enjoyed vegan marshmallows from Freedom in the past, so was looking forward to the chocolate dipping action. It's a nice idea and tasted great but we did find it very messy. Maybe we wouldn't have got as messy if the mallows were longer; the pot shallower and wider; or the sauce a little thicker. That said, we still enjoyed them!

Fitbites


I love the idea of these - packing in lots of nutrient-dense superfoods for an energising snack, but I must admit I didn't enjoy them. They tasted pretty good, but there was something about the texture that I wasn't keen on - and I can't even pinpoint what it was! Maybe my tastebuds were just playing up that day.

White Rabbit Skincare Toning Eye Cream


White Rabbit Skincare have an etsy shop providing affordable vegan skin care that is freshly made by hand. Unfortunately, the pot of eye cream I received was mouldy but as I didn't open it until I sat down to write my review, it meant I wanted to wait until I'd been in touch with the shop before writing anything - hence the delay. The lovely lady at White Rabbit was very accommodating. It seems there was a bad batch that ended up in the boxes, but she offered to send me a replacement or an alternative product. I don't really use eye cream, so asked if there was any facial cleanser she would be happy to send instead. She (very speedily) sent me a tub of Comfort Cleanser, which comes with a soft cloth. The cleanser has a pleasant scent, and while it was strange to apply (it has a very thick texture compared to what I've used before), it left my skin feeling lovely after I wiped it off (with the soft cloth). So it's a shame about the eye cream, but I am very happy with my replacement!

CoFresh Sour Cream and Chive Quinoa Chips


This was definitely my favourite product this month (although Mr Hatter wasn't so keen). I loved these. They made me think of grown-up quavers, with the light and crunchy texture, and the sour cream & chive flavour. (Yes, it's been a long long time since I had a quaver, so they may be nothing like them...). I liked these so much, I bought another (bigger) bag! I will definitely be getting these again!

Supernutrients Banana Powder


I had never heard of banana powder before pulling this packet out of my box, but I'm glad I know about it now. It's intense banana flavour can add extra banana-ness to an already banana-y recipe like this one, or it can add a banana flavour to something that doesn't contain banana (I used it this way in some overnight oats). It is naturally sweet, so lends itself well to healthy breakfasts and desserts for those of us with a sweet tooth! I wonder what other uses I will find... any suggestions?

Beyond Skin Discount Voucher


Beyond Skin is a fashionable vegan footwear brand who sell some very stylish shoes! This generous bonus gift may be put to good use after payday...


The recipe card this month was from Fresh Heather again - this time for a Super Green Smoothie. I still haven't got my head around the whole green drinks thing but maybe this will entice me!


10p from each box sold this month is going to Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary, who look after abused and abandoned farm animals in Northern Spain.


If you like what you've seen, you can subscribe to your own monthly box here for a cost of £10 per month plus shipping.