Good Full Stop – Vegan Snack Bars

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent two boxes full of Good Full Stop bars. I’ve been meaning to post about them before now, but with work being busy and spending a week in bed sick, I’ve have a backlog of half written posts that I needed to finish.

If you’ve been to a vegan festival before then chances are you may already tried one of these bars. I tried a couple at a festival in Edinburgh, but now there’s 9 different flavours to try.

The flavours are:

  • Cherry Sweet and Cherry Good (Cherry & Maple)
  • Sun Kissed and Good (Choc & Orange)
  • Chocolate is Twice as Good (Double Choc)
  • Very Nutty and Very Good (Mixed Nuts)
  • Berry Berry Good (Raspberry)
  • Cool, Minty and Good (Choc & Mint)
  • Full of Beans and so Good (Mocha & Caffeine)
  • Devilishly Hot and Red Hot and Very Good (Double Choc & Chilli and Fiery Choc & Chilli)
I have a big sweet tooth, so my favourite has to be the Double Choc one, but Choc & Orange comes in a very close second place. I’ll admit that I’ve never been a fan of cherry or coffee, so I gave those ones to my mum who loved both of them.
One of the best things about these bars is that they’re really tasty. Sometimes I find fruit and nut bars a bit tasteless, but these ones are packed with flavour. They’re also gluten-free, vegan, and all but one of the flavours counts as one of your five-a-day!
If you’d like to get your hands on some Good Full Stop bars then I have a special discount code for you. If you go to the online store here then you can get a mega 50% off your first order with the code GFSBLOG.
Enjoy!!

Vegan Ben & Jerry’s is finally here!

The wait is finally over, vegan Ben & Jerry’s has landed in the UK.

There’s been a lot of confusion over the past few days about where you can actually find it. Tesco have been telling people on social media that some stores aren’t selling it, but then people are turning up and staff are finding it in the store rooms of the shop. Then some staff are telling people they don’t have it, while others are managing to find it. Overall, it seems to be a bit of a mess.

Luckily for me, I managed to find all three flavours at the Tesco down the road from me (that’s the one at the bottom of Leith Walk in Edinburgh if anyone lives nearby). The new vegan flavours are: Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and PB & Cookies. I went for Chocolate Fudge Brownie and oh my god does it taste good. I haven’t eaten Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for almost 4 years, so this feelings like all my birthday’s have come at once. There are other good vegan ice-cream brands out there, but this will always be my favourite.

I almost ran home from the supermarket with the ice cream in my hands, and I’m sitting working my way through the tub just now.

The only small disappointing thing is that there’s plastic round the top of the tub but I do like fact that aside from that Ben & Jerry’s use responsibility sourced packaging which you can find out more about here.

Have you managed to find a tub yet? I’d love to know what you think of the new flavours.

Best Vegan Doughnuts

If you live in Scotland then you might already be familiar with The Doughnut Family, but if not, then let me introduce you to their amazing doughnuts.

The Doughnut Family are a family run business in East Lothian who deliver their doughnuts in and around Edinburgh, and also stock them at Grassroots Heath, a 100% vegan café and shop in Edinburgh too.

I ordered a box of six for £13 (including delivery) and they arrived on Sunday morning just in time for breakfast!! The flavours I ordered were Irn Bru, S’mores, Turkish Delight, Rainbow Unicorn, Maple Glaze and Pina Colada, but they have so many other flavours you can order too.

I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I order these doughnuts, I just need to get through my doughnut fuelled food coma, do some exercise, and then I guess I can treat myself to another box.

The rise of Kombucha

If there’s one drink that everyone is talking about right now it’s kombucha.

So what is this mysterious drink? Kombucha is simply fermented tea. I’ll admit that the first time I tried it I was a little worried. As someone who doesn’t like fermented foods and only recently started drinking fruit tea, I wasn’t sure it would be for me. However that has all changed thanks to the wonderful people at Left Field Kombucha.

Left Field Kombucha is Scotland’s first kombucha brewery. That’s right, Scotland has it’s own kombucha brewery!! The drinks are packed with nutrients, vitamins, essential acids, and lots and lots of friendly bacteria. It also tastes delicious. I’ve tried a few different brands of kombucha so far and this one is hands down my favourite. They also sell it in glass bottles too which fits in well with my own zero waste goals at the moment. And of course, it’s vegan friendly too.

There are two different types of drink on offer from Left Field Kombucha –

The No.1 Yunnan Black has a strong earthy flavour and tastes similar to a beer. However if you don’t like beer (like me) then don’t let that put you off because I still really enjoyed it.

The No.4 Darjeeling Second Flush has a more fruity flavour to it and is my favourite of the two. It is made with teas harvested before the monsoon season which really does sound as cool as you think it does.

If you haven’t jumped on the kombucha bandwagon yet, then you really need to give this drink a try. Not only does it taste great, but it’s also good for you too. I mean what’s not to like about that.

You can pick it up in so many places in Edinburgh including my favourites Real Foods and Hanover Healthfoods. Plus, Juice Warrior sell it on tap!

Have you tried kombucha before? I’d love to know what you thought.

The Herbivore Kitchen

Last weekend I visited The Herbivore Kitchen for the first time, and had the most amazing pancakes and milkshake that I’ve ever had.

The Herbivore Kitchen is a vegetarian and vegan friendly café in Edinburgh. The majority of the menu is actually vegan so there’s lots of dishes to pick from. I’d like to think over time it might become a fully vegan café, especially given there’s so many cheese and egg alternatives that could be swapped in just three of the dishes that are non-vegan.

I opted for Herbivore Cranachan Pancakes which were topped with Coconut Yoghurt, Grilled Pineapple & Passionfruit. They were so delicious and if I hadn’t been so full after eating them, then I would have happily ordered another plate. I also had an Oreo and Biscoff Milkshake!! Having never drank cow’s milk, I only had my first milkshake (non-dairy of course) last year, but the one I had at The Herbivore Kitchen was by far the best I’ve ever tasted.

There’s lots of other delicious looking things on the menu too from sandwiches and salads to more pancakes and hot dishes. They also have a selection of cakes on the counter and I can highly recommend their Cinnamon Buns which tasted really good.

It’s a great new addition to Edinburgh’s growing vegan scene, and I’m looking forward to visiting again soon.