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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Vegan Haul | The Vegan Kind Jul/Aug

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
Buddha

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You may have seen earlier in the week I posted an update on my transition to a plant based diet. I was going to include that update with this post but went a little more in depth than I had planned to and as such covered some things that some may find triggering, i.e. food and eating disorders. If you missed that post and want to read how things are going you may find it here. In it I talk about the fact I am expanding my diet and trying new things, particularly vegan friendly foods. So I figured what better way to try new things than a subscription box! So I signed up for The Vegan Kind



As it was early in the month I was able to pay to have the previous month's box also, so a day apart both boxes arrived. However, I was only able to get the second box when it arrived as I couldn't answer the door the first day, so the first box was taken to the Post Office. I had it collected later in the week. That box was the July box and the one pictured above is the August box. As you can see the August box was a little beaten up. I believe it was perhaps dropped in transit. 


However, I don't think this is a reflection on The Vegan Kind themselves as when I picked up the first box from the Post Office it was perfectly intact. Sill, I figured I'd mention it nonetheless. 

As I've not yet tried everything, this post is more of a haul than a review of the items. I will begin with the July box and then the August box. 


You get a leaflet about the box and who the campaign of the month is (July's being Teen VGN’s Vegan Summer Camp), the list of information about the items and also the nifty recipe card seen below. I really like this idea and the fact the card is great quality and fits in a ring binder. Apparently you get a ring binder with your sixth box too! I'm also planning to keep the item lists and perhaps marking the things I like for future reference. 


Here is a closer look at July's items and my thoughts on the ones I've tried.


As a crisp lover, Hoots Cheese and Onion Multigrain Snack are right up my alley. They are light but filling and most importantly they are flavourful. I'm interested to know what other flavours they can be found in.




The Smooze! Fruit Ice are tucked away in my freezer and I look forward to trying them in the next day or two.


I'm a little conflicted when it comes to the Good Full Stop Chocolate and Orange Bar. I do love orange chocolate but I feel like personally I would have preferred if this bar was a little sweeter. I by no means disliked it but not sure I'd buy it myself in the future. 



I could have done with this Green People Sun Lotion SPF15 the day I got that nasty burn in July bu you know what they say about hindsight and everything. Not sure I'll have occasion to wear this now and I'm not really one for tanning anyway but we'll see.



This Foods of Athenry Chocolate and Raspberry Cookie was gorgeous. Definitely one to remember!


Finally we have the GranoVita Vegetable Pâté, which I'm also yet to try. I'm a big lover of pâté though. So I hope that I will love this too. 

Now on to the August box.


I'm really looking forward to trying out the recipe above! The campaign of the month in August was OneKind, an animal welfare charity based in Scotland who aim to end cruelty to animals in Scotland and give them a voice through campaigns and lobbying for laws that will protect them. 


First we have this Native Unearthed Deodorant. For someone with sensitive skin these things are usually really good for me. Sprays usually hurt and roll on usually leave me feeling sticky. I've only tried it once so I can't really tell you how well this one works but I look forward to using in the future. As I mentioned near the beginning of the post, I believe my August box was dropped during shipping and while everything else (aside from the box) was completely intact, a little bit of the plastic on the deodorant had chipped off. It was otherwise fine.



I loved these Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs. They really reminded me of Fives but sweeter. It's funny as I had been craving Fives for a little while when these arrived. I would definitely like more of these in the future.


I liked these Landgarten Organic Dark Choco Balls in theory but they were a little too bitter for me. I'd really recommend them if you like dark chocolate but alas, I do not. 


I haven't tried this Follow Your Heart VeganEgg yet. I've never had scrambled egg before as the texture of egg turns my stomach a lot of the time, unless it's hard boiled. Still, in a bid to try new things I'm going to attempt these anyway. I'm sure I'll report back in the future. 


I used to watch Made In Chelsea back in the day when Jamie Laing was starting Candy Kittens, so I was a little tickled to find the vegan friendly variety when I opened the box. I think because they don't sell them locally here, I imagined them to be a fictional company  to give Jamie something to talk about on the show. I mean... Jamie founding anything just seems ridiculous, but I digress. I LOVED these Candy Kittens Sweet Pineapple Vegan Sweets a lot. I'd love to get my hands on more in the future. 


Finally we have the Squirrel Sisters Coconut Cashew Raw Energy Bar. Out of the things I've tried so far this is probably my least favourite and I ended up throwing half of it away. I can't even really put a finger on why I disliked it. 

So there you have it. My vegan (mostly) foods haul from The Vegan Kind. I'm really looking forward to future boxes. I'll maybe do unboxing posts for them too. If you have any snacks or foods you want to recommend please tell me in the comments. 

2 comments:

  1. I believe you can use the Vegan Egg in baking, too. But don't quote me on that. I have been eyeing up these boxes for some time. I may well have to treat myself to a vegan box! Yummy :)

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  2. I used to be able to eat eggs, like scrambled eggs, but when I came home from having surgeries I couldn't anymore... I either ate too many of them during those three months, but I end up being really sick and still get sick if I eat them like that. My dad doesn't understand this, because I can eat a hard-boiled egg (without the yolk!) I'd like to try an alternative like that someday and see if that does any better!

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