Best Vegan Protein Bars and Vegan Energy Bars

Vegan protein bars are important for me when I’m not sure I’ll have access to vegan food for some time. When visiting relatives, on the road, or stuck at an airport, I feel more secure with a few of these in my backpack. My picks are vegan protein bars high in protein, low in sugar, that don’t make me want to vomit. This list is pretty small and might not have the usual suspects. I just can’t in good conscience recommend a bar that has more than half the amount of sugar I’m supposed to have in a day. Hopefully I’ll have more vegan protein bars to add to the list soon.

Raw Rev Glo Bars

Raw Rev Glo Vegan Protein Bars
Raw Rev is an explicitly vegan company. My Raw Rev Glo pick is the Creamy Peanut Butter and Sea Salt flavor because it has 15g protein and only 2g sugar. That’s one of the best protein to sugar ratios on the market! Raw Rev Glo bars are also high in iron and fiber, and the taste is good – savory, not sweet. Apparently these are good for the Keto diet and low carb diet (LCHF), and they’re certified gluten free and GMO free. Continue reading “Best Vegan Protein Bars and Vegan Energy Bars”

Vegan round-up from recent trip to Paris

There is so much more vegan food in Paris than there was just three years ago! I just got back from visiting my brother, who lives there. Here’s some amazing vegan food I had and some other vegan treats (clothes and toiletries) I came across. My parents were also there with two other retired couples, so sometimes we ate in large groups at non-vegan restaurants and I’ve also included options from those. This list skews fancy, probably averaging 15 Euros/meal with some exceptions. VG was the least expensive for the amount of food. Without further ado, here’s some vegan food in Paris.

Le Faitout (all vegan) – 23 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
We ate at Le Faitout twice – once for lunch, and once for a late night (11pm) dinner surrounded by groups of hip young people enjoying drinks. The owner is very friendly and talkative. At lunch I had the cheese plate – my favorite was the hibiscus cheese in the upper right corner. I think the cheeses were all made from different types of nuts and one from tofu if I remember correctly. My brother’s favorite was the soft one in the bowl. I really enjoyed the vegan steak pictured below with excellent fries. I didn’t try my brother’s lasagna but it looked good. The vegan raspberry tart pictured last was really amazing – wish I was eating some right now!

Vegan cheese plate at Le Faitout Vegan in Paris.
Vegan cheese plate at Le Faitout Vegan in Paris.

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Decadence: Vegan Afternoon Tea in Paris

The highlight of my recent trip to Paris was vegan afternoon tea with my mom at the Shangri-La Hotel. To give you a preview, my mom, a big tea and scone lover, declared that both the tea and (vegan) scones were the best she had ever had, and that the vegan whipped cream was on par with dairy whipped cream. I totally agree, but she’s very picky so it’s more impressive coming from her. Scroll down for details and more pictures.

Vegan Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris
Vegan Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris

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Vegan gas relief for onions!

I used to suffer from terrible silent-but-deadly gas, and I never knew when it was going to strike. A house party, a movie theater, and a private kung fu lesson where there were no other suspects were the most embarrassing occasions. But now I’ve found a solution, a vegan gas relief for onions, and my excitement to share it overrides all my old embarrassment!

Several years ago, I did an elimination diet and realized that onions were the culprit. I always assumed it was beans because that’s what you hear, but it wasn’t. So, I avoided onions, most of the time successfully, even though I missed the taste. But my husband loves Indian food, and I kept running into dishes where the onions were blended in. So, whenever we’d go out for Indian food, I’d have to sequester myself in my studio after.

UNTIL! It came up in an internet forum, I can’t remember which, and someone suggested Beano for onions. I had thought that Beano was only for beans, but that’s not true! But, it turned out Beano might not be vegan. That’s when someone suggested my savior: VEGAN BEAN-ZYME!

Regular Bean-zyme uses a gelatin capsule, but the company makes a vegan formula – the packaging says “Vegan Formula” in small letters on the front of the bottle.

How does it work?

Some people are missing the enzymes necessary to break down complex sugars into more digestible ones, resulting in FLATULENCE. Vegan Bean-zyme works the same way as Beano. It contains the enzyme Alpha-galactosidase which is made from a food-grade mold. Apparently, this is just the enzyme I needed to digest onions! I’ve eaten a recipe that called for half an onion with no consequences!

I hope this post reaches someone out there with the same problem and makes their life a little less gassy.

My Purple Carrot Review

Sesame crusted tofu from Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery
Sesame crusted tofu with Israeli couscous, chermoula, and carrots from Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery.

I’ve been subscribing to the Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery service for 14 months! I sometimes wonder if anyone’s been doing it as long as I have. Here’s my review of the pros Continue reading “My Purple Carrot Review”

In Search of Vegan Antiperspirant

There are many available vegan deodorants but it’s hard to find a vegan antiperspirant.

What’s the difference between Deodorants and Antiperspirants?

Deodorants merely mask body odor with a more pleasing scent, while antiperspirants prevent or reduce sweat in the first place, reducing body odor.

Body odor is caused by bacteria on the skin breaking down our sweat into acids. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat pores in your armpits, and also causing them to contract.

There are several controversial claims against antiperspirants. I read up on them, and have added some information on those claims at the bottom of this post. I am still going to use antiperspirant. So, here’s a list of the few vegan antiperspirants I’ve found:

List of Vegan Antiperspirants – updated 5/21/2017

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant Deodorant

Tom's of Maine Vegan Antiperspirant (Unscented)*, (North Woods), (Fresh Meadow)
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chlorohydrate
  • Company only uses vegan ingredients
  • Colgate-Palmolive purchased Tom’s of Maine in 2006 but agreed not to test Tom’s products on animals.
  • *This is my antiperspirant of choice.

Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant
Jack Black Pit Boss Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tirchlorohydreax Gly
  • Company does not test on animals but products are available in China may be required.
  • Company has many marked vegan products.
  • Company uses beeswax, lanolin from sheep, and silk in some products.
  • Company only sells vegan shave brushes and has a FAQ about how badgers are killed for bristles in natural brushes.

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Vegan Protein Powder with No Added Sugar

Why no added sugar?

I wanted to make a list of vegan protein powder with no added sugar because I couldn’t find one, and added sugar is addictive, increases risk of heart disease and tooth decay, among other things. I’d rather save my daily sugar allowance for a delicious vegan donut than use it up on a boring shake – or better yet, try to make it through the day without any added sugar – a rare feat!
Check out this 60 minutes segment on the risks of too much added sugar.

I’ve listed the vegan protein powder I use first. It doesn’t taste bad but it doesn’t taste like my dream come true breakfast either. Most of the powders without added sugar and flavors have lukewarm to bad reviews as far as taste. But, I’m assuming you’re looking for a vegan protein powder with no added sugar for a reason. I’m pretty psyched that I can get so much nutrition for so little money, without added sugar, and it only takes two minutes to make, two minutes to drink, and two minutes to clean up!


Starting with no sweeteners or flavors at all. Scroll down for powders with stevia extract. Updated 5/16/2017.

NKD Nutrition – Naked Pea*

Naked Pea Protein Powder


Yellow Pea Protein

Approximate cost in USD

$54.99/bottle (5lb)
$.03/gram protein

*This is the protein powder I use. I use two scoops (that’s one serving) in a blender with one banana and some water or vegan milk until it’s pourable, maybe adding a few berries depending on what’s in the refrigerator.

Nutrition per serving
  • Protein 27g 54%
  • Calories 120 (cal. from fat 5)
  • Total fat .5g
  • Saturated fat 0g
  • Potassium 100mg
  • Sodium 110mg
  • Total carbs 2g
  • Dietary fiber 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Calcium 95mg
  • Iron .15mg
  • Phosphorous 75mg
  • Magnesium 23mg

(There was some confusion with a label typo on Amazon. This information is from the NKD Nutrition website)

Protein profile
  • Alanine 1271mg
  • Arginine 2382mg
  • Aspartic Acid 2671mg
  • Cystine 535mg
  • Glutamic Acid 4523mg
  • Glycine 466mg
  • Histidine* 453mg
  • Isoleucine *^ 1458mg
  • Leucine*^ 2747mg
  • Lysine* 2411mg
  • Methionine* 583mg
  • Phenylalanine* 797mg
  • Proline 1473mg
  • Serine 1291mg
  • Threonine* 1767mg
  • Tryptophan* 425mg
  • Tyrosine 740mg
  • Valine *^1485mg

*essential amino acids
^BCAA (branched chain amino acids)

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In Search of Vegan Gummy Bears

Most Gummy Bears Aren’t Even Vegetarian

(6/30/17 list updated with awesome vegan gummy bears I stumbled on in Europe!)

Most gummy bears contain gelatin made from the cartilage, bones, hooves, or skin of pigs, and sometimes other animals. In other words, most gummy bears are not vegan, vegetarian, halal, or kosher. Fortunately there are some vegan and kosher and halal gummy bears on the market. Here you’ll find:

  • List of vegan gummy bears
  • List of gummy bears to avoid
  • Contact info to request companies make vegan gummy bears
  • Links to vegan gummy bear recipes and more

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Vegan Restaurants in Pasadena, California

Pasadena, California is home to A LOT of delicious vegan food, including some great vegan breakfast and brunch options. There are at least five 100% vegan restaurants in Pasadena, a 100% vegetarian drive-thru, and a bunch of other restaurants with great vegan options. Pasadena is even home to an annual vegan beer and food festival.

Below is a list of vegan food in Pasadena. Jump to different sections! Click on the link in the name of each business for opening hours and other info on Yelp. I’ll be gradually updating and adding to the list. Continue reading “Vegan Restaurants in Pasadena, California”

Vegan Brand Feature: Skyn ICELAND

Is Skyn ICELAND vegan?

Yes! Skyn ICELAND is a 100% vegan luxury beauty product line. They’ve been around since 2003 and are currently PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free. The Skyn ICELAND website explicitly states that their products do not contain “animal-derived products or animal by-products, including fish-derived and insect-derived products.”

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