Sunday, 25 January 2015

New Year, New TVK!


HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! Jeez, how late am I to 2015? Honestly, I've been so bogged down with dissertations and essays and presentations (even over the Christmas break) that I've entirely failed as a blogger. For that I apologise both to you, my lovely readers, and to anyone whose product I currently have on my 'to-blog' pile. Thought I'd (finally) kick off my blogging year with my favourites, The Vegan Kind*, and their January box. Needless to say, after a Christmas of eating everything in sight, some healthy, wholesome snacks were just what the doctor ordered this month!


It is known that I love me a hot cereal, especially at this time of year. I had this OTE Superfoods 'Power of Red' oat cereal (RRP £2.29) with hot rice milk and a drizzle of agave straight from the carton and it was delicious. I expected it to be really 'healthy' tasting (which isn't always a good thing), but it was sweet, comforting and definitely warmed me up on a cold morning.
This year I have vowed to pack in the fruit and veggies like never before and cut back on processed or 'pre-made' products. The organic pear puree pouch (try saying that 10 times) by Clearspring (RRP 89p) was perfect for giving me a little sugary fruit hit before my gym session and was surprisingly filling. It would also make a great 'breakfast on the run' when teamed with a cereal bar.


I remember Hectares Sweet Potato Crisps (RRP £1) from a previous TVK box so was thrilled to discover them in a new flavour. Salt and black pepper is a favourite of mine when it comes to crisps. As always, the crisps were wonderfully crunchy and delicious.
Since I've been receiving TVK's boxes I swear I've only had to purchase washing powder ONCE. They always come up trumps with the eco-friendly household items. Washing powder is one of those things that still vexes me as a vegan so it's so helpful to have surprise product discoveries sent to my door. These GreenFrog soapnuts (RRP £3.99) look like they'll last a long time. I've tried soapnut powder tabs before (another TVK find) but never in their natural state, so looking forward to giving these a go!


Okaaaaay, I'll be honest, this Creative Nature Tropical Treat bar (RRP 99p) wasn't my cup of tea at all. I couldn't finish it. HOWEVER, this is the only variety of theirs that I've tried that I haven't liked. I'm not a huge fan of coconut to begin with and the combo of coconut and ginger really didn't work for me in this form but all the coconut-heads out there will probably love it!
I remember the regular Pulsin Raw Choc Brownie (RRP £1.79) from the first ever TVK box I received so I was thrilled to see one in this box. This one had raspberries and goji and was seriously yummy as a study snack with a cup of green tea. Almost completely guilt-free too! Not something I could afford to indulge in often but there are often bulk-buy deals on Amazon for Pulsin products.

As always, TVK have collaborated with a featured vegan charity, and this month 10p from every box went to the fabulous team at Veganuary. This year's Veganuary has been a roaring success with over 10k sign-ups! If you haven't checked out their website yet (I had the honour of contributing as a copywriter this year) then you're seriously missing out. So many amazing vegan tips, guides, recipes, products and inspiring stories. Grab a cuppa and go explore!

As always, for more info and to subscribe for future TVK boxes, visit
www.thevegankind.com

(There's still time to sign up for the February box!!!)

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