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06/25/2012

Guest Product Review: KeVita!  »

 

Did you know that we have a second “brain” in our guts? Apparently that whole gut feeling thing isn’t just a bunch of poppycock. Science tells us we actually have a delicate balance of bacteria in our guts that balance out our digestion, appetite, and even may affect our moods and feelings. 

There’s long been a group of folks advocating for eating yogurt, a commonly known source of probiotics. But yogurt contains dairy, a.k.a. cultured oppressed cow secretion, and that’s no good! Luckily, the vegan probiotics market is totally blossoming. Raw cultured veggies, sauerkraut, plant-sourced yogurts and drinks can be found at many health food stores nationwide. One of my favorite products that’s been on the market for a little while now is KeVita, all-vegan fiz-tastic coconut water drinks splashed with a variety of other fruity flavors. Most kefir cultures contain dairy, a.k.a. cow oppression juice, but KeVita probiotic drinks are made with water-based kefir cultures, which the company assures are completely vegan (yay!). KeVita comp’d me a few bottles, and my favorites are the coconut (original) and the strawberry açai coconut. The original coconut has like 3 calories, and while I don’t think you should worry about that stuff, I guess that means there’s more room for raw vegan jicama fries and beet juice smoothies? The other flavors are nutrient-dense but not too filling either, and the strawberry açai pomegranate tastes exactly as it sounds: amazing! It’s like kissing a berry fairy with sparkly coconut wings. Really.

The pink-colored strawberry açai coconut KeVita would be a great option to serve at your next vegan wine and cheese party, for sober guests or those who wish to pre-game their Veuve Clicquot with some high-quality probes. Get KeVita at health food stores throughout the Bay Area and nationwide!

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog, Queer Vegan Food.

04/19/2012

Guest Product Review: Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water  »


When it comes to food miles, I’ve met some staunch locavore vegans in my day—we’re talking people who would rather risk prosecution sneaking into their neighbors’ yards to forage than buy non-local produce at a store that shipped it overseas. Remarkably, no matter how hardcore, I’ve noticed a surprising trend among those who identify as locavore vegans and raw foodists—all bets are off when it comes to coconuts!

That’s right: coconut oil, young Thai coconuts, and the ever-popular coconut water all seem to find their way into our shopping carts and hearts. Why? Well, honestly, I don’t know, other than it just tastes so damn delicious.

Usually, I mostly enjoy coconut in the form of coconut oil, but recently I’ve been getting into coconut water. The coconut water market is full of different competitors each vying for sipping rights. There’s a wide range in taste, containing device (bottle tetra pack?can? what to choose!) and mouth-feel. Some come with pulp, aloe, flavorings and other add-ins. I hadn’t really thought much about the different options, essentially getting whatever my hand grabbed first while quenching a craving. That is, until now. I have found a champion among coconut waters!

Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water comes in pulp, aloe and plain varieties, and tastes unlike any other coconut water I’ve ever tried. A full-bodied liquid, each bottle or can (they come in both kinds of containers) delivers a shockingly rich, caramel flavor without anything added. I have no idea how they do it! I am never drinking any other kind of coconut water again, at least for a while.

Coconut water isn’t cheap, but if you’re going to indulge, I highly recommend the aloe flavor. Aloe has great health properties, including aiding in digestion, blood health, and cholesterol regulation, and has plenty of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Plus, it tastes great with the coconut water! Ease your taste buds and your conscience by picking up a bottle or two on your way back from the farmers’ market.

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog, Queer Vegan Food.

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