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Restaurant Review: Nyack Main Essentials Vegetarian Cuisine.

29 Jun

If you have never been to the town of Nyack yet live somewhere close by, you should most def take a trip there for the day. It is a cute, old river town with aΒ  great coffee spot, great thrift store with used books, tons of places to eat and now it is also home to a great vegetarian restaurant. Nyack Main Essentials.

Using 100% all natural, vegan ingredients, Nyack Main Essentials specializes in Caribbean Cuisine… and boy it is good! We stumbled across this place and I was gassed when I came to see it was Caribbean Cuisine. I had not had the pleasure of truly enjoying Caribbean food since before I went veg, and I knew that was about to change. Nyack Main Essentials is bright, welcoming and clean. There are plenty of tables and stools to sit and eat at and there is a full juice bar with an amazing assortment of juices and smoothies to choose from.

When it comes to the grub there is an extensive menu to choose from that they will prepare but they also have a set up of ready to be served grub a bit like cafeteria style. There are 2-3 choices of protein, I got some jerk ‘chicken’. A starch root veggie like potatoes or some rice, some plantains and greens, collard, kale or whatever they have that day. My plate was over flowing with food, they offered to let us try a bit of everything since we had never been there before. The people working there were super nice and chill. The food was amazing, the spices were perfect, the plate of food was colorful and vibrant. Everything was so fresh and well prepared, it was very impressive. I chose to drink some all natural ginger root soda with my meal which was awesome, they had a whole fridge of natural sodas and drinks you can choose from.

Nyack Main Essentials was my first taste of vegan home cooking and I am hooked. I wish there were more places like this is Jersey, we are so lacking in vegetarian restaurants in this state and this is good, home cooking. A quick, healthy alternative to fast food. So if you are in or around Nyack, New York stop by this place,Β  grab a bite and be impressed.

Nyack Main Essentials Vegetarian Cuisine. Open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm. Saturday 10am-9pm. Sunday 11am-6pm.

145 Main Street. Nyack, NY. 845-512-8692

http://nyackmainessentials.com/ Nyack Main Essentials.

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Betty Lou’s. Almost Too Good To Be True.

3 Jun

These Are The Strawberry Ones That I Tried. Delicious.

I LOVE VEGAN TREATS!!! I can’t get enough all natural, vegan treats, I really can’t. My latest attack was on Ms. Betty Lou’s Gluten Free Fruit Bars. Where do I begin. Once again, here is a product that I had been seeing everywhere but never took the plunge until today. While putzing around Whole Foods I ended up in the chocolate aisle (as usual) and I ended up face to face with Betty Lou’s strawberry flavor fruit bars. I picked it up and read the ingredients which were all natural and very delicious sounding. Lots of fruit and fruit juices, no sugar added, no dairy, no hydrogenated oils and no artificial flavors. On top of all that, they check out as vegan and have a whopping 5 grams of fiber in one bar. So I bought the strawberry and kept it moving.

I was attempting to save the fruit bar until after dinner but I have ZERO willpower when it comes to vegan treats. I can and will turn down any meat, most fat and dairy laden desserts and most candy bars but vegan treats I just cannot turn away from πŸ˜‰ This strawberry fruit bar is literally a square and it is rather heavy for its size. This heavy square tastes just like a piece of pie. The delicious strawberry center is surrounded by gluten-free oats and flour. All the sweetness comes from fruit juices like apple, peach, pear and pineapple. I noticed the perfect amount of cinnamon as I tore through the bar. Betty Lou makes a moist, hearty and chewy fruit bar.

The thing was amazing. I wish I bought more.

http://bettylousinc.com/ This Is The Website You Can Search Through Their Snacks By Category. Lots Of Vegan Ones.

http://bettylousinc.com/products_detail.php?id=240&ref=0 The Strawberry One That I Tried.

Wanna Odwalla?

12 Mar
Odwalla

All Natural.All Good.

Odwalla makes some great juices. For years I have been enjoying them and these days my boyfriend and I are known to pick one up off the shelf and drink it while we food shop. For over 25 years Odwalla has been committed to making all natural, healthy juices, while being as Earth and environmentally conscious as they can. Never using artificial ingredients, Odwalla also does not use any GMO products. They have a little of everything from straight juices to protein smoothies, I have liked everyone I have tried.

In addition to their line of juices, protein drinks and smoothies, Odwalla also makes some delicious whole grain food bars. Over the past month our house has been in constant supply of them. From Superfoods to Blueberry, I have tried them all. Each one seems to be better than the next, my favorites being the Banana Nut, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip Peanut. If you are a chocolate lover like me you will adore the Chocolate Chip ones, they are more than generous with the amount of chocolate chips, it’s heavenly πŸ˜‰ They are a good source of Vitamins A and C and also Iron and Floate. Each bar contains 3-5 grams of fiber and 3-4 grams of protein,except the Chocolate Chip Peanut which has 7 grams of protein.

From what I can tell all of their food bars are vegan, they do not contain refined sugars but they do contain soy. Some have nuts and other allergens in them so read the package before hand, they use from 20%-40% organic ingredients in these bars. If you save your wrappers you can recycle them at TerraCycle.Com and help to raise money for your charity of choice.

All Natural For Over 25 Years.

http://odwalla.com/ Odwalla Home Page.

A box of Banana Nut bars and two Chocolate Chi...

My Two Favorites. Chocolate Chip Peanut And Banana Nut. SO GOOD.

It All Comes Back To The Snack Pack.

9 Sep
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Pretty Disgusting Huh?

Since I was a teenager in the 90’s, my high school years were full of Adam Sandler movies… from Happy Gilmore to Big Daddy to Billy Madison. I do believe that it is in that latter, when his ‘nanny/maid’ is packing his lunch box and he starts trowing a fit over his Snack Packs. She coyly responds…’I thought I was your Snack Pack.’ I have always loved that line, and to be honest that is all I ever knew about Snack Packs. I do love catchy names that rhyme, so Snack Pack had a leg up leading into my next discovery…Vegetarians cannot eat gelatin. Not the brand name Jell-o kind, not the bootleg kind, not the flavored kind and not the plain kind. None of it. This also means no sweets or candies containing gelatin, since its the gelatin that’s the issue at hand.

Now that your probably pissed like ‘What else can I not eat, Lady?’, please allow me a minute to explain to you precisely what gelatin is. I will sum it up in one sentence, then we will branch out from there. Gelatin is a colorless, odorless, meat by product. Yeah you read that right. Derived from collagen inside animals skin and bones, it is used often to ‘bond’ or ‘gel’ together properties of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and vitamins. It is also commonly found in marshmallows and some low fat yogurts. They boil the animals bones to extract the junk they need to make the gelatin. I do not wish to get much more graphic since I am sure you get the gross point I am trying to make.

I was completely grossed out when I read this and have not touched anything with gelatin since. I honestly think it is one of the most disgusting things ever now that I know where it comes from and how its made. Thanks, but no thanks. At the same time, this left a void in my snacking which is completely unacceptable. A Jell-o replacement was a must, so the research began and this is where it came back to the Snack Pack. The Snack Pack is a great tasting ‘Gel Snack’ that contains no gelatin πŸ˜‰ I found some last weekend in the dry pudding and gelatin section of the supermarket. I picked up some cherry, strawberry and some orange flavored. I must admit that I was VERY skeptical. Mostly due to the price. They were super cheap, and I equate cheap food with bad food. I mean bad as in taste-wise and health-wise.

Even though they were not refrigerated, I brought them home and threw them in the fridge. Something about a warm ‘Gel Snack’ kind of grosses me out. I am sure this is just because I am accustomed to the Jell-o brand nastiness which has to be refrigerated for (now) obvious reasons. Just like it’s competition, the ‘Snack Pack’ is low in calories and sugar free. The cherry has 10 calories, the strawberry and orange have 5 calories, and all flavors are made with 10% fruit juice. You can actually tell there is fruit juice in them since they are a little more watery then typical Jell-o. I found the flavor to be really good. It’s not chemically tasting and the consistency is a little more ‘loose’ then typical gelatin treats, but not runny. At the end of the day, ‘Snack Pack’ is the perfect replacement for your usual gelatin snacks. This choice is kinder to animals and kinder to the planet. Plus, do you really want you and your family ingesting that grossness???? I didn’t think so…

Now lets take it back to the ‘Snack Pack.’

http://www.snackpack.com/products.html This is the Snack Pack page with the Gel Snacks.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5431385_make-jello-using-agar-agar.html A recipe for home made Vegan Jello.

Cover of

Billy Loved His Snack Packs πŸ˜‰

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