Thursday, August 25, 2016

PlantFusion Vegan Protein Review and Giveaway

I am always happy to share helpful information and great product finds... PlantFusion Vegan Protein certainly fits here!

I first became familiar with PlantFusion vegan protein powder a couple of years ago when I won a giveaway and eagerly chose a tub of Cookies N' Creme as my prize. Until then I had been only using whey powders, and this lucky introduction to a vegan powder opened my mind about protein powders completely.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I received a parcel with a few different PlantFusion samples inside... and now I am happy to be able to share them with you.  PlantFusion is offering to give one lucky reader her/his choice of one of the 3 products they sent me.

Disclosure:  I did not pay for the samples and the opinions expressed are my own.

Let me tell you about them to pique your interest.


First, I have to tell you that this Vanilla Bean flavor is, honestly, the best vanilla protein powder that I have ever tasted!  In my opinion, the truest test of the taste is to mix the powder with either plain water or a neutral unsweetened almond milk... this Vanilla Bean passed the taste test with flying colors and as sure as I am that it would be good with fruit or veggies blended into it too... I have not done that. I love it just the way it is!  Why mess with perfection after all?

PlantFusion is free of all the major food allergens such as eggs, milk, fish, crustacean shelfish, wheat, soy and tree nuts.  Whew!  It also contains no GMO ingredients.  It is made from a blend of pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, and organic sprouted quinoa powder, providing 4,500 mg BCAAs, and a proprietary blend of enzymes.

This is my choice for a pre-workout or pre-run shake.  Delcious, filling and nutritious... a whopping 21 g of protein in only 120 calories per serving.   The Complete Protein samples come in individual packets.   Read all about it and available flavors here.

PlantFusion PHOOD

Of course because it is PlantFusion, it is made from 100% plant sources and it has none of the common allergens... no soy, no gluten, no dairy, no animal products, and no GMOs. And Phood is more than a protein powder... it is a complete meal because of 8 key essentials: plant based proteins, cruciferous vegetables, high fiber, digestive enzymes, organic whole food vitamins, probiotics, healthy omega fats, and energy-boosting superfoods.

The Phood samples come in individual packets.  I love this Chocolate Carmel !  It is truly delicious... I use it mixed with almond milk or coconut milk when I want a meal in a hurry and I also like to use it a little more creatively... recently we had  Chocolate Carmel Cherry Nice Cream for breakfast.  Oh yes we did!

I blended a frozen banana with a cup of frozen cherries and a packet of Phood along with 2 tablepsoons of almond milk in my food processor, just till smooth... and then divided it into 2 bowls and topped them with...

chocolate chips, shredded coconut and whole cherries for him...

chocolate chips, pecans, and whole cherries for me.

If you don't have someone you want to share this with, put the second serving into the freezer and enjoy later. Honestly, this is fabulous!  I think next time I will blend everything but the cherries and then add them and puls a bit... that way there will be pieces of cherry throughout.

Because Phood is a complete meal, it has a higher calorie count...more carbs,and a bit more fat than the protein powders have, and 18g of protein. Learn more about PHOOD and available flavors here.


The flavor I received is called Vanilla Chai and although I do like it just as is, I have been blending it with fruit on days I want more carbs in  my shake. Bluberries are great, as are bananas and mixed berries... the fruit compliments the flavor quite nicely and I really enjoy it.  The 'chai' offers a dash of spiciness.

Again, this powder has none of the common allergens... no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no animal products, no GMOs.

It is made from a blend of organic pea protein, organic sprouted amaranth, organic sprouted quinoa and organic flax seed.  It also contains fermented sprouted millet, lentil, flax and chia, along with a proprietary enzyme blend.

I also like to make what I call cookie dough with this particular powder.  Basically I mix a scoop of the Organic Plant Protein with 3-4 Tbs of almond or coconut milk till it is crumbly like a lumpy drop cookie dough, and then I go crazy with added toppings... nuts, nut butters, chocolate chips, coconut shreds, raisins, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and sometimes a bit more of the milk...

This has become a favorite breakfast or even afternoon snack.  There is 20g of protein in each serving and only 120 calories. The Organic Plant Protein sample comes in a tub.   You can read more about this product and available flavors here.

Now, let's talk about the giveaway...

UPDATE... this giveaway has ended and the winner has been notified and has contacted me.  Thanks for your entries!

PlantFusion will give a single winner, her/his choice of one of the thress samples that they sent to me... the winner chooses the flavor.

This giveaway is for U.S. residents only and the sample pack, as described above, will be shipped directly to the winner from PlantFusion.  I will collect shipping information from the winner and pass along to my contact at PlantFusion for arrangement of delivery.

All entries must be via the Rafflecopter form below.

There is only 1 mandatory entry. You must leave a comment on this post and indicate that you have done so in the Rafflecopter form. 

The winner will be contacted by email afer the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours after I send the email to respond and claim the prize.If that person has not given an email address for contact, or does not email me back within the 48 hour time frame, I will have to choose a different winner.  Make sure I can contact you if you want to win.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Now, if you like,  you can order a $10 sample kit from the PlantFusion web site.  And you can also enter to win 2 tubs of the new PlantFusion LEAN + a big prize pack at 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

3 Cheers for Chia!

I think it was about 5 years ago that I first discovered chia seeds and started eating them. I seem to go in little spurts with them... eating them often or not at all.  Lately it has been very often.  The more I read about them, the more I realize I need to add them to our diets on a daily basis.

Yes, I said CHIA seeds... those little tiny black seeds that you once may have spread over  the wet body of a clay sheep or a dog or even a kitten... and watched it turn into a green 'furry' CHIA pet as the seeds germinated and grew!

Still available for sale on Amazon!

And sorry for the ear worm....

Back in those days we didn't know the seed was edible; we just thought it was entertaining.

Thank goodness for modern science.  Now we know that chia seeds, once coveted by Aztec warriors, are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They have nutrients that can have important benefits for our bodies and our brains.  Calorie for calorie, they are one of the best sources in the world of several important nutrients. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

This is what they look like.

And when they are wet, they thicken somewhat and form sort of a gel.  Some vegans use a chia and water mixture in place of an egg when baking.

I have been experimenting, coming up with different ways to eat them. On their own they are very bland but that just  makes them all the more versatile.   They can be sprinkled on salads, soups, yogurt or cereals...  they can be stirred into muffin batter, cookie dough, protein shakes, smoothie bowls and even salad dressings.  This morning I added some to my husband's favorite white flour pancake mix...

He told me he really liked it! Yay!  I had been adding milled flax seed to it, trying to healthify it somewhat but he didn't care for that add-in very much....

I also love to make chia puddings. Basically you just need to add some chia seed to a milk of your choice, along with your favorite flavor enhancements and a bit of sweetener and allow it to set up for a while in the fridge.

A while back I came up with a simple Coconut Chia Pudding and shared it on my food blog. You can find it here if you are interested...

One of the first protein 'balls' recipes I ever came up with uses chia seeds... these are really tasty little bites and if you like lemon, you will love them.  Find the recipe for Lemon and Chia Raw Protein Ballz on  my food blog here.

Recently I received a few products from Chosen Foods to sample... a nice assortment and I was really excited to dig in after I opened the package.

I had never seen chia seeds offered this way before.  They are in individual packets, that contain 8g (just over 1/4 ounce) of chia seeds... and they are presented this way so that you can add a whole packet to a bottle of water and enjoy...  easy and convenient and of course, portable. Toss one in your gym bag or tuck it into your pocket.  Next time you need a little energy boost, mix the contents into a bottle of water and sip.

I did shake it a few times to make sure I got most of the seeds out of the bottle as I drank the water. Odd at first, but quite nice, really.

If you haven't given chia seeds a try, I urge you to pick some up soon.  They are low in fat, high in fibre and a really good way to get in your Omega 3 each day.

So, are you on the chia train these days, too?  How do you enjoy them?