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Review: Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal

Hot & Fit Cereals Family

Earnest Eats

I’ve been contacted a lot recently about doing product/book reviews. I can’t say Yes to all of them. Who has that type of time! One of the companies I said “yes” to was Earnest Eats. I received one of their bars in a Vegan Cuts Snack Box and was really pleased with it so I was curious about the Hot Cereals they offered to send me. I was surprised when I opened the package and there were three full size containers and 3 of their single serving eat out of the cup type of containers! Their three flavors really got my attentions also. An American blend, Mayan blend and Asian blend.

I chose to use the single serving size cups first. The Mayan for me and the Asian Blend for my husband. He loves green tea. I don’t. I knew right away that I would try the Mayan Blend first. I can’t pass up anything that has cocoa and cashews in it. I add cashews to a lot of my meals and never thought of adding it to a hot cereal. Its genius. Both cereals were really good. I even tried a taste of my husbands cup of the Asian Blend. I actually liked the green tea flavor. That is a first! Perhaps my tastes are changing. Now if I can only get myself to like seaweed.

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For breakfast one Saturday morning I cooked up the American Blend for my husband and I out of the full size canister.  It was really simple to make and really good! I’m not someone who adds sugar to my coffees and cereals and these hot cereals aren’t really sweet at all which is a huge plus for me.

I highly recommend you try these Hot and Fit Cereals from Earnest Eats. I’m really looking forward to eating them on these cold fall days that are quickly approaching on the East Coast.

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 There we are listed at the 3:00 demo!

A weekend or two ago I headed down to Bethlehem PA for the Bethlehem VegFest with Dianne from VeggieGirl. We were asked to do a cooking demo which I wrote about HERE. The demo was only a 1/2 hour long so we did some walking around, shopping and eating! I really wanted to eat at the Jenny Kuali’s stand but unfortunately they had a bit of an accident that involved the fire department and sending a few people to the hospital! Good news is that everyone involved is going to be ok. They are very vegan friendly and I might just plan another day trip to Bethlehem to have a meal at their restaurant.

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I ended up getting the PA Dutch Brown Bag Lunch from the V-lish stand. The brown bag lunch had a Faux Tuna with Beet Slaw sandwich on homemade bread, Dutch Potato-Onion Soup and a Debbie’s Kitchen Fresh Oatmeal Cookie. The whole meal was great. The faux tuna was a standard mashed chickpea salad. The beet slaw added something special to the common vegan sandwich. The soup was delicious but not what I really needed on what was turning into a warm day. The oatmeal cookie however was outstanding. I wish I bought a few extra to take home. I had other desserts to take home though!

Vegan Treats had their own HUGE stand at the VegFest! I have alway’s wanted to drive to the Vegan Treats bakery and have never done it so I was more then excited to finally be trying their desserts, although I’m sure I’ve had one or two while eating at a restaurant in NYC. You could smell the sugar from at least 10 feet away from the tent and then when you entered the tent you were easily overwhelmed by the sweet sugar smell. I didn’t mind one bit though!  We headed over to their table later in the day after our demo and it was quite picked through but they seemed to have everything in stock still.

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I was so happy to see cannoli’s on the table! I ordered 2 of them just for myself since my husband doesn’t like them. I also took home the biggest whoopie pie I’ve ever seen and Vegan Treats famous Peanut Butter Bomb.

I’ve been wanting a Peanut Butter Bomb for years now. My husband and I shared it while watching Breaking Bad the next night and it was everything I thought it would be. I’m at the same time sad and happy that I don’t live close to the Vegan Treats Bakery. If I lived close by I would be there all the time! It would not be good! I am looking forward though to next years Bethlehem VegFest with the hopes that the Vegan Treats tent will be back!

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A few weeks ago I finally had a chance to eat at Sprig and Vine in New Hope, PA. I’ve been wanting to eat here for years and was so excited to finally being going. What was even more exciting was our dining companions. My blogging BFF Dianne from Veggiegirl and her husband, Lydia and Mauro who blog at From A to Vegan and Jaime K from Save The Kales along with her boyfriend. It was fabulous seeing everyone again over delicious food.

We went on a Sunday morning for Brunch. I started off by ordering a Beet Lemonade. After my first sip I vowed to make this myself at home. The ratio of beet juice to lemonade was perfect. It also wasn’t overly sweet. I drink a lot of lemonade over the warmer months and I always water it down. The color was also stunning.

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My husband and I split a side of Roasted Potatoes to go along our respective meals. At first I thought we should each order our own but this plate of potatoes turned out to be just enough and they really hit the spot.

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Now to my entree. I checked out the menu before we left our house and knew exactly what I was going to get. Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Biscuits and Cashew-Herb Gravy! I could eat Biscuits and Gravy for almost every meal. Add fried oyster mushrooms to that and that’s my favorite meal for life! It was amazing. Creamy herbed gravy. Fluffy biscuits. Breaded and fried oyster mushrooms. Perfection.

brunch at sprig and vine

Bloggers on a bridge between 2 states
(Jaime K, Dianne and Myself)

After our meal a few us walked around New Hope, PA and across the bridge into Lamberville, NJ. It was really a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to going back soon and eating off of Sprig and Vines Dinner menu. I’ll definitely being saving room for dessert!

The Cinnamon Snail and Freezy Freeze at the Farmers Market

5 spice lemongrass seitan

5-spice Lemongrass Seitan

The Cinnamon Snail is at the Red Bank, NJ, Farmers Market on Sundays. Its not possible for us to go down to them during the beach season because traffic home on a Sunday is horrendous! A 1 our trip can take over 2 hours! So since we were south of Red Bank on our vacation we traveled UP to Red Bank in the morning to hit up the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Most importantly it was without the kids! They stayed back at the beach house with my mother in law.

It was still breakfast time when we arrived but we both decided lunch would be for breakfast. Since breakfast for dinner is a thing then lunch for breakfast could be a thing…right? I ordered the 5-spice Lemongrass Seitan sandwich. It was amazing. Probably my new favorite sandwich from the truck. It is loaded with cashews. Cashews on a sandwich. Brilliant. I love cashews and this sandwich had a ton of them! Along with the load of cashews is also arugula, wasabi mayo and chili sauce.

Korean BBQ Seitan

Korean BBQ Seitan

My husband ordered the Korean BBQ Seitan sandwich. I’ve had it before and it’s always delicious. It’s seitan with chili butter, kimchi and greens. You can’t beat that.

Cinnamon snail pastry treats! #vegan

Box of pastry!

I loved when Adams daughter asked if we would be needing a small or large box for the pastry’s. We went with a large box and ordered a few donuts, tarts and other sweets. Everything was amazing. I especially loved the S’Mores Donut and the turtle bar. This box of treats was very popular when we brought it back to the beach house.

Iced coffee...also makes ice cream to order with liquid nitrogen. All can be made vegan!

Freezy Freeze

Across from The Cinnamon Snail is a truck called Freezy Freeze that makes Ice Cream per order with the help of SCIENCE!….A.K.A. Liquid Nitrogen. All flavors can be made vegan and they have quite the list of toppings.

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I have yet to try their Ice Cream since I’m alway’s there to load up my stomach with some Snail goodies. I did order their cold brewed coffee with coconut milk and it was a delightful iced coffee. I’ve promised myself I’ll order an ice cream while I’m waiting for my Snail order to be made. (I’ve waited 45 minutes once. Totally worth it though.)

Beach House Eats

Beach house lunch: toasted Italian bread w. tomato, rosemary and cashew spread w. a sliced nectarine. #vegan

Lunch

We vacation in Ocean Grove, NJ every year. Every year it gets easier and easier to be vegan down there. From Porta and Mogo in Asbury Park which is just a short boardwalk walk North or Kaya’s Kitchen in Belmar just a short car ride 2-3 towns South. It used to be that I would have to bring a ton of food with me. I’d have to pack a cooler. With 2 kids now I don’t have room for a cooler anymore besides a small frozen lunch bag thing that I bought awhile ago. I ended bringing down: Earth Balance and a cashew spread that I made. So I appreciate the vegan options that are popping up all over the Jersey Shore. Here are a few of the eats from down there. I’ll have a separate post about Kaya’s and the Cinnamon Snail coming later in the week or two.

My mother in law would toast some bread with tomatoes, herbs and cheese for everyone. I asked that the cheese not be added to mine and I topped mine with a cashew spread I made the day before we left and brought down with us. That spread came in handy while I was down there! I was glad I brought it! It’s cashews, garlic, lemon, water, salt and pepper blended in the Vitamix.

Beach House Snack: #vegan #glutenfree peanut butter cookies from The Barbaric Bean in Ocean Grove.

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Local Ocean Grove coffee house The Barbaric Bean offers soy or almond milk for their coffee drinks and had a gluten free vegan peanut butter cookie. I’ll admit that I wasn’t to excited for these cookies when I saw them. I wanted to try them anyway and I was glad I did. They were really good!  I hope they have them next time we are there. Pre-vegan I LOVED the scones at The Barbaric Bean. They were the best I ever had. I wish they would consider making vegan versions of them.

Beach House Breakfast: seitan tart from the Cinnamon Snail! #vegan @veganlunchtruck

Breakfast

On Sunday’s the Cinnamon Snail is in Red Bank, NJ at the Farmers Market. I brought back a large box of treats and two of these savory seitan mustard cashew tarts. Peter and I each had one for breakfast later in the week. They are one of my favorite things that the Cinnamon Snail has to offer.

Beach House Breakfast: bagel, EB and nooch. Homemade cold brew coffee w. almond milk. #vegan

Bagel Breakfast

We all know my obsession with bagels. Especially bagels with Earth Balance and nooch. This part of NJ isn’t known for there bagels like the part of NJ that I live in. I found some decent looking ones at a bakery in town and they didn’t disappoint! Me and kids were happy that I remembered to bring some Nooch down with us.

The Iced Coffee in some of the pictures was beach house homemade. I brought down my large french press and made some cold brew coffee with some almond milk that my mother in law picked up at a grocery store down there. I bring that french press on all our vacations.

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