Vegan Gas Station Food Challenge!

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Does traveling as a vegan sound challenging? Do you wonder what vegans can eat on the go? During my recent move I decided to challenge myself and see what vegan food I could find in a random gas station in the middle of “Podunk” Florida. Hopefully this will help show that it’s not that difficult to find vegan food- even on the run. Links to all products below! **PLEASE NOTE- Funyuns are NOT vegan but several Funyun knockoffs like “Onyums” are! Also the Crab Chips have honey- my bad, guys!**

More Information On:
Sugar: http://bit.ly/1DCuURb
Honey: http://bit.ly/1wJx9kE
How to Make Vegan Chapstick: http://bit.ly/1xnSD7M

Vegan Gas Station Foods Found (some contain sugar- use your judgment):
Also, these are affiliate links, so if you purchase anything on Amazon through them, a small portion goes to Bite Size Vegan. So if you do…thanks!
Smuckers Squeeze Jelly: http://amzn.to/1uVmW0B
Jif Peanut Butter: http://amzn.to/1zFNAR3
Dole Peaches: http://amzn.to/1zFNSY1
Bread: http://amzn.to/1zFNZ5U
Sahale Maple Pecans: http://amzn.to/1K9dGik
Sahale Pomegranate Pistachios: http://amzn.to/16uP19z
The Daily Crave Veggie Sticks: http://amzn.to/1yDzknz
The Daily Crave Veggie Chips: http://amzn.to/1zcM9ci
Garden Veggie Straws: http://amzn.to/16uPuc5
Cinnamon Apple Straws: http://amzn.to/1CtLPsb
Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips: http://amzn.to/1zFPhO9
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips: http://amzn.to/1EEnDEf
Pretzel Crisps Original: http://amzn.to/1Dv9ZPK
Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels: http://amzn.to/1xacZw0
Snyder’s of Hanover Sourdough Pretzels: http://amzn.to/16f0OYH
Oreos: http://amzn.to/1F3n8kz
Nature Valley Crunch Peanut Butter Bar: http://amzn.to/1F3ngAr
Nature Valley Fruit and Nut Bar: http://amzn.to/1EEqhcZ
Clif Bars (check each flavor): http://amzn.to/18LviU3
Bare Simply Toasted Coconut Chips: http://amzn.to/1uVqRum
Snak Club Fancy Trail Mix: http://amzn.to/1DDjixi
True North Almond Pecan Crunch: http://amzn.to/1DDjP2n
Cape Cod Sweet Mesquite BBQ Chips: http://amzn.to/1EEqWew
Cape Cod Sea Salt Chips: http://amzn.to/1zcRuAf
Lays BBQ Chips: http://amzn.to/1uVrFzj
Lance Peanut Snacks: http://amzn.to/16uY7De
Fritos: http://amzn.to/1CXqztj
Tostitos Salsa: http://amzn.to/1K9lrVB
Bugles Original: http://amzn.to/1DbmphV
Gordettos: http://amzn.to/1zcTgBi
Gordettos Special Request Garlic Rye Chips: http://amzn.to/1zcThW5
Lenny and Larry’s The Complete Cookie: http://amzn.to/1LJDIuh
Utz Natural Kettle Cooked Chips: (couldn’t find these online) ☹
Zapp’s Potato Chips New Orleans Voodoo Style: http://amzn.to/1DDmKrO
True Fruit Cherry Medley: http://amzn.to/16v0vtR
Van Holten’s Dill Pickles: http://amzn.to/1zcUMn6
Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Chips: http://amzn.to/1xaqrA3
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Great Raw Dessert Cooking Lesson

Raw Cooking Class

Here is a a great raw cake recipe from the Trupp Cooking school; Orange and nut cake with Figs.

It very easy to make and not only is eat delicious but of course its RAW!

Here is the recipe:
Orange and nut cake with Figs
(one 9-inch cake tin)

Crust:
1 cup of desiccated coconut
3 heaped tablespoons of cacao powder
3 soft dates (stones removed)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Filling:
Zest and juice of 3 oranges
2/3 of a cup of honey
3 cups of cashew nut (soaked overnight)
1/4 vanilla bean
1 cup of melted coconut oil

To garnish:
1/4 cup crushed pistachio nuts
3 fresh figs cut into halves
a few edible flowers

Instructions
Place all the ingredients for the crust into a blender bowl
Bend together until sticky
Transfer it to a cake tin and then press it down firmly especially at the edges.
Place all the filling ingredients into the blender then precess for 3 minutes.
Then pour it on to the cake.
Then place it into the fridge for approximately 6 hours.
Take it out and heat the cake ring with a flame burner.
Remove it and then garnish it with some pistachio nuts, fresh figs cut in half and edible flowers. If you don’t have any figs then you could top them with orange slices.

How easy is that? If you like that and you live in Melbourne I know they run cooking classes throughout the year, and one cooking course is on healthy and wholesome salads which is held later in the year. The other course that maybe of interest to many is; ‘The Lost Art of Fermentation”, which shows how to ferment your raw foods.

The Raw Food Movement

Naked Treaties Raw Sweets

I remember the first time I went to an organic orchard. I was in my twenties and went to visit my friend Nick who had recently bought the farm from Jack Powell. Jack’s father had established the farm in the 1920’s, apple and pear trees that were planted then were still be producing fruit. As we walked through the orchard I picked a cox orange pippin apple off a 80 year old tree and took I bite. I’ll never forget that moment, the favour of the apple was so complex, vibrant, I realise that this is was the taste I had never experienced before the taste fresh raw food.

Raw foods is the beginning of all things, and it can connect you to those moments, as I was at Nick’s orchard.

Yet for many the idea of eating raw foods may seem bland or boring, and limiting in the choices, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is there diversity in how raw foods can be eaten whether its juicing, fermented, dehydrated or sprouted the choices of what endless. The favours can be as complex and as simple as you’d like.

This Raw Food movement is even being embraced by the top chefs in the world through the Cook It Raw events. This group of avant-grande chefs explore the possibilities of cooking and preparing foods from a local region where they are encouraged to forage, harvest, and engage with the local community.

Its this connection with what we eat and our environment that is so much a part of what we have come to know through preparing and eating raw foods. So no matter how you come to deciding to try raw foods, whether it is to lose weight, detox, or just wanting to feel more energetic you will find there will be something to celebrate and embrace in this food.

Here is a video from my friends at Naked Treaties in Byron Bay. Jemma has created a raw food oasis.