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Raw Vegan Protein: Sun Warrior Review

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

I recently had the privilege of trying samples of a new raw vegan protein powder shortly before it was made available to the public. This stuff is awesome!

While I usually take my protein powders unflavored to keep the calories as low as possible, the samples were chocolate and vanilla. They were delicious treats, and since only sweetened with stevia, the calories aren’t that much higher anyway. In the future, I’ll get the natural, but I’m glad I got to try these, since I probably would’ve passed them by otherwise.

Compared to some other rice protein powders, it mixed extremely well with just a spoon. I enjoyed mine in a warm beverage, like tea or Dandy Blend or (shhh…) the cup of coffee I allow myself each day.

As for the cost, it’s significantly more expensive than standard high-heat processed vegetable proteins, but if raw is what you want, raw is what they deliver. We’re talking sprouted rice that’s never been heated above 90 °F!

They also make some impressive claims about the amino acid profile and digestibility. I’m not sure where the 85% came from, as my math gave either 76% using grams or 91% by calories. Anyone??

My suggestion—the one I’ll be following—is to take them up on their bulk order deal to avoid shipping charges, which at 2.2 lbs per container could be quite the savings.

30 Days Vegan: Morgan Spurlock Rocks

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Most well-known for his blockbuster, full-length documentary, Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock took that formula of a month-long personal challenge and created a television series that’s now in its third season. I really resonate with the concept seeing as it was a two-week experiment that took me from lacto-ovo vegetarianism to a vegan diet. And a similar challenge got me hooked on green smoothies.

Here’s how the FX website’s 30 Days section describes the vegan episode, airing Tuesday night, June 17th:

PARTICIPANT – George Snedeker, 42
RESIDES – Chapel Hill, NC
AIRDATE – Tuesday, June 17, 2008

George Snedeker is an avid hunter who considers it much more than just a sport; to George, hunting is a way of life. George hunts mainly for deer meat and tries to use the entire animal in order not to be wasteful.

For 30 Days, George will live in Los Angeles with vegan Melissa Karpel, 29, and her vegan family: parents Don and Madeline Karpel and her sisters Stephanie and Kimberly, who are 25-year-old twins. Melissa is a Los Angeles Campaign Coordinator for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a non-profit organization that fights for animal rights on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade and in the entertainment industry.

George will participate in PETA initiatives including a demonstration at a popular fast food chain, work at a local farm animal rescue center and meet with various organizations such as Last Chance for Animals, a non-profit group dedicated to animal rights.

Should be interesting! I hope this reaches you in time to watch and share your thoughts here afterward.

Are you up for a challenge of your own? The “Declare Your Independence From Unhealthy Foods” group cleanse starts on the 4th of July at Green Smoothie Central!

Kitchen Sink

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I may be good in the kitchen when it comes to creating new recipes, but one thing I’m not is a handyman. So, it was to be a long and frustrating weekend as I attempted to replace my leaky and worn, double-basin sink. Someone with any amount of skill—unless it’s as little as I possess—could finish the job in under two hours. It took me two days.  

Everyone raves about stainless steel, but I found it to be anything but (stainless, that is). I went with a white acrylic this time. I’m hoping it’ll be easier to clean and maintain. Also, it’s lightweight, so my counters won’t complain.

I started in on Saturday after the morning dump run, grocery shopping, and lunch. Removing the old one was simple enough. Time-consuming and back-breaking, but not difficult. All the cleaners, garbage bags, etc., stored underneath got strewn about the kitchen floor to give me access to the attachments and supports. Then a little jostling from the top, and finally she was out of there. I was proud of myself and rearing to go. Off to Home Depot!

In lieu of an embarrassing picture of the old sink.

There I had my first good experience with customer support from a gentleman who was a professional plumber prior to his current position. He made everything sound so easy, even pulling out pieces from boxes to show me what to expect.

Unfortunately, once home, the only thing that went relatively smoothly was hooking up the faucet (a Moen), sprayer, and drains. Then I lowered it in place with some caulking. It seems to fit OK, though I’d prefer the hole to have been a little smaller to give the edges more of a lip to rest on.

Now all that remained was to hook up the PVC plumbing. That’s where things took a turn for the worse. Nothing fit! Threaded pieces were meeting threaded pieces, the drain catches were too big, etc., etc.. Frustrated, I washed my produce in the bathroom, had dinner, and went to bed, knowing another trip into Home Depot awaited me the next day. While my Mom and step-dad think an hour in HD is fun, I certainly don’t. :)

Today, I got back in time to catch the expert before his lunch break. He seemed exasperated that I hadn’t told him about the dishwasher line, and some other details. <shrug> I didn’t know what was important to mention the first time around. He demonstrated how the connectors I had did indeed fit the drain catches, and I left with different parts after having returned some others.

Back home, I got that part and started hacking away at some PVC pipes that needed trimming. I have a jigsaw around here somewhere, but heck if I could find it, so hacksaw it was. Fun, fun. Eventually, everything was in place, the water hooked up and turned on, and it was time for a test run.

D’oh! Same leak as before. Now, I knew why though. The standard size pipe going from the t-connector to the right basin was too short. And no, this wasn’t one of those I just cut.  

A final trip into Home Depot (#4) was required. A few different possible extenders in hand, and another hacksaw hack, and things are now working. I’ll dab some more caulk around the edges before I go to bed, as I can see some spots that didn’t quite fill.

The little extender that made all the difference.

By the way, New Hampshire is experiencing its first heatwave of the season, so it was a sweaty ordeal. Let me tell you, there are certainly better ways to spend your weekend; I got nothing else done and spent $230+. Yet, I’m left with a sense of accomplishment and am ready to kick back and watch the Celtics. They better win. ;)

Pretty, heh?

Notice the digital thermometer reads 85 Fahrenheit at 4:34 PM.

Any guesses as to that contraption on the right-hand side of the windowsill?

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