Guys Eat “Neat”

When I first starting eating a plant-based diet back in college, (back in those days, it was still just called a “vegan diet”) our cafeteria at Rutgers actually did serve some vegan-friendly options.  There were always great salads, crazy good french fries, soy-based turkey slices upon request and even soy “chick’n” nuggets from time to time.  It was very rare that I went hungry, to be completely honest.  But being a money strapped undergrad really limited my exploration of off campus options.  I remember my first experience going into Whole Foods at Columbus Circle in the city and being so intimidated that I think I left empty handed.  I really didn’t know what to do or where to look.  I felt like I was walking into the Soup-Nazi’s place from Seinfeld where at any moment I could be asked to leave for not ordering correctly or forgetting my reusable canvas bag.  NO TOFU FOR YOU!

Over the years, as I have evolved as a vegan or plant-based human, I have noticed this massive and positive shift in innovation including food, drinks, clothing…you name it, and someone has figured out how to make it vegan.  Come to think of it, thats one of the major factors that has helped me be able to stay vegan.

If you’re like me, you probably like any “meat” options on the shelf.  I don’t care what it looks like or how much it costs.  If it’s vegan, I’m interested.

I’d like to talk about Neat – a healthy replacement for meat, another innovative company that has taken the preconceived idea of meat and just flipped it on its head.  Neat had reached out to GuysGoVegan and asked if I wouldn’t mind testing out their new line of meat substitute products that they recently launched.  I am always happy to test out a new product, especially one as unique at Neat.  Within a few days, I had a package at my door and I was ready and excited to eat.

When you get a Neat meat, you are getting a 100% vegan product which is also soy and gluten free.  Right now, Neat offers four great tasting meat flavors…

  • Original Mix
  • Italian Mix
  • Mexican Mix
  • Breakfast Mix

What’s so cool about their products is that the base ingredients of these meats are actually pecans and garbanzo beans.  There are some additional ingredients to give each type their specific flavor, but Neat is a very simple product that is healthy, versatile and extremely tasty.

The next part is what makes Neat so damn cool. When you open a bag of Neat Meat, its not a crumble or patty. It’s actually a powder! Yup! Just a powerful little powder that you mix with water and your favorite vegan egg replacer (Neat now makes an Egg Substitute!), sauté and you’re good to go!  You can make burgers with the original mix, top some pasta with the Italian, make tacos with Mexican and breakfast patties with the breakfast mix.  Those are some basic ideas, but the possibilities are almost endless.

I want to thank everyone over at Neat for sending me these samples to test out.  If you see Neat in the store, be sure to pick it up.  It’s super fun to cook with and watch how this plant based powder transforms into a protein packed vegan meat.  If you’re interested in checking out Neat’s story visit their website and watch their video,

I follow Neat on Instagram and Twitter.  Let me tell you…you can tell from their photos and tweets that these are some of the hardest working people in the vegan world.  No matter where you live, if there is a vegan event you can be sure to find Neat serving up some awesome concoctions.  If you need some help finding Neat, Click Here to find the nearest distributor.

Neat Original Mix

Neat Original Mix


Neat Mexican mix

Neat Mexican Mix


Neat Italian MIx

Neat Italian Mix


Neat Breakfast Mix

Neat Breakfast Mix-The Newest Mix!

 

 

 

 

 

One last thing I need to mention.  Neat just released their Egg Substitute.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it and test it out.  Keep your eye on Neat, from what they’ve given us already, I’m sure there are more innovations to come.

Neat Egg

Neat Egg

That’s all for now.  Remember to follow GuysGoVegan on Twitter and GuysGoVegan on Instagram.

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GO BEYOND!

BEYOND MEAT is changing the face of protein!

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You could say it was love at first bite.  The first time I tasted Beyond Meat, my mind and taste buds were officially blown.  If you haven’t tried their chicken yet, run, don’t walk to your nearest Whole Foods or go HERE!!!!!! to locate the nearest health food store that carries Beyond Meat and experience it for yourself.

Need a little beef in that burrito?  They have that too.  Just released last month, Beyond Beef isn’t your ordinary vegan beef crumble.  This one might be a little harder to find, but when you do, make sure you stock up, because its flying off the shelves.

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Beyond Meat loves to spread the love and so do I. How good can something really be if you can’t share it with your friends, right?

Here’s a little love from Beyond Meat and Guys Go Vegan…get out there and GO BEYOND! Click the photo, save some cash and pass it on.

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EcoTrek Fitness Bars GIVEAWAY!

This is your last chance to win free EcoTrek Fitness Bars. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. It ends at 12 am tonight Eastern Standard Time!

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Whether you’re on the run, on the trail or on the road, it’s not always easy to find something to eat as a vegan if you’re not prepared.  Over the years, through much trial and error, I have found that it is always easiest to grab some sort of granola or energy bar before I leave the house.  They’re always clutch when you’ve been running around all day and there isn’t a vegan-friendly meal or even snack in sight.  However, usually on the verge of starvation, I will scarf the thing down and then still be looking for something else to eat.

Let’s face it.  When you walk down the energy/granola bar aisle at the grocery store, it can be very overwhelming.  In America, many times we’re provided with more options than we really need.  Too many options = HARDER DECISION.  In the case of our grocery trip here, if…

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EcoTrek Fitness Bars GIVEAWAY!

Whether you’re on the run, on the trail or on the road, it’s not always easy to find something to eat as a vegan if you’re not prepared.  Over the years, through much trial and error, I have found that it is always easiest to grab some sort of granola or energy bar before I leave the house.  They’re always clutch when you’ve been running around all day and there isn’t a vegan-friendly meal or even snack in sight.  However, usually on the verge of starvation, I will scarf the thing down and then still be looking for something else to eat.

Let’s face it.  When you walk down the energy/granola bar aisle at the grocery store, it can be very overwhelming.  In America, many times we’re provided with more options than we really need.  Too many options = HARDER DECISION.  In the case of our grocery trip here, if someone is standing next to you in the aisle while you are hemming and hawing about bars, they most likely think you are flat out crazy.  There’s a good chance that, at this point, you have 10 bars in your hands and, like me, you’re reading all of the ingredients trying to settle on one.

Allow me to speed up this decision making process for you.  Introducing,  EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars!  From founder and personal trainer, Cari Draft, the EcoTrek Fitness Bar proves big things come in small packages.  At only 195 calories and 10 grams of protein per serving, this bar should soon become your next best friend to bring on every hike, car ride or just long day out on the go.

Cari was kind enough to send me some of these to taste test.  Although I only communicated with her through email, I could tell right away how passionate and energetic she is about her product.  I really couldn’t wait to try one for myself.  The great thing about these bars is that you can eat them pretty much whenever you want.  You don’t have to be working out.  Keep in mind though, they are low in calorie and I don’t think they are meant to replace regular meals.  I do know that I wasn’t looking for an additional snack right after eating one of these, as I had in the past.  One of these bars and a bottle of water…and you are re-energized, friends!

Cari created three perfect flavors in my opinion.  You’ve got Dark Chocolate RaspberryDark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut20140107-222026.jpg

Chocolate and coconut and chocolate and peanut butter are my two favorite flavor combinations on the face of the Earth, and I don’t think many of you will disagree with me.

Well, I have to say that she really nailed the flavor on these bars.  The toasted coconut really pops as soon as you take your first bite and along with the chocolate, you almost feel like you’re eating candy.  That goes the same across the board for the other flavors as well.  They are also really light and airy.  Some bars out on the market are so densely packed that eating one is a workout all in itself.  Eat enough of those other bricks and your jaws will be flexing in the mirror.

Here’s the genius in Cari’s creation.  Go to the Nutrition Facts and check out all of the nutrition that is jam packed in these.  You would have no idea that in each bite you’re getting all of the nutritional benefits of acai, mangosteen, and spinach just to name a few.

To make a long story short, EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars are delicious, nutritious and VEGAN-friendly, most importantly.  The balance of flavor and nutrition make these some of the best bars I’ve tasted yet.  Thanks to Cari for this amazing product!  Head over to Shop EcoTrek Bars, place your order and tell Cari what you think on her Facebook page FitGirlCari!

In order to enter the giveaway and win your free sample pack of EcoTrek Fitness Bars, just follow the link below and like EcoTrekBars, FitGirlCari and Guys Go Vegan on Facebook.  You’ll get one (1) entry for each like.  For an added bonus, tweet this offer (through the link) out to all your followers for an additional two (2) entries per day.  Good luck! 

The giveaway will start 12 a.m. Monday 1/13/14  and end 12 a.m. 1/20/2014

CLICK HERE FOR THE ECOTREK FITNESS GIVEAWAY!

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In the Belly of the Beast

I urge you to read this article. Read it and pass it along. Thanks to articles like these put out through conduits like Rolling Stone they are able to reach audiences previously unaware that this cruelty exists. People like this actually exist and they need to be stopped. Please, please read this and allow yourself to feel the words and imagine the picture it’s painting. I guarantee it will change you for the better.


In the Belly of the Beast by Rolling Stone

Where’s the beef?

You know the first thing a guy thinks about when he goes vegan, believe it or not, is MEAT.  Strange right? “How the hell am I going to give up meat?”, is what you’ll ask yourself.  Also, “where am I going to get my protein?”.  (We’ll address the “P” word later on, don’t worry.)

I think that as men we automatically relate being manly to eating meat, which is probably something that has been pre-installed in our “man hard drive” since the dawn of time.  Going vegan is going to require  you to update your operating system or for some, wipe it clean.  There are options out there; some good, some bad and some that will completely satisfy your carnivorous cravings.  If you don’t believe me, then see what the expert of all experts has to say, Alton Brown, about the newest discovery and meat substitute, Beyond Meat.  Do  yourself a favor and read this article,Tastes Like Chicken.  I think, it speaks volumes about how far we’ve come in the plant based protein world, and did I mention Alton Brown is singing Beyond Meat‘s praises.

Here are a few of my favorite substitutes after Beyond Meat:

  1. Field Roast (Great sausages, and perfect for Turkey Day)
  2. Gardein (Great chick tenders, and well just about all of their products)
  3. Upton’s Naturals New found favorite.  Wonderful flavor and abundant in spices!
  4. Lightlife Smart Deli (After all we’re men and men eat sandwiches, but not all of their products are vegan)
  5. Tofurky! (They make everything from pepperoni, to Tempeh bacon)
  6. Boca Burger (Good options, but not my first choice)

Don’t forget that not all substitutes are created equal.  Check the ingredients, because vegetarian is not always vegan.

Try some out and let me know what you think.  Check out my poll,

Stay strong men,

GGV