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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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Quick Update

After recently looking through the archive, it’s come to my attention that I haven’t been as attentive to the blog as much as I should be. I apologize to any new visitors and to the followers as well. The new year has brought on new challenges and new goals that have occupied my focus for good reasons. I promise that the blog will be updated soon. I’ve been testing some amazing new vegan products that I can’t wait to share with you.

Stay tuned Gents!

GGV

Almost Happy Birthday Harry’s

On the brink of their one year anniversary, Harry’s is reaching for the stars and literally plucking them down from the night sky.¬† Having just taken the men’s grooming world by storm back in March 2013, Harry’s has quickly found a cozy home for themselves in the booming niche of men’s grooming.¬† It’s almost as if they have been at this for hundreds of years, but they haven’t, it’s only been 10 months…10 MONTHS!!!!!!!

As I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed on this snow-covered morning, I came across a new tweet from my favorite VEGAN friendly shaving company.¬† There was an article from DealB%k in the NY Times written by Michael J. De La Merced, in which he highlights the most recent move from Harry’s that will undoubtedly shake up the “David vs. Goliath” world of shaving once again.¬† This past Monday they announced the purchase of their own¬† razor blade factory in Germany – the very factory that already produces their “sharperer” razor blades so that you can have a smoother than a baby’s bottom face for a fantastic price.¬† This is very exciting news from a company that I’ve been keeping a close eye on ever since I came across one of their Facebook advertisements just this past summer.¬† If you are interested in the details of the deal, I highly recommend reading the article,

A Start-Up Run by Friends Takes On Shaving Giants

Briefly about Harry’s…

Based on a simple idea from the genius minds of Andy Katz-Mayfield & Jeff Raider, the two set out with one goal in mind, which is my favorite tag lines from their website:

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“Handsomer. Sharperer. Less Expensiver. An exceptional shave at a fraction of the price”

“Harry’s was built out of respect…for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and most importantly for guys who know they shouldn’t have to overpay for a great shave.”

Those very elements: quality craftsmanship, simple design, convenience and affordability are infused into every aspect of this New York City based start-up.¬† Holding a Harry’s, you quickly realize this isn’t your run of the mill razor.¬† Every time I shave I know that my facial hair doesn’t stand a chance!¬† Did I mention the price?!¬† With a Harry’s razor and shaving cream, rest assured that your wallet won’t be pillaged like the Vikings raiding England.¬† You’re getting a great shave with a great design and a fantastic price.¬† Its a solid piece of equipment that your face and your wallet will be thanking you for years to come.

Cheers to you, Harry’s.¬† I cannot wait to see what else you guys have up your sleeves.

GGV

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 Raspberry,¬†Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and¬†Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut.¬† 20140107-222026.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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2013, you may have won the battle!

I give up 2013! You win!

As I concede to this past year I have to say that I am very happy to put this one behind me. ¬†I’ve had the typical ups and downs that come pre-installed with every year: money problems, car problems, work problems. ¬†Come to think of it, its been mostly hassles, problems and obstacles. ¬†Its kind of depressing. ¬†However, I can honestly say there are a lot of things I am truly grateful for, so even though the events of this past year truly SUCKED, I’ve got a lot to look forward to.

There are positive things about this last year that changed my life. ¬†It wasn’t all bad (mostly, but not all). ¬†I was given the opportunity to quit a job that drained the life out of me and pushed me to my mental and physical breaking points. ¬†I am very happy to say that job is very far behind me…GOOD RIDDANCE!

I also started Guys Go Vegan, blog/social network for all of us vegan guys. ¬†Its been something that I’ve always wanted to do. ¬†I just never knew how start it or build it. ¬†Watching it grow and evolve has been really exciting. ¬†I’ve connected to so many different people and companies, that I never thought I’d be communicating with. ¬†Once a Twitter hater, I am now addicted and once a Facebook fiend, I have successfully weened myself off of it. ¬†(Although the GGV Facebook page is coming soon)

The most challenging thing over the past few years has been making a career change. ¬†I have been successfully unsuccessful at finding a new job for about…oh I don’t know, FOREVER! ¬†Realizing landscape design was not for me pretty much as soon as I started it, I’ve struggled figuring out what my purpose in this life is. ¬†This past year, with all of the changes and bad jobs, the switch finally flipped in my head and I am happy to say I’ll be embarking on a new journey in February. ¬†NYU Continuing ¬†Ed, here I come. ¬†Fingers crossed and plenty of prayers, I’ll be ready for a new adventure this summer.

I learned a lot this year about myself and about others. ¬†I said goodbye to my Gramps (big breath)…and to a new level of stress that I hope to never experience again. ¬†Looking forward to what this year has to offer has definitely got me smiling again. ¬†More blogging, new connections, new friendships…new career?

F-off 2013. ¬†Here we go 2014. ¬†Let’s do this.

Cheers everyone!

GGV