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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That’s a Fancy Moustache You Have There…

Congratulations! You’re halfway through this glorious Movember. For many of you, this might be your first moustache. That’s okay; to be honest, this only my second Movember.  So far, it’s been a great season, to say the least. Keep up the good work!

At this point, you might be wondering what to do with your luscious ‘stache. It might be getting long, or it might be a little sharp or dry. Movember is more than just a month out of the year in which you happen to grow a moustache. Take pride in your upper lip sweater, because you’re representing a much bigger cause here. It’s your responsibility to spread the word about proper men’s health care, raising awareness about testicular and prostate cancer, as well as mental health.

With a great ‘Mo comes great responsibility.

Every once in a while, I institute the “go big or go home” mentality. That being the case, I’ll have to come clean here. I usually rock some level of facial hair all year round, so this year I officially started growing the ‘stache around the end of September. If you want to commit to growing a serious moustache, you’ll need to be prepared with the right tools.

Facial hair requires just as much love as the hair on your head. Think about it – you wash your hair everyday with shampoo, and maybe even a conditioner, and it usually looks good, right? Would it shock you that the ‘Mo needs just as much TLC? Like any fine craftsman, you’ll need a few good tools to tame the wild beast. When stocking up for the long haul, it’s always important to keep it vegan.  Then you will also be able to say, “No animals were harmed in the growing of this moustache.”

Your Tools:

  1. Moustache Comb
  2. Moustache Wax
  3. Moustache Conditioner and Wax Remover
  4. Shampoo/Conditioner
  5. Repeat

1. The first thing you’ll need is a fine-toothed comb. Small hair equals a small comb. Head on over to Kent’s to pick up a good one to commemorate this years ‘Mo. Once you get out of the shower, make sure to comb your ‘stache.  If you’re attempting the coveted handlebar, you’ll want to comb outwards on both sides, creating a nice part in the middle.  If you’re going for the classic porno ‘stache just comb it downwards.  Always comb!

2. Next, you’ll need a great moustache wax.  Not all waxes work in the same way.  Some need to be heated up more so than others in order to be worked into the hair properly.  Some have a strong hold, which is important if you’re unable to refresh throughout the day.  My recommendation is to visit my friends over at Petal Pusher Fancies.  Let’s call them PPF for the duration. I started out by purchasing their Vegan Dandy Candy Moustache Wax.

First and foremost, this wax is vegan and that’s the main reason I picked it up.  Now I’m sure there are more out there, but its important to me that they say they are a vegan product.  This not only means that their products are void of any animal-based ingredients, but it also means that the products were not tested on animals before they went to market.  It’s important to support companies that are compassionate from start to finish.

Secondly, their waxes just smell amazingly manly, like any great moustache should.  Created using a fine mixture of Steam-River Rum Oil and hints of orange, other fine oils, spices and natural butters, this was a great introduction to moustache waxes for me.  In order to get a good application of this wax, you’ll need to heat it up with a hair dryer or other heat source to make it easier to distribute through your hair.  I also like to run hot water from the sink and let the faucet heat up.  Then I’ll take a small amount of wax and stick it to the faucet just in case I need some extra wax at the end.

A few weeks into the growing season, I thought I’d try something different.  PPF also offers a Vegan Soy Free Dandy Candy.  Same great smell, same portable tin, but very different wax.  I found this wax to be much easier to apply.  It barely needs to be heated up and it’s very easy to work into the hair with your fingers.

Honestly, I think that both of these waxes have great holds and I would recommend both of them.  Different occasions call for different waxes.

3. The last essential tool for maintaining the moustache is a good wax remover and conditioner. You might be asking yourself, “Where can I buy that?!” Luckily for us, our friends at PPF thought of everything (which is why I love this company). One of my problems last Movember was that my hair was so dry and rough that I could barely curl the ends. So, I did some digging. I literally searched “moustache conditioners” and there it was, the The Wicked Cookie-Duster Wax Remover and Conditioner! The answer to all my problems. This stuff is wicked awesome, and it smells (insert adjective more potent than “incredible” here). I just can’t describe how good this smells.  You’ll just have to buy it and experience it for yourself. Just apply it with a kid’s size toothbrush. (Yes, a kid’s toothbrush. I use one with Woody from Toy Story on it because…well, why not?). Let it sit for a couple of minutes or let it seep into the hair overnight. The longer the better, because it really does work. My hair has never felt softer and this really helps when combing and styling. The hair will actually go in the desired direction (for example, the handlebar is starting to emerge nicely).

4. When it’s time to remove the conditioner, make sure that you use shampoo and NOT a face wash or a bar of soap. This will only have a reverse effect on the hair. You just spent all of that time softening the hair; don’t go and muck it all up!

5. Repeat this process for as long as you plan on keeping that work of art on your upper lip.

One last thing for which I have to applaud PPF: they offer an incredible gift set for all of you vegan guys out there.  Make sure to pick this up for the holiday season: Vegan Wet Shaving Kit.  Regular shaving is okay with your Mach 1500 or whatever, but have you ever shaved with a double-edge razor, an old fashioned shaving brush and a shaving cake?  Most of us haven’t, because we either don’t know where to buy them or they are just so damn expensive.  PPF to the rescue once again.  This gift comes with a lot of things, and the shaving brush is VEGAN!!! Did you know that those brushes are typically made from badger hair?  Gross, right?  What did the badger ever do to us to deserve that?  Now with this gift set, you can enjoy one of the closest shaves ever, stay true to the vegan cause…AND IT’S FUN!  For a quick tutorial, I would suggest checking out:

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