Taste Testing Eat Real’s New Organic Range

I’ve been a big Eat Real fan ever since I first tried their Chilli & Lemon flavour Lentil Chips. I’d never seen crisps made out of lentils before – or anything other than potatoes, really – and once I tried them I was absolutely hooked. After that, I kept an eye out for the brand and spotted other lentil flavours and their hummus crisps as well. All delicious!

A representative of Eat Real recently got in touch with me and sent on information about the new organic range Eat Real just launched. I requested a few samples to try them myself and I was delighted to receive six sample packets; two each of Veggie Straws, Hummus and Lentil crisps. I thought this was really generous seeing as they’re 100g each!

The first one I tried was the veggie straws and I polished off the packet myself during a Netflix binge. Seeing as they’re low in sugar, salt and saturated fat, I’ll let myself off the hook there! All of the crisps were ‘Sea Salt’ flavour, and although they were all super yummy, I think the veggie straws or the lentil ones are my favourite. Probably the lentil ones at a toss up!

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The range is gluten free and vegan (a combination that’s quite hard to find even these days!) and made of organic hummus, lentils and vegetables! They contain significantly less fat than traditional crisps (hummus crisps 40% less, lentil and veggie crisps 30%) and are certified by the Soil Association.

It’s hard to believe that the Eat Real brand was only launched 3 years ago! I suppose it’s because I first tried their products when I went vegan and I feel like I’ve been vegan much longer than a year and a bit! What this new range represents is that healthy food with good-for-you ingredients is becoming more readily available. And that’s a great thing!

Veggie Straws

Does anyone remember those salt and vinegar stick crisps? They came in a red packet? I can’t remember the name of them but I used to love that they came in stick form! Not sure why, it’s just a shape, but it heightened my eating experience for some reason!

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These Veggie Straws are exactly as they sound – they’re green, orange and yellow so they remind you of eating something healthier – and they’re hollow inside like straws! They’re just the right amount of salted – not so much that it rubs off onto your fingers – but just enough to satisfy that savoury craving.

Rating: 4/5

Lentil Crisps 

On first inspection, these crisps look like a holier version than the popular crisps, Snax. And by holier filled with some bubbly holes – they’re not Catholic crisps! Some of them are curlier than others but they’re just as yummy.

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I like imperfectly shaped crisps anyway, and that goes for most foods too, as it gives the impression that they’re not all spat out of some machine into cookie cutter shapes on a conveyor belt. Yack! These are very light on the tummy and super yummy – my favourites!

Rating: 5/5

Hummus Crisps 

These were the last ones that I tried (even though I’d be the first person jumping on the hummus bowl if I was at a party!) These are shaped like slightly curved discs and they’re very thin. If anybody tried to steal them on you I bet you could do some damage with the edges alone!

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Again, these are really nice but I think they’re even nicer because they’re the lowest in calorie of the lot – 466 calories for the whole bag! Not bad for a binging night, eh?

Rating: 3.5/5

If you’re a crisp fiend like I am, definitely give them a go, particularly because they’re certified organic, better for you than regular crisps and they’re tasty to boot.

Each bag is about £2.19 which is around €2.50 and they’re available from most health stores.

There Is No Planet B | Happy Earth Day

Happy earth day, all!

All over the world, people celebrated the earth. They held demonstrations, created art, raised awareness of dire and preventable issues facing the earth and immersed themselves in nature. It’s a pity we don’t all do this more often!

There is such stunning beauty around us, whether it’s in a park, a garden, at the top of a mountain, on a hiking trail or at the beach – wherever you find beauty – but it can be so easy to forget that the earth is wounded. Human activity is hurting and killing it, and I’m not just talking about the devastating effects of animal agriculture; there are mountains of trash on and underneath our oceans, our forests are being chopped down at shocking rates, our air is being polluted, and we’re buying and using so much that is being chucked into landfill without a second thought for how long it will take for the earth to break it down. There are over 5 TRILLION pieces of plastic in the ocean, which weighs an estimated 270k tonnes. That number is hard to even imagine but this estimate could likely be even higher.

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By hurting the earth, we’re hurting ourselves. Like all animals, it’s natural for humans to be immersed in nature. We find peace there, and particularly now in the age we’re living in, with our eyes constantly fixed on the unnatural light of screens, sitting inside most of the day, breathing in air doused with perfumes and air fresheners and smoke, drinking water tainted with chemicals and chlorine byproducts, and filling ourselves with corpses and processed foods. It’s no wonder as people we’re all so ill and our world is bearing the brunt of this too.

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But we can’t just sit around worrying and stressing over the damage being done to the world, we have a duty to do something. One major thing you can do is recycle properly and encourage others to do the same; you could set up a recycling bin at work (I just set one up in my office two weeks ago and people have been really good at making an effort!), buy glass over plastic, purchase as many unpackaged things as possible (fruit and veg are always easy options here) and when you do buy packaged products, recycle them!

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Besides this, get involved with environmental groups and educate your friends and family on the damage being done to the earth and what easy changes they can make to prevent it. If you’re a girl, think about buying a moon cup or reusable period pads instead of using disposable ones. According to Down2Earth.ie, sanitary pads and baby’s diapers can take 500 years to biodegrade. That’s insane!

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Earth Day is a good way to think about our daily habits more, our actions and how they affect the people around us and the earth we stand on. I’m not saying people have to become environmentalists overnight, but we can take this opportunity to make changes. We can try harder, even if it’s just one thing, even if you decide to recycle for the first time or if you ditch your sanitary products and buy something reusable; every little helps. All we have to do is care. Remember: Reduce, reuse, recycle!

What did you do for Earth Day? Let me know in the comments!

Aiming For A Less Wasteful 2017 – Being Ethically Vegan

I’ve been trying to only buy things that I need as of late. When I first went vegan, I went a bit mad and bought anything cruelty free. I was like a kid in a candy shop, spreading my arms and shouting “I want ALL the things!” but I’ve learnt to cut back on that a lot in the past few months.

Nowadays, my reasons for buying vegan products are to eat (groceries), to stay clean and presentable (shampoo/deodorant) and then whatever skincare and makeup products I run out of. I recently cleared out my makeup drawers and delivered a butt-load of stuff down to the local charity shop because I realised the makeup that I actually use can fit in your average purse. I had so much that I didn’t actually need, so I figured someone else might get the use out of the things just sitting in my drawer.

In one of my earliest videos, I spent €20 on a hand lotion and thought that was totally normal. Now I look back at past me and feel like shaking myself. Why couldn’t I have spent that on something worthwhile? I could’ve donated it to an animal shelter or I could’ve sponsored a donkey at the Cork Donkey Sanctuary, or I could even have bought groceries for the week. Keeping things that are actually important to me in mind (slightly softer hands is not one of those things), I’m going to go through 2017 and try to make better choices than I did last year.

zero waste ireland

Did you know that Ireland, per head of population, is among the highest waste producers in Europe? Annually, our waste would fill Croke Park to the top of the stands. Just visualise that for a moment. That is immense. I think we can do better. There is a movement called Zero Waste which aims to minimise as much as possible the amount of waste we create.

I’m just vegan now, but I’d love to move towards a life of less excess; less waste, less paper, less plastic, less STUFF bought just because an advert told me I needed it or just because it has ‘Suitable for vegans’ on it. That’s one of my goals for 2017 and I think I’m well on my way to achieving a more minimalist approach to my life. Committing to something is half the battle.

I plan on watching Trashed (2012) this month to better educate myself on what exactly is happening in terms of worldwide landfill and pollution. Check out the trailer below:

What are your goals for this year? Will you be doing any volunteering? Any animal activism? Let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear your stories!

If you’re interested in learning about the Zero Waste Movement, check out this link.