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ExpoFinds: Vegan Smart Shakes


When Vega came out on the market a few years ago, the world of vegan protein shakes was changed forever. Before that, you had limited options and most of them tasted  like sand mixed into your almond milk.

Meeting the folks from Naturade VeganSmart at EXPO, we wondered if their shake mix would hold up to Vega. And it DID! They even had a large chart on display, comparing their product to other various vegan protein companies, and VeganSmart was equal or better in nutrition, and better on price. Affordability goes a long way, too, especially since many folks have tight budgets and these kinds of products can be just too much to purchase. vegansmart_lrAround here, it’s a rare occasion when we actually drink vegan protein/nutrition shakes by themselves. We at least make a smoothie as a quick meal, and often, we use these mixes in recipes. And the folks at VeganSmart must feel the same way, since they have great recipes online like Oatmeal Chai Smoothies and No-Bake Chocolate Pie.

You know what else we like about VeganSmart? It’s **really easy to find** – like available at Vitamin Shoppes nationwide and at local grocers, like Safeway. That scores big points in our book. Of course, you can also buy it online, right on the VeganSmart website, too. These shakes come in Chai, Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. They are gluten free, soy free, trans-fat free, have fiber, are non-GMO and contain omega-3s and digestive enzymes.

We love this find from the Natural Products Expo East – and highly recommend it. We’ve used  Vegan Smart in several recipes (muffins, homemade energy bars, even raw no-bake cookies) and it’s wonderful! It’s also tasty just mixed into your almond milk, too, by the way. Nothing at all like sand.

ExpoFinds: ProTings Baked Crisps


If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ve heard it a million times: Where do you get your protein? Now, in addition to the usual answer you have (rolling your eyes, for example!) you can add another item to the list: CHIPS!

The good folks at ProTings have created a baked crisp (it’s a chip) with 15 grams of protein per serving. These crunchy snacks are vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. ProTings come in three flavors – chili lime, sea salt and tangy southern BBQ. We got to sample them all at the Natural Products Expo and each was tasty, but the chili lime won as our fave.



ProTings power comes from pea protein, flaxseeds and sunflower seed oil. We are big fans of pea protein – it’s showing up all over the place lately and is a wonderful alternative for those with soy concerns. You can read more about the ProTings ingredients, which are all recognizable, on their website.

To find these yummy crisps and munch on them yourself, visit the locations page on ProTings website. The company is based in New York and most of their distribution is in that region so far.

We hope that some big national chain, say Whole Foods or Wegman’s, picks these up. Cuz you know, we vegans need that protein. 😉