Product Review: Maya’s Jams

Who doesn’t love jam?

I know I sure do! For me, the pinnacle of late-night snacking is a fresh, good quality jam spread on homemade grain toast. Simple, crunchy, and sweet. Mmmm.

And really, what can bring you back to those happy childhood memories faster than a classic PB&J sandwich?

Sadly, all too often those store-bought jams can be a stew-pot of all things bad for you. Just take a look at the ingredient list of any of the major name brand jams and you’ll see ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a host of nearly-unpronounceable chemical additives and preservatives.

Not to mention that the sugar content is so high it usually burns your mouth and leaves you wondering what flavor exactly the jam is supposed to be.

That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to do a review for Maya’s Jams, a small, 100% family-owned company from New York’s Hudson Valley. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, this family trio consisting of Maya, her mother, and her grandmother, create delicious jams of healthy goodness from their organic orchard as well as other locally-sourced fruits.
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Sea Bakin’ Seaweed Snacks – Review


Sea Bakin' from The Sea Of Change Trading Co.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try an awesome snack food called Sea Bakin’ from The Sea Of Change Trading Co. Never heard of Sea Bakin’? Neither had I, so you could imagine my curiosity as I opened the box to discover the three flavor varieties inside (with very cool looking packaging I might add!).

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Creamy Vegan White Bean & Garlic Soup

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This is a really great winter soup – thick, creamy, delicious, and really satisfying. White beans are simmered in vegetable stock with garlic and onions, seasoned with black pepper and rosemary, and pureed until smooth. Perfect with a chewy grain bread or crusty baguette! Continue reading

Tiger Nuts – Review

When I heard that the folks over at Tiger Nuts USA wanted me to review their product, I was really excited. First of all, I had never heard of tiger nuts before and was curious to see what they were like. And secondly, they sounded like a pretty healthy and vegan-friendly snack – something I’m always on the lookout for.

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Cranberry Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal

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A twist on traditional oatmeal, this recipe calls for tart fresh cranberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you like chocolate-cherry combinations, you will love this recipe, as the flavors are very similar. Continue reading

Recipe Review! Sweet Potato and Pecan Cinnamon Buns with Maple Glaze

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I found this recipe on and just had to give it a try. Originally vegan, I switched out the dairy substitutes for real dairy ingredients (don’t hate me!), and even though it calls for a lot of rise time, they were impressively easy to make- not to mention delicious! I can’t think of a better way to use up any leftover sweet potato you might have from Thanksgiving.

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Garlicky Stewed White Beans with Mixed Peppers

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I love to make this recipe on a regular basis, particularly in the fall and winter months. Creamy white beans, sweet peppers and rich, garlicky tomatoes make this meal absolutely delicious, while the high-fiber, high-protein leave you feeling full and satisfied. You’ll definitely want to pair this dish with a hot, crusty baguette and a nice glass of wine! Continue reading

40-Minute Vegan Chili

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This chili is absolutely delicious, and super easy to make. If you want to kick it up a notch, you could add a little cayenne pepper for some heat. The refried beans make this chili thick and very hearty, just right for a chilly autumn day! Continue reading

Easy Crock-Pot Refried Beans

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I love refried beans. I just can’t help it. For me, no burrito or taco is complete without a few heaping spoons of the stuff, preferably with some sharp cheddar cheese melted into the mix. Unfortunately, after switching to a vegetarian diet, they became off-limits, due to the fact that almost all refried beans are made with pork fat. Fortunately, I found a wonderful recipe to make them myself, completely vegan. After a little tweaking here and there, it has become a go-to recipe that I love to use time and again. And the best part? Not only are these refried beans super easy, they’re also entirely fat-free! Continue reading