5 on Friday + Vanilla Chai Frappuccino

Life gets crazy.


I have about a million things that I ran out of time to do this week.  There are pictures on my computer of things I’ve been meaning to share with you all for weeks.  It’s embarrassing.


This Friday I am going to begin to catch up!  Here are 5 things I’m digging lately:


1. Dandy Blend

I won a bag of Dandy Blend in a giveaway from Tiffany @ Como Water.  It’s an herbal dandelion powder that supposedly has a coffee-like taste.

You know what?  It does!  Granted, it’s no replacement for your fancy Ethiopian blends… but for you non-fancy coffee drinkers and herbal drink lovers, I would recommend it.



The bag says to mix 1 rounded tsp with a mug of hot water.  That didn’t cut it for me.  I had to use 2 heaping tsp to get that coffee taste.  Hot “coffee” is good, but my favorite way to drink it was been mixed into other things.  Namely, mixed into a vanilla chai frappuccino.  (Recipe at bottom.)

Speaking of the frapp below…


2. Vanilla Chai Vega Nutritional Powder

Vega’s re-formulated Vanilla Chai also had a starring role in my  vanilla chai frappucchino.  I have previously tried Vega’s plant-based protein powder and didn’t care for it.  They did a great job on the reformulation!  I loved the 15g of protein to keep me full, and that it only contained 2g of sugar.



With many powders I find that the flavors are either too diluted or leave an artificial aftertaste – the new Vega doesn’t commit either crime.  It made an awesome chai-spiced cold drink to start out the crazy-winter-balmy 75 degree day!


3. Super Me! Wrist Cuff

This rockin’ cuff was ordered from Horse Feathers several weeks ago.

(Side note: Does any one else think “finger cuffs!” every time they hear the word cuff?  Chasing Amy reference?  Any one?)



Check out the website here.  They sell a bunch of different items and other cuffs with various quotes.  Mine says: “If I gotta be me, I’m gonna be super-me.”

They shipped fast and it arrived in a cute blue bag.  Sold.


4. So Delicious Chocolate Dairy-Free Ice Cream

This deliciousness is almost sugar-free – only 1g of sugar!!!  It was on sale (mind you, on sale meant it was still $5 a pint) at Whole Foods, so I treated myself.  My expectations were low… but OMG it is delicious!!!




5. YOU

You guys have been making me smile all week.

One of my new favorite bloggers, Lauren @ Oatmeal After Spinning made a variation of my Chili Nutty Tofu and declare it “perfection.”  If you haven’t tried baking tofu yet… you should! :)

Click here for my version (pictured below):


Click here for Lauren’s variation.



Gina @ Running to the Kitchen (Our blogs’ names should get married – no wonder I love her!) made my Vegan Goat Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes.

I’m not one to brag (ok, I can be one to brag…), but these were damn good:


Click here to see Gina’s post, which includes some killer pics!  Read: much better than my iPhone efforts.


Vanilla Chai Frappuccino

  • Vega Vanilla Chai protein powder
  • 2 heaping tsp Dandy Blend (or instant coffee, to taste)
  • 2 big kale leaves (optional)
  • Handful of wheatgrass (optional)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Ice


Toss everything in your blender of choice, mix until smooth, and happily slurp away!

I topped mine with a few cacao nibs.  Whipped cream would have also been good. 😉


Crossfit update: I’m so sore that I actually did yoga yesterday.  I hate yoga.  It helped.

What’s the best new food/product/recipe you’ve tried lately?

Has anyone tried any of the above products?  I’d love to hear your opinions!



  1. says

    Haha, I’ve seen Chasing Amy a bunch of times but not for a long time and had to look up what it meant! I knew it was something like that.

    I’ve only tried the So Delicious sugar-free mint flavor and it tasted too icy to me. Several people told me that they liked that flavor the least though so I am open to trying others.

  2. says

    I really want to try that ice cream I am sure it is delicious! I have been wanting to try out coconut milk & flour more…just haven’t gotten to that point. Hard to find where I am!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Laura says

      Coconut flour is so much fun to work with! Just watch out because it absorbs more liquid than regular flour. It gives baked goods an amazingly silky texture though!

  3. says

    Loved this post!

    That Dandy Blend sounds really interesting, would love to try it sometime! And that So Delicious ice cream sounds awesome, too! Only 1g of sugar.. thats so rare these days! 😛

    Have a great weekend!

    • Laura says

      Right?! I get so excited when I find good products that aren’t loaded with 25g of sugar.

      Hope your weekend is a good one too!

    • Laura says

      I’m digging it! I made a cup this morning with cinnamon and some cocoa stevia – delish! Thank you again!!!

  4. says

    – I discovered Dandy Blend a few years ago when a co-worker brought me some and fell in love with it immediately! I also love the Vega Vanilla Chai and never thought to combine the two- what a great idea! I can’t wait to try it out!
    – I really, really like the vanilla flavor or the So Delicous Sugar Free. I can’t remember if I’ve had any of the others.
    – I need to make the tomato recipe- or at least the “cheese” filling. (Must put on to-do list…)
    – Your tofu recipe seriously opened up a whole new set of doors for me. I want everyone to try it! And I can’t wait to experiment more with different variations on baked tofu!

    And PS- Your blog is most definitely one of my favorite new discoveries… you’re going to Blend, right? (If so, you need to drag Lee along!!)

    • Laura says

      I can’t wait to see how else you make it! I want to try the whiskey tofu recipe Heather @ Better with Veggies posted today, only baked.

      P.S. You are so sweet! I’m so glad we found each other AND that we’ll get to meet at Blend!!! I don’t know what Lee isn’t going… off to pester her…

  5. says

    Dandelion powder? Now that is something I’ve never seen before. The best new food product I’ve tried recently is Erin Baker’s peanut butter protein granola. I’m not usually a granola person, but I keep finding excuses to snack on this all day.

    • Laura says

      No, this was my first time trying it. It almost landed in my oats, but I was craving a frapp. Let me know if you try it!

  6. Khushboo says

    Ohh I want to try this soy ice cream- sounds yum! I am loving mutabul- it’s a Lebanese dip similar to hummus but instead made from eggplant…I’m officially addicted!

    • Laura says

      I think I made something like mutabul without knowing it! I used eggplant, tahini, and garlic as the base. Is that the base of it? Never blogged it because the color was gross… tasted great though!

  7. says

    I have a bag of vega Shake & Go Vanilla Almond smoothie mix…and I absolutely love it! Great on it’s own, or it adds excellent protein/flavor to my regular smoothies/shakes. I haven’t tried any other Vega products though–although I did buy the Thrive book. And I waaaant that ice cream–but in the almond chip flavor. Definitely going to watch Whole Foods for that one, thanks for the recommendation!

    • Laura says

      The Thrive book loos really good. Are you liking it?

      I had the almond chip in my hand and then opted for chocolate. That’s happening next time though!

      • says

        I reviewed the book on my blog here: http://forgottenbeast.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/book-3-and-a-recipe-review/ and have since made a few more recipes from it–the ones I’ve tried have all been REALLY good (made some “crackers” and “burgers” in addition to a few of the pancake recipes–but there aren’t that many recipes and a lot of them are fairly impractical/may not please people not used to “health” food. So I’d say if your library has it or you find it used, flip through it, but it’s not necessarily a must-have/use-all-the-time sort of book.

  8. says

    You know I *heart* Vega – that Vanilla Chai is my favorite flavor of the smoothie mix. There’s also a protein in the Sport Pack (I think you’ll get a sample in the one you ordered) that has a higher protein count & is yummy. Not as yummy as the Vega One, but it’s a true protein powder.

    And wheatgrass? Rock on – I can’t stomach that stuff – too bitter for me. :)

    • Laura says

      I’m really excited to try it out!

      Wheatgrass doesn’t bother me in smoothies. I can’t handle it straight though!

  9. says

    Hold the phone–is the protein powder chai flavored? Or is it chia.. you wrote chia in the ingredient list but part of me thinks (and hopes!) it’s a typo and there is really a chai flavored protein powder. That would be dope!

  10. Kat says

    Love that opening pic! HA… I’m also looking for someone to date who also has completely no time to date. is that even dating? lol!

  11. says

    I’ve seen that ice cream but didn’t buy it, thought I would try making my own but that didn’t quite work out. I’m trying this, maybe the vanilla. Still want to make the vegan goat cheese maybe this weekend. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Laura says

      I’d say it’s worth it as an occasional splurge. :)

      Let me know if you do the goat cheese! I am in love with the stuff.

  12. says

    Love finding new healthy recipes, gives me fun ideas! The goat cheese stuffed tomatoes look delicious! I don’t fry foods, my hubby and I stopped eating fried foods, and stopped eating at fast-food restaurants. Hugs, Terra

    • Laura says

      Good for you guys! Do you feel so much better now? I was just telling my mom last night that I can’t imagine eating some of the crap I used to put in my body!

  13. says

    Yay for happy things! Love the wrist cuff and the ice cream in particular. All I kind find here is one brand of soy ice cream that comes in vanilla and chocolate, and it is LAMEFACE. Bah!

  14. Anonymous says

    That ecard is hilarious. PURPLE asparagus??? OOOOH…..can’t wait ’till I can find some. Does it taste exactly like green (or the white?) I’m also a little jealous of that bee cup!!! LOVE it. Have a great weekend.

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