Healthy, Simple, Veggie-Based Snacks from Just Pure Foods

by Gena on September 10, 2012

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Have you checked out my sidebar lately? If so, you’ve probably seen my Vegan Cuts banner, and perhaps you wondered, “what’s that?”

Vegan Cuts began in the same way Groupon and Living Social did: it was a weekly email featuring deals on products & services. 100% vegan products and services, that is! The emails and newsletter are still very much alive, but the site has grown into an online marketplaces as well, where you can find fabulous deals on vegan apparel, footwear, cosmetics, skincare, food, snacks, and more. Vegan Cuts has featured deals from some of my favorite vegan businesses and non-profits: Rawxies, Our Hen House, No Meat Athlete, Christy Robinson, Compassion Couture, and Sacha Vida, to name only a few. It’s a tremendous resource for those looking to find great, animal friendly products on a budget. Beyond that, Jill and John, the founders of Vegan Cuts, are just wonderful people. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them on several occasions now, and each time, I’ve been struck by their generosity, kindness, and their energy as activists and engaged members of the vegan community.

Every time I read Vegan Cuts’ newsletter or visit the site, it seems that Jill and John have partnered with one of my favorite vegan brands. Today’s offer is no exception. Vegan Cuts is promoting a three pack of snacks from organic, raw vegan company Just Pure Foods.

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I love Just Pure Foods. I was lucky to meet the company’s founder, Justin Feldman, last year at Expo East, and was thrilled to hear that he’d developed a line of veggie snacks! As a student, I spend a lot of time relying on dried fruit, nuts, and snack bars for fuel; this is fine, but it gets old, and I also find myself missing savory food and vegetables. The Just Pure Snacks offer dehydrated veggies (often seasoned with seeds and spices) in a variety of flavors, like jalapeno tomato chips, pesto or ranch flavored zucchini chips, raw, vegan “onion rings,” cheesy kale chips, cocoa kale chips, and pesto tomato chips. Today’s Vegan Cuts deal features two bags of seasoned zucchini sticks, two bags of onion rings, and two bags of tomato chips.

Justin and the folks at Vegan Cuts kindly sent me a sample pack to taste. I was so grateful! I’ve been carrying these to class with a smile all week. So far, my favorite are the tomato chips: what an ingenious, tasty idea!

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As you’ll see, I came up with an easy recipe for these guys, but I also bet they’d be great in sandwiches and wraps.

The zucchini sticks are also a favorite: great on their own, but they add tremendous crunch and flavor to salads, too:

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Note that all of these snacks are nut-free; Justin uses sunflower seeds, sprouted buckwheat, hemp seeds, and seasonings to achieve his texture and flavor. This makes them a great option for those with nut allergies (and they’re already gluten-free for those with celiac or gluten sensitivity).

Justin sent me a few flavors not included in the Vegan Cuts sampler, just so that I could see what they’re like. Lucky me! I inhaled the cheesy kale chips:

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Just like homemade!

And finally, what I may be most excited for is the cocoa kale-nola: this is dehydrated kale and buckwheat, coated in chocolate. Oh my goodness. It’s heaven in a breakfast bowl:

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That’ll be polished off this week, for sure.

In all, I couldn’t have enjoyed this sampler more. The only downside of these incredible snacks is that they, like most vegan snacks that are raw and organic, can be a little pricey (totally understandable, given the fact that the produce is high quality, and that dehydration time is involved). For that reason, I really recommend that you jump on the chance to taste some of these delicious foods at a sharp discount, using the Vegan Cuts deal!

To learn more about Justin’s business, which uses vegetables straight from Tuttie Frutti farms, and engages in sustainable practices, read more on his website. Or you can follow him on twitter: @justpurefoods .

In the meantime, check out the delicious bowl I made with his tomato chips:

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That’s one recipe of my raw zucchini pasta alfredo, with tomato chips crumbled in and used as a topper. Absolutely divine. And proof that delicious raw snacks can certainly double as parts of a meal!

Hope you all have a chance to sample some of these veggie-ful snacks. Let me know what you think! And tune in later this week, because I’ll have my own kale chip recipe to share. In the meantime, expect a lovely morning smoothie tomorrow.

xo

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Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets September 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

These look really tasty. I will have to check them out!

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Jyoti Mundra September 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Hi,
Thank you very much for your ideas to post comments.The contest was really very interesting.I am really thankful to you for providing this unique information. Please keep sharing more and more information……
Healthy Vegan Foods

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Christine (The Raw Project) September 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I’m already addicted to Vegan Cuts! :-) I adore browsing the shop and learning about new vegan products. These look wonderful!

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity September 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

These sound great!
Are the deals available worldwide ?

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

These look good! I saw the Vegan Cuts sidebar a little while ago and had to click on it and now I get their emails. There are so many cool things that they offer! Thanks for sharing such great vegan goods on CR, Gena!

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Janae @ Bring-Joy September 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

What an awesome thing for the vegan community–thanks for sharing, I’d like to learn more about Vegan Cuts now.

Also, that kale-nola–looks fun!

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scott September 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I can’t start my day without a bowl of JustPureFoods Choco-kale and almond milk.
It’s pure heaven. My veggie burgers are never complete without a side of Justin’s
zucchini sticks or onion rings. Thanks for letting the rest of the veggie worldin on his new snacks.

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Justin September 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

@ scott
Thank you for your rockin’ comment!
Shoot me an e-mail and I’d love to send you a free sample of our new stuff!
Happy Snacking!
Justin

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Rachelle Berger September 11, 2012 at 12:55 am

Justin’s snacks look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them!!!
Where can we get them out in the West Valley?
Rachelle

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Justin March 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi Rachelle,
This is Justin Feldman.
Is this the same Rachelle I grew up with?!
You can now get our snacks at Whole Foods throughout the valley!
-Justin

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Drisana (SoulShineBlog) September 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

Yum, those tomato chips looks so good! I am going to check out Vegan Cuts, sounds pretty cool :)

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the delicate place September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

random craving of mine lately: sundried tomatoes. not sure why but they are usually so $$$ ! i’ll have to check out this discount site. i am always tempted by $8 bags of kale chips but then i realize how easy it is to make them at home in my oven. i do appreciate the time that goes into the dehydration process to keep it raw but in the end, i want my kale chips quickly/cheaply aka cooked.

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Dreena Burton September 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

I’m so glad you posted about this, b/c I got the email yesterday and was keen to buy – but not sure about the spicy tomato chips. I’m kind of excited to try the onion rings b/c I love things like grilled and roasted onions, where the flavor is softened and sweetened. Ok, so now I’m off to pick up a pack! (and kale-nola… must find) :)

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Rebecca September 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

The raw kale-nola sounds amazing! I’ll have to give it a try (and maybe make some of my own :)

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Christa @ Edible Balance September 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

pretty sure the chocolate kale-nola wouldn’t last a day if I had my hands on them ;) I get the emails from Vegan Cuts all the time… I wish they would ship to Canada! I feel like I miss out on so much with them and Open Sky

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Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

i just love quick and easy snacks like these! those kale chips look wonderful!

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Emily @ Milly's Meals September 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Those I will have to try. Do you know if you can purchase them in stores yet? Whole Foods maybe?

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Laura September 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been subscribed to VeganCuts for a while but this is my first purchase!

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Jade September 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. As for kale chips…well, I pretty much just by a big bag of kale, throw in some nutritional yeast and salt with a few drops of olive oil, shake, and dehydrate. EASY :)

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

WOW! I would love to try these products! They look delicious :)

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Cel September 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Please sell them/ship to Canada! :) I’d love to try them!

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