The Best Vegan Ice Cream: Amy’s Kitchen Cool Scoops

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Welcome Ice Cream Lovers!

Vegan ice cream comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors. But they are not all created equal. Some are icy, too sweet, or maybe they just have a punch in the mouth of overwhelming coconut flavor. So, when you find a delicious, creamy treat you need to rave about it. And that’s how I feel about Amy’s Ice Cream! It started one day when they were on sale at Whole Foods, we decided to try mint chip and see what this brand was all about. And it didn’t disappoint! Now, we have tried all four flavors and currently have a well stocked freezer of their ice cream, it is truly beautiful. With all that said, let’s get on to the review!

TEXTURE

This ice cream has (to me) the best texture of any vegan ice cream I have ever tried. It is creamy and frosty, I have noticed that the chocolate and vanilla flavors are very creamy and thick and the mocha chip and mint chip are more smooth with airy texture. If you are going for something that will fool your non-vegan friends, this is it.

TASTE/FLAVORS

This ice cream comes in four flavors. Mint Chip, Mocha Chip, Vanilla and Chocolate. Each flavor is so delicious and holds its own against competitors. I would have to say our favorites vary from day to day but usually the mocha chip or mint chip is in there! (I haven’t ever been that into plain flavors).

PRICE

At our local Whole Foods the price is usually $6.99 per pint, but they often go on sale for $3.89-6.19 and we try to buy in bulk during sales to save some cash!

RATING

Overall I would give this ice cream a 10/10, no other vegan ice cream has even come close.

Thanks for reading!

Majken

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The Gluten-free Pasta Debate

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Have you been wondering which gluten-free pasta will suit your fancy?

A delicious gluten-free pasta is hard to come by, usually they are mushy, bland and unable to do the job of a gluten pasta. But, in recent years there has been so many new gluten-free pastas on the market and they continuously get better and better. Here are some of my favorites for every taste and budget!

Disclaimer: Obviously, I am not a Nutritionalist, the health rating is based on what I feel is healthy and how I feel after eating the pastas.

Tolerant Foods: Organic Lentil Pasta $5.69 (depends on the store)

For a long time I act very strictly low glycemic and so I cut pasta out of my diet completely. When I stumbled across lentil pasta, I was so excited because I could enjoy pasta again! I get mine from my local Whole Foods in the pasta aisle. They have a bunch of different shapes and they have a variety of red and green lentil pasta! The taste is definitely lentil like, but bearable with some sauce or seasoning. This pasta has a ton of protein, and usually a bowl of it would fill me up completely. One note is when cooking this pasta has to be boiled for a very long time, I usually cook it for around 10 minutes until it is soft. If it isn’t soft it has a strange flavor and won’t be very tasty! This pasta is definitely on the pricier side but if you are eating low glycemic or want to get some more protein, iron in your diet I would definitely recommend it!

Health: 10/10

Taste 6/10

Trader Joes: Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta $2.99

Now this pasta is the most bang for your buck! This pasta can be found at your local Trader Joes in the pasta aisle. We buy this pasta all the time and I think it definitely gets the job done, however I do feel like this pasta lacks in texture, it can lose its bite quickly so you have to be careful while cooking it. I prefer to not have rice pasta since in my experience it is the worst quality gluten-free pasta but mixed with the quinoa this one rocks, the ratio is 80% brown rice flour, 20% quinoa flour. A great gluten-free pasta that is easy on your wallet.

Health : 8/10 (Why I choose quinoa over brown rice)

Taste: 8/10

Ancient Harvest: Super Grain Pasta $3.89

This happens to be my all time favorite gluten-free pasta. I love love love the blend of quinoa and corn, I feel like it is the only pasta I have ever tried that really holds up to sauce in texture! I buy this pasta at my local Whole Foods, it comes in so many different types, I am praying they make lasagna noodles soon ha! If you are looking for a pasta that is not too expensive and can fool a non-glutenfree eater than this one is for you! It has a delectable taste and to be honest this brand has changed the way I think about gluten-free pasta!

Health: 9/10

Taste: 10/10 

Thanks for reading and I hope you go enjoy some pasta!

Majken

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