Queal Vegan Shakes: Taste Test

Following my last Queal review, Jiska from Queal was kind enough to send me a lovely box of the newly available (in North America) vegan shakes! After a few weeks of sitting in excitement while finishing up my current Queal inventory, it arrived!

Upon opening my box, I found:

  • Vegan Banana Steady Shake
  • Vegan Vanilla Steady Shake
  • Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness
  • Vegan Nuts and Salt bar
  • Awesome Stickers
  • Cute Shaker

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So I loaded my possessions up with Queal stickers and got to tasting…

Texture

The texture of Queal is quite distinct compared to other liquid meals. There is a certain fibrous grain that adds a special level of satisfaction to your meal. Some people who have issues with anything that isn’t absolutely milky smooth (think Hol Food) may not enjoy this- but I am not phased by this, nor is anyone I’ve had try it!  The product is easy to shake up and does not clump nearly as easily as Soylent powder. Personally, I recommend consuming this very cold, so I shake the powder with the recommended water plus two ice cubes.

Taste

The base flavour behind the vegan products vs the non vegan is very subtle. There is a mild pea flavour that is not present in standard Queal Steady shakes, but this is not overwhelming as it is with other pea protein based products like Jake. Of the three flavours I was provided, the pea flavour was most noticeable in the vanilla shake, most likely due to the mildness of the vanilla flavouring. This makes it taste like pancake batter (and with the Queal texture its even closer) in a very good way. The banana flavour is nice and strong and helps mask the pea flavour for those who are looking to avoid noticing it- though in my experience most vegans are friendly with pea protein.

Cost

It costs $11.50 CAD per day to live entirely off of Queal Vegan Shakes. This pricing is fair compared to competitor brands like Jake and JimmyJoy (after JJ shipping costs).

Impact

Queal.com is full of cool information about the impact your dietary decisions make!

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Overall

In summary, Queal is a solid competitor in the meal replacement game, offering astonishing amounts of variety in flavour. The customer service is prompt and the shipping is fast. Compared to other companies I have worked with, Queal shows the fastest response time, one of the highest quality products, and one of the best website dashboards I have ordered on. Though there is a definite texture and this product is not perfect for everyone, I believe many people will enjoy adding Queal to their daily routine!

GO BAR REVIEW COMING SOON


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Queal Standard Steady Shakes: Taste Test

I stumbled upon Queal a few weeks ago, browsing the internet for a lent or liquid diet that would ship to Canada. I was super intrigued by their vast selection of flavours, so I quickly ordered one of each flavour available.

The first awesome thing I noticed was the Queal dashboard after you purchase. They go extensively into the impact that your Queal consumption makes on the environment, health, and your bank account!

These were my impact results from purchasing 8 complete days of food:

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The site also includes reordering reminders and subscription services that can save a few extra bucks.


Cost

My package arrived about a week later and I ended up with:

  • One x (3 servings)  Caffeinated Cola Kick 
  • One x Funky Forest Fruit
  • One x Awesome Apple Pie
  • One x Cool Chocolate
  • One x Super Strawberry
  • One x Banana Mania
  • One x Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness
  • One x Smooth Vanilla
  • One x Nuts and Sea Salt Go Bar was included for FREE 🙂
  • Free Shaker Bottle

Total Cost was $83 USD for Queal and shipping + $15 at customs= $98 or $12.3 USD/DAY

Total Cost was $108 CAD for Queal and shipping + $20 at customs= $128 or $16 CAD/DAY


Texture

I prepared these as per directions by adding 5 (yes, 5) scoops of Queal to 350ml of water.  All of these products have a similar texture so I will dress that as a whole now. The texture is not extremely smooth, but this is not in a bad way at all. There is a definite grit in the drink, but with the delicious flavour it almost adds something satisfying to each meal. About the same thickness as Soylent 2.0, but with the added fibrousness that isn’t for everyone, but I certainly enjoy. Texturally a bit similar to the previous Hol Food chocolate formula, but without any sinking bits like that old formula had, for anyone who had the chance to try that and knows what I mean… This would likely not be the product for you if you seek something ultra smooth like the newer Hol Food or even soylent 2.0, but is certainly for you if you don’t mind texture and seek variety. Now on to the tasting!


Taste

Awesome Apple Pie is a great flavour. This was the first one I tried, and I was truly surprised by the sweetness of this flavour. I mean, its apple pie, its supposed to be sweet so I’m not sure what i was expecting but it was a pleasant surprise compared to other less sweetened shakes. The texture of Queal compliments this flavour because the fibrousness gives the implication of a pie crust to the palate. Really good.

Banana Mania was less sweet than the apple pie but still sweeter than other shake brands. The banana flavour is really nice and this honestly just tastes like a bowl of oats with a banana in it. Super tasty, I might blent this one with the Cool Chocolate soon.

Speaking of chocolate, this flavour is alarmingly similar to old school Hol Food, but a bit sweeter, milkier, and generally just a really delicious cocoa taste.

Cola Kick was fun but really weird. Don’t get me confused here, I LOVE it. Its just so unlike anything I have had before. Maybe closest to a Coke float that melted? I don’t even know what to think about this one but it was limited time and now I can’t get more and I’m super bummed out about it.

Smooth Vanilla is your typical plain vanilla flavour. Not much so say about this flavour, I will mix it with other things to add punch.

Super Strawberry and Funky Forest Fruit taste like liquid versions of two flavours of Nutri-grain Bar, with the forest fruit having blueberry and cranberry notes while the strawberry has, well, strawberry notes. The oat flavour really pops in these two.

Chocolate Hazelnut Happiness was also a fun flavour. The cocoa flavour is really really nice and complimented the hazelnut flavour. My only change would be a slightly less artificial hazelnut flavouring as it tastes a bit more on the fake side. Really sweet and again, the texture complimented this one a lot.


Nutrition

Here’s some label shots so you can get a look at the ingredients and nutrients!

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…Essentially this stuff is based on Oats and Milk. Sounds great!

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Shaker Bottle

The Shaker bottle seems to be of great quality. It has a screen rather than a shaker ball. My only complaint is that the top is a screw cap and I 100% guarantee that I am going to lose the top…


The Bar

We also received one free Go Bar.

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The texture is very crunchy and chewy and satisfying, though I was not big on the taste. They weren’t kidding when they said salt. This is a very salty, nutty bar. If that is your thing, you will love this!

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Overall

I have really enjoyed my experience with Queal so far, and I am about to go place another order right now! Really awesome taste, and CRAZY VARIETY, not to mention a wonderful instagram team (shoutout to Jiska). All in all, this is amazing stuff and I think they may have me hooked.

…So how does it rank?

  1. Hol Food (New)
  2. Queal Steady
  3. Soylent 2.0
  4. Hol Food (Old)
  5. Jake Food

You guys need to try this stuff!

Austin (Ooch)


Strain Report: Alaskan Thunder Fuck

I finally found Alaskan Thunder Fuck! This is a sativa dominant hybrid that has quite a curious lineage and a super high THC content up to 25% THC, which is probably why it put me out $16 per gram.

Genetics

  • Unknown Sativa
  • Unknown Ruderalis
  • Afghani

Smell

This stuff smells really weird, there is a definite earthiness to it while still being very sweet, which makes it remind me of a dirt flavoured Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean. Very specific, I know, but that’s what I’m here for.

There is also a noticeable lemon rind after note in the aroma. Really beautiful stuff here.

Density

This is my first time having this stuff, and I did purchase AAAA grade flower, so this may not always be the case, but what a beautifully dense bud I got. It makes an audible ‘Crack’ as you break a piece away and put it into the grinder. Feels like a moon rock, almost. Crazy.

Smoke

Ok so this is a heavy smoke. Be ready for that, first. Expect an ammonia- sour flavour from this strain on the exhale. A touch citrusy with a strong piney mango and forest floor flavour (no, I have not licked a forest floor).

Effect

This strain snuck up on me, which I am not used to. One dose and I just started doing productive things and singing and having a nice day, whereas usually I am constantly needing to smoke to keep up my energy. The lady at the shop warned me that it is supposed to be snacky, though RIGHT NOW I am not experiencing that any more than your typical stuff.

With Alaskan Thunder Fuck you can expect extreme euphoria, strong mood elevation, and an increased appreciation for music. One small dose made me stop writing this review and go write a few new songs for a while… Similar to Pineapple Express in the way where it seems to encourage me to think outside the box. Extremely long lasting for me, I usually get 45 minutes off of a dose of cannabis, but in this case I was dosing every 2.5 hours! Amazing strength!

***Terpene information coming to my reviews soon!***

Overall

I need more of this stuff, what an absolute treat. I would recommend this to you any day, any time (except maybe night time). This is an amazing strain to have a fun, free day. Arguably the best sativa hybrid I have ever had. Must try.

Getting Started Growing Cannabis

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The Importance of Soil PH

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The pH of the soil has a direct impact on the fertility of the soil. If you’re serious about your garden or vegetables and fruits which you are growing in your garden, it is important to know about the pH of the soil. Depending on the pH, your soil can be acidic or alkaline. Each of these has its own pros and cons. Also, the pH level of the soil has a direct impact on the nutrients which are available in the soil. Owing to this very factor, you have to always be aware of the pH levels of the soil.

Before you bring out your pH scale, you have to understand the levels on it. The pH scale can go from 1 to 14. 7 is considered neutral. If the pH level is below 7, it is considered as acidic. On the other hand, if the pH level is above 7, it is considered as alkaline. If you’re looking for the optimumpresence of nutrients in the soil, you have to ensure that the pH level is around 6 to 7. Even thoughthis is the ideal level but anything between 3.5 to 10 will provide you with the conducive environment for growing your plants.

One thing which you have to keep in mind is that a slight variation in pH can result in drastic variation in nutrients. This is because each number on the pH scale is to a factor of 10. That is whyyou have to be very careful when you’re looking to maintain the pH level of your soil.

You will now look at both the soil options in order to help you better understand which one is suitable for your garden.

 

Acidic soil

Acidic soil is often found in areas which has a significant amount of rainfall. The main problem with acidic soil is that the nutrients will be absorbed by the soil at a much slower pace. In many of the cases, the amountof nutrients which are found are pretty low. Also, when you’re using fertilizers on acidic soil, they will yield a little result because absorption will not take place.

Solution:

When you’re looking to increase the pH level of the soil so that it is not acidic, a good option is to add agricultural limestone. When you’re adding limestone, it will replace calcium as well as magnesium. This will help you in increasing the pH level of the soil.

 

Alkaline soil

If the pH level of the soil is pretty high because it is alkaline you can easily add organic matter in order to reduce the pH levels. It is much easier to manage the alkaline soil as compared to the acidic soil. You need to test the soil and in order to find out about the sodium contents. Oftentimes, in the alkalinesoil,the sodium content is on the higher side. If it is so, it will hamper the growth of your plants. That is whyit is important to solve the problem of high pH levels when you’re having an alkalinesoil.

Solution:

As we stated above, you can easily add decomposed organic matter. In addition to that, you can use foliarspray or liquid seaweed.

 

All in all, when you’re planning on starting some new plants, it is important to know about the pH level of the soil. Only once you are able to do that will it become easier for you to choose the right kind of plants for your perfect garden.

5 Great Vietnamese Food Spots in Toronto

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Pho is an amazing Vietnamese soup which is traditionally a breakfast food, though here in Toronto most people have it anytime. I love pho, and I order it off of UberEats all the time! That said, Vietnamese food is way more than Pho, so I will address even spots that are known for other dishes. Now that Vietnamese cuisine is becoming more and more popular all over the world, cities like Toronto are filling up with so many amazing, authentic restaurants to choose from. Here are some of the best.

 

  1. Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys is located on Queen St W. It serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine and also has on offer delivery options as well. With modern décor,you can easily relax and have some great food. Thebest thing about this place is that theyserve food amazingly fast. This ensures that you are able to have your favorite food within a short period of time. This makes this place worth a try even when you’re short on time. Also, they have the perfect takeaway picking, should you like to get a takeaway. All in all, you can get some great Vietnamese food at a value for money price.

Items to try:

  • Pork Belly
  • Fried Chicken
  • Kimchi tacos

 

  1. Fine Asian Bowl

Fine Asian Bowl serves Vietnamese cuisine along with Chinese as well as general Asian cuisine. It is located on Yonge St. the servers here are quite nice and will surely help you out if you’re new to the Vietnamese cuisine. The menu is pretty extensive which ensures that you will almost always be able to get something which you like. The portion size is on the larger side which ensuresthat you will not have to worry about ordering multiple appetizersor shelling out a huge sum of money. There are vegan friendly and vegetarian choices as well which you can easily go with. All in all, it is a good option if you want to try out the Vietnamese cuisine.

Items to try:

  • Coconut soup
  • Shrimp dumpling
  • Crispy pork chops with the rice and fried egg
  • Vietnamese coffee

 

  1. Pho Tien

Pho Tien Thanh is located on Ossington Ave in Toronto. It is fashioned around the quick service restaurant model. Thus, if you’re looking for gourmet dining, this might not be the perfect option for you. However, when you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, this is the restaurant which you should definitely visit. Also, the portion size is huge along with value for money prices which ensures that you can experiment with the Vietnamese cuisine without any problem at all.

Items to try:

  • Cold Vietnamese tea
  • Pho *** THIS IS MY PERSONAL PHO SPOT
  • Spring Rolls
  • Golden Turtle noodles

 

4. Ginger

Another amazing spot to grab Pho. Great portion sizes and delicious crispy spring rolls. Tat said, whenever they give me herbs its always like 90% stems. Im like, bruh.

Items To Try:

  • Pho
  • Crispy Spring Rolls

 

5. Vietnam Lovely Noodle

Amazing Pho. Great portion sizes and THEIR TAKEOUT PHO COMES IN A PERFECT LITTLE BOWL THIS IS SO GREAT. Something about their hoisin sauce is extra good, too.

Items To Try:

  • Pho

 

When you are looking for Pho restaurants in Toronto, here are 5 which you can frequent. They serve some of the most authentic Vietnamese cuisine which will help you in exploring quite a few Vietnamese recipes.

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Video: 53 Day Old Dragon Fruit Plants/ Pitaya From Seed!

Here is a quick video I have put together showing off some of my dragon fruit/ pitaya babies that I grew from seed on July 7! These guys are growing fast!

ALSO, I show off my baby Yellow Pitaya plants that I grew from seed as well.

 

If you missed my first how-to, you can watch here:

Ebb and Flow Hydroponics

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Ebb And Flow Hydroponics Systems are becoming more and more popular. Among the many hydroponics systems which are available these days, this is the most popular system. We will today help you understand what exactly the system is and what the components of the system are.

What is Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System?

An Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System consists of a plant tray, reservoir and pump. With the help of the pump, you will be able to always maintain an adequate level of water in the plant tray. This will mean that you do not have to worry about the presence of water while growing your plants. We will now go into the details of each and every one of these components so that you are able to understand them easily.

The plant tray

The plant tray isnothing but the large container. You have to place your plant in it. A good option to plant will be the half gallon pots. You need to make sure that the pots are perforated. The size of the pots ideally should be double that of the plant. The plant tray will consist of water which is dense with nutrients. It is directly connected to a reservoir. The pump, as well as the drain tube, connects the reservoir and the plant tray.

Reservoir

The reservoiris a large container which is directly placed below the plant tray. It is connected with the help of a submersible pump which contains a timer. This pump controls the flow of water to the plant tray at all points in time. With the help of the drain tube, the water can be drained from the plant tray back into the reservoir. You can then reuse that water by pumping it up to the plant tray. You have to just make sure that you are refilling nutrients on a weekly basis.

With the help of this, you will be able to precisely control the water access to your plants. That is why this water system is much more versatile as compared to any other.

Many of the people think that this water system is actually a bit complicated to create. The truth is that all the components of this water system are readily available. Thus, creating this water system is not a problem at all.

The next time you’re looking for a suitable hydroponics system; do make sure that you consider the Ebb and Flow Hydroponics System as it is one of the most versatile hydroponics systems which you can use.