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


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


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.


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.


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).


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

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 1.17.37 PM


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!


BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Colors May Vary, 28-Ounce 2-Pack

How To Grow Turmeric Indoors

Here is a quick video I made about how I get my turmeric plants started!

For those who prefer it in text, the process is as follows:

  1. Soak turmeric root in water for 24 hours and leave in a warm, dark location until green spots or “eyes” have formed.
  2. Plant 1 inch deep in good potting soil (I use cactus soil)
  3. In 7-14 days you should have visible shoots coming off of your plant
  4. Transplant into an 18″ pot before the plant becomes root bound as this will prevent a good harvest.
  5. In 10 months,  harvest and enjoy your fresh turmeric!

Thanks for reading,


Photo Source

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:

Peyote Cactus From Seed

PeyoteHere in Canada we have laws that allow us to grow the beautiful Peyote cactus L. williamsii. From seed they are so easy to grow, all you need is patience and saran wrap.

No funny business, here is how you grow Peyote at home from seed.

  1. Buy some seeds online, they are super cheap and really available.
  2. Fill a pot with cactus soil and press down gently to 1″ from the top of the soil.
  3. Sprinkle many peyote seeds over the soil and MIST WELL.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in filtered light. GERMINATION IN 1-3 WEEKS.
  6. At 6 months of age, begin to poke one toothpick hole per week in the plastic wrap. Continue to do this for 4 months, then remove the wrap and put the pot in shade to adjust for a week before reintroducing to moderate light.
  7. Do not consume the peyote cactus, you’ll trip balls.




How To Grow More Herbs Than You Will Ever Need By Cloning

basil-iStock_84310823_XXXLARGELike fresh basil? Need More?

Everyone has seed those herb plants in grocery stores that look so lush and fresh, until 2 days and one use later it looks trampled and SAD. Its all a game, they aren’t giving us NEARLY enough to sustain our insatiable thirst for cilantro.

I have the ultimate solution: CLONING. and the process is EASY

  1. Buy pots of herb plants, whatever kinds you need. Cut all of the plants off near the base. Cut these into 3″ segments and remove the bottom leaves from each segment. You now have a LOT of segments.
  2. Prepare pots of basic potting soil by gently packing soil into small pots or cups.
  3. Place cuttings in the soil up to the first leaves, and press down the soil around them.
  4. Cover with plastic or place each pot in a plastic bag to encourage high moisture.
  5. In 1 week, remove from the bag.
  6. BOOM, let them grow for a few weeks and you’ve got a TON of branchy basil plants. Dividing up the cuttings encourages the new plants to grow super bushy and full. That means more leaves!





Papayas In Pots: A Failure

About a month ago I bought a few seeds of a rare dwarf variety of papaya.

Carica papaya v. ‘carinosa’

“I’ll grow this in the big window in a big pot” I thought.


Let me elaborate.


The plants were potted in peat pellets and came up fine. As soon as roots became visible from beneath the pellet, I dropped these little guys into some pots, put them back where they were, and waited. I swear I didn’t do anything else wrong, guys. I swear.

Yet, in a week they were all dead.

I have read that papayas of any variety have a 0 tolerance policy for root disturbance, so my guess is that was the culprit. Next time I will sow the seeds directly into 18″ pots, which I have read is sufficient size to grow a small papaya plant. Also, I will supplement the light with a small red blue LED bulb, since I am not completely certain that that didn’t help kill the thing. You can get them really cheap on websites like Wish.com

I will keep you all posted as I go, but first I have to find the seeds at an affordable rate.