Vegan Cuts vs. Urthbox!

 

So when I first got the two subscriptions, I had always kind of thought to do this competition. I had seen videos about both companies on YouTube and actually binged both videos on a constant, seeing what comes out of these boxes and I desperately wanted to try it so when I came across the money to be able to do this, I actually jumped at the chance because as we all know, this girl loves her snacks and sweets. So for things that are going to be considered, I am going to discuss items/ shipping/ annoyances/ misc.

 

So while I did end up buying two months of the Vegan Cuts subscription, we will only be considered the December 2018 boxes for both. Specifically, I got the Vegan Urthbox large box that came with 25 + snacks and then I just bought the normal vegan cuts subscription box as you don’t get too many options.

 

Initially I thought I would like Urthbox better as I was really excited about having 25+ snacks because it was bigger so I thought it would have a very large variety and I also enjoyed the fact that it gave me a lot of options on topic of size. Unfortunately, this was one of their biggest downfalls as they had so many repeats, I had multiples of quite a few items and even had 3 bags of the exact same chips.

 

Because of this, I felt ripped off because I bought a large box expecting to have so many different snacks and options and was downright disappointed by the fact that I got many repeats to items that I ultimately didn’t even like or turned out to be allergic to (which I will be talking about soon so look out for that once that gets cleared up!) Some of the items were actually pretty good, I have always loved Enjoy Life so it didn’t bother me too much that I got 3 products from their company (mind you, I did get two of their berry medley item).

 

Another observation is that many of them were very savory or accidentally vegan items. Many of them didn’t seem like they were actively trying to promise to be vegan which made me wary about the products entirely (such as the raisins). None of them were sweet and many of them seemed very odd and not even hard to fine. When I get a snack subscription, I fully expect to get items that I could never have otherwise and that just wasn’t the case. In fact, all of the items that I likely wouldn’t have bought in normal time, I didn’t even like.

 

It should also be noted that I bought this box on Black Friday (November 23rd, 2018) and did not receive this box until December 30th, 2018. So basically the month of December was over and perhaps if they are always behind in snack boxes that isn’t a big deal but I was really looking forward to having a snack box in December and that just didn’t happen.

 

In terms of pricing, I did only spend about $25 on the large box due to it being Black Friday and having a coupon on top of that but I did look at the 12+ price and it was $29.99 for one month at a time which is more expensive than VeganCuts. I have a hard time saying that I would choose Urthbox over VeganCuts but if you preferred savory snacks like chips or even weird items like 3 different types of salt water then maybe Urthbox is for you!

 

As for VeganCuts, I admittedly bought the actual subscription box much, much later than I bought Urthbox. My original plan hadn’t been to compare the same month as I actually bought the Vegan Cuts on December 30th, expecting it to pay for the January month and then realized after they took out the January box before I even received the December box that it wasn’t the case. However, it’s probably a good thing that this box came as it gives you a better idea of what you would receive from the different companies in the same month.

 

I didn’t have any problems with the items at all actually, all of them were new and while some of them I had tried (some of them were even featured in the Chocolate Treasure Chest!) and some were new, I was excited about all of the new items. It’s very possible that this box drew me in faster because of my sweet tooth. But I got excited about items that I knew that I would never be able to impulse buy on the regular such as chocolate bars and chocolate stuff in general and even the rice krispy thing which is something that I have missed so much since going vegan that I ate it immediately, I couldn’t even hold off.

 

I likely would have had the same reaction to the marshmallows if it weren’t for the fact that I watched the December 2018 unboxing from multiple people and went to my local Earth Fare and bought a bag right then and there. The items were unique and something that was hard to find like Four Sygmatic hot cacao mix an the rice krispy treat. I also got the Churro flavored cotton candy which was honestly one of my favorite things in the entire box.

 

But not only were there sweet things but also savory, which I really appreciated because I liked the fact that I could get a box and get both depending on my mood like the Coconut Rice and Jackfruit Puffs. I liked the fact that I literally got a meal with my box as being a college student, I get so sick of the caf that this gave me an exciting break from the cafeteria for a day and as somebody (and probably the only vegan ever) that hadn’t had Jackfruit yet, I was so excited to try it.

 

So besides the shipping misunderstanding, which was honestly my mistake, it was so exciting and only $22.95. I’m really excited to see January’s box! Ultimately, I do think Vegan Cuts WON the competition. They were cheaper and seemed to be more worth it, offering items that you might never have gotten before and was a lot more exciting to try!

 

Now the real question: Did I keep either subscription? Unfortunately, no I didn’t. I did end up buying two months of Vegan Cuts due to my confusion but my college student budget honestly can’t afford this kind of commitment and I honestly get overwhelmed with all of the snacks that I feel like I have to hurry through them to try it all before the next box or I feel guilty for failing. But if I ever did come back to get another subscription, it would definitely be Vegan Cuts or maybe we’ll try a different one next time…

 

Do you guys know any other Vegan Subscription boxes? Also, do you disagree with who won my competition? Let me know down in the comments! I would love to be able to interact with you guys more!

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Being a Vegan @ Queens University of Charlotte

 

So honestly, I’m not going to lie and say being vegan during college is the easiest thing in the world but I will say that my University actually makes it a lot easier than other Universities.

 

I attend Queens University of Charlotte, located in North Carolina. They actually do label all of their vegan items in the cafeteria and you can look online to see if some of their staples are vegan. They have a soy milk bar, one with original soy milk and one for chocolate soy milk. When the cafeteria is lacking, I often resort to just getting their cereal because you can just look online to see which of their cereals are vegan.

 

The actual cooked meals section can be very weird. Some of the items are absolutely amazing and then sometimes it’s very questionable. They actually do have a vegan/ vegetarian section for core meals. This section often has some sort of tofu meal, sometimes curry and sometimes vegan chili. They make a lot of use of tofu, beans, and rice. I am not a huge spicy person so that has been my biggest issue in the cafeteria, often leading me to the salad bar or even just getting a bowl of cereal (usually, I’m getting a bowl of cereal, honestly.)

 

In the Gluten- Free section, they typically have some sort of red potatoes there which is actually my favorite thing at Queens. Randomly, it will be over seasoned or under cooked but that is a very random situation. They also randomly have vegan mashed potatoes which I get so excited about!

 

Breakfast is obviously a little different, but they always have some fruit that’s obviously vegan and oatmeal. My favorite thing that they have breakfast wise is their hashbrowns and randomly when there is an omelet section, I can beg the guy manning that machine to clean their machine and cook some mushrooms for me.

 

They have a salad bar with some really dressing (I love balsamic vinaigrette), they also have chickpeas, lettuce, and all of the other basics. They label everything in this section whether or not its vegan which is always fun! I would love for them to add mushrooms though.

 

They also have a decent deli where they have their breads labelled online and then all of their vegetables and things like that are obviously vegan. I would LOVE for them to add like grilled tofu or something, just to give me something like that and if they added it then my love would be amazing

 

I actually have an unlimited meal plan which allows me for 5 meal exchanges. So I can go to Lions Den or the Coffeehouse to get stuff there. The Coffeehouse is basically just an unofficial Starbucks so I can get their coffee, I just have to remember to add soy, coconut, or almond milk. As for the food section, they actually have hummus, peanut butter and jelly, and this quinoa sandwich thing.

 

The Lions Den is actually one of my favorite places to go because I am absolutely obsessed with their Garden Burger, which is this vegan burger that I can add grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, and mustard. It’s my favorite thing at Queens and makes me so happy.

 

I do randomly get into a protein problem which is why I am so happy that the coffeehouse actually does have vegan protein bars and there is a Harris Teeter .6 miles away from campus that you can easily go to.

 

Overall, it’s definitely not the easiest thing. You’re going to be constantly battling your temptations when the cafeteria has a really decent thing but being a vegan at University is not an impossible task. It’s gotten easier over the semester as I learned that some of the cereals actually are vegan and I was introduced to Lions Den about midway through the semester. But if it’s something you’re passionate about then it is not hard. Plus, if you’re in a common vegan area, you can always try out some of the restaurants randomly which is something I definitely do every once in awhile.

Top 5 Vegan YouTubers

 

I have never been a YouTuber, save for a short time where I posted cringy videos that were way too long and essentially unedited until I ultimately deleted them and traded YouTube for this blog.

 

But I have been obsessed with YouTube for years and YouTube is what really inspired me to make the decision to go vegan and I really just wanted to share with you the five people who I adore and made me feel confident about a decision that changed my entire life but I don’t regret even a moment of it.

 

* ON A SIDE NOTE, I MOVED INTO MY DORM ON THE 17TH SO BE READY FOR THOSE POSTS IN THE COMING WEEKS!

1. Kalel

 

Kalel is an amazing YouTuber who has made me feel better about veganism all of the time. There are moments of accidents, where you accidentally eat something that has milk or eggs in it. There are moments of incidents where you order food at a restaurant and they put cheese in it even though you asked them not to.

 

In a video that she posted recently (I’m Not Really a Vegan? 4/5) , she talks about percentage. Where she cut out foods but still owned purses and leather. She talked about being a certain percentage of being a vegan and it meant a lot to me that she did this. I only went vegan recently and I’ll admit that I’m more plant based diet than I am anything right now. I want to go vegan where I take out leather, cotton clothing and items.

 

Not only does she talk about the struggles of being a vegan, she talks about becoming a healthy vegan, posts what I ate in a day, and even talks about vegan foods you must buy. There are two people on this list that convinced me to go Vegan when I began debating it and she was the other one. I realized that I wasn’t saying goodbye to good food, I was just changing what I ate and I was making a more conscious decision about what I was doing.

 

Vegan Food You Must Try

I almost ate beef?

 

2. SweetPotatoSoul

 

SweetPotatoSoul is the other person that convinced me to go vegan when I was doing research. Her entire YouTube is filled with amazing recipes of vegan Cinnamon Rolls and food during Thanksgiving. She talks about what you can make with a certain amount of food such as 30 dollars or whatever else.

 

When it comes to being a vegan, there is this huge myth that veganism is both expensive and just eating lettuce but that’s just not the truth. It’s possible and while vegan food at restaurants tend to lean towards the more expensive side, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.

 

Vegan Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

How to Veganize Anything

Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

Cheap Vegan Meals for $30

 

3. The Vegan View

 

The Vegan View is a group of girls talking about everything that has to do with veganism. They taste test vegan foods, talk about veganism as a culture, and even why vegan’s don’t eat different things.

 

The Vegan View was found around the time that I actually went vegan, and it allowed me to see the point of view of different reasons why vegans didn’t eat something. I enjoyed seeing multiple different opinions and I realized that no vegan is the exact same which I really appreciate.

 

Why Vegans Don’t Eat Fish?

6 Vegan Comebacks You Need to Know

Is VEGAN Fashion Actually Ethical?

 

4. Margot Lee

Margot Lee may be specified for college students when it comes to the vegan community online. I had actually started watching her YouTube videos about college when I noticed that all of her meals were vegan and I got really curious until I realized that she was actually a vegan.

 

She makes you feel like you can actually be a vegan at University, and it’s pretty nice to see somebody in college life being able to succeed as a vegan on nutrition basis.

 

What I Eat in a Day (Vegan + At Home)

What I Eat in a Day (VEGAN- ON- THE GO)

Vegan What I Eat in a Day at College

 

I don’t know if it’s obvious yet but I am OBSESSED with ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos.

 

5. Pick Up Limes

 

I’ve always liked her videos, as she makes you feel confident about your life and your decisions. She shows you vegan foods and how to videos which is something that I will forever adore.

 

On top of that, if you’re looking into becoming a vegan, I highly suggest checking her out. Not only does she talk about insanely important things when you’re considering veganism, but she also has really easy vegan recipes that I highly suggest looking into.

 

Vegan Nutrition Basics

Pantry Essentials

Beginner’s Guide to Veganism

 


 

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Why Did I Go Vegan?

 

This is the most common question that I’ve heard since the moment that I became vegan. “Why did you do it?” Like it’s some unimaginable concept that somebody could become vegan, that somebody could make the decision to change their eating habits to this degree.

 

I’ll admit that I changed a lot, it wasn’t even one of those things that I slowly began to cut things out, all of it was simply gone one day. I had one last day where I ate tuna sandwiches and cereal and almost had half a thing of nutella as my parting goodbye. It was a decision, something that came about from a moment of curiosity.

 

I was struggling with food, something that has been an on-going battle which will definitely be something that I discuss more in the future. At the time, I was 200 pounds and felt absolutely disgusting and I was binge eating all of the time. I was not in a good place.

 

And then one day, I was on YouTube and I found all of these vegan YouTubers. I started watching vegan videos, like foods and recipes. I watched videos on why people became vegan and why people were not vegan and I became curious.

 

I started watching documentaries and videos of how animals are treated and it was during “Cowspiracy” that I had this epiphany. Or rather this general disgust. I was watching how cows were treated and I just couldn’t stomach the idea of eating meat ever again. I couldn’t stomach the idea of being the reason why these animals were being mistreated.

 

But it wasn’t just that, I was going through some things. I was unhappy and sad and I hated my body and I hated my diet. I didn’t think Veganism would fix it but I wanted to try.

 

Alongside all of these reasons, I have chronic stomach pain where I randomly get stabbing pains in my stomach which came after Gallbladder surgery back in November of 2015. I wanted a way to make this better and I knew that there was a possibility that changing my diet would positively impact this problem.

 


 

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Twitter is quite easily my favorite social media platform. I believe Twitter to be easiest platform to find information out about the world, stay connected to those around you, and even do some major social media stalking (WHERE YOU GET NOTICED!!) I love a lot of things about it and it’s one of those social media platforms that you can grow as a person and as a writer which is something that I absolutely adore. Follow me on Twitter!

 

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Good Reads, for obvious reasons, is one of my favorite apps out there when it comes to reading. It is because of this app that I can keep up with what books that I have read, what books that I haven’t read, and what books that I want to read. It’s an amazing way to keep updated and have a reminder of what books that I still want to read and a reminder as to what I have read. Follow me on Goodreads!

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I have always loved this site/app and having the app on my phone allows me to write as I feel the need to do so and to read the works of others on here whenever I want!

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Spotify allows me to listen to music, included music that I have downloaded myself and even radio stations such as Feminist Friday and whatever else that you may be interested in!

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Innocent is actually the only game on my entire phone which is a detective story where you play games so that you can unlock different things and uses real time as you uncover the mystery!

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Recently, I have been interested in having a healthier life style and losing weight as I do weigh more than I ought to which has recently become a concern of mine. Lifesum allows me to keep up with how many calories I have eaten, how many more glasses of water that I need, how many calories that I have burned off, and healthy recipes for me to try!

 

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7 MINUTES allows me to create and use their 7 MINUTES workout that last for 7 minutes as they talk to me and encourage me as I do them. This ensures that I do exactly what I am supposed to do as I am supposed to do them.

 

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Finally, but definitely not least, I have recently downloaded an app simply called “Bible” which was originally simply so I could use the Bible however this would not have made the list if that is all that it did. This app gives me a bible verse a day, has various versions of the bible for you to use, and allows to have plans so that you can strengthen your relationship with God whether you are new to your faith (like I am), dealing with Mental Health, relationships, or anything else which can help you feel better about the situations that you are involved in. It’s an amazing app if you are a religious person and I highly suggest it!