My Amaranth “Disaster” and How I Resolved It

Amaranth Bowl

Amaranth Porridge: Definitely not the world’s most photogenic food

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, and just had a big order from Vitacost delivered yesterday. Among the tasty healthy things I ordered was a pound of amaranth seed. Now, I had never had amaranth before, but figured that it should be something like micro quinoa – an equally tasty “grain” that gives a similarly fluffy result when cooked. It’s also very healthy, with high levels of calcium, iron and magnesium and rich in protein and fiber and no gluten.

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My First Graze Box

As I’ve already mentioned, this month I decided to skip Glossybox based on some spoilers that came up – and what a good decision that was! I’ve seen pictures of the February box on makeuptalk (for example, this and this) and it seems like a huge disappointment, especially after the last couple of awesome months. I’ll see about March, but in the meantime I’ve happily subscribed to two foodie boxes: and Graze.

Graze Box: A New Invite-Only Food Subscription From Great Britain

Graze Box: A New Invite-Only Food Subscription From Great Britain

I was super excited about the Graze box, so I will review it first.
Graze is invite-only, and if you sign up using code 9MR2CY4 you will get your first box absolutely free! (This code is only good for one invite, so you might want to use it asap  Looks like the code has been used! If Graze lets us give out any more invites, I will certainly post them here.)

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The Easiest, Tastiest and Healthiest Brownie You Will Ever Eat!

Best Sunday Breakfast Ever: Vegan Black Bean Brownie with Coconut-Lemon Topping!

Okay, I know that “healthy” and “brownie” should probably not be in the same sentence. I also know that my first reaction to reading about vegan brownies made with… black beans was “Huh?!” But trust me, this stuff is incredible. Both me and my boyfriend (and we are foodies!) agreed that they are actually tastier than the real thing, and at only 115 calories per serving, this is now officially my new favorite dessert!

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Awesome Stocking Stuffer Idea: Personalized Christmas Blend Tea Samples

Upton Tea: full-size 125 gram bag and a bunch of the 15 gram samples

I’m all about the stocking stuffers right now. They are just so much fun to buy! And I also have a lot of people that I want to give little gifts that are small enough to not make it awkward if they don’t have a present for me, but nice enough to show that I’ve been thinking about them.

One of the things I’m getting EVERYONE on my list are awesome little Christmas Tea samples from Upton Tea. Pair those with one of those mesh tea strainer thingies, put in a cellophane bag with some Christmas candy, tie with a ribbon and you have a neat little present that I’m pretty sure anyone would be glad to get.
As any Russian I love tea. I do not drink coffee at all, but tea is my obsession. I drink black tea, and always treated flavored teas with a certain degree of contempt, but that was till I tried Upton’s Christmas blend! It is absolutely delicious. Very lightly flavored with all things Christmas and not obnoxious at all (as flavored teas tend to be, alas).

Upton Tea: every single packet is personalized

The 15 gram sample packets are only $1 each, plus Upton offers flat rate shipping for $4.40. And best of all, every little pouch is personalized – when you go into your cart, under the “Gifts” tab there is the option to add names to every one of your purchases (there’s a trick here: if you need multiple packets of the same tea for different recipients, add them one by one to your cart as opposed to using the # drop-down menu – that way you’ll be able to personalize each packet individually).

I’m not sure what their holiday shipping schedule is – they’re right in MA, so I always get their packages a day or two after ordering (not counting weekends). If you’re on the West Coast and want to place an order, you might want to give them a call first. In fact, I wish I had thought of writing this post earlier!
If you want more info, just check out Upton’s website (which admittedly does look a little… um… dated) or their Yelp reviews (and a picture by yours truly).