Tofu- is a food made of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks. It originated in China, and the process is quite similar to how cheese is made. Rumor has it that a Chinese cook discovered tofu more than 2,000 years ago by accidentally mixing a batch of fresh soy milk with nigari. Nigari is what remains when salt is extracted from seawater. It is a mineral-rich coagulant used to help tofu solidify and keep its form.For more information click: Wikipedia, Youtube.
Tempeh- is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty, similar to a very firm veggie burger. Many commercially prepared brands add other grains, such as, barley and also add spices and extra flavors. Although tempeh is made from soy, it has a unique taste and is mildly flavorful on it's own, unlike tofu. For more information click Wikipedia.
Miso- is a thick paste-like substance with a brownish and sometimes reddish color and tastes extremely salty and tangy on its own. Miso is a fermented Japanese soya food made using the special koji fermentation culture and different types of grains.Miso is a nourishing, high energy whole food that can help maintain health and vitality. For more information click Wikipedia, Youtube.
Kombucha- is an ancient fermented tea-based probiotic beverage. Kombucha has been revered as a healing tonic for at least 3,000 years. It is believed to provide healthful micronutrients and bacteria beneficial to digestion, detoxification and immunity. Worldwide, people make and drink kombucha for the way it make them feel, alive, healed and replenished. For more information click Wikipedia.
Yerba Mate- is a small tree that is native to South America. Its leaves, which are said to contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and abundant antioxidants are used to prepare the Yerba Mate tea. It is prepared in a gourd shaped container which is filled about three quarters full of dry leaves and warm water. The tea is then sipped through a straw that is fitted with a strainer at the end.The flavor of the tea is said to be grassy and similar to some varieties of green tea, and is usually pleasant to taste. However, it is an acquired taste, which is why it is not as popular in the rest of the world.
Yerba mate doesn’t necessarily have to be prepared in a mate. It can be prepared just like you would make normal tea, using a tea bag, or even in an Espresso maker or French Press. It can be taken hot or cold and with plant milk, syrup, lemon, or mint. For more information click Wikipedia, Youtube
Carob- is a powder made from the carob pod and is commonly used as a substitute for chocolate. Carob pods are dried and the pulp of the plant is roasted and ground into powder, which can be used in baking or to make carob chips, which are an alternative to chocolate chips. Carob is not as bitter as cocoa, although it has some background flavors in common with it, but it does have a distinctly vegetal note to it that takes a bit of getting used to. For more information click Wikipedia.