EarthShine - Very Tasty Vegan Droewors
I think Earthshine have really hit the spot with their latest offering. I am always on the hunt for tasty healthy savoury treats. While there are many sweet offerings available savoury options are usually limited to nuts, seeds and kale chips. Well this little pack of vegan droewors is super delicious and super healthy.
The great thing is you don't have to be vegan to love it. While I do enjoy some meaty free range droewors occasionally this feels far healthier, and it is. Of course it is not exactly like droewors because you don't have the fat that makes meat droewors taste so yummy. In fact I don't really get the point of trying to create something that is like the real thing because it isn't, it is in many ways better. But I guess calling it droewors is something that most South Africans can relate to.
What I love about this snack is that it is jam packed with healthy ingredients and no nasty additives. The main ingredients are activated sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. These are seeds that get woken up by soaking them. The dormant seed begins to grow and becomes active, often this is seen as the first signs of the seed sprouting.
The reason for activating the seeds is that there is a chemical change that happens and this makes them easier to digest and allows for better nutrient absorption. By drying them at low temperatures none of the nutrients are damaged. Added to these activated seeds are a flavour bomb combination of apple cider vinegar(sour), tamari (salty), spices (smoked paprika, coriander, onion and cumin) and nutritional yeast.
Then all of this wholesome deliciousness is wrapped in a nori sheet. Now seaweeds are one of the most under utilised health foods. Not only do they contain loads of minerals and trace elements including iodine which is important for the thyroid, seaweeds also contains vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids.
This roll is then slowly dehydrated to lock in all that goodness. Gluten free, grain free, low carb, GMO free but full of flavour and goodness. The perfect snack and even more perfect when I brought my first one at Organic Route, they sell them loose just like a droerwors stick, so you can dispense with the plastic packaging!