I’m writing this post because I want some free KeVita probiotic drinks.
Why? Because I really, really like probiotics.
Especially from KeVita.
Especially Lemon Ginger.
And by blogging about it, I’ll receive a whole entire week’s supply. Woot!
How did this happy opportunity come to pass? I owe it all to Vida Vegan Con.
A while back, I attended Vida Vegan Con–a conference for vegan bloggers. I blog. I’m vegan. So why not?
The sponsors gave away SO MUCH FOOD.
The swag bags have been memorialized elsewhere–check out the post by my blogging friend at Luminous Vegans (I squealed out loud in public when she said who she was–you people are REAL).
I took a food photography class from my idol Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and she was just as funny and smart in person as in her cookbooks and blogs. She gave us fabric swatches. When it comes to food photography, the importance of a good fabric swatch collection can not be overemphasized.
I ended up in a buffet line with Isa (yeah, we’re on a first-name basis now) and Terry Hope Romero and we JOKED AROUND about always choosing the wrong (longest) line. I tried to play it cool and didn’t ask for a picture with them like the other kids did. Wish I had!
The next day we chatted in front of a sponsor’s table during the interminable buffet line (they were ALL the wrong line), and she invited me to ditch the conference and join her at Veggie Grill with another vegan blogging luminary, Vegansaurus, but I declined because I figured she was just being polite and probably wanted to get away from all the annoying fans for a while. I did, however, ask her to autograph my copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
I won stuff!
I tweeted a picture I took during Isa’s class to the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway and won a 6-pack of peanut butter (including chocolate!) that arrived just in time for my husband’s birthday. He LOVES peanut butter. (I’m doing this all for you, honey!)
I also won a lunch box with goodies from So Delicious, including a glass straw decorated with a couple of suspicious-looking brown glass blobs on it that is probably unsellable, as well as a husband-sized t-shirt.
My kids are obsessed with lunch boxes and straws (yes, really) so this was perfect. I’ve been trying to find the perfect non-plastic, reusable straw and had recently purchased a pair of ‘unbreakable’ glass straws… which survived one beverage… so… it was good I won a new one.
I also won a bunch of cookbooks in the silent auction for the Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW. Sure, I paid some money, but it was a great deal and a worthy cause. Win-Win.
Most importantly, the conference reminded me why I chose to become vegan so many years ago, and reaffirmed my commitment.
My commitment to vegan shoes, that is! No more dead animal skin for me.
Okay, so back to the KeVita (if you’re even still reading).
What is KeVita?
It’s a fermented beverage made from fruit juice that contains beneficial bacteria and yeast. It’s sparkly and lightly sweet. It is similar, but not to be confused with, an ancient drink that originated in Asia: Kombucha. When I say ancient, I mean ancient, because to brew Kombucha, one uses a SCOBY or ‘mother mushroom’ that has been passed down from household to household, similar to sourdough bread starter.
Like many ‘super foods’ lots of miracle health claims have been made about Kombucha, but it’s good to take a skeptical view of such claims. Limited research shows it can contain any number of nutrients, but that they vary widely. Some varieties contain small amounts of alcohol, and it can become contaminated if the proper level of acidity isn’t reached. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.
Even though KeVita isn’t exactly Kombucha, it is, however, yummy and refreshing. I don’t drink much besides tea, plain water, and soy milk, so it’s a nice addition to my beverage line up.