A Water Bottle More Square Than I Am!

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Clean Bottle, a company that specializes in BPA free water bottles – in the past focused primarily on cycling bottles – recently contacted me and offered to send me one of their new Tritan Square bottles to try out. After researching the bottle, and the company, I agreed, and I’m happy that I did.

The company describes the Tritan Square this way:

The Square is the last water bottle you will ever need.  Its iconic shape prevents your bottle from rolling if dropped, while it’s wide handle is perfect for comfortable carrying.  Both caps use a simple quarter-turn twist to remove, and the bottom cap makes cleaning your Square easy, no matter what you may have left in your bottle.  The Square uses durable silicone gaskets in both caps to ensure a leak-proof seal everytime.  The Square’s elegant shape is sure to get you noticed, and don’t worry, it still fits in most cupholders.  Plus, the Square has an optional Water Filter or Fruit Infuser, so you can customize your Square to be perfect for you.

The bottle is 25 oz (.75L), is BPA free, and is dishwasher (top rack) safe. It also has a lifetime guarantee, which I love.

My Square arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been testing it thoroughly, to make sure that I could give you a good review.

What I love:

  • The bottle opens on both the top and the bottom, making it easy to clean out very thoroughly. This, to me, is the biggest sales point. I have thrown away more than a couple of water bottles because I was worried about what might be lurking in the depths.
  • The handle makes the bottle really easy to carry/grab. It’s so handy for running around campus with or taking a walk. I haven’t tried it, but I suspect you could use a carabiner to hook the bottle to your bag.
  • The infuser works perfectly and is easy to clean. So far, I’ve made lemon water, lime/mint water, cucumber/mint water, and cucumber/lime water. The only time any bits got into the water was when a mint leaf got pulled to pieces in my haste to move it along.
  • The colors make me happy. I have been trying out a green bottle, but I want an orange and a blue (school colors).
  • The twist on bottom and top seem very secure and there has been no leaking, even when the bottle did fall over.

What I less than love (but don’t actively dislike):

  • I don’t actually dislike the square shape. I just have no feelings about it one way or another, other than it is different. I guess if I was camping or otherwise doing things where I might be setting the bottle down on uneven surfaces, it might be more useful to me.
  • At the moment, I’m happy with the top/bottom quarter-turn locking. It does make me a little nervous, however, that it could get knocked loose in a bag. It hasn’t happened though. I’m keeping an eye on it and will report back if it does.

All in all, I really like this water bottle. My daughter saw it and wants one, so I suspect I’ll be purchasing some for upcoming holiday gifts (they have a Buy3Get1Free deal).

Clean Bottle was kind enough to send me 2 extra bottles to use as giveaways for my lovely readers!

Tritan Square Giveaway

One Tribe Harem Pants

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Disclaimer – I received these pants from One Tribe Apparel in exchange for providing a review on The VeganAsana

A bit ago, I was contacted by One Tribe Apparel regarding their yoga harem pants. Since I had looked at the pants before, I pretty enthusiastically agreed to do a review! If the style is in your wheelhouse, these pants are pretty cool.

The pair that I received was the Peacock pattern in the Cabernet Red color. I hope you will excuse my lack of a full body image of the pants for you. That’s just not going to happen. But, if you follow the link above, there are many such images on lovely people.

Appearance – First, I will say that these are gorgeous pants. The fabric is really beautiful and vibrant. I love the burgundy color base and the peacock pattern. They have a gathered bottom and gathered waist band that is about 8 inches in height. The hips and legs are wider, but not Hammer-style pants wide.

Fit and fabric – The fabric is soft and relatively thin. On a winter day, I was glad I had on leggings underneath, even inside. While the pants are theoretically one size fits all, I have a hard time believing that this is the case. I think it’s probably more like one size fits many/most.

Utility – Because the material does not have any stretch, there are some limitations to a physical practice. However, the ease of the fit makes these pants workable for most poses or flows.

The retail price of these pants is $39.00. Right now, they are out of stock in the Cabernet Red of the Peacock print, but there are other nice colors and prints.

They are available at http://onetribeapparel.com. Readers of TheVeganAsana can get 15% off of purchases through this link.

Kiss Me Organics – Matcha Green Tea Review

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Kiss Me Organics recently contacted me to see if I wanted to review their organic matcha green tea. The tea is only available at Amazon right now, and I had seen it before there while browsing for matcha, but I hadn’t tried it. So, I readily agreed!

If you haven’t had matcha before, it can be a bit of a surprise. It’s a very “grassy” tasting tea, has a pretty hefty amount of caffeine punch, and is really green. Matcha is pretty much the only tea that I sweeten, because of the strong green flavor.

I generally like matcha best either as a hot latte drink or a frozen latte drink, and I found that this matcha was no exception. Those were my favorite ways to prepare it. I liked it a bit less as an iced latte, but mostly because I heated some water to dissolve the tea, and then when the ice and soy milk were added, it became too watery for me.

For each of the frozen matcha lattes (pictured above), I used two cups of soy milk, 1.5 slightly rounded teaspoons of matcha, ½ scoop of vegan protein powder, and a teaspoon of agave syrup. I blended all of that first until well mixed. Then I added a pinch of xanthum gum (for texture) and ice cubes and blended (using my well-loved Vitamix) to a nice texture. Super tasty.

Matcha powder isn’t inexpensive, and this is no exception. But, a little goes a long way, so this pouch will last through many cups of tea, in whatever form you like. It can also be used for baking. The recipe guide they send to first time customers has a lot of interesting recipes to try matcha in. I haven’t tried them yet, but there is time, however, because I’ll be buying it again.