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Earth Balance Snack Review

 

I am so excited to have the opportunity to post this review! I recently had the chance to review Earth Balance’s new line of snack foods! I use their vegan buttery spread just about every day and I love it. Their snacks are equally as good!

I could definitely get in trouble if these were sold closer to me. Right now, they are available at Whole Foods, but will be at other retailers soon.

I was sent full-sized products of the P.B. Popps, Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs, Vegan Buttery Flavor Popcorn, and Vegan Aged White Cheddar Popcorn. What’s the best thing about these products? They are all vegan!

I couldn’t pick a favorite! The flavors were so amazing. There is no way you can tell they are not dairy products. The P.B. Popps and Aged Cheddar Puffs were a tie for me. The P.B. Popps were amazing. Strong peanut buttery flavor, coated popcorn pieces, and real peanuts all in a mix. The Aged White Cheddar Puffs were light and airy with a strong aged cheddar flavor. Like I said, tastes so close to real cheddar that I had to look at the ingredients!

I suggest you get to Whole Foods and check out Earth Balance’s new snack line, you’ll be instantly addicted!

 

I was provided products for review in exchange for my posting of such review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are solely mine.

Nicobella Organic Review

I am so lucky to able to share with you, a review of some products made by Nicobella Organics. I was sent the Dark Chocolate Truffle Assortment and the Coco-Nut Munch.

Nicobella products are vegan, organic, fair-trade, cruelty free and dairy free. They use sustainable packaging which is cute yet simple. My truffles were contained in a small box, wrapped in brown paper, sealed with a Nicobella Sticker. The Coco-Nut Munch bag was made of rice paper. There are no artificial colors or flavors and no processed sugars in their products.

The truffle assortment had six different flavors: blueberry-almond, ginger green tea, pumpkin chai, pure cocoa bliss, walnut flax seed  and sunflower banana butter. My favorite flavor was the blueberry almond. The amount of pure blueberry flavor in this one truffle was amazing. It was very decadent and smooth.

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The Coco-nut Munch was by far my favorite product. I almost ate the whole bag myself in less than five minutes. It was the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, and almond in bite-sized chocolaty goodness.

If you would like more information on Nicobella and their products visit their website.

All opinions in this review are my own and not sponsored in any way by Nicobella. I was simply provided with the product in exchange for my posted review.

Beauty Without Cruelty Maximum Moisture Cream Review

Last week I promised that I had a couple reviews of vegan products to share soon, and as promised, here is a review of  Beauty Without Cruelty’s Maximum Moisture Cream.

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I was super excited to be able to try one of Beauty Without Cruelty’s products. I’ve heard so much about their products but, have never tried any.

The Maximum Moisture Cream is incredibly light and almost whipped-like but covers and moisturizes incredibly well. I was surprised at how smooth the cream felt as I was applying it. My skin is very sensitive and I did have a tingling sensation as I applied the cream, (which I suspect was from my skin being super dry) but it quickly faded and I did not experience any irritation.

Since it is winter, my skin has been super, alligator-like dry. After using the Maximum Moisture Cream, I can see a difference in the way my skin feels. It is now smooth and not as dry and painful.

A negative comment I have regarding the cream, is the scent. It states on the container “premium aromatherapy” and they are not kidding. I struggle to find a natural, vegan, product that does not smell like a health food store and I’m sorry to say that this product did not make the cut. It’s not very overpowering, so ,maybe I’ll get used to it as I use the product more.

Despite the strong “health food store” scent, the cream itself did its job and completely moisturized my skin while being a vegan and cruelty-free product.

If you are interested in Beauty Without Cruelty or The Maximum Moisture Cream , which is available in a 2 oz jar for $16.95,  simply click on their links.

 

Thank You, Beauty Without Cruelty.

Cruelty Free Products

Whether you’ve been a long-time vegan or vegetarian or you’ve just made the leap to embrace the plant-based lifestyle, eating is only part of the big picture.

For about a year I was under the assumption that since I was eating a plant-based diet I wasn’t participating in the harming of animals. How wrong I was!! By continuing to use the same beauty products and wear the same clothes and shoes, I was contributing to companies that participate in  animal testing, animal abuse and neglect, and even worse.

So, where can you find cruelty free products? I am still on the search for some new, great, products and would appreciate any suggestions you may have.  However, I do have a few tried and true products I stand by and I’d like to share them. Not everything I use is vegan, but all are cruelty free. I will slowly make the change.

Cruelty-Free Compassionate Shopping Guide : LeapingBunny.org

1) Zoya Nail Polish

Finally, a vegan polish that shines and looks great. I did find that some colors chip more easily than others. The colors I’ve tried with glitter seem to last longer. They do sell an Armor Top Coat that I’m going to try and see if that helps stop the premature chipping. I must be living under a rock  because I did not know that Zoya makes lip gloss. I can’t wait to try some! Another great thing about Zoya polish is that it’s pretty easy to find. I’ve bought on their website before, but, the little salon I visit also sells it and I’ve seen it at other salons and spas.

Cruelty-Free Compassionate Shopping Guide : LeapingBunny.org

2) Lush

I love this company and their products. I tried their products by accident before I was vegan and I’m really glad my mom thought they were cool and gave them to me “just because”. I still use their Rehab shampoo (5 years later) and I love that their products are handmade.

Cruelty-Free Compassionate Shopping Guide : LeapingBunny.org

3) St. Ives Apricot Scrub

I’ve used this almost all my life and I was super happy to find out it is vegan friendly. It is also easily found at your local drug store or Wal-Mart and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!

Other vegan-friendly products:

E.L.F. Cosmetics,Urban Decay, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and Beauty Without Cruelty are some other vegan-friendly beauty product companies. Chinese Laundry and Steve Madden also make some vegan products.

 

I recently found this site, Leaping Bunny, that makes finding cruelty free products in a variety of categories easy.  They have an online guide and you can also request a Free Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide shipped right to your door. Important: cruelty free does not necessarily mean vegan so take that into consideration if it is important a product be completely vegan.

 

My Go-to Vegan Blogs for Recipes and Inspiration

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Everyone always asks me where I get inspiration for my recipes and I always direct them to the same blogs. So, I thought I’d share my secrets with you. If any of these blogs are secrets, it has to be criminal, because many of the recipes they share are simply amazing.

1) Fat Free Vegan

When I first became vegan over two years ago, I was overwhelmed with the changes in cooking and uncommon ingredients often used in vegan recipes. Fat Free Vegan introduced me to many new and yummy recipes and helped make the change easier. When you are dealing with a food allergy like I was, it can be extra difficult. Susan Voisin saved many dinners and helped me to not starve in the beginning. One of my favorite recipes on her blog is E’s Super-Awesome Brussel Sprouts and Mushrooms.

 

2) Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Covered Katie's Cookie Dough Dip

Chocolate Covered Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip

 

It is no secret to my friends and family that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. Chocolate Covered Katie was both the best and maybe the most dangerous blog I’ve come across. All her desserts are healthy and vegan so I don’t feel as guilty when I eat a whole bowl of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip for breakfast. I’ve tried many of her recipes and I could easily polish off a whole batch of anything by myself.

 

3) Happy Herbivore

Lindsey from Happy Herbivore is both an inspiration and source of knowledge. I was lucky enough to interview Lindsey last year for the blog. All three of her cookbooks are a constant reference in my kitchen. The meal plans she offers on her blog are a lifesaver for a busy mom like me. Even if the rest of your family is not vegan, as is the case for me, the recipes are very versatile and I find that my family enjoys them as much as I do.

4) The Kind Life

One of the first vegan books I bought was Alicia Silverstone’s, The Kind Diet. The information and recipes in the book helped me when I made the switch to a plant-based eating style. Though some of the ingredients are hard to find in my area, there are many recipes that utilize more common ingredients and are easy to prepare.

5) Oh She Glows

This is a great blog. Angela has a ton of great recipes. She is also working on a cookbook due out in 2014.  I look forward to trying her Easy BBQ Tofu (sounds like a great recipe for dinner tonight)!

 

6) The Vegan Stoner

I love how this blog shows pictures of the ingredients in their recipes. Some how it connects with my brain easier and makes the ingredient searching go a lot faster.

7) Vegan Coach

This site not only has great recipes but contains tons of support and advice. Sassy has been a vegan for quite some time so, I visit her blog when I am in a rut or have any questions about recipes or ingredients. She is a vegan coach and also has a newsletter that gives tips, recipes, and advice.

 

8) Healthy Bitch Daily

Have you heard of the book Skinny Bitch? Yep, this is the blog of one of the authors, Kim Barnouin. I love her non-sugar coated style. She shares a wealth of information, inspiration, and recipes.

9) Post Punk Kitchen

I’ve referenced countless recipes from this blog. If you are looking for something new and yummy to try, Post Punk Kitchen is your place.

10) Chef Chloe

Here, my sweet tooth comes into play again. Chef Chloe is a vegan chef and former winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She is just amazing and all her recipes look delicious. I look forward to getting her cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen.

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It was very difficult to narrow my list down to just ten blogs, so I will definitely be sharing other blogs that inspire me in the future. If you have a favorite vegan blog please share with us!

 

 

Hello Everyone!

Yes, it’s been a very long time since I last posted. Thank you to all my fans who have stuck with me. I will continue to blog about things that inspire me including animal rescue, couponing, fitness, healthy eating, vegan recipes, and share an occasional craft.

172413_Green Bags_KDM_With the holidays fast approaching, I thought I’d share a recipe I made this week for Chia Seed pudding. It is definitely some new, but also something I’ve wanted to try for awhile. Guess what? I liked it! Since I’ve made it, I inspired two others to make it and they reported to like it as well. It’s a great, healthy, and slightly sweet pudding.

Recipe

3/4 cup Chia seeds (I use Nutiva white chia seeds)

2 cups almond (or other nut milk)

2 tsp stevia or other sweetener (i like agave)

3/4 tsp vanilla

For a chocolate version, add 3-5 tbsp cocoa powder

Combine all ingredients and let sit 20-30 mins or until turns to a pudding consistency. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes until pudding is set. Try adding fruit when serving!

Some Great Vegan Cook Books Worth Checking Out!

Becoming vegan is not always easy, but it’s so worth it.  It was easy for me in the beginning, only because I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. It wouldn’t have been so easy if that was not the case. I was a vegetarian since I was 12, so I didn’t have to kick everything at once. I can’t imagine the difficulty of not only becoming a vegetarian, but eliminating eggs, dairy, and all other animal products, as well.

In the beginning, I had a hard time finding recipes that I liked so, I started making my own. On most days, I don’t have time to experiment with different recipes so cookbooks come in handy.

I was excited to see there is a fairly new cookbook by Roberto Martin who is Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s personal chef. Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, over 125 recipes so tasty you won’t miss the meat looks great. I will definitely be checking out this book  since it features recipes like Chocolate Cheesecake and Avocado Rubens!

Some other Vegan cookbooks that look worth buying are:

The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

Quick Fix Vegan: Healthy Home style Meals in 30 mins or less

Candle 79 Cookbook

Modern Vegan Classics from New York’s Premier Sustainable Restaurant

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook

Crazy Delicious Recipes that are Good to the Earth 

and Great for your Bod

I am excited to find this cookbook and you should be too if you’ve read Skinny Bitch.

There are so many great vegan cookbooks out there, you should never have a shortage of recipes!