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Goodbye, Ringling Brothers!

After 146 years of animal torture and abuse for the sake of “entertainment”, Ringling Brothers will be closing their doors! Animal rights activists have protested outside of shows for almost 4 decades to put an end to the unnecessary exploitation of elephants, tigers, lions, and other wild animals.

After removing elephants from their acts back in May 2016, Ringling Brothers representatives reported a significant drop in ticket sales. Read more about it, here.

2017 has already been a winning year for animals, and we’re just getting started! Sign petitions, go protest, and speak up for animals! We are on the winning side of history!

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September & October Favorites

Well, hello there! Happy Halloween! I’ve been hunting for some great products these last couple of months, and here’s what I’ve found! 

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First, you CANNOT miss Little Secrets Peanut Butter Butter Dark Chocolate candies… they’re a mix of a crunchy candy shell, dark chocolate, and smooth peanut butter. They’re basically like eating a vegan combo of M&M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. The raspberry flavor is great too… sweet raspberry and dark chocolate, what’s not to like? 

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I’ve been using Renpure hair products for about a year now. Of course, they’re vegan and cruelty free, and feature coconuts as a main ingredient, in some form or another! Currently, I’m using the Coconut Creme Nourishing Shampoo and Bamboo Coconut Water Conditioner. Their products smell delicious and get the job done! You can find their products at Target!

Next up, the amazing Pure Genius Chocolate Chunk Blondie, made from chick peas! This blondie is a like sweet, chewy, and satisfying chocolate chip cookie! I found these bad boys at Whole Foods. Give ’em a try! 


Of course I can’t forget another sweet treat (hooray for sugar!), the Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie White Chocolate Chip Macadamia flavor. This thing is vegan, soy free, made with Non-GMO ingredients, and is packed with 16 grams of protein. Umm… how awesome is it to eat a delicious cookie for breakfast and feel good about it?

Last but definitely not least, Leonardo DiCaprio continues his efforts to save the environment after Cowspiracy, with his new documentary, “Beyond The Flood.” This doc focuses on human activity and the need for immediate change in order to save the planet from global warming. It also includes scientific research and explanations as to why the United States government has done very little regarding environmental issues, despite the fact that it is now crucial for humans to change their lifestyles to preserve wildlife, as well as clean air and water. Watch “Beyond The Flood” on YouTube for free, here.

Oh, and if you want my recipe for the fabulous caramel apples pictured at the beginning of this post, check it out on worldofvegan.com

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a happy and healthy Halloween!

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Nine Mile West

Location:  

Nine Mile West

751 Haywood Road

Asheville, North Carolina 28806

Atmosphere: This vegetarian/vegan spot is right in the middle of trendy, casual West Asheville, and serves up “Caribbean inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes, daily specials, and an array of locally made desserts.” As with most Asheville restaurants, they offer locally made microbrews and seasonal wines as well.  This place is super laid back and casual, with Bob Marley providing the sound track for your meal.

Food: Check out their large menu of Caribbean meals here

I ordered the “Jamaican Me Crazy” meal with jerk tofu. The red curry/coconut sauce gave the dish a sweet and smoky flavor which was lightened up with veggies, including; red peppers, roasted tomatoes, red cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, and green onion. The jerk tofu added protein and heartiness, and the fluffy basmati rice soaked up all of the flavors perfectly. 2 big pieces of their wonderful, overly-garlicked (I may have made that word up, but it works) “Natty Bread” rounded out the healthy, filling, and flavorful lunch.


DIG it or DITCH it?

DIG IT! Check this place out if you like Carribean flavors, laid back vibes, and locally made spirits.  There are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and raw options… So there’s something for everyone. One Love! ❤️

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Kiss My Face – Quick Dry Spray Deodorants

Hello Veganeers!

I’m so excited to be partnering up with Kiss My Face to review their new, Quick Dry Spray Deodorants!  If you haven’t tried Kiss My Face products before, read the press release below to find out a little more about the company and their new deodorant sprays.

Kiss My Face is launching new Quick Dry Spray Deodorants, which are naturally effective, aluminum chlorohydrate-free, and air powered spray® deodorants!

Known as a respected leader in natural skin and body care, Kiss My Face is pleased to bring these innovative deodorants to consumers. They dry in seconds and are clinically proven to provide 24 hour odor protection. These new air powered spray deodorants leverage the power of naturally effective ingredients, like Thyme, Green Tea and Cucumber, to provide plant derived odor protection and antioxidant benefits in a soothing, cooling spray.

Kiss My Face’s quick dry spray deodorants have naturally nourishing antioxidants and are available in two refreshing scents: cucumber green tea and sport. In addition to being fast drying deodorants, they’re cruelty free, paraben free, aluminum chlorohydrate free, petroleum glycol free, artificial fragrance free, and contain no chemical propellants.

Kiss My Face is proud to add quick dry spray deodorants to its lineup of naturally effective deodorants that provide consumers with better and safer solutions for odor control.

Kiss My Face was nice enough to send me these sprays in both the “Cucumber Green Tea” and “Sport” scents. A full sized bottle contains 3 Fl oz (88 ml) and is sold for $4.99 USD on the Kiss My Face website. The air powered spray nozzle releases a steady stream of product that is easy to control. I only needed to spray for 1 to 2 seconds to cover my entire underarm, and it dried in seconds.  When using the Cucumber Green Tea scent, you will initially notice a strong smell of alcohol (which is #1 on the ingredient list), which quickly dissipates leaving behind a crisp and refreshing scent of freshly sliced cucumbers.

The “Sport” scent is much stronger, and is most likely intended for masking body odor caused by intense sport playing and workouts.  The scent contains notes of lemon, rosemary, sage, green tea, and cucumber, so it has a a natural, herbal, and outdoorsy smell.  Like the Cucumber Green Tea scent, you will notice a strong smell of alcohol initially.

So, how did these work? I must say that I have been a fan of Kiss My Face deodorants for quite some time.  I stay away from deodorants that contain aluminum and other harmful substances (Google it if you don’t know!), and was excited to give these new sprays a try.  I am happy to announce that these sprays kept me fresh and smelling great for 24 hours, as advertised! I would recommend that if you know that you have problems with noticeable body odor using other types of deodorant, that you try the Sport scent, since it is stronger and will mask stubborn odors. Keep in mind that this product is not an antiperspirant, so you will still sweat, but hey, that’s natural (and healthy)!

I’d like to give Kiss My Face a huge shout out for accepting me into their new Kiss Tribe! Give the new Kiss My Face Quick Dry Deodorant Sprays a try, and let me know how you liked them!

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Lenny and Larry’s “The Complete Cookie”

Ok, so you want a treat, but also want to stick to a healthy lifestyle. We’ve all been there! How do delicious, protein and fiber-packed cookies in flavors like Birthday Cake, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Snickerdoodle, and Pumpkin Spice sound? (If you’re drooling a little, that’s alright… That was my initial reaction too!).

I’m so excited to be one of Lenny and Larry’s Brand Ambassadors! These cookies are vegan, kosher, and contain all Non-GMO ingredients. Each 2 ounce single serving cookie contains 8g of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber, so grab one after a work out, for breakfast, snack, or whenever you want something healthy and tasty! *The 4 ounce cookie contain 2 servings, so double the protein and fiber!

Click my link to order “The Complete Cookie”, and don’t forget to use the discount codes listed below!

Discount Codes: $10 off $50+ order, code: 10AMB50, $20 off $100+ order, code: 20AMB100, $40 off $200+ order, code: 40AMB200

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Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Location: Biltmore Park Town Square, 30 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828) 654-0046

Menu

Atmosphere: Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is a super laid back and casual pizza sports bar. This restaurant is located right in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square.  It’s the perfect place to order an individual pizza before you catch a movie or just to take a shopping break.  The staff is friendly, and there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

Food: There are no specifically vegan appetizers, so the waitress suggested that I try the Bruschetta on pita bread, instead of their non-vegan bread option.  Well, I think the picture says it all, but this was AWESOME! Fresh Roma tomatoes, basil, and onion piled on crunchy and chewy pita bread, all topped with cheese (I’m pretty sure it was Daiya) and sweet balsamic vinegar. This was fresh, crunchy, chewy, sweet, creamy, and tangy… what more could you want in an app?

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For an entree, there are plenty of 10″ individual pizzas that can be customized to be vegan.  There is an exclusively vegan dough, and vegan cheese can be added for no charge. I ordered the Margherita pizza, which featured roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and Daiya cheese on a crispy and chewy crust. Basically, this pizza was very similar to the appetizer I had ordered, but since it was so good, I didn’t mind at all. Remember to request the vegan dough and cheeze when you order this bad boy!

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DIG IT or DITCH IT?

DIG IT! The friendly staff, casual atmosphere, and location makes Brixx an excellent place to be! The ingredients are fresh and flavorful, and it is always nice to visit a restaurant that has more than salad for us plant-based foodies! Give this place a try!

July’s Treasure Hunt

I’ve found a lot of great vegan snack foods this month… So let’s dive right in!


First up, are Margherita Pizza Plentils. These little lentil based chips are an absolute miracle! I had my doubts when it came to the “pizza” flavor, but Damn! The cheesy, zesty flavor kicked me right in the taste buds and I devoured the entire bag. I found these at Whole Foods, and will definitely be trying out the other flavors. You’re welcome. 


Like mint and chocolate? Kind Bar Dark Chocolate Almond Mint bar will not disappoint! I used to love York Peppermint Patties, but they contain egg whites for some reason, so I haven’t had one in a very long time.  These Kind Bars have crunchy almonds, rich dark chocolate, and a surprisingly strong mint flavor.  Try one and let me know what you think!


So Delicous Cashewmilk Snickerdoodle Ice Cream… I’ve heard great things about this stuff, but I’ve only had actual Snickerdoodle cookies once or twice, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay $6 for this.  Well, on a late night shopping trip, I bought it. This stuff is good! It’s made with cashew milk, so it’s super creamy. There’s a strong cinnamon flavor, and there are pieces of Snickerdoodle cookie dough throughout. The flavor is spot on!


Califia Farms Full Shot Cold Brew is phenomenal! If you’ve read my blog before, or follow me on IG, you might know that I’m a coffee addict to the billionth degree, and I love trying out new caffeinated drinks. This drink has much caffeine as a cup of coffee and also has added protein, so it’s awesome as a snack/pick me up. Just remember to shake it up before you drink it!
What have you found this month??

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June’s Treasure Hunt

The summer is officially here in the mountains of North Carolina, and it’s time to talk about some of the vegan treasures I’ve found!

First up …. Trader Joe’s Coconut Strips!  These coconut strips are super sweet, chewy, and cheap! For $2, you get a fantastic snack that tastes like tropical candy! 

The next fav is also from Trader Joe’s, it’s their absolutely fabulous Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette dressing.  Smooth, nutty, sweet, and spicy… What more could you want? It’s fantastic on salad, as a dip for spring rolls, or as a marinade for tofu. It’s so delicious, it makes me look forward to diving face first into a giant salad!

Ok, ok… This is the last Trader Joe’s product I’ll mention, but Hot Dang, it’s delicious! Trader Ming’s Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower says “Ka-POW” to your taste buds! Another sweet and spicy treat, it crisps as you bake it, to make a tasty app! Serve it up over rice, and you have a meal that’s better than take out! 

Last, is Arctic Fox Hair Color. All vegan and cruelty free, this brand was exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to dye my hair a vibrant purple. This stuff is no joke! In just minutes, this gives you vibrant color that lasts for weeks! They have a large range of fun colors, and I plan on trying more! Just beware, this dye will get all over your bathroom, shower, floor, etc., no matter how careful you are! 

What vegan treasures have you found?

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YuLin Dog Meat Eating Festival Starts Tomorrow…

Despite international outrage, the dog meat eating festival in YuLin will be taking place. Slaughterhouses have been filled with strays, dogs taken from families’ homes, and dogs bought for slaughter, for months. The dogs have been tortured, burned and dismembered while alive… In front of audiences for entertainment and because these “people” decided that the adrenaline produced by these terrified dogs makes them “taste better.”

It is hard to think of something like this happening… And it feels even worse that it hasn’t been stopped.

However, many rescue groups have rescued dogs from these horrid conditions. The Compassion Project by Animal Hope and Wellness, as of the last day or so, has successfully shut down a slaughterhouse in YuLin, and is in the process of shutting down more. It is heroes like these that give us all hope.  Please donate to the rescue efforts.  The rescued animals need medical treatments, transportation, and eventually, new homes. They are counting on us. 

http://www.animalhopeandwellness.org/donate/