The All Around Vegan Box – A must have for all vegan foodies and activists!

Before we get started, yes that is Bubbles in the feature image!!!

Company: All Around Vegan

Product: March 2018 All Around Vegan Box  (order now to get this month’s box!)

Review:

I love this subscription box.

End of review.

Just joking… but seriously, I love this subscription box for so many reasons! If you missed my previous review of the All Around Vegan Box, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Unlike other vegan subscription boxes that make you choose between bath and body, beauty or food products, the All Around Vegan Box comes with Lifestyle products, Nutritional products, Bath & Body products, and Activism Products. It is perfect for vegans that love trying new foods and new ways to learn and grow as activists. This box is also perfect for those that are transitioning into a vegan lifestyle… I mean, what’s better than getting a box full of vegan stuff at your door every month?!

So, what’s in the March box?

First, we have some delicious Carrot Oat Mini Cookies from Partake Foods.

They’re vegan, gluten-free, nut free, and soy free… I know what you’re thinking… “Yeah, they’re probably “flavor-free”, too.” Well, buddy, you’re wrong! These crunchy little cookies are packed with flavor! Cinnamon, carrot and oat make this cookie taste like a crispy little carrot cake, and I’m here for it!

Next, we have every vegan’s soulmate. NOOCH! That’s right, this month’s box includes Frontier Co-op’s Nutritional Yeast Flakes!

If you’ve never had nutritional yeast, drop what you’re doing, leave work early, drop the kids off at the babysitter, do what you gotta do and go get some. Better yet, just order this box! Anyway, I put nooch on veggies, pizza, popcorn, potatoes, salad, pasta, rice, you name it! It has a wonderful cheezy flavor and makes everything taste oh-so-good! I love that this little jar is perfect for taking with me. Hey, you never know when you’re gonna need a little nooch. You think I’m joking. I’m not. This stuff is awesome.

Next up, are the gimMe Organic Toasted Sesame and Sea Salt Premium Roasted Seaweed snacks. I’ve had these before and they’re definitely a unique and healthy snack! The sea weed is thin and crispy and packs a punch of salty flavor. They’re gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic. If you’re looking to spice up your snack game, you’ll like these!

Up next, is the Mint Valley Seed Co. Mustard Microgreens Growing Kit! How freakin’ cute! I was planning on growing some herbs in my kitchen for quite some time, but you know… life. This kit comes with all you need to grow little mustard greens in your home, and they’re ready to eat within a week!

Next up, is Happy Pits Sweet Orange All Natural Deodorant!

If you’re familiar with natural deodorants, you know that they either don’t work or they work pretty well but can really irritate your skin. This deo is aluminum and chemical free, and contains coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and organic tea tree oil. Arrowroot and baking soda keep you dry, while coconut oil and shea butter moisturize and give you “happy pits.” Now, if they could only make “Happy Hair” because my curls are looking pretty rough lately!

Last, this box included:The Modern Savage written by James McWilliams. The author “pushes back against the questionable moral standards of a largely omnivorous” while revealing “the scope of the cruelty that takes place even on the smallest and – supposedly – most humane animal farms.” “McWilliams advocates for the only truly moral, sustainable choice – a diet without meat, dairy, or other animal products.” Well, this sounds like the perfect book for activists and those that are interested in learning! *I’ll add an update once I’ve read it all!

The Bottom Line

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the All Around Vegan Box is my favorite subscription box! You get delicious foods, lifestyle products, bath and body products, and activism products… What more could you want?!

I don’t know of any other box that will help your pits smell great, give you reading material to add some more wrinkles on that big old vegan brain of yours, let you grow your own mustard greens, and gives you delicious snacks and nooch!

As you can probably tell, I highly recommend this box! Head on over to their website to check out their different subscription options!

Banza Chickpea Pasta – The Perfect, Healthy Alternative for Pasta Fiends!

Company: Banza Chickpea Pasta

“Chickpeas make delicious pasta. That’s why we used them to create Banza®. We took a household favorite and made it even better, turning the pasta you love into the pasta that loves you back!”

Product: Banza Ziti Made From Chickpeas  – $25.00 USD for a case of six, 8 ounce boxes

Review: Who doesn’t like a great pasta dish? I know I do, but don’t eat it as often as I’d like because I’m trying to get “healthier.”

Well, needless to say, I was thrilled to try out this chickpea pasta from Banza! It only has 4 ingredients: Chickpeas, Tapioca, Pea Protein, and Xanthum Gum. This badass pasta is gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, Vegan! Each 3.5 ounce serving contains 25 grams of protein (whoa!!!!), 13 grams of Fiber, and 43 grams of carbs! Did I mention it was gluten-free?

Ok, so you may have tried brown rice pasta or some other pasta varieties that just don’t cook nicely. They get mushy, stick together, or take on a not-so-appetizing gummy texture. I’m happy to report that this Ziti was simple to cook and it took just 8 minutes to get to the perfect, slightly more than al dente texture.

Trust me when that one serving will fill you up… even for the biggest pasta fiends! All of that protein, fiber, and carbs really make one satisfying meal! I’d love to make some into a pasta salad and take it with me for lunch or after the gym for some long-lasting energy.

I decided to make a Chiken Alfredo… something I haven’t had in a decade. I was worried that my cashew-based sauce was too thick (is there such a thing?) and it would cause the pasta to break apart. NOPE! The ziti and my crazy rich Alfredo sauce paired up perfectly!

The Bottom Line

Banza Chickpea Pasta is some pretty amazing stuff! I can’t get over how easy it was to cook! It tastes just like regular pasta, only it is jam packed with protein and fiber. This is perfect for people that love to carbo-load while watching Black Mirror (me!) or for fitness enthusiasts that want a satisfying, clean meal. I can’t recommend this pasta enough!

Thank you, Banza, for sending me your pasta to review! 

Arbonne Protein Shakes, Energy Drinks, Cosmetics and More!

Company: Arbonne

Hello again, thanks for stopping by!

Since trying Arbonne products a month or two ago, I’ve gotten really interested in their wide range of products! I was sent a sample pack of products and here are a few of my favorites!

If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious snack or meal, try Arbonne’s Vanilla Protein Shake Mix! Every serving contains 20 grams of protein from peas, cranberries and rice. These individual serving packets are convenient to take with you to work, the gym, you name it! It is suggested to mix this with water, but I whipped up a fabulous smoothie by using vanilla almond milk and some frozen berries. Yum!

This shake is a good source of vitamins and minerals but you will most likely need to take a multi-vitamin to reach the recommended daily amounts. This is great nutritious snack or post-workout protein source. The Chocolate Protein Shake Mix was also fantastic!

I really like the Pomegranate Energy Fizz Sticks and Citrus Energy Fizz Sticks for a quick and easy pick me up! They are conveniently package to take on the go and help to power through the day!  Thanks to Guarana, Chromium, Green Tea, and Ginsing, these little guys will definitely put some pep in your step!

The Shea Butter Hand Cream has a rich formula, sweet scent, and quickly absorbs to hydrate dry skin. Shea butter, coconut oil, and Vitamin E are the star ingredients that combine together to make one heck of a moisturizer! I like to take this with me to apply throughout the day. Love it!

I’m also really loving the Pure  Pure Vibrance ColorLast Hair Serum. This lightweight serum has a subtle citrus-y scent and is formulated to help reduce fading hair color, and also protects hair from heat styling, fights frizz, and adds shine. This hair serum delivers as promised! I worked it into my damp hair, and it really helped to smooth the ends and reduce frizz. My curls were noticeably shiny, bouncy, and smelled so nice! Read the full ingredient list here.

The Makeup Primer has a slick texture and easily glides onto the skin and allows for even foundation and concealer application. It smoothes the texture of the skin, so it is great if you are concerned with breakouts, etc. and when applied strategically, it can help reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.

On days that I want my skin to look its best (which is pretty much every day, amiright?), I use this primer after my moisturizer and before my foundation.

The Bottom Line

Arbonne offers tons of vegan and cruelty-free products that are definitely worth trying out! Whether you’re looking for bath and body products, cosmetics, or health and nutrition products for the whole fam, Arbonne has something for ya!

Visit my friend’s Arbonne page to check out all that Arbonne has to offer!

Finally Trying Arbonne Products – My Thoughts!

Company: Arbonne

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Review: I have always been curious about Arbonne products, but for some reason, had never tried them. They offer a wide range of products from mascara to protein bars, so why not give ’em a try?

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First, I tried the It’s A Long Story Mascara. I must say, that I really like it! I am not usually a fan of mascaras with plastic bristle brushes but this one works very well. It separates and lengthens every lash and makes them super black. The more coats you put on, the longer and more dramatic your lashes look. I didn’t have any issues with it smearing during the day. This is generally a fantastic mascara!

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Next, is their simply named Makeup Primer. It has a thick consistency and has the typical “silicone” primer feel to it. This primer glides on the skin quickly and easily to create a smooth canvas for your face makeup. I can’t say for sure if it prolonged the wear of my makeup (since I use a setting spray) but it did help to make my skin appear smoother.

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Arbonne’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is a great little moisturizer! It has a thick consistency and a sweet, sugary fragrance. It absorbed into my skin within seconds and left behind soft skin. Shea butter is the star ingredient which nourishes skin with no greasiness, yay!

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Like I said, Arbonne offers a wide range of products, not just beauty related items. Their Arbonne Essentials Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Protein Snack Bars are one of many health products that they offer. Although the flavor of the bar was dark chocolate, I would say that this bar wasn’t very sweet. If you’re not a huge fan of sugary snacks, but still want a protein boost, this bar may be for you! It has 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, so it was actually pretty filling despite its small size!

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Next, the Energy Fizz Sticks in the Pomegranate Flavor is another health item that can give your day a little kick! This powder easily mixes into water to provide B vitamins, chromium, green tea, guarana, and ginseng to help power through your day feeling alert and energized! Although I rely on coffee most days, these energy sticks are a great (healthier) alternative. All you have to do is throw one in your bag and use it when you’re feeling a little sluggish. I like these a lot!

The Bottom Line

If I had to chose, I think the mascara is my favorite product that I tried! I love how it darkens and lengthens my little lashes! The makeup primer definitely made my skin appear a little smoother and the hand cream did a great job hydrating my dry, winter skin, so I really enjoyed those as well.

If you like animal-friendly products that actually work, I think you should give Arbonne a try! I’m particularly impressed with the makeup and body products! Thank you to Natalie, for sending me these products to review, and I look forward to trying more Arbonne products in the future!

Head on over to their website to check out all of Arbonne’s products!

My Favorite Indulgence – World Class Granola That Tastes Like Dessert!

Company: My Favorite Indulgence

Products:

Chocolate Mocha Granola

Pumpkin Spiced Granola

Maple Cinnamon Granola

Classic Almond Granola

Reviews:

Is your morning routine missing a little something? Toast and coffee not cutting it anymore? Try My Favorite Indulgence World Class Granola! (How’d you like my infomercial impression?) These granolas are vegan and made with natural, non-GMO ingredients. There’s nothing on the labels that you won’t be able to pronounce and the flavors are incredible! Alright, let’s jump right in!

First up, is the Chocolate Mocha Granola. I love chocolate. I love coffee. I love granola. So obviously I had high hopes for this one! I was not let down! The sweet, cocoa flavor along with the crunchiness of the oats and almonds really can’t be beat! There is even a hint of cinnamon which really amps up the flavor. I paired this with almond milk and it was like eating a dessert for breakfast. I’m in love!

Next, is the Pumpkin Spiced Granola. As far as I’m concerned, Pumpkin Spiced flavored foods should be eaten year round! Some “pumpkin” flavored foods taste artificial and not very appetizing. This granola, on the other hand, is done right! It contains actually pumpkin which is the primary flavor of this granola, along with pure maple syrup, dried cranberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. It is subtly sweet, crunchy and tastes like pumpkin pie. It’s pumpkin perfection!

The Maple Cinnamon Granola (listed on their website as “Nut-Free Granola) is phenomenal! The sweetness from the pure maple syrup with the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon and the crunch of the oats; this granola does not disappoint! This flavor is nut-free and perfect for someone that isn’t into “dessert” flavors like the ones above or just prefers simpler flavor profiles.

Last but not least is the Classic Almond Granola (listed on their website as “Granola With Nuts”). If you’re a traditional granola lover, this is for you! This variety contains almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. I’ve never had granola with all three, so I was interested to try this! Just because it is “Classic” doesn’t mean it’s boring! The blend of maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla along with the oats, nuts, and seeds is truly delicious!

The Bottom Line

These granolas from My Favorite Indulgence are fantastic. They’re vegan, healthy and oh-so-delicious! All of the flavors are non-GMO and make a satisfying meal or snack.  I love each and every flavor and actually couldn’t pick a favorite! I love that they come in a large 10 oz. size for home and also come in 2 oz. snack sizes to take on the go! Head on over to the My Favorite Indulgence website to check out their world-class granola!

Thank you, My Favorite Indulgence, for sending me these products to review!

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