Dr. Brite’s New Spring Line – Launching April 10th!

Company: Dr. Brite

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I’ve been a fan of Dr. Brite products for quite some time… their products are healthy, work wonderfully, and of course, they are vegan and cruelty-free! That’s why I was so thrilled to get to try out these brand new products that are launching on April 10th!

First up, is the Coco Chai Natural Organic Coconut Whitening Toothpaste. Yup, you read that correctly! This toothpaste is Coconut Chai flavored! Dr. Brite describes this to be “a warm and cozy cinnamon, cardamom, and coconut creation inspired by chai lattes.” Ummm… sign me up!

This toothpaste really does taste like a delicious chai latte from Starbucks, yum! It makes your teeth look and feel nice and clean. This toothpaste does not foam up like traditional toothpastes… and that’s a good thing. Colgate, Crest, etc. are filled with nasty ingredients that make you think you are getting a nice, healthy smile but they are actually filled with crazy chemicals that nobody needs. After just a few uses of using this Coco Chai toothpaste, not only did my mouth look and feel clean and healthy, but I did notice that my teeth were also looking whiter! Love it!

Next, is the Brite & Fresh Breath Freshener with Activated Charcoal. This spray is “formulated with a fantastic blend of organic essential oils that help soothe gums and freshen breath instantly with just a couple of spritzes.” Well, that description is spot-on! With just 2 sprays, my breath was fresh and my mouth felt clean for quite a long time! The conveniently sized bottle is perfect for throwing into your purse or keeping in your car for when you stop by Chipotle for lunch and have a meeting right after. Aloe, peppermint, menthol, clove, holy basil, organic coconut activated charcoal really get the job done, naturally!

Next up, are the Get Brite Brilliant Teeth Whitening Pen and the Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen. The Get Brite pen delivers “fast results that can help people achieve teeth that are 2 shades whiter in 2 days.” This claim is absolutely correct!  Food-grade hydrogen peroxide and organic coconut oil gently whiten your teeth to give you a bright, radiant smile! It has a minty flavor and there is no need to rinse it off, so it is perfect to use just about anywhere or anytime! I liked to use this in the morning and right before bed, buy hey, its up to you!

The Stay Brite Pen “helps maintain the appearance of pearly whites by preventing daily stains.” Now that my teeth are looking fantastic, I really love that this pen helps to  prevent stains. This pen can also be used anywhere, anytime but this one is great to take with you. You know you’re going to have something that could potentially stain your teeth at some point during your day. Just stick this pen in your bag, pocket, wherever, to help keep your movie star smile!

The Bottom Line

I love Dr. Brite’s products! The newCoco Chai Natural Organic Coconut Whitening Toothpaste is a must try for all Chai Latte lovers! The Brite & Fresh Breath Freshener with Activated Charcoal is fantastic way to freshen your breathe while you’re on the go. The Get Brite Brilliant Teeth Whitening Pen delivers fantastic results quickly and safely (White Strips, who?!) and the Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen is a quick and simple way to keep your teeth looking gorgeous all the time!

I HIGHLY recommend picking up these products when they are launched on April 10th!

Thank you, Dr. Brite, for sending me these products to review!

Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies… They’re Vegan, Healthy, and Delicious!!!

Company: Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies

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Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies

Review: Pumpkin here, pumpkin there… PUMPKIN EVERYWHERE! Its the time of year that you can’t walk into a store without seeing TONS of pumpkin products! From pumpkin spice lattes to candles to chapsticks… pumpkin definitely rules the holidays!

If you’re familiar with Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies, you know that they are super healthy yet somehow taste fantastic! They’re gluten-free, soy free, sweetened with coconut sugar, and of course they’re vegan! Check out my review of their other delicious flavors here.

So… back to these Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies!

To put it simply, they’re outstanding. The texture is soft and chewy thanks to gluten-free oats. I’m happy to announce that the flavor tastes like actual pumpkin and not that crazy sweet artificial flavoring that you’ll find in most pumpkin flavored products. To top it all off, nutmeg and cinnamon really make these cookies taste like pumpkin pie and the pecans give them a nice nutty flavor and crunch.

The Bottom Line

Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies are wonderful, healthy snacks that can be enjoyed by everyone. They’re bursting with flavor and these Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies really put me in the holiday spirit! These are sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike!

This holiday season, put these cookies out with a glass of almond milk for Saint Nick, give them to someone that loves healthy, flavorful snacks, or bring them with you to a party to share with your family and friends!

Happy Holidays!

Vegan Muscle Snack Box Review

Company: Vegan Muscle

Product: Vegan Muscle Snack Box 

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Review:

Ya’ll know I love a good subscription box! I love that the Vegan Muscle Snack Box includes a variety of sweet and savory snacks to please vegans and non-vegans alike!

You can choose a bi-weekly subscription to get delicious snacks delivered to your door twice a month or a one time purchase to try it out! They also have a Food Box that includes meat substitutes, etc.

Alright! Let’s jump rights in!

The first product that jumped out at me was the Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky in Texas BBQ flavor. I have been vegan for years and haven’t tried any vegan jerky products. I was never a fan of it back in my meat eating days, so I’ve avoided it altogether.

In all honesty, I was pretty blown away by this! The texture was soft and chewy which made it VERY similar to meat. The flavor was tangy, sweet and simply delicious. My boyfriend (non-vegan) said he loved it, so this would be fantastic for people that are looking to go vegan or cut down on meat in their diet. I would definitely eat this again and again!

Next up, were the Homefree Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies! These little guys are vegan (of course) but are also gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO! I really, REALLY liked these! They are super crunchy with just the right amount of sweetness. The dark chocolate chips were rich and would satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving! These are a big win!

HIPPEAS! I love Hippeas, especially the white cheddar flavor! They are very close to Cheetos in terms of texture… and they’re made from chickpeas! The cheddar flavor is salty and tangy which makes these the perfect healthy and organic alternative to the notoriously unhealthy snack covered in bright orange powder that gets everywhere!

I was a little unsure about the next product. I love veggie sushi rolls with nori (thin, seaweed wrappers) but I wasn’t sure if I would like it on it’s own. The GimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks in the sea salt flavor were good! They definitely have the salty, grassy quality of seaweed and it absolutely reminded me of eating sushi. The thin sheets are delicate and crispy and they soften as you eat them. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to try a unique snack that is healthy and low in calories, give these a try!

If you’re a fruit snacks fan or looking to eliminate animal products from your kids’ diet, try Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks! They’re organic, gluten-free, and basically identical to traditional fruit snacks. Did you know that traditional fruit snacks contain gelatin, which is made by boiling animal bones, hooves, and other body parts? I don’t know who decided that was a good idea to put in food, but I am very grateful there are alternatives! These fruit snacks are sticky, chewy, and flavorful… not to mention healthy and cruelty-free. These are fantastic!

Next, I was pretty excited to see a bag of Jasmine Green Tea from Numi Organic Tea. I am trying to gradually eliminate coffee from my day to day life, so I need a healthy replacement. Green Tea is perfect for that! The floral notes and earthy green tea flavors make this a nice pick me up! Coffee, who?!

I love food that can be eaten on the go, so I was happy to try the Health Warrior Coconut Chia Bar! This little snack is low calorie and contains chia, which helps to keep your feeling full. It has 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 1000 mg of Omega-3! I loved the coconut flavor and would definitely eat these again!

Yes!!! I’m not a big candy eater, but these Cocomels are outstanding! They’re made with coconut milk so you get sweet and delicious coconut flavor as they melt in your mouth. The texture is soft, smooth, and somewhat chewy. There’s definitely some “buttery” flavors which makes it very similar to dairy-based caramels. These are fabulous and I want more!

Last, was the Raw Rev Glo Mixed Nuts, Caramel and Sea Salt Bar. This bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein, so whether you’re looking to replenish your muscles with clean protein after a workout or just want a filling mid-day snack, these are perfect! The texture is soft but there are also crunchy nuts throughout. These bars are gluten-free and non-GMO. They have some other delicious sounding flavors that I can’t wait to try out!

The Bottom Line

What could be better than healthy, vegan snacks that are delivered straight to your door?! This is a fantastic products that both vegan and veg-curious people would enjoy.  I got to try out snacks that I know that I love (like the Hippeas) and also snacks that I probably wouldn’t have found myself. I personally love subscription boxes because you never know what you’re going to get, but you know that the products were carefully chosen.

All of the snacks have health and quality in mind and contain protein and/or good-for-you ingredients. I think it would a great idea to send a box to someone that doesn’t believe plant-based food can taste good, you could change their entire world!

Thank you, Vegan Muscle, for sending me this box to review. I highly recommend it!

Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies Review: As Good As Homemade Vegan Cookies??!

Company: Maxine’s Heavenly

“At Maxine’s Heavenly, we created cookies with simple, pure ingredients, because we believe that food should provide nourishment to your mind and body.
We believe food (including dessert) should be nutrient-rich fuel for your body.
We believe that food could be cooked and baked, not manufactured.
And we believe that we all need to rethink how we treat…our bodies, our food, our lives. We wrote this manifesto to share our beliefs, be transparent about our thoughts, and to underscore the values that we live and bake by.”

Reviews:

When you hear about vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and soy free cookies, the words “delicious” or “flavorful” may not come to mind. That’s why I am so happy to have gotten to review Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies! These cookies surely break the mold of what “healthy” snacks taste like. Each flavor is sweetened with coconut sugar and made with gluten-free oats, so they’re as satisfying as they are mouthwatering! As always, if you want to get a quick run down of the products, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post.

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If you’re a chocoholic, the Chocolate Chocolate Chip variety is for you! When you bite into these cookies, you experience chewy oats and a mouthful of chocolatey flavor. The rich and smooth semi-sweet chocolate chips amp up the flavor, making this a truly tasty yet guilt-free treat when you need a chocolate fix!

The Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite! This variety tastes like a cross between a classic almond and chocolate chip cookie. The sweet almond flavor paired with rich chocolate chips, can’t get any better in my opinion. I mean, these bad boys are as close to perfect as you can get!

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The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is a close second for me! Crunchy roasted peanuts, chewy oats, and rich chocolate chips make these the perfect dessert when you want something “bad” but don’t want to undo the 80-minute hot yoga session you sweat through earlier.

My boyfriend’s favorite of the bunch is the Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin. For some reason, oatmeal cookies are always my last choice. I always gravitate towards chocolate, but I’m proven wrong almost every time! These cookies taste like a freshly made bowl of cinnamon raisin oatmeal and they’re absolutely outstanding! The sweetness of the raisins cut through the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon. I even warmed it up a little bit, and I’m telling you, these are amazing!

The Bottom Line

Maxine’s Heavenly creates desserts that are full of flavor with natural, good for you ingredients. They’re so good that you will forget that they’re actually healthy! They call them a dessert, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t eat 1 or 2 of these cookies for breakfast!

The hearty oats make them filling and great for any time that you need a sweet pick me up! Each cookie is between 120-140 calories with 2 grams of protein, so they really do give you some energy to power through that mid-week board meeting, parent-teacher conference, or powerlifting competition you scheduled (what were you thinking?!).

Thank you, Maxine’s Heavenly, for sending me these cookies to review! These are fantastic cookies that taste like they were baked at home by Grandma! Visit their site to learn more about this awesome company and their products! When you make an order you will get the brand-new packaging pictured below!!!

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Organic Living Superfoods Sprouted Snacks Review

Company: Organic Living Superfoods

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Products:

Life's Nuts Flavored Sprouted Nuts:

Pizzalmonds

Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews

Salt and Vinegar Almonds

TCG Cashews

Cinnamon Pecans

Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts

Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch

Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch

Reviews:

I'm going to start with my favorite, the Pizzalmonds! It seriously tastes like pizza! Sundried tomatoes, basil, dates and bell pepper combine to make a delicious and healthy alternative to actual pizza. Honestly, these taste amazing and I'm super impressed!

The Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews are another healthy replacement to the otherwise extremely unhealthy buffalo wings with ranch sauce. I must admit before I turned vegan many years ago, I did enjoy some wings and ranch. Of course, now, I enjoy the plant-based variety, so I was psyched to try these! The Buffalo almonds have a mild spicy kick while the ranch almonds add oniony and zesty flavor. Another winner!

The Salt and Vinegar Almonds have the signature taste of their distant junk food cousins, the Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips. Salt amplifies the pleasant sourness of the vinegar and nuttiness of the crunchy, sprouted almonds. While you're eating these, it's hard to remember they're raw, vegan, gluten-free and actually good for you!

The TCG Cashews (Turmeric, Cayenne, & Ginger) were the spiciest in my opinion and had a very unique flavor profile. The cayenne and ginger definitely gave it a kick that lingered and burned for while! These ingredients are anti-inflammatory and take these sprouted cashews to the next level!

If you're looking for something sweet but know you probably shouldn't down a whole box of Snickerdoodles, try the Cinnamon Pecans! The nuts are full of protein and minerals, and with the subtle sweetness from dates and cinnamon, these are the perfect snack to quiet your evil little sweet tooth!

The Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts are truly a tropical treat! Shredded coconut and dates add sweetness to crunchy macadamias. They're absolute Perfection!

The Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch is yet another one of my favs! Sprouted cashews and macadamias add crunch and protein while Baobab adds vitamin C and antioxidants. What the heck is baobab? Baobab is a superfruit that grows in Africa and helps with energy production and immune support. To make it even healthier, blueberries are added to the mix for a fruity and satisfying snack!

Last but not least, the Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch is a fabulous combination of raw cacao, vanilla, dates, cashews, and Brazil nuts that is guaranteed to kill your cravings! Got a chocolate addiction but want a healthier option? Try this!

The Bottom Line

Sprouted, raw, vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, Paleo… these aren't words that you may automatically associate with delicious snacks, but Organic Living Foods has done an INCREDIBLE job creating snacks that not only taste fantastic but are truly healthy and nutrient dense!

The nuts are soaked in "triple-filtered water to activate live enzymes" and then dehydrated "at very low temperatures to protect the integrity of their vital nutrients." With that level of care and detail, these snacks are a must-try! They are suitable for just about every diet and there is bound to be something for everyone!

I highly recommend these products to anyone looking for healthy snacks with great flavor (who isn't?!). Don't just take my word for it! They have sampler packs for sale so you can try all of these out for yourself!

Thank you, Organic Living Superfoods, for sending me these products to review!