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! 

Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil is Exactly What I’ve Been Searching For! Goodbye Aches and Pains!

Company: Seven Minerals

SEVEN MINERALS® IS DEDICATED TO BRING MAGNESIUM OIL TO YOUR EVERYDAY ROUTINES – STAYING YOUNGER, HEALTHY AND PRETTY JUST GOT EASIER FOR YOU.

Magnesium is natures #1 miracle mineral and Magnesium Chloride Oil is the most bioavailable inorganic magnesium known in an easy-to-apply format that gets you the results you want quickly and easily so that you can look naturally pretty and youthful, be full of energy and stressless, feel more at ease and live pain free.

WE BRING THE VERY BEST TO YOU

We use the very best Magnesium Oil available on the market. Our Magnesium Oil is mined from its purest state, deep within a 250 million year-old Permian Seabed in the Southern United States. It is then tested to U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Grade by PhD chemists to ensure that it is safe and 100% pure. There are very few brands on the market that can claim such purity about their Magnesium Oil.

Product: Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil with Aloe Vera (12 fl. oz/ 355 ml) $19.95 USD

Review:

Before I jump into the review, let me give you a run down on the uses of Magnesium and why it is so important!

  • WHAT IF YOU WOKE UP FEELING FULLY RESTED? Can you imagine the difference in your day if you actually woke up feeling rested, and didn’t have to deal with the pain you’ve been experiencing for so long? We know you’re as tough as they come, but we believe you deserve to finally feel good.
  • LESS PAIN + MORE BEAUTY= WIN-WIN. Not only does our Magnesium Oil Spray work miracles as a natural and powerful pain remedy, but it also does wonders for your skin and hair to revive your natural radiance and luster. You’ll have a lot more things to smile about. Because when you feel good, you look good too!
  • EXPERIENCE OUR “THRIVE IN FIVE” GUARANTEE! Our 100% Pure and Powerful Magnesium Oil is the perfect solution to give your body the magnesium it needs to give you the optimal health and wellness you’ve been waiting for. And we put our money where our mouth is. If you don’t feel better within 5 days of consistent use, then we’ll give you your money back. We’re confident you’ll love it!
  • SAY “HELLO” TO THE HAPPIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE YOU! Say “goodbye” to migraine headaches, menstrual pain, arthritis pain, back pain, muscle soreness, restless leg syndrome, constipation, insomnia, stress, anxiety, acne, and rosacea after using our premium Magnesium Oil Spray for 100% pure and safe skin application.
  • ELIMINATE PAIN. THE NATURAL WAY. No pills, no side-effects, no risk. Our company, Seven Minerals, created our Mineral Oil Spray with you in mind. It is pure, safe, and effective for even the most sensitive skin. The Organic Aloe Vera, makes our Mineral Oil Spray extra soothing, less itchy, and absorbs quickly and safely into your skin. Give yourself the gift of natural healing, and consider adding an extra one in your cart for your best friend. You found a solution worth sharing!

Review:

I was thrilled to try out Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil with Aloe Vera! With all of the indications listed above, who could resist?! Read more about the importance of Magnesium, here.

So, a little bit about me… I do yoga and weightlifting, so my muscles are sore all of the time. I also have allergies so I have frequent headaches and sinus issues and I am diabetic so I have general pain. I experience arthritis-like symptoms in my hands when I eat gluten and have several injuries that are quite painful. Needless to say, I’m a mess and desperately needed a natural remedy!

To be honest, I was a little skeptical when I heard about all of the benefits on Magnesium. I mean, can just one little element can help with all of my issues? We’ll see about that!

The consistency of this Magnesium Oil is very thin, just a little bit thicker than water. I chose the spray with Aloe Vera because it was the option for sensitive skin. It sprays in a fine mist and is fragrance/odor free. Since everything you put on your skin is absorbed in just a few seconds, the magnesium is designed to enter your system very quickly.

The first time I used this was on my feet. They were sore and I needed pain relief. I sprayed it on, rubbed it in, and waited a few minutes. To my surprise, my pain was significantly reduced! Then, I sprayed it on my arms and legs… low and behold, my headache went away. I couldn’t believe it! The next day, I sprayed it on my sore muscles from the previous day’s workout. Yup, it helped them too!

Now,  this spray is part of my everyday wellness routine. I use this on my muscles before and after working out, before bed to get a restful sleep, and anytime I just want to feel better!

The Bottom Line

I am absolutely impressed with how well this Magnesium Spray works! It gets rid of my pain without harmful chemicals, helps me sleep, and generally makes me feel healthier! I even call it my “Magnificent Spray”. Get it? Magnesium… Magnificent… you get it, haha.

I HIGHLY recommend this Magnesium Oil to anyone and everyone that is looking for a vegan, cruelty-free remedy that will get rid of your pain and help with many other issues. Keep a bottle in your purse, your gym bag, next to your bed, in your car… you’re not gonna want to be without it!

I look forward to trying out all of their formulas that are made for various issues/ailments. I can’t say enough good things about this product, so you just need to try it out for yourself!

Head on over to Seven Minerals to check out all of the products that they have to offer!

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Review… A Natural Way to Have Healthy, Odor-Free Pits!

Company: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant

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Product: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Starter Kit For Women – $16.99 USD

Review: If you’re familiar with natural deodorants, you probably know that they do a pretty good job keeping your armpits smelling fresh, but they don’t do too much in the sweat-stopping department.

That’s why I was so excited to give the SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant a try! It is basically a 2 product system that uses natural vegan ingredients to keep your pits feeling dry and smelling great!

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Vegan

The first step is the Underarm Detox Deodorant that is made to purify, exfoliate, and balance pH using organic, raw apple cider vinegar! How cool is that?!

The deodorant looks like your standard roll-on. After shaking the bottle up, you apply a few swipes to each armpit, and wait until it is almost dry (about 30 seconds). Then, you use the Underarm Dusting Powder (the part I was most curious about!).

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Vegan

The Underarm Dusting Powder includes baking soda and arrowroot powder which is known to keep you dry, along with sweet orange and grapefruit oils to keep you smelling oh-so-nice! It is packaged in an adorable little powder puff which is perfect for fitting into the armpit area. I applied enough to cover my underarms (about 4 puffs on each side) and was good to go!

So, did it work?

It sure did! I am happy to report that this system delivered results! I felt dry and smelled fresh throughout the day and I did not experience any irritation. It is so important to get rid of unnecessary chemicals in your daily routine, so this system is perfect! It is vegan, cruelty-free, talc-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and made with naturally effective ingredients!

The Bottom Line

I recommend this product to anyone and everyone that is interested in cleaning up their daily routine! This unique system is effective, easy to use, and affordable. The packaging is tough so it is great for travel, and I love the citrusy scent of the cute little powder puff!

Head on over to SWAY to check out this system for yourself!

SWAY Underam Detox Deodorant

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!

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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