Happy Mother’s Day to All!

This Mother’s Day, I ask you to not only think about your own mom, but to think of all the mom’s on this planet that love their children. Whether you’re taking your mom out to brunch, you haven’t seen your mom in awhile, or even if they are no longer living, there is most certainly and undeniably a natural bond between mothers and their babies.

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This Mother’s Day, consider the grieving diary cow that had her calf stolen from her only moments after given birth. Think of the mother goat that was slaughtered for meat and didn’t get to see her babies grow up. Think of the mother sheep that witnesses her children’s wool being ripped from their skin… the mother pig that watches her piglets waste away in filthy cages or get smashed against concrete for being “too small.” Think of the baby chickens that will miss out on a life with their mom and are ground up alive only seconds after being born.

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All Mother’s love their children. All beings want and deserve to be loved. A cow, a pig, a chicken, a deer… they are no different than us.

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This Mother’s Day, please open your heart and mind and consider going vegan. Feel free to check out my Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter or send me an email at Vegantreasurehunter@gmail.com if you’d like some help! You can also check out my Resources page to learn more!

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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!

Guest Post: Vegan Kitchen Magick Chili Recipe

Chili is the perfect meal to make when the weather starts getting cooler and you want something healthy! Check out this recipe below from Deborah, the fantastic creator of Vegan Kitchen Magick! You can also follow her on Instagram @vegankitchenmagick and Facebook to see all of her delicious recipes! Thank you, Deborah, for sharing this recipe… I know you all will enjoy it!

Guest Post:

I am really excited to be sharing my favorite chili recipe with Julie here at The Vegan Treasure Hunter! I love her product reviews so was thrilled when she asked me to write a guest post!

My grandpa loved chili, and we ate it a lot when I was a kid. He always kept cans of chili in the pantry to heat up for a quick snack or meal. Homemade chili is so much better than anything from a can, though, and it is really easy to make! This recipe makes a big batch of 14 bowls. You can cut it in half if you want to, but the chili freezes beautifully and it is so handy to have for quick meals when you don’t have time to cook. I divide the chili into portions and freeze them individually, and I always think of my grandpa when I heat up a bowl! Here are the ingredients you will need to make your own:

Vegan Kitchen Magick Chili Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 2 15.5 oz cans Pinto Beans
  • 2 15.5 oz cans Black Beans
  • 2 15.5 oz cans Kidney Beans 
  • 1 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 480 g (2 c) Chunky Salsa
  • 65 g (3 TBS) Molasses
  • 42 g (3 TBS packed) Vegan Brown Sugar 
  • 8.4 g (1 1/2 TBS) Cocoa Powder
  • 360 g (1 1/2 c) Water 
  • 28 g (2 TBS) Oil
  • 360 g (3 c) Chopped Onion
  • 270 g (3 c) Grated Carrot 
  • 180 g (1 1/2 c) Chopped Celery 
  • 120 g (1 c) Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 24 g (2 TBS) Magickal Seasoning Blend
  • 35 g (2 TBS) Roasted Garlic 
  • 36 g (4 TBS) Taco Seasoning 
  • 1 13.7 oz bag Gardein Beefless Ground
  • 1 12 oz package Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo

Directions 

1. Open all of the cans, but do not drain them. Add the tomatoes and beans (including the liquid) to a large soup pot. Add the salsa and stir to combine. Cover the pot, and start heating it over medium heat. Stir every five to ten minutes.

2. Whisk the molasses, vegan brown sugar, and cocoa together with the water. Set the mixture aside for now.

3. Cook your vegetables while the tomato and bean mixture is heating up. Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper. Toss to coat with the oil, then stir in the Magickal Seasoning Blend and cook for ten minutes.

4. Mash the roasted garlic, then stir it into the vegetables along with the taco seasoning. Cook for three more minutes.

5. Add the reserved liquid and loosen any bits that are stuck to the bottom of your pan. Mix together and cook for three more minutes.

6. Add the vegetable mixture to the pot with the tomatoes and beans. Stir well. Cover the pot again, and bring the chili to a boil, stirring every five to ten minutes. (It should boil pretty quickly so you may not need to worry about stirring during this step.) Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and put the lid back on a bit offset. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 15.

7. While the chili is coming to a boil, prepare the Gardein beefless ground and Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo. If you cannot find these brands, substitute another minced faux meat product. (You can also leave them out and add two cans of chili beans instead.) Add the beefless ground and the Soy Chorizo to the pan in which you cooked the vegetables. Cook together for several minutes, then set the mixture aside to cool. Do not add it to the chili yet, or it will get mushy.

8. After the chili has been simmering for 45 minutes, add the prepared “meat” mixture (or two cans of chili beans) and stir to combine. Cover the pot again with the lid offset. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Your chili is done and ready to serve!

Do not drain any of the cans. Add the tomatoes and beans (including the liquid) to a large soup pot. Add the salsa and stir to combine:

Cover the pot, and start heating it over medium heat. Stir every five to ten minutes:

Whisk the molasses, vegan brown sugar, and cocoa together with the water. Set the mixture aside for now:

Cook your vegetables while the tomato and bean mixture is heating up.

Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper. Toss to coat with the oil, then stir in the Magickal Seasoning Blend and cook for ten minutes.

Mash the roasted garlic, then stir it into the vegetables along with the taco seasoning:

Cook for three more minutes:

Add the reserved liquid and loosen any bits that are stuck to the bottom of your pan:

Mix together and cook for three more minutes:

Add the vegetable mixture to the pot with the tomatoes and beans:

Stir well. Cover the pot again, and bring the chili to a boil, stirring every five to ten minutes. (It should boil pretty quickly so you may not need to worry about stirring during this step.)

Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and put the lid back on a bit offset. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 15:

While the chili is coming to a boil, prepare the Gardein beefless ground and Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo. If you cannot find these brands, substitute another minced faux meat product. (You can also leave them out and add two cans of chili beans instead.)

Add the beefless ground and the Soy Chorizo to the pan in which you cooked the vegetables:

Cook together for several minutes, then set the mixture aside to cool. Do not add it to the chili yet, or it will get mushy.

After the chili has been simmering for 45 minutes, add the prepared “meat” mixture (or two cans of chili beans) and stir to combine:

Cover the pot again with the lid offset. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes:

Your chili is done and ready to serve!

Enjoy!

All Around Vegan Box – Every Vegan Needs This in Their Life!!! (Discount code included!)

Company: All Around Vegan

“All Around Vegan is a monthly subscription service that aims to support, promote, and enhance the Vegan Lifestyle. This is done through the monthly shipment of Lifestyle products, Bath & Body products, Nutritional products, and Activism products worldwide.”

Ok, so who loves getting fun stuff in the mail every month?! I know I do! I am SO EXCITED to show you the brand new All Around Vegan Box! These guys took the monthly subscription box game to a new level! You don’t only get food in this box. You don’t only get bath and body products or lifestyle items… you get it all!

As always, if you don’t want to read through all of this, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post for quick info and a discount code!

My favorite part of this box is that it comes with activism products, which makes my vegan, fight-your-face-off-for-animal-rights heart so happy! I am always looking for new ways to speak up for animals, so what could be better than getting products sent to you every month that will help you make a difference?! Ahh! This is awesome!

Ok, Ok, so let’s jump into it and talk about what you get!

I was so excited to see that this box included food items from YumEarth! I have been wanting to try their products for a long time but haven’t seen them around. This box includes YumEarth’s Sour Beans “The Jelly Beans with Attitude” (I think that slogan needs to be my new nickname) and Organic Fruit Snacks. These snacks are GOOD! The Sour Beans have the same texture of jelly beans and have just enough tartness to make them fun and delicious! The Organic Fruit Snacks are fruit shaped and actually taste like fruit! They’re made with fruit and veggie juices and are gluten and nut free. I love these!

AVOCADO SOCKS! Yes, I am now the proud owner of some super cute vegan-chic socks that let me share my love of avo with the world! These socks are adorable!

Next, is yet another item I have been wanting to pick up. It’s a Nut Milk Bag from Ecobags. This reusable, organic bag enables you to make your own almond, cashew, macadamia, etc. milk at home! (Almond Breeze, Who?!) This will save you money and will cut out all of the unnecessary additives and waste… and it will last for years! This. is. awesome! Check out this video from All Around Vegan that shows you how to use it!

Next up… is a clean and healthy smile thanks to Jason’s Power Smile Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste, Eco-Dent Mint GentleFloss, and an all natural bamboo toothbrush! Seriously, I don’t know how they knew I needed all of this stuff, but I’m glad they did! This toothpaste is flouride and SLS free (please google this if you don’t know why it’s important). It is SO minty fresh! The floss is made with vegan wax (I honestly never thought about that before) and is made with essential oils… how cool!! I don’t exactly love to floss, but this brand is gentle, as the name implies, and easy to use. The bamboo toothbrush is awesome and way more environmentally-friendly than a plastic toothbrush that will sit in a landfill for eternity. LOVE IT!!

Last, and closest to my little animal loving heart, are the activism products. You know you’ve seen them on Instagram @activismstickers… those awesome “Eating Animals” stickers that are meant to be stuck on Stop signs. Get it? “Stop Eating Animals.” You get 2 of them in this box! Be sure to stick this to a sign in a high traffic area, like in front of a McDonalds, and post a pic to your socials!

Also included are Halloween-themed stickers that read “Think You Can Handle Scary Movies? Watch EARTHLINGS at NationEarth.com”. I freakin’ love this! Whenever I want to raise awareness, I ALWAYS, Always, always mention Earthlings. Now… I can stick these everywhere! This box came with 90 of these bad boys!!

Last, an All Around Vegan Button that I will add to my growing collection of plant-based and animal rights accessories! I really like this logo!

The Bottom Line

Get this box.

Haha, that’s all I really need to say. This box comes with fantastic products that everyone can enjoy and use. I think its absolutely wonderful that activism products are included because it is so important to spread awareness, not to mention putting stickers all around town is fun!

Another wonderful thing about this is that it is sent to your door every month. Whether you live in the middle of nowhere or in a big city, you will get to try out new products that you may not have had the chance to otherwise. This is definitely something to look forward to every month!

This would also be a great gift for any vegan or for anyone that is thinking about going vegan. This may or may not be included in my upcoming Vegan Holiday Gift Guide! (it totally is)

Want a 10% off discount code!? Use “TREASURE10” when making your purchase! Check out their website for subscription info and pricing!

Thank you, All Around Vegan, for sending me this box to review!

Join the Worldwide Vegan Chalk Bomb!!!

This weekend, help share inspiring and informative quotes around your city/town!

Worldwide Vegan Chalk Bomb is a fun way to spark the curiosity of others in a positive and non-confrontational way. Check out the Facebook event, here.

You may have an event happening in your area, but you don’t need to have an official event to participate! Just grab some chalk and get to work!

Take pictures of your chalk-activism and share to your socials using #veganchalkbomb

I will be posting my work on Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter tomorrow!!!!