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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2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

Organic Living Superfoods (Part 2) – Delicious Smoothie Mixes, Fruity Matcha and Sprouted Snacks!

Company: Organic Living Superfoods

Products:

Pomegranate Acai  Matcha ANTIOXI-T Blend

SUPERGREEN Smoothie Mix

Raw Sprouted Cinnamon Pecans

Raw Spicy Santa Fe Trail Mix

Raw Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks

Coconut Fig Superfood Squares

Reviews:

Smoothies just got even healthier with Organic Living Superfoods’ Supergreen Smoothie Mix! All you do is add a tablespoon of this nutrient-packed powder into your smoothie and you have a powerhouse of good-for-you goodness in a glass! This mix contains hemp protein powder (that contains all of the amino acids and omega-3 and omega-6, just to name a few!), chia seeds (for vitamins, minerals, and fiber), moringa powder (which contains amino acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds), and turmeric root powder (a powerful anti-inflammatory properties). It also contains spirulina, wheatgrass powder and maca root powder for energy, nutrients, cleansing and even more antioxidant power! Not convinced that this is great for you yet? Click the link to learn about the organic superfoods that make this smoothie mix so amazing!

As healthy as it obviously is for you, it doesn’t taste overtly healthy! We’ve all had those green smoothies that taste like they blended up some dead leaves from the backyard… not this smoothie mix! It adds a pleasant “earthy” flavor to your smoothies, which you could easily cover up with fruit, veggies, juices or sweeteners if you chose to. I really like the flavor of this mix and how it makes me feel! Super nutritious smoothies are the perfect way to start the day, an excellent post workout snack, or just a mid-day pick me up. You’re going to LOVE this smoothie mix!

If you’re an avid coffee drinker like I am, you’ve probably contemplated switching to a healthier alternative at some point. Well, it is MUCH easier to that when you have a supercharged drink like this Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend! If you don’t know much about Matcha, think of it as a very condensed form of green tea.

“Matcha powder has 137 times more antioxidants then regularly brewed green tea and contains the nutritional content of 10 cups!  It is rich in fiber, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. Matcha enhances mood, energy and concentration.”

This particular matcha mix is extra special because it contains pomegranate and acai, which are both superfoods in their own right. This mix contains coconut palm sugar which adds just the right amount of sweetness! All you do it whisk some of this matcha blend in warm water, and you have a nice and healthy way to get energized! I LOVE this stuff!

Forget Figgy pudding this holiday season… try these Coconut Fig Superfood Squares! These chewy snacks are the “grown up” version of Fig Newtons. Coconut, cacao, and vanilla amp up the figgy flavor and goji and camu camu powder make this the perfect dessert-like snack!

Oooh baby, go get yourself a glass of water, you’re gonna need it! This Spicy Santa Fe Trail Mix is SPICY and is unlike any snack I’ve had before! This mix includes hot chile cashews, spicy chipotle pistachios, sunflower seeds, and sweet & spicy pumpkin seeds! Just when you think you just can’t take the heat, white mulberries, sprouted pecans and tamari almonds give you a burst of sweetness and flavor! If you like spicy foods, you will LOVE this trail mix!

If setting your mouth on fire with spicy snacks just isn’t your thing, and you’d much prefer something rich and chocolatey, the Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks are sure to please! Sweet and crispy strips of coconut covered in super smooth dark chocolate, I mean, what’s not to love? Since dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and coconut contains fiber and healthy fats, this snack is nutritious, decadent, and able to satisfy even the strongest chocolate cravings!

I’ve never been one to gravitate towards pecans… they were just never that exciting to me. However, these Raw Sprouted Cinnamon Pecans are absolutely delicious! They’re crunchy, sweet (but not too sweet),  have just the right amount of cinnamon. Pecans are full of vitamins and minerals and also help with digestion. What a great snack!

The Bottom Line

Organic Living Superfoods makes exciting and unexpected flavored snacks that are exceptionally good for you! Whether you’re looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth or chocolate craving, or maybe even something spicy or energizing, this company has something for you! There’s no need to eat junk that makes you feel bad when there are fantastic, healthy options like these! I highly recommend them!

If you want to check out even more products from Organic Living Superfoods, like their incredible Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds, click here for Part 1 of my review!

Just in time for the holidays, Organic Living Superfoods has launched their new rewards program that lets you earn points for every purchase you make AND for your reviews! You can redeem your points for coupons or discounts!

Head on over to their website to check out all of the outstanding products they have for sale, and let me know how you like them!

Happy Holidays!

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!

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!