SanRe Organic Skinfood’s Hemp Revival Serum Review

Hello again and Happy Holidays! I’m back with a brand new skincare review for you!

If you’ve been paying attention, or on social media at all, you probably know hemp has made its way into the beauty industry! I had the opportunity to try out SanRe Organic Skinfood’s Hemp Revival Face & Neck Serum and I’m so glad I did!

So, why is hemp so beneficial? Hemp is a powerhouse ingredient that contains Omega-6 fatty acids which help to moisturize, soothe inflammation, moderate oil production, and encourages new cell regeneration. Sounds good to me!

This serum not only contains hemp, it also contains chia seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, and sancha inchi to nourish the skin while fighting fine lines and increasing elasticity. In other words… if you want healthy, young looking skin, you want to use these ingredients!

Ok, so this serum contains high-quality, organic ingredients with great benefits… but how did it work?

I used this serum at night after cleansing and toning my face and neck. The thin consistency of the oil helped it to absorb quite quickly into my skin and left my face looking fresh and slightly dewy.. This serum could easily be used before make up if you give it a few minutes to sink in before hand. This product has a very subtle herbal scent to it, which you will not notice once it is applied. It is suitable for all skin types.

The Bottom Line

I really, really love this serum! My face is hydrated and has a healthy glow! This serum helped to reduce redness, improve texture for a smoother look, and generally gives a youthful appearance to the skin! Not to mention, it is vegan (of course), cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients! I’m in love! Thank you, SanRe Organic Skinfood, for sending me this wonderful serum to review!

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Review: Simple Cafe & Juice Bar in Asheville, NC!

Hello, hello! I’m here to share my thoughts on a brand new café and juice bar in the cute and trendy West Asheville area!

Location: Simple Cafe & Juice Bar, 643 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Atmosphere: Simple Cafe & Juice Bar definitely draws you in. The overall vibe is laid-back, despite a steady stream of customers! The interior design is clean, comfortable, natural, and  minimalistic (totally my scene!). There’s seating at the bar along the window and cushioned seats in the main eating area. Upon ordering, we received a nice, friendly greeting from Suzie, one of the owners, who also let us know they would be launching some new seasonal items very soon. 

Food:  When I write these reviews, I usually take a few notes while I’m in the restaurant and wait a few days before posting. However, I enjoyed the food SO much, I wanted to post right away! You can find their menu here.

The first menu item I ordered was the Vegan Bahn Mi. Let me tell you, this sandwich was FULL of flavor and I couldn’t get enough! This bad boy featured house-made sietan that had a meaty, sausage-like flavor, tangy Vietnamese pickles, a nutty mushroom walnut paté, crunchy cucumbers and carrots, jalapeños and spicy mayo for some heat, and cilantro… all piled onto a fresh, soft roll. If I had more room in my stomach when I left, I would have ordered another!

Next, I tried the Supa Dupa Acai Bowl. I love a good smoothie bowl, I really do. I just don’t eat them very often because I don’t keep a ton of fresh fruit and toppings on hand. So, when I can get a great smoothie bowl, I truly appreciate it and this Supa Dupa did not disappoint! 

The base was a sweet Acai smoothie covered with bluebs, strawbs, and bananas. For some crunch, there were crispy coconut strips, chia seeds, and some sweet, cinnamon-y granola with pumpkin seeds. This bowl was fresh, healthy, and downright delicious!

Last, and not at all least, was the Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie! I honestly don’t know how this little gem was healthy, but it was! I made sure to ask if it was vegan, because the menu said it contained yogurt. Make sure you ask when you order and they can mostly likely create a vegan version, like they did for me.

Strawberries, bananas, cashew butter, vanilla almond milk, blended together and topped with graham cracker dust? Yes, please! I recommend ordering this for a sweet, rich dessert (it really did taste like cake!) or when you really want a healthy treat but don’t want to throw away all of those hours at the gym!

Dig it or Ditch it? Friends (deep breath), I must tell you Simple Cafe & Juice Bar has become one of my favorite places! Yes, the new kid in town has stolen my little vegan heart! I tend to return to the same handful of establishments because I know the food is great and I will be treated well.  The food, atmosphere, and service at Simple were exactly what I wanted it to be. Everything I ordered was fresh, healthy, and bursting with flavor. The owner and staff were friendly and helpful and the welcoming atmosphere will definitely make me return again soon. I 100% DIG IT!

I overheard they had vegan soup and faux lox and I can’t wait to try out their new seasonal items. I had my eye on their Carrot Cake Smoothie and some of their baked goods and coffee, so I’ll let you know how they are!

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The Plant Based Egg – A Gluten-Free and Vegan Egg Replacer!

If you love cookies, cakes, and all things baked, you must try The Plant Based Egg from Freely Vegan! This egg replacer eliminates eggs from your recipes and can also be used to create your own gluten-free flour blends!

About Freely Vegan:

“We’re a vegan, gluten free, top 8 allergen free company who believes in delicious, cruelty free food for everyone. We currently offer one amazing product, The Plant Based Egg!”

I’m far from an expert in the kitchen although I do enjoy trying out new vegan products! When I cook or bake, I just call it “making a mess” because that’s pretty much what it is, but when I was sent these samples of The Plant Based Egg from Deborah (the creator of Vegan Kitchen Magick and this AWESOME Chili Recipe), I was super psyched to try it out!

The package includes a little chart that tells you how much of the egg replacer and plant based milk to use to replace the eggs in your recipe. Very useful! As you can see from the ingredient list, this product only contains a few fully vegan and gluten-free ingredients.

I have actually tried baking gluten-free muffins in the past, but they turned out way too chewy and that’s where my adventures in gluten-free baking ended. So, with a newly found sense of confidence, I decided to make some chocolate chip cookies! I followed this Freely Vegan recipe using almond milk and added some chopped almonds and a pinch of cinnamon.

DRUM ROLLLLLLLL, PLEASE!

They turned out SO good! These chocolate chip cookies were exactly what I was hoping for! They were the perfect density and chewiness (nothing like the horrific muffins I tried in the past) and got slightly crispy on the edges, which is just how I like them! No one would ever guess that they were both vegan and gluten-free! Mission accomplished!

The Bottom Line

I love independent companies that create innovative vegan products. It is so important to support these companies to ensure that the future is vegan! The Plant Based Egg will save you time in the kitchen and will allow vegans and/or gluten-free individuals to easily create delicious baked goods!

The Freely Vegan website has TONS of  recipes that I can’t wait to try out! Their brownies and pancakes are next on my list!

There’s no reason to miss out on brownies, cookies, pancakes and other fantastic snacks and other goodies. Just give The Plant Based Egg a try!

Dr. Brite Berrylicious and Mint Chip Natural Toothpaste… and Special Discount Link

If you’ve stopped by my blog before, you probably know that I’m a superfan of Dr. Brite’s toothpastes and teeth whiteners! Their products are vegan and cruelty-free (of course), flouride-free, Non-GMO, and Gluten-free. It’s worth adding that they have AWESOME flavors that you won’t find anywhere else!

If you want to check out some of their newly released spring line, check out my review of their Coco Chai Organic Coconut Oil Whitening Toothpaste, Get Brite Whitening Pen, Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen, and their Brite and Fresh Breath Freshener, here!

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love Dr. Brite’s products anymore… look what arrived in my mailbox! Their new Berrylicious Natural Vitamin C Toothpaste and Mint Chip Natural Antioxidant Whitening Toothpaste do NOT disappoint!

If you like strawberries and clean teeth, you will absolutely love the Berrylicious Natural Vitamin C Toothpaste! The berry flavor is definitely there, but not overpowering in anyway. As you brush, it foams slightly (there is NO need for chemical-filled foaming toothpaste for a clean, healthy smile) and gives your teeth and mouth a fresh, thoroughly cleaned feeling. I love this stuff and it is a great change from typical mint toothpaste.

The Mint Chip Natural Antioxidant Whitening Toothpaste is probably the most amazing toothpaste I have ever tried. It gives you a kick of refreshing mint along with delicious chocolate flavor and the same clean, healthy feeling as their other toothpastes. You might be confused when you use this… are you brushing your teeth or eating dessert? You might not be able to tell! 😉

If you’re looking for fantastic quality products that are fun, effective, vegan and cruelty-free, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Brite! These toothpastes and teeth whiteners have been a part of my daily routine for months now and my smile has never looked so good!

If you give some products a try, please let me know which ones are your favorite! To save 10% you can use my affiliate link and enter code VeganTreasureHunter!

Talk soon! 😍

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!