Healing Home Foods – Delicious Vegan Snacks You’re Gonna Love!

Company: Healing Home Foods

Products:

Chocolate Chip Baked Biscotti Bites

Pizza Thins Raw Crackers

Almond Butter Chunk Baked Granola

Reviews:

Super crunchy biscotti pieces with Chocolate Chips? Yup! They exist and I’m loving them! Healing Home Foods’ Chocolate Chip Biscotti Bites are not too sweet and have a wonderful oven-baked flavor, which paired perfectly with my almond milk latte. They’re made with almond flour and other plant-based ingredients, so vegans and people that avoid gluten will be able to enjoy them! A handful of these and my regular cup of coffee kept me full and running ’till lunch time!

Next up, are the amazingly delicious Pizza Thins! These crispy little crackers are bursting with Italian flavors thanks to Sun-dried Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Oregano! These little guys pop with tangy tomato and they’re completely addicting! I may or may not have polished off the entire bag in one sitting (I absolutely did). You will think you’re diving into a freshly baked slice of your favorite vegan pizza! I’m in love!

Last but not least, is the Almond Butter Chunk Granola! What’s not to like about big, hearty pieces of baked oats and almond butter? This raw, gluten-free granola is subtly sweet and makes a  satisfying snack or meal. It’s made with Gluten-Free rolled oats, *sprouted almonds, *maple syrup, *almond butter, gluten-free quick oats, *maple sugar, *ground flaxseed, *coconut oil, vanilla flavor, and Himalayan crystal salt. It’s so tasty, you’d never think it was raw, vegan, OR good for you!

The Bottom Line

Healing Home Foods makes unique snacks that are vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and truly delicious! If I had to choose one item from the list above to recommend, I would say definitely try out the Pizza Thins… or maybe the Biscotti Bites… or the granola. Haha, I don’t know, just try them all and let me know which one you like the best!

Thank you, Home Healing Foods, for sending me these awesome snacks to try!

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!

BioTerra Herbs “boing” Energy Supplement… Vegan Pep in a Bottle

Company: BioTerra Herbs

“Because we believe most of all our 100% Natural Supplements are better than synthetic and chemical-laden answers, many of which probably seems like they leave you feeling worse than before. While with BioTerra Herbs Natural Supplements , you know consequently exactly what’s going into your body.

As a result we create herbal remedies to balance your body, not harm it! First of all we test all of our raw herbs, check for molds and parasites. Finally we confirm that all of our herbs are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and 100% natural!

From our natural fertility pills to our all-natural energy boost supplements, we create formulas that help balance the body and get you going.”

Product: Energy… boing™ Natural Energy Supplement

Review: 

If you’re new here, Hi, Hey there, Hello! I’m Julie and I’m a coffee addict. I love being fully caffeinated at all times and if I’m not, something is wrong, terribly wrong.

As much as I love and appreciate my daily coffees, I know that they are not the healthiest option and that they do not love me back. I’ve tried many times in the past to give up my beloved almond milk lattes and soy cold brews, but I just go crawling back!

I’m happy to introduce to you BioTerra Herbs Energy… boing Natural Energy Supplement! These little vegan capsules are plant-based and made to boost energy without stimulants.

Let’s be honest, I had my doubts but I’m surprised to say that these bad boys did, in fact, enhance my energy! Asian Ginseng has been used forever to increase energy, improve concentration, boost the immune system and promote overall wellbeing. Sign me up!

It said on the packaging to take 2 capsules after a meal, 1x per day, for 7 days to feel the effects. In all honesty, I did not give up my coffee for the first few days. I shouted to the Universe that someone will have to pry my Starbucks cup out of my cold, dead hands for me to give it up. However, after day 4 or 5 I did notice that I was thinking more clearly after waking up in the mornings which is kind of a big deal. (To put this into perspective, I previously tried to open my car door with my house key and have worn 2 different shoes to work).

I noticed that I just had more pep in my step… but not in a I-just-took- an-illegal-substance kind of way. I didn’t feel rundown into the ground by mid-afternoon and I have generally gotten more stuff done.

The Bottom Line: I generally feel better when taking these supplements! I certainly have more energy but I think most of all, I really love how my concentration has improved and that there is no jitters, no weird coffee sweats, and no “crash” in energy levels. I’m a fan and will definitely continue to use these supplements! Head on over to BioTerra Herbs’ website to check out all of the natural, vegan supplements that they have to offer!

Thank you, BioTerra Herbs, for sending me this sample to review!

*This product was sent to me for free. As always, my reviews are authentic and genuine. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Del Vecchio’s Chicago Stuffed Pizza – The Answer To My Vegan Pizza Prayers

Helloooo Again! It has definitely been awhile since I’ve done a Treasure Hunt Location review, mainly because I haven’t been anywhere new! Well, my little vegan prayers have been answered and I found the BEST vegan pizza in my area of Asheville, NC.

Let’s jump right in!

LOCATION:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant

333 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

828-258-7222 delvecchiositalian.com

ATMOSPHERE:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant is located on Merrimon Avenue, one of the main streets in Asheville, NC. The vibe is laid back, friendly and inviting. It seems to be the go-to pizza spot for college kids. This small pizzeria has a long bar that takes up the majority of the restaurant and they have a few tables to sit down and eat inside and outside. The friendly staff greets you right away and the food is served quickly.

FOOD:

I’m originally from New Jersey, so I have some pretty high standards for great Italian food. I thought all was lost for authentic tasting pizza when I moved to Asheville. I had tried many spots, and the pizza was good, but I missed that zesty NJ/NY flavor.

Ooooh baby, I’ve found what I’ve been searching for at Del Vecchio’s! I ordered the 14″ Chicago Stuffed Pizza with vegan cheese, spinach and garlic for $24.99. It was an additional $3.00 for the vegan cheese. I know, I know, that’s a freakin’ expensive pizza, but I promise you from my head to the bottom of my cruelty-free shoes, it is worth it!

So what exactly is a Chicago Stuffed Pizza? Well, I had no idea but I live on the edge and ordered it anyway. It is a deep dish pizza that has cheese and toppings inside. It is topped with another thin layer of pizza dough and then tomato sauce. It’s baked until it the cheese is a beautiful melty mess and then served to you piping hot!

I’m not one of those people that eats pizza with a fork, but I made an exception for this one. Holy $hit this was amazing! Finally, my yankee tastebuds were reunited with zesty and tangy tomato sauce that I have so dearly missed. The cheese was creamy and melted to perfection. I actually asked what brand they used and it was Daiya! I was shocked because there was absolutely no aftertaste whatsoever.

The extra garlic and spinach inside really added another layer of mouthwatering flavor that I am daydreaming about as I type this. The dough itself was chewy and the crust had the perfect crisp to it. The showstopper tomato sauce on top was a train ticket to Flavortown and I never wanted to come back.

DIG IT OR DITCH IT?

DIG IT! I love everything about this pizza and plan to go back and try every vegan thing on their menu. The staff is great about preparing vegan and/or gluten-free options, which is refreshing. I’m not joking when I say that I daydream about this pizza. If you are in Asheville, you MUST try Del Vecchio’s and their fabulous Chicago Stuffed Pizza. It brought my sad, never-gonna-find-great-pizza-again thinkin’ heart back to life!

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!