Harlow Skin Co: Natural Body Care

You know you love something when you feel the need to write something positive about it, and I feel very positive about Vancouver’s Harlow Skin Co. The first time I tried anything from Harlow was last January, when Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary (an amazing place to sweat in style) gave me a lip balm sampler.

And I’ve been hooked ever since!

Ethically sourced ingredients that are free from preservatives and other unnecessary additives, Harlow’s skincare line is meant to

“nourish, repair and protect your skin leaving it smooth and hydrated.”

They create “clean, self-care products with a stylish aesthetic based around integrity, health and well-being.”

I love this! And I love that they’re local.

Here are three of my faves:

Harlow Wild Heart Body Butter

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Anything with the word ‘wild’ on it speaks to me—I even have the word tattooed on my right arm.

Harlow Eye Repair Elixir

Because healthy and hydrated eyes look younger, and we’re all over that.

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Harlow Flora Face Potion—Everlasting

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If you love sustainable, green, safe, and effective beauty/skin care products, then please try these! Check out Harlow Skin Co. HERE, and let me know what you think.

xo

*Images belong to Harlow Skin Co.

5 Plant-Based Cookbooks to Buy TODAY

I love plants, and I love eating them, so I buy plant-based cookbooks. A lot. Sometimes I don’t even make any recipes from them, I just like to look at the pictures and drool.

(I might have a problem.)

But the following 5 books are books that I use all the time to create great and inventive plant-based meals for myself and my family. I strongly suggest you search them up on Amazon, take a look inside if that feature is available, and then buy them.

(Because you’ll want to after glancing at the food photography. Wow.)

The Blender Girl Cookbook

The Blender Girl

Let me begin by stating that good people create amazing cookbooks. Tess Masters is a lovely woman, whose heart and soul can be found living in bliss at the bottom of a Vitamix.

Full of creative, gorgeous recipes that taste as incredible as they look, this book encourages the intake of vegan nutrients by way of uber nutritious smoothies, sorbets, sauces, soups, and more.

Buy on Amazon HERE.

Oh She Glows

oh she glows

I know—this one’s a goodie that everyone owns by now, right? But if you’re one of the few that don’t own it, you should.

Written by Angela Liddon, who’s also the food photographer, this book packs insane nutrients and incredible enthusiasm for plant-based foods into every single page. I like the U.S. cover better than the Canadian one, and was disappointed to have been delivered the latter, but beggars can’t be choosers—and I was begging for this book.

Buy on Amazon HERE.

My New Roots

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This lovely book has the most beautiful photographs. Honestly. Any plant-based cookbook that includes edible flowers in their recipes get a giant thumbs up from me. It’s so pretty, I want to display it on a shelf in my living room, but my husband won’t let me.

Seriously.

Buy on Amazon HERE.

Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen

I’m not going to lie: I bought this book because of the persistent profanity. Who expects to open a cookbook and read “Slowly whisk in the milk so that shit doesn’t get all lumpy. SLOWLY, MOTHERFUCKER.” (Page 23.)

It had me at “Pay. Fucking. Attention.” (Page xiv.) Or “Eat like you give a fuck.” (Cover.)

So I paid attention, and loved the book. The recipes are simple and delicious and ridiculously entertaining to follow. I think I’ve purchased about 8 copies as gifts, alone. If you or someone you know loves to peruse plant-based cookbooks, this one’s highly recommended if only for the shock factor. (Which it won’t be, because the recipes are truly delicious.)

Buy on Amazon HERE.

Vegetarian Comfort Foods

Vegetarian Comfort Foods

Yep—I’m unapologetically plugging my own work. Officially being released on August 4, this labour of love consists of over 75 plant-based recipes that are designed to be kind to your digestive tract. A follow-up to my first book, Happy Healthy Gut, Vegetarian Comfort Foods provides recipes, meal plans, and tons of insight about how to care for a touchy bowel.

If you or anyone that you know suffers from stomach disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Crohn’s disease, colitis, and diverticulitis, this plant-based cookbook can help.

Buy on Amazon HERE.

My next purchase?

The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon

Bowl and Spoon

Part of the Sprouted Kitchen series by Sara Forte, this book looks like it’s right up my alley. It’s plant-based, inventive, creative and earthy home-cooking.

LOVE.

Buy on Amazon HERE.

Ummm…you’re welcome! xo

 

20 Original Gift Ideas for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

Christmas

Hey, Happy Healthy Lifers! Today’s post has been contributed by one of my fave guest bloggers, Ashley Erikson. She has some great ideas about holiday gifts, and I for one could use the help!

Enjoy. xo

The Christmas season is in full swing, and many of us still haven’t done our shopping. It’s okay; it’s not unhealthy to procrastinate. It is unhealthy to stress out—and when you don’t know what to get someone this late in the season, it can be stressful.

After looking for a couple of gifts for some friends of mine, I decided to write about some of the finds that I was impressed with. If anything, these gift ideas might give you better direction. These products range anywhere from $5 to $500, and for the record, I don’t work for any of these companies.

Gaiam Yoga for Beginner’s Kit – Price $

Yoga mat

Two short yoga workouts, plus all the accessories needed for a beginner to find their zen. If you’ve heard any of your friends or family talk about their interest in getting started with yoga, then this might be the perfect solution. Getting started with yoga is typically expensive, but this will ease the cost a bit.

Aroma Food Steamer – Price $

A steamer creates delicious meals without adding fat and excess calories. Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook meat, vegetables and other foods. If you want to know how interested your friend might be in this product, look at their social presence online, and see if they talk about cooking much. Every cook would love this gift.

Fitbit Zip – Price $$

This is one small electronic device that tracks steps, distance and calories burned. It syncs to the user’s computer or smartphone. This is one of the most powerful fitness tracking devices out there and your fitness junkie best friend might appreciate this for their next jog.

Philips Activa Portable Workout Monitor –  Price $

Gift Box Wrapped In Natural Paper With Blue Ribbon.

Exercise is more enjoyable when this monitor provides music with the perfect beat and feedback to keep you going. The user selects the type of workout, and the device sets the tempo. This device is something I was thinking about buying for myself. It’s impressive with its ability to turn up the beat as your run gets more intense.

Wake-Up Workout Alarm Clock – Price $

Give the gift of commitment. This dumbbell-shaped alarm clock comes in a variety of colors and won’t shut up until you perform 30 bicep curls. It’s fanatically healthy but it can be a funny and really cool gift for that loved one who is not a morning person.

Dark Chocolate Bar Library – Price $

Dark Chocolate

You can never go wrong with chocolate. Unless the person is not a human. Seven dark chocolate bars in a box, ranging from 54% to 72% cocoa. The flavors are unique, and dark chocolate is one of the healthiest snacks for those with a sweet tooth. Remember dark chocolate is stuffed with magnesium, which helps the body in many wonderful ways.

Flip Belt – Price $

Keep your loved ones safe with this stylish and comfortable belt that holds their identification, cell phone, keys and other items when they head out for a run or walk. This gift is perfect for your marathon runner friend who leaves the house unlocked for hours on end.

Unimug Tea Infuser – Price $

Green Tea

This glass mug cradles a loose-leaf tea infuser and makes it easy to brew a cup of tea at the office or home. It’s very affordable, and your herbal tea lover friends will admire it.

Tribest Personal Blender – Price $$

Smoothies and protein shakes are fast, easy, and convenient with a personal blender, and this blender is small and powerful. It’s worth a shot if you have no idea on what to get a person.

Sedona Dehydrator – Price $$$$

This isn’t the cheapest gift, but it is one of the healthiest options. Instead of letting fresh produce go bad, your loved ones can dehydrate it into healthy snack food. This is the dream gift for your raw vegan loved ones.

Sproutman’s Wheatgrass Grower – Price $$$

Holiday gift

Wheatgrass juice is the best way to cleanse and nourish the body, and the process is faster and cheaper when you grow fresh wheatgrass at home. It’s different (definitely not your average gift), but it can help someone save if they love their wheatgrass shots.

Oil Mister – Price $

This is an inexpensive gift that eliminates the need for aerosol oil spray cans. It allows users to control fat intake, while infusing food with mists of oil. This affordable gift is loved by many, and it will help you save financially this holiday season if you’re on a budget.

Galvanic Body Spa – Price $$$

This is a relaxing home spa that helps smooth skin and reduces the prominence of cellulite. Let your loved ones tone up and refresh without paying for expensive spa visits. If you’ve heard any complaints about cellulite or skin issues, this is the perfect gift. (Just be careful not to offend anyone.)

Slimware – Price $$

Christmas Gift

These uniquely-designed plates make portion control simple. There is a decorative pattern to fit every personality. A young married couple would love plates like this–they’re creative and long-lasting.

Resistance Band Door Attachment Kit – Price $$

Give the gift of fitness on the go. Simply attach bands to any door and workout. Not everyone likes to go to the gym every day; this gift is perfect for the mom who wants to add resistance training to her morning run. These long lasting bands are worth a try.

Aromatherapy Shower Tablets – Price $

Drop a tablet in the shower and cleanse, relax or revive your mind before you dry off. This is a gift that will give someone you love a fresh start long after the holidays pass. Sticking tight to the holiday budget? This is perfect for you.

Pop Chef Shape Cutter – Price $

Cookie Cutter

Encourage children to eat healthy with this fun kitchen tool that cuts fruit, sandwiches and other foods into hearts and other shapes. There are 12 shape options in one child-friendly kit.

Kamagon Ball – Price $$$

This water-filled medicine ball is difficult to control mid-swing, and that’s good news for your muscles. Deliver a challenging workout tool that even a dedicated fitness pro may not already own. If any loved ones are building their gym at home, this is the perfect idea!

Define Fruit Infusion Bottle – Price $

Staying hydrated is easier when the water has natural, healthy flavor. This bottle was featured on Shark Tank, and is now available in a variety of sizes, colors and designs. It’s very affordable and really impressive. Lemon water just got simple! If they’re adding lemons and limes to their water at a restaurant, they will admire this creative bottle.

Quilted Inspirational Cuff Bracelet – Price $

Inspire someone special to stay on the healthy track with this “Never Quit” quilted cuff bracelet. Your ETSY fanatical friends will admire this one!

Merry Xmas

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About our Guest Blogger

I’m Ashley. I’m a vegan, a blogger, a happy mom to 3 happy little dudes, and a woman of strength (I do like to work out). My passion is health, but my life is focused on helping others achieve their goals. Visit my site and learn more at AshleysHealth.com

NEU Skin Botanicals: a product review

NEU Skin Botanicals vegan

Happy Meatless Monday!

Usually I’d talk about food today, but instead I want to tell you all about the latest and greatest skin care product line I’ve been indulging in! I live close to Vancouver, BC, and this product is local for me, which I love. NEU Skin Botanicals makes handmade, all-natural body products that are kind to your skin and smell great.

Here’s why this product is so fabulous: our cosmetic industry is super sneaky, and even when certain products are deemed “natural” or “vegan” or “kind,” it might not mean that they truly are. Something might be vegan, but it can still possess artificial fragrances that can give you hives, or phthalates that are related to cancer development. For a skin care product to genuinely be amazing, it needs to be free of parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, petroleum, artificial colourants, and laureths. All of these chemicals contribute to toxic overload, and should always be avoided if possible.

Fortunately, NEU Skin Botanicals is on it, and the creator describes her product as “natural, eco-friendly, and unprocessed.” Here’s what else the company has to say about their products:

“Tired of applying strange unpronounceable ingredients to your skin? We couldn’t agree with you more! NEU Skin Botanicals handcrafted products give you a wonderful moisturizing and aromatherapeutic experience, using only 100% natural ingredients to smooth, soften and promote healthy, well-balanced skin. Each product has unique healing and aromatherapy benefits. Our products are chemical-free, preservative-free and fragrance-free and are only tested on human animals. We have high standards when it comes to environmentally-friendly packagaing, too. You won’t find any plastic here! We use only recycled and environmentally-friendly packaging like glass jars, reusable tins and recycled kraft paper. NEU Skin Botanicals encourages you to please recycle by providing a $1 off your next order for every jar/tin returned.

Our product line includes our luxury sea salt and sugar body scrubs, moisturizing solid lotion bars, exfoliating shower scrub bars and whipped Shea body butters. Lip Balms – COMING SOON!” *

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If you love gorgeous, thoughtful, environmentally friendly, and truly kind body products, you need to check this new company out. Visit their Facebook page HERE. You can order online from them HERE. xo

*Quote taken from HERE

The Blender Girl Smoothies App is HERE!

The Blender Girl

As a lover of all things that could possibly be juiced or thrown into a Vitamix, I am ECSTATIC to announce the launch of The Blender Girl Smoothies app! How exciting! Here’s what it is, and how it works:

The Blender Girl and her healthy, blender-centric recipes have taken the world by storm—and in this comprehensive smoothie-making guide, she takes smoothies to the next level and helps you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. One hundred creative and delicious smoothie recipes each contain three additional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, or wheatgrass) that ramp up the flavor, nutrient value, or both. And the unique search function lets you punch in what you feel (happy, sluggish, wired), need (a detox, to lose weight, to chill out), and crave (light and fruity, clean and green, an exotic ride) to find the right smoothie every day. Featuring gorgeous photographs of every recipe, an extensive ingredient glossary, shopping lists, blender tips, both Imperial and metric measurements, and other handy tips and tricks, this app makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.

Features include:

  • 70 Delicious Smoothie Recipes: Plus, one additional smoothie recipe released weekly for a total of 100 recipes.
  • Stunning Full-color Photography: In addition to images of every smoothie recipe, the app includes photos of frequently used and recommended ingredients in the glossary.
  • Optional Flavor and Nutrition Boosters: Three additional ingredients per recipe can be added to boost flavor complexity, nutrition, or both. Use one, two, or all three options according to your taste or sense of adventure.
  • Unique Search Functionality: Search by ingredient, dietary preferences, or recipe type, or use the unique story feature and fill in “I feel, I need, I crave” options to find smoothies that fit your mood on any given day.
  • Special Dietary and Nutritional Information: Recipe summaries list the health benefits of each smoothie, special icons flag recipes that are appropriate for specific needs (weight loss, anti-inflammatory, high-protein, alkaline, and so on), and nutritional info provides calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein, calcium, and iron levels.
  • Imperial and Metric Measurements: Set the app to display your preferred system of recipe measures.
  • Customized User Settings: Personalize your experience by setting dietary preferences and update alerts or toggle between Imperial and metric measurements.
  • Comprehensive Glossary: Expanded information on the nutritional benefits of the recipes, including tips on selecting, storing, and incorporating ingredients—along with labeled photos–help you create your own delicious blends.
  • FAQs and Practical Tips: Straightforward answers to frequently asked questions, along with tips on building smoothies and using both conventional and high-speed blenders, give you all the information you need to become a smoothie-making whiz.
  • Blender Recommendations: The Blender Girl shares her favorite blenders.
  • Favorites: Identify your favorite smoothies so you can find them quickly.
  • Notes: Store recipe comments right on the recipe page to keep track of any tweaks you made, ideas for next time, or tasting notes, so you can find your perfect blend every time.
  • Share-a-Smoothie Capability: Share recipes with your friends and family via email or through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Quick and Easy Shopping Lists: Create simple shopping lists right from the recipes that can be edited and supplemented, then email it to yourself or a friend.

As if all of that isn’t awesome enough, here’s a sneak peek at some of the incredible smoothie recipes that this app has to offer:

Blender Girl App

Chai Tai

Serves 2

  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut water
  • 1/4 cup (43g) chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
  • 2 medium frozen sliced bananas
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes (optional)

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters:

  • 1 tablespoon blanched raw almonds, soaked
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil

Blender Girl App

Green Mojito

Serves 2

  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut water or water
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 3 limes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup (25g) torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed)
  • 1/2 cup (18g) firmly packed mint
  • 2 cups (320g) frozen pineapple
  • 5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters

  • 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Blender Girl App

Mystical Mango

Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups (320g) frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup (62g) ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add more water as needed to blend.

Boosters

  • 1/2 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil

Blender Girl App

Grapefruit-Fennel Fix

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, cored, trimmed of stalks, and chopped
  • 1 medium red grapefruit, peel and pith removed, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 green apple, skin on, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients (except the ice cubes) into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add the ice and blast for a few seconds more, until smooth and chilled.

Boosters

  • 1 cup (27g) loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate powder

ALSO…The Happy Healthy Life will be giving away a FREE COPY of The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Visit HERE to enter the draw (click on Giveaway), which begins TODAY!

Ummm…how much do you love me for all of this? (No, really; I wanna know.) More info on the beauty and brains behind The Blender Girl (Tess Masters) below…

Tess Masters Bio:

Australian-born Tess Masters is an actor, cook, and author of The Blender Girl cookbook and The Blender Girl Smoothies app. She shares her enthusiasm for healthy living on theblendergirl.com.

As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the LA Times, Washington Post, Vegetarian Times, InStyle, Real Simple, Clean Eating, Thrive, Living Without, Today.Com, Food Network.Com, Prevention.Com, Glamour.Com, Shape.Com, Parents.Com, Chow.Com among other publications and websites. Away from the blender, Tess enjoys a diverse performance career. She has toured internationally with stage productions, worked in film and television, and lent her voice to commercial campaigns, audiobooks, and popular videogame characters.

Tess and her partner, Scott Brick, live in Studio City, California, with their West Highland White Terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cookie.

Social Media Links:

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

 

Six Awesome APPS for Vegans

APPS for iPhone and iPad

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Fellow blogger Ashley Erikson is back to help navigate Happy Healthy Life readers through the world of fabulous vegan APPS! Hope you enjoy…

Being vegan isn’t the easiest choice in the world. Our meat obsessive culture doesn’t admire the vegan way of life (lets face it). As a vegan, you don’t do it for the social love, although deep down it feels awesome to be unique.  Being a vegan is a compassionate and healthful choice, but operating in a world where the majority of people and businesses don’t think the way you do is a challenge. Going out to eat, buying personal care items and traveling are just a few areas where vegans need to tread with care. Technology and smartphone apps can help in these areas. It’s time for us vegans to adopt and support these amazing resources!

Reading labels is a given, and some products generously provide symbols or statements about being vegan or at least vegetarian, but with food additives, unrecognizable personal-care ingredients, household-product labels that don’t even list ingredients, and companies that still test on animals, who knows what’s safe without constant, diligent research? Well, there’s an app for that on iPhone, Android and even some for Windows. New and experienced vegans are sure to find helpful features among these apps.

Reading labels

Is It Vegan?/Ingredients Guide

iPhone, Android and Windows

The Is It Vegan? app for iPhone and Android eliminates the guesswork on food labels. Point your phone’s camera at the UPC bar code, and the program analyzes the ingredients to determine vegan, vegetarian and animal-based sources. You can also search for product names or specific ingredients. Windows phones offers the Ingredients Guide app that defines and lists the sources for 200 different food ingredients. These apps are free.

Go Vegan!

iPhone

This is something of a vegan lifestyle guide. It includes recipes that transfer ingredients to a shopping list, and there are also audio and video tips from the author, Sarah Kramer, whom Herbivore magazine labeled “the world’s coolest vegan.” The cost for Go Vegan is $4.99.

Happy Cow

Android and Windows

This is a search app for restaurants and stores that offer vegan and vegetarian foods. Choose your current location or enter where you’re going to see listings by type in 150 countries. Locations in North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and some Asian cities offer maps as well as search results while other locations provide search results only. There are free and paid versions; the paid Android app is ad-free and lets you save results to use offline, which could save quite a bit of data time. The Windows version costs $2.99; Android starts free then offers an upgrade.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart/Everyday Vegan

iPhone and Android

Everyone needs a good vegan cookbook at their fingertips. iPhone’s 21-day Vegan Kickstart aims to help new vegans with recipes and other resources to make the transition to a healthier diet. Android’s Everyday Vegan offers 300 recipes with search, browse and bookmark capabilities. The iPhone app is free; the Android one costs $2.99.

R90 Weight Tracker/Journal

iPhone and Android

The TR90 app is the perfect weight journal for vegans who are serious about losing weight or shedding size. The app keeps track of your weight and goals very well. Often times, your goal might not to lose overall weight, but to just lose size around your arms or waste; this app will help you track it. The TR90 program is focused on promoting a more vegan lifestyle as well.

Echinacea Flowers homeopathic remedy

Cruelty Free/Choose Cruelty Free

iPhone and Android

Shop guilt-free with these apps covering personal care, cosmetic and household products. All are offered free of charge.

iPhone and Android have the Cruelty Free app connected to the Leaping Bunny program. It lists companies in the U.S and Canada that don’t use animal testing in any phase of production, including ingredients and finished products.

Android also offers the similar Choose Cruelty Free app, which goes a step further in listing vegan products free from any animal ingredients.

About Ashley – Author BIO

I’m Ashley. I’m a vegan, a blogger, a happy mom to 3 happy little dudes and a woman of strength (I do like to work out). My passion is health but my life is focused on helping others achieve their goals. Visit my site and learn more at AshleysHealth.com

Bean Head Coffee: a product review

bean head coffee

Morning, peeps! I’ve been doing more and more product reviews lately, and I have to say, I’m pretty excited about the opportunity I had to try this particular one. Probably because I was so unfamiliar with it—it’s sold on the east coast, but I’m on the west, so you can see how I would be relatively uninformed.

Still, I’d like to think I know my coffee. Along with red wine and dark chocolate, it’s kind of my thing.

Bean Head Coffee

Annnyywayy…BEAN HEAD COFFEE. Have any of you tried this? If not, and you drink coffee, then you should get yourself some.

Here’s why:

  • I found myself comparing it to wine. This coffee is smooth and bold, with zero after taste. Anything I can positively compare to wine is something I need to have in my life, immediately.
  • The bag. I know this has nothing to do with the quality of the coffee, but the product’s packaging is AWESOME. As a self-proclaimed burlap-lover, imagine my happy surprise at seeing this on my doorstep.

Bean head coffee product review

  • It’s organic, high-quality, someone’s-put-a-lot-of-time-and-effort-into-this-product coffee. It sets a high standard. It makes my regular Kirkland coffee seem weak and depressed in comparison. After speaking extensively to the president of the company, it’s easy to hear the enthusiasm and passion he has for this product, and that gets me excited, too. When someone is truly proud of something they’ve put out into the world, you know it’s worth checking out.
  • Their brand-new, just-launched k-cups are organic and recyclable. If you’re someone who loves to support good products with built-in environmental/sustainable solutions, then this coffee is for YOU.

Bean Head Coffee beans

And me. Because I can get it out here on the west coast by ordering it from amazon.ca, which is what I’ll be doing. (Fun fact: Bean Head is the #1 whole bean coffee sold on Amazon!)

Click below to enter the draw to WIN 6 FREE Bean Head Coffee organic, recyclable K-cups!

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Alive & Radiant: Product Review

alive and radiant

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge advocate for clean, whole food. Why drink orange juice, when you can just eat an orange? That kind of thing.

However, every once in a while, I come across a product that truly impresses me. Even though it’s packaged and processed, there are some foodstuffs that set the bar at a new high for commercialized snacking food. So, without further adieu, Alive & Radiant meet my bloggy friends, bloggy friends meet Alive & Radiant.

A relative newcomer on the natural health food scene, this company from Oakland, California is all about their veggies. (What else?!) The goal of the company is to create a raw product that is teeming with goodness and comprised of superfoods. Their products are certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and like I already mentioned, raw.

Although not yet selling their products in Canada, American residents can buy them online HERE. (My favourite product is the Chockalet Kale Chip Crunch, pictured below.)

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Happy snacking!

 

Local Food Products that are Rocking My World

Save-On-foods Vendors

This past weekend, I took part in an event at Save-On-Foods that was promoting local products. I signed Happy Healthy Gut books, and the other vendors were Happy Water, NutraCleanse, and Everyday Superfoods.

It is SO much fun to hang out with people who are like-minded when it comes to health. While the Happy Water reps kept the rest of us hydrated and genuinely happy (they literally danced and hoola-hooped the WHOLE time while playing Top 40), I was fortunate enough to chat for an extended period of time with Tony from NutraCleanse and Gordon from Everyday Superfoods about their products. I decided that this week’s blog should inform consumers of these fairly brand-new products, and perhaps you’ll all fall in love with them as I did.

Happy Water

Happy Water: This product is an award-winning, naturally alkaline lithia water. The water originates from Canada (Kootenay region), and is produced in Vancouver, BC. It contains “naturally occurring lithia, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fluoride.”[1]

For community events such as the one last weekend, Happy Water will send their “Smile Squad,” and the energy and positivity is definitely in the air. For information on how to request the Smile Squad to attend your event, visit http://livehappywater.ca/contact.

The product goes for about the same amount as other bottled waters.

Nutricleanse

NutraCleanse:  Although I’ve seen this natural health product around for awhile, I’d never before tried it, which is VERY unlike me. I’m a sucker for new health products (especially foodstuffs), and I’m surprised at myself.

This product is manufactured in Mission, BC, and the ingredients are organic, gluten-free, and limited to ground flax seed, psyllium husks, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder.

That’s it.

The purpose behind adding this product to your daily smoothie or yogurt or whatever is to increase your overall fibre—and it sure works! If you’re someone who feels as though you could benefit from increased fibre consumption (ahem—EVERYONE), then you should give this product a try. I am a huge promoter of gut health, and this particular product is a goodie!

A 1 Kg. bag goes for roughly $29.99, but you can get it for $20.99 if you keep your eyes peeled.

Everyday Superfoods

Everyday Superfoods: Again, I’ve seen this product around (the rep told me it’s been around for a couple of years, but they only recently have become very mainstream and distributed), but hadn’t tried it yet. The main ingredients in their mixes are chia seeds, hemp hearts, and buckwheat.

The blends are great on oatmeal, in yogurt, or added to baking, and there are at least four different mixtures. The one I’m trying right now is called Cocoa Wow, and I also took home a bag called Trim.

They go for about $6.99 per bag (the weight isn’t disclosed, but it looks like it’s just over a cup’s worth), and the product is mostly organic, gluten-free, and vegan. It’s manufactured in Richmond, BC.

So there you have it! My newly acquired fun foods! Give them a try, and let me know what you think. Ciao, peeps!

 

[1] http://livehappywater.ca/our-water/