Raspberry Bountry Bars.

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  • 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons of Nutradry Pty Ltd raspberry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 150g of coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 block of vegan chocolate 

    Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.
    Spoon mixture into your hand and shape into balls or logs and put onto a lined tray.
    Place the tray into the fridge or freezer until hard.

    Melt the chocolate and cover the logs, refrigerate further until the chocolate has set.

Acai Power.

I was so excited to receive a package in the mail for Acai Power, because  I was running out of Açaí. In the package, I received a 150g sampler pack of Açaí powder, a pack of stickers, two temporary tattoos and a t-shirt with their logo on it, along with a brochure that stated their other products and the history of the company.

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It was back in 2001 on a business trip when entrepreneur, avid surfer, and founder of Amazon Power, Americo Tognetti realized the distinct lack of Acai and Acai products in the Australian market. Americo saw the passion Australian’s had for healthy living and saw a perfect fit for the Acai berry found in his home country of Brazil.  After three years of hard work Americo finally introduced Acai to Australia in 2004. Since then he, through his business Amazon Power, has been spreading the word throughout Australia, teaching Australian’s how to eat and prepare Acai as the locals do in the streets if Brazil. Amazon Power and It’s exclusive supplier together are the largest buyer of Acai world wide and as a result is able to ensure the highest quality Acai at the best prices.

Acai contains high amounts of antioxidants which are great for your skin, hair, and cell replenishment. The berry also contains large amounts of fiber, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and vitamin C which help to improve your digestion, nervous system, promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance, strength and helps to improve your overall health.

I love the taste acai powder so I put it into all my smoothie bowls or nice-creams  to give them an extra boost. If you  don’t like the taste of the powder you can buy it in capsules or tablets, which are also perfect for people that are on the go and don’t have time to make a smoothie or bowl. I made an acai bowl using this powder. (recipe below)

The t-shirt I received is a little big for me, so I wear it as a pajama top and I love it. It’s made from 100% combed cotton and is printed with their logo, designed by Karina Teixeira.

I haven’t used the stickers or tattoos yet, because I am starting school in less than a week and don’t want to get in trouble from wearing them. I will probably put the stickers on my computer or my phone.

ACAI BOWL

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Add everything into a high-speed blender or food processor and blend for about 3 minutes until everything is smooth and creamy.

Pour into a bowl or jar and top with granola, nuts, seeds, and your favourite fruits.

This is my favourite way to use acai (well actually the only way I know how to).

If you have any other ways how to use it send me a message on Instagram or Facebook and ill check it out.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to trial your products.

 

The Ginger People.

I recently received a sample package from The Ginger People, which I was really excited about because Christmas was approaching so it gave me an excuse to use their products quickly.

I had to pick up about 5 other packages from the local post, so when I got to this one I had no idea what it was. As I was opening it my Dad walked past and said ‘Wow, I’d be happy with that for Christmas.’

Sometimes I see brands and think what’s the story behind that. I really loved the story behind the ginger people so I included it below.

The Ginger People began its mission in 1984 to produce the world’s finest range of ginger products and ingredients. Why? Herbalists have used ginger for thousands of years to restore vital energy, stimulate circulation and relieve countless diseases including nausea, headaches, and arthritis. Modern science backs what the ancients have known for centuries: Ginger is one of nature’s most powerful herbal remedies. Add in ginger’s versatile flavour and culinary prowess, and it’s clear why we’re passionate about this venerable spice.

Today, The Ginger People remains a family-owned-and-operated business offering over 80 ginger ingredients and finished products.

Over the years, The Ginger People has deepened its commitment (and addiction) to ginger, its purity and its healthful properties. As North America’s top-selling ginger brand, The Ginger People proudly manufactures and supplies all-natural and organic ginger products using only the most premium ginger sourced from the premier growing regions around the world.

In the box, I received crystallized ginger, bare ginger, minced ginger, ginger syrup, two varieties of ginger candy and ginger juice.  Most of their products are organic and locally sourced from Fiji.

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My dad drinks ginger juice on a regular basis, so I gave this to him to try. He didn’t really say much about the product, even though I told him to tell me what he thinks for this review. He was curious as to what stopped it from going rancid, I guess it tasted similar to what we make at home because he didn’t complain while drinking it.

 

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This was my favourite product, when I first saw this product it did not give a good impression. I assumed that it would be really strong and peppery from the ginger, but it was lovely. The ginger flavour is noticeable, but not strong. As I was doing my festive cooking, I ran out of maple syrup so I used this as a substitute. It worked perfectly and gave the baked goods a nicer flavour.  I will definitely be buying more of this when I run out 🙂 .

Uncrystallized Bare Ginger-

I’m not really sure what to write about this product, as i didn’t eat it by itself. But I did put it in my festive cooking, and it tasted really good in that. I did some research about this product and it is a healthier option that crystallized ginger that can be eaten straight out of the packet or added into granola, festive baking or fruit salad.

Organic Minced Ginger-

This was also one of my favorites, I used it in everything, ranging from stir-fries to gingerbread to curries. This is from their kitchen essentials range, which  is a perfect name for it due to the variety of things it can be used in.  Although this product was great it didn’t have a very strong ginger flavour, which I like.

Chewy Ginger Candies-

I got two types of these candies, original and spicy apple. They are vegan and gluten free, made from organic cane sugar,  fresh ginger and tapioca starch. The candies are easy to eat, the ginger is not overpowering but they are very chewy, the will get stuck in your teeth. I would have to say the spicy apple was my favourite out of the two, it tasted like Christmas, which was fitting for the time of year.

I caught my sister sneaking these from my room, and she said they were delicious.

These candies are a soothing travel treat. Ginger has been known to help with nausea, so if you suffer from travel sickness I would recommend getting some of these.

Crystallized Ginger-

This tasted amazing, i had some chopped ready to go into the Christmas cake and Ive always been curious as to what it tasted like by itself, so i ate a piece.

I used this product in my festive cooking, and it turned out to be a winner with my family.

Vegan Gingerbread.

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  • 2 ¼ cups of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of molasses
  • 2 tablespoons of The Ginger Peoples Ginger Syrup
  • ¼ cup of non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of plain flour

In a small bowl mix, together the flour, spices, salt and baking soda until everything is combines.

In a separate bowl beat the vegan butter and sugar until it is fluffy and has changed colour. Add the non-dairy milk, molasses, ginger syrup, and vanilla extract until it is combined.

Slowly pour the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and mix together with a wooden soon. Form a ball with the dough and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the dough from the fridge and flour your surface and rolling pin. If your dough is too soft to start rolling knead in ¼ cup of extra flour.

Cut the dough in half to make working with it easier, roll the dough out to 1-2 cm thick and start cutting out your shapes.  Place the cookies onto a lined baking tray.  Continue to flour your rolling surface and rolling pin, roll out the excess dough, and cut out more cookies until there is no dough left.

Bake the cookies for 6-8 mins at 180°. Allow the cookies to cool completely before icing.

 

Raspberry and Chocolate Cheezecake.

This is probably the prettiest thing I have ever made, and it tastes amazing.

I was testing a few recipes and I had all the things to make a raw cheesecake so I created this one.

If you make it please tag me on Instagram so I can see how it turned out.

 

Recipe:

For the Base

For the Filling

For the Chocolate Ganache

Soak all the cashews overnight, then drain them under running water.

Soak the dates for 5-10 minuets, until they have softened. Blend all the base ingredients until they start to form a soft dough. Press the base mixture into a lined tin and allow it to harden in the freezer, while you make the filling.

To make the filling, add all the ingredients except for the raspberries into a high speed blender; and blend until the filling is smooth. Once the filling is smooth fold in the raspberries, then pour it on top of your base and allow it to set in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

To make the ganache, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over boiling water.Make sure you take it off when there is still little lumps of chocolate (they will melt while you mix the chocolate), or else it will burn.  Once it is melted add the coconut milk, stir until it becomes smooth and glossy. Pour on top of the cake and sprinkle with the frozen raspberries.

Allow the ganache to set, then serve at room temperature.

 

 

Rawnola.

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Today was the first time Ive ever made rawnola, I have seen it everywhere but didn’t know how to make it. After a few minuets of web surfing I came across Loni Jane’s recipe,  when i went to make it I didn’t have all the ingredients so i adapted it to what I had.

Add everything into a food processor, blend until a soft dough forms and everything is mixed. Dont pulse it for to long or else it wont be soft and chewy.

 

Perfect with nice-cream, on top of smoothie bowls, or just by itself.

Harvest Box.

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While I was on holidays I did work experience with a family friend, that helped me set up this blog. We were going over everything and tweaking it so that it was fully functional, and she told me to try and get some products so that I could review them. That’s how I came across the Harvest Box, I didn’t know much about them but I read the story of how it came together and I loved it, so here it is:

In 2010, three Aussie best mates decided they were a bit over chips and chocolate and realised that, if they wanted healthier snack options, other folks probably did too. So they set up the harvest box and started devising healthy mixes of dried fruit, seeds, crackers and treats to send all over Australia in natty cardboard boxes. Snackers around the country were overjoyed to have nutritious nibbles delivered to their homes and desks every week – yay! They have experimented with more than 100 healthy combinations and now we’re bringing the very best of them to you through the post and in-store, with our range of snack packs, health bombs, chia bars, and Flavours of the world!

I got a notification from my local post office saying that I had a parcel to pick up, I had no idea what it was. I picked it up after I got home from school, when I was opening the box I had a bit of trouble trying to get into it, when it was open I realised it was from Harvest Box. I received six products from them (Berry Bazooka Health Bombs, Roasted Pistachios, A mix of nuts, Gogo Goji Health Bombs, Go Bananas Trail Mix and Banana Smoothie Health Bombs), these products are 40-45g sizes which are perfect for snacking or lunchboxes. 382233931

All the products are made in Australia from local and imported ingredient, gluten free and packed in a recyclable brown paper package designed to keep your products fresh.

I took these to school and I loved them.  I thought about writing an overall review on the products, but I thought that I couldn’t really judge the products like that because they were all different.

 

Berry Bazooka Health Bombs: To be honest, these weren’t my favourite. They smelt amazing in the packet but they had a rather interesting taste. They were also different to what I expected them to be, I thought that they might be like protein balls but they are like little bite size ‘bombs’. As I was biting into them, they were crunchy (puffed rice and quinoa) which I didn’t expect.  I did like the coconut around the outside of the bomb, I thought that was really nice.

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Roasted Pistachios: I took these to school in my lunchbox; they were the perfect size; the packet wasn’t too big or too small that I couldn’t eat it in time. They were fresh, crunchy and lightly salted which I love, but when I first saw that I thought ‘oh maybe I will only eat a few, I don’t want to eat too much salt’ but the amount of salt was perfect. The only problem I had was having to de-shell every nut, it was abit annoying and time-consuming, but I’m just lazy…

We love Nuts Mix: I loved these, they were just what I was after. I had these when I got home from school, they are the perfect snack. All the nuts are lightly salted, which I prefer with some nuts (Peanuts, Cashews ect.) This mix contained cashews, brazil nuts, almonds and peanuts, I was actually surprised that I liked this as I don’t like brazil nuts.

Go Bananas Trail Mix: This was the first product that I tried. I loved it although there were too many goji berries for my liking, all the other ingredients went well together. I was surprised at how fresh everything was, the seeds were still crunchy not soggy as if they were in the packet for a long time.  I was actually really excited to try this product, and I was not let down; it tastes as good as it looks on the packet.

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If you are interested in buying and of these products head to your local Coles, Kmart or Online. I was surprised at how well priced these products were, for a box with similar products that I got its $7.95 a week, but if you get them regularly they price reduces.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try your products, I hope you liked my review.

Vegan Made Delights.

Vegan Made Delights is a small company based in Helensvale, QLD, who specialise in vegan chocolate and macaroons. All their products are made with locally sourced and imported ingredients, natural, diary free, gluten free, GM free, palm oil free and made with love.

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I recently contacted the company to see if they could send me some products to review and trial.  I got a lovely reply from them basically saying that they love my blog and would be happy to send me some products. I got another email from them within the next few days saying that they had send some products in the post and it would be here within a few days.

The parcel arrived today in the mail (it took about 3 days to get here), which contained a letter from the company, their business card and a block of their chocolate cookies and cream chocolate. Everything was packaged with an ecofriendly paper.

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To be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like this chocolate because I’ve tried a lot of other vegan chocolates and they weren’t that great, but this is by far the best one I’ve had. It wasn’t oily or too sweet like most of the other ones I’ve tried. Usually after eating a square or two of vegan chocolate they make me feel sick, but this one didn’t.  The flavour of this chocolate was actually perfect for me, it was bitter but not overpowering, melted in my mouth and its somewhat better for you (I like to think that, so I can have more)

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The chocolate its self is a little more expensive than a normal block from the supermarket, but I believe it is defiantly worth paying extra if you know the product will be good quality.  For a block of chocolate prices start at around $11-$13, with some of your favourite flavours: White Chocolate Cacao Nibs, White Chocolate Rice Puffs, White Chocolate Coconut, Turkish Delight, Peanut Brittle and Chocolate Cookies and Cream.

If you are interested in buying some of this chocolate head over to their website, or your local Go Via. Products are also available at some Vegan Pantry stores and The Cruelty Free Shop.

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My Favorite Vegan Youtubers.

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I have been watching a few youtube videos lately, and came across these accounts. They are probably my favorite vegan youtubers at the moment.

Hot for Food

blog:  http://www.hotforfoodblog.com/

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hotforfoodblog/featured

Tess Begg

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBCiDM0WrCAvTHmdVz_GDzQ/featured

Sarah Lemkus

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWkSROSol9J-VS8Au5-iALQ/featured

blog: http://www.sarahlemkus.com/

Kirasie Tate

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFtXISVgksGwkvm9EGcowxQ

Liv’s Healthy Life

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtuwIdM0Zx7xCiZSa_clRzw

Everyday Simple Health

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtuwIdM0Zx7xCiZSa_clRzw

blog: https://everydaysimplehealth.wordpress.com/

Keen on Green.

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Overall rating:4.5/5

I went here with my mum and sister one day after school, it is probably one of the better vegan friendly places to eat around this area.

The staff were really friendly and were very open to veganising anything.

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I had a fresh juice and a raw chocolate, which was all organic and locally sourced. They were delicious, but the juice had a very strong turmeric flavor, which i didn’t mind but some others might not like it.

Their prices are excellent, i think it cost us around $20, which is cheap. If i was to buy this from the markets or any other stores around the area, it would have cost that much just for myself.