Ethical Underwear.

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

‘The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at a shocking pace. The average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. That adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone. Historically, clothing has been something we have held onto for a long time, but with cheap clothing now abundantly available we are beginning to see the things we wear as disposable.’ – The True Cost

After watching this documentary, I was shocked that our clothing had such a significant impact on the environment. I became more inclined to get my clothes from op shops, ethical businesses or I make them myself. I began researching to find local ethical companies, and after a few hours I found these.

Undergarments:

Boody

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HARA the Label

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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 chocolateAdd 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.

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.

 

Harvest Box.

‘Guilt-free Snacking’

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 Eco-friendly paper.

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)

__5862986The 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.

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Vegan Youtubers.

I have been watching a few YouTube videos lately, and came across these accounts.

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/

Chocolate Granola.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I Used in the Kitchen:

These are exactly the same products that I use in my kitchen, but they are similar. I have also linked the ingredients I use in the recipe below.

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

In a small mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix until combined.

Pour onto a prepared tin and bake for 15-20 minuets , mixing every 5 minuets so that it doesn’t burn.

 

 

 

 

Super Easy Vegan Muffins.

  • 1 packet cake mix
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 3/4 cup of plant based milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • whatever else you want to add eg. chocolate chips, cinnamon, coconut, nuts.

Mash the banana, add in the other wet ingredients and mix together until everything is combined. Open the packet mix and pour into the bowl on top of the wet mix, add in any other ingredients and mix until combines. Pour the batter into a muffin tin and cook for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minuets before eating.

Chocolate Coated Bananas.

  • Spotty bananas
  • 2/3 cup of cacao
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of liquid sweetener
  • Toppings : crushed nuts, seeds, sprinkles, coconut or cacao.

Peel the bananas and put them onto a lined baking tray, place into the freezer for 30 minuets.

While the bananas are cooling make the chocolate. Melt the coconut oil over low heat, when melted take off the heat. Add the cacao and sweetener, whisk until smooth.  (I poured my chocolate into a deep tray, to make coating easier.)

Take the bananas out and roll in the chocolate, place back onto the tray and sprinkle with your favorite toppings. Put back into the freezer for 1 hour, but preferably overnight.

Mixed Berry Nice-Cream.

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 1 handful of frozen raspberries, blueberries, cherries and blackberries (of each berry)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of plant based milk (depending on desired thickness)
  • 2 tablespoons of pea protein
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Add everything to the blender (except the milk), blend until everything is broken up. Now add the milk, blend until the ice-cream has formed and become smooth and creamy.

Serve in your favorite glass or bowl.