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Vegan Avocado Truffles

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So simple, yet so satisfying

Truffles or sushi? I cannot decide. Whatever you choose to call them, they are simply amazing!

Cut an organic avocado in half, remove the stone, and scoop out some of the avocado into a bowl. Mash and then toss in small pieces of fresh mango, coriander, black sesame seeds, and fresh squeezed lime.
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After scooping this amazing mixture back into the avocado, put the two halves back together, and peel off the skin.

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We then chose to cover our avocado with small pistachio pieces and black sesame seeds.

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Then, I sliced the avocado into pieces and added extra pistachios and filling on the side.

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Enjoy!

These were so delicious! The little vegans helped quickly devour these. I knew I should have made more! This was the perfect mix for us, but feel free to use any ingredients you have or what sounds best to you. I have had this idea saved to Pinterest and on the top of my “to make list” for a very long time. I cannot believe that we have finally made them, and I can guarantee it will not be the last. So many more organic raw vegan avocado truffles to come!

Our Little Conscious Consumer

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We have entered one of the photos of Zaedyn, our little conscious consumer, drinking his Rock Star storybook tea from Wildflower Botanicals in the Conscious Consumer Photo Competition. We would love your support just by tweeting, liking, voting, or sharing our photo :)

Eco friendly competition
Conscious Consumers is currently running a photo competition to bring their badges to life. If you do not already know about them, they accredit businesses and help you find and discover ways to be socially responsible and environmentally friendly. You can even earn free stuff by supporting businesses through the website or smartphone app.

The current badges fall under Community, Smart Waste, and Ethical Products which include: Local, Food rescue, BYO containers, Recycling, Eco-packaging, Composting, Eco-cleaners, Free range, Fair trade, Sustainable fish, Vege/Vegan, and Organic. I look forward to watching the expansion across New Zealand where you will be able to find accredited business wherever you go. Although I do not have a flash phone, anyone with smartphones can quickly find certain badges within regions throughout New Zealand.

Zaedyn is drinking Wildflower Botanicals tea which is organic and local from Kaikoura. He was also eating lovingearth raw vegan chocolate. The bag the tea comes in is also recyclable so this photo incorporates many Conscious Consumer badges. Thanks heaps for supporting our lil conscious consumer! We joined a bit late so have been trying to work our way up, but there are still 14 days to go if you wish to enter as well.

Wildflower Botanicals Storybook Selection Pack

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Who would like to be sent a Storybook Selection Pack from Wildflower Botanicals as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?

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“Wildflower Botanicals is a boutique herbal business specialising in organic, fairtrade, and earth-friendly products.”

Wildflower Botanicals stocks a huge range of amazing teas down in Kaikoura. Even if you are not a huge tea drinker, I am sure that you will find something you might like. The blends are organic, and you can choose to drink them hot or cold whether you feel like a black tea, green tea, white tea, red tea, oolong, pu-erh, botanical, elemental chai, herbal, storybook, pregnancy, or seasonal blend. I can definitely say that I have been to the website many times to order, but simply could not narrow down what I wanted. They all sound so yummy.

As part of our giveaway, Meg has kindly offered a storybook selection pack to one of our readers. I love the idea of a tea being made for children of all ages. Yes, even you young-at-heart adults.

“Our storybook blends are made using organic botanical ingredients – fruits, flowers, leaves, seeds, bark, and roots – so they are naturally tannin and caffeine-free.” ~Wildflower Botanicals

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Which blend would you choose?

I was really curious to see what Zaedyn might think of the teas. He mostly drinks water, almond milk or breastmilk, smoothies, and coconut water so I knew that this would be something quite different for him. I loved watching his facial expressions as he tried the tea and turned into a Rock Star.

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vegan chocolateI am pretty sure that he thought it was quite exciting to be having a real tea party. If you have been following along on Facebook, we had also received a lovely order of raw vegan chocolates from David’s family. Zaedyn really does have a very good memory and knew that it would not be a complete tea party without some chocolate. We love lovingearth products which you can purchase from Wildflower Botanicals as well. They are so yummy and well worth it. I love dark chocolate, and I have always enjoyed the combination of chocolate and mint. I was a bit hesitant about the orange & gubinge, but I have to say that I really like it. It isn’t a flavour that I would choose, but I am so glad that I have now. Apparently it is quite hard to keep stocked!

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I cannot tell you which blend I like the best. I thought that it would be great to try each and see what we thought, but I can honestly say that they are all amazing. I love the different flavour combinations of each. It really is a lot of fun drinking a tea and thinking about an enchanted garden, Snow White, sweet dreams, rock star, Red Riding Hood, Gingerbread cottage, and Little Boy Blue. Many children seem to love tea parties, and this is an awesome way to have some fun and use your imagination alongside them as well as on your own. I know that I will be drinking them even when Zaedyn isn’t!

Lastly, just wanted to let you know about the Fe Blend (pregnancy) we ordered to help increase my iron storage and absorption of iron. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, just make sure to mention so that certain herbs can be left out. 1 tsp of Fe Blend per cup four times a day should be effective. As all the other teas, it is lovely. If you are interested in trying it out, enter the code AROHANUI at checkout for a 15% discount.
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We love reading In the Tea Garden blog with even more health information and inspiration.

Enter our giveaway for your chance to win a Storybook Selection Pack from Wildflower Botanicals.

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eco peko bamboodie sale + giveaway *CLOSED*

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I love how social media connects you to things that you may not ever come across through your own searches, but things that you absolutely love. Even through all of our organic searches, I had never heard about eco peko. Have you?

Eco peko is an Australian family business that I want everyone to know about.

eco : concerned with living things in relation to their environment
peko : Ancient god of crops. The protector of the fields.  

It can be really hard to find stylish organic clothing, but eco peko has a lovely range for children and adults. Made from 100% Certified organic cotton or bamboo with a super high thread count and even green knitting, stitching, and dyeing processes. With this kind of commitment to sustainability and pure products, what’s not to like? They are even members of 1% for the Planet so your purchases mean donations to local environmental groups.

Being good for your skin and the environment, I could not resist buying a few tops for Zaedyn. The top I would love to have which is not currently on their website is Gimmie ABCs not GMOs. It was a hard decision as I like quite a few things, but here is what we decided on…

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a2 cow organic t-shirt, a picture of Daisy from the local organic farm

It's Easy Being Green

it’s easy being green t-shirt, of course we chose retro green!

Earth Baby

earth baby t-shirt to “take up the greenie cause by knitting themselves out in sustainable clothing”

I joked with David about buying the my dad recycles more than your dad t-shirt if only it were true. He quickly responded, “Depends on who you are talking to.” As a family we are actually very good at recycling and limiting our waste. We don’t even put trash out every week because we are conscious of the products we buy so that we limit the amount of waste that we send to landfill. I do not often like the sort of tops that compare Dads, however, I am somewhat regretting that we didn’t buy this top because it is quite unique. We enjoy leading by example, and I would love for Zaedyn to be quite proud of reducing, reusing, and recycling as I am sure that he will.

Check out the details for the items you like because most of them are generous sizing to get the most wear possible, but we ended up getting some of them in smaller sizes to fit now. Daisy the cow and it’s easy being green modeled by Zaedyn are size 6-12 months, and the earth baby t-shirt is 1 year. Plus, there are colour choices for each shirt. The smaller sizes come in an envelope neck while the bigger sizes come in a round neck.

I absolutely love the baby bamboodies! Go to the website to see what they look like. Zaedyn’s size was out of stock, otherwise I would have ordered him one. Guess what? You’re in luck! Eco peko has a new shipment that just arrived for the…

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I just ordered a few so be in quick as the sale is all weekend for baby, child, and adult bamboodies and then the shop will be packed up until February!

What is a bamboodie?

bamboo + hoodie = bamboodie

*high uv protection, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, light and silky soft, superior breathability, dries super quick

Make sure to check out eco peko on Facebook, their website, & even join their tree free mail list to keep updated with upcoming products and eco-news. You might be interested in their adults range as well as their eco peko bags.

If you like what you see, which I am sure that you will, enter our giveaway to win your child or someone you know a green house music, not gasses t-shirt. As the Te Reo Singalong Giveaway is currently being run through Rafflecopter on our Facebook Page, I have decided to run this competition through my blog. The competition will end on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:00PM NZ time. Please write a new comment to gain an extra entry for each. You can gain entries by choosing one, a few, or all of the options by telling us that you have liked eco peko on Facebook, liked Arohanui Vegan Love on Facebook, shared the giveaway through Facebook, made a bamboodie or other eco peko purchase, following Arohanui Vegan Love blog by email and/or bloglovin’, tweeted the giveaway, re-pinned my eco peko link through Pinterest, following Arohanui on Pinterest, following Arohanui on twitter, following eco peko on twitter, telling us your favourite product from the eco peko website…

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Again, this particular giveaway is only open to New Zealand, but if you like their range you can order online. If you are in Australia, check out the stockists page as there might be one near you.

Thank you so much to Justine, a mum of 2 little greenie’s, for creating this sustainable business and giving you a chance to win one of her green house music, not gasses organic cotton eco peko t-shirt for your little one.

Don’t forget to check out the bamboodie sale and other awesome products on the eco peko website! 

Gluten-free, Organic, Raw, Vegan Food

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Raw Foods

We received boxes of food from Living Foods Lifestyle New Zealand and Revolution Food Co. I ordered a few new ingredients that I am excited to experiment with, and the other day we were super busy in the kitchen making Sushi Rolls, Pad Thai, & Goji Chocolate Chip Brownies with Lucuma Ice Cream. Everything was most importantly vegan as well as raw, gluten-free, and organic.

{RAW} Gluten-Free Vegan Sushi Rolls

The sushi rolls were pretty easy as I utilised the raw veggies that I had prepared for the Pad Thai. The Nori sheet that I used is very different to the ones that can typically be purchased from a general supermarket. This sea superfood can be purchased from Living Foods and is another amazing product of Navitas. These Nori Sheets are raw and certified organic. A new ingredient that we have just come across is Raw Coconut Aminos.

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What is this Coconut Secret?

Raw Coconut Aminos, a soy-free seasoning sauce

-Raw

-Vegan

-17 amino acids (2-14 times the content of soy), mineral, vitamins

-nearly neutral pH

-65% less sodium than soy sauce

-100% Organic

-Gluten-free, Dairy-free, GMO-free

-Low glycemic

What a great alternative to soy sauce, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and Nama Shoyu. We seem to love most things that have to do with coconuts, apparently even the sap now! I poured some on top of the veggies and put them aside while I made some raw almond butter. When the almonds were processed, I spread some on the seaweed, added the raw veggies and avocado, and rolled them up. Then I cut them into small sushi roll wraps for Zaedyn. I didn’t use it this time, but another handy gadget we have to make sushi is a Sushezi. Does anyone else have one of these?

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Raw Vegan Sushi with veggies, coconut aminos, avocado, raw almond butter, & seaweed

Why Sushi?

Zaedyn absolutely loves seaweed. Many of you have witnessed him shoving piece after piece into his mouth. I am happy that he loves his seaweed strips so much because they are highly nutritious. The Nori sheets are even more nutritious as they are not heated and are saturated with “minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, lignans, and protein”.

{RAW} Gluten-Free Vegan Pad Thai

Pad Thai

To prepare the veggies, I used my spiralizer, or turning slicer. It is very easy to use and turns my veggies into “noodles” by just turning the handle. I used purple cabbage, courgettes, and carrot. You can choose from a variety of blades to make each vegetable a different spiral or cut.
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Then, I rinsed my kelp noodles under filtered water. Believe it or not, this is the first time that we have ever tried kelp noodles! They are basically just a raw sea vegetable noodle made from kelp. Kelp noodles are vegan, fat-free, gluten-free, and low in carbohydrates and calories. I love that you do not have to cook these noodles, plus you get the benefits of kelp.

With my kelp noodles and vegetables mixed together, I was ready to add my sauce. I have never been a huge fan of sauces and even eat my salads with no dressing and lots of avocado, but I thought that I would try out a sauce for my pad thai. I found very similar adapted sauces which all seemed to link back to Ani Phyo. My sauce included:Kelp

-1/4 cup of raw almond butter (I make my own using raw almonds in my food processor)

-1/2 c raw liquid coconut oil

-2 TBSP Raw Coconut Aminos

-1/4 c fresh lemon juice

-dash of cayenne pepper

-fresh coriander from our garden

-3/4 cup filtered water

I blended my sauce and tossed it amongst all my vegetables and kelp noodles. My pad thai was complete.

{RAW} Gluten-Free Vegan Goji Chocolate Chip Brownies with Lucuma Ice Cream

Lucuma

Adapted from Ani Phyo

What is Lucuma Powder?

A fine powder “made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled”. It is a natural sweetener that has a caramel taste, but I also found that the lucuma ice cream reminded me of a coffee ice cream. Might just be me though!

*Vegan, Raw, Organic, Low Glycemic, Contains Beta-Carotene, Iron, Zinc, vitamin B3, Calcium, Protein

I did not have Yacón syrup so I used agave, but I only added 1 TBSP. I am not sure if this is why mine ended up a bit more frozen, but I just placed one of the containers in the fridge to defrost a bit. Then I added a scoop on top of the Goji Chocolate Chip Brownies and sprinkled with raw cacao nibs. I am out of carob powder so I only used raw cacao powder, and I used a vanilla bean instead of vanilla powder. I have made raw brownies many times, but usually the basic. It was exciting to try something a bit different with goji berries and cacao nibs. I knew that I was going to be adding my lucuma ice cream on top, but the Goji Chocolate Sauce sounds yummy for next time! I usually do not make up such a big batch either. Depending on what it is for, you may not want to make as much, or you can store in the freezer up to three months.

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Enjoy! Let me know if you have any favourite raw food recipes.

Don’t forget to order your raw, organic, super foods from my blog link to Living Foods Lifestyle New Zealand

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The Vegg & Raw Foods

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I realise that a few of you might be curious as to what I have been doing with The Vegg, but I am still exploring a few ideas that I have in mind. You will have to wait and see what that might be. For now, here is a quick snapshot of our Vegan French Toast and Scrambled Veggs we made last week.

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Shifting away from The Vegg, below are some beautiful raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan foods that we made today. I will explain more about these dishes soon.

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Loving Earth Smoothie

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Raw Organic Coconut Chocolate Butter Smoothie topped with fresh Strawberries
Smoothie a Day

Happy Vegan Thanksgiving

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What a beautiful way to celebrate Thanksgiving with sunflowers. I really appreciate being given these. Of course, I think everyone celebrating with sunflowers would be a much better Thanksgiving tradition!

Sunflowers are useful in many different ways. I am sure Zaedyn would love planting some and watching them grow. It is amazing how tall some of them grow. They would quickly pass him! Besides having beautiful flowers, sunflower seeds are yummy and very nutritious. Did you know that you can actually save the seeds and replant them once they have dried out? Have you ever tried to grow sunflower sprouts? Yum! I can think of many ways to use sunflower seeds.

So we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving by ordering lots, I mean HEAPS, of Raw & Living Foods from Living Foods Lifestyle New Zealand and Revolution Food Company. Okay so not exactly the reason, but I suppose I can use Thanksgiving as an excuse for my latest purchases. Yes, Irish Moss was one of those items so I will definitely be making some Raw Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie. I always seem to get carried away, but there was even more that I could have purchased. I definitely restocked a few items that I needed and added a few things that I am excited to try for the first time. Has anyone tried Pili nuts? I would love to try them, but I could not afford them after everything else I found. Let me know what you think of them and hopefully I can try them at some point. Oh, and I even bought Sunflower Lecithin. See, sunflowers really are versatile. Anyways, once I get my orders you can expect to see some exciting raw food being created.

Charlie Banana Swimmer Giveaway *CLOSED*

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Giveaway

Charlie Banana Swim Nappy Size Small, 5-7kg, colour of your choice

If you win, which colour would you choose?

Check out the Giveaways tab on Facebook for more information on how to enter, & make sure to comment below with your favourite colour. It would be awesome if you could also share with others that might be interested.

Why do we love Charlie Banana Swimmers?

They are so absorbent unlike most swim nappies because they are a 2-in-1 swim diaper and training paints. The lining is 100% organically grown cotton with a waterproof outer layer. Besides wasting money on disposable swim nappies that will end up in landfill, Zaedyn gets to wear a stylish swim nappy that is eco-friendly, does not contain chemicals, and it is absorbent without becoming bulky.

We want to share some cloth love with you so please enter for your chance to win one of these super cute reusable swim nappies.

This is an amazing product that I do not know what we would do without. We love the beach, and we are so excited for summer! See Zaedyn’s one in use below…

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If you own Charlie Banana swimmers, let us know what you think of them.

*Terms & Conditions ~ This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. This giveaway is not sponsored by Charlie Banana. Only open to New Zealand. The winner will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us a message!

Fluffy Mail! +Giveaway

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Zaedyn opens his fluffy mail & checks out his new bitti tutto!

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How exciting! We received fluffy mail today from The Nappy Lady. Such an awesome print to add to Zaedyn’s nappy stash. I just love it. It is a super soft minky fabric, and of course we love giraffes. We received our first bitti d’lish from the Nappy Lady, and now we get to try our first bitti tutto. You can definitely expect a review on both for how they work for us. The nappy has been through the wash already. I can’t wait to see what it looks like on. I used to think that they were overwhelming with all of the snaps and inserts, but they are actually pretty easy. The snaps are even colour coordinated!

So, another huge thank you and shout out to The Nappy Lady. Make sure to follow her page as well as Cloth Nappy Week because there are lots of exciting events that you will not want to miss for those in New Zealand.

Now for an exciting announcement. We would love to share some cloth love with you since we appreciate everyone following us and liking our Facebook page. With summer coming and since we love the beach, we would love to give someone a Charlie Banana Swim Diaper (Swim Nappy) size Small 11-18lbs, 5-7kg, colour of your choice, in an upcoming giveaway.

Is anyone else excited about this? The lining is 100% organically grown cotton with a waterproof outer layer. These are actually absorbent compared to most swim nappies. Plus, this is heaps better than using a disposable swim nappy to go to landfill, and I think that they are super cute. I know that this giveaway might not apply to all of our followers, but hopefully there will be something of interest to you in the future. We also welcome new likes that will continue to follow us so feel free to share our page on yours or with others that you think might be interested. Make sure to click on Add to Interests and watch out for our upcoming giveaway.

If you win, which colour would you choose?

Our Charlie Banana Giveaway

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Charlie Banana Swim Diaper (Swim Nappy) size Small 11-18lbs, 5-7kg, colour of your choice