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Raw Buckwheat Groats for Brekkie

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Vegan brekkie

Bowl of happiness and pure energy! There’s raw buckwheat groats underneath all those delicious berries, shredded coconut, walnuts, hempseed, and heaps of cinnamon! Perfect way to fill up your puku in the morning. Very satisfying and vegan kid friendly, too. Just looking at this bowl of goodness makes me smile :). How do you eat your buckwheat, or what other ways do you fuel up in the morning?

Raw buckwheat

Enjoy the simple things in life that make you smile ❤

“I make conscious decisions about the food that I put into my body. My body is a home to my spirit, therefore I choose to look after it as best as I can. I feel wonderful.” ~Carly Marie

Raw Vegan Desserts

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Life is pretty busy with two little ones, but at the start of this year I had decided to somehow squeeze in time to start exploring again with raw desserts. I have always loved exploring in the kitchen and really developed an interest in raw desserts when I first went vegan. Besides loving sweets, the raw desserts just looked so appealing and vibrant. The challenge of creating these decadent desserts without any “typical” ingredients was also exciting and seemed to intrigue me.

Once you begin making and eating raw desserts, anything seems possible! Many of them even have similar ingredients, but are very adaptable to adjust flavours and create something entirely different. Raw desserts are pure energy and happiness. Here are a few raw desserts that I have been playing around with, and I cannot wait to make some of my favourites again; especially raw vegan cheesecake!

Bliss Balls

Vegan Carrot Cake

Vegan Cookies

Vegan Donut

Vegan Lemon Bar

Yes, these are raw vegan desserts! Crazy enough, I actually had to use a hand food processor to create these as well which is why they are not perfect, but definitely made with love. Unfortunately the hand food processor is now out of action so I will need to come across one to continue making and sharing my raw desserts. I am truly grateful that I was given some raw ingredients to play around with as well as having some happy taste testers. Watch this space for more raw vegan desserts, and let me know if you want to come try some out or experiment in the kitchen together.

Unfiltered Apple Cider

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Raw ~ Vegan ~ Organic ~ Unpasteurized ~Cold Pressed ~ Glass Bottled ~ Local ~ Pure ~ Beyond Juice ~ Drink Shakti

Shakti

Shakti

Shakti

Shakti

About Shakti post coming soon! In the meantime, check out their social media. If you live in Southern California, grab a bottle of Shakti Juice and taste the pure energy for yourself 💚

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!

Happy Vegan Valentine’s Day!

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Looking for inspiration for Valentine’s Day?

Let Love Grow

Valentine's Day

We are giving a few littlies these awesome strawberry grow kits to grow their own plants from seed! Perfect unique way to share the love and give a gift that keeps on giving.

Any other vegan & sustainable ideas to share with your loved ones?

We wish you all a wonderful day to truly acknowledge important people in your life & show them how much they mean to you!

…and to my littlies ~ I love you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes, I love you to the moon and back and beyond, & I love you more than all the waves in the sea! Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! You mean the world to me ❤️❤️

Banana “Sushi”

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Delicious raw vegan banana “sushi” made by my little vegans! Almond butter spread onto a banana, sprinkled with raw hemp seeds, & made with love…

Banana sushi

Empower your little ones to create healthy superfoods. Children learn not only about healthy eating and wanting to eat what they made, but it also gives them an opportunity to be creative, develop motor skills, count, problem solve, & so much more. You never know what your little “chefs” might create.

What are your favourite raw and healthy vegan snacks?

Beanfields Chips: Yes, they are Vegan!

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vegan chips

Farmed and made in the USA, these chips were made free of the 8 most common food allergens! These bags were lovingly made by a family owned company and kindly sent to me to review. I am beyond grateful for this amazing delivery, and I am so excited to share these with you as they are delicious. With so many flavours available, I am sure you will love them just as much as we do.

I was so excited to try all of them that it was such a hard decision which one to try first. I was quite curious about Pico De Gallo. Yum! I was already hooked as soon as I started eating them. Zaedyn instantly loved them as well. Having the option of full size and snack size is great. For one, the snack size stops you from sitting and eating the entire full size bag by yourself (I may have done this. They really are that delicious). Also, Zaedyn loved being able to choose a snack size bag to bring with him wherever we would go. Here he is, just out of the car and in the pram to go to Disneyland, already pouring his chips out to snack on. Who says Beanfields chips cannot be eaten early in the morning? 🙂

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vegan chips

Two thumbs up from Zaedyn!

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They also make the perfect poolside snack. We loved sharing these while enjoying the beautiful summer day. We even spent a beautiful evening on the water in a Duffy Boat enjoying Beansfields Chips. My Aunt bought a bunch of snacks at Sprouts, and I was so excited that she had bought Beanfields Chips to share.

Vegan Chips

They really are “The vegan answer to Doritos” as VegNews put it. If you love Cooler Ranch Doritos, Beanfields Ranch flavour is your perfect healthy alternative. Maybe because it reminds me of my childhood and the occasional times I ate those chips, but I think that the Ranch might be my favourite. It wasn’t one that I thought I would like as much, but yum! You will find it hard to resist eating the entire bag. Salt n’ Pepper is quite unique as well, and I really enjoyed these, too. Depending on your mood, there is always a time to enjoy all of them. They are beyond delicious.

Twice as much protein and fiber and 29%-37% less fat compared to other tortilla chips, vegan, gluten-free, corn free, non GMO project verified, and no fillers! Rice and beans might sound a bit unusual for a base of a chip, but I will assure you that Beanfields was pretty clever in creating these award winning chips. I do not usually eat a lot of chips apart from tortilla chips to scoop lots of salsa and guacamole, but I think that has all changed. I am already disappointed knowing that my box is now empty. Lucky I have been spotting them at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Fresh & Easy. The snack size bags retail $1.19-$1.49 while the full size is $2.99-$3.99

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Don’t forget to go and try some. You really will be amazed. I may just have to refill my box.

Healthy, local, full of protein, and most importantly ~ VEGAN!

Need any more reasons to try Beansfields chips? …

“Beans are good for our families, good for our farmers, and good for our planet” ~Beansfields

Which flavour do you want to try?

**Thanks so much to Beansfields Snacks. This is entirely my own opinion, and I cannot speak highly enough about Beansfields. If it weren’t for their email, I possibly would have never tried these or been able to share with you my new discovery. Enjoy!

SLOW Food For Fast Lives

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Always on the go? Looking for a nutritious bar that will leave you feeling full and healthy? SLOW food for fast lives is a new alternative to traditional vegan food bars!

Savory, not sweet, this new ethnic twist on bars was created in globally inspired flavours: Moroccan, Thai, Indian, and California. They are non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, kosher, low glycemic, and all natural with no added sugars, fats, or preservatives.

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I love hearing about new vegan products on the market so I was really excited when I was contacted to try out these new bars. They are so unique compared to anything currently on the market. Which flavour would you try?

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They are all vegan except for California which contains honey. It sounds delicious though so I definitely hope that SLOW will consider replacing they honey with a vegan alternative. Since it arrived in my package, I chose to get some feedback on it anyways rather than let it go to waste. My sister was very impressed with it, and it was a bar that she would definitely eat again.

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I was then left with three flavours to try, and I cannot tell you which one I like the best because they are all so unique. It all depends on preference and mood.

Initially, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. They seem a little unusual after the first bite, but make sure you give them a chance. I am certain that you will realize that they each savory bar is delicious in their unique way. Often other bars are filled with chocolate or are very sweet. SLOW bars contain so many distinct flavours. If you are in the mood for spicy, definitely go for the Thai. The Moroccan tasted the sweetest out of the three bars. With 1-2 servings of vegetables per bar along with nuts, grains, and seeds, they are a perfect go to bar to always have around. These bars contain natural ingredients rather than lots of sugar! I can’t wait to try out the new flavours in the future.

SLOW food for fast lives seems like an overall awesome company producing natural and unique vegan bars, making it possible to maintain busy, but healthy lifestyles. I can’t wait to follow along and watch the growth of SLOW.

Go check out SLOW food for fast lives on Facebook and their website for more information. I went to Sprouts yesterday and spotted them on the top shelf down the bar aisle. Check out your local Sprouts, Lassens, New Leaf, or online to purchase.

“…if on-the-go is where we find ourselves, we believe slow food for fast lives will keep us going.”

Eat global + stay local = SLOW

*Thank you to SLOW for letting me try out their new globally-inspired bars to share with you!