fujiKale – a delightful way to get more greens!

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If you’re on the go like me, you appreciate a quick, easy, and healthy meal or supplement. There isn’t always time to grab a salad if you are traveling! Where to get those precious greens?

Enter fujiKale: 100% kale organically grown in Japan on Q’SAI’s Shimane Farms. It is USDA Certified Organic, contains vitamins A, B, C, K and calcium, and is conveniently powdered for fast and easy consumption.

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I shake mine up with my plant based protein or sometimes just mix it with almond milk when I need a quick pick me up! I have been taking it for a few months now and I love it. It saves my life on long trips. You can also add fujiKale to smoothies or even bake it to muffins or bread.

Check out their website here – they are currently having a sale! And be sure to let me know which recipes you end up using fujiKale in

Review – Purple Frog ‘aromatheraputic patches’

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Who doesn’t love a good whiff of essential oil? I sure do. It can be inconvenient, however, to lug around a diffuser on the go.

Enter Purple Frog aromatheraputic patches! They are the world’s only non-toxic, personal air fresheners, utilizing only the highest quality organic essential oil scents.

You can literally stick these little patches anywhere; (they are activated when you pop the little sac inside of them), and I set out to do just that!

I was particularly obsessed with the ‘air awakening‘ patches and, being the corporate flight attendant that I am, stuck them around my plane in strategic locations to make my passengers’ ride a more pleasant experience.

(I also put a few on my pilot’s arm rests; they were confused at first but warmed up to them. I am forever introducing them to new products like these. They are good sports!)


I also put a few next to the kitchen sink in my home so I could enjoy the fresh peppermint and eucalyptus aromas there as well!

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As for the ‘snooze button‘ patches, I keep one on the corner of my bedside table and it has actually improved my sleep! I drift off with the smell of lavender and chamomile and it is very helpful to have these on the road, especially when we are hopping through different time zones and our sleep schedule is wonky.

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Lastly, the lemongrass and citronella oil ‘insect shielder‘ patches are doing a good job of guarding my little herb garden here at home. (I also put one of these on the plane when we landed and had a bunch of mosquitos I had to shoo away. They’re super effective!)

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I would recommend all three of these patches, at home or on the go! They smell amazing and they do what they claim to do. That can be a rare find.

Thanks, Purple Frog!

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Recipe – yummy veggie stir fry!


I just got back home after a week long work trip and was happy to get back into my kitchen!

Luckily I had some produce that was still fresh, and I whipped up a quick, delicious stir fry.

Recipe:

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 cup oyster mushrooms

1 cup shiitake mushrooms

1 cup black wood ear mushrooms

1 bunch bok choy 

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons ponzu sauce

1 tablespoon lemon salt/pepper

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon turmeric 

It’s a stir fry, so this process is pretty straightforward.

I sprayed the wok with coconut oil, diced the onion, and added it to the pan with all of the spices.

Once the onions are sweating, add the bok choy and simmer on medium for about 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and cook on medium-high heat for about 5-8 minutes. Keep tasting, as you might need to add more sauce or seasoning depending on how evenly your ingedients are distributed.

And that’s the happy stir fry recipe! Enjoy!

Review – Vegan Cuts Beauty Box!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I am reviewing one of Vegan Cuts’ monthly beauty boxes – and let me tell you, this was no hardship.

I used to get their monthly boxes, and to be honest, I had tapered off a while back after amassing a small army of teeny-tiny beauty oil samples and single serving wipes.

It looks like they rethought their strategy, however, because this loot was choice, and I’m delighted with the contents.

  1. Terre mΓ¨re blush brush – The crown jewel in this loot for me – I am always delighted to receive new cruelty free, vegan brushes, and this one is soft, gentle on the face, and lovely to look at!
  2. everclΔ“n facial toner – A full sized toner!? Someone pinch me. Toner is the beauty product that I go through the most, and I am picky about the toners I put on my face. This fragrance free beauty was just the ticket. I am still using it and I love the results!
  3. Medusa’s Makeup bronzer – This bronzer is a little dark for me, so I have to blend vigorously and use it in a more strategic way. It is perfect for light contouring, though! I used the blush brush in tandem with this bronzer and I wasn’t mad at the results.
  4. The Granola Goat face serum – I was bummed that there was so little of this serum (I get it, serum is expensive!) simply because I loved it so much! There are a lot of premium oils in here, including red raspberry seed oil, sea buckthorn berry oil,
    Frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, myrrh, rose, and sandalwood essential oils as well. I am considering grabbing a full size because my face wants more!
  5. Molly Rose Balms Exfoliating body scrub in grapefruit basilΒ – This is much more reminiscent of my past Vegan Cuts boxes, size-wise. The scrub is lovely, but I hate these sample sizes! I would much rather cut out two sample sizes for one full size item I can enjoy and really try out. That said, the scrub is incredibly fragrant and delightful, and it made my arms (the one time I was able to use it) happy.

That’s it for now! Here’s hoping their future boxes will keep being amazing. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo cred – Vegan Cuts

Review – Navitas superfood bars!

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My love for everything Navitas is well known and documented. Imagine my joy, then, when as a Navitas Insider I was able to try these amazing superfood bars and stuff them in my face earlier than most people were able to!

Alas, I do not partake in honey, so for two out of these four bars I relied on an outside opinion to review, but I can safely say that the Maca Maple bar is a game changer.

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Navitas Naturals Maca Maple Superfood+ Snack Bars are made from nine of the most nutrient-dense functional superfoods including cashews, almonds, maca, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, quinoa, amaranth, maple syrup and lucuma.

Why not start with my favorite?

I ate this bar during a long flight when my energy was running low, and not only did the flavors compliment each other perfectly, but I perked right up on account of the right amount of sugars paired with superfoods.

I would eat one of these guys every day if I could!

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Navitas Naturals Cacao Cranberry Superfood+ Snack Bars are made from seven of the most nutrient-dense functional superfoods including cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, cacao beans & nibs, quinoa and cacao powder.

I took this bar on a 10 mile hike and scarfed it halfway through; the energy it provided kept me going until dinner!

The flavors are nicely balanced; I don’t usually prefer fruit with my chocolate, but the cranberry was subtle enough that I didn’t have cause for complaint.

 

 

Both the hemp peanut and goji acai bars contain honey, which I do not eat, so a good friend of mine took on the task of trying these out.

She tried them out whilst biking, and also after an intense workout. For those of you who do eat honey, my friend claims that the flavors are wonderful (especially the hemp peanut), and that they gave her a boost in energy and mood.

I’m so happy that the bar industry is moving away from processed ingredients and incorporating so many more healthy options.

Navitas hits it out of the park once more!

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Morning smoothie joy


Yum yum! I had a little time to blend a refreshing plant based smoothie this morning and went for a tropical theme.

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What I used in my Vitamix –

3 cups filtered water

2 tablespoons Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder

1 cup freshly cut pineapple

1 cup spinach

1 scoop Vega One Coconut Almond nutritional shake

1 tablespoon Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

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Excuse me, I’m going to go drink the entire thing in 2 minutes now.