Archive for November, 2013

Great deals for the Holidays – Your Health is Your Wealth!

My friend, Frederic Patenaude, a raw food advocate has some great products to get your health on track. Treat yourself and spend your money on something that will give you the best return in the long run. Also they make great gifts for those you care about.

Jump start your health and you will be a role model for other people and then they will want what you have. There is no time like the present – Right NOW! Why wait till you have no choice. Prevention is the best cure and is worth more then anything else you can buy and likely will not sustain your health and bring you happiness.

Here are the amazing offers and right now there is no expiration date, still it is best to hurry and get these deals before they are no longer available. Remember to use the coupon code for those products where indicated to get the discounts.

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Healthy Salad Dressings is available for $7 instead of $19.95
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Company Review: S.W. Basics of Brooklyn – Truly All-Natural Sustainable Skincare, Part 2

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn – Truly All-Natural Sustainable Skincare, Part 2 in business since 2009 under the name “Sprout Wellness” and the current brand name since November 2012

For part 1 of my review of this company and products click on this link:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/company-review-s-w-basics-of-brooklyn-all-natural-sustainable-skincare/

I was thrilled to hear from MacKenzie, the media gal, a couple of months ago via this blog to do another product review and also offer you an exclusive sale that expires on Wednesday night 11/20/2013, so make sure to read this post to the bottom of the page.

This company has taken a strong stance in what ingredients they use in their products and refuse to ever use any synthetic chemicals, toxic fragrances or cheap fillers. If you eat the best organic foods, you ought to most definitely do the same for your skin! The skin absorbs whatever you put on it immediately with no barrier directly/express into the bloodstream. Then if the body recognizes it as an “invader” or foreign substance, that is when the immune system kicks in, in an accelerated fashion and the “army” of antibodies has to come in to destroy what it does not like.

There is no logical explanation to keep taxing the immune system and is better to keep it calm and balanced/equilibrium. The immune system ought to be reserved for when it is absolutely necessary, why add “fuel to the fire!” It is like when you see a sign that says, “Danger! Do not enter! Minefield!” Are you going to be a “hotshot” and think that I know how to get around them and will be ok? Why put yourself in harm’s way for no reason, when you have already been warned of the likelihood to be injured? Now, you ought to understand what I mean!

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to change what you put on your skin and do the research to find the best and cleanest products. Since I have had the opportunity to reviews products and companies with high integrity and purity, you can feel confident that I am not out to sell you “a bill of goods.” I would not ever even consider reviewing a product before I research it and make sure it meets my incessant hardcore standards. This company. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is without a doubt, one of those companies!

Here are the products I review for this post.

Eco Cotton Rounds

What an awesome idea for a product! There are enough cotton balls and rounds being sold, even though there are certified organic ones, too, they still get disposed of in the trash (they are no compostable or biodegradable ones that I am aware of). This company found a mother-daughter team that made these organic, unbleached reusable cotton rounds. They are nice and thick and very absorbent. I use it to apply toner and can also be for applying cleanser, makeup remover, etc. After use, put them in the washing machine in the little laundry bag that comes with the product. Now you will save time and money (because you do not have to drive to the store and keep buying new cotton balls/rounds) and also do something wonderful for the environment (less being disposed into the landfill). They also feel very soft against the skin (maybe next, the company will think about some other new product(s) using that same organic cotton, like a hand towel or wash cloth because it is such great quality and the best natural material).

Cream

Before I try any product on my skin, I always like to smell it. First, I read the contents, of course and with this company, there is no doubt about the purity of the ingredients (I would say that if S.W. Basic of Brooklyn, sent me a new product that had no label on it to try out before it goes to market I would not need to ask what is in it because I see their track record with all their products, so far – that is a bold statement to make and I will stand by it and take the dare/challenge, if the company want me to prove that they are truly natural by doing a “blind” product testing, I’m game! I will also record a video while doing it and try to figure out what are the ingredients – don’t forget everything is not more then 5 ingredients, so chances are I may figure some/all of them out).

This cream smelled very yummy, like coconut butter. It has only 3 ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Since it does not use any water it can penetrate deep into the skin and stays there without evaporating. The shea butter is wild harvested from a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in Ghana.

When I applied it to my face, it was very thick, rich and concentrated, so I did not need to use much. These ingredients are very pure and do not clog your pores, like other commercially prepared products that “claim” they are natural and put it on their label (What a joke! Usually they have a list of ingredients a mile long and you can not pronounce them and maybe there is a drop of something that is quasi-natural because it actually is chemically derived).

Body Oil scented with lemongrass essential oil

I mentioned above that I like to smell products (one of my 5 senses, I like to use) and I also am very visual (using my sense of sight). I say this about the body oil because when I looked at the bottle it has such a beautiful vibrant and lively color. It is a deep rich yellow with a slight greenish undertone. Before I even opened the bottle, I felt nourished simply by the sight of it. Then when I took a whiff of it, the aroma was invigorating. It is also aromatherapeutic (free added bonus!) when you inhale the natural essential oils through your nasal passages.

I know they have a few different versions of the body oil that are scented and they must have known telepathically (ok, maybe I am “pushing the envelope” here, so play along and humor me!) that the scent of lemongrass takes me to an other world. A world that is filled with clean oxygen-rich air, sunshine, happiness, peace, serenity, rolling hills/mountains with fresh natural spring water free-flowing, fragrant flowers and herbs growing wild, tall grasses that I can run through and an abundance of organic wild berries that I can pick and eat to my hearts delight (I hope you enjoyed this visual escape/experience/journey I took you on simply from smelling this product).

Now, lets get back to the product. This body oil is great when you come out of the shower and best to put on your skin when it is still wet to lock in the moisture. It is made with sesame oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil (also scented versions with either clove, peppermint or lemongrass). I loved how light it is going on, absorbed into my skin and made it feel soft and smooth.

Thanks to Adina, Adam and MacKenzie for the opportunity to do another review and I hope to do more in near future!

Please check out their website http://www.swbasicsofbk.com for more information about all the skincare products and their fantastic story. You can also Scroll down this page and on right-hand side you will find the link there, under the column titled Blogroll.

The company is offering an exclusive sale on their website to my blog viewers so don’t delay, especially if you have some holiday gifts in mind. Anything you buy from this company is a good investment for the health of you skin and your body (as the skin is the largest organ and whatever we put on the surface gets absorbed into the body immediately!). The code below is for 15% off products and will be good for ONLY 3 days, until Wednesday, November 20th 2013 at 11:59pm EST on the button.

Code: RAWSOME15

I also did a video review on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal
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Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review: Food On Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 2

Food On Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 2 in business since 2007 Their motto is: “Intentional Choices, Powerful Foods”

To read part one of my review of these company’s savory raw snacks click on this link:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/company-review-food-on-purpose-organic-raw-vegan-snacks-and-treats-part-1/

I am reviewing the sweet raw snacks from this company. I am not a “fan” of using agave nectar, as it is equated to HFCS – high fructose corn syrup and is not recommended. I did sample these products, anyway, as GK was kind enough to send them to me for review.

I would say a better option is date syrup or coconut nectar, if a thick liquid syrup is necessary. I actually prefer using the green stevia leaf or powder as it is not sugar and merely a sweet leaf discovered in South America and it is antibacterial, helps regulate blood sugar, etc. To read more about this amazing sweet leaf, read the book, “The Miracle of Stevia,” by James A. May.

I emailed GK about the use of agave sweetener and received this response from him. In an email from GK (National Sales Manager), he says: “We do use agave in our Roonies. They are tasty (especially Choco Roonies) but we are looking at other sweeteners.”

Here is a review of the products: They are all dehydrated, dairy free, gluten free, certified organic and raw.

Granola In The Raw
This is a really nice granola and uses sprouted buckwheat, nuts and seeds. It is tasty and mildly sweet (even though it uses agave, but to me did not seem like a lot of it). The ingredients do not stick today, as in other raw granolas that use dates, but remain separated. I tasted it right out of the bag as a snack and also used it with some coconut water, as a cereal (or you can make a seed or nut milk yourself that is vegan, as I don’t recommend any dairy consumption).

Roonies (as in Macaroons) – 3 varieties
Overall, these are moist and chewy with each one having a different flavor, depending on the ingredients used. One thing I found unnecessary was the use of coconut oil as they are actually soaking in the oil at the bottom of the package (I did not find that “oil pool” in the Choco Roonies) I took them out and used a couple of paper towels to absorb the oil. The would still be delicious without the oil and with another sweetener (as I mentioned above).

Sunny Roonies
These macaroons use mostly coconut and lemon. I like the lemony flavor. It is sweeter then the cereal, as more agave is used and it is the first ingredient listed.

Ginger Roonies
These macaroons have ginger and maca powder. The taste is not strong or overly sweet as the previous one I mentioned. The ginger taste kicks in later and is not overpowering.

Choco Roonies
These macaroons use Peruvian organic cacao, maca powder and vanilla flavor. These has a sweet flavor, but are not overly sweet. I may try and make them myself and use carob instead of cacao or a mix of both of them for a different flavor.

Birds In The Nest
First, I like the name, it is very unique and clever. This is made mostly with cashews and has a raspberry jam scoop in the center of it. I love the color contrast between the macaroon and the fruit. Perhaps other berries can be used such as strawberries, goji berries, blackberries, yellow raspberries, etc (I am salivating, just things about the possibilities, as I am always creating recipes in my head, as I am a chef). This product is flakier, dry and mildly sweet.

To find out more about these products and the company, go to http://www.foodonpurpose.com
I also have a link on the right hand column of this page under the title Blogroll.

Check out my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal for a video review of these products and for many more product reviews, healthy living topics and recipe ideas.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review: Awesome Foods – Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Snacks and Meals

Awesome Foods – “right carb,” raw, vegan, gluten-free snacks and meals In business since 2005

I found out about this company when I visited Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida. They have a store (though small, it has everything you need to follow the Hippocrates program) and carry everything from books, snacks, juicers, body care, supplements, etc. I noticed some raw snack from a company called Awesome Foods and took down their contact information. I always do my research first and in this day and age, everyone has a website. I liked what I saw and decided to contact them. I heard back from the owner, Bruce right away and he was kind enough to send me an assortment of their savory snacks that I requested.

Here is some info about this company from their site:

Awesome Foods is a small family owned business started by a husband and wife team in 2005. Bruce and Marsha wanted to create delicious, high quality, raw, “right carb” foods for people in search of raw meals and snacks. At the time, they found that most of the packaged raw foods on the market had high levels of starch and sugar. Since they both have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), they have to avoid foods that are high in sugar and starch. Many of the raw foods available today are made with large amounts of dates, raisins, agave nectar or honey, which are high in sugar or with buckwheat, which is high in starch. All of these ingredients are high on the glycemic index. Their vision is to offer raw foods with complex (right) carbohydrates that are lower on the glycemic index and that taste awesome! They dehydrate their snacks below 118 degrees in order to maintain the enzymes, vitamins and minerals and they use organic ingredients as much as possible. They start with awesome ingredients to produce awesome tasting products, which is why they are called Awesome Foods! Come taste the difference!

I also want to say, that after checking out their website, I was very impressed with their environmental consciousness. I have tried products from many other companies and none of them told me on their site that they compost, use air and water filters, recycle and many other things that you can read about on the site – click on the About link for more information.

I only wish they were located closer to me, so I could try out their meals and other prepared products (soups, dips, dressings, etc) too!(if you do not live near them in Pennsylvania, then it would have to be shipped in an insulated cold package). If the products are not sold in a store in you city or state, then please let the health foods store(s) know that you would like to see their products available for you to purchase. Of course, you can also buy their products directly.

Products I reviewed:

Raw Poppadoms
These are made of sprouted lentils with a combination of various herbs. It has a light and “airy” flavor. It “melts” in my mouth when I taste it! YUM!

Pizza Zucchini Chips
These are round chips that are very crunchy and taste like little pizzas. Very flavorful and delicious!

Pistachio Sticks
I absolutely love these. Have the perfect blend of flavors with the ingredients used. I could eat the whole bag (in a couple of minutes)!

Carrot Chips
These have a light and mild flavor. They are not too sweet, have the right consistency and a nice crunch, too!

Flax Crackers
These crackers are made with soaked golden flax seeds. Red bell pepper, tomato, garlic and onion are added for flavor. I like the way it tastes. They are thicker then other crackers I have tasted and I personally like thinner ones.

Vegetable Tempuraw
This is an absolute winner! The perfect flavor! The Crunch! Fantastic! The following vegetables are used in these snack: daikon, onion, red bell pepper, yam, snow peas and zucchini. This is the raw “take” on tempura, which is deep-fried vegetables. I have had the cooked version many years ago and to me, this tastes so much better. My favorite vegetables in here were the yam and red bell pepper. I wanted to keep eating and eating this till I finished the bag. Addictive, in a healthy way!

My RVG Rating
Here is how I rate these products, in order of what I liked the most. I first have to say that all the snacks I tried were great and some stood out more for me then others. Whatever products you buy will still be much better then what you get at the convenience stores and supermarket. You may think they are a bit “pricey,” and it all depends on what is important in your life! To me, my health is numero uno and I am happy to have options like these to have some snacks and know that I am doing my body good!

#1 – Vegetable Tempuraw – I opened up the package and tasted these vegetable and wanted to eat it all at once. It is so full of flavor and delicious!
#2 – Pistachio Sticks – perfect flavor and wanted to keep eating them. YUM!
#3 – Raw Poppadoms – these are very flavorful and melt in my mouth.
#4 – Pizza Zucchini Chips – loved the pizza flavor. Perfect blend of herbs.
#5 – Carrot Chips – mildly sweet flavor and nice crunch.
#6 – Flax Crackers – good flavor and they are thicker then others I have tasted. I prefer them thinner.

Also check out my youtube channel for the video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

I said in the email to Bruce: Hashem/G-d said in the Torah/Old Testament/Bible the proper way to eat and I follow and heed His commandments along with eating food that is whole and plant-based (being a vegan for 23 years)

As quoted from my email and written by Bruce, the owner of the company: Yes, we are from the same tribe. I like the way you are combining the spiritual aspects of life with healthy eating.

To read more about this great company and all the products they sell, go to: http://www.awesomefoods.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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