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0 In DIY/ Food/Supplements/ Recipes/ Wellness

Vegan Meal Replacer Smoothie Recipe ft. Orgain

VEGAN PROTEIN + FRUIT MEAL REPLACER SMOOTHIE RECIPE | SMELLTHEROSES.COM

One of my favorite fast and nutritious breakfast options is this vegan meal replacer smoothie. Most mornings, I’m rushing out the door so I need something that is easy to make and fast to clean-up. This recipe takes less than 5 minutes! Wanna know the best part? It has a total of 30g of plant-sourced protein! Scroll down the post for the recipe…¬†ūüćďūüćĆūü•õ

Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored and contains no affiliate links. The recipe is my own! 


VEGAN PROTEIN + FRUIT MEAL REPLACER SMOOTHIE RECIPE | SMELLTHEROSES.COM

Vegan Meal Replacer Smoothie

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to NutriBullet
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour, add your Ever Eco metal straw & drink!VEGAN PROTEIN + FRUIT MEAL REPLACER SMOOTHIE RECIPE | SMELLTHEROSES.COM

Nutrition Value Highlights (estimate):

  • 30g protein
  • 16g fiber
  • 43% daily calcium
  • 35% daily iron
  • 515 calories (remember, this is a meal replacer so this is a proper¬†calorie count for breakfast)

A common misconception about a plant-based diet is that it’s hard to get enough protein, iron, and calcium. In reality, many meat-eaters do not meet these daily nutrient goals either! If anything, converting to vegetarianism forced me to be more mindful of what I consume which has lead me to be healthier than ever. As you can see above, this one shake helps me meet my daily nutritional goals while tasting great.


If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. If you have any recommendations for things I should add, let me know because I love to change it up every now and then. Have a great weekend!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

0 In Food/Supplements/ Wellness

Vegan Halloween Spider Cookies – Justin’s PB Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

How adorable are these peanut butter cup spider cookies!?¬†ūüē∑ūü•ú¬†After browsing Pinterest and seeing so many cute Halloween dessert ideas, I became inspired to recreate one using only all-natural & vegan-friendly ingredients. Although I would not call these “healthy”, they do contain clean ingredients you can actually understand/pronounce! I believe if you’re going to treat yourself to sweets, you should still be conscientious of what’s in them.

Instead of using regular mini Reeses, I swapped them for mini organic Justin’s peanut butter cups! The Justin’s team was kind enough to send me over a few peanut butter cups when I told them I was writing this post so thank you Justin’s!

Below is my favorite vegan peanut butter cookie recipe. It is extremely simple and takes only 20 minutes to make! Right after the recipe I’ve included instructions on how to make the spider cookies! Enjoy!¬†ūüē∑

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com


Recipe: All-Natural / Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies¬†ūü•ú

Ingredients

  • Dry:
    • 1¬†cup¬†brown sugar
    • 2/3¬†cup¬†oat flour
    • 1¬†tsp¬†baking soda
    • 1/8¬†teaspoon¬†fine salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350¬įF.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter and brown sugar until creamy. Once creamy, mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining dry ingredients together (oat flour, baking soda, and salt).
  5. While beating the peanut butter mixture, gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture until dough forms. Add the almond milk until combined but be sure to not over mix!
  6. Roll 2 tbsp of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on the parchment-lined pan. Slightly flatten the balls with your palm.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookie edges start to turn golden (be careful not to burn them!).
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

How to Make Spider Cookies¬†ūüē∑

Supplies:

  • Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (available online or at Target)
  • Vegan Chocolate Frosting (I used Wholesome Organic Chocolate Frosting)
  • Candy Eyes (available at Walmart, Target, Michael’s, AC Moore, and some grocery stores)
  • Piping bag (can also use a regular ziplock bag with corner snipped)
  • Optional: spider-web doilies¬†ūüēł¬†(available online at¬†Walmart, I saw them in both Target & AC Moore)
  • Optional: orange napkins

Instructions:

  1. Using a small amount of frosting, stick¬†a Justin’s peanut butter cup face down in the center of a cookie.
  2. Add frosting to a piping bag and pipe 8 spider legs on top of the cookie. If you do not have a piping bag, add frosting to a ziplock bag and snip off a tiny piece of one of the bag’s corners to use to pipe the legs.
  3. Attach the eyes using a small dot of frosting.
  4. Place in the fridge to cool.
  5. Optional: Lay a spider web doily over an orange napkin to display your cookies on!

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com


Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

If you read last’s years¬†Halloween post, you know I am a die-hard Justin’s peanut butter cup fan (I eat way more of these than I care to admit). If you are a chocolate-loving fan of Justin’s nut butters, I guarantee you will LOVE these!¬†ūüćę

Why I Love Them:

  • The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin‚Äôs smooth peanut butter.
  • They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  • They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  • The palm oil found in Justin‚Äôs is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to¬†deforestation and habitat loss!
  • The dark chocolate cups are vegan! (please note: they are manufactured on the same equipment as the milk chocolate cups but the equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between batches to prevent cross-contamination)

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Swap out your peanut butter cups! | smelltheroses.com


I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! Have a Happy Halloween!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

1 In DIY/ Gifts

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: 2017 Cruelty-free Edition!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Hello, everyone! April is almost over which means we’re already¬†less than a month away from Mother’s Day! (Is it just me, or did this month fly by?!) If you are like me and have yet to pick up a gift, I figured I’d throw together a post on some Mother’s Day gift ideas that I’m considering for my own mama! I’ve included gifts for every price range and, as always, all items are cruelty-free! Happy shopping!


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: 2017

 

1. Swarovski¬†Crystal “Mom” Bracelet | Little Words Project

Little Words Project | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: “Mom” Swarvorksi Crystal Bracelet

Other Styles:¬†LWP Mother’s Day Collection

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Little Words Project. Their bracelets make the perfect little gift and they recently launched their Mother’s Day Collection! Their beaded bracelets feature a “little” word surrounded by a strand¬†of Sworvorski crystals. Each bracelet comes with a unique numbered tag so you can register it on their website (so cool). Your mom will wear her little word for as long as she pleases and then, when the time is right, pass it on to someone else (maybe her mom or a mommy-to-be).¬†How cute!?

*Please note, the leather band versions are made of genuine animal leather so I recommend sticking to the crystal beaded bracelets!*

2. Lotus (Mother) Crystal Bouquet | Little Box of Rocks

Little of Box of Rocks | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Lotus Collection

This adorable wooden box from Little Box of Rocks is one of my favorite products on this list. The Lotus Collection is designed for mothers making it the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It comes with 4 powerful crystals: Desert Rose¬†(believed to quiet worries and promote mental clarity), Moonstone (aka “the stone of motherhood”;¬†believed to be a powerful healing gem for women, balancing hormones, relieving stress, and bringing deep spiritual insights), Rose Quartz¬†(aka the stone of love; symbol of the bond between mother and child), and¬†Clear Quartz¬†(believed to amplify the power of other stones or be programmed with your desired intention). In addition, it comes wrapped in a black satin ribbon and addressed with a personalized letter! This collection makes such a meaningful and beautiful gift.

3. Premium Vegan Leather “Cher” Tote | Angela Roi

Angela Roi Cher Tote Light Gray | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Light Gray Tote

Other Colors: Black | Creme

I use to love buying my mom designer bags for Mother’s Day or her birthday. However, when I switched to a cruelty-free lifestyle, I ditched buying anything made from genuine leather or suede! Luckily, there are several designer brands that sell all vegan leather products (learn more about vegan leather here) that are just as beautiful as the real stuff. I’ve had my eye on this tote by Angela Roi for a while now. I love the light gray color for spring but the black is SO stunning. It’s a little on the pricey side but its craftsmanship makes it worth every penny.

4. Organic Bath Bomb Gift Set | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Bath Bombs | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: 6-pack | 2-pack | Single

*Code “SMELLTHEROSES” saves you 15% off your entire order from BeautybyEarth.com!*

I wrote about these bath bombs in my bath essentials post and knew I had to include them in this gift guide (my mother actually stole one of them from my pack). Unlike the bath bombs you find in Lush or Bath & Body Works, these are made of 100% natural & mostly organic ingredients! That means, no synthetic fragrances/dyes and no animal-testing! Even better, each bath bomb is designed to fulfill a different need (sore muscles, joint relief, relaxation, etc). How cute would this gift box be paired with a new loofa and bottle of wine?!

5. Paper Flower Bouquet | The Lovely Ave

Paper Flower Bouquet | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Lavender Bundle

Other Styles: Tropical | Peony

Flowers are a popular choice on Mother’s Day but, unfortunately, most die after a week or so (and make a mess in the process). These hand-made¬†German and Italian Crepe Paper flowers are a beautiful alternative that will last forever! The Lovely Ave¬†designed 3 bouquets for Mother’s Day and they are all equally gorgeous and comes in small (5 blooms), medium (9 blooms), and large (15 blooms – pictured) sizes! Although they may seem a bit pricey, they are worth the investment. I own one of their small size bouquets and am still in awe that the flowers aren’t real. They are the prettiest addition to your desk or entry table and I know your mom will love them!

6. Vegan Leather Toiletry Bag | Matt & Nat

The Face Oil | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Quartz Toiletry Bag

Other Colors: Black | Cerise | Chili | Glass | Olive

Another great vegan leather brand is Matt & Nat. I actually bought this toiletry bag for my fiance in the Chili color and he loves it! When I saw it in this Quartz color, I fell in love. I included this toiletry bag on my Mother’s Day list because it would be so cute to buy and fill with cruelty-free beauty products for your mom! My mom is slowly trading her conventional beauty products for cruelty-free options, so this Mother’s Day I plan to buy her this bag and fill it with a few of the products she has yet to replace. I love the idea of a gift that is not only thoughtful but will be well used!

7. Every Day I’m Hustlin’ Travel Mug | Ashley Brooke Designs

Every Day I'm Hustlin' Travel Mug | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Everyday I’m Hustlin’ Travel Mug

Other Styles: Lips | Palm Leaf | Now Watch Me Sip

If anyone needs this travel mug it is definitely our mamas! Who hustles more than them?! This travel mug is a new product from one of my favorite brands, Ashley Brooke Designs. It holds 16 ounces of liquid and is insulated so it will keep your beverage hot or cold. It is BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free and dishwasher safe. The lettering was hand-drawn by Ashley herself and is shiny metallic gold (so pretty)! It comes with the cutest hot pink heart-shaped and gold-lettered gift tag so wrapping is totally optional. Pair this with a bag of coffee or tea and it makes the perfect inexpensive gift!

8. Vegan Leather Sunglasses Case | Matt & Nat

Sunglasses Case - Matt & Nat | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Quartz Sunglasses Case

Other Colors: Black | Cerise | Chili | Glass | Olive

How cute is this sunglasses case from Matt & Nat? My mother has a slight sunglasses obsession so when I saw this I immediately thought of her. Just like all of their products, this case is made of 100% vegan leather and comes in a variety of colors. Gift it with a new pair of sunglasses or on its own, either way, it makes a great gift!

9. Non-toxic “Gypsy” Candle | Prim Botanicals

Gypsy Candle - Prim Botanicals | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Gypsy Candle

*Click here for a 20% off coupon to PrimBotanicals.com!*

This candle from Prim Botanicals may be my new favorite! It is made from 100% American-grown Soy Wax that is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. It is scented with clean fragrance oils and uses a pure cotton wick so you can burn your candle without worrying about inhaling toxic fumes! Not only does this make a great gift because of its beautiful scent, but its packing is also gorgeous! It even comes with an adorable box of matches!

10. The Face Oil | Prim Botanicals

The Face Oil | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Face Oil

Other Faves: Hair Oil | Hey Now Lip | Potion No 2

*Click here for a 20% off coupon to PrimBotanicals.com!*

This is hands down my all time favorite facial product and currently the only one I use. I recommend it to all of my friends and family since it is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive and oily skin! Rich in omega fatty acids, it helps fight signs of aging while reducing inflammation and preventing blemishes. It is light enough that it won’t clog your pores but rich enough that it will nourish and moisturize your skin. I use it daily and it leaves my skin looking glowy and fresh! I know my mom is going to love this product as much as I do!


I hope this post helped you find some inspiration for your Mother’s Day gifts! Thank you for reading!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

 

2 In Beauty/ Body

LOLA: 100% Organic Cotton Tampons, Pads, and Liners

LOLA 100% Organic Cotton Feminine Products - Review | smelltheroses.com

Allow me to introduce you to an amazing company that has drastically improved my monthly visit from Aunt Flo. ūüėČ ¬†LOLA offers women 100% organic cotton feminine care products that come in customized assortments and are delivered straight to your door each month! (Get $5 off your subscription through this link – it will also earn me $5 which is awesome!)

Okay so you may be thinking, what’s the big deal? Aren’t all tampons and pads the same? My answer is no, definitely not! Let me explain…¬†

One day, I decided to reorganize my bathroom vanity since I had just finished purging all my old conventional non-cruelty-free products. I felt so proud looking at my vanity and¬†knowing everything in it was natural and free from animal testing! However, I came to my feminine products drawer and paused. I had never thought about what was in my tampons and pads. I decided to do some research…

What I Learned About Conventional Feminine Products

To my surprise, there are no laws requiring companies to publish the ingredients used in their feminine care products. The FDA¬†merely “recommends” companies disclose what their products are made of. Therefore, if a company does not believe in complete transparency, there is no way to know what your tampon or pad is made of. Is it just me or is that extremely concerning?! To make matters worse, there are no laws requiring companies to test the long-term effects of their products.

Materials: From what I could find, most companies make feminine care products from a mixture of cotton, rayon, and various plastics (although it’s unclear what other undisclosed additives may be in there). There have been countless debates over the safety of these materials and the answer is still unclear. Due to the controversy, most reputable brands address peoples’ concerns and claim their ingredients are the same as their competitors and therefore safe for use. However, in 2014,¬†Women‚Äôs Voices for the Earth¬†tested four types of Always menstrual pads and found the pads emitted several toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Unfortunately, until¬†adequate research is conducted on this topic, we have no way of knowing how these ingredients affect our bodies in the long term.

Lola Organic Cotton Feminine Products | smelltheroses.comInfographic via mylola.com/about

Why I Switched to 100% Organic Cotton Products

If you are like me, you do whatever you can to limit the number of potentially hazardous products from your life. That means choosing nontoxic makeup, deodorant, laundry detergent, households cleaners, and so on (see a list of my favorite products here). If I make such an effort to clean up all the other products in my life, why wouldn’t I want to choose the cleanest option for my feminine care products? Especially taking into consideration that a woman uses around 10,000 feminine products in her lifetime! It was a no-brainer¬†for me to find a cleaner option.

Allow Me to Introduce You to LOLA!

LOLA 100% Organic Cotton Feminine Products - Review | smelltheroses.com

LOLA is an amazing feminine products brand made by women for women. They offer both applicator and non-applicator tampons, pads, and liners, all made from 100% organic cotton! LOLA was the first natural pad/tampon company I found that held the same values as I do. After my first delivery, I immediately fell in love!

Why I Love LOLA!

Transparency

LOLA goes out of their way to disclose the ingredients in all of their products. They even provide information on the materials used in their packaging!

Organic Cotton

The major difference between organic and nonorganic cotton is the use of pesticides. Despite purification processes, tampons and pads made from nonorganic cotton¬†may contain¬†traces of these hazardous chemicals. Considering a woman’s private area is one of the most absorbent parts of her body, it is important to make wise decisions about what goes in, near, and around that area!

Environmentally Conscious

Since LOLA‘s products are made from biodegradable cotton and other plant-based materials, your environmental footprint will be much smaller than it was with conventional feminine care products! I love that they offer their tampons without the plastic applicators (what I use – the thin plastic wrap on each tampon is also recyclable)!

Customizable Subscription

I cannot stress how nice it is to not have to think about buying pads/tampons anymore (no more emergency trips to the store)! LOLA offers day/night pads, liners, and applicator/non-applicator tampons in light, regular, super, and super plus. I love the various tampon absorbencies and the fact that LOLA sells liners and pads (when I first signed up, they only had tampons).

When you subscribe, you get to pick the exact quantity of each product you want based on your individual needs. You can also change these preferences each month as you figure out what works best for you. Have leftover product and want to skip a month? No problem! You can also choose to get deliveries every other month. These features are what really set LOLA apart from their competitors.

Performance

I am proud to say¬†LOLA‘s products work just as well, if not better, than my old big-name brand pads and tampons! Even on my heaviest days, my tampons (using super or super plus) and pads have not leaked. It goes to show you the controversial ingredients the other guys put in their products are not necessary.

 


Let’s Take a Closer Look

The following pictures are from my own personal subscription. I currently receive my subscription every other month and that works perfectly for me!

What I order:

  • 1 Box of Non-Applicator Tampons: (4) Super Plus, (8) Super, (6) Regular
  • 1 Box of Ultra Thin Pads: (7) day, (5) night
  • 1 Box of Liners

Non-Applicator Tampons

LOLA 100% Organic Tampons | smelltheroses.com

Here is how my custom assortment of non-applicator tampons came boxed. Each tampon is individually packaged and labeled with a recyclable plastic wrapper.

LOLA 100% Organic Cotton Tampons | smelltheroses.com

Both their applicator and non-applicator tampons come in a box of 18.

LOLA Organic Tampons Absorbency | smelltheroses.com

It is safest to use the lowest absorbency tampon whenever possible. Tampons should be changed at least every 4-8 hours.

LOLA Toxic Shock Syndrome Warning | smelltheroses.com

Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare, life-threatening bacterial infection (usually Staphylococcus aureus). It is associated with superabsorbent tampons and extended use (+8 hours). Working as an ER nurse, I have sadly seen the deadliness of TSS and urge all women to be careful when using tampons and alternate between tampons and pads. 

Ultra Thin Pads with Wings

LOLA Organic Cotton Pads with Liners | smelltheroses.com

Pictured is how the pads come boxed. I choose an assortment of both day and night pads!

LOLA Organic Cotton Pads with Liners | smelltheroses.com

Composition:¬†LOLA ‘s pads are made of a 100% organic cotton top sheet/core with a plant-based leak-proof backing. Their non-toxic adhesive is made of an aromatic/aliphatic hydrocarbon resin, SIS rubber, and mineral oil.

LOLA Organic Cotton Pads with Liners | smelltheroses.com

Both the day and night pad are made of the same material but the night pad is structurally longer and a bit wider.

Liners

LOLA Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Liners | smelltheroses.com

Liners come boxed in a pack of 28. They are made from the exact same materials as¬†LOLA‘s pads.

LOLA Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Liners | smelltheroses.com

LOLA Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Liners | smelltheroses.com

LOLA‘s liners are perfect for your light-flow days or for daily use. They are breathable to help prevent excess moisture and bacteria growth.

Subscription Service

LOLA Feminine Product Subscription Service | smelltheroses.com

Your subscription will arrive at your doorstep in a discreet package. To learn more about their subscription service, click here!

LOLA Gives Back

Imagine it being your time of the¬†month¬†and having to choose between buying yourself menstrual products and feeding your family. For millions of women in the United States, this is a¬†reality. Do you know feminine products¬†are among the highest requested products at homeless shelters but are also the least likely to be donated?¬†#TamponsAreNotALuxury … they are a necessity!

LOLA uses part of the proceeds from every purchase to donate menstrual products to low-income women in the United States. Since their launch in 2015, LOLA has donated over 100,000 tampons!

LOLA Organic Feminine Products | smelltheroses.com

Photo via mylola.com/givingback

First Period Kit

LOLA just launched this adorable kit designed for young ladies to make their first period experience easier! I wish this kit existed back when I first got mine! If you are a caregiver of a pre-menarche girl, I recommend purchasing this kit and having it ready for when mother nature arrives!

First Period Kit by LOLA | smelltheroses.com

What’s in the kit:¬†

  • (6) Day pads for medium to heavy days
  • (6) Night pads for overnight coverage
  • (10) Liners for light days or backup
  • (10) Light tampons for slim-fit protection
  • Instructional card for each period product
  • (1) Canvas pouch for days on the go
  • (1) Sheet of stickers for period tracking
  • (1) Keepsake box for at-home storage
  • $5 LOLA credit towards a new subscription

First Period Kit by LOLA | smelltheroses.com

They even created a free, downloadable, e-book which outlines everything a young lady needs to know about her period! Check it out here.


Try LOLA for Yourself!

Interested in trying¬†LOLA ‘s subscription service for yourself? New customers get 1 box free on their first order of a 2+ box subscription!

If you use my any of the links in this post, you will get $5 off your first order (and help me earn $5 off my next subscription). Plus, shipping is always free so it’s totally a win-win.

SIGN UP HERE




I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new! This post is in no way sponsored by LOLA – I wrote it as a real fan of their products!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

29 In Fitness/ Food/Supplements/ GIVEAWAYS/ Wellness

December Giveaway (Week 3): Get Healthy Kit!

SMELLTHEROSES.COM GET HEALTHY GIVEAWAY

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Nichelle P.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


Who else wants to start 2017 off on the right foot when it comes to health!? I think we all do. This week’s giveaway is all about getting healthy and being prepared for the new year. My hope is that these prizes will help your new year’s resolutions become a reality!¬†ūüí™

This giveaway features three brands that I absolutely love: Orgain, inkWELL Press, & GoMacro. Up for grabs are..

Enter the giveaway below and keep scrolling past the giveaway plugin to learn more about each prize!¬†ūüėä


Enter the Giveaway

Inkwell Press Fitness Planner / Orgain / Go Macro

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Saturday, December 24 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, December 25 at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and¬†email.

Instructions:

  • Use the Gleam plugin below to enter the giveaway (may take a few moments to load).
  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the ‚ÄúGleam‚ÄĚ plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities¬†to earn extra entries and¬†increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool.¬†Additional entries¬†are completely optional.¬†
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine ‚Äď just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn ‚Äď any missing¬†likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

 


What You’ll Win:

Orgain | Organic Vegan Protein Powder 2lb (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Natural Unsweetened) = $39.99

  • There are a lot of plant-based protein powders out there.. but how many are organic and actually taste as good as they are for you? In my opinion, Orgain is the best vegan protein product on the market. This is the only protein powder I will drink. I drink a shake once a day so it has become a staple of my plant-based diet. Winner gets the choice between a vanilla, ¬†chocolate, or unsweetened 2lb tub.
  • Ingredients & Nutrition Facts:

inkWELL Press | Fitness Planner (Blue Herringbone) = $29.00

  • This brand makes near perfect planners (what I’ll be using for 2017) and was featured in my¬†“Choosing Your Perfect Planning System” blogpost. I am in love with their Fitness Planner. It’s the perfect sidekick to help you tackle your 2017 fitness goals from beginning to end! Click and scroll through the pics below to see details of each page/book section.
  • Features:
    • 3 Months of Daily Fitness/Food Logs with Weekly + Monthly Check-Ins
    • Fitness Resource Section =¬†portion size references, calories burned guide, & healthy snack¬†ideas
    • Ultra Thick 140 gsm (100#) Paper = no bleed through or shadowing on pages
    • Lay Flat True Gold¬†Wire Binding
    • Hardcover Design with Matte Laminate Coating (6″x8″)
    • Full Color Throughout!

GoMacro | Protein Bar 12-pack (winner picks flavor) = $34.68

  • Are you looking for a protein bar that is actually good for you and not full of scary ingredients and a ridiculous amount of sugar? Say hello to the GoMacro MacroBar! These bars have become a staple in my diet (especially as a vegetarian on busy days at work) and are definitely my favorite protein bar currently on the market. They are USDA Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free Certified, Kosher Certified, sustainably sourced, and free of common allergens such as soy, eggs, and¬†dairy. What’s not to love?! With so many flavors I am confident there is one for everyone’s palate. My favorites are¬†Protein Pleasure,¬†Protein Replenishment,¬†Protein Purity, & Sweet Rejuvenation.
  • Check out all their flavors and nutrition info here.
  • Side Note: They also recently launched their Thrive bars which I’ve tried and loved!

Wouldn’t you love to win all these healthy prizes!? Make sure to get all your entries in by¬†December 24th at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Orgain, inkWELL Press, or GoMacro. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!

0 In Food/Supplements

My Favorite Halloween Treat: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cup Minis

Happy Halloween!

So.. calories don’t count on Halloween, right?! One can dream!¬†ūüėā¬†If you’re like me, it takes a little more self-control than usual to not snack on the bowl of candy intended for the trick-or-treaters. Luckily, being more conscientious about the ingredients in the products I consume has helped me curve most of my cravings. And even more luckily, there are natural candy options to satisfy my chocolate cravings this Halloween.

..So you can imagine my excitement when¬†I was shopping for Halloween candy and saw my all-time favorite candy in Target’s¬†Halloween section and in a bulk bag!¬†ūüėć

So what candy am I talking about?

If you haven’t tried them yet, allow me to introduce you to Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups! (Caution: your life will never be the same)

Justin’s is a natural brand that specializes in nut butter. After their various kinds of nut butter gained nationwide success, they decided to dive into the world of candy making and added¬†these organic peanut butter cups to their product line (available in dark, milk, and white chocolate)! I discovered these a few years back and I have been addicted ever since (bye bye Reeses)! Originally, the candy only came in a standard 2-pack but last year the company introduced its minis. I dare you to try and only eat one!

What I Love About Them:

  1. The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  2. They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  3. They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  4. The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to¬†deforestation and habitat loss!

Fun Fact: I met the one and only Justin at Natural Products Expo West last March and had an embarrassing fan-girl moment¬†ūüôą

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Let’s Break it Down:

Ingredients:

  • Organic Milk Chocolate:
    • Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
      • Purpose: The main sweetener in the milk-chocolate.
      • Source: Made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
    • Organic Cocoa Butter (Rainforest Alliance Certified)
      • Purpose: One of the main fat sources in the milk chocolate. Cocoa butter helps the product taste very creamy and holds the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Similar to palm fruit oil, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point; this is part of the reason that chocolate ‚Äėmelts in your mouth‚Äô.
      • Source: It is a healthy saturated fat source extracted from cocoa beans. When the cocoa beans are being ground to produce cocoa powder, the cocoa butter is a by-product that is collected.
    • Organic Whole Milk Powder
      • Purpose: This is the “milk” component in¬†milk chocolate that is absent in dark chocolate. It provides that nice creamy taste!
      • Source: It¬†is produced when water is slowly evaporated from organic whole milk. The result is a finely powdered milk with the same nutrient component as regular liquid milk. When the peanut butter cups are made and water is added, the powder milk is then rehydrated.
    • Organic Chocolate Liquor (Organic Cocoa Butter)
      • Purpose: This is the “chocolate” component made of equal parts of cocoa solids and fats.
      • Source: This is produced by grinding whole roasted cocoa beans into a liquid/semi-solid.
    • Organic Soy Lecithin
      • Purpose:¬†This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with¬†water to¬†prevent the fats from separating when mixed.
      • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.
    • Organic Vanilla
      • Purpose:¬†It provides a great vanilla aroma/flavor to the product without using any artificial chemicals.
      • Source: This is a pure extract from organic vanilla beans.
  • Organic Peanuts
    • Purpose: Used to create the peanut butter (self-explanatory).
    • Source:¬†Organic peanuts (it doesn’t get any simpler than that!)
  • Organic Powdered Evaporated Cane Sugar
    • Purpose: The main sweetener in the product’s peanut-butter.
    • Source: This is made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
  • Organic Peanut Flour
    • Purpose: It provides the product with that great peanut flavor without having to use so much peanut butter that the fat levels get too high!
    • Source: It is made from real peanut butter. Peanut flour made by¬†removing the oils/fat from peanut butter which results in a dry powder that is only 12% fat and 52% protein.
  • Organic Palm Fruit Oil (Sustainably Sourced)
    • Purpose: It is one of the main fat sources in the product. Palm fruit oil helps the product taste very creamy and works with the cocoa butter to hold the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Palm fruit oil is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point. This is part of the reason that chocolate ‚Äėmelts in your mouth‚Äô.
    • Source: It is extracted from palm fruit! Palm fruit is a healthy blend of both saturated and monounsaturated fats.
  • Organic Vanilla Flavor
    • Purpose: Flavors are used in small percentages in the product but provide a great sensory experience.
    • Source: Organic natural flavors are the cleanest of all other flavor variations (artificial, natural and artificial, or natural). Artificial flavors can get scary, being made up of synthetic man-made chemicals. Organic natural flavors are made up of components that are found in nature and are certified organic by an organic agency.
  • Sea Salt
    • Purpose: Sea salt is a wholesome natural form of sodium chloride. Salt enhances the overall flavor of the product and helps bring out the chocolate and peanut flavors!
    • Source: Produced from the evaporation of sea-water.
  • Organic Soy Lecithin
    • Purpose:¬†This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with¬†water to¬†prevent the fats from separating out when mixed.
    • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.

(Disclaimer: ingredient descriptions come from a certified food scientist who did not develop this product – sources/purposes are assumed based on typical practices in product development)

This product contains peanuts, soy, and milk. Contains trace amounts of tree nuts due to processing on shared equipment.

*These peanut butter cups are vegetarian-friendly but not vegan.

Nutrition Facts:

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Where to buy Justin’s:

 

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Online Store

 

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In-Store & Online

FIND YOUR LOCAL CARRIERS AT JUSTINS.COM

 


Some Extra Halloween Fun¬†ūüéÉūüĎĽūüć¨

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waiting for trick-or-treaters!

Belle (the fairy-princess) and Ollie (the knight) patiently awaiting the trick-or-treaters!


I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

What are your Halloween guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments!

xo Caitlyn