rawsome vegan baking book review and ice cream sandwiches

disclaimer: i received this book free of charge, but i was in no way obligated to write a positive review. all opinions are 100% my own.


i hope you guys like reading, because i have another "cookbook" to share with you all!

it's been quite the month of vegan cookbook releases this month! from angela at oh she glows, to brendan brazier's thrive energy cookbook and yesterday's vibrant life cleanse. emily von euw is another, with her rawsome vegan baking.

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vibrant life cleanse program and cookbook launch and review

before i get into today’s post, i just want to announce the winner of my little life box giveaway! congrats to….

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sarina, i will email you soon with details!

now today i have another review for you and guys, believe me when i say, this is an ebook that you definitely want to have. i was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book and upon first open i was hooked! 

vibrant life ebook

i’m sure most of you know Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit. if you haven’t, climb out from under that rock you’ve been living under, and check her out. she’s seriously awesome. she is a holistic nutritionist with an approach i have long since admired. and since i myself am now a holistic nutritionist, i have even more respect for her. there’s a lot of pressure in this field to be the perfect health role model (and hence always eat perfectly and always be perfectly healthy! exhausting just thinking about it). leanne lives life according to what works for her, refusing to subscribe to a particular label, admits she's not perfect and indulges on occasion (like anyone should!). basically, she’s one of my professional crushes and mentors.

and now she’s released another ebook: Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. just in time for spring! i don’t know about you all but i sure could use a bit of a reset on my system after this long winter we just had!

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ranch hummus

ranch hummus - the veggie nook #vegan #glutenfree

a few weeks back, my coworkers and i threw our bosses a wedding shower because they’re pretty much the most amazing bosses ever. and since i work with foodies. nutritionists, a culinary school grad and health nuts, the spread was amazing

gluten-free mocha cupcakes, rice paper wraps with peanut sauce, fresh fruit and veggies, roasted chickpeas in multiple flavours, punch, bruschetta, mini pitas, gluten-free crackers and this hummus.

i volunteered to make the hummus and i wasn’t in the mood to make the traditional fare. and since i know most of my coworkers eat hummus on a fairly regular basis, i figured they would appreciate a bit of a mix-up as well.

then somehow, this happened. and it was a very very fortunate occurrence.

this hummus tastes just like cool ranch doritos. the best kind of doritos. or kind of like you mixed half ranch dressing and half hummus. either way you put it, this hummus is the bomb. in fact, it’s so good that when you taste it, you miiiight just start dancing around your kitchen to this song while you eat spoonfuls of this straight from the food processor wondering what magical forces came together to allow this hummus to be made. i sure did. 

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roasted cabbage and apples with tamari almonds

roasted cabbage and apple with tamari almonds #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

as i told you guys, i’ve been having a love affair with apples for the last few months. in the spirit of making way for some spring produce on the blog (because i really really hope it’s coming soon…) i’m sharing another delicious apple recipe with you all, but this one is for dinner! this is also a recipe within a recipe, because tamari almonds, while taking this dish to the next level, are a wonderful snack on their own. 

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little life box review and giveaway!


hello all!

today's post is all about a really cool service i got to try out recently and that one of you will get to try out too. little life box is a canadian subscription box service that emphasizes healthy, natural foods and products. my dream service, basically. i'm so excited to share it with you!

in recent years, subscription “boxes” have become very popular. i mean who doesn’t love getting mail, especially when the contents of the box are a complete surprise. i myself have subscribed to a couple of these services over the last couple years and have always enjoyed them. 

so when little life box contacted me and asked if i wanted to try out their box, i jumped at the chance. here’s what they say about their boxes:

little life box gives canadians the opportunity to sample and experience a variety of green, organic and health-conscious products in a convenient and fun way that saves you money. try them, learn a bit about them, if you like them we’ll tell you where you can get more. 


adorable packaging!

what really struck me about this box was the emphasis on natural products, organic when possible, that support a healthy holistic lifestyle. it does both food and non-food products (like supplements, personal care products, etc) as opposed to other boxes that do one or the other. it provides a mix of sample-sized and full-sized products which is really cool. i also loooove that this company is based in canada. this means that us canadians can get a monthly subscription box without paying the crazy international shipping fees other companies charge. you’ll also find they support many other canadian companies in their box like enerex, manitoba harvest…


when you look at the value of all the samples they send you, they are valued at over the subscription cost of $19.99 CAD per box. i received the march box and here is a list of the products i received and their value:

this works out to $50.90, even with one product not valued! the box also came with info about some of the products and a couple coupons. check out their website for more product information.


q energy drink all mixed up

i haven’t had a chance to try out all the products yet, but here are my thoughts!

  • sunwarrior: remains one of my favourite proteins, raw and awesome!
  • vitamin D3 drops: really high quality supplement that is very valuable for us canadians who don’t get enough sunlight during the winter months (and hence don’t have enough available vitamin D)
  • chloralfa: tasted great and the ingredients list was awesome- uses essential oils!
  • lotus aroma shower gel: loved the fresh lavender scent
  • free-for-all-kitchen crackers: i didn’t try these but i was told they were good
  • bounce energy ball: my roommates loved it!
  • teecino: so excited to try this!
  • q energy: vitamins, quercetin and herbs like rhodiola and gingko biloba provide a great energy boost
  • enerex: this was hands down my favourite greens product i’d ever tried. i definitely want to buy a full size. 
  • ecotools: loved that this was a natural product!


smoothie with sunwarrior and enerex

overall, i loved this box and would highly recommend it to all of you! however, at the moment they only ship to canadian provinces, not to territories or internationally. 

finally- you super observant folks will note that not all products in the box are vegan. this is not a vegan box, but most of the products and food are. 

now’s for the giveaway! one lucky reader will receive the april little life box. this contest is open to residents of canadian provinces only, sorry everyone else! giveaway is open till next tuesday, march 25 at 12am.

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disclaimer: I was provided the march little life box free of charge in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts and opinions are my own.