Wednesday, April 30, 2014

G-Zen Restaurant Review

This past weekend I visited the most incredible organic, sustainable, vegan restaurant in Branford, Connecticut called G-Zen. G-Zen is hands down the most delicious vegan restaurant I have visited! The food, atmosphere, and staff were extremely inviting and 'zen'. 
My mom, Zac & I went to the Buddah Brunch on Saturday afternoon (you can see the menu here). 
We started off with the G-Zen Dim Sum Plate and the Sublime Vegan Nachos (the top left & right in the photo below)
They were both incredible and even my meat loving fiance claimed that he did not miss the animal products. He proudly exclaimed that if he could eat this way everyday, he would have no problem being a vegan! That is a HUGE step for him, and says a lot about G-Zen's food!
For the main course my mom got the Double "G" Vegan Grilled Cheese Combo (bottom right in the photo above) and Zac got the Zen Burger (bottom left in the photo above). I decided to just nibble on theirs and take a salad home for dinner. The Double "G" Vegan Grilled Cheese was definitely a favorite, it is made with pesto, caramelized onions, and Daiya cheese. Wow. It was amazing and is making my mouth water just thinking about it…

For drinks, my Mom and Zac enjoyed a couple of organic cocktails. As G-Zen explains,
Our wines are organic, biodynamic or sustainable (which simply means the vineyard practices organic farming techniques but has not become certified).
Our fresh cocktails are custom infused from fresh organic fruits, fresh herbs & exotic essential oils. The sangrias and sake-elixirs are made from organic wine or sake and custom blended by our G-ZEN mixologist using only raw agave nectar to sweeten with versus most traditional cocktails that use refined sugars, hard liquors & syrups and non-organic juices and fruits usually from a can.
We want you to feel alive, nourished and rejuvenated when you are sipping on one of our “cocktail tonics”, not with a hang over the next morning.
Since I'm not yet 21, I was the DD ;) 
I absolutely LOVE how their cocktails are made with fresh, organic juice. I already told my Mom & Zac that I want to go to G-Zen for my 21st birthday in October!

We took home the Vegan Cheese Platter & Pure Radiance Salad
My Dad (whom is a huge meat & cheese lover) told us that this Vegan Cheese Platter was the best cheese he has ever had. He also really enjoyed the fresh, homemade organic bread. I couldn't believe he enjoyed it so much & can't wait to bring him to G-Zen very soon!

We also got some delicious desserts for takeaway...
On the top is the Lemon Lavender Cheesecake, the bottom left is Raw Cacao Mousse, and on the bottom right is the Coconut Love Cake.
The Lemon Lavender Cheesecake was so delicious! It was full of flavor and oh so creamy. I loved the raspberry sauce with it! The Raw Cacao Mousse was divine! I'm so glad I asked our waitress what her favorite dessert was! She said it was made with avocados but you can't tell, and boy was she right! It was super rich and creamy. Mmm. 
The Coconut Love Cake we brought home for my Dad. I tried it and it was super good! My Dad loved it so much he couldn't stop talking about it for two days!
G-Zen uses compostable takeaway containers which I just adore!

The atmosphere at G-Zen was extremely peaceful. Also, the bathrooms were super nice and they even had recipes on the wall which I thought was a nice touch. They also have G-Glo juice cleanses and a takeaway fridge stocked with all their yummy desserts. 
 I really enjoyed our brunch and plan on returning very, very soon!
"We strive to make G-Zen a total sensory experience that not only will please your palate but create a Zen, peaceful state on mind in your body & soul"

G-Zen has a mobile food truck called G-Monkey! It runs on bio-diesel thus has a low impact on the environment. I plan on having the G-Monkey cater my wedding (I can start planning even if it's in three years, right?!) I can't imagine anything more perfect than serving fresh, organic, vegan food to everyone at my reception!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Love With Food Review

"Snack Smart. Do Good. For every box sent, we donate a meal to a hungry child"
What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.
For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!
Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
What was included in my box:
Orchard Blend by Sensible Foods (crunch-dried apples, peaches & apricots)
Heart-tee by Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. (a tangy deep-red floral tea, rumored to lower anxiety & stress)
Creamed Honey with Chocolate Mint by Vintage Bee 
Almonds with Cranberries, Honey & Sea Salt by Sahale Snacks
Popcorn by Crave Canyon
Honey Waffle by Meli
Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spread by Rigoni Di Asiago
Organic Energy Bar by BumbleBar

I really enjoyed this box. The popcorn was especially delicious & I love that it is nonGMO. I loved the Orchard Blend of crunch-dried fruit and the Almonds with Cranberries, Honey & Sea Salt were also a favorite. 
I love the message behind Love With Food! This subscription box is dedicated to introducing you to new organic, natural products while simultaneously feeding hungry children. Now that is a win-win! 
I really appreciate that Love With Food works hard to find unique, natural snacks. All the snacks featured in Love With Food contain no artificial flavors or coloring, no trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, and are organic or all-natural. 
Love With Food - Snack Smart. Do Good.

I received a Love With Food box for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Why You Should STOP Drinking Bottled Water {Infographic}

I am passionate about reducing my impact on the environment. Plastic water bottles are one of the first things I stopped using. I hope by sharing this infographic other's will rethink before purchasing one! We ALL can make a difference!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Make Everyday Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, friends! I love Earth Day as it is a perfect time to reflect on our impact on the environment. I found this awesome article with some tips on making everyday Earth Day, it's definitely worth checking out!
The article also mentioned these 7 Rs, which I think are super important when trying to minimize your environmental impact. Being a conscious consumer goes much further than the simple "reuse, reduce, recycle"
Reuse instead of buying new every time.
Repurpose the more creative cousin of reuse, repurposing turns old junk into new, functional objects.
Rot compost everything organic.
Repair instead of replacing.
Return only buy from companies with take-back programs.
Refill instead of buying disposable bottles and paper cups.
Refuse to buy overpackaged, disposable, single-use junk.
How I celebrate Earth Day, everyday:
Buying local, organic produce
Buying Fair Trade products
Saying NO to GMO
Having my very own organic garden
Biking instead of driving (when the destination is close enough!)
Taking public transportation 
Refusing to use plastic
ALWAYS taking my reusable water bottle with me
Reusing containers
Repurposing items
Cutting out animal products (did you know it takes 15lbs of grain to make 1lb of beef? If that isn't unsustainable, I don't know what is!)
Picking up trash whenever I see any
Shopping at thrift stores & not buying anything new
Refusing disposable, single use items

I'm heading to the local beach to clean up trash today. I'm super excited that Summer is right around the corner & I'm sure the beach could use some lovin! I'm also going to start some seedlings for my garden. I have been saving some nonGMO apple seeds & plan on germinating them today! YAY! I absolutely LOVE gardening!

Don't forget to enter to win Salba Smart chia seeds in my current giveaway! TWO winners will receive a pouch of both whole chia seeds & premium ground chia seeds! What better way to sip to your health & honor Mother Earth than with a green smoothie?!

How do you celebrate Earth Day, everyday?! Do you have any special plans to honor Mother Earth today?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Smoothies w/ Salba Smart ~ Giveaway {CLOSED}

Oh vey! I'm so sorry for being MIA! I have been under the weather and have been trying to rest so hopefully I will be better soon. I apologize for the delay in getting this post up!
This month, Salba Smart asked us to make three smoothie recipes. I was given a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods to shop for ingredients. Unfortunately, the closest Whole Foods is an hour away from me and with being sick and all, I just haven't gotten there... yet! I didn't want to make you all wait on me, though. So I decided to share one of my favorite recipes and start the giveaway. Don't worry, though, I will be back with more delicious smoothie recipes, so stay tuned!
Smoothies are great for so many reasons: they’re easy to make, a quick breakfast on-the-go, and they make it easy to add greens, fruits and veggies all in one meal. Plus, it’s just about the simplest way to add Salba Chia nutrition! Because chia seeds are so tiny, they’re easy to mix right in. As swimsuit season quickly approaches, there’s no better time to start making super smoothies!
Here’s a little more information on Salba Chia:
325% more fiber than oatmeal
800% more Omega-3 (ALA) than salmon
30% more antioxidants than blueberries
1500% more magnesium than broccoli
200% more potassium than bananas
Can you say SUPERFOOD?!

There are endless possibilities when adding Salba Smart chia to your diet. Smoothies are one of my very favorite ways to get in my greens & chia!
This month, I was challenged to make smoothie recipes using Salba Chia seeds, Earthbound Farm baby spinach, and Stonyfield Organic Yogurt. Since I am doing my best to avoid animal products, I left out the yogurt. Feel free to add it to your smoothies for a creamy texture (or just add frozen bananas like I did!)
My favorite recipe will not be a surprise if you follow me on Instagram, I make this quite often!
I'll call this one Island Oasis, as it reminds me of the tropical weather ;)
Juice of 4 oranges (or tangerines, I use my manual citrus juicer)
2 handfuls of Earthbound Farm spinach
1 cup frozen mango 
1 frozen banana
1 cup pineapple 
1 tbsp Salba Smart chia seeds
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high. Add more frozen fruit or water until at desired consistency.
{I'm using my EcoJarz lid}

And now for the part you have been waiting for!
TWO winner's will receive 1 Salba Smart Whole Seed pouch & 1 Salba Smart Premium Ground pouch!
Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!
All entries are optional! Winner's entries will be verified
This giveaway will start April 22nd and close May 7th 2014 at 12am EST
Open only to the USA ~ I'm sorry International friends! Must be 18+ 
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be selected
I am not responsible for prize fulfillment
I received product for review purposes, all opinions are my own!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ProGrade Resistance Band Review

It's April already?! Jeez, where does the time fly?! I have been posting less as I have been working hard on my business plan for OrganicallYou. Watch this space for more information! 
 Today I have an awesome review to share with you. ProGrade Resistance Bands are high quality, adjustable, anti-snap and can be purchased individually or as a set.
Three resistances are available: yellow (1olbs), green (20lbs) and red (30lbs) 

  • Professional Grade 100% Dipped Latex able to stand up to the most rigorus workout conditions
  • Premium Comfort D-Handle for continued comfort during repetitive movements
  • Adjustable Connection for consistent tension during any workout
  • Approximate Equivalent Resistance: Yellow- 10lbs, Green- 20lbs, Red- 30lbs
  • GUARANTEED to be the highest quality latex & handle on the market- 100% Money Back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

  • For this review I received the green (medium) band!
    I really enjoy the ProGrade Resistance Bands! They are perfect for working out at home, outside, bringing to the gym, or bringing with you on vacation or business trips!
    As the weather warms up here in Connecticut, I am taking my work outs outdoors. These bands are the perfect addition to an outdoor circuit!
    These bands are currently on sale for $14.99 and are regularly $27.99 which means you save $13 (that's almost half off!)
    The quality of these bands is excellent! The handles are soft and rotate. The resistance for the medium green band is perfect for my intermediate fitness level. I highly recommend ProGrade Resistance bands as a fantastic tool to help you reach your fitness goals.

    I received one ProGrade Resistance Band for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!
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