Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunshine Burger Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}


Thanks to #SweatPink for the opportunity to review Sunshine Burgers!
Why Sunshine Burger? It's simple! All their burgers are non-GMO, certified organic, vegan & gluten free! Sunshine Burgers explains further… 
Sunshine Burgers offer a nutritious alternative for anyone seeking a healthful, flavorful diet. Made from simple, wholesome organically grown ingredients including sunflower seeds and brown rice, all flavors of Sunshine Burgers are free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts. Sunshine Burgers are produced without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and all our products are Non-GMO Project Verified. In fact, Sunshine Burger was the first Veggie Burger to become Non-GMO Project Verified.

For this review, I was provided the Garden Herb and South West varieties. 
I really enjoyed both of these flavors, however my favorite would have to be the South West. I love the (mild) zesty & south west kick it adds! 

The Garden Herb burger's ingredients are extremely simple: organic cooked brown rice, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic carrots, organic spices, sea salt. 

South West ingredients: organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic cooked brown rice, organic carrots, organic cooked black beans, organic paprika, organic cumin, organic onion, organic garlic, organic green pepper, sea salt, organic cilantro, organic jalapeno pepper.

My favorite way to dress the veggie burgers is with avocado, tomato and Salba Smart chia seeds with a side of mustard! YUM!
Even if your not vegetarian or vegan, these burgers are a great alternative to beef! They are also high in protein (Garden Herb has 8g and South West has 10g) and fiber (Garden Herb has 4g and South West has 8g). Three burgers come in one container. 

Want to try Sunshine Burgers for yourself?! One winner will get one free Sunshine Burger product PLUS an additional $1 off coupon! 
Find a store that carries Sunshine Burgers here!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime BBQ with Salba Smart ~ Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}


It's that time for another Salba Smart chia giveaway! This months theme is "good-for-you grilling" & I am super excited to share with you some ideas on using Salba Smart chia seeds in your summertime BBQ recipes!
Nothing says summer like grilling! But have you ever tried including chia seeds with your grilling recipes? Grilling is already one of the healthiest ways to cook (as long as you’re careful with marinades!) and by seasoning meats and vegetables with herbs like basil, oregano and thyme, and adding Salba chia seeds, you can give your favorite recipes a boost of nutrition. With these easy and fun recipes, anyone can grill a delicious, healthy meal!
 
Baby Kale Salad with Strawberries and Salba Chia Seed Dressing
Ingredients:
5 oz baby kale (or other lettuce)
2 cups sliced strawberries
Any additions you would like (almonds, cheese, etc.)

For the dressing:
1/2 T Salba chia seeds
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T olive oil
1 ½ T honey (or agave)
Bonus! Place Salba Chia seeds on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 1 hour. The seeds will become crunchy and add texture to salads just like sesame seeds!


Salba Chia Chicken Strips
Ingredients:
5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain yogurt
1 T grainy mustard
2 cups panko bread crumbs
¼ cup Salba chia seeds
2 tsp dried sage
2 tsp kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Directions:
  1. Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry. Slice each breast into strips and set aside.
  2. Combine the yogurt and mustard in a bowl; add the chicken and allow it to marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the panko, chia, sage, salt and several grinds of pepper in a medium bowl and stir well.
  4. Dredge the chicken into the panko mixture and coat all sides well. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until cooked through and panko turn golden. Serve warm. 

Salba Chia Fruit Salad
Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup orange juice
 2 T lemon juice
 4 T Salba chia seeds
 1/4 tsp ground ginger
 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
 5 cups cubed cantaloupe
 1 cup fresh blueberries
 2 large firm bananas, sliced
 2 medium nectarines, peeled and sliced
  2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  2 cups halved seedless grapes
Directions: In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; mix well. In a large bowl, combine the fruit. Add dressing and toss to coat. Serve with a slotted spoon.
 
Mmm. How good do those sound?! Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I will be posting my favorite BBQ chia-infused recipes there! 

I made a delicious balsamic-chia dressing! It's simply balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and herbs mixed with 2tbsp Salba Smart chia seeds. It was divine on top of a fresh salad!

I also added chia seeds on top of my South West Sunshine Burger, complete with avocado and tomato! YUM!



Other ideas for infusing chia seeds into your summertime grilling include adding chia seeds to your water (try adding fresh fruit & mint as well, so good!), cocktails, marinades, salad dressings, BBQ sauce, ketchup, and sprinkling them on top of salads and side dishes!
How will you use Salba Smart chia seeds while grilling?!


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Friday, June 13, 2014

InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I have shared with you InstaNatural products before in my review of their Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil & Vitamin C Serum. I absolutely love InstaNatural and I am so happy I can share their products with you! They are a conscious company that does not test on animals and uses only the finest, organic oils in their products. Today I am super excited to share with you InstaNatural's Argan Oil For Hair Treatment & Elixir Serum! It retails for $19.95 for a 4 fl. oz (120ml) container.

This hair treatment revitalizes weak, limp and lifeless hair. It quenches dryness to make your hair velvet smooth, tames frizziness and infuses instant long-lasting luminous shine. It can be used as daily leave in conditioner (10 minutes to as long as you want) or as an overnight leave-in hair treatment. It can also serve as a protectant before styling the hair with hot irons and also as a hair color illuminator. Our unique formula contains 100% buttery rich plant oils. Aran oil penetrates the hair fiber and rehydrates the dry scales of hair cuticles to ensure vitality and strength
(from the back of the product)

INGREDIENTS: Organic Argan Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter.


Argan Oil For Hair Treatment & Elixir Serum is a clear color and suitable for all hair types. I love using it as a leave in conditioner, just one squirt adds so much shine and life to my hair! I apply it after the shower while my hair is still damp. I also use it once weekly as an overnight leave in conditioner. I will NEVER go back to using conventional conditioner! This serum is not greasy and hydrates the hair without weighing it down. I feel great using this hair treatment because it is organic and cruelty free (never tested on animals!) I also love that the serum comes in amber glass with a squirt cap! The squirt cap makes it easy to control the amount of serum you want to use. 
  
I highly recommend Argan Oil For Hair Treatment & Elixir Serum to everyone! It's great for people with dry hair or for those whom have damaged hair from conventional chemicals, hair dyes, etc. It's also fantastic for those with healthy hair that want keep their hair nourished!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Shopping for a Change ~ Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}


Shopping for a Change® is an online shop that connects with artisans from around the world. Every time you make buy something, you make a difference. Now, more than ever, it is important to make conscious decisions that have a positive influence. When you buy commercial clothing and products, you are supporting sweat shops, unbelievably low wages, and undesirable working & living conditions. When you buy from Shopping for a Change®, you are contributing to a sustainable working environment and raising the standard of living to those in impoverished communities. I love knowing that my purchase makes such a positive influence in the artisans life. 
Shopping for a Change® explains how it works below:
Shopping for a Change® assists indigenous artisans from impoverished communities in raising their standards of living; subsidizes community improvement projects abroad and U.S. based charitable organizations; and further encourages a sense of social consciousness amongst consumers. How do we do this? 
Working abroad with underdeveloped nations, the Shopping for a Change® business model empowers talented artisans and their impoverished communities, with means to transform their standards of living in economically sustainable ways.

Shopping for a Change® was established to create an extended global marketplace for fair trade products by artisans, artisan co-ops, and companies that employ these artisans, predominantly women, from economically disadvantaged areas throughout the world. Our organization assists in educating artisans on competing in a world marketplace, while helping preserve local handicraft traditions. Artisans are paid for their work according to terms they set.
Fifty percent of the net proceeds are used to fund Community Improvement Projects and grants abroad.* The other fifty percent of the net sales proceeds are granted to one of our nonprofit partners or to the charitable organization chosen by the consumer at checkout. *It is the sole discretion of Shopping for a Change® as to which projects we will fund and with whom we will partner in executing these projects, working in collaboration with highly reputable nonprofit organizations and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations).

I love the mission behind Shopping for a Change®. I love that they have an area on their website where you can connect with the artisans and learn more about them! They really want you to know how your purchase makes a difference!
Shopping for a Change® has many different products for sale. They offer everything from jewelry, accessories, clothing, and personal care items to baby items, home decor, and kitchen ware! 
For this review I chose to try out the Bamboo Bowls! They come in a set of two and retail for $62. I love that they are made with sustainable, fast-growing bamboo. 
They are perfect for salads, dips, popcorn & so much more! I even used them while harvesting some herbs in my organic garden! 
{lemon balm & chocolate mint harvest in my Bamboo Bowl}
These bowls are excellent quality and have a unique, handmade feel. The dimensions vary because these bowls are handmade. I just love that!

Some of my other favorite products from Shopping for a Change® include…
This lovely 3-in-1 Linen Pearl Necklace which retails for $40

The colorful Barefoot Trade Bracelet made with hand painted, recycled glass beads that retails for $16 
And this Bamboo Fruit Bowl that retails for $40

Connect with Shopping for a Change® on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram!

And now for the part you have been waiting for! The giveaway! Shopping for a Change® is gracious enough to gift one of my readers with a $50 gift card to their shop!!! 
The mandatory entry is to visit Shopping for a Change® and look around. Choose one of your favorite products (I know, it's hard... there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from!) and share it on any social media outlet. They have a "share" widget next to the photographs of the product that make it super easy to share. Be sure to leave the URL in the Rafflecopter widget so I can verify your entry!
Be sure to come back daily & share a different product for more entries!
All other entries are optional ~ the more you complete the better your chances of winning.

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This giveaway will start June 3rd and close June 20th 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!
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