Kaeng Raeng Cleanse and Daily Greens Energy Review + Giveaway!
When I met Kelly from Kaeng Raeng at Expo West, I loved her pitch. She was basically showing off a healthy, 100% vegan meal replacement shake. I tried a sample cup and stopped- it was DELICIOUS! Way better tasting that I had expected and a lovely shade of pink, too. Next I tried a sip of the new, bright purple Daily Green Energy drink. I like green drinks, but this was different- and SO much better. It tasted fruity and fresh, and tasted 'green' but not like grass. Kelly and I kept in touch after the show and I was thrilled to try the all 4 of their delicious drinks this last week. Now, I'm hooked! Kaeng Raeng offers 3 and 6 day detox drink programs, the Daily Green Energy superfood drink and a skin care line consisting of an exfoliant, cleansing clay, and facial serum. I love that they're made (locally for me) in California and are certified organic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. And each serving in the detox program (thats 3x a day!) contains a full serving of fruit, 15 grams of pea protein, and 2 billion probiotic cultures. That makes for one very happy tummy!
These cleanses aren't about fasting or starving- you're encouraged to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as you'd like, and of course drink plenty of water. We started with the 3-day detox cleanse. It comes in 3 flavors: Into The Blue (blueberry + banana), Daybreak (mango, peach + pineapple), and Joyful (strawberry, raspberry, + pineapple). They come in powder form and are recommended mixed with water, juice, or a smoothie. I mixed mine with water so I could fully taste the drink's flavor and texture, but I actually really liked it that way and thought it was plenty sweet enough to enjoy that way as well. Each drink is made from a mix of 1 oz of freeze-dried raw fruit, non-gmo protein, probiotic cultures, and vegetable fiber.
The strawberry, raspberry + pineapple flavor was my favorite and the one I finished first. I liked the mango peach flavor second best, and preferred the blueberry banana least- but I'm not a huge banana fan, either. I loved the way they made me feel. All day long I felt light, energized, and satisfied. I have a lot of stomach issues so I usually get a few hours a day of stomach ache-age, but on the cleanse I really felt great and had almost no stomach pain. I was eating plenty of raw fruits and veggies along with the drinks and was using the higher end recommendation of adding 32 ounces of liquid to each packet. The best part about these drinks- and maybe what I was most surprised by- was how realistic and full they tasted. Since Kaeng Raeng freeze dries whole, raw fruit and adds psyllium to the packets, the detox drinks are packed with fiber and actually have a great mouth feel when you're drinking them. Add some ice and it makes a super easy, yummy smoothie! Plus the 9 grams of fiber per serving (27g/day) keeps you filled up for way longer than a juice ever could. My only warning is that you really want to mix the powder in water very well (like with a fork or whisk, not just in a shaker bottle) before you drink it or it can get clumpy. I'm sure if you're mixing it into a blended smoothie there would be no problem, though.
The day after the cleanse I drank the Daily Green Energy purple superfood drink- the one I had sipped at Expo West- and totally loved it. I felt like it was a good segue way back into 'normal' eating, and a way to help extend the detox cleanse a bit. I will definitely be re-ordering these on the regular and drink 'em every day. It was so easy to pop into a shaker bottle (it dissolved much more easily than the cleanse drinks) and take anywhere, and I really did feel a pick-me-up from it when I drank it during my typical 2 pm afternoon slump! The Daily Greens drink has 6 grams of protein per serving and can be added to water, juice, or a smoothie- though I really loved the flavor in just water. It's made of all pronounceable fruit and vegetable ingredients plus some probiotics, which is just more good news for your tummy.
I mean it when I say I really loved these drinks- I would probably order the 3-day cleanse again (it recommends about 4x per year) in a few months, but am already planning to restock my Daily Greens drink because it is just so easy and so good- and its a way for ANYONE to sneak a little heath into their day. Luckily, I'm allowed to share a cute blender bottle like below AND some sample packs of the Daily Green Energy drink with ONE of you lucky gals or guys. Keep scrolling for the deets!
Okay here are the rules ya'll: open to US residents only (sorry, mates!), you can enter through the widget below until May 9th, when we'll pick a winner. Trust me guys- this is such a savings and so delicious, you're gonna wanna try it! If you can't wait or don't want to (and why would you?) you can go straight to Kaeng Raeng's website and order it for yourself. Good luck!
Ellovi Body & Lip Butter Review + Giveaway!
I'm officially a believer in body care products again. After months (okay, years?) of trying product after product, slathering my skin, lips, and hair in greasy, powdery, and sometimes straight liquid goop, I found a better answer. And what is that answer? Its called REAL INGREDIENTS. And Ellovi is all about using real ingredients. Started by down-to-earth duo Kelly + Ryan, Ellovi is free of artificial ingredients, cheap fillers, preservatives, and parabens. Ellovi products are made from edible, recognizable ingredients like macademia nut, coconut, marl nut, hemp seed, and shea. In fact, the body butter only has 6 ingredients and not ONE of them is water; because of this, the butter is highly concentrated and super hydrating, so it soaks into skin and won't evaporate off. Plus, your skin is like one giant sponge...so why not feed it the good stuff?
We also love the this cruelty-free company is committed to keeping their eco-footprint small, too. They use a 3D printer to make mold for all they lip butter containers, and package their body butters in wildly harvested, reusable glass containers.
It'll leave your skin silky, supple, and baby soft. I coat myself in it post-shower and feel softer than ever all day long. The butter is so soft on skin it dries to an almost powder finish. Amazing! And the lip balm? Not only moisturizing, the touch of tint gives your dry, sad-looking winter pout a killer boost. And it smells DELICIOUS! Seriously, Alex compared its scent to buttercream frosting. Who could resist slathering yourself in THAT?!
As a girl with sensitive skin I have to be careful about what I wear, but Ellovi us non-comedogenic, free of fragrance, and helps reduce wrinkles, cuts, burns, scars, and even eczema! And don't stop with all-over moisturizing- you can also use Ellovi as a makeup remover AND a sunscreen!
The point is, I'm hooked, and I'm so hooked I want you to try it too. And while Ellovi's prices are totally comparable to similar (though far less impressive products), I want to give it to you for free. And Kelly, the brains behind these scrumptious goodies, has offered to give one lucky reader a FREE body butter & tinted lip butter to try for themselves! And if you don't win, throw it on your holiday wish list- it's a stocking stuffer worth giving AND getting. Enter using the widget below. International entries welcome, giveaway ends November 24th, 2014. We'll email the winner when they're picked. Good luck!!
Ka'Chava Superfood Shake Giveaway!
When we were sent samples of Ka'Chava to try, we were skeptical. I had just jumped on the Vega train and was starting to feel like I was finally getting into the whole 'complete nutrition' via the added protein powder. Alex hates protein powders- he thinks they're chalky and gritty. And for the most part, he's totally right! When we mixed Ka'Chava into our morning smoothies the first morning, we were both impressed. It wasn't chalky, it wasn't gritty- it was thick, rich, and decadent tasting. It made our smoothie seem more like a milkshake (always a plus) than a smoothie, and made it enjoyable to drink. We went back for seconds.
But we weren't comparing apples to apples. Unlike Vega, and most companies really, Ka'Chava isn't just a protein powder. Sure, it carries a respectable 24 grams per serving, but Ka'Chava is really all about the superfoods. Made from plant-based whole foods like chia seeds, maca root, acai & maqui berries, camu camu, amaranth, & sacha inchi, this superfood shake powder is designed to sustain energy, control hunger, improve digestion, build lean muscle & help to enhance cognitive brain function. And if you ask me, thats a LOT of benefits from one serving of a delicious superfood shake! Plus, as you can see above, Ka'Chava is is 100% vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, & preservative-free!
So What's a 'superfood' anyway? And why is it good for me? To quote straight from the Ka'Chava website:
Superfoods are a special category of plant-based foods found in nature. They are unique in that they are nutrient dense and calorie light, meaning they are packed with a tremendous amount of nutrients compared to other foods in their "weight-class." Therefore, you get more of the essential nutrients your body needs without consuming unnecessary calories.
We love the Ka'Chava powder mixed with almond or coconut milk, but its also great in a smoothie. Our favorite way to drink it? Banana Date Smoothies! Here is our go-to recipe:
So how do you WIN? Simply enter up to 7 different ways using the widget below, and wait for our response- THAT'S IT! The winner will receive ONE FREE container of Ka'Cahava Superfood Shake containing 15+ servings. Thats a $70 value! And you get to choose your flavor preference- vanilla or chocolate. Good luck!! (Contest ends 8/30.)
Yup, we chose a winner!! Hannah G., check your email!
Win Cruelty-Free Lip Plumper from EnvyDerm!
Yup, you read that right! We're doing our first-ever vegan beauty giveaway. And we're excited! Don't get me wrong, I love writing, photographing, and sharing recipes with you guys- but we've been busy bees lately dealing with work, sick kids, and vet visits for our pup. So to kick off our commitment to posting every couple days again, we're starting with something fun! This is a simple giveaway to enter and if you win, you get one free tube of EnvyDerm Cosmetics Lip Plumper! I know, a little weird here, right? But we vegans like to get fancy and feel lovely every once in a while, too. Plus, I love supporting companies with ethics, and the gals & guys over at EnvyDerm are easy to support. Their products are vegan, cruelty-free (which meants NEVER tested on/made with animals), & free of parabens, sulfates, and GMO's. The plumper/ gloss combo also makes your lips feel a little tingy and mega-smoochable, plus super soft since its made with 13 organic moisturizing oils! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed using it, and would definitely consider it a firm addition to my 'going-out' look.
Since we're the testers and like to be honest with our reviews, I decided to photograph myself before and after wearing the plumper to see the visual difference. The span between the first picture and the second, after the gloss was applied, was about 10 minutes. I wore the gloss in the Fleur Nue shimmer shade, but it comes in 12 other available colors including a clear coat. When I first applied the gloss my lips felt an immediate but pleasant tingle due to the small amounts of spearmint oil, wintergreen oil, and capsaicin. I actually really liked how it felt, and immediately began to notice a slightly fuller look to my pout, with plenty of flush red color thanks to the oils, as well. The sheen was perfect for 'going-out', but can easily be blotted for a more matte daytime look. too. EnvyDerm even states that your lips can become up to 37% FULLER with use, and can improve lip collagen production longterm, improving your lips natural contour & giving you plumper, fuller lips. Obviously I didn't measure my exact pucker size, but I definitely felt 'plumped' & moisturized afterwards!
So, you wanna throw your name in the hat to win a FREE tube of your own EnvyDerm Lip Volumizing & Conditioning Plumper? It's easy! Head on over to Instagram, insta/regram THIS photo (the first one at the top of this page), tag @amberstpeter, @EnvyDerm_Cosmetics, and hashtag #FettleVeganGiveaway. You'll INSTANTLY be entered to win! Enter as many times as you like, and tell your friends to enter. Who doesn't love getting fun beauty products in the mail?! I know I do! Once you've entered, just sit back and relax. We'll pick a winner next week and announce it to the world, and YOU may have a fun summer care package coming your way! In the meantime, check out EnvyDerm on Facebook & Twitter for updates, and follow US on Instagram to stay up to date when we pick a winner. Good luck!
***A winner had been chosen! Thanks to everyone for participating, and congrats to Instagrammer @Biancarogoveanu! Send us your address and we'll get your prize shipped out ASAP. ***
North Coast Organics Review & GIVEAWAY!