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23
Aug

Living Kitchen Cookie Bites

Living Kitchen. Always Organic. 100% Plant Based.

Seven years ago when Juli Luna opened up Luna’s Living Kitchen, an organic, plant-based mostly raw restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, the response was overwhelming. Today, there are four Living Kitchen locations (two in Charlotte, one in Raleigh, and one in Chapel Hill) making wholesome, delicious meals and snacks for those who seek out healthier dining out options. For those who can’t visit a Living Kitchen in North Carolina, many of the signature snack foods including the Cookie Bites can be purchased on-line (www.livingkitchen.com) directly from Living Kitchen. Read more »

21
Aug

Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Light Kettle Corn

Kettle corn – crunchy popcorn that is both sweet and salty – is without a doubt an incredible invention but the problem with most types of kettle corn is the fat and sugar content (way too high) so kettle corn is not an everyday snack for most people. Until now. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Light Kettle Corn is a classic lightly salted (with sea salt) popcorn with a little cane sugar thrown in. Read more »

19
Aug

Kenchi

Kenchi is not your ordinary kimchi – a traditional South Korean side dish made with salted and fermented vegetables seasoned with spices. Made on James Island in Charleston, South Carolina by Kenchi Ferments, Kenchi is a crisp, fiery, crimson version of kimchi made with cabbage, radish, beets, carrots, ginger, salt, green onion, shallots, garlic, and Thai pepper. Bright and bold, Kenchi is the American south’s version of a spicy Korean crisp vegetable salad. Read more »

17
Aug

The Ultimate Pistachio or Olive Server

Pistachios and olives make great appetizers and snacks but the question always seems to come down to what to do with the shells or pits?   I often stand in the kitchen and eat pistachios right out of the bag holding the empty shells until my hand is full and then toss the shells in the trash can. Or, I enjoy the olives but then have to find a casual way to dispose of the pit so that no one sees what I’ve been gnawing on.  An empty bowl can be placed alongside the bounty but this is often less than ideal because who wants to look at an olive pit that’s been munched on or a pile of empty shells? Read more »

15
Aug

Sprouted Almonds

As I dove deeper into my meditation and yoga practice, it was proven to me time and time again, that in order to be clear-headed, and in a space to manifest what we really want, we must consume clean, nutritional dense, vibrant foods…                                                                     ~Joshua McHugh

When we shop for nuts, we often choose between raw or roasted and salt or unsalted. But there’s another option to consider:  sprouted.  A sprouted nut is simply a nut that has been soaked in water (which releases the nut’s enzyme inhibitors so that our bodies can absorb the nut’s nutrients more effectively). The nuts are then dried slowly at low temperatures (to preserve the nutrients and enzymes) resulting in a light, crunchy edible nut.  It really is that simple. Read more »

13
Aug

Vortex Doughnuts

Every once in a while, a girl just needs a doughnut because there’s something totally decadent about biting into a light airy yeast-raised doughnut with a cinnamon sugar or glaze topping (subsequent bites may take you into doughnut euphoria).  But, for those following a plant-based diet, finding a delicious vegan doughnut is often challenging.

Whenever I visit cities or towns, I always google “chocolate,” “farmer’s markets,” “restaurants” (because most will make a plant-based option), “vegan restaurants,” and “doughnuts.”  Although doughnuts are not exactly wholesome and nutritious, they are pure comfort food for special occasions, like a Sunday morning! Read more »

11
Aug

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: It Really Works!

We heard natural deodorant never works. So we made one that does.

Most antiperspirants/deodorants contain aluminum – a metal that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. Although there is definitely an upside to not perspiring at times, there is also a downside to rubbing aluminum-based antiperspirant under your arms every single day because our bodies can absorb the aluminum.  We don’t need aluminum to nourish our bodies and recent studies suggest a link between the amount of aluminum absorbed and retained in our body with cognitive decline. Read more »

9
Aug

The Ultimate Veggie Brush: The Ring™

Keep your veggies as clean as your diet.

Full Circle Home is a New York-based company committed to making safe, functional, and more beautiful products that make our lives easier and also contribute to a healthier planet by using bamboo (strong and doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers), bonterra (a petrochemical free plastic alternative made from plants), glass, recycled plastic, natural latex, organic cotton, cellulose (a sponge alternative that’s biodegradable), and plant-based materials. Read more »

7
Aug

Lupa’s Morning Glory Sprouted Coconut Buckwheat

Therapy through Food.    ~Lupa Irie

Lupa’s Morning Glory Sprouted Coconut Buckwheat is a gluten-free (yes, buckwheat is not in the wheat family despite what its name suggests) blend that is also free of dairy, soy, refined sugar, and artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.

Made with 11 organic ingredients: sprouted buckwheat, sprouted pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, Grade A 100% pure maple syrup, goji berries, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, and coriander, Lupa’s Morning Glory Sprouted Coconut Buckwheat is for those who prefer a breakfast blend to be both slightly sweet and savory, and always delicious. Read more »

5
Aug

Magnificent Bedding: Yves Delorme

Talking about the thread count (the number of threads per square inch) of a sheet doesn’t generally get me too excited because there are so many other factors to consider when buying bedding including the type of cotton (i.e. Eygyptian, Pima, and Supima), threading, where the fabric is from, and the type of finish. Thread count simply doesn’t always represent quality – it’s like looking at a chocolate bar and considering the percentage of cocoa as the only factor that matters when in reality the type and quality of all the ingredients matter. Read more »