Plant based enthusiasts rejoice!: Another big name company is getting on the vegan train, making it easier for all of us to enjoy a non-dairy lifestyle.Country Crock has done it with their new line of PLANT BUTTER. Here’s the ingredients:One concern is the Lactic Acid but I’ll assume that has plant-based origins as well.The name Plant Butter is slightly indulgent as the ingredients are mostly oil (79% to be exact) but that’s only an issue for people who avoid oil for whatever reason. That’s not me so I’m totally free to enjoy this to my heart’s content.These plant butters come in a spreadable version and in sticks for baking.The flavor choices are olive oil, avocado oil and almond oil.Almond oil is the most unique out of the three so that is the one that I grabbed. It would be nice to try all versions in the same timeframe but I may need to discuss that with Country Crock more directly (anyone have a phone number…?) :)So what is in my fridge is the almond oil based plant butter.I made toast with it this morning for my son and I to enjoy before he went to school.”Is that oil?” He asked as he inspected the toast.(Sometimes I drizzle bread with olive oil for toast and he doesn’t really like it that way.)”It’s a new vegan butter.” I tell him as he takes a bite.My son Legendary is known for his honesty and quick determination when it comes to new foods. He gave his thoughts on it immediately:”It’s good!” He proclaimed.And good it is.Buttery and salty, just like I like it.It tastes slightly like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, but a little fresher and real.Next, I gotta get some sticks of Country Crock Plant Butter and see how it does in baked goods.Omg, vegan pound cake, perhaps?! My mouth waters at the very thought!
I had the wonderful pleasure of being one of the first to try some new body butter made by Honey Punny!
First let me say that this post is not sponsored – I purchased this myself and even chose the lemon scent too! 🍋
So with that being said, I have to say that I really love this body butter.
It’s really, really smooth, thanks to the mixture of coconut oil, cocoa butter and Shea butter. It glides on so smoothly! It’s amazing.
The lemon scent is super fresh and crisp. And long lasting – I used some hours ago and I can still smell it on my skin.
And, that’s not all. As a gift, the creator of Honey Punny, Kishawna, also included some free samples – a couple of bath bomb and some Vicks Vapor Rub Crystals. They are both well crafted as well. Check out a full review of these products below:
BUY BODY BUTTER HERE: https://easylightsources.org/honey-punny/
As the search for healthy energy drinks continue, Guru slides in favorably with ginseng and echinacea as ingredients. Check it out:
This review will cover the taste and the energy!
First, the taste.
It was weird.
A strange after taste is pretty common with fizzy energy drinks. This one is one of the least tasty to me.
It’s not very sweet, which I’m okay with. But the after taste was kinda bitter. I ended up adding apple juice and ice to mellow it out. It worked! It tasted like a seltzer soda.
As for the energy part, that was good! I did feel increased energy from this drink.
There was no jitters, no weird feelings… It was almost as if I didn’t have any kind of energy supplement!
The result was that I wasn’t sleepy anymore. I drank this around 4 in the afternoon and was still able to sleep well at 10pm. Sounds like a winner to me!
Man, I was excited when I saw this in a local convenience store.
There was NO WAY I could pass an Almond Milk Starbucks drink without giving it a try!
I love coffee!
& I used to love these Starbucks drinks! My sister would buy them for me and I enjoyed every drop.
As I became more health conscious, dairy milk disappeared from my diet.
And these pre-made drinks disappeared too.
Taste: Sweet and creamy. They taste just like the dairy ones. I wish there were more flavors to choose from.
Would I re-purchase? Hmmm let me see how much energy I gain and I’ll get back to you 😉
*Update: Yesss, Caffeine! ⚡️
On the health side, there are weird ingredients that the cleanest eaters may be wary of… Like cellulose gel.
However for me, I don’t really mind at this time 🙂
Will you try one?
I love ice cream. Hands down, it’s my favorite dessert (followed by pie!). The only reason I don’t eat it every day is because it is generally unhealthy.
All of the Non-Dairy options that have become available in recent years bring joy to a lover like me!
Of course, I still check ingredients and sugar content but the fact that vegan options are vegan automatically bring joy to my heart.
But this post is not about me, it’s about the ice cream brands that I recently tried: So Delicious, Halo Top and Häagen-Dazs.
They are all delicious so they are not ranked from best to worse, per sé…. Although I did save the best for last.
So Delicious – Dark Chocolate Truffle with Cashewmilk
Chocolate! This one was good; nice flavor and it had pieces of chocolate flakes in it. I went back for seconds!
But it was hard and it took a while to be scoop-able.
I would not describe this as being “creamy.”
Would I buy it again? No. Not because of the flavor but because there are just too many flavors that I haven’t tried yet. However, if someone told me to specifically pick up some chocolate ice cream then yes, I would get this one.
Halo Top – Caramel Macchiato
I anticipated this having a coffee flavor. It did not taste like coffee. But, it is still alright.
For some reason, I didn’t finish my serving of this. I did like it, it was sweet and more creamy than the chocolate ice cream.
Halo Top has the reputation of being healthy and low calorie. Halo Top enthusiasts know what they’re getting into.
But, Non-Dairy newbies who want something as close to dairy ice cream as possible? Reach for the Häagen-Dazs.
Häagen-Dazs – Coconut Caramel
I have found the love of my non-dairy life. This one is so sweet and so creamy.
This flavor is also so coconutty that my son Legendary Khalifah didn’t like it. I was secretly happy about that because it meant more for me!
This was the smallest container..
This one, I’d day, is the least healthy.
The decadent taste is worth it. I’d really like to try other flavors of this. It’s about $4 for one container and it’s not easy to share with a house full of people.
Side note, I looked in Food Lion for the dairy free Breyer’s and I didn’t see that either, which made me sad because they make family size containers.
Anyway, Häagen-Dazs reigns supreme on flavor but it also has the most sugar and fat. Which takes me back to what I said in the beginning – the best ice cream is just too unhealthy to eat every day.
But the second bests- Halo Top and So Delicious are lite enough that they don’t make you feel very guilty to indulge.
Conscious eating is the key to getting the most benefit from your meals! Here are 10 tips to help:
- Look at your food. Take a moment to appreciate the colors of your plate.
- Be aware of your eating style. If you typically rush through your meals then maybe some changes to that are in the near future.
- Avoid mindless eating triggers like eating while playing games, watching TV, or driving.
- Find a peaceful environment to eat in. Stressed eating is a bad idea.
- Eat a wide range of colorful foods! Eating a range of foods will also ensure that you’re getting the most nutrients possible.
- Be aware of how you’re feeling and emotions.
- Accept your meal and don’t judge yourself too harshly for unhealthy foods. However, if you are saying “I shouldn’t be eating this” then listen to yourself and stop eating it 🙂
- Consume positive energy as you eat, such as a positive television show or uplifting book or music.
- Prepare foods with love and care.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid over eating.
Thanks for reading!
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