88 Handbags – Vegan Bags with a conscience and style!

88 Handbags – Vegan Bags with a conscience and style!

What’s with the whole ’88’ thing you say?   88 is a vegan brand and no animal products are used. The founder of 88 is a life-long vegetarian and believes that the environment would benefit from the reduction of factory farming.   “Various vegan leathers are used in production. The scientific names are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) PU is better for the environment and so although more expensive 88 only uses PU in our bags.” “All of our suppliers are certified compliant for human rights and good working conditions. We are proud of our relationships with our suppliers, most of whom we have worked with for years and whom we consider part of the 88 family.” 88 Handbags is a collection of bags that are on trend, that look great, and that just work. Their new summer collection is filled with bright colors and unique styles. Their goal was to create a collection of bags that enhance their customer’s life by helping them look good while working hard to carry all the things they need. Their bags are designed to help express individual style, and most importantly, to be useful during the daily adventures of life. It is obvious…

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Enlightened Nutrition -My Meal Replacement Week with “Illumin8” from Sunwarrior

Enlightened Nutrition -My Meal Replacement Week with “Illumin8” from Sunwarrior

I’m sooooo excited to share this past week’s diet log with you all today.  With a lot of help from Sunwarrior’s new meal replacement line, Illumin8, I’ve met and surpassed my weight loss goal and two weeks early to boot!  Today I’m sharing how this line of protein powders can help build your health while still trimming your waist.  Of course, it can also be just a healthy addition to a busy day.  I made so many different drinks and snacks with this stuff in the last week!  Some of these will be staples in my diet from now on.  I tested the Mocha and Vanilla Bean flavors for one week and documented my daily calories and final weight loss.  It was just one week but since I was just 1.5 away from my weight goal I’d set back in April, 2015, my Sunwarrior challenge was perfect timing for me to knock out those last couple pounds by May 1st.  Here’s how things went for me this week: On Friday, I had a short work day but still started out before 5 AM so I kept my first Sunwarrior meal replacement meal as simple as 1 scoop of Mocha Illumin8…

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Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Why all the hype about Spirulina? Here’s a refresher for you: A cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) consumed for thousands of years for its nutritional properties One of the most potent nutrient sources available Benefits include: Strengthens immune system, improves eye health, improves digestive system, lowers cholesterol, and helps detox the body Spiral Spring’s Maxima Powders and Tablets are Gluten-Free, Certified Kosher, USDA Organic, non-GMO. As far as green powders go, and I’m getting to be an expert at their quality and values these days, Spiral Springs is the best I’ve had the opportunity to try yet.  I wish I could send each of you a sample to try this stuff out.   It’s powerful stuff, maybe the healthiest thing you could do for your health. SPIRULINA HAS NO CHOLESTEROL CALCIUM 1.26 times more calcium than cheese.4.15 times more calcium than soy. 8.4 times more calcium than fresh milk. IRON 22 times more iron than beef liver. 32 times more iron than black beans. 34 times more iron than spinach. 83 times more iron than beef. BETA-CAROTENE 1.6 times more beta-carotene than beef liver. 15.2 times more beta-carotene than peaches. 21 times more beta-carotene than carrots. 76 times more beta-carotene than cheese.…

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Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

I want to share some thoughts today on Vegan “Dieting” and healthy weight loss.   I’m absolutely NOT a ‘green smoothie’ gal – can’t stand the taste so I stopped trying to like them years ago.  But green powders, full of tons of nutrients like ‘Organic Spirulina’ Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley’ – that I can do everyday to add healthy, non-fat greens to my diet.  I’ve been hiding Oriya Organics green powders in my foods for over a year now and can really attest to the increased energy they can give an already healthy, plant based diet. The wonderful folks at Oriya want to share some goodies with one lucky reader now this week.  Don’t forget to enter to win a full size of their ‘Supergreen Medley’ a full size ‘Superfood Protein Medley‘ and a cool mixing cup – all up for grabs at the end of the post here. First a little background on me: I’m one of those Vegans who didn’t exactly lose weight when I stopped eating meat and animal products 3 years ago. When I stopped eating dairy products 5 years ago, I basically lived on meat and veggies for two years.  That brought me a…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I just love having the opportunity to help someone try out these products for free this month! Sunwarrior made me very happy this summer! Here’s why.. If you’re new to Canned Time, you may have missed a scrumptious posting I brought you this spring which featured a few recipe ideas using a fabulous new ‘Classic Plus’ line from Sunwarrior products.  If so, please check it out after you’ve enter to win some Sunwarrior for yourself at the end of this posting.   Here’s the link to that earlier article. It has a complete listing of all the fabulously healthy ingredients that Sunwarrior uses in this new ‘Classic Plus’ line and shows you just how important the way they process their products can be to how beneficial they are to your body. Some protein powders leave you wondering why you didn’t spend a little more and get something truly beneficial and tasty?  I’ve been using Sunwarrior’s full line now for years and I really think the Classic Plus is their best product in the full line of options they offer.  The video here will get you some of the reasons I love this product so much and why you MUST enter…

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Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More  – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

      Boy, I kinda went a little crazy this month when the folks at Oriya Organics asked me to work up a recipe using their products.  Crazy good though.  Their ingredients are just superbly nutritious. The first time I tried their Super Green Medley, which contains live enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, and sprulina,  I sliced lemon, fresh pineapple, cucumber and a tsp. of Super Green Medley powder into a jar of filtered water and let it chill in the fridge over night.  What a wonderful way to start my morning drinking this delicious powerhouse of nutrition the next day.  I’ve been enjoying the same drink, different fruits each morning now and I can feel the energy boost it’s been giving me already. The SuperFood Protein Medley has no processed sweeteners of any kind. It contains a full serving of spirulina and chlorella. On top of a protein, it is a multi-functional cleanser and detoxifier. You can be very creative with recipes including using the protein powder as a flour substitute as opposed to only in smoothies. The SuperGreen Medley is a blend of the most nutrient dense greens on the planet. There are no fillers,…

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Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

    In the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new product line from Sunwarrior. They’d like to offer you each a 1 in 20 chance to win some of their best stuff along with a swanky Sunwarrior blender bottle.  Cool!! Just click here to enter to win now through May 31st. “Organic Certified Classic Plus builds on Sunwarrior’s original rice protein by adding in the amino acid balancing effects of peas, chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth. This superfood combination still relies heavily on the gentle nature of whole-grain brown rice, but with a hefty dose of the strength that has made Warrior Blend so popular. Raw, plant-based, and powerful, Classic Plus gives you that little extra you want and need. You’ll love the way it tastes, but how it makes you feel is really why we call it Plus. “   I’ve used both the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors now in 10 – 12 different flavors of smoothies and I really love the taste.  It blends smoothly, has great sweetness without a lot of sugar and really makes a great start to my day, my workout and even my desserts as you’ll see here.…

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Sunwarrior SuperGreens Cocoa Hazelnut Bars

Sunwarrior SuperGreens Cocoa Hazelnut Bars

  The past few weeks I’ve been re-discovering all the deliciously healthy products available from Sunwarrior.  I won some of their products a few years ago on a blog and remembered being so impressed with their ingredients, integrity and flavors.  Now I’ve rediscovered the deliciousness and purity of their products.   I received a sample of some of their current products to try out last month and have been crazy about each one.  I even ordered a bit more after running out of them last week.  They really add a power punch of flavor and nutrition to my smoothies.    The Sunwarrior Activated Barley adds such a great creaminess to fruity blended drinks, I love it.  This one pictured has orange juice, hemp seed, blueberry and oat milk.  A dash of stevia for sweetness makes this drink taste similar to a creamsicle smoothie.  I love how the Barley adds to the blend, and the nutrition of course.  Without the powder it would be more of an icy texture that really doesn’t appeal to me.  Much creamier with the barley blend. For a mid day snack, Sunwarrior has a number of Immunity products that sneak into your regular drinks without a…

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Ka’ Chava Tribal Superfood Meal Shake – Review & A Giveaway!

Ka’ Chava Tribal Superfood Meal Shake – Review & A Giveaway!

     All summer long, I’ve been enjoying the creamy goodness of Ka’ Chava Protein Powder mix in my smoothies.  First I got into the Chocolate (of course)  but the vanilla proved to be my favorite just for its versatility with my drinks.  I’ve combined the chocolate with avocado, cacao, a little non-dairy milk and Pow! A delicious way to skip a meal while on the go or give yourself the boost you need on a busy day.  The chocolate is so full of ‘good-for-you’ ingredients that you just wont believe that you’re tasting such a rich chocolate flavor with all that healthy goodness for you.  It’s just great with the avocado but it’s pretty awesome too on it’s on.  Stash a little of the chocolate powder away for your lunch and you can shake it up in a bottled water for an on the go meal.     For Health and Wellness Daily Breakfast – Kickstart your day with all the nutrients your body needs to perform at your best! Ka’Chava will carry you through until lunch. Just add water and mix well, then be out the door in minutes, ready to take on the day! Healthy Meal On The…

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Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

  I had the excruciating task of trying out a few recipes last month from Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’  It was tough.  I managed to get through the book, several times in fact.  And now I can share some of my experience with you.  Fran will share a free copy of her book with one lucky reader as well.  Details on that at the end of the post.  Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef, and author of 3 cookbooks.  A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan restaurant kitchens.  Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®) in her hometown of New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education.   This woman knows her chocolate! You can almost taste the pages……..   Fran is generously sharing one of her recipes from the book with my readers as well. ‘Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies’  Once you’ve tried this brownie version, it will be hard to go back to any other.  The fudgy brownie contrasts with chewy nuts and the deep, rich…

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Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

    My first attempt at using Beyond Meat products went so well yesterday.  I can’t wait now to try out all their other non-meat products in my recipes.  It was kinda weird using ‘meat’ again?  The taste in this hash was spot on.  I originally planned on mixing up just a simple vegetable spicy hash with potatoes, onion and some yellow squash I needed to use.  This turned out much more tasty with red beets, celery, Southwestern seasonings, a tiny touch of liquid smoke, and of course, the Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles.  I purchased this 11 oz. bag at Whole Foods Grocery.  They were on sale for $4.99 which made them comparable to what a package of lean ground beef would have been for the recipe anyway.  11 grams of protein per serving.  The product’s main component is pea protein.  Who’d a thought?  A very tasty alternative to meat I’d say.  I can’t wait to use this ‘Feisty’ Beyond Meat in chili and Sloppy Joes.  And if I had known the southwestern flavors would be so good, I most likely would have picked up some chips to scoop up my hash with.  It really is a perfect Mexican dish as…

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Forever Young – a Giveaway!

Forever Young – a Giveaway!

  As I get ready to sneak past another birthday next week, I wanted to share a product with you all that I’ve been using for about 2 months now and really enjoy.  It has helped reduce my under eye dark circles firstly, and leaves your face firm but not dried out.  I think it’s the best smelling beauty product that I’ve ever used.  Really fresh, without a strong flower smell.  It smells like green.  Like fresh green fields.  It’s called Forever Young Hyaluronic Acid Serum  I’d like to offer you all a chance to try some of this luxurious facial serum for yourselves.   5 of you, to be exact. Forever Young is cruelty free.  No animal testing. Here’s a little more about it from Celeste Le Beau, the manufacturer: Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum With The Highest Concentration (1.5%). Not Sticky & With a Slight Fragrance. Abundant In Vitamins & Nutrient-Rich Organic Herbs – Aloe Vera, MSM, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Lavender Oil. All Natural – Paraben Free, SLS Free & Alcohol Free. It Doesn’t Cause Any Skin Irritation Or Pores Clogging. Made in the USA in our advanced FDA certified facility. Hassle-Free Airless Pump…

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“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

Green Mountain Mustard makes mustard differently.     They’re not your run of the mill yellow mustard in a squeeze bottle. In fact, they’re not even gourmet mustard. They make different mustard. Mustard that isn’t bright yellow. Mustard that isn’t boring. And mustard that belongs on way more than just your everyday office sandwich. Green Mountain Mustard started out as a “let’s just see if this stuff sells” mustard back in 2007. Several years later, it’s evolved into a brand known for wacky flavors that take you on a flavor journey far beyond national, squeeze-bottle counterparts. With flavors like Deli Dirt (the blend of toppings on an everything bagel), Atomic Rooster (made with homemade Sriracha sauce), and Clove Encounter (made with a whopping 10 cloves of garlic in every jar), we like to help you push the flavor boundaries of condiment creation.   ‘Deli Dirt’ deliciously healthy ingredients:    Did you know that there are 3 different types of mustard seeds?    Mustard plants produce three types of mustard seeds (arguably two): Yellow and brown. There are other varieties, like black mustard seeds and even white mustard seeds, but they are variations of yellow and brown.   You can enter to win 3 Green Mountain Mustard flavors for yourself:  …

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Homemade Fried Tofu, Fresh Veggies & Trader Joe’s Fried Rice

Homemade Fried Tofu, Fresh Veggies & Trader Joe’s Fried Rice

Last spring, I fell in love with Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Frozen Fried Rice.  Convenient, inexpensive & full of healthy ingredients. I also love how the Trader Joe’s website allows you to search for product by category.   No Gluten Vegan Vegetarian Fat Free Quick Meal Kosher Sodium Just click on the category that you’re looking for and you’ll see all their products listed by subcategory:   Cakes, drinks, Grains, Cooking Supplies, Etc.                                                                4 Full pages of  “Vegan” products!    🙂  We like that !!! For quick and easy ‘Vegan’ fried Tofu: 1 Package of Super Firm Tofu, drained and pressed ( I used paper towels to soak up more liquid) Oil for frying 2 Cups of Panko style Bread Crumbs 3 Tbs. of Ground Flax Seed mixed with 9 Tbs. of Water Garlic Powder, Sea Salt & Crushed Red Pepper Remove as much liquid from the tofu as possible and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Mix 1 tsp. each Garlic Powder, Sea Salt & Red Pepper into the…

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Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

This contest is now closed I recently received a couple new liquid stevia flavors from NuNaturals to try out….they are both wonderful. Just in time for holiday favorites with a healthier twist……….Chocolate and Peppermint!  YES!  If you follow Canned Time at all, you’ll notice I use stevia in quite a few of my recipes to convert them to be sugar free.  And from my experience, NuNaturals liquid stevia is that best I can buy. I’ve tried mixing the Chocolate with liquid Orange Stevia to make orange chocolate bars.  I’ve dropped a few drops into warmed Almond milk………..oh, my! And my latest experiment with NuNatural’s liquid stevia was one of my favorites: Vegan Sugar Free Whipped Cream with a touch of Peppermint This stuff is good enough to BE dessert as well as top your desserts! Check out the recipe for the Coconut Whipped Cream at “Oh She Glows“ and then enter to win your own Peppermint & Chocolate NuNaturals Liquid Stevia! You can also check out the full line of NuNaturals products here:  www.nunaturals.com and at the check out page use the DISCOUNT CODE OF  BLG1212 to receive -15% discount on their orders effective until December 31, 2012. 4 lucky readers will…

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Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

I’ve seen so many pins for brownies made with just a can of pumpkin puree, no eggs, milk, oil….just a can of pumpkin.  I wanted to see how it would work.  So I picked up a box of brownie mix the other day at Trader Joe’s. I’ve heard you can substitute the egg and water in a cake for canned beans but I’ve never tried Pumpkin puree so this was a fun experiment for me.  It worked out great. Just replace  the Eggs, Oil and Water with 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, just puree.  Stir the pumpkin into the batter until all the dry ingredients are mixed.  Pour into an 8 X 8 pan and bake per the boxed brownie directions. This change in recipe also makes the dessert into a Vegan option. Never leaving good enough alone, I added Sugar Free Chocolate Chips onto the top of the brownies when they were still warm.  Then I sprinkled the melting chocolate chips with flaked coconut.  It turned out to be just too much sweet for me.  But, the pumpkin brownies worked out great.  Very moist, very spongy and fully cooked. If I made these…

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