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Product Review: HURRAW! Lip Balm

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I recently posted a review for Crazy Rumors vegan lip balm.  I have found another great vegan lip balm, HURRAW! a great all natural, vegan  and made from premium raw and fair trade ingredients.  One thing that I love about this lip balm is the shape, it’s oval versus round which helps to coat the lips better.  I loved the Cinnamon Tinted Lip Balm; it was a great flavor and gave my lips a nice pink tint. My hubby loved the Vanilla Bean Lip Balm and he was also a big fan of this stuff. It’s great to find not only a vegan but also raw lip balm. I would definitely recommend these to any raw foodist or vegan looking for a new lip balm.

Disclaimer: HURRAW! provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Recipe: Raw Pizza Crackers


  • 2 cups quinoa, sprouted 24 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 10 sundried tomatoes, soaked for 1-2 hours
  • 2T Nama Shoyu
  • 1/4 Cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1t italian seasoning
  • 2T nutritional yeast (optional, not raw but adds great flavor)


  1. To a food processor add sunflower seeds through italian seasoning and blend until almost smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the quinoa, flax meal, nutritional yeast (if using) and sunflower seed mixture and mix until everything is evenly mixed together.
  3. Spread thinly onto teflex sheets, parchment paper or fruit roll sheets (I use fruit roll sheets for my Nesco dehydrator).  At this point you can score the mixture to have even crackers or you can just break into pieces once they are done.
  4. Dehydrate at 115F for 2 hours then turn down to 105F for 10-15 hours (I like to do this in the evening and let them dehydrate over night.

Recipe: Raw Pecan Chard Pate

Raw Pecan Chard Pate


  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 cup chard leaves
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1T cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2T Nama Shoyu (or you can sub tamari or soy sauce)
  • 1t italian seasoning
  • 1/4t black pepper
  • 2T water


  1. Place all ingredients except water in the food processor and process to a paste.
  2. Scrape down the sides and then process for another minute and slow stream the water into the pate.

Serve with veggies, crackers or my favorite nori rolls.

One Lucky Duck at Chelsea Market

We had originally intended on having dinner at Pure Food and Wine for our Valentine’s Day dinner but after some time to think it over we decided that it’s a little too pricey for our budget right now.  We were however on a mission to make our way to One Lucky Duck at the Chelsea Market . When I saw the Mallomar waiting in the cooler I made a bee-line to it. My husband also picked up one of their Valentine Truffles for me, it was good but not really worth the $3 for the tiny treat.  However the $6 Mallomar was amazing and wish we had both got our own because it was that good.

The most delicious thing during our whole day in NYC the One Lucky Ducky Mallomar!


Hubby bought me a Valentine Truffle

Review: Green Smoothie Revolution

In the past 2 years I have really gotten into the raw foods diet and although I do not practice it as much in the winter I still try to get in at least one raw meal a day (we live in VT and produce is not so great in the winter).  Somedays this means just keeping it simple and having a green smoothie usually for breakfast, sometimes at lunch.  The recipe book  Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko has been a great resource for making some delicious green smoothies as well as providing a ton of information about green smoothies in sections such as The Importance of Rotating Greens in Your Smoothies and Food Combining in Green Smoothies. 

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The second part of this book features:

  • Tips and Tricks for Smoothie Preparatoin
  • Green Smoothies for Beginners
  • Supergreen Smoothies
  • Savory Green Smoothies and Soups
  • Green Smoothies for the Adventurous Souls
  • Green Puddings
  • Green Smoothies for children
  • Green Smoothies for Pets
  • Green Smoothies for Body Care

So far I have been mostly playing around with recipes from Green Smoothies for Beginners, Supergreen Smoothies and Green Smoothies for Children however I am interested in trying some green soups and puddings soon.  The great part about this book is the variety of recipes there are, 200 to be precise, that are all fun and different.   The recipes use a variety of greens to keep things interesting as well as a number of great fruit and veggie combinations.  My favorites (so far) have been the Medallion Melon which is simple cantaloupe and romaine- simple and delicious.  However, my absolute favorite and so far go to smoothie has been the Winter Green Smoothie which is berries, spinach, water and ginger- soooo good.  

Over all this is a great book for those interested in raw foods, green smoothies and healthy new ways to get greens into ones diet. 

Blogger Disclosure:  Cooking For A Vegan Lover received this book at no cost from the publishing house for review.

Delicious Raw Dinner

This is one of my favorite raw meals- Raw Polenta and  Raw Alfredo 

The Raw Polenta is from Ani Phyo’s book and is quick and easy.  You can use fresh or frozen corn which makes it easy to eat all year long.  It’s great with the Mushroom Ragout from Ani’s book as well.

I made this alfredo for the first time by Gena of Choosing Raw and it is amazing!

Review: Kathy’s Krackers

Kathy’s Krackers – Kracker’s You Krave

Yummy yummy raw crackers!

Yummy yummy raw crackers!

This summer, Lindsay and I made an effort to eat a high raw diet. Part of the fun was experiencing different raw products. From raw cookies to raw crackers and raw nut mixes, there was so many different things to try.

Kathy’s Krackers are a healthy snack made of flaxseed and are raw and gluten free as well.

Kathy’s Kracker’s was kind enough to send us a sample of all three of the flavours they offer:

  • Salsa – The salsa crakers were my favourite by far. They captured the typical flavours of salsa perfectly. They had a very good spice level as well. They were spicy, but not unbearable by any means. We ate them plain, but website suggests adding avocado and other vegetables and I think this would compliment the flavours found in the cracker perfectly, I wish I had thought of that!
  • Savoury – These crackers are flavoured with bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic and have a very well balanced taste. I enjoyed these quite a bit. We ate these on their own, but I imagine they would be very good with hummus or a raw dip.
  • Apple & Cinnamon – If you are looking for a sweet snack, this is a great choice. They are sweetened with Stevia and have a very natural apple taste. It’s refreshing to have something that’s supposed to be apple flavoured that isn’t overly tart or artificial tasting. I think these would be a hit in school lunches as well.

These are a great snack for when you are on the go or when you are looking to build a more complete snack (as in the avacado and vegetables combo with the salsa crackers) as well. I would definitely recommend picking up a pack if you can!

Being made of all natural, raw ingredients there are plenty of health benefits that come along with eating Kathy’s Krackers. These can be found on the Kathy’s Krackers website. Health Benifits

You can also view where these snacks are available here or order online