Simple Vegan Banana Bread

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Hi Savvys,

I always have bananas on hand for smoothies, oatmeal bowls and to eat on toast.  I rarely ever have bananas in the freezer because we always eat them all up before they go bad.  However, every now and then, usually when we go on vacation, I end up having to freeze some bananas for a later use to prevent them from going bad and wasting them.

Of course, the best thing to make with frozen over ripened bananas is a banana bread!  My vegan banana bread was created out of pure necessity to use up the odd bananas that I throw into the freezer.  This loaf uses minimal ingredients and uses butter soy milk in place of oils.  I like to use this recipe as a base for other loafs, such as a chocolate chip banana bread, chocolate banana bread and even a carrot and banana bread – recipes to come soon!

This bread is spongy, has the perfect amount of sweetness and is really moist.  Enjoy this for breakfast, as an afternoon pick me up or even as a dessert after dinner.  Hope you enjoy my simple vegan banana bread below!

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed and 3 tbsp hot water)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 ripened bananas
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Make your flax egg by mixing the ground flax seeds and hot water in a bowl, set aside
  3. Make your butter soy milk by combining the apple cider vinegar to the unsweetened soy milk in a bowl, set aside
  4. Mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl and mix in the sugar until absorbed
  5. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt with a spatula
  6. Mix in the flax egg and the butter soy milk into the banana and sugar mixture
  7. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold until just combined, do not over mix
  8. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil if it is non stick (skip this step if it’s a non-stick pan)
  9. Pour the batter into the loaf pan
  10. Bake for 50-60 minutes, testing with a toothpick at 50 minutes to ensure the center is cooked

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DIY Wooden Photo Bard

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Hi Savvys,

With being in self-isolation and social distancing, you might find yourself looking for easy DIY projects you can do a home.  With the help of my brother, I made this DIY wooden board for my sister’s weeding last year to hold her table chart.  After the wedding was over, I converted it to a picture holder for memories and keepsakes.

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I admit, this video was done almost a year ago, but with current circumstances I thought it was the right time to share with you all now (and also because I finally got around to making a post about it).

This board is so easy to make and if you love rustic and farmhouse vibes, then this DIY is for you.

Materials you need:

  • 1 large wooden board, any size you like (we got ours from Michael’s and measures 24 in x 48 in)
  • Jar of stain
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Mini wooden clothes pin (we got from the dollar store)
  • Push pins
  • Pen
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Gold spray paint (optional)
  • Vinyl decals of your choice (optional)

Directions

  1. Stain both sides of your wooden board, let dry over night
  2. Decide which side will be the front and which side will be the back – flip the board so that the back is facing you
  3. Measure out how many rows of twine you want to be able to hold your pictures and keepsake.  To do this, measure out the height of your board, and decide how many rows is appropriate.  For my board, to be able to fit a standard 6 in x 4 in photo, I could fit 5 rows of photos while leaving the top empty for my “Family” decal
  4. Since my board is 48 inches in height, dividing by 6 sections means that each row will be 8 inches apart
  5. From the top of the board, measure 8 inches down the side and mark it with a pen.  From that pen mark, measure about 2 inches inwards, and mark with a pen.  Do this for the other side as well.  This is where you will pin your twine for the 1st row
  6. Continue measuring your next row down from the previous row, marking it with a pen in the same way
  7. Once you have indicated where all of your rows will sit, measure out enough twine so that you can pin it to the marks on the board.
  8. Since my board is 24 inches wide, I like to use 30 inches of twine, while making knots at the end of each side so that I have a sturdy place to pin it to the board.
  9. Using a push pin, pin the knotted twine to the mark you have indicated on the board.  If you find it hard to push the pin into the board, try hammering it in.
  10. Flip the board around and you are ready to pin up your memories!  This step is optional but I decided to spray paint all of my mini clothes pins gold to give it a cohesive look.  And now it’s ready to place anywhere in your home!

Now set forth and be savvy!

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5 Easy Cleaning Swaps for Eco -Friendly Alternatives

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Hi Savvys,

Earth day is finally upon us.  Though this is only marked in our calendars once a year, my philosophy is to live a lifestyle that creates as little impact on the environment as possible within my means.  I love to share tips that I’ve learned along the way with you guys so that you can also live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

There are lots of alternative products out there as well as alternative ways of living that could help reduce our carbon footprint, but it might not be suitable for everyone’s needs given their living situations and their financial constraints.  This is why it’s important for me to share the tips that I’ve learned over the years that anyone can adapt to their lifestyle.  These tips include making swaps for more eco friendly products that you already purchase and are the same price as the conventional ones, or simply swapping for alternatives where you actually don’t need to purchase anything in addition!

Keep reading below for my 5 easy cleaning swaps for eco-friendly alternatives!  Leave a comment below on what your favourite swaps are.

Don’t forget to check out my other posts related to living an eco-friendly lifestyle:

12 Tips to Reduce Your Waste

8 Reusable Alternatives to Single Use Plastics 

Now set forth and be savvy!

5 Easy Cleaning Swaps for Eco-Friendly Alternatives

  1. Dish Cleansing Paste
    • There are so many recipes out there where you can make your own cleaning products, but not everyone has a DIY thumb, and sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. What I love about the Kliin dish cleansing paste is that you can easily purchase this as an eco-friendly alternative to regular dishwashing liquid.  Traditional dish washing liquid contains about 70% water and 30% active cleaning solution, which means that you are pretty much purchasing water.  When purchasing Kliin dishwashing paste, not only are you purchasing a product that is still highly effective against even the toughest mess, but it is actually lowering its carbon footprints along the entire supply chain because it uses less water since it is a concentrated solution and is lighter to transport.  I also love that this can also be used as an all purposes cleaner for all areas in your kitchen including stovetops, sinks and ceramic surfaces, making this a valuable addition to your cleaning routine.  Check out this link for more information on where you can purchase the Kliin Dish Cleansing Paste.

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  1. Castile Soap
    • Castile soap has been around for decades and has only recently become popularized as people look for healthier soaps for their homes and families. Traditionally, castile soap is made of vegetable oil, however it can now be found made with olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil and other essential oils.  What I love about castile soap is that with 1 bottle, you can turn it into multiple cleaning solutions around your house, which include body wash, hand soap, dish soap and even bathroom cleaner.  Because castile soap is a concentred solution, you just need to add the correct proportion of water based on the need to create your own multi purpose cleaner.  I like to use The Green Beaver Organic Lavender Castile Soap, but there are lots of brands out there that you can find.

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  1. Soap Bars
    • Growing up I always used soap bars, but at a certain point it got really trendy to use body wash. It’s also fun to use body wash because you get to create bubbles with a loofah and lather it all over your body.  However, each year, over 1 billion empty plastic bottles of body wash enter our garbage or recycling system.  Since we know that realistically, not everything gets recycled, and that about 75% of plastics end up in landfills, it’s time to find alternative while still maintaining cleanliness.  This is why I find it so attractive to switch back to soap bars.  There are so many companies making soap bars with as little packaging as possible that the possibilities are endless.

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  1. Tru Earth Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Strips
    • I love these laundry detergent strips. Not only are you completely eliminating the need for plastic bottles, but it completely cuts out the need to water in this detergent solution.  It is high effective and even healthier for you and your family because it is paraben, phosphate and chlorine free.  I also love that this product is both cruelty free and vegan, which means not only was it not tested on animals but it also contains no animal by products in its formula.  Check out their website for more information

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  1. Newspaper for Compost Liner
    • If you are lucky enough to live in a city that have compost collection, or even live in a household where you have access to a backyard composting system, then this tip is for you! Ever since it’s become mandatory for lots of cities to include organic waste collection as part of their weekly services, companies have come out with compost liners made from either compostable bags or paper bags.  When we first moved into our house, we received a pack of paper bags complimentary from the city for our composting needs.  However, we like to keep these on hand in case of emergency.  Instead, I like to line our compost bin with newspaper!  Newspaper is free, made from recycled paper and is considered a brown material which will help add carbon to the compost pile.  This is probably the easiest swap that you can make since you end up saving money in the long run!

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Vegan Dalgona Style Coffee with Matcha | Coconut Whip and Aquafaba

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Hi Savvys,

With social distancing and more time to play around in my kitchen as a result, I have finally hopped onto the Dalgona coffee train and I am glad that I did!  When I first made this the traditional way wit 1:1:1 ratio of water, coffee and sugar for my husband, I was so excited to see how quickly it whipped up and how delicate the result was.  I don’t drink coffee so the treat was all for him but I also wanted to indulge myself.  I have seen lots of people do this with matcha powder, however usually with egg whites.  Here is my vegan version, made 2 different ways!  I would also consider this “recipe” a pantry staple since I always have these ingredients on hand.

The first way is with aquafaba, which I always have in the freezer.  This was the first version I made and was delighted with the foam it created.  Though it isn’t as thick as the coffee version, it still did the trick.  It also didn’t seem as creamy but more airy which meant it didn’t feel over indulgent.

The second way to make this is with coconut milk.  As all vegans know, you need to let your can of coconut milk sit in the fridge overnight before whipping this up.  I have to say, the coconut version is my favourite since it provides the same fluffiness as the coffee version and feels like you are eating mouse for breakfast.

Both versions are great to whip up any time, however the aquafaba has the advantage of already being in your freezer and thus is a pantry staple, where as you need open up a whole can of the coconut milk which means you will need to make a huge batch of this stuff or use the remaining milk for a smoothie/curries later, so it’s really up to your preference.

Hope you guys enjoy these versions.  Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 4 tbsp aquafaba, chilled in the fridge
  • ½ to 1 tbsp of matcha powder (depending on your preference)

Directions

  1. Place the sugar and water in a small bowl to dissolve while you proceed onto the next step
  2. Place the aquafaba in a bowl/container and whisk until frothy, about 1 minute – you will know it’s ready when it is light and fluffy, almost like egg whites
  3. Add the matcha powder and sugar mixture, whisk for another 30 seconds or until it is well incorporated
  4. Serve over your favourite non-dairy milk

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 4 tbsp coconut milk, chilled in the fridge
  • ½ to 1 tbsp of matcha powder (depending on your preference)

Directions

    1. Place a full can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight (or for 30 minutes if you forgot to do this step)
    1. The next morning, place the sugar and water in a small bowl to dissolve while you proceed onto the next step
    1. Open the can of chilled coconut milk and scoop 4 tbsps of only the coconut cream from the top of the can and place in a bowl/container and whisk until frothy, about 30-45 seconds
    2. Add the matcha powder and sugar mixture, whisk for another 10-15 seconds or until it is well incorporated
    3. Serve over your favourite non-dairy milk

Murad Environmental Shield Review

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Hi Savvys,

I was so excited to receive the new Murad Environmental Shield skincare line for testing purposes and review.  I’ve heard lots of great things about this brand and was even more delighted to hear that they are cruelty free.  I used these products for 2 weeks to see what kind of changes it make to my skin.  My favourite product I received was the eye serum as it made the circles under my eyes lighter and made my eyes overall feel brighter.  I also really like the packaging and the easy to use pumps which allows for minimal waste and optimal control.

Continue reading below for the full review on each product.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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I love eye creams and am always looking for a new product to try.  I loved how thin and non greasy this product is.  I applied it under my eyes and it absorbed right away.  I also really like that there is no scent especially since it’s on my face.  I am quite sensitive to smells and appreciate that this was easy to wear all day.

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I find as I age, my skin is starting to get a bit grey and dull in color. I love that after the first application, it made a difference to the complexion of my skin by making it look brighter and even.  I also love how easily it is to pump into my hand.  I will definitely be using this serum in the future because I found it to be very effective.

 

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As I get older, I am realizing that I must care for my skin and have it age as gracefully as I can.  I was excited to try this on specific parts of my face to see what kind of a different it would make.  I liked how this serum feels light on my skin and is also light smelling.  However, I didn’t really notice any changes to my skin tone after 2 weeks of usage.  My skin however may be too young for this product so I am gifting it to my mom to see how she likes it.

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Vegan Lentil Stuffing

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Hi Savvys,

It is Easter weekend.  Though we may be social distancing, self-isolating and not seeing our families this weekend, this doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate within your own household!  Stuffing is the dish that I usually make for all of my family’s holiday parties, and this weekend I still plan on making it even though it’s just going to be me and my husband.  What I love about stuffing is though it is only eaten during the holidays, it can actually be enjoyed all year round.  The way I make my stuffing can be a meal in itself, packed full of protein, vegetables and flavour.  This recipe uses lentils however it would be tasty with smoked tempeh as well.  Serve with your choice of vegan gravy.

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I hope you guys are staying safe and still enjoying the long weekend.  Definitely give this recipe a try, even if you may be eating a lone this Easter.  You can always freeze the leftovers or have it as a meal prepped meal for the week!

For more vegan holiday recipes, check out the below links:

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups of diced carrots, about 1 large carrot
  • 1 ½ cups of diced celery, about 3 stocks of celery
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 can of lentils – I use frozen lentils I boil myself, so about 1 ½ cups
  • 4 cups of bread, diced (can use any type of bread you have on hand, I used a mixture of the ends of raising bread and French bread)
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat
  3. Add the onion, carrots and celery and sautee for about 6 minutes
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes
  5. Add the lentils to the mixture and mix until combined
  6. Add all of the bread and stir until the bread is fully mixed in with the stuffing mixture
  7. Add the vegetable stock or water along with all of the herbs and spiced
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed, take off the heat
  9. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 12-inch baking dish with oil and pour all of the mixture, spreading evenly
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes – the top should be nice and golden
  11. Serve immediately with vegan gravy – is also great frozen

Vegan Layered Pantry Brownies

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Hi Savvys,

It’s a crazy time out there right now!  I want to start off by saying that I hope you and your family are safe at home and practicing social distancing.  Naturally my husband and I are home bodies so staying at home for the 3rd week has been quite pleasant – we are fortunate enough to still have our jobs and are able to work from home.

Practicing social distancing (or more, physical distancing) means that I’ve had to reduce the number of trips I make to the grocery store.  That compounded by the fact that I have more free time at home now (since I’ve cut my commute down to 0% and can no longer go to the gym), I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands to explore my pantry and become inspired again.

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This is how I came up with these vegan layered pantry brownies a.k.a quarantine brownies.  I started off by reviewing what ingredients I had in my pantry that I hadn’t touched in a while (and when I say a while, I mean probably 6 months to a year) and then googling what I could make with it.

These vegan layered pantry brownies were born out of boredom and a necessity to use up old ingredients in my pantry.  I also admittedly have been snacking a lot more so I wanted to make these brownies slightly healthier by omitting the traditional sugar filled condensed milk and filling it with a chickpea batter instead.  I also didn’t have enough graham crackers so half of the crust is made from ground up ice cream cones, though you can skip that part!

I hope you guys like this recipe and feel inspired to explore your pantry during this time.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup vegan butter, melted

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup chickpeas (about 1 can)
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup quinoa flour (or whatever flour you have on hand like oats or almond)
  • ½ cup aquafaba (reserve chickpea water)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds, reserving about 2 tbsps
  • 1 cup butter scotch chips, reserving about 2 tbsps
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, reserving about 2 tbsps
  • ½ cup chopped nuts of your choice (pecans, peanuts, walnuts, almonds etc)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 9 baking dish.
  4. Mix all of the chickpea batter ingredients in a blender until smooth, scraping down the sides.
  5. Using a spoon, mix all of the mix in ingredients into the blended chickpea mixture
  6. Pour the mixture onto the crust
  7. Mix the reserved mix ins together and sprinkle on top of the chickpea mixture
  8. Bake for 30 minutes
  9. Let cool for minimum 20 minutes before digging in

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

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Hi Savvys!

I am so excited to be posting my first ever sponsored post!  This Green Goddess Grilled Cheese recipe is sponsored by Emborg Canada (@emborgcanada) and features their new line of vegan cheeses.  I received 2 styles of sliced cheese: cheddar and mozzarella.  As soon as I first opened my package and saw the mozzarella slices, there were so many ideas for recipes running through my head that I knew I had to make a post about it.

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The cheese: the slices are sturdy, holds up well when grilled in a sandwich and is gooey when you bite into it.  The main ingredient is coconut oil but it does not taste like coconut at all.  It has the familiar saltiness from dairy mozzarella and is just as versatile.  I used 4 slices for this recipe and was pleasantly surprised that you could also re-seal it, meaning I could use the remaining slices for another day.

 

 

 

Since we are getting ready to leave on vacation for our holiday break, this recipe was inspired by the ingredients that I had to use up before we left.  Full of fresh herbs on top of sourdough bread (from my freezer) and sautéed king oyster mushrooms, this grilled cheese is hearty and so satisfying.  Feel free to change up the bread, the type of mushroom and the ratio of herbs.  It will taste just as good!

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Enjoy, set forth, and be savvy!

Recipe makes 6-8 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

Green Goddess Sauce

  • 1 handful each parsley, cilantro and basil
  • 1 bunch of green onion, roughly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Sauteed King Oyster Mushroom

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 package king oyster mushroom, sliced thinly (170 grams)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sandwich

  • 1 package Emborg Mozzarella style cheese
  • 8 slices of your favourite bread
  • ¼ cup vegan butter (I used vegan Becel)

Directions:

For the Sauce:

Throw all of the sauce ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth.  Scrape down and process again to make sure all of the ingredients are well blended.

For the mushrooms:

Add oil on medium high to a grill/frying pan.  Once the oil is hot enough (test by adding 1 slice of mushroom and if it sizzles, it’s ready), add all of the sliced mushrooms.  Try to place them in a thin layer and try not to overlap (it’s ok if you do!).  Let it cook for 2 minutes.  Using a wooden spoon, sautee the mushrooms so they lie on their other side, and add the rest of the ingredients.  Cook for another minute (make sure all of the balsamic vinegar has cooked off).  Turn off heat and set aside for sandwich assembly.

Assembly:

Lay out all of the bread on a cutting board (you may have to do 4 slices at a time, 2 sandwiches at a time).

Spread about 1 tbsp green goddess sauce onto 4 slices of the bread.  Arrange the mushrooms evenly on the remaining 4 slices of bread.  Add a slice of Emborg Mozzarella style cheese onto each of the mushroom slices.  Place the green sauce sliced bread on top of the cheese sliced bread, with the sauce on top of the cheese.

Using the same pan you cooked the mushrooms in (mainly because I’m lazy and try not to dirty too many pans), place on top of your stove on medium low.  Butter 1 side of each sandwich with about ½ tbsp. of vegan butter (or as much as you want).  Carefully take a sandwich and place the buttered side onto the hot pan.  Butter the other side of the sandwich with another ½ tbsp. of vegan butter.  After about 2 minutes (be careful not to burn!), flip and cook for another minute or so (until you are satisfied with the brownness).

Set the sandwiches back onto your cutting board and let rest for a minute before slicing into it.  Enjoy!  If you have leftover green goddess sauce, use as dipping sauce or use in another recipe (be Savvy)!

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Neutrogena Bright Boost Review

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Hi Savvys,

I received the full Neutrogena Bright Boost skincare line from Chickadvisor for review.  This line includes products for a full skin care routine including a scrub, serum, moisturizer and SPF moisturizer.  See my youtube video for the full review and routing!  Continue reading below for the review of each product.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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I really like this scrub.  It has a mild smell and is also very mild on my skin.  It isn’t abrasive at all which is great because I find scrubs usually make my face turn red after using them because of the harshness of the scrubs.  I also like that it went on in a light layer and washed off very easily.  They do recommend only using this 2-3 times a week, so you will have to find another daily cleanser to complete this routine.

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I love serums because they are often times very light and make my skin feel fresh and plump.  I did notice that this serum is quite thick, but liquid enough that my skin was able to absorb it very quickly.  I also liked that it didn’t leave my hand feeling sticky which is great because my face didn’t feel sticky either.  I would definitely recommend this as a daily serum.

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I love how thick and creamy this moisturizing gel cream is.  The container itself made it seem very luxurious even though Neutrogena is an everyday commercial brand.  Upon opening the container, there is a protective plastic lid inside with a handle for easy application and to prevent the cream from going all over the container’s lid.  I also really liked that this had a light smell and made my skin feel very hydrated.  I am actually using this as a night cream because I use the SPF moisturizer as a day cream.

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I absolutely love that this moisturizer is SPF 30.  It is so important to have SPF in your daily moisturizer to protect our skin from the harsh rays of the sun.  Most moisturizers I’ve seen contain max SPF 15 so I was thrilled to see that this came in SPF 30.  Even though the SPF is stronger, surprisingly it didn’t smell too strongly of SPF.  It also didn’t leave my hands or face feel too greasy and the scent is almost non existent.  I would recommend this as a daily moisturizer.

Amoda Superfood Latte Review

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Hi Savvys!

I was so excited to have received some of Amoda’s new Superfood Lattes!  These lattes come in single serve pouches that are ready for any hot liquid of your choice.  These lattes do not contain any fillers, any artificial flavours, no added sugars and are all naturally vegan.

I love that these lattes are made with high quality ingredients and include adaptogens to give you wellness and balance in every cup.  Check out their website to discover the curated ingredients that are paired with each flavour to help compliment any lifestyle.

They also offer a subscription box for those tea lovers, or to gift to a tea lover in your life!  Don’t forget to check it out on their website as well.

See below for my full review on each flavour.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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I had the Brainiac Chai first thing in the morning to help me get started and motivated for my day of cleaning up.  As the tea box recommended, I mixed it with some hot water.  The first thing I noticed was that there was a very nice aroma as I mixed it with my hot water.  There were really nice notes of chai and coconut.  The appearance of the actual powder was not what I was used to since it was more brown in color, kind of like hot chocolate, but it was also clear and transparent enough that I could see the bottom of my mug.  The flavour was very mild and a touch bland – in the future I will try it with coffee since it recommends that as well.  I suspect this would be really tasty in a plant-based milk as well.  Since I don’t usually have caffeine in my diet, I really liked how the caffeine gave me energy without overwhelming my senses, which is typically what happens when I have lots of caffeine.

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The next tea that I had was the Matcha Glow.  This is probably my favourite of the three and will definitely incorporate this into my weekly routine.  I had warmed up some plant-based milk over the stove top and added the Matcha powder.  I whisked it well until it was well combined.  I found that the powder dissolved really nicely and quickly into the warm milk.  I also really liked the color and specs of Matcha in the drink.  The flavour was rich, almost like a dessert and would go well with a baked good on the side.  The tea does mention that there is a coconut base however I did not taste it – I think I would try it with a coconut milk to see how the flavours are enhanced and go together.

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TheSavvyPantry-AmodaTeaReview_GoldenHour

I tried the Golden Hour tea after lunch.  I had also mixed it in some warmed-up plant-based milk and really liked the golden color to my drink as well as how well it mixed into the liquid.  The turmeric and coconut flavours really balanced each other out.  I did not notice any after taste, however I think the flavours would be more pronounced if I added some maple syrup to it as well.  This does taste like something I would make at home using ingredients in my pantry, which is great because the flavours and ingredients are very clean.

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