Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe

Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe

Chia seed pudding is a healthy way to have your deserts. I love this coconut vanilla chia pudding in the morning with some fresh fruit on the side. It’s delicious, filling, and just sweet enough to satisfy any sweet craving. I like to top mine with shredded coconut, blueberries, and raw cocao nibs but it’s also great plain.

Did you know that one-ounce of chia seeds contains 18% of your recommended daily intake for calcium, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 28 grams of fiber, 30% of your recommended daily intake for manganese, and almost 10% of your recommended daily intake for protein? Chia is a super food for good reason.

What you will need to make Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds (2 tablespoons is one-ounce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Optional toppings – unsweetened shredded coconut, fresh blueberries, raw cocao nibs

How to make Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  1. Combine the chia seeds, vanilla, and agave and mix well.
  2. Add in the coconut milk.
  3. Let sit 15 minutes to several hours, until the milk is absorbed by the chia seeds. This can easily be made in a jar overnight (put it in your refrigerator) to be enjoyed in the morning!
  4. Top with shredded coconut, blueberries, and cocao nibs before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Do you make breakfast quinoa? What are your favorite add-ins?

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Oh My DeVita Baby Bubbly Babies Bodywash and Shampoo Review

Oh My DeVita Baby Bubbly Babies Bodywash and Shampoo Review

When it comes to cruelty free and vegan skin care, it’s not just all about us. DeVita just launched a brand new line of baby products called On My DeVita baby! I’ve tried and reviewed some DeVita products before and was very impressed with them. When they offered me this line to try and review, I immediately thought of my neighbors who have one of the most adorable babies out there. I know that they are conscious consumers when it comes to products that are often full of chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. They agreed to give this bodywash and shampoo a try.

Claims: “No tears at bath time with this “oh so gentle” bubbly shampoo and body wash. Made with love, soothing oils and nourishing vitamins to tenderly cleanse delicate skin without irritating or drying. Keeps your baby’s skin silky smooth.”

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis * (Aloe vera) gel, Saponaria officialis (Soapwort) extract, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (derived from coconut), Persea gratissima* (Avocado) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Tropaeolum majus (Cress) extract, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Capric/Caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil, Cinchona calisaya (Cinchona) extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E – derived from sunflowers).
* asterisk denotes certified organic ingredient

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Fragrance free. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free. Tear free formula. Concentrated product.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: I was told that the Bubbly Babies Bodywash and Shampoo was a big hit in their house! Not only was it gentle and effective, but also completely tear free. My neighbors have been using it for their daughters regular baths for a month and still have a lot of the product left. They are really happy with it and said that it is a product they would consider purchasing in the future.

You can stay up to date with DeVita Natural Skin Care on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Rainbow Honey Persephone Nail Lacquer Swatches

Rainbow Honey Persephone Nail Lacquer Swatches

In my Vegan Beauty Essentials Box from Vegan Cuts, I received a large sample size of Rainbow Honey nail lacquer in Persephone. It’s a red with lots of sparkle and definitely different than any color I already own. Rainbow Honey is a cruelty free and vegan brand with lots of shades of nail polish.

Claims: “Queen of the underworld and daughter of Demeter, this fiery red radiates with gold, copper, and multichromatic shimmer.”

Ingredients: Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, succinic acid, alkyd resin, sucrose acetate, isobutyrate, isopropyl, alcohol, di-camphor, stearalkonium, hectorite 2,  4 hihydroxy benzophenone. May contain: silica, calcium, aluminum borosilicate, polyethylene, terephalate, CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77861, CI 19140, CI 77510, CI 75470, CI 77741, CI 77007, Red #27, fragrance

Rainbow Honey Persephone Nail Lacquer Swatches

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Goes on smoothly. Dries quickly. Does not leave a stain on nails. Relatively easy to remove for a glitter formula. Color is very true to that in the bottle.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: To be honest, I wasn’t so sure about this shade at first. I usually gravitate towards pastels and light pinks. This red with gold and copper shimmer just felt so… Bold! However, once I had the polish on I actually really liked it. It went on smoothly, dried fast, and the color was just SO pretty! This polish had so much dimension without being glitter overkill.

After trying Persephone, I am now looking into ordering some of their other polishes. The brand also has a great page on their site with both application and removal tips. I think it’s great that Vegan Cuts included Rainbow Honey in their beauty box subscription and their Vegan Beauty Essentials Box!

You can stay up to date with Rainbow Honey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Logical Harmony for Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine

Logical Harmony for Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine

It has been a week of big announcements here at Logical Harmony! Now available in stores is the March/April issue of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine. Featured in this issue is an article I wrote about the best skin care and cosmetics for athletes! The article features some of my favorite products from Ellovi, Acure Organics, Schmidt’s Deodorant, NCLA, and Lush. All items included are, of course, vegan and from cruelty free companies.

Logical Harmony for Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine

Growing up, one of my career aspiration was to be a writer with the goal of having an article in National Geographic. I wanted to go travel and live in the plains in Africa and write about how the ivory trade was effecting elephant populations, how resource depletion was effecting the migration patterns of meerkats, etc. While my long-term goals have changed slightly, it was still amazing and exciting to me when my boyfriend sent me this picture of Vegan Health and Fitness located directly next to National Geographic on the magazine rack at Whole Foods.

Logical Harmony for Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine

I’m so honored to have been a part of this issue. Thank you so much to the Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine team, especially their Editor Brenda and Associate Editor Christy (of The Blissful Chef). Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am honored to be featured in the pages of such a well known and respected magazine. Other contributors to the March/April issue are Samantha Shorkey, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Tess Challis, Robert Cheeke, and more.

If you like my article, please write to Vegan Health and Fitness and let them know!

Pick up your own issue at Whole Foods and Barnes & Noble locations around the US, and is also available in many countries around the world. You can also subscribe to either digital or print copies of the magazine.

The Body Shop Temporarily Pulls Products from Chinese Airports Due to Conflicting Statements on Animal Testing

The Body Shop Temporarily Pulls Products from Chinese Airports Due to Conflicting Statements on Animal Testing

Previously, Logical Harmony reported that brands selling in the duty free shops of airports in China were able to stay cruelty free. The results of a PETA investigation were that the Chinese government requirements on animal testing did not cover these locations.

Unfortunately, it looks as though the items sold in airports in China may be subjected to animal testing after all. Choice, an independent consumer watchdog organization in Australia, is now claiming that the Chinese government has confirmed to them that animal testing in duty free shops may happen, and selling in these duty free shops does not mean these brands can avoid post-market animal testing.

Due to this, The Body Shop has now stated that they will be temporarily pulling all of their products from duty free shops in China while they investigate on their own.

How likely is it that these products are tested on animals? That remains unclear due to conflicting statements given by the Chinese government to various organizations.

“The Chinese government can carry out post-market animal testing, randomly and without warning pulling products from shop shelves to assess conformity with approved formulations,” Mr Kirkland said.

The Body Shop Australia executive chairman Graeme Wise said the company didn’t consider airports part of the Chinese market.

However the Chinese government confirmed there is no way to avoid random testing of products in airport stores.

The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China said in a statement: “It is inconceivable that any foreign cosmetics company can bypass Chinese regulations and sell at the airports. The airports in Beijing and Shanghai are part of the Chinese territory that is subject to the same rules.”

Read more - The Body Shop removes products from China following Choice investigation. You can also read the original report from Choice – The Body Shop sells out on animal testing.

It’s important to note that The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal. The Body Shop is also one of the biggest supporters and brand partners of Cruelty Free International. PETA originally provided me with a statement that said these duty free shops were exempt from the animal testing that is required by law in China. It makes it hard to tell which is accurate, or if both are accurate reflections of separate investigations. I do not believe that it’s accurate to state that The Body Shop has sold out animal testing, that the information from PETA is inaccurate, or that the information from Choice is inaccurate. It is a complicated issue and all sides are dealing with complicated policies and a complex government.

Here at Logical Harmony, we will do our best to keep you updated on this issue.