Vegan Protein Waffles with Perfect Fit

Vegan Protein Waffles with Perfect Fit

Lately I’ve been on a protein waffle kick. After working out, it’s good for your muscles to get some extra protein to help them repair and regenerate. While a lot of people opt for a smoothie or just mix their protein powder with almond milk, I always look for a more substantial option. I do a fasted cardio session right after waking up, so these vegan protein waffles are the perfect way to start the morning.

These waffles are not only vegan, but are also soy-free and gluten-free!

What you will need to make Vegan Protein Waffles with Perfect Fit:

  • 1/2 a ripe banana, mashed
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • 1 scoop or 1 package vanilla Perfect Fit protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Coconut oil spray

Vegan Protein Waffles with Perfect Fit

How to make vegan Protein Waffles with Perfect Fit:

  1. Pre-heat your waffle iron. Some irons only have one temperature setting and others have several. If your waffle iron has a temperature setting, set it to medium-low.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (banana, almond milk, raw apple cider vinegar, and vanilla). Whisk with a fork to combine.
  3. Add in the powdered ingredients one at a time. Mix well before adding each additional dry ingredient.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well until there are no clumps and the batter is smooth.
  5. Cook in the waffle iron until done. The outside should be nicely browned.
  6. Top with pure maple syrup, fruit, and enjoy!

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

Top photo courtesy of Justin M.G. Mendez.

Petit Vour June Vegan Beauty Box Review

Petit Vour June Vegan Beauty Box Review

One of my favorite beauty boxes is Petit Vour.  This monthly subscription box brings you only four or more cruelty free and vegan beauty items in each box. Each box has at least one full sized item and several generous sample sizes as well.

The theme of this months box was Away We Go: The Travel Collection. All items included are necessities you would need while traveling. They are also all TSA appropriate sizes for carry-on luggage. This box is truly portable vegan beauty at it’s best.

Petit Vour June Vegan Beauty Box Review

My June Petit Vour beauty box contained:

  • EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner: These hair products contain extracts from seaweed, mango, and apricot and claim to balance the pH level of your hair. They are also gluten-free, paraben-free, and color-safe. They also have a very soft scent. Included in the Petit Vour was a 2.5 ounce bottle of each.
  • MUN No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum: This serum is a combination of prickly pear seed oil, argan oil, and rose oil. It feels as luxurious as it sounds! Included in the Petit Vour box was a 0.03 ounce vial.
  • NCLA Nail Lacquer in Let’s Stay Forever: I already own this pretty baby blue shade but have yet to share a review and swatches here on Logical Harmony. It’s such a perfect color for summer! Not only are NCLA polishes great quality, but their pastel creme formula’s are truly one of a kind. Included in the Petit Vour box was the full size bottle of nail polish.
  • TAY Rosehip Balancing Facial Cleanser with Seabuckthorn: This creamy cleanser contains rosehip oil and seabuckthorn oil to moisturize while still doing a great job of removing impurities. This cleanser is great for those with dry skin. Included in the Petit Vour box was a sample size in a sturdy wooden container, but the size is not labeled.

Petit Vour June Vegan Beauty Box Review

This Petit Vour box is currently still available! Be sure to get yours before they run out!

I recently posted an interview with Madeline, the CEO and Co-Founder of Petit Vour, here on Logical Harmony. In it she shares her favorite beauty items, details on how the brand got started, and more. Petit Vour also shared an interview with me on their blog – Get to know Tashina Combs of Logical Harmony.

And, in case you have yet to hear, I am co-curating the July beauty box for Petit Vour! To get your own box, be sure to sign up later this week. Let them know that you are signing up from Logical Harmony and an extra item will be added to your box!

You can stay up to date with Petit Vour on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr, and Pinterest.

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.

Photos courtesy of Justin M.G. Mendez.

Ten Questions with Madeline Alcott of Petit Vour

Ten Questions with Madeline Alcott of Petit Vour

Receiving my monthly Petit Vour beauty box is always one of my favorites. These adorable pink boxes arrive with lovely cruelty free and vegan items inside that are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow. Recently I got to ask Co-Founder and CEO Madeline Alcott some questions about Petit Vour and her vegan beauty favorites.

  1. As the founder of Petit Vour, a subscription box that includes only cruelty free and vegan items, you are clearly a compassionate person. How long has veganism been a part of your lifestyle? I’ve been vegan for about 6 years now, but before that I was vegetarian and before that pescetarian. It’s been quite a journey!
  2. Petit Vour has grown a lot over the past year! It’s been amazing to watch! What inspired you to start Petit Vour? I was inspired by so many things. Back in fall ’09, I was a model in the first ever vegan fashion show organized by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (VAUTE) and Kristin Lajeunesse (WTF Vegan Food). Being surrounded by vegan gamechangers definitely inspired me to think outside the box. I wanted to be part of the movement, but more importantly, I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done. Fast forward 3 years (early 2012), I realized there was a significant void in the beauty market. Luxury, high-performance, vegan beauty was nowhere to be found. I had a nagging feeling that if I could create a beautiful space that held only the finest vegan beauty products, vegans and non-vegans alike would flock to check out the goods. By launching a luxury vegan beauty box and online shop, we could attract quite a number of beauty devotees and encourage cruelty-free shopping, supporting our ethical brands, and saving animals from exploitation. Win, win win!!
  3. A lot of my readers may not be subscribers (yet!). 1) What can someone expect to see in the monthly boxes? 2) What makes Petit Vour stand out? 1) Each box holds a variety of products, ranging from makeup to haircare (about a $35 value, generally). It’s important to us that our members feel pampered from head to toe so we cover a lot of categories month-to-month. 2) Performance and presentation set our cruelty-free box apart from the rest. We have a high attention to detail, ensuring that every box conveys a feeling of luxury and compassion. We work with brands that strive for performance that would rival even the most well-known cosmetics in the industry. It’s quite a task, sifting through products to find the best, but the reward is tremendous. Imagine the positive shift if makeup counters, artists and bloggers went cruelty-free!
  4. Of all the items that you have featured in the boxes, what are some of your absolute favorites? Now THAT is a tough question! I am a huge fan of super serums–Lina Hanson, MUN and KYPRIS are my favorites. They are so luxurious and truly effective. NCLA has an incredible range of colors that are so much fun. I also love how the clever names enhance the experience of painting your nails (Cloudy With A Chance Of Sprinkles, anyone?). Gr8ful SkinCouture is my go-to when I want a luxurious mud mask experience. As for vegan beauty brushes, nothing beats Kelley Quan. I used to use MAC brushes long before I knew about cruelty-free living and, I have to say, Kelley Quan matches up! I should probably stop now, but I could go on for quite some time :)
  5. Petit Vour is making the shift towards more natural items. Why is this important to you? We’ve always had a focus on natural products, but now we’re seeing the importance of highlighting WHY. It’s so easy to compare drugstore products to natural luxury products and only focus on the pricetag. The truth is, the pricetag is what it is for a reason. We don’t just look for products that are as naturally made as possible, we look for ingredients that work, and ingredient combos that overachieve. Cheap fillers inhibit performance, parabens and formaldehyde releasers threaten our health. We value superior ingredients and (truly) compassionate companies over the pricetag. Ten Questions with Madeline Alcott of Petit Vour
  6. I’m assuming that, like most of us, you carry a small stash of beauty must-haves in your purse. What favorites do you carry with you at all times? Gressa Lip Boost in Bare. The color is so sexy, but in a subtle, effortless sort of way. Also, I just received a spritzer by My Daughter’s Fragrance and I am obsessed! A light, pretty scent makes me feel so put-together and feminine.
  7. What does the future look like for Petit Vour? Do you plan to stick to beauty, or do you want to expand into other areas? Beauty is our priority, but we’ll see! I mainly want to focus on making cruelty-free shopping fun, effortless and inspiring. Classic, feminine beauty for women of substance is our thing and we want to keep pushing in that direction. It’s totally niche and we love it. Every business needs their space and we found ours. It rings so true to our hearts.
  8. What beauty item are you currently obsessed with? EVOLVh and YAROK haircare! I’ve been shifting to a more natural haircare routine and it feels so good. I can practically hear my hair whispering words of gratitude.
  9. What is your all time, holy grail, beauty product? If I could only wear one product for life, it would have to be one of the super serums–by MUN, Lina Hanson or KYPRIS. There are many days where I want to go “naked face” (that’s what I call it). A clean, properly moisturized face draws out natural radiance, which I love.
  10. They say that perfume can tell you a lot about a person. What is your signature scent? I love love love My Daughter’s Fragrance! I’m wearing it right now. It has a very classic, elegant, feminine feel. I think it’s a universal scent that so many people would love. It’s friendly and approachable, which I try to be every day! :)

I also have a very exciting announcement to share with readers of Logical Harmony. I am curating the July Beauty Box with Petit Vour!! If you have not yet signed up to receive the boxes, be sure that you do soon! In the sign up process, there is a field to ask how you heard about Petit Vour. Enter Logical Harmony in this field to receive an extra bonus in your July box!

Images courtesy of: Petit Vour

China Takes First Step Towards Ending Animal Testing

China Takes First Step Towards Ending Animal Testing

Today China enacted the first steps to reduce animal testing. This is not a ban on animal testing, but the start of potential changes to the animal testing laws in China. Previously it was required by law that all cosmetics sold in China be tested on animals.

The new regulations state that ordinary cosmetics produced and sold in China will no longer be required to be tested on animals. This change will affect only pre-market items, meaning before they are delivered onto store shelves or to consumers as a finished product.

What exactly does this mean? 

The first thing to understand is what ordinary cosmetics are. These items are also called non-special use. As defined by the Chemical Inspection Regulatory Service (CIRS), ordinary cosmetics include general hair care, nail care, cosmetics, perfumes and skin care. Under this change, only ordinary cosmetics that are manufactured and sold only in China will be allowed to use alternatives to animal testing.

Non-ordinary cosmetics will still be required to be tested on animals. This applies to items that are manufactured and sold only in China, as well as those sold in other markets. Non-ordinary items, also called special use, are products that claim to have a functional use on the label. This includes hair growth, hair dye, hair removal, hair perms, fitness, deodorizing, sun block, skin-whitening, and skin pigmentation.  A glance through many skin care, hair care, and cosmetic bags around the globe will likely reveal many items and brands making these claims.

To learn more about what these definitions mean and how they could impact brands with this change, please read China’s Cosmetic Definitions – How could they affect animal testing laws?

Another great article for background is Updates on China’s Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws.

Brands producing ordinary cosmetics will now have the option to use non-animal test methods that are deemed valid by the European Union. They can, if they like, still submit products to the Chinese government for animal testing. If a brand produces some non-ordinary cosmetics, these items will still be required to be tested on animals.

This change will not affect international brands. Brands who sell their products outside of China will still have to agree to mandatory animal testing of their products. This means that many major cosmetics companies, such as L’Oreal, Revlon, Coty, Estee Lauder, MAC, and more will not have a change in their animal testing stance.

At the same time as they are simplifying these pre-market testing requirements, post-marketing animal testing requirements are being increased. Because of this, many brands who sell in China will still be required to submit their products to regulatory animal testing. This also means that ordinary cosmetics may still be tested on animals by the Chinese government.

This will have no affect on brands who currently manufacture items in China but export all of the items and do not sell their products there. These brands have not had to submit to animal testing and will not have to submit their products to animal testing in the future.

This will also not affect online retailers who ship in finished and packaged goods into China from a foreign source. These items are currently not required to be tested on animals, and they will not be required to be tested on animals with this change.

The chances in China are still a great step forward. It’s important to keep pushing for more change!

Vegan 4th of July Recipes

Vegan 4th of July Recipes

A lot of people will be firing up the BBQ or starting some briquets this weekend to celebrate July 4th. I think it’s always best to have a variety of side dishes prepared. If you are hosting guests, it is an easy way to be sure that they all have something that they will enjoy. If you are a guest, bringing a side is usually always welcomed by the host. Plus, then you know there will be at least one vegan friendly dish for you to enjoy.

In this post are some of the top recipes from Logical Harmony that will be perfect to add to your 4th of July party, or any summer BBQ or party for that matter.

How to Make Skinny Raspberry Lemonade

This skinny raspberry lemonade is perfect for summertime and only takes a few ingredients. You can drink it as is, or add in some champagne, white wine, or vodka.

Raspberry Tangerine Kimosa (Kombucha Mimosa) Recipe

The perfect way to start any long weekend is with a mimosa or kimosa. Using this raspberry tangerine kimosa recipe, you can make it either way.

How to Make Kale Stuffed Mushrooms

These kale stuffed mushrooms are simple and easy to make – perfect for a last minute addition or when you need to bring a dish but have a busy schedule.

How to make Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower is my go-to dish for BBQ’s. Who doesn’t love buffalo sauce? This dish even pleases the non-vegan crowd.
How to Make Truffle Kettle Corn

I don’t know about you, but I love popcorn. Seriously. There’s no occasion where popcorn is not appreciated. Especially this truffle kettle corn.

How to Make Curry Chik'n Salad

This easy curry chik’n salad sandwich is one of my childhood favorites. It was a picnic staple of my Grandmother’s and I think it’s still delicious today.

How to Make Buffalo Seitan

If cauliflower isn’t your thing, this recipe for buffalo seitan is the perfect alternative.

Roasted Vegetable & Kale Salad with "Honey" Vinaigrette

For the person who loves to have a variety of salads ready, or the person who loves to bring a salad, this roasted vegetable kale salad is a great option. It would be great in the summer with roasted artichokes and zucchini.

Garlic & Ginger Tofu with Coconut Rice

A vegan version of a food truck favorite, this Garlic & Ginger Tofu with Coconut Rice will please all of your guests.

Vegan Yellow Curry with Quinoa

Cooking for a crowd? This yellow curry with quinoa recipe will make things a lot easier as you can make very large batches with minimal effort. That gives you more time to relax and enjoy that tangerine kimosa!

How to Make Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Tacos

These cornmeal crusted tofu tacos are simple to make, look pretty on your plate, and are the perfect replacement for the summer fish tacos that so many love.

Vegan Mango & Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

This mango and raspberry sorbet uses 3 ingredients and is surprisingly a breeze to make. It’s one of my favorite items year-round.