Viva Labs Ground Flaxseed Review

If you’re going to add Flaxseeds to your diet, you’ll want to make sure that they are certified organic and non-GMO.  The best reasons to add Flaxseeds to your diet are to provide the following health benefits:
·       Flaxseeds can help to protect your heart.  Flaxseeds contain phenols, that have clinically been shown to boost your heart’s health and promote good cholesterol levels. 
·       Flaxseeds can help to improve your digestive health.
I was offered a bag of Viva Labs Ground Flaxseeds to review.  Their crops are grown in Canada and are certified organic and non-GMO.  Their crops are not heated at all.  This is to preserve the omega-3.
In order to review the product, I decided to use the Flaxseed in a couple of recipes and see how it tastes.  Here are the recipes that I used.

You can use the recipe online, but I changed it quite a lot.  Here is my version.
1 1/2 Cup organic flour
1/3 Cup Viva Labs Ground Flaxseeds
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 Cup, softened Soy-free Earth Balance
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup organic Coconut Palm sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
2 Cups oats
1 Cup chocolate chips
3/4 Cup shredded coconut
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 cookie sheets.  You’ll want to start each batch on a cool pan.
Whisk together flour, flax seed, soda, and salt in a bowl.

Beat together Earth Balance, brown sugar, palm sugar in a bowl and then stir in eggs and vanilla.  Now, add flour mixture to that until just combined. 

Fold oats, chocolate chips, coconut and nuts into dough just until evenly combined.  

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake about 8-10 min.  Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
These are absolutely delicious!!!!

Another wonderful recipe:
Here’s my version:
3/4 Cup Earth Balance Soy-free
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cup Oats
1 Cup Organic flour
1 Cup organic Coconut Palm Sugar 
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Use Earth Balance to coat a 13x 9 inch baking dish.  
Melt 3/4 C Earth Balance and syrup over low heat or in microwave.

In a large bowl, stir together the Earth Balance mixture, baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.

Add oats, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips.  Mix well.  Press all into the 13 x 9 pan. 

Bake 12-18 minutes.  Cool.  Then, cut into bars.

Oh, so yummy!!!!
I look forward to adding Viva Labs Ground Flaxseed to many more recipes, such as breads and other baked goods.  The Flaxseeds were provided to me at no cost.  I was not compensated for my opinion, and my opinion in this review is 100% my own.  I highly recommend Viva Labs Ground Flaxseed, based on my enjoyment of eating it.

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Genesis 950 Concentrate Review: Super Cleaner

Do you hate cleaning?  You’ll love the Genesis 950 Concentrate.  Well, before I give you my opinion, let me tell you what I found when I reviewed the Genesis 950 Concentrate.  When I accept a review for a product, I don’t just read the material and write a post.  I try the product on a number of places in my home to see if I really have an opinion.  

With chemical products I’m usually a little nervous, because I’m chemically sensitive and could have a reaction.  I liked this American-made product, that did have a scent, but it was fairly mild.  It didn’t make me sick, but I can’t guarantee that for everyone.  The concentrate can be used at different strengths.  You can dilute it with water for a stronger or weaker mix, depending on what you are cleaning.  I learned the following at  Here are some of the things they list that can be cleaned with Genesis 950:
·       Floors
·       Appliances
·       Counters
·       Cabinets
·       Clothing/Uniforms
·       Shoes/Boots
·       Microfiber
·       Suede/Leather
·       Engines/Transmissions
·       Wheels/Grills/Machinery
·       Tools
·       Granite/Marble
The website states that Genesis 950 doesn’t contain alcohol, ammonia or bleach and claims to be Eco-friendly.  These are the items listed that it can safely remove:
·       Grease/Grime
·       Soot
·       Ink
·       Tar
·       Vegetable Oils
·       Insect Residue
I don’t have carpet or pets, but it the product gives directions to  clean carpets and pet stains.  I’m sure this would be wonderful to have!  Though I didn’t try it, the website says you can even use it in Steam cleaners and Rug Doctors.  
Since Spring is right around the corner, I’m starting to do some cleaning.  With my weak shoulders, I don’t have the strength to scrub and scrub.  This product made it easy to clean.  I just sprayed the Genesis 950 on and took a sponge right to it.  The area came clean right away.  The sink and shower projects  were so easy.  This was wonderful for someone who doesn’t have good strength.

Shower: before
Shower: after
Shiny and Clean!
Sink: Before 
 Sink: After

Thanks, Genesis 950 Concentrate! Now, when it stops snowing, I’ll go outside and Spring Clean my patio furniture with Genesis 950 Concentrate.  I would definitely recommend this cleaner to my readers.  
Disclosure: I received 1 Gallon of this product, in order to perform the review.  I did not receive any other compensation.  All opinions are 100% mine, and you may or may not agree with me.
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman