Breaking up with the good stuff

Ahhhh, July 4th! The time of year that the desire for a leafy green juice (hello crop tops), collides with the exact time of year that your brain screams “BBQ”. If you’re feeling sluggish and bloated after the holidays, WE ALL DO!! The key to a healthy life style is consistency, it’s ok to indulge once in a while as long as you’re ready to get back on track afterwards. We hope this holiday weekend you all enjoyed yourselves, ate some things you wouldn’t normally eat, and took a break from your workout regime because let’s be honest who doesn’t love to sleep in and eat burgers #netflix&chill!

Now that the weekend is over, don’t look back. Just as 4 days of working out won’t change your body, four days of indulging won’t either. It’s time to move forward. Here are a few tips for getting back to your routine…..we’re all in this together!

  1. The most important rule – DON’T weigh yourself- At this point, you’re probably feeling bloated/puffy and you just want to get on the scale to see what the damage is. Don’t do that. The scale will just reflect water weight and it will go down once you get back to your normal routine – so don’t torture yourself.
  2. Start and end the day with warm lemon water– This became part of our daily routine over a year ago and we can’t get enough! Having warm lemon water first thing in the morning flushes out your system and soothes digestion. And end the day with it because it will cleanse your body while you sleep – YESS!
  3. Cut back on sugar- SUGAR BREEDS SUGAR- meaning the more sugar you consume, the more you crave it! Cut out refined sugar (white sugar) and substitute with fresh fruits and fruit infused water. We love adding lemon slices, cucumbers, and raspberries to our Fruit Infused Water Bottles because it helps with sugar cravings and BONUS- it gets us to drink more throughout the day.
  4. HYDRATE- The best way to flush out your system and get rid of the bloat is to drink drink drink, cheers! Drinking enough water will help you cut out those sugar cravings. If you have trouble getting enough water throughout the day, try infusing your water with fresh fruits, lemons, mint, basil, or cucumbers- you’ll forget you’re drinking water!
  5. Get back on your fitness regimen– When we eat right (clean all the way) and workout consistently, we feel our best. So after this holiday weekend, get to the gym, go on that run, get to that spin class, or get your inner yogi going. Just get moving- once you get your body moving, your body will naturally detox and cleanse itself out. We’re all about taking a short break from the gym as long as you’re ready to get back and give it your all!
  6. DON’T skip meals- You might think that skipping meals will help you consume less calories, but it will all just backfire, because you’ll slow down your metabolism and you may end up devouring food late at night. Instead, have 5 small meals and fuel your body with veggies, proteins, fruits, and carbs.
  7. Try hot yoga– You’re probably thinking that sweating it out is the last thing on your list at this point. From our experience, you’ll feel so much better. Plus, yoga twists help rid your body of toxins by aiding your digestion. Checkout your local hot yoga spots or we recommend Y7 and Core Power Yoga! You’ll feel like you just sweated out your entire weekend of eating!

To getting back on track,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Chlorophyll

Ever see green colored water? It’s probably chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants, especially in leafy greens, and it has detoxifying and healing properties. So what’s all this hype about putting chlorophyll drops into your water?


Nutrition Facts:

Chlorophyll is an antioxidant that contains numerous vitamins like vitamins A, C, E, and K. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals – iron, potassium, fatty acids, magnesium, iron, and calcium. You can get chlorophyll from foods, supplements, or in its liquid, but getting it from supplements is more beneficial because it survives long enough to get absorbed into the body.


Benefits: 

  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Controls body odor- It helps control bad breath and other odors.
  • Improves digestion-  Chlorophyll is great for your digestive system because it helps speed up waste elimination and balance your fluid levels.
  • Promotes weight loss- Chlorophyll is proven to boost metabolism. Additionally, chlorophyll may help suppress hunger and stabilize blood sugar.
  • Energizes the body
  • Improves skin
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps with iron deficiency
  • Helps reduce insomnia symptoms
  • Anti inflammatory effects

Suggested Uses:

  1. It’s not so difficult to include chlorophyll in your daily diet because most green plants are rich in chlorophyll. Try to consume at least 3 cups of leafy greens each day. Have salads, add kale or spinach to your smoothies, or try swish chard as your veggie for dinner.
  2. Lately, we’ve been buying chlorophyll coconut water. This can easily be made at home with organic coconut water and 2 drops of liquid chlorophyll.
  3. Add 1-2 drops of liquid chlorophyll to your water each day.
  4. Try chlorophyll supplement if its hard for you to get in enough green each day. The recommended amount per day is 100mg.

*Make sure before taking a chlorophyll supplement to check with your doctor to make sure it won’t negatively interact with any other medications you are taking.


Chlorophyll rich foods: Eating these foods raw or  steamed will give you the most benefit. 


Suggested Products:

  • Add a scoop of Super Greens into your smoothie
  • If you don’t have time to make your own, checkout this packaged chlorophyll coconut water.
  • Checkout this organic chlorophyll face mask to purify and hydrate your skin.
  • Try Time Bomb Complexion Chlorophyll Cocktail to protect, decongest, and nourish your skin for a clearer and smoother complexion.

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, and Ariella

 

Don’t Just Wing It : Travel Tips

Everyone knows that traveling can throw even the most health conscious people’s clean living routines off. At home you are used to planned workout routines and home cooked healthy meals, but when away it is hard to be motivated to work out and tempting to eat unlimited calories. To make it easier for myself, I always prep and plan so that I have a stress-free flight and enjoyable trip. I am sharing my best travel tips for all of those fellow health nuts out there.

Pre-travel prep

  1. Pack leggings and sneakers in your carry on because you never know when you can sneak in a run. Bonus – it will help you get over jet lag!
  2. Pack gliders,  jump rope, and resistance bands for the ultimate hotel room workout. This equipment takes up minimal space in your suitcase, but will keep your body bikini ready! Checkout Amanda Kloot’s DANCE video and our SLT-inspired workout for the ultimate in room sweat sesh!
  3. Pre-flight take vitamin C and Probiotics to avoid getting sick (there are so many germs on the plane).
  4. Bring a sleeping mask to get your beauty sleep in flight. We always pack this natural silk one.
  5. When flying, your body is confused and working to adapt to the many changes, this can throw off your digestive system. I recommend avoiding refined sugar, sodium, and caffeine, and replace with whole foods instead.
  6. Pack veggies that won’t spoil, think: jicama, baby carrots, cucumbers, snap peas -dip them into Organic Hummus for some extra protein and healthy fats.
  7. Pack to go snacks – 100 calorie almond packs, oatmeal packetsalmond butter packs, RX bars, homemade protein bars, and Oatmeal cups.
  8. Keeping you’re skin clean & hydrated in flight: always remove you’re makeup when flying. If you don’t, you’ll be more prone to break outs + you’ll leave the plane feeling oily and may we say…gross.
  9. Pack these Facial towelettes that Jessica Alba swears by!
  10. Sheet masks- yes, be that mummy looking girl on the plane (you won’t regret it 😛) we love this Sephora rose sheet mask because of its skin-calming effects!
  11. The most important thing to do pre-flight, mid-flight, and post-flight is to HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!! Keeping hydrated will keep you’re hunger levels controlled, keep you from becoming dehydrated, and even help fight jet lag.
  12.  Research healthy restraunts in your area of travel. If your traveling to an Island take advantage of the fresh smoothies and juices. If you’re in the states, look for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s – you can pick up juices, pre-made salads, and healthy snacks.
  13. The best thing about the wellness boom is that there’s probably a fitness studio at your destination – maybe try something out of your comfort zone! Zumba? Pole dancing? Boxing?

To safe & healthy travels,

Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Avocado

For starters…for those who were wondering, avocado is actually a fruit, and a rich, creamy, and flavorful one at that! An avocado is actually a large berry with one seed….who knew? Avocados are our go-to for salads, dips, smoothies, muffins, and even our skin! We’ve all seen those picturesque snaps of avocado toast on Instagram and can all admit that we drool over them. We’re going to breakdown everything you need to know about this Insta-worthy superfood, including the good and the not so good….


Nutrition Facts:

Avocados are packed with healthy fats, nutrients, and vitamins. 1 avocado contains 322 calories, 29 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbs, 13 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and only 1.3 grams of sugar. So as you could tell, avocados are super filling!

One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, and monounsaturated fats.


Benefits:

  • The nutrients in avocados can help protect the body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.
  • Avocados are proven to reduce belly fat (fat burns fat)!
  • Avocado slows digestion, which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.
  • One avocado provides 1/3 of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.
  • Fiber content- One avocado contains about 13 grams of dietary fiber. Adding 1/2 sliced avocado to your salad with surely keep you full for hours (just in time for your 3 pm pick me up).
  • Skin- Avocados are great for your beauty routine as well. The glutamine amino acid in avocados helps cleanse skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors. D-manno-heptulose found in avocados has been shown to boost collagen formation (hello anti-aging!). 
  • Eye health- Avocados contain many carotenoids which are extremely important for one’s eye health.

Downside:

*We know it’s hard for all of you to hear the downsides of eating avocados because lets face it…they are delicious. But, to keep your health knowledge well rounded, we wanted to mention this.

There is something called FODMAPs, fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. They are sugars that have trouble being absorbed so they ferment….leading to bloating and other gut problems. (Look out for our post coming soon  about going Low FODMAP for a few weeks). Avocados contain FODMAPs, and if you are FODMAP intolerant, consuming a large amount of avocados may lead to stomach pain, bloating, or constipation. But don’t now go and be afraid of avocados! Most people don’t have issues with high FODMAP foods so this doesn’t apply to everyone. But, if you notice any of these symptoms after eating avocados, you should speak to your doctor about how FODMAPS react with your body. So now everyone carry on and keep snapping those avocado toast pics.


Suggested Uses:

  1. Use avocado oil in your baked goods, dressings, and dips for an extra creamy texture. (We love substituting vegetable oil with avocado oil in our homemade granola)
  2. Use an avocado in your smoothie! Combine 1 cup of unsweetened almond/coconut milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 frozen avocado in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy this creamy, delicious blend- perfect for a quick breakfast or pre-workout fuel!
  3. Checkout there amazing Chocolate Avocado Muffins made in a blender for a quick & easy treat
  4. DIY hair conditioning treatment- Most oils will leave a greasy feel on the surface of the skin. This is thankfully not the case with avocado oil.  Avocado oil is easily absorbed by the skin so it works well for moisturizing a dry scalp. You can purchase avocado oil at most health food stores. Simply massage the avocado oil into your scalp and leave for 30 minutes, then shampoo hair.
  5. DIY avocado mask- Mash 1 avocado until smooth. Then, simply apply it all over your face with clean hands. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water, and pat dry with a clean towel. This will leave your skin feeling silky, refreshed, and totally glowing! (We recommend wearing a loose cotton headband to avoid frankenstein hair lol)
  6. Make your own guacamole that’s perfect for a summer BBQ, salad topping, or dip for your chips, crackers, or veggies. Here’s our homemade guacamole recipe that’s simple, healthy, and ofcourse delicious!

Suggested Products:

  • Checkout this creamy avocado under-eye treatment to hydrate the skin and clear up under-eye bags.
  • If you want luscious locks, try this pre-shampoo hair treatment. It leaves your hair smelling absolutely amazing and leaves you with hair you don’t want to let go of!
  • Run yourself a warm bath to detox and relax and add in this avocado bath soak to moisturize and sooth your skin.
  • If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to make fresh guacamole to eat with your cut up veggies for snack, try Wholly Guacamole packets. We buy the Organic, Classic, and Spicy variations. Because they are about 480 calories for a pack, try to limit yourself to 1/3 or 1/2 of the container. We like to scoop them into portion controlled containers to make sure our portions are always on track.

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Matcha

All we have been hearing about lately is MATCHA!!! Matcha is a powdered green tea that will satisfy your caffeine cravings. In traditional green tea the leaves are discarded after they are soaked in hot water, when drinking matcha, the actual leaves along with all its nutrients are being consumed!


Nutrition Facts:

Matcha green tea contains over 10 times the nutrients when compared to traditional teas as well as when compared to popular fruits and vegetables. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! It includes iron, potassium, polyphenols and so much more!


Benefits:

  • Polyphenol in matcha boosts metabolism, prevents against aging, reduces blood pressure, regulates blood sugar, and prevents against diseases. What more could we ask for?
  • Just 1 teaspoon of matcha has almost the same amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee does. The caffeine in matcha is released slower than coffee, therefore you’ll avoid that common caffeine crash because the energy is distributed through your body over an extended period of time.
  • Reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that’s responsible for belly fat and increased appetite.
  • Burns fat
  • Boosts immune system

Suggested Uses:

  1. DIY matcha mask- Mix 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Slather on your skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and enjoy that glow!
  2. Make popsicles- Blend 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 banana, mint leaves, and 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Pour in popsicle molds and freeze.
  3. Make a matcha latte- Mix 1 teaspoon of matcha powder with 2 oz hot water in a cup. Then, pour 6 oz. of steamed almond/coconut milk over the matcha mixture. Delicious!
  4. DIY easy banana matcha ice cream- Blend 2 frozen bananas, 1/4 cup almond milk, and 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. Scoop frozen mixture into a bowl and top with dark chocolate chips and almond butter drizzle.

Suggested Products:

  • First Aid Beauty Caffeine Matcha wipes– Remove your makeup or refresh your skin with this skin boosting wipes (its our go to gym bag essential).
  • Milk Makeup’s new Matcha Cleanser & Matcha Toner is used to detoxify, exfoliate, and soothe your skin. Plus, they’ve got anti-inflammatory properties…YES!
  • Pressed Juicery’s new Matcha flavored FREEZE! We topped it with blueberries and almond butter drizzle. It was nothing short of amazing!!
  • Pick up Juice Press’s Matcha Green Tea Latte for a quick caffeine fix.
  • Take your girlfriends and go check out Cha Cha Matcha cafe at 373 Broome St. in NYC. Get a Matcha Swirl (soft serve) or a classic Matcha Latte.
  • Try this superfood matcha chocolate bar that has cacao nibs, spirulina, and matcha inside!
  • Califia Farms Matcha Almond Milk

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Acai berry

Acai is a berry found in the rain forests of the Amazon. It is native to Central and South America. For centuries, acai berry was known as a food full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and energy-boosting nutrients.


Nutrition Facts:

Acai berries contain omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin B, and so much more! They are full of antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and electrolytes. Acai berries come in powder form, smoothies, juices, and fruit bowls.

1/2 cup of pure acai contains about 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.


Benefits:

  • High in antioxidants
  • May boost weight loss and aid weight management
  • Promotes skin health – it can fight acne, brighten your skin, and even skin tone!
  • Eases digestion- Acai berry is high in fiber, so it helps keep your body feel full and aids the digestion process. Also, acai is a natural detoxifier – it helps the kidneys and liver get rid of waste and harmful toxins in the body.
  • Energy booster – there are energy boosting properties in acai berries that help improve concentration, boost mood, and reduce fatigue (hello 6 am runs!)
  • Promotes heart health- acai berries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin- it helps balance cholesterol levels.

Suggested Uses:

  1. Here’s a great recipe that you could make in your blender at home (no fancy juice bars needed)

Ingredients:

Blend:

    • 1 pack frozen unsweetened Sambazon (acai pack)
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
    • 1/2 frozen banana 
    • 1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Optional- 1 scoop protein powder 
For topping:
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • A handful of blueberries and rassberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • Drizzle with almond butter

2.  Add a tablespoon of acai powder into any of these smoothie recipes for an energy boost!

3. DIY Face wash- For glowy skin, mix 1 tablespoon of acai powder into 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil. Then, add in 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey. Apply as a mask to your skin for 10-20 minutes and then rinse.


Suggested Products:

  1. Sambazon Fresh Juice– drink your antioxidants!
  2. Eminence Firm Skin Acai Booster Serum– Use this once or twice a day on a clean face to improve your skin’s tone and texture
  3. Acai tea– Steep this acai tea for about 5 minutes and add some lemon slices
  4. Organic Acai Fruit Bar– These frozen treats are perfect for your day at the pool this summer
  5. OGX Acai berry avocado shampoo and conditioner – Nourish your hair with this acai and avocado blend to get smooth and shiny locks.
  6. Health Warrior Chia Bars: Acai Berry– These bars are the perfect go to snack that you could take with you on the go!

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Stop and try the ROSES

Roses are too good to be left sitting on your nightstand after Valentine’s Day. This iconic flower has many benefits for the skin, hair, and digestive system. In distilled forms, roses have been used in cosmetics, medicines, and therapeutic treatments for centuries. Rose water can reduce inflammation in the skin, alleviate anxiety, enhance your mood, soothe digestion, and purify the body thanks to the flavonoids, tannins, and other essential vitamins it contains.


Skin: 

Rose is a popular ingredient in skin care and with good reason! It is used in various products such as toner, facial oil, and body lotion. It is known for treating redness, acne, sunburns, and for hydrating dry skin. It contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Rose oil has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin, antiseptic properties to treat acneic skin, and anti-inflammatory properties that helps treat redness and inflammation.


Products we love:

  • Rose Fresh Face Mask – This is one of our favorite hydrating and toning gel masks – it is infused with real rose petals which restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types.
  • Biossance Squalance + Vitamin C Rose Oil – Get this product while its still available because it has been selling out in Sephora faster then you can say ROSE OIL! This face oil will brighten and firm your skin (we are majorly obsessed with everything Biossance makes).
  • Kopari Coconut Rose Toner –  We recently added this to our daily skin-care routine and we’re not mad about it!! We been loving the effects it has been having on our skin – this is a must in our gym bag for post sweaty workouts.
  • Kopari Cleansing Oil – Kopari’s Coconut Rose Cleansing Oil will leave your face feeling clean, supple, and smooth without stripping the skin’s natural moisture or clogging pores.
  • Primally Pure Rose + Mint Complexion mist – A balancing and refreshing mist made with ingredients that hydrate, soothe, and tone the skin. We carry this product in our bag and use it to feel refreshed throughout the day.

Drink:

But put down the spritz bottle because your favorite juice spots are now selling rose infused water. Just as rose water is commonly used to cleanse the skin as a topical skin toner, drinking rose water also purifies the body due to the flavonoids, tannins and other essential vitamins it contains (e.g. A, C, D, E and B3).

  • Juice press rose infused water is made by double-distilling rose blooms to extract the oils and their essence.
  • Drink h2 rose – H2rose is a specialty beverage uniquely made of rose water, saffron and other natural ingredients. The brand combines all-natural flavors to create berry, apple, peach, and mango-flavored rose water, in case you’re not a huge fan of the floral-y taste.
  • Sakara Beauty Water – Infused water that boasts 100 percent natural rose oil and beautifying trace minerals like Silica, which is known to help your body form healthy connective tissue.

DIY:

Needed ingredients/tools:

  • Spring water
  • Dried red rose petals
  • Funnel
  • Glass bowl
  • Nut milk bag
  • Spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot, bring 5 oz of water to a boil
  2. Add a handful of dried red rose petals (you can use fresh but make sure they are not sprayed with chemicals)
  3. Cover the pot and gently simmer the rose petals until they lose their color
  4. Turn off the heat and let the rose water cool completely
  5. Once cool, strain the rose water in the nut milk bag in the glass bowl
  6. Pour the strained rose water into a spritzer bottle
  7. Keep for 7 days at room temperature or up to a month in the fridge

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Ginger

Ginger, a native Asian plant, is most commonly known as a spice in Asian and Indian cuisine, but it is also found in traditional medicine, candies and some wine. Ginger is an amazing superfood loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that offer many benefits to your body and skin. Ginger should no longer be viewed as only a tasty spice added to a meal but it should be recognized for its powerful capabilities. Below we will share the benefits and ways to incorporate ginger into your daily routine.


Nutrition Facts:

Ginger contains magnesium, zinc, vitamin c, iron, potassium, and so many other vitamins and minerals! It is full of antioxidants like gingerols, and beta-carotene! It is low in calories and carbohydrates but high in nutritional value.


Benefits:

  • Eases digestion- From time to time, we all feel puffy and constipated. Ginger helps ease gastrointestinal irritation and promotes a healthy GI tract.
  • Reduces inflammation- Ginger has an anti-inflammatory compound called gingerols.
  • Blood circulation- Because of the zinc, chromium, and magnesium in ginger, it helps maintain healthy blood flow.
  • Boosts immune system- Say goodbye to the flu!
  • Helps with nausea- (Remember you’re mom would give you Ginger ale when you had a stomach ache?)
  • Ease motion sickness- No need for dramamine on long car rides or boat rides anymore!
  • Great for skincare and hair care- Promotes anti-aging, fights acne and tones skin.
  • Hair- Stimulates hair growth.

Suggested use:

  1. Make ginger tea to ease stomach pain- Combine 3 cups of water, 1/3 cup of sliced ginger, 1 lemon (squeezed), and 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (add 1 tsp. cayenne pepper if you could tolerate it). Boil in a pot until bubbling, simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Make this delicious Cleansing Ginger Soup 
  3. Make ginger string beans- Combine blanched string beans, Braggs Liquid Aminos Soy Sauce, and ground ginger in a sprayed sauté pan. Sauté until golden!
  4. Juice ginger, lemon, and apple for a delicious combination!
  5. Make Natural Ginger Ale
  6. Ginger skin scrub- Mix  3 tablespoons. olive oil, 6 tablespoons. brown sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger.  Exfoliate on damp skin for 1-2 minutes and then rinse.

Suggested products:

  1. Chimes Ginger Chews
  2. GT’s Raw Kombucha Gingerade 
  3. Yogi Ginger Tea or Green Tea Lemon Ginger
  4. Jus by Julie Ginger Juice
  5. Ginger Cubes
  6. Organic Turmeric, Ginger, & Beet Lara Bar
  7. Origins Ginger-Float Cream– Take your bubble bath to the next level with this soothing bath elixir
  8. Aura Cacia Fresh Ginger Essential Oil– Use to soothe your sore muscles from all those workouts!

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Give your mom the best gift of all—the gift of good health!

This Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and forget the pancakes in bed. Give your mom the best gift of all—the gift of good health! Here are our favorite gifts that will make your mom feel pampered, refreshed, and healthy.


  • After years of sneaking out of the house, flunking tests, and dating parent unapproved boys, your moms skin needs some TLC.  Vitamin C Rose Oil and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer reduces the effects of daytime stressors leaving skin balanced, bright, and firm.
  • Your mom will be the most fashionable mom at carpool in these APL sneakers (check out the blush color!)
  • There’s nothing more relaxing after a long day than a soak in your tub. The Cocovit bath salts are all- natural and blended to sooth, calm, and detoxify your body. After all she’s done for you, your mom totally deserves some R&R (glass of wine included!!)
  • OUT are the “I ♥Mom” mugs and IN are personalized leggings. Check out style reform performance leggings and get your mom a pair of leggings with a monogram (use promo code : KALE to get 15% off)
  • For the on the go mom – give your mom the gift of a great hair day. This salon believes in blowouts for the busy women, pairing the most convenient locationswith top stylists. Checkout the super cool Glam and Go salons located in NYC and South Beach. They offer membership options your mom will love.  Glam&Go SIGNATURE: $225 Month – Unlimited Signature & Express Blowouts. Glam&Go EXPRESS: $135 Month – Unlimited Express Blowouts. For the girl on the go.                                                                                                                                         Glam&Go FLEX: $79 Month – Our Gateway Drug – Choose between 2 Signature Blowouts or 4 Express Blowouts a month. Pay as you go on any additional services with exclusive member pricing

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Flax Seeds

Flax is a crop grown in cooler regions of the world and is used for linen, oil, and food. Flax seeds come in both a brown shade and a golden shade, which are both very similar in nutrition facts. Flax seeds are also pressed to make an oil that is edible and is great for dressings because of its high omega-3 fatty acid content.


Nutrition Facts: 

1 tablespoon of flax contains 55 calories, 4.3 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2.8 grams of fiber, and 1.9 grams of protein.


Benefits: 

  • High in Omega-3 fatty acids- “good” fat found in fish, leafy vegetables, seeds, vegetable oils, flax seed oil, and nuts. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats for your body to function properly. However, unlike other fats, your body can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids so you must get them from food.
  • Fiber content- Flaxseeds are made up of 29% carbs. Of that 29%, 95% of that amount is fiber. In fact, by consuming 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds a day, you get 6 grams of fiber, which is 25% of the daily recommended fiber intake!
  • Reduces inflammation (bye bye bloat!)
  • Improve digestion- Firstly, flax is one of the highest magnesium foods you could find, and magnesium helps improve digestive health overtime. Additionally, the ALA in flax helps protect the lining of the digestive tract and improve gut health. To help relieve constipation, consume 1-3 tablespoons of flax seeds or flax seed oil.
  • Weight loss- Flax seeds are full of health fats and fiber which will keep you full longer and help you lose weight. Because of its anti-inflamation properties, flax can help your body to lose excess weight.
  • Can help prevent some cancers
  • Can help lower cholesterol
  • Flaxseed oil is extremely beneficial for hair, it creates a natural protective barrier which helps hair and skin retain natural moisture levels.

Suggested use: 

  • It is highly recommended to consume ground flax seeds over whole flaxseeds because the ground form is easier to digest. Also try flax seed oil.
  • In smoothies, soups, and granola
  • Ground flax seeds- In yogurt, baked goods, oatmeal, dips, pancakes, waffles, and salads (we add 1 tablespoon on top of our salads for extra fiber)
  • Flax seed oil- Substitute other oils with flax seed oil in dressings
  • As an egg substitute- if you’re looking to make your cakes or cookies vegan, replace 1 egg with 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water).
  • Before using a blow dryer or iron on your hair.

Check it out: 

  1. Strawberry-Banana + Superseed Smoothie
  2. Try Was a Crackers with organic hummus
  3. Try Mary’s Gone Crackers single packs for on the go snacking. Enjoy with a packet of dry tuna fish with 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  4. Oatmeal + flax packets
  5. Raw Crunch Bars– these are great for on the go or for that 3pm pick me up. We love the dark chocolate and gogi berry (extra superfood!) flavors
  6. Juice Press flax crackers– Spread with almond butter for a creamy + crunchy treat
  7. Naturally More All Natural Almond Butter-Probiotic Infused+ Flaxseeds on the go squeeze packs (sneak these into your kids’ lunch bags so they get enough fiber,  healthy fats, and protein in their diets)
  8.  SheaMoisture 100% Flax seed oil for hair

 

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella