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

Long Island’s hottest fitness fashion boutique is taking over: Clementine!

We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style just because you’re at the gym- if you are in cute leggings you might just do an extra squat ;). Looking for Fierce Fitness Fashion? Check out Clementine!


Why we love it:

The Clementine boutique has a cool, laid-back ambiance that makes shopping there enjoyable. The sales girls are super knowledgeable about the new athelisure-wear trends and will help you put together an outfit that motivates you to show it off at the gym. The founders of Clementine have chosen items that bridge the gap between activewear and streetwear fashion from brands such as Alo, Koral, and Ultracor. Their selection includes leggings, tops, sweatshirts, light jackets, tennis skirts, gym bags, and Swell water bottles. IMG_3288The demand for mesh panel leggings and star printed sports bras has no end in sight! It’s a one stop shop for all your fitness needs. (you can even see some sales girls doing burpees and pushups) Clementine also carries Urban Pops and The Squeeze juices which allows you to stay energized while shopping. Bonus is that Clementine created  perfectly sized shopping bags: not only do they carry our new athletic wear, they’re perfect to hold school/work lunches!


Our favorite feature :

They take gently worn “designer” activewear in good condition to sell on eBay in exchange for a gift certificate to Clementine on the spot. Goodbye winter 2017 wardrobe and hello summer!!!


What you will find there:

A perfectly-curated selection from top athletic-wear brands such as: Koral Activewear, Prism Sport, Alo Yoga, P.E. Nation, Spiritual Gangster, Varley, Ultracor, Aviator Nation, Alala, HPE Clothing, Heroine Sport, and so much more!


How to purchase:

Follow their Instagram account @Clemintineny to see their newest arrivals. Either visit the store, located at 499 Central Ave., Lawrence NY, call them at 516.612.4661, or Direct Message them on Instagram to order.


Our latest purchase:

Strut This Black Star Legging


What we’re loving:        

Ultracor Star Leggings
Strut-This tops and leggings
Alo Yoga zip-up and leggings

Coco and Nuts for Coconut Oil

Your most versatile 12$ kitchen ingredient is not just a cooking staple, coconut oil has become the moment’s most fawned over natural beauty item. You can purchase it at any health food store (just be sure to to get raw, organic, virgin coconut oil). Personally I use it as my face and body moisturizer, hair mask, and as a makeup remover. It’s an amazing all-purpose product – I literally use it from head to toe! This post is focussed on how to use it to enhance your natural beauty and get you glowing! Hopefully after reading it you will be just as COCO for coconut oil as I am (pun intended).


Benefits:

  • Fights frizz – This is one of the most popular beauty uses of coconut oil. Thanks to its rich fatty acids and proteins, the natural oils repel water and prevent frizz. I use a penny size of it on my hair during those dreadful super humid days in the city!
  • Hair conditioning  – It works wonders for dry, damaged, overly-styled, or can’t-get-the-tangle-out hair. Rub some oil throughout your hair, leave it on in the shower for a few minutes, rinse it off, and WOILA gorgeous silky hair!
  • For your skin – Slather it on because coconut oil is full of vitamin E, which encourages the growth and repair of our skin cells, protecting against aging and cracking of the skin. In addition to moisturizing your skin, coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and anti fungal.

Products I recommend:

  • KOPARI – I love that Sephora carries a sample box of this line – I was able to try everything before committing to one product! My favorite item was the coconut body glow. It gave my skin a light shimmer glow that had me walking down the streets like it was a Milan runway.
  • Yes to coconut – This ultra light spray body lotion is my go to product (especially in the dry heat of summer). I love the hydration my skin has after just a few squirts of this lotion. Plus, the products in this line are well priced.
  • Shea Moisture – Coconut & hibiscus curl & shine shampoo and conditioner set is my favorite haircare product for myself and my son (he has super curly hair – almost afro like 🙂 The smell is so lovely and it makes my hair soft and silky, and allows me to brush out his knots easily without a tear spilled.
  • Shea Moisture – Coconut & hibiscus dead sea bath salts – I use this after a tough work out when my muscles need some TLC. This product not only soothes my muscles, but it softens and nourishes my skin as well.
  • Earthtuface – Coconut body butter – This total body butter will recharge nourish and hydrate your body. It contains organic virgin coconut oil, unrefined cocoa butter, cardamom, cinnamon and sunflower derived Vitamin E.
  • Coconut Oil – Good old coconut oil – I love to just use the oil to remove my makeup, a few squirts in my bath to moisturize my skin, and on my cuticles to strengthen them in-between manicures.

How do you incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine? Share your thoughts, comments, and go to uses for coconut oil and we will feature you on the blog!

To clean living,

Jessica

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

Kendall Jenner’s 11 Minute Ab Workout 

Kendall-JennerWarning: This workout will make your abs want to cry!!

We can’t help but envy Kendall Jenner’s flat stomach and toned abs. She recently shared an 11 minute ab workout she swears by. This is a no equipment needed workout that is so easy to do in your bedroom, hotel room, home gym, or fitness center. The routine involves a lot of planks and crunches-ouch! We’ve tried out this short, high intensity routine, and it left our abdominals and obliques burning! To toned abs… 🙂

The Workout:

  1. Forearm plank: 30 seconds
  2. High plank: 30 seconds
  3. Side plank: 15 seconds
  4. Side plank with crunch: 5 reps each side
  5. Single arm/leg plank: 15 seconds
  6. Rocking plank: 15 seconds
  7. Knee-to-elbow plank: 5 reps on each side
  8. Standard crunch: 20 reps
  9. Bicycle crunch: 30 seconds
  10. Knee-to-elbow plank: 5 reps on each side
  11. Standard crunch: 20 reps
  12. Bicycle Crunch: 30 seconds

 

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Instructor spotlight : Amanda Kloots

Amanda:

What can’t she do!!?? Dance, jumprope, Instagram sensation, and trainer to the stars (the list goes on and on). Amanda is our version of a fitness BOSS! After insta-stalking her class, we decided to head downtown on the 1 train and do a back to back dance and rope class. We are not sure what was more sore post class, our cheeks from smiling for 2 full hours or our muscles from jumping, twisting, and turning! Amanda’s energy is infectious (we watched her give it her all even when it was her 8th workout of the day!!) and her sweet demeanor brings us back for more! You can check out Amanda’s classes offered at Studio B in Bandier Flatiron.


The Dance: 

Let us start off by saying we could not qualify for “so you think you can dance”. The only time you will find us dancing is in our apartment with the shades shut, the door locked, and some Britney blasting! We usually gravitate toward a more bootcamp style class, and shy away from public dancing, but we couldn’t ignore all the hype this class was getting so we decided to check it out. With a packed class, Amanda creates a fun and manageable (for us non dancers) class where everyone channels their inner Beyonce. The class consists of constant jumping shaking and shimmying and a stretch to finish it off.


The Rope:

JUMP SKIP SMILE! Holy cow was this a tough workout. Who knew that the classic playground toy could give us such a killer burn! Amanda created this interval cardio style class which incorporates cardio and toning using just the jumprope. The class consists of jumping, planking, arms and abs  using the jumprope as resistance, and some lower body moves. The different rounds test your endurance, speed, and coordination. Throughout the class, Amanda focused on each individual’s form and corrected those that needed help. Our hearts were pounding from the cardio bursts and our arms shaking from the arm series. The music was loud and energizing and by the time we finished belting out the lyrics, class flew by and we were on to stretching (THANK GOD!!). What we love about this class is that it showed us that all you need is this one piece of equipment to get a full body workout – for our next vacation we are just packing a jumprope!

*We can’t wait for Amanda’s videos to come out so that we could jump it out anywhere and everywhere! Stay tuned…

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

Recipe alert: cocoNUT date balls 

We put together this coconut date balls recipe to keep you full for longer, while satisfying your sweet tooths in the process.

Ingredients:

-8 large dates (pit them- typically buying whole days is your best bet because they are bigger and tastier, and you can easily remove the pit)

-1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut (plus extra for coating)

-1/2 cup raw peeled pistachios

-1/2 cup raw almonds

-1 teaspoon coconut oil


Instructions:

1. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients

2. Blend until well combined (after a few minutes, it should start to join together like a dough)

3. Separate dough into small round balls

3. Coat each date ball with more coconut on the outside

4. Store in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freezer for 3 months


Our tip:

Have 1-2 before a workout or after dinner for a touch of sweetness 

Enjoy!

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

Save your skin with Savor Spa

Savor spa is our go-to oasis in New York City. With two locations on the UWS and in the west village, it’s our favorite place to sneak away to when R&R is desperately needed, far away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Combining holistic, anti-aging treatments with top-of-the-line products, Savor provides clients with a healthy new way to approach beauty. If you are in the area and looking for a beauty boost, we suggest you stop by! Your skin will thank us!

A bit about the owner  – “I grew up watching my mom and aunts care for their skin like expensive silk using an extensive layering ritual with exotic ingredients. Savor Beauty has taken those same layering principles to create #1MinuteRituals for Western Beauties using luxurious skin-nourishing ingredients like Champagne, Caviar and Truffles.” – Savor Beauty founder, Angela Jia Kim.

The products are locally produced in the Hudson Valley by women they hire through the Dollars & Scents program.


The facial:

  • We tried the Vitamin C glow facial – It is a classic facial with acupressure massage. Purify, exfoliate, renew, hydrate, and repair for gorgeous glow. Extractions included with all 60-minute treatments. This is our go to once a month – we left glowing and fresh faced!
  • The champagne couture facial – This anti-aging facial restores skin’s radiance while erasing fine lines. Champagne super-antioxidants, Diamond Microdermabrasion, and a fruit enzyme peel sculpt the face for a youthful appearance. When preparing for an event we always book a treatment to look our best.
  • The fresh face fix – Think you don’t have time for self care? You are just 15 minutes away from getting gorgeous on-the-glow with this express facial! This was amazing because we popped in and were back on the street 15 minutes later ready to conquer the day.
  •  Post Facial – One word – ZEN! After the facial the esthetician escorted us to the front and filled out a card with her recommendations for skincare products. She walked us through each product and put together a couple of samples for us to try out. We left so relaxed and with skin already looking clear, bright, and glowing.

The Products:

  • All of their products are organic, natural and infused with essential oils. Along with the skin care products, the store also carries a few different organic makeup lines and some cute accessories.
  • Health-conscious in everything they do, the Savor team makes Om Aroma products that are organic and free of chemical fillers, parabens, formaldehyde, and synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Recommended:

We tried everything from their line and put together a list of our favorite products-

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella