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Authentic Product Pick: 100% Pure Cosmetics and Skin Care Products

100 Percent Pure Cosmetics and Skin Care

During the past six years that I’ve been a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve been searching high and low for a cosmetic and skin care line to recommend. Believe me. I’ve tried a lot of products! The problem was that they always fell short of my expectations. Either the products contained questionable ingredients, they didn’t work, or they were too expensive. I needed to find a line that EVERYBODY could purchase and feel good about using.

Finally…my search is over! I’ve discovered 100% Pure, a cosmetics and skin care company that makes the products I’ve always dreamed about. Their mission is to create the healthiest cosmetics made with the highest quality ingredients possible. All 100% Pure formulas are free of harmful synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins. Their pure, biodegradable formulas are packaged with post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non toxic vegetable ink. Best of all? 100% Pure is completely cruelty free and charitable towards animal welfare. How cool is that?

So, what makes 100% Pure products so special? It’s their use of fruit pigments which give berries (like strawberries and blueberries) their pretty, vibrant colors! All 100% Pure cosmetics are colored with fruit and vegetable pigments which means the antioxidants and vitamins are included in the products as well. That means your skin is going to get nourished, giving it the opportunity to look and feel amazing!

100% PureI recently tried out a variety of 100% Pure products and I loved them all! Their lip colors are gorgeous. I was really surprised by how vibrant the colors were! My new go-to lip product is the Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze in Peach Bellini. It goes on silky, smooth, and has a beautiful color that would work with a variety of skin tones. I also love the Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick in Primrose. There is nothing boring about this color at all! It is as vibrant as the nutrients and ingredients used to make it.

I’ve also been using the 100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser and Mask. This is a great product for people who tend to experience breakouts and/or100% Pure acne. This product contains authentic ingredients like organic aloe juice, red algae, coconut oil, and kelp powder. I just simply spread some over my skin, let it dry, and wash it off. The way it makes my skin feel so fresh and clean is incredible!

Last but not least, I am loving the 100% Pure Acai Berry Antioxidants and Vitamins Anti-Aging Serum. This product is concentrated with wrinkle erasing, anti-inflammatory and skin firming nutrients like gamma linolenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A and potent antioxidants. It contains ingredients that help to moisturize, firm, and revitalize skin for a healthier and more youthful complexion. I love the way this serum smells too…it reminds me of being in a fancy spa!

Learn more about 100% Pure by visiting their website at www.100percentpure.com. I would also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page. Believe me….the first time you try one of their products, you will be hooked! Not only will you look and feel amazing, you can feel good about knowing that you are nourishing your body from the outside-in!

Authentic Product Pick: Melissa’s Produce Steamed Product Line

Melissa's Produce

We all know that it is important to include a variety of plant-based foods into our daily diets. These are the types of foods that help us feel energized, promote good digestion, boost our moods, and help us sleep at night. But what happens if you are just too busy to eat these types of foods? It can take a lot of time to prep them and get them ready for your meal! That’s why I am loving the line of steamed foods from Melissa’s Produce. These products make it easy to incorporate a variety of nutrient-dense veggies, nuts, and beans into your daily diet!

I recently had the pleasure of trying out Melissa’s Peeled and Steamed Beets, Steamed Artichoke Hearts, and Peeled and Steamed Garbanzo Beans. I used all of these products in a delicious salad recipe, which I’ve included below this post. What I love about these products is the fact that they are all ready-to-eat! You just open up the packaging and you are good to go. All of the products I used in this recipe are non-gmo and free from any chemical preservatives or additives. Best of all? They taste fresh and delicious. The garbanzo beans are packed with protein, iron, and folate. The beets are wonderful for giving the body a boost of vitamins A and C while the artichoke hearts are a great source of fiber.

Learn more about this line of products by visiting www.melissas.com and be sure to give this recipe a try!

Melissas Produce Recipe

Quinoa Beet Salad 

Salad:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 Melissa’s Produce Peeled and Steamed Beets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup Melissa’s Produce Peeled and Steamed Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/4 cup Melissa’s Produce Steamed Artichoke Hearts
  • 1 cup cooked organic, cage-free chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 1 zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or liquid aminos
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • Sea salt and pepper

Directions: In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients and toss until well mixed. In a smaller bowl, add all the dressing ingredients. Mix the dressing together using a fork and then drizzle the dressing on the salad ingredients. Toss the salad to ensure the dressing is evenly coating the ingredients.

Authentic Product Pick: Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk

Suncoast Gold Mac Milk

Are you sick of soy milk? Is almond milk boring your taste buds? Liven up your smoothies with my latest obsession, macadamia milk! That’s right. Now you can enjoy the delicious flavor of these tasty little nuts in liquid form. Best of all? You are getting all of the amazing nutrients found in macadamia nuts, like heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, energizing B vitamins, tissue-building protein, and immune-boosting antioxidants.

Suncoast Gold recently launched their popular line of macadamia milks here in the USA and I couldn’t be more excited! The brand, known for its quality range of macadamia products, from flavored macadamias to macadamia oil, has created this creamy nut milk in two flavors – Original and Unsweetened. Both flavors are delicious, smooth, and pair nicely with a variety of ingredients. I recently used the original flavor in a green smoothie and it was amazing (see the recipe below).

Macadamia milk is a delicious and healthy alternative to dairy, soy, oat, almond and coconut milk. You can enjoy it plain or add it to smoothies. It’s also easy to add to a variety of recipes (I added some to my homemade muesli at it was super yummy). Macadamia milk is naturally lactose, cholesterol, gluten and GMO free. It’s also packed with nutrients to help you look and feel your best.

Learn more about this amazing macadamia milk by visiting their website at www.macmilk.com.au. I also encourage you to check out their Facebook page and become a fan. I know that you will enjoy this milk as much as I do!

Green Macadamia Milk SmoothieHealthy green smoothie

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 C spinach
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

 

 

Authentic Product Pick: ProYo High Protein Frozen Yogurt

ProYo Frozen Yogurt

Bored with yogurt? Confused by which brand is the best? Let me make it easy for you. Head on over to the frozen foods section of your local grocery store and get yourself some ProYo High Protein Frozen Yogurt! Not only is this a delicious treat, it is PACKED with protein, probiotics, and other nutrients to help you look and feel your best.

ProYo was started by Santa Barbara native Nathan Carey. This active fellow experienced a devastating weightlifting accident that left his arm snapped in three places. Ouch! During his recovery, Nathan noticed that most of the existing high-protein shakes and bars found on the market were surprisingly laden with high levels of sugar and stabilizers. This didn’t fly with Nathan, so he set out to formulate a distinctive high-protein frozen yogurt that featured more balanced nutrition and amazing taste. After extensive research and development, Nathan successfully created ProYo, a premium, low-fat frozen yogurt packed with 20 grams of protein per handy tube. Best of all? ProYo is now certified gluten-free, soy-free, and GMO-free. It also does not contain any artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. How cool is that?

One bite of ProYo and you will be hooked! There are four flavors to choose from; Blueberry Pomegranate (my fave), Dutch Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Banana Vanilla. I love that the yogurt comes in handy tubes, making it easy for you to take ProYo on the go! You can also squeeze some of the yogurt out and add it to a nourishing smoothie. I did this with the Vanilla Bean flavor and my smoothie was delicious!

ProYo is available at a variety of stores around the nation, including Safeway, Whole Foods Markets, and Tom Thumb. Learn more by visiting their website at www.proyofrozenyogurt.com. I know that you are going to love this yogurt as much as I do!

App Review: OMG. I Can Meditate! – Bring Peace and Relaxation to your Busy Life

Meditation. We’ve all heard about it. Just about every wellness expert or yogi will rave about the impact meditation has had on their lives. OMG! I Can MeditateBut what if you are like me and live a super busy life? Between balancing family and work, it can be hard to set aside time to meditate on a daily basis. You want to meditate but it is just too hard! Perhaps you have watched some guided meditation videos only to find yourself asleep on the floor by the time the video ends. Maybe you’ve purchased a meditation CD but it is now being used as a coaster on your coffee table. Well, now there is hope for all of us wannabe meditating maniacs. I recently discovered an amazing app called OMG. I Can Meditate! and it has completely changed my life and meditating experience.

OMG. I Can Meditate! was created primarily for people who have never meditated before, as well as those who are like me and have tried without much success. OMG. I Can Meditate! completely de-mystifies the process of learning to meditate, in just 10 relaxing minutes a day! Best of all? This guided meditation app uses simple, everyday language to clearly explain the meditation process. No more confusing spiritual leader mumbo-jumbo! This app clearly guides you through a new meditation every day which means you will never get bored by listening to the same thing over and over again. I also love that you can use the app anytime and anywhere! You can access it on your computer as well as Android phones, tablets and the IOS app on iPhone and iPad.

OMG! I Can MeditateOMG. I Can Meditate! was created by Certified meditation coach, author of “Get Balanced, Get Blissed” and app co-founder, Lynne Goldberg. Lynne was a successful business executive whose life began to spiral downward after a rapid succession of devastating life blows. Following the loss of twin baby girls, her mother, her marriage, and her job, she turned to meditation to keep her head above water. Not only did she turn her own life around, as a meditation and life coach she is now passionate about helping others and educating them about the power of meditation.

OMG. I Can Meditate! has a library full of specialized meditations and guided visualizations that apply to a wide variety of life situations. Topics include Attracting Abundance, Releasing Fear, Building Self-Esteem, Managing Anger, and even Dealing with a Boss that’s a Jerk. Love that! The app also contains a variety of tools to help bring the meditative state of mind into daily life.

Learn more by visiting their website at www.omgmeditate.com and download the iPhone / iPad meditation app here. I know that you will love this meditation program as much as I do!

OMG! I Can Meditate

Authentic Product Pick: Good Habit Box

 

Good Habit Box

If you are on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the ads for subscription boxes that you can have delivered to your door. It seems like there is a box for everything; beauty products, dog treats, and the most popular….health food. Being a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve tried out the majority of these healthy boxes and I wasn’t impressed. A lot of these so-called “healthy snacks” were laden with sugar, salt, and of course….natural flavors. On the flip side, some of these subscriptions send you a box full of small product samples. Why would you pay money each month for samples that you could pick up for free at your local grocery store? This made no sense to me. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to try out Good Habit Box! Not only do they create their own delicious products, they are loaded with authentically nourishing ingredients. Good Habit Box believes that snacks should be fuel to help us perform at our peak. Even though we live in a fast-paced world, it doesn’t mean we should sacrifice our diets to processed, packaged foods.

Good Habit Box has everything you need to stay happy and healthy throughout your day. The added bonus is that the food is created by an avid foodie…so you know that it is going to taste amazing! Here is how it works: you choose how many boxes are sent to you every month, filled with yummy goodies. The subscriptions are super affordable too. You can get one box for only $16.99 a month! When the box arrives, you start by selecting one of their delicious breakfast items. I personally loved the Forrest Berry Oatmeal. It contains gluten-free organic oats, flax seeds, organic honey, delicious raisins, currants, cranberries, and goji berries. All you do is empty the packet of oatmeal into a mug, add hot water, and let it stand for 2 minutes. This is perfect for busy professionals that don’t have time to make an elaborate healthy breakfast. You can literally make it right at your desk! For an afternoon boost, I loved the Monk Mix. This packet contained nourishing raw cashews, pepitas, golden raisins, and goji berries. Yum! Best of all? Each Good Habit Box comes with organic green tea. Sipping a cup of this hot tea is the perfect way to unwind after a long day. All of the good contained in each box comes in portable packets, so you can take everything with you on-the-go!

Another reason I love Good Habit Box is that they genuinely care about giving back to the community. That’s why they are committed to donate a portion of every sale to help end childhood hunger, both locally in our neighborhoods and around the world. Love that!

Learn more about Good Habit Box by visiting their website at www.goodhabitbox.com and be sure to like their Facebook page as well. If you are considering joining a box subscription service, this is the one! I know that you will love it as much as I do.

 

Authentic Product Pick: Four Sigma Foods Instant Mushroom Drinks

Four Sigma Foods

“I believe that mushrooms have the potential to become the new kale.”

That’s what President of Four Sigma Foods, Tero Isokauppila said to me and I have to agree! Mushrooms are a marvelous way to incorporate a variety of nutrients into your daily diet. From Lion’s Mane to Shiitake, there are so many varieties to choose from! But what happens if you don’t have the time or know how to prepare them? What if the mushrooms you want aren’t available in your area? That’s where the Four Sigma Instant Mushroom Drinks come into play. This company has created delicious and nourishing products that make it easy to reap the benefits of mushrooms!

The drinks from Four Sigma Foods are as authentic as it gets. They use ingredients like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, and Goji to create their brilliant teas. You won’t find any sugar, caffeine, or fillers in their products. They are also suitable for vegans, they are allergen-free, and all-natural. Love that! The mushrooms they use are wild-picked and log-grown mushrooms. Each batch is carefully tested for pesticides, heavy metals, irradiation and aflatoxins. They also use 100% fruiting bodies, and no cheap, mycelial biomass. Best of all? They use a dual-extraction process to get the max amount of nutrients out of each mushroom. How cool is that?

So, how does it taste? You wouldn’t even know that you are drinking mushroom tea! I enjoy a mug of Instant Shiitake in the morning with a drop of raw honey. It’s delicious! If you have more of a sweet tooth, be sure to try out the Xoco Blue mushroom hot chocolate drink. It’s loaded with Reishi mushroom, tasty cacao, rose hip, and cinnamon. This is the perfect way to warm up on a brutal winter day! I also enjoyed the Instant Reishi tea. It honestly tastes more like licorice that mushrooms…yum! I believe that you could serve this to the pickiest of eaters and they would enjoy it.

Learn more about Four Sigma Foods by visiting their website at www.foursigmafoods.com. I also recommend that you check out their Facebook page and become a fan. I know that you will love these delicious and nourishing products as much as I do. Go Shroom Army!

Authentic Product Pick: Siddha Flower Essences

Siddha Flower Essences

 

Do you believe that when given the right natural ingredients, our bodies can operate at their fullest potential? Do you enjoy using natural healing methods to promote optimal wellness throughout the body? If so, you might be a big fan of homeopathy! That means it is time to try out my latest obsession…the homeopathic sprays from Siddha Flower Essences. These products are amazingly easy to use and work to help your healthy and happy self flourish!

In case you are not familiar with homeopathic medicine, it is a philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. This natural form of medicine was founded in the late 1700’s and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as a normal response of the body as it attempts to regain health. It has been used to help heal everything from relieving allergies to promoting a positive mood. Homeopathic medicine is not something that you replace traditional medicine with. It is important to talk with your doctor to determine what medical treatment is going to be best for you.

Siddha Flower Essences help to resolve the internal causes of whatever is ailing you. By resolving stress in the nervous system the body has a better chance to heal itself naturally. When we address the symptoms on a subtle electrical and energetic level, we are able to take care of our bodies from the inside out.  This is the essence of preventative healthcare!

So how did Siddha Flower Essences get started? It began as a joint venture between an acupuncturist raised in a family of western MD’s and a Marine infantry captain who served two tours in Iraq. The acupuncturist’s vision was a life of balance, harmony and peace. The Marine’s ideal was a life of clarity, freedom and health. Together, they worked to create an amazing line of homeopathic products.

There are so many great products to choose from that it was hard for me to select my to my top three favorites! First of all, let’s talk about the Abandonment and Separation spray for dogs. I have a 10 month old Malamute puppy who gets very upset when I leave the house. I started using this spray on him and I have noticed that he has calmed down. This spray is completely safe to use on dogs and it contains inactive ingredients like essence of Chrysanthemum, Mulberry, and Allspice to promote a peaceful disposition in your dog.  The next product I loved was the Lung and Sinus spray. I started using this to help heal my nasty cold that plagued me for two weeks. I just sprayed some of it in my mouth twice a day. It’s that easy! This spray is full of inactive ingredients like essence of Eucalyptus and Jasmine. How cool is that? Last but not least, I am loving the Youthful Skin spray. This product was originally developed to address minor trauma resulting from martial arts practice: small cuts, scrapes, bruises, and bumps. However, it was found to be even more effective for aesthetic applications! You just give the affected area on your body a handful of sprays (twice a day) and you are good to go!

Learn more about Siddha Flower Essences by visiting their website at www.siddhaflowers.com. I also recommend checking out their Facebook page and becoming a fan. I know that you will love these amazing products as much as I do!

Authentic Product Pick: Field Roast Grain Meat Co.

Field Roast Grain Meat Co.

Are you vegan, vegetarian, or trying to follow a plant-based diet? If so, this review is for you! I recently had the pleasure of trying out the delicious products from the Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Even if you aren’t eating a plant-based diet, you are going to love the flavors and textures of these amazing products!

Have you ever heard of grain meat? Believe it or not, it’s actually been around for quite some time! In fact, it has a rich history that spans over 13 centuries in multiple countries. The tradition of using grains (specifically wheat) began in 7th century China. Buddhist monks would make and enjoy this protein-rich food as a safe and healthy meat-alternative. Fast forward to 1997, Chef David Lee brings the same delicious grain meats to the modern world with a delicious charcuterie-style twist. Working with his brother, Richard Lee, David founded the Field Roast Grain Meat Co. His products received a tremendous response from vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters combined! Today, Field Roast products can be found in grocery stores nationwide as well as at a variety of restaurants, universities, and stadiums.

So, how are the Field Roast products made? It’s a simple process that starts in small batches. It begins with adding dry ingredients (wheat, flour, and spices) to wet ingredients (lemon juice, filtered water, cider vinegar, and expeller-pressed safflower oil). The next step is to add fresh vegetables and delicious garlic. The mixture is then steamed, packaged, and ready to eat! The Field Roast Grain Meat Co. gets all of its ingredients locally and makes sure that they are of the highest quality. They take pride in the fact that these ingredients are 100% vegan, non-GMO, and soy-free. They sell everything from sausages to meatloaf….they even have delicious vegan cheese!

Learn more about the Field Roast Grain Meat Co. by visiting their website at www.fieldroast.com. I also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page here. Even if you don’t eat a plant-based diet, be sure to give these products a try. They are absolutely delicious!

Authentic Product Pick: SCD Essential Probiotics (All Natural Liquid Supplement)

SCD Essential Probiotics

Are you taking probiotics? If not, you should be! There are so many different types to choose from and it can be overwhelming to know which one is the best for you. From capsules to powders, where does one start? Look no further because I love SCD Essential Probiotics All Natural Liquid! It is so easy to include this product into your daily supplement routine. Best of all? It is loaded with beneficial bacteria, like L. Acidophilus, B. Longum, and B.Bifidum. It’s also a vegan-friendly product, making it a wonderful addition for those with a plant-based diet.

It all started back in 1998 by SCD Probiotics founder and visionary, Matthew Wood. Years ago, Matthew had lost his mother to leukemia. Matthew believed that the environment she had lived in and the foods she ate may have had an adverse effect on her health over her lifespan. It was this concern over the current environmental and social problems that led Matthew to believe the lifestyles practiced in most industrial societies are unsustainable, thus unhealthy. This is why he set out on his quest to foster social change and create an amazingly healthy, beneficial product. Both Matthew and SCD Probiotics continue to develop technology that facilitates models of sustainability while producing the highest quality of probiotic products. His work doesn’t stop there! Fluent in English, Spanish and Japanese, Matthew is a frequent guest speaker at global conferences about sustainability and probiotic technology. Additionally, Matthew is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines, abroad and throughout the US. How cool is that?

So why are probiotics important for us? First of all, probiotics or “friendly bacteria” play a key role in promoting digestive health. Our bodies have more than 1,000 different types of bacteria living inside of our guts. This bacteria helps us break down food and absorb the nutrients. When we take antibiotics, eat a poor diet, live in toxic or stressful environments, this good bacteria can deteriorate. This is when we start to experience a slew of health problems and frustrating symptoms. By taking SCD Probiotics on a regular basis, we can keep the population of good bacteria thriving and help our digestive system stay healthy. Probiotics also play an important role in boosting immunity, women’s health, and preventing allergies.

Curious how to include SCD Probiotics in your daily supplement routine? It’s so easy! If you are an adult, you just need 1 Tbsp a day. If you are giving it to your kids (ages 2-12), they just need 1 tsp. You can drink it as a “shot” with a bit of water or add it to juice. You can also add it to a variety of smoothie recipes! In fact, I recently made this gem of a recipe that I think you will enjoy:

Energizing Probiotic Berry SmoothieEnergizing Probiotic Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful organic spinach leaves
  • 1 cup mixed organic berries
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp SCD Essential Probiotics liquid

Learn more about SCD Essential Probiotics by visiting their website at www.essentialprobiotics.com. I also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page here. I know that you will love this probiotic product as much as I do!