Stone fruit season is here! And I couldn’t be happier. Really though, what says summer more than peaches? This Creamy Vanilla Peach Smoothie features ALOHA’s Vanilla Protein Powder. 100% plant-based, this powder is made with organic hemp seed protein, organic pumpkin seed protein and organic pea protein. Each serving offers 18g of protein and 200mg of omega-3s and is an excellent source of iron and magnesium. I love that this protein powder doesn’t have that chalky taste that so many others do. The vanilla flavor pairs well with the fresh peaches and yogurt.
I included tocos, reishi and cordyceps in this recipe, but feel free to swap those out. You could use collagen in place of the tocos, and any adaptogens you like in place of the reishi and cordyceps. Or if you don’t have any of those things, just exclude them altogether. The smoothie will be just as tasty. Enjoy!
[This post is sponsored by ALOHA. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Creamy Vanilla Peach Smoothie
[Makes 1 bowl]
1 zucchini, peeled and chopped
1 cup ripe peaches
1 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
2 scoops ALOHA Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon goji berries
1 Tablespoon tocotrienols
1/2 teaspoon reishi
1/2 teaspoon cordyceps
To garnish: Fresh peaches, dried coconut chips, bee pollen and edible silver
1. ) In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until very smooth. Pour into a bowl, top with desired garnishes and enjoy!
This breakfast toast is perfectly simple and tastes oh-so-freaking good! Topped with Manitoba Harvest Toasted Hemp Seeds for the ultimate savory crunch. This seasonal pesto features Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, which give the pesto a creamy texture while adding 10-grams of protein for every 30-gram serving and all 10 essential amino acids. Hemp contains omega-3, omega-6, stearidonic acid (SDA) and the rare omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA has been shown to help with cholesterol, inflammation, skin and hair health, balancing hormones and general heart health. Not to mention, hemp is a dual-crop plant, meaning that both parts of the plant are used. The stalk in clothing fiber and textile applications, and the top where all the seeds are for hemp food products. It’s one of the most sustainable crops for farmers to grow. You can read more about hemp, here.
I’ve been loving garlic scapes this season. Pesto is probably my favorite way to use them, but they’re also amazing roasted and eaten as a side dish or on top of a quinoa veggie bowl. This is really embarrassing, but I finally got my first food processor in May, so needless-to-say my pesto game has really improved. No more blender pesto. Yay!
[This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Garlic Scape Arugula Pesto
[Makes about 2 cups]
For the pesto:
3/4 cup garlic scapes, chopped
2 cups arugula, packed tightly
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt + pepper, to taste
For the toasts:
Gluten-free bread, toasted
Sunnyside up fried egg
Radishes, sliced thin
Manitoba Harvest Toasted Hemp Seeds
Salt + pepper, to taste
1.) In a food processor, combine all pesto ingredients and process to desired consistency. [Note: Store extra pesto in airtight container in there refrigerator for up to a week.]
2.) Assemble toasts by smearing toasted bread with pesto, top with fried egg and radishes. Sprinkle with Toasted Hemp Seeds, salt and pepper. Enjoy!
I’ve been collecting crystal gemstones since I was 5 years old. Some I still have and others I’ve lost along the way. I started collecting them as a child mostly for aesthetic reasons, but as my collection has grown it’s been powerful to connect with these crystals’ different energies and experience their healing powers. I’m by no means an expert, but I’m happy to share this post with you to hopefully inspire you to work with crystals or start your own collection. Here are a few ways I like to use them:
- Holding a crystal in my hand during my meditation practice
- Carrying a crystal or 3 with me when I’m traveling
- To create sacred spaces throughout my haus
- Using them directly on my body as they correlate with the chakras
- As tools when I’m setting monthly intentions at the new moon
Every month I like to cleanse my crystals or “recharge” them in the light of the full moon. This allows them to return to their full frequency after being used all month for various purposes. Even if you don’t believe in the vibrational and healing powers of crystals, they are undeniably beautiful to look at and promote a sense of peace and tranquility. The list below is just a very small sampling of crystals. There are so many more out there. This book is a great resource for looking up crystals and their meanings, and this book is great for ways to use your crystals.
Corresponding chakra: All, but particularly the Crown
Benefits and healing properties: Aids in spiritual growth, brings balance, and promotes and restores well-being, stimulates the immune system, promotes energy flow and clarity of thinking, and is a powerful healing stone for any condition
Color: Pale pink to red rose
Corresponding chakra: Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral
Benefits and healing properties: Grounds, soothes, manifests unconditional love and forgiveness, stabilizes blood circulation and improves blood flow
Zodiac: Taurus, Libra
Color: Sky blue, white, colorless, brown, yellow, orange, and red
Corresponding chakra: Throat, Third Eye, Crown
Benefits and healing properties: An excellent healing stone, helps eliminate toxins, supports clear vision and communication, associated with divine and angelic energies
Corresponding chakra: Solar Plexus, Root
Benefits and healing properties: Revitalizing and cleansing; it provides happiness, courage, hope, and warmth. Helps the digestive organs and the heart, reduces infection, aids in detoxing the physical, emotional and mental bodies, and is helpful for menstrual symptoms
Zodiac: Gemini, Aries, Leo, Libra
Color: Colorless, white, gray, green, brown
Corresponding chakras: Third Eye, Crown
Benefits and healing properties: Helps release suppressed emotions, assists with overcoming anxiety, worries, and fears, allows for a deeper state of relaxation
Zodiac: Gemini, Libra, Pisces
Corresponding chakras: Throat, Third Eye/Brow, Root, Heart
Benefits and healing properties: Cleanses and purifies, enhances spiritual energy flow, clears and balances all chakras, promotes self-confidence, reduces fear, protects against negative energies, strengthens the immune system, provides pain relief to the spinal column
Color: Pale lavender to deep violet
Corresponding chakras: Third Eye, Crown
Benefits and healing properties: Enhances spiritual awareness, peacefulness, and contentment, wards off negativity, helps to heal during times of grief, relieves tension headaches, eye strain and skin irritations, good stone to travel with
Zodiac: Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius, Capricorn
Color: Yellowish grey to grey
Corresponding chakras: Solar Plexus
Benefits and healing properties: Shields against negative energy, keeps out negative vibrations at the physical level, can be used in repairing bones and cells, reduces inflammation
Color: Milky-white, pearly opaline
Corresponding chakras: Crown, Third Eye, Heart
Benefits and healing properties: Calming effect, facilitates intuition, enhances perception and discernment, stimulates confidence, fosters happiness, helps the digestive and reproductive systems, eliminates toxins, and helps PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
Zodiac: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio
Color: Iridescent with vibrant colors
Corresponding chakras: All
Benefits and healing properties: Stimulates intuition, banishes fear and insecurities, calms the mind, energizes the imagination, relieves stress, regulates metabolism, balances hormones, relieves menstrual tension, lowers blood pressure
Zodiac: Sagittarius, Scorpio, Leo
Corresponding chakras: Heart, Solar Plexus
Benefits and healing properties: Used for deep energy cleaning, bringing healing, restoring strength and vitality, transformation, protection, encourages safe and easy travel
Zodiac: Capricorn, Scorpio
Aqua Aura Spirit Quartz
Color: Bright blue
Corresponding chakras: Crown, Solar Plexus
Benefits and healing properties: Activates soul energy, provides protection, encourages communication from the heart, protects against radiation
Zodiac: Pisces, Cancer
Color: Orange-brown, blue, green,
Corresponding chakras: Third Eye, Crown
Benefits and healing properties: Promotes flexibility, brings clarity of mind, clears confusion, helps with overcoming stagnation in one’s life
Color: Light grayish-brown to deep black, transparent or translucent
Corresponding chakras: Root
Benefits and healing properties: Relieves fear, lifts depression, brings emotional calmness, facilitates manifestation, helps bring one’s dreams to reality
Zodiac: Capricorn, Sagittarius
PORTLAND! My heart. My home. Such a special city. I’ve been living here since 2008, and my how it has changed, but it still remains the place I love returning to and the place I call home. I would say the most amazing part about this city to me is the people that live here. Seriously. The sense of community here is what has kept me here all these years. Of course everyone has a different list of their favorite local spots, but here are my top Portland picks right now. Of course, this list is always changing and evolving, so I will try to update it as so. This guide is divided up by neighborhood for easy navigation. Enjoy!
Tea Bar – The best tea lattes in town! I love the matcha (obviously) and the London Fog.
The Yo! Store – Super fun vintage selection and homewares and accessories.
Workshop PDX – Florals, workshops, homewares. What’s not to like?
The Yoga Space – Insanely gorgeous studio. Take a class with Michele Loew if you can.
Prasad – The OG healthy Portland spot. Delicious juices, smoothies and bowls. They have another location on the east side and their sister restaurant Harlow on SE Hawthorne.
Pine Street Market – All under one roof!
Shalom Y’all! – Cutest little spot with delicious Israeli food.
WM Goods – Such a beautiful space with lots of great clothing, gift items, ceramics and books.
Backtalk – The merchandising in this shop is insane. A lovely mix of new clothing and vintage items.
Maurice – One of the cutest restaurants in town. Attention to detail is 100%.
Alder & Co – This shop is a dream. Complete with Hilary Horvath’s Flowers inside.
Victoria Bar – Great spot for a casual drink. They have a nice patio for sunny days.
Por Que No? – No trip to Portland is complete without tacos from Por Que No? They have another location on SE Hawthorne too.
Locale – Best place for a Mizuba matcha latte.
Pistils Nursery – Lovely nursery with amazing attached greenhouse. Sell a bunch of ceramics, tonics and crystals.
Milk Glass Mrkt – Cutest neighborhood restaurant. It’s literally right around the corner from my haus, so you may see me there. I always get the eggs & greens.
Broder – One of my all-time favorite brunch spots. Everything here is amazing. They have locations in SE and SW too.
Barre3 – Work off all the tacos. They have several locations throughout Portland.
Solabee – Sweetest floral and plant shop. Serious #plantgoals and #plantladies.
Beam and Anchor – This shop is truly special. Each item is beautiful and made by hand. Really amazing selection of ceramics too.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai – Get the #1 with a side of pickles. Just do it.
Kachka – This is such a fun dining experience. Russian food and vodka. Highly recommend if you’re with a group.
Tusk – By far the prettiest restaurant in town. I basically want my haus to look like this place. Oh, and the salads/food are spectacular too.
Afuri – Japanese. The best.
Spartan Shop -New to Portland. I love this shop SO much. Amazingly curated collection of homewares, fragrances, candles, books, etc. etc.
Jacqueline – Cutest neighborhood spot. The food and drinks are delish and the vibe is just right.
Canteen – Yummy bowls, juices and smoothies.
Artifact – One of my favorite vintage shops in town. And everything is SO freaking cheap.
Field Trip – This place is so special. Try walking out without buying something. I dare you.
Vivienne – Sweetest little cafe. Love the vibe here.
Proud Mary – These guys are doing it right. Such delicious and beautiful food. Great for breakfast, brunch and coffee.
Knot Springs – Such a luxurious place to spend the day – yoga, sauna, soak. Do it.
Angel Face – Favorite place for happy hour. Mostly a place where I like to go on girlfriend-only dates, but good for any kind of date.
Eb & Bean – Best dairy-free soft serve I’ve ever had in my life.
The People’s Yoga – Affordable yoga with amazing teachers. Take a class with Sarah Robinette or Suniti Dernovsek if you can. They have 3 locations in Portland.
Broth Bar – This place is beyond. Broth dreams come true!
Palace – This shop has it all. Cute clothing, books, housewares, body care.
Loyly – One of my favorite places for a sauna. You can get single use Dr. Hauschka face masks to use while you relax. They have 2 locations in Portland.
Ed’s House of Gems – If you’re looking to expand your gem collection, this is the place.
New favorite salad alert! A spin on the traditional caesar salad with tahini in the dressing. This salad feels decadent and is supremely satisfying. The dukkah goes well on just about anything. The recipe makes way more than you will need for this salad, so store leftovers in a mason jar in the refrigerator and sprinkle on salads, grain bowls, toasts, etc. as desired.
Vegan Caesar Salad with Dukkah and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
For the dukkah:
1 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 Tablespoons coriander seeds
2 Tablespoons cumin seeds
Salt + pepper to taste
1.) Preheat oven to 350°. Toast hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet in preheat oven for about 5 minutes or until toasted. Remove from heat. Rub between a clean towel to remove as much of the brown skins as possible. Pulse nuts in food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
2.) Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat and add to bowl with hazelnuts.
3.) Toast coriander and cumin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat and add to bowl with hazelnuts and sesame.
4.) Add salt and pepper to taste and toss mixture together. This will be more than you need for salad recipe, so store in mason jar and use to top salads, veggie bowls and any other favorite dishes.
For the spicy roasted chickpeas:
1 15oz cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon hot chili powder
2 tablespoons avocado oil
Salt + pepper to taste
1.) Preheat oven to 400°. Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas. Toss with avocado oil, chili powder, salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, tossing a few times during roasting.
For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons tahini or cashew butter
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons capers
1 clove garlic
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 Tablespoons water
Salt + pepper to taste
1.) In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until very smooth. Dressing will be thick.
For the salad:
3 romaine hearts, chopped small
Lemon wedges, to serve
1.) Using your hands, mix the romaine with the dressing. Top with dukkah and the chickpeas. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!
These Paleo Breakfast Nachos are definitely my new favorite dish to make for brunch. They’re relatively easy to make and are extremely satisfying. The key for success with this recipe is using a mandolin to uniformly and thinly slice the sweet potato chips. I have this mandolin, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I use it for slicing veggies multiple times a day. Just be careful of your fingers! The other key for success here is making sure the chips are spread out over the baking sheet without any overlapping. You will most likely need 2-3 baking sheets to make this happen. This will allow them to get nice and crispy. These are dairy-free, cheeseless nachos, which may seem like an oxymoron, but the gooey eggs take the place of any cheese, and I seriously didn’t even notice or care that there was no cheese or cheeze involved.
Paleo Breakfast Nachos
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, sliced thinly using a mandolin
2 Tablespoons avocado oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, cooked sunny side up or however desired
1 cup black beans
1 avocado, sliced
1 jalapeño, sliced into rounds
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup salsa (I used this fermented kind)
1.) Preheat oven to 425° Slice the sweet potatoes 1/8” thin using a mandolin. In a large mixing bowl, toss to coat with the avocado oil and salt.
2.) Spread sweet potato slices on 2-3 rimmed baking sheets making sure that none of the slices are overlapping. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
3.) Meanwhile, prep the veggies and cook the eggs. To make a sunny side up egg: oil a small cast iron pan and heat over medium. Once the pan is hot, turn down the temperature. Crack the egg into the pan and allow to fry for about 3-5 minutes or until the egg white is mostly set. To finish the egg, cover pan with lid, turn off heat and allow to sit for another 1-3 minutes.
4.) Once the sweet potatoes are finished, remove from oven and pile onto one baking sheet. Cover with black beans and avocado slices. Carefully slide each of the eggs on top of the chips. Top with jalapeño, scallions, cilantro and your favorite salsa. Enjoy!
Beyond excited to announce that I’m partnering with a few of my favorite brands to give one lucky person a chance to win the ultimate Smoothie Starter Pack! Grand prize includes:
+Vitamix Ascent 2500
+2 Mazama hand blown pint glasses
+3 of my favorite products from Amazing Grass
+A variety of herbs, smoothie toppings and add-ins from Mountain Rose Herbs
+Smoothie Queen sweatshirt and pin
To enter, must be following @alison__wu, @vitamix, @shopmazama, @amazinggrass and @mountainroseherbs on Instagram. Then simply leave a comment below on this blog post telling me what would be in your dream smoothie. Contest open to US residents only. Winner announced May 9, 2017.
[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to winner Carissa P!]
And now, about this smoothie! Same smoothie, styled 2 different ways. Either way, delicious. Super simple recipe and a great base for adding colors. Feel free to change the colors based on what ingredients you’re working with. Enjoy the recipe and good luck on the giveaway! XO
Spring-Inspired Layered Smoothie
[Makes 2 large smoothies or 4 smaller smoothies]
2 medium-sized zucchini, peeled and chopped into 1″ rounds
2 Tablespoons coconut butter
2 scoops collagen powder or vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup coconut yogurt + more for layering
3/4 cup almond mylk
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of any of your favorite adaptogens – I added ashwagandha, maca and astragalus
For the greyish layer: 1/2 teaspoon blue algae powder + 2 frozen blackberries
For the yellow layer: 2 Tablespoons freeze dried mango + a sprinkle of turmeric
For the pink layer: 1/2 teaspoon pitaya powder OR 1 teaspoon grated beet
To garnish: raw matcha macaroons (I used this brand), frozen berries and/or dried cornflowers
1.) In a high-speed blender, blend bananas, zucchini, coconut butter, collagen/protein powder, coconut yogurt, almond mylk and adaptogens (if using) until smooth. Divide between 3 bowls.
2.) To make the greyish layer, blend contents of 1 bowl, blue algae powder and blackberries until well combined. Pour into bowl and set aside.
3.) To make yellow layer, blend contents of 1 bowl, freeze dried mango and turmeric until well combined. Pour into bowl and set aside.
4.) To make pink layer, blend contents of 1 bowl and pitaya powder or beet until well combined. Pour into bowl and set aside.
5.) Using a spoon layer some coconut yogurt on the bottom of your glasses then do the same with the yellow, pink and greyish layers. If you want a tie dye affect, use a chopstick to swirl the smoothie against the glass. Top with garnishes and enjoy!
You guys! I’m so excited to share this post with you. It’s been a long time coming, and here it finally is! A little about my journey toward using non-toxic products. I started using some natural products in my early 20s for environmental and hormonal reasons. This was around the same time that I started to notice how much plastic we use on a regular basis and was reading about how it can negatively effect our hormones. I rid my kitchen of all plastic tupperware and made an effort to not buy or use any food packaging or containers with BPA. At this time, I was also making an effort to choose environmentally friendly, non-toxic products over mainstream, chemical-laden products, but I would say I was probably only 65% on board. I was still using toxic makeup and probably a few other toxic products.
Fast forward about 5 years. It was the middle of winter. It started as a small blemish/breakout around my mouth. At first, I didn’t think anything of it. Slowly, as a week past and the blemish had spread, I started to realize it wasn’t just a break out, but I didn’t know what it was. It was red, scaly, burning and itchy. I tried using apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, anything to soothe it and try to get it to minimize. As the weeks rolled on, it got worse and worse. Finally, after the breakout/rash had been there for a couple months and was covering 40% of my face, I went to see my best friend’s mom, who is a esthetician specializing in natural skincare. She thought it might be an infection of some sort and said I should go see a doctor. I made an appointment with my doctor and when I went in, she knew right away that it was perioral dermatitis. I was grateful I at least had an answer. She also said it’s fairly common among women. I agreed to a low-dose antibiotic because at that point I just wanted this nasty rash gone. Then when I got home I spent a good deal of time on the internet reading about perioral dermatitis and what natural solutions there were. Luckily for me, after some trial and error, I figured out mine was an allergic reaction to fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate (sls). I say lucky because I was able to simply cut these ingredients out of all my skin and body care products and the rash went away. Some women who suffer from perioral dermatitis don’t have as clear of an answer to what is causing it.
This diagnosis was the ultimate push to throw out my toxic makeup I sometimes wore, my toothpaste, my shampoo, basically anything that had any ingredients that could be potential irritants to my skin. I’ve always been a sensitive being in terms of allergic reactions in my body. Over the course of my life, I’ve suffered from food allergies, seasonal allergies, mold allergies, allergetic asthma and various forms of skin allergies. With each of those, I’ve always come back to treating the problem naturally. Western medicine often acts as a bandaid instead of addressing the problem head on. I’ve found herbs and natural remedies to be far more superior in eradicating the problem in most cases. I don’t like to say that I absolutely never use toxic products because that’s simply not true, and I also think labels are extremely limiting and dangerous in that way. I still get gel manicures. I dye my hair. But products I’m using on a daily basis are all natural and non-toxic.
Here are my favorite tips for taking care of your skin:
1.) Drink LOTS of water. Like more than you think is a lot. Keeping the skin and body hydrated is essential.
2.) Avoid or cut back on alcohol, dairy and sugar. In my experience, these 3 things have strong visual effects on my skin. Alcohol dehydrates and makes fine lines and wrinkles stand out. Dairy causes me to break out. Sugar causes inflammation, making my face look tired and puffy. Not to mention, all 3 of these things are terrible for your immune system.
3.) Pamper your skin! Treat it like gold. Do face masks weekly or multiple times a week. Invest in quality products that make your skin feel good. Exfoliate! You don’t have to pay top dollar for a facial at your local spa. Just give yourself one. It’s nice to splurge on a facial once or twice a year, but take matters into your own hands and pamper your skin on a regular basis.
4.) Wear SPF and avoid the sun as much as possible. I used to bake in the sun with no sunscreen on in my early 20s. When I turned 26, something clicked in my head and I started wearing SPF and covering my head/face when I’m in the sun. I still like to enjoy the sun when I’m on a beach vacation, but I always wear sunscreen (and reapply often) and cover my face with a large sunhat.
5.) Eat clean, organic whole foods! You can’t expect to have amazing glowing skin if you’re eating a bunch of crap. If you’re already eating clean, organic, whole foods, try adding some supplements that will give your skin that extra boost. I love collagen peptides, tocos, he shou wu and astragalus, but there are so many more.
6.) Tell yourself you have beautiful skin every single day. My dear friend, Reem, who’s taught me so much about natural skincare and beauty (and who happens to have the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen), gives her clients this advice and follows it herself. Years ago when I had a perioral dermatitis outbreak, she told me to repeat this mantra everyday in the morning when I woke up and looked into the mirror. I started doing it then and I’ve continued to do it everyday since then. Our words are powerful. The stories we tell ourselves are powerful. “I have beautiful skin. I have beautiful skin. I have beautiful skin.”
I’m about to turn 31, so my skin goals have changed considerably as I’m starting to notice the effects of aging. It’s always best to consider your skin goals before deciding which products to buy. That being said, here are the products I’m currently using:
Cleanser: Eminence Lemon Cleanser. I also love Dr. Haushka’s Cleansing Milk and Cleansing Cream. I usually just wash my face with a cleanser at night. In the morning, I typically wash my face with warm water and finish with several splashes of cold water.
Toner: January Labs Restorive Tonic Mist and Mountain Rose Herbs Rose Geranium Hydrosol. I’m obsessed with spritzing my face. I do it like 20 times a day. The main reason I use a toner is that it balances pH, preventing the skin from becoming too dry or too oily after cleansing, and it tightens your pores. January Labs Tonic Mist also reactivates the Revitalizing Day Cream when spritzed throughout the day.
Serum: Cellex-C Hydra 5 B-Complex. Hyaluronic acid is really good for treating PD.
Day Cream: January Labs Revitalizing Day Cream.
Night Cream: January Labs Retexturizing Night Cream. I’ve seen greater results using this line of products than any other product line I’ve ever used. Highly recommend.
Body Moisturizer: Coconut oil is such an amazing moisturizer, and it’s cheap! If you’re looking for something more, I’ve recently been using Drifter Organic Body Butters, and I absolutely love them.
Soap: Pre de Provence Honey Almond Soap. I’ve been using this stuff for years, and I will never, ever stop using it. It’s the absolute best.
Deodorant: Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Geranium.
Toothpaste: Radius Coconut Oil Toothpaste Ginger Citrus.
Perfume: Le Labo Gaiac 10.
Mountain Rose Herbs is a great resource for buying ingredients to make your own skin care products. For all of these masks, mix all ingredients until well combined using a small wooden spoon. Apply to face (and neck, if desired). Let sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse face with warm water.
Charcoal Rose Detox Mask
3 capsules activated charcoal
2 teaspoons bentonite clay
1 Tablespoon rose water
Optional: rose petals
Spirulina-Silver Anti-Aging Mask
1 1/2 teaspoons spirulina
2 tablespoons 100% aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon colloidal silver
Matcha-Honey Firming Mask
1 Tablespoon matcha powder
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 Tablespoon 100% aloe vera gel
1 25 oz can (or 2 15 oz cans) garbanzo beans
1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup tahini
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice from 1 small lemon
Salt + pepper to taste
For the beet hummus: 1/3 cup grated raw beet, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
For the herb hummus: 1/3 cup full, 1/3 cup parsley and 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For the turmeric-pine nut hummus: 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 Tablespoon pine nuts, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1.) In a food processor or high-speed blender, process garbanzo beans, yogurt, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth.
2.) For the beet-thyme hummus, add 1/3 cup grated raw beet and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme. Process until smooth.
3.) For the herb hummus, add 1/3 cup full, 1/3 cup parsley and 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Process until smooth.
4.) For the turmeric-pine nut hummus, add 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 Tablespoon pine nuts, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Process until smooth.
5.) Serve with your favorite veggies and crackers. Enjoy!
2 cups almond mylk
2 Tablespoons coconut butter
6-8 frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon astragalus powder
6 Tablespoons chia seeds
Non-dairy yogurt for layering (preferably coconut yogurt)
To garnish: fresh strawberries, coconut chips and freeze dried strawberries (optional)
1.) Add Strawberry Almond juice, coconut butter, frozen strawberries, maca and astragalus to high-speed blender. Blend for about 45 seconds until well combined.
2.) Pour contents of the blender into an airtight container or bowl with sealable lid. Whisk in chia seeds for 2-3 minutes. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 2-3 hours.
3.) In a small cup, press thin strawberry slices again the dry glass. Using a spoon, layer the chia seed pudding and coconut yogurt. Top with coconut chips and crushed freeze-dried strawberries if desired. Enjoy! [Note: You can double the recipe to make a large batch of chia pudding that will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.]
Original recipe created for Pressed Juicery.