- January 10, 2018 -
Hey loves are you ready for some skin hydration? We’re still heavy into winter mode and most of us are suffering from parched skin. Skin hydration is 50% what you put on your skin and 50% how you feed your skin. To simplify hydrating skin food, I’ve developed the ultimate skin hydrating smoothie for you. Eating your water is a concept I learned about from Dr. Andrew Weil and it’s changed the way I think about hydration. Many other well respected physicians agree with this concept and offer stats to prove it, according to the Institute of Medicine, 20% of your water intake comes from food. If you’re missing out on eating hydrating foods your skin is most definitely suffering,
especially in these harsh winter months. I’m removing the guesswork for you by developing an easy smoothie recipe combining super hydrating foods like cucumber to give you youthful plump skin. “Due to their high water content, cucumbers are both hydrating and low in calories – only 13 per cup. Additionally, cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which reduce swelling and soothe skin irritations.” – Dr. Weil. I added high quality plant based protein, healthy vegan fat, and adaptogens to this recipe to create the most nourishing smoothie I could conjure up. Try this smoothie for a week and I promise you your skin will feel like the towel wrapped spa emoji.
SKIN HYDRATION SMOOTHIE
1 scoop Moon Juice vanilla mushroom protein powder
1 teaspoon or packet Moon Juice adaptogenic sex dust
2 tablespoons Kiki Health aloe ferox juice
1/4 of a frozen cucumber
3 florets of steamed then frozen cauliflower
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut water1 1/2 teaspoons maqui powder
1 teaspoon stevia powder
a tiny pinch of sea salt
Blend for about a minute or until well combined
* Adaptogen blends can be omitted if need be
- January 5, 2018 -
Hi loves happiest of fermentation Fridays! In honor of my favorite holiday I wanted to share my personal history with probiotics. First off I want to clarify what probiotics are, probiotics generally refer to live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system. It’s a simple explanation for a life changing group of happy gut bugs.
I never really gave much thought to probiotics until a friend brought me to a fermentation workshop in 2014. I learned about the benefits of probiotics and how to make my own fermented foods at home, on that day, my game was changed. I personally love arduous kitchen crafts so I took to home fermenting immediately. I began eating my probiotic home ferments everyday and seeing some major changes.
Pre probiotics I had dull, sensitive, acne prone skin, and I was very self conscious about it. After a few weeks I started to see changes in my skin, my breakouts were dissipating, I was ecstatic! As the weeks went on I started getting complements from friends, multiple people commented on my new glowy skin. My only lifestyle change was the probiotics, it was a dramatic shift that inspired me to share my fermentation practices on my blog and social media platforms. I’ve even gone on to offer DIY workshops to help spread the word about the power of probiotics. Until now I’ve been hesitant to offer suggestions on how you can incorporate probiotics into your life without coming to my workshop to get my trusty probiotic starter. Luckily I found a completely transparent and trusty probiotic purveyor that actually works!!
Silver Fern Brand is the first wellness supplement company that I am excited to share about! I’m so happy to find a great probiotic that I can suggest to you and have on hand when I’m unable to eat my Home ferments. For those of you who don’t have the time or desire to make your own probiotic food, Silver Fern Brand’s ultimate probiotic is the solution to healing your gut in 2018.
This probiotic supplement is superior to its many competitors because of three specific classifications.
Survivability certified: meaning that the probiotic components to the supplements will survive the harsh stomach conditions and make its way to the beneficial part of the GI tract
DNA tested: meaning They actually test the product to make sure it contains the helpful probiotics you need for a healthy gut
Pharmaceutical grade: meaning it has at least a 99% purity grade. It’s just high quality probiotics with no fillers!
If y’all are looking to try a probiotic, I’m all about this one! In addition to probiotics they have a trusty multivitamin and energy drink mix! If you have an active lifestyle and need a boost I highly suggest their endurance energy drink mix. I’ve been adding the yummy dye free raspberry lemonade to my water in the am before I do my French Girl Fitness Plan.
Take a second to check out Silver Fern Brand and let them help you love your best life! I’ll be taking my ultimate probiotic capsules on the road wherever 2018 may lead! Click the link below to try Silver Fern Brand
- January 1, 2018 -
HAPPY 2018 loves!! Aweeeeee I don’t know about you but I always get so excited for the fresh start of a new year! It’s the perfect time to reflect and think about many blessings you received in the previous year and how you want to build on what you’ve learned to make the next year that much better! This blog has gone through some changes in the last year, all directed by feedback from you! I’ve been slowly making the transition away from sharing about restaurants/recipes and honing in on green beauty and holistic skincare. My background in aesthetic nursing, home fermenting, and adopting a non toxic beauty lifestyle has given me the tools to help you on your journey to your best skin! I’m kicking off the new year with a seasonal skincare guide to help you navigate how the changing climate is effecting your skin. It’s january and the majority of the northern hemisphere is experiencing dry conditions that strip the moisture from skin, leaving it dry and chapped. My four tried and trusted green beauty picks for this winter season will hydrate your skin without clogging pores or creating breakouts.
WINTER SKINCARE GUIDE
Step 1) Cocokind Organic Chlorophyll Face Mask: My new favorite clarifying mask, I suggest using it at least once a week to gently purify skin and prevent clogged pores.It has Chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass, all the detoxifying greens to brighten your skin. I also love that it has a mild tightening effect on my skin.
Step 2) Osea Ocean Milk Cleanser: My all time favorite creamy cleanser, I use it everyday! It cleans skin without stripping it, then hydrates with Patagonian alge, it’s the perfect winter cleanser for all skin types.
Step 3) Cocokind Organic Rosewater Facial Toner: A luxurious hydrating toner for under $20! I’ve been using this toner multiple times a day, it is soooooo refreshing. I love using it before I put on moisturizer and mid day if my skin feels dry. The organic rose water softens and soothes skin, while also reducing dryness and leaving skin refreshed.
Step 4) January Labs Retexturizing Night Cream: OMG this moisturizer! I can’t sing its praises enough! This stuff makes my skin glow! This moisturizer is pure magic because it contains a high level of lactic acid and fruit extracts that naturally exfoliate skin to prevent breakouts, cleans pores, and slough off dead skin. It also contains
hyaluronic acid to strengthen skin elasticity, plump skin,and deeply hydrate during dry winter months.
I can’t wait for you loves to try this amazing winter skincare regime to have your best winter skin of life!!! Feel free to comment on this post with any questions! Xoxoxo happy new year.
- December 20, 2017 -
Happy Holidays loves. Tis’ the season to laugh, eat, relax, and spend quality time with the ones you hold dear. As I get older and have less free time, I value those special moments with loved ones even more. Spending time with my friends is an essential part of my holiday traditions. I’ll always thank my mother for instilling in me the importance of fostering female friendships. She always told me that your significant other alone will never be able to fulfill your communication or support needs. Now that I’m engaged I am so thankful that my mother gave me so many pearls of wisdom about allowing space for female connection and not expecting my parter to be my everything. Nothing beats communicating to someone who understands you, only another women can truly empathize with the nuances of feminine emotions. Having strong supportive members of my lady tribe has helped me through so many 20 something trials and tribulations. These close friendships are an essential and cherished part of my life and require intentional time and attention. Some of my tips for fostering these essential female relationships are:
1. Be a planner: Plan fun gatherings to continue to deepen your friendships and appreciate one another. As we get older and busier it’s essential to intentionally plan time with your babes. Put something on the calendar, it’s the only way to ensure that you’ll be able to link up despite crazy schedules. Start a tradition, the holidays are a perfect time to plan a festive lady date tradition.
I recently planned a holiday babes brunch with some of my favorite women in LA. I brought together an amazing group of golden hearted females from different parts of my LA life. To make this event extra festive I set the table with one of the adorable new designs for the Papyrus Holiday Entertaining Collection. This line of entertaining products has everything from high quality paper plates to the bedazzled name cards I used for our white elephant gift exchange. I love all three of the new designs featured in the Papyrus Entertaining Collection becasuse they help you elevate your holiday moments, making them joyful events.
Click the link below to shop the collection to add a special touch to your holiday gathering! Bonus point s add a lovely thank you card post event:)
Keep in touch: This may seem obvious but take the time out of your day to send a text, make a call to a friend or even send a Papyrus greetings card to check in. You never know how your besties day might be going, sometimes a simple text with an inside joke or a loving greeting can totally change her day for the better.
3) Listen: Give your friends the opportunity to communicate the issues in their lives without judgment. Be the person who allows them to be open and expressive no matter what they’re dealing with, opening that honest line of communication with bond you for life. Ive had multiple friends tell me that they feel safe telling me things about their life that they can’t talk to other friends about because of my lack of criticism. Having friends tell me I’m a non critical listener makes my heart so full.
I hope these tips help you build your tribe even stronger!!
- December 7, 2017 -
Happy Fermentation Friday loves! I’m the kind of girl who gets obsessed about a breakfast and eats the exact same thing for months. This breakfast has benefits that go far beyond heavenly flavor. This smoothie is an amalgamation of just under ten superfoods specifically selected to nourish skin. The combination of fermented foods (to prep your system for breakdown and absorption) and nutrient dense blends, make this smoothie medicinal in efficacy. This antioxidant packed smoothie protects skin from free radicals, keeping it looking youthful and hydrated. I wanted to highlight Goop Glow, a new antioxidant superpowder by the babes at Goop. This powder has results driven amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10, lutein, zeaxanthin, and grape-seed proanthocyanidins. The active ingredients in Goop Glow help Fight free radicals, Provides photo protection from the sun and build collagen. Skincare is truly 50/50, this smoothie will fill your 50 percent of internal nutrients in just one meal, so drink up loves!
Skin Booting Smoothie Recipe
The five ingredients below were delivered to my door by Milk and Eggs and you can get $20 off of your order of $40 or more using my code for you THETRUESPOON
3/4 cup Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/4 cup Health-Ade ginger kombucha
1 handful of frozen kale
1 tablespoon Spread the Love PB
The juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon probiotic cocoyo
1. Add all smoothie ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth
2. Top with topping ingredients