Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Honeydew Ginger Smoothie



Celebrate the arrival of spring with this fresh & green Honeydew Ginger Smoothie!  This is a super healthy bevvy, and downing one of these in the morning is a fantastic way to get hydrated, healthy, and energized for your day. This is a great green smoothie for beginners, since it’s packed with loads of nutrition while still being sweet and easy-drinking – I promise you cannot taste the spinach!

Ingredient Breakdown:

Honeydew Melon: Despite being sweet as candy, honeydew melon is a healthy, low-calorie choice. The sweet flesh is packed full of Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B-6, and both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Spinach: These lovely green leaves are loaded with good-for-you nutrients including iron, calcium, vitamin K, and folate. Spinach is also packed with flavonoids which act as antioxidants and protect the body from free radical damage.

Ginger: This aromatic and spicy root is so soothing when combined with the honeydew melon! It’s also great for curbing cravings, eliminating nausea, and reducing inflammation in the body.

Hemp Hearts: Hemp hearts, or shelled hemp seeds, have a very high and diverse nutritional content. They are a complete protein, contain essential fatty acids, and are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals. The combination of calories, complex carbohydrates and protein in hemp hearts has been shown to provide long-lasting energy.



Ingredients:

2 cups honeydew melon, chunked
1 banana
1 handful fresh spinach
½ cup almond milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
1 tbsp hemp hearts
4 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender, with the honeydew at the bottom. Blend until smooth (you may have to add a little more almond milk or some coconut water to thin it out to your liking). Serve cold and enjoy!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Homemade Whipped Body Butter



Lately I’ve been trying to be a bit more conscious about what I put into and onto my body, and that means reading lots of labels! It can get really confusing, especially when I have no idea what most of the ingredients are or what they do. So instead of fussing over the meaning of “carbomethylmetalloformadehyate 15” (yes, I made that up…) I’ve decided to try to make a few of my own beauty products from simple, natural ingredients and see how it goes!

I’m very excited to be sharing this recipe for Homemade Whipped Body Butter with you! This is the most perfect, delectable treat for winter whipped skin. It is unlike a typical body butter because it melts right on to your skin with your body heat – it feels a little greasy at first, but then your parched and leathery hide will start to drink it right up and all you’ll be left with is even-toned, baby-soft skin! The chocolaty smell of this stuff is also so addictive. I love putting it on after a bath and right before bed, so that I slide into the sheets feeling like a soft, buttered up little cupcake!

Ingredient Breakdown:

Cocoa Butter comes from the cocoa bean, and (surprise, surprise) smells deliciously chocolaty. It is a rich emollient and leaves your skin super soft. It contains lots of nice fatty acids which help to retain moisture and build up the elasticity of your skin. Cocoa butter also has properties which can help ease dermatitis or rashes.

Coconut Oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. It is also chock full of fatty acids, which help build and strengthen your skin-cell structures, keeping the skin’s connective tissues strong and supple (which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles!) It absorbs really nicely into the skin too.

Sweet Almond Oil is a wonderful emollient that will smooth and soften your skin. It is also rich in vitamins and is more easily absorbed into the skin than some other oils.



Ingredients:
100g cocoa butter
100g coconut oil
50g sweet almond oil

Method:

1. Weigh out the three ingredients in a small, heatproof bowl (you may need to chop up your cocoa butter first, if it came in one big lump)



2. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir until all the solids are completely melted.



3. Once melted, place the bowl in the fridge or freezer to solidify again. You don’t want it to be completely rock hard – you should still be able to make an indent with your finger if you press into the mixture.



4. Whip the mixture with a handheld or stand mixer until fluffy, glossy, and ivory in colour.



5. Transfer to an airtight container and enjoy! 



Tips:
  • If you overwhip your body butter, it may start to liquefy again – don’t worry! Just stick it back in the freezer to harden up and try again – this stuff is very forgiving.
  • You should be able to store your body butter for a good while without it going rancid, since all of the ingredients have a long shelf life. However, use your common sense and chuck it if it starts to smell or look funny!
  • If you keep your house on the warmer side, your body butter may start to liquefy or separate in the container – if this happens, just re-whip it and store it in a cooler spot, like the fridge.
  • Add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils to create your own unique scent! I imagine the natural essence of the cocoa butter would pair really well with lavender, orange, or peppermint essential oils!
  • This stuff also works amazingly well as a shaving cream!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Favourites // steamy showers on cold mornings

I’ve come to a bit of a realization today: that we all need to appreciate the little things in life just a little bit more. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle of our busy days and forget that life is made up of moments. A lot of these moments go unnoticed. Yeah, we still enjoy our favourite little things, but we sure don’t give them the notice they deserve. Perhaps if we all took a few seconds to really recognize, appreciate, and relish in the smaller joys that are scattered throughout our day, we wouldn’t get quite so exhausted by the pursuit of all the fancy ‘big stuff’. That’s why I’ve decided to do this little series on the blog called “Friday Favourites” - on some Fridays (not all of them, let’s be serious here) I’ll post a tiny blurb on one of my favourite things in life. They’ll be small and trivial and absolutely wonderful, at least to me. While this is more for myself than anyone else, perhaps it will inspire you to pinpoint some of the tiny moments in your life that bring you joy too! Let’s show a little gratitude for those little things in life that make us happy!



Friday Favourite // steamy showers on cold mornings




The house is cold, it’s still dark out, and somehow you have to find a way to peel yourself out of your bed cocoon and greet the morning. You tiptoe across the frosty floor, shred your warm pyjamas and stand naked and shivering, waiting for the shower to heat up. And then when you finally step into the basin, all of your problems disappear for just a second. For one blissful moment you have nothing to do in the world but happily roast under a curtain of hot, steamy water. The best!