In Epsiode #25 we are sharing our favorite natural holiday gifts with you! Rose and I love hearing what other people love, so we thought what better time to let you in on our faves. Especially with Cyber Monday today, what a better time to get your shopping on and save some money. Hope it helps you find the perfect gift for all your favorite people!
In episode #18 we are getting a real life approach to lyme disease with Jolene Hart. Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a former magazine beauty editor, and founder of the pioneering beauty coaching practice Beauty Is Wellness. She is the author of Eat Pretty, a seasonal guide to looking and feeling beautiful using nutrition and self-care, as well as the companion journal Eat Pretty, Live Well, and the book of daily inspirations Eat Pretty Every Day. Since their publication, the Eat Pretty books have been translated into four languages, and have been featured in a broad range of print and online media including InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, People Stylewatch, and Family Circle magazines, Refinery 29, Design Sponge, Mind Body Green, Well + Good, and The Chalkboard Mag.
At the heart of Jolene’s work is her desire to empower women with knowledge of their own ability to shape their lifelong beauty and health with the healing powers of food and self-care. Her private coaching looks at many areas of life, from stress and hormones to diet, digestion and healthy personal care products, to help women build a lifestyle of beauty that enables them look and feel their best from the inside. Jolene writes a monthly beauty nutrition column for Allrecipes magazine and also serves as the founding editor of Modern Luxury magazine’s wellness section, Wellthy, for Philadelphia Style magazine. She was recently given Philadelphia Magazine’s prestigious Best of Philly award for her health coaching services.
The Art of Organics October Box: Reset is here! I love the name of this box. Reset in my mind is the perfect description to describe this season transition from summer to fall. Back to routines and a time to “reset” in so many ways. My skin is resetting too after the warm summer months. In this box the skincare products represent the perfect example of adding a little more to your skincare routine for the cooler temps. It’s time for a skincare RESET.
If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organicsand this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of. Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty. I couldn’t agree more! Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products. Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness. I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail. They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme. The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application. The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products. They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic. They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use hereon their website.
On to the review…
Art of Organics October Box: Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate.
This concentrate is so lovely. I was excited to see Live Botanical in this month’s box. You all know I love this brand! I’ve had the pleasure of trying this special product before and can attest to it’s wonders. This moisturizer does so much from hydrate, deliver antioxidants to the skin and provide anti-inflammatory properties. What doesn’t this little concentrate do? I love applying it in my final step of my skincare routine. My skin is left feeling supple, smooth and completely moisturized. I wanted to describe exactly what Luna Renew Concentrate is but I thought Carolyn the founder of Live Botanical did a better job than I could…
Luna Renew Concentrate is a long and slow infusion of organic Rose, Chamomile and Lavender flowers in organic, unrefined, cold pressed Chia, Camellia and Jojoba oils create a decadent and nutritive base. Delivers powerful whole plant compounds to heal and protect the skin.
The product comes housed in a dark glass jar. It is a orange hue in color, from the carotenoids- an amazing ingredient that helps repair skin from UV damage, as well as environment and stress. Plus, it gives your skin a serious glow! I think we all could use a little Luna Renew in our lives.
Art of Organics October Box: Honua Skincare AINA Mask.
This mask is gentle but also delivers nutrients to the skin. It helps to purify your skin while at the same time nourishing it. This mask is made with Kalo powder which helps to nourish the skin with phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins A + C. It also has coconut charcoal that helps to detoxify the skin. Besides detoxifying the skin it also includes a blend of hawaiian raw honey and tamanu oil that help to soothe the skin. A great product compliment to the Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate.
The value of this box is $98!
Still not sure what Art of Organics is? Well each month not only do you get quality products from Art of Organics but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar green beauty. You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months! At 6 and 12 months you start saving. Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.
It’s summer and I want to share with you how to make the best green smoothie recipe! I LOVE smoothies- especially if they have greens in them or are packed full of veggies. As a busy mom a green smoothie has been a must. It keeps me full, is quick to make, and works for on the go. Plus, I’m getting a serious nutritional punch!
So many of you have asked me for my green smoothie recipe- I had to share with you! I always typically have my smoothie in the morning, but you can make your smoothie whenever it works for you. Let me first explain how this green smoothie inspiration got started!
How to make the Best Green Smoothie that tastes good and packs a nutrient punch.
I was making smoothies for a while, I mean years but I never thought of my smoothie how I do now, until reading Kelly Leveque’s book,Body Love: Live in Balance This book changed my life and thinking about food in general. But it also changed my whole mindset on smoothies. I had been reading things here and there about smoothies and how they weren’t necessarily the best. People were saying you need to eat meals and the nutrients were so much better. I was bummed because I LOVED my smoothies! It was such a convenient way for me to get a quick meal in and feel satisfied. I don’t know about you but as a mom cooking every single meal can seem daunting. Fortunately, I read Body Love: Live in Balance and the negative smoothie connotations had quickly been debunked by Kelly. Hurray!
Now that I was back on the smoothie train I was so excited to learn about her smoothie method and how it was different. With her smoothies, there are 4 components that create the perfect smoothie nutritionally, fat, fiber, protein, and greens. Having all these components in your smoothie is going to give you the perfect ratio for your body to stay full, not raise your blood sugar and give you all the nutrients you need. It makes so much sense! I had never heard someone explain it as she did in the book.
Green smoothie love!
A lot of times I would feel hungry within an hour or two after drinking my smoothie. Looking back I can see I was missing some good fat in my smoothie. Fat is your friend and so good for you! It helps you feel full and keeps your blood sugar in check too.
Healthy Fat Options-
Sunflower Seed Butter
Another ingredient I didn’t think about before was fiber. I would include fiber often with chia seeds but I didn’t understand the amazing benefit in can have besides good omega 3-‘s. It also helps keep you full, aids in healthy digestion and it also helps to slow the release of blood sugars into the blood stream.
Healthy Fiber Options-
Psyllium Husk Powder
The Best Organic Protein Powder. A clean protein that doesn’t make you feel bloated.
I always added a protein powder. This is one that I knew I needed! If I didn’t have the protein my smoothie would often be just carb heavy. My favorite clean protein powder is Activ Whey Protein Powder. The protein powder comes in a vanilla or chocolate. Instead of cow’s whey, it’s a goat’s whey. It makes smoothies taste SO good! I always add 1 serving.
*Protein Tip- Always blend all your smoothie ingredients first and then add your protein last. If you add it with all the other ingredients and blend it for a while it will expand, causing the smoothie to get huge and may cause you to have an upset stomach. Throw it in after everything is blended so you only have to blend it for a few seconds.
Healthy Protein Powder Options-
Active Whey Protein Powder (goat’s whey) Read my full blog post on why I love this protein, how it’s no allergenic, anti-inflammatory and helps with digestion. I never feel bloated after taking this protein! Also read why it’s important to know where your protein comes from.
Finally let’s talk greens. You know the leafy vegetables that are SO good for you! They offer good fiber, and a serious nutrient punch. Greens are going to give your skin a glow, revitalize your cells and just feed your body pure health! Plus, what’s a green smoothie without some greens!
Beets(though not technically green they offer a nutritional punch)
Really any veggie that you like. Some go better in smoothies, some don’t but at the end of the day you are the one drinking it. If you like it then throw it in!
This last one is the fruit portion! A little fruit goes a long way in adding flavor to any smoothie. You just don’t want to overdo it though. Kelly Leveque explains in her Body Love book so well the downsides of adding too much fruit- which is essentially sugar. Your blood sugar spikes and you can be left with excess sugar that makes you feel wired initially but then makes you want to take a nap an hour later. Not too mention, if there is too much fruit in your smoothie your body will end up turning storing it as fat. Her book explains it in further detail. Highly recommend you get it.
Bottom line: you don’t want to overload your smoothie with excess fruit! Fruit isn’t bad it’s all about moderation. I’ve also found most protein powders are flavored(naturally) so you don’t need a ton of fruit really since you get flavor from the protein powder. Kelly recommends about 1/4 cup of fruit. I’ve seen recipes that say 1 cup- which is crazy!
Below you’ll find some fruit options to put in your green smoothie. I typically do a half of a frozen banana. Bananas I’ve found offer creaminess and thickness to my smoothie, plus a great flavor.
A green smoothie filled with all the greens!
Ok, so now that you know what makes a powerhouse smoothie, let’s talk about some other ingredients.
Nut Milk- I love adding some coconut milk, hemp milk in mine. You can also use almond milk or whatever nut milk you like. This will add some creaminess to your smoothie. I also love making my own nut milks with my Almond Cow nut milk maker! Seriously makes the creamiest nut milks and it’s so easy to use! It’s been a game changer for making nut milks without a nut milk bag. Save $15 off your Almond Cow and free shipping when you use coupon code: gurlgonegreen. Shop here!
Water- If you don’t want to do any nut milk, you can just use some water for the liquid.
Fresh Ginger- A great addition to any smoothie. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, good for the heart and gives smoothies a bite with it’s punchy flavor. Add a little chunk or lot depending on your flavor palette.
Fresh Tumeric- Another good addition to smoothies. It’s also anti-inflammatory- pretty much an all star food! Add a 1/2 inch cube.
E3Live- This is a wild grown blue-green algae. I’ve been taking this for over a year and can’t recommend it enough! It really is a nutritional rockstar. It helps with energy, immunity, and focus just to name a few. I add a tablespoon to each smoothie. Click Here to check out all that E3Live has to offer!
Cinnamon- A great addition for flavor but also is anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar, and is loaded with antioxidants.
Herbs- I know I mentioned herbs above but wanted to also mention mint! A favorite of mine for flavor but also because it’s a calming and soothing herb.
Super Greens Powder- There are a lot of super greens powders out now. Obviously do your research and make sure the powder you have is a reliable resource and clean. This is a great addition to even more potent greens!
Superfoods- So many superfoods you an include. From maca, camu, spirulina- all come in powder form and you just add a teaspoon typically. Be sure to understand why you’re adding them to your smoothie and talk to your health professional.
Collagen Powder- It is a protein, but I also consider it an additive. Great for hair, skin and nails and joints.
Toppings- I love a good topping on my smoothie. From cacao nibs, coconut flakes, granola, goji berries, bee pollen, nuts or seeds- the list is endless!
Can you see how having a smoothie packs a serious punch of nutrition?! Your body will literally be glowing, you’ll feel good and you won’t feel hungry! Plus, when you are blending up the greens or veggies it makes it so much easier for your body to digest them because they’re already broken down.
Also, a couple things to consider. If you like your smoothies thick, freeze your fruit, and veggies. This will give your smoothie that creamy consistency and have it be more like soft serve ice-cream versus liquid. I prefer my smoothies thicker, so that’s what I do. It also makes it easier to eat your toppings on your smoothie if they’re thicker as well. Another thing to consider is to make smoothie packs and keep them in the freezer. That way you have everything you need in one spot and all you have to do is add some liquid. This is great when you’re in a hurry!
This is a meaty topic and I have no intention on swaying you on a blender either way! I just want to give you a few tips. I’ve had a Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender for 4 years and love it! Not to say I wouldn’t love a Vitamix too. I think any higher powered blender is going to be amazing. I have a friend who has a Vitamixand loves it, another who has a Nutri Ninja Blender– a little more affordable option. I even have a friend who has a KitchenAid Blender and Loves it too. I just encourage you to shop around and find what might be best for you. The Blendtec has been great for me. They even offer a smaller jar you can get for an additional cost that can make nut butters in minutes and sauces. I actually use it to make my smoothies. It’s called a Twister Jar. I can’t recommend it enough. A high powered blender really is going to make a difference when making a smoothie. It will ensure all the ingredients are blended up well and smooth. You don’t want to be drinking your smoothie and get a chunk of ginger!
I love taking my smoothies in mason jars! I have some mason jar straw lids from the mason bar company that makes it so easy to just pop a straw in.
I would love to hear how you make your green smoothie! Tell me your favorite ingredients!
Want my tried and true recipe for making the best green smoothie?
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*I was gifted my Naturpedic mattress from the company. However, thoughts and reviews are my own.
I had the pleasure of testing out the EOS Classic Organic King Size Mattress. The specific one I received was the medium latex with plush coils. My husband and I both prefer a soft mattress! We had gone to a store that carried organic/natural mattresses in the Seattle area first before choosing our mattress. We got to test out different types of Naturpedic mattresses. In the end we knew we wanted the EOS Classic with medium latex and plush coils. It was so soft and felt dreamy just laying on it in the store. I couldn’t wait to start sleeping on it at home!
Naturpedic offers options for everyone in your family from baby, to child, all the way up to adult and something for every budget- which I appreciate! You can customize the firmness too depending on what you want. For ex. you can have it be firmer or softer on each side depending on what your partner and you want. My husband and I both chose the medium latex with plush coils but we could have each chosen a different option if we wanted. If for some reason you weren’t happy with the firmness you can exchange it for a different option within 90 days– pretty cool!
I was first introduced to Naturpedic over 4 years ago when I was searching for an organic mattress for my baby girl. At the time I hadn’t started to detox our bedroom yet and was learning all about the toxic load conventional mattresses can bring. I ended up choosing their organic crib mattress for our daughter and have loved it. Since they say we spend a 1/3 of our lives sleeping it’s important to consider the bed you’re sleeping on. I remember finding it alarming to learn all about the toxic ingredients in mattresses! From flame retardants, VOC’s, and formaldehyde- the toxic load can be scary. Not too mention, mattress companies are not required to disclose all the chemicals they use in order to make their mattresses compliant with mattress regulations. It’s also important to mention that many companies may claim to be organic, natural but actually have no certifications backing up these claims.
When I’m searching for a mattress I want to make sure it’s certified organic. Then I know it’s met third party testing. Look for the labels, GOTS, GOLS, and GREENGUARD. Naturpedic meets all these certifications, plus so many more such as Formaldehyde Free Verified, OCS100 Organic Content Standard, Non-GMO verified, and Made Safe Verified.
NO Flame Retardants or Flame Retardant Barriers
NO Memory Foam or other forms of Polyurethane Foam
NO Soybean or Biobased Foam (polyurethane foam with soybean oil mixed in)
NO Synthetic Latex Rubber
NO Harmful Glues or Adhesives
NO GMO Cotton or other GMO fibers
NO Shoddy Insulator Pads
Unboxing/Putting The Mattress Together-
When we received the Naturpedic mattress it came in several boxes. I know sounds interesting to put the mattress together huh? But it’s SO easy! It comes in 4 boxes and there is a box that’s marked open me first with the instructions in it. So you’re all set. Then it walks you through the whole process step by step. It was super easy to set up. It comes with an encasement which essentially houses the mattress parts. My hubs laid that out first on top of our bed. Then we opened the box that had the coil support- one for each side of the bed since we have a king. My hubs put those in. Then we we opened the next box that had the 3 inch comfort layers and put those on top of the coils. Then we zipped up the encasement and we were all set- easy peasy! My hubs was even impressed with how simple the whole process was.
I have a video I posted to my stories of the whole process. You can watch it below.
After having slept on it for almost 3 months I can honestly say we LOVE it! My husband once a week tells me how much he loves the mattress- no joke! He said it’s kept him feeling cooler in warm months- which says a lot since he tends to run warm. He also likes how it feels soft but not too soft. He went on a business trip and all I heard the whole time he was gone was how excited he was to come back home to his mattress! He said he’s slept better- which I agree and I’m wondering if it has to do with not breathing in toxic fumes? He has allergies and used to sneeze all the time at night- now he doesn’t!
I agree with my husband. I feel so much cooler than I did with our last mattress. It also feels supportive but not hard or too firm. I also like how breathable everything feels. I truly look forward to going to bed each night! I love knowing we aren’t breathing in harmful fumes when we’re sleeping and our body isn’t absorbing toxic chemicals either. It did have a faint smell when we first opened it. But it wasn’t a chemical smell just a subtle unboxing smell in my opinion. Once it was out for a day I didn’t smell anything.
My husband and I both can’t recommend this mattress enough! Check out all that Naturpedic has to offer here!Also check out their store finder to find a store near you!It really has exceeded our expectations and we are a hard sell! I’m not getting compensated for this post, it is my opinions but my they did send my the mattress. I also have a Naturpedic Baby organic baby mattress that I’ve had since my first daughter was born and we have loved it! We’ve used it for both of our daughters and can’t recommend it enough. Overall, our experience with Naturpedic has been amazing!