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Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

I wanted to share a new online retailer I came across recently, Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living.  LuckyVitamin is different than any online retailer I’ve used in the past.

*This post is sponsored by LuckyVitamin, thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I was so intrigued reading LuckyVitamin’s story!  It started as a pharmacy and has turned into an online natural wellness store.  A legacy that’s been passed down for 3 generations.   They have a passion for health, community, and spreading wellness.  

LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of living a natural lifestyle.  It’s your one stop shop for all things wellness.  From natural and organic foods, supplements, herbs, baby, health aids, exercise and more!  They literally have it all. 

One thing that I loved when shopping LuckyVitamin was how smooth the whole experience was.  They make it so simple with their easy to navigate website.  You can shop by health concern, by brand, department, by diet and they even offer a specialty tab for those who may have specific needs such as wanting products that don’t contain artificial fragrance.  They really have thought of it all!  

They also have a tab called “Deals” that indicates what sales and promos are happening.  Making sure you don’t miss a thing!

I love their mission statement!

Mission Statement:

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin’s Mission Statement.

 

They also have a new membership program called LuckyVitamin+ that I joined.  I was so excited to learn of all the perks that came when becoming a member!

You can become a member for $49.95 a year.  This includes so much!

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin takes your health to heart!

 

What A LuckyVitamin+ Membership Includes:

  • You get an extra 10% off savings that can be stacked with promotions and offers
  • Free standard shipping on orders over $25 (continental US only)
  • A certified personal Wellness Consultant
  • Member exclusive gifts
  • Content and other member-only perks

It’s so easy to become a LuckyVitamin+ Member!  You just add the membership to your cart when shopping and it automatically gives you your savings.  Check out all that the LuckyVitamin+ Membership offers here!

I love that you can also use other rewards with the membership which increases your overall savings.  

The wellness consultant is another huge perk of membership.  Being able to ask an expert about a product or diet really helps so much.  It can seem so confusing sometimes with labels and knowing really what the best option is.  LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of it all with wellness consultants.  I love that it’s actually a phone consultation too and not just by email- makes it so much more personable. 

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

In your order you get a copy of WellPower, a mini publication filled with health inspiration.

 

The community you gain from LuckyVitamin is also huge!  When you join you are invited to a members only community where you’re able to share healthy tips, recipes and learn from one another in your own health journey.  This is also where you can really get to know your wellness consultants.  

The membership really creates an environment for those wanting to take their health journey to the next level and get all they can from a natural lifestyle.  

Membership is kind of a no brainer!  The amount of savings and benefits you receive really makes such a difference.  Check out LuckyVitamin+ Membership here!

 

Lucky Vitamin review

I was so excited LuckyVitamin had some of my favorite collagen powder!

 

On my first order I bought some Primal Kitchen Collagen Powder.  I love knowing that they offer one of my favorite natural proteins.  Plus, I got it for such a deal!   My order was so easy to process and I received it quickly and intact.  

I can’t wait to shop from them again!  They really bridge the gap between so many stores for me and make it so easy to just shop in one place for everything!  I love knowing that I’m also saving time and money.  

Check out all that LuckyVitamin+ membership has to offer here!  

Have you placed an order with LuckyVitamin before?

 

Lucky Vitamin review

Sharing my LuckyVitamin Review on the blog.

Favorite Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Favorite Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

So excited to share with you my favorite kitchen tools and gadgets.  Eating real food can seem daunting when you’re first starting out but I’ve found some of my favorite kitchen tools and gadgets that have made making real food so much easier.  

Welcome to the #betterforyoucrew! I’ve teamed up with my girls Lisa from This Organic Girl, Sarah from Whoorl, Kate from Root & Revel, Caroline from Olive You Whole and Kristina from Love & Zest to highlight green, yet effective food, beauty and lifestyle products that are rocking our natural mama worlds. This series will publish the last week of every month so check back for the latest. You can also search #betterforyoucrew on our blogs and Instagram to access the entire series. Wanna join in? Tag #betterforyoucrew on social with your picks. We want to see your faves too!  For last month’s post on Natural Hair Routine- check it out here.

Sometimes you just need a good kitchen tool or gadget to really help make the process so much smoother.  They can take you from dreading to cook, to getting excited about real food!  Which is what it’s all about- getting real food on the table.

 

A couple things to keep in mind-

  • I didn’t buy these all at once.  It was a gradual process.  So don’t feel like you need to get everything on the list unless you have an endless budget for kitchen tools and gadgets- which if you do, go girl!
  • Know what you would eat most.  I’ve slowly collected favorite tools and gadgets over the years as I’ve learned more about real food and realized what I eat pretty regularly.  For ex. I wouldn’t go out and buy a tool or gadget that is only going to be used once in a blue moon on Thanksgiving.  It’s just going to get annoying taking up space in your cabinet or on your counter.  Plus, it’s a waste of money. 
  • Invest in tools that help with foods you eat consistently. Instead, I would invest in items that you know are going to get a lot of bang for your buck.  I like to keep my kitchen minimalistic.  Then I can see what I have and use it, instead of being overwhelmed by clutter.  Trust me, you want counter space when you’re making real food!

 

Not every kitchen tool or gadget is going to work for you just because it works for someone else.  

You really have to know how you’re going to use it and if it serves you.  Plus, take in to account the time.  Some kitchen gadgets are cool but not practical.  For ex. making homemade pasta might be a great idea but realistically you need to figure out if that really is going to be happening on a weekly or even monthly basis.  

Also, keep in mind that it might be as simple as getting a good kitchen knife for yourself and not having 10 different choppers.  Know your kitchen personality.  I don’t like a lot of extras personally.  A good knife is gold for me but some people really love a quality chopper and the ease of it.  Don’t just assume one thing will work for you since it worked for someone else.  We’re all different.  From the amount of time we are willing to spend in the kitchen to what we make. 

Ok, now that you’re understanding your kitchen personality type and what you might lean towards.  Allow me to share my favorites with you.  These are tried and true!

 

 

favorite kitchen tools/gadgets

This Blendtec blender takes the cake when it comes to making the best smoothies!

 

Blendtec Blender

A high powered blender is a must in my book.  I’ve had this blender for almost five years now and I love it!  It works so well.  I had a Bullet before I had a Blendtec but felt like I was limited to what I could put in the blender and it wasn’t has high powered.  This blender can shred kale, and anything else until smooth and creamy.  I use it every single day.  Yep, you heard me right.  Sometimes a couple times a day.  This thing definitely gets a workout.  

I make a smoothie for my husband and I every morning in it.  I can’t recommend getting a high powered blender for smoothies alone.  Honestly, in my opinion it’s worth it.  The amount of money you save from making your own smoothies and the nutrients it provides your body makes such a difference.  It works for my lifestyle too as I mentioned earlier.  I’m a busy mom of two with a third on the way.  I work and try and balance it all.  Which we all know doesn’t really happen- balance is a nice thing to say but hard to achieve. 

Anyways, I love the blender for smoothies because it provides me a quick real food option.  It fits right into my lifestyle of wanting real food but also not having all the time in the world to make it happen.  I also love using it for making so many recipes.  Batters, puddings, really the list is endless.  I have the smaller jar too, for making nut butters, and sauces.  I love it too.  Since it’s smaller it makes it so easy to whip up a quick sauce or nut butter.  The larger jar just doesn’t allow for it in the same way.  If you’ve been on the fence about a high powered blender, allow this to be your invitation to get one!  It’s changed my life. Also, be sure to check out the refurbished blendtec blenders.  They save you a considerable amount of money and work great!  Check out my Blendtec here!

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

This immersion blender costs less than $30 but is a game changer in the kitchen!

 

Immersion Blender

I know you’re probably thinking why are recommending an immersion blender after you just talked about your Blendtec blender.  Well friends this is used so much in my house and has become a staple since I got it.  It’s not even $30 but I can’t sing it’s praises enough!  

I would always have to add my hot soups to my large plastic blender and it bothered me.  Not only could I not stop thinking about all the plastic leaching into my soup, but the whole process of pouring the soup into the blender was cumbersome to say the least and usually it wouldn’t all fit.  Needless to say I finally used my sister’s Immersion Blender and my life was changed.  I literally remember thinking where has this been all my life?!  

I’m totally a late bloomer on so many levels so it made sense why I didn’t know about it.  Now I can easily plug it in and quickly blend up my soups in a matter of seconds to a smooth consistency.  No pouring or plastic leaching.  It’s so easy to clean too.  Just take off the attachment and rinse.  I use this for mashing cauli mash and making coconut cream whip cream real quick.  But really it changed the game for me when it came to soups.  I make soups often. It’s my bestie in the kitchen!  Get it here!

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

Love my chef’s knife!

 

A Good Chef Knife

I’m totally not the girl with a knife for every vegetable, meat or fruit.  Just give me a good quality chef knife and I’m good to go.  It makes my life so much easier when I can quickly pull out my cutting board and chop up some veggies.  

I remember I had asked for a quality knife for Christmas years ago and my hubs delivered.  Even though I’m pretty sure he asked if that was really what I wanted a hundred times!  I mean when you’re the one doing majority of the cooking a good knife is worth it’s weight in gold!  He got me the Wusthoff Chef’s Knife from Williams Sonoma.  This knife can cut anything.  And that’s exactly how I use it- for anything.  

What’s cool about Williams Sonoma is they actually will sharpen your knife for free the first time.  If you’re a minimalist in the kitchen like me and haven’t invested in a good all purpose knife, this may be a good purchase for you!  Check out my Wusthoff Chef’s knife here.

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

Almond Cow changes the game when it comes to making non-dairy milks!

 

Almond Cow

This is another gadget that I really thought would be unnecessary but I’ve come to love!  It makes creating nut milk so easy.  When I stopped drinking dairy milk I quickly was thrown into the world of non-dairy milks.  When I realized there wasn’t great options to buy I knew I would need to start making my own.  

I did make them but it was a tedious process compared to the Almond Cow.  It required a nut milk bag and blending, pressing- you know all the things that go into making real food.  When I discovered the Almond Cow it was game over.  Not only does the Almond Cow take away the blending process but also the pressing through a nut milk bag too.  

You add nuts or seeds to this colander, attach it to the Almond Cow device, add water, push a button and literally less than a minute later you’re left with creamy non-dairy nut milk- minus the crazy additives that store bought versions like to put in there.  It also neatly condenses the pulp you can use for making crackers or pancakes, or muffins- so many uses.  My non-dairy milk is creamier and easier to make each week thanks to this bad boy!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for $15 off your purchase.  Check them out here!

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

We’ve had this Breville Espresso Machine for 9 years and love it!

 

Espresso Machine

My hubs and I got this almost 9 years ago as a wedding present and we still LOVE it!!  It wasn’t cheap by any means but it’s lasted us 9 years.  If you’re serious about your coffee, then this is for you.  Nowadays, you can easily spend over $5 on a cup of coffee.  Well, once you start adding things like organic coffee, non-dairy milks, the price goes up even more. 

It may sound like a lot initially as an investment but it pays for itself so quick if you’re making yourself coffee everyday!  Imagine how much you would spend on coffee for a month if you bought it somewhere?  $150 a month…I did the math and that’s on the low end for most people.  You would quickly pay for this in several months time.  Plus, you would know exactly what’s going in your coffee.

I love that it’s stainless steel, so plastic isn’t leaching into my coffee. I also love that it grinds my beans right before the water goes through the espresso handle.  Making the espresso shots so fresh.  It also steams milk so nicely.  I am a Seattleite so maybe that has something to do with making the perfect cup of coffee, either way I can’t get enough of this espresso machine!  Check out the espresso machine here!

 

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

Berkey is a must for me! Drinking filtered clean water is a non-negotiable.

 

Berkey Water Filter

This is definitely a must in my opinion when it comes to kitchen gadgets.  We all need water and filtering your water is so important to avoid the common contaminants.  Tap water can contain fluoride, bacteria, pesticides, viruses, chlorine chloramines, heavy metals and more. Berkey filters out these contaminants and more, plus has testing done on their purification process.  

I recommend getting the Big Berkey for most people, as you want to have extra for cooking too.  If you’re single you could get by with the travel Berkey.  Check out all the Berkey’s here!

 

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

The instant pot will stretch your time in the kitchen so much more!

 

Instant Pot

I finally caved two years ago and bought an instant pot and I have to say it was the best investment!  As a busy mom this is kind of the best gift I could give myself.  I use it for so many things.  From hard boiling eggs, making soups, cooking rice, cooking whole chickens, making shredded meat from beef and chicken and making steel cut oats.  There are so many things you could use it for.  It cuts the time in half for everything and does it all for you. 

I love cooking a whole chicken in it for the week.  It cooks in 35 minutes!  Then I’m left with great broth for soups.  It’s really such a great investment.  I have the 8 quart and it has been perfect for my family of 4.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ll throw some random ingredients from meat, veggies, some broth and spices and it tastes so good.  

It takes all the time out of cooking food in a slow cooker and does it in half the time.  I use this at least twice a week for something.  It might sound like one more thing but really, once you get the hang of it, it’s worth it’s weight in gold! Get it here!

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

If you’re a fan of sparkling water then you need this glass soda stream in your life!

 

Soda Stream For Sparkling Water

This is definitely an extra but one that both my hubs and I love!  It makes sparkling water.  The particular model I have uses glass bottles and not plastic.  What I would recommend, since you don’t want plastic chemicals leaching into your water. I like it because you can use filtered water.   Sparkling water you buy from the store is typically not filtered and you don’t know where it’s from.  I love knowing my water is filtered.  We take our sparkling water pretty serious around here! 

I love adding lemon or lime to it and having a little refresher.  Plus, it saves so much money!   Check it out here!  

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

This food processor is so powerful and makes whipping up recipes so easy!

 

Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor

This food processor is amazing. I got it a year ago and I’m not sure how I lived without it. I thought I could use my blender for everything but really the food processor is different and does things the blender can’t because of it’s wide bowl. I use this for my raw veggie breads, making paleo granola, bars, hummus, random recipes- so much.  But I think in the beginning you can get by with just a high speed blender.  Also, I want to note that the 14 cup food processor is the one I would recommend.  My sister has a 10 cup and it’s not as powerful, especially for raw veggie breads.  Get the food processor here!

 

Also, don’t forget to check my other natural lifestyle bloggers favorite kitchen gadgets and tools too:

 

Don’t forget to share what you’re using for favorite kitchen gadgets or tools on Instagram using the hashtag #betterforyoucrew!  

 

 

favorite kitchen gadgets/tools

Sharing my favorite kitchen gadgets and tools.

What I Buy At Vitacost

What I Buy At Vitacost

Sharing what I buy at Vitacost on the blog!  I’ve gotten so many requests to share what I get at Vitacost that I thought I would just write it up in a blog post.  Easy for you to go back to when you’re going to place an order.

*This is NOT sponsored by Vitacost.  Just my thoughts.

I’ve been ordering from Vitacost for the past couple years and love how easy it is to buy a variety of natural goods all in one place.  From my favorite organic natural snacks and dry goods to even natural body care products. All in one place!  Plus, they’re always offering serious deals.  If you sign up for their emails you will always be updated with the latest offerings.

I’ve saved so much money too!  Besides having sales, they always offer competitive low prices as well.  I also have to mention the shipping, they always get my order to me in such a timely manner!  It’s typically 2 business days and then it shows up on my doorstep.

I’m all about finding shortcuts and ways to make my life easier as a mom when living out this natural lifestyle.  Vitacost makes it so easy!

So here is a list of items that I buy from Vitacost.

 

Vitacost Faves

We get pretty excited when our Vitacost order arrives!

Vitacost Haul

Food-

  • Muir Glen Organic Pasta Tomato Sauce- I love getting this tomato sauce. It’s organic and it doesn’t have any added sugars.  Most tomato sauces have added sugars to them.
  • Siete Chips- We love these grain free chips!  They’re a nice alternative to corn chips and taste great.
  • Frontier Organic Spices– It’s important to buy spices organic and non-irradiated. When you buy organic you’re usually also eliminating the irradiation process too.  The quality of their spices is next level!
  • Herbamare- This is an organic all purpose seasoning that I use on everything. From meat, to veggies, it works for it all!
  • Jovial Gluten Free Organic Pasta- Love having this pasta on hand for a quick dinner to throw together for the girls.  There’s no weird fillers, just simple clean ingredients.
  • Native Forest Coconut Milk- I always have some canned coconut milk on hand.  This brand is great because it doesn’t have the BPA lining.
  • Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips- I always have a bag of these on hand.  They are sweetened with stevia and no sugar!
  • One Degree Organic Sprouted Oat Granola- This granola is so tasty!  But I also like it because One Degree tests their oats for glyphosate.  Super important since oats are sprayed towards the end of harvest with pesticides.
  •  Milkadamia Macadamia Milk Unsweetened- My hubs loves using this as a dairy alternative for his lattes in the morning.
  • Redmond Real Salt Ancient Sea Salt- I like getting the larger bag and then just refilling my smaller containers.  This salt is the real deal and is mined in Utah.
  • Nutiva Organic Chia Seed Black- We use chia seeds in our smoothies everyday, so have to have a bag on hand always.
  • Simply Organic Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract- Always need to have vanilla in the cupboard.
  • Once Again Organic Cashew Butter- I love this cashew butter because it’s organic and comes in glass.  We use nut butters in our smoothies everyday.
  • Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil- I always have this on hand!  It’s my go to oil for cooking since you can use it at high temperatures.
  • Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil- I also always have coconut oil on hand for cooking and recipes.
  • 4th & Heart Grass-Fed Ghee Butter Himlayan Pink Salt- This ghee is my favorite!  The flavor is amazing.  I use this in recipes and for cooking.
  • Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup- I’m picky about my maple syrup.  This comes in glass and is organic, plus it tastes great!
  • Organic Gemini TigerNut Granola Banana Cacao- This granola is great if you can’t do oats and follow a more AIP diet.  Instead of oats it’s made with tigernuts, which aren’t actually a nut but part of the tuber family.
  • Otto’s Cassava Flour- I love having this on hand for making cassava tortillas, or waffles.  I also make a pizza crust with this.
  • Terra Plantains Chips- These plantain chips have only 3 ingredients, salt, plantains and coconut oil.  They taste so good and are a great substitute for corn chips.  Not all Terra chips are made with coconut oil so double check the label.
  • MadeGood Organic Granola Bars Gluten Free- I like getting these granola bars for my girls when were traveling. They are low in sugar and also have some veggies in them.
  • Kettle & Fire Bone Broth- This is my favorite store bought bone broth.  It doesn’t have any bad additives, it’s made from grass fed bones and it’s organic.
  • HU Chocolate- These chocolate bars are next level!  They have so many good flavors, few ingredients are organic and taste amazing.
  • Organic Gemini TigerNut Flour- I use this tigernut flour for recipes of all kinds.
  • Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar- This vinegar is a staple in our house.
  • Artisana Organics Raw Coconut Butter- This coconut butter is used for all kinds of recipes in our house.
  • Navitas Organics Camu Powder- I use all the superfood powders for my smoothie recipes.  This is one of the most potent forms of Vitamin C!
  • Navitas Organics Acai Powder- I also add açaí powder to my smoothies too for more antioxidant power.
  • Navitas Organics Pomengrante Powder- I use this powder for my smoothies too.
  • Arrowhead Mills Organic Golden Flax Seeds- I use these for a lot of recipes.
  • Nutzo Organic Nut and Seed Butter- I love this nut butter, it’s not only organic but has a variety of seeds, not just nuts.
  • Primal Kitchen Dressing & Marinade Made with Avocado Oil Paleo Ranch- I love getting this ranch dressing for recipes and salads.  It doesn’t have any funky oils in it.
  • Cocomels Organic Coconut Milk Caramel Bites Vegan Sea Salt- These are definitely a treat but so delicious!
  • Living Harvest Tempt™ Hempmilk Unsweetened Creamy Non-Dairy Beverage- Love having this on hand when I don’t have nut milk made.
  • Mediterranean Organic Black Olives Pitted- Love getting these olives from Vitacost since they’re in glass.
  • Divina Organic Pitted Green Olives- Also love these olives since they’re in glass.
  • Jovial Organic Diced Tomatoes- These organic tomatoes are not only organic but come in glass.  Glass is especially important when getting tomatoes since they’re so acidic and can soak up more BPA when in cans.
  • Bionaturae Organic Tomato Paste- This tomato paste is always on hand in our cupboard.  I use it for recipes often.
  • Emperors Kitchen Organic Chopped Garlic- I can’t be without my minced garlic!  I use it all the time in recipes instead of fresh garlic.  I know some of you are shaking your head but it’s one shortcut I take right now that’s made my life easier. 🙂
  • Artisan Tropic Cassava Strips- These are a great alternative to a traditional chip.  Simple ingredients and satisfy the crunch!
  • Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Chocolate Coconut- I love this collagen!  It makes smoothies tasty, and hot chocolate dreamy but with no sugar!  Just sweetened with monk fruit.  I like the vanilla too but they don’t carry it at Vitacost.
  • Wild Made Organic Fruit Rolls Gluten Free Grape- I’ve gotten these for my girls and they love them.  It’s like a fruit roll up but without the crazy ingredients  Just made with real fruit!
  • Made Good Crispy Bars- These are a nice treat for the girls instead of traditional rice krispy squares. These are made with some veggies and are low in sugar.
  • Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Granola Gluten Free Chocolate Sea Salt- This is another granola I like to get from them.  We especially like the chocolate sea salt one!
  • Smart Sweets Gummy Bears Gluten Free- These are gummy bears but without the added sugar!  They are sweetened with stevia.
  • Arrowhead Mills Organic Tapioca Flour- Use this gluten free flours for a variety of recipes.
  • Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch-Flour- This is another gluten free flour I always have on hand.
  • Primal Kitchen Mayo and Chipotle Mayo– We love these mayos!  They are made with simple ingredients and aren’t filled with any weird oils.

 

Vitacost Faves

They carry a little of everything at Vitacost!

Misc.-

  • Laundry Detergent- I like that they offer a variety of laundry detergents.  From Molly’s Sud’s, GreenShield Organic, Rebel Green and Fit Organic Laundry Detergent.
  • Bambo Nature Baby Diapers– We love these baby diapers!  They are great for even the most sensitive skin types and are the cleanest disposable diaper I’ve found.
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner- I use this to make Live Simply’s DIY Dish Soap recipe.  It’s easy and cleans so well.  Plus, cost effective.
  • Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste- My holistic dentist recommend this toothpaste and I love it!  It works so well.
  • Dr Tungs Smart Floss- This floss is great and isn’t coated with petrochemical waxes.
  • If You Care Parchment Baking Paper- I always have this in my house.  Makes cleaning up so easy.  This one is best since it’s unbleached.

 

I hope this helps when shopping at Vitacost!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you like to buy from there!  Get your shop on here!

 

Vitacost Faves

Giving you my top product faves I get from Vitacost on the blog.

Smoothie Box Review

Smoothie Box Review

Finally sharing my Smoothie Box Review with you!  I was so excited when Smoothie Box reached out to me and told me about their smoothies.  I couldn’t wait to try!

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m obsessed with smoothies!  I make one every morning for breakfast.  

There are several reasons why I love smoothies:

  1. They are super quick to whip up.  I prep all my ingredients and literally just add liquid the ingredients and I’m good to go.  
  2. They are convenient on the go and as a mom.  Even if you’re not a mom you probably can relate to the benefit of smoothies.  
  3. They pack a nutrient punch.  My smoothie is loaded with a ton of veggies, fruit, healthy fats, fiber and protein.  A great way to start my mornings without having to prepare an elaborate breakfast.

I’ve checked out a lot of smoothie companies in the past but it’s been hard to find ones that aren’t just loaded with a ton of fruit.  I want some healthy fats, fiber and a amount of veggies.  After all, if you’re smoothie is primarily made up of fruit you’re going to crash pretty quick after drinking it!

Smoothie box review

Here is the Green smoothie pack- so delicious!

 

When I heard of Smoothie Box I was pleasantly surprised to see how healthy their smoothie packs were.  They were all organic and didn’t have any added sugar or funky ingredients.  Plus, the protein they offered was grass fed collagen protein.  I knew this was a smoothie company I could get behind!

How It Works:

 

Smoothie Box offers 3 different smoothie flavors currently:  

  •  Cacao- A guilt-free, rich & velvety chocolate milkshake(Smoothie Box description) Banana, Zucchini, Kale, Coconut Water, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Sunflower Seeds, Banana Puree (Banana, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid), Coconut Cream, Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Sea Salt
  • Green- A bright & tangy avocado salad(Smoothie Box description) Chopped Spinach, Avocado, Pineapple, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Water, Ginger, Dates, Flax Seed*, Sea Salt
  • Clementine- An orange creamsicle with a ginger boost(Smoothie Box description) Mandarin, Sweet Potato, Carrots, Ginger, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Coconut Cream, Lemon Juice, Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut Water, Dates

The Smoothies come with collagen peptides as the protein source.  They come in little packets.  All the smoothie packs are gluten, soy, and dairy free.  Plus, there’s no added sugar! 

 

Smoothie Box Review

You get this awesome travel tumbler in your box for smoothies on the go!

 

You can choose between 4 different boxes:

  • Variety- 10 Cacao smoothie packs, 5 Green, 5 Clementine
  • Protein Punch- 10 Cacao, 10 Clementine
  • Chocolate Lover- 20 Cacao
  • Custom- 20 of your favorite combo, you get to pick the amount of each

All you have to do is add water or nut/seed milk of your choice to your blender, add smoothie pack, collagen pouch and you’re set!

*You pay $5.95 a smoothie which is a steal!  Most smoothies you buy you end up paying upwards of $10 a smoothie!  Not only does Smoothie Box save you time but also money. 

 

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My Experience:

 

I ordered the Variety pack!  I wanted to be able to try all the flavors for you guys of course.  My favorite flavor is Cacao!  It’s so creamy and really does taste like a healthy chocolate milkshake but instead filled with veggies like zucchini, and kale, plus it’s dairy free.  It really satisfied me in the mornings.

Not to say I didn’t like Clementine or Green, I really liked them too!  The Green smoothie pack is so refreshing.  It definitely would wake me up with the ginger and lemon juice.  The Clementine totally reminded me of a creamsicle type of flavor, which I’m definitely all about!  The Clementine and the Cacao were more filling to me.  But once I looked at the protein content it made sense. Clementine and Cacao have a little more protein than the Green smoothie pack.  

I love that you just add water and you’re good to go!  On the back of each smoothie pack they tell you to add 16 oz. of water.  I added about 12 oz.  I like my smoothies a little thicker. I also added a cup of water and then 1/2 cup of coconut milk to make it a little creamier.

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Here is the Clementine smoothie pack- so delicious!

 

When my Smoothie Box arrived everything was still perfectly frozen and intact.  There was dry ice keeping it frozen.  I loved how everything was so neatly packed and there was no leakage of anything.  I also got my order super quick!
I’m so impressed with Smoothie Box!  

I can’t recommend them enough. They make living out a healthy lifestyle so simple and easy.  I loved not having to think about prepping my smoothies or making sure I had all the ingredients.  Everything was literally ready to go and just needed to be blended!  My morning routine became effortless and so smooth, yet I was still getting all the nutrients of my previous smoothies.

I was also so excited that all their ingredients were organic!  A huge win in my book.  I love knowing that I don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience.  I still added in a lot of my favorite superfood powders to the smoothie packs too.  I love adding in camu powder, pomegranate powder, and açaí powder.  

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If you’ve been wanting to hop on the smoothie train and aren’t sure where to start, then try out Smoothie Box!  They literally make the whole experience so easy and simple.  Maybe you already know you love smoothies but just want to save some time and hassle of making your own, then Smoothie Box would be perfect for you!  Order through the link below and get $15 off your subscription for life!

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7 Health Habits For 2019

7 Health Habits For 2019

I’m so excited to share 7 Health Habits For 2019 with you!  I really wanted to share a post that would both inspire you in your health journey and cause you to want to go to the next level in 2019.  It’s easy to make a list of health goals and end up with 20, but I wanted this to be practical and doable.  I chose 7 after thinking about.  After all, that’s one for each day of the week.

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I’ve been on this health journey for a while and I’ve read many books, listened to many podcasts and have a pretty decent grasp on what is true health and what’s a fad.  Fads don’t last but real health does.  Plus, we don’t want fads anyways, we want to create long lasting habits that will truly last the rest of your life.  Health is a journey- I say it a lot.  It’s not a destination.  If you’re looking for a one hit wonder, this post isn’t for you.  There isn’t a magic formula for achieving optimal health, it’s consistency and small steps each and everyday.  They all add up.

As my brother, Dr. Matt, a naturopathic physician says, “Accumulate health.”  

I couldn’t agree more.  Everyday you want to accumulate more and more health.  It isn’t the one month where you do “all” the healthy things but the everyday habits that make the difference.  I’ve literally been on a journey to heal my hashimoto’s for a while.  This hasn’t been something that’s happened over night.  It’s taken consistent health habits to get better. But guess what?  It works!  My antibodies have gone down, my energy has gone up and I’m feeling good.  All those little things add up.  Let’s check in with our habits and see where they’re at.  How do you start your day?  What does breakfast look like? Are you always on the go?  Not taking time for yourself?  Think about your life and the habits that you’ve adopted.  Are they serving you or hurting you?

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I think it’s important to have some goals when it comes to creating healthy habits.  A couple books I love that talk about forming habits and creating them are:

Some podcasts that I love listening too when it comes to habits and Mindset are:

I think it’s important to always be growing and causing yourself to think bigger.  You can adopt new habits and change your old ones.  It is possible!  Sometimes we just need to be reminded.

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So here are the 7 health habits that have changed my life and I know will change your life if you let them!

 

  • Change Your Mindset-

I actually adopted a word for this year and it’s mindset.  I’ve never done this before but I’ve realized how important mindset is when changing your habits over the years and I want to focus on it even more this year.  If I literally don’t change the way I think no habit is going to stick.  I may change temporarily but it won’t be lasting change.  The past couple years I’ve realized the areas I’ve changed in are because of mindset shifts and changes I’ve had.  Not because I was super motivated because we all know that can fade, but because I had changed my thinking about it.  I literally don’t have dairy or gluten, and I don’t think about it.  I know it can cause my hashimoto’s to flair up, so I just don’t do it.  It’s just not even a question in my mind.  I just don’t make it an option.  If I let my mindset be that maybe I’ll have dairy or gluten sometimes then I might.  But I just don’t go there.  The same thing could be true for anything in your life.  Whether it’s business, family, whatever.  This applies to anything, but obviously we’re focusing on health.  Do you think you can never lose the weight?  Do you think you’ll always struggle eating clean?  What’s your limiting belief you’re accepting as truth?

 

  • Change Your Company-

Who you associate yourself with is a pretty big deal.  I know we’ve all heard it.  Who you surround yourself with is who you become.  When you surround yourself with people that cause you to go higher, than you fall in line with that.  Imagine if your best friend was constantly working out, being active and asking you to come.  Don’t you think that would rub off on you?  Eventually you would probably go workout and start being more active.  The opposite is also true. If you hang around people that just want to sit around and watch t.v. all day, eat junk food and don’t care about health, you’ll likely start adopting those same habits. I’m not saying ditch all your friends but consider what you want to change in your life when it comes to healthy habits and if your friends are supporting those goals.  Maybe it will just take you standing up saying you’re going to start eating clean and they would follow suit.  Sometimes someone just needs to be the first one that stands up.  The same could be true for your spouse.  Maybe you wished they were stronger for you when it came to living out a clean lifestyle but maybe it will have to start with you making the first step.  Be the person that you want them to be and eventually it will rub off on them.

 

  • Make Real Food-

I know sounds life chaining huh? Ok, it might seem obvious but this has changed my life.  Making real homemade food and avoiding the packaged food.  I honestly rarely eat out.  I don’t live somewhere where there are a lot of great options.  Sometimes I wish I could grab something quick, but quick around me is the nearest fast food joint and that’s not an option.  Regardless I do think making real food is a game changer for your health.  You’ll eat less, eat more nutrient dense food and save money!  Basically setting yourself up for success.  You’re literally going to be reprogramming your cells to work for you instead of against you.  I never knew how to cook until after I got married.  Trust me, when I say this- I didn’t even know how to cook chicken.  I’ve come a long way.  My hubs jokes now that he’s glad I learned how to cook because I would only make two things when we got married. 🙂  So if you don’t know how to cook, you can learn because I’m living proof!  Plus, real food doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating.  It actually is really simple and fun once you learn a few tips and tricks.  Get a clean eating cookbook like this one or this one to get you started.  Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration or follow a real food blogger to keep you going.

 

  • Be Active-

I don’t like using the word exercise or working out because I think people associate those with negative connotations.  Having an active lifestyle is something everyone should practice.  Whether that means going on a hike, going for a walk, doing crossfit, lifting weights, whatever gets your body moving.  I know for me its looked different in every season of life.  When I was single it was different, as I got married it changed and now that I have kids it looks different.  I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t spend the normal time I used to spend when I was just married working out.  But I realized consistent activity even if it wasn’t 6 days a week was better than none.  Just being consistent with something makes the biggest difference.  It all goes back to the accumulating health quote that my brother always says.  It’s the little things that add up.  Do something that you love!  I hear so many people trying to go to the gym and run on the treadmill and they hate it.  Don’t do it!  Find something that is fun, that challenges you and keeps you wanting more.  It might take a couple different times, but don’t force yourself to do things that you know you won’t stick with in the long run.  Being active gives you more energy, improves your overall mood and mind, increases strength and endurance- the list could go on and on.

 

  • Manage Your Stress-

Notice I didn’t say eliminate stress, because let’s face it, that’s impossible.  We live in a fast paced world that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to manage your stress.  For me this has come by identifying the stressor and getting to the root of it.  Is it really the activity I’m doing or is the fact that I booked my calendar up too much and I don’t have anytime to decompress?  Think about why you’re really feeling on edge.  Figure out what drains you and what gives you energy.  I’m a people person but not an every day let’s have a party type of people person.  That would drain me.  The biggest advice I can give when it comes to managing stress is learning to say no.  It might mean limiting your kid’s after school activities to one sport.  It might mean not saying yes to every social event, or allowing time to meal prep for the week.  Think about what is causing you to feel stressed and address the triggers.

 

  • Fill Up Your Cup-

I know the word self care gets thrown around a lot these days.  I think a lot of us are saying it, but not a lot of us are practicing it.  When was the last time you actually took an hour or two to yourself and totally did something you loved.  Maybe it’s reading a good book, or maybe it’s just watching an hour of your favorite show.  It could be getting your nails done once a week or flipping through the latest magazine.  Figure out what fills you up and do it.  Don’t take a budbble bath if you hate it!  Just because someone else likes it doesn’t mean you will.  Find what relaxes you.  The goal is to do whatever helps you forget about everything else for a little bit and fills up your tank.  When I practice this I feel so much better!  For my husband it’s working out.  If I let him  workout for an hour he will come back refreshed and energized- haha sometimes a different person.

 

  • Challenge Yourself-

This one may sound weird but it’s so true.  I find the people I’m constantly coming in contact with our challenging themselves.  Whether it’s their mind, their food habits, exercise, at work- they’re wanting to improve and be a better version of themselves.  This isn’t a type of rat race thinking that makes you think you always have to be doing something.  It’s not for the approval of others but a sense of trying something new.  For instance, maybe the fear of getting in shape has kept you from signing up for a 5k or the gym.  Challenge yourself to sign up and take the step to face your fears.  I bet before long you will wonder why you even had them in the first place.  When you challenge yourself I think it helps to keep your mind sharp too.  It doesn’t matter what your age is, challenge yourself in something and watch how you surprise yourself.

Do any of these 7 health goals resonate with you?  What if you adopted one of these habits each month for the next 7 months, where would your life be?  How would it look differently?  What are some health habits you’ve adopted?

Here’s to building healthy habits in the new year!

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3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

So excited to share with you 3 brands that simplify natural living.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when detoxing your life.  Trust me I get it!  But it doesn’t have to be.  I like to break natural living into three categories.  The food we eat, the beauty products we use and household products.  These are some heavy hitters when it comes to toxic load.  Getting these detoxed is definitely a priority!  But where do you start?  What brands do you trust and what is effective.

Check out how to enter the GIVEAWAY happening in honor of my new website launch at the bottom of this post!  

No worries, I got your back!  I’ve rounded out my top picks for where to get clean food for budget options, where to buy beauty products all in one place and what to use for your household products.  I’ve simplified the process for you!  These are tried and true and have worked not only for me but many of my peers and friends.

After all, detoxing your life shouldn’t feel like work but it should be exciting and fun!  I mean who wants toxins lurking in their food, house or beauty products?  I know you don’t!

Here’s the skinny on 3 brands that always deliver-

The Detox Market-

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This was the very first green beauty store I shopped at.  I still remember angels singing when I visited the actual store in L.A.  Ok, maybe angels weren’t singing but it felt like I had arrived in green beauty heaven!  They have ALL the brands and more.  You want some Josh Rosebrook- they’ve got you covered.  Need some Osmia Organics in your life, sister they have it.  Want some Odacite?  No problem- they have the whole line.  It’s your one stop shop for all things natural beauty!  They have a list of ingredient standards, which lists ingredients they don’t allow in their formulations, so you can be sure your products are squeaky clean.

I remember hearing about their pop up shop in 2010- I was salivating to go!  It was at the same time I had started to detox my beauty products.  It’s so crazy to think where The Detox Market is today!  There’s so many natural options, compared to 8 years ago.  I love their mission on educating the consumer and bringing awareness.  Forever a Detox Market fan!

Some Favorites At Detox-

Vitacost-

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Find all your favorite clean eating and organic food pantry staples at Vitacost.

I started using Vitacost for over a year now and let’s just say I haven’t looked back!  If you haven’t heard of Vitacost allow me to bring you up to speed.  Vitacost is your one stop shop for all healthy and clean dry goods.  Think pantry staples!  Plus, they have some great household items too.  I love stocking up on all my favorite natural brands through Vitacost.  I save so much money when I purchase them there.  Plus, they’re always offering some sort of coupon code to save even more through email.

I’ve been so impressed with their customer service, and timely delivery of my orders.  I place an order a month and I never have had any broken or damaged items.  I used to shop at other online retailers and I had several products break constantly.  They carry all my favorite natural brands.  I also love that I don’t have to pay a yearly membership to receive the discounts.

Some Favorites At Vitacost-

Branch Basics-

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Branch Basics makes simple and clean household products that are effective.

I have fallen for this brand!  I started to try all their products 6 months ago and have loved each one!  They make detoxing your cleaning and household products so easy and simple!  From the cleaner you use to clean your counters, bathrooms, laundry detergent and windows.  It doesn’t need to be toxic to clean!  Their whole mission on why they started is so cool.  Each founder had their own awakening moment that made them realize the impact our environments have on our lives.  Read all about the founder and their journey’s here!

Branch Basics products are based off their concentrate- which is made from plant and mineral based. I love how simple it is. You basically can remove all your cleaning products with one product- their concentrate.  They give you the bottles to easily make window cleaner from it, countertop cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even hand wash!  It is hypo-allergenic, peanut free, gluten free, fragrance free, and contains no toxic stabilizers, preservatives, brighteners or surfactants.  It removes grease, dirt, dust and grime.  They’ve made the whole process so simple for people to transition from toxic household cleaners to non-toxic.  Can’t recommend them enough!

Some Favorites At Branch Basics-

  • Concentrate- This is the plant and mineral based cleaner that does it all!
  • Oxygen Booster- Helps to create an abrasive when added to tubs, toilets or sinks.  I also like adding it to heavily soiled laundry for a boost.
  • Trial Kit- Great to try before buying a large bottle or kit!
  • Mini All Purpose Spray Bottle- Perfect for traveling or on the go.
  • Starter Kits- These give you everything you need to completely overhaul your household cleaning products and start with nontoxic products.

Shop Branch Basics here!

Have you tried any of these brands?  What brand has helped you in detoxing your life? Leave me a comment and let me know!  

So in honor of my new website launch, I’ve teamed up with all three of my favorite natural lifestyle brands to bring you the ultimate giveaway!

  • The Detox Market is giving away $100 gift card
  • Vitacost is giving away $150 gift card
  • Branch Basics is giving away $100 gift card

You will be set with this giveaway loot!  From clean beauty, organic food and natural household cleaners, detoxing your life just got so easy!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Comment below sharing what the biggest struggle is for you when detoxing your life?  Whether it’s beauty, food or household products.  Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you win.
  2. Repost my Instagram photo where I share the details of my new website for 10 extra entries. My Instagram is here. 

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