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Wrinkle Reducing Berry Smoothie

Despite the title, no, this is not a smoothie for your face. Although that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I’ll have to try that. This smoothie actually works from the inside out to help reduce and even prevent wrinkles. Wondering how? COLLAGEN. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It makes up our skin, our hair, our nails, our joints, our cartilage, etc. At the age of 25, we produce less and less collagen. This is why we see more wrinkles, brittle bones, arthritis and less lustrous hair with age. One reason for both cellulite and stretch marks is a breakdown in connective tissue. Collagen helps our skin remain firm and elastic. Collagen helps the skin retain structural integrity. Remember that collagen is a protein, a protein that helps form the connective tissue of the skin. If it’s lacking or damaged, this will result in wrinkles (as well…

Gut Healing, Cellulite Improving, Wrinkle Reducing Lemonade

Yesterday I wrote an article on the benefits of collagen, you can read all about that here (I’m also giving away three containers of it so make sure you enter!). Collagen is found in the bones, hooves and hides of animals and is rarely eaten anymore, whereas our ancestors ate a significant amount of it. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it rapidly declines after the age of 25, which is why we often see symptoms like wrinkles, cellulite and brittle hair and nails as we age. From my article yesterday… Due to modern diets rich in sugar, processed carbohydrates and a slew of other unhealthy foods, most people are dealing with some level of gut issues, from irregularity to IBS. Collagen is more easily absorbed and therefore great for those who struggle with gut issues. Collagen has been shown to strengthen mucosal lining and improve low stomach…

Matcha Green Tea Latte

If you follow me on Facebook (which you should!) you probably already know I’m not a coffee drinker. I hate the taste. I also and super sensitive to that much caffeine. I imagine drinking an entire cup would impart a similar reaction as a hit of crack for me, but since I’ve never done the latter I’m not entirely sure. Matcha is such a healthier, tastier alternative. In my opinion at least. It’s creamy and a bit sweet and I love starting my day with the below recipe for my matcha green tea latte. It’s such a treat. Not to mention it’s seriously healthy. Here are some benefits: high in antioxidants (roughly 100x more than green tea) high in EGCg boosts memory, concentration and focus contains caffeine – more than green tea but less than coffee boosts the immune system increases energy high in clorophyll, which helps detoxify the body…

The Healthiest Shot You’ll Ever Take

Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, EVERYBODDDY! This is literally the healthiest shot you’ll ever take. It improves gut function, strengthens the immune system, can help clear skin, improves/eliminates allergies and can even reduce and prevent wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite! You’re probably wondering how that’s all possible. So I’m going to break the ingredients down for ya. Apple Cider Vinegar ACV is loaded with beneficial enzymes and bacteria. It can also help kill off harmful pathogens and bacteria. Evidence has shown it to be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes. ACV is made up of acetic acid and therefore a shot of it can help reduce heartburn. This is because heartburn is actually caused by a lack of acid. Because ACV is packed with beneficial enzymes and bacteria and can help kill off harmful pathogens in the gut, it will boost the immune system. Roughly 90% of the immune…

Smoothie Packs

Lately I’ve been all about making smoothies. Don’t get me wrong – not the smoothies that contain a shit ton of sugar (even if it’s from fruit, three cups of fruit is way too much). Not low fat smoothies either. If you’re not consuming fat with your smoothies, you’re not absorbing the fat soluble vitamins. The smoothies I’m making are a great way to get extra veggies into your diet. They actually make an awesome snack. I add chlorella, bentonite and diatomaceous earth because I’m planning on getting knocked up in the not so distant future and these are extremely detoxifying. The chlorella removes mercury while the bentonite and diatomaceous earth remove harmful bacteria, yeast and toxins. Lastly I also add gelatin, because it’s awesome for the gut, your bones, skin and cartilage. When I’m in the mood for a smoothie or just want a snack, I’ll grab one of…

Superfood + Paleo Shamrock Shake

I’ve been trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet to hit nine cups a day. Nine cups of veggies is a lot. It’s tough to get that much plant matter. My jaw would hurt from chewing it all. So lately I’ve been making smoothies. And I kind of hated smoothies before, but I now realize that’s because most of them are made with a shit ton of fruit, which is just way too much sugar, especially for me. I’ve been making low sugar smoothies and it not only ensures I’m getting a lot of veggies at once, they actually taste good. Turns out you don’t need a ton of sugar or fruit to make a tasty smoothie. This shake is upped to superfood status not because of the spinach, but because of the egg yolks and gelatin. Egg yolks are an incredibly nutrient dense food, rich in choline, omega 3s…

Superfood Carrot Cake Smoothie

Sometimes you just crave carrots. No? Just me? Well, recently I was crazing carrots as well as something sweet. I thought I’d eat some carrots and a side of raw yogurt with honey. And then I thought, duh – carrot cake. But who wants to go through the trouble of making an entire carrot cake for one little craving? I’ve actually found that turning whatever you’re craving into a smoothie works out really well. It’s way easier than making the whole dessert and it’s healthy (if you do it right). Want chocolate cake? Make a chocolate smoothie. Want blueberry pie? Turn it into a smoothie. Want carrot cake? Make this. And wondering what’s so superfood-y about it? Carrots are a great source of vitamin C as well as potassium. They also help expel excess estrogen from the body (which can help prevent cancer). The egg yolks are a multivitamin rich…

Healthy Watermelon Cocktail

Watermelon is my favorite summertime fruit. It just screams summer to me and makes me happy. Which is good because watermelon is also super healthy. it’s high in lycopene which prevents cancer and cardiovascular disease rich in antioxidants high in vitamin C helps quell inflammation in the body it’s hydrating, full of water and electrolytes it’s a good source of potassium Combine that with the enzymes and probiotics in kombucha, and you’ve got yourself a healthy cocktail. No added sugar, sketchy drink mixes or high fructose corn syrup necessary. Plus – it’ll help prevent a hangover. You’re welcome. Ingredients: 1 cup watermelon 1/2 cup kombucha (I used GT’s Synergy brand, you can make your own or buy kombucha HERE) 1 shot of tequila Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and serve over ice. So simply, easy and delicious.

The Healthiest Protein Shake

I’ve written about Herbalife. I’ve written about Isagenix. I’ve written about Advocare. I get at least one email a day asking me to review a new protein/meal replacement shake, one that promises it’s all natural (which means nothing), one that promises it will finally give you the body you want, one that promises it’s the best protein source for your body. And without fail, every single one has been just another protein shake with fifty thousand ingredients that are meant to sit on your shelf for months at a time and not decompose. Ever heard the saying If it spoils, eat it. If it doesn’t, don’t? For the most part, that’s a pretty good rule of thumb. You know would happen if you left my version of protein shake in your cupboard for weeks or months? Nothin’ good. Because it’s from real food. Because it’s from fresh ingredients that the…

Fermented Bloody Mary

There’s a farm to table restaurant in my neighborhood that I love. As if that’s not awesome enough, they also make amazing bloodies (not the most appetizing nickname for a drink). There’s even an entire menu dedicated to all the different Bloody Mary options. One of the options, and it’s freaking delicious, is pickle juice. I don’t often drink liquor, but I do love me a good Bloody Mary. So I recently decided to make them at home. And then genius hit. I had an almost empty jar of Bubbie’s pickles. I used the fermented pickle juice to make an awesome Bloody, and I made it healthier! I’m all for making healthier versions of cocktails. The pickle juice is loaded with probiotics which makes it a great addition to this classic cocktail. Ingredients: 1 cup clamato juice 1/2 cup fermented pickle juice (I used the juice from THIS brand) 1/4 cup vodka…