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Like it or not, Here we are. The Holiday Season has arrived. Seems to come earlier and earlier each year, or are we simply imagining it?!? Well, no time like the present to prepare to look (and feel) our best. One easy way to do this, is to incorporate more cucumbers into your routine. If you haven’t yet been convinced of their powerhouse benefits, check out this interesting article by Dr. Mercola. We hear you, some of you don’t like the flavor or texture of cucumbers. So, how about a refreshing drink instead?
Lime, Cucumber Water
20 oz fresh, filtered water – can use seltzer, if preferred
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 lime, sliced
Mint for garnish (optional)
Add cucumber and lime slices to water. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy throughout the day!
If that doesn’t rock your world, how about adding (hiding!) some cucumber in your smoothie? With all the other yummy ingredients, you won’t even notice the cucumber. Just sip and enjoys the benefits.
Cucumber Detox Smoothie
1/2 cup sliced cucumber, preferably organic
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 banana, peeled
1 lime, juice and zest
handful of greens (spinach, kale)
1/2 cup water, (or coconut water, or almond milk)
2 ice cubes
frozen wild blueberries, optional
Place in blender. Enjoy immediately.
Now let’s get to the good stuff, and get Party Ready!
A painless, and deceptively simple way to really look your best is to add cucumbers to your beauty routine. Rather than the cumbersome use of cucumbers sliding off your face, Beautycounter has you covered. Included in their Holiday Collection, is the fantastic Instant Awakening Trio. This mighty trio does exactly what it says. Using cucumbers as well as 15 botanically derived acids, to improve skin texture, minimize fine lines and generally give you a refreshed, holiday “Glow”. So pretty. A couple simple steps to reveal your Best Self!
You can check out the whole, pretty Holiday Collection Here. We are available, should you have any questions or need any suggestions.
Happy, Healthy Holidays to you and yours,
More evidence here to support the numerous benefits of coconut oil. This stuff is incredible!! We can go on and on for days about the benefits of adding coconut oil to your life. While that would be some good fun and games, let’s stick to the Big Topic.
Hair. It’s always about the hair. Shiny, bouncy hair is analogous to health and vitality. We are always looking for safe ways to increase volume, and improve the texture of our hair. We’ve used many, many products over the years, thinking they would do just that, make our hair thick and luxurious. However, many products were filled with Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Parabens, even formaldehyde(!!), so they actually had a detrimental effect on our hair, not to mention our whole bodies. Yikes.
Enter Beautycounter. This company’s mission is safer beauty. To illustrate this, let’s chat about their Shampoo and Conditioner . Instead of using harmful, hormone-disrupting preservatives, which are much less expensive, Beautycounter uses an amino acid derived from coconut oil to provide gentle, broad spectrum antimicrobial preservative in both the shampoo and conditioner. The amino acid is plant-based, derived from coconut oil, non-toxic and provides guaranteed performance against bacteria and fungi. Being that it is from coconut oil, it also provides a moisturizing component, leaving your hair soft and silky. Win~Win!
Thanks for reading. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Yours in Health,
This is the perfect Fall treat. Packed with flavor, protein and spices, this nutritious treat is gluten and dairy-free.
Prep Time: 10 min. Makes 20 bites.
- 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 cup cacao nibs
- 3/4 cup gluten-free organic rolled oats (not quick oats or instant oatmeal)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground clove
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- dash sea salt (or to taste)
- cacao powder, ground almonds or shredded unsweetened coconut for rolling
1. Pulse the oatmeal, almonds, and cacao nibs in a food processor until the size of small crumbs.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well-combined and mixture holds its shape when pressed together. Do not over-process.
3. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. If desired, roll the finished bites in organic cacao powder, unsweetened shredded coconut or ground almonds.
4. Transfer to fridge to chill completely, then enjoy:) Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
If you make these, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or let me know in class how you like them!
Maria McKendry, PT
There are many, many benefits to incorporating coconut oil into your daily routine. Let’s take a minute to talk about the easiest ways to enjoy the benefits of coconut oil.
First and foremost, let’s talk hair. I know many women, myself included, who struggle with their hair ~ it’s not as silky as is used to be, it’s not as thick as it once was, and it lacks the bounce and shine that it once had. I’ve tried numerous products, both internal and topical and have found that coconut oil consistently and repeatedly came to the rescue. Check out the advice of Dr. Axe, he’s got some terrific suggestions.
A couple more reasons to add coconut oil into your life is for skin care: According to this study on effects of plant oils on the skin, coconut oil has been found to have anti-aging, antioxidant, wound healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been successfully used to prevent dry, flaky skin. It helps speed up wound healing. The active component of monolaurin in coconut oil renders it anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. Coconut oil reduces the severity of eczema and psoriasis. One more notable use…Drumroll, please…. it promotes Agelessness by delaying the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin! Lastly, there’s no chance of any adverse side effects from the application of this oil to your skin.
If this article spoke to you, and you are at all concerned with the products that you put on your face and/or body, we encourage you to check out Beautycounter
. This company intentionally bans and rigorously screens ALL ingredients used in their products. You’ll be delighted to know that not only are you NOT harming your body, the products actually work. So fantastic. Speaking of multi-tasking oils, Beautycounter
offers some fantastic facial oils that brighten, plump or balance your skin depending on your needs. The No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil
won the “Best of Beauty” Award from Allure magazine in 2017, brings out your “glow”, No. 2 Plumping Oil
is terrific for fine lines and wrinkles (yes, I’ll take two please!), and No. 3 Balancing Oil
is great for calming and balancing your face.
Stay tuned for Coco for Coconuts, Part 2!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Should you have any questions, concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Yours in Health,