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2018 Health & Wellness Benefits

Posted on January 04, 2018 by Trina Solomon | 0 Comments

We love hearing about the latest and greatest to keep you looking and feeling your best. Check out these 5 top trends to kick off your new year.

Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal

You can find this detoxing agent in powder and pill form. The main benefit is it pulls toxins from your body. Other benefits include; helps hangovers, alleviates gas, filters water and gets rid of mold. Our favorite benefit and the reason we started using it is, it whitens teeth. Add a little bit of activated charcoal to your tooth brush and whiten away. (Be careful, it can make a mess).

 

Moringa

Moringa

Native to Africa and Asia, this powder is made from the leaves of one of the most nutrient rich plants in the world. With a spinach-like flavor, it is packed with protein (all 9 essential amino acids), fiber, iron, vitamins A, K, and E, calcium and antioxidants. In addition to all of the nutritional value, there are skin, digestion, stress relief benefits and more. 

 

Healthy Pet Food

Healthy Pet Food

This one is for your furry, four-legged friends. As people pay more attention to what's in their food, they are also paying more attention to whats in their pets food. Big brands are adding higher quality formulas and new brands are popping up with shops that specialize in healthy custom made meals for your best friend. Try making your pets food and you can share ingredients. Boil chicken and veggies for your dog and turn it into a chicken noodle soup for yourself. 

 

Ultra Violet Purple

Ultra Violet Purple

 This vibrant Pantone Color of the Year is both calming (with blue) and energizing (with red). We all know that colors can have an effect on the brain so this is the perfect color for a balanced year. Ultra violet purple is also the color of the highest frequenceies so it's time to raise your vibration. (maybe this is the year we will all achieve enlightenment). 

Sleep Technology

Sleep Technology

A good nights sleep is always on trend. But what has changed is the way we achieve it. Research has pushed technology into the bedding world with things like astronaut based Phase Change Material (PCM) technology that helps keep you cool while you sleep and gadgets and apps that track your nightly movement and REM sleep. A good night's sleep allows you to function better during the day, so don't neglect your sleep environment. 

 

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Jungle Goddess Smoothie

Posted on October 03, 2017 by Trina Solomon | 0 Comments

Jungle Goddess Smoothie

There are so many food trends that are prevalent in today’s world, it’s hard to keep track, know what’s worth it, and what will be forgotten about a year from now.  However, there is one trend I definitely think is here to stay, and that is the green smoothie.  Looking back over the years, the evolution of my personal green smoothie has been quite the journey.  It began as a small handful of baby spinach was wearily added to my usual concoction of frozen berries and yogurt.  Once I had that under my belt, I slowly began to discover the beauty of using banana to thicken the smoothie and add creaminess, and I also began adding healthy fats, like a spoonful of almond butter, peanut butter, or coconut.  From there, I became even more adventurous and started adding different “superfoods” such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax oil and maca powder.  I learned many lessons along my “green smoothie journey,” and have some tips and tricks for creating that perfect smoothie every time:

 

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  1. Don’t use too much fruit: a good rule of thumb is no more than 1 cup of fruit per smoothie.  It helps to ask yourself if you would sit down to that much fruit in one serving normally, if it weren’t all pureed in a blender.  While fruit is an extremely valuable and nutritious food, too much eaten at one time can actually have adverse effects, such as spiking blood sugar and can even cause weight gain.
  2. Put as many veggies as possible into your smoothie: Not only does this allow you to “bulk up” the smoothie without adding extra fruit, it is also so important to be eating as many vegetables at every meal as we can.  Vegetables are the key to a healthy diet, hands down.  And you don’t have to limit yourself to just spinach- think out of the box, too!  Frozen cauliflower and zucchini are very mild in taste and add a nice thick consistency to the smoothie.  Other vegetetables I have used (all frozen) include cucumber, sweet potatoes, beets, butternut squash, and even green peas!
  3. Always add healthy fat: If your smoothie only consists of fruits and veggies, it is not going to keep you full for very long, and you have a higher chance of all of that fruit spiking your blood sugar if you don’t have a good, high-quality fat to go with it.  Nut butters, flax oil, nuts and seeds, and coconut all work here.  Plus, they add a really nice satiating quality to the smoothie!
  4. Don’t forget the protein: Since smoothies are often used as a meal replacement, it is important to make sure you have all of your macros (fat, protein, and carbs) covered.  The fruit and vegetables cover the carbohydrate factor and we already addressed healthy fats.  Luckily, healthy fat and protein often go hand in hand (nut butters, nuts and seeds), but if you use a low-protein fat like coconut, you want to make sure and throw in some hemp seeds or your favorite protein powder, especially if you are having your smoothie for breakfast. 
  5. Add those superfoods!: Have a bag of chia seeds or raw maca powder that you have heard can work wonders but you are not sure what to do with?  Throw them in your smoothie!  This is the place where you can really rack up nutrition points so don’t be shy!  My favorite smoothie superfood add-ins are hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax oil, maca powder, cacao powder, and spirulina!
  6. Don’t be afraid to amp up the flavor: Dried spices, herbs, flavored nutmilks, and citrus can add so much flavor to your smoothie and will keep things interesting.  Cinnamon goes great with a banana and almond butter based smoothie.  Cardamom is a really interesting twist on a smoothie made with mango and coconut.  Basil is delicious when paired with blueberries and bananas.  Vanilla and sea salt will really amp up the chocolate flavor when using raw cacao.

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For this Green Jungle Goddess Smoothie, I stayed true to my advice and covered all of my bases I talk about above.   Not only is this smoothie delicious in all of its tropical vibes, but it packs killer nutrition, too.  Fresh ginger is a very power inflammation-fighter and fresh mint is good for your skin and digestive system.  You get a healthy serving of both fruit and veggies, which contain all kinds of goodies such fiber, iron, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K, among others.  Hemp seeds contain a good dose of protein and the coconut milk covers your bases for weight-loss aiding healthy fats.

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To make this smoothie over-the-top good for you, consider adding the spirulina powder.  It is one of the highest quality and most bioavailable sources of plant-based protein and iron on the planet, and contains crucial b-vitamins like thiamin and riboflavin.  And as an added bonus, it gives the smoothie the most insane green color!

Jungle Goddess Smoothie

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Try out this delicious green smoothie and see if this is something you want to add to your daily routine!   This smoothie can easily be a blueprint for what you have on hand!  You could swap out pineapple for mango or almond milk for coconut milk. Throw in some chia seeds if you have them lying around or a handful of pumpkin seeds for an extra dose of magnesium.

 

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Whatever you do, enjoy this smoothie in your SoloSol Jungle Goddess Yoga Pants, dreaming of palm trees, waves, and sunshine!  

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Guest Blog by Elizabeth Lim, Holistic Health Chef and Beach Babe 

To see more of her recipes and meal delivery, check out her site Kale & Coconuts

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Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Sila Atikol | 0 Comments

There is a general misconception about healthy food, that it is not tasty. We all want to opt for the healthy but when you think about it, who wants to eat tasteless food, or how long can you keep it up? As someone who have been staying on the healthy side of things, I can tell you that healthy doesn't mean not delicious. I am a fat soul and I cannot live without enjoying my food. You might think that I got used to the taste of healthy food because I am going on for so long, and it is true that your eating habits are only habits and when you choose differently, you do get used to it and eventually built new habits. But that's definitely not the case here. I have some friends who are strictly against healthy eating. When I have them over at my house as guests, I refuse to serve them something that I would not normally eat. So I am serving them one of my healthy or paleo deserts along with coffee and I can tell you with great pleasure that they are enjoying every bite and cannot tell the difference.

 

In summer avoiding the ice cream would be the biggest challenge for most healthy eating newbies. So I would like to share with you some of my favourite, most delicious and easiest alternatives for the hottest days of summer.

 

1. Strawberry

This one can actually be done with pineapple, peach (peeled) or mango as well.

 

Ingredients

4 cups of frozen strawberries (I always make sure they are not completely frozen and not completely melted)

1/4 cups Low fat yogurt or creamy coconut milk

3 table spoon or less Agave syrup

Few drops of lemon juice (optional)

 

Blend everything together and if you are using ice cream moulds, separate your ice cream, and put it back into the freezer for another 5-10 minutes before you serve. As easy as that...

2. Banana

 

This is for my cocoa cravings.

 

Ingredients

 

2 peeled and frozen ripe bananas (similarly you can wait for them to soften a little bit)

2 (or more tablespoons) unsweetened 70% cocoa powder

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (optional to make it more creamy but it has a strong taste that suppresses the taste of banana)

Put everything into the blender at once and you have your ice cream. You can separate your ice cream into ice cream moulds or cups and serve after leaving it in the freezer for additional 5-10 minutes.

 

Enjoy <3 

Guest Blogger: Sila Atikol

Pilates, Total Barre, Yoga, SUP & TRX Instructor, Thai Massage & Reiki Therapist, Healthy Life Blogger

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@silatesblog

 

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Strawberry Chia Pudding

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Shan Maher | 0 Comments

Strawberry Chia Pudding

Strawberries are a classic YUM. Whether they are getting put into a sweet or savory dish, somehow strawberries always turn out to be a solid win in the taste department. Since I was a little girl I’ve always loved putting strawberries into anything - and everything possible!

This past week I caught myself having an overwhelming desire to shove strawberries in my mouth, which is odd considering I have been on a savory kick for the past month.

So, I got to thinking about how I could make something fun with strawberries that curbs my craving, yet keeps me satisfied for a few hours...

CH - CH - CH - CH - CHIA!

Chia seeds are considered one of the top superfoods! Originally from Mexico, research says that Aztec warriors would eat Chia seeds for strength and endurance and this would sustain them for up to 24 hours. WOW!

…Magic?
If we are being honest it took me a few tries to get this right. I always like to complicate things and create more complex flavor profiles, but what I have learned in life and in the kitchen is that sometimes less is more!

TA - DAH!
5 ingredients, say what!?


What you’ll need:
1 can full fat coconut milk (this is essential)
7 Strawberries (Rinse & cut tops off)
1 tbs coconut sugar (Can sub maple syrup or honey)
1 TBS of Bourbon Vanilla bean paste (Can sub vanilla extract)
cup of Chia Seeds
The “How to”:
Step one: Blend strawberries, coconut milk, vanilla bean paste & coconut sugar to create what looks like strawberry milk!
Step Two: Pour Liquid into mixing bowl & add chia
Step Three: Whisk Chia + liquid mixture together
Step Four: Pour into desired bowl and refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours. (I used TWO 8 oz mason jars!)
Step Five: Eat & ENJOY!
Toppings? Anything that you can get your hands on! I chose to use a few organic raspberries, blackberries, coconut flakes & hemp seeds.
Other suggestions? Pepitas, granola, goji berries, Melted peanut butter (yes, it’s actually amazing!), Cacao nibs, cinnamon.  

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