Hello, goodness and all my fellow skincare freaks! I make no bones about splurging on skincare, especially when I come across a brand that’s all about eco-friendly, animal-friendly, and plant-based skincare. Today I’m sharing my new secret weapon from Benu Cosmetics. I know it can often be hard to see the forest for the trees in the world of cosmeceuticals, skincare and wellness industries, BUT I would be doing us all a huge disservice by not featuring this up and coming skin care gem. I hate when old favorites keep messing with their formulas in the name of “improvements” (it’s just reformulating and branding, seriously, who gives a flying fig?) to the point where my skin straight up lodges a serious rebellion and I’m forced to go a-hunting for a new line that’s all natural, loaded with anti-oxidants and won’t throw me into a tailspin. Well, enough of that! I recently got the opportunity to try out “Hello Skin” serum from ©Benu Cosmetics, and needless to say, I am a fan. I love the feel and texture of ©Benu Cosmetics’ “Hello Skin” serum! It’s an awesome new line, founded by a millennial who’s serious about making changes in both the skincare industry and the environment! It’s vegan, organic and uses all natural ingredients that will nourish, moisturize and heal your skin. Additionally, if you’ve got sensitive skin like I do this...Read More
Diet and nutrition play important roles in optimizing your fitness and performance goals.While there are a number of nutrients that your body requires, 5 key nutrients you must have in your daily diet are potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, B vitamins and protein!
We all know how expensive groceries can become especially when you move between seasons or are making a huge shift in how you feed yourself and your family. Making healthy nutritional choices doesn’t have to break the bank nor do they have to become an overwhelming experience. While you might think you’re saving money (i.e. buying processed foods instead of fresh produce, etc) by not buying organic and locally sourced produce (get my FREE quick and easy grocery guide for the EWG recommendations for produce in 2017), or stocking up on frozen meals, the truth is that the hidden health costs associated with these types of low quality “foods” are extremely high. I don’t know about you, but I hate drama in the kitchen. When it comes to my next meal I want it healthy, quick, uncomplicated and delicious! Given the plethora of techno kitchen devices and accessories, there really is no reason any of us should be stuck in the kitchen for hours on end. With that in mind, I’ve come up with one dish that works for both vegans and non-vegans alike. It starts off with some skin-on salmon steaks (non-vegan option), string beans, arugula, romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, cubed goat cheese (substitute vegan cheese in place of goat cheese), onions, garlic, dried chiles, EVOO and a medley of savory spices. The vegan option for this...Read More
It’s another fall day in the Chicago area and that means soup time! Don’t allow the seasonal shifts and the inevitable approach of winter, keep you from embracing your creativity in the kitchen. Also, I like to use this time to buckle down on creating healthy meals for the upcoming holiday season and avoid the temptations of overindulging in foods that don’t do anything good for my body or mindset! That doesn’t mean I don’t have fun meals and snacks during the holidays. It simply means that by staying aligned and balanced I’m more likely to sustain healthy habits that serve my higher good in mind, body, and spirit. Today’s recipe is a simple, healthy and filling fall stoup that’s loaded with goodness and an awesome full-bodied flavor! Ingredients: 5 medium potatoes or 2 cups, cubed.(Preferably Yukon gold or red potatoes). 1 medium (2 cups) butternut squash, cubed. 1 cup of cubed sweet potatoes. 2 cups of shredded kale. 2 cups of shredded red cabbage 1 cup of thin sliced/shredded Brussels sprouts. 5 cups of water. 2 tablespoons of sea salt. 1 tablespoon of curry powder. 1/2 teaspoon of spicy paprika. 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme. 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 tablespoons of olive oil. 1/4 teaspoon of allspice. 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Putting it all together: Bring your water to a boil using a medium-sized pot. Next, add...Read More
If you’ve ever felt like life seems to be passing you by, you’re still figuring out who you are, haven’t hit your “sweet spot” yet or fully come into your own, guess what? You are not alone! You might just be, a “late bloomer”! We all travel different paths in this life and while there may be some points of intersection along the way, we are unique and our paths tend to reflect that truth. So you’re wondering if you too are a late bloomer? You’ve come to right place to help you figure that out!There is nothing overly...Read More