I've been hitting the farmers' markets around town a lot lately. Truth be told, I wish I could fast forward through the rest of Summer, dust off my sweaters & boots, and get on with the tradition of Fall pumpkin patch visits and Hocus Pocus viewings. Still, I'll admit that there is something special about the end of summer produce. Stone fruits and berries are everywhere, and they pair perfectly with Summer's (hopefully) final punch in the face....a long stretch of super scorching, 100 degree days. This smoothie is the perfect whole foods refresher for the last hot days of summer. It's vegan, gluten & refined sugar free, and insanely delicious.
Your complexion provides a window into your overall health. As the body's largest organ, our skin absorbs what we put on it, making it important to choose makeup and skincare products carefully. It seems ironic that many products marketed to accentuate our beauty, from lipstick to face wash or body lotion, contain toxic ingredients that interrupt hormone function, which often leads to skin problems in the first place!
Green smoothies are everywhere these days, and for good reason. It's a quick and delicious way to get some fresh greens into your system. Dark, leafy greens are a great source of iron for those of us that don't eat meat, AND they contribute to high energy levels and pretty, glowing skin. If you're not a fan of eating greens raw, green drinks are the easiest way to work them into your diet. This recipe is fairly simple; no obscure ingredients required! It's got you covered for greens, protein, and taste! As usual, it's vegan, gluten & refined sugar free.
I know it's summertime and we are all generally more in the mood for smoothie bowl recipes...but I somehow have granola on my mind instead. Granola can be a great breakfast or snack in all seasons. Sadly, most store-bought granola (yes, even the organic "healthy brands that charge $10 a bag) are loaded with low quality oils and way too much added sugar. This is disappointing, mainly because of how unnecessary it is. Luckily, the solution is easy. Make your own! This recipe is vegan, made with coconut oil and free of refined sugar and gluten.
It's time to relax! And what better way to do that than with a delicious, nourishing drink that also works to calm the body?! Magnesium, an essential mineral for the human body, is a very common deficiency among us. This is a shame, considering how amazing it is. Magnesium aids the body's ability to absorb and use calcium, helps to reduce pain & alleviate muscle cramps, regulates metabolism, promotes heart health & reduces blood pressure, and has a general calming effect on the body. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of naturally occurring, plant-based magnesium. They also happen to make a really delicious plant milk!