This delicious tropical fruit is not only satisfying and
refreshing, but also incredibly healthy. The fruit can be enjoyed on its own,
with lime and salt (my fave), in smoothies, with your favorite toppings, or in
many other recipes. This fruit is rich the papain enzyme, vitamins A & C,
as well as antioxidants; preventing heart disease, reducing inflammation,
improving gut health, reduce aging effects, and more. As if the multitude of
benefits of eating this delicious fruit weren’t enough, the seeds are also edible
and packed with tons of micronutrients, monounsaturated fatty acids, and lots
of fiber. Stomach issues? Take a tbsp of papaya seeds to clear it right up! 😉 It is
also a fruit commonly used in diets to promote weight loss. It is important to
keep in mind that even fruit is not healthy in excess and if you have certain
allergies, you may need to consult your doctor before making anything part of
your diet. Lastly, Papaya is not good for you if it is not ripe (it also tastes
disgusting), you must wait until the skin is orange before eating it.
Do you love papaya as much as I do? What’s your favorite recipe?
YUM YUM YUM! This recipe for vegetarian street tacos with a side
of poblano spaghetti squash is going to give your Taco Tuesday a great twist!
This recipe serves about 4 people.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half, place it on a cookie sheet and sprinkle
it with salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake it at 350° until cooked through. Don’t
overcook, it still needs to have a slightly crunchy consistency. Once ready,
use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash and make the noodles.
Sauce for the spaghetti squash:
While the spaghetti squash is baking, boil 3 to 4 poblano peppers,
a small piece of onion, and a clove of garlic. Once they are soft, remove the
seeds from the peppers and blend them together with half of a vegetarian
bouillon cube, salt to taste, and a bit of sour cream. Mix the sauce with the spaghetti
squash noodles in a pan and add frozen corn. Cook all together until the corn
is defrosted and serve.
Slice 5 to 6 large portobello mushrooms and season them with creole
seasoning, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Sautee them on the stove with a bit of
olive oil and serve them in tacos with corn tortillas. Top the mushrooms with
chopped onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro.
Unless you’ve been living UNDER A ROCK, I’m sure you’ve heard people rave about apple cider vinegar! Honestly for a long time I felt like it was just some huge fad, but after doing a ton of research and using it myself.. the benefits are legit.
I’m about to share some ways to use apple cider vinegar, but before that – my tips on buying it. Be sure you buy with the mother. Otherwise, it’s filtered and you won’t get as many digestive benefits out of it!
And without further adieu… here are some ways to benefit from this miracle ingredient:
For Digestion: Add a tbsp of apple cider vinegar to some warm water with lemon, honey, and cayenne for a boost to your digestive system! This concoction has been shown to improve blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure, and help keep things moving.
For Your Skin: Make your own toner by putting 1 tbsp of the vinegar into 1 cup of distilled water. Shake it up, put some on a cotton pad, and rub it on your face! It can help with blemishes and to even skin tone.
For Your Hair: Mix up 1 tbsp ACV with 1/3 cup honey and put it on your hair for 10-15 minutes. And voila – you’ll have CLEAN and bright hair!
For Cleaning: Vinegar has disinfectant qualities – so dilute it with a bit of water and you have an all natural cleaner! You can even put distilled ACV in a bowl to clean fruits and veggies with.
Do you ever use apple cider vinegar? Let us know how!
Tonight, I want to share with you the recipe for one of my favorite
teas ever. This tea is amazing for the digestive system, help detoxify the body,
reduce swelling and water retention, as well as relax you to help you go to
Take some fresh ginger root and cut a piece that would be equivalent to a teaspoon. Boil it with two to three cups of water and bagged or fresh chamomile. Add one to two tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Drink it while it is still warm to help relax the body and release all those toxins!
Not Only a Bedtime Drink
Ginger paste and ginger extract are also used topically to help reduce inflammation, cellulite, stimulate circulation, and tone your skin. Have you used ginger root products to help with any of these? Share your results!
Allergies are a PAIN (duh)! I basically am allergic to everything – grass, pollen, dogs, cats, eggs ,soy, wheat – to name a few.
So I can definitely relate to you when you say the struggle is REAL with allergy season. Cottonwood is flying and pollen is everywhere. There are obviously medications to take when you need them.. like bendaryl, but hellooo hangover?! Am I the only one who feels drugged up for at least 24 hours after taking some allergy meds?
Below are a few NATURAL remedies for the allergy struggle. Try them out and let us know what you think!
Turmeric Tea – I SWEAR by this tea. Whether it be allergies or a cold or a sinus infection, it works wonders. I always feel better within a couple of days of drinking this 2-3 times per day. Just boil 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp turmeric, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp honey. Voila!
Vitamin C/Zinc – RIGHT when you start feeling sick, chug some vitamin C or a Zinc supplement! It’ll boost your immune system and help you get better quickly. Zicam is a great OTC “med” that has all natural vitamins!
Local Honey – Local honey can help diminish allergy symptoms! Just add some into your tea (or turmeric tea), or just take a spoonful!
I have always love beets, when I was a child I would eat them, use
their juice and stain my lips, to pretend I was a vampire sucking someone’s
blood, or pretend I was bleeding out (weird because it looks more pink than
red). Now I love beets for other reasons that I think you’ll love as well.
fabulous as natural tint for lips and cheeks
You may apply the juice directly or mix it with coconut oil with a
bit of lemon juice and store it in a container in the fridge for multiple uses
or applications throughout the day. Don’t over apply on the cheeks, the stain
is pretty strong, so you don’t need a ton.
for a natural rosy glow
Do you like to go without makeup? This may be a nice one for you.
You can easily mix a couple of tablespoons of beet juice with half that amount in
honey or sour cream and gently apply it all over your face and neck. Leave it
on for about 15 minutes and rinse.
scalp and grow healthy beautiful hair
Beets have lots of nutrients that help prevent hair loss, nourish
the scalp, get rid of dandruff, and aid strengthen your hair. Puree some beets
and apply to your scalp and hair, leave on for 30-45 minutes and wash as usual.
& helps fight acne
Apply the strained beet juice to your face and leave on for about
15 minutes and rinse. Remember that beets stain, so make sure to do the
treatment at night and no more than twice a week. Your face should feel hydrated,
healed, less oily, dark circles improve as well as fine lines and wrinkles as
it increases the production of collagen in our skin.
healthy for your diet
On top of all of the benefits of using beets in our beauty routine,
they are incredibly healthy. They have tons of nutrients and essential vitamins
as well as antioxidants. Regularly eating beets has been linked to lower blood
pressure, they help reduce inflammation, fight anemia, among other things.
Please keep in mind that the pigmentation of this root is quite strong
(hence it being used as a tint) and you’ll see that pink pigmentation in your
urine and stools… so, don’t panic if this happened when you ingest beets. Lastly,
if you suffer low blood pressure, you may want to speak to your doctor before
eating beets regularly to make sure it is safe for you. Always a good idea to
you a bit of research about anything you do or eat if you suffer from any
Will share specific beet-based masks soon, do you have a favorite
one you would like me to try? How about a favorite beet recipe? Do share!
Now, I am not going to say that I don’t
eat any sugar whatsoever, because I do. My goal is to eventually eliminate all
added sugar from my daily life (except maybe special occasions very sporadically),
but I have to say… it is very hard! Why is it so hard you ask? Well because it
is so addictive! There are strong physical and emotional reasons as to why we
love eating sugary foods so much, but reducing the amount of sugar we consume
on a daily basis is extremely important. Sugar has sooooooo many ugly side
effects that we should really consider not eating sugar part of our daily self-care
On top of sugar contributing to obesity,
diabetes, and heart disease, here are other very visible effects of a sugar-packed
Tooth decay (not very attractive)
Contributes to lack of collagen on skin (that
means more wrinkles!)
Worsens acne and skin allergic reactions
Personal victory, but still ways to go
I quit sodas as well as sugar and
creamer in my coffee 10 months ago and I can say that it really has made a
difference in my life. I don’t crave sugar-packed drinks, enjoy water more, my
skin feels more hydrated since I drink more water now, I get more energy from
my cup of coffee since I don’t get the crash from the sugar, and my body doesn’t
feel bloated. Eliminating just those things has made my life so much better that
I really want to continue and eliminate or minimize sugary and processed foods
from my daily life. These changes are not easy to make, but they are possible
and totally worth it. Join me and share your progress on the blog!