13 Vegan Essentials That Will Make Your Transition Easier

 

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13 Vegan Essentials That Will Help You Transition

Here is a list of some of my favorite vegan pantry essentials. These are all items that you will want to have on hand at all times to make your life just that much easier! They will all be a component to also help you with your transition to full on plant based eating. Take a look at the list below and let me what some of your pantry favorites are!


1. Wheat Gluten or Tofu

Appetizer Cow-Fu (Wheat gluten)

When I first made my transition to the vegan lifestyle I consumed many meals that consisted of wheat gluten. I was not aware of the health affects that were associated with gluten at them time because I was so new to the lifestyle, but even now that I am more aware, I still think it’s a great meat replacement those that are transitioning.

If you don’t suffer from gluten allergies you’ll definitely want to give it a try! I’ve visited restaurants that have found so many creative ways to transform this spongy loaf into a wide array of tasty foods. I’ve had Vegan BBQ Ribs, Burgers, Fried “Chicken”, Salisbury “Steak”, and much more that were all  made from wheat gluten.

And the best part is that you can make this at home! It’s great to add to stews and soups as well, or anything that you desire to add a meat-y type texture to. Buy your own vital wheat gluten flour here

If you’re not a fan of the wheat gluten, tofu is a great option as well. I also have a video showing how to make soy-free tofu!

Soy- free tofu video


2. Lentils

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I used lentils for so many of our meals! Burgers, lentil loafs, meatballs, and even just to serve over rice with the right seasonings and veggies. They’re so easy to prepare so because of the fact they don’t need to be soaked and only take about 20 minutes to cook. Keep your pantry stocked with these as the come in handy for last minute meal preparation!

Handy Recipes:
Easy Sweet & Sour Lentils (Substitute honey for agave or similar sweetener)
Lentil Loaf
Meat Balls


3. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional Yeast is the best cheese replacement. I’ve used it to make cheese sauces and queso dips. It’s also great to sprinkle over spaghetti, avocados, and to even thicken up your soups. It has a very similar taste to cheese (even though you could never fool anyone with it) and will immediately perk up any dish that could use a little sprinkle of this (not so) cheesy topping. My cheese sauce recipe

Where to buy nutritional yeast?


4. Brown Rice Pasta

If you’re looking to cut back on the wheat, brown rice pasta is the prefect alternative. I’ve tried and used many brands but none of them live up to the Tinkyada brand. Other kinds I have tried are too mushy or just don’t cook properly. I also have perfectly cooked pasta when I use this brand and it tastes great!

Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta 


5. Almond Milk (how to make your own)

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I love almond milk (rice milk as well but almond is the healthier alternative when you make your own). You can easily buy the store bought kind in a carton or jug but just be sure to check the ingredients (they can get a little crazy sometimes.) But if you’re down, and have to the time, you can make your own almond milk at home. Here’s how!

1 Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight

2. The next morning, drain and rinse the almonds. Add them to your blender with 2 cups of water, a little vanilla and dates (to sweeten it up), and blend.

Note: You can certainly omit the vanilla and dates if you’re using the almond to prepare a savory dish of some sort

3. Use nut milk strainer bag (I’ve used a sprouting bag before that worked perfectly) and pour your blended mixture inside to strain the pulp.

4. Voila! You have your almond milk. Be sure to use the milk as soon as possible as it does not keep for very long in the fridge (about 3 days)


6. Flaxseeds 

Flaxseeds serve as a great egg replacer is baked goods such as muffins, breads, cookies, etc. I’ve also them in pancakes (Sweet Potato Pancakes) as well which worked great! To replace eggs in a recipe use: 1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp of cold water. Mix them together and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. This ratio is equivalent to one egg.

Where to buy ground flaxseeds?


7. Vegetable Broth

If you aren’t fully vegan yet, one simple change you can make is to replace your chicken or meat broth with veggie broth! This can easily become an instant vegan essential for your pantry. I love to cook my quinoa with veggie broth and add in some simple vegetables and beans for a quick and easy meal!


8. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can replace many of the highly processed oils suchs as canola or safflower (very mucus forming). It can also be used to replace butter in recipes as well. I have a video all about coconut oil here: 11 Ways To Use Coconut Oil.


9. Earth Balance

This is another simple vegan swap you can make today if you’re not fully on the vegan path yet! it tastes exactly like butter and will make you want to use it in every single thing. Anything you use butter for, you can use Earth Balance instead.

This can be purchased at just about any grocery store.


10. Ener- G Egg Replacer

Excellent egg replacer that can be purchased here. I’ve used this is baked goods which worked perfectly! 


11. Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds little tiny seeds that pack a powerful punch. They are known for their high levels of protein and antioxidants. I like to add some into my smoothies for a little added nutrients or my oatmeal in the mornings. They can be used to thicken puddings and also for a great egg replacer as well! These are super to have on hand.

Chia Seeds can be purchased here


12. Chickpeas

My beloved chickpeas! I love chickpeas because they can be used in just about anything! They’ll instantly add protein into any dish you fancy. I have several recipes using chickpeas. Chickpea Tuna and Chickpea Tacos


13. Quinoa

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If you get tired of rice, quinoa is the perfect switch up. Quinoa is not actually a grain but a seed so it’s great for people looking limit their consumption of grains. It’s very nutrient dense and easy to cook! 

So those are a list of my top 13 vegan essentials that will really help you make your transition into vegan eating! Let me know in the comments below what some of your vegan pantry essentials are!

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12 Homemade Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes

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It’s time to make salads a little bit more interesting!  


1. Caesar Salad Dressing

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This Caesar salad recipe comes from a wonderful blog called OhSheGlows (I’m sure you’ve heard of it :-P). It contains cashews, vegan Parmesan blend (recipe included) and other wholesome delicious ingredients. This recipe is nice, creamy, and flavorful.

Get the recipe here


2. Orange Ginger Sesame Dressing

 This yummy recipe is from Fully Raw Kristina. It contains fresh orange juice, ginger, and other raw and healthy ingredients. I love adding ginger to my foods as it contains it’s own health benefits and adds a “kick” to your food. Ginger is also very helpful for digestion. This recipe is amazing!

Get the recipe here


3. Roasted Red Pepper Balsamic Vinaigrette

This recipe comes from a very impressive blog called Knead to Cook. It contains roasted red bell peppers which are absolutely delicious! It’s so simple and mouth watering.

Get the recipe here


4. Creamy Italian Dressing

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This creamy Italian recipes comes from a super blog called Jennifer’s Kitchen. It contains cashews, lemon juice and other flavorful ingredients. It sounds absolutely divine!

Get the recipe here


5. Celery Orange Dressing

This unique recipes is oil free and comes from a superb blog called Happy & Raw. All of the ingredients are raw and very nutrient dense as well. I’m so excited to give this a try!

Get the recipe here


6. Strawberry Vinaigrette

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This dressing come from a wonderful blog called Natasha’s Kitchen. It’s a tasty blend of strawberries, poppy seeds and other amazing ingredients.

Get the recipe here


7. Anti- inflammatory Turmeric Sun Dressing

The list goes on and on with all of the amazing properties of Turmeric. This Sun Dressing comes from the Mind Body Green blog.

Get the recipe here


8. Cashew Ranch Dressing

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Hard to give up the ranch dressing? Well, you’ve found the perfect alternative. This recipe comes from a nutritious blog called Jenn-Fit. It uses cashews and other whole food ingredients and spices.

Get the recipe here


9. Oil- free Raspberry Dressing

Here is an interesting oil free raspberry dressing from an awesome blog called Healthful Pursuits. It contains fresh raspberries, apple juice, and other simple and healthy ingredients. You can make this completely vegan by substituting the honey for coconut nectar. 

Get the recipe here


10. Apple Cider & Chia Dressing

This is a superfood dressing! It comes from a stupendous blog called Taste Love & Nourish. There is also a recipe included for a kale and pear salad that pairs nicely with this dressing.

Get the recipe here


11. Simple Vinaigrette

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A super simple vinaigrette made from non-complicated ingredients. The recipe comes from a lovely blog called Wine and Glue!

Get the recipe here


12. Miso Sexy Dressing

 First off, I love the name of this dressing. It comes from a delightful blog called She Knows. It has very simple ingredients and looks absolutely divine! I love the tanginess that miso adds to recipes and I know that it is very beneficial for your health as well.

Get the recipe here


Resources:

Agave- Where to buy?
Chia Seeds- Where to buy?
Miso- Where to buy?
Apple Cider Vinegar- Where to buy?
Coconut Nectar- Where to buy?
Hemp Seeds- Where to buy?
Nutritional Yeast- Where to buy?

Let me know which dressing you plan to use! 

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The Ultimate Green Smoothie Guide + 5 Amazing Recipes


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What are green smoothies?

 A green smoothie is a blended drink packed with fruits and vegetables. It usually contains sweet fruits such as bananas  and leafy greens such as kale or spinach. You can mix them up however you like and mix and match your own unique fruit and veggie blend! They sometimes contain other ingredients as well such as nut butters, superfoods and more. 

Why should we drink green smoothies?

1. Smoothies are great because you are blending and consuming the entire fruit. Unlike juices where you are only extracting the juice of the fruit and leaving out the fiber. Fiber is great to help with digestion and keeps you full for longer periods of time. Consuming the fiber will also help you fight off hunger and cravings.

2. Green smoothies will give you long and sustained energy. The sugars in fruit are metabolized very quickly so eating fruits alone only gives you short energy bursts. When combined with vegetables it balances out the sugar content and will provide you with longer lasting energy.

3. Many people struggle with eating adequate amounts of veggies required for the day. When you blend your veggies up in a smoothie you are consuming large amounts of vegetables without having to taste or chew them. The fruit in the smoothie masks the taste of any vegetables and also sweeten up your smoothie. Not to mention, fruits and vegetables have an abundance of vitamins and minerals. This is also a great way to get children to eat more greens!

4. Fruits and vegetables are typically very inexpensive. You can buy a large bag of kale and make several smoothies with it. If you were to buy premade smoothies from a local juice/ smoothie bar it would cost you a lot more so that’s why it’s best to make them yourself. The only equipment you would need is a blender, which have a very wide price range, but you can easily find a decent one for under $35!

Our inexpensive blender recommendations:

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender ($26.85)

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender with Travel Lid ($14.85)

Oster 6-Cup 10-Speed Blender ($30.99)

BELLA 12-Piece Rocket Blender, Stainless Steel ($30.16)

Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender with Travel Lid ($25.34)

 

How often to drink green smoothies?

It’s great to drink ATLEAST one green smoothie per day. I personally like to start my day with a smoothie to get me going on the right foot . I usually find my mood to be lifted and have amazing amounts of energy.


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 Healthy Green Juice Smoothie Drink

If you’re short for time in the mornings you can prep all of your ingredients the night before. I like to put all the fruits and veggies I’ll need in a ziploc bag and then freeze it for whenever I need it. I usually prep enough for atleast 4 smoothies. When I wake up in the mornings I’ll open the ziploc bag, throw everything into the blender, and  just add water and maybe dates to sweeten it up.

Simple Prep Ahead Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 Apple (peeled and chopped)

1 cup of kale

1 cup Strawberries

Directions:

1. Prep your fruits by peeling and chopping the apple, peel and break the banana up, tear kale into small pieces, and chop up your strawberries

2. Place everything into a ziploc bag

3. Place your ziploc bag in the freezer

4. The next morning simply dump your fruits in the blender and add about 2 cups of water.

… and you’re done! Simple, right?


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 Some other great vegan green smoothie recipes:

1. Key Lime Pie Smoothie Recipe

 Sweet creamy and decadent smoothie that will stir up your taste buds.

2. Minty Morning Green Smoothie 

Packed with avocados, spinach, and cucumber with a hint of mint. 

3.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie

The name pretty much says it all. Spinach, bananas, peanut butter and a special chocolate treat.

4. Green Pina Colada Smoothie

With pineapples, spinach, and coconut milk, this smoothie tastes JUST like a delicious Pina Colada.

5. Peachy Ginger Green Smoothie Monster 

Extremely nutrient dense smoothie with kale and chia seeds, but also contains sweet succulent fruits such a peaches!


 SUPERCHARGE YOUR SMOOTHIE!

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Superfoods to add to your smoothies:

To supercharge your smoothies you can add in superfoods that will take it up a notch! Superfoods are packed with nutrients and incredible health benefits. Here are a few of my favorites!

Chia Seeds

High in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids! Where to buy?

Ground Flax Seeds

Contain high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids (great for your heart), fiber, and lignans. Where to buy?

Vegan Protein Powder

Provides you with a healthy source of proteins. Where to buy?

Moringa Leaf Powder

High in Iron, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitaminc C, Protein, and Fiber. Where to buy? 

 

Thank you for reading!

What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?

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25 Homemade Vegan Meat Replacements

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I’m so excited to share these 25 fantastic recipes with you on how to replace meat in your home cooked meals. I hear so many people say they want to go vegan but have the hardest time letting go of MEAT. Most people don’t realize all of the creative and delicious ways you can make the swap. So, I decided to share some of my most favorite ones here.

You may ask, what is the point of going vegan if you’re just going to make “fake meat”? 

Well, you have to realize it’s a process. A lot of us get stuck where we are comfortable. It’s hard to let go of something you’ve learned to enjoy your entire life. So making something that closely resembles some of your favorite foods but is HEALTHY and CRUELTY FREE is the best way to go about it. These foods will definitely make your transition easier.  

Even the more well seasoned vegan (pun intended) will enjoy these recipes. I know I personally had to wean myself off of the meat in the beginning. I ate a lot of seitan (what gluten) and tofu dishes because I was so hooked on the meaty texture and the spices used alongside meat. It was a gradual process for me and now I do not miss it one bit!

Give them a try and be prepared to have your mind BLOWN!.

 


vegan BURGER RECIPES

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Vegan burger recipes made with foods such as eggplant, black beans, and lentils. There are also even more foods you can use to make your own vegan burgers with. 

1. Eggplant Crunch Burger

2. Black Bean Mushroom Burger

3. Lentil & Spinach Burger


 

vegan HOTDOG RECIPE

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 Made with tofu and wheat gluten, these homemade vegan hotdogs are so much better for you than the store bought.  If you aren’t feeling the soy, the author of the recipe recommends subbing it for beans such as pinto or cannelini. I imagine you could make a large batch of these “hotdogs” in advance and store in the freezer for whenever you decide to use them. 

4. Hotdog Recipe Here – (Where to buy almond meal ?)

 


vegan BACON RECIPES

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Here are some interesting ways to use foods such as zucchini, eggplant, and coconut to create your own version of vegan bacon. It sounds a little strange but give it a chance! Just by looking at the pictures you could never tell the difference. Not to mention, this “bacon” is actually really good for you.

5. Coconut Bacon Recipe- (Where to buy coconut flakes?)

6. Zucchini Bacon Recipe

7. Eggplant Bacon Recipe

8. Portebello Mushroom Bacon


vegan TACO MEAT/ CARNITAS RECIPES

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When it comes to making your vegan taco meat it’s really about the texture and the seasonings used. Beans, nuts, and seeds can all provide you with the hearty-ness that meat eaters often seek. 

Below are some vegan taco meat recipes that are made from tofu, lentils, chickpeas, and jackfruit. Give one of them a try and let me know what you  think!

9. Lentil Taco Meat Recipe

10. Tofu Taco Meat Recipe

11. Chickpea/ Garbanzo Bean Taco Recipe

12. Jackfruit Carnitas Recipe  – (Click HERE to find Jackfruit)


vegan BARBEQUE RECIPES

Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich

Here are some great recipes that are smothered in BBQ sauce that will give you the familiar taste of grilled meats. I’m telling you it’s all about the seasonings used! Meat on it’s own does not have it’s own distinctive taste so it’s important to dress it up with the right seasonings and sauces.

13. Seitan BBQ Ribs

14. Pulled Pork (Jackfruit) Barbecue Sandwich – (Click HERE to find Jackfruit)

15. “Pulled” Cauliflower BBQ Sandwich

16. Barbecue Cauliflower Bites


vegan  SEAFOOD RECIPES

Breaded Fish Sandwich with Tartar Sauce

Here are some interesting seafood replacement recipes. One recipe  is for a fried “fish” sandwich that is actually made from eggplant! The other is a mock tuna recipe that is made from chickpeas. Get creative in your vegan kitchen! 

17. Mock Fish Sandwich

18. Crab (Jackfruit) Salad

19. Chickpea Tuna Salad

 

 


vegan MEATLOAF RECIPES

Lentil Loaf Dinner

Two of my favorite meatloaf recipes made with lentils! Lentils are a great meat replacement as they are very simple to cook and they have a “meaty” type texture to them.

20. Lentil BBQ Meatloaf

21. Red Lentil Loaf


vegan DELI MEAT RECIPE

Who would have known that you can make your  own vegan deli meat slices? 

22.  Vegan Turkey Style Deli Slices


vegan MEATBALL RECIPES

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Lentil “meat” balls are seriously one of my favorites. I was never a fan of the actual meat kind but these are so necessary to add to your spaghetti recipes. 

23. Mini Lentil Meatballs


vegan MEAT CRUMBLES RECIPES

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Some interesting meat crumbles that can be added to lasagna and other dishes that would normally use ground beef.

24. Seitan Chorizo Crumbles

25. Soy-Free Meat Crumbles

*Bonus Pepperoni Pizza Crumbles


 BONUS RECIPES!

*1. Vegan Breakfast “Sausage”

*2. Vegan Fried “Chicken”

*3. Vegan “Chicken” Nuggets


Resources:

1. Liquid Smoke- Where to buy?

2. Coconut Flakes- Where to buy?

3. Gluten- free breadcrumbs- Where to buy?

4. Vital Wheat Gluten Flour- Where to buy?

5. Jackfruit- Where to buy?

6. Nutritional Yeast- Where to buy?

Which recipes do you plan on giving a try? :-)

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13 Natural DIY Skin Care Remedies

Back-Acne-Treatment  13 Natural DIY Skin Care Remedies

woman-washing-face-hypehairWhy waste money buying store bought skin care products full of chemicals and foreign ingredients? There are many natural remedies out there to help solve almost any skin care issue you may be experiencing. Many of them require everyday products that you may have sitting in your kitchen right now. This can save you time and money, along with giving you the confidence of knowing exactly what is going onto your skin. Give some of these recipes a try and take notice of any differences you see in your skin!

1. Moisturizing Skin Mask

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You’ll need…

-Honey

– Oats

Mix together equal parts of honey and oats until a thick paste has been formed.
Apply evenly to the face while gently scrubbing in a circular motion.
Wash off the next morning.

 

2. Redness, Rashes, and Acne 

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You’ll need…

-Tea Tree Oil

- Coconut Oil

Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into a spoonful of coconut oil and combine.
Spread evenly on face before bed and wash off the next morning.

 

3. Blackhead Remover

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You’ll need…

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 teaspoon water

– splash of organic apple cider vinegar

Mix baking soda and water to form a paste.
Splash some warm water on your face to open up the pores.
Apply the paste and gently massage to exfoliate your skin and loosen up dead skin cells and blackheads
rinse off the paste with warm water
splash face with cold water to close the pores
tone your skin with a little diluted apple cider vinegar

 

4. Antibacterial Acne Cleanse Wash

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You’ll need…

- Tea tree oil
– Water
– Q-Tips or Cotton Balls

Dilute the tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water.
Dip your q-tip or cotton ball in the mixture and apply to problem areas.

 

5. Anti-bacterial Inflammatory Soother

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You’ll need…

- Aloe vera gel

It’s best to use the fresh aloe directly from the plant but you can also use store bought gel/

Wash your face and pat dry. Use your finger or q-tip to apply the aloe gel directly to the problem areas of your face.

 

6. Blemish Remover

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You’ll need…

- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

– Q-tips or Cotton Balls

Rinse face and pat dry. Dab your q-tip or cotton ball into the lemon juice and apply to pimple or blemish spots. Lemon juice will lighten any desired spots on your skin. Dilute with water if you have sensitive skin.

 

7. Facial Steamer

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You’ll need…

- 1 pot of boiling water

- 1 towel

- 1 large bowl

Boil your pot of water and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Transfer to your bowl.

Place your face above the bowl and drape the towel over your head
to trap the steam.

Do this for 10-15 minutes, remove the towel, and pat your face dry. Do this once a day or as needed.

This will open up your pores and flush out any impurities.

 

8. Garlic Antibacterial Cleanser

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You’ll need…

- 2-3 Cloves of Garlic

– Water or Aloe Vera Gel

Mash up 2-3 cloves of garlic and allow to sit in water for 10 minutes. Use a cotton pad to soak up the garlic juice and cover any problem areas
on your face.
If you do not have any cotton pads to apply it with, you can use aloe vera gel instead of water to thicken the mixture.

 

9. Lavender Sugar Scrub

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You’ll need…

- 1/2 cup coconut oil

– 1 cup white sugar

– 10 drops lavender essential oil

Melt your coconut oil over the stove or in the microwave.

Transfer the oil to a mixing bowl and add in 1 cup of the white sugar and mix well.

Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and mix again until combined and transfer to a mason jar.

Acts as a gentle exfoliater and helps rid of excess skin cells clogging up your pores

(Best used on hands, legs, and feet)

 

10. Avocado Face Mask

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You’ll need…

- 1 avocado

– 1 tablespoon of honey

Rinse face with water and pat dry. Spoon out the avocado and mash it up and stir in the honey.
Mix it all up until a paste forms. Apply to your skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
When finished, wash off the mixture with warm water and pat dry.

Avocado is full of vitamins and nutrients and can help tone down your acne. Honey has
anti-bacterial properties.

 

11. Eczema Cream

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You’ll need…

- 1/4 cup coconut oil- soft or melted

– 1/4 cup shea butter

– 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil

– 25 drops melrose essential oil

– 15 drops lavender essential oil

Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin e oil in a small bowl and mix well.
Add in the essential oils and mix again.

Store in a cool place to prevent it from melting. You can also store in the
refrigerator

 

12. Face Wash for Oily Acne Prone Skin

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You’ll need…

- 1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap

– 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

– 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix all ingredients together.

Take some of the facewash and massage it into the skin. Gently wipe off with a moist cotton ball and rinse off your face.

 

13. Natural Moisturizing Face Cream

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You’ll need…

- 1/4 cup coconut oil

– 3/4 cup shea butter

– 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients in small pan and heat on low-medium heat until everything is dissolved, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Pour into container and seal tightly, shake really well, allow to rest and shake again.
Wait for it to cool and solidify (you can place in the refrigerator).

 

Disclaimer: The information on this article or on the site in general is not intended be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert or practitioner for any health related issues.

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12 Amazing Peppermint Oil Uses

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12 Amazing Peppermint Oil Uses

 Who knew peppermint oil could provide so many amazing health benefits. You’ll definitely want to keep plenty of it on hand.  It’s so versatile to use and has a wide range of benefits that will help soothe your body and mind. It’s very simple to add a few drops to your water every morning or simply massage it into affected areas on your body.  It has a cooling and calm effect to help you feel refreshed and invigorated. Try some of the ways below to experience it’s incredible healing properties. 

1. Indigestion. Put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water before eating to experience it’s digestive benefits. It helps to remove excess gas and can be used as a tonic for motion sickness, nausea, upset stomach and even low appetite. It soothes and relaxes the muscles of the GI tract and studies have shown that it can be a reliever of irritable bowl syndrome.

2. Dental Care. Because peppermint oil is an antiseptic it can help eliminate bad breath and help teeth/ gums to fight off germs and bacteria. This is why you commonly find peppermint oil added to toothpastes. It can also aid in relieving pain from toothaches. To help with bad breath swish 4 drops of peppermint oil diluted with water around in your mouth.

3. Nail Care. Peppermint oil is also known to have anti-fungal properties. It is said that when applied topically it can reduce the chances of fungal nail infection.

4. Headaches. Peppermint oil has cooling and anti- inflammatory properties. To alleviate the pain of a headache you can apply diluted peppermint oil directly on your forehead or massage around the temples. Just make sure to dilute with a carrier oil.

5. Fever. You can mix a few drops of peppermint oil with another carrier oil and apply to the torso. This can help lower the body temperature by 3 degrees in just minutes.

6. Stress. Peppermint oil is great for stress relief, depression, and mental exhaustion.  You can add to a diffuser to experience it’s uplifting and refresh effects.

7. Respiratory Problems. Peppermint oil has a significant amount of menthol which helps to clear the respiratory tract. it can also provide temporary relief for respiratory problems such as nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough.

8. Pain Relief. Peppermint has cooling properties which help to reduce fever. it is also said to have calcium antagonism that helps eliminate pain from affected to areas. You can topically apply peppermint oil to an injury or wound to reduce swelling, relieve pain and remove chances of uncomfortable inflammation.

9. Immune System. Peppermint oil is known for it’s antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal effects.

10. Blood Circulation. The stimulating effects of peppermint oil are shown to increase blood circulation. it also helps to oxygenate the body’s organs and increase metabolism, and oxygenate the brain.

11. Hair Care. Known to contain, antiseptic, stimulating, and regenerative effects, peppermint oil can relieve irritation and dry skin of the scalp, stimulate hair growth, give hair a healthy and shiny fresh look. It also gives a cooling effect to the scalp while removing dandruff and lice.

12. Skin Care. Peppermint oil nourishes dull skin and improves the texture
of oily and greasy skin.

 

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Disclaimer: The information on this article or on the site in general is not intended be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert for any health related issues. 

 

 

 

 

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7 Benefits of Starting Your Day With Lemon Water

 

 

Lemon Drink

How to Make Your Lemon Water:

Take a glass of warm purified water and squeeze about 1/2 of the lemon into your water. Make sure your water isn’t HOT, but warm. Always use organic lemons if possible! You can drink your glass first thing in the morning before eating anything or also right before a workout.

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7 Benefits of Starting Your Day With Lemon Water

 

1. Purify Your Body By Raising Your PH Levels. Although lemons are acidic outside of the body, they become alkaline when inside of the body. Once lemon juice has been fully metabolized and it’s minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, it becomes alkaline and raises the ph of the body (above 7.0). Disease only occurs in the body when the environment is too acidic.

In other words, lemons produce an environment in your body where diseases cannot thrive.

2. Ease Up Digestion. Lemon juices encourages the liver to produce bile (an acid required in the process of digestion). It helps relieve indigestion and gas such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The vitamins and minerals also help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.

3. Reduce Pain and Inflammation. Lemon juice helps relieve pain and inflammation because of it’s ability to dissolve uric acid, especially in the joints and knees. Lemon juice also helps stimulate the formation calcium carbonate in the body which helps to neutralize acidity.

4. Boost Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C is great for helping to fight colds, illness, and the flu.

5. Clear Up Your Skin. Lemon water can help purge your body of toxins from the blood which keeps you healthy from the inside out. Also, because of it’s alkaline nature it can kill types of bacteria known to cause acne.

6. Cut Out the Coffee. Lemon water is a great and healthier way to hydrate and oxygenate the body. This will give you extraordinary energy and mental clarity without the caffeine.

7. Ultimate Energy Boost. Lemons are high in Potassium which stimulates brain and nerve function. 

Do you currently drink lemon water in the mornings? What is your favorite use of lemons?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 

 

Disclaimer: The information on this article or on the site in general is not intended be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert for any health related issues. 

 

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Vegan Meal Plan Service

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Forget the stress of coming up with meals every single week to feed you and your family. With our vegan meal plan service we do all of the work for you! Every single week you receive:

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All of our meals have taken into consideration time and amount of ingredients required. We want to make life as simple as we can for you! We also are mindful of eliminating as much food waste as possible. Our meals are intended to serve 2 people, but they can be doubled or even tripled to fit your family size. 

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Meal plans are sent out through email every single week.

What happens if I want to cancel my subscription?

You can cancel you subscription at anytime (although we hope you won’t want to)! We use Paypal for our payments and they offer an option to all customers to cancel any reoccurring payments.

Do I have to be full vegan to use this meal plan?

Of course not! This is also great if you’re just looking for new meal ideas or need some help transitioning to a full vegan.

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Refunds are pro-rated for any unused weekly meal plans.

 

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Easy Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad Recipe

This chickpea mock tuna salad is super easy to whip up for a healthy vegan lunch. You can serve it over lettuce, with bread, crackers, or however you choose! I add a little dulse flakes to give it a “seafood” taste but feel free to season it up however you choose.
*No fish had to die in the making of this sandwich!* :)

Vegan Tuna Sandwich
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Carrot
  2. 1 Celery
  3. 1 can of Chickpeas
  4. 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. Seaweed flakes (optional) - I used Dulse Flakes
Naki Aya http://nakiaya.com/

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (Great Ice cream Alternative!) Vegan


I made this chia seed pudding the other day (featured in my “What I Ate Today” video) and it was delicious! It really reminded me of chocolate ice cream and the dates sweeten it up perfectly. It does require a little bit of preparation (freezing the rice/almond milk in an iceccube tray), but other than that it is super super simple. Give it a try this week for breakfast!

 

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups Almond or Rice Milk
  2. 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
  3. 10-20 Dates (depending on size)
  4. 4-5 tbsp Cacao, Cocoa, or Carob Powder
  5. Pinch of salt
Naki Aya http://nakiaya.com/

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