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Friday Favorites! Best healthy snacks and skincare

Well here I am again today announcing my most FAVORITE finds from the health and wellness world. Thanks to all of your kind support I have come across some amazing products and recipes that I now get to pay forward to all of you. I know it is not the easiest going all natural, so let me help you by keeping it fresh with tons of new fun and exciting products and recipes. Here are some of the best healthy snacks and skincare picks.

1. Kahina 100% Organic Argan Oil

Kahina Argan Oil

While I don’t typically go for argan oil due to its quality, this brand really surprised me. For one it is stored in dark glass bottles which is essential to protecting oils and it does not have any other added ingredients including fragrances. Secondly, Kahina has certified their products with ECOCERT. The ECOCERT mark is recognized internationally as representing one of the highest standards for organic and natural products. The rigorous standards cover key points that need to be fully evaluated and approved in order to achieve certification, from the sustainable sourcing of raw materials, to manufacturing procedures and final packaging.

It is super hydrating, smells amazing, and it can be used anywhere from the body to the hair. I use it as a lotion after the shower and before I get into bed. It absorbs really well and my skin has been feeling amazing! For those who are not familiar with Argan oil, it claims to have the following benefits:

• Minimize fine lines
• Restore elasticity
• Improve skin tone
• Soothe irritation
• Neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging
• Protect the skin from harmful environmental agents.

Now remember MOST Argan oil contains harmful chemicals and fragrances, and is most likely rancid due to its storage in light or clear bottles.

Check out Kahina HERE. * I have only used their pure oil and cannot comment on their other products.

 

2. Rawxies Food Bars

Lemon Poppyseed

Banana Nut Bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I am not that much of a food bar person, but I happened to be starving right after a pilates class and so I grabbed one of these Rawxie bars at the store. I had seen them posted on Instagram quite a few times so I thought I would give it a go. And let me tell you they are amazing!! They are not really moist like a lot of the raw bars, but they are soft enough and super delicious! With flavors like banana nut bread and lemon poppy seed, they are certainly a bit different from other bars out there.

PLUS they have no creepy added ingredients, just pure food. Being lower in calories than most bars, they make a really great snack when you are trying to stay slim. Besides, with a name like that how can you resist?

Check out Rawxie bars HERE.

 

3. Simple & Crisp

Pear and Blood Orange

Wine and Fruit Pairings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now one day I decided to dehydrate oranges and they turned out delicious! I posted them on Instagram (of course, obsessed with Instagram), and one of my fabulous followers recommended that I try Simple & Crisp. Simple & Crisp then got into contact with me and next thing I knew, they were sending me a amazing package full of their products! Within a few days I got pears, oranges, blood oranges and apples in the mail.

I am going to tell you right now, I am NOT promoting this because they sent it to me. I am telling you that this product is delicious! The best part is that they have a full list of great ideas for pairing them, such as with wine, cheese and fresh juice cocktails!

Another fun little note is that the skin of oranges contain limonene, a powerful emulsifier. We don’t typically eat the skins so we miss out on the limonene, but when they are dried, we will be eating it. Why this is important is because limonene helps digest fats in the body and aids in efficacy of bile. So for anyone dealing with digestive or gallbladder issues, eating orange skins is of a HUGE benefit. Even for people without known issues, like myself, you will notice a great improvement in your bowel movements.

Definitely check out Simple & Crisp HERE!

4. Root Beauty Deodorant

Root Beauty Deodorant

I am both proud and sad to say that I have tried almost EVERY SINGLE natural/organic deodorant on the market. I have wasted a bunch of money and time without any luck of finding a single deodorant that actually worked! I was actually thinking that I was sentenced to a life of ruined T-shirts, that is until I got a fabulous life-changing tweet from Root Beauty.

I was in a desperate mood and asked on Twitter “who knows a natural deodorant that actually works?” and lucky for me, Root Beauty replied. Now I was cautiously intrigued by the prospect, but to be honest I thought it was either going to be toxic or ineffective. BUT the magic happened when I actually put this stuff on and it WORKED. My test run involved using it on a super warm day during a workout and I was SO HAPPY after.

Root Beauty was developed by a women who was just like me, completely frustrated with the personal care options out there, so she just decided to make her own. Don’t you just LOVE a determined woman? You never know what they can achieve when they put their mind to something 🙂

Buy Root Beauty HERE.

 

5. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander

Proof of Heaven

This book was recommended to me by my aunt and I am so happy she did. This is a phenomenal book for anyone who is interested in the afterlife.

Here is a little description of the book:

Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.

Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

Read more about Proof of Heaven HERE.

 

6. Griffin Remedy Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampoo

Conditioner

 

As a women with long thick wavy hair, most natural and organic shampoos and conditioners just don’t cut it. That was until I found Griffin Remedy. Not only does it keep your hair soft and shiny, it actually lathers which is not common for natural hair products. They also does not contain any synthetic or harmful chemicals and additives which are also really hard to find (even in products that claim organic/natural).

Get some of your own Shampoo HERE and Conditioner HERE.

 

7. Pistachio Butter by Better than Roasted

Pistachio Butter

Well honestly I don’t think this needs much of a comment other than Pistachios are amazing, pistachios as a spreadable butter is even more AMAZING.

Also if you have not read my article on Peanut Butter and why it is not healthy, definitely read the Article Here. Then feel happy because you can switch to Pistachio Butter instead! Not a bad deal if I say so myself 🙂

Get yourself some Pistachio Butter HERE.

 

8. Eternal Jing by Dragon Herbs

Eternal Jing

This is one of my new favorite products. I am so very excited to share this with you because it has made such a difference in my health, along with Adaptogen Energizer. I take 2 capsules daily and it has transformed the way I feel. For one, the combination with the adaptogen gives me TONS of energy. I also have noticed that my nails and hair have been stronger and healthier. But the real excitement comes with its ability to balance my hormones. Personally I had dealt with PMS, cramps specifically, for my whole life and this product combination was the first time I ever felt relief. But to be fair, I shouldn’t even call it relief, but rather complete elimination of. At first I thought it was a fluke, but I have been taking it for 5 months now and life is AMAZING! I am so very thankful.

Eternal Jing is actually an anti-aging formula that was constructed based on Chinese Medicine. Now this is NOT Vegan, but oftentimes certain animal products, like Deer Antler, are necessary to balance physiology. Each ingredient plays a key role in cellular energetics, repair, and function. They protect the cell from oxidative stress and help repair DNA, thereby increasing production of important proteins and hormones, and slowing down the aging process.

Go HERE to learn more about Eternal Jing

 

9. Adaptogen Energizer by Dragon Herbs

Adaptogen Energizer

Okay this is the second part of my master combination along with the Eternal Jing. This is extremely important to help us deal with the natural stress of today’s chaotic world. It helps us adapt and to handle stress in a way that is not damaging and not exhausting. Here are the super-adaptogens, the tonic herbs that everybody should be taking to protect themselves from the ravages of stress. Furthermore, all of the herbs in this powerful formula are immune modulators, which means that these herbs can be used by anyone, whether they tend toward experiencing immune deficiency or immune excess.

Here is a little more information from Dragon Herbs: Adaptogen Energizer increases physical and mental vitality both quickly and cumulatively. It is a quintessential adaptogenic tonic herbal formulation. Taking advantage of the remarkable Chiangbai Mountain Ant, this formula expands the power of the body to adapt to all the stresses of life and strengthens the immune system. The full range of adaptogenic herbs in this formula assures improved adaptability and vitality. Adaptogen Energizer helps overcome chronic fatigue and increases mental and physical endurance. In addition, this formula lowers cholesterol and helps reduce fat. It is good for men and women, old and young, and is excellent for the recovery from illness, surgery and childbirth. It is an extremely potent Qi tonic and is thus a superior athlete’s formula. It also has significant anti-inflammatory activity.

Learn more about Adaptogen Energizer HERE.

 

10. Mint Chocolate Smoothie by Russell James, raw chef

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Russell James is one of my favorite raw chefs, always coming up with easy and delicious recipes. This smoothie was a hit for St. Patty’s day, rich in healthy fats, decadent cacao for magnesium and feel good neurotransmitters. An excellent meal replacement or workout snack!

If you are interested in learning how to prepare some easy raw food recipes like this smoothie, check out Russell James E-Books. He has a series of classes that you can take to learn how to make anything from Thai food to Nut Cheeses.

Go HERE to start with Russell James!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Dave Read April 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Good morning I would just like to say that I tried the Mint Chocolate smoothie and it was truly divine.
    Thank you for posting the recipe and also the author where I can get the book.
    Cheers
    Dave

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Oh thank so much Dave!!! I LOVE it too 🙂 A wonderful healthy treat!

  • Reply Jared April 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I have read Proof of Heaven, and it is a wonderful book and a quick read.

  • Reply Bliss @ Adiphene Review Blog April 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

    The mint chocolate smoothie looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe – will surely give it a try.

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