You may have heard of Ayurveda or the doshas at your Saturday morning yoga class, but have you ever thought about actually living an Ayurvedic lifestyle? Ayurveda, a science practiced for over 5,000 years, has tried and true remedies for maintaining a life of happiness and health. This ancient Science of Life, teaches us that we create our state of emotional, spiritual and physical health based on how we interact with our environment.
I love skincare and I’m not afraid to say it. Ever since ever, I’ve had major oily skin issues — blackheads, whiteheads, what looks like a slab of grease on my forehead — you name it. Luckily, this has made me well-versed in the realm of anything-that-will-get-rid-of-the-oil-in-my-skin, or if you want to umbrella-term it, beauty.
Sitting in complete stillness for a couple of minutes sounds simple enough right!? The inner peace that comes along with shutting off your mind and connecting with your breath makes meditation a real no-brainer. But why is it so damn hard to welcome this beneficial practice into our daily grind?
Anyone can throw together a simple salad but it takes talent, patience, and the ability to experiment with flavors, to put together a filling vegetarian or vegan meal — I learned from experience. Creativity can be particularly challenging with multi-step and multi-layered meals like casseroles, pasta dishes, or curries. Fortunately, California-based meal-delivery service, Veestro, does an incredible job of providing, what I now lovingly call, “Plant-Based Comfort Food.”
In a world of self-proclaimed experts, digital-tutorials, and lethal comparison, it can be challenging to find an online presence that is both transparent and encouraging.
Life in color never gets boring, and neither does nutrition! Below are 10 Instagram account that feature some of the most delicious, colorful, and inspiring foods. Let the feast for the eyes (and tastebuds) ensue.
This antioxidant-packed bowl featuring a blend of acai, berries, and bananas is a sweet, nourishing treat for the body. The bowl foundation can be created with several fruits including a melon or a coconut. Whichever fruit you opt for, have fun making it your own! Ingredients 1 whole medium pineapple [wash, pat dry, slice the pineapple in the middle with stems, scoop out the flesh in the middle and make a hallow] ½ cup of ice cubes 2 small packets of frozen açaí 2 bananas [frozen] 2 oranges [juiced] 2 cups of blueberries [frozen] 2 cups of raspberries [frozen] 3 tablespoons of agave or honey Toppings Blueberries Raspberries Sliced bananas Sliced strawberries Granola Mint Sliced persimmons Chia seeds Preparation In a blender, place in ice cubes, frozen acai, frozen…
From the baked and caramelized sweet potatoes and corn to the tangy lime and cilantro vinaigrette, this burrito bowl is a must-have for anyone who enjoys delicious ingredients packed together in one bowl. This meal is packed with tons of fortifying nutrients like vitamin A, fiber and B vitamins! Ingredients Quinoa 1 cup of white quinoa 2 cups of water or vegetable broth 1 tablespoon of oil ½ teaspoon of salt Roasted Vegetables 1 large sweet potato [peeled and cut into ½ inch chunks] 2 ears of corn [husked] ½ teaspoon of chili powder 1 tablespoon of oil 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of black pepper Fresh Produce 2 cups of cherry or baby heirloom tomatoes [washed, patted dried & sliced in half] Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette…
While summertime is slowly coming to an end, many of us are still experiencing sunspots on our skin. Although these spots are harmless, they can become aesthetically unpleasing. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. Luckily, our DIY beauty editor, Nichole Dawkins has the solution.
This zesty spinach and walnut pesto sauce is by far the quickest and most budget-friendly way to make a flavorful meal. It’s spicy, creamy and cheesy—what’s not to love?
This stewed lentil vegetable soup is convenient, budget friendly and full of flavor! Pair this delicious soup with a glass of wine, rustic bread, or a simple side salad and you’ve got yourself a full course meal.
Enjoy a healthy, invigorating, low-calorie shake any day of the week. This recipe is an upgraded version using bananas, almond milk and cinnamon. Can you guess the trick for getting the thick consistency? I’ll give you a hint: it’s frozen.
A two-step creamy mock mousse is the perfect way to satisfy those chocolate cravings. This power food dessert boasts healthy oils from the avocado and antioxidants from the cocoa powder. What’s not to love?!
Most skin products sold in stores today are filled with artificial preservatives and other chemicals that are not good for skin — moisturizers are no exception. In this industry inundated with toxin skin products, it can be challenging to find something natural for you skin, especially for your specific skin type. But sometimes, all you have to do is look around your kitchen.
This Mediterranean inspired dish is the perfect blend of citrus, smoke and crisp. You can have this as a vegetarian entrée or as a side dish. My favorite way to have them is by setting up a platter of several Lebanese spreads and dips, soft warm pitas and a variety of artisan cheeses and olives. Pair this with your favorite wine and you’ve got yourself a Mediterranean feast!
When it comes to fitness you can rest assured that I’m no Ronda Rousey. I’m the kind of person that likes to think that I am athletic; I was a cheerleader, ran track in high school, and taught power tumbling and gymnastics for a few years. But sometime after college I fell off the fitness bandwagon and I haven’t been able to get back on since.
This recipe offers one of the easiest and healthiest ways to splurge on the original bananas foster without missing the flavor. The hint of spice with the smokiness from the grill pan makes this by far my favorite version of a mock bananas foster. Top it with your favorite goodies and serve! Ingredients Serves 2 1 large semi-ripe banana [slice lengthwise with skin on & tips removed] 1 tablespoon of coconut oil [pour in a small bowl] 1/8 teaspoon of ground clove 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or turbinado sugar ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder Optional Toppings Freeze dried strawberry slices [as seen on picture] Goji berries Fresh berries Ice cream or yogurt [to liking] Tools Grill pan or medium sauté pan Pastry brush…
Looking for a delicious, chilled and refreshing snack? These creamy, sweet frozen treats are a perfect way to satisfy those sweet cravings while adding fruit to your diet. Enjoy!
Welcoming a new day with a positive attitude is a challenge if the mornings are full of lethargy. Sleep deprivation, a lengthy to-do list and an overall lack of energy cause many people to become reliant on coffee. However, while coffee provides an immediate burst of energy, it does not have longstanding benefits.
These little balls of joy are the perfect snack, dessert or party gift. Completely gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, these truffles are delicious and nutritious.
Cozy up with this warm and comforting coconut butternut squash soup. It’s loaded with essential vitamins and oils to keep your skin and body hydrated and nourished during every season. Pair this delicious soup with a side salad or piece of baguette and voilà!
These Italian inspired crostini’s are the perfect bite of salty, sweet and grilled crunch. Fully and deliciously vegetarian, this dish works perfectly as a weekday meal or snack.
Here is how the conversation usually goes: “You had an eating disorder? But, you look so… normal! I would have never known!” To this, I simply smile and nod. This is usually my go-to response when I can’t find my voice to match the words I want to say.
This invigorating tropical drink is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. It nourishes the body with many rich sources such as vitamin C, vitamin B and fiber to help with digestion. Cheers to many more years of a brighter you!
What’s not to like about this easy, go-to snack, lunch or dinner? The avocado toast trend is by far the yummiest and simplest way to fuel your body with a nourishing meal. Top it with sesame oil, lemon juice and sesame seeds and you got yourself an easy dish for any occassion!
Making salsa doesn’t have to be complicated – a couple fresh ingredients and lots of love is all you need. This sweet and salty mango salsa with-a-kick is the perfect way to spice up tortilla chips, salads and even tacos. The best part? The mango fruit has incredible health benefits acting as a skin cleanser, helping digestion and strengthening the immune system, among other things. Delicious and nutritious? Yes, please!
These roasted sweet potato bites are perfect for adding sweet flavor to dishes. They can be a simple and nourishing replacement for croutons on salads and they are also ideal for snacking. So many variations – so little time!
When life gives you bananas, make ice cream! This decadent dessert is quite literally a mouthful of happiness for the taste buds. No need to feel guilty about nourishing your sweet tooth when nature has got you covered with its beautiful yellow friends, and a little bit of cocoa drizzle – because, why not?
In the mood for an Indian inspired signature dish? Look no further. This turmeric spiced rice offers the perfect mix of spices and flavors, and it’s vegan! Turmeric spice has antioxidants that help skin glow and acts as a great addition to any diet.
Yes ladies, it’s time to talk about our vaginas. Our vagary’s and who-ha’s or whatever you feel comfortable calling it. We are constantly reminded about taking care of our hearts, working out and doing regular breast exams, but what about our most precious and powerful body part? Our vagina’s are important. Understanding how they work and how to care from them properly is the key to having a healthy vagina, high self-esteem and happy sex life.
Make your dinner as memorable as possible with this spicy coconut shrimp creation. This Asian-inspired spicy dish is beautifully composed using coconut oil as the base. Gather up your bowls and chopsticks and enjoy.
Start off your holiday gatherings with these kicked up fish tacos. You’ll get the slight heat from the fish, the coolness from the tart coleslaw and the bite from the soft tortilla. These no fuss beauties will be the highlight to any food gathering.
There has been much controversy over the use of fluoride since its introduction over 40 years ago. Our U.S. government recently admitted that they have been overdosing us with fluoride in our water supply – whether we like it our not. Although the government made claims that fluoride helped to fight tooth decay, the FDA had actually never fully supported those claims. It has now been proven that fluoride overdose leads to “dental fluorosis” which is a chalky build up on your teeth, as well as other side effects including gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Many of today’s name brands that are ADA-Accepted contain fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate. Yikes! But don’t fear! You can actually create your own chemical free toothpaste at home…
When mother told us that beauty comes from the inside, she was right. Although genetics definitely play a part in fostering healthy skin, the lifestyle choices and foods we consume also have a significant effect. What many of us fail to realize is that what we put inside our body is reflected on the outside. The right foods can help us fight wrinkles, reduce acne, combat dehydration and enhance our skin’s natural beauty.
Who needs a barbecue grill when you can get the same delicious taste by roasting food in the oven? Not only is this dish full of flavors and textures, but corn is also incredibly healthy, hearty and filled with raw nutrients that will nourish your body and soul.
What does it mean to eat well? Is it eating to your heart’s content? Being restrictive? Extravagant? Is it consuming foods that nourish mind, body and soul? Is it something anyone on any type of budget can indulge in?
We’ve crafted a recipe for a delicious vegan fruit dish that will melt in your mouth and heal your body all at the same time. Did you know that the watermelon is a good source of potassium?
In the whimsical world of Instagram, life as a mermaid is beaming with sunshine and rainbows, but don’t let the filters fool you. Allow me to open your eyes to the unsaturated reality, even mermaids have their gloomy days. I have a little “sea-cret” to share. Lately, I’ve been in somewhat of a funk.
There’s a saying that goes “It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy” and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve experienced firsthand the effects of practicing gratitude and thus what it does in other people’s lives which is why I want to share little nuggets of wisdom to prepare our hearts and minds for the Thanksgiving holiday.
From the pressures brought on to us by our jobs, the overwhelming amounts of studying in school, and dealing the relationships with others in our lives, stress is bound to happen. Deadlines, expectations, problems, and personal issues can often send us over the edge to the point in which we’re losing sleep at night over the amount of stresses in our lives.
When you awake to the annoying buzz in your ear, is your first thought to reach for a cup of Joe? Have you ever picked up a caffeinated beverage when you were feeling lethargic? Could it be that you are addicted to caffeine? Then you are just one of about 80 percent of the world’s population who consume the most commonly used psychoactive drug on a daily basis.