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How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

Could you fit all of your trash into a mason jar? While that’s definitely not the case for us right now, we’ve been starting to understand the zero waste lifestyle thanks to some guidance and tips that we’ve learned while reading the new book, Zero […]

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Finding natural products can sometimes be challenging. While there are finally more options, it can be hard to find one website to locate pretty much everything you need. Enter EarthHero, a new online marketplace where you can find carefully-selected products from trusted companies with a focus […]

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Even though I work from home, most days it can be pretty challenging to peel away from the computer and take a break from work. This is super unhealthy, not just to have for a mental break but also a physical one as the body should be moving and definitely eating during a busy day. I’m trying to be better about this, going so far as sceduling an alarm when it’s time to stretch, get some air and make lunch. While I love that I can make healthier choices at home, I’m also looking for ways to mix up my typical grain bowl or salad. Recently, this has included a loaded tempeh sandwich complete with lettuce, pumpkin puree, cranberry, avocado, tempeh and simple flavors from Just Sweet Mustard. This non-GMO and gluten-free blend can also be used as a marinade, glaze or dip that also has a wide-range of condiments to further enhance your lunch situation. This includes their yummy Just Mayo, Just Ranch, Just Chipotle Ranch and tons more. The only prep is cooking the tempeh and cutting up the ingredients, where I have a healthy and hearty lunch within minutes. Read on to check out this easy, quick lunch idea that’s sure to make you want to leave your desk.

Tempeh Sandwich Recipe: Healthy Lunchtime Recipes

 Tempeh Sandwich Recipe: Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with just

Ingredients:
1/2 of a tempeh log, cut in half
handful of lettuce
pita bread or sandwich bread, I used the organic one bun thin sandwich buns
scoop of pureed pumpkin
scoop of cranberry sauce
1/2 avocado
Just Sweet Mustard

 Tempeh Sandwich Recipe: Healthy Lunchtime Recipes

Directions:
Cut up your tempeh. Place a small amount of olive oil or coconut oil in a pan on low-to-medium heat. Add the tempeh and let it cook, flipping it every few minutes. Once finished, spread some of the Just Sweet Mustard on the bread. Then, layer up your sandwich with the avocado, lettuce, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, and tempeh. Enjoy!

Looking for more recipes with JUST? Check out these delicious dips!

3-Ingredient Dips

Directions for all dips:
1. Measure the JUST Mayo into a small mixing bowl.
2. Add the additional ingredients.
3. Whisk together until smooth.
4. Add salt to taste

Directions for all dips: Whisk together all 3 ingredients until smooth. Add salt to taste. Serve and #EatJust

Creamy Avocado-Lemon Dip

⅓ cup Just Mayo
½ cup avocado, mashed
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Serve with…tortilla chips, sliced radishes or corn-on-the-cob.

Spicy Peanut Dip

½ cup Just Chipotle Mayo
½ cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
Serve with…broccoli florets, cucumbers or spring rolls.

Sesame-Soy Cream

1 cup Just Mayo
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari

Serve with…rice crackers, cucumbers or sushi.

Thai Red Curry Dip

½ cup Just Sriracha Mayo
1 tablespoon red curry paste
2 tablespoons coconut milk

Serve with…carrots, bell peppers or dosa chips.

Horseradish-Dill Dip

½ cup Just Garlic Mayo
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

Serve with…rye crisps, seeded crackers or cucumbers.
Garlic Dijon Herb Dip
½ cup Just Garlic Mayo
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped

Serve with…pretzels, green beans or cauliflower florets.

Curry Mayo

½ cup Just Mayo
1 teaspoon (curry powder?)…garam masala?
¼ teaspoon salt

Serve with…roasted potato wedges.


Lemon-Tahini Dip

⅔ cup Just Mayo Garlic
¼ cup tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Serve with…fresh pita bread or pita chips.

Pizza Dip

½ cup Just Mayo Garlic
2 tablespoons pesto
1 teaspoon tomato sauce or paste

Serve with…pizza crusts, italian breadsticks or whole wheat crackers.

I was provided with samples of Just products for the intentions of this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Shaking Up Our Morning Smoothies

Shaking Up Our Morning Smoothies

Getting the kiddos, especially my middle girl, to eat veggies is an issue. While we have found that there’s some veggies she will eat (raw broccoli and carrots), for the most part it’s been an on-going struggle to get her to try new (and healthy) […]

Revive Your Skin with Tumerica

Revive Your Skin with Tumerica

I don’t know about you, but the winter and my skin are not besties. From dryness to flakes to redness, it’s been a hot mess that I’ve been actively trying to change. While part of this journey has involved cutting out sugar and cheese (so […]

Quinoaplex: A New Superfood for Your Hair!

Quinoaplex: A New Superfood for Your Hair!

It’s pretty wild how everything from our bodies to our skin changes as we age. Our hair also undergoes many changes through life, which can cause it to thin out, go gray and even fall out. While these ailments aren’t fun, there are a few things you can do do help give your mane the ‘boost’ that it needs. Enter Quinoaplex by ONC, an organic based bond builder and protein conditioner that binds, moisturizes, and nourishes with natural quinoa protein. I recently tested out this gluten-free and toxic free spray (hooray!) and love how it makes my hair feel super soft and moisturized. This power packed formula also works to guard and protect your hair from the damaging effects of bleaching, heat styling, over washing, hair loss, sun, salt and chlorine exposure, and even city pollution.

Personally, I love spraying it throughout my hair after shampooing. I then let it work its magic by soaking in my strands for around 15 minutes where I then rinse it out and condition it like I normally would. I love how soft it leaves my hair as it works to moisturize and seal those annoying spilt ends. It also helps with general conditioning and protection and works on all hair types.

Check out more of the benefits below, plus some tips on how to use it:

Benefits of Quinoaplex:

– Provides a lasting shine
– Provides manageability without the need of any gels or hairspray
– Refreshes the scalp
– Decreases hair loss, thinning and breakage
– Increases the the lasting of hair color
– Soothes an irritated scalp
– Allows the hair to be colored and bleached with much less damage more often as the protein that the hair loses, is given back with the hydrolyzed quinoa protein.
-Promotes growth
-Helps the pigmentation of your hair color
-Its minerals are natural hair strengtheners
-Protect your hair from environmental damaging agents like air pollution.

Tips for use: Shampoo hair and towel dry. Spray on evenly all over hair and then massage till it lathers. Leave for 10-15 min. Then rinse and condition (leave on for 3 min). You can also spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into any chemical box color right before coloring at home. Take it to your salon and ask or insist the colorist to spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into your chemical color or bleach solution. It does not interfere with ratios, developer or formula time. You can see its effects after one application. But never use immediately after hair coloring. Wait 3-4 days.

For more info, please visit: https://quinoaplex.com/

I was provided with a sample for review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

The Green Scene: Testing Out the Alkamind Daily Greens

The Green Scene: Testing Out the Alkamind Daily Greens

Who doesn’t want to boost the amount of nutrients that they get in a day in an easy, simple way? I know I’m always looking for ways to add more veggies into my diet, and just discovered one of the easiest way to do so […]

The Organic Heart Cookbook and an Interview

The Organic Heart Cookbook and an Interview

Our health is everything, and while we can all do the best by eating right and exercising, sometimes the unexplainable happens and people get sick. Breeana Pooler, creator of the popular Instagram account @the_organic_heart and the food blog, www.the-organic-heart.com, experienced this in her life, when […]

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

Quinoa has exploded on the health scene for some time now. I love it as an alternative to rice where I create my own quinoa bowl, complete with veggies, beans and some avocados, for a satisying and quick dinner option. But this isn’t always the easiest thing to make when I’m out and about, so you could say that I was pretty psyched when I learned about the new Quinoa Meals from Cucina & Amore: Kitchen & Love.

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

A family-owned company,Cucina & Amore: Kitchen & Love offers Italian meals where they quickly expanded to offer new products like their innovative Quinoa Meals. The kicker with this product is that it’s a ready-to-eat healthy meal option that comes complete with a cup of fully cooked Quinoa, a sauce to mix in, and a spork for extra convenience. There’s nothing to prep or cook and it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated that can be enjoyed cold or hot. Amazing, right?!

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

And as if that’s not enough: there are also tons of varieties to enjoy such as basil pesto (my fave!), mango jalapeño, spicy jalapeño and roasted peppers, and artichoke roasted piquillo that’s a crowd pleaser for kids and adults.

Being a quick and easy product, all you have to do is unwrap the packaging, mix in the sauce (with all of it or a little bit), mix, and enjoy! It really doesn’t get any easier than that! I also love that it’s gluten-free, GMO-free, preservative free, and vegan (except pesto flavor). They are also awesome for travel where you can bring them on planes, road trips, and my personal favorite: an easy lunchtime option that’s compact, mess-free and healthy.

Check out Quinoa Meals at your local grocer; it’s such a great and very easy way to eat healthy when you’re on the go!

Quinoa Meals are available at Wegman’s, Shop Rite, Fairway Market, Stop & Shop, and many more. Our Quinoa Meals are available nationwide at Cost Plus World Market, Super Target, The Fresh Market, select Whole Foods Market regions, and select Costco regions. They are also available online at Thrive Market, Naturebox, Vitacost, and Amazon. Retail price is $3.99-$4.19 depending on the store and possible sale promotions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cucinaandamore.com/quinoa.html

We were provided with samples for review. All opinions, as always, are our own.

Dr. Smood: Healthy Boutique Cafe Popping Up in NYC

Dr. Smood: Healthy Boutique Cafe Popping Up in NYC

With the focus on health and well-bring becoming increasingly mainstream, the options to purchase organic food and drinks have far surpassed the options solely found in your local health food store. Restaurants and even cafes are ‘getting it,’ offering health-conscious consumers tons of nutrient-rich options […]


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