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Sworkit: Cool New Personalized Workout App

Sworkit: Cool New Personalized Workout App

  Spring has officially sprung but that doesn’t mean that the weather has been jiving with those much-needed spring vibes. In NYC, this has been a collection of rainy days and cold days that has us longing for the warmer weather. Another annoyance to this dreary […]

3 Simple Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

3 Simple Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

By now you’ve probably heard about the many benefits of coconut oil. As one of our favorite ingredients to cook with, it’s surely been a few healthy recipes that has even found its way into our morning cup of java. Another amazing benefit of coconut […]

Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

easy healthy quinoa recipe: vegan and simple

Our lives are moving faster where fast food has become the norm to getting dinner on the go. But we are here to tell you that you can still enjoy a quick meal, except the ones that we’re into are way healthier, cheaper and won’t make you feel like slug after. One of our go-to quick dishes is a vegan quinoa dish that’s layered with quinoa, spinach (or a veggie of your choice), beans, squash or sweet potatoes, coconut oil, salt, pepper and an avocado. And if you make a big enough batch, you just have to plop it in your fridge and heat it up again! Oh, and the beauty of this dish is that you can add in whatever ingredients you prefer for a simple, vegan dish that’s wholesome and pretty delicious. It doesn’t get any easier than that. For this specific recipe, we tested out the Carrington Farms’ Coconut Oil Paks, a really convenient single use pack of organic unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil. This packs don’t require any refrigeration and can be used in your recipes (like this one) or in tons of other on-the-go coconut oil needs like adding them to smoothies or your coffee or even as a moisturizer or hair conditioner.

Quick and Easy Quinoa Dish

2 cups of quinoa
3 cups of frozen or fresh spinach (or whatever veg you dig)
1 cup of frozen squash or 1 whole sweet potato
coconut oil
salt and pepper
1/2 avocado
1 can of organic black beans (or bean of your choice)

Directions:

Bring water to a boil as directed on your quinoa package. Add in the quinoa when the water is boiled. Rinse your beans and add them in, along with the squash. If your including a sweet potato, you’ll need to start this part at least 50 minutes prior for the baking process. Add in your coconut oil, salt and pepper, let cook and stir periodically. Once done (around 30 minutes or so), turn off your flame and top the quinoa dish with some coconut oil and some sliced avocado! Enjoy

We were provides samples of the coconut oil for review. All opinions are our own.

SweatStyle: New Boutique Subscription Box Featuring On-Trend, Activewear (and an Interview!)

SweatStyle: New Boutique Subscription Box Featuring On-Trend, Activewear (and an Interview!)

Activewear has come a long way since its heyday of sweats and oversized t-shirts. Not that we don’t love rocking baggy sweats every now and again, but it’s nice to have fitted and cute options to wear when you break a sweat. Enter an even […]

Maxin’ and Relaxin’ at these Wellness Retreats in New England

Maxin’ and Relaxin’ at these Wellness Retreats in New England

We love the idea of a wellness retreat, but seriously: where the heck do you go? There are so many options and awesome opportunities where you can ‘get your zen on.’ To help you out we are sharing a few offerings in New England. You […]

Join the Movement and Help Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

Join the Movement and Help Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

Get Involved with Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

We are so excited to spread the word about an exciting new campaign from Kneipp, an awesome natural skincare brand that’s committed to inner wellness by providing all-natural products. They recently partnered with Action Against Hunger, an international relief organization devoted to saving the lives of malnourished children and families, while also providing sustainable access to safe water and working on long-term solutions to ending hunger for good, to provide sustainable sources of food and tools to nourish communities in need.

Through the #KneippGrows campaign, you can get in on the action and do your part to help out.

How to Get Involved with Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

● Purchase a Kneipp Soft in Seconds hand cream
● Snap a selfie wearing a real or virtual flower crown and share it with the hashtag #KneippGrows
● Sign up for a new Kneipp Family Loyalty Card

How It Works:

A portion of the proceeds for every Kneipp Soft in Seconds hand cream purchased will go toward Action Against Hunger’s efforts to send Seed + Tool Kits to communities in need. Each kit contains one hoe, one water can, and two tins of vegetable seeds (such as tomato or kale) to plant a fruit tree – and help plant the seed to a child’s future. Posting a selfie wearing a real or virtual flower crown (the official symbol of the campaign) along with the hashtag #KneippGrows will also benefit AAH’s efforts, as will signing up for a new Kneipp Family Loyalty Card (online or in-store). Kneipp will contribute up to $15,000 to the cause, which is an incredible way to help nourish a child in need.

To find the Kneipp store nearest you, visit kneipp.com
@kneippUSA
#KneippGrows

Water Reimagined: Celebrating World Water Day

Water Reimagined: Celebrating World Water Day

Did you know that March 22nd is World Water Day? To help you celebrate and take better care of this precious resource, The Ecology Center is sharing some tips and simple solutions designed to inspire change and reduce your water footprint. Read on to check out what you […]

5 Ways to Use Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Around the Home

5 Ways to Use Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Around the Home

Did you know that you can do so much more with oranges then just eat them? Of course we love them as a healthy snack, but we just learned even more ways to use Cara Cara and Blood oranges around the home from Limoneira. Read on […]

Book Review: Eat with Intention and a Recipe!

Book Review: Eat with Intention and a Recipe!

Book Review: Eat with Intention

Without sounding too basic- we all have the power to make positive choices everyday. Both with food and our overall disposition. So why isn’t that always the case? Well, obviously there are a lot of other annoying things are at play that can influence our decisions to live a healthy life from stressful work situations to our friends to even being alone. However, after reading the new book Eat With Intention: Recipes and Meditations for a Life that Lights You Up by Cassandra Bodzak, a global meditation and wellness teacher, we feel better equipped to mentally tackle the many facets in our lives, enabling us to better connect to our minds and bodies.

Book Review: Eat with Intention

Though this gorgeous healthy living cookbook, Bodzak charts the course for a life-changing experience through the combines daily meditation with plant based recipes. This mind/food connection is the focal point of the book where you will discover some amazing recipes that start with various mediations. This was particularly eye-opening as Bodzak doesn’t focus on eliminating food groups or a trendy cleanse, but rather, her program is targeted towards listening to your body, quiet your mind, and quite literally, eat with intention.

With our busy lives that are only growing busier by the minute, we found the thoughtful mediations to be super specific, easy to follow and actually didn’t take that much time to try. Even taking a minute to focus on our breathing, mind and body, as charted by Bodazk, left us feeling lighter and more energized. Each mediation was also followed up an uplifting quote (we are suckers for those) that you can write down and refer to throughout the day. Overall, the book served as a gentle guide that nudged us along way, providing us with easy-to-understand guidance and resources in how live abundantly and more healthfully. And more so then that provided us with the tools to navigate the rocky terrain of our minds.

And of course we couldn’t do a review without mentioning the recipes. The pages of the book are filled with an incredible collection of delicious meals ranging from soups to salads to healthy bites for breakfast. Oh, and the desserts are not to missed where we loved trying out the key lime pie bars and cocoa cupcakes.

Below, we are happy to share a recipe from the book that demonstrates Bodzak’s mind/body/food practice.

eat with intention book and juice

Focus Potion

Distractions are everywhere these days, especially with smart phones and social media vying for our attention throughout the day. My daily focusing weapon is always my meditation and reciting what I’m here to do. What’s your mission statement? I’ll give you a hint: For all of us, at its core, it is being a living example of love incarnate. When we adjust our focus through our divine purpose, we have a lot more power when it comes to steering clear of mindless distractions. This potion is a bit of a secret weapon of mine for days when shiny objects are getting the better of me. The sweet combination of grapes with the alkalizing punch of kale and celery perks you up while magical rosemary focuses all that good energy in the area you need it!

DIVINE PURPOSE VISUALIZATION

Sit in easy pose with your eyes closed and focused on your third-eye point (the space between your eyebrows). Take long, deep breaths in through your nose and out your mouth. Feel your body come into a calm balance. Now, bring what your purpose on this planet is to the top of your mind. If you are unclear of what your purpose is, use “I am here to be love,” because that is all of our main purpose. Allow it to be your mantra for a few moments, letting it roll around your head, down your spine, and through your breath flow. Now bring to mind what this would look like to you. How do you behave? How do people around you feel and act? What’s the ripple effect in the world? Allow these images to flood your mind for the next 3 to 5 minutes before bringing yourself back to your original purpose statement, taking a deep breath in, holding it, and releasing it.

Yield: 1 serving INGREDIENTS 3 celery stalks 2 cups (134 g) baby kale 1 cup (150 g) grapes 3 drops rosemary essential oil 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish

1. Put celery, kale, and grapes into a juicer and juice into a large glass. 2. Stir in the rosemary oil, garnish with sprigs of rosemary, and serve immediately.

We were provided a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

Chilling Out with the Cruelty-Free Scrubs from Beverly to 5th

Chilling Out with the Cruelty-Free Scrubs from Beverly to 5th

Holla, it’s the weekend! While this time is still typically pretty busy with errands and such, it’s also a time where you might a have a little bit of energy to devote to that precious me-time. For us that is all about taking a relaxing […]


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