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Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

One aspect of my health that I am trying to change is to limit my intake of dairy. Having tried a countless amount of products to help my acne, I’ve read countless articles about the benefits of eliminating dairy and sugar to help the skin. […]

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

You’re never quite out of the sick season when you have kids. While it does get better with the warmer months, there’s always the chance that anyone, including mama, can get sick. We do our best to stay healthy and stock up on essentials should […]

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

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

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.

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

Healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

Healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

I’m really trying to be better about having breakfast. Dubbed forever as ‘the most important meal of the day,’ I notice that I get super cranky or my stomach has a life of its own if I don’t eat something in the AM. With three […]

Healthy, Gluten-Free Pancakes to Start the Day

Healthy, Gluten-Free Pancakes to Start the Day

While I love breakfast, it’s not always the healthiest option, or if there are healthy alternatives, they tend to take time to prepare. I just discovered an awesome way to meld both of those needs after sampling some delicious pancakes from Simple Mills Pancake & Waffle […]

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options with Teff Porridge

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options with Teff Porridge

While We love breakfast, it is often connected with foods that are typically carb and sugar heavy. While low-suagr granola and oatmeal are go-to staples on most days, we have to admit: we get bored of those options, too! Enter a new way to mix up your breakfast options with a hearty and super healthy bowl of Teff porridge. Now, we never heard of Teff prior to trying it out, so we were pretty excited to try out this ancient whole grain from Pereg Natural Foods, a producer of premium, all natural spices and spice blends, gluten free pastas, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereals, ancient grains, quinoa products, and much more. This also includes products that are kosher certified dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives.

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options Teff Porridge

Available in brown or ivory varieties as well as mixed with nuts and berries or with chocolate, we tried out the ivory line that according to Pereg “can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads to muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up for a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish.” We decided to boil it with some milk and cinnamon that we topped with berries and some pumpkin seeds. Ready in around 15 minutes, we were so into its nutty flavor that also gluten-free, rich with protein, iron, calcium and amino acids. Ready to upgrade your boring breakfast routine? Check out our easy teff morning porridge for a delicious new way to enjoy breakfast without the sugar!

Easy Teff Breakfast Porridge

Teff porridge recipe: Healthy gluten-free breakfast option


Milk or water
Mixed berries
Topped with nuts-we used pumpkin seeds
Maple syrup, if desired

Easy Teff Breakfast Porridge


Boil water or milk, as directed on the teff package. Sprinkle in some cinnamon into the mixture and add in your teff, let cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When cooked, let cool for five minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add in your berries, nuts, coconut flakes and maple syrup. Enjoy!

Pereg Natural Foods also has a new line of Kaňiwa (baby quinoa) as well as new blends and flavor infused varieties of freekeh farro, basmati rice and quinoa that are worth checking out. Stay tuned: we will be sharing a dinner recipe featuring their Kaňiwa soon!

Follow Pereg Natural Foods on, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

We were provided with a sample for review. Our opinions, as always, are our own.

Zen at Home for National Yoga Day

Zen at Home for National Yoga Day

Happy National Yoga Day! Maybe you found your inner zen at one of the many yoga events around NYC, at a local studio, or in the comfort of your own home. For those in the home category we just discovered Learn To Be Lean: A […]