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Bite Me: Coconut Crazy

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News flash: I have a new obsession, or rather an old obsession coming to me in a new form…

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE coconut. Anything coconut. Everything coconut. Coconut milk, coconut water, coconut flakes, shredded coconut, coconut butter, coconut oil (I literally bathe in it), coconut palm sugar, plain old coconut. Basically, if you’re a coconut in any form… you are totally welcome into my life.

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So, what’s this new obsession? Dang Coconut Chips. Yep, toasted, crunchy, crispy, salty, sweet coconut chips. I’ve tried other coconut chips… but these ones undoubtedly take the cake. They have the perfect taste and the perfect, crunchy consistency. I picked up a bag of these bad boys at Whole Foods the other day and it was love at first site bite. I literally died. Maybe not literally, but pretty freaking close. These are hands down the best things I have ever tasted. Yes, you can incorporate these into your favorite recipes or use them as garnishes but I’m perfectly content eating them straight from the bag.

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Furthermore, coconut is totally AMAZING for you. They are rich in healthy fat and lauric acid. Coconut boosts energy, increases immunity, regulates blood sugar, nourishes the thyroid, and can help cut down on belly fat. ALl of that and they are freaking delish. These coconut chips are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, all natural, non GMO, and all of that other good stuff!! Oh ya, and they contain only three ingredients… no preservatives or nasty chemicals. Woo-hoo!

I seriously dare you to try these and not fall head over heals! & while you’re at it… spill… what’s your favorite healthy snack?

⇣ MORE COCONUT FAVS ⇣

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Snack-time Saviors: Brussel Bytes

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s snacking. What I don’t love is stuffing myself full of empty cals. I’m always looking for healthy snacks that not only satisfy my munchies, but actually do something good for my body! Some of my favs include celery and raw almond butter, jicama with lime, raw sprouted almonds, Green Chia Kombucha, coconut H2O, and my new fav… Brussel Bytes!

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These things are stupid good! My nutritionist introduced me to them and I’m so so happy she did! They are raw, organic, gluten free, and freaking delicious. They’re made of brussel sprouts ← duh, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and deliciousness. I know… who knew coconut + brussel sprouts = the tastiest treat ever?!?

Wonderfully Raw makes tons of other healthy snacks including my favorite dessert, Cocoroons ← holy shiz.. more on those later!

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O-M-Ghee

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OMG… let’s talk about one of my favorite foods, ghee! You’re probably asking yourself, what the eff is ghee? (Either that or you’ve already hopped on the ghee bandwagon with me). Either way, let me break it down for you.

Ghee is essentially clarified butter. It’s composed of a short chain of fatty acids that is readily metabolized by the body. Ghee has been shown to reduce cholesterol, support brain health, treat constipation ( ya, I said it ), and help with digestion. It also promotes healthy bacteria in the intestine which can aid in weight loss (score!!). It’s packed with antioxidants and helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals from other foods. Oh ya, and also… it’s DELICIOUS!

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You can use ghee in place of butter, olive oil, or basically anything that calls for oils or fats. You’ll find it in the dairy aisle of your local Whole Foods ( if you can’t find it, just ask)! Ghee is a stable fat and can withstand super high temperatures ( meaning you can avoid those nasty free radicals many other oils release when they are heated ). I love sautéing my kale in ghee, adding my favorite garlic pink himalayan salt, pairing it with a chicken breast, and voila… a super easy, super healthy dinner.

P.S. I’m bringing you one of my favorite 10 minute meal makeovers next week featuring the one and only ghee… ( hint hint: it’s PERFECT for Fall ) you won’t want to miss it!

What’s In My… Beauty Bag

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Lately, my skin has been super dry… and if my skin is not perfect I freak the eff out! I’m a hypochondriac, so I was pretty much diagnosing myself with every skin issue under the sun… one week it was “my eczema is flaring up” and the next it was “ugh, check out my impetigo” [I was also buying tons of products that weren’t working]. My fam and friends had no prob pointing out the fact that I was bat shiz cray and nothing was wrong with me. The truth is… nothing was “wrong” with me. My skin was just dry. A) I recently moved from SD to SF, so the change in climate was partially to blame … and B) Hello, it’s Fall! A change in season always means you may have to tweak your skin care routine just a bit… so I did.

Who knew this magic potion would be the cure? Darphin’s Organic Rose Aromatic Face Oil is seriously life changing. I had gotten a sample of it and fell head over heels. After one use not only was the dryness gone [I mean… gone], but my skin was seriously glowing! I wouldn’t typically drop $70 bucks on a tiny bottle of oil, but I was back at the store the very next day because I knew I couldn’t live without it. [I also scored some more samples to give to my friends and fam for putting up with my crazy a**] This product contains rose hip oil and evening primrose oil, among many others. Darphin makes all of their own essential oils so they are super high quality and super pure. This stuff smells like heaven, completely calms my senses, and is a skin savior!

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Skin oils are formulated to balance your skin’s hydration level. Lotions sometimes over-hydrate, or simply sit on top of the skin and are never absorbed. Do you ever feel like you are moisturizing like crazy yet your skin remains parched…? Yep, that’s why. Oils are basically the answer to every skin problem… even acne! Got oily skin? There’s a skin oil for that. Rosacea…? Skin oil to the rescue! Oils aren’t one size fits all though… so do your research.

Ideally your skin oil should be 100% natural and organic, free of parabens and any other icky stuff, and be non-comedogenic. Darphin has got you covered on all of those bases. They offer a huge range of oils, depending on your needs. I highly recommend checking them out. [BTW, this is not a sponsored post… I’m just a big fan]

If their price point seems a little steep remember that you only need to use five small drops, so it will last and last. However, you totally have other, more affordable options. Loreal offers a more pocket friendly facial oil. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard great things. Also, don’t forget about your local Whole Foods. They have aisles of oils and the folks in the Whole Body section are super knowledgeable about skincare!

I hope you’re no longer afraid to oil up! I know I’m not. So, spill… what’s in your beauty bag?

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Must Have Mondays: Shake it up!!

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One of my absolute favorite must-haves of the moment is the Vega One protein powder. I got completely hooked on this stuff while doing a recent cleanse… now I just don’t feel right without my morning shake. This stuff not only tastes great [great texture and no chalky after taste], but it is packed with some serious good-for-you goods. Between the protein, fiber, probiotics, greens, omega-3s and antioxidants it provides 50% of the recommended daily intake [RDI] of vitamins and minerals plus it’s totally allergen friendly! It is plant based, completely vegan, and gluten freeyay! It’s available at Whole Foods and many health food stores. I have both the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Each morning I mix a scoop with some frozen berries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk, and a half a banana or some frozen mango… mmmmm! If health is one of your goals for the new year… this is a great thing to incorporate into your daily routine. So mix it up… drink it down… and cheers to a happy and healthy you!

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