Just like we should be mindful of what we put into our bodies, being aware of what we apply to our skin is equally important. It's surpising how many harmful chemicals hide in cosmetic producs, many of which are skin irritants, cause acne or dryness, and can even be carcenogenic.
The skin is the body's largest organ, so whatever is being applied get absorbed by our bodies. Our mother always educated us about harmful ingredients to avoid in skin care producs (her ability to pronounce the ingredients amazed us), which included parabens, fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate (SFS), and synthetic colors to name a few, so we began evaluating the products we used on our skin.
We now strive to find products that are not only beneficial--especially since we struggle with acne and dryness-- but are also cruetly-free. So after discovering Osea Skincare, a cruetly free, ocean inspired skincare line, we were thrilled! They are a family owned skincare buisness that is 100% vegan, plant-based, non-toxic, and organic.
The company's misson states, "We believe that safe cosmetics are your right and our Earth's rightful due," and we agree!We believe that safe cosmetics are your right and our earth's rightful due
Pictuted: Ocean Cleanser
**This is not a paid post, we are simply sharing the cruetly-free products we discovered and love.
After hearing about the many benefits of making your own almond milk, we finally decided to try it and see whether homemade almond milk is better than store bought brands. The result? Yes, homemade almond milk is delicious. Really delicious. Think fresh, nutty, and extremely tasty almond milk. And not only is homemade almond milk it easy to make, but it is much healthier than store bought brands. We're obsessed.
Using Ellie's Best Nut Milk Bag, we created a recipe that convinces us to never drink store-bought again. We hope you'll enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Prep time: 10 hours
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight or at last 10 hours
3 cups water
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
2-3 dates, soaked, or 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
1. Soak almonds overnight or at least 10 hours. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk will be.
2. If using dates to sweeten, soak in warm water for 15-20 minutes.
3. Drain an rinse the almonds. Then combine the almonds, water, dates or maple syrup (optional), vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt in a blender and blend high for 1-3 minutes. The almonds should be broken into a fine meal.
4. Line a strainer with a nut milk bag and place over a bowl or container. Pour almond mixture over the nut bag. To extract as much milk as possible, gently squeeze the nut milk bag over the almond meal.
5. Refrigerate almond milk up to two days. Shake almond milk before using.
Notes: You can keep the almond pulp to use in making bliss balls, cookies, or crackers, or add to oatmeal and smoothies if desired.
My sister and I start almost every morning with either hot oatmeal or overnight oats. We're obsessed with oatmeal, no matter how it's made. Usually, we stick to the same thing, but this morning, we decided to try buckwheat porridge for breakfast. For this recipe, we used buckwheat groats and quinoa flakes, which created a delicious and nutty flavored porridge.
Buckwheat and quinoa are nutrient rich grains, and are packed with vitamins, fiber, protein, minerals and iron, and many additional benefits for your body. These grains are guaranteed to keep you fuller for longer, and keep your energy levels sustained throughout the morning. We found our buckwheat groats and quinoa flakes at Whole Foods, but these grains can be found at other local health food markets and some regular grocery stores.
Cook time: 5 minutes Serves: 1-2
1 cup almond milk (add more if needed)
1/2 cup buckweat groats
1/8 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Toppings: Fresh fruit, coconut, Natierra's freeze dried bananas and cacao nibs, and
Big Slice Apple's Berry Chia Seed mix.
1. Pour buckwheat groats and quinoa flakes into almond milk in a cooking pot. Simmer on stove for 5-10 minutes, or until the buckwheat becomes soft and tender. Adjust liquid measurements as needed.
2. Stir in the raspberries, vanilla, cinnamon, and maca powder. Stir in the chia seeds once the porridge is removed from the stove.
3. Serve in bowls topped with atierra's freeze dried bananas, cacao nibs, raspberries, strawberries, and shredded coconut if desired.
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