Health and Wellness

Favorite Smoothies and Juices

Sometimes, especially in the summer, I love having a tasty smoothie or a juice in the morning or afternoon. I always feel more energized after one of these, and it can be a great way to get lots of healthy fruits and veggies in also! For the smoothies any blender will work just fine, I love my Cuisinart blender but there are plenty of great options. For the juices, I used to use my blender and then strain most of the pulp out with a sifter, it was time consuming but still worked well and tasted great. This year I received a KOIOS juicer as a gift and I have been obsessed with it ever since, since it strains the pulp while juicing so I don’t have to. Either way, making smoothies and juices takes a little time and effort, but I definitely think it is worth it!

Green Juice

For my favorite green juice recipe, I will sometimes mix it up depending on what I have on hand, but here are some ingredients I try to include:

2 cups of chopped kale

2 cups of spinach 

1 apple OR juice from 1 lemon (you can do both if you like a sweeter juice!)

1 cucumber 

1/2 cup or so of any herbs I have, parsley and mint taste great in here 

This juice tasted funny to me the first time I made it, but now I love the flavor and how great I feel after drinking one. If you’re using a blender be sure to add plenty of water as well, and you can add water to the juiced product afterwords if it comes out too thick for your taste!

Carrot Ginger Juice

This is a new favorite for me since getting my juicer, this one is a littler more challenging in a blender as sometimes they don’t like blending carrots! But worth trying because it is delicious.

1 to 2 pounds of carrots- use 1 if you are blending and chop them up well before adding to blender. 2 pounds is perfect for a juicer, and most of the time you don’t need to chop them beforehand.

1/2 inch chunk of peeled ginger root (or less depending on how spicy it is!) 

1 apple if you like a really sweet juice

This is a sweet, flavorful, easy to drink juice. The color is beautiful and the kick of the ginger root works really well with the sweetness of the carrots.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

I LOVE this smoothie, it honestly tastes like ice cream to me and feels like a delicious treat, while being super healthy and easy to make. I do this one in my blender.

1 ripe banana 

2 cups non dairy milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

3 cups frozen cherries 

1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (optional but adds nice flavor and protein!)

This smoothie tastes so good, is an easy way to get protein, and cherries have great anti inflammatory properties as well! If you want you can even sneak some spinach in there for greens and you might not even notice.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Keeping it simple, but simply delicious, this one is easy and you can always substitute the strawberries for any fruit you have around that might go bad soon. Add in some cocoa powder or non-dairy chocolate chips and you have a sweet tooth satisfying treat.

1 very ripe banana (the more ripe the banana, the sweeter)

2 cups non dairy milk

2 to 3 cups frozen or fresh strawberries (or any fruit you have that needs to be used!) 

*Optional 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips 

This is a great, refreshing summer smoothie. It’s sweet but not overwhelming, very fresh, and easy to mix up based on what you have!

Relaxing Bathing Practices

Salt Scrub

This scrub is wonderful for exfoliating AND moisturizing your skin, you can scent it however you’d like with essential oils, and it feels refreshing on the skin! Be careful though, the oils can sometimes come off on cloths/towels/bedsheets so keep that in mind.

2 cups or himalayan pink salt

1/2 to 1 cup of olive oils 

5-8 drops of favorite essential oil

Shake or stir everything together, the oil and salt should be well mixed, you can always add more oil or salt to get the consistency right, it should clump together fairly well. Use scrub in the shower or bath and enjoy the silky smooth feeling of your skin afterwards.

Salad Bath

I know, it sounds silly, but this bath is my go to any time I have aches or pains. Its fairly simple but works wonders on tired muscles! Simply pour about a cup of himalayan pink salt or epsom salts into the tub, add no more than 1 cup of vinegar (apple cider or white vinegar, just be sure you don’t add too much) and your favorite essential oil. The combination of salt and vinegar is incredibly relaxing for tired muscles (and sounds tasty..) and the essential oil creates a relaxing smell. If you want, light a candle or your favorite incense, relax and enjoy. Don’t forget your salt scrub!

Dry Brush

This one works well for some and not so well for others. I love my dry brush, and definitely notice a difference in my skin when I remember to use it! Find a nice long handled dry brush and use before a shower or bath. Start with your feet and legs and work your way up towards your heart, brush in a gentle circular motion on your abdomen, then brush your arms towards your heart. Use only gentle pressure, and only go over each area 2-3 times. Make sure to moisturize well after you shower! This is a nice way to exfoliate dry skin, especially in winter, but feels great any time! Finish with a salad bath and a salt scrub, and you’ll feel like you had a day at the spa! Ok, maybe not quite.

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