What’s on your face?!: Skin Care Smoothies

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Happy Friday, all! First things first, I’d like to announce the winner of the Traditional Medicinals giveaway! Kira Corbett, of HealthAble Old Soul. Kira, just go to the “Contact” tab, shoot me an email, and I’ll put you in touch with TM to get your teas sent right away! And now, on to this week’s “What’s on your face?!” installment!

 

Ahh, the smoothie. It’s a breakfast, snack, vehicle for greens, and nutrient power drink all in one. I’ll be the first to admit that my smoothies aren’t always the prettiest of beverages, but I always love the way that they taste and of course the way they make me feel. I try to drink at least one green smoothie per day to make sure I’m getting my daily dose of greens and other goodies.

Sometimes getting a well rounded plant based diet can be tough in my world with changing work schedules, several small side jobs, and some recent traveling I’ve been doing. The smoothie offers the perfect way to consume healthful foods in a compact form, often while I’m walking or driving from one place to the other or while I’m doing my daily exercise. But what about smoothies for skin health? I’ve talked before in this series about making sure you get your greens and antioxidants for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. This simple smoothie recipe offers the perfect icy cold green beverage to help you get all of your little greenies and beasties for good skin health.

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Skin Care Smoothie

handful of kale

handful of spinach

1 cup plain plant milk based yogurt

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 cup mixed berries (I use frozen blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)

1 cup plant milk or orange juice

1/2 frozen banana

1 teaspoon chia seeds

Add ingredients to blender, process until smooth. Consume immediately.

If you’re using orange juice, I recommend watering it down slightly or else the smoothie is a bit too sweet for my taste. Unsweetened plant milk helps a bit with the sweetness factor and makes the greens stand out a bit. If you think the smoothie will be too bitter for you with both types of greens, omit the kale and just use the spinach as it has a much milder flavor and is a bit more palatable especially if you’re new to green smoothies or drinking raw veggies.

Enjoy, and happy skin health!

new(est) beginnings

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First off: Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It’ll close on Thursday night at midnight!

 

You remember my New Year‘s post? That’s one of my favorite entries ever here on Veganland. So much happened during 2013. But 2014, the year I’ve christened as harkening balance and new beginnings, is likely to be just as transformative.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably already know that the past year of my life has been dedicated to graduate school applications. After countless emails and research, reading professors’ work and looking at department websites, and eventually 4 applications, I am thrilled to announce that I will be attending the Masters of Arts program in Art History, focusing on Modernism, at Florida State University in August of this year. That means…I’m moving!

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And that also means that in just a few short months, everything is going to look very different here on the blog. I’ll be in a new town, a new state, and I’ll have all sorts of vegan adventures to dabble in. I’ve already investigated a few last week on my trip down. (Check out my Instagram feed for those gems.) I’m thrilled about exploring vegan Tallahassee, and dabbling in the culture of my new, tropical-ish home. As always, there will be more to follow so stay tuned and get ready for a grand new adventure!

What’s on your face?!: Love your Liver–Traditional Medicinals NEW Dandelion Teas Review and Giveaway!

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In a What’s on your face?! post a while back, I mentioned how much I love drinking dandelion tea to promote liver health and the detoxification of the body (which of course helps out your skin). After that post went live, I was contacted by one of my absolute favorite companies, Traditional Medicinals, with the offer to review two of their brand new dandelion based teas. I ADORE this company–it is one that I wholeheartedly can stand by–and their wonderful teas, holistic approach to wellness, and focus on natural medicine. Needless to say I am over the moon to be brining you this review as part of Veganland’s Spring series: What’s on your face?! And the review isn’t all that comes in this plant powered post…

The roasted dandelion root tea I’ve been enjoying is so popular that the company has put out two great new teas as a detox kit for spring. And yes, yes! You too could very well land yourself your very own Spring Clean Detox kit! More on that later, first let’s get to the goods!

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In the spirit of spring cleaning, the dandelion teas both assist with different aspects of detoxification. Though both focus on promoting liver and especially kidney health, the Everyday Detox tea also utilizes licorice, fennel, and peppermint to stimulate the flushing of the kidneys and promote kidney health.

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With all of those fantastic herbs combined, the Everday Detox has a warm, naturally sweet flavor that allows all of the herbs’ flavors to really shine through. This is a great morning tea, as the pepperminty flavor is stimulating and invigorating.

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The Dandelion Leaf and Root tea also promotes kidney health through the flushing of the organs but also aids in healthy stomach function and digestion. The flavor of this tea is very mild, almost reminiscent of a combination of black tea and chamomile. While it’s dark in color, it has a light, herbal taste that is at once soothing and satisfying. I like to drink this tea in the afternoons or evenings as those are the times when my belly seems to need a little extra help or I’d like a nice warm soothing cup of brewed herbal goodness to help me through the last bit of the day.

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As I said before, Traditional Medicinals is one of my absolute favorite companies. With an emphasis on organic and medicinal teas, they take a holistic approach to health and wellness. As someone interested in the visible products of health and wellness in this series, I love the Spring Clean steps to detoxifying and purifying the body. This well rounded approach will certainly help you get a gorgeous, healthy beyond skin deep glow that will bring you into the freshness and renewal of Spring.

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So, are you hooked yet? Are you looking for ways to land your own Spring Clean kit?

Just leave me a comment in the comments sections below and let me know about your favorite way to revamp your body for Spring! The giveaway will be open for one week, until the next installment of What’s on your face?! goes live on Friday. Good luck, and happy detoxing!

stocking the freezer for healthful eating

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I’ve recently fallen back in love with one of the easiest kitchen practices to utilize: freezing. Freezing foods not only helps you have money and prevents you from wasting delicious, nutritious food but also gives you a wonderful new platform from which to build nutritious meals, desserts, and snacks.

Home frozen foods are so easy to incorporate into your kitchen and eating practices. I find them especially helpful for making fresh, healthy smoothies and for utilizing scraps and leftovers. All you need are a few sealable bags or airtight containers handy and you’ll be surprised at how you can make your freezer work for you and your healthy vegan eating!

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I always keep a couple of bags in the freezer for veggie scraps: carrot tips and peels, kale stalks, onion skins, and the like all get frozen. One day, when I’ve got a full bag of scraps I make veggie broth.

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Just a splash of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Simmer for a couple of hours, allow it to cool, then ladle back into freezable containers for future use.

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One of my absolute favorite things to freeze: bananas. I’ll buy a big bunch of them at the store and drop them into my smoothies or just eat them for a quick, nature sealed snack. When they begin to get over ripe, I just peel them, break them in half and freeze them on a tray. After they’re frozen, I pop them into a bag and have enough bananas for a week or two of smoothies. The same goes for other fruit: from strawberries to peaches and plums. If I notice they’re beginning to over ripen, I’ll wash them, remove the stems or stones and freeze them individually before storing them in ziplocs.

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Freezing your leftovers is also a great way to save food and money. At any given time, I usually have several meals portioned and frozen for later use. It’s a no-brainer and also allows me to eat delicious dishes long after I’ve originally made them. I often plop them on top of a salad or eat them with a bit of added nooch and sriracha for an added kick.

My schedule seems to be all over the place these days, and the freezer keeps me from wasting things that I can easily eat later or just in a different way. One of my favorite ways to eat frozen foods: blend a couple of frozen bananas with a pinch of cinnamon, splash of your favorite plant milk, and a teaspoon of cocoa powder for a fast delicious dessert.

How do you harness the power of your freezer?