The other day after a rather intense yoga workout I was craving something a little sweet that would satisfy my sweet tooth yet be healthy for me at the same time. As I scoured my kitchen cupboards to find something healthy to eat and finding no luck, I decided that the only way I was going to get something that I wanted was to make it myself. The only thing with this is that I was short on time and needed this energy boosting snack to be quick and easy to make so I managed to get these ingredients together as I already had them in my cupboards. The resulting mix was sweet tooth satisfying, energy boosting, nutritious and healthy too.
1 Cup of cashew nuts
1/2 cup of pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup of currants or raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Place all the ingredients into a food processor
Pulse until all the ingredients form a thick paste consistency
Scoop a little of the mixture up at a time and roll into balls
Set on a plate or tray and place in the fridge for 20 mins to set.
Take the energy balls out and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did, if you do try them please come back and let me know how they turned out.
With spring officially here, it's great to delve into some new books, especially for me when the topic is beauty and green beauty in particular. Two new books that I have started to get into lately are Hello Glow from the green beauty and lifestyle blog of the same name written by Stephanie Gerber. It is a beautifully presented little sized book full of green beauty goodness! It's pages are brimming with easy and simple to make DIY green beauty recipes with ingredients that can be found in your fridge or kitchen cupboards. This means that you don't necessarily have to spend a fortune on beauty products to look and feel your best self.
The second book I am reading also focuses on green beauty it is The Beauty of Nature, written by Imelda Burke who is the founder of Content beauty a store and website that focuses solely on certified organic and green beauty products. Imelda takes us on a journey via her book into the world and workings of green beauty from harmful ingredients to be aware of to highlighting the best products to use for your particular skin needs. The book also focuses on the power of natural ingredients and how they can be used to achieve a green standard of beauty using different brands that have been around for for some time. This is definitely an easy one to read if like me you are a lover of all things green beauty.
Have you read any green beauty books lately?
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Hurrah! It is finally the first day of spring! and I couldn't be more excited at the arrival of this new season after the long dark winter days. With the arrival of spring my thoughts turn to my hands and feet and how neglected those parts of our bodies tend to be over the autumn/winter period. As hands are usually the most had working part of of the body it only makes sense to want to take care of them and add a little bit of colour to the nails that reflects the season.
I have two favourite colours in my collection for just this time of year, a lovely fresh peony pink and a true to form neutral light grey colour. Both of these nail polishes are from one of my all time favourite brands that I have been using for a few years now Korres. One of the reasons that I love this range of polishes is because they are free from at least eleven toxic and nasty unnecessary chemicals that are often found in nail polishes and although no nail polish is technically 100% safe to use this comes pretty close. Among the ingredients not included in this gorgeous nail polish are Acetones, Pthalates, Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene and Xylene.
I know, I know! all names that you probably can't pronounce and are wondering how they end up in things like nail polish that you use but it is important to know as these ingredients can have a negative impact on our lives and health over a long period of time. I have enjoyed using these two colours so far and they are definitely versatile and long lasting especially when used with the Korres top coat.
what are some of your favourite nail colours for spring? have you used Korres nail polishes?
Recently I have returned to using fresh ginger root in my morning detox tea routine which currently consists of warm lemon water. I have decided to add ginger to my morning detox tea thereby creating a lemon and ginger tea which I drink first thing in the morning to get my metabolism moving as well as keeping my digestive system healthy. I decided to look into the health benefits of fresh ginger root which has been used for centuries for ailments and is now being recognised in scientific circles. I have made a list of some of my favourites below.
- Ginger can help with weight loss by boosting the metabolism
- Relieves heartburn
- Clears the skin
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces menstrual cramps
- It is antibiotic and anti-inflammatory
- Prevents motion sickness.
Have you used ginger for any health and beauty related purposes?
Following on from my previous blog post as promised I am sharing five simple ways to start injecting a bit of Hygge into everyday life this season. Hygge as previously explained is a concept of creating a cosiness and a little bit of self love in your everyday experience.
- Introduce a welcoming scent into your immediate environment, this can be done by diffusing some environmentally friendly essential oils or even burning an environmentally safe candle such as one made from coconut wax which is the most environmentally friendly type of candle to burn. Good scents not only make a room smell nice, they also can be good for shifting your mood and make you feel at ease and cosy.
- Get warm and cosy, this can be done by wrapping up in a chunky knit blanket, wearing an oversize jumper or cardigan, fluffy socks or sitting in front of a nice roaring fire if you have one with a nice warming beverage like tea or some dairy free hot chocolate.
- A little bit of self love goes a long way, so dress your bed space in nice bed wear and sheets, with a cosy throw or blankets and pillows. Wear some nice pyjamas, take a nice long warm bath and treat yourself to some nice bath salts or essential oils while in there. Afterward why not curl up in your nicely dressed bed with a nice warm water bottle while you drift off into a sweet Hyggelig sleep!
- Get baking, there's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked goods to fill your home with a warm and cosy feel, why not bake some healthy cookies like the one is this previous post. You can have yummy and guilt free treats.
- Wrap up warm and go for a walk in nature, take in the simple scenery of the sky, trees and local birds/ wildlife, find some cosy outdoor spots from which to take in nature.
So there you have it, five simple ways you can start to incorporate Hygge into your life today. Do you Hygge?, what are your favourite ways to bring Hygge into your life?