Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Eating for the Soul. My Top 6 Spirit Friendly Ingredients Fit for Every Goddess!

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Have you ever dug into a special meal and felt so totally satisfied in your entire body and soul, but couldn’t quite put your finger on why you felt that way? The chow you were chewing was seriously phenomenal. It left your belly happy; your spirit excited, and had you glowing all day long. Every bite was beyond—to the point of ecstatic bliss.

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when a few special green goddesses (and gods) came into my life that I discovered the difference between lack luster lunches and delicious dinners.  These fine friends showed me the magic of eating for my soul.  You see, the things you put into your body literally feed your soul. You charge your brain, spirit, and body system with the foods you eat and the right choices can make all the difference.  Here are the top six items I keep in my kitchen to set my soul on fire with every meal:

Cilantro. Some folks hate the stuff, but these fresh leafies have me begging for a second helping every time. Let’s get down to the dirty on cilantro! Rich in vitamin-C and K, this nutrient rich ingredient is a serious anti-oxidant. You feel amazing when you add cilantro into dishes on the regular because it fights off viruses, toxins, and disease causing agents that make you feel sick. Every goddess deserves to shine, so if you love the taste like I do, try cilantro on your next salad or sprinkle some on top of warm veggies.

3d055b8700a8f936e35383bcc29863a8-1Garlic. This is one of my all time faves. It’s not just used for disease prevention, detoxification and other types of therapy—it tastes amazing! Back in the day it was used as an aphrodisiac, so if you’re having a sweet evening in with your honey add a little extra of the spicy stuff to your dinner and cozy up, babes.

Basil. This soft, dark leaf is so diverse! Alone it tastes a little like the dark licorice you’d chew on as a child, but in meals it can change something bland into total magic! You can use it in your fave caprese salad, or make an amazing organic peach pie with a splash of this healing herb.  Basil is known for keeping our hearts healthy and our joints smooth, as it is a known anti-inflammatory and essential in cardiovascular health.

Mint. Mint is the little green bad boy that can change a beverage, salad or meat dish into something seriously special on the double.  It’s unique taste matches well with other organic ingredients fruits, cheeses and meats and it aids in digestion. It has been known to help with fatigue, weight loss and nausea to say the least. Mint in the morning is a big game changer. Add mint to your fresh fruit tomorrow morning and notice your belly singing and thanking you!

Coconut Oil. I put coconut oil on nearly everything. My skin, my nails, my food: everything! This oil is so healing and it tastes amazing. It has been proven to aid in brain and heart health, and it regulates ones metabolism like it’s no one’s business. You can massage your leafy greens, use it in your smoothies or use it as a replacement for other oils. Use a small amount in your cooking and notice the delicious flavor!

a411c110c452af078eca6953ce11f2f5-1Kale. Kale is king of the green palace in my kitchen. This dense dark leafy takes precedence over all others when it comes to salads, smoothies and stir-fries. Here is the trick: massage your kale, boho bellas. When kale is massaged it’s dense walls break down a little and the “green” flavor isn’t so harsh. Its flavor literally changes and its texture softens. Take your favorite oil (coconut!) and massage your kale for a few moments. It will be ready to devour and you’ll enjoy it much more!

These are my top 6 soul friendly ingredients that are staples in my kitchen. I know you have a few that really send your spirit soaring. Share them with me in the comments below and we’ll talk food, bellas!!

 

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 From Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx

How to be a raw-some beach babe: My Top 8 Tricks to Eat Raw and Shine Bright!

7a8d877e126e2c0968d1c3ac2500ea37Hey, sexy people. First of all: your body and mind are beautiful just the way they are. But if you feel like you wanna get cleaner, fitter, happier and healthier – then I’ve got some tips to help you become the best you can be. It all starts with what ya eat.

Drink water. Question: would you prefer to drink from a stagnant, slimy pond or a fresh, clear, flowing stream? Hands up for the stream! We want fresh water! The same logic applies to your body. Keep flushing out toxins and other gunk by drinking water regularly, otherwise your body has to keep re-using liquid and things quickly become un-fresh. Drinking water regularly keeps your organs hydrated and your bowels moving.  I drink about 1400 ml every day, most of this I add to my smoothies.

Soak up that sweet Vitamin D. When the sun shines, I run outside – if I’m not already there – to soak up the vitamin D that is naturally sourced from the sun. Yes, you can get vitamin D in fortified foods and supplement form but it is by far the best quality straight from the sky. Besides, tan skin makes everybody look yummy. Note: I live Vancouver, where we only get good sunshine for a few months of the year, so when it’s not summer, I do have to take a vitamin D supplement and I recommend you do the same if you’re in my cloudy boat.

Y56jLir5VK-wtm_lzC_EPYx0RxHg89GQN5XgbRoO4IoFRUIT IT UP. I eat about 2,000 calories of raw, organic fruit every day and it is the ultimate beauty product. Fruit is one of the most ultra-hydrating, cancer-fighting, longevity-enhancing, life-giving foods on the planet. We have evolved to thrive on fruit. The sugar in fruit feeds our brain, the water replenishes our cells, the fiber helps digestion, and the plethora of minerals, nutrients and vitamins basically allow us to live life to the fullest and feel amazing. Most people only have a couple of pieces of fruit a day, as a snack between meals… most people are doing it wrong. My breakfast is always a smoothie of around 10 bananas, 1 cup of frozen berries, a handful of dates, and a ton of filtered water. My lunch is similar. I go hard, and it works. Eating a diet high in fruits will help your body find its natural healthy weight. If you don’t take to sugar very well, try non-sweet fruits and more veggies!

Get sweaty. Whether it’s wild sex, dancing naked, running, bicycling, yoga, weight-lifting or chasing the dude that just grabbed your smoothie (you can’t blame him, that drink looked irresistible), sweating and panting/breathing hard for at least 20 minutes every day is a must if you wanna get lean and toned. Besides, the post-workout high is always worth it in itself. Hello, endorphins! My exercise regime? It varies every day, but the list I gave pretty much covers my faves. I love using FitnessBlender.com for workout videos.

Eat some nuts. No more than a handful a day is all you need. Nuts and seeds have a lot of important minerals that play a role in brain function as well as beautifying your hair, skin and nails. Check out my blog, ThisRawsomeVeganLife.com, for loads of dessert recipes that provide your day’s intake of nuts.

Become BFF’s with coconut oil. I use virgin, cold-pressed, organic coconut oil (whatta mouthful, I know) in all aspects of my life. The bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom… you name it. It smells freaking phenomenal, it’s full of healthy fats that give you long-lasting energy, and it is super moisturizing for your skin. Mix in some essential oils and you’ve got perfume too. I put it all over my body every day. Use it as deodorant. Use it as lube (speaking of wild sex…) Use it to heal cuts. Use it as sunscreen. Use it in stir frys. Use it in brownies. Special brownies? Why not. (Yes, I have a raw vegan special brownie recipe).

Hit up the farmers market. You will get the best quality produce in your area, and it’s grown by awesome people too. Ask the merchants what you can us their produce for, and watch yourself learn how to get creative and confident in the kitchen! The farmers market is also a great place to find like-minded cool people to share fruit bowls with who care about health, the environment, and animal rights.

Throw food on your face. Pimples got ya down? Mash a banana onto your gorgeous visage, rub it around and wash it off. Honestly, most fruits are great as face masks, and if you want an exfoliating scrub – use ground coffee beans, ground nuts, or rolled oats. My fave face mask is 1 tablespoon cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of ground coffee beans, and enough water to make a paste out of them. Spread it onto a freshly washed face and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it off and feel your skin be as soft as a baby’s bum.

Emily is the founder of The Rawsome Vegan Life. She is a blogger, vegan and lover of holistic living! Find more of her below:

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Chocolate Cuties

 

 

 

Start you week off with a little bit of chocolate and cuteness in your life. Check out this amazing recipe from one of our fav gals Amberlea K!ChocolateCutiesA