The Best and Worst in Bottled Juices

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Many of us have purchased these juices at one time or another thinking that we’re doing a healthy thing for our body.  With the popularity of so many “detox” diets we quickly pick up a bottled smoothie or thick juice to replace a meal or to get the recommended dosage of our vitamins and minerals that we otherwise don’t get from food at times. But are there dangers hiding in these popular beverages?

As a fan of detoxing and healthy beverages,  I wanted to know if what I was putting in my body from these so called “healthy drinks” were really doing me any good or is it just bunch of hype loaded with sugar that’ll have me bouncing off the walls with no vitamin nutrient benefit whatsoever.

Normally, I like to start my day with a bowl of fruit for breakfast followed by a cup of green tea or a homemade nutritious smoothie or nutrient packed juice.  I know it may not seem like much but I usually don’t crave breakfast. However,  if I don’t have time to make my own healthy smoothie loaded with fresh and organic goodness and if I’m desperate for time, I usually tend to grab a store bought smoothie o juice out of the of the fridge and bolt out the door.

Like most people; I’m sure.  I prefer to have a nice smoothie in the morning along with my supplements to help jump start my day to make sure I’m getting the vital nutrients I need and with our schedules sometimes being  pretty hectic, it can be easy for us to neglect our bodies and not feed ourselves what is strongly needed for us to be healthy, vibrant and energized.  So there we go to grab a green juice or another type of healthy smoothie or beverage but are these store bought juices really helping us or hurting us?  Some juices and smoothies are loaded with sugar, synthetic ingredients and GMOs that according to researchers and scientist can be harmful to our body.  I was shocked when I heard this and even more shocked that some of the brands I drink, that “I” thought were good for me, made the list of ones to avoid.  Enclosed is a chart from Food Babe’s blog that list the good and the bad juices and smoothies.

So if you don’t think you have the time to make your nutritious juice or smoothie in the morning in order for you to get your vital nutrients, please, please, please make sure you read the juice label on the back to avoid high sugar content, GMOs and synthetic ingredients that can cause harm to your body.  There are some good, healthy and nutritious juices out there so don’t be fooled by fakes.

Be well friends <3,

Nakesha

Juice Chart

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For more information on this topic, please visit Food Babe’s blog at: http://foodbabe.com/2013/11/10/juice-labels/ 

Shabby Chic Hangers

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One of the joys of womanhood is how we can turn ordinary domesticated items into something elegant and chic.

Not long ago on a weekend afternoon, I decided to do some spring cleaning and straighten my closet and as I looked around I thought to myself, “Oh, how  I wish I had those nice pretty decorative wooden hangers to make my closet look really nice” but those hangers were pricey with only 3 or 5 coming in a pack and of course I would need  A LOT in order for each article of clothing, that was already hanging in the closet, to have a new friend to “hang” with (pun intended). 🙂   I was desperate. I wanted to have those chic and fancy hangers so I could have a chic and fancy closet that’ll make me feel that I was in a fancy apartment living in Paris with fancy décor (notice how many times I used the word “fancy”).  😉

Oh what a delight! Besides…getting up early in the morning going to work, I needed something that’ll help me look forward to conquering the day in style and stepping into a nice well-fitted closet could help me do just that.  This idea has certainly helped brighten my home and I hope it does the same for you.  Happy crafting!

Xoxo,

Nakesha

Decoupage Hangers

Materials
Wooden hangers
Floral Beverage napkins (or any design you prefer)
Mod Podge Gloss Luster glue
Foam brush

Directions

1. Separate the white layer from the decorative part of the beverage napkin

step 1
2. Cut, tear or rip a flower from the napkin that will fit in the center of the hanger  like so: (Note: Don’t worry about cutting the flower perfectly, as I mentioned before tearing one from the napkin, neatly, works just as well.)

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3. Lay the shape of flower on the hanger  and paint over it with the glue until you see the design sticking.

Step 34. Continue the process until the hangers are covered. Let them sit and  dry for about 5 hours or so.  If you prefer, you can go over the hangers again with the glue once they’re dry applying it as a protective coat. The end result should look similar to the below.

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The Fake Take on General Tso… Honey Baked Cauliflower!!!

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Oh the days of when I used to go to the Chinese carry out and get either sweet and sour chicken or general tso.   Ummm….. just sitting here thinking about it makes my mouth water for some and revisit those old days.  But I won’t because not only are those types of meals fattening but they can be loaded with MSG which can cause me to swell.  So those meals aren’t looking so good to me now.

However, in my quest to find delicious and healthy meals. I just happened to stumble upon this beauty that recreates my old classics without the fat and the not so good-for-you MSG.    Honey Baked Cauliflower!  Oh what a joy it is to recreate your favorite dishes but with a healthy twist. How I can’t wait to dive right in and eat this while just relaxing on my sofa.  Yes, it’s comfort food at it’s very best…. sweet, sticky and yummy.   Would you like to partake of this sweet goodness? Well, let me stop going on and on and get right to it.  Thanks to http://kirbiecravings.com/2016/01/honey-garlic-baked-cauliflower.html&#8230; you’re able to make this delicious recipe to enjoy as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs (Kikkoman brand preferred for even baking)
  • 2 large eggs, whisked

for the sauce:

  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 6 tbsp water + 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • Or Annie Chun’s Korean sweet and spicy sauce in place of the soy and sriracha

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Set whisked eggs aside in a small bowl. Set panko crumbs aside in a separate bowl. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Dip cauliflower in egg mixture and then shake a few times so that excess egg drips off. You don’t want to dampen your breadcrumbs with excess egg because then they won’t stick to the cauliflower. Then roll in panko a few times until fully coated and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all cauliflower is coated. About halfway through, your breadcrumbs may start to clump together from the egg coating touching it, making it harder to stick to the cauliflower. To help get these clumps to stay on the cauliflower, gently press them with on when coating the cauliflower.
  3. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until coating is a dark golden brown and crunchy.
  4. While the cauliflower is cooking, make sauce on the stove.In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in water and set aside. Add all sauce ingredients except the cornstarch + water to a small pot or saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir a few times until ingredients are mixed. This should only take a few seconds. Then add cornstarch water to the sauce. Stir until sauce reaches a simmer again (make sure to stir otherwise the cornstarch will clump up) and cook until sauce thickens (about 2 minutes). Allow sauce to cool a few minutes and thicken even more. Drizzle over cauliflower or toss cauliflower in sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped scallions if desired.
  • If you make any adjustments to the sauce (i.e. add more soy sauce or other liquids) you may need to also add more cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Remember to dissolve any additional cornstarch in a little water before adding it.
  • You should have enough sauce to drizzle over all the cauliflower but if you want to coat your cauliflower or you used more than a small head of cauliflower, you may want to double the sauce.

 image and recipe from © Kirbie’s Cravings.

Enjoy with Love,

Nakesha

The Specifics on Pacifica

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I think I’m probably the biggest fan of organic skincare and makeup. I was so thrilled that a product line came out that would be good for my skin and not harm it in the long run.

I  remember the days when Pacifica first came out, I couldn’t wait to try their make-up and skin care items.  The eagerness was getting to me.  I was so eager to see if their products were going to deliver the magic I was looking for. With vegan friendly and “good for you” skin-loving ingredients I was happy a company was formed that understood my skin care desires.

After all, Pacifica has a range of products that will keep me looking good and smelling good from head to toe with skincare,  makeup, lotions, perfumes and even nail polish. All nontoxic cosmetics with innovative formulations.  The wait was over.  I finally, purchased my first product.  Wow! Nice! I thought to myself as I put on my mineralized eyeshadow.  It stayed on all day and I truly loved it.

Yes, my first Pacifica product was an eye shadow palette.   I fell in love with it after the first use when I saw how pigmented it was and that it stayed on my eyes all day and that was without a setting mist. 🙂   However, after a few tries of some of their other products: the “Cactus & Kale Recovery Lotion”, the “Dreamy Youth Face Day & Night Cream” & the “Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash”, I wasn’t impressed.  I was down right disappointed in the performance of these products.  The face creams weren’t moisturizing as they claimed they would be and the Quinoa face wash didn’t do anything miraculous for my skin.

In no way am I bashing Pacifica because they have some products that are fairly good such as the “Sea Foam Face Wash” and the “Rice Bright” face scrub but I feel when it comes to organic skin care, make sure you truly shop around and try out the products instead of falling into the hype.  There are some good organic skin care lines that really deliver what they claim. So if a line or product doesn’t work for you it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a good product, it just means it’s not good for you regardless of how it was hyped up to be.

So, remember, in the world of organic skin care and make-up stick to what works for you and not what other people say is a good product.

As Always,

Love,

Nakesha