• SOLFUL Health w/ Kate McCabe : Part One

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    Hi Babes! Nikki here :) 

    I wanted to kick off this new year with setting some positive and mindful intentions to create more health conscious decisions in business, in relationships + friendships, and most importantly in the way I care for my body. I was introduced to Kate through a mutual friend and upon meeting her immediately knew she was doing exactly what she was put on this earth to do; educate and nourish the soul, one bite at a time. Kate is a nutritionist, yoga teacher, plant-based chef, herbalist, and wellness expert. I can promise you will fall in love with the way she roots her extensive knowledge of providing and healing the body through food, yoga and meditation. 

    You can find out more about Kate here. And without further ado, I hope you enjoy this 3 Part Series on Detoxifying the body!

    PS. The recipe at the end is SO. FREAKING. DELICIOUS.

    The word ‘detox’ gets dropped and everyone immediately thinks: juice cleanse, deprivation, and just a general ugh. If the process of detoxing is so good for the mind, body, and soul, why does it feel so sh***y? Rest assured, Jiva Babes. I’m here to tell you there is a much better (and way more effective) way to detox + cleanse our systems that doesn’t require an all liquid diet, and actually makes you feel really, really good. 

    Detoxification is simply the body’s way of processing and removing toxic, foreign substances from our systems. This bodily function happens naturally every single day, and certainly doesn’t require a colonic or a green juice to occur. Each time you eliminate, sweat, and even breathe, you’re detoxifying. So if this process is naturally occurring, why the need for periodic detoxes and cleanses? 

    For most of human existence, our bodies functioned exceptionally well on their own; but unfortunately for us 21st century babes, our biological evolution hasn’t yet caught up with our fast-paced, toxin-overloaded, modern lives. At this pointm our bodies simply cannot keep up with the amount of toxins that we come into contact with each day. Modern-day toxin sources include our food, drinking + bathing water, self-care products, makeup, cleaning products, environmental pollutants, and electromagnetic radiation. Ick. Even the most health-conscious among us can’t escape this reality, so our best bet is to optimize our bodies’ detoxification systems.

    Though our bodies are hardwired to detoxify naturally and automatically, it’s crucial to regularly dedicate time to support this perpetually overworked + undernourished system. This is particularly important after periods of prolonged toxin-exposure, indulgence, stress, and travel (oh hey, holidays). As these toxins build up, we experience weight gain, decreased energy, hormonal imbalances, skin issues, lowered immunity, and a slew of mood + cognitive problems. 

    Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my top detox tips for keeping your bodies + minds healthy, energized, and radiant all year long. And we’ll begin with the most effective, necessary step of detoxification: eating a nutrient-rich diet. 

    Contrary to popular belief, food (and not the absence of food) is one of our most potent detox tools. When we go on a juice cleanse, we’re depriving our bodies of the fiber, fat, and protein needed for effective detoxification. This not only leaves us feeling hangry and deprived, but you’re also not detoxing as effectively as you could be. 

    Of course, not all food is created equal, so it’s important to be mindful of what you’re consuming, especially during periods of detoxification. Generally, we want to be loading up on organic, whole, plant-based foods. Think fresh veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. These foods are high in fiber, which will sweep our digestive track clean of any toxic build-up and support healthy elimination, as well as healing + energizing vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. And unlike the processed foods our society has become so accustomed to eating, these real, whole foods are free of toxic chemicals, additives, and preservatives. A total win for the body, mind, and soul.

    Using some of my favorite plant foods, today I’m sharing a recipe that is both satisfying and detoxifying (#bestofbothworlds, baby). This bowl is my go-to for when I feel like I need a little detox but am also super hungry (aka story of my life). 

    It’s full of the detoxifying + fiber-rich greens and veggies we need for proper digestion and elimination, which also serve to keep you feeling full and satisfied. The addition of avocado and the (seriously dreamy) dressing provide you with the high-quality fats your body + mind need for healthy digestion, luminous skin, elevated moods, heightened memory + concentration, and weight loss/management. And you’ll get a hefty dose of plant-based protein (along with some extra fiber) from the brown rice + lentil blend. All this nutrient-rich, detoxifying goodness in one seriously delish bowl. 

     

    Detox Macro Bowl with Creamy Coconut Almond Dressing

    Serves 2

    Bowl Ingredients:

    • 2/3 cup brown rice
    • 1/3 cup green lentils
    • 1 head broccoli 
    • 1 medium sweet potato
    • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
    • 3 cups leafy greens (spinach, arugula, kale, spring mix, romaine, etc)
    • 1 avocado, sliced 
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Himalayan salt

     

    Bowl Prep:

    • In a medium sauce pan, add the rice, lentils, 2 cups water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Allow to simmer until the water has been absorbed and rice and lentils are cooked through (about 40 minutes).  
    • While the rice and lentils are cooking, chop your broccoli into florets and your sweet potato into bite-sized cubes.
    • About 10 minutes before the rice + lentils have cooked through, add your sweet potato. If needed, add a bit more water. After 5 minutes, add the broccoli in as well. 
    • While the rest of the meal finishes cooking, begin thinly slicing/shredding the cabbage. Toss with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and pinch of salt and set aside. 
    • To assemble, spoon the lentils, rice, and veggie mixture into a medium-sized bowl. Add in the marinated cabbage, fresh leafy greens, and sliced avocado. Drizzle with your dressing and enjoy! 

     

    Dressing Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup almond butter
    • 1/4 cup full fat unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1/8 cup organic rice wine vinegar
    • 1/5 tbsp toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp organic tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
    • Juice from 1/2 lime
    • 1 tsp pure maple syrup or raw honey
    • Red pepper flakes, to taste

     

    Dressing Prep:

    • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend for 30-60 seconds.
    • Taste and adjust seasonings if needed - extra red pepper flakes, more lime juice, a pinch of salt, etc.
    • Drizzle over your bowl (or anything, really) and enjoy! Stores in refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

    Be sure to check out her site, it packed full of juicy + healthy goodness. You can also find out about her teaching schedule, set up a consultation for nutritional coaching, or see where she will be at next sharing in her knowledge in her community!

    Kate McCabe | Nutritionist | RYT-200 | Founder, Solful Health

    instagram: @solfulhealth

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  • MONTHLY HEALTHY RECIPE: OCTOBER

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    Hey Jiva babes, Brianna here! Just checking in to offer up some healthy recipes for this month, and for October, we went with healthy desserts! Yes, please! 

    Cookie Butter Protein Munchkins

    Directions: Preheat oven to 385 degrees and line baking tin with parchment paper. Combine ingredients in a bowl, and roll into 1 inch munchkin balls. Bake at 385 for 20 minutes.

    • 1 Eggs - Large
    • 1/2 teaspoon, Baking Powder
    • 1/2 cup, Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • 6 drops  Liquid Stevia
    • 3/4 cup Applesauce Unsweetened
    • 2 tsp Organic Raw Cacao Nibs 
    • 1 scoop, Chocolate Protein Powder 
    • 3/4 cup Organic Rolled Oats Now Real Foods
    • 4 tbsp, Almond Butter 
    • 6 TBSP, Coconut Flour 

    Strawberry Banana Fondue

     

    (pic from pinkbites.com)

    1 cup of Banana

    1 cup of Strawberries sliced in half 

    2 tbsp of Just Great Stuff Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter

    1 tbsp of water

    • Add strawberries and bananas to fondue or kabob stick 
    • In a small bowl combine powdered peanut butter and water and mix until thick 
    • Dip fruit kabob into chocolate peanut butter to enjoy

    xx Brianna Diorio 

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  • HEALTHY ON A BUDGET

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    5 tips to living a healthier life without breaking the bank

    BY: BRIANNA DIORIO

    It is more than possible to eat healthy on a limited budget; it is all a matter of making healthy habits a priority. While cheaper food may seem to be more convenient and cost efficient initially, it is likely that you will pay the price of cutting cost, with interest, when it comes to your healthcare down the road. In fact, a recent international analysis found that the difference between buying food for the most healthy diet pattern or the least healthy diet pattern came out to about $1.50 per day (1). You need to ask yourself, how much is your health worth to you, and at what “cost” is healthy eating a priority? Below are five tips and money saving strategies you can use to stay on track with your budget while keeping your healthy eating habits a main goal.

    1- Save money in other areas

    Allocating money to your wellness efforts is an investment worth taking, as your health is one of your most valuable assets! Reassessing other areas of your budget is a great first step when trying to prioritize healthy eating. Look at your current spending and see where you can save money elsewhere to help you become a savvier shopper. Cut back on eating out, which not only will save you money, but will allow you to better control the quality and portions of your food choices. Keep a journal for a week and write down how much you are actually spending on frivolous things, like gum, coffee, sodas, even impulse buys like snacks at the checkout counter. Once you’ve tallied up your extra spending, ask yourself if you are allocating your funds appropriately and prioritizing your spending. Determine if you are buying and spending money on anything that is unnecessary; do you really need that fancy water bottle at the checkout counter? If you cut out an extra cup of coffee here and there and pass up on impulse buys you might find that you actually have some extra money that you can take and invest in yourself and your health. These aren’t super hard choices, it just a matter of placing importance on what matters most to you; the extra lunch outings with your co-workers or healthier eating.           

    2- Befriend your freezer and bulk bins

     Frozen fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. Frozen produce is often picked at the peak of their season, making it a great choice for the money and health conscious shopper. Check out the freezer section of your favorite health food store and look for frozen fish, meats and berries. Don’t shy away from bulk discount items, such as nuts and seeds, and even more pricy protein options, such as grass-fed beef and wild caught fish, which go on sale occasionally. Take full advantage of these price saving opportunities and stock up and freeze these items for future snacks and meals.

    3-Plan your meals

    We know how the saying goes; failing to plan is planning to fail. Planning is an integral part of creating healthy lifestyle habits that will stay for the long haul. Taking time to sit down and plan your meals, grocery shopping, and meal prep in advance is essential for being successful when it comes to cutting costs. Take time to plan out when you can hit up your local farmers market, search the paper for when your favorite natural food store is promoting some in-store special pricing, even plan when you are going to eat out with friends and family so you can budget your money accordingly. Plan your meals ahead of time to cut costs on last minute splurges that generally tend to be fast-food or expensive premade foods. If you have premade meals ready to go in your fridge you will be less likely to run out of food options and be forced to get takeout or some fast food potion. Fast food is meant to be fast, not necessarily the most nutritious option, so taking time to plan and make healthy meals is a must when trying to stay on track with healthy eating and budgeting. If you know you are eating out for a co-workers lunch you can save that money earlier in the week and make the rest of your meals for the week. Making meals ahead of time allows you to have leftovers for the entire week, helping you to save time and money.

    4-Shop local and seasonally

    Support your local farmers market, not only will you know where you food is coming from, you can often find great prices on super fresh produce. You can even consider signing up for a local CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture group. CSA’s are a different way of getting fresh food right to your table. CSA’s are usually a loosely organized group of customers and farmers that sell “shares” of the farmer’s crops right to the customer, sometimes even offering direct delivery to customers homes or allowing you to pick up your food at a local collection point. You can find high quality, in season, an often organic food at great prices at CSA’s and local farmers markets. Websites like Local Harvest, Eat Well Guide, and Eat Wild have resources for finding local suppliers.

     

    5-Crowd out processed products and replace with ingredients

    Eating healthy, whole, real foods doesn’t have to be more expensive. Try eating less from a box and more from the earth. Cutting down on purchasing these prepackaged goods can be a quick way to see your grocery bill go down effortlessly. I mean really, what do you think is more expensive, a bag of real, natural, whole potatoes or a bag of processed potato chips? Many of these posed “health” snacks are really just candy in drag, cheating your health and taking advantage of your wallet. An entire bag of fresh apples can cost less than a box of health bars, being not only cheaper but healthier for your entire family. Processed foods often come in packages, which costs manufactures to produce. These costs have to be made up somewhere, which is on the shelf of the grocery stores. Buying raw ingredients, instead of products, can be more cost effective and healthier for you and your entire family. Don’t get fooled by clever health marketing claims either; just because something is gluten free or Paleo or low-carb, doesn’t mean it is necessarily healthy. Real food doesn’t have ingredients, real food is ingredients, so if you must buy prepackaged goods make sure you can identify, pronounce, and read all of the ingredients listed.  

     

    1 Roa, M. Singh, G, & Mozaffarian, D (2013). Do healthier foods and diet patterns cost more than less healthy options? A systematic review and meta-analysis.. PubMed, 3(12). from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24309174
    2 Raynor, H.A., Kilanowski, C.K., Esterli, I., et al. 2002. A cost-analysis of adopting a healthful diet in a family-based treatment program. J Am Diet Assoc.102(5): 645-650, 655-656.
    3  Cutler D.M., Rosen A.B., and S. Vijan. 2006. The value of medical spending in the United States, 1960-2000. N Engl J Med. 355(9): 920-7.
    4 Hyman, M. (2013, April, 3). Why Eating Quick, Cheap Food is Actually More Expensive. from Dr. Mark Hyman Web Site: http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/08/13/why-eating-quick-cheap-food-is-actually-more-expensive/

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  • PRODUCT REVIEW | ROOTED BEAUTY

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    Since the beginning of time, beauty has been intertwined with women, and most likely it will always be that way. And although now we have a greater acceptance of how powerful and strong women are, aside from just being beautiful, there is something innately feminine about beauty. Take away all the ego and what’s left is just a divine, beautiful woman who is influential in her own womanly ways.

    This is how I see Rooted Beauty skincare. It’s a beauty/skincare company that has dropped the superficial beauty and focused on real, rooted beauty. With every RB purchase, you’re helping a woman in need escape extreme poverty with their Woman 2 Woman project and its sponsors. They essentially assign a beauty product to a woman in need, and with every purchase of that item a percentage goes towards the identified woman. You can check out how close each woman is to being funded in her dreams HERE.

    That’s beauty at work. That’s Rooted Beauty.

    Say Hi to Kim! I interviewed the founder, Kim Garrett, about all things Rooted Beauty, and this is what she had to say...

     

    What is the Rooted Beauty story?

    I’ve always had a passion for beauty and skincare products and wanted to start my own beauty company. When I thought about how much money goes into the beauty industry, I thought that it would be really powerfully to take even just a portion of that revenue and redistribute it to help women – so many women could be helped!

    There are so many organizations doing amazing work to help empower women out of oppression; however, the organizations are always limited in their impact by the availability of funds.

    It became my dream to take a portion of the billions of dollars pumped into the beauty industry and redistribute those funds to change and empower the lives of women around the world. The larger Rooted Beauty becomes, the more women’s lives will be transformed and the idea of thousands of women’s lives being transformed through the sale of skincare that is healthy and fun for consumers to use was something that I had to step out in Faith and pursue.

    Where does Rooted Beauty find inspiration?

    In the stories of the women whose lives we’re helping to change. Hearing the trials that these women are faced with is a constant reality check for me. It constantly inspires me to continue to work for their empowerment and freedom.

    Top 3 values of Rooted Beauty?

    1. Selflessness 2. Authenticity 3. Honesty

    As an entrepreneur, do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?

    “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the decision that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon

    If there is a message you could send out to the world, what would it be?

    “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the decision that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon

    What is the future of Rooted Beauty?

    The future is never certain, but it is my hope to transform the lives of thousands of women through innovative natural skincare!

     

    Alyssa’s Product Review

    Products Reviewed: Kiwi Melon Calming Facial Scrub | Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial Exfoliator| Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial Wipe| Passionfruit Lip Butter

    Price: $9.99 | 5.99 | 4.99

    At First Glance:

    When I first got this collection, I was super excited at how cute everything was (I’m a sucker for branding). Upon checking everything out, I was really impressed with the overall packaging; I mean how adorable are these? In my mind, better branding usually means better product because they truly care about the little things, like color and font, so imagine the detail they put into the actual ingredients!

    Which brings me to just that…as soon as I opened the package, I immediately started reading all of the ingredients to give you all the best possible review…Every product is hypoallergenic, gluten free, paraben free, no chemicals, and no artificial fragrances. If it helps you trust their quality control, note that they are sold in Whole Foods.

    Now let’s break down the 4 products for sake of ease.

    1) Kiwi Melon Calming Facial Scrub- LOVE IT. I started using this to replace my facial wash because I ran out, and although I was reluctant to try a new one, I found that this stuff worked just as amazing as my last facial wash. It has tiny little scrubbies, but they aren’t abrasive at all, it goes on super silky, and it also smells wonderful! Smells exactly how it’s described, Kiwi Melon! My skin is super smooth and no breakouts to be had after using it for 2.5 weeks. *Organic Goji berry used

    2) Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial Wipe- Overall, I like the wipes. I can’t say that I absolutely love them, but I think it’s about preference. For me, their scent is a bit strong for a facial wipe (very fragrant), and they are bubbly/sudsy without adding water; I usually buy wipes that don’t leave any type of residue, but then again, the bubbles do go away right away! It’s more or less a texture thing for me, but they certainly left my skin feeling soft, totally zapped the eye makeup, and I had a no residue feeling on my skin (you don’t need to rinse after using). This is one of their best selling products, so give it a try!

    3) Passionfruit Lip Butter- First off, I love that the packaging is biodegradable, and I know you will too. Second, I enjoyed the light smell, and it goes on nice and smooth with no clumping, but nice hydration. It’s super lightweight and slender to fit into your pockets too.*

    *Here is an example of a Woman 2 Women project success story:

    A portion of the proceeds for this product helped Rena receive the initial supplies and training she needed to sell vegetables in the local marketplace. The opportunity to sell in the local marketplace will enable Rena to provide for herself and her family and break free from the cycle of extreme poverty. Now Rumi will benefit from Passionfruit lip butter sales, and the cycle of giving back continues!

     

    Nikki’s Product Review

    Products Reviewed: Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial Exfoliator| Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial Wipe| Passionfruit Lip Butter

    Price:  $9.99 | 5.99 | 4.99

    At First Glance:

    I totally LOVED the packaging & vibrancy of the packaging itself. Like Alyssa, I also have a sweet spot for well thought out branding & Rooted has just that! All the information you generally want to know when immediately looking at a new product is right there on the front of the package, nothing to hide; free of chemicals, parabens & artificial fragrances. I like it!

    First thing I did was pop the cap on the facial exfoliator and take a deep inhale, nothing but yummyness going on! This action ensued through the rest of the products and my nose was very pleased!

    Below is my take on the products:

    1) Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial ExfoliatorI REALLY enjoyed this product, probably my favorite out of all 3. My skin always appreciates a good at home exfoliation & truthfully they are hard find. I always feel like if I am exfoliating and opening up my pores, I only want the best of ingredients getting inside - this product delivers. I used a small amount & it spreads easily leaving your skin smooth and fresh! I will be working this into my weekly beauty routine and plan to use it two - three times a week!

    2) Raspberry Citrus Invigorating Facial WipeLet me preface this review with the fact that I am generally not a facial wipe kind of gal. They do smell amazing and I thought I should give them a try because you never know! I was not in love with the way they made my skin feel, just a little less cleansed than the other facial products Rooted has. However, my sister Remi uses facial wipes on the regular & she really enjoyed them! She did say that they left a small feeling of stickiness, although completely removed her makeup & ready to continue on with her cleansing routine. As Alyssa mentioned, I recommend trying them out if this is a product you normally use, because they are their number one selling product!

    3) Passionfruit Lip Butter- This is a really innovative style of packaging and I do LOVE the concept of it containing no plastic & being biodegradable. The butter itself is not too overpowering in scent and glides on smoothly. The only factor that comes into play with the packaging is as you used it it tends to slide back down into the tube, but as long as you keep some pressure on the bottom then you can avoid this from happening. Overall, a great product to keep on hand!

    As always, thank you so much for reading through this review and sharing with your fellow beauty babes! If you've got a product you feel compliments the JIVA Lifestyle [healthy, active & feminine] then shoot an email over to social@thejivashop.com for more information!

     

    Try Rooted Beauty for yourself, and help a fellow sister in need! Also, if you’re one of the 1st JIVA Fall orders placed (releases October 1st), then you will receive a free Rooted Beauty Surprise!!

     

    @rootedbeauty 

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  • FOR THE GO-GO GIRL: HEALTHY EATING ON-THE-GO

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    When I think of “on-the-go” I think-- ok, I’m grabbing something and running out of the door because I decided to take an extra 20 minutes to do my hair, or try on five different shirts (which happens more often than it should). So these on-the-go foods are an essential for my busy lifestyle.

    Overall, it’s all about the preparation. I’ve learned that even if my day consists of laying around the house, or going place to place, that those on-the-go foods are perfect alternatives compared to indulging on a spoonful of Nutella (mmmmm). So I’m going to explain to you how to prepare these quick, healthy, and satisfying foods. I personally enjoy cooking, but I understand that some souls would look at a recipe and say “F that!” So I’ve tried my best to make this as “F that!” proof as possible.

    One of my favorite foods is avocado. It is satisfying and could take the place of so many things; I actually just tried an avocado Nutella mousse for dessert last night! I’ve always thought that avocado hidden in a recipe sounded disgusting until I finally tried it myself. Amazing! You don’t even know it’s in there! Of course the Nutella completely helped too. Ok, back to the healthy eating.

     1. Avocado Toast

    I love spreading avocado on a piece of whole grain toast, wrapping it up in some tin foil and out the door I go. For this to be on-the-go, I will prep the avocado the night before and chop it up with some fresh lemon juice. Tip: using an avocado that isn't so ripe helps out a lot if you like to keep it chunky like me. I also will usually have half of an avocado stored in the fridge with the pit in so I can just fork it right on to my toast. Easy Peesy!

    Ingredients ::

     1/2 avocado

     1 Tbsp lemon Juice

     2 slices of your favorite toast/English muffin/bagel

     *I used Bay’s Whole Grain English Muffin

     

    2. Black Bean Avocado Salad

    This little salad is so great to have stored in the fridge to grab and go when you need to! It is filling and oh so yummy - you can’t go wrong.  Also, if there are ingredients in here you do not like, just change them up with something else! Simply chop and mix all ingredients together. Disperse into Tupperware, and eat up!

    Another note - if you aren't on the go, this mixture is great if you put it into a tortilla to make a wrap or quesadilla!

    Ingredients ::

       15 ounces black beans

       1 Avocado

       2 cups of corn

       2 red bell peppers

       2 cloves of garlic

       4 Tbsp fresh lime juice

       5 Tbsp olive or coconut oil

       2 pinches of salt

       3 Tbsp cilantro

       2 cups kale

    xo Remi 

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