STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE: Coconut Water

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If you have not had the pleasure of tasting fresh coconut water, you are truly missing out on one of Mother Nature’s gifts to us.

Drinking fresh coconut water instantly puts me in a good mood. It is light, refreshing, delicious, and great for you. Besides coconut water making you feel like you are in a tropical paradise enjoying the ocean breeze (not dramatic in the least), it provides one with so many benefits.

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Happy Recharging!

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The greens, pinks, and browns. All colors gifted to us by nature that comes in many forms – flowers, trees, insects, sky paintings. Enjoy the day for it is a new gift. Immerse yourself in the arms of nature and refresh your spirit.

Be thankful, Warrior! Happy recharging.

Two Gifts Granted by a Juice Find! (Plus Health Benefits List)

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Traveling brings great joy but can also can be slightly daunting when it comes to finding food. I put forth my best effort to choose food that are closest to the original source of nature. For breakfast, I aim for something filling, nutritious and light so that I won’t feel drowsy later. This usually consists of a green smoothie or fresh pressed juice.

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Breakfast on the Go

smoothieonthegoAh, the challenge of finding breakfast (while on the move) that isn’t heavy/empty carbs/full of meat/has cheese/nasty. 

Well, today wasn’t one of those days!!!!!!!!!!! Whoo. Celebrate the small things! 

Açai berry smoothie with mango, greens, and pineapple. Organic, I might add. 

Definite excitement. I hope that your day has been going well, Warrior!

Cheers to the Morning!

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Cheers to the morning! 2 ounces of juiced wheatgrass. I initially decided to try it for several reasons. 1) 2 oz of wheatgrass is equivalent to 4 pounds of green vegetables. 2) I was being spontaneous and wanted to try it. And 3) I wondered if it tasted as bad as it many have said.

Well…I don’t think it tastes bad. It simply tasted like concentrated spinach and chard.

The caveat to this is that as with many other herbs, roots, and vegetables (e.g. dandelion), wheatgrass detoxes the body. As it is a powerful substance, it is not uncommon to be a little nauseated after taking a wheatgrass shot for the first time. Keep this in mind if you decide to be adventurous as well.
All in all. I recommend it.

Cheers, Warrior!

The Best Kind of Leftovers!

JPEG_20160118_145844_-2042603984The best kind of leftovers!!! I prepped my smoothie for the morning to take with me and had an extra 8 oz leftover. Nice to share or drink as well!

As I briefly mentioned, I add different ingredients to my smoothie to keep it interesting. I always have greens (e.g. spinach or kale), fruit (e.g. berries, pineapple, mango, and more), seeds (e.g. hemp or chia) and my liquid (e.g. coconut water, almond milk, or coconut milk), and sometimes, I top it with shredded coconut.

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Herbal Water Greatness

It is drilled into us that we must stay hydrated and the best way is by drinking water. Although the food that we eat can hydrate us (read: fresh fruit and veggies), the reality is most of us do not consume enough.

Since it is important for us to drink water, why should it be tasteless? Think about it. Why do we constantly eat the things that we do? It is because we favor the taste! Let’s be honest. If something does not taste great, we aren’t going to eat or drink it.

So why not create something that is delicious and hydrates us at the same time?

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Farmers Market and the Beloved Veggies & Fruits

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Man, do I just LOVE the farmer’s market!!

It reminds me of going to the Eastern Market every weekend to purchase spices as well as fruits and veggies when the ones we planted in my Great-Grandmother’s garden was not quite ready. The beautiful times where the produce was the main focus and great pride was taken in what was being offered to the visitors.

Now, whenever I can, I go to the local farmer’s market to purchase local raw honey, fresh vegetables and fruits. Since it is later in the season, the pickings were slim (goodbye summer selection) but I was happy with what I found.

Fall does not mean that there aren’t great selections out there, they are just slightly adjusted. One won’t find an abundance of sweet fruits but will find a healthy selection of greatness. To help you on your next trip to the farmer’s market (or regular market), here are some vegetables and fruits that are in season.

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My Wonderful Oil Diffuser!!!

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Many of us may recall having a humidifier with vapor product in it when we were sick and stuffy. The warm vapor open up our little noses and help rid us of congestion.

Now, let’s put a spin on this. Keep the vapor, subtract the heat and replace the vapor product with essential oils and we get….an OIL DIFFUSER!

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We Need Minerals?

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Yes, we do.

Now, I am sure you are wondering, “Well, don’t I get enough minerals from the food I eat?” Chances are, you don’t (unless you are raw vegan who spends a decent amount of time ensuring that meals are balanced and provides proper nutrients.)

Since we often do not get the nutrients that we need through our food, where should we look? Vitamins? Yes! But not in the way that you think. Many vitamins that are easily accessible through the pharmacy and grocery store do not provide the nutrients that your body needs. Sure, it may be packed with the items but does your body absorb it? No.

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