Treat Yo Self W/ Zandra Beauty

Zandra Beauty is a newly launched skin-care line by the young and beautiful entrepeneur, Zandra Cunningham of Buffalo, New York, U.S. But, Zandra is more than just an entrepreneur, she is also an influencer who serves to empower and encourage confidence to young girls and women from all over the world. Since a young girl she has aspired to create natural products that inspires girls & women to feel beautiful! In the words of Zandra herself ” My fascination with entrepreneurship began when I was just 9 years old. It was totally the result of my dad’s refusal to buy me my beloved lip balm. His NO forced me to do the work and make my own.” She then made her start in the summer of 2010 by making a few products (lip balms & body butters) at home & selling them at the local farmer market in her area. And as she got older she decided to expand her products after she began to use popular products from the mall and found that those products left her skin dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. (Many mainstream products are filled with unhealthy ingredients that often just smell good and that’s about it, no other benefits.) Fed up with having to choose between smelling good or having itchy & irritated skin Zandra made it her mission to create products that not only smell good but also make her skin feel nice & smooth as well! Now here we are in 2019 & she has successfully launched her very own skin-care line that is eco-friendly, 100% plant-based, cruelty-free & “yuck-free” (toxic chemical ingredient free). Her line offers hair & body butters, exfoliating body scrubs, deodorants, lotions, soaps, and lip balms that will be distributed nationwide on her official website. But that’s not all, she also has an exclusive “Treat Yo Self” gift box currently being sold only at Target! This is just the beginning for Zandra and I am anxious to see her and her brand grow and flourish! So let’s all support her and purchase some products, if not for yourself then maybe as a gift for a loved one. As if she isn’t amazing enough she also donates 10% of the net value of each product purchased towards girl’s education! For more information on Zandra & her brand or products please use the contacts provided below. Stay yuck-free! โœŒ๐Ÿพ

Contact Zandra Beauty:

Website: http://www.zandrabeauty.com

Email: orders@zandrabeauty.com

Facebook: @ZandraBeauty

Instagram: @ZandraBeauty

Twitter: @ZandraBeauty

Choosing the “Diet” for Your Lifestyle

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, lactovarian, fruitarian, pescatarian, or have no preference, a diet isn’t something that should be equated to a temporary intake or quick fix to lose/gain weight. Your diet should be your way of life, in other words it should be consistent and beneficial. I personally think that we should throw away this whole idea of “going on diets” and transition our intake to foods that are more reasonable and responsible. Your diet should consists of foods that makes you comfortable (tastes good & makes you feel good), caters to your health, and provides a balance to your digestive system. Labeling yourself as vegan, vegetarian, or whatever doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily “eating right” or that you even feel 100% good about the decision that you made. At the end of the day the food that you consume should benefit you, be eaten in moderation, and shouldn’t make you feel bad or create side effects. And by side effects I mean acne (most commonly caused by sodas, white bread & rice, & dairy), high blood pressure (most commonly caused by fried food, sodium filled food & canned food), and digestive issues (most commonly caused by red meats, dairy products & high amounts of fructose). What we eat not only affects our bodies, but our minds and spirits are heavily influenced as well. So you should always take into consideration the foods you choose to intake because they certainly play a major role in the future of your health, just saying! Which is why transitioning to the plant-based diet is the most realistic, comfortable, beneficial, and effortless decision that one can make. Think about it, by going plant-based you don’t have to restrict yourself to certain foods or even refrain from the ones you enjoy (just as long as you eat it occasionally or at MAX in moderation). To be plant-based simply means that you’re eating MOSTLY delicious, naturally grown products given to us from our bountiful and beautiful earth (beans, grains and oats, nuts, fruits, vegetables, soy, etc) but with a the option of flexibility. Basically you won’t have to cut off animal products but definitely cut back on them. If you’re someone who eats meat or any animal product (milk, cheese, eggs, honey, etc) everyday then start by going a few days without them, and eventually attempt to only eating animal based products a few times a month or every once in a while (every couple of months or so). It’s challenging (only in the in the beginning), but not impossible. Remember that your health is wealth, and that without it you won’t be worth a damn, (I said what I said๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ)!

 

Need help with plant-based recipes?

Use the search bar below and type in “recipes” for some of my favorite plant-based meals, feel free to add your spin on them!

 

Tomayto, Tomahto: 5 Undeniably Tasty Tomato Based Recipes

Before we get started…question! Have you really heard anyone pronounce tomato like “tomahto”? Yeah me neither lol. But no matter how you pronounce it, nothing can take away from the savory, tangy, deliciousness of this lovely “fruit” we call the tomato! Thanks to tomatoes we have pizza, pasta sauces, better salads, chunky chili, and several delicious dips, just to name a few things! But I have to be honest here for a quick second, growing up I could NOT stand tomatoes lol. Aside from ketchup, I would not eat anything with tomatoes in it. But as I grew older somehow my taste buds started to evolve and I can now happily say that I love them, mostly cooked though; I still can’t eat too many raw lol smh but hey baby steps right? After giving them a second chance I realized that they can be used in many ways and I thought it’d be cool to share a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them along with detailed recipes! Click the link below ๐Ÿ˜‹

  1. Spicy pico de gallo & tortilla chips
  2. Creamy tomato & sweet basil pasta sauce
  3. Fried green tomatoes with vegan ranch
  4. Stewed tomato spinach grits
  5. Ricotta tomato toast (can be made vegan)

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ThbcgvD2l7lpuPzkemtvLQjhP3oGPEUIlH5oICmp5jU/edit?usp=sharing

The Versatility of Beans/Peas/Lentils: 6 Un”bean”lievable Recipies

The legume family, also known as bean, pea & lentil family are an affordable source of protein, fiber, and vitamins that also happens to offers many health benefits. Such as being natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, stabilizing blood glucose levels, reducing digestive issues, lowering cholesterol, and providing zinc, iron, magnesium, and fiber. And on top of all the many benefits, they’re so versatile and delicious!ย Oh, the tasty things you can do with beans/peas/lentils. The endless possibilities, limitless flavor combinations, and the guarantee of a filling satisfactory ending. 100% natural, gluten-free, (unless you’re eating canned beans…another topic for another day) yet savory, scrumptious, and nutritious. From old fashioned red beans & rice to garlic n’ herb string beans to spicy black bean burgers to curried lentils to mediterranean style roasted chickpea salads, to teriyaki glazed sugar snap peas, the bean, lentil, & pea family can be used as a protein replacement in almost any meal you can think of. I just made you hungry huh? Well no worries, I won’t leave you hanging. Allow me to share with you a few recipes that you will want to make, then fall in love with & end up wanting to share with the world!

Click the link below to full recipes and instructions:

  1. Old fashioned red beans & rice
  2. Garlic & herb string beans
  3. Spicy black beans burgers
  4. Curried lentils
  5. Mediterranean roasted chickpea salad
  6. Teriyaki glazed snap peas

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PimCkZPyjh3OOSCF0oVB2VnvVgKs4yvXaRlpZxv34Ps/edit?usp=sharing

Why You Should Be Eating More Colorful Foods

Every day we should be “tasting the rainbow” and no not from a bag of skittles. The color of each fruit and vegetable has a direct connection to the many benefits and nutrients packed inside of them. The most colorful foods are known to strengthen your immune system, stabilize PH balances, reduce digestive problems and for being the most detoxifying. Our bodies benefit from variety and utilize everything consumed so be good to your body and eat all of your colors. Be sure that you’re eating foods based on them being in seasons (when they are the brightest and ripest) to guarantee that you’re getting the maximum nutritional value and of course the best flavor! Below I’ve listed my favorite fruits and vegetables of each color group along with a few benefits. Brighten your plate and your health will brighten as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Blues/Purples: Blackberries, blueberries, plums, grapes, red cabbage, eggplant, beets, etc.

The fruit and vegetables of the darker tint are known to be filled with the most antioxidants (super-foods). They’re good for reducing inflammation, strengthening cells, and promoting the brain and heart functions.

Oranges/Yellows: Papaya, oranges, mango, apricot, carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, etc.

These fruit and vegetables are essential to the health of your retina and other parts of the eyes (linked to improving vision). They also help improve joint and bone health (arthritis, carpal tunnel, cracking knees, etc) and supports the immune system (packed with vitamin C).

Whites: bananas, pear & apple flesh, cauliflower, potatoes, garlic, onions, mushroom, etc.

Although these fruit and vegetables don’t necessarily have a color they are just as important. They are known for reducing cholesterol and inflammation throughout the body, and most importantly for containing natural cancer-fighting agents (specifically garlic and onion).

Greens: Kiwi, honeydew, lime, broccoli, leafy greens (spinach/kale/lettuce), zucchini, etc.

The fruits and vegetables of the greenish tint are full of chlorophyll, which helps to create more blood cells and detox your blood, eliminate funguses and bad odors, energize your body,ย  and so much more. Green is the color of life and should be a major part of your diet, being that it’s the MOST beneficial of the color groups.

Reds: Strawberries, watermelon, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, red peppers, etc.

Red fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamin A and C. They’re full of folic acid which is a good intake for reducing birth defects and complications. Reds are a good source of fiber and potassium, helping with the digestive system and creating more electrolytes improving mood and energy levels.

Benefits of Raw Eating|5 Snack/Meal Ideas

Taking a break (3-7 full days minimum) from processed and cooked foods at least every other month is something that you should really take into consideration. Now allow me to give you a few reasons why; a raw diet helps to reverse chronic diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes, it reduces heartburn, gas, constipation, and indigestion, it increases energy levels, it gives you the full amount of needed nutrients, it strengthens the immune system, it balances PH levels, it clears skin, and so much more, the benefits are infinite! A raw diet consists of uncooked, fresh, dried, sprouted or fermented vegetables and fruit, grains, seeds, nuts, smoothies, and water. When you’re on a raw food diet it gives your digestive system a break from having to work so hard, and it also gives you a lot more energy because you are now preserving enzymes. Your PH levels start to naturally correct themselves because of all the antioxidants, alkaline, and nutrients your blood system now has access to. Your skin becomes clearer because the raw diet is helping to reduce inflammation and opening up clogged pores. The higher fiber intake reduces any digestive issues such as constipation and gas. Many raw vegetables and roots, specifically broccoli, garlic, and ginger contain natural cancer-fighting and blood pressure lowering properties and compounds that won’t be as productive if the foods are cooked. When you cook vegetables whether it’s by boiling, sauteing, steaming, or grilling, the vegetable becomes 22-34% less nutritious. Once vegetables reach a high temperature the nutrients, vitamins, fibers, and minerals immediately start to diminish. The same goes for grains and oats, they are the most beneficial and nutritious when consumed raw. You have nothing to lose by giving your body a break and consuming food just as nature provides it, natural, raw, unseasoned, and without oil. It’s the perfect diet for weight loss, stops cravings, raises your spiritual awareness (we’ll talk more about this another time), and it’s awesome for the environment! So the next time you’re feeling clogged up this diet would be a great way to detox and give your body a good flush and re-boost. Below I have listed a few of my favs along with a link for the recipes, feel free to re-make them and let me know how they turn out!

5 of my Favorite Raw Meal/Snack Ideas:

  1. Smoothies, Smoothie Bowls, Smoothie Pops
  2. ย Apple-Peanut Butter Granola Bars
  3. Raw Veggies Dipped in Tzatziki sauce
  4. Raw Taco Wraps
  5. Sweet Chili Cauliflower Bites

For complete recipes to these snacks/meals click the link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dOgnUSzDC9gYAKgDnRXrPORI0CM3jVBU44nBhtSsCMw/edit?usp=sharing

Salty, Sweet, Crunchy, Guilt-free Goodness

Ok, so last week I let you all in on a little secret of mine! Yes, I too eat junk food from time to time but the point of that post was just to relate to those who are reluctant to make the transition into plant-based eating. So yes although those snacks listed on my previous post are considered junk-food they are still in fact made without any meat or dairy products. Now this I would like to introduce two of my healthier favorite go-to snacks, sea salted maple popcorn and dark chocolate drizzled peanut butter granola bars. Both packed than enough flavors to satisfy your snack cravings, easy recipes that won’t take much time, and inexpensive ingredients! Simple, healthy, and delicious, sounds like the perfect snacks to me, don’t you agree? Um hm, I knew you would. ๐Ÿ™‚ Below you will find the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare both of these delightful snacks!

Sea Salted Sweet Maple Popcorn

Ingredients: 2/3 cups of plain popcorn kernels, 1/3-1/2 cups of butter (use margarine or oil of choice if vegan), 3-4 tbsp of original maple syrup, pinch or 2 of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot melt 1/3-1/2 cups of butter or margarine on medium heat
  2. Add 3-4 tbsp of maple syrup and a large pinch of sea salt (more can be added later)
  3. Use a spoon to mix everything and wait until the mixture starts to foam
  4. Once it foams add the popcorn kernels and cover pot for 4-7 minutes
  5. Shake the pot regularly so that kernels cook evenly
  6. Take lid off and allow popcorn to cool for 1-2 minutes and enjoy

Add more sea salted syrup if desired, simply recreate mixture in a pot and pour over popcorn, allow to settle and enjoy.

 

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Granola Bars (no baking required)

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 1/4 cup of nuts (finely chopped if you can find if not combined all desired nuts and gently smash with a hammer or canned good), 1/4 seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, etc.), 1/4 cups dried fruits (optional), as many chocolate chips as you’d like (optional…dark chocolate if vegan), a pinch of salt salt, 1/2 cup of sweetener (agave, maple syrup, or honey), 2/3 cups of peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Mix oats, seeds, chocolate chips, and dried fruit in a large bowl
  2. In another bowl mix together nut butter, sweetener, and salt
  3. Pour second mixture into oat mixture, and mix well until everything is sticky and combined. (if too dry, add more sweetener)
  4. Scoop and press mixture well into a shallow baking dish, lined with foil or saran wrap
  5. Drizzle with chocolate sauce or syrup
  6. Cover with more foil/saran, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours
  7. Cut into bar shapes, wrap, and keep refrigerated till ready to eat

 

The bars will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge and one week if left out. Keep covered at all times to remain freshness! I hope you enjoy these easy to make healthy but delicious snacks.

 

ย  ย  ย  ย Happy snacking!