Sweet Sunday Six (2/28/21)Feb 28, 2021
One easy way to help alleviate some of the stress from the week ahead is to prep some meals for myself so I know I'm giving my body the nutrition it deserves. But as you know, I am also a lazy chef in the kitchen. I love grab and go options, and these recipes are also freezer friendly (if you won't be able to eat them all). Also, these silicone muffin cups are the bomb and are much better for the environment.
#2 What I'm Drinking: Matcha Latte
I've actually been drinking this instead of coffee.... and I LOVE COFFEE. But this is a game-changer.
So, What is Matcha?
Check out this article from Healthline to learn more about what Matcha is, and how it can improve your health. One huge benefit of Matcha is that it is an anti-oxidant. It also protects your liver, boosts brain function, promotes heart health and may help to prevent cancer as well as help you lose weight.
It's super east to make a Matcha Latte. I have used many different powders and here are a few of my favorites:
- Power Matcha by Your Super (Use CODE: ORIGINORTH15 to save 15% on your first order from Your Super)
- Primal Kitchen Collagen Ketogenic Latte Matcha
- Jade Leaf Organic Matcha Latte Mix
For the Recipe you will need:
- 1 tsp Matcha Powder
- 1-2 TBSP hot Water
- 1 cup plant-based milk (I like coconut milk)
- 1 tsp Honey or maple syrup (or 1 TBSP coconut sugar)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, whisk together the Matcha Powder and hot water until there are no clumps. Set aside.
- In a small pot, heat the oat milk and sugar, if using. (You can also heat it up in the mug in the microwave for 2 minutes).
- If you have one, use a frother to make the milk extra foamy.
- Turn off the heat and whisk in the Power Matcha and water mixture.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy.
Super tip: Sprinkle a little extra matcha powder on top for an extra pop of green and energy boost!
#3 What I'm Reading:
When Michael Symon found out he had rheumatoid arthritis and external lupus, he suspected that what he ate—or didn’t eat—could make a profound difference in his levels of inflammation and how he felt. So he committed to a food “reset” on The Chew—no red meat, white flour, sugar, dairy, or alcohol.
Michael used social media to share his experiment with his fans, and was shocked by the outcome: after completing the reset, he felt amazing. He discovered that dairy, sugar, and processed flours are his food triggers, and that by avoiding them, his inflammation essentially vanished.
I'm loving this book and the recipes so far. I also suffer from auto-immune, inflammatory diseases: hypothyroidism and endometriosis (along with infertility). I like to focus on anti-inflammatory foods and incorporate them into my meals as much as possible.
#4 What I'm Using: Rose Absolute First Face Serum by Aromatica
I love this stuff! I actually got a small trial version in my Ipsy bag subscription and loved it so much I bought the full-sized bottle. Here's why I love it:
- It's EWG Verified which means it's free from EWG's chemicals of concern and meets their strictest standards for your health.
- It makes my skin feels AMAZING: bright and revitalized
- It's gentle on my very sensitive skin
SO why use a face serum?I am no beauty products guru, and am usually lost when it comes to what I should be using on my skin. I did a little bit of research into skin serums, and unlike moisturizers (which are used to rehydrate the skin), serums are more a "food" for your skin. Some articles state that serums protect your skin from free radicals and future damage. Serums are lighter than moisturizers and thinner in viscosity to allow it to be absorbed more easily into your skin (and should be used as a first layer in your skin care routine). Some other great serums that are EWG verified (and not so heavy on the wallet) are:
- Aromatica LIVELY Superbrite Vita Serum
- Earth Science Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Thrive Market
#5 What I'm listening to: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
This book talks about your system for habit change and teaches you how to:
- Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy)
- Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower
- Design your environment to make success easier
- Get back on track when you fall off course
I have been enjoying this on my doggy walks this week (minus the rainy days!!!), and am looking forward to finishing and even utilizing these powerful tools in my own habit change journey!
#6 What I'm using: This Awesome Foam Roller from FitIndex
So I've increased my cardio and weight lifting the past few months, and some days I AM SUPER SORE. I also sit a lot during my day when I work from home and am on my computer.
Although I make a conscious effort to set aside breaks and stretching, one thing that really helps is a foam roller. It's a must have I recommend for everyone. STRETCHING is so important, you have to listen to your body.
Here's a great video on Foam Rolling on YouTube for beginners (like me). This one is pretty fancy with different modes and speed settings and also a USB port.
For some cheaper options, a generic foam roller is just as wonderful for your body:
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