One Minute Smoothie: Healthy Hair and Skin

Hola!

This morning I made a delicious smoothie so I thought I would share the recipe with you. I also filmed it and posted the video on my YouTube channel. You can watch the video here:

Recipe:
2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
2 Tsp of hemp seeds
3-4 Frozen mango chunks or slices
A handful of frozen or fresh spinach
10 oz of  coconut water (you could use almond milk, coconut milk, or regular milk if you like)

Blend it up and enjoy!

Health Benefits Breakdown:

Apple Cider Vinegar: It helps balance your body’s pH levels, promotes a healthy metabolism, and stabilizes blood sugar.

Coconut Oil: It produces lauric acid which can kill bacteria (Acne!) and fight off viruses. It promotes shiny and strong hair. It can even reduce or prevent hair loss.

Coconut Water: This juice is naturally very hydrating and being properly hydrated keeps your hair shiny and skin plump. Staying hydrated is also the number 1 way to prevent premature aging.

Mango: Eating mango can actually unclog your pores and clear up pimples.

Spinach: Greens=glow. It’s that simple. The more greens you eat the more your hair will grow and your skin will glow.

Hemp Hearts: These seeds are high in Omega 3’s and Vitamin E which treat hair and skin conditions.

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Today’s Snack Attack

Having a mid-day snack attack? Try this:
1 Tbsp peanut or nut butter of your choice
Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes
The peanut butter and coconut contain good fats that stimulate brain activity to keep you alert and energized. If you are concerned about sugar or salt intake choose a nut butter that is unsalted and raw. 
You can also easily make your own nut butter. Here’s how:
What you need:
Food chopper or processor
Desired type of nut
Tsp of honey
~Chop nuts until they become a mealy texture
~Add in honey
~Keep blending until you have a smooth consistency. Add in more honey if needed. 
I have also made nut butter with just water instead of honey but I find the honey adds a nice sweetness.  
What snack do you eat to get you through a mid-day slump? Let me know in the comments!
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Twitter:@imperfectperla
Email: cwlinguistics@gmail.com
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Date & Coconut Treats

Aloha!

Today I have a quick treat recipe to share. I was inspired to make these after I saw some delicious looking coconut macaroons in the bakery case of a local coffee shop. These are my version of those macaroons.

What You Need:

  • A food chopper or processor
  • 3 Dates with the seed removed
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tsp of sweetened coconut. Alternatively you could add in 1tsp more of unsweetened coconut along with a little sugar or stevia.
  • Spoon

Directions:

  • Add in ingredients 
  • Pulse the food chopper in slow bursts at first to break up the dates and then let it blend until you reach a consistency that looks like this:
  •   Then spoon out a little of the mixture and roll it into a ball or form into a cookie shape, depending on what you prefer. 
  •  Place the finished treats into cupcake liners and enjoy immediately or place in the fridge to enjoy later. 
Here are what my finished treats look like:



Close up:

These are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it. They are vegan, gluten-free, and all natural. You can’t get much better than that!

Have a date day…I mean great day! 🙂

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Homemade Healthy Nutella

Oh, Nutella. Whoever decided to combine hazelnuts and chocolate into a creamy spread was a genius.  
I was in the experimental mood last night and noticed a small bag of hazelnuts in my cabinet that I bought in the bulk section of Whole Foods. So I decided to try to re-create that delicious hazelnut spread with a healthy twist.  Then, like I do with all my at-home experiments, I used my husband as a guinea pig. Consensus: he loved it.  My husband loves Nutella more than anyone else I know so I think we have a winner! 
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of raw hazelnuts
  • 1 Tbsp of chocolate protein powder. I’m using brown rice protein. 
  • 2 Tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp of chocolate almond milk*
  • 5 Tbsp of coconut milk creamer*
  • 1 1/2 packets of stevia
  • 2 Tbsp of raw sugar. 
Steps:
1. Add just the hazelnuts to a food processor and blend until it turns into a meal/flour texture. 
2. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix together using a fork. 
3. Once the chocolate, milk, and sugar mixture is well blended add it to the food processor. 
4. Blend in the food processor in 1 minute increments, stirring the mixture well each time. You can stop blending once you have reached your desired thickness. If your mixture is too thick then add a little more milk and continue blending. 
5. Transfer your spread into a bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight. 
6.Spread it on toast, mix into pancakes, or eat it by itself on a spoon for a little treat. 😉 
*You can substitute for any type of milk you like. 
I hope you enjoyed this post and get a chance to try this yummy recipe. Let me know how it works for you and I’d love to hear about any of your cooking experiments. You can leave a comment below or tweet me @imperfectperla. 
Have a lovely day! 
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St. Patrick’s Green Piña Colada Smoothie (No Alcohol)

Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m not really into corned beef and cabbage so I’ll be mixing up a different St. Patty’s treat. The weather has been so nice I thought I would put a summer spin on my smoothie and make it a piña colada minus the rum. 
Recipe:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (as always you could use any kind of milk you like)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2-4 handfuls of spinach. Spinach blends down very easily so you really can add as much as you want. 
  • 4 pineapple slices
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • About 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • A few drops of green food coloring for extra green color
Blend it all together and enjoy!
Are you making any other treats for St. Patrick’s Day? Let me know in the comments!
Have a great day!
Courtney
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