My Daily Ritual: Warm Lemon Water “Super Tea”

Hello everyone! It’s been a little while — I’m busy with some exciting things for this blog (coming soon!) but today I wanted to share a personal recipe of mine that I enjoy daily. It’s soothing, comforting, and really healthy, plus it’s great for you digestion! Perhaps by now you’ve heard that you should start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. Not only does drinking warm water help to rehydrate your system (our bodies are most dehydrated after we wake), it also aids in digestion, boosts the immune system, balances pH levels, and helps detox your body. But why stop at just the lemon?

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My recipe kicks things up a notch with grass-fed gelatin that provides protein and helps soothe and repair your digestive tract, along with coconut oil which is an incredible source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a kind of fatty acid that helps you burn more fat while lessening hunger, amongst a whole host of other health benefits. I find that oftentimes when I don’t have time for breakfast (I’m a big fan of the snooze button) I can just put this “tea” in my Contigo tumbler and I’m perfectly satisfied until lunchtime! During the colder months, I also make this when I get home. It’s my little moment of relaxation after a day of work and a hectic 20-mile Los Angeles commute. Continue reading

A Berry Green Smoothie Recipe & Raw Green Organics RawJuvenate 14-day Detox Review

For the past week I’ve been doing Raw Green Organics RawJuvenate Complete Organic Detox 14-day starter after finding the deal through Living Social! The detox kit includes their Vegan Protein Powder and Organic Super Greens Drink Mix as well as vegan probiotic, fiber supplement, and aloe supplement (a natural laxative) to be taken daily. I have quite a few digestive issues so finding a protein powder that’s low carb with a relatively high protein-to-calorie ratio that ALSO doesn’t upset my stomach (no dairy/whey/soy protein or sugar alcohols) is a task in itself, but I figured it was worth a shot, especially considering all the lovely tummy-helping supplements it included.

All you have to do is take the supplements daily and replace one solid meal with one liquid meal daily using the Organic Super Greens + Vegan Protein Powder – and since smoothies are in regular rotation in my morning routine, this felt a little more every-day and a little less “detox” which is always a plus. Don’t get me wrong, detoxes are great, but often times they leave you and your body with much to be desired – definitely not the case here!

I’ve made quite a few different smoothie recipes throughout this detox, but this one really stuck out because of it’s gorgeous deep aubergine color. In addition to the RawJuvenate Vegan Protein Powder and Organic Super Greens Drink Mix, it contains antioxidant-packed berries and plenty of potassium thanks to the addition of banana and coconut water.

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Berry Green Smoothie

• 6 oz coconut water (I like Zico or C20)
• 2 oz orange juice
• 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries, or 1/4 cup each frozen strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, and blueberries
• 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
• 3 scoops Raw Green Organics Vegan Protein Powder
• 1 scoop Raw Green Organics Super Greens Drink Mix
• 3-5 ice cubes

And now onto my review! Let’s start with the Vegan Protein Powder. One word: awesome. Not only does it not upset my stomach at all (a first!) but it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, high in Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, and certified organic and vegan, made with all-natural North American yellow peas, sacha inchi protein, organic hemp protein and flaxseed. The taste is very mild and not overwhelmingly “earthy” as many plant-based proteins are. And with 88 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, <3 carbs, and 18 grams of protein per serving, it fit my requirements and then some!

The Organic Super Greens Mix is tasty, high in phyto-nutrients that can help prevent disease and keep your body work properly. It contains alfalfa leaf extract, barley grass juice powder, wheat grass fiber, spirulina powder, spinach powder, and ginko leaf powder – all organic, and all wonderfully beneficial ingredients that you would probably not want to consume whole! The taste is a little green and slightly sweet thanks to natural berry flavor and Stevia Reb-A.

Now for the supplements. The vegan probiotic was great. Let me tell you it is not easy to find a probiotic that doesn’t contain dairy in some way, shape or form! The fiber supplement made a noticeable difference for me, keeping things moving, if you know what I mean. The aloe supplement however is very strong. It says you can take up to 3 a day, but for me 1 every other day is more than plenty.

Overall I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to start their mornings out in a clean, healthy way while really resetting your digestive system. I truly feel great, from the inside out!