Apples + Carrots – Ginger = Winners

IMG_9959Hey Guys!

A lot of you have been inquiring about my skin. Although my skin isn’t perfect [yet], it has tremendously changed over the past 5 months or so. I have very sensitive, acne prone skin and I still have a lot of the acne scars to prove it! My skin has been an uphill battle for as long as I can remember, but before I share with you my routine, I’d like to say that clear skin starts in the kitchen, or the fridge lol. I know that’s not what you may want to hear, but it is the truth. You are what you eat and diet plays an important role in how you skin looks and feels.

When my skin was at it’s worst last year, I decided to go vegan. It was a decision that I made after reading the book “Acne No More”. It is a holistic approach to healing the body from the inside out. If you followed my Instagram at that time, you are aware of this as posted most of my meals. Anyways, this was the turning point for my skin. It was a way to detoxify my body and I no longer broke out daily. This allowed my skin to breath and finally heal from years of acne. Although I am no longer vegan, I still watch what I eat. I haven’t been on top of it lately but I try to eat my green vegetables, fruits and healthy fats.

Before I start going into detail about my current skin routine, I would like to start sharing with you all my favorite juices and smoothies. This one is SO easy and simple but full of flavor. You haven’t had apple juice until you’ve made your own. Seriously!

Ingredients (for 16oz):

-Apples (I used 1 Gala and 2 Green Apples)

-1 cup and a half of Baby Carrots

-A small piece of Ginger (Optional)

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Toss all the ingredients in a juicer and enjoy!

On a side note:

I would like to thank every one who participated in my last giveaway! I wish I could give something to every one of you to show my gratitude! As a result, instead of choosing 4 winners, I will choose 6! YAY!

Congratulations to Sara, Shushana, Bianca, Whitney, Windia, and Sherise!!! Please contact me with your mailing information!

..xo

-J

Guilty Pleasure

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Hello Hello!

Last weekend, I decided to bake muffins. I debated whether I wanted to bake all week; it was an internal battle that I knew I was going to eventually lose. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been trying really hard to eat clean. I have been doing very well so far, eating my veggies and drinking my green smoothies. However, I have been craving something sweet. I finally gave in to temptations on Sunday, pulled out my KitchenAid mixer and made these super easy muffins.

I followed this recipe, but added raisins and a bit more vanilla extract than recommended. They turned out really good and satisfied my sweet tooth. I halved the recipe because I knew if I made the whole batch, I would eat them all! I still polished them off but 6 muffins are better than 12, right?

..xo

-J

Sushi!

Hey guys!

If you know me, then you already know that I love sushi rolls. They are just so tasty! Anyways, I attempted to make my own the other day and there were pretty good. Like they say, practice makes perfect so I hope to master this craft soon.

I used rice (of course), avocados, imitation crab, cucumber & cream cheese.

..xo

-J

HEALTH: The Omega VRT 330 Juicer

I always read amazing things about juicing. After watching movies such as Food for Thought, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead and Dr. Mercola’s Hungry for Change, I knew I had to make a lifestyle change. I was the type of person who simply did not exercise and ate the unhealthiest food possible: Checkers, Burger King, Wendy’s etc. There was a time when I ate those nearly every day! I guess one can say I am blessed with a fast metabolism. Although I looked skinny, I knew I wasn’t healthy. I had horrible endurance, iron problems and suffered from vitamin deficiency in general.

For my birthday this year, my only wish was to get a good juicer. Of course, I did not get it, but I got something that was as good: a visa gift card. After shopping around a bit, I finally decided which juicer I wanted to get: The omega VRT 330 Juicer. Originally, I wanted the Omega VRT 350 but was not able it get it where I live so I settled for the 330. I have been using it regularly since May and this juicer is the best thing that has happened to my life (slight exaggeration there). I love how easy it is to assemble /disassemble it, use it and then clean up afterward. I also appreciate the fact that I can juice anything I want in terms of fruits and leafy vegetables, including wheat grass.

The juicer consists of 6 parts that are really easy to put together or take apart. As stated earlier, cleaning is a breeze. It takes me about 5 minutes to clean. This is really important to me because I doubt I would use this juicer if it took forever to clean up. It also comes with two juice screens which gives you control over how much pulp you want in your juice.  The Omega Vrt juice extractor is not a cheap juicer but its many benefits are worth the higher price. It also comes with a 10 year warranty with Omega. Talk about peace of mind!

 Pros:

-Silent

-Easy to use

-Very efficient juice extraction

-Juices well vegetables, green leaves and firm fruits

-Does not destroy the vitamins, bioflavonoids, enzymes and other phytonutrients contain in the produce

-Delivers a very healthy juice that is beneficial to the body

-Space efficient

Cons:

-Price (Cost me $350… ouch)

-Does not juice soft fruits well such as grapes or soft strawberries. It turns them into puree.

I am going to consume fresh fruit juice ONLY next week so I will make sure to update you guys on that!

Until next time

..xo

-J

Delicious Three Cheese Ranch

Do you guys see this succulent, mouth-watering , delicious salad dressing? Now, I am not big on eating healthy but this right here will make me eat salad everyday. Actually forget salad, this is an all -in-one dipping sauce. It is so tasty that I eat it with finger food, potatoes, sausages, fries, tilapia etc. Hell, I could even drink that stuff (:. You guys really have to try it if you haven’t already. As you can see from the picture, the bottle is nearly empty. It is obviously time to stock up!

Until next time,

..xo

-J