3 Ways To Upgrade Kitchen Essentials

I am always looking for ways to go greener and upgrade my kitchen essentials. Being stuck home, I am still trying to stay active. My son and I have made a new routine with our new normal. I keep it simple and fun for us! Here are 3 ways to upgrade kitchen essentials! 

3 Ways To Upgrade Kitchen Essentials
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When we first moved into our home, I took the time to decorate and make it our very own! I even added cute garden gnomes to our stairs and porch! 

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Instant Pot Blackberry Bundt Cake

I am so thankful I bought my Instant Pot last year! It was on sale and I couldn’t resist! I am amazed at how quickly I can cook many foods in just minutes. We recently made an Instant Pot Blackberry Bundt Cake and so excited to share!

Instant Pot Blackberry Bundt Cake

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Since being at home because of the Coronavirus, I find myself using my Instant Pot much more! 

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How To Lose Weight Safely And Gradually

Feeling unhappy and uncomfortable in your skin is something you have experienced for many years now. As a woman you want nothing more than to feel confident and strong when it comes to your appearance. Whether you’re looking to improve your mental health or tone up your body, it is so important to address all areas of your health if you want to lose weight. Going on a quick crash diet won’t solve your long term issues with your weight, so you need to adopt a safe and gradual strategy. There are so many fad diets out there that aren’t good for your health, so now is the time to adopt safer ones that will benefit you in the long run.

How to Lose Weight Safely and Gradually

Look Into Supplements

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Simply Real Eating

Simply Real Eating--Cookbook Simply Real Eating by Sarah Adler

Life all around us just seems to keep getting crazier, busier, and more unbalanced. Sometimes, no matter what you do trying to balance one area of life can tip another part out of whack. It’s definitely a balancing act, constantly in motion and needing adjustment and consideration as we are constantly assessing what best meets the needs of our families and ourselves.

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Small Changes To Make For A Healthier Life

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Every once in a while I try out some new healthy food and drink options to see if they are something I could add to my everyday life. Recently, I have tried a new kombucha drink, healthy dark chocolates (because chocolate is life, am I right?), a new coconut oil for cooking healthier, and even a mushroom superfood drink powder.

I like variety and trying new products because it allows me to get out of my everyday rut when it comes to food and drink. So, here are my thoughts about the new items I’ve tried.

Om Mushrooms Superfood Drink Sticks

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I might as well start with the one item that I was the most skeptical about. I mean, I like mushrooms … but as a drink? I was doubtful that I would like it, but intrigued enough to give it a shot.

I think it was pretty smart for Om to pair this superfood up with fruit flavors. Most people are used to enjoying drinks that have some degree of sweetness to them, and while mushrooms add a fantastic layer of savory flavor to many dishes they are not something I would sit down and eat just by themselves.

Varieties

Citrus Orange – Energy+

Lemon Lime – Energy+

Super Berry – Immune+

Mocha – Brain Fuel+

Strawberry Lemonade – Beauty+ (Hair, Skin, Nails)

I tend to like red fruits just in a general sense. So, it was really no surprise to me that I liked the taste of the Super Berry and Strawberry Lemonade flavors. I love chocolate and enjoy coffee, on occasion, so I was reasonably certain that I would enjoy the Mocha flavor (I added it to a few cups of coffee and really enjoyed that).

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But, I’m not a huge fan of lemon lime or orange drinks. Which is a bummer, because I thought I might not like the Om versions, either, and I really wanted to since they were the two varieties which offer energy benefits. Lack of energy is something I’ve been struggling with as I get older. I tried both, and I think they both tasted great!

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I like that Om Organic Mushroom Superfood Drink Sticks offer a variety of different types of flavors, to appeal to people who like different tastes. I love that the supplement powder is so portable and easy to carry with you everywhere. That makes it so easy to add into water or coffee or whatever you happen to be drinking for a healthy boost. And, it looks like these are good for just about everyone as they are gluten free and appropriate for popular dietary programs like Paleo and Keto.

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha

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Speaking of health drinks, here is yet another variety of Kombucha that I’ve tried in the last year or so. Honestly, most kombucha drinks leave me wondering what all the hype is about. I get that they have health benefits, but I can’t generally get into the taste of some of them.

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha is a bit different. First of all, these are canned drinks versus the other’s I’ve tried which were in glass bottles. I don’t know if that makes a difference in taste or whatever. But, I do know that this is the first kombucha that I have tried and liked well enough to consume the entire drink.

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Second, though it is a healthy prebiotic drink, it comes in some definitely delicious sounding flavors: Apple Mint, Ginger Peach, Tropical Mango. I thought they each tasted pretty good, though the Apple Mint was my favorite overall. Not that I have to choose a favorite, but just in case you’re interested.

These drinks contain a certified organic, plant-based, prebiotic fiber called Xylooligosaccharides (XOS Fiber) which will nourish the probiotic bacteria that is naturally present in your gut, helping it to grow. 

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While, the previous brands of Kombucha I’ve tasted have never made their way back into my home, I think Wonder Drink would be the one that I could see myself stocking in my fridge on a rotating basis with some other health foods that I like to have around.

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate

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Chocolate.

Enough said.

It’s good. Buy these chocolates. You will not be sorry.

LOL — I don’t know what to say here. Chocolate is either good or bad, in my opinion. I’m not usually so black and white in my judgements. But, it’s true here.

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And these are good! Taste is everything when it comes to chocolate. I don’t care how healthy it’s made, if it doesn’t taste good I’m not going to eat it. Period.

Alter Eco uses dark chocolate (known to have health benefits), is organic and gluten free, and uses fair trade ingredients. All of these things make it even easier to enjoy one of my favorite snacks.

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My daughters are both interested in products that are healthy and that benefit people and communities over corporations, so they have both been interested in learning about the company behind these delicious chocolate bars and truffles and sampling the treats.

Salted caramel chocolates are my number one favorite overall. So, my personal favorite of the ones pictured here are the Salted Caramel Truffles. Of the chocolate bars, my fave would have to be the Crisp Mint.

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The chocolate in all of the products is smooth and very satisfying and the truffle centers literally just melt in your mouth! So, so good!!! You can’t really go wrong no matter which one you choose.

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

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I like to cook. Finding new and interesting recipes, ingredients, and stuff like that is a fun hobby for me. New cooking oils are something I have enjoyed exploring as they each have different tastes and health benefits.

One of the most recent new finds in our house is sesame oil. We love Asian foods, and the peanut-y flavor has made things like my daughter’s fried rice recipe a whole new dish!

Coconut oil is something I began seeing covered in the media a year or two ago and decided to try. I’m still experimenting and learning about different oils and what uses they have and benefits they offer.

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Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil is the latest one to grace my pantry. It’s organic, non-GMO, and Keto certified and labelled as an organic superfood.

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I know, the other items listed are things you can eat or drink on their own, and coconut oil isn’t. But, I still wanted to mention it here since it’s a health food item that I’ve tried and have enjoyed using. I will, however, talk about it some more in another upcoming article about a new cookbook I’ve been dabbling in preparing recipes from.

It’s called Simply Real Eating by Sarah Adler. It’s all about using real food ingredients and preparing easy and healthy meals. One of the cooking oils talked about in her book is coconut oil, so I will be using this Nutiva Coconut Oil in preparing a recipe from Ms. Adler’s book to share with Beauty Brite readers. Keep a look out for that very soon!

What healthy food swap have you made in your life and how has it worked out for you?

Inspiring Vodka Company Help Save Bees & Revs Up At The Great American Race

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Made in America. Raised in the South.“- Dixie Vodka

Hankerin’ for a beverage on a Saturday night? If so ‘Merica, Dixie Vodka will have you feeling finer than frog hair split four ways. 🍸

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Movie Night? We’ve Got Your Snacks Covered!

Movie Night We've Got Your Snacks Covered!
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Family movie night is one of our favorite activities. There’s just something wholesome about all of us winding down and enjoying a movie cuddled up on the couch with our favorite snacks. I often find myself overwhelmed with what snacks to pick so that we aren’t always eating the same thing, but picking healthy snacks that appeal to everyone’s tastebuds can be a little tricky. Recently though I found a company that takes the hassle out of picking our movie snacks which saves me both time spent at the grocery store and provides a healthy variety of treats.

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Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

My son and I have never had bundt cake but it sure does sound delicious. The last time we had cake was for his birthday and he was sick at the time! We recently made a White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

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I love my Instant Pot! I admit, I haven’t used it much! I’ve been so busy as a college student! I am also still dealing with coughing fits and my asthma is acting up. Everything is a bit overwhelming but I am doing my best. 

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Where To Buy Keto Treats?

Where to BUY Keto Treats

I want to share with you a company that makes and delivers KETO TREATS right to your door. Keto…what?  If you haven’t heard of the Keto diet, what rock have you been hiding under? 

At the beginning of a new year, everyone is always on a DIET, and the KETO DIET is probably the most popular one.  Some of my friends last year were raving about the Keto Diet and a lot lost weight. I’ve never been a diet type of person, even though I should be, but the Keto diet did pique my interest. 

What is the KETO DIET?

LOW CARB, that is the keto diet.  The body produces ketones in the liver to used as energy. When you eat high carbs, your body produces glucose and insulin. Then when you lower your carbs, the body goes into the ketosis stage. 

Ketosis is the natural process when food intake is low. The goal of the Keto diet is to go into the metabolic state. Which okay, I get it a little, and if you want to know all the Keto medical jargon, then do a google search, but for today I want to talk about Keto Treats! I need treats in my life!

Keto Treats

Let me introduce you to EXPLORADO MARKET & FAT FIT GO- a full production keto/low-carb kitchen + grocery store + bakery in Fort Collins, Colorado. But no worries if you don’t live in Fort Collins, you can still their yummy keto treats! 

Now the keto diet has been around for a while, and Kendra and Rob Bensen started a blog with a focus on Paleo & Keto recipes, meal plans, and biohacking tips. Then they created their own kitchen, and Explorado Market was born. I love how they took something that changed their life and wanted to share with others. 

Where to buy Keto Treats- Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh my, the soft batch chocolate chip cookies are amazing!  All of their baked goods are made in gluten and peanut-free facility. The bakery is 100% Keto/Paleo. There is NO: grain, gluten, peanuts, soy, legumes of any kind, sugar, maltodextrin, sucralose. 

The ingredients: 

  • Allulose
  • Almond Flour
  • Explorado Market Chocolate Chips
  • Almond Butter
  • Eggs
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Soda
  • Redmond Salt

The best part is the when they ship the products, the freshness of the soft batch cookies is good for three months on the shelf (after you get them), six months in a fridge, and one year frozen. They are individually packaged. By the way, this would make an excellent gift for the Keto Dieter.  

We highly recommend the Keto Sweet Sampler Pack which you get:

Where to buy Keto Treats - Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Chocolate Chips Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Double Chocolate Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Cinnamon Roll-Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Cranberry Orange Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Strawberry Lime Fat Fit Go Sachets
  • (2) Premium Chocolate Fat Fit Go Sachets
  • (2) Keto Chocolate Chip Sachets

Let’s talk about this Strawberry Lime Fat Go packets– OMFG YUM! My daughter grabbed up this real quick and ate it at school as a snack with her apples. The ingredients: Blanched Roasted Almonds, Cocoa Butter, MCT Oil, Erythritol, Strawberries, Redmond Real Salt, Stevia, and Cold-Pressed Lime Oil.

Keto Treats- Nut butter and Chocolate Chips
Keto Treat-Nut Butter and Chocolate Chips

The packets are easy to throw in your purse, diaper bag, or keep in the car for when you need a keto treat! You can eat it straight from the packet, use it as a topping, or add it to a smoothie. 

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please go to https://www.exploradomarket.com/ and check out their products (they ship), or if you are ever in the Fort Collins, CO area, then please visit the Keto Bakery and small Keto grocery store.  You won’t be disappointed! 


By the way please check out my post about WEEKENDS! Also please comment on what KETO TREATS you like.

A Meal Delivery Subscription with Kids in Mind

A Meal Delivery Subscription with Kids in Mind
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As a Mom of 4, I have so much on my plate. Figuratively of course. Often I find myself wondering after the kids have gone to bed if I am doing enough for them? One of my biggest doubts is their diets. I find myself just rushing to the most convenient items, which let’s be honest, is macaroni and cheese and fast food. Not the best meals at all for them. Recently I came across a Meal Delivery Service with Kids in mind. Including picky eaters. Now I can order healthy meals for the week, in advance, and have peace of mind that I am checking one of the mom-guilts off of my list.

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