Aside from being passionate about nutrition, my interest include pure beauty products. I think most of us (girls) are so used to makeup that we never take a step back and question what we’re really putting on our skin. Because that’s what we’re doing. We’re putting stuff on our skin. Our skin being the biggest organ of our body and the stuff being toxins. Yet we wonder why we keep breaking out.
Instead of curing the problem from it’s origin, we buy another product to help the problem. It’s a bit of an evil downward spiral. When I first started looking at my makeup with a critical eye I was surprised by how much sense it really makes to use natural products. I woke up one morning with a terrible rash. I had borrowed a product from a friend and gone to bed without washing it off. My skin had reached badly. Other than blackheads, varying oiliness and a few pimples now and then, I haven’t had many problems with my skin. But in this situation I got my eyes up. My sensitive and inflamed skin made me hesitate with using any of my product. It didn’t seem right to “intoxicate” my skin like that.
I thought “huh, If I wouldn’t use this on my skin now that it’s vulnerable, why should I every other day?” I looked into it.
Now I use this lovely thing right here every night. Organic coconut oil. I use this primarily on my eyes, but also on the rest of the face. I rub it carefully on my closed eyes and wipe it off with a cloth soaked in hot water. Easy, natural and super effective! The more you massage it into your skin, for example your forehead, the better. You can combine this with leaving the cloth on your face for one minute for a deeper cleanse. What’s exciting it that my eyelashes feel longer and stronger, and my skin barely breaks out at all anymore. Go nature!
If I want to cleanse my skin a little extra, or if I wake up feeling a little oily, I use this baby. It smells deliciously like almonds and always leaves my skin feeling fresh. I use both coconut oil and this cleansing lotion on my skin, but stick to coconut oil on my eyes.
If you have any questions, fire away!
No refined sugar ♥ Vegan ♥ gluten free
The final result
The almond “pulp”
So this stared out as an experiment with low expectations. But yum. This was a winner.
If you’ve ever made homemade almond milk, you know you end up with loads of dry almond pulp when you’re done. I made my first batch of almond milk today (excited!!) and thought it would be silly to waste all of that good quality almond paste.
I started out with adding maple syrup. Because I was out of dates, I decided to give half an avocado a go. To decrease the moisture, I added oats, rolled them into balls and threw them onto a lined baking tray. I baked them at 175 degrees for 10 minutes, before I dipped them in homemade chocolate, drizzled them with coconut sugar, coconut shreds, bee pollen (not vegan) and served!
To summarize –
about 3/4 cup almond paste (wet pulp)
ca. 1/2 avocado, just enough to make it sticky
ca. 2 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
a good handful gluten free oats, add until dough is firm
some coconut sugar, to taste
Blend everything together in a blender, form into balls and place them on a lined baking tray.
Bake on 175º C for 10 minutes
I used these toppings:
Vegan chocolate, melted
Coconut shreds, unsweetened
Bee pollen (not vegan)
Some extra coconut sugar
Here it is, as promised; the chocolate smoothie. I’m a chocolate lover. Vegan or not, I will forever need my sweet treats. For so long I’ve been experimenting with raw cacao, trying to make good desserts that also taste good. There has been a few misses. Frankly, more misses than hits. Most of the healthy recipes I’ve found have had a few problems.
1. The cacao makes them bitter
2. They taste, or feel, too much like mashed banana.. I’ve never liked mashed banana very much
3. They predominately taste like dates.. and I don’t like the taste of pure dates that much either
A vegan that isn’t obsessed with bananas and dates.. hmm, that can be challenging. Not anymore! Finally, a milkshake-ish cacao snack that tastes DELICIOUS. This seriously gave me new hope.
2 tbsp raw cacao (NOT cocoa! google the difference)
a dash of cinnamon
2 dl almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tbsp almond butter, or a few nuts of choice (cashews work well)
optional: 1 ts coconut oil
blend it all together in a mixer and enjoy!
To give it a health boost, add 1/2 tbsp wheat grass/ acai powder/ hemp (protein) powder (Note: if you add a lot of powder, you should even it out with more fluids)
Top it with buckwheat grouts, chia seeds and shredded unsweetened coconut
Topping it with buckwheat grouts is almost a must. The crunchiness just makes it even more perfect!
mmmm, I’m obsessed. In the two bottom pictures I added acai to the mix, which gives the darker color.