Health

Living a natural and healthy life is important at any age. We realize that chemicals are harmful to our bodies and to our environment so we do our best to keep it natural. That includes putting healthy foods in our body like fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and checking the labels of our beauty products. Peruse our Health category to learn how to treat your body and your environment more friendly.

Best Blenders For Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix vs Cleanblend

Smoothie in blender (caption: Best Blenders For Smoothies)

Kickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you’ll have the energy you need to make it through your workday. Caution: by using one of these high-end blenders, you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic and ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday). A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it changed mine. Read on to find our picks for the best smoothie blender…

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7 Benefits Of Cast Iron Skillets

Bacon in cast iron skillet

My mom gave me one of her cast iron pans, and I’ll admit, I’ve never used it. To be honest, the feeling of it is unpleasant to me. However, after researching and learning more about cast iron cookware benefits, I’m a changed woman. The number of benefits of cast iron pans outweighs (literally) the cons, and I think you’ll see that too…

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Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits: Your Hormones Will Thank You

Cup of raspberry tea: Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits

Red raspberry leaf tea, not to be confused with raspberry tea, has long been used for women’s health. In my doula practice, I see a lot of use and get a lot of questions about Red Raspberry leaf tea. I am no doctor, so I tell clients to check with their doctor before use, but having used it myself and based on all of my research, I do sing its praises. However, it is not just for women. The health benefits extend to everyone. It is also quite tasty when prepared as iced or hot tea…

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Best Water Test Kit: Protect Yourself From Contaminants

Best Water Test Kit

Contaminants can sneak into your home’s water supply without you ever knowing it — take Flint, Michigan as an extreme example. Fortunately, there are many at-home tests you can perform to find out the quality of your water. We’ve narrowed down your options to bring you the best water test kits for a variety of needs…

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Best Smoothie Delivery: GreenBlender vs Daily Harvest & More

Smoothy on table with veggies

Are you a smoothie junkie but hate the hassle of keeping your kitchen stocked with all the vitamins, minerals, fresh fruits and veggies you need for healthy homemade smoothies? A smoothie home delivery service can save you tons of time and give you a wide variety of smoothie options. The best part? All you have to do is blend away, baby…

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Best Spiralizer: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

Spiralizer Reviews: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

We all indulge in spaghetti every once in a while (maybe more than we should?). Pasta is an indulgent and go-to meal but sadly one that is loaded with carbs, gluten and leaves you feeling full and bloated.Imagine, that you could still enjoy your Italian grandmother’s spicy arrabbiata recipe but with the daily quotient of veggies in just one sitting, because you made zucchini, butternut squash, parsnip or sweet potato zoodles? Turning your vegetables into a healthy, lower calorie  alternative “zoodles” (aka zucchini noodles) is a fun, easy way to create innovative stir fries, salads and vegetable noodles as well as julienned vegetables (and fruits) using a kitchen spiralizer…

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Best Menstrual Cup: MoonCup vs Diva Cup vs SoftCup vs Lena Cup vs Lunette Cup vs Lily Cup vs Ruby Cup

Girl holding menstrual cup: Guide to Best Menstrual Cups

Through a woman’s lifetime, she has more than 400 periods. Imagine all the tampons and pads we dispose of monthly. Our landfills are full of feminine hygiene products. Don’t you wish there was a way we could decrease our waste and also spend less money?Drum roll, please… cue the menstrual cup! Menstrual cups can completely change the way you view your period, save you money and help save our planet…

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My Low Sugar But Tasty Protein Smoothie Recipe (Vegetarian & Vegan)

Glas of smoothie at the beach

As a vegetarian, I sometimes find it difficult to get enough protein into my diet. On average I was getting around 20 grams of protein per day by eating what I thought were high protein foods: mostly beans, lentils and nuts. I went to see a nutritionist and she said, “Girl, you are protein starved!” Everything else in my diet was great. I eat mostly whole, organic foods. I have been vegetarian for about five years now and have been a bit more tired than normal of late. So, the nutritionist asked me to keep a food diary for two weeks and her recommendation was to eat more protein. She also shared that it takes about a cup of beans to equal the protein in 1 ounce of meat!! Who knew?!? So unless I plan to eat 4-6 cups of beans each day, I need to look at some other sources for protein in my diet…

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