Introducing Fave Friday

Hey! There are so many things I LOVE that I want to share about! So, I’ve decided to share about a favorite thing of mine every Friday right here. New blog post every Friday featuring my favorites. 🙂

It will be products, foods, movies, quotes, books, workouts, recipes, exercise moves, things I love to do, etc. I’m keeping it fun and hoping that it will inspire YOU to keep doing things that you LOVE.

Today, I’m sharing about Crazy Rumors Chocolate Strawberry lip balm with you. I love so many of these balms, but Chocolate Strawberry happens to be one of my favorite ones!

It smells decadent. The ingredients are cruelty-free and chemical-free. Just simple and pure real ingredients like shea butter and essential oils. Perfect as a lip moisturizer any time. I apply it every night before bed.

I encourage you to do what you love!

~ Jessica

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Smoky Garlic Spicy No-Oil Roasted Chickpeas

This is one of my favorite snacks! The truth is that I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a savory tooth. So, I used to eat chips and crackers. I cut all proccessed foods out in January this year, and it absolutely makes all the difference in the world! Now, I make kale chips and roasted chickpeas. These are the perfect snack to have whenever and wherever. Super simple to make, healthy, and delicious!

Ingredients
🍋 Juice from 1/2 of a lemon or 1 small lemon
🔥 1 tsp of garlic powder
✨ 1/2 tsp of Himalayan sea salt
🍋 1/2 tsp of onion powder
🔥 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
✨ 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
🍋 1 cup of dry chickpeas

Instructions
❤️ Soak chickpeas overnight and cook in a pot with water covered with a lid on medium low heat until they’re ready
⭐️ Preheat oven to 400 degrees
❤️ Line a baking pan with parchment paper
⭐️ Place chickpeas on the pan
❤️ Squeeze fresh lemon juice on the chickpeas
⭐️ Sprinkle onion powder, Himalayan sea salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper on top and roll the chickpeas around in it with a spoon
❤️ Bake for 20 mins
⭐️ Take out and rotate pan
❤️ Bake for another 15-20 mins

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I hope you love these! Give them a try and let me know what you think! 😘

Love,

Jessica

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Hair Beauty Tip

Sometimes, we don’t have great hair days. Our hair maybe oily, dry, or frizzy at times. Fret no more. I have discovered the perfect solution! I friend suggested it to me, so I tried it. I’m happy to report that it works beautifully! The best part is that it’s affordable, you probably already have the ingredients on hand, it’s chemical-free, and so simple!

 

Allow me to share my hair restoration beauty fix with you!

 

Here’s the recipe:

~ Mix in 2 tablespoons of baking soda into your shampoo.
~ Rinse and repeat as usual.
~ Pour (approximately) 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar on your hair, and rinse it out.
~ Enjoy your gorgeous mane!

 

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This will restore your hair back to its beautiful shine. I promise you that it works!

 

I have used Tate’s shampoo (I request for the honey to be excluded), I use Dr. Bronner’s soap, Aubrey Organics tea tree oil shampoo, and a couple of Morrocco Method Int’l shampoos to wash my hair. I always let my hair air-dry, and I don’t use any styling products (gel, hair spray, dry shampoo, serums, etc.). Now. I use Avalon Organics lemon clarifying shampoo. Just shampoo. Simple.

** Remember: You don’t need to wash your hair too often. Maybe about 3-4 times each week will probably suffice. The more often you wash your hair, the more you strip it of its natural oils. Hair needs the oils it produces! **

Have fun with your healthy hair!

 

Until next time,

Jessica Maria Britt

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Holistic Dental Health for a Healthy and Gorgeous Smile

Your pearly whites  are a beautiful part of your smile! We all know that to have a great smile, we need to take care of our mouths. I wanted to share what my dental routine is.

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I brush my teeth with Tooth Soap. I rotate between using Spearmint, Cinnamon, Salty Caramel, and Ginger. I love these! They taste great, they last a long time, they work effectively, and they contain clean ingredients. Cruelty-free and chemical-free!

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Radius toothbrushes are my toothbrush of choice. I’ve been using them for years, and they last longer than the typical toothbrush. They’re available in right and left-handed, and they have various colors available.

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Don’t forget to floss! I use Eco-Dent floss. No bad ingredients here!

That’s it!  I keep it simple, and there’s nothing more to it all.

Keep your smile beautiful! The world needs your smile. 🙂

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Stay healthy,

Jessica

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Healthy Shopping in Any Grocery Store

Some grocery stores have more healthier options than others, but if you’re wondering whether or not you can shop healthy in any grocery store, the answer is that you absolutely can!

I’m sure that every single grocery store has a produce section. Produce is the healthiest food to eat. Before shopping for anything else in a grocery store, shop for produce first. Organic or not, produce will always be the healthiest option. Even gas stations have produce now! There are no excuses to not get your fruits and vegetables in. The more of your grocery bill you spend on produce, the better off you and your health will be.

Dry items such as quinoa, beans, oats, and brown rice are another healthy options that can easily be found in any grocery store – especially dry beans and brown rice. It’s a good idea to stock up on these.

Nuts and seeds are great healthy fat sources, but make sure that you get the ones without salt, oils, and sugar. The raw ones are best. Walnuts are the best nuts to eat because of their ideal omega 3:6 ratio. Although flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds are the best seeds to eat, not all grocery stores carry them. More grocery stores carry sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. These are great, too. Just get raw if available.

If there is not a wide variety of fresh produce, frozen fruits and vegetables are always available in grocery stores, too. There’s no problem and nothing wrong with getting frozen fruits and vegetables. You can stock up on these, too.

*TIP* A great tip to stay healthy (and even save money) is to make your own sauces, salad dressings, dips, soups, etc. Homemade can be much healthier and less expensive than store-bought varieties. The less you buy from jars, cans, boxes, and bags, the better off you are! Even though there are healthy foods available in packages (beans, quinoa, oats, frozen fruits and vegetables, etc.), all processed foods are packaged. Stay clear of processed foods for you best health.

This is the general bare minimum to healthy shopping in any grocery store. Don’t ever forget that it can be done! 🙂

 

Stay healthy,

Jessica

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Green Smoothie Love

One of the best things you can do for your health is to drink a green smoothie every day. They are super simple to make, and they are nutritional powerhouses! Green smoothies make our skin glow, increase our energy, and provide us with the nutrients we need.

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Leafy greens are literally the most nutritious and important food on the planet that we need. They contain everything we need, including fiber, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids, chlorophyll, and more. Green smoothies are a great way to get your leafy greens in. I know that the color green may be offsetting to drink, but I promise you that green smoothies taste amazing. Always opt for making them yourself since most prepared green smoothies contain preservatives. You can make a bunch of green smoothies, and store them in mason jars to drink within a week. They’re perfect for on-the-go!

For the best green smoothies, start off with a leafy green or two. If you’re new to green smoothies, you may want to use mild leafy greens. Spinach and romaine lettuce are the most mild greens to use. You can also use kale, chard, dandelion greens, etc. There are many leafy greens. You can add other vegetables as well. Cucumbers, purple cabbage, beets, and celery are ones I use in smoothies. Chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds are also a great addition. Fruits are a must for a pleasant taste. My favorite fruits to use in green smoothies are pears, apples, bananas, and pineapple. Fresh lemon juice or lime juice is amazing, also. You can use any fruit you want. For the liquid, water is best to use, but you can even use coconut water, coconut milk, oat milk , or almond milk. The important thing to remember is to not add too many ingredients. The more ingredients you use, the more that the  smoothie will really taste like nothing. Keep it simple.

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Be sure to blend the greens and water first. The cell walls of the greens take longer to break down. Add in the fruit last, and blend quickly. If you blend the fruit for too long, they will be nothing but sugar. Add all of the greens that you want to. You won’t taste them!

Drink your homemade green smoothies every day, and notice your energy rise, your skin radiate, your taste buds smile, and your mood lift. 🙂

Cheers!

~ Jessica

 

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Eating Healthy at Restaurants

Sadly, there are a number of restaurants that barely offer any healthy options at all. The unhealthy steaks, lobster, fatty desserts loaded with sugar and dairy, and greasy foods are what sells. Even at the most unhealthy restaurants though, you can still find healthy options.

You’re going to have to put in a bit of effort and leave a nice tip. It’s worth it. If you’re going to a restaurant, you should check out their menu online first. Most every restaurant has a website. Sometimes, the websites will offer nutritional information to the dishes as well.

That will give you an idea of what you will be working with when eating there. If you really don’t see anything that will suit your needs, the best thing to do anyway is to have a meal created for you.

Request to the server specifically what you want. For example, it may be no dairy, gluten free, no oils, vegan, etc. After that, you can ask the server if the chef can create something for you given your needs. Rest assured, chefs love to do this. They enjoy exercising their creativity, and they enjoy having the freedom to put their true skills to wonderful use. It’s fun for them. They are happy to do so.

I assure you that is the absolute best route to take to ensure that you get what suits you while eating out, but if you don’t want to do that, you could create something yourself from the menu. Work with that they offer. Mix and match different vegetables. Create your own sandwich, soup, or entree by choosing one they already have and adding something in and/or leaving something out to work for you. If you have a salad, you can ask for no dressing, but lemon instead. You can even bring your own dressing. No shame.

This post is not to say that there are no healthy restaurants anywhere. There actually are many healthy restaurants. If you’re at a healthy restaurant, it will be even easier to choose your dish. Some restaurants are so healthy that you won’t even need to customize anything. I understand though that sometimes, we are in situations where a not-so-healthy restaurant is our option. Maybe you are attending a birthday dinner for someone, a party, a meeting, or just ran out of your own food and have to stop to eat while you are on the road. Whatever your reason and situation, don’t stress about it. Make the best of it. It’s always doable, and I hope these quick tips help you.

Truly, there are tons of restaurants – especially in big cities. Try out these restaurant apps to make things even easier for you: Open Table, Healthy Out, Food Tripping, Vegan Finder, Happy Cow, Veg Out, Veggie Passport, Vegan Steven, and Vegan Xpress.

Happy Healthy Eating!

~ Jessica

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My Epic Kale Chips Recipe

I was on a mission to make amazing kale chips, and I’m happy to say that I’ve succeeded! Kale chips are one of the many ways you can get the much-needed nutrients in your life. Of course eating kale raw is the absolute best way to get kale in as the live enzymes are still intact, and all nutrients are fresh. If you don’t eat completely raw though, kale chips are another way you can get the amazing kale into your life. Kale has fiber, calcium, vitamins, and minerals – just to name a few of the many health benefits. Other ways you can have your kale is in salads, smoothies, steamed, stir frys, soups, and other dishes.

Now, on to my super yummy kale chips! This recipe is so simple, quick to make, and only contains five ingredients.

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Ingredients

6 cups of washed kale torn pieces, stems removed

2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast

A pinch of Himalayan sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1/4 cup of water

 

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Mix the Himalayan sea salt, nutritional yeast, and cayenne pepper with 1/4 cup of water in a small dish.

Place the pieces of kale on parchment paper in a pan.

Pour the sauce on the kale pieces.

Bake in oven for 10-20 minutes, depending on your oven, and until crispy.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Stay healthy,

 

Jessica

 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Rest Days

As you begin to enjoy exercising, you want to keep it going. You have to remember though that rest days are just as important as the workouts themselves. The norm for workouts are five – six days per week with one rest day.

What are rest days? They are days that no workouts are completed, but rather recreational activity (sports, hiking, etc.), stretching, walking, or light yoga is completed instead. Allow yourself time to play a little bit, relax, and have fun. Your body and mind will love you for it.

Why are rest days so important? They allow your body time to recover and rest from strenuous exercise. We need to rest and recover for optimal results from our workouts. Rest days help us to prevent overtraining and injuries that would just set us back.

Try a few extra stretches on your rest days for increased flexibility and better performance in your workouts. Hamstring, hip flexor,  and calf stretches are very important since we use them in almost all workouts.

You can also use your rest days to track your progress from your workouts. Take measurements, note how you are feeling, and reflect on your workout experiences to determine whether you need to tweak and change anything or not. You will always improve if you push yourself.

Most importantly, love yourself. Give yourself time to relax and reflect on all of the hard work that you put in during your workouts. Be proud of yourself for the progress you have made. Continue to do your best, so that you can be your best.

Take care, and enjoy yourself!

 

Stay healthy,

Jessica

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Homemade is the Best Way

The majority of what I eat (95%) is homemade. I make homemade soups, smoothies, salads, dips, sauces, salad dressings, salsa, hummus, and other dishes. It all tastes so amazing and so much better than store-bought meals, dishes, foods, and food items!

 

There are many benefits of eating homemade:

You save money. Yes, it is less expensive to make homemade meals and extras. For a tomato sauce, all you need are some tomatoes, herbs, spices, and maybe some water. That’s much cheaper than a healthy store-bought jar of tomato sauce. Yes, there are healthy prepared options available in stores, but they are more expensive, and I guarantee you they don’t taste as great as homemade does. 😉

 

You save time. You may think this isn’t true, but it actually is. Here’s why. You set aside some time to make a few homemade meals, dressings, sauces, etc., and you can make large quantities of them. This way, they are ready for you to grab and eat when you need to. So, yes, this also keeps you on track by not reaching for unhealthy foods when you’re hungry.

 

Chances are that homemade is usually always healthier than not homemade. If you eat clean and healthy, and you make your own meals, what you make is probably healthier than what is available in stores. In stores, some items sit on shelves for a while, meaning that they may add ingredients to keep them fresher longer. None of that is needed if you go homemade. Pick up a jar of salsa, and check out the ingredients. Lots of salsas have natural flavors and citric acid in them. Salad dressings are much worse. Even the better ones in stores contain a slew of unnecessary and sometimes even unhealthy ingredients. When you make your own salsa and dressing, they will not only be fresher, but they will be healthier and taste better, too.

 

You have more variety and options with homemade. Yes, there is more than one variety of salad dressing, salsa, tomato sauce, soup, etc., but just think of all of the options you have when you make your own. You can use any fruit and/or vegetables, any herb, any spice, etc. You can even make your own coconut and almond milks and your own ice creams using fruit, nuts, extracts, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. When you eat in a healthy and balanced way, you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. More options are always better!

 

You know exactly what and how much of something is in your meals. When you make your own meals, you have the choice to experiment with, and to choose which ingredients to use as well as how much of each ingredient to use. It just gives me a peace of mind and a sense of freedom to choose what and how much I want, for what and how much I want to make. It’s like having your own garden. Nothing better!

 

Homemade is fun! Even if you mess up, homemade is still fun! I am no baker. I do not make cookies, breads, cakes, pies, etc. much at all. The consistency and appearance of some cookies I made one time were way off, but they still tasted so great. Even sometimes, if something you make doesn’t work out, turn it into something else! I was making a small side dish from garbanzo beans to top a tortilla or romaine lettuce. The consistency was not as think as it was supposed to be, so I used it as a dressing instead! The most fun with homemade that I have is with smoothies, dressings, and vegetable dishes. Since there are so many fruits, vegetables, and different combinations for dressings, I have so much fun experimenting with these because I end up coming up with so many amazing outcomes. What a pleasant surprise!

 

You have the joy and fun of surprising someone or making someone’s day. You’ve heard the saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” right? Well, when you make something homemade for someone, it makes them feel so special and important. They realize that you put the time and effort of making something healthy and delicious for them when you could have easily bought something instead. Homemade always seems to mean more to people, and surprises are usually fun! You can not only tell them exactly what and how much of each ingredient is in your homemade creation to them, but you’re also sharing your heart and love with them. Nothing can compare to that. You might even be teaching them a thing or two about health along the way. How amazing!

 

Well, I think you get my point that I love homemade so much, and will always choose this route. Include your family, friends, and even your pets in your homemade healthy adventures! Share the love of food, fun, and health!

 

Make something homemade, and let me know what you made! 🙂

 

Until next time,

Jessica

 

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