A Green Breakfast

When I start out my morning, I am looking for a quick and easy breakfast that will fill me up while providing my body with all of the nutrients it needs to start the day. As I decide on a bDSC_0046reakfast, I am also looking to spend as little as possible. It is easy to get carried away when searching for a healthy meal and spend way too much money. I start almost every day with a green smoothie. Green smoothies are quick, delicious, full of nutrients, and very affordable. A green smoothie for breakfast can easily cost you less than two dollars per smoothie.

What You Need:

• Greens (I like to use a mixture of spinach and kale)

• Bananas

• Almond Butter (or coconut butter)

• Almond Milk* (or other non-dairy milk of your choice)DSC_0039

I love to start by peeling and freezing my bananas beforehand, this way they last longer, and I have no need to add ice to make my smoothie cold.

When I am ready to make my smoothie, I blend:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons of almond butter
  • About 1 cup of greens
  • As much almond milk as needed to make the mixture a smooth and drinkable consistency (usually around 1 cup).

If you are looking to save even more money, you can also use some water in your smoothie to cut down on the amount of milk you are using. The result is a yummy and healthy breakfast that will make your body happy. With just these ingredients, you are starting your day with greens, protein, healthy and filling fats, and potassium. That is just the tip of the iceberg of good for you nutrients that you will get from this smoothie. By starting your morning with the fats and protein in this smoothie, you are giving your body long-lasting fuel that will help you make it to lunch without feeling sluggish or hungry. This green breakfast is also very good for your wallet, and it is very quick and convenient. It is the perfect on-the-go way to start your day.

*I like to use Silk almond milk because it is GMO and carrageenan free :)

 

Oil Cleansing

CleaDSC_0032nsing your face with oils is great for every skin type. It is gentle on your skin and removes dirt and makeup with ease. Oils push the dirt from your pores and moisturize your skin. Washing your face with oils is simple. Making your own inexpensive oil face wash is just as simple, and can be done with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. There are many different recipes for oil face cleansers. You can always experiment to find what works best for your skin. The recipe that I use is extremely simple and inexpensive. I love it, and have found that it clears my skin. I have fewer blemishes and my skin is softer and healthier than before.

Cleansing Oil Wash:

  •  ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  •  ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. castor oil

Melt the coconut oil and then simply add the olive oil and castor oil. This mixture will be liquid in warmer weather but will solidify when temperatures drop. It can be used in either condition.DSC_0036

To cleanse with your new oil wash, simply massage the oil into your skin, let sit for a couple of minutes and then gently remove with warm water and a washcloth.