All about oral health

P.S. This Post has a Giveaway at the End!

All About Oral Health

Lets talk my must haves, why I have 2 very different toothbrushes, my non negotiable tongue routine (YEAH), and my receding gum line. Ew, was that last one TMI…? IDC IDC It’s important!

No One Likes Bad Breath.

First off NO ONE likes bad breath. (it was worth repeating, we can all agree)

And if we are being honest, brushing regularly is just simply not enough.

Bad breath is caused by bacteria build up in your mouth, and that bacteria is not just on your teeth, it’s on your tongue too! Brushing your tongue is definitely a good first step, but it’s definitely, also, not the most efficient way to bid bad breath goodbye!

But tongue scraping? Oh yeah, it’ll do the trick!

So, I’m not above admitting I was not the avid tongue scraper I am today before listening to The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast. (episode 103 go listen, you wont regret it!) But now, you absolutely will not catch me skipping this step in my routine. I mean, honestly, why this habit isn’t engrained into us from birth the way a fascination with reality TV is, I have no clue

 

Tongue scraping isn’t a fad either, guys, its a thing. Its been apart of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries!

The Ayurvedic reasoning behind this habit is spiritual as well, and if you are interested in learning more about that, this book is the perfect resource! I highly recommend! But the idea is that removing the film layer of bacteria off of your tongue reduces not only the bacteria that reside there, but also reduces the bacteria that you are swallowing throughout your day. 

P.S. Your tongue should NOT be white just like your teeth should not be yellow! 🙂

Two Toothbrushes and the 411 on my Receding Gum Line

In all seriousness I should have probably lead with this because it is so important! Receding gum lines are not uncommon and are often caused by brushing too hard and using too rough of a toothbrush. Two ways to know if you are brushing too hard are –

1 – The bristles on your toothbrush for your teeth and your toothbrush for cleaning the cracks between the tiles in your bathroom look the same. (Yikes- time to settle down tiger)

Actually … I feel the need to clarify that, that is an exaggeration. Your bristles should stand tall & proud just like the day you bought them!

2 – Sensitive teeth! Chances are if your teeth are sensitive to temperature, your gums have started to recede and more of the root of the tooth is exposed.

The bad news is receding gums are the first step toward Gum Disease. If you are like me and the two symptoms above apply to you I’m sure you are currently thinking “F U C K  N O” because that is EXACTLY what I thought!

Before the panic sets in all the way, I’d like to add,  there is SO much hope! First chunk the toothbrush – I’m willing to bet if you brush too hard you also have a medium to hard bristle brush. ALWAYS go with soft! just like your skin, your teeth don’t need to be roughed up to be cleaned.

 

Because its my hobby to make everything in my life as difficult as humanly possible, I have two toothbrushes. I guess its like my version of the whole “my food can’t touch OCD” thing? 

For regular toothpaste brushing I use my quip! I made the switch because it really really helps me chill out and brush gently. The vibrations are timed as well which I love and I get sent a new brush head every three months. I don’t know about y’all but I think I’m actually the worst about replacing my toothbrush so the subscription thing is ideal!

The second toothbrush in my arsenal is an eco friendly bamboo toothbrush by Avistar care and it is fabulous! I use this brush for my charcoal teeth whitening powder after I’ve brushed my teeth. Both of these brushes are soft bristled and very gentle, as they should be!

The Avistar toothbrushes come in a pack of like a billion, guys, and the whole quip situation is not the cheapest thing in the world, so if you are looking for an affordable oral care upgrade like now, these brushes are the way to go! (throw a tongue scraper in your cart to while you’re at it because if there was ever a time to utilize two day shipping, its now!)

The First Date trick I Wish I Had Known Years Ago

Lastly, I want to talk about this LIFE SAVING product that I am so mad at myself for not having discovered sooner. GUYS this is like reinventing the wheel level shit I’m about to lay on you & I just need you to be ready. 

INDIVIDUALLY. PACKAGED. FLOSS PICKS.

Floss picks are a thing, I get it, but these babies are –

1. Cute AF

2. Individually packaged for easy & discrete purse storage (a must)

3. Very oddly strong! (like I’m talking stronger than my tongue scrapping obsession)

Stashing these bad boys in my purse is a first date trick I wish I had known about YEARS ago! – Because we all know boys aren’t worth a damnnn when it comes to letting you know when theres something wrong on your face, much less in your teeth! *eye roll*
Like trust me, you telling me about the piece of spinach that moved in next to my left front tooth is WAY less embarrassing than getting home and finding it myself!

 

Wow, Wow was that a rant or what?? If you made it to the end of this post, congrats your teeth love you more already!

If you tried any of my recommendations I want to know all about it in the comments or feel free to slide into my DM’s any old time!

GIVEAWAY ALERT

I very sincerely love the shit out of everyone who has been so supportive of me and this page! SO in addition to working super hard on busting out as many posts as I can, I also wanted to do a GIVEAWAY.  (Also bc who doesn’t love packages??)

I’ll be picking TWO people to receive some of my favorite Avistar care products! Just make sure you are following me on instagram (@skimzey) and following this blog! (if you aren’t, enter your email at the bottom of this page!) 

Giveaway ends 5/25/18

Winners will be notified 5/26/18 via instagram 


Morning Cacao Smoothie

Cacao Brain Power Breakfast Smoothie

This has been my absolute FAV breakfast smoothie lately! And before I even get into the recipe I just want to say, I 10000% get that it looks GROSS. But can I just take a minute to emphasize that it just LOOKS  that way?? This smoothie is my fav for a reason!! It is so tasty not to mention its packed with yummy vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect way to wake up and tell your body “I FUCKING LOVE YOU”

Photo by Brigitte Tohm

Cacao Breakfast Smoothie 

– 1 Frozen banana

– 1 Mejool date 

– 2 Table spoons cacao

– Big handful of spinach

– 1 1/2 Cup almond milk 

– 1 Tablespoon chia seeds 

Throw it all in a blender and enjoy!

If you're thinking - "a smoothie for breakfast wont keep me full!"

What if I told you that you could make your smoothie in a way that it would in fact keep you full!?

Heres a little way to tailor your smoothie to you! – 

Make this smoothie the way the recipe says and then make a note of what time you get hungry that day! (before lunch of course! this is not a drag it out as long as you can suggestion!) If you find that you weren’t able to make it to lunch on this recipe then add a table spoon of coconut oil to your smoothie the next morning and try again! If you still find yourself hungry before lunch, add another table spoon of chia seeds! This is adding more calories of course, and thats the point! You are adding GOOD calories that your body can make EXCELLENT use of!

 


Toasty Tuna Salad

TOASTY TUNA SALAD

I cant be the only one that seriously loves tuna! And tuna salad… omg don’t even get me started! Unfortunately its not the healthiest thing in the world… or even close to it for that matter… So, i took matters into my own hands and made my own PROTEIN PACKED substitute! 

It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s yummy, & it packs a punch in nutrition terms! Obviously I cant keep this jem of a recipe to myself!

Toasty Tuna Salad Recipe

– 1 whole Avocado 

– 1 can Albacore white Tuna NON GMO 

– Small handful of Cilantro 

– Two slices of toasted bread (I prefer Powerseed by Dave’s Killer Bread)

& that literally it! chop everything up, add salt and pepper to your taste, mix and pile it sky high on some toast! So easy right? 

Stop fat shaming

This is the part where you say “DAMNNN SUSANNE thats a lot of fat, are you sure this is a healthy choice?” 

Heck yeah I’m sure! Can you guess where most of the fat in this recipe comes from?

Most of the fat comes from the avocado! In other words lots of polyunsaturated fats in the form of omega 3’s, and monounsaturated fats! Avocado contains saturated fat as well but, it’s all good because saturated fats or omega 6’s (it’s less hated name) are used by your body in a 1:1 ratio!

And boy are fats used by the body, we need them for just about every bodily function you can think of! So, stop fat shaming, try this recipe, and don’t forget to tell me what you think!

 


toiletries

cover photo by Charles Deluvio

Toiletry Must Haves

Toiletries are such a necessity and I cannot believe they aren’t talked about more often! Like let’s be honest, we are all SO picky about our make up, our clothes, our food… but when it comes to toothpaste and tampons we just grab one off the shelf?? UH no. 

Of course we all have our favorite things, but how much do we know about whats in them? And do we really even care? You might not now, but give me 5 minutes of your time and I’ll tell you why you should!

Deodorant - a must!

First off, lets talk deodorant! The first time I tried natural deodorant, I was not convinced – It’s more expensive, it doesn’t work, it’s just a giant pain, really. So I chose to ignore what I had been told about how terrible traditional deodorant was for you and moved on with my life.

But the facts kept following me around and it was eating me up that I was knowingly not taking care of my body!

PAUSE- If you don’t know what the big deal about traditional deodorant is, let me fill you in! 

Traditional Deodorant contains Aluminum and Parabens which have been linked to cancer and diseases like alzheimer’s. I totally get that you aren’t eating your deodorant but toxins are absorbed through the skin as well!   

 

So, anyway, I set out to find a natural aluminum free deodorant that would actually work! What I found was NATIVE, and I am completely hooked!! This stuff is so great guys! They even sent me two travel sizes for free with my order and they’ve been tiny life savers because, lets be real, my mornings only look calm and collected on snapchat. I forget even the most important things constantly, ya feel!?

Obviously, we have to talk tampons!

Your vagina is your friend y’all and I know that once a month it sure as hell feels like you aren’t friends… but shut up, yes you are. Remember, your skin ABSORBS and your lady parts are a whole lot more absorptive than your arm pits so like HELLO pay attention! 

An old coworker of mine used to make fun of me and joke that I probably use organic tampons, and this got me thinking… like wait is that a thing? I had never even considered what was in a tampon or if it was good or bad, I mean its not like the options are just endless in that department… its kinda just the thing you use and thats it, right? 

The alternative is well, not for everyone, but that shouldn’t mean I’m doomed to make my baby maker a toxin absorption center!

Luckily for us ladies, the girls at LOLA have figured this shit out! Their tampons are 100% organic cotton & thats it! I wish I could tell you about all the bad stuff in other tampons, but the thing is they are not required to disclose that information… so obviously the don’t. IDK ABOUT YALL- but thats just a little terrifying.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, LOLA also delivers monthly. I mean guys, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Next order of business are those pearly whites! - Toothpaste

Two things – whitening & brushing. 

Brushing your teeth is just a thing you do mmkay? and then whitening is something extra you do because who doesn’t want a dazzling white smile?? 

I use Thieves Dentarome Ultra toothpaste and I love it! I love the taste, and it certainly has made my teeth whiter.

Now, the debate on fluoride goes on and on, but I won’t get into all of that. I really am just into the idea of using a more natural product and this all natural essential oil toothpaste does the trick for me! 

Whitening!

Even though the Thieves toothpaste whitened my teeth I wanted more!! Baking soda definitely works but it’s way gross, and I just wasn’t about it. Whitening strips or treatments at the dentist were also a no go because they make my teeth so extremely sensitive. So, I tried Avistar Care Natural Charcoal Whitener & Detoxifier, and was SOLD. Their charcoal is infused with coconut, and really truly works! I wish I had before and after pictures for you guys but I mean lets be honest… that would mean I had my life together… and I very obviously do not!

I used my charcoal after I brushed in the morning or night or both for about two weeks, now I just add it into my morning about once a week and everything is perfectly up-kept! The results aren’t as fast as strips or the dentist but for teeth that aren’t sensitive, like, there is not even a question in my mind which I prefer!

What toiletries so you swear by?? I would love to know your must haves in the comments!! 


DIY Aloe and Lavender face mask

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DIY Aloe & Lavender Breakout Be GONE Face Mask

This DIY face mask recipe is one that every girl (or guy) needs up their sleeve! It’s totally a life saver. I mean not that there’s ever a good time for a zit, but sometime it’s just REALLY not a good time…

Another thing that I love about this mask is that the mess is extremely minimal. This baby is thin, goes on easily, rinses off easily and just gets the job DONE.

If your into essential oils fixing your LIFE – this book is a must!

Aloe Vera

Lavender Essential oil

Lemon

I could literally write whole post about how awesome aloe vera is (& I probably will) but right now the most important thing to know is that aloe contains two hormones that specifically target acne! Auxin & Gibberellins both have strong antioxidant properties that reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellins also stimulates new cell growth so your skin can heal quickly and seamlessly!

Lavender has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that make it great for treating acne! Lavender is nourishing and soothing to your skin, it will decrease scarring and the appearance of dark spots. 

Also, know for its ability to relieve anxiety and stress, lavender will continue serving you and your skin past its topical benefits!

Lemon’s acidity can act as an antiseptic and kills bacteria. It also reduces redness and lightens the skin which makes it great at reducing any past acne scars you many have!

 Lemon does strips the skin of oils so be sure to follow this mask with toner and moisturize!

I am LOVING Shea Moisture’s Peace Rose Oil face moisturizer and Andalou naturals blossom toner

The recipe!

  • half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil 

Blend and apply to a clean face! 

Rinse off after 10 -15 minutes. Follow with toner and moisturize!

Hope you all enjoy this mask as much as I do! This recipe makes quite a bit so I always force literally everyone around me to participate. You could also store it in the fridge in a small mason jar or I mean you could  always make it a total body thing because why not! You totally deserve it!

Happy masking!

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The SO important thing I’ve been doing SO wrong!

Here are two weird bathroom stories that I would like to grace yall with. (and if you didn’t think we were close enough for that- we just got close enough)

I moved to the United States officially when I was like 7-ish. So, this is the second grade, just for context so you get a picture of how strange this was for me.

Because, in second grade, you aren’t like new to the whole school thing, but you’re new enough.

Anyway, for like weeks I had listened to my peers ask to go to the Restroom, and each time they were permitted to do so – like “ya no problem!” All whilst little Suzy is left to wonder what in the world a Rest-room was doing in this educational setting…

I’m not going to pretend like I EVER did well on a spelling test, but c’mon guys… our curriculum is by no means rigorous enough to need a REST-ROOM. (Hopefully, you can see my confusion)

So, one day I mustered up my courage and asked permission to go to the prestigious restroom –

I’m sure you can guess where this is going…

If you guessed soul-crushing disappointment you are right, my friend. Little Suzy was expecting a lounge chair, a couch, a Poole table, refreshments… and she was let down. HARD.

Oh and just a side note- no, I did not spend my first few weeks of second grade not using the bathroom, I’m just a normal person and I call it a Bathroom.

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Now for the relevant story

I’ve always considered myself pretty healthy as far as diet and habits go. Of course, just like everyone else I, too, have fallen off the wagon a time or two.

Then the other day I realized I’ve been doing, like, the ONE most important thing completely wrong…

It actually kills me to admit this, but I have been seriously depriving myself of water!

Omg, that’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!! Like, how was I doing that to myself???

I came to this realization after being a total creep and noticing that EVERYONE in my office building went to the bathroom like 3X the amount I had to go.

*Cue obsessive research on how much water a person should drink a day*

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So, How much water should you have?

Some sites said 1 – 1/2 ounce per pound body weight and some said your typical 8 glasses a day. I think both of these are probably good rules to go by, but having a water goal, in general, to meet by the end of the day is really what has helped me the most!

Figure out how much water you should drink a day and get to work!! & if you want to be a psycho like me, get yourself a Hydroflask and set alarms for the times you should be due for a refill!

JUST BE AWARE GUYS! Because seriously I feel so much better than I ever have!

It’s so easy to get lost in your day and all the “important” things you’re doing, but in the end, what’s really important is taking care of yourself!!

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The 411 on Chocolate Cravings!

The 411 on your chocolate cravings

There are actually a few reasons you could be craving a big hunk of chocolate beside the fact that it is DELICIOUS!

The first and most obvious of course being that sugar is addicting.

Like actually, I’m not kidding.

Sugar triggers the same pleasure centers in the brain that are also affected by many drugs.

This is the same reason that putting yourself on that new sugar-free diet is often accompanied by a few days of sugar withdraw; headaches, lethargy etc.

But what if I told you that craving chocolate could not only be your body trying to tell you something but also be good for you?!

 

Dark chocolate- the superfood!

Dark chocolate, 60% and higher that is, has some badass qualities! I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s full of antioxidants and honestly, that’s reason enough for ya girl over here to not think twice about giving in to my cravings! Yet, there are even more reasons that, on your quest to remove sugar from your diet, you might oughta just let dark chocolate stay!

For starters, a chocolate craving might be your body telling you that you are running low on magnesium! Magnesium is needed for a whole boatload of body processes and dark chocolate is a good source of it. Low levels of this micronutrient can lead to low energy, sleep problems, anxiety or depression and hormone problems.

But it doesn’t stop there! Dark chocolate is also a good source of, Manganese (anti-inflammatory), Copper (immune and nerve health), and Zinc (growth and development)!

Dark chocolate and your skin!

Let’s talk Flavanols! Flava- what?? This must obviously be some fancy reason why chocolate is so damn good, right?

Wrong!

Flavanol is the particular type of antioxidant that is found in high quantities in dark chocolate. Because of their free radical fighting properties antioxidants and the foods that contain them are good for your cell health! Protection, regeneration, etc. All the good stuff! Eating Flavanol-rich cocoa can lead to smoother more hydrated skin due to the antioxidant’s ability to protect cells from harmful UV rays.7_0003_mailbox

Chocoholic Disclaimer!

Okay, Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have written this post at all… because let’s be real, another excuse to eat chocolate is the last thing any of us need… However, a reason to swap sugary, processed milk chocolate for dark chocolate is something your body will thank you for!

Just to be clear, though, milk chocolate does not have all these awesome benefits and will do nothing for you but fuel your sugar addiction! (ouch, maybe that was too harsh?)

And, of course, remember all in moderation! Dark chocolate still has its fair share of sugar, so don’t get carried away!

P.S. Justin’s Hazelnut butter is not technically dark chocolate over 60% but its seriously the best and with considerably less sugar than the other guys, I have to make room to rave about it! Bark thins are actually to die for, and Theo is possibly the love of my life? Pretty sure the feeling is mutual.

What are your favorite ways to satisfy your chocolate cravings?? Tell me in the comments below!

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P.S. The Valentines Artwork is by the super talented Ulia Choo!  – find her on Creative Market!!

 

 

 

 

 


Oh So Good for You Matcha Latte!

Wait… a latte that’s good for you?? Uh, count me in!

So I’m not going to lie, I’ve been overdoing it a bit with the coffee lately. I mean who can blame me though what is college even if not just a 4 four year coffee overload?

I usually drink the stuff that glues your eyes open. I’m talkin’ Americano- easy on the water and go ahead and add an extra shot! Then, send a decadent frothy latte my way after I’m good and awake!

But if we are being real with each other here, one coffee addict to another, while it’s not the Worst thing for your body it certainly isn’t the best either!

Coffee is pretty acidic and all that acid definitely can take a toll on your stomach if you overdo it!

I think most of the time I crave the creamy warm-ness more than the coffee itself so this Matcha latte is literally the perfect change of pace!

Matcha has a caffeine content comparable to coffee and in my search to report an actual number for you guys I came across some pretty bad ass reasons that Matcha trumps coffee!

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Matcha VS Coffee – The ultimate caffeine showdown!

  • BETTER energy! The “power up” (for lack of a better description lol) brought by matcha is much smoother and doesn’t come with a crash like with coffee.
  • Antioxidants, which are always a huge plus!
  • Better breath! Let’s not lie, guys, the coffee breath is real. On top of that Matcha is actually good for your teeth while coffee stains those pearly whites!
  • CLEARER SKIN! So this is where my loyalty to coffee has met its match… Matcha has antibacterial properties and can help resolve acne!

DONE.       SOLD.

Are you as ready for this recipe as I am to brew myself a Matcha latte??

Matcha Latte Recipe!

So, originally I found this recipe on Pinterest and I fell in love at first sip, but I was determined to make it FROTHIER! Obviously, I need all the fluff. Heres my

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final product, enjoy!

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • cinnamon (optional to add a lil holiday spice)
  • coconut sugar (substitute honey or maple depending on what you prefer!)

First mix the hot water and Matcha powder, think of this as your espresso shot! Add your sweetener of choice and cinnamon now too.

Frothing the milk is the most important step! You want to start with milk that is cold. I used canned coconut milk. Don’t be scared of the layers that the coconut milk separates into when in the can, use it all! Use a hand mixer or blender bottle to froth the milk and then pop it in the microwave for about 30 – 45 seconds. (make sure you’ve left extra space because the milk will expand even more in the microwave!)

Pour your creamy, frothy milk into your Matcha shot and voila!

Enjoy!

XOXO Sus


5 Grocery Store Tricks to Keep the pounds OFF!

1. Don’t go grocery shopping while you’re hungry!

This one is like well duh! But seriously, don’t! More often than I’d like to admit I’ve let myself go to the store hungry and came out with a LOAD of crap that I know better than to buy.

Everything that I want to eat like right now goes straight into my cart, next thing I know I’m on Pinterest pulling up every recipe for any dessert I’ve ever wanted. All ingredients, boom. In the cart. All snacks, boom. In the cart! It’s pretty much a disaster.

We’ve all been there, but that’s no need to let it keep happening! If it’s not in your kitchen at home, it’s also not around to tempt you! And if you don’t go to the grocery store hungry then you will be SO much less tempted to put it in your cart in the first place!

2. Stay out of the middle isles!

This one is definitely more of a guideline! There are lots of things I get in the middle aisles that are perfectly fine. For example; beans, bread, coconut oil, peanut butter, oats, BANZA chic pea pasta, chia seeds, nuts, Angie’s BOOM CHIKA POP the list goes on and on… but KNOWING exactly what you are venturing into the abyss for makes all the difference in the world! Have a list and stick to it, don’t let yourself succumb to all the sugary processed temptress foods that lay within!

If you don’t trust yourself at first, you can always stick to ordering your non-perishables on Amazon pantry. (I’ve included some links to my fav things!)

3. Know your labels!

Are you ready for a horror story?? Last week I was perusing the sauce isle for the best pasta sauce choice and naturally, I picked up the one advertised as “healthy!”. However, upon inspecting the label and comparing it to a pasta sauce by the SAME BRAND that lacked the “healthy” claim, I was horrified to find the fat, calorie, carb, and, sugar content was HIGHER in the “healthy” version! In fact, its only better feature was a slightly lower sodium content. Now, this isn’t to say that all companies lack the know-how on classifying their foods, but your body will certainly be glad you took the extra couple of seconds to inspect your foods labels!

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4. Don’t be afraid of fat!

Those labels that claim to be your best weight loss friend do not have your best interest at heart! While they aren’t lying about being lower in fat, they are completely taking advantage of the fact that there is a HUGE misunderstanding of the role fat plays in our bodies.

Why you want whole fat!

You wouldn’t buy a reduced fat avocado, would you? Real is always better than fake!

  • Some vitamins are fat soluble and cannot be used by your body unless they are eaten alongside fat!
  • To make a food low fat the fats that are still present are changed chemically and your body will have a way harder time using them.
  • We use fat for damn near everything! No, seriously you need it. Like, a lot! Our cells use fat like its going out of style.. but now that it has gone out of style…. well it’s becoming an issue.

P.S. Fried food still hates your goals. Sorry.

5. Have a list of meals!

How many of you have been grocery shopping, bought a TON of stuff, gotten home and realized you have the ingredients for a whole two meals! The stress is real am I right?? I am unfortunately queen of letting my yummy veggies go bad just because I’m not prepared and don’t have all the ingredients I need to make a meal out of them! So here’s my ultimate solution, write your grocery list based on MEALS! so simple right? but it really does make a world of difference.

Plan your dinners for the week and have an idea of what your breakfasts and lunches will consist of, make your list based on this and of course give yourself a little wiggle room!

Planning meals for your week this way will also help you stay on track eating healthy instead of giving in to what is easiest that night!

Happy shopping!

XOX, Sus


Healthy 2 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding!

Attention chocolate lovers!!

This is a MUST know recipe!! TWO ingredients yall, and it is seriously delicious!

Two Ingredient Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 Cup of Ripple Chocolate pea milk

That’s it! Easy {pea}sy! I usually make mine the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight, but the chia seeds will absorb enough of the chocolate milk to have a pudding consistency within a couple hours! Then top with whatever your little heart desires and enjoy! 🙂

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Nutrition facts!

The simplicity of this recipe is not even close to the only thing that makes it healthy! Chia seeds are pretty badass for a few reasons on their own, here are a few that I thought worth mentioning-

  • TOTALED UP.pngThey are loaded with antioxidants so they are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin! Antioxidants help your body get rid of damaged cells- this means new healthy glowing skin for you!( Can I get a hell yeah for that one??)
  • Getting rid of damaged cells also means reduced signs of aging!
  • They are also jam-packed with vitamins and minerals
  • Promote a healthy heart and digestive system
  • Can aid in weight loss! Because they are high in fiber, and protein, chia seeds will keep you full! you’ll be surprised how filling a small serving can be!

Ripple Pea milk is impressive as well, it’s high in protein and calcium and completely plant-based! The refined sugar content of this chocolate pudding is also low considering the only sugar is coming from the pea milk!

Check out this link to Dr. Axe if you want to know more about chia seed benefits! Chia seeds should be pretty easy to find at your local grocery store, but just in case, I also included a link above!

I hope you enjoy!! Let me know what you think!!

XOXO Sus