Big News…Body Scrubs!!!!!!!

So I have big news…

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

I have decided to make my natural products available for you all to enjoy. No hair products yet but soon trust me I’m working on it. So I’ll be slowly releasing natural products because I don’t want to overwhelm myself I’m just one person and I’m doing this alone.  First goodie on my list…..BODY SCRUBS.

Lavender Mint Scrub with Himalayan Pink Salt

Lavender Mint Scrub with Himalayan Pink Salt

Who doesn’t love body scrubs? You ever feel your skin after using them? It feels so amazing and soft but a lot of the scrubs you buy in stores contain more chemicals than ingredients to keep you and your skin healthy. One thing I’ve always wanted to do was bring natural products to everyone at an affordable price.

As of right now you can order your scrubs by emailing me at LifewithDemetra@gmail.com

So far I have three scrubs I love

Vanilla Coffee

Vanilla Lavender

Lavender Mint

Eucalyptus Mint

Vanilla Almond

Vanilla Lemon

You can customize your scrub by choosing your ingredients from the list below….

Exfoliates

  • Dead Sea Salt (Body)
  • Atlantic Sea Salt
  • Lavender Dead Sea Salt (Body)
  • Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt (Body)
  • Organic Coconut Sugar (Face and Body)
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Nut Coffee (Face and Body)

Oils (All organic and cold pressed)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Unfiltered and Unrefined)
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Rosehip Oil

Special ingredients

  • Jamaican Black Castor oil
  • Peppermint Castile soap
  • Lavender Castile Soap
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Organic Orange Extract
  • Organic Vanilla Extract

I have 4 oz for $4, 8 oz for $8 and 12 oz for $14 available now and will add more sizes later this week.

You can choose your ingredients from the list below to customize your scrub.

Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Review

Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder

Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder

I decided to give hemp protein a try to increase my protein intake. I’ve been trying to drink a green smoothie for breakfast every day and when I received the hemp protein I started adding it to my morning smoothies. I was not a fan, at first. The suggested serving is 4 tablespoons and of course that’s what I started with. I have never used protein powder before and I was not used to the taste or the texture (it was a bit gritty). The next time I used the hemp protein I used 1 tablespoon and I was happy to finish my smoothie without the gritty texture (it could also be that I switched blenders). It doesn’t really have a taste so adding it to your smoothies won’t change its flavor. I add hemp protein to my smoothies because of its health benefits. Tropical Traditions is a brand I trust and that’s why I am recommending their hemp protein.

Health Benefits of Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein:
* Contains 18 key amino acids, including 9 amino acids our bodies cannot produce.
*65% of protein in hemp seeds is made of edestin which is only found in hemp seeds.
*Complete protein, easy to digest, and great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
*Contains omega-3 and omega-6 in an optimal 3:1 ratio.
*Eating these fatty acids in an optimal ratio reduces risks for heart attack, cardiovascular problems, atherosclerosis, and certain types of cancer.
*Hemp seeds are a good source of vitamin e, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Please give it a try. Add a scoop to your morning smoothie or any recipe that calls for protein powder.

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3. Comment when done 🙂

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Giveaway Ends 07/12/2013!!!

Chocolate -Peanut Butter “frappucino”

Chocolate frappucino
As promised earlier here is the chocolate frappucino recipe. Soo spoons good. I’m trying flaxseed for the first time and I figured why not make a smoothie drink only I added a little too much ice but it worked out.

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Chocolate – Peanut Butter “frappucino”

1 cup of vanilla almond milk
Ice (I used to much so the amount is really up to you. Next time I’m using 1 handful.)
2 table spoons of flaxseed (I have the course ground from whole foods)
2 table spoons of honey roasted peanut butter
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1/2 a frozen banana
Vanilla extract and cinnamon to taste
It was so yummy even with the extra ice. I let it melt a little and put it back in the blender and it was perfect less like a water ice and more like a drink.

Are you enjoying my recipes? Anything you wish to see? Let me know below. Thank you 🙂

Green Vanilla Chai Smoothie

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I love my veggies the more I eat the better I feel. My 2 weeks vegetarian challenge has changed me forever. I have since eaten meat and my body hates it. I’m limited to seafood and sometimes poutry. I encourage you to try it. After this I’m definitely more creative in the kitchen. I have a smoothie every morning before work. I’ve been making different variations of the vanilla because I have yet to make it to the market for more fruits and veggies. I made this smoothie earlier. I want to post more recipes but I’m afraid you guys will judge me lol.

Green Vanilla Chai Smoothie

2 cups of vanilla almond milk (any milk will do)
1 handful of spinach (any leafy green will work)
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 scoop of ice ( optional)
2 shakes of cinnamon
2 shakes of ground cloves
2 shakes of ground ginger
1 tsp of almond extract
1 tsp of vanilla extract
honey (optional)

Try it and let me know if you like it as much as I do.

Dairy Free Chai Latte

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1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
1 frozen banana chopped up
Vanilla extract
Almond extract
Ground ginger
Ground cloves
Ground cinnamon
Nutmeg
(all spices to taste)

Two Weeks as a Vegetarian, Day 2

Yesterday I started my own personal vegetarian challenge. I’ve been challenging myself to eat better, be more active, and live a healthier life. This is a personal challenge for because I’ve let a lot of bad eating habits slip back into my life. I’ve been eating our more, less fresh foods and my body has been suffering. I’ve been tired and sluggish.

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I’m hoping this challenge will help me with my self control and portion control. It also forces me to be super creative in the kitchen. It’s only day 2 but I’ve been busy. I’ve decided to start my day with Green Smoothies and from there it gets a bit creative. I’ve made a rice and veggie stir fry mix that should last me the next couple of days. I also munch on fresh fruit in between meals. I do need to pick up some beans and raw nuts to ensure I am getting my protein.

Recipes:

Green Smoothie Day 1

1 frozen banana (cut up)

handful of spinach

a couple strawberries

1 spoonful of coconut oil

1/2 cup of water

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Green Smoothie Day 2

honeydew melon

red grapes

half of a frozen banana

strawberries

red spinach

broccoli

almond milk

4 tbs of Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder (50% protein)

a spoonful of coconut oil

(I did not measure this one. It’s up to your taste buds)

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Brown rice veggie stir fry

1/2 orange, yellow, and red bell pepper

2 handfuls of red spinach

red onions (to taste)

1 celery stalk

olive oil

Veggie, beef, or chicken stock.

Sautee all veggies over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Add as much of your stock as you would water for the rice to your veggie mix, let it boil.

Add rice and let that simmer for 40 mins (maybe longer keep an eye on it).

It’ll fill up the whole house and it’s soooooooo good.

Are any of you vegetarian or vegan? How was it in the beginning?

Are any of you thinking of giving up meat? Why? Why not?

Please let me know your thoughts.