Trader Joe's Repeat Offenders

You have asked and you will receive! I am sharing my ultimate FAVS from Trader Joe's. These are items I have bought over and over and OVER again. These are those "shit I just ran out I am going first thing in the morning items". I am sharing everything from haircare, wine, veggies, and more!

As many of you know I love to experiment in the kitchen with fresh healthy recipes. I utilize Trader Joe's (like a lot) for basically every meal! I love the inspiration I get by walking through the aisles to try new recipes! I have nailed down a few that have come second nature to me when I am stuck with not knowing what to make.

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Meal Additions:

As a disclosure I like to make 90% of my meals with fresh produce..that being said if I can find a good cheat you better believe I will take full advantage of it. I look for items that contain simple wholesome ingredients. So here is what I have landed with!

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry:

I have two bags of this in my freezer at all times. One of my favorite weekday dinners is a steamed veggie (and protein) stir fry, this is such a quick an easy meal to make and is so tasty! What I use:

  • 1 serving of riced cauliflower stir fried in a pan with 1/2 - 1 TBSP coconut oil.
  • Steam you choice of veggies - I like to use broccoli florets, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus to name a few
  • Add your choice of protein - I switch this up often! I will typically make this with Trader Joe's Teriyaki Tofu, shrimp, or edamame
  • Add the sauce and spices! This is where you can get creative, right now I am on a kick using fresh or ground ginger (whichever is available) chili paste, fish sauce, and sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. You can also pick up Trader Joe's coconut aminos as a healthier replacement for soy sauce.

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Now this is a newer one for me but I have to say after first try I was sold. I absolutely love gnocchi but find it to be such an indulgent food. I love that I have found an alternative that will let me enjoy eating this dish without feeling uncomfortably full or over indulged. There are so many great ways to prep a quick gnocchi dinner.

Marinara Gnocchi

  • pan fry some white onions and mushrooms with a tiny dollop of your perferred oil (I am currently switching between grape seed and coconut depending on the dish I am preparing).
  • add the gnocchi to your pan and cook until ready
  • lower heat on your pan and add your Trader Joe's marinara, fresh spinach, cracked pepper, oregano, basil, and himalayan salt. Adjust to your taste (you can always add turkey meat balls or grilled chicken to this dish as well).

Viola!

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Staples Worth Adding:

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The List


Tomato Basil Marinara

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Baby Spinach

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Kale Cashew & Basil Pesto

Carrot Spirals

Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Teriyaki Tofu

Coconut Aminos

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Coconut Sesame Clusters

Mint Watermelon Tea

Chile Spiced Mango

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Smoked Salmon Pastrami (for LOX bagel or salads)

Chile Lime Seasoning

Vegan Cream Cheese

Vegan Shredded Mozzarella 

Shea Butter Coconut Hair Mask (I swear by this product + use it 3x a week!)

Don't forget your floral ;)

Why I drink ACV Every Single Morning

You have all heard it, it's nothing new....but it's still the best thing out there so here are the reasons I drink apple cider vinegar every single morning.

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Full disclosure: this stuff DOES NOT taste good. At all. In any way. That needed to be said before we move on because this is not made for the weak.

Now, let's talk apple cider vinegar. HOW THRILLING. I joke, but this is the kind of stuff I stay up until 1am reading. I live for life hacks and wellness tips so after seeing results myself using this, the word needed to be spread.

Before I dive into the benefits and such let me just say that you cannot use just any apple cider vinegar, it needs to be the Raw-Unfiltered kind with the "Mother", a safe bet is to always go with Braggs!

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Let me start off with the benefits:

Fights Colds: ACV is loaded with immune boosting vitamins and antioxidants to keep you healthy.

Balances Blood Sugar: the acetic found in ACV can help balance blood sugar and levels and improve diabetes

Aids Weight Loss: promotes fat loss and reduce sugar cravings

Detoxes the Body: ACV has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Consuming helps flush harmful toxins out of the body

Promotes Good Gut Bacteria: ACV contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics. Probiotics are "good gut" bacteria that help keep you healthy.

Relieves Constipation: (TMI but like were human so..) ACV acts as a natural laxative. It stimulates the digestive system and helps your body break down food. Bonus it also helps to absorb fiber (which don't even get me started on my love for fiber, we will save that for another day)

 

How to Drink:

Now I am sure you have heard the suggestions to take a shot of this in the morning...I have tried this and can tell you 100% not to do it, and for a few reasons actually. No need to be that hardcore, there is no one to impress. In all honestly ACV is extremely potent and obviously acetic. This can actually do some harm to your teeth, esophagus, and digestive system. Rather, dilute 2 tablespoons of the vinegar with 8 ounces of water. I like to warm my water, making it more soothing first thing in the morning. 

Do this first thing in the morning (post brushing teeth) it will kickstart your digestive system, metabolism, and when done consistanly you can reap all the glorious benefits it has to offer. Some things I have noticed myself are clearer skin, healthier digestion, healthy metabolism, less bloat (praise!) and overall more energy!

In all honesty I cannot recommend this enough, it may not taste amazing but it truly is such an amazing way to do something good for your body every single morning. Start your day off with intention and see how it can shape the rest of your day in to becoming more mindful of what you are putting in and how you are taking care of yourself.

 

 

 

Sand Sea & Skincare: My Osea Malibu Favorites

A skincare line so soothing, it will pick you up and drop you off right on the beach.

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Many of you who have been following me for a little while now may know that I have switched almost all of my skincare products to Osea. After the first month of using their product, I could not rave enough about it. The all natural products are so incredibly delicate and soothing on my skin I was instantly impressed. They're committed to using non-toxic ingredients and packaging. On top of that, all products are vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and non-GMO (amazing right?!)

Their proprietary seaweed trio is USDA certified organic and is sourced from the pristine waters
of Patagonia, and acts as the base for the majority of their formulations. Learn more about my skin care routine below! 

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My Skincare Arsenal


My Routine


Step 1 : Makeup Remover

To Start off my routine I will take any makeup I am wearing off with a cotton pad and a few dabs of the algae oil. In the past I used coconut oil but felt that it left my skin feeling super greasy. I love that the algae oil moisturizes and soothes my skin without feeling greasy. Side note: I have realized my makeup comes off so much better with oil versus cleansing towels.

Step 2 : Cleanser

I have tried both the Ocean Cleanser and the Ocean Cleanser Milk and love them both equally. I am now on to my second bottle of the Ocean Cleanser, but will say if you have more sensitive skin the Ocean Cleanser Milk will be a better option for you! Both are pretty delicate formulas and will leave your face feeling soft after a wash.

Step 3 : Exfoliating & Blemishes

I was introduced to a few new products and have rounded up a top three for exfoliating and problem areas. These have quickly become key players in my skin routine and will be repurchasing immediately (they are THAT good). First lets talk exfoliating.. I have been introduced to the probiotic polish and it has changed my life. I will warn you this is an INTENSE exfoliant, like I was definitely not expecting it to be that intense but powered through and once I rinsed my face felt like I had removed 10 layers of dead skin- tell me that is not an incredible feeling. 

The Bio: This potent powdered exfoliant instantly brightens as it polishes to reveal luminous, vibrant skin. Our unique formulation is the first to combine pure Vitamin C with vegan Probiotics. Reduces the look of hyperpigmentation, smoothes & visibly brightens your complexion. Fermented Pomegranate enzymes gently remove surface build-up. Finely ground organic Bamboo and Rice powders infused with mineral-rich Seaweeds work to delicately buff away dull skin. Our ultra-potent, preservative-free formula is kept fresh until activated with water, transforming it into a creamy paste for a youthful, luminous glow.

My next favorite is the essential corrective complex. Now this is a treasure let me tell you. I am someone who dealt with acne later in life (I started to experience severe breakouts at 23 and beginning of 24) I have finally found a healthy balance in my diet, skincare, and fitness routines where my skin can be healthy and happy.That being said I will still get that lone pimple that just loves to pop up once a month- indescretlety I will add. When I would feel a little friend start to form I started adding this spot treatment on as my last step and could see a difference overnight! This is my freaking life changer. This active blend of botanical and essential oils targets blemishes by removing surface impurities for a balanced complexion. Tea Tree (the best essential oil for spot treatment), White Thyme and Juniper help to minimize the appearance of pores, breakouts and oily shine. A spot solution or all-over treatment for a clarified look. 

Lastly... the Advanced Protection Cream. This is the softest, creamiest moisturizer I have ever used and cannot get enough of it! If you are going to splurge on a skin care item I highly recommend it s this one. With its rich Organic Seaweed and botanical anti-aging moisturizer deeply hydrates and firms skin. DPHP, an amino acid compound visibly evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Luscious Grapeseed, Jojoba and Avocado oils minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a plump, renewed complexion.

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