Baby, I like it Raw: Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios & Wonderful Almonds

You may have noticed there’s a big resurgence of adding more raw foods to one’s diet. More and more people have been enjoying foods that are mostly or entirely uncooked, and unprocessed. It’s all about attempting to eat clean and healthier. Whether it’s eating more raw vegetables, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat, or dairy products. This is a practice that has prehistoric origins with a modern initial introduction in the 1930s and is experiencing a resurgence now. Let’s face it, food is better for you without all the artificial and processed junk. Launching just in time for Heart Health Month, The Wonderful Company welcomes its Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios, joining their already successful Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds, originally launched in 2012.

Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios

A perfect way to add more plant protein to your daily diet, the Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios have a rich, crunchy, nutty flavor, in their natural state. Pistachios are one of the lowest-calorie, lowest-fat nuts around. There is no roasting or salting done to them at all, and they are a delicious way to enjoy the raw food diet. One handful of Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios (about 30) is a sensible, delicious snack with only 100 calories, with lots of protein and fiber.

“The ‘natural raw’ process maintains the raw properties of the pistachio nut that some of our consumers are looking for,” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing, The Wonderful Company. “In fact, consumers are showing an increased desire for raw nuts, with 62 percent of all nut buyers purchasing raw nuts in the past year. Among this group, nearly 80% expressed interest in buying Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios. With this clear consumer in mind, Wonderful Pistachios Natural Raw was a natural extension to our portfolio.”

Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds

Naturally cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, and full of nutrition, Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds might be the perfect healthy snack for everyone. They are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Certified Non-GMO, dairy and soy free, Kosher (certified by the Orthodox Union) and Halal (certified by the Islamic Food Nutrition Council of America). Almonds are among tree nuts that are the highest in protein, calcium, fiber and the antioxidant vitamin E. Plus they are a great tasting, convenient, and heart-healthy everyday snack.

Natural Raw Wonderful Almonds are available now in 1.5oz. bags ($0.99), 6.3oz. bags ($3.99), and 7oz. (4.49). Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios officially launches this February and will be available in 16oz. bags for $9.99. Both can be found at leading grocery retailers nationwide. Could Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds help you add more plant protein to your daily diet?

Sleeping Beauty: Innisfree Beauty Welcomes New NYC Flagship Store

Take it from someone who knows first hand, we do not get enough sleep. Unfortunately, we are at a time when self-care has taken a back seat to working and getting things done. We’re not even talking about treating yourself to a vacation or spa treatment, we’re talking about simply getting enough sleep. Raise your hand if you get a full eight hours of sleep; how about five or six? We have personally been getting by on five or less and it’s been taking its toll on our skin and bodies. We recently had the pleasure of learning all about the benefits of getting enough “beauty sleep” from Sleep Expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins. Our beauty sleep masterclass was held at the new flagship location of Innisfree Beauty, the K Beauty brand offering innovative beauty products. We also had the pleasure of being introduced to the must-have overnight beauty products from Innisfree Beauty.

We ventured up to the mini oasis that is the second floor to hear Dr. Robbins spoke about the benefits and importance of sleep and its impact on your skin and overall health. We learned about the various levels of sleep, the ideal amount of sleep we should all get, and of course, how the right amount of sleep and the right skincare products can keep you looking your best.

We highly recommend you pop into this K Beauty haven to get acquainted with all six of their overnight beauty products. Whether you need help with anti-oxidants, moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, or anti-aging, these overnight skincare solutions are amazing…..we’re currently obsessed. As we don’t get enough beauty sleep, we’ll happily take all the extra help we can get to improve our skin health.

Innisfree Beauty products like the Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey are targeted to work and improve skin while you sleep. They, along with all Innisfree Beauty products, are made from the finest natural ingredients responsibly sourced from Korea’s pristine Jeju Island.

Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask – Rest easy as you indulge in this deeply nourishing night cream, infused with Jeju Tangerine Peel Extract, Jeju Green Tea Extract and rich Shea Butter. The zesty peel of Jeju Tangerines has four times the amount of anti-oxidant-rich Vitamin C than the juicy flesh. That’s the secret of this overnight cream that’s formulated to help even skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots. Wake up to skin that looks and feels astonishingly moist, supple and bright.

Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey – Pamper your pout while you sleep with this deeply moisturizing evening lip balm formulated to care for and nourish your lips with Jeju Canola Honey and Oil. Smooth it on before you hit the sack and wake up to smoother, more hydrated lips.

Innisfree also offers a series of free 30 minute classes at their flagship, including Skincare Series {Age Delay – Keep it Strong!}, Girls’ Guide “Day to Night” Looks, Intro to K Beauty Skin Care Routine, and Make-up Series {Complexion – My Cushion 101}. We know you want to know more, so head over to Innisfree’s NYC flagship location in Union Square at 862 Broadway. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Winter Skin Issues? Give Your Winter Skin the Moisture it’s Craving

Did you know that January 8th was National Winter Skin Care Day? While the day of celebrating is long gone, we’re still in the middle of the harsh skin-drying season. Has the cold days of winter ever made your skin so dry, you can clearly and quite visibly write your name on it? That’s our test on how bad our winter skin is, and while we find it humorous, it means one thing “our lotion ain’t working!” Mother Nature can be an evil witch to our skin and she sure if “trying it” this season, but luckily while she may win some battles, she doesn’t have to win the winter skin war. We are here to share one of our favorite skin butters, oil, and lotions to help you tell Mother Nature, Jack Frost, or whoever is making this winter ridiculously harsh, to kick rocks. So let’s get to lathering up and give your winter skin the moisture it’s craving from Queen Helene and Live Clean.

Queen Helene

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion: This luxuriously rich, non-greasy lotion blends cocoa butter and pure lanolin to quench and relieve moisture-starved skin. Protects against the drying effects of sun and wind; helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles; and soothes the discomforts associated with stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Soothes and softens extremely dry skin. Available for $1.97 (32oz) at Walmart/.com, $3.99 (32oz) at SallyBeauty/.com, and $4.69 (32oz) at Rite Aid.

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme: This luxuriously rich, non-greasy crème blends cocoa butter and lanolin to quench and relieve moisture-starved skin. Protects from dryness caused by over-exposure; helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles; and soothes discomforts of stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Available for $2.48 (4.8oz), and $4.47 (15 oz) at Walmart/.com, and $5.99 (15oz) at SallyBeauty/.com.

Queen Helene 100% Cocoa Butter Stick: This pure cocoa butter soothes and nourishes dry, chapped skin. Delivers on-the-spot nourishment for dry, irritated patches. Helps relieve the discomforts of stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Also works well to soothe and moisturize dry, chapped lips. Available for $1.24 at Walmart/.com.

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Scrub: This soothing facial scrub for extremely dry skin helps draw out impurities and remove dead, dry skin cells, while natural Cocoa Butter helps replenish lost moisture. After use, skin is soft and smooth with a supple appearance. It gently exfoliates skin for nourished smoothness. Available for $4.29 at SallyBeauty/.com.

Queen Helene Coconut Oil 100%: Naturally rich in antioxidants that are highly beneficial for your hair, lips, nails, and skin. Apply just a small amount at a time and watch it melt at the first touch. Work it into your hair to control fly-aways and help prevent split ends. Use it as a natural balm for super-soft lips. Work it into your cuticles and nails to keep them looking healthy. On your skin, it leaves a pleasing scent and a silky feeling. This hair coconut oil, 10.75 fl oz is gentle enough to use every day. Available for $4.48 at Walmart/.com.

Queen Helene Avocado & Grapefruit Masque: This unique, gel-clay masque for normal to dry skin gently lifts away impurities and nurtures the skin with winter skin smoothing Avocado and antioxidant Grapefruit extract. After use, skin is refreshed and energized with a healthy radiance. It rejuvenates and revitalizes your winter skin to reveal touchably soft, baby skin. Available for $5.49 at SallyBeauty/.com.

Live Clean

Fresh Water Hydrating Body Lotion: Live Clean® Fresh Water Hydrating Body Lotion is formulated with Hyaluronate, nature’s most powerful moisturizing agent with a fresh and clean signature scent. Available at Amazon.co and Harmon for $5.99.

Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion: Live Clean® Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion features Argan oil to protect the skin’s moisture barrier in an exotic nectar scent. Available at Rite Aid, Kroger, Amazon.com, Harmons, Safeway/Albert, and Meijer for $5.99.

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion: Live Clean® Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion features luscious coconut milk from the tropics that will restore hydration to your skin with a modern and clean coconut milk scent. Available at Rite Aid, Kroger, Amazon.com, Harmons, Safeway/Albert and Meijer for $5.99.

Bali Oil Nourishing Body Lotion: Features rich Coconut Oil to moisturize and hydrate extra dry skin leaving it smooth and resilient. Delicate island scent. Available at Amazon.com, Harmon and Safeway/Albert for $5.99.

All Live Clean products are free of Parabens, Sulfates, Petroleum, Phthalate, and Phosphates.

Could these skincare products from Queen Helene and Live Clean help resolve your winter skin issues?

New Victoria Chef Collection: A Complete Gourmet Pasta Meal

Raise your hand if there are days when you don’t feel like spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking dinner, or if your lunch hour has somehow gone down to minutes. Every so often we will mutter “there’s just not enough time in the day” to ourselves or out loud and many times, our meal is what ends up being suffering. What if you could enjoy a homemade meal even though your time may be limited? Thanks to the new Victoria Chef Collection, you can enjoy a complete gourmet pasta meal in minutes.

As you can see, we’re not talking about those instant mac and cheese snacks that pass themselves off as an actual meal, this heat and serve pasta option is a full, well-balanced meal. With the Victoria Chef Collection, you will enjoy a wholesome, heat and serve meal solution – with the satisfaction of a homemade meal, without all the time.

The Victoria Chef Collection brings traditional Italian elegance to your table in under two minutes, whether you’ll be enjoying it for lunch or dinner. Available in two pasta sauce options (hoping more will be launching very soon), Penne Marinara and  Penne alla Vodka, all you have to do to enjoy is just heat and serve.

The Penne Marinara is simplicity at its best, combining penne pasta with premium, slow-cooked marinara sauce. The Penne alla Vodka is a decadent classic, it also combines penne pasta with rich, creamy vodka sauce. Both are made with antioxidant-rich 100% whole plum tomatoes, real cheese, fresh onions, fresh basil, and fresh garlic. Victoria Fine Foods has been committed to ingredients come first since day one, which is why they put them on the front of their label as part of their #ReadYourLabel movement.

Could the new Victoria Chef Collection help make lunch or dinner preparation easier for you?

 

National Spaghetti Day – Gluten Free Version (it’s pasta-ble!)

Although you may be completely preoccupied with the current snowstorm, today is January 4th, and you know what that means? National Spaghetti Day!!! If you’re like me, finding a gluten-free pasta that doesn’t taste like it is missing gluten and can hold its weight is hard. There are so many brands out there, it’s like kissing a ton of GF frogs to find the one wheatless carb Prince. Well, my Prince in noodle armor is Explore Cuisine. Explore Cuisine offers delicious spaghettis (and pennes, and lasagna noodles) made from ingredients like chickpeas, lentils, black beans, edamame, and more.

I am thankful for brands like this because you don’t feel like you’re missing out when it comes to pasta dishes. But I am also a label reader. So seeing that it is organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and gives you a serving of protein, what better way to indulge without the guilt on National Spaghetti Day. Find me a glutinous pasta that can do all of that.

I am such a major fan of the Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti. Who says pasta has to come in one color? To be honest, when I purchased it I didn’t think I would like the taste as much because…….black bean pasta! I mean I love black beans…over rice. However, when it comes to GF foods, I like to try everything once so I can speak on it. But surprisingly, I wound up loving the flavor as a spaghetti pasta! The black bean flavor was not overwhelming and added a nice element of taste with my spaghetti sauce. It became one of my fave pasta go-to’s. And while I am not totally committed to it yet, I can be vegan-ish, and this line of vegan pastas really help for when I want to Carbe Diem!

Since it is a snow day and National Spaghetti Day, I like to cook even more because I am home and I eat. It’s what I do. You might not have a box of Explore Cuisine pasta in your cabinets (of which I highly suggest you stock up), but for those of you that do (or will), here’s a couple of good recipes for you to try –

Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti

1 box Explore Cuisine Chickpea Spaghetti
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup organic pasta sauce
Cook the spaghetti until soft according to the packet directions. Drain the water from the pasta, and stir in the pasta sauce. Add more if you like more sauce. Serve in bowls and then sprinkle the nutritional yeast on each one. Season with salt and extra nutritional yeast if desired.

Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti

Recipe and Image Credit: Lee Tilghman (Lee From America)
Serves 1 person
Preparation 30 minutes + 10 minutes cooking

1/4 box Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti
1/2 zucchini spiralized into “noodles”
1/4 Red Bell Pepper
2 handfuls Baby Spinach
1/4 cucumber
1/4 cup corn (canned in water works great- just rinse them)
1/4 avocado mashed with fresh organic lemon juice
1 tbsp. vegan cheese (I used Leaf Cuisine Plain Cream Cheese) pumpkin seeds + dill for garnish
Start by boiling a big pot of water for your black bean spaghetti. Once boiling, add the spaghetti and let cook for 6 minutes.
Once done, remove from heat, rinse under cool water and set aside.

Prep your veggies! Finely dice your cucumber, bell pepper, mash your avocado, spiralize your zucchini. Next, add a spicy adobo chipotle sauce to your noodles and zucchini noodles. Combine the ancho and guajillo chiles in a large bowl and add plenty of cold water to cover. Let them soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Place the soaked chiles in a blender along with the ginger, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend until very smooth. Stop the motor a few times to scrape down the sides with a spatula and give things a stir, just to make sure everything’s getting puréed. Don’t be tempted to add liquid—you want the final sauce to be thick. Scrape the purée into a small bowl if you plan to use it soon, or into a jar with a tight-fitting lid if you want to save it for later. It’ll keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months. Add a few handfuls of baby spinach to a big ‘ol bowl. Add some noodles, guac, then add cucumber, red bell pepper, vegan cheese, pumpkin seeds, and freshly chopped dill!

Explore Cuisine and their awesome pasta varieties are also oh-so-perfect for National Gluten-Free Day on January 13th! Enjoy!

**P.S. I need to know when it is National Lasagna Day because I will definitely be making my lasagna with these Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Lasagna Noodles! What spaghetti dish are you enjoying on this snowy National Spaghetti Day?

What’s New in Skincare: Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm

Have you ever washed your face and thought it was clean but then you use your toner and still see traces of dirt, oil, or your makeup? Did you know the average person spends less time than recommended cleansing their skin? This isn’t sufficient enough to remove all the make-up, sunscreen, excess oil, and environmental pollutants that build up throughout the day. In the age of long-wearing makeup, super harsh environmental allergens, and crazy climate phenomena, you need a product that will truly clean your skin without stripping it. Thankfully, there is a product that does wonders in thoroughly cleansing your skin to leave it wonderfully clean, the Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm.

The Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm ($45.00) is “step zero” in Dermalogica’s exclusive Double Cleanse technique. It attracts and dissolves the layer of buildup that typically blocks your regular cleanser. This unique cleansing balm cuts through the buildup in just one application, setting the stage for your healthiest-looking skin ever. We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and not only has our skin improved from being truly clean, our face looks less oily. We’re also enjoying supple and soft skin as the temperature outside continues to decrease. A water-activated formula that transforms from a balm to an oil, the Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm is an innovative take on Dermalogica’s iconic, top-selling PreCleanse Oil.

This oil-based cleanser is ideal for normal to dry skin types. It features a Natural Biolipid Complex that locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier while Apricot Kernel Oil helps nourish the skin – AND it comes with a double-sided, ergonomically-designed mitt for enhanced cleansing and exfoliation! How do you use it? Check out the easy steps below:

  • Step 0: Dispense the balm onto the cleansing mitt or directly to the dry palm of your hand. Massage into dry skin. Add water to emulsify and transform the balm into a lightweight cleansing milk. Rinse.
  • Step 1: Apply your Dermalogica Cleanser to remove any leftover traces of PreCleanse Balm and impurities for a professional level of clean. Skin is left soft, nourished and ready to receive the benefits of your regular skin care regimen.

The Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm comes in a 3.0 oz/90 mL tube with the cleansing mitt and retails for $45.00. Find it at leading Dermalogica Spas and Salons, Ulta Beauty, Bluemercury, and www.Dermalogica.com.

Scorpio Season: Beauty Products to Keep the Eighth Sign Calm

Welcome to Scorpio season, the time to celebrate the most intense, passionate, and powerful sign in the zodiac. As Scorpios, it is certainly true that we can sometimes run a little hot, so keeping us cool and levelheaded is very important. Today marks the first day the sun enters Scorpio kicking the Jupiter effect in high gear. Jupiter only visits each zodiac sign every 12 years, making this year extra special for us Scorpios. To honor this significant event, we are highlighting three beauty products that are meant to keep us (specifically our skin and hair) calm all season long – Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye LiftLa Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask, and La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask.

Contrary to what is said about Scorpios, we do take the time to unwind and relax. In fact, it’s quite easy for us as we tend to go with the flow. We can be calm, cool and collected (just don’t get us upset). For those who a little extra assistance, add these relaxing beauty products to your routine for the most peaceful birthday month yet!

  1. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift: Remain stress-free with this cooling cream-gel masque. The high-performance formula energizes skin to reduce visible signs of stress, minimizing puffiness and dark circles for increased skin radiance!
  2. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask: Lay back and relax with this daily face mask that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration and improved luminosity. Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid provides instant plumping while antioxidant-rich thermal spring water soothes skin.
  3. Marc Anthony True Professional Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Deep Nourishing Treatment: This lightweight Oil Treatment penetrates the cuticle to help nourish and hydrate your hair leaving it smoother and shinier. No need to fret over frizz – apply a couple of drops on hair before bed and wake up with silky, smooth locks.

Welcome to our season Scorpios and happy birthday to all those celebrating. Scorpios Rule!

Titan by Silk’n: The Latest Must-Have Anti-Aging Beauty Device

How we’d love to live a life of luxury where we can get pampered whenever we desire. We’d love nothing for than our face to look radiant and youthful, and our skin to be glowing. But spa visits don’t come cheap unless you take advantage of those twice a year $50 Spa Week deals and plastic surgery is too expensive. But there is hope for affordable beauty treatments you can enjoy. If you’re ready to reduce your fine lines and wrinkles and lift and tighten your sagging skin, keep reading. It’s the latest must-have, anti-aging beauty device, the Titan by Silk’n Skin Tightening and Lifting Beauty Device.

The Titan by Silk’n Skin Tightening and Lifting Beauty Device is the most advanced and least invasive way to tighten the skin. This breakthrough at-home device works from the inside out to activate the body’s natural restoration process. It features infrared energy which increases blood circulation to improve skin tone and texture, it uses LED Light Energy to grow new collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and boasts RF Energy to penetrate deep beneath the skin to contract connective tissue, remodel collagen and strengthen elastin to lift and tighten sagging skin. Basically, it seeks out your damaged tissue and repairs it.

What makes the Titan by Silk’n such a breakthrough beauty essential? This at-home hand-held device uses the same technology offered by leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. Unlike with surgical procedures and many medical spa treatments, the Titan by Silk’n requires no recovery time and is suitable for the entire face and neck. It is the first of its kind that has been clinically tested, FDA cleared and proven to safely tighten facial skin from the comfort of your home. When used with the Slider Gel, which acts as a conductor and is required to emit the energy deep beneath the skin), the Titan by Silk’n Tightening and Lifting Beauty Device should be used twice a week, for 10 weeks. The total treatment time for one single treatment zone takes 15 minutes and it is recommended that you treat
each area individually.

The Titan by Silk’n (with included Slider Gel) retails for $269.00, which is a much more affordable option than any facial or plastic surgery procedure. The Titan is suitable for both women and men, all skin types and skin colors and makes a wonderful holiday gift.