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In Bed With Naturepedic: Lay Down Luxury Where it Counts

Women (and men) spend so much time and energy on beautifying products, beautifying spaces, restorative and enriching experiences…but often, we are too busy leading our fabulous lives that we forget the absolute best lifestyle-affirming inner-glow-giving routine starts and ends with a great night’s sleep! The Guestlist Girls were invited to experience the ultimate in sleep luxury at the Madison Park Tower! Naturepedic makes the most sustainably designed, beautifully crafted Certified Organic mattresses in the world, wants you to remember you need a good rest, and also, you should choose to sleep as luxuriously as you live…

Remember the story ‘The Princess and the Pea? Well, we are American women who have California King Dreams and Cashmere tastes. We spent a lot of time learning and loving the ELYSIUM, the finest and plushest model on offer. With a 16-inch height full of customizable layers that include a 3-inch pillow top layer made of organic latex (made from actual rubber trees!!), and two layers of encased coils. No Princessa, Doña, Vicereine or Head of State will EVER go without restful slumber on this bed! Especially one as sensitive as Saucy; who is allergic to oh so many things!

Health and well-being at Naturepedic begin with their Halcyon collection. The collection is made WITHOUT any man-made petroleum-based fibers. It boasts PLENTY of organic cotton, cashmere, and alpaca to carry you off into a Deep-REM cycle of new dreams to make come true.

The Naturepedic Halcyon organic mattresses are designed with traditional craftsmanship. Best known for their organic cotton-wrapped coils, each individually stitched in place. The three Halcyon by Naturepedic models, the ELYSIUM, ARCADIA, and AZURE offer fully customizable padding from plush to firm (our fave) to meet each side of the bed’s comfort needs. Organic cotton + alpaca/cashmere wool is used for optimal sleep temperature regulations; any organic latex used is created from actual rubber trees, not petroleum.

A big part of living your best life is the quality of rest and relaxation you permit yourself. Remember to pamper yourself with between the all the excitement that life has to offer!

The Halcyon by Naturepedic organic mattress collection has no foreign substances, no chemicals, and no toxins.

It’s Easy Eating Green: Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day Pasta Recipes

We know when it comes to celebrating the luckiest day of the year, it’s usually done with cocktails, but we’re here to tell you, enjoying a delicious plate of a delicious pasta is another great way to honor the greenest holiday. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients. While they may not be Irish, these Explore Cuisine pastas, made with Green Lentil, Edamame, and Mung Bean, are actually green. Ready to try these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Free of artificial colors, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious. The following Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes include two pesto dishes and a pasta salad.

Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto

1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne – cooked, drained
2 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
A handful fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
salt and red chili flakes to taste
3 T. pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat oil in a small sauté pan. Add garlic and cook one minute. Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil. Season with salt and chili flakes. Garnish with pine nuts. Add cheese if desired.

Explore Cuisine Super Green Pasta Salad

1 7oz Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti
4 cups spinach (finely sliced & packed)
2 spring onions (finely sliced)
2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/2 tsp sea salt
Green Tahini Sauce
1 cup fresh basil (packed)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup water (the pasta cooking water)
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons)
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup brazil nut parmesan (to top)
Cook pasta for 4 minutes, then drain and rinse briefly under cold water. Be sure to reserve 1/2 cup cooking water – it’ll make a huge difference to your sauce! While the pasta cooks, make up the Brazil nut parmesan by blitzing all ingredients in a blender until crumbly. Once your pasta is cooked, make the sauce by blending all sauce ingredients (including your reserved pasta cooking water) until smooth. Place the pasta back in the pan and turn the element onto a low heat. Add the sauce and spinach, cooking for just a minute or two until the spinach it very lightly wilted but still vibrant. Finally, mix through the tomatoes and spring onions and then remove from heat, (this maintains all the nutritional benefits of the raw vegetables while lightly heating them). Plate your pasta into bowls, adding 1 tbsp of parmesan to each plus cracked black pepper and extra sea salt to taste. **Recipe courtesy of Recipe by Buffy Ellen of begoodorganics**

Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce

7 oz. Explore Cuisine Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine – cooked and drained
2 large yellow squashes, peeled into ribbons with a peeler
3.5 oz. pecans – peeled & halved
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
3 oz. pine nuts

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE
1 large bunch of fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
2 oz. olive oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks. Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped. Add the salt and olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency. Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts in a skillet. Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

What are your thoughts on these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Drink to Your Health: The New Delicious Total Wellness Beverages

One of the most important things in life is your health and wellness and while current circumstances may try to obstruct that, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy body. You can stay active, eat as healthy as you can, and of course keep your body hydrated with essential nutrients. Say hello to the following delicious total wellness beverages: Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages, Up Mountain Switchel, and Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice. All three drink brands provide more than just a delicious and thirst quenching taste.

We promise you will love all three delicious total wellness beverages we are highlighting today. Not just the health benefits, but the delicious and satisfying tastes as well. Continue reading to egt to know them.

Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages

Get ready for a tasty organic, non-dairy, probiotic sparkling beverage that’s low in calories. The new, organic Lifeway Elixir sparkling probiotic beverage will be your new favorite drink. Along with it being organic, probiotic and low in sugar and calories, these delicious drinks are also gluten-free, caffeine-free, vegan, and kosher. Lifeway Elixir is available in 12oz bottles in four flavors: Tangerine, Hibiscus, Ginger, and Elderberry. All four sparkling flavors are great on their own but they also wow as a mixer in cocktails.

Up Mountain Switchel

We know what you’re thinking, “what exactly is Switchel? ” It is a drink made of water, vinegar, and ginger, often sweetened with honey, sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup created in the mountains of Vermont hundreds of years ago. And it’s delicious! Fans of ginger (we’re obsessed), Up Mountain Switchel will be your go-to drink. We’re sure you well familiar with the long list of benefits of Apple cider vinegar, such as effectively lowering pH, which makes your body run optimally! This is the main ingredient in Up Mountains Switchel. This delicious, wonder drink is made of three key ingredients: fresh ginger, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and pure grade A maple syrup. Thanks to the fresh ginger root used in Up Mountains Switchel, it is an amazing and natural way to battle inflammation and it’s a fantastic analgesic. Its sugar content is derived solely from unrefined, mineral-rich, low-glycemic maple syrup; healthy sugars that an active body needs. Up Mountains is available in four flavors: Original, Lemon, Yerba Mate, and Cayenne. They are sold in 16oz bottles that come in a 2-pack, 6-pack, and 12-pack cases.

Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice

Do you prefer your fruit juices to be organic? Welcome the delicious, bold taste of Ocean Spray’s 100% juices, now in an organic option! Made with the crisp, clean taste of organically grown North American cranberries straight from the farm to your family. The organic 100% juices, available in Organic Cranberry Blueberry, Organic Cranberry Apple, and Organic Cranberry, contains no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Each juice is non-GMO and is USDA Organic certified and promises nothing but delicious goodness in every sip.

What do you think of these delicious total wellness beverages?

Grand Opening: Dr. Smood Opens Location in NY’s NoMad Neighborhood

Just like we do to our homes every spring season, we believe in doing the same for our bodies. A seasonal cleansing can do wonders for you internally. Getting rid of what may be causing you harm, aging you faster, etc. Of course, when we say cleansing, we’re not talking about the unhealthy cleansing trends and fads. You can cleanse your system while nourishing it thanks to the great range of organic smart foods from Dr. Smood, all of which are developed by scientists, nutritionists, doctors and raw vegan chefs. We had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Smood, at the grand opening of their second New York location in NoMad (North of Madison Square Park).

Dr. Smood is the first smart food boutique café specializing in health beneficial organic food and beverages. The cafes (more locations will be opening soon) offer certified organic juices, coffees, teas, sandwiches, salads, soups and nutrient-rich grab-and-go snacks that not only boast real nutrition, minerals, and basic vitamins but are also very delicious. They also offer signature organic coffee, sandwiches made with their proprietary Performance Bread and pastries created from the pulp of their cold-pressed juices. Not only are Dr. Smood’s products tasty, they are life-prolonging, curative and energizing. Their slogan of “Smart food for a good mood” really is true, with choices that benefit your body, mind and your general well being. Each Dr. Smood cafe is designed for maximum comfort and wellbeing. Like all their other locations nationwide, the NoMad location offers comfortable seating, free WiFi, charging stations for your mobile devices, even specially devised music playlists for different times of the day.

We had the opportunity to try one of their detox programs, the Dr. Smood Intermediate Detox Program, for a week, and the results were amazing. The program offers a product selection system that allows you to choose your mood: yellow for immunity, blue for energy, purple for health, pink for beauty, green for detox and orange for power. Our program included drinking five juices, one mylk, and one booster every day.

The first thing we noted was of course how delicious the juices and smoothies were. The second thing we noticed, and this was very important to us, was the lack of headaches and migraines. In the past when we’ve tried juice cleansing, we’ve always experienced migraines because although we were cleansing our bodies, we were not being properly nourished. With Dr. Smood, we never had that issue, and we never felt hungry at any point during our week-long cleansing. The third wonderful thing about our Dr. Smood experience, which of course truly excited us was our clothes fitting a bit looser, as well as being able to get into clothes that we couldn’t previously get into. The compliments about our glowing skin and happier disposition didn’t hurt either.

If you’re ready to try a cleansing program that has no negative side effects, we urge you to stop by Dr. Smood’s new NoMad location at 1151 Broadway, or any of their other cafe locations nationwide.

 

On Your Grocery List: Health and Nutrition Can Be Delicious

Health and nutrition are things we have always taken seriously and enjoyed immensely. We grew up eating fruits every single day, and there were no colorful cereals at our breakfast table. Of course, for many this was not the case, but luckily there are food brands that are providing all your health and nutrition needs in delicious food offerings. Today we are celebrating some of these food brands and their offerings, some of which are just hitting shelves and others already available.

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The temperature is heating up so what better ay to cool down than with a delicious and refreshing, on-the-go frozen juice tube from Whole Fruit Organic Juice Bars. These convenient range of frozen juices are only 60 calories each, USDA certified Organic and have no GMOs, HFCS, dairy or gluten. Cool down with any or all of these wonderful flavors: Apple Grape, Apple Strawberry, Apple Cherry and Apple Blueberry.

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Looking for a high calcium, high protein snack? Look no further than the yogurt-style beverage that not only is delicious, it provides you with an amazing amount of health benefits thanks to its 12 live and active probiotics. Available this season is the limited edition Hibiscus Rhubarb Pie. This cultured, low-fat milk smoothie is both tart and tangy,  is gluten-free, 99% lactose-free and made with all natural ingredients. The very fashionable bottle design was made in collaboration with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and inspired by the floral patterns and fresh spring flavors.

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Move over raisins, Craisins are here to take over their sweet, delicious taste. These surprisingly sweet dried cranberries are excellent for snacking on the go or liven up a recipe. The gluten-free Craisins Original dried cranberries are naturally cholesterol-free, a good source of fiber and 1 serving meets 25% of your daily recommended fruit needs.

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Take your morning up a notch with a cool new take on breakfast with the combination of cool, creamy Greek yogurt and Oatmeal. The Plenti Oatmeal Meets Greek Yogurt boasts 16 grams of whole grain, provides long-lasting energy, is a good source of protein, and can be enjoyed cold, straight from the fridge. Love oats, flax, and pumpkin seeds with your Greek Yogurt? The range of Plenti Oatmeal Meets Greek Yogurt is all the health and nutrition you need to start your day right.

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So long potato and pita chips, and make way for a new healthy way to snack. Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips unlocks the nutritional powerhouses that are lentils. These tiny legumes are dense in protein and high in fiber and are low in fat. These super crunchy Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips come in six varieties: Sea Salt, Cucumber Dill, Garlic Parmesan, Moroccan Barbeque, Rosemary, and Cracked Pepper and are perfect to dip in hummus, guacamole, or salsa.

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Are you ready for bread that will blow you away? One sandwich made with this organic seeded bread is enough to fit all your health and nutrition needs. Dave’s Killer Bread is power-packed with whole grains, protein, fiber, and absolutely no artificial ingredients, and is always USDA organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Their vast variety of delicious bread options contains no artificial preservative or ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, and no nuts, soy, or dairy, but they do contain very high levels of Omega-3.

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Last but certainly not least on our grocery list of health and nutrition must-haves is DRY Sparkling Beverages. We’re quite familiar with this brand and have enjoyed quite a bit of their nine gourmet flavors. The full range boasts a clean ingredient panel is available in the following exotic flavors that are crisp and unexpected: Lavender, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Vanilla Bean, Juniper Berry, Rainier Cherry, Ginger, Fuji Apple, and Cucumber. Keep an eye out for their new seasonal flavors, Malali Watermelon and Serrano Pepper.

What are your thoughts on these wonderful health and nutrition must-haves? Will they be making their way onto your ext grocery list?