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Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Health & Wellness: Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Despite how trivial it may seem to care for your health, the fact of the matter is that it’s incredibly important. Caring for yourself is one of the best things you can do because you are promoting your own wellbeing. If you’re hoping to be your best self this new year, here are some tips you can follow for each season to stay on top of your health.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

This Winter

As the winter air brings dryness and cracked skin, you’re going to want to make sure you’re moisturizing and using lotion more often around this time. Even kids can suffer from dry skin in the winter. If you’re a parent and have a child who is among the one in 10 kids who develop eczema, be sure to help them stay moisturized as well. Lotioning, where the dry skin is the worst, will be extremely important for overall comfort throughout the day.

Similarly, making sure you’re moisturizing your skin when the weather is extra dry will be beneficial for you in the long run. If you hope to avoid wrinkled skin in your later years, moisturizing regularly will help you to achieve this. Don’t forget your neck!

Though the air is extra dry in the winter months, it’s still important to try and get outdoors and enjoy the cool air. It’s easy to stay inside all winter and avoid the cold, but it’s important for your overall physical and mental health to get outdoors and stay active. Aim for at least one outing a week you wouldn’t normally do.

Next Summer

In the summer months, it’s super important for the protection of your skin to wear sunscreen. A study performed by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of participants use sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer. Wearing sunscreen is a very smart habit to get into. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can cause damage to our skin including various types of skin cancer. For this reason, wearing sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin while outdoors.

While wearing sunscreen is important during the height of summer, you should still apply it year-round. In the winter months, it’s really easy to assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary because you’re mostly covered anyway. The fact is, however, that the sun is still dangerous for our skin in the winter. As a result, applying sunscreen on your face is still a smart idea.

Seasonal Changes

As the seasons change, it’s very likely you’ll experience some seasonal allergies. In the spring and fall especially, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions. Whether that is avoiding certain areas altogether or more routinely taking your allergy medicine, you’ll want to be on top of it. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States of seasonal allergies so it’s very likely you are someone who has them.

Though this isn’t something that has a huge impact on your overall health, if you simply ignore your allergies it’s very likely you’ll have a less enjoyable time all around. It can also drain your energy to constantly feel like your head is exploding. Not only that, but a cracked, irritated nose from constantly blowing it not only causes some aesthetic concerns but is uncomfortable to deal with. Avoid this by caring for yourself!

This also means making sure you’re taking time for yourself if your allergies become too much. Rest is an important aspect of self-care and your health overall. Be sure to know your limits and respect them.

There are a lot of different ways you can help care for your health. These tips should help you keep your skin and body feeling as good as possible. Make sure to prioritize yourself and your health throughout the year in order to live your best life.

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

Afternoon “Tea” Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

“Teatime” is 365 days a year for us; we understand that for many, tea is preferred during the cooler seasons. Well, it’s days away from the Fall season and it’s the perfect time to share some delicious tea gift sets. Why tea giftsets? Firstly, they allow you to stock up on a variety of tea flavors without fear of running out too quickly; secondly, it’s a great way to try or discover new tea flavors without fully committing. That’s why we’re excited about Jaf Tea’s flavorful fall gift sets.

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

You may remember we first introduced you to Jaf Tea in March when we encouraged you to “Drink to Your Health.” Cuppa after cuppa of delicious flavors from this range of premium, hand-picked, and single-origin Ceylon teas kept our bodies healthy and our minds calm. For Fall, we’re very excited about Jaf Tea’s four fall gift sets. They include the Pure Fruits Collection, Pure Black & Flavored Tea Collection, Pure Teas & Infusions Collection, and the Pure Green Collection. Each of the Jaf Tea gift sets contains an assortment of 80 teas in foil envelopes. They come in a variety of classic black, green, and infusion teas.

Pure Fruits Collection

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

This collection contains an assortment of 10 tea bags of the following 8 exciting fruit-flavored black teas:

  1. Forest Fruit – Bursting with lusciously ripe wild berry flavors and enhanced with real forest fruit pieces; it is then expertly blended with their premium Ceylon black tea.
  2. Blueberry Delight – All the juicy tang of ripe blueberries and delicate sweetness of real cherry pieces gently fuses with Jaf their specially selected Ceylon tea.
  3. Pink Grapefruit – Packed with the zingy, zesty flavors of ripe and juicy citrus, perfectly combined with our fine Ceylon tea.
  4. Sunny Lemon – An invigorating blend of sun-ripened sweetness with the zesty tang of real lemon peel, infused into their superb Ceylon tea.
  5. Peach Orchard – Savor the delicately perfumed, sweet flavor of freshly picked peaches, infused into our outstanding Ceylon tea.
  6. Passion Fruit – A luscious balance of vibrantly sweet and tangy fruit flavors, expertly fused with our superior Ceylon tea.
  7. Creamy Soursop – Creamy and comforting with the rich, tropical taste of exotic soursop, sweetly fused with our prized Ceylon tea blend.
  8. Mango Banana – All the tropical sweetness of ripe mango with the smooth, mellow taste of banana, married together with our exquisite Ceylon tea blend.

Pure Black & Flavored Tea Collection

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

This bold collection contains an assortment of 10 tea bags of 4 classic black teas and 4 fruit-flavored black teas:

  1. English Breakfast – This popular morning blend hails from the fine Dimbulla region of Ceylon and is noted for its strong, full-bodied, and brisk taste.
  2. Ceylon Earl Grey – Named after the 19th Century British Prime minister our blend combines the distinguished taste of Bergamot with the finest Ceylon tea.
  3. Organic Darjeeling – Their organic Darjeeling blend is made up of teas harvested during the months of May to June. They are replete with the signature aroma of muscatel grapes and summer fruits.
  4. Ceylon Supreme – Few black teas on earth can equal this superlative blend for its perfect harmony of distinct Dimbulla character and strong full-bodied taste.
  5. Forest Fruit Black Tea – Bursting with lusciously ripe wild berry flavors and enhanced with real forest fruit pieces, expertly blended with their premium Ceylon black tea.
  6. Creamy Soursop – Creamy and comforting with the rich, tropical taste of exotic soursop, sweetly fused with their prized Ceylon tea blend.
  7. Pink Grapefruit – Packed with the zingy, zesty flavors of ripe and juicy citrus, perfectly combined with our fine Ceylon tea.
  8. Sunny Lemon – An invigorating blend of sun-ripened sweetness with the zesty tang of real lemon peel, infused into their superb Ceylon tea.

Pure Teas & Infusions Collection

Jaf Tea Pure Teas & Infusions - Tea Sampler / Gift Set

An exceptional collection that contains 10 tea bags of the following assortment of 8 teas and infusions:

  1. English Breakfast Black Tea – This popular morning blend hails from the fine Dimbulla region of Ceylon. It is noted for its strong, full-bodied, and brisk taste.
  2. Ceylon Earl Grey Black Tea – Named after the 19th Century British Prime minister, this blend combines the distinguished taste of Bergamot with the finest Ceylon tea.
  3. Forest Fruit Black Tea – Bursting with lusciously ripe wild berry flavors and enhanced with real forest fruit pieces, expertly blended with their premium Ceylon black tea.
  4. Natural Green Tea – Hailing from the southern regions of China, this delightful natural variety is distinguished by its perfect balance of light body, fresh aroma, and mellow taste.
  5. Strawberry & Kiwi Green Tea – All the sweet, fresh taste of strawberries enhanced with tropical kiwi and infused with our beautiful Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the fruity aroma and refreshing sweetness.
  6. Soursop & Banana Green Tea – Creamy and comforting, with the sweet taste of soursop fruit and mellow banana, infused with our classic Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly and enjoy hot or cold.
  7. Camomile Dream Natural Infusion – Create a sensory sanctuary with this calming infusion. It is the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long day.
  8. Cool Peppermint Natural Infusion – Only the finest peppermint leaves, replete with essential oils, are used to create this cool and refreshing infusion.

Pure Green Collection

Jaf Tea Pure Green Tea Collection

Last, but certainly not least, the Jaf Tea Pure Green Collection. It contains 10 tea bags of the following assortment of 4 Classic Green and 4 Fruit-flavored green teas:

  1. Natural Green Tea – Hailing from the southern regions of China, this delightful natural variety is distinguished by its perfect balance of light body, fresh aroma, and mellow taste.
  2. Jasmine Green Tea – This carefully crafted blend of Chinese tea is naturally scented with jasmine blossoms in the traditional way to achieve the perfect balance of flavor and fragrance.
  3. Mint Green Tea – Natural mint leaves are expertly blended with the finest green teas from the lush mountains of Ceylon to create this cool and refreshing tea.
  4. Strawberry & Kiwi Green Tea – All the sweet, fresh taste of strawberries enhanced with tropical kiwi and infused with our beautiful Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the fruity aroma and refreshing sweetness.
  5. Lemon Mint Green tea – Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the invigorating taste and aroma.
  6. Mango Green Tea – All the sun-ripened succulence and sweetness of mango, infused with their light and refreshing Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the aromatic burst of tropical taste and flavor.
  7. Soursop Banana Green Tea – Creamy and comforting, with the sweet taste of soursop fruit and mellow banana; it is then infused with their classic Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly and enjoy hot or cold.
  8. Oolong Tea – This prized Oolong tea from the Fujian province of China is produced using sophisticated and artisanal techniques to create a delightfully floral light-bodied tea.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these perfect-for-fall, Jaf Tea gift sets. Will you be adding more tea to your pantry during the cooler seasons? If you are, now is the perfect time to get your hands on these tea gift sets. They are regularly priced at $29.99 but are currently on sale for only $19.99. We suggest you head over to www.jaftea.com and stock up before they’re gone.

Sael Wellness Vegan Gummies

Sael Wellness: Easy Nutrition and a Healthier Lifestyle for All

Many think it’s easy to live a healthier lifestyle but with preservatives and additives, along with healthy options not always being available, it can prove difficult. An easy way to get the nutrition you need and to lead a healthier lifestyle is by taking dietary supplements and vitamins. Being healthy should be easy and Sael Wellness makes sure it is; their products are made to the highest standards and they focus on solving specific nutritional problems.

Sael Wellness Vegan Gummies

Since we want to improve our overall health and wellness, we were more than happy to try the Sael Wellness Happy Apple – Apple Cider Vinegar + Ginger Gummy and Sound Sleep – Melatonin + Magnesium Gummy. The Happy Apple vegan gummies help with digestion, weight management, and immune support; the Sound Sleep vegan gummies help you fall and stay asleep throughout the night so you can wake up feeling energized. Each bottle contains 60 gummies. Find out more about both below:

Happy Apple – Apple Cider Vinegar + Ginger Gummy

Sael Wellness Happy Apple - Apple Cider Vinegar + Ginger Gummy

These potent gummies are made with a crisp apple taste in a gluten-free and vegan formula. The gummies are free from gelatin, nuts, eggs, milk, soy, artificial colors, and preservatives. It contains friendly bacteria that promote a healthy digestive tract and a strong immune system. By taking these ACV and ginger dietary supplements, you may notice that it’s easier to stay at your goal weight. We’ve already seen increased energy, and an overall better mood in the 2 weeks we’ve been taking it.

Sound Sleep – Melatonin + Magnesium Gummy

Sael Wellness Sound Sleep - Melatonin + Magnesium Gummy

For those experiencing restless and sleepless nights, get ready for the best sleep you’ve had in a while. These strawberry flavored gummies boast an optimal mixture of Melatonin and Magnesium, also in a gluten-free and vegan formula. The combination of these two supports the nervous system by calming anxiety and tension leading to a more peaceful sleep.

Available for $24.99 per bottle, these vegan gummies can truly help make a difference in your life.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods: Meals Delivered Right to Your Door

You may have seen the numerous memes about the elevated amount of cooking we’ve had to do. In other words, we’re a bit over having to cook. If you also add in empty grocery shelves, increased prices on staples and scarce food deliveries, lunch and dinner options are dwindling. We’ve personally seen meat and chicken prices increase, which mostly leaves everyone with plant-based foods; but fresh produce is still hard to come by, which leaves you with limited options. Slowly but surely, we are being pushed into a plant-based diet but what can you when produce is limited? The answer, Veestro 100% plant-based foods.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods

With all the grocery stores running out of food, why not order some pre-cooked meals straight to your doorstep? And what better time than the celebration of Earth Month to highlight delicious, organic, healthy, sustainable food, made from plants. With the Veestro meal delivery service, there is no chopping, no cooking, and no cleanup required. Simply heat up your Veestro plant-based meal in the oven or microwave. For those who still enjoy the act of cooking, some of the meals can be heated on the stovetop. The 100% plant-based foods are made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. We had the pleasure of trying out a few of the meals: Red Curry with Tofu, Country Fried Chick’n, Enchilada Casserole, and Soba Noodles in Peanut Sauce. As life-long carnivores, we can attest to how delicious they are.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods Red Curry

We began our plant-based adventure with the Red Curry with Tofu; this mouth-watering and hearty meal is a delicious mix of broccoli, carrots, tofu, coconut curry sauce, and brown rice. The savory and sweet sauce gives this hearty meal a bold flavor that you, vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore, will absolutely enjoy.

You can choose from different flexible meal plans and dietary preferences that Veestro has, including gluten-free, low-calorie, nut-free, kosher, soy-free, and high protein. The meals are prepared fresh and shipped frozen, which allows you to eat them within 8-10 weeks. We highly recommend you at this stay-at-home savior to your list, especially as grocery shelves continue to be sparse and just as a break from the task of cooking.

Drink to Your Health: JAF TEA Artisanal Handpicked Teas

Drink to Your Health: JAF TEA Artisanal Handpicked Teas

If there was ever a time to drink lots of tea, that time is now. Whether you’re enjoying a regular cup of antioxidant tea in the morning and afternoon or a hot toddy at night, you can’t deny the benefits of tea. Black teas help the heart, can lower cholesterol and give you energy (it’s our go-to in the mornings); Green teas are packed with antioxidants which keep your body fighting against diseases (we alternate between green and white as our afternoon tea); White teas can help you shed some pounds and boasts antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Basically, tea is what we should be drinking as we all deal with the Coronavirus. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been staying healthy with a variety of teas from JAF TEA, a range of premium, hand-picked, and single-origin Ceylon teas.

Drink to Your Health: JAF TEA Artisanal Handpicked Teas

JAF TEA has quite the history; based in Sri Lanka and founded in 1944, their teas are sold in more than 30 countries across the globe and have won a reputation for superb quality and exceptional taste. Their distinct black teas, expertly selected by their team of master tasters, from the Ceylon region, which boasts two peak tea seasons. JAF TEA packs their teas within days of harvesting to preserve the flavors and characters.

Drink to Your Health: JAF TEA Artisanal Handpicked Teas

Our first experience with JAF TEA was a cuppa of a flavored green tea – Lemon & Mint. Available in loose leaf and tea bags, this invigorating tea also boasts a cool minty layer that complements its burst of citrus flavor. Fans of flavored green teas will also enjoy their six other flavors, as well as their classic green tea, also available in a variety of options. As we mentioned above, we love black teas in the morning and the robust JAF TEA Ceylon Supreme was the perfect pick-me-up we needed one early morning. Its formidable taste and distinct Dimbulla character result in a bright taste that lingers with you.

Drink to Your Health: JAF TEA Artisanal Handpicked Teas

Sadly, we down to our last few tea bags but we’re really excited to try these unconventional flavored green teas, including Soursop & Banana (both creamy fruits that we grew up eating), Mango, and Strawberry Kiwi. We also hear they have a Bourbon Vanilla & Rooibos tea that is sublime and most likely a perfect blend for hot toddies. We can’t wait to find out.

Whether you’re looking for robust and full-bodied or floral and delicate teas, check out this family-owned and operated tea brand from the highlands of Sri Lanka and drink to your health.

Hydration Helper: Drink More Water Deliciously with True Lemon

The struggle to drink more water is still very much an active battle. Although we do triumph here and there, we admit consistency is an issue. We all know staying hydrated is a key factor in being healthy; but how do you make something drink something that has no flavor, no taste, no anything? We’ve tried adding things to our water, like ginger or lemon but the urge to turn it into sweetened beverage is strong. Plus after drinking glass after glass of water, we sometimes feel nauseous. But there is a solution, and one that’s been helping us for the past two weeks, True Lemon Mixes.

Available in water enhancers, energy mixes, tea mixes, and lemonade and limeade mixes, we’ve been happily keeping ourselves hydrated with True Lemon. The low-calorie, powdered mixes are made from real citrus fruits (other True Citrus fruits are also available). They boast zero and ten calories (depending on the mix) and are available in sweetened and unsweetened varieties with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The range of True Citrus mixes is also non-GMO, sodium-free, and gluten-free.

We started out with the True Lemon Energy Wild Blackberry Pomegranate because we still needed the sweetness aspect; but after about a week, we started alternating to the True Lemon Crystallized Lemon with no issues. We have even started drinking plain water more. Of course, we still enjoy the above flavors when we need a bit more from our water. Each zero-calorie True Lemon crystallized packet equals the taste of one lemon wedge, which makes it great for recipes that call for lemon. It’s real lemon without the mess.

If you struggle to drink water or need help staying hydrated without the sugary drinks, try these water enhancers and beverage mixes. You too may find yourself changing your healthy hydration habits for the better. To purchase True Lemon and True Citrus, visit www.truelemonstore.com and www.amazon.com.

Pereg Natural Foods Ancient Grains

The Latest Exotic Spices and Ancient Grains From Pereg Natural Foods

One of our favorite things about attending the Summer Fancy Food Show is the introduction of new foods, food trends, and seeing what’s new from our favorite food brands. One of our favorite brands, Pereg Natural Foods, a brand we’ve previously written about, has added lots to their lineup. Along with new flavor additions to old favorites, like their exotic spices and ancient grains, they’ve introduced new products to make your meal even more healthy and delicious. Let’s get to know them……..

Fine Breadcrumbs & Seasoned Panko

Pereg Natural Foods Ancient Grains

Pereg’s seasoned breadcrumb collection just got even bigger with the introduction of three delicious new flavors: Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs, Whole Wheat Panko, and Golden Crisp Bread Crumbs. They join a crunchy family that includes Classic, American, Viennese, Mexican, and Italian Fine Bread Crumbs and their Japanese cousins Spicy Panko, Coarse Panko, and Fine Panko. Grab the 9 oz re-sealable bags for $4.85 each.

Pereg’s Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs are baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a distinctive crunch to vegetables, baked macaroni & cheese, meatloaf, seafood, or chicken dishes. You can use it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Pereg’s Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs are also baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a deliciously flavorful crunch to chicken wings, seafood, and pasta dishes. Boasting a delightful balance of sweet and spicy, your taste buds will love the kick of flavor. Try it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Flavor Infused Quinoa

Pereg Natural Foods Flavored Quinoa

In addition, Pereg features new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils (pictured above), quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing for $3.99. Quinoa, the “mother of all grains”, is a healthy and easy food to prepare. It holds a pleasantly light, fluffy texture when cooked, with a mild and slightly nutty flavor. We love the flavor varieties and how they paired perfectly with things like Freshé ready-to-eat superfood; a meal in a tin (see them pictured together above).

Freekeh Grain 

Pereg Natural Foods Freekah Grain

If you’re tired of rice or just looking to cut it out of your diet. We have a great alternative for you. Freekeh is a young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame for a rich smoky flavor and cracked to reduce the cooking time. This grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous for a delicious and healthy side dish. Grab a 5 oz bag for only $3.99.

Gluten-Free Flours

Pereg Natural Foods Gluten-Free Flours

Gone are the day when only one type of flour existed. Thanks to Pereg Natural Foods, you now have six flour varieties to bake with, including Almond, Banana, Buckwheat, Chickpea, Quinoa, and Coconut.  Available in 16 oz. re-sealable stay-fresh bags, the flours are the perfect healthy alternative when you want to create sweet treats and savory dishes. Imagine Buckwheat, Quinoa, or Chickpea dumplings or homemade pasta. How about flavorful cookies made with banana, almond or coconut flour. With these Gluten-Free Flours, the possibilities are endless. Get them all for $4.99 each.

Are you up to trying out these specialty flours, exotic spices and ancient grains from Pereg?

EAT THIS! Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks For Anytime of the Day

Snack time should be an easy concept but when you take into account we tend to eat things that are not good for us or overdo the number of snacks we consume in one sitting, it’s not so easy after all. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy a complete healthy snack any time of the day, look no further than Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks. This new snack range contains a nutritious Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked & Peeled egg, along with two other delicious items that you crave in a portable and convenient snack tray.

hard boiled egg snacks

The Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks include three favorite snack items in one convenient ready-to-eat trays with individual compartments. These single count packaged snacks are perfect for breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, afternoon, or evening. The protein-packed Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Egg Snacks satisfy your savory or sweet craving any time of day. Available in four snack varieties:

hard boiled egg snacks

  1. Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: Perfect for breakfast or anytime you have that craving for a classic breakfast combination of bacon, egg, and cheese.
  2. Salame, Provolone Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: Pretend you’re having an Italian picnic right at your desk with sliced Genoa salame and provolone cheese to accompany your EB hard-cooked egg.
  3. Olives, Feta Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: This true Mediterranean delight of imported Kalamata-style olives, creamy feta, and a hard-cooked egg will have you daydreaming that you’re on a Greek island.
  4. Chocolate Covered Almonds, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Hard-Cooked EB Egg: Combine the flavors of rich chocolate-covered almonds with sharp white cheddar to compliment your EB hard-cooked egg, any time of day for that satisfying indulgence.

Whether you enjoy these for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack, these nutritious and delicious snacks will keep you going and give you the energy you need to get through your day.