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We are continuing our healthy eating/cooking segment over here, and we have found a new favorite! Chosen Foods, they make a wide variety of cooking essentials.  We do a lot of cooking in our home. Matter of fact, we cook almost every night.

When cooking with different temperatures it’s important that you use the right oils. Chosen Foods makes that easy for you. They have their avocado oil spray, which is for higher temps, and their olive oil spray for lower temps. Both are sprays, which seriously makes life so much easier. Especially when you are roasting veggies all of the time, like we are.

They also make an amazing sesame drizzle oil, that we tried. This is the prefect oil to drizzle over your meal right before eating. It goes amazing with stir-fry. we also tried their quinoa and chia seeds, which you can never go wrong with using.

There are so many “healthy” choices out there these days, it’s important to know which companies are “truly” healthy. We love Chosen Foods, and believe the company is doing a superior job to make sure your health is number one!

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The Perfect snack bar

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Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We did a lot of r&r around here. I have been doing a high intensity workout since April, and I have to say it’s been challenging, but good.  I have been fortunate or not fortunate, however you want to look at it, to not have to work out my whole life, until now.  I’m 39, and let’s just say my body doesn’t just drop weight like it use to.

All of that being said, I have recently started counting my macros. This has worked really well for me. Remember, everyone’s body is different, what works for one person may not work for another. This is what I needed. My personality is the type that one isn’t enough and ten isn’t enough either, so I wanted to find a balance. This also keeps me accountable, which is what I need.

I’m always searching for the best products for myself. Easy meals, on the go snacks, etc…When I came across Square Organics they sounded like the perfect snack bar. All organic and super clean ingredients, just what I like. I don’t have one favorite flavor, they are all amazing! The whole family actually liked them, even Eleanor. The macros fit right into my food diary for an easy snack, or even a meal if I’m really on the go.  Most of the time, they are a snack for me.

Head over to their site and check some out for yourself.  They were generous enough to offer our readers 20% off. Please use the code goodnewssantabarbara. There is no limit, so try them all!!!

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Terra’s Kitchen // home delivery

terras kitchen10 new - CopyIf you have followed us for a while, then you know we are huge health fans, we cook at home a lot, and we like anything that is farm to table. When we were approached by Terra’s Kitchen to try their home delivery meals, we were super excited!

I have to be honest with you, I love cooking and even grocery shopping (I know, weird), but lately with the store being so busy, and the hubby working long hours (hospitality business), it sure is nice to have your meals planned out and your ingredients delivered.

However, that being said, we still want to keep our meals as clean as possible. So, when I did a little research on Terra’s Kitchen, I loved the fact that they are farm to table. Keeping all of their ingredients clean, all-natural, hormone free and no antibiotics.

Because it’s been so hot here in California, we stuck with a couple of grilling options. Tonight we had, grilled ny strip steak, with tomatoes, zucchini and basil chimichurri.  Super easy, and super good! That’s another bonus, EASY!

Head on over to our Instagram page, where we are hosting an awesome giveaway, with Terra’s Kitchen, that you won’t want to miss!

Also, we’d love for you to try Terra’s Kitchen. So, for our readers and first time users, please use the code GoodNews at checkout and receive $50 off $100 or more.

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Go Raw

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A while back we finished up our healthy, snacking series.  We loved being able to introduce some healthy snacks for the on-the-go person.  Keeping up with the healthy snacks, we found Go Raw. Go Raw uses all fresh, organic products to make their snacks. All of their products are fresh, living products, created with a gentle dehydration process. This all means you don’t have to feel guilty eating these yummy snacks.

We love raw snacks because of the increased energy, mental clarity, and of course, no preservatives. Our family thrives on healthy eating. We have completely cut out refined sugar, which I can tell you has made a huge difference. Try it for just a week, I promise your body will love it, and your sleep will be so much better.

Living healthy is a way of life for our family, we strive to eat as clean as possible. Our bodies feel so good, and knock on wood, we haven’t been sick in years.

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Herbal Remedies+Fashion

I wanted to introduce to you our newest addition to Love Threads, our apothecary section. I strongly believe in everything fashionable, and that even includes how we take care of ourselves.  I’ve used all of our products that we are carrying, for a long while before adding them to our shop.  So I stand strongly behind them.

Our health is what will keep us going for a long, long time. There is nothing more beautiful than a healthy, glowing, strong woman. Instead of taking multiple supplements everyday, all you have to do is have a cup of one of our Moon Juice dusts, a spritz of our gypsy rose mist, and tend to your dosha, with a spritz of one of our Ayurveda mists.

Having a clean, fashionable lifestyle, has given me more gratitude for life. I have a clearer head, more energy (hello, to anyone with kiddos or works obscene hours), and my overall body, just feels good!

Below, I have shared some our newest products.  If you get a chance, pop over to our site to see, and read more in depth about them.

Peace~~~

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The best soap ever!

chivas collageWe would like to announce that Love Threads will start carrying bath and body. We are thrilled to share our first line, Chivas skin care. Soaps made from goats milk, and completely safe for your skin. We are in love!

Hop on over and check out the goodness.

 

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beauty // pursoma

pursoma3 newpursoma4 newHappy Friday! Next up, for our all natural beauty series is, Pursoma. Everything about this company says perfect! Their beauty products detoxify, rejuvenate, and soothe the body, from the inside out. We were lucky to try the ocean potion bath, which is made to detoxify the body with the sea’s restorative minerals, stimulate circulation with sea salt, and eliminate toxins on a cellular level. WOW! is all we can say. It was absolutely amazing! Leaving our skin feeling wonderful. The other product we were lucky to try was the earth bound body mask

We had the chance to have a Q&A with CEO and owner, Shannon Vaughn, what a beauty…

1) What led you to start your business?

Pursoma was created because I faced a health crisis which I was confident was a result of environmental toxicity. Extremely stressful situations in my life; poor nutrition in my daily diet; and toxic hormonal disruptors in my beauty and skin care regime left me unwell. Unhappy with the prospects offered by traditional medicine, I engaged in holistic therapies guided by a nutritionist and homeopathic doctor that emphasized detox and rejuvenation.  Following my recovery, I worked closely with a nutritionist and biochemist to formulate potent, effective detox treatments that left me feeling vibrant and alive and gave me a sense of internal peace.  It was this process of “soma”, or transition, to wellness, along with the understanding I gained about what it meant to be truly healthy, that inspired me to want to spread this message to others and share the tools to achieve similar results.  Thus, Pursoma was born.

2) How do you incorporate a holistic lifestyle into your daily life?

I try to be conscious daily of what I consume, especially if I am on the go because then I have to be more focused about it. When I am at home I have developed a very healthy routine and I stick to that. Obviously there are times when things need to be adjusted, for instance I am pregnant now and felt the need to eat animal products because my body wanted them. But usually I make it very simple for myself and I look at a meal or menu or food item and say, can I see the origin of the food? Is it a whole food? And I try to eat as simply as possible.

3) Favorite items you can’t live without?

There is nothing I can’t live without. I have lived in so many different countries and environments around the world at various stages of my life, that I have learned that I can always adapt. But if I had to list a few essentials that feel really important to me

1. Lemon water in the morning followed by a super high quality green tea.

2. Pursoma Floral Defense which is a homeopathic remedy for living well in today’s modern world (not released yet, coming soon!!!!)

3. A really good body oil. I love body oil and apply it after shower and before bed to keep my skin hydrated, usually it’s unscented.

4) What does your daily routine look like?

In the morning, I have the juice of one lemon in 12-16 ounces warm water, then I have green tea or very little decaf coffee with coconut milk.  Next, before or after exercise, I have a fresh green juice that I make at home or that I get from a local juice store (fresh, rather than cold pressed. I like cold pressed juices for a cleanse but prefer to have the fiber from a fresh juice on a daily basis.) I also alternate at home between juice and a blended green drink. I exercise (either cycle indoors at home or go outdoors on my bike, depending on the weather). I work a lot so I make sure to drink at least 3 liters of water per day and I eat quite regularly even between meals, but always super healthy. I hate to wait till 8:00 pm for dinner, I find I feel much better if I eat earlier and don’t eat much at night.

5)We love the idea of the digital detox! What is your idea of the perfect digital detox?

I unplug daily, but when I do it for longer time periods, I get all my work done so that I feel relaxed when I totally disconnect.  I usually do this when I spend time at my farm because there is a terrible internet connection there (a good thing) and once I am outdoors it feels intuitive to me to not be connected to an electronic gadget; out there, technology just instinctively feels out of place, like being totally overdressed for a casual party.

6) Where do you see you and your company in 5 years?

I would like to see it reaching a much more mass market and communicating a clear message that we live in a fast paced world and we need to take time to detox and reboot. I want women and young girls to know how to protect themselves against urban toxicity, and offering tools to do that. I want to create a medication platform that can be accessible and attainable to all without it feeling like you need a particular company to teach you how to do it. By offering consumers products that combat environmental stressors and by providing helpful educational information about diet and wellness, we can encourage them to stay balanced and well in their lives. I want my customers to understand and FEEL that there is a new norm for what it really means to be healthy, both physically and mentally.

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health // aloha

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Have you ever had a piece of chocolate and didn’t feel guilty eating it? We have, Aloha.  Aloha, has a company motto of, “say hello to healthy happiness” They have a simple product philosophy: We believe that the best nutrients come from whole foods, but even the most health conscious among us aren’t able to get everything our body needs from food alone. ALOHA provides the nutritional support you need to help maintain your already healthy lifestyle — plus a little nature-made oomph, just for good measure.

We enjoyed their chocolate, and we also tried their powdered greens, which were good added to a smoothie or for a daily shake. The greens felt clean and natural. The chocolate was a perfect after dinner snack.

We stand by Aloha, and their products. Definitely worth trying.  So yummy!

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Health // bulletproof

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Bulletproof coffee, nutrition for cognitive performance.  Yes, please! When we found out about Bulletproof, we knew we had to try it.  Bulletproof coffee, can help with stress management, brain and memory upgrades, and much more. Bulletproof coffee is a concoction of coffee, butter and MCT oil. It’s all very interesting, and if made the correct way, it taste pretty good.  We suggest googling the different ways you can make it, so it taste just right!

Go get energized, the right way!

 

 

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health // c2o water

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We are HUGE advocates of drinking the purest, cleanest water.  We firmly believe in equal amounts of filtered Real Water, and coconut water. Our favorite company for coconut water is, C2O coconut water. I love incorporating the coconut water in all of my smoothies. Coconut water is filled with so many potent vitamins and minerals, and is a wonderful way to stay hydrated.

Some people I have mentioned coconut water to, don’t care for it. And, to be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan at first. So, if you have trouble drinking it, add it to your smoothies. It really is such a healthy additive, that you do want to try to incorporate it somehow into your daily routine.

Go grab a can of C2O,and mix it into your smoothies, or drink it after a workout, it will make your body feel extremely hydrated!

Enjoy!

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