Living the Coconut Dream

 I normally use Almond Milk to make my porridge each morning when I thought I’d try something new…

Coconut Dream is (as almond milk is) low in fat & easy to digest as it is naturally lactose free. It is also enriched with calcium and vitamins D2 & B12. Coconut Dream is the perfect choice for vegans, vegetarians or for use in kosher dishes. 

It tastes yummy (just like coconut) and it’s also refreshing as a cold milk drink or used in smoothies as a healthier non dairy alternative. It’s 100% natural, this non-dairy drink is made with the finest coconut cream and Italian rice.

It’s a big thumbs up from me, give it a try you might like it! I picked mine up from Tesco, you can also buy it at Asda and Sainsbury’s.

Secondblonde x 

 

Pearly Whites – go one shade lighter in a week! Colgate MaxWhite ONE 75ml

IMG_9299-1.PNGBeing a regular coffee and red wine drinker I have started to think about possible staining building up on my teeth but don’t use anything other than my regular Colgate Total toothpaste. One afternoon doing my weekly food shop this caught my eye as it was on offer.

It promises:
One shade whiter in one week with Max White One, with whitening
accelerators it safely removes stains and prevents tartar build-up. Continued use will help keep them whiter for longer.

My verdict:
After 10 days of using it one of my work colleagues (Lisa if you are reading) suddenly said out of the blue “have you whitened your teeth or something as they look really white today” in her cute soft Irish accent 🙂

So there you have it, the proof it really does work! It also tastes like normal toothpaste and not all weird and salty!

I’ve carried on using it and have almost finished the tube. It’s now got me thinking about other teeth whitening affordable toothpastes, it’s an area I’ve never looked into so I am keen to try some other brands.

What do you guys use to keep your pearly whites bright?

I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Secondblonde x

Omega-3 Beauty Benefits

The best kept beauty secrets (though there are many magical potions) may not only be found at the cosmetic counter.

When it comes to healthy hair and skin, you should also be perusing the supermarket and supplement aisles.

IMG_2618.JPGOily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables are high in fatty acids and protein, both crucial nutrients needed to help stimulate the production of healthy skin.

IMG_2619.JPGWe have all heard about good and healthy fats these days such as good olive oil, avocados and foods rich in omega-3s top the list as “good” fats that we should be incorporating into our daily diets. The foods we put into our body are as vital as the beauty products we put on it, it’s no wonder our friends in the Mediterranean always look so young and healthy!

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IMG_2615.JPGOmega-3s benefits include heart health, eye health and joint health, DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.

What is less well known is the role these essential fatty acids play on hair and skin;

1. Healthy, shiny, lustrous hair: we all lust after shiny hair don’t we? To get your hair in optimum condition you need proper nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish your hair follicles for stronger, shinier hair.

IMG_2617.JPG2. Glowing, hydrated skin: everyone wants healthy looking skin. Omega-3s support a healthy skin inflammatory response which is greatly a positive aspect for clearer skin. Fatty acids can act as natural moisturisers that revitalise dry skin from the inside out.

IMG_2616.JPGIf you’d like to reap the benefits of fish oil but don’t fancy incorporating oily fish into your diet twice a week you can take them in supplement form – like Omega-3 fish oil supplement in capsules from most health food shops.

IMG_2613.JPGOr choose fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as some of the following:
• Sardines
• Anchovies
• Albacore tuna
• Wild caught Salmon

Avoid eating the larger species of fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, as these varieties are very high in mercury.

Try to eat mostly those fish that are lower in mercury, such as those listed above, and eat a wide variety of fish to make sure you’re getting proper nutrition.

Secondblonde x

Winter Superfood’s – Immune Boosting Ingredients

It’s that time of year when our immune system is at it lowest, perhaps eating a different diet consisting of comfort foods and not seeing as much daylight traveling to and from work in the dark.

Instead of reaching for a big bowl of carbs to keep up energy levels opt to add these ingredients to your meals to keep you warm, boost energy and immune system and enhance your mood and memory!

Raw Cocoa

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Contains vitamins and essential fats to keep you warm, completely natural antioxidants perfect for the sweet tooth.
Health Benefits:
Health boosting flavonoids, antihistamine, antibacterial, mood enhancing and memory enhancing.

Goji Berries

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An antioxidant that keeps nasty bugs at bay.
Health Benefits:
Immune boosting antioxidants and minerals: iron Vitamins: A B1 B2 B6 and Vitamin C and E.

Coconut Oil

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A jar of organic solid which can be melted or softened to cook with or add as a dressing to salads.
Health Benefits:
Weight loss boost, an aid to digestion, immune system boost, plus a potent mix of fatty acids.

Manuka Honey

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Mānuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the mānuka tree.
Health Benefits:
Boost immune system, antibacterial properties, energy booster and a skin soother.

Lip Therapy

The original Vaseline® petroleum jelly has been around for 140, we are all familiar with this skin heeling/beauty regime multi-use product. Famously Marilyn Monroe used to layer it on her face to keep wrinkles at bay, today makeup artists use it for a dewy look under makeup. My Nan Gladys was a very glamorous lady and used it in a number of ways in her beauty regime, but one that I remember was her advice of rubbing in some vaseline on my new school shoes to stop them cracking, it worked!

These days these little trusty tins for lips are always knocking around in my make-up drawer.

20130803-133739.jpg They come in original, aloe Vera, rose, cocoa butter, SPF 15 not to mention the limited addition’s. Over the years i think I’ve tried them all. I’m not too mad about the limited editions but with their inviting flavors and designs I often can’t resist as they look good enough to eat!

20130803-134426.jpg I really like the rosy lips for my lips on a non-lipstick day as it has a subtle tint that gives a big of life to my natural lip colour.

20130803-134742.jpg The rose and almond oil is also subtle and not over powering.
20130803-135550.jpgThe creme brûlée is a little too perfumed and synthetic for my liking so I tend to use this for small skin areas like cuticles or dry patches on my and or arms. It’s great for pre-tanning by applying a thin layer to your ankles, knees, elbows, between your fingers!

These little pots won’t rehydrate or cure chapped skin/lips but they are soothing and help prevention particularly against the elements.

Beauty Boutique

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As you all know I am a huge fan of Philip Kingsley hair care, so it’s great to see it in

M&S swanky new beauty boutique’s.

Figure Friendly Snack

NBF* “Figure Friendly” Snack…

*new best friend

Licorice you either Love it or Hate it,
 here are some facts you probably didn’t know…

Licorice contains an active ingredient
called Glycyrrhetinic Acid, this has been shown to help
reduce body fat mass and reduce appetite.

Licorice is a powerful antiviral
that contains 10 Antioxidants.

If you are going to snack on this sweet treat
 make sure it is the real thing Licorice Root
and not the stuff from the sweet shops
 and only eat a small handful.

My choice of Natural Licorice is Panda
 they have lots of variety.

Panda Licorice

Spring Health Boost

Evening Primrose Oil…
Kick start your healthy “step in to spring” detox with an old favourite. Evening Primrose Oil has more benefits than you may of realised.
 The obvious; it’s wonderful aid to premenstrual syndrome, eradicating swollen abdomen’s, breast discomfort and irritability & depression ( hallelujah i hear my husband sigh)
It’s support to relieve Eczema and other skin conditions, relieving itchiness. And generally helps to maintain
 healthy skin.
The not so obvious; it’s lending hand to post-drinking,
 it aids withdrawal making it easier and reduces post-drinking depression. Great if you have decided to lay off the booze to achieve optimum wellness
 (my body is a temple blah blah blah)
Take 3-6 500mg capsules a day and see if you can feel and see the difference!


Superfoods

Watercress Superfood…
Did you know that watercress gram for gram
 has a better source
of vitamins C, B1, B6, K, E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc
 than other fruit or vegetables!

Only broccoli has more vitamin C
and Magnesium but it is
most often cooked and is lost.
Watercress contains more than 4 times
 the amount of other “wonder foods”

Contains all important Antioxidants needed for healthy skin and eyes.

Include Watercress as your one of five a day!

Pomegreat 100% Natural Pomegranate Juice

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Pomegreat have a natural 100% juice with no concentrate, has amazing health benefits due to the super high antioxidant levels which are 3 times greater than
 red wine or green tea.


Fact that it reduces blood pressure, however recent studies have shown a reduction abdominal fat.
The taste? is kinda well ….. lets say OK.
it’s a little pricey @ £3.25 for 500ml from Waitrose, but hey for all it’s health benefits worth it.
Drink 250ml’s a day!

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