Raw Caesar Dressing

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Caesar dressing rules. It’s super rich, the perfect kind of tangy, and you can put it on almost anything. But caesar salad isn’t exactly known for having vital health benefits or being easy on the digestive system. So here’s a delicious alternative. A raw vegan version of this indulgent classic that’s made with only super clean ingredients that you probably have in your fridge right now:

     

  • 3/4 cup soaked (overnight) almonds
  • 1/2 olive oil
  • Juice from one lemon
  • One tablespoon white vinegar
  • One teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Two tablespoon course ground dijon mustard
  • One clove garlic
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

 
The almonds make the dressing creamy but also create a grainy texture just like parmesan does in traditional caesar. feel free to add more lemon if needed. In fact, you can adjust any measurements to taste. dip any raw veggies you want, toss it with romaine, or drizzle it over kale and add some smoked tempeh (as pictured above). There you go… enjoy crazy delicious caesar dressing without the belly ache.
 

Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.

10 Daily Detoxes

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Juice cleanses, whether they are one day or a week long, are a great way to hit the reset button on your entire body. There are simple ways to detox on a daily basis though. It is these small consistent changes that really make a big impact and keep your system running at an optimal level.
 

1. Oil Pulling

If you are not familiar with oil pulling – it is an ancient Ayurvedic practice of swishing oil around in your mouth to help extract toxins and bacteria. First thing in the morning, put a spoonful of oil (coconut is our preferred option, but you can use other variations such as sesame or olive oil) in your mouth and swish it around. You can start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20. Afterwards, spit it out in the trash. Not only does this technique detox your mouth, but it removes plague, freshens breath and even whitens teeth.

 

2. Scrape Your Tongue

Tongue scraping is another Ayurvedic practice that will help remove bacteria, toxins and dead skin cells from your tongue. This build up can weaken digestion and liver functioning. After oil pulling use a tongue scraper to reach as far back as possible to pull off the film on your tongue. Trust us – it is very satisfying.

 

3. Lemon Water

After you’ve made your mouth so fresh and so clean clean, it’s time to energize the body, stimulate digestion and alkalize the system. A glass of lemon water will take care of all this and so much more. This may be the simplest, yet most effective way to improve your overall health. You can add a pinch of cayenne to rev up your metabolism, or a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar to increase the detoxifying benefits.

 

4. Dry Brush

The practice of dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems, helping to speed up the elimination of metabolic waste. It also exfoliates the skin which removes dead skin cells and opens up your pores, allowing the release of toxins. Before you shower, gently brush your skin, moving from your feet upwards and always stroking towards your heart.

 

5. Detox Your Skin Care

If you are going to take the time to implement these detox practices to release toxins, you don’t want to be putting dangerous chemicals back into your body through your skin care products. Our skin is our largest organ. Anything we put on our skin, seeps into our body, effecting every other organ. According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman exposes herself to 168 chemicals a day through her beauty products. Check out our Apothecary line for self care products that are hand crafted from all natural elements that are nourishing and restorative.

 

6. Add in the Probiotics

Adding probiotics to your diet can make a world of difference. Probiotics help restore the healthy bacteria in your stomach which can maintain your intestines’ natural balance and aid in digestion. You can take a probiotic supplement or incorporate fermented foods or kombucha into your diet.

 

7. Plant Power

It is always a good idea to add more dark leafy greens, as well as cruciferous greens, into your diet. They are full of antioxidants, essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They also support the liver and aid in the detoxification process.

 

8. Spice It Up

Spices are a simple, affordable and delicious way to rev up your metabolism, aid in digestion, promote detoxing and add a kick of flavor to any meal. There is a variety of amazing spices to choose from: cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, coriander, curry and ginger, to name a few. Start building up a killer spice rack by buying one every time you’re at the grocery store. They last you a long time and really up the ante, health and taste wise, on any food you’re preparing.

 

9. Get Moving

Our bodies are meant to move. It’s essential to find unique ways to add some kind of movement into your day: gentle stretching, dancing to your favorite song, a few jumping jacks, walking somewhere instead of driving or simply taking the stairs. Incorporate more intense cardio, yoga or strength training into your routine at least 3 times a week. Get that heart rate up and sweat those toxins out.

 

10. Just Breathe

Deep breaths can be one of the most therapeutic and cleansing things you can do for yourself. Learning to incorporate breathing techniques into your daily routine will help calm the nervous system, reduce stress and promote detoxification. An ease breathing practice to start with is the 4-7-8 technique.
 

Try adopting one or two of these detox practices into your day. You will notice a shift in your energy, clarity and attitude. Creating a daily detox routine will help eliminate many of the toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis and keep you running clean and mean.

Radiance Dust

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Our Radiance Dust is a synergistic blend rich in chamomile blossom, sea buckthorn, camu camu, ginger root and turmeric root. The carefully selected ingredients are designed to create healthy and radiant skin. Add a teaspoon to eight ounces of any cold or hot liquid to create a sweet and smokey tonic that will fortify beauty. You can also mix a teaspoon of it with 2 teaspoons of honey for a face mask that will leave you glowing from the inside out.
 
Chamomile Blossom

The chamomile flower has amazing cleansing and moisturizing properties. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants, helping to eliminate breakouts. It can also help preserve your youthful charm by protecting skin against free radical damage, a major contributor to premature aging.

 

Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn is loaded with antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, which have been known to improve the elasticity in your skin, slow down the aging process and help prevent wrinkles. Vitamin E, in particular, can help reduce skin roughness and even out skin tones.

 
Camu Camu

Camu Camu berries have 60 times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges. Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen formation. They are rich in ellagic acid, an antioxidant that can help protect skin against free radicals. Their beta-carotene levels help to protect the skin against sun damage.

 

Ginger

Ginger contains around 40 antioxidant compounds that can help improve the quality of your skin and protect against aging. It can enhance the appearance of your skin by eliminating toxins from your system, as well as stimulating circulation, allowing more nutrients access to your skin.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps minimize redness, acne, puffiness and can also reduce excessive oil secretion. It contains many antioxidants that can help stimulate new cell growth and help retain the skin’s elasticity. Turmeric is also an antiseptic which helps keep the skin clean, smooth and reduce blemishes by killing the acne-causing bacteria.

 
Give our Radiance Dust a try and let your face radiate and be a true reflection of all the beauty that’s within you.

Toning Elixir

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Mist your way to radiant and youthful looking skin. Our Toning Elixir is an indulgent aromatic blend of essential oils and therapeutic ingredients that will awaken your senses, while providing your skin with healthy hydration. Spray this beauty tonic onto your face, neck and chest to nourish your skin with antioxidants, remove impurities, tighten pores, balance skin tone and increase moisture. It’s the perfect post-workout-refresher, after-sun-soother or anytime-skin-booster.
 
Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a gentle astringent that acts as a mild toner. It helps fight blemishes by decreasing excess oil. It can decrease puffiness by reducing inflammation and tightening your pores. It also can help lock in moisture by eliminating water loss.
 
Hibiscus

The hibiscus flower has been known to go by the nickname the “Botox Plant”. It can help improve skin’s elasticity, providing you with an all-natural face lift. Hibiscus helps combat age spots and hyerpigmentation by speeding up cell turnover, creating a more even skin tone. Hibiscus is also rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which can damage the skin and result in premature aging.
 
Lavender

Lavender oil acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent, which can help kill off the bacteria that causes blemishes and inflammation. It helps improve your circulatory system, increasing blood flow and flooding your skin with more nutrients. Elevated stress has been shown to reek havoc on your skin. The scent of lavender can help improve the quality of your skin by reducing stress and calming your nervous system.
 
Geranium

Geranium oil is a natural astringent and can help minimize wrinkles by tightening the skin and slowing down the effects of aging. It improves circulation and supports cell growth by helping the skin recycle dead skin cells, while promoting regeneration of new cells. Geranium is also an antiseptic that helps reduce inflammation, as well as treat acne and scarring.
 
Whether you want to tighten, tone, hydrate, cleanse or just make your skin smell irresistible – let our Toning Elixir restore and rejuvenate your skin.