Happy Monday, friends. 😊 How was your weekend? I’m coming back from mine feeling pretty darn good, re-energized and ready to start a fresh. See, work has been pretty nutty lately with a lot of change going on, and by Wednesday of last week I just felt scattered. Nothing terrible or anything, but just not 100%. While not shy, I’m definitely an introvert, and I knew a weekend consisting of quality time with loved ones and quiet alone time with myself was exactly what was needed. Turns out, it did the trick!
So what did that look like? Lots of hiking with friends (more about that on Wednesday), some good sweat, rest, and ….. wait for it…. crafts! You’ve probably heard me start to talk about making my own beauty products as part of an effort to green up all areas of my life beyond food. This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and while it’s easy to just buy natural beauty care products (we’re very spoiled for choice these days), I’ve met plenty that I didn’t love from a functional perspective. (I’m looking at you, natural deodorants!) I also haven’t properly allowed myself the time to learn about what ingredients to watch out for, and the actual impact of those nasty ingredients. So I’ve been learning, testing, and DIY-ing up a storm.
Not long ago I went on a serious Pinterest spree to find recipes for natural body scrubs, lotions, lip balms, salves, deodorant and toothpaste. And don’t worry – I’m not turning into a total hippie, I promise. This was mostly browsing and pinning for later, but it led to scribbling out my own versions, acquiring ingredients, containers and oils, and putting them to the test. I’m going to post some of those recipes here on the blog next week, and I’ll assure you in advance that they were SO simple. If I can do it, anyone can. Expect a step-by-step tutorial so you can give it a go, and maybe we can all start swapping beauty care recipes soon!
While we’re on the topic of skincare, you may remember the collagen-infused smoothie and matcha latte I posted a couple of weeks ago. There’s a new seasonal blend in my Vitamix these days – also with major skin benefits – that is just SO good that I couldn’t resist sharing it here. Here’s what’s going on with the ingredients, and as you’ll soon see, antioxidants are the name of the game:
Cherries + blueberries
Two of the most antioxidant-rich fruits on earth, these gems contain compounds that protect our cells and combat free radicals in the body. They’re rich in vitamin C and fibre, have been shown to reduce inflammation1 and add natural sweetness to this smoothie. Best of all, they’re in season so this is a great way to get your fill!
Sea buckthorn puree
You’ve probably seen this superfood rising in popularity over the past couple of years and it’s one I’ve written about in the past. To refresh your memory, sea buckthorn is an extremely resilient plant and the berries contain over 190 bioactive compounds that support our health. They’re also a source of all four omega fatty acids (3, 6, 7 and 9).
Sea buckthorn seed oil can be used to help clear up skin issues including acne, dry skin and eczema, and I’ve even found it helpful for relief on days when I’ve had a liiiiiiittle bit too much sun! As for the puree (which I get from Sibu), it’s high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. It’s also got a very tart taste, giving this smoothie a nice zippy flavour.
You already know about these I’m sure, but as a memory refresher, they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals, fibre, omega 3 + 6 fatty acids, and are a plant-based source of protein. And of course, like the other ingredients described here, they’re antioxidant superstars.2 When it comes to skin, this means that chia seeds can help to speed up our skin’s ability to heal, prevent future damage, and therefore, slow the signs of aging.
Right, shall we get those blenders spinning?
Cherry Chia Blueberry Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 scoop vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
- 1 tbsp Sibu Omega-7 Pure
- 1/2 cup frozen pitted cherries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 2 tsp natural almond butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- toppings: fresh blueberries, chia seeds and toasted coconut
Toss everything in the blender and blend until completely smooth. Add ice as needed and blend again.
Pour into a glass and garnish with toppings. Enjoy!
In the spirit of summer and nourishing our bodies from inside and out, this month I’m partnering with Sibu for a giveaway that you won’t want to miss. This prize pack includes one bottle of Sibu Omega-7 Pure (perfect in smoothies like the one above!) as well as one Perfect Skin Wholebody Set which contains Moisturizing Body Cream (a staple in my routine), Exfoliating Scrub and Sea Berry Seed Oil. Feeling inspired to do a little self-pampering yet? 😊
Here’s how to enter:
- Mandatory entry: Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite way to keep your skin healthy is. Are you into regular facials? Drinking tons of water? Homemade natural skincare products (more on those coming soon!)
- Optional bonus entry: Subscribe to Eat Spin Run Repeat emails, where you can expect to hear about my latest new posts, projects, and get little love notes from yours truly in your inbox.
- Optional bonus entry: Follow Eat Spin Run Repeat and Sibu on Instagram, then comment below letting me know you did.
This giveaway is open to all residents of Canada and the US, and I’ll close it at 8pm PST on Friday June 16, 2017.
But wait, there’s more!
If you just can’t wait until Friday to get your hands on some Sibu products, know that you can use the code ESRR25 to get 25% off your entire order from now until the end of June. Sibu for errrrrrrrrrybodyyyyy! GOOD LUCK!