Health and Wellness Haul
In celebration of (finally) moving into the house, I decided it was time to break out some Amazon gift cards I’d been harboring.
I don’t know if any of you are like this, but I hang on to gift cards for YEARS. I just keep thinking, “Oh..something will come along that I really really want, so I should save this rather than just spending it right away.” But alas, I’ve learned that I’m not really a things person. I spend my money on travel and food, but I’m perfectly happy wearing the same jeans for 4 years.
I infamously have held onto an Abercrombie & Fitch gift card since the 5th grade. That’s over 10 years, ya’ll. I’m crazy.
So anyway, I knew if I was going to use my Amazon gift card (you can get ANYTHING on Amazon) it had to be for something good. I’d been wanting to invest more in my health and wellness, and I’ve always been seeing people cooking and working with cool products on Instagram and Youtube. However, when I find them at the grocery store, I’m turned off by the price. I just don’t ever feel in the mood to spend $40 on some superfood powder for smoothies, haha!
So, some of you may have heard on Snapchat (cristina.snaps), but I got some good health food goodies with my giftcard, and I thought I’d share here! (Just in case you have a gift card or money from grandma burning a hole in your pocket, too.)
Matcha green tea powder
I’ve been wanting to try this forever! I’ve been trying to turn away from coffee most days, but I miss the act of making a latte in the morning and sipping something warm while I watch my morning episode of the Kardashians. This totally satisfied my craving! Plus, matcha powder has so many more beneficial nutrients for you. It’s high in antioxidants, good for mental focus, great for metabolism, and the caffeine can boost dopamine and serotonin. (#YesPlease!)
I mix 1 teaspoon with 1/2 cup of hot water and then add in 1/2 cup of frothed almond milk. (You could use any milk of your choosing.)
So, I kind of feel like I’m doing something illegal, because I’m about to tell you about how I cheated. I was listening to a podcast and heard an advertisement for Care/Of.com. On it, you can take a quiz to figure out what vitamins you should take. Then the idea would be to buy the vitamins through CareOf.com, but….my Amazon gift card was calling my name. 🙂
So after taking the quiz, I learned it would be best for me to take a Vitamin B complex supplement, a Vitamin D supplement, and a probiotic. (I decided to get my probiotics through Kombucha, which is something I’ve been loving recently.) But I did go ahead and order the B complex and D on Amazon!
If you remember, my healthy obsession with chlorophyll started when I worked with BioClarity and tried out their 3-step face cleansing system that had chlorophyll in it. It then lead me to more research on the benefits of chlorophyll, and I saw a lot of people I follow putting some liquid chlorophyll drops in their water. Well, I’m all about healthy drinks and drinks that look cool for Instagram. Smoothies? Yes. Green juice? Heck yes. Cute Kombucha bottles? All about it. So naturally, I couldn’t wait to turn my water green for the aesthetic and the health benefits. By the way, it just makes your water taste a little minty, but other than that it doesn’t taste weird!
I decided I wanted to add a little crunch to my smoothie bowls, and I found a small packet of hemp seeds to try out at my grocery store. I liked them so much, I ordered a big bag from Amazon! I googled them before I tried them to see what they would taste like, because I’m sure we’ve all tried to eat something healthy at one time and then realized that it just tastes plain nasty. (Here’s looking at you, apple cider vinegar.) It’s hard not to like them – they have a nutty taste, but they are small, so it’s not overpowering. Try them in your smoothie or on a salad!
Ok people, I did it. I happened to run out of olive oil, and rather than pick up another bottle, I decided to try out coconut oil. It’s probably been 3 years that I’ve been hearing about the benefits of coconut oil for just about EVERYTHANG, so I thought, “Now is the time.” I first used it to cook some veggies and I loved how easy it was to use and I also (maybe weirdly) enjoyed the smell it gave my kitchen.
I’m excited to try putting it in my hair for a deep conditioner! I’ll let you know how that goes 🙂 I just feel like the ultimate #healthy girl now that I have my very own jar.
Cashew Cookie Lara Bars
I’ve been so intrigued with Lara bars for a couple years now, and my interest grew even more so when I found out they were allowed on the Whole 30 diet because they were totally added-sugar free. The bars are sweetened with dates and the ingredients are few and wholesome. I haven’t loved many of the flavors I tried until I tried the cashew cookie ones! It really satisfies my sweet tooth. I can walk past a Starbucks and eye the bakery treats, yet feel perfectly content with my snack, haha. So I bought a pack of 15!
I’ve never been much of a baker. I just can’t stomach cookies, brownies, and pies, so I just never see the point in making them if all I’m going to do is nibble on a tiny, tiny sliver and hope my stomach doesn’t get upset. Lately, I’ve been seeing some amazing gluten-free and dairy-free dessert recipes on Pinterest, and I want to join in on the fun! I already keep almond milk on hand, but I decided to get a couple other staples for healthy baking. I’m excited to start trying to be more of a baker!
Pink Himalayan Salt
I grabbed this, too because it contains more minerals than regular table salt!
I’m wanting to make some chocolate-y smoothies and healthy hot chocolates, so I got raw cacao powder to mix in there. I’m so excited to try it out!
If you’re ever feeling bloated (which honestly is one of my biggest pet peeves) this tea is great to debloat you! It’s also great if you’re traveling a lot and get puffy from sitting in the car or on a plane for a while. I decided to add it to my stash of tea at home.
What are your favorite health and wellness products?