WHAT I LOVED IN JANUARY

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WHAT I ATE

Daily Harvest: I’d been hearing a lot of things about Daily Harvest, so I was really thrilled to try them out this past month. Daily Harvest delivers ready-to-blend smoothies (and soups) straight to your doorstep. All you have to do is add your choice of liquid (I normally choose unsweetened almond milk), but Daily Harvest provides everything else you need in individual cups. They have a ton of different smoothie flavors and so far there hasn’t been any that I didn’t like. I will often add a scoop or two of Vital Proteins Collagen to the blender because I will rarely drink smoothies if they don’t have protein, fat and carbs, but other than that I am super impressed! If you want to try Daily Harvest and get 3 FREE smoothies, all you have to do is use code “anyaseats” at checkout at daily-harvest.com!

Monk Fruit Sweetener: Monk fruit sweetener is yet another thing I’d known about for a while but hadn’t really tried before. I met some of the folks from Lakanto at Shift Con in December and they were nice enough to send me a variety of their products. Monk fruit is sort of similar to stevia in that it’s a natural sweetener that doesn’t actually contain any sugar. Not only that, but it doesn’t have any of the weird flavor that most people find stevia to have. Not only that, but Lakanto’s powdered monk fruit sweetener subs 1:1 with regular sugar making it extremely easy to bake and cook with. Just imagine subbing out an entire cup of sugar (which has 200g of sugar) for a cup of monk fruit with 0g of sugar. Kind of amazing! Check out my recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins where I use monk fruit!

DNX Bars: I was introduced to DNX bars by Melissa Hartwig and have quickly fallen in love. I am honestly not a huge fan of a lot of “meat bars” that I’ve tried, but these I’ve really enjoyed. The flavors are unique and the company is extremely committed to transparency, which I love.

Eating Evolved Roasted Coconut Oil: Okay so I have to admit, this has been a favorite product of mine for a few months now, but I only this month realized I never posted about it! Eating Evolved, who you may know best for their delicious paleo chocolate and coconut butter cups, recently released some insanely delicious Roasted Coconut Butters. Unlike regular coconut butter which I’ve found to be a bit flavorless, this Roasted Coconut Butter from Eating Evolved has a ton of flavor. Check out all of the different options available on their site!

WHAT I’VE BEEN USING ON MY FACE

Derma-e Skin Lighten Cream: I use Derma-e’s scar gel on my face to address scarring from hormonal acne, but I recently discovered their Skin Lighten Cream and have added it into my routine as well? Why? Well, although the scar gel works great, the texture is a bit like jelly and not totally appropriate to wear under makeup. It’s great for when I’m at home and for overnight use, but not so much during the day if I want to put on any sort of makeup or moisturizer. This Lighten Cream is actually quite similar to moisturizer, making it ideal for daytime use. Using a combination of this plus Andalou Naturals Enlighten Serum (more on that below), has really helped to even out my skin tone and correct scarring over the past month.

Andalou Naturals Enlighten Serum: Up until this past month I haven’t used any Vitamin C-based serums on my face and to be honest, I am not entirely sure why. Perhaps it was because I was having a hard time finding a natural option, but I stumbled upon this serum from Andalou Naturals and decided to give it a try. Vitamin C is great for evening out skin tone and addressing dark marks or scars. Not only that, but this product also contains Turmeric which is also beneficial for both of those things, making it extra powerful. I have been applying this product in the morning and at night and as I mentioned before, I’ve noticed a huge difference and my acne scarring is lightening and cleaning a lot faster than it has in the past.

Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Collection: I am totally obsessed with this new collection from Beautycounter, both the eyeshadow palette and the corresponding lip glosses. The colors are so fresh and bright and absolutely perfect for spring. Plus, like all Beautycounter products they are non-toxic which makes me feel great about wearing them knowing that I’m not further damaging my hormones or skin.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera on my face? Yep, that’s right. Straight up aloe (from the plant not in a bottle) has become one of my go-to skin treatments. I’ve found that it works wonders not only on healing pimples, but also helping to prevent and clear up scars. If you don’t have an aloe plant in your yard, you can normally find aloe at the grocery store. Simply cut off a piece and apply the gel inside to your face as a spot treatment or overall mask. It is anti-bacterial and extremely nourishing to damaged skin, not just sunburned skin either!

RECIPES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Paleo-Friendly Chilaquiles: Using one of my favorite products from last month, Siete Foods grain-free Tortilla Chips, I created this recipe for paleo-friendly Chilaquiles. Not sure what Chilaquiles are? I wasn’t either before I moved to San Diego… but check out my recipe to see how amazing they are!

No Rice Spicy Tuna Rolls: This Whole30 compliant recipe is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. Using Primal Kitchen Foods Mayo and a few other simple ingredients, you won’t miss the rice at all.

3 Ingredient Paleo Buffalo Wings: These insanely easy and delicious Whole30 compliant Buffalo Wings are perfect for the upcoming Superbowl. I always pair them with my Dairy-Free Ranch. And seriously, they are only 3 ingredients and have the easiest prep you’ve ever seen!

Dairy Free Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins: Proving that dairy-free can be super delicious, these Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins are the real deal. I use monk fruit to sweeten them (same one I talked about above) and So Delicious’ Coconut Milk Hazelnut Creamer. Thought creamer could only be used in coffee? Think again!

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