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Bye-Bye Nutella and Hello Almond Butter!

 

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How about a nice bowl of sugar to empower your morning? No? Then why are you still smearing Nutella on your toast? The nutritional breakdown of Nutella is terrifying. Dear OiB readers, please do not attempt to fuel your body, or your children’s bodies, with this utter garbage.

Nutella Ingredients:

Sugar, modified palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skimmed milk powder, whey powder, lecithin, and vanillin

The nutritional breakdown of Nutella is more startling than the fact it is made up almost completely of sugar.

Nutella contains 70% saturated fat. A two-tablespoon (37 gram) serving contains 200 calories. 99 of those calories comes from 11 grams of fat. The other 80 calories comes from 21 grams of sugar. Plus, the second ingredient is a modified vegetable oil that is not only eco-friendly, it is full of saturated and trans fats!

Almond butter, on the other hand, is pure awesomeness in a jar.

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 Almonds, as you may know, are praised highly in the medical world for having monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), dietary fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and trace amounts of essential minerals. Though they are high in calories, they are incredibly energy dense. No empty calories here!

When you consume almonds or almond butter, you get the following benefits:

  •  Increased brain cell communication
  • Protection from the sun (thanks to trace amounts of copper)
  • Healthy bones
  • More energy
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Improved blood cholesterol
  • Controlled blood sugar levels
  • Weight loss

Time to throw your Nutella away and grab some organic almond butter. If you do not know where to find some in the store, almond butter is very easy to make!

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DIY Recipe for Homemade Almond Butter

All you need is roasted almonds (around 1 pound/16 oz/453 grams for a single jar) and a food processor with an S-shaped blade.

 Directions:

  1. Warm the almonds in the oven at about 250 degrees F/120 degrees C for 10-15 minutes. You want the almonds to be warm to the touch. This helps the oils release faster when churning them.
  2. Grab your food processor. Depending on the size, I recommend topping the amount of cups added to about 3. Smaller models may only take 1 ½ cups. Pour in the almonds, turn on the food processor, and let it begin to break the nuts down.
  3. After a while, you will notice the almonds turning to paste (probably around 10-15 minutes in). Stop the processor, scrape the sides, and mash the paste down to keep the processing even. You will need to repeat this several times.
  4. At around 20 minutes, the wad of almond paste will begin to release oils and break down further. It will look slightly grainy.
  5. Within 5 minutes of that mark, your almond butter will become smooth and creamy. Give it a stir to check the consistency before storing in a jar.

Takes some time, but oh, it is totally worth it. I actually think it is a bit addicting!

Almond butter is so delicious and nutritious. Throw out your Nutella. Burn the jars. Never buy it again. Buy some roasted almonds instead to make your own nut butter. After all, almond butter can be used in many recipes, just like peanut butter, but without the fear of peanut allergies!

So are you ready to make this huge change? 🙂

 

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5 Incredible Health Benefits of Almond Nuts

Who doesn’t like almond nuts? They’re definitely one of my favorites and I hope it’s yours too. Almonds have been with humans from very long time. They’ll extremely popular and is part of various cousins around the world. Not only almond nuts but the almond oil is also widely used and many skin experts believe the best essential oil for your nourishing your skin. Almond is rich in nutrients which are the health the increase the brain activity, to the digestive system and enhances longevity.

I have been using almonds from a very small age. The nutritional benefits of almond are well known around the world. Many doctors recommend using almond in your daily diet. One of the great thing about almonds are you can consume them any way you like. Personally, I like to eat them raw, well you can also use it as an ingredient in your food, as almond milk or almond floor. Body lotions and conditioners in the form of almond oil. Considering the chunk of nutrients, it has, its popularity is not quite that surprising.

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So let’s go through some of the well-known benefits of almond nuts and oil:

1. REDUCE CHOLESTEROL AND PREVENT HEART ATTACKS:
Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. These two are the magic nutrients that reduce cholesterol hence blockage in the veins. Almond is rich in vitamin E and it helps to increase the overall health of the heart.

Almond is also rich in manganese, magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium. Various researchers indicate that by incorporating almonds into your daily life you reduce the chances of heart attack. Most of the doctors around the world recommend cholesterol patients to take almond daily. Well, that itself means a lot.

2. IMPROVES HEALTH OF YOUR SKIN
As mentioned earlier almonds are rich in vitamins E and antioxidants which refresh your skin and reduces the wrinkles. Almond oil helps in removing any visible signs of aging. The oil is also rich in agents like flavonol and L-catchin which fights skin cancer. By applying almond oil daily, it creates a protective layer on your skin and prevents the UV rays entering your skin. This protective layer also keeps you away from pollution and dust. All in all, it protects your skin and improves the health of your skin.

3. MAINTAIN BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Not only cholesterol almonds also keep the blood cholesterol level in check. Doctors also recommend almonds to diabetic patients, the nuts helps to keep your body weight in check. Antioxidants enhance production of insulin and maintain the blood sugar level.

4. INCREASE BRAIN FUNCTIONALITY
Almonds a widely known as the best brain food out there. The nuts are rich in nutrients that and hand the neural activity of your brain and those which prevent cognitive decline. Aging people with minute memory loss are asked to take almonds. The rich nutritional quantities of riboflavin and L-cartine are extremely beneficial for growing children in increasing the brain activity. Awesome!

5. AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS
Almonds are rich in fibers and healthy fats, by consuming them the person feels he’s full. Almonds are well known to prevent overheating. When I am usually need of snacks, instead of opting for something unhealthy I go for almonds.

It gives me feeling that I have eaten something that actually I haven’t. Almonds are consumed in great quantities by bodybuilders and athletes, it helps them to maintain a healthy a much healthier body weight and also rich in essential nutrients, that aids in the growth of muscles.

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I hope you’re already taking almonds at least two or three times a week, if not consume them. They’re perfect for your health and maintaining a good appetite. The nuts and oils are beneficial for your health and also your skin.

So why not try them?

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Mediterranean Pizza with Cauliflower

This recipe is great for beginners, comer backers, and those who love to work with their hands. This “pizza” would work great with any choice of toppings, however I chose to make a Mediterranean version to eaaaaaaaaaaase myself back in.

Enjoy.

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 The Recipe – 

The Crust:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup powdered parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1sp salt
  • 1 large egg

Toppings:

  • 1 can olives; drained (you can choose any olives you like, I went with green)

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  • 1 can artichoke hearts; drained
  • feta cheese; crumbled
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes
  • fresh arugula
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

LEVEL: Easy

Directions – 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a food processor, pulse the cauliflower florets to a fine powder (it should resemble snow and you should have about 2 1/2 cups).

Next, transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and puncture the plastic 3-4 times with a fork. Microwave cauliflower 4 minutes. Next, on a thin, clean, dry kitchen towel, dump out the cauliflower and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible (you will be surprised by the amount of water. This may take a few minutes.) In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, and egg until well combined.

Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round. It is important to make sure your round is thin and even. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. (I did 10 minutes).

Next, remove the crust from the oven. Once it is cool to the touch, brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.

While the pizza is cooking, in a large bowl dress the arugula with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When the pizza is done, remove from oven and transfer to a serving plate and top with dressed arugula.

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Vegan Appetizer | OrganicIsBeautiful

Bon Appetit!

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Amanda

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Hey you! Yes, you! You are Beautiful.

Hey you! Yes, you! You are beautiful. You are handsome. You have an entire unique world within you. Bring it out. Let the fire in your eyes burn. Believe in yourself. Because I do. And when you do, the rest of the world will follow suit.”

Self confidence is something many lack. The reason for the same? Unnecessary comments from friends and family that date back to childhood. Yes! Lack of confidence for many, commences from childhood. They are deep rooted and it becomes all the more difficult to uproot them when the scars are old.

Let’s face it. We all feel low when someone indicates through their words and actions that we don’t look good. This mostly happens with people who have a tendency to put on weight, people who are too thin, short or those who are dusky. When the unnecessary comments increase, we begin to doubt ourselves.

Am I too fat? Does that dress look dull on me?

Should I go for this event?

What if they mock me again?

Stop right there! If you begin to doubt yourself, the commentators will increase, so will your doubts. Your confidence level will go further down, making your life miserable. No Superheroes will come to your rescue. You are your own Super hero. Start now! Stop this mess and hit the boost button. Here is how you do it.

Let us start right from the beginning

Step 1: Stop measuring beauty from others’ point of view.

Step 2: Accept & Believe that you are beautiful, just the way you are.

Step 3: DO NOT let anyone else ruin that for you.

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Be Grateful | OrganicIsBeautiful

The transformation did not happen overnight. It took me years. It began with believing in myself.

 Boost your self-confidence:

Here are some don’ts that you could use, listed originally here.

  • Asking others for approval – “Am I looking fat?”, whether it is to hear a ‘No’ from a person or whether it is a genuine question, you are giving the permission to someone else to assess you. If you feel that you are fat and want to reduce, do what is necessary. If not, leave it. But do not place your self confidence in someone else’s hands.
  • Putting Yourself Down – “It wouldn’t suit me. I’m fat/thin/dusky” When you say this repeatedly to someone, whether you are fat or not, your belief becomes their belief. Later on, there is no point complaining when they comment on your looks.
  • Agreeing With Someone Who Comments on You – A Big No! It isn’t about throwing stones at every barking dog. It is about keeping up your self respect and not letting anyone else trample you. If you entertain them today, many more will join. You will end up feeling worthless. So, when they pass a comment that brings your confidence level down, boost it up by telling them that you feel wonderful this way. They will stop in a while.
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  • Keep believing. Once, you begin to believe, you wouldn’t let others trample you. When they find the fire in you, they will stop once and for all. In the process, you might lose a couple of fake friends. But, the important part is, you will have the most important person with you, hale and hearty: YOU!

Other inspirational post here:

4 Years Living Abroad. My Tricks to Be Happy (No Matter What)

Never Be Denied

Why Complicate Life?

Love,

Amanda: ♥ Facebook @organicisbeautiful  ♥ Instagram @organicisB  ♥ Twitter @organicisb

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A List of Simple All-Natural Exfoliants For Your Skin

Why should you avoid store-bought exfoliants?

There are many products that you can buy to exfoliate your skin, but the problem with most of them is that they contain microbeads. Microbeads aren’t only rough on skin, but also terrible for the environment. The small plastic beads in these products aren’t filtered out by water treatment plants and are being washed right back into our water supply, often with harmful results for marine life.

In USA for instance, the state of Illinois recently banned the use of microbeads. The plastic waste caused by the microbeads, which are not filtered out during sewage treatment, are damaging water ecosystems.
In EU, the European commission has recently lunched the debate to closely monitor its long term impact. If you would like to read more about the project, you can read further update on the following link ⇒ EU.

The good news is, the best exfoliators are all-natural, so you don’t need to buy any harmful, expensive products. With ingredients that you already have on hand, you can have your face shining and refreshed in no time. List compiled by DIYNatural.

All-Natural Exfoliants

 Sugar

Sugar grains are naturally small and rough, which make them perfect for sloughing skin cells from your face. When added to an oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil, sugar is a fantastic exfoliant.

Another benefit to sugar?

It’s full of glycolic acid, which helps to naturally break down dead skin cells and decrease fine lines.

Hmm I am guessing your next question: How does it work?

Basically, glycolic acid contains small molecules that are able to penetrate into the skin. And, once it penetrates under the surface it loosens up the glue-like substance that holds the skin cells together and allows the skin to shed off the old dead cells. Once the skin has rid itself of the old cells it appears brighter and leaves your skin with a more, healthy glow.

Simple 😉

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Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful

Oatmeal

Oats is actually my favourite breakfast, no matter where I am or how I feel. It does the job and I looove trying new refreshing recipes. Oatmeal is one of the gentlest exfoliants you can find. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a great place to start for exfoliation.

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Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful


Oatmeal works best when whole oats are ground up in a food processor, then added to water or another base and applied to the face with your fingertips. Another benefit to oatmeal is that it absorbs oil, so you will be cleansing as you exfoliate.

Baking Soda

I often use baking soda in my DIY skincare routine. And since all you really have to do is make a paste out of baking soda and water, it’s quite possibly the simplest and least expensive exfoliant on this list. Baking soda is one of my favorite exfoliants; my face always feels so much fresher after I’ve rinsed all the baking soda off, and it’s very gentle, too.

Sea Salt

Sea salt (not table salt!) makes a great exfoliant, too. The granules are large and coarse, and don’t dissolve easily. This makes it fantastic for use on the rougher parts of your body, like elbows and feet. Another nice thing about sea salt is that it isn’t at all sticky. To use, simply mix with a small amount of oil and rub into your skin.

The week end is coming soon, if you feel like pampering yourself with a refreshing and calming bath, read that:

Saturday Relaxation with Ginger and Dead Sea Salt.

Coffee

Caffeine is known to decrease puffiness around the eyes.

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Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful

Exfoliating and decreasing puffiness at the same time? Sounds good to me! You can use either fresh coffee grounds or those you’ve already brewed (which makes more sense to me – recycling is always a good thing!), add them to a small amount of the oil of your choice, and apply to your skin.

Note: The only downside I see to using coffee as an exfoliant is that coffee grounds are inherently messy, so be prepared for a bit of cleanup.

Almonds

It probably sounds strange to think of rubbing almonds all over your face, but when they’re ground up very finely, almonds make for a great exfoliant. Almond powder is a chemical-free, nutrient-rich method to exfoliate your skin.

When added to a small amount of water, almond powder will exfoliate the skin without leaving behind any residue. Other powders hold similar health attributes for your skin such as Cinnamon, rice or green tea (matcha) powder.

Did you check out my article about Almond Milk?

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Almond | OrganicIsBeautiful

Now you know…

Using an exfoliant a few times a week is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. Make sure you use them gently – exfoliating shouldn’t hurt! Scrubbing your face too hard or too often can result in irritated skin, and redness is definitely not the look you’re going for with this.

If you think it’s going to be difficult to incorporate natural exfoliation into your routine, take heart. Seriously, if I can learn to do it, you can learn to do it.

Once you get used to having such bright skin, you’ll never want to go back.

Happy Skin Everyone,

Next post next Monday on something called…Emu Oil I recently discovered and loved 😉

Amanda

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