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Purely Spring Magazine Sneak Preview

Mar. 31st 2014

Spring is in the air… (even though it may not feel like it)! And we’re counting down the minutes until tomorrow’s Purely Spring Magazine release.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll find inside: 

- Over 25 fresh spring recipes

- An exclusive interview with fashion model + entrepreneur Karlie Kloss

- Crepes 3 Ways

- DIY Floral Syrups + Garden Cocktails

- 2 Fabulous Giveaways from our Friends at Tieks + Back to the Roots!

A few of the recipes: Fiddlehead Flatbread, Spring Quinoa Fried Rice, Lemon Blueberry Crepes, Lavender Mint Juleps + lots lots more!

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>> To hold you over until tomorrow, check out our past Purely Magazines.

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Spring Skincare Tips + a DIY Body Scrub

Mar. 28th 2014

Spring skincare tips from Adina Grigore, founder and CEO of the truly all-natural, sustainable skincare line S.W. Basics. (As featured in our 2013 Purely Spring Magazine). 

The key to transitioning your skin from winter to spring is just that, actually transitioning!! You can stop using those heavy creams, the eighteen different layers of product, and maybe, just maybe, even a little less makeup? No no, it’s okay. But here are some tips for an easy switch to spring skincare.

1. Ditch useless products. Take a good look at your product list, just like you would at your closet. What really seems to be working? What are you using mindlessly? Do you have a hunch that one of those products might actually be making things worse? Ditch them! Ditch all of them. You’ll feel lighter, cleaner, and… richer.

2. Cut back on chemicals. Take a good look at your ingredient list. No one is perfect but it’s a really good time to start cutting back on the gross chemicals. There are plenty of healthy skincare alternatives. Avoid the top five nasties: sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, and phthalates.

3. Be patient. Be patient with flare ups. Your skin will go through a sort of detox as the seasons transition, so don’t freak out. It’s okay! Just be gentle and kind to your skin and your insides, and it’ll get better really soon. Think of it like you’re shedding your winter layer and letting your glowy summer look start to get ready come out.

4. Make one DIY product. They’re so easy and the recipes are everywhere. The possibilities are endless. Try your own bath salt by adding 30 drops of essential oil (like lavender) to a cup of sea salt. Or a simple makeup remover combining olive oil and grape seed oil. Or a moisturizer from cocoa butter and coconut oil. If you’re feeling extra fancy, make the full body scrub below!

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Spring Skincare Tips + a DIY Body Scrub

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Purely Featured in the LA Times!

Mar. 27th 2014

Pretty pumped to be written up in the LA Times as a “Gluten-free greatest hit” from the Natural Products Expo! 

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Week 4 of Our March Makeover + 3 Recipes to Try

Mar. 25th 2014

It’s week 4 of our March Makeover and we hope that you’ve been sticking to your calendar! While it still feels like winter in New York… spring truly is right around the corner! That’s why now is perfect time to clean up your diet and get in shape for spring.

This week, focus on deplugging at night. Turn off all electronics an hour before bed (cell phones, ipads, televisions) and instead use this time to read, reflect on your day and unwind. Using technology before turning in for the night can disrupt our sleep cycles and prevent us from getting the quality shut-eye our bodies need. When you wake up, note how you feel and use tomorrow’s meditation to start your day balanced and refreshed!

For today’s task, go RAW for the day! Maximize your vitamin and mineral intake today by committing to only eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Be careful though to take it easy on the fats and opt instead for water-dense fruits and veggies, and low sugar vegetable juices.

Here are three recipes to enjoy this week, including a Raw Key Lime Tart : ) 

Raw Key Lime Tart

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Spring Vegetable Frittata

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A SALE to Celebrate Spring

Mar. 20th 2014

To celebrate the first day of spring we’re hosting an online sale! Enjoy 15% off all orders : ) Happy spring + happy shopping!

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3 Fermented Recipes to Try

Mar. 17th 2014

For week 3 of our March Makeover, we want to focus on incorporating fermented foods into our diets!

Fermented foods have been dietary staples in culinary cultures all over the world. They have healthy bacteria, which helps to ease digestion, enhance immunity and decrease inflammation in the body (all proponents of good skin). In addition, fermented foods provide enzymes that help to better absorb minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Keifer, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso are great sources of probiotics. Pack kimchi on a sandwich, miso-marinate eggplant or enjoy a big glass of kombucha by itself!

Three fermented recipes to try:

Rainbow Veggie Rolls

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Tempeh Lettuce Tacos

Taco Filling: 

1 tsp coconut oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small red onion, chopped

1 package of tempeh, cut into bit sized pieces

1/2 cup canned black beans

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1 lime

1 tsp olive oil

Avocado Tomato Salsa:

1 avocado, diced

2 cups of tomatoes, diced

1 lime

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tsp olive oil

1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped (optional)

Salt to Taste

1 head boston Lettuce

Dr. Cow Cashew Cream Cheese or Goat Cheese

Directions:

Mix salsa ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium high. Add garlic and onion and saute until browned. Add tempeh and black beans and saute for 3 minutes. In a small bowl mix chili, cumin, paprika, lime juice and olive oil. Pour over tempeh and bean mixture and continue to saute until browned.

Assembly:

Smear cheese on lettuce cup, add a spoonful of taco filling with a small spoonful of salsa. Serve and enjoy!

Make Your Own Kimchi 

(from Herbivoracious)

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“Top That”–Nutrition Boosting Tips from Family Circle Magazine

Mar. 14th 2014

Yay!!! We’re featured in April’s Family Circle magazine alongside our friends at NuttZo : ) Check it out for some savvy nutrition-boosting diet tricks.

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“Top That”–Nutrition Boosting Tips from Family Circle Magazine

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Gathering of the Greens, A St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

Mar. 12th 2014

Fortune favors the bold. Ring in St. Patty’s Day this year with green cocktails, gold cupcakes and rainbow veggie rolls! We even got thrifty by making centerpieces out of recycled green and white glass bottles filled with gorgeous green and white bouquets.

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Kale Artichoke Dip

Rainbow Rolls with Pickled Veggies + Basil Mint Dipping Sauce.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Lucky Cucumber Coolers

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Gathering of the Greens, A St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

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Step Up Your Smoothie Game!

Mar. 11th 2014

Take your smoothie game to another level! Don’t get stuck in the rut of blueberries and bananas every morning. Make it interesting and add some bonus ingredients that you might not be as familiar with such as maca, cacao or hemp seeds. To decrease the sugar levels and up the nutrition, incorporate greens. You’d be surprised at how easily they blend in with the other ingredients–you won’t even notice they’re there!

Just make sure you’re stocked up on fresh or frozen produce and the smoothie staples listed below! If you’re really in a rush in the morning, make your smoothie the night before, put it in a tightly sealed mason jar and stick it in the back of the fridge. Then all you’ll have to do is shake it up and grab a straw! You will feel supercharged and ready to go after the influx of nutrients.

Here is a great smoothie guide from Holli Thompson to get you started!

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Baked Raspberry Skillet Oatmeal

Mar. 10th 2014

A protein-packed breakfast to kickstart week 2 of our March Makeover! Our Ancient Grain Oatmeal blends with sweet, juicy raspberries + a dash of cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup for an irresistible morning dish.

This week’s goal is to make your mornings count. Rather than pressing snooze on repeat, give yourself ample time to get ready, eat breakfast and get to work on time–stress-free. It will help you start the day off on the right foot and with a positive attitude. To save on time, plan your breakfasts ahead and have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go. Here are three healthy breakfast recipes to enjoy this week!

Eating breakfast will boost your energy levels, your metabolism and your mood, while keeping you full until lunch time. If you start with a healthy breakfast filled with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds–it will set you on a healthy track for the day.

Baked Raspberry Skillet Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 cup raspberries

1 cup almond milk

1 cup purely elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Oatmeal

1 egg

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add raspberries. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add almond milk, oatmeal, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and syrup. Stir to combine 3-5 minutes. Put in the oven to bake for 12 minutes. Serve with maple syrup drizzled on top.

New to our March Makeover? It’s not too late to join! Download the March Makeover Calendar today and follow along. Each week we will post a grocery list, recipes, nutrition and health tips for support and motivation!

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Baked Raspberry Skillet Oatmeal

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