Monday Morning Madness: ‘Pretty Simple ways to’ get ‘glow-worthy’ in your recipes.

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Hello loves, I hope your weekend was all that you dreamed it would be. If not, there is plenty of time for wine tonight. Today, I was just hoping to share a few tips to get glowing for summer, and not to mention, healthier. Summertime is definitely full of flavor. From barbecues to seasoning, it’s easy to stick to tried-and-true recipes and habits. However, sometimes it’s nice to get out there and try some new ideas and shake things up a bit. Plus, I promise if you give these three ‘swaps’ a chance, you might be pleasantly surprised at how versatile they become around your kitchen, and how often you’ll be using them. And no, you don’t have to only use these for everything, I have definitely learned not to be a preacher, but ‘here and there’ can make a pretty big difference to your summertime glow, and your health.

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1. Nutritional yeast has a bit of a ‘cult-following’ by many vegans, and it’s kind of no secret as to why. Besides the name itself being less-than-‘yum’, it is actually one of the best kept secrets in the glow-worthy department of eating for health. The first time I heard of the stuff, I was a bit hesitant, I mean- it sounded more like a bread-starter than a delicious good-for-you cheesy treat. However, I went to my health food store and grabbed some, hoping all it’s glam and gossip would deliver the promises I had read all about. I started mixing and baking and tasting…and sure enough- the stuff can be absolutely delicious, with the flavor consistent with cheese. I am most fond of its’ power when it comes to Macaroni and Cheese, and Strawberry Cheesecakes. The above picture was from just the other night, it’s quick and easy and can be subbed for any cheesy-dish. I like to play around and add things like bell pepper and garlic, for extra health benefits and taste.

Why it’s Glow-Worthy: It is chock-full of good-for-you protein, so it has all the essential amino acids your body needs to be its’ healthiest. Also, one of the best reasons to add some to your recipes, is its’ high content of vitamins; especially B-complex vitamins for extra energy, most notedly B-12. Just a little bit, goes a long way! It is ironically very low in fat and sodium, yet when added to different recipes takes on the flavor of richer dishes. So go ahead and eat your Macaroni and Cheese, it’s really good for you! 😉

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Dulse is an amazing substitute for regular table salt, I’m kind of addicted. However, the best part is that it’s super low in sodium, yet brings a salty flavor we all want. I’m also a big fan of simply adding half pink himalayan salt, and the other half subbed for dulse. I have been finding it adds a good balance, mostly because dulse can have a certain taste that many have to grow used to- yet it is very subtle. What is it, you ask? It is actually a sea vegetable and is used in a lot of asian dishes, so it does have a certain undertone in its’ flavor. It is actually quite versatile in the different recipes you can create with it. I for one, think this recipe would make for a great use of dulse vs salt. And, of course, my above ‘Sweet and Salty Mash’, which is essentially just lots of dulse and garlic, complimented by the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. It’s really good for a summertime side-dish.

Why it’s Glow-Worthy: It is full of beautifying minerals that regular salt just doesn’t add up to (although I’m talking sea salt here vs pink himalayan salt, that I’m also a big fan of), plus the big difference is it’s low-sodium. Dulse also is great for under-eye darkness and can help eliminate puffiness. Which is mostly caused by our over-consumption of salt, which then leads to water retention/a load of problems. When we consume dulse it helps balance the electrolytes in our body, and therefore help to keep us less bloated. It is also a great form of B-vitamins.

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This is a new ‘to do’, with me. I have talked about my bread obsession here, but this is actually such a simple way to add an extra punch of vitamins and minerals to the norm’ ‘sandwiches’ we (or at least I) tend to grab for during the summertime months. It’s something I’m still playing around with and trying to swap a lot more, but with the farmer’s markets getting more dense with an array of fresh, green, leafy veggies, it’s kind of a no-brainer to keep it a routine. As you can see above, all you have to do is cut along the stem to make it easier for wrapping, and voila. I made the above wrap the other day and it was absolutely delicious. I have been thinking of ways to make it a little tastier and I came up with this: in a bowl just throw some apple cider vinegar, pinkhima’ salt, garlic, and dill- then toss the leaves around and let them stay in for at least an hour or so. So now, you have infused them with a little extra spice & flavor- and they are still full of all their goodness. Cooking them, to me, still kind of defeats the purpose of why they are so good for us. However, if you want to give them a light blanche, to make them a little more tender, I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad.

Why it’ Glow-Worthy: Well ironically, they literally brighten our skin’s tone. No joke. Only one cup provides us with up to 70% of our daily vitamin C. It also has a very high content of chlorophyll which helps to create a cleansing effect to our blood, and overall gives us better circulation which =’s a healthy glow. I suppose you can judge a vegetable by its’ denseness, and kind of put together how much ‘good stuff’ it is brimming with. Collards are definitely super dense- to me- even more so than cult-standing kale. It is also very high in body (and skin)-loving vitamin A, B vitamins, and E. While also providing a serious amount of calcium and iron, which many of us girls need a lot of in our early 20s-30s. Plus, it’s super absorbable when in the form of collard leafs.

So, with nothing else to really say, get glowing my dears with these three simple swaps. Kind of crazy all the good the littlest changes can create. Oh, and a mantra for your Monday, because it’s so true. 😉 xoxo.

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Pretty Simple: Ways To Sparkle For Mother’s Day.

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Happy weekend to all, hope it’s a fabulous Saturday, filled with leisure and love. I’m just hanging out with my lovely dogs {what’s new} and perhaps going to see a local band later from my roots, gotta’ love NC and the twangy, soulful, bluegrass. Anyhow, as I have taken up the love of all things nail-art inspired (most noted from my obsession with Lana Del Rey– girl is amazing!/as is her nails), I have found through lots of trial and error, one, marvelous line that I absolutely adore. Sonia Kashuk’s line of nail polish is the simplest nail polish I have ever used. And I’m sort of becoming a nail polish whore. How is it simple, you ask? It’s perfect if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for a thick, gloppy, mess to dry. Plus, her colors are wonderful and the names are too cute {don’t act like you don’t buy nail polish just for the name), and they’re not going to cost you 2-lattes worth of mu-lah. I think it’s enough to rejoice for, darlings! Well, I do hope your Mother’s Day is whimsical- and if not- here’s a little sparkle to brighten your weekend.

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Pretty Simple: DIY Surf Spray for Beach-Ready Hair.

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So. You’re walking through the store and you see that lovely, pricey, bottle of hair spray that promises sea salty, beach-y, summer scented, good-for-your-hair coconut oil, drenched tresses. It’s a serious moment. Hell, you might as well call it a phase.  Everything stops, you have a choice;

It’s that time of year again- you’re truly willing to throw basically anything out the window (job, rent, car, significant other, you know, etc.) in order to spend the summer like some carefree bohemian 20something with long hair and the golden sun shining off your skin (‘Who am I kidding?’, you think, ‘That IS me!’). All things California, Hawaii, coastal-inspired are pretty much the definition of your life, in fact, you’re basically a resident in every state that has a fucking beach because that’s how fucking free your spirit is. And, when it comes to being a free spirit there are essentials, in this case…salty, wavy, beach bum hair to truly live the part. Yes, that time.maybeb&bprettysimple

So, ‘That’s it!’, you think. It will make me feel better and look better and life will be great- a treat to myself. Plus, I’ll have beach hair to go perfectly with the Tan Towels I just bought (you know I’m talking to you, but that’s another post). Anyway, you buy Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray, and you know you’ve basically just bought the beach in a bottle. Life is sweet, and nothing can touch you. Even when you go to work tomorrow, you’ll smell like a tropical paradise, A TROPICAL BEACH GODDESS PARADISE (Fuck yes!). Oh, p.s., if you’re a guy reading this, I couldn’t make this up if I tried, we really do think certain products have the ability to be this life changing…it’s true. Anyway, you’re about to spray the hell(lll) out of that miracle-in-a-bottle and sit in your apartment knowing your life is pretty much amazing at this point. That beach is basically in your non-existent backyard by now. You made that choice, girl…and you’re stoked.

Please keep in mind the following, however:

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Ingredients: 

Water, Magnesium Sulfate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Isoceteth-20, Citric Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance.

The above ingredients are just…not. Hence, this post. Here’s a much cheaper alternative, that’s natural, and actually beach hair-worthy.

Style: "Penutbutter and Blueberries"

All you need is the above/love. However, the water needs to be hot enough for the salt to dissolve in the beginning, that’s about the hardest part. After the salt is down, you just put it in a cool bottle and shake it up, my loves. I really try to stress that the key here is the quality of the ingredients that you buy. For instance, you want raw, young, coconut oil because it’s in its’ purest state/unrefined, and therefore better for your hair- or if you like, you can even use this on your skin. I also think it’s definitely ideal to use Harmless Harvest’s coconut water in this recipe because again, they use raw, young, coconuts that are never heated in the process which causes it to smell AMAZING (which is kind of weird because it’s a drink, but whatever). I like to add some vanilla drops to mine sometimes, too.

You can add anything else you like to the mix (like more pink salt for added volume boosts to your hair), but I usually prefer its’ simplicity.

That’s it dears, see you at the beach (or the office, ya’ know, whichever).

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xoxo, The P&P.