Gift Glowing Skin This Holiday With These Hemp Seed Oil Goodies

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEARRRRR ! 

There’ll be much mistltoeing, 

And SKIN may be glowing

When love ones are gifted Advanced Clinicals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Thanksgiving literally crept up on all of us! But now, as we head into December, the holiday season has officially commenced…and I could not be any more excited! But let’s be honest, this can also be an extremely stressful time! What will Mom want this year? Sister has tried every product out there, how will your gift wow her? Oh yeah, your bestie still needs a little something, and dang, there’s that second cousin of yours that reminded you, you were her secret santa and to make sure it’s something good! The easy part is remembering everyone on your list, but the harder part is budgeting for it all! Cue the anxiety! As I am usually the worst gift giver, frantically shopping the day of Christmas Eve, this year, I decided to take a different approach. I have actually, set gifts aside, ahead of time! (I know, who is she?!)

But speaking of anxiety, this season of my life has been incredibly tough. My anxiety has been living it’s best life lately, making mine, difficult to navigate. So in efforts to find some tranquility, a friend of mine urged that I try some common household items made with hemp. The chemical makeup of hemp seed oil, consists of omega-3 fatty acids, which are aids in relieving anxiety. I let her know that when my anxiety levels heighten, my skin tends to dry up. She then, recommended Advanced Clinicals. For the past couple of months, my nighttime skin care routine has been literally heavenly and so peaceful!

So you could imagine my excitement when Advanced Clinicals  approached me to work together! I freaking love their products! They are THE ideal brand for affordable (yas) and effective (bigger yass) skin care! This line stands behind advanced, scientific formulas that still somehow go for $15 or less! (So, sorry if you are reading this, Mom, Sis, or bestie, these are the perfect stocking stuffers!) This is not a skin-care line that you have to wait weeks on end to see results, the chemistry is so freaking effective, that my anxiety and skin felt better after a few applications.

Before bed, I usually like to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and finally hydrate with my Vitamin E Oil. If you follow me, you know I LIVEE for Vitamin E! So once those steps are completed, I wrap up with the Advanced Clinicals Hemp Seed Oil line.

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HEMP SEED OIL FACIAL MIST: Infused with my fave ingredient, Vitamin E, this mist helps brighten and replenish a healthy moisturized glow. It’s Cannabis Sativa is naturally rich in fatty acids and plant-based hydration. I LIVE for a few spritz throughout the day, really, but especially before bed as it leaves my skin feeling so soft. Plus the Aloe Vera and Sea Salt ensures I will not be left feeling oily or sticky.

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HEMP SEED OIL INSTANT HYDRATION CREAM: Rich in essential fatty acids like Omegas 3, 6 and 9, this soothing compound helps restore the life and elasticity of dry, rough skin. Which is WHAT A GIRL NEEDS, because my elbows, knees, and shins tend to be the driest areas of my body! Poor things, need extra TLC and hydration. The infused Coconut Oils, soothing anti-inflammatory properties, Shea Butter, and VITAMIN E, all work together to revitalize smooth, soft skin!

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HEMP SEED OIL INSTANT HYDRATION BODY OIL: This stuff makes me feel insanely luxurious! This hemp-infused body oil is intended for luminous skin. And as you can see, it does just that! PLUS, IT’S NON-GREASY and does not get on my sheets, probably because my dry skin absorbs it so quickly. Plus, the VITAMIN E, Ginger, and Lavender work together to support collagen and helps lift the skin! Not to mention, it leaves you feeling like a supple queen!

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It’s crazy to me, that these “everyday” products that a friend recommended a while back, became some of the most helpful, soothing aids before bed. Not to mention this hemp line amongst many other Advanced Clinical products are stand outs, as they are backed by chemists who perfectly concocted with some of the earth’s most powerful natural agents, effective formulas that anyone can afford! Y’all know I will never stand behind expensive skincare, because in my experience, just a little, goes a long way!

Do yourself and a favor this holiday season and avoid the stressors of what the heck to gift the women (or men) in your life. With $15 a pop, you can’t go wrong with this line!

Heck, gift everyone on your list during Cyber Monday! Use code: CYBERSAVINGS for 50% off everything tomorrow at AdvancedClinicals.com  + the deals continue for the next 12 days!

HAPPY GLOWING, QWEENS!

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60 Days of Celery Juice: Here’s What Happened

Heller, BBs! In this post we are going to get REALLLL PERSONAL. So, if you are looking for in-depth rawness regarding the past 60 days, keep on reading!

For the past year and a half, I have been sharing my journey with IBS-C via IG: @_jasminvanessa and here on the blog. But for the first time in the past 8 years since diagnosed with IBS, I have FINALLY found what has actually worked… read on.

For reference, IBS, also known as: Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic intestinal disorder that causes pain, bloat, gas, diarrhea, and or constipation. In my case, I have IBS-C, Irritable Bowel Syndrome with constipation but some people suffer from both. Flare-ups could be triggered by food, trapped toxins AKA constipation and/or life stressors/anxiety. About 6-7 days of the week, my stomach flared up, to what my mom even said, was larger than any of her full-term pregnancies. I would literally not be able to zip up the very pants I wore going into a dinner. One bite of a trigger food (onions, garlic, tomato, cabbage, etc) was enough to have a 10-12 hour flare-up, where gas and cramps were non-stop the entire time. There would be multiple days where I could not use the restroom, and even if I was hungry, I knew there was little room in there to consume any more space. Some weeks, I would try multiple laxatives, fiber powder, eat as many fruits and veggies as I could, and still have no success.

It is a silent disease with little research and understanding. It is also, rarely talked about as there is no definitive cure and lets be honest, a fairly uncomfortable topic as it deals with your stool. However, it can be manageable-ish***. In fact, there are so many IBS sufferers out there, “managing” their daily pains, who are not even aware that their conditions fall under IBS. For reference, I was diagnosed with IBS at 18 years old, however medications and commercials for gut health said to help manage the conditions, are all usually geared towards the elder audience. I am by far the youngest patient whenever I go into my GI appointments, go figure! So I am so pleased I was able to share my journey with so many of my fellow peers, because IBS is wayyyy more common than we think! And although we are young, we are certainly not suffering alone.

This illness, of course, affects your physical health but most importantly your mental health. You feel trapped in a body that does not bring you peace. Literally ingesting anything is a gamble! So many nights are sleepless due to the pain, and almost every meal no longer seems enjoyable. It is an incredibly frustrating disease because the human body: eats, sleeps, and poops, so when this disease or really any other GI condition basically robs you of all 3 basic functions, it can feel hopeless!

So, from deep deep experience, celery juice has been a legitimate healer in my life!

Read on to learn how:

FAQ: 

  1. Q: What are the main benefits of juicing celery? 

                AHEALS AND ACTIVATES GUT:

    • PC Answer: Celery Juice acts as a healer to the digestive system, activating and relining the gut.  It helps us metabolize quicker, and restores the acid, riding of the bad bacterias, and assisting the break downs more efficiently.
    • Real AF Answer: IT WILL MAKE YOU SHIT A TON MORE. During my first 21 days, I would nearly have to run to the restroom, minutes after drinking. I became extremely regular, going 3-5 times a day! For an IBS-C sufferer, that is only a dream! Especially during travel, my ability to use the restroom successfully was almost a joke! Often times, not even the strongest of laxatives worked. So juicing, basically serves as a natural laxative, without the pill! FIBROUS AF!

                B.  REDUCED BLOAT/FLARE-UPS:

    • PC Answer:  Celery Juice is an anti-inflammatory: It’s properties are known to  ease nerves and reduce fluid retention. By producing better stomach acids, it    eases the uncomfortable symptoms like gas, pressure, and fullness. IBS-C flare- ups can be caused by the several reasons listed above, however, with finally being more regular, the “constipation bloat” essentially disappears.
    • Real AF Answer: Now, of course, food triggers are usually triggers for the long- haul but I did notice that foods that once upset my belly, had less potency after drinking celery juice on a daily basis. If I accidentally missed to pick out, lets say, an onion, out of my dish, prior to celery, I’d have to prepare for WWIII. I mean 8-12 hour flare ups, potent gas for hours, and cramps that felt like child birth. Where as now, if I swallowed a piece of onion on accident (true story) I’d maybe be bloated for 1-2 hours, and likely would be able to use the restroom and relieve the pain a bit! I mean, I went to bed looking well over 9 months preggo from 6-7 nights a week, to maybe 1-2 nights tops…SOLELY because of a food trigger bloat, and NOT due to constipation bloat. PRAIISE JESUS!

  C.  GREAT FOR YO’ SKIN:

    • PC Answer:  Since celery juice alkalizes, it not only cleanses your body of toxins, but also the blood stream…reflecting in your skin! With improved blood flow and circulation paired with celery’s antioxidant properties, you and your skin are receiving tons of electrolytes, balancing the pH levels, increasing it’s overall hydration.
    • Real AF Answer: Although, my skin has been great to me this year, I will say that since juicing celery, my skin feels more hydrated than it did before. If I didn’t lather my face in Vitamin E oil, my skin and it’s hydration wasn’t that forgiving, where as now,  I can commit skincare suicide and fall asleep on the couch, without doing my full nighttime skin routine, and still wake up feeling hydrated!

               D. INCREASED ENERGY 

    • PC Answer:  Since celery helps the break down of protein and fat, you’ll likely  also feel a boost of energy!
    • Real AF Answer: I feel way less sluggish! If you are used to having a morning coffee, I can guarantee you, that by swapping these two, you will see a difference in feeling a natural energy boost. Since I workout in the AM, right before drinking celery juice, the combo basically sets the tone for a productive morning! No more laying in bed, with a heating pad right on my belly, trying to rid the 12 hour flare-up that stole my entire night’s worth of sleep!

      2. Q: When should I drink it and how much? 

    • A: It is best to drink 10-16oz (2-5 hearts, depending on size) in the morning on  an empty stomach. Also, be sure to wait 30 mins before consuming breakfast or any other foods. 16oz is suggested but especially during the first 30 days, more than 10 oz at a time, would scream a run to the restroom, like IMMEDIATELY! Now, after 60 days, since my body has stabilized a bit, I am able to drink the full amount without the theatrics and simply remain regular throughout my days. But I say, if you are in REAL need of beginning this journey with juicing and are FOS (sorry, but like actually), give your body some time to adjust and detox, as it probs needs it desperately. It won’t always be a running to the restroom, type situation…your body will adjust! So you can def work your way up, with serving size!

3. Q: Should I add other veggies or fruits to the juice blend? 

    • A: No! Adding any other ingredients to the juice will dilute it’s medicinal properties as each vegetable and/or fruit serves different functions. When added to it, celery juice is essentially denatured. I used to make several juice combos, including celery into those blends, but I NEVER saw the benefits that I do now, with juicing celery on it’s own. Also be sure to stray away from adding water or ice! Plain celery juice is best!

4.  Q: What juicer do you recommend and how do I prep it?

    • A: I’ve been using my Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Extractor    (click to shop) for over a year now and love it! Affordable, easy set up, not too noisy, and quick break down! Plus, it does a good job of maintaining some pulp (many juicers tend to extract it all) which is where most of your fiber lies! Whether you are using a juicer or a regular blender, you want to ensure you wash the celery thoroughly! I can not even tell you how many bugs I’ve found between stalks! I like to chop off the base and the top of the stalks, feed the washed celery through the feeding tube, and drink immediately. If you are using a traditional blender, you would follow the same techniques, however, consider using a nut milk bag to strain/remove any large chunks from the juice.

5. Q: Can I prep the juice in advance for the week? 

    • A: You can but it is not ideal! It is best to drink the juice immediately to benefit from all it’s healing powers. However, if you have to, make sure it is kept closed tight in a mason jar in the fridge! When I worked full-time in the office, I did not have the time to juice daily, so this was the only way I could drink it! However, try not to prep more than 1-2 days in advance.

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Soooo that about covers all of your frequently asked questions regarding this healing phenomena! I went far too long, suffering DAILY, hearing about its’ benefits, and still choosing not to give into this “Instagram fad”. But I am here to tell you, celery juice has truly transformed my overall physical and mental health! I no longer cry myself to sleep, stuck in fetal position, feeling literally trapped in a unhealthy vicious cycle of constant pain that comes with my chronic illness. I no longer have to skip out on a meal at a friend’s outing because everything on the menu is a trigger. I no longer have to look down at the massive bloat belly, no longer fitting into the very clothes I was wearing that same morning! I no longer have to look at food as an enemy of sorts, because now I can actually enjoy my meals in peace. And I no longer feel hopeless in my journey to good health. IBS may not have a tangible cure yet, but drinking my juice daily, has been the closest I’ve ever been to a healed and healthy gut! If you feel like you have tried everything and nothing has stuck, I URGE you to give celery juice a shot…IT IS LIFE CHANGING, SIS! Let’s raise a glass (of celery) to good health. Xo

 

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Panko Crusted Chicken Bowls

Happy Friday!! So as ya’ll may know, I am a creature of habit. I can eat the sameee meals for lunch and dinner for two weeks straight without getting bored. Fortunately, this week, I saw a recipe on Sivan Ayla’s blog that caught my appetite; Panko Crusted Chicken Bowls. Now, not only did the recipe look easy to follow but I also had most of the ingredients in my fridge (with some improvising).

What you’ll need:

I did not have regular chicken breasts or the standard Dijon mustard. So, my version of ingredients are as followed.

  • 4 Chile Lime Chicken Burgers (Trader Joe’s)
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • Arugula
  • Brown Rice
  • 1 Lemon
  • Herbs
  • 1/4 Grape Seed Oil
  • Fresh Parmesan

 

Directions:
  1. Thaw chicken patties. Preheat oven to 400º. Drizzle oil onto baking dish.
  2. Cook your rice simultaneously.
  3. Coat chicken with Dijon mustard then panko crumbs. Transfer over to baking dish.
  4. Bake chicken for 15 mins (for extra crunchy chicken strips) on each side.
  5. Combine 1/4 grapeseed oil, squeezed lemon juice, and herbs, mix dressing all together.
  6. Put out two bowls, create a bed of rice, then add a handful of arugula. Chop your cooked patties into strips and lay on top of arugula. Throw in some Parmesan cheese and layer on your dressing!

 

And Voilà!

If you’re into meal prepping, this is great for the work week! Warm up your chicken and rice, throw in some arugula, cheese, and dressing! So simple, so healthy, and legit sooo yummy! We’ve also paired the bowl with pita chips and hummus, and let me tell you…it is one hell of a mouthgasm!! Happy eating, y’all.

Vegan Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Now usually on this holiday, I would be overly indulging in yummy chicken burritos, packed with cheese and rice! But this year will look a little bit different for me. Within the past month, I have made the decision to *attempt* to fully transition from first a vegetarian diet to eventually Veganism. This being said, I reached out to my brother who is extremely strict with his diets, in hopes of him sharing his secret recipe to one of the best dishes I have ever tried in my life! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I would encourage anyone who is looking to spice up their diet with this super healthy, easy, and quick dish!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive/grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 apple, chopped (optional for crunch & tartness)
  • Walnuts, Cranberries (optional)
  • Sprinkle of Feta or Queso Fresco (optional)

 

Directions:
  1. Prepare the quinoa. Bring the pot to a boil with 2 cups of water, then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa has sprouted out.
  2. Simultaneously, mix your oil, cumin, garlic, lime, and salt together in the bottom of a large bowl to let the flavors mix while the quinoa cooks.
  3. Chop the veggies. Add the cooked quinoa, beans, apple, and veggies to the bowl and gently mix in all ingredients with the dressing.
  4. The quinoa can be warm, room temp, or cold when you serve the dish. To better set the flavors together, I suggest letting it chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. I prefer the salad cold but have also ate spoonfuls while preparing it, so it is entirely up to your preference! Without this step, cook time is about 20-25 mins.

And Voilà!

If you are ready to experience a healthy Cinco de Mayo inspired dish, I urge you to give this recipe a try! For fun, add cheese, avocado, and tortillas to finish the meal off!

 

 

Boozy Brunch at Home

I don’t really have a reason for this post other than it’s #NationalPancakeDay and we’re hungry! Lol, just kidding. But no really, I’m obsessed with breakfast food, especially pancakes! I’m a regular Saturday and Sunday bruncher…like to the point where my local spots, know me by name! But let’s be honest, brunch can add up very quickly, especially when you throw mimosas into the mix!

So this past weekend, we decided to cut the lines and make our own boozy brunch in the comfort of our home. This upcoming weekend, I challenge you to do the same!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup Krusteaz Honey Wheat Pancake Mix (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal (for pancake mix)
  • 1 Banana (for pancake mix)
  • 1 tspn Cinnamon (for pancake mix)
  • 1 handful Blueberries
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 handful Spinach
  • 1 Russet Potato
  • Orange Juice
  • Andre Champagne

Directions: 

Pancakes

  1. Mash banana with fork to a liquid consistency or goopy mush. Next, mix in oats, pancake mix, and cinnamon with a splash of water. You want to make sure that your mix has the consistency of pancake batter, thin enough to stir but thick enough to cook evenly.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled NON-STICK griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
  3. Pour the batter onto the pan, using approximately half of the mix for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides; serve hot and add blueberries.

Potatoes

  1. Dice up potato into small cubed pieces. Place potatoes and bell peppers into a oiled medium sized skillet. Season with the herbs of your choice. Cover with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently until brown and crisp on all sides.

Eggs

  1. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium-high and crack open eggs. Add bell peppers and spinach for taste. Top with avocado once cooked.

*Now, all your hard work in the kitchen, deserves a drink! Fill up your glass with champagne and a splash of OJ, and Voilà!!

Happy eating! XO

 

 

Ground Turkey Veggie Pizza on Lavish Bread

For this week’s meal prep, I wanted to keep it healthy but still somehow give into my cravings. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I like to experiment with pizza recipes quite often… well, because pizza is never a bad idea! A while back I added ground turkey as the protein to my pizza, but it was extremely messy to eat as I had broken up the meat to cook. This week, in order to avoid the mess, I decided to form little meatballs out of the turkey, emulating sausage. I usually use cauliflower or organic crust, but this time around, I wanted to give lavish bread a try for my crust.  I prefer Lavish Bread overall because of the longer shelf life, higher protein, and hearty crunch. In short, this recipe by far, was my favorite and healthiest pizza rendition yet!

Favorful AF & easy!

What you’ll need:

  • Whole Wheat Lavish Bread
  • 1 package of Ground Turkey Breast (1-2 LBS)
  • 1tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbps Feta Cheese
  • 4 tbps Tomato Paste
  • Half box of Spinach (8 oz)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup marinated Artichoke

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Shape uncooked turkey into small balls, drop the meatballs into a simmering small pan on medium heat, let sit for 10 minutes before turning over. Add soy sauce for flavor. Cook until golden brown.
  3. Prep your crust with a touch of EVOO and tomato paste/sauce. Carefully, spread the cheese, meatballs, and veggies. Bake for 20 minutes or until flatbread and veggies are golden brown.

And Voilà!

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Enjoy, fam! XO