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3 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re a Foodie Trying to Get Fit for the New Year

We are in the digital age where finding inspiration is as simple as clicking a hashtag. In 2017 it is time for a social media shift, we must change how we utilize this powerful tool. More times than not, it’s easy to become enthralled by picturesque views of foreign locations, seemingly “perfect” IG bodies, and gossip pages spilling all of the “tea”. But, do yourself a favor, and allow 2017 to be a transformative period for your health and wealth. If you’re looking to transition into a greener way of eating, while maintaining healthy long-term changes, you’re in the right place. Below are the IG accounts of 3 different culinary connoisseurs who will help you eat right and savor every bite, all while getting your body tight in  the New Year.

@chocolateforbasil Chocolate for Basil is a joint effort between Jerrelle Guy, an omnivore—aka meat-eater, and Eric Harrison, a vegetarian. Their healthy cooking is mesmerizing. As you scroll down their Instagram you’ll see nothing but delicious plant-based food that actually nourishes your soul and health. Healthy eating never looked as tempting as it does in Guy’s recipes for lemon poppy seed cupcakes, farro and lentil stuffed squash with balsamic dressing, chocolate swirled pretzel bites with cinnamon sugar, ultimate vegan pounder burger, and peach gazpacho with turmeric and tarragon. Jerrelle Guy is a conscious eater who shares flavorful alternatives to the comfort food we all know and love.

@foodheavenshowThis dynamic duo made of 2 registered dietitians, Wendy and Jess, are best friends and the brainpower behind Food Heaven Made Easy. They’ve been in the health and wellness game since 2011, utilizing YouTube videos as a way to reach a larger audience and have organic conversations about nutrition and healthy eating. Their food philosophy is that “healthy eating should be delicious, cost effective and relatively painless” ( If you head over to their website, you’ll find an extensive 4-year archive of tried and true plant-based recipes. The road to becoming healthier isn’t always easy, but if you use what you have to do what you can, clean eating will become an enjoyable and easy way of life.  If you need guidance along your journey, Wendy and Jess offer affordable starter kits ranging from $ 19 USD to $59 USD that include meals plans, tips, and tricks for weight loss, clean eating, and vegetarian eating.

@caitsplateA healthy diet plan, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars; and stays within your daily calorie needs. Cait Elf, of @caitsplate, offers up some of the best visual representations of what a balanced meal looks like. Her attention to detail is impeccable, and she shows what a full day of eating for her is like from breakfast through dessert, including snacks and sides. Elf believes a “balanced lifestyle is the healthiest lifestyle, and there is no singular prescription for this – it’s completely individualized” ( Her blog post topics include how to repurpose leftover roasted veggies, smashed Mexican sweet potatoes, 3-ingredient smoothie bowls, protein-packed breakfast tacos, and much more


What Instagram pages are you following for food inspiration? Drop them below!.

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Natural Hair Calls for Natural Treatments, and Aloe Vera is the Answer!

Via NaturalHealings

You’re probably used to seeing this soothing ingredient in skincare products, but aloe vera can also work wonders on hair. The ancient plant helps promote hair growth, tames frizz, conditions and acts as a cleanser.

How can one plant do all this? Aloe vera is a nutritional powerhouse. It is full of vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, fatty acids, anthraquinones and essential amino acids. The gel also has humectant qualities, which seals in moisture, and keeps frizz to a minimum.

The biggest thing to note is these ingredients each boast qualities that help natural hair stay smooth and lustrous. The fatty acids have antiseptic qualities and anthraquinones are believed to have antibacterial properties. Sounds like the start of a great hair cleanser.

If you’ve suffered from hair loss or breakage, aloe vera may help. With the help of important vitamins and minerals, aloe vera can promote strong and healthy hair. Because of its pH-balancing and cleansing properties, it keeps the scalp clean and hair follicles clear.

Before you head out to your closest drugstore to stock up on aloe vera shampoo, conditioner and styling products, consider getting your aloe straight from the plant. Fresh aloe gel can be mixed with a few other ingredients, like essential oils and coconut milk, to create a powerful hair treatment. The bonus: It’ll be free of preservatives or other hard-to-pronounce ingredients. If you don’t live in a dry climate, you can grow aloe vera in a pot indoors or find individual leaves at Asian markets and some natural food stores.

Check out this infographic on Aloe Vera. It goes through the history and uses around the globe for the plant. I bet you will find even more uses for this amazing plant than you thought possible!
What to Know About Aloe VeraNatural Healers

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Mascarpone & Spinach Stuffed Salmon… Yum!

This dish is like all of my favorite things beautifully assembled onto one plate.

If you are a Pescatarian, or if you love salmon, this is the perfect recipe for you.  Check it out below!


1 1/2 cups of frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 cup of mascarpone cheese

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 pinch of nutmeg

3 6-8 ounce salmon fillets

1 tablespoon of your favorite Cajun seasoning

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Fresh lemon to garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a bowl, combine the spinach, cheese, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg until everything is well mixed.

3. Pat the salmon fillets dry and cut a slit in the middle (lengthwise) to form a pocket. Stuff as much of the creamed spinach mixture as you’d like into each salmon fillet.

Read More of the Recipe HERE

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Itchin’ For A Solution: Recipes To Relieve An Itchy Scalp


Hey Queens,

I hope you all are having a Tremendous Thursday! I was inspired to create this post because I know a large portion of us suffer from an itchy scalp, and I am not excluded.  I’m currently rocking a curly protective style for the summer, and I’m going insane by not being able to get to my scalp.  After doing a little bit of research on some of my favorite natural hair blogs, I found a great list of recipes to help resolve the problem. Oh, and guess what?!? You can create these recipes in the comfort of your own home.

Check out these quick, and easy recipes below from BGLH:


1. Apple Cider Vinegar

A staple in the world of hair care, when diluted with water apple cider vinegar is used for its clarifying properties as well as its ability to help reduce hair porosity as a rinse due to its low pH balance. It also has anti-bacterial qualities that make it particularly helpful in treating an itchy scalp that is caused by bacteria build-up, and against any fungal condition (yeast on the scalp). Yeast don’t like an acidic environment so swabbing the scalp with an ACV solution can be helpful.Just be careful to make sure that you dilute it enough to a level where it is comfortable enough to put on your scalp, or else it will sting like crazy, especially if you have any abraded skin. The raw, unfiltered organic ACV is the best kind.


2. Aloe Vera
In case you decide to try the ACV, consider having some aloe vera gel on hand to soothe any stinging sensations that you may get. Aloe Vera can be used straight from the plant, or the organic gel can be bought commercially. Naturally emollient and calming, it is a great balm for the scalp that will also soften the hair and feed your roots.





3. Tea Tree Oil
Melaleuca  Alternifolia, or simply “Tea Tree Oil” is ubiquitous in shampoos and conditioners for this very condition in large part due to its highly antiseptic qualities. It’s a triple threat to scalp irritations because of its anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Again, Tea Tree Oil should not be used full strength and is best when used with a carrier oil. Which brings us to the next tried and true product…


4. Coconut Oil
Ever seen a moldy coconut? That’s because the capyrilic acid in coconuts inhibit the growth of fungus. Incidentally, caprylic acid is also an active ingredient in a lot of vitamin supplements for women who are trying to suppress an overgrowth of candida (yeast) throughout the body. As always, look for the unfiltered, unrefined, organicextra-virgin coconut oil, cold-pressed if possible. It’s especially effective when infused with a few drops of tea tree oil.

 What recipes have you tried to relieve your itchy scalp?!? I would love to hear 🙂



To check out more recipes like this, check out the latest issue of Natura Magazine HERE








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Coconut Gives Cocktails a Healthier Twist

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can come and go. 2014 was gone in a flash and now we get to welcome 2015 with wide-open, anticipating arms. To help celebrate closing yet another chapter in our lives, here are a few coconut water cocktail recipes that are perfect for any New Year’s shindig. So we can all bring our healthiest, happiest selves in to 2015; and maybe even avoid that notorious New Year’s Day hangover.

Besides being absolutely delicious, coconut water has tons of potassium, b-complex vitamins and minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium. The composition of vitamins, minerals and potassium can help you stay hydrated throughout your New Year’s Eve night and replenish lost electrolytes. Not to mention it’s a healthier mixer than soda or sugary juice. Basically, you can’t lose. Have a safe and happy New Year’s y’all!

The Refresh Cocktail

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 2 ounces VeeV Acai Spirit

2 ounces Vita Coco coconut water

1 ounce passion fruit puree

1 orange slice, for garnish

Combine coconut water, fruit puree, and VeeV. Shake with ice and strain into martini glass. Follow with orange garnish.

Absolut Cilantro Coco

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1 part Absolut Cilantro

3 parts coconut water

1 splash lime juice

1 lime wedge, for garnish

Mix all ingredients in a rocks glass.

Coconut-Water Vodka Cocktail

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1 ½ ounces vodka

6 ounces coconut water [for extra flavor try mango peach flavored or tropical fruit]

1 orange wedge, for garnish

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The World of Homemade Deep Conditioners

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Welcome to the world of homemade deep conditioners, here are a few to get started….

The Classic: Egg Whites, Mayo, Honey

            1 cup mayonnaise

            2 tbsp honey

            1 egg (white)

Mayonnaise is stacked with oils and fats that help moisturize, soften and add sheen to dull dry hair; while honey adds sheen and acts as a natural way to prevent the loss of moisture.

To create, put all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangleone rinsed thoroughly.

And the variations: (Egg Whites, Mayonnaise and greek yogurt is a variation of this)


Coconut Oil & Egg Whites

            4 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil

            1 egg (white)

            2 tbsp of pure honey (optional)

This conditioner combines protein, moisture and strength that the hair needs to grow and thrive. Honey is always good to add in deep conditioners for your hair, as it is great for moisture retention.

To create, mix in a bowl, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly. You may need double the ingredients depending on the length or thickness of the hair.


Avocado & Olive Oil

1 overripe avocado

            ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

            ½ cup of shea butter (optional)

2-3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (optional)

This deep conditioner is great for detangling! This conditioner is made to lubricate thick curls and give weight to the hair for detangling. The apple cider vinegar works as a clarifier for your hair, as well, if you do choose to include it.

To create, put all ingredients into a blender, and add extra virgin olive oil to reach the consistency you would prefer. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

 Banana, Olive oil & honey (with optional glycerin)

            1 large banana (or banana baby food)

            4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

            2 tbsp pure veggie glycerin (optional)

            2 tbsp honey

Here, the banana, when mixed with other ingredients, minimizes shrinkage and softens the hair. Olive oil thoroughly contributes to the over all moisture of the hair (see last post about oils). This deep conditioner specifically helps with manageability.

To create, put all of the ingredients into the blender in order to avoid having banana bits. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

Small tip:

All of these ingredients, egg whites/yogurt/honey/banana/mayonnaise/etc., can all work alone as deep conditioners as well! Happy experimenting!


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3 DIY Herabal Hair Tonics For Spring

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Via NaturallyCurly

It’s that in-between season that we all love–not sure if it’s getting warmer, may still be cold, it may rain or snow… And our bodies and hair respond to those changes.

Along with the uncertainty of weather can come a lack-of-luster for our locks.

Luckily, here are some easy, all-natural, do-it-yourself potions that you can create in no time, and bring back the natural shine and bounce to your hair.

1. Parsley & Rosemary Tonic

Solves: Dullness

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons crushed parsley seeds (found at health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup chopped rosemary
  • Water


  1. Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the crushed parsley and chopped rosemary.
  3. Allow to steep for 20 mins.
  4. Cool and strain the mixture.
  5. Pour the liquid over your hair in the shower or sink.
  6. Wrap your head with a warm towel for 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Do not rinse– allow your hair to dry naturally.

2. Nettle Hair Tonic

Solves: Dandruff

What You’ll Need

  • A handful of fresh nettle leaves or 5 tablespoons of dried nettle (found at health food stores)
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil
  • A bottle or glass jar to store the liquid


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Place the nettle (fresh or dried) in the water.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add a few drops of your selected oil.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool and steep for 20 mins.
  6. Once cool, strain the liquid.
  7. Pour over your hair in the shower.
  8. Comb or massage through your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Rinse your hair thoroughly.


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10 Remedies For A Sensitive Scalp!


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Our scalp is a key component to healthy, strong, beautiful hair. With constant manipulation, the use of harsh chemicals, and uncontrollable climatic changes, our scalp can become weak and sensitive.  If you are experiencing a dry or itchy scalp, you should check out these quick and easy all- natural remedies!

Colloidal Oatmeal

Oatmeal is hailed as the superfood for calming even the most temperamental skin because of its healthy fats, emollient qualities, and its ability to normalize the skin’s pH. Since your scalp is simply the skin on your head, the stuff sitting in your cupboard for those cold winter mornings could very well be the thing that it needs.

Prep and apply

Colloidal oatmeal is simply finely ground oatmeal. You can purchase at most health food stores. If you have some oatmeal lying around that you want to get rid of it, you could use a food processor to grind the oatmeal until it is fine.

  1. Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal to 1 cup of hot water and stir until it is dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool for 10 min.
  2. Use a coffee filter to sift any large oatmeal pieces. Filtering the mixture is very important to prevent you from having to pick oatmeal pieces out of your hair for an eternity.
  3. Transfer the oatmeal water into an applicator bottle.
  4. Apply the oatmeal water directly to the scalp and massage it gently. Cover your head with a processing cap and leave the mix on for 10 min. After rinsing, style as usual.


Aloe vera juice

As most of us in the naturally curly world already know, aloe is amazing for moisturizing and styling. It is also good for alleviating everything from itchiness to burns, so if you’re suffering from a sore, achy scalp then here’s one way to use aloe to help soothe it.

Prep and apply

Place your aloe vera juice in an applicator bottle, apply it to your scalp on freshly washed hair, and massage it gently. You could leave the aloe in or rinse it out if you are worried about product build up.


Chamomile tea

If you’re suffering with a dry, itchy scalp due to dandruff you know all to well about the redness, irritation, and soreness that is associated with it. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to soothe your scalp then look no further than chamomile because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Prep and apply

  1. Steep two chamomile tea bags in a cup of water and allow the tea to cool.
  2. Transfer the tea into an applicator bottle, apply it to the scalp of freshly washed hair, and proceed to style. It does not have to be rinsed.

To view more remedies click HERE

Check out the new issue of Natura Magazine HERE


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How To Maintain A Healthy Scalp! Learn Tips HERE!!

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Maintaining beautiful, healthy, natural hair is all about taking care of your body inside and out.  A Lot of women who are either natural or transitioning to natural believe if they just focus on product usage, then they will experience a tremendous amount of growth.  But, contrary to popular belief, it’s not just about the products that you use—it’s also about how you care for your scalp. Our scalp is a source for hair growth, and if we don’t properly take care of it, it can cause unwanted issues. Check out some tips on how you can properly maintain the health of your scalp below.





Problem: Dry scalp. Dry, moisture-sapped skin surrounding hair follicles.

Symptoms: Tight-feeling or itchy scalp when the humidity drops; small flakes of dry skin that land on the shoulders.

Massage Rx: Mix 10 drops of a moisturizing pure essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood with 1 ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil. For sensitive scalps, use straight jojoba oil, says Marc Zollicoffer, Aveda global spa educator. Massage for 5 minutes before showering.

“To nourish a dry scalp, take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement like fish oil,” says Holly Lucille, N.D., R.N., a naturopathic physician at Healing From Within Health Care in Los Angeles, Calif.

DIY exfoliating recipe: Try one of these recipes from Mario Russo, owner of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, Mass., and Stowe, Vt.:



1. After shampooing, massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the scalp, and onto your hair from roots to ends.

2. Wrap head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave to trap the oil and let it soak in. Wait at least 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the length of your hair.

3. Rinse out thoroughly and follow with conditioner.

4. Repeat once a week if hair is coarse; once a month is sufficient if hair is normal.



1. Heat ½ cup of apple cider vinegar.

2. Let it cool a bit, but while it’s still warm, gently massage it into your scalp. The acid in apple cider vinegar helps restore the scalp’s pH balance.

3. Cover your head with a towel or shower cap.

4. After 30 to 40 minutes, rinse with plain water.


Problem: Thinning Hair. Hair loses strength and thickness; can be caused by crash diets, pulling hair back too tightly, or endocrine disorders. If the following tips don’t help make your hair stronger and thicker, see your dermatologist.

Symptoms: Hair becomes finer, shorter, and takes up less space, exposing more of the scalp.

Massage Rx: To strengthen brittle hair, massage a small amount of coconut oil (it strengthens the roots of the hair and conditions the shaft, promoting healthy growth) into your scalp for 5 minutes, working through from roots to ends. Wrap your head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave. After 5 or 15 minutes, depending on the length of your hair, rinse out thoroughly. Repeat twice a week.

Feed your scalp: What you eat affects the health of your hair and scalp—nutrients from food provide the energy that fuels hair growth.


►PROTEIN STRENGTHENS HAIR: Iron-rich protein builds strong keratin, the outer layer of hair and scalp. “Without it, hair grows more slowly and becomes weak and brittle,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D. Eat lean meat, fish, low-fat cheese, egg whites, spinach, and soy.


►VITAMIN C BUILDS COLLAGEN: Collagen supports hair follicles and keeps blood vessels in the scalp healthy. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from plant proteins. Try soy yogurt with an orange; 1/2 cup of strawberries; or 1 cup of steamed spinach with chopped tomatoes.


►SILICA PROMOTES GROWTH: Silica, a nutrient found in oats, rice, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage, and sunflower seeds, supports growth of hair and nails. You can also take it as a homeopathic remedy, says naturopathic physician Lucille.


►BIOTIN IMPROVES TEXTURE: This essential B vitamin, found in salmon, carrots, egg yolks, and sardines, helps form keratin, the protein that strengthens hair, improves texture, and stimulates growth.


►REGULAR MEALS FORTIFY FOLLICLES: Food energizes the body and boosts hair follicle activity, says trichologist Philip Kingsley, who advises snacking on grains, fruits, and veggies between meals.

“Make sure you’re getting enough iron. And try 3 mg of biotin a day forsix months (a lack of biotin can contribute to hair loss),” says Heather Woolery-Lloyd,M.D., dermatologist and director of Ethnic Skin Care at Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute, University of Miami.

DIY hair mask recipe: Once a month, try this treatment from trichologist Veralucia Thompson, founder of the National Center of Trichology in Jacksonville, Fla.

1. Make a tea with hibiscus leaves. When tea is tepid, strain and mix in enough seaweed powder to form a paste. Seaweed is rich in calcium and magnesium, minerals essential to healthy hair.

2. Blend a few drops each of rose, bergamot, geranium, orange, and sandalwood oil, then add 1 ounce of jojoba oil.

3. Scrub your scalp with the oil for 5 minutes to improve blood supply to the area.

4. Cover hair with a warm towel and plastic wrap for 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Rinse well, then shampoo and condition. Allow hair to dry naturally—heat from the dryer can irritate your scalp. thinning hair.

To view more tips visit NaturalHealth

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A Natural’s Best Kept Secret!! ( Aloe Vera Juice)



Check out this amazing article on the benefits of Aloe Vera Juice + some great recipes to try at home on page 63 of the latest issue of Natura Magazine!!!!! HERE