Kick your smoothie up a notch! Just Spices Smoothie Boost is a sweet blend of refreshing mint, zesty lemon and orange peels, sharp ginger, and a delicate taste of floral hollyhock blossom. From ho-hum to hooray, your morning smoothie just became a lot more exciting!

Smoothie Boost Mixed Berries & Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup (frozen) mixed berries (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup milk or water (or even more to taste) – “Mom” prefers organic milk or nut milk
1/2 teaspoon Just Spices Smoothie Boost
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Preparation

Slice the banana and add it together with berries of your choice into your blender.

Add the Smoothie Boost Seasoning & blend until you get a smooth texture.

With the blades whirring, pour in milk or water to reach the consistency you like.

Now you can toss a few extra fruits on top and drizzle with honey to taste.

Enjoy & Share!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Just Spices.*

Your toothpaste and mouthwash can do all that? Dr. Ginger’s is an improved holistic oral health care routine that also purifies your whole body! This Fluoride Free, Triclosan Free, Alcohol-Free formula for both toothpaste and mouthwash utilizes coconut oil, which is known for its natural ability to maintain a healthy mouth and gums. If you have tried the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling, you are familiar with its oral care benefits, but the taste truly leaves much to be desired! Leading Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Ginger, came up with a much more refreshing and palatable way to cleanse the mouth, freshen breath, and achieve healthier teeth and gums.

I have tried oil pulling in the past, and loved the benefits (whiter teeth, fresh breath) but not the taste! The thickness of the oil also can be hard to take after the recommended 20 minutes of swishing! Plus, the coating on your teeth afterwards just feels odd, and it is recommended that you brush your teeth. With Dr. Ginger’s Coconut mouthwash, one only needs to swish the mouthwash for 2 minutes, and the combination of coconut and a light mint flavor is truly sublime! I can’t recall a time when my mouth felt this fresh after rinsing with mouthwash! Usually after rinsing with mouthwash my mouth just feels extremely antiseptic, like I rinsed with bleach!
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Coconut Toothpaste

This all-natural, delicious coconut-mint flavored toothpaste is made specifically to deliver the myriad of oral and overall health benefits of coconut oil. We love that it contains no fluoride! Dr. Ginger recommends using it either instead of or alongside your regular toothpaste to boost gum health, freshness, whitening, etc.

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Coconut Mouthwash

We cannot get enough of this pleasant-tasting, all-natural coconut-mint flavored mouthwash formulated to deliver the same amazing health benefits as “oil pulling.” It is recommended that you use the mouthwash 2-3 times daily after brushing with Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Toothpaste for fresher breath, improved gum health, and protection from toxins and bacteria.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

With the rare lunar eclipse, comet and snow moon making an appearance last night, we were inspired to share one of our favorite ways to light up your little one’s room with the night sky! These new adorable plush characters from beloved brand, Skip Hop, feature a belly projection that shows stars and moons on the ceiling or transforms to a soft glow when belly is covered for bedtime.

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The Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother is battery-operated, and projects a starry nightscape onto any surface! It also transforms into a snuggly bedtime friend for your child! Simply flip up the pocket to cover the projector belly and enjoy a warm nightlight glow. “Mom’s” little guy is now able to press the button on the Lamb’s belly to shine stars onto the sheets or to listen to the four gentle melodies! The Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother features an auto-off timer, which is perfect for winding down at bedtime.

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The Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother is portable and cord-free, and features an LED light that stays cool to the touch. The lights cycle through three colors, and it plays four gentle melodies, inlcuding Für Elise, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Brahms’ Lullaby, and Rock-a-bye Baby. The Projection Soother is available as a Lamb or Bear – both are just too sweet!

You can check out the Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother on SkipHop.com.

*All thoughts expressed herein are my own. Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

In the U.S., peanut butter-inspired confections remind us of our childhood. Restaurant chefs have been known to playfully incorporate it into desserts from pie to pot de crème. For the French, it is chocolate-hazelnut spread that deliciously recaptures that essence of being a kid. This simple but sinful recipe using organic, all-natural Nocciolata and Fiordifrutta is based on Dorie Greenspan’s “Nutella Tartine” from her cookbook, Around My French Table.

Even if you didn’t grow up in France, I’m sure you appreciate the wonderful marriage of chocolate and hazelnuts. We certainly do!

Dorie Greenspan’s Nutella Tartine

Ingredients

1/4 cup Nocciolata
4 slices brioche bread or challah
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup Spread Seville Orange Fiordifrutta
Fleur de sel (or any coarse salt)
Coarsely chopped toasted blanched hazelnuts, for topping

Preparation

Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet or the broiler pan with aluminum foil.

Put the Nocciolata in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and heat, stirring frequently, just until it is softened and warm.

Brush one side of each slice of bread with melted butter, and put the bread, buttered side up, on the baking sheet. Run the bread under the broiler; pull it out when the slices are golden. Spread the fruit spread over the hot bread and then, using the tines of a fork, generously drizzle each tartine with some warm Nocciolata. Top with a few grains of fleur de sel and some chopped hazelnuts.

Makes 4 servings.

About the Ingredients

Rigoni di Asiago’s’ Nocciolata chocolate-hazelnut spread: Each batch takes 36 hours of artisanal preparation, which combines top-quality hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil, natural vanilla extract, raw cane sugar, and skimmed milk. contains no palm oil (which is high in saturated fat and whose cultivation devastates the environment), hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, aromas or additives. They also have a dairy free version (Nocciolata Dairy Free) that contains no milk and is certified vegan

Fiordifrutta fruit spread: Each jar contains over three pounds of perfectly ripened organic, non-GMO fruit and is sweetened with only organic apple juice (no sugars added). A low-temperature production process not only best preserves the nutrients and flavors of the fruit, but also significantly reduces the natural sugar content, yielding 30% fewer calories than most other brands. It is the only three-ingredient (fruit, apple juice, and pectin) fruit spread on the market and is available in a wide range of flavors.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Rigoni di Asiago’s’ Nocciolata and Around My French Table.*

Show your sweetheart some love this Valentine’s Day by serving heart-shaped ravioli for a romantic meal! If you have little ones, they too will love this homemade ravioli recipe – just grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create these ravioli pockets of love!

Ricotta Ravioli Filling

Ingredients

1# high quality ricotta cheese, drained (“Mom” prefers organic)
½# mascarpone
¼# grated Parmesan cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)
3 egg yolks (“Mom” prefers organic, cage-free eggs)
½ t grated nutmeg
1T salt
1t black pepper

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or mixer, and place into pastry bags.

Ravioli Dough

Ingredients

2# AP or type “00” pasta flour
10 whole eggs, plus 10 egg yolks (“Mom” prefers organic, cage-free eggs)
1 T olive oil

Preparation

Combine ingredients in a stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Mix on low speed for apprx. 10 minutes, until dough looks smooth and elastic. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and allow to rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

When ready to roll pasta, clear a large work surface, divide the dough into 4 equal size portions and begin rolling through pasta roller, starting on thickest setting. Progressively work down until you have rolled it out on the thinnest possible setting, dusting with flour if it sticks.

Cut off a pasta sheets into 1 foot sections, dust with flour and stack together. Work with 1 piece at a time, keeping the rest covered in plastic so they don’t dry out.

Using your pastry bag, pipe approx. 1T of filling every 4 inches onto the pasta. Spray lightly with water, and lay another sheet down slowly over the top, pressing out all air pockets as you go. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut into individual ravioli.

Lay pasta on a sheet tray dusted with flour, wrap tightly in plastic. If using within a day or 2, store in refrigerator. If not, place in freezer until frozen solid, then transfer to airtight bag or container.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Chef Shaun Golan of Ballo Italian.*

The weather is frigid, the family is staying and playing indoors more, and germs are abundant. This is cold + flu season…but not to fear! Stock up on these plant-based essentials from Babyganics to help the entire family fight germs and reduce symptoms – naturally!

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Babyganics Cold Relief Chest Rub

Mom” applies this rub literally on the back, chests, and feet of her littles during the chillier months. Babyganics natural blend of eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender soothes, calms, and helps to clear stuffy noses. The glide on stick is designed for hands-free application, making it easy and quick to apply, which “Mom” loves!

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Babyganics Vapor Bubble Bath

They say when children are cranky to place them in water and let them splash around! When your little ones have a cold, what could feel better than a warm, soothing bubble bath with natural fragrances of menthol, eucalyptus, and rosemary to ease their congestion, aches and general crankiness? The Vapor Bubble Bath smells amazing, soothes the skin with NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend, and is non-allergenic.

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Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer & Alcohol Free Sanitizing Wipes

Made with plant-based ingredients, Babyganics foaming hand sanitizers and alcohol-free hand sanitizing wipes leave hands (both yours and your baby’s!) fresh and clean, both at home and on-the-go. High five to that! “Mom” loves that the sanitizing wipes are individually packaged, which are perfect for tucking in a diaper bag or purse, or in your child’s lunch box or backpack for school!

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Babyganics Organic Lip + Face Balm

Help your children’s faces resist the elements — and 1,000 kisses. Chapped lips and faces are no fun – here’s a natural, plant-based formula made with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to protect and soothe. Plus, it’s pediatrician and dermatologist tested. Baby is now prepped for wind, cold, heat and kisses.

*All thoughts expressed within are my own. Babyganics generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! Whip up this nutritious and super simple black bean salsa that will have your guests cheering, no matter what team they are rooting for today!

If you watch ESPN regularly, then you know Mark Schlereth. Mark’s both a talented radio and TV sportscaster. And certainly it goes without saying, with an NFL career like his, he was a pretty good football player, too. During his 12 years in the NFL, he played in two Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls — one with the Washington Redskins and two with the Denver Broncos.

This is Mark’s black bean salsa recipe, which he recommends you serve with his Green Chile Eggs Benedict.

Black Bean Salsa

Contributor: Mark Schlereth

Ingredients

1 (14-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 cup Homemade Salsa (see below)
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Combine the black beans, salsa, cilantro, and lime juice, and zest ingredients in a bowl. Season with the salt and pepper, and stir well.

Makes about 3 cups.

Excerpted from Mad Genius Tips by Justin Chapple. Copyright © 2016 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

Is the thought of heavy game day fare on Super Bowl Sunday leaving you feeling super stuffed just thinking about it? Give fan favorite apps and dips a makeover by substituting Lifeway Kefir as a healthier alternative! These three ‘perfect-for-game-day’ recipes include Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Basil Pesto Hummus and Kefir Crab Dip!

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Red Pepper Dip

Lifeway’s creamy Farmer Cheese mixed with roasted red peppers make for an easy and delicious probiotic-packed dip that you won’t be able to put down.

Ingredients

½ cup Lifeway Farmer Cheese
¾ cup roasted red peppers, chopped
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ a lemon, squeezed

Preparation

Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together by hand until desired consistency is reached.

Kefir Crab Dip

Kefir Crab Dip

Are you crazy for crab dip but not for the copious calories? Then we’ve got a recipe for you! Lifeway’s Farmer Cheese brings all the flavor and none of the guilt to this creamy, probiotic-packed appetizer.

Ingredients

2 tsp Lifeway Plain Low Fat Kefir
½ cup Lifeway Farmer Cheese
6oz crab meat
2oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp pickled banana peppers
¼ red onion chopped
½ a lemon, squeezed

Preparation

Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together by hand until desired consistency is reached.

Kefir - Basil Pesto Hummus

Pesto Kefir Hummus

This flavorful pesto hummus is probiotic-packed with no preservatives or artificial flavorings. After one bite, you’ll never go back to store-bought brands.

Ingredients

¼ cup Lifeway Plain Whole Milk Kefir
2½ cups cooked chickpeas (drained and rinsed, if canned)
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
¼ cup pickled banana peppers
½ tsp garlic powder
2-3 Tbsp basil pesto to taste
½ a lemon, squeezed
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy. Serve with warm pita bread, crudités or crackers. This hummus also makes a great sandwich spread!

*Recipes and images courtesy of Lifeway Kefir.*