Hello friends! It’s been a hot minute since I shared a Favorites post! I just looked back, and it was actually September. What happened?!
So much. I feel like my life has been a bit of a whirlwind, and fall and winter passed in a blink of an eye.
Back in September I joined ZYIA Active as a rep and it’s become a big part of my life that I LOVE. It’s created an additional income stream, but it’s so much more than that. ZYIA’s mission includes promoting activity, community, and empowering women, and it’s an incredible company culture to be a part of. And my new activewear wardrobe is on point!
After the holidays (which always creates its own kind of crazy) my first book came out! Anti-Inflammatory Drinks for Health is your go-to cookbook for all anti-inflammatory drinks. From smoothies to juices to lattes and sodas, every recipe is made with anti-inflammatory recipes designed to promote healthy inflammatory responses in your body.
THANK YOU to everyone who has already purchased a copy. Your support means the world to me!
In the meantime, I was writing my second cookbook. Yep! I Love My Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Recipes comes out this October. If you love your Instant Pot and also love healthy, anti-inflammatory recipes, you’ll love this cookbook. It’s got 175 recipes that I put my heart and soul into creating for you.
Creating that many anti-inflammatory recipes (which means a number of restrictions like no dairy, no gluten, no added sugars…) became quite life consuming. You may have noticed me posting less here than my normal. (To say the least!)
I’m finally getting my groove back and have more time to commit to doing what I love best–publishing FREE content for YOU to help and inspire you on your healthy living journey. I finally feel like I have the time to commit to bringing my ideas for this space to life. Can I just say thank you for your patience? THANK YOU.
Now that you’re up to speed on the last 7 months, let me share my April Favorites! I’ll be back to publishing these at the end of every month from here on out. Happy to be back!
Favorites in the Kitchen
I recently discovered Pique Tea Crystals. There’s new research that tea polyphenols can improve your gut microbiome by supporting the growth of probiotic strains, such as Lactobacillus, while suppressing the growth of pathogenic bacteria like C. difficile. I am allll about promoting a healthy gut microbiome, and if I can do it via delicious tea, sign me up!
Keep in mind, however, not all teas are created equal and you won’t get the same polyphenols from just any tea you pick up at the supermarket. Pique Tea delivers up to 12X the antioxidants of regular teas. They are also triple screened for toxins, so you know you’re getting the strong polyphenols without the added toxins many teas are riddled with.
This tea is designed to: improve your gut health, suppress cravings, sustain energy, and reduce stress. All things we all need, right?
I can vouch for the excellent quality and taste of Pique Tea Crystals. They come in convenient portable packages that you can take with you traveling or to work. I haven’t found a flavor I didn’t like yet. You should absolutely try them.
I’m always on the lookout for healthy sugar alternatives…because living without any sweets ain’t no way to live.😉My criteria is strict:
-Must be natural (no artificial sweeteners allowed)
-Must not have a weird after taste…or any weird taste
-Must not cost more than my car payment
-Must be an easy substitute for sugar (no crazy math required)
-Must not upset my stomach
-Must not send my blood sugar skyrocketing or have a zillion calories
-Can’t be way sweeter than sugar
-Must be able to bake with it
Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has passed the test with flying colors! It’s a 1:1 sugar replacement and tastes sweet but not sickly sweet. It’s made from *you guessed it* the monkfruit, which gets its sweetness from antioxidants known as mogrosides.
Alone, monkfruit extract is 150 times sweeter than sugar. For this reason it is blended with erythritol to balance the sweetness and give us a perfect 1:1 sugar substitute.
I have been using this Lankanto Monkfruit Sweetener for about 5 months now and highly recommend it!
Favorites from ZYIA Active
I had to show you may favorite from ZYIA lately. How GORGEOUS are these leggings? I’m in love!! The Light N Tight line from ZYIA are their signature legging and what made me fall in love with ZYIA in the first place. If you’re looking for a high-waisted (instant tummy tuck!!), compressive legging that WILL NOT SLIP DOWN during your workout, these are it. You’ll never have to adjust your leggings, which is life changing. One hundred percent. Click here to get the—> Floral Leggings!
Favorite Family Moments
We had friends getting married in Mexico over our spring break, so we decided to take advantage and make it a family vacation. It was an amazing trip from start to finish. This vacation really deserves its own post, so look for that later this week. For now, I’ll leave you with this one picture from the last day when we were checking out of our resort. More details later.
That’s all for now, but you can look forward to more regular posting from here on out. Thank you again for being patient with me and I so appreciate you stopping by Happy Healthy Mama!❤️