Whoa, I cannot believe August came and went just like that! Of course, August is one of my favorite months, and even though I tried so hard to savor each and everyday, it seems crazy that it’s already September 1st. BUT! It was a great month, and I am excited to share with you guys the cool stuff in the wellness world that I tried out this month. Some of these things are items I have had and used them a bunch this past month, but none the less, they are items I would check out for sure. I’ve got things from cookbooks, to some baby goods, to a recipe for a mineral and vitamin rich cold tea. Read on to check it all out…
The Golden Wellness Top Ten, August edition!
- Nutiva Coconut Butter: Oh my GOSH you guys, I am obsessed with coconut butter. I literally have been putting it in everything that I can, from my matcha, to my smoothies, to my oatmeal, to just straight stuffing it into dates. I have to say, I tried to make my own, as I have read it is so easy, BUT nothing beats the store bought kind honestly. When I make it at home, it’s just not as smooth and creamy, and I use it the most in my matcha, so when it’s not smooth, you just get coconut chunks and, well, that just ain’t cool. I love this brand because I think it’s reasonably priced, easy to find, organic, and tastes damn good. It is a great alternative to butter for vegans, or vegetarians, and is extremely versatile. You won’t be able to put it down once you try it, and you don’t have to, because coconut butter is so good for you too.
- Hydro Flask: I actually received these for my birthday, but only started using them a ton now. I have one for hot beverages, and one for cold beverages. These things are a MUST if you are out and about all day. They truly keep your drink hot/cold for a super long period of time. For example-one of the hottest days this summer, I filled up my hydro flask with ice and water, and I came back to it at the end of the day, and yes, the ice cubes were still whole and doing their thing in there. I was shocked. I also love how it keeps my matcha warm in the morning as well. There are tons of colors to choose from, and various sizes so you can pick whatever is most convenient for you! I am definitely going to invest in a large one for long hikes and days out.
- The Moon Juice Cookbook: My lovely sister gave this to me for Christmas this past year and I absolutely LOVE the recipes in here, as well as the whole vibe from the book. (If books have vibes, this one has the best feel good, mystical vibes out there). I love the way the book is laid out and how the benefits of each recipe are listed on the side. I have go-to recipes that I use from this book, like my walnut milk, and the fennel, frond, and herb juice I make so often for nursing. I love how Amanda writes about how beneficial fresh juices and homemade nut milks are for you to sip on during the day- the recipes for fermented foods, desserts, and snacks?! Absolutely unreal. You will get hooked on this book, and love leafing through the beautiful pages.
- Soul on Fire: Well, my photo didn’t come out for this one (whoops) BUT I have been loving podcasts lately, I love listening to them while I go for walks, or listening in bed at night. My favorite is The Balanced Blonde’s Soul on Fire podcast. She interviews so many wellness warriors that we are familiar with on Instagram, and beyond. I love how real, authentic, and genuine she is. It is soothing to listen to, and the topics are so interesting too.
- Sage Spoonfuls Jars: And just like that…my baby is starting solid foods, I seriously can’t believe it! The learning process has been a huge transition for me..to start, I wanted to find some nice sized glass jars to store food I make for her in the freezer. These are it you guys. They are beautifully made, affordable, the perfect size for an infant’s portions, and easy to stack in the freezer. You can also buy the book that this same company makes too for recipes for baby food as well.
- Nourished Beginnings Baby Food: Also in the same category of baby food….I wanted some guidance on what to make for my baby girl, some nice recipes and something along the lines of the types of food I knew I wanted to feed her. This book was right on. Although there is section on meats and fish (which I don’t plan on feeding her, at least right away, more on that in a future blog post) there are tons of recipes that are plant based. The photos are beautiful, and the recipes are easy to follow, simple, and delicious. The author even incorporates recipes that are baby friendly, yet the whole family will love, which is amazing because I definitely want our baby to eat what we eat so we can all eat together, and so she is exposed to all the amazing foods that are available to her.
- Hibiscus Nettle Tea: And….from the cookbook I just talked about, I actually got this recipe, which I have been loving myself. It is in there as a tea for babies, but it sounded so good I had to try it for myself. Nettle tea is deeply nourishing and mineral rich, especially high in iron, and hibiscus tea is high in vitamin C. The hibiscus lends a fruity, tart flavor that blends well with the earthy taste of nettles. I add a little raw honey to this, but if you are offering this to your baby, you MUST not add raw honey because it could contain bacteria dangerous to baby’s little bodies. Try adding blackstrap molasses instead, which also ups the iron content as well! Do it: take equal parts dried hibiscus flowers, and dried nettle, steep in a large jar overnight, then keep in the fridge for a chilled drink during the day.
- Coconut Oil: This seems like a no brainer to put on a favorites list…but since I oil pulled everyday this month (blog post on this topic coming soon!) I thought it seemed appropriate to add this one on..I usually use Dr. Bronner’s coconut oil, but I had just run out and bought this smaller jar to use this time around. I love this brand, as well as Dr. Bronner’s, both are creamy, have that authentic coconut flavor and smell, and are organic and cold pressed. You can use a few different oils for oil pulling, but I chose coconut because I always have a big jar or two around my house.
- InVitamin Charcoal Tooth & Gum Powder: I actually bought this over a year ago to use before my sister’s wedding in the hopes of whitening my teeth naturally, because standard whitening strips make my teeth soooo painful (sensitive teeth) I used it almost everyday this month, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I loved it in the morning because I would oil pull first thing, and then brush with this, and it didn’t leave my mouth with that toothpaste-y taste that makes food not palatable for awhile. My mouth felt slightly minty, refreshed, and my teeth felt so smooth. It definitely turns your toothbrush black (duh, it’s charcoal), and I actually brushed my teeth in my kitchen sink because I couldn’t stand the charcoal drips everywhere in my white bathroom sink (OCD much?) Other than that, I love this, and I will definitely continue to use it. Would I buy it again? I think I would like to try a paste version next time. I don’t mind the powder, but I feel like it gets messy if you aren’t super careful.
- Preserve Toothbrush: Need a simple, eco-friendly, affordable toothbrush? In comes the Preserve toothbrush. It comes in a bunch of fun colors, and these brushes are made from #5 plastics, for example, yogurt cups. They collect these #5 plastics and turn them into their products. They are also recyclable when you are done using them as well. I also love that they come in soft bristles as well, as that’s what my sensitive teeth need. Definitely recommend these brushes for the eco conscious home!
There you have it! I hope this helps you guys navigate all of the health and wellness products that are out there. Happy Labor Day weekend!