A Killer Juice That Bites Back!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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Being a lover of all things raw, green and juicy, I tend to get a little sad when the warmer months come to an end, and I have to start replacing my daily green juices and smoothies with more warming foods.  Unfortunately, these amazing nutrient powerhouses are just too cooling for most bodies during the cold weather months (you may notice that you just feel colder in your hands and feet, or feel more spacey or anxious when you eat a lot of raw foods or drink green juices in the winter).  But the fall is still a lovely middle ground.  It’s starting to cool, and there is still tons of great seasonal produce to rock in some delicious green concoctions, as long as you add some warming ingredients that add a little bite!

This yummy juice makes use of delicious late-summer/early-fall produce and packs an awesome, anti-inflammatory punch to warm your body from the inside out.  

Instead of the usual kale or spinach, I love using Swiss chard in this juice. This often overlooked green is loaded with 13 antioxidants, including heart protecting, blood sugar regulating flavonoids. Along with the beets, Swiss chard is full of the phytonutrient betalain, which is super detoxifying and vital for disease prevention.

I like to top my juice with a little sprinkle of cayenne pepper for even more of a detoxifying and slimming boost!

Spicy Ginger Pear Green Juice

Serves 2

1 organic pear

3 inch of ginger root, peeled

1 bunch organic swiss chard (any color is fine!)

2 red beets with greens

1 organic lemon, peeled

A sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)

 

Juice, sip, enjoy!

Is your juicer no match for the dense, fibrous goodness of these fruits and veggies? It’s probably time for an upgrade. I’m in love with my Breville Compact Juice Fountain that I got at Williams-Sonoma (though I’ll be honest, I’ve had my eye on the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer and it’s cold-pressing magic for a while). Not sure which juicer is best for you? Check out the W-S Juicer Guide to help you find your new favorite kitchen tool!

Organic Ayurvedic Goodness for Your Skin and Hair

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At The Organic Beauty, we’re obsessed with all things Ayurvedic.  From the keen insights the ancient science gives us into how to eat for our bodies, to the amazingly potent beauty ingredients that fill our favorite products — Ayurveda, sanskrit for life knowledge, is truly where it’s at in natural beauty and radiant health.

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Why You Need to Kick That Soda Habit, STAT.

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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One of the blessings and curses of living in my little Brooklyn-yoga-meditation-farm-to-table-CSA-kale-quinoa-organic universe is that I get a little out of touch with the rest of the world. I find myself assuming that everyone (well, if not everyone, than at least most people) is on a similar path. Then I’ll have a conversation with someone and be swiftly disabused of this naive notion. There is still so much work to do.

One of the areas in which my naiveté gets the best of me is soda. I have truly been living under the subconscious notion no one really drinks soda anymore. True, there has been a marked decline in our nation’s consumption of soft drinks over the last 5-10 years. As a country, we’re guzzling about 450 cans of soda a year, on average, per person — a number that hasn’t been this low since 1986.  But to me, this still sounds crazy, and it’s got to stop.

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5 Tips to Grow out Your Healthy Hair

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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I don’t know about you, but I think long luscious locks are totally timeless… the perfect accessory.  But growing out your tresses can be tough if you’re dealing with dry, damaged hair that breaks and splits.  I’ve dealt with this myself since I was a teenager and first starting coloring my hair.  But I’m happy to report that I’ve nailed down the perfect recipe for stronger, healthier, shinier hair that grows out beautifully.  As with everything, it takes a holistic approach, inside and out!

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Handcrafted Ayurvedic Oils for Natural Beauty

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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If you’ve been reading The Organic Beauty for awhile, you know that my number one secret for gorgeous skin and hair is oil.  I use it to wash my face, moisturize my skin, and condition my hair (among many other beauty tricks).  Being a slightly lazy organic beauty, I opt for simplicity — pure jojoba, argan, and coconut oils.  But simple can definitely get a little boring.

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5 Minute Bedtime Yoga Sequence for Sweeter Sleep

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Those of us who have spent torturous hours tossing and turning in bed, or who wake up in the middle of the night with a head full of thoughts unable to get back to sleep know the power of hitting the hay with a calm and restful mind. Though managing your stress throughout the day and having a really good pre-bedtime routine go a long way towards improving sleep in the longterm, you can commit to just 5 minutes of relaxing stretches to sleep better TONIGHT.

This sequence calms the mind and relaxes the body, priming you for a restful night.  Best of all, you can do it in bed… No mat required!  Spend at least one minute in each posture, though longer is better!

1. Seated Twist: This detoxifying posture helps with digestion (which in turn helps you sleep deeper) and calms the nervous system. Repeat on each side.

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Healthy Travel Guide: Key West

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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Key West is a super fun, quirky beach vacation destination, but with a pretty dominant party/drinking/fried food scene, having a healthy stay can be a bit of a challenge.

Our quest for healthier food options (or even a decent salad) took us off the beaten path and into some surprisingly awesome restaurants and even a few adorable health food stores. Our craving for a bit more of a mindful vacation gave way to some great yoga classes and a luxurious Ayurvedic spa experience. And our thirst for adventure yielded some unexpectedly fun times.

Below, our top picks for super fun and healthy Key West vacation.
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Organic Beauty Healthy Menu Navigator

When you’re trying to stick to healthy eating, going out can be a major pitfall. But fear not! Committing to an awesome way of eating does not mean giving up on your social life or enjoying your favorite restaurants. It just means making the smartest choices when you eat out, so you’re not undoing all your hard work! Luckily, I’m here to help.

Check out our Healthy Menu Navigator Guides for all your favorite types of restaurants!

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Want us to feature one of your favorite types of cuisine not listed here? Leave a comment below and we’ll hook you up!

 

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GP: My Natural Beauty Skinspiration

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

A weird thing started happening when I reached my 30’s: Instead of layering on the anti-aging products and slathering on more makeup to simulate my teenage skin, I found myself opting for a much more natural makeup look and and a more simplified beauty routine.  Gone are my black rimmed eyes and foundations.  No more do I turn to multi-step systems with harsh cleansers, gels and creams.  And guess what?  Not only does my skin look way better than it did when I was 20, but I also feel way more confident that the products I do use are going to actually improve the health and quality of my skin, in addition to its appearance.

One of my icons in this transition has been Gwyneth Paltrow, who has long been the face of fresh-skinned, glowing, natural beauty.  You’ll seldom see her walking the red carpet with a heavy, done-up look.  She’ll typically focus on one area of her face to emphasize for a more dramatic look (bold lips, with muted eyes; or smoky eyes with a nude lips), but more often than not, she’s seen about town with gorgeous, natural-looking eyes, a peachy blush, and some lip gloss.  The epitome of natural gorgeousness.

I’ve taken a few pages from GP’s book in creating my daily skin care regimen. Check out my 6 daily steps to getting that natural, gorgeous glow:

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This Weekend: Host a Healthy Brunch!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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The last daily action step in the Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. 30 Day Challenge last month was to plan a party, so I got crackin’ to come up with something super fun!  The hubs was heading out of town on a really cool men’s adventure in the Sierra Mountains, so I thought that would give me the perfect opportunity to host a little ladies brunch.

We had some delicious, healthy, vegetarian food, a lovely little mimosa bar, fancy infused water, loose leaf tea… the works.  And it was a great excuse to whip out our china too (I’m a big fan of using china as much as possible… screw saving it for the formal dinners!).

Check out the photos and recipes below!

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