Retinol 101: Do’s & Don’ts

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Retinol, also known as Retina A, is such a hot topic for its anti aging properties, keeping pores at bay and helping you keep a clear, blemish free glowing complexion.

Dermatologists talk about it being the gold standard of anti aging ingredients. Retinol helps boost your cell turnover. It helps produce collagen, it’s important as we age to keep our collagen in tact so we can look youthful longer. Collagen depreciates for everybody at about the age of 25. In order to trick the hands of time we can add retinol into our skin care routine and encourage rapid cell turnover so your skin acts younger.

If you are using retinol you’ll need to be using a minimum SPF 30 (the higher the better up to SPF 60) be sure to apply every 3 to 4 hours to protect your new cells and prevent photo-aging (a.k.a dark spots).

Do not apply a retinol in the day time. In all my research and trainings I was told that is a big “no no”. Instead apply at night and allow it work while you sleep. Trust me you will thank me for this tip alone.

Another major tip is to start slow. Start once a week to avoid massive peeling and thinning of the skin. Less is more until you build up.

The seasons and the weather also need to be considered with retinol use. Do not start the use of retinol in the summer months to avoid unneeded sun exposure. Trust me I learned this the hard way. This simple mistake will cost you hundreds of dollars in corrective measures.

Make sure you are using the right moisturizer, you may need to switch for the duration of your retinol routine. Also you’ll need to use a great exfoliator in tandem.

Keep the basics such as a cleanser, toner, moisturizer with SPF 30 to 60 and exfoliator. It’s important to note that retinol is an added tool, not a replacement.

Be careful when applying it and avoid the eye area. The skin around your eye is way too thin and sensitive for this concentration of retinol.

Check with your doctor if you are on any medication that could make your skin thin or sensitive to burning and tell your skin advisor if you have any illness that impacts your skin.

Lastly, create a plan with a professional, don’t go in blind! Most likely you will get pink and when you increase your usage you will peel, this is completely normal.

Beauty Expert Review! OxyGeneo, the Best Facial in the Greater Toronto Area?

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My most recent beauty find was the OxyGeneo Facial at Allure Medical Spa in Hamilton Ontario. This is a three-in-one facial in which Allure uses medical grade ingredients to ensure you achieve the best results. 

Facial Assessment

When I first arrived at Allure I was treated to a skin assessment and cleansing. This process was completed to ensure they found the best beauty treatment for me. They assessed my skin under six different lighting settings allowing them to assess skin damage in all forms including; photoaging, inflammation, texture pigmentation, redness, and fine line wrinkles. 

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OxyGeneo Facial

An OxyGeneo Facial is a treatment that uses 3 steps to renew and anti age the skin using exfoliation, infusion and adding oxygen into the skin resulting in a beautiful glow.

The ingredients in the facial are said to be vegan, natural and paraben free, which I am a large advocate for. For those who don’t know, parabens can disrupt your hormones and lead to health issues.

The best part about this facial is that it is customizable to suit your individual needs such as balancing, brightening or revitalization (this is the one that I did). It uses red algae to help reduce fine lines, improve texture and give you refreshed hydrated skin. They come in individualized pucks with unique benefits.

Facial Process

The facial is completed in three different steps which are detailed below: 

Step 1: Exfoliate

This process removes the topical layer of dead skin. It reminded me of wet microdermabrasion with a bit of a kick. It felt kind of spicy, almost like a chemical peel, which I personally do love. While it was being performed I did however wonder if I would end up looking like a tomato afterwards as I am very prone to redness. Surprisingly I did not!

Step 2: Oxygenate

This uses something called the bohr effect which results in a natural body process that oxygenates blood cells. This process will help your cells to function younger and healthier resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Step 3: Infusion of Serum

During this process things like hyaluronic acid are added for hydration, vitamin C for brightening or anti-aging ingredients like peptides to help increase collagen production. 

Facial Results

The Oxygeneo Facial will produce immediate results making your skin baby soft and glowy. As time passes you will begin to see improved texture in your skin and will notice that your products work more effectively. This is the part that I loved the most as normally my skin looks best immediately after a facial, but with the Oxygeneo Facial my skin continued to improve even two weeks after the treatment. 

I would recommend booking an appointment with Allure and having them personally assess your skin, and if you choose to do the OxyGeneo Facial ….. Get ready for the ultimate facial experience!

Website: http://www.alluremedical.ca


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The Best Anti-Aging Treatment in Canada for your Skin and to Boost your Confidence

Hi, in case you are new to Reawakening Beauty my name is Shawna Patruno. I review the best skin and body treatments so that you don’t end up wasting your money. I provide you with health hacks to look beautiful, have healthy skin, boost your brain health and feel confident from head to toe.

A while back I was very stressed and so I took a vacation to Blue Mountain. While there I had the opportunity to visit the famous Scandinavian Spa where I got a massage and did the circuit of the baths including; hot tub, cold plunge, sitting by the fire and back into the pool. My amazing friend joined me and I am so glad she did because we rocked the cold baths so much that a man asked if we were training to become a Navy Seal. I told him we weren’t, we were just seeing how far we could push our mind and body into submission. The answer for me was five minutes sitting in a tub filled with freezing cold water.

At this moment you’re probably thinking, that sounds completely unenjoyable, but I assure you after five rounds of doing the circuit your body is forced to relax and you’re submerged into the present moment. The only thing I didn’t love was the locker size and the fact that you had to be completely silent.

“Scandinavian Baths and Hydrotherapy circuits have many benefits including cleansing the body, stimulating blood circulation and releasing of endorphins.”

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It’s all about the eyes, making aging beautiful!

Tip Tuesday for aging around the eyes! Last week we spoke about how aging doesn’t need to be scary and I educated you on collagen loss…

Well this week we are going to talk about your eyes, aka the window to the soul … The skin around your eyes is very thin and it’s the first place you age along with the lips.

However we can prevent this, woo hoo! So listen up …

An eye cream in your 20s, 30s and 40s is essential, but be careful because if you pick the wrong one you can develop Milia, and that is not fun. Milia are small cysts that can develop around the eye area. They are not pimples and attempting to pop them can cause further inflammation, damage and scarring.

How about we let your fresh eyes make everyone wonder how you’re aging so well (or hardly aging at all)! I use a vegan luxury eye cream. This gives all skin types a youthful glow while reducing the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles thanks to a special combination of caffeine = isn’t for everyone

I use a vegan retinol alternative that has been better tolerated by the skin. This anti-aging eye cream formula also features Plant Stem Cell, vitamin C, Peptides and Vitamin B3 to improve the appearance of skin tone around the eyes for an overall healthier, younger-looking appearance that all skin types (including sensitive) will love. This product is allergy tested, dermatologist-tested.

Beauty Expert Review! Mesotherapy, Healing the Skin with Vitamins!

The goal when doing mesotherapy is to allow your skin to work in tandem with the vitamins to heal any issues, boost collagen and the elastin production.

Mesotherapy uses multiple micro injections of minerals, plant extracts, amino acids, vitamins, and other ingredients like hyaluronic acid that are put in the skin in order to help the skin heal. It helps with pores, scars, hydration , fine lines, lack lustre skin, loss of elasticity and premature aging.

The procedure takes about 30 mins and can hurt a little if your face isn’t frozen completely. Through the treatment you’ll be enduring multiple micro needles injected all over the face. You’ll bleed for sure, as it’s going into the skin and you’ll be left with little dots of solution which will dissolve within a day.

They have different types of mesotherapy, some are just cocktails of vitamins and other have more hyaluronic acid to help with lost hydration or volume.

A mesofacial depending on the concern can very from different vitamins and can range anywhere from $125 to $500 dollars depending on what you choose to heal your skin with.

It will not freeze the skin movement like Botox or fill your face like a filler, it will just make the foundation of the skin to be stronger, allowing your face to look more youthful and hydrated & Over time the issues you were concerned will dissolve.

I do it once a year at most, as my skin is pretty healthy and I maintain my skin at home. However, if you are correcting issues you may need to do it more frequently.

I started doing mesotherapy because I wanted to prevent wrinkles and keep my skin young. Based on my results I do enjoy it and I know it does help to maintain my youthful skin.

If you would like to work with me personally to find unbiased skin care advice please email me and I’ll set up a consultation

Vitamin shot, yes please

Beauty Expert Review! Is Cryotherapy worth the hype?

What standing in a literal freezing chamber pretty much naked can do for your body, mind and health for only 3 minuets and why it was one of the first things I did when things opened up from covid.

First off the definition of Cryotherapy is a treatment of extreme cold temperatures, using liquid nitrogen on the body to go anywhere from -160c to -196c in an enclosed space for 1 to 3 minutes. You are simply in your undies with knee high socks, gloves and slippers to protect yourself. It’s a great look!

Cryotherapy tricks your body to go into survival mode. These frigid temperatures trick your body into thinking something extreme is going to happen. Making your major organs the prime focus and therefore your mind sends signals to redirect all you blood to protect your organs. Once completed and you leave the chamber, your mind realizes it’s “safe” again and starts pumping new oxygen rich blood throughout the body. It decreases toxins with the extreme blast of cold.

Its said to decrease inflammation, help produce collagen, detox the blood, boost metabolism, heal injuries faster, improve sleep, hair and elevate your mood and it did all these things for me.

After 5 treatments I noticed a significant decrease in the swelling in my knee, a decrease in pain for up to 4 to 6 hours afterwards, I slept like a peaceful baby that night, my skin looked more toned on my face and body. My water retention also decreased. I noticed an elevation in my mood and my hair is shiny and more manageable, which is rare for me. The results are temporary at this point.

I have done over 50 treatments ish in total to see if the results are long term and honestly this treatment rocks and I’m addicted to my skin looking firmer, and my eyes looking brighter and pain management. You do have to keep up with it so I go at least twice a month now ✨

I would invest in cryotherapy if you are in pain or your an athletic person with aches and pains. It would be highly beneficial if you are jet legged from travelling, as it instantly gives you a jolt of energy. There are skin benefits, but I can’t say if they are long lasting at this point. I’ve been doing it for two years and it has been such a help. However be careful where you go as you need someone experienced.

I would say it’s worth a shot at least once and decide for yourself, however, i f you have heart problems or health issues check with your doctor before proceeding.

Now go freeze your ass of literally 😉 Seriously it burns extra calories too 🌿

How to find happiness in the chaos!

Everything happens for a reason: the good, the bad, & the ugly…

I know this is a cliche you have heard many times. How bad do you want to punch me in the face this second? Here’s the thing no one likes struggle, but what if I can switch up your mind set and shake up your world. Give me until the end of this blog post to do so.

This statement was born because every time I forced something to be different was when I suffered. It was always chaos, heartbreak, illness and I am not saying give up, but I am saying accept it. Two very different things.

When I accepted what my reality was and moved in fluidity to this I was gifted something better out of chaos and rebel. It was like a dance where you let life lead and you are gifted a new blessing from your demise.

My life was not a cookie cutter life, we moved around a lot, I was poor, bullied and constantly felt alone. My mom was ill and was in and out of hospitals. She did her best, but People judged us and I learned fast to act happy and to be whatever I needed to be to survive.

I would often wish for friends, a mom who wasn’t sick, a stable home, to travel and was constantly trying to change everything. Force, force, force which resulted in pain, pain, pain!
However, I surrendered and accepted some huge pain points, such as, I can’t learn the same way as before because of brain aneurysm and accepting that I had a severe ED and moved through it. I was gifted with a real best friend and some amazing blessings.
I grew stronger from the ashes and that paved the way for friendships, love, a purpose and authentic relationships.

When I pushed for what I thought was right, I was often scorned. When I fought for friends they often betrayed me. When I fought for my moms approval my eating disorder got worse & when I fought for anything it often blew up in my face. Trust the process, let it go it’s not for you… Surrender!

Reawakening Beauty: Healthy Glow Vegan Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

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Healthy Glow Vegan Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Fondue Ingredients

  • 3-4 tbs Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbs Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Keto Vegan Chocolate Chips

Optional Dipping Ingredients

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Vegan Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Instructions

Preheat oven to 320°F. Mix chocolate fondue ingredients together in an oven safe dish and place in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes stirring at the halfway point.

Remove from the oven and dip your favourite fruit into the chocolate fondue and enjoy!

I personally also enjoy dipping my Keto Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies into the fondue as an extra treat!

Benefits:

Cacao is known as a “superfood” because of its antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It also has been said to bring down inflammation and boost collagen formation.

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Reawakening Beauty: Rose Hot Chocolate for a Healthy Glow

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Rose Hot Chocolate for a Healthy Glow

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 tbs Beet Root Powder
  • 1 /2 tsp Rose Powder
  • 2 drops Stevia
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond or Cashew Milk

Toppings

  • Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
  • Editable Rose Pedals (optional)

Instructions

Add 1 cup of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to low heat and add all ingredients. Whisk occasionally. Remove from stove and pour into a mug. Top with vegan coconut whipped cream and editable rose petals or additional cacao powder and cinnamon.

Benefits:

Cacao powder has been said to aid in healthy skin. Studies have shown that longer term use of cacao powder can contribute to sun protection and improve the surface and texture of your skin. Rose has also been said to have a calming effect.

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Reawakening Beauty: Glowing Skin Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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Glowing Skin Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop Vegan Keto Chocolate or Vanilla Protein
  • 1-2 drops Liquid Vanilla Stevia
  • 2 tbs Cacao Powder
  • 6 tbs Chia Seeds

Toppings (Optional)

  • Handful of Berries or 1 ounce Cacao Nibs or Unsweetened Coconut Flakes – I added all of the toppings

Instructions

Serving Size: 2-3

Add all the ingredients into a blender (preferably glass). Blend for approximately one-two minutes to pulse the chia seeds. Put in the fridge for one hour and top with desired toppings. Store in a glass mason jar or container, consume within 4 days.

Benefits:

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants and omega 3 which is a huge culprit in healthy skin.

Cacao is full of antioxidants which fight free radicals which causes aging. It’s also loaded with minerals and has been shown in some studies to reduce inflammation.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Keto Chocolate Glowing Skin Hearts!

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Vegan Keto Chocolate Glowing Skin Hearts

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbs Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Organic Fatso Almond Butter (or Fatso Peanut Butter but only if you aren’t actively breaking out)
  • 1/8 cup Keto Vegan Chocolate Chips (*sweetened with Stevia)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 320°F. Mix ingredients together in an oven safe bowl. Place the bowl in the oven for 10 to 15 mins stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and pour into desired BPA-free food grade chocolate mold, I used hearts for Valentine’s Day! Place in the fridge for 2 hours. Remove from fridge and carefully pop each one out of the holder. Store in the freezer to avoid melting.

Benefits: Cacao powder has been said to aid in healthy skin. Studies have shown that longer term use of cacao powder can contribute to sun protection and improve the surface and texture of your skin & coconut oil is antibacterial and anti microbial.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Keto Glowing Skin Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

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Vegan Keto Glowing Skin Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

Chocolate Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbs Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Keto Vegan Chocolate Chips

Dipping Ingredients

  • 1 pint Fresh Organic Strawberries or Raspberries

Toppings

  • Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 320°F. Wash strawberries thoroughly. Mix chocolate ingredients together in an oven safe dish and place in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes stirring at the halfway point. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Dip each strawberry or raspberry in the chocolate mix to lightly coat and place on the parchment paper. Put in the fridge to chill for about 60-90 minutes before consuming. Store in fridge for only 3 days.

Benefits: Cacao is known as a “superfood” because of its antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It also has been said to bring down inflammation and boost collagen formation.

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Reawakening Beauty: Glowing Skin Vegan Tropical Citrus Smoothie

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Glowing Skin Vegan Tropical Citrus Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk or Almond Milk
  • 2 scoops Vegan Keto Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Orange (peeled and seeded)
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple
  • 1-2 drops Liquid Vanilla Stevia (optional)

Instructions

Serving Size: 1

Add all the ingredients into a blender (preferably glass). Blend until desired consistency. If you want it to be thicker increase amount of frozen pineapple and add 2-4 ice cubes.

Benefits: Pineapple is loaded with antioxidants and has one of my favourite Vitamins, which is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is said to boost collagen production and boost your immune system. Pineapple also has a digestive enzyme (bromelain) that is said to aid in digestion and when used topically in your skin it is an enzymatic exfoliant.

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Reawakening Beauty: Glowing Skin Vegan Gluten Free Froyo Bowl

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Glowing Skin Vegan Gluten Free Froyo Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Vegan Coconut Yogurt
  • 1 scoop Vegan Vanilla or Strawberry Protein Powder
  • 1 cup Frozen Strawberries or Raspberries
  • 1 tbs Gluten Free Granola Mix

Toppings:

  • 1 1 /2 tbs Chocolate Vegan Unsweetened Chips (optional)
  • 1 tbs Sesame Butter
  • Frozen Berries or Fruit of your choice

Instructions

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, finish by adding the toppings and enjoy!

Benefits: This plant based frozen yogurt protein bowl is loaded with vitamin C, E and tons of probiotics. Probiotics are amazing for clear skin and a healthy gut. I’ve added in some healthy fats to keep you feeling full as fats give your skin a healthy glow 💗

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Beauty Blog: Serums 101

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Today we’re going to be talking a little bit about serums! This blog is for anyone who is concerned with their skin, wants to understand how to better take care of their skin, and learn more about what different products are available. I like talking about everything related to mind, body, skin and soul and I’m writing this blog because I think so many people are not educated enough on their products and exactly how they work. A lot of people just end up buying things off the shelf without understanding what it is they are buying, and this can end up significantly hurting their skin. I’m telling you this because I’ve personally done that in the past when I was first starting out and so I’m going to be the person who will walk alongside you so that you can avoid the same problems I experienced.

A serum is essentially a highly packed power punch to your routine. There are so many different serums on the market for all different skin types. There are ones which have vitamin C, these help with brightening, tightening and lightening the skin. There are hydration serums and there are serums that can help with acne. You have to be very careful which picking which serum is right for you because we all have different skin types. You might think, “oh she knows my skin or he has nice skin”, I’ll just use whatever they are using, but it’s important for you to know that it does not mean that product is suited for you. It’s always best to do a consultation and discover what skin type you have before you go buying stuff off the internet. I’ve seen a lot of people make certain mistakes, such as not knowing how certain products can counter indicate each other, and what happens is they end up hurting their own skin in the long term.

There are different types of serums, I personally like a hydration serum as it’s basically just a water texture. Serums penetrate a little bit deeper down into the skin. There are basically three different layers to our skin, we have the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. Typically commercial skincare is just going work on the top layer but because the molecule structure of a serum is a little bit finer, it actually penetrates deeper within the skin. So, if people are concerned with having an active breakout and they’re using a moisturizer, it’s not really helping to moisturize, that’s because it’s designed to protect the skin barrier from the elements whereas a serum is more corrective. A serum is actually going to give you more of that corrective factor. I always tell people, you’re going to need a basic regime such as a cleanser, and I really do believe in a double cleanse and a serum which is basically the power punch to your routine. So just depending on what you’re trying to target, your skin is going to be different. For myself going into the winter months, I like to use a hydrating serum as this is going to add more water content into the skin because where I live it’s cold and we are constantly going back and forth from the heated indoors and into the frigid weather. This back and forth takes a hit on the skin and basically how your cells are reacting, and if your skin is not properly hydrated, a lot of people don’t know this, but you can’t really do anti-aging. Say you’re going to the gym and you’re doing a workout but you didn’t drink enough water, you’re not really going to do a great workout, your skin cells are kind of the same. Essentially make sure that you’re constantly hydrating your skin. I would recommend looking for products which have hyaluronic acid in them. The one I am using has aloe, hyaluronic acid, a few other ingredients in it.

When you’re applying your serum, what you want to do is press into the skin because the molecule structure is a little finer. I like to actually rub it between my hands and press into my skin. I’m constantly pushing in because I want the molecule structure to go into the deeper layers. I’ll do that my forehead, my face, all over my neck and decolletage. Decolletage is the lower neckline area, and you want to do this because these are all areas that you can see signs of aging, dehydration, acne and so on. You are going to want to use your cleanser and your toner first, then apply your serum and finally your moisturizer. The amount of serum that you’re going to be applying will depend on your face and how far down the neckline you’re going, but I would say about a pump and a half is a good amount. You’re going to rub it between your hands, and then you’re going to start gently pressing it into your skin. Typically, you will apply this on damp skin, especially if you have a hyaluronic acid serum, because the hydronic acid will pull all the moisture from your skin. Afterwards you are going to partner that with a moisturizer. There are different types of serums for acne prone skin but I really wanted to focus this blog on hydration, and if you ask me what is most important thing for your skin, I would say internal hydration and external hydration. So, if you’re going to start off with a serum, just to play it safe and start with hydration. A lot of the times people have dehydration lines and they think it’s aging but it’s actually not, it just means you’re just dehydrated. I would recommend to start drinking eight glasses of water or as much water as you can throughout the day. I believe there is a calculator online based on your weight and your height which will tell you how much water you should be having.

I went out a little bit of a tangent here, but I hope that was helpful. I love sharing all the things related to mind, body, skin and soul and you can find more content on all my platforms. Alright, talk to you later. Bye!

Reawakening Beauty: Glowing Skin Gluten Free Hot Chocolate

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Glowing Skin Vegan Gluten Free Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup Boiling Purified Water
  • 1 tbs Vegan Keto Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 2 tbs organic Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
  • 1-2 drops Liquid Vanilla Stevia
  • 1/4 tsp Maca Powder (optional)

Instructions

Serving Size: 1

Bring purified water to a boil using a kettle, I prefer using a stove top kettle. Add the vegan keto chocolate protein powder, the cacao powder, the almond or coconut milk and stevia into a large heat resistant mug and stir. Slowly pour in about 1/4 of the boiling water and stir vigorously. Add the remaining water and stir slowly until blended. Enjoy!

** If you do not have chocolate protein powder you can substitute it with an additional tbs of cacao powder.

Benefits: Cacao powder has magnesium which helps to reduce stress, iron which is important for vegans to include in their diet and zinc which is an anti-inflammatory and is said to help with acne and rosacea. Personally I find it really great after a really stressful day!

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Reawakening Beauty: 2.0 Pumpkin Glow Loaf Recipe

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2.0 Pumpkin Glow Loaf Recipe!

Wet Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Krisda Erythritol Sweetener
  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbs Cinnamon
  • 2 tbs Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Maca Powder

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

Serving Size: 8-12

Preheat oven to 320°F

Mix all the wet ingredients first, mash pumpkins and mix well. In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients well. Afterwards slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Add in optional chocolate chips. Lightly grease a loaf pan with organic unrefined coconut oil, transfer batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour

Optional: Top with 2 tbs of unsweetened vegan chocolate chips, sliced almonds or organic pumpkin seeds.

Benefits: Pumpkin has beta-carotene which transitions into vitamin A that can help to strengthen your immune system. One cup of pumpkin has 245% of vitamin A!

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