My mom bought me a Bootay Bag and Fab Fit Fun subscription for Christmas (great gift for anyone that needs an idea for birthday's, anniversaries, etc. I also recently subscribed to GROVE Collaborative (well I wouldn't really call it a subscription haha)!
This subscription is totally worth it! 179$ for four boxes a year! It's the gift that keeps on giving!
The coolest part about this is when you sign up you take about a 10 minute interests questionnaire, so the company can actually send you items you enjoy rather then you getting a bunch of facial products when you have sensitive skin or rings when you only wear necklaces.
You are also allowed to choose between three or four of the bigger items. So, for this box I was able to choose between a Mer Sea cozy scarf or a shawl, between earrings or a necklace, and between muscle scrub or a gym bag! This subscription is so fun & I can't wait to get the Spring Editor's Box!
This must try juice bar is reasonably priced at around 7-8$ for a small and around 9-10$ for a large or Acai bowl. I've tried five different juices/smoothies and a wheatgrass shot, and 5/6 were all phenomenal; I give this "fast food" a 12/10 because I was so impressed with how I couldn't even tell I was drinking something so healthy because it was so tasty. The wheatgrass shot even had a hint of sweetness to it! This is a Charlotte native company that created smoothies to be meal replacements as they have multiple food groups in each smoothie/bowl and the prices are about the same as if you were to pay for a meal out AND you don't have to tip! They now reside in 13 different states with over 90 locations with 16 in North Carolina and six in South. We tried the:
THE MANGOS N' CREAM ONE (protein smoothie): "Mangoes have been called the king of all fruits, and we totally understand why! There has been research that has found compounds in mangoes can prevent certain types of cancers, while also giving an eye, skin, and brain boost! They are a very alkalizing fruit, which helps to maintain a healthy pH for your body. This special treat also gains antioxidant powers from honey, cinnamon, and turmeric. Pick hemp or whey protein and be on your merry way!"
INGREDIENTS: Almond Milk, Choose Hemp or Whey Protein, Cinnamon, Honey, Turmeric, Vanilla
MY THOUGHTS: It was tasty, but had too much almond milk and sweetness/heaviness for my liking. I wasn't able to even drink half of this one.
THE YOUTHFUL ONE (protein smoothie): "A favorite of anyone that tries it, this unique Blueberry-Coconut flavored smoothie is as beneficial as it is tasty. Blueberries are known for their huge antioxidant powers, which can really help to combat aging, ward off heart disease, and boost focus and memory. Paired with coconut oil that is full of healthy fats that can boost metabolism, reduce inflammation, and improve skin issues – this one will really make you glow!"
INGREDIENTS: "Almond Milk, Banana, Blueberries, Choose Hemp or Whey Protein, Coconut Oil, Dates, Vanilla with Whey"
MY THOUGHTS: This was delicious, as you could taste the freshness of the coconut. This is definitely a sweeter smoothie as it does have dates and a plethora of fruits!
THE INTENSE ONE (protein smoothie): "Just like it sounds, this one is awesome for the more ‘intense’ juicer/blender amongst us. This little gem comes out a dark green in color, attributed to amazing blue green algae superfood, spirulina. Spirulina could be one of the most beneficial things that you ever put into your body. It has heavy detoxing properties (like, as in being studied for it’s positive effects on HIV & cancer…), energy boosting properties, and can help reduce blood pressure among many other things. Just the benefits from that are numerous, but beyond that we add: Spinach, Avocado, Apple, Ginger, & Lemon… all organic produce that floods the body with antioxidants and disease fighting properties. Don’t be scared to work up to this amazing one… the benefits are through the roof and it tastes yummier than you would expect!"
INGREDIENTS: "Apple, Avocado, Coconut Water, Ginger, Kale, Lemon, Spinach, Spirulina with Hemp"
MY THOUGHTS: This was such a refreshing and health conscious smoothie packed with healthy fats and a mixture of fruits and vegetables, so it had a great balance between fruity and green.
THE SLUSHIE ONE (smoothie): "This kid-friendly favorite is sweet, refreshing and light. The lack of banana makes is more like a ‘slushie’ texture rather than smooth & creamy. Oranges and Coconut Water add a huge hydrating benefit, and the antioxidants from the strawberries combine with the oranges to flood the body with Vitamin C! Lastly, a drizzle of honey is added in… Honey has been called ‘liquid gold’ and with good reason… the flavonoids tout a cancer and heart disease preventing benefit and may even aid in quicker muscle recovery. A kid favorite, but nutrition fit for a grown-up too!"
INGREDIENTS: "Coconut Water, Honey, Orange, Strawberries"
MY THOUGHTS: This was definitely a fun drink more for a refreshing, sugar taste than energy or recovery. My niece got this one and referred to it as a "sweet tart smoothie" because it had such a tart taste. The strawberries definitely stole the show for this smoothie.
CASHEW MILK: "Unlike a centrifugal juicer, the cold-pressing technique generates no heat when it is extracting the juice, making sure that the enzymes and nutrients from the fruits and vegetables stay in tact. We also do not HPP, or high-pressure process, our juices. This is a form of pasteurization that also can alter the integrity of the juice. Cold pressing allows our juices to have a shelf life of a few days, and during this time the nutrient content and taste will remain as fresh as possible."
INGREDIENTS: "Organic cold brew coffee, organic cashews, organic vanilla, organic cinnamon, organic maple syrup, himalayan pink sea salt"
MY THOUGHTS: This pre-made coffee drink was nothing special; not to say it wasn't good, it just tasted like an iced coffee you could make at home. You could taste the coffee as well as the sweetness of the coconut milk.
Wheatgrass Shot: I grew up drinking wheatgrass shots through my daycare lady. It has been said that these shots increase energy, help aid in immunity and fight infections, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and more. 2 ounces of fresh, organic wheatgrass is equivalent to 5# of organic vegetables that have nine vitamins and minerals that help with skin, eyesight, blood clotting, keeping our body running correctly and convert our food into fuel, bone strength and immunity and blood cell formation and oxygenation. Gluten-free.
Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit.
I am doing a shoutout blog for a dear friend Karsyn Tuttle. Karsyn recently got married to the love of her life, and is such an amazing and inspiring person who has recently started doing calligraphy, of which is phenomenal. She actually created the Beautifull Profit title on my homepage :) Karsyn is based out of Charlotte; however, she creates pieces for people all over the country! She has used her faith to get her where she is, and although she does not have an Etsy yet, I wanted to get her name out there for you guys in case you are ever in need of a calligrapher :) She is not only an amazing designer, but an amazing person, and we need more people like her in our world!
Karsyn Tuttle Calligraphy
Envelopes at $3 a piece (envelopes included)!
Any wood decor for $10 a piece (you provide the wood)!
Tattoos for $15 a piece!
Business art for 20$ a piece!
BE FULL. BE FIT. BE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFULL PROFIT.
Talk about a Trendy Thursday for the beautiful fall season! Recently, my family and I recently visited Altapass Farm. We are extremely into spontaneous adventures, and that’s something I love dearly about my parents; they encourage spontaneity, which I cannot wait to experience with my kids, because it always turns into such a great bonding experience. Check out our Saturday adventure itinerary below, and I highly recommend you mock this journey or plan your own for this coming Saturday!
Be creative, love always, and laugh vigorously :)
The Hostetler Adventure Itinerary:
9:00 a.m. Leave for Linville Falls
11:00 a.m Hike
12:45 a.m. Mini trunk picnic
1:15 p.m. Apple picking and ice cream at Altapass
2:30 p.m. Drive home
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Copper River
After our big day of driving and doing fall things, we went out to dinner to celebrate Brooke’s (my sister) new job and Jason’s (Brooke’s boyfriend) job promotion. There is only one restaurant, T. Bones, on Lake Wylie with Copper River being the next closest thing. It’s not directly on the water, so we had to drive, but they have a really nice sports bar with outside seating, fire within some of the tables, picnic tables and an outside area for kids to run around and play corn hole.
Do you have any creative adventures that you would like to share? Comment below with your exciting and fun timelines! I would love some more fall/winter day trip ideas :)
Prepping Peps with my Peeps
Check out the National Center for Home Food Preservation website to learn how to correctly preserve vegetables (starchy and non-starchy), fruits and even soups!
Ever canned vegetables? What about peppers? Well let me tell you about one of the simplest ways I've learned to can peppers. Shoutout to my best friend's mom, Pam Freas, for teaching us her simple tricks to a tasty side dish or salad/sandwich topping! Keep reading for two true preservation methods, and check out the website above for more vegetable canning tips :)
Step 1: Buy about 12-15 pounds of hot banana peppers. Choose your amount based on how many mason jars you would like to can. We used 12 pounds of peppers to fill up 15 cans (or would have been about 13 cans to the rim)
Step 2: Wash the peppers and begin coring the membranes and de-seeding the peppers (the less membrane and seeds you discard the more spice there will be)
Step 3: Slice the peppers lengthwise, and you can choose to chop the peppers or slice the peppers.
Step 4: Place the peppers in strainers with a med-lrg bowl placed underneath to catch the liquid that will drain out
Step 5: Mix in a healthy amount of salt in the strainers to help stimulate drainage overnight or for ~8 hours
Step 6: Drizzle some canola oil over the peppers in each strainer to help the dry ingredients stick Step 7: Sprinkle and mix in a healthy amount of Alum, Oregano and Garlic Powder
Step 8: Fill each mason jar up with peppers and cover all the peppers with canola oil
Step 9: Using your butter knife, mix in the canola oil and make sure to get all of the bubbles out
Step 10: Put the lid on completely, but do not tighten all the way. Will need to come back and fill with more canola oil if needed. After that you can tighten completely and store.
**For best taste keep refrigerated (if plan to use daily), and eat after a couple days of marination
**For more spice, keep more membrane/seeds in the pepper/strainer. If you want to can some milder jars, have a separate strainer with completely de-seeded peppers.
WARNING: Make sure to can these peppers with cleaning gloves or latex gloves and avoid touching your face during the process. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after canning!
Two Types of Canning Techniques
Select your favorite pepper(s). Small peppers may be left whole. Large peppers may be quartered. Remove cores and seeds. Slash two or four slits in each pepper, and either blanch in boiling water or blister using one of the following methods:
Oven or broiler method: Place peppers in a hot oven (400° F) or broiler for 6-8 minutes until skins blister.
Range-top method: Cover hot burner, either gas or electric, with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister.
Allow peppers to cool. Place in a pan and cover with a damp cloth. This will make peeling the peppers easier. After several minutes, peel each pepper. Flatten whole peppers. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to each pint jar, if desired. Fill jars loosely with peppers and add fresh boiled water, leaving 1-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process following the recommendations in Table 1 or Table 2 according to the method of canning used.
Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit.
Do you feel like taking a nap after that heavy pasta meal? Do you feel overly full? Are you having guilt? So why not change the physical feelings we have and try eating a health replacement that resembles it? I truly believe that enjoying foods are as much mental as they are taste. How many of you will not eat cottage cheese because of the texture or consistency or brussles sprouts, because we grew up responding with this answer to the question, "what is your least favorite food," without having any clue what it was or what it tasted like? How many of you will not eat octopus because it is slimy or asparagus because you're scared your pee will smell? The food stereotypes, visuals and knowledge we hold with go hand in hand as far as choosing what we choose to eat; thus, making it harder to stray from what basics, simplicity and pure enjoyment. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and prepare a healthy replacement recipe, you may be surprised to how much you enjoy a healthy, homemade meal!
Try Spiralizing Your Veggies Instead
Say hello to veggie noodles, with the one and only Vagetti or Spiralizer. There are multiple different types of Spiralizers out there, so keep reading for pros and cons along with some tasty recipes! Other than that researching kitchenware before you buy is always the best option!
Vagetti Pro (above): This is the spiralizer i currently have. I enjoy that there are three different types of noodles you can make (thick and thin spiral, or ribbons). The downfalls include the set up, take down and clean up being time consuming, and the vagetti having to be locked in place on the counter, because you need two hands to spiralize the vegetables. Price: $25.99
Mini Vagetti (left): Of the two this is my favorite due to it being hard to clean because there are no pieces to take apart, and the blade goes deep into the thin/center part of the gadget. Another downfall is that it actually stops "spiralizing" after the point gets to large on the vegetable, and the machine can no longer reach the skin or vegetable. From here, you must flip the zucchini such as the left picture above & begin again. This tool can cause you to lose much more surface area of the zucchini. Price: $4.99-8.99
Electric Spiralizer (Right): I have never used this before, but I assume it gets the most bang for your buck, allowing the entire vegetable to be spiralized, as well as is being the easiest as far as set up, clean up and take down (again, just an assumption). Does anyone have an electric spiralizer? Please comment below if you do. I would love to hear where you got it, prices, and the durability/success of it!
Price: $69.95 (but different brands run from $25.99 and up)
Zoodles (zucchini noodles): Making zoodles is fairly simple, it's the cooking process that makes it difficult. Of all the vegetables I have cooked, I would say zucchini's are the most water-dense. This means they need a lot less time to cook due to the excess water and softness of the vegetable.
Tip 1: Cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat with the lid off. If you keep the lid on, the excess water will accumulate; thus, loosing more taste and nutrients.
Tip 2: The flavor is lost more easily, due to the excess water levels. I would suggest using a marinara sauce with some extra spices and herbs to help enhance the flavor, because pesto seems to get lost.
Sweet potato & Butternut squash noodles: If you are looking to sweeten those tastebuds during your meal, try sweet potato or butternut squash instead. These noodles are starchier and have less water in them, thus needing a little longer to cook than zoodles. Check out my veggie cooking techniques below!
Tip 1: I will usually cook these with the lid on for about 3 minutes on medium heat, then take the lid off and add liquids/herbs and cook for another 3-4 minutes until they are soft with a slight crunch.
Tip 2: Need a side dish? These two noodles are great with sautéed mushrooms and pesto sauce. Need an entree? Add turkey meat and some healthy, homemade cashew sauce to the mix for the real deal.
Cooked Beet Recipe (click picture below for recipe):
So, which is the healthier?
This table shows the nutritional differences between Spaghetti and zucchini. This is where nutrition gets a little crazy. Personally, I would recommend using the grain pasta as a side dish, because it is high in calories and carbs, but still allows you to get protein, fiber and a plethora of B-vitamins. If you are wanting to make a "pasta entree," I would suggest using the zoodles, or better yet the sweet potato or butternut squash (for extra nutrients). This way if you overindulge, it's not going to leave you feeling guilty and full of carbs, but instead full of extra vitamins and minerals! Using a vegetable for the entree pasta also allows you to add more protein without exceeding your estimated needs from the hidden protein in the pasta.
Be full. Be fit. Be your own beautifull profit.