With the holidays over, and the winter ahead of us here are a few products I’m loving right now that will help get you through it. These products will improve the look of your dry winter skin & hair, boost your mood to prevent the winter blahs, and encourage overall health to help you avoid the dreaded winter cold & flu.
Organic Nutiva Coconut Oil
Known as the healthiest oil on earth. Coconut oil is amazing for cooking, baking and as an all-natural body moisturizer – it absorbs quickly, and has an amazing coconut smell. Slather it on after the shower, close your eyes and pretend you’re on a tropical island. You can buy it at Bulk Barn for $16.99.
Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
“The Beauty World is abuzz with Moroccan Argan Oil. Everyone wants it and for good reason too. As the #1 facial oil in the world, it helps to maintain elasticity, slows the aging of the skin, fights free radicals and is packed full of antioxidants. Use daily to diminish fine lines, crows feet and combat dry, flaky skin.” – Scentuals
I use it everyday on my face morning & night, and it doesn’t disappoint! Order online.
Raw Cacao Nibs
An awesome superfood that are cancer-fighting and mood-boosting. They are pieces of crushed raw cacoa beans and are full of health benefits:
-raise serotonin levels, which means they act as a natural anti-depressant and fight symptoms of PMS
-secrete endorphins, which causes a pleasurable sensation and can have a positive affect on our mood
-rich source of antioxidants, which promotes cardiovasular health: lowers bad cholesterol, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, and prevents free radical damage, which can lead to cancer
-rich source of magnesium, which helps balance brain chemistry
They can be used in place of chocolate chips in baking (I did this in my Healthy Cookie & Healthy Chocolate Pudding recipes and they both turned out great!), added to smoothies or sprinkled on cereal & salads. They’re not sweet, but have a nutty, cocao flavor. You can buy raw cacao nibs at Winners or in bulk at your local health food store.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is an amazing source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids or healthy fats and vitamin E – a potent antioxidant. Including healthy fats in your daily diet is important for:
-maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, which can help prevent heart disease & high blood pressure
-the health of our nervous system, which can help prevent anxiety
-maintaining hormone balance, which can help us control stress, regulate menstrual cycles and balance mood
-improving the look of our skin & hair
The health benefits of evoo are best experienced when consumed raw (evoo burns when heated past 350 F). I keep a bottle at my desk at work, and drizzle 1-2 tsps on my salad. You can also combine it with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice for a healthy vinaigrette, and use it when making homemade hummus or pesto. You can also serve it as a healthy appie at your next party: try a garlic & herb-flavored evoo, and serve it as a bread-dipper instead of cheese.