The crinkle of a granola bar wrapper, desperate scraping at the bottom of a yogurt container, neurotic crunching at rice cakes and popcorn- oh the familiar sounds of conventional snack time. Sometimes in our culture we cling to snack time as if it is the one thing that will power us through the day, keeping a drawer full of packaged foods stowed sneakily away in our desk drawers. Yet, among stashes of seemingly innocent munchies, linger processed foods that are doing our bodies far more harm than good- and the food chemists that created them are well aware of it. It's time to stop trying to trick your body with empty "low-cal" snacks. Next time you are hungry, be bold and chose to indulge in a REAL SNACK! Your body and mind will thank you for it. Here is a collection of some of our favorite, hearty snack options to help regulate your hunger and keep you going strong.
Last fall I moved to the Midwest. After growing up in southern California and spending my early adult years there on the western coast, moving to the Midwest has been a big change to say the least. I am used to that “sunny and 75” (give or take a few!) just about year around. In the Midwest, I have yet to experience an ideal season. Winter brought life-threatening cold like I have never experienced, spring consisted of more rain in a few months than I think California has experienced in all of my years combined, and summer, well, is hot, muggy, and buggy! Yes, the bugs are another new experience for me. The only season I have yet to experience is fall, but I hear they save the best for last.
With all of these drastic shifts in weather, I’ve found that staying hydrated has been critical. Whether it is high temperatures and even higher humidity levels, or the blustery, dry cold, each season brings its challenges when it comes to hydration. Experts say that once the sensation of thirst is experienced you are actually already dehydrated. Year round we should be drinking adequate fluids each day so that we don’t ever feel the need to quench our thirst!Read More
Last month, we at Radiant Life celebrated 20 years of serving the health and wellness community! We are very proud of this accomplishment but more importantly, we are honored to this day to have the opportunity to help you and many others in your quest toward optimal health through self empowerment. What started as a kernel of an idea has turned into a movement and a company with customers in over 70 countries. As an organization, we are thrilled to have sourced the “best of the best" with the diverse products that we offer you today. From superfood supplements, nutrient dense foods, non-toxic home products, clean water filtration systems to air purifiers, and more, Radiant Life offers a wide variety of inventory to suit your diverse needs. As we look back over the last two decades, this post will highlight some of our all time favorite and most popular products!Read More
A big hot pot of simmering chili might not be your first idea for a meal in the middle of the summer. Who wants to heat up in an already hot season? Well, recently I had some extra homemade bone broth on hand and a craving for pumpkin that just would not go away. So I decided to get creative and make my own version of Nourishing Broth’s Spiced Beef and Lamb Chili recipe. It was exquisite and totally hit the spot! Another perk: I had enough left overs for several more meals throughout the week. With a busy work schedule and always being on the go, it was a win. But best of all, this recipe was super quick and easy to make, while still being full of nourishing foods.Read More
The average woman applies 12 products to her skin daily and absorbs around 168 chemicals. Multiply that by 365 days and you will accumulate a total of 61,300 chemicals in the course of one single year. Some of the most common, and yet incredibly toxic chemicals, are found in makeup, shampoo, body wash, lotions, and scrubs.Read More
What could be better than nut butter, chocolate, oats, and a little boost of energy? I love this recipe. It is so simple to make, and tasty enough that even kids will love it too. Hey, you could even throw a couple of these balls on top of some raw vanilla ice cream and make a nutrient packed dessert!Read More
Have you ever left a jug of milk on the counter for a few days? Maybe some veggies, or yogurt too? I live for fermented foods! Raw whole milk kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, oh my! So why all the love, you ask? Fermented foods not only taste delicious, they are full of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, minerals, and more to keep your gut, immune system, and body strong. I always have some fermentation experiment going in my kitchen. Whether it be a cabinet of home brewed kombucha, jars of pickled beets and carrots or the strangest concoction of all: clumpy, lumpy fermenting sour milk. I like to think of my little kitchen as a science lab, full of odd (but very delicious) ferments.
With that, today we are up to something a little bit different on the blog. We will dive into the book Real Food Fermentation by Alex Lewin, and take a closer look at why and how these foods are so good for you. And at the end, I will share one of my favorite ferments!Read More
Rose and chamomile, doesn’t that combination just sound dreamy? Luckily I’ve incorporated these botanicals into a DIY lip balm that’s relaxing, dainty, and rich, all in one tiny little punch. It is packed full of mineral-rich oils, soothing shea butter, and healing vitamin E oil. This recipe creates something that is so much more than your everyday lip balm—it makes a nourishing cream that keeps your lips hydrated, pink, and painless through the winter season and beyond.Read More
Decadent? I think yes! Creamy cheesecake, rich, savory chocolate, and ripe raspberries are truly a few of my favorite things! Combine them all together and you will have this irresistible, dreamy dessert. What I love best about it is that it’s friendly for all my dairy-free friends. This cheesecake is actually free of many of the top allergens including eggs, gluten, and soy! Another plus? There is no oven or baking necessary, which makes this recipe simple, quick, and easy.Read More
Continuing on our pumpkin theme to wrap up the Fall, I wanted to share this favorite recipe of mine for dairy free, gluten free, paleo pumpkin bread. It is simple, savory, and will get your mouth watering… all before 7am. This bread is so versatile and pairs great with a hot cup of coffee, or a big glass of milk.Read More