Product of the Day – Natural Laundry Detergent

I will keep this short because I am headed out to the gym. However, I thought this was worth sharing real quick!

I found this natural laundry detergent at a local speciality health food store.

It is the first natural laundry detergent I’ve tried. It is free of dyes, sulfates, formaldehyde, and has a coconut oil based fabric softener within it. So far I think it is AWESOME and it feels great to gradually switch all of my soaps over to options that have fewer chemicals in them and more natural replacements. It smells wonderful and light, not soapy and overpowering, and is also reasonably priced.

Briefly, the reason I believe it is necessary for me to also use a natural detergent is because I wear and launder athletic clothes constantly with this soap. When I am running or working out, I am sweating, which is opening my pores, which is making them more susceptible for absorption. If my running tights are washed in detergent stricken with chemicals, my skin is going to absorb some of that.

Unlike the food you eat, the agents absorbed through your skin do not have the benefit of going through your digestive system, kidneys, and liver to have the impurities filtered out.

These agents, or chemicals, go directly into your blood stream.

I’ve learned all about the integumentary system, which includes your skin, in the extensive anatomy and physiology classes I’ve taken with my college degree plan. Everything considered, it is obvious that what goes onto your skin should not be looked over and avoided, because ultimately, what goes ONTO your skin is going INTO your skin.

This is one of the most recent “switches” I’ve made in my household–and I’d say it’s a good one!


Tropical Smoothie created by Jesica

I recently bought and sliced up a pineapple, so I’ve been using alot of it in my smoothies. It adds the yummiest sweet flavor. I’ve found that pineapple gets along really well with papaya. So, this morning for breakfast, I put the two together (along with a few other ingredients), and voila!

What’s In It (exact measurements are not important):

Fresh Pineapple (fresh takes more time to slice up, but you can’t beat fresh pineapple–it’s worth the extra effort)

Fresh Papaya (seeds removed)

1 white nectarine (my local grocery store had them on sale)

Almond Milk (unsweetened)

Whey Protein Powder (vanilla)

Flax seed

Chia Seed

Blend, and slurp! Although this recipe is very similar to my other pineapple smoothie recipe, I really advocate incorporating the flavors you love and using them in different ways with different combinations of fruit. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment! 🙂



PB2 – Awesome Alternative to Peanut Butter


Contains: powdered peanut butter (85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter, according to the product label)

Description: This is a product that I discovered within the last few months. It caught my eye in a health food store because I have always loved peanut butter, and was curious as to what this healthy alternative was all about. In the past I had loved and eaten peanut butter but because I would consume so many calories with just a spoonful, it didn’t feel like I got to enjoy all of those calories. With this powdered peanut butter, you still get a rich, nutty and fulfilling taste without all of the calories. There are also no additives (according to this product label) in PB2, so you can feel good about eating it. If you want something a bit more decadent, yet still a healthier alternative, PB2 makes a version that contains cacao powder, giving it a chocolately background. You could also add your own cacao powder when mixing your PB2 to do it yourself!

How to Use: This powdered peanut butter can virtually be used to replace your regular peanut butter in your diet. To make a “butter” out of it, I mix it with a few tablespoons of almond milk (I had to guess and check with the right amount. Start with just a little bit of milk and you can always add more). Then add a drop or two of liquid stevia to add natural sweetness. You could also use organic agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener.

Purchase: I purchased my first jar of this at an H.E.B. Grocery store in south Texas that has a “healthy” or “organic” isle. You can also purchase it online from several various retailers, just search for it!

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