We’ve been known to buy various frozen treats. Orange-flavoured Creamsicles, for example, immediately bring me right back to my 1980s childhood, but we were more likely to make our popsicles. What I like about DIY popsicles is that I know exactly what’s in them (and I control the sugar!) and there’s no plastic wrappers or waste to deal with since the molds are reusable. It’s a very cheap treat and
In the spirit of Fair Trade month, I’d like to review arguably the best fairly traded commodity on the planet: coffee...specifically, Equator Coffee.
By Michelle Lauer, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
We’ve all been there: you wake up in the morning to that angry pimple right before a presentation, event or, even worse, picture day. As the seasons change and we get back to the stresses of school and work, it’s no surprise that our skin can get a little upset. Our body has so many ways of communicating with us, and one way is through our skin. As our stress hormones shift, that clear summer skin can backslide. Since beautiful skin starts from within, I’m sharing a list of my favourite skin-healing recommendations along with some of our favourite acne-healing products to use topically.
The Building Blocks for Clear Skin
As we know, our bodies need a wide range of essential nutrients to feel and look our best. These nutrients are needed to keep our moods balanced and our skin clear and glowing. To achieve clear skin, we need to feed our body with these important building blocks at every meal (if possible) in order to balance hormones and reduce inflammation.
Balancing your blood sugar is a major piece of the clear skin puzzle. High levels of insulin from a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar stimulate the production of excess sebum, leading to acne. Including a palm-size portion of plant-based or high-quality animal protein with every meal is the key to supporting healthy hormone balance.
Healthy fats are essential to clear, acne-free skin. Healthy fats are essential to many functions in the body from hormone balance to the absorption of skin-essential fat-soluble nutrients, such as vitamin A and E. They are also essential for blood sugar regulation. My favourite sources? Olive oil, avocados, wild-caught fish (loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats) and macadamia nuts.
Getting lots of fibre to increase optimal bowel function is another important factor in achieving clear skin. Improper elimination leads to a back-up of hormones and toxins that can cause hormone imbalance and inflammation in the body. Aside from eating lots of fruits and veggies, throwing chia and flax seeds in your morning smoothie can be a great way to sneak that fibre in.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are loaded with probiotics that have been shown to be beneficial in improving skin conditions like acne by reducing inflammation and stress in the gut. They also help in regular elimination which we know is so important in keeping acne at bay.
Foods Rich in Zinc
Zinc helps to balance the skin’s sebum production and reduces the body’s inflammatory response. This nutrient also helps to block the conversion of acne-causing hormones. Best sources? Oysters, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef and spinach are some of my favourites.
Our Favourite Skin-Clearing Products
What we put on our skin can be just as important as what we put in our bodies. Relying on conventional, toxin-loaded acne care can often do more harm than good by stripping the skin of all the moisture it needs to heal. Often times, these conventional products also contain hormone disruptors which we now know is the last thing we need when we are looking to clear our skin. Here is a list of some of our favourite clean acne-healing products:
- Thursday Plantation Acne Care line
- Alba Botanica Invisible Acne Treatment Gel
- Andalou Blemish Vanishing Gel
- Derma E Very Clear Spot Blemish Treatment
By Michelle Lauer, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
As sad as it can be to trade our bathing suits in for those snazzy first day of school outfits, we can’t help but get excited for the fresh start that lies ahead. Here at terra20, we get pretty darn excited about providing you with the best selection of back to school lunch essentials, from playful lunch bags to practical bento box containers. Once seen as a dreaded struggle, packing your lunch is a breeze with the right tools on hand. Our bento boxes empower everyone from kids to pre-teens to pack balanced and nutritious meals for their busy days ahead. Now what to fill them with? So glad you asked.
We know pizza for lunch everyday sounds like a dream come true...But I think we can all admit that this may not be the best option for ourselves and our little ones. Pizza hummus to the rescue! This pizza hummus is super easy to throw together (with the help of your little guy or gal, of course) on Sunday night and spoon into your bento box with some crunchy cut up veggies and pretzels for the week ahead. Not only is it an easy recipe to make together, but it will quickly become a nutritious lunch-time favourite.
The star ingredient, chickpeas provides a great source of protein and fiber that help to keep bellies full and moods stabilized. Chickpeas are also a rich source of manganese that is essential to building strong, healthy bones.
Garlic also packs a powerful nutritional punch with its antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties, making garlic one of your immune system’s best friends. We all know our immune systems need all the help they can get when school season is in full swing.
Loaded with B vitamins, nutritional yeast is a great ingredient to add to recipes that beg for that cheesy flavour (without the cheese). B vitamins are essential to providing us with lasting energy throughout the school day. Nutritional yeast also contains 18 amino acids, essential protein building blocks we need to combat so many things like fatigue and low immunity.
Healthy fats from sources like olive oil are so essential for kids growth and development. Quality fats are necessary for cell construction, nerve function, digestion and hormone function. We also need these important fats to absorb fat soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. To top it all off, our brains are composed of over 60% fat, which just goes to show how important healthy fats are!
- 1 15oz can of chickpeas drained (save some of the liquid!)
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
Drain the chickpeas and reserve some of the liquid. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a tablespoon at a time of the reserved chickpea liquid until you reach your desired consistency. Scoop into your favourite bento box and add your favourite crunchy veggies and enjoy!