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5 Best Breakfast Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Day

5 Best Breakfast Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Day

Busy in the mornings? Join the club, sugar.

Whether you’re an oversleeper, a snooze-button hitter, or are simply time-crunched after getting the kids out of bed, into their clothes, and onto their breakfasts – this one’s for you.

We know mornings can be frantic, but a frazzled start to day doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast.

While a low-and-slow omelette à la Julia Child might be out of the question, a superfood-packed smoothie certainly isn’t.

Smoothies are the easiest, and quickest, way to get a healthy breakfast in during the morning – no excuses.

And the best part? You can drink them on the go!

Here are our 5 favorite blender smoothie recipe ideas to kickstart your day.

 

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Isn’t it great that you can get a whole chunk of your five-a-day before 9am? This delicious smoothie combines the antioxidant prowess (and yummy flavor) of blueberries with the vitamin-packed goodness of spinach. We guarantee it’ll have you feeling fine and ready to take on the day. See the full recipe here.

 

Green Power Protein Goddess

After a go-to green smoothie? You’ve got it. This nutritional powerhouse is rich in This powerful green smoothie is high in calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E. Plus, it’ll leave you feeling happy and satisfied for hours. Want the recipe? Get it here.

 

Nutty and Nutritious Smoothie

We can never say no to peanut butter. Combine it strawberries, banana, oats, and other goodies – and you’ve got yourself a super-filling, super nutritious start to the day. Don’t wait, make it now.

 

Energy Boosting Bae

Need some fuel in your belly? This energy-packed drink help you power through. It’s full of so much goodness, including protein, vitamin C, and antioxidants – it could even replace your morning caffeine habit. Get the recipe here.

 

Turmeric Morning Glory

If you like a little bit of spice in your life, you’ll love this little turmeric dream. Turmeric is jam-packed with health benefits – it’s full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and cardiovascular benefits, to name a few. We can’t think of a better way to start the day. Find out how to make it here.

Burn Calories Fast… Without Even Leaving Your Bed

You already know you don’t need to hit the gym to stay fit.

But did you know you could actually burn calories while lying in bed?

Yup. Burning calories in a horizontal state may seem like a dream come true (pardon the pun), but the truth is – your body actually works quite hard while you snooze away. In fact, you’re actually constantly burning calories during homeostasis – which is the process of keeping your organs and body systems functioning.

When you do the maths, you’ll realize your body can burn quite a bit even during periods of what may seem to be inactivity.

But if you want to melt even more calories without leaving the house, or the bed for that matter – here are a few pillow-friendly activates to incorporate into your routine.

If you do them consistently, you’ll be surprised at the wonders they can work.

 

Do some light yoga

Your bed is a comfy and cozy places to practice light stretching and yoga poses. Use the bedhead to hold onto and deepen your stretches. There are a variety of poses you can do, our favorites being the Happy Baby pose and the Supine Spinal Twist.

 

Read a book before bed

Bet you didn’t think reading could help burn off your dessert, but life is full of surprises. Not only is cozying up with a novel good for your emotional and mental wellbeing, it also burns calories – almost twice as much as sleeping! Why? Because using your brain requires energy. So next time you want to watch Netflix in bed to unwind, think twice and pick up a book instead.

 

Do some journaling

Before you nod off, pick up a pen and paper and write about your day. Perhaps you could jot down the things you’re grateful for, or create a to-do list for the next day. Doing this will help untangle the knots in your mind so you can get a sounder sleep, therefore ensuring less anxiety, sugar-cravings and stress-eating.

 

Breathe it out

You may have heard this before, but the eight-count breathing hack is one of the best things you can do before falling asleep. You simply breathe in for eight counts, hold the breath in your lungs for eight counts, and breathe out for eight counts. Doing this will also reduce your stress hormone, cortisol, which is linked to belly fat and sugar cravings. Cortisol also decreases lean muscle tissue, which is bad news – because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Therefore, reducing cortisol is key.

 

Relax your muscles

Perform muscle relaxation exercises under the covers to burn a few more calories. Lie on your back and place your arms at your sides. Start tensing and relaxing the muscles of all your body parts – progressively, starting with your toes. This will help with burning calories and sending you off for a sound night’s sleep.

 

Get Your Skin Spring Ready, Thanks to These 5 Products

If your skin is in need of a little TLC due to the season change, and you’re struggling to find the perfect batch of hydrating products, don’t give up, your winter skin can be saved. It just takes knowing what to put on it.

We’ve got your back! We know you want skincare products that don’t expose your precious skin to harsh chemicals! Here are our top five products that will make your winter skin look ten times better. From zero to hero, real quick.

Hero #1

Almond Milk + Agave + Oatmeal Simply Body Wash (Sensitive Skin)

The last thing your parched winter skin needs is a chemical-laden cleanser stripping it of its natural moisture. What it does need is a gentle cleanser that’ll clean and nourish at the same time. Our Almond Milk + Agave + Oatmeal Body Wash is a soothing lather of calming oats, rejuvenating sweet almond extracts, Cold Pressed oils, and healing agave that’ll keep your skin both clean and hydrated.

Hero #2

Bath Fizzer Lemon Sugar

What your skin needs most right now is to heal and re-energize, and our Bath Fizzer in Lemon Sugar will do just that. Enriched with essential oils, this fizzer will feed your skin fruit extracts, exfoliate, and invigorate – leaving you feeling like a new woman after every soak.

Hero #3

Raw Coconut + Mango Sugar Scrub

Scrub away the frosty days and icy evenings with our Raw Coconut + Mango Sugar Scrub. Exfoliation is key in getting your skin back to its well-hydrated self, and this nature-made scrub will slough away dead skin and scales like it’s nobody’s business. A skin-softening formula enriched with Cold Pressed fruit oils, it will leave your skin with a protective moisture veil – and a glow.

Hero #4

Raw Coconut + Mango Body Butter

Give your skin the ultimate moisture hit with a pure superfood smoothie made by Mother Nature. Made specifically to care for extra-dry skin, our Raw Coconut + Mango Body Butter is a creamy, conditioning blend of Shea Butter, enzyme-rich Cold Pressed oils and plant-based extracts that give dried-out skin the hydration it craves. A power shot of vitamin E and aloe vera helps heal dry, cracked skin, and Certified Organic coconut oil revives and brightens – so you’re all set for those glowy summer days.

Hero #5

Simply Body Lotion Sensitive Skin

Want weightless moisture during the day? You’ve got it. Like a comforting hug for dry, sensitive skin – this soothing, healing blend will keep your complexion hydrated without weighing it down. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and gentle infusions of vitamin-rich Blue agave, it’ll keep your skin feeling calm, happy and well-loved.

If you Haven’t Heard About the Latest Hair Care Craze, You’re in for a Sweet Treat

You may be well and truly immersed in 2019, but is your hair?

If you’ve been a bit too busy to be keeping up hair trends, don’t worry! We’re here to fill you in and you’re going to love it.

No, it’s not scrunchies (although we were all over that one), nor is it chic fedoras (not that we’d pass one up!). It’s, drumroll… hair clips.  

But not just any kind of hair clips…we’re talking about barrettes – and you’re about to start seeing a whole lot more of them on your feed.

It all started during Paris Fashion Week, where models wore barrettes to accessorize…and it was a hit!  So it looks like the Eighties’ renaissance trend is coming back!  

A favorite style has been stacking barrettes and pinning down your hair to hold it out of your face. Another way you could wear a barrette is at the bottom of a plait, or above a sleek ponytail.

Fashion and style is about having fun & barrettes add personality to every look! The best thing about barrettes is that it’s a low-maintenance trend and you can play around with the style. Brush your hair out, pop on a clip or two to keep it off your face and voila – you’re walking out with the Zoe Kravitz hair style!

Barrettes are simple & easy to pull off.  Take your pick and rock it, sugar!

Your Ingredient Checklist For The Perfect Bath

Essential Oils for Setting the Mood.

 

Set a positive and relaxing mood for your bath sesh. Essential oils have amazing benefits that can help improve your health and overall wellbeing.

 

It can

  • Relieve inflammation
  • Help you relax for a good night’s rest
  • Improve your psychological health

 

If you have a diffuser, pour a few drops of your favourite essential oil and let yourself seep into a deep relaxation state.

 

Foaming Baths that Help you Unwind!

 

 

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Try pouring some of our soothing Foam Bath liquid into your bath, as the water runs, to make it bubbly and enjoyable. Nothing is better than dipping your entire overworked body into a hot, steaming bubble bath.

 

If you’re intrigued, try our Lemon Sugar Foam Bath, it’ll help you revive and recenter yourself. Want to be transported to a tropical island? Use our Foam Bath in Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut! Want to turn your bath into a luxurious smoothie? We’ve got our fan favorite Raw Coconut + Mango scent too!

 

Bath salts to help relieve aching muscles and dry skin.

 

Now that you’ve added a foaming bath to your sesh, add a handful of bath salts to maximize your R & R time. Bath salts have many benefits…You can use it to exfoliate your body or let it soak into the water, if you have achy muscles, it will relieve that too.

 

Candles to set the ambience

 

Instead of using a diffuser,  light up a candle. This is going to make your bath session extra calm and make it oh so pretty! It’ll be Instagram worthy & will gain so many likes!

 

A great book to get lost in.

 

The last ingredient for the perfect bath is a great book. After a long day at the office, you want to unwind and just get lost in a really fascinating book. Here at the Raw Sugar Living, we love a good romance or action novel that gets us flipping page after page!

 

 

Our Raw Sugar Living products are made with plant-based ingredients to give you the ultimate healthy skin care experience. We not only have bath & body products but also have a fantastic selection of hair care, lip care and personal care.

 

Do you have everything? If not, it’s okay! Head to Target to find all that you need for your next bath sesh.

5 Incredible Ways To Spend Me Time When You’re Burning Out

Whether you’re a hardworking mom or overworked professional, you deserve some me time! We look out for our Sugars, so here are 5 of our favorite ways to unwind and avoid feeling burnt out!

 

#1 – Set time aside to meditate

Picture this. Full schedule ahead for the week, a plethora of tasks to do and all you can think about is what you’re making for dinner.

 

Life is full on, but you still have to be present. Take 10 mins out of your day to meditate. If you need a little help, download an app like Headspace or Calm to walk you through a guided meditation. Meditating will help you to collect your thoughts and to recenter yourself.

 

#2 – Draw a relaxing bath that smells divine

Light an aromatic candle and grab an enticing book because you’re going to spend a good amount of time relaxing.  

 

Try a Foam Bath or soak your body into a relaxing Sea Salt bath! It’s the best way to have a little bit of fun and help you reset.

 

With a range of scents like Lemon Sugar, Pineapple + Maqui Berry_+  Coconut or Raw Coconut +_Mango, you will be on your way feeling zen and smelling divine!

 

# 3 – Get active and move your body

If your mind feels tired, don’t overwork it, instead get you body moving. Being active helps release tension and increases our happy hormones, AKA endorphins. Go for a short walk, align yourself with nature and breathe in that fresh, crisp air! Or if you are really feeling, hit the gym!

 

Either way, it’s important to get and stay active. Get your heart pumping and focus on yourself, because sugar, you are a 10!

 

#4 – Create a #SelfCareSunday routine

When you feel good, you look good! A personal self-care routine is vital when it comes to alone time. Dedicate a whole afternoon or night to yourself and give yourself some love with a self-care routine every Sunday.

 

#5 – Put your phone on do not disturb

The sound of silence is sweet, isn’t it? In today’s day and age, we have become so accustomed to our phones and electronics, the idea of unplugging sounds weird!

 

You won’t miss out on anything. It’s okay to check out for a little and be in your own presence without any devices. If you don’t like the idea of turning your phone off, hit the ‘do not disturb’.

 

Make your me time extra personal and at ease with Raw Sugar Living

 

We want you to live your best life, so check our range of hair care, body and bath care, lip care and personal care products that help you feel amazing and are healthy for your body!

4 Hair Care Hacks That Actually Works

For all of our busy moms out there, time is limited. Now that you have a little baby to take care of, washing your hair is a thing of the past! When all else fails, you can use your little ones baby powder as a remedy for oily hair.

 

Simply take a small amount of baby powder and sprinkle onto your roots. Gently massage into your locks and voila! Oily roots are gone!

 

#1 – Using Baby Powder to Combat Oily Hair.

 

For all of our busy moms out there, time is limited. Now that you have a little baby to take care of, washing your hair is a thing of the past! When all else fails, you can use your little ones baby powder as a remedy for oily hair.

Simply take a small amount of baby powder and sprinkle onto your roots. Gently massage into your locks and voila! Oily roots are gone!

 

#2 –  Start at the Ends and Work Your Way Up.

 

For those who have curly hair, we’ve got an amazing tip that works just for you. Take a wide-tooth comb and gently comb your ends and work your way up (instead of starting from the roots). This actually prevents any tangles and helps hold the shapes of your curls.

Hair care tip: To maintain the shape of your curls, look into using a product like The Truly Unruly Shampoo & Conditioner range. It fights frizz and gives you luxuriously defined curls that turns heads! Our formula is enriched with Avocado (great for the moisture of your hair), Apple Cider Vinegar (for the conditioning of your curls) and healing Rosemary Oil (which can help with hair growth). All of these factors combined, make caring for your curly hair that much easier!

 

#3 – Use a Toothbrush to Tame Those Flyaways.

 

This trick is an oldy but a goodie. Comb your baby hairs away by applying some light-hold hair spray onto an unused toothbrush. The toothbrush bristles are small enough for extra precision and can help smooth out your hair instead of causing frizziness.

 

#4 – The Double-Ponytail Trick.

 

If you have thin hair, you can spruce up your ponytail with just two easy steps! Take a section of hair above the ear and tie as high as you’d like it. Now pull the bottom section into a second ponytail right under, and wrap a piece of hair around both ponytails, hiding the two hair ties. Give it an extra tease for a fuller effect.

 

Check out the rest of our Raw Sugar Living Hair Care Products that are healthy, happy and wholesome.

 

We LOVE Healthy Hair – Our Hair Care is carefully crafted to fit so many needs. We have shampoo products that bring the OOMPH back into your curls and conditioners that SPLASH a big dose of moisture into dry hair!

 

Best of all it’s plant-based and environmentally friendly, healthy for you and our beautiful world!

5 Cosmetic & Skincare Ingredients To Avoid When You’re Pregnant

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It’s such an exciting time when you find out you’ve got a little one coming soon. Whether it’s your first child or your 3rd, it’s important to understand what ingredients are in your beauty products to keep your baby safe.

 

We are passionate about living a clean and healthy lifestyle and we want the same for you Sugar moms!  Here are 5 top cosmetic and skin care ingredients that you need to avoid throughout your pregnancy!

 

#1 – Toluene

 

Toluene is an ingredient that is commonly found in nail polish. This doesn’t mean you can’t get your nails done, it just means you need to be mindful of how harmful these toxins are during your pregnancy. So be sure to look for nail polishes that are toluene, phthalate and formaldehyde free.

 

#2 – Dihydroxyacetone

 

Who doesn’t want to look like a bronzed goddess? We all do, but some ingredients in self-tanners especially the spray kind can be really unhealthy when inhaled.

 

You will find dihydroxyacetone listed as “DHA” on most labels.  It’s best to avoid the self-tanner all together and embrace your natural skin colour while pregnant.

 

#3 – Ammonia

 

Ammonia is most commonly found in hair dyes & is incredibly harmful to the lungs and can make your skin irritable. Choose an ammonia-free hair dye for touch ups but, it’s best to just steer clear of any hair dyes during your pregnancy.

 

#4 – Benzoyl Peroxide

 

You’re growing a beautiful baby inside, so your body is going through hormonal changes. During pregnancy, it’s normal to develop hormonal acne. Benzoyl peroxide is a power acne remedy but it’s way too powerful for the baby and it’s

usually found in over the counter acne treatments. Avoid this and speak to your ob/gyn or dermatologist for the safest and best way of treating your hormonal acne.

 

#5 – BPA

BPA is an ingredient that is NOT found in any skincare or cosmetics, but it is found in plastic, which you most likely use.  BPA can unsettle the endocrine system and potentially lead to serious health issues.

 

Rest assured, every Raw Sugar Living products have everything you love and nothing you don’t want!

 

We strive on producing Hair Care, Personal care, Lip care and Bath & Body Care products that are unfiltered and whole! No junk or harmful chemicals are added to our products, so you won’t find any of these harmful ingredients in Raw Sugar products

 

Always consult with a healthcare professional to determine the type of products that are safe for you during your pregnancy.

10 Expert Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

From bold ringlets to effortless beach waves, we’re all about embracing your hair’s natural texture. The only thing is, that texture is often accompanied by a side of frizz. While there’s nothing wrong with rocking a few flyaways (they’re only natural, after all), we suspect you’re reading this article because you’re keen to keep your locks looking smooth and shiny.

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While you probably know exactly what frizz looks like, you may not yet understand what it is and why it happens. When your hair’s cuticle is lifted, moisture can penetrate the strand – causing it to swell up and become ‘frizzy’. That’s why you notice your hair reach peak frizz in the rain or humidity.

So, what’s the solution to keeping your hair free of frizz and full of oomph? Here are 10 effective ways to keep frizz at bay.

 

Pick a Nasty-Free Shampoo

Sulfates are your hair’s arch nemesis, so try and keep them away from your cherished tresses. Shampoos that hide sulfates as an ingredient work away at stripping and dehydrating your strands, which is not what you want when you’re looking to lock in moisture. For a natural, sulfate-free shampoo, try Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Shampoo.

 

Use a Nutrient-Rich Conditioner

When warding off frizz, the key is to keep good moisture inside your hair cuticles so that they don’t go looking for outside sources of moisture (hello humidity). Get friendly with a nutrient-dense, vitamin-packed conditioner that will hydrate and nourish your strands from root to tip. We recommend the Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Conditioner.

 

Masque More Than You Do Now

Hair masks are so important for thirsty, frizz-prone hair. Feeding your hair a weekly masque will fill the holes in your hair shaft that penetrate moisture in the air that result in frizz. Raw Sugar’s Healing Power Hair Masque in Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Agave has a formula that is made with ColdPressed ingredients that helps to repair overworked hair that’s in need of a little raw lovin’.

 

Skip your Next Shampoo Day

Psst. You’re about to learn a pretty big secret. You don’t actually need to wash your hair every day to keep it clean. Most conditioners include ingredients that cleanse your hair, so skip every second shampoo day and only condition instead to avoid your hair getting stripped of its essential oils.

 

Brush from the Bottom Up

Well-hydrated hair blocks humidity from reaching it. So next time you brush, flip your head down and do so from the bottom up. This will distribute the natural oils from your scalp into your ends – resulting in healthier looking locks.

 

Switch to a Silk Pillow

Cotton pillows tend to suck moisture out of your skin and hair. To help retain healthy levels of moisture, switch to a silk pillowcase. If that’s not an option, try a silk scarf around your pillow and let your frizz-free hair reap the benefits.

 

Wait a While Before Blow-Drying

It may sound counterintuitive, but blow-drying your hair can actually cause frizz to become worse. Too much heat on your strands will dehydrate them, especially if they’re soaking wet. If you have time, try to let your hair dry naturally before blasting hot air onto it – it’ll be left looking slicker and shinier.

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Make Pins Your Friend

If you’d like to avoid loading your hair up with too much product, try smoothing out flyaways with pins instead – especially if you’re rocking an up-do. Have a box on pins on hand and within easy reach for when you need them.

 

Use the Body Lotion Trick

If you get caught in the rain, or if it’s a particularly humid day, avoid frizz from wreaking its havoc on your hair with a simple pump of hand or body lotion. Tie your hair up in a ponytail, squeeze some lotion into your palm, and smooth the ends of your hair out with it – being careful to run your fingers through it gently. It will look beautifully poised and polished.

 

Wrap It Up Into a Bun

Hot tools and hair appliances aren’t the best for your hair’s health. Keep it natural by wrapping your hair up into a bun while it’s still damp and allow it to dry up there. You’ll get beautiful, natural waves minus the frizz – or burnt out strands.

 

Spring Clean Your Bathroom in Less Than an Hour

Spring is almost upon us, and along with the flowers, pollen and sunshine – this season means it’s time to do all the cleaning we’ve been putting off for the past three seasons.

 

And while that’s not exactly exciting, the feeling of accomplishment you get after a good spring clean are priceless.

 

The first place to start your spring clean is the bathroom. Why? Because it’s probably full of stuff you don’t really need anymore.

 

To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up a few easy ways to clean out your bathroom in less than an hour. Yep, you read that right. Your bathroom will be looking fresh in less than the time it takes you to watch a movie.

 

 

Keep the must-haves, but refresh where needed

We all need cleaning tools – they’re essential for the health and hygiene of our bathrooms. Keep the essentials you use that are still in good shape, and get rid of anything that’s seen better days in favor of a new item. Trust us, the small investment will be totally worth it.

 

Say sayonara to the harsh chemicals

Did you know there are so many effective cleaning ingredients hiding in your pantry right now? Instead of inhaling harsh chemicals like bleach, why not use lemon, vinegar or bicarb soda to clean your bathroom? It’s an easy way to free up space (where bottles of chemicals would once go) and ensure your home is a haven of health.

 

Beauty reboot

 

All those empty bottles on the shower floor? They’ve got to go. The ones on the windowsill too. And even in they’re not empty, if you haven’t used a shampoo, face wash, or body wash in a few months – it’s probably time to let it go.

 

Clear out any unnecessary decor

An empty diffuser. A dust-coated candle. An artificial plant. Bathrooms are a retreat – a place to go to refresh and rejuvenate, so they shouldn’t be filled with anything that can’t be used. Move, or give away, any decor that doesn’t serve a purpose other than collecting dust. It’ll make the space feel lighter, and make cleaning a lot easier.

Organize, organize, organize

Give everything in your bathroom a home. Use a cabinet organizer to store beauty products and cleaning products, and use a caddy in the shower for your shampoos, treatments, and body washes. Keep the cabinets looking tidy, and if you keep towels in the bathroom – place them somewhere they’ll be easy to reach.

 

Get down and dirty

Finally, it’s wipe-down time. Using your natural cleaning products, a sponge, cloth and cleaning brush, get into all those hard-to-reach places and give the entire room a thorough clean. If you work from the back of the bathrooms forward, you can do this strategically and quickly – it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to have the whole place sparkling.

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