The top 7 healthiest breakfasts you can eat, according to nutritionists

Ah, breakfast. The most controversial meal of the day. Some argue it’s the most important, others will tell you to skip it altogether. The truth is, however, that it’s completely up to you and your body.

Some people feel nauseated after breakfast, while others use it as fuel for the day. Some have it first thing in the morning, while others wait until 10 or even 11am for their first feed. Then there are the people who LIVE for breakfast. The ones who think of sleep simply as a time machine to their scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. The ones who are first in line at the local café on a Saturday morning. The ones who think a world without breakfast is a world not worth living in.

So if you love breakie, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 healthiest you can eat to keep you running at your most efficient for the rest of the day. Because, let’s face it, a bagel and orange juice just won’t cut it.

1. Avocado on toast

Not all carbs are bad. Especially if they’re topped with a silky green slices of avocado. Opt for a rye, brown or multi-grain bread rather than white, and be generous with your avo. The healthy fats and fiber in this meal mean you’ll be full for a while, but your blood sugar levels won’t be compromised. Add some lime juice for extra flavor, and tahini or black sesame seeds for a little more protein.

2. Eggs

Whether you like ‘em boiled, poached, scrambled or baked – eggs are breakfast gold. Loaded with protein (6 grams a piece, to be exact, eggs are easy enough to prepare that even the most amateur of cooks can perfect them. Pair them leafy greens, tomatoes and mushrooms, or a slice of whole grain bread. And don’t skip the yolk – it’s full of good fats, vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium.

3. Homemade smoothie

A morning smoothie is an awesome way to get your daily fruit and veggies in before the day even begins. To make a well-balanced smoothie, try whizzing together some leafy greens like spinach or kale, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a nut butter for some healthy fat, and a little bit of fruit like kiwi, banana or blueberries. Add some non-dairy milk (almond works a treat!) and there you have it – a quick, easy and filling smoothie. Add a handful of organic oats for extra satisfaction.

4. Bircher muesli

This one’s super easy because you can just throw all the ingredients together the night before, and it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the morning. Use rolled oats, top with your favorite fruits, some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and a drizzle or organic honey for a scrumptious and sweet breakfast that’ll keep your batteries charged for hours.

5. Chia pudding

Chia seeds are a superfood for a reason – they’re super nutritious, and super high in fiber. So high, in fact, that just one ounce equals an impressive 11 grams of finer per serving. They’re also high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – perfect for vegans. To make chia pudding, mix half a cup of berries, some coconut flakes, and a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to set in the fridge overnight. The next morning you’ll have a bright bowl of goodness waiting for you.

6. Oatmeal

Love cereal? Oatmeal is the healthy alternative. Made from ground oats, it contains a unique fiber called beta-glucan which helps to reduce cholesterol and keep you fuller, longer. It’s also packed with antioxidants, and has even proven to have anti-inflammatory effects!

7. Mexican breakfast bowl

This is one where yumminess is definitely on the menu. Think sliced, hard-boiled eggs, black or kidney beans, cubed tofu, lemon juice, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and avocado. It’s a scrumptious medley of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Delicious.

Top 5 Pantry Foods that Double as Natural Cleaners

If you often end the week with a froster full of vegetables that hasn’t been touched and bowl full of fruit you haven’t eaten – you’re not alone. In fact, around 25% of our total grocery shop ends up in the trash. That means that almost a quarter of all foodstuffs we buy go to waste.

But, alas, there is a solution. Why not turn uneaten foods into natural cleaning products? Aside from minimizing waste, this strategy has other benefits too. By using all-natural household products, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to unnecessarily harsh chemicals – particularly in the kitchen. It’s safe, it’s eco-friendly, and importantly – it works.

Without further ado, here are our top 5 most effective natural cleaners.

1. Lemon

With its medley of antiseptic and antibacterial properties, lemon has the natural strength to kill germs and even remove stains. Their high acidity levels mean they can also act as a bleaching agent – so they’re perfect for brightening up bathroom and kitchen tiles. Mix lemon juice with water to form mother nature’s ultimate cleanser and use it to wash dishes, surfaces and wipe off stains.

2. Vinegar

Much like lemon, vinegar is high in acidity – so it’s powerful in killing germs and warding off nasty bacteria. Simply mix one part vinegar to two parts water in a large spray bottle, and there you have it – a brand new, healthy and natural surface cleaner. For really tough cleaning, just use it straight outta the bottle.

3. Banana peel

Here’s one that might surprise you; banana peel! Instead of tossing your banana peel into the trash, make a beeline for the cutlery drawer. Simply blend the skins with a little bit of water to form a paste and use it to polish your silverware – we promise you it’ll be shinier than ever.

4. Tea bags

Tea is full of tannins, which means it’s super effective in polishing wooden surfaces like cabinets and floors. Just make sure you allow them to cool first. BONUS: If you want to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean, keep some Green Tea leaves inside it to eliminate any nasty odors!

5. Salt

Got some scrubbing to do? Reach for the salt. Salt works really well as an abrasive cleaner – use it to remove gunk from pans, showers, and floors. When you mix salt with a little bit of water, however, you crate a saline solution that works really well to remove stains from the carpet and clothes.

Beauty on the road: how to take your Raw Sugar skincare routine travelling

Discovering a brand new place in the world is the one of the most wondrous experiences life has to offer. But, sadly, it’s so often is the case that when we arrive at our destination after hours of travel – our skin doesn’t quite match the level of excitement we feel. In fact it can appear dull, exhausted, and just downright unhappy. And it has good reason to – planes are depressurized so the air pulls the moisture right out of your face, leaving it dehydrated and desperately thirsty for some sweet TLC.

That begs the question – how do you avoid a travel skincare disaster and incorporate your usual Raw Sugar skincare routine into travel time? Follow our guide to beauty on the road and your skin won’t even know it has entered a new timezone. Promise.

1. The night before

The evening before a big trip plays a crucial role in how smoothly your vacay will go. Have you packed everything you need? Dropped the dog off at the sitter’s? Charged your laptop? It’s totally make or break. Same goes for your skin. Make sure your complexion is well-prepped ahead of travel by thoroughly cleansing with a Raw Sugar Facial Cleanser, sloughing away dead skin cells with our Facial Polish, and feeding it a big spoonful of moisture with our Complete Facial Moisturizer. This will allow your skin to build up its natural barrier and be equipped with the tools to fight that dreaded in-flight dryness.

2. Inside-out hydration

There’s no better way to feel good ahead your trip than to nourish and hydrate your body. Drink lots (and lots) of water, and fill up on antioxidant-rich foods such as citrus fruits, leafy greens, and berries. Yummy.

3. Beauty on-board

Make sure your on-board beauty kit is on-point. Stock up on some mini travel-friendly bottles or tubs (airplanes don’t allow anything over 3.4 ounces (100 ml) on board). Fill them up with Raw Sugar’s Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand Sanitizer (for keeping hands germ-free before meals and before-and-after bathroom breaks), and Body Butter. Place all your items in one clear bag for easy access.

Hot tip: it’s a good idea to buy travel bottles that come with ready-made labels – that way, you know you won’t confuse your facial moisturizer with your body butter.

4. Fresh-faced, baby!

Once you’re on-board and ready to get really comfy with a movie, novel, or some well-earned sleep – take the time to gently wash all traces of your makeup off with Raw Sugar’s Reviving Facial Cleanser. This is prevent your pores from clogging and give your skin some breathing space.

5. Moisturize… and then moisturize some more

This one goes for both face AND body, sugar. If you want to ward off skin dryness and dehydration – you’ll need to bring your moisturizing A-game with you. After you’ve carefully cleansed your face to wash off any makeup or oils, apply our Complete Facial Moisturizer liberally. Don’t be shy to re-apply throughout the duration of the flight – your skin needs all the moisture it can get in a depressurized cabin! You’ll also want to slather our Body Butter all over – paying extra careful attention to hands, elbows and knees.

6. Skip the junk… and the wine

When you’re on a long flight and you’ve exhausted your personal film-watching quota, it can be tempting to kill time (and boredom) with a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate. Alcohol will only dehydrate your body and sugar will make you crash – not in a good way, in a groggy and tired way. Stick to water and healthy snacks to keep your skin hydrated and yourself refreshed.

7. Start fresh

And then, when you’ve arrived where you were going – you get to do it all again! Yipee!

Raw Sugar’s top 10 most frequently asked questions

Buying skincare online can be a nerve-racking experience. What if it doesn’t work? What if it makes you break out? What about the company’s policies on animal-testing? There are so many questions that loom large – but don’t fret, because Raw Sugar won’t do any of those things. Instead, we’ll answer all your pressing questions – and be totally open about the answers.

We’ve been asked plenty of things in the time we’ve been around, and we definitely notice that there are certain questions that pop up time and time again – the things our customers seem to be really interested in. Well, here they are, all in one place, all answered, all honest. Let’s take it away.

Is your glycerin derived from animal fat or plant-based? And if animal, what animal?

You’ll be pleased to learn that NO, our glycerin is not derived from animal fat – we use a plant-based vegetable glycerin in our products. Raw Sugar is cruelty-free and proud of it.

Is Raw Sugar vegan?

Yes! All our products are vegan except for one – our Raw Sugar Facial Polish as it contains honey. That said, we have plenty of customers who lead vegan lifestyles and love Raw Sugar!

Are your products gluten free?

Yup! They sure are. You won’t find any traces of gluten in our products.

What exactly does the ingredient listed as ‘fragrance’ contain?

Good question. Our proprietary fragrances are made from a combination of naturally-derived essential oils along with synthetic ingredients, without the use of any nasty toxins such as: Parabens, Phthalates or Sulfates.

Are Raw Sugar products hypoallergenic?

Hmmm, as with any tricky skin concerns – we recommend having a discussion with your physician on what products are safe to use on your skin. We do not make any claims about our products being hypoallergenic.

Do you ship worldwide?

Not yet – but we’re working on it! We really want you to have some #rawlovin wherever you are in the world, so we are currently in discussions with several retailers internationally and will be announcing more information about this in the near future. Watch this space.

Can I purchase Raw Sugar in any shops?

Yes! Raw Sugar is available at Target – just look for the bamboo tops and white bottles in the skincare aisle.

7 incredible ways lemon can save your skin

You may love lemons, but lemons will always love you more.

Good for you inside AND out, lemons are the ultimate fruit-bowl beauty fix. This humble fruit that you can simply pluck from your pantry not only benefits your skin when you consume it – it’s super-effective when applied topically, too. A natural toner and cleanser, lemons will brighten your complexion, banish oily skin and rejuvenate texture.

Rich in Vitamin C, lemons are beneficial in reducing the appearance of age spots, healing blemishes and removing dead skin cells. Basically, lemons are skincare sunshine.

Here are the top 7 ways in which lemons are your ultimate skincare savior – we guarantee they’ll get you loading up on citrus!

1. They can heal acne and ward off blackheads.

Lemons have great antibacterial and antifungal properties, which mean they’re effective in treating acne. To apply lemon to your face gently, simply dilute fresh lemon juice with water and apply via a cotton pad. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can just rub an open lemon into your skin – focusing on areas where blackheads nest.

2. They lighten scars and dark spots.

Acne scars – the bane of many an acne-sufferers’ existence. They seem to stick around forever, long overstaying their welcome on our skin. Lemon juice can help. The citric acid found in lemon gradually fades spots and works to even out your skin tone. Voila!

3. They reduce oil.

Greasy skin, be gone! Lemons are great at keeping oil at bay. Simply use lemon water as a toner before applying your moisturizer at night and you’ll be sure to notice a difference in shine levels.

4. They brighten your complexion.

The abundant vitamin C content in lemon increases collagen production, which restores skin elasticity for a smoother, brighter, younger-looking complexion. It even works to protect skin from free-radical damage – and its powerful astringent properties tighten the skin and help fight wrinkles and fine lines.

5. Reduces stretch marks.

Stretch marks happen, and they’re nothing to be ashamed of! If they’re causing you concern, you can try lemon as a natural way to reduce their appearance. Its mild acidic properties help skin to sweep off dead skin cells and form new, fresh ones – removing the layers of stretch-marked skin, one at a time.

6. Treats dandruff.

Lemon is good for the skin on your scalp, too! Lemon juice can treat dandruff and control itchiness on the scalp. It works to balance out the pH level of the skin on your head and decreases excess oil secretion – two of the main causes of dandruff. While its at it, lemons’ antifungal and antibacterial properties help fight scalp infections. A multi-talented little fruit, indeed.

7. Restores moisture.

Hey, think twice before throwing away that lemon peel! Lemon peel help to enhance hydration and softness in skin. Use it to rub on dry or scaly skin – its citric and plant acids will shed dead skin, stimulate growth and restore moisture.

So, have you made your way to the citrus section of your local supermarket yet?

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Top 5 secret ingredients for glowing skin

Sure, you could spend all your money on a ton of high-end creams and serums. You could try every product on the shelf at your local drugstore. You could even give into skincare trends and purchase that “revolutionary” new cleanser everyone’s talking about. Or, you could simply walk over to your fridge – because some of the most potent (yet gentle) ingredients for radiant, glowing skin are kitchen staples with uses you had no idea about.

Yes, these humble kitchen ingredients may have the advantage over way-too-pricey over-the-counter skincare. They’re natural, they’re not too pricey and – most pertinently – they work.

1. PAPAYA

Sweet, sweet papaya. Aside from being utterly fresh and delicious (and transporting us to the tropics) – papaya is skincare gold. It’s loaded with anti-oxidants and helps guard your skin cells from damage.

How to use it?

There are a variety of ways – the easiest being rubbing the insides of the fruit onto your face for an enzyme facial. Alternatively, you can mix it with pineapple, oil or honey for a nourishing mask.

2. SUGARCANE

Ah, the much underrated suagarcane. Sugarcane contains possibly one of the most powerful ingredients for youthful, supple, glowing skin – glycolic acid. A type of Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), glycol acid works cogently exfoliate the top layer of your skin – shedding it of unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the plump, fresh layer underneath – and stimulate new cell growth.

How to use it?

Mix equal parts lemon juice, sugarcane juice, apple juice and coconut milk and apply it to the face and neck. Let it sit on the skin for 15-20 minutes.

3. PINEAPPLE

Whether or not you like it on pizza is one thing, but there’s something about pineapple you can’t deny – it works wonders for skin. Pineapple all but eliminates congestion. It contains bromelain which is an enzyme that sweeps away dead skin cells – the major cause of tired-looking, congested skin.

How to use it?

Make a mask out a cup of pineapple, half a cup of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of are sugar – together, this combination with restore radiance and harmony to your skin.

4. MUSLIN

Muslin – an oldie but a goodie. You may have heard celebrities like Kate Moss and Kate Middleton applauding the modest muslin cloth for its skin-enriching benefits – so why is muslin such a well-kept, high-powered beauty secret? The finely woven texture of muslin is an excellent exfoliant for skin – but it’s also super gentle, and allows you to control the press and rhythm at which you circle. These eco-friendly cloths increase circulation to the face, getting rid of dead skin to reveal a younger, bouncier complexion.

How to use it?

Wet cloth under warm water and use to wipe away your cleanser using a circular massage motion. Rinse it thoroughly after use and allow to air dry.

5. MANUKA HONEY

Incorporating Manuka honey into your skincare regimen is like giving it a nourishing bowl of broth when it’s not feeling too well – it’s comforting, soothing and works a treat to make it feel (and look) better. Packed with vitamins B, C and live enzymes, Manuka honey works to heal acne through its anti-inflammatory properties, repairs cellular damage in skin to reduce scarring, hydrates and moisturizes to combat wrinkles and signs of ageing.

How to use it?

Simple. Just apply it to your face as a mask for about 15-20 minutes and voila! Healthy, happy glowing skin is yours.

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Crafted and produced in sunny SoCal, Raw Sugar Living is a natural lifestyle brand on a mission to promote clean and healthy living through products that are good for the body and nourish the soul.

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