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October 2013

5 Reasons You NEED Rosemary

Herbs just don’t get all the wonderful credit they deserve, huh?. Take Rosemary, for example. Rosemary is a fragrant and flavorful  herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. Although it is typically used in cooking, it has so many other benefits! So many that you just may find yourself using Rosemary more often then you think…

Rosemary

1.Skin

Rosemary contains anti-inflammatory properties that help promote blood circulation. It also helps reduce the severity of current acne and prevents new blemishes from forming. Try creating your own rosemary toner by bowling a few sprigs of rosemary in water. Allow the mixture to cool before removing the rosemary. Apply the cooled mixture to a freshly washed face.

 2.Relaxation

This herb doesn’t just belong in your cooking, but also in your home. Try hanging rosemary leaves around the home or hanging a bag of rosemary in your shower. The hot steam from the shower will help release the calming aroma.

3.Hair Growth

Just like the to the wondrous skin benefits, rosemary also promotes blood circulation and stimulation on the scalp. Adding the essential oil of rosemary to your shampoo and/or conditioner can help improve hair growth. Also try rinsing your hair with rosemary tea for a refreshing rinse!

4.Digestion

Upset stomach? The best way to ease digestion is with rosemary tea.  The warm tea can reduce any cramping or discomfort you may be having.

5.Detoxification

Rosemary contains antioxidants! This herb attacks those free radicals that promote disease and aging. Consuming rosemary may be the key to getting a cleaner and healthier body on the inside.
Have you noticed any benefits from using Rosemary?

Let us know!

 

Peace, Love, Coconuts

-Nalani

A New Workout for Women?

Piloxing. Heard of it?

Although not exactly “new” seeing as how it’s been around for a few years, this workout for women is definitely growing in popularity. As with most trends, this workout has swept Hollywood and is now making its way throughout the general population.  Created by Viveca Jensen, Piloxing is meant to empower women while getting them in great shape. Sporting weighted Piloxinggloves and bare feet for this 60-minute hybrid workout, women perform a combination of boxing, dance, and pilates moves through high intensity intervals. 

What do you get from Piloxing?

  • A huge calorie burning & total body workout to shed fat
  • A fun and exciting workout with no room for boredom to keep you coming back
  • Firm & toned muscles
  • A great cardiovascular workout

You can purchase your own set of Piloxing DVD’s and work out in the comfort of your own home, or join a class at a gym offering Piloxing.

Click HERE for a video preview of this hot new workout.

For more information about Piloxing and to find a class in your area, check out the official website >>>PILOXING

Tried it or want to? Comment below and tell us what you think about Piloxing??

~ Letisha

Homemade Squash & Almond Butter Soup

Brown & Coconut is obsessed with everything about fall, including all of the hearty comfort food. However for many people with dietary restrictions, it can be hard to do just that. I often hear that a vegetarian or vegan-based diet doesn’t seem filling or hearty, but that’s definitely not the case!

I have a recipe that not only is the perfect dish to have during the fall season, but it is super hearty and filling!

This Squash Almond Butter Soup is vegan, gluten free, and dairy free.

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INGREDIENTS

½ squash
1 clove of garlic
½ red bell pepper
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp curry
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sage
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp almond butter
3 cups water

DIRECTIONS:

In a small pot, boil 3 cups of water and chop squash into 1 inches blocks as well as red bell pepper. Add squash to water and boil for 15 minutes. When squash feels mash-able remove from heat and pour into a blender (along with water), add red bell pepper. Blend until smooth and return to pot. Add spices and almond butter and stir until well combined. Let cook for 3 minutes, then remove from heat. Serve with a garnish of sliced almonds on top.

Now this thick soup on its own is filling because of the fibrous squash and protein rich almond butter, but adding a side dish of sautéed greens beans and Portobello mushroom is sure to please.

 

*Helpful hint: This meal goes great with a hard apple cider that will definitely get you into an autumn mood. 

Hope you enjoy! ~ If you try our recipe, come back and leave a comment, telling us what you think!

Peace, Love, & Coconuts.

~ Nalani

A Healthier Halloween

If it were up to me, I would BAN Halloween FOREVER!!!

Just kidding!! But, in all seriousness, I would swap the junk & chemical-filled candy out for natural and organic treats! Think about it, we are the adults here, not the little humans walking around all dressed up with halloween buckets and pillowcases ringing our doorbells late at night..jackolantern

I do think Halloween it’s a fun holiday, I’ve always liked it, especially the scary movies! As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve begun to think, as the purchasers of all of this candy, we should do better and make better choices for these little defenseless beings. Wouldn’t you agree?

It’s sad that most “mainstream candy/chocolate” is not made with the best ingredients OR intentions! They are manufactured with 1 goal, to make money, even if that means compromising the quality of the product and the health of the consumer. Ingredients in these confections, like hydrogenated oils (trans fat) and artificial flavoring (chemicals!), can wreak havoc on our bodies.

While handing out broccoli and carrot sticks would be the ideal healthy solution to this sugar-filled holiday, I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t fly with the little ones and you’d probably be labeled “that weird house” on the halloween strip.

So, what can we do to have a healthier Halloween? Well for starters, we can stop buying crap-filled candy. There, I’ve said it! There are natural and organic options out there that are equally as delicious and made with REAL quality ingredients. Not to mention, you don’t have to break the bank to get them!

What are they you ask?? Read on…

 

Candy Options for a Healthier Halloween

 

1) Equal Exchange Chocolate Minis $35.00 per box of 150organic-chocolate-minis-display-milk-with-a-hint-of-hazelnut_1

Choice of either Milk or Dark Chocolate minis, this treat is made from organic ingredients and comes to about 23 cents per bar! You could probably get away with buying just one box for the night. For comparison, most “fun size” candy/chocolate bags sold at drugstores & supermarkets contain 20 pieces and run for around $5 ($0.25 per piece) and 50 piece bags run for about $10 ($0.20 per piece)

2) Surf Sweets Mini Organic Gummies – $30.00 for 60 bags

With another option of  getting 15 mini bags for $8.25, this sweet treat can satisfy any lover of all things gummy!

3) Yummy Earth Lollipops – $3.99 for 33 pops

A mixed bag of yummy lollipops and a quality option for trick-or-treaters.

halloween-milk-chocolate-foil-pumpkin-balls-2004) Thompson Candy Co. Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Balls – $5.99 for 35 balls

How adorable! What kid wouldn’t love these??

5) – OCHO Organic Mini Candy Bars – $33.33 for 70 mini bars

Available in coconut, peanut butter, peppermint, & caramel!

For more natural candy options check out the Natural Candy Store online!

What are you buying this Halloween??

~ Letisha

Cheap Long-lasting Manicure…at Home!

There is nothing like a long-lasting manicure. We have all had that feeling of joy at the end of the day after looking at our nails and seeing NO chips! I mean, who wants to spend all that time filing, cutting and painting only to see that one dreaded, awful chip! Dramatic? I think NOT!

Well, have no fear, my friends! Achieving a cheap, long-lasting manicure at home is as easy as pie! You really only need 3 products: Base Coat, Polish, Top Coat. Boom. You’re done. Okay, well there is a bit more…

The trick lies in the type of polishes you buy. Trust me, there are a lot of nail polishes that will chip without any form of topcoat. Heck, I’ve even had topcoats that chip!

My favorite brand is Essie. Yes, it does chip eventually, but it paints beautifully. With that said, I have found that Sally Hansen has the best base coat and topcoat. The base coat helps the Essie polish stick. Let’s not forget to mention it makes your nails SUPER strong. Side not—if you suffer from brittle nails, pick up a bottle! You won’t regret it.

After the base coat and polish, you’re going to need an awesome top coat. Why hello again, Sally Hansen! The Mega Shine topcoat literally leaves your nails looking like gel nails. It dries super fast and prevents chipping and those annoying bumps and lumps!

 manicure

Ready for your cheap, long-lasting manicure??

Here’s what your going to need:

  • Base Coat—Sally Hansen Triple Strong Strengthener
  • Essie Polish (or your favorite brand)
  • Top Coat—Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat

Another tip?

Think 2-2-1.

 2 Coats of Triple Strong Strengthener + 2 Coats of Essie + 1 Coat of Mega Shine

= Long-lasting Manicure

🙂

Whats your favorite way to have a long-lasting manicure??

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

 

-Zeena

8 Reasons to Eat More Pumpkin

It’s pumpkin season! Everywhere pumpkin is popping up: bagels, breads, coffee, lattes, teas, spreads, cookies, beers, soups, donuts, and so much more! While all of these are a tasty way to enjoy pumpkin, it serves a bigger and better purpose. It is actually incredibly healthy! Below I’ve highlighted the top 8 ways pumpkin is great and why you should add a little more pumpkin to your diet this fall. 🙂autumn-72294_640

1.    Vitamin E

This vitamin is great for helping the immune system and providing protection against certain cancers.

2.   Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for proper eye -sight and immune functions.

3.    Manganese

This mineral helps the body absorbs other key nutrients, keeps bones strong, balance sugar and hormone levels, and maintains nerve function.

4.    Beta-carotene

Beta-carotene is also an anti-oxidant that protects the body against free radicals and support brain functions.

5.    Iron

Iron is essential in cell function and assists muscles in using oxygen throughout the body.

pumpkins 6.     Zinc

Zinc, which is often added to foods, is important for cell function and essential in the early stages of human growth and development.

7.     Dietary Fiber

Regulates nutrients absorbed in the small intestine and promotes heart health by removing cholesterol from the body

8.     Potassium

Helps to regulate chemical balance in the body and other minerals. Potassium is responsible for muscle movements and impulses of nerves.

 

 

There are tons of ways to prepare and eat pumpkin so that you get all of its great benefits. Check out some websites below that can help!

Peace, Love, & Coconuts.

~ Nalani

Fall Festivities – Apple Picking!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons: the leaves, cool weather, holidays, pumpkin flavors, and most importantly APPLE PICKING! We were finally able to go before the season ended (although we missed the fabulous berries!). We had a lovely time and were even able to score some delicious hot apple cider and yummy apple pie!

pumpkins Beautiful, huge pumpkins!

photo 3Perfect pair of apples.

appleDeliciousness!

photo 1Washed and ready to eat!

Oh, and we also stopped by a beautiful neighboring beach. Perfect way to the end the day.

dockBeautiful day for the beach.

stairsStairway to the beach.

photo 1Does it get more peaceful than this?

photo 4Clear skies.

Happy Monday!

Peace, Love & Apples (because we now have an endless supply.)

-Zeena

Exfoliating Coffee Face Mask!

coffee face mask

A few months ago I experimented with a coffee ground face mask and… I LOVED IT! The mask was invigorating, exfoliating, and smelled delicious! (If you love the smell of coffee, that is!). Since our featured ingredient for this month is coffee, what’s better than sharing this amazing Exfoliating Coffee Face Mask?

 

Some of the incredible benefits of topical application of caffeinated coffee to skin:

  • UV Protection from sun rays that may cause skin cancer
  • Full of antioxidants that fight the free radicals in skin cells
  • Works as a vasoconstrictor (constricts blood cells) which firms and tightens complexion
  • Diminish dark under eye circlesreduces blood buildup under eyes
  • Reduces redness/inflammation of skin
  • Exfoliate dead skin cells
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Tightens fines lines (may reduce appearance of cellulite) by moving fluid out of cells
  • Anti-carcinogenic benefits

To make the Exfoliating Coffee Face Mask you’ll need:

  • Coffee
  • Milk
  • Raw Honey

Mix the coffee groundsmilk, and honey until a thick paste forms. I didn’t exactly measure the ingredients, but added enough of each until it reached the desired consistency. Apply the coffee paste to a freshly washed face and allow to sit for however long you desire (20 minutes or so should be enough time). I left mine on for about 2 hours (I am easily distracted, plus I forgot I had the mask on!). Then, simply rinse the mask off with cool waterand pat skin dry. The mask rinses off very easily and does not leave any brown discoloration, but you may smell a bit like coffee!

I loved the results I had with this mask. My skin instantly looked and felt refreshed and calm.  I did not experience any irritation whatsoever. I can’t wait to add this mask into my weekly routine!

What do you guys think? Do you love the Exfoliating Coffee Face Mask? Comment below!

Peace, love & coconuts!

~Zeena

Stand at Work, Pain Free!

standing all day

The popularity of a standing desk is on the rise, as our society becomes increasingly health conscious. While a standing desk is certainly better than sitting all day at work, it can also come with its own set of physical concerns.

Pain in the feet, legships and back are most common and can all develop from standing for extended periods of time. This can be quite frustrating for someone who may be trying to lead a healthier lifestyle by making changes in their daily habits.

So, what can be done to help remedy or even prevent this troublesome pain??

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Place a comfortable padded mat on the floor.
  • When standing, shift positions to prevent putting too much pressure on any one spot of your body.
  • Use a small step stool or small box as a footrest to alternate resting each of your legs while standing on the other leg.
  • Use a standing desk that can bear your weight so you can lean/rest your elbows on the desk to give your lower half a rest.
  • Alternate sitting and standing.
  • Go for walks during the day if you can or at least during your lunch break.
  • Rest with your legs elevated at the end of the day.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • If overweight, weight-loss is suggested to prevent exerting too much weight/pressure on the lower extremities.

Do you stand at work? What are some of the things you do to prevent pain?

~ Letisha

6 Ways to Have the Best Night’s Sleep

It’s 11:55 PM. You’re determined to fall fast asleep before the clock strikes 12:00AM. You’ve tried counting endless sheep but nothing seems to be working! If this sounds like you, read on! You are a few tips and tricks away from having the BEST sleep of your life! Trust me!

sleep

1. Turn off the TV

How soon before bed do you watch TV? If you are trying to fall asleep soon after turning off your Sunday night show, don’t expect to fall asleep quickly! TV before bed can actually disrupt your sleep cycle and cause you to have a poor quality sleep. The remedy? Try reading a book in place of TV. After a few chapters I guarantee you will be nodding off!

2. Relaxing Tea

Tea is my absolute favorite way to fall asleep. My favorite kind is the Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea. After 1 cup of this tea I woke up feeling refreshed and energized after an amazing sleep! Chamomile tea is also a great way to relax. Silly note– make sure the tea is decaf!

yogi tea

3. Warm Bath

What’s more relaxing than a soothing bubble bath, right? If you find yourself struggling to catch your Z’s, try soaking in a warm bath. This is a lovely way to relax your mind and body. Adding Epsom Salts also helps to relax your muscles and soothe any aches and pains that may be keeping you awake at night. If you don’t like baths, try a warm shower!

4. Exercise during the day

You know that restless feeling you get during the night? I found that they best way to defeat it is to exercise during the day. Exercise helps by releasing that pent up energy in your body. Exercise also works by helping to defeat stress, which can cause restlessness at night. I mean, after a great workout who doesn’t want to hit the sheets??

5. Soothing scents

Lavender gets a lot of hype for being the ultimate herb for relaxation. My favorite body lotion by Nubian Hertiage ‘Lavender Wildflowers’ has the perfect hint of lavender which has amazing soothing properties. Try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite lotion to help relax your body and mind before bed.

lavender

6. Deep Breathing

“In through the nose, out through the mouth…” Deep breathing is a great way to relax your body and mind in order to fall asleep faster and have a better night’s sleep. It also helps to slow down your heart rate. Try focusing on your breathing rather than the endless thoughts going through your mind. Check out this great article for more deep breathing techniques for relaxation.

What are your favorite ways to make sure you have the best night’s sleep EVERY night?? Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena