Get This Must-Have Beauty Bag Now!

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It’s Beauty Week at Whole Foods and now is the time to stock up on body care essentials. From March 20 – 22, you’ll save 25% off facial care products – wow! I love that Whole Foods cares about our health, and as such, they do not sell any items that contain these dangerous toxins. I talk about eating a whole foods, plant-based diet with as many organic foods as possible, and I am also passionate about using high quality, organic, cruelty-free, non-toxic products on my skin. Our skin absorbs everything that we put on it, so it’s important that we read labels and look for items that are free of toxins. I also prefer to buy products that are cruelty-free and have not been tested on animals. It’s not fair for animals to suffer just so we can learn what we already know: toxic chemicals are dangerous and should be avoided. Why do bunnies need to go blind for this? They don’t! Pick up cruelty-free, non-toxic items like the ones in this Beauty Bag and be kind to yourself, animals, and the environment :).

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I went to Whole Foods this morning and picked up the Beauty Bag featured at the top of this post and I love it! The retail value of the bag is $60 but they’re selling it for just $18. I have already tried the Pacifica Naturals Lip Tint and it’s heavenly! It tastes and smells like vanilla and it has a very light pink tint. I will definitely buy this when I run out. Since the entire Beauty Bag is on sale right now for $18 and this Lip Tint alone is $7, I definitely feel like this is an amazing deal. This Lip Tint is 100% vegan, cruelty and paraben-free. A portion of proceeds support clean water, which is wonderful.

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I washed my face and applied this derma e microdermabrasion scrub ($29.25 – on sale) and it’s amazing! As you all know, I have my go-to exfoliator, but I truly enjoyed this scrub. It’s a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and I truly felt like it left my skin feeling clean and soft. I can’t wait to use it again! The microdermabrasion scrub that came in the Beauty Bag is 1/2 oz, while the one sold in stores and online is 2 oz. This microdermabrasion scrub is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free :).

TrilogyMoisturisingCream

After I exfoliated with the derma e scrub, I put on this Trilogy Moisturising Cream  ($44.00). The cream that came in the Beauty Bag is 35 ml, as opposed to the 50 ml tube that’s typically sold in stores and on their site. I usually use Organic Coconut Oil as a moisturizer, so it’ll be great to try something new for a while. This moisturizer works well and has marula and orange flower. I love that it feels light and I did notice that it hydrated my skin well. Like all of the products in the Beauty Bag, this moisturizer is cruelty-free. It’s also made with delicious, organic ingredients. You can read about Trilogy’s inspiring philosophy here.

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I have been a fan of Gabriel Cosmetics for a while, so I was thrilled to learn that there would be a Gabriel mascara ($15.20) in the Beauty Bag! I love that their products are vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. I recently purchased two amazing nail colors from them, so I will have to share pictures with you all!

AcureFacialMask

I haven’t tried this Acure Facial Mask ($15.99), but I can’t wait until I do! This is a cell stimulating facial mask that contains argan stem cell and chlorella growth factor. The instructions on the back of the tube say, “apply evenly over the face until you look like a green sea-monster” – ha! I’ll admit that the only face masks that I have tried have been made at home with avocado – and they were great! I’ll have to update you all after I try this, but I am loving that it is vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, paraben free, silicone-free, gluten-free, and synthetic fragrance free!

PacificaEyeShadow

The Beauty Bag either comes with Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint or a sample of their eyeshadow. Since I went with my mom, we were able to try both. The eyeshadow that came in my mom’s bag is Unicorn/Moonbeam. It’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without FD&C color, parabens, and petroleum. A portion of the proceeds that they make from their sales support clean water. Wow! I love companies that are good for me, animals, and the environment.

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The last product in the Beauty Bag is a sample of Giovanni’s 2chic Ultra-Repair Shampoo ($8.99). It’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It also contains blackberry and coconut. There are no parabens or lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is awesome. I haven’t used it yet, but I just smelled it and it smells incredible! I’ve been using Aubrey Organics Shampoo and Conditioner, but maybe I’ll love this and make a switch. I’ll probably stick to my Aubrey Organics Conditioner, because it’s amazing. I love putting it on the tips of my hair so that my hair will stay long and healthy.

There you have it! Hurry to your nearest Whole Foods and get your Beauty Bag now!

A Perfect Dessert Smoothie

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I absolutely love this smoothie! This blend of strawberries, pineapple, and coconut is perfect. I truly feel like I am on a gorgeous, tropical island when I am drinking this smoothie. I can honestly say that it makes the perfect dessert, as it’s refreshing, sweet, and satisfying. This is the same as my Tropical Island Smoothie – please try it and share it with friends and family. It’s so good that I feel that I have to share it again and again!

Spring Super Smoothies Workshop at Whole Foods Market

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Last  night I gave a health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena. The focus of the workshop was how to incorporate healthy, whole foods in our diet and I  made three different smoothies for people to sample. I am so happy to say that the workshop went well; everyone working at Whole Foods was kind and supportive. The audience was a pleasure to speak with, and I was so excited when Jay, the marketing manager said that he had never seen a group of people so engaged during a workshop at Whole Foods! I love to have interactive workshops, so I was thrilled to have so many people asking questions and being fully present during the presentation.

It’s always fun for me to meet new people who are interested in making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. During the workshop, people learned how different foods affect our health; many people were surprised by all the benefits we get from making simple additions to our diet, including eating more greens, berries, pineapple, coconuts, ground flaxseeds, raw cacao, and more. I had such a wonderful time and am grateful for this amazing opportunity. Below is a picture of all the yummy ingredients I used to make the smoothies:

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During the workshop, I made my Super Green Smoothie, Superfoods Smoothie, and Dessert Smoothie (which I also call my, “Tropical Island Smoothie” because it reminds me of being on vacation on a beautiful island :)).

If you missed last night’s workshop, but would like to attend another one soon, I’ll be giving a health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Porter Ranch on March 25th at 6:00PM. I would love to see you all there!

 

Join Me for a FREE Health Workshop at Whole Foods Market!

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Hi everyone!

I’m excited to share that I will be giving a FREE health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena! Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30PM and join me for an amazing talk, where I’ll be discussing the benefits of plant-based foods, such as kale, spinach, berries, pineapple, and more. I’ll also be sharing information about how to add more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet (without having to eat fish!). Since spring is just around the corner, I’ll be talking about how to transition into eating fresh, healthy, foods that are local and seasonal. When we eat locally and seasonally, we become in-tune with nature, and give our bodies lots of vitamins and minerals that are readily available in the fresh produce that surrounds us. As an added bonus, eating local and seasonal produce also saves money on your grocery bill!

If you gained weight during this winter season, now is the time to start shedding some of it off – and what perfect way to do so than by incorporating more healthy, delicious foods in your diet?

Come sample my smoothies, ask me questions, and learn more about how to be healthy and happy! You will have the chance to try my Super Green Smoothie, Superfoods Smoothie, and Dessert Smoothie – yum!

Whole Foods Market in Pasadena is located at:

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, Calif. 91107

The workshop will be in the conference room – I can’t wait to see you! For more information, please contact me at christinatanios@gmail.com.

Remember to RSVP as space is limited! Email: sp.pas.marketing@wholefoods.com and save your seat!

Love,

Christina <3

Top 12 Foods to Buy Organic

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I try to eat as much organic food as possible, but I don’t buy everything organic. Each year I wait for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to release the “dirty dozen” – the top 12 foods to buy organic. The list for this year is here so I want to share it with everyone! Hopefully this will help you make some changes when you’re at the grocery store, and you won’t feel at all overwhelmed when it comes to whether or not you should go organic.

Dirty Dozen:

1. Apples

Apples are often #1 on the dirty dozen list, so there is no surprise here. Go organic!

2. Strawberries

I would say that all berries should be bought organic; they’re sweet, get sprayed with several pesticides, and do not have a protective layer of skin on them. Te be on the safe side, go for organic berries, even when they’re frozen.

3. Grapes

I love grapes! I wait for them to be in season so that an organic option is more likely to be available.

4. Celery

This is a staple in my house since I add celery to salads and smoothies and I always go for the organic option – you should too!

5. Peaches

Peaches are so sweet and so delicious, it’s tempting to buy them whether they’re organic or not. But, they’re #5 on this year’s list of most contaminated food, so skip the commercial ones and pick up organic peaches.

6. Spinach

Be on the safe side and make sure that your spinach, kale, and lettuce are all organic.

7. Sweet Bell Pepper

Organic sweet bell peppers are usually easy to find, so get those whenever you can.

8. Nectarines (imported)

Every single sample of imported nectarines that was tested by the EWG tested positive for pesticides. Go organic!

9. Cucumbers

Almost everyone I know adds cucumbers to salads and sandwiches, so remember to buy organic to avoid exposure to pesticides. Also, people are tempted to peel the skin off of cucumbers, but I’d advise against this since this is where most of the nutritional value is, including fiber and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and silica.

10. Potatoes

Ever since I have been following the EWG’s list of top 12 dirty foods, potatoes are always on this list. I know that people love potatoes (I do too!), but we have to remember to buy organic potatoes whenever possible – commercial ones are filled with many pesticides.

11. Cherry Tomatoes

These little tomatoes are sweet and delicious! I buy organic ones from Trader Joe’s; they’re fairly priced and readily available.

12. Hot Peppers

I haven’t seen this one on the list yet, but apparently we should buy organic hot peppers!

Other things to keep in mind…

I’m not much of a coffee drinker myself, but if I were, I’d be sure to seek out organic, fair-trade coffee – and the same goes for chocolate (which I do love!). Whenever I want some dark chocolate, I get organic, fair-trade dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. I also keep a bag of organic raw cacao powder handy.

I hope this list helps. If you still feel overwhelmed, rest easy! I will post a list of the top 15 clean foods – foods that you don’t have to buy organic.

Are you trying to lead a healthier lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start? Is a trip to the grocery store confusing? Do you need someone who can help you reach your goals? Work with a Health Coach! Schedule a free initial consultation with me and I will create a program that is right for you!