Started a NEW Partnership with Sakara Life!! @sakaralife My link is here + code to save 20% is XOBYRD (new customers)!
This is a sneak peak of what I ate the past few days. Pear Pancakes, Winter Salad with Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato. Warm Winter Risotto. All were delicious. All were 10/10. I love trying new meals! December is a great time to try Sakara – life gets so hectic and days get busier somehow – food prep can move lower and lower on the list of to-do’s. Sakara does it all for you.
WHAT IS SAKARA?
Sakara a wellness company anchored in food as medicine. They offer organic, gluten-free, plant-based ready-to-eat meal delivery service. Try the 10-day meal plan as a reset!! They also have a product line of vitamins, supplements, bars and other amazing things in the Clean Boutique (looking at you, popcorn)!
WHY DID I TRY SAKARA?
I’m getting back into a regular eating schedule, putting more plans into my diet and trying to kick sugar cravings. I also have been wanting to eat more plant-based, de-bloat and feel healthier in my own skin.
Guys… I am SHOOK! … All of the meals I had were 10/10. I love a gourmet salad more than anyone I know… and these lived up to the hype — everything was elevated, delish and obv healthy! The portion size of the meals are LARGE! Also it’s not typically food I purchase or make at home – they use more exotic ingredients & superfoods. Superfoods… that I honestly do buy, but never really figure out how to include in my meals because I’m very lazy.
Definitely reduced bloat, and I felt SO much more ENERGY. I’m coming off a week of chaos after having the baby at home in quarantine with me (no personal space), but I literally feel like a different person. My skin is GLOWING, and sugar cravings have lessened. I’m also not eating snacks & crap with the kids all day long because I’m genuinely full. Lost even lots few lbs as well (bonus!)!!! Down 2.5 lbs, I’ll take it 🙂
OVERALL, I think Sakara is WORTH IT!
I re-learned how nourishing and delicious whole foods are + how much I was overeating animal protein. It was the perfect & convenient way to jumpstart eating more plant-based means and inspired me to create more recipes with organic, whole foods. I do plan to continue eating seafood, I also plan to have some days where I’m solely plant-based.
All things considered, Sakara was a worthwhile investment in MYSELF.
Reminder to use my code for 20% off your order (new customers)!
Extremely excited to announce my new partnership with Sakara Life!
For all new customers to Sakara, you can shop via my link and enter my code: XOBYRD at checkout for 20% off your first order!
Organic, gluten-free, plant-based nutrition! Some of the beautiful meals available on the weekly menu @ Sakara.
A little about Sakara:
Sakara Life is a wellness program that is anchored in food as medicine. We deliver plant-based nutrition in the form of ready-to-eat meals, snacks, and supplements nationwide, to help you feel like your best self. Our mission is to help people live their best lives through the power of food as medicine.
I <3 food and I love challenging myself to eat healthy on a daily basis. It’s a fun challenge because I’m constantly in the struggle/battle between eating pizza & chicken fingers while drinking wine VERSUS eating raw, organic salads with free-range chicken while drinking alkaline water, green tea with lemons and gluten free everything.
It’s an ULTIMATE STRUGGLE. I have a fat little adolescent boy’s appetite with a Type 1 Diabetic endocrine system and a mindset of a conscious, health-friendly 20-something who has no trouble indulging every now and again (everyday!). AHHHH.
So my dietician/nutritionist told me that every single time I consider putting a carb in my mouth, I must have a protein to complement it. Almonds have protein…OK! To satisfy my sweet tooth, I’ve become a major fan of McIntosh apples with Raw Organic Almond Butter. At over $20.00 per jar, this almond butter apple becomes a quite expensive “snack.” I know they make cheaper kinds, but this is the type that I like – if I’m going to do something, I do it full-bodied and hard-bodied. I don’t half-ass anything. Especially eating.
So I’ve found a way to make my own almond butter without spending a wad of money every other week.
Step 1: Buy Raw Organic Almonds from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. $4.99
Step 2: Pour almonds into food processor.
Step 3: Press button.
Step 4: Wait about 10-15 minutes (sometimes you have to scrape the sides of the food processor). See the process below…
Step 5: Remove your almonds (which have turned to butter with no added ingredients!) and place into glass jar.
Skincare is important because faces are noticed first – LE DUH!
Midway through my twenties (AHHH, I know!…calm down.. breathe) I’ve noticed that my skin is changing a bit. I’ve been recommended to try face oils instead of my typical face creams as moisturizers.
Oil products contain essential fatty acids that skin needs to stay hydrated. Oil also acts as a barrier, protecting against extreme temps (sunshine – for all of us sunbathers), dry climates & over-cleansing.
If you couldn’t already tell, I have a ridiculous obsession with skincare and beauty products. RMS Beauty has a TO-DIE-FOR beauty oil that after receiving a sample of – I ABSOLUTELY NEEDED.OBVI.
Here’s a little FYI about your face & oil. Skin oil is MUCH DIFFERENT than plant oils! RMS Beauty Oil bridges the gap between the two. SORRY THIS IS BORING, but I’ll give you a quick 411. When your oil content isn’t balanced, your skin starts pumping out sebum (basically it’s stuff that clogs pores & causes breakouts). Eww. SOOOO – when you cleanse your face a million times because you have breakouts, you’re stripping your skin’s natural oils. Your skin reacts by producing more oil to compensate for what’s been lost. That sucks, huh?! But it makes sense.
A quality face oil like RMS Beauty Oil will replenish your skin with essential fatty acids & moisture! Win. When the oil balance is back in check, those overactive sebaceous glands (yeah that’s a freakin’ weird word and no, I didn’t make it up) can take a break & your skin will get healthier and definitely clearer.
The RMS beauty oil is a higher end oil – and as with mostall of my opinions – quality is worth paying a higher price for. At $74.00 per bottle (I used a 20% off coupon code for Earth Day!), this oil is providing you with everything that your skin needs. All organically & naturally. AND IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT. You’ll only need about 3 drops to rub into your face (day & night), so your 30 mL bottle will go a long way!
There’s much to say about organic beauty products – like, they’re actually good for your skin! There’s also much to say about J.Crew…. And my obsession with it! J.Crew is featuring the “Signature J.Crew Model Glow” right now & basically, always.
These girls look effortlessly flawless – such clean, crisp and perfect faces. Just the right amount of dewiness to create a fresh look that will never go out of style. J.Crew reveals that their secret weapon to making these girls look this way — organic beauty line RMS Beauty, more specifically – the “Living Luminizer.”
“the models look like they are lit from within.”
Rushed to J.Crew.com to find out that they were sold out of this glorious goop. Luckily the RMS Beauty website was in stock, shipped immediately and I had my luminizer within 2 days! Now that is quality service.
Application – you’re going to want to only use a little bit! Apply with your fingers in a dabbing motion. It will feel a little thick or “dewy” at first. If you swipe it on, it will remove your foundation or other make-up. No swiping!
You’re going to want to dab the luminizer over the cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, inner corners of your eyes, direct center of your eyelids and right above the “cupid’s bow” in the center of your lips.
Brighter! I love showing DIY beauty tips/tricks because it just feels so much more OK to see it done on a “normal” DEFINITELY NOT NORMAL person than to see it done on a more than gorge J.Crew model. I look exactly like the J.Crew models in the look book below, right?! This wears really well throughout the day as well and I highly recommend it!
Getting in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day & month, I’ve compiled a list of all green things that I’m currently obsessed with. Hope you enjoy and get a little green love spirit in your life during the month of March.
1. Mint Leaves in Water
Adds a little bit of flavor to your typically boring water bottle & has great health benefits as well. Great for digestive tract and for IBS sufferers (me), great for skin, nausea, muscle pain and fresh breath!
2. Frozen Green Grapes
Sweet little snack that can help with diet cravings – pretend it’s like ice cream or something?!
3. Essie Nail Polish: Mojito Madness
Essie has a few really chic greens for the month of March. Mint Candy Apple is another fave!
4. Green Beans
Easy & healthy dinner option.
5. Green Sandals
These are cute from Nine West would be cute with a white or ivory sun dress and a camel colored bag during the summer.
6. Green Eggs
Scrambled eggs & avocado – one of my favorite breakfasts! No carbs, protein and healthy fats. Add S&P, a little hot sauce or Sriracha and you’re golden.
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Doesn’t this make you kind of happy?
8. Cucumber Eye Wraps
Help out those tired eyes – I’ve done these a few times and I don’t exactly see how it helps but it makes me feel pretty good while I’m doing so and gives a sense of relaxation. I’m about that life.
9. Green Sour Patch Kids
Green is overall a great flavored kid! I’m obsessed with SPK – it’s bad.
10. Green hair!! Kidding – but this Davines Shampoo & Conditioner combination is fantastic!
Infused with Spinach Extract and great for damaged hair! I use this and highly recommend. Smells fantastic too!
11. Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash
Another organic product I use daily – Eminence is amazing – great for sensitive skin and all natural. Leaves skin super smooth & soft.