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Organic Protein Muffin Recipe

This post contains a recipe for organic, no sugar added, gluten free, dairy free protein muffins.

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In an effort to create a healthy treat that can be eaten quickly and on the go, I played with some ingredients and came up with these organic, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added, protein muffins that I’m very excited about! I will also suggest how to make a vegan version (without eggs). Having these sitting in the kitchen will help encourage you to reach for a healthy treat versus snacking on junk.

Keep in mind, I did use measuring cups to record which measurements worked, but I also advocate taking a recipe and putting your own spin on it.

Here is what you need:

-A pinch of himalayan sea salt

-1/2 teaspoon organic Vanilla Extract

-3/4 cup of organic Coconut Flour

-1/2 cup Coconut oil or Coconut Butter (might have to pop it in the microwave to melt it enough to mix in)

-1/4 cup of organic Stevia

-1 scoop of Vanilla Raw Protein by Garden of Life

-1 scoop of Marley Coffee Raw Protein by Garden of Life

-2 eggs

-1-2 tablespoons of water (if needed: to make desired consistency)

Optional (to make a festive batch!)

-Add 4 small sweet potatoes to the mixture after they’ve been boiled (for about 5 minutes), chopped and blended. You could also use organic pumpkin! Make sure that if you buy canned pumpkin, it’s in a BPA free can (available at Whole Foods).

-You could also substitute chia seeds for the eggs if you are vegan!

Mixing:

-Combine wet ingredients separately from the dry ingredients, then combine them both together.

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Baking Instructions:

-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

-Muffins are tasty warm, or cold!

-Best if stored in the refrigerator after they cool

These muffins are entirely organic, gluten free, dairy free, protein dense and delicious! Using the stevia in place of sugar keeps the sugar content at bay.They make for a perfect snack in between meals. ENJOY!

Just Neem Organic Skin Care Review

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Just Neem Skin Care

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Wind & Sea Soap

Just Neem’s Description:

“Our ultimate bestselling scent is now available in an organic Neem soap made with organic oils! Wind & Sea Neem soap is made with a blend of powerful organic oils, rich antioxidants, Aloe Vera, and therapeutic Neem leaves. Ingredients and a fascinating combination of sweet and clean smelling fragrance oils work together to soothe and heal skin and senses. Wind & Sea Neem soap is a perfect bar for face and body! No Sulfates, Parabens, or Phthalates. Gluten free.

Ingredients:

Certified Organic Palm and Coconut Oil, Purified Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Neem, Aloe Vera, Essential and Fragrance Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I got to try a bundle of Just Neem products a few weeks ago that were a bit different than this soap in that they did not contain organic ingredients–were just free of harsh parabens, sulfates, etc. You can read that review here.

Having organic palm and coconut oil is a better base than the soap I tried before that was classified at “natural.” However, I still wish all of these ingredients were organic. It frustrates me a bit, frankly, that companies that are obviously ingredient conscious don’t go the extra mile to make sure that every ingredient they use is organic, yet they market the word “organic” with some of their products.

All of that said, this soap smells very nice and pleasant. I have it by my kitchen sink right now in my “soap rotation.” It is very tough on oil and grime on hands–almost too tough, as it dries out my hands if I lather up with too much of it. I would prefer it to be a bit more moisturizing.

I’d recommend this soap to someone looking for a slightly above average natural soap that provides a very thorough clean.

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Neem Clay Mask

Just Neem’s Description:

Purify Your Skin With Our Neem Clay Mask – Best Seller!

Featured on The Dr. Oz Show in February and June!

Our best selling, natural Clay Mask with Neem promotes clear and healthy skin. Made with the purest French clay, African Neem leaves, and hydrating oils, this natural clay face mask draws out skin impurities, tightens pores, as it deeply cleanses your facial skin.

The invigorating combination of Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils stimulates the skin and increases blood circulation to the skin’s surface, generating a youthful glow. Our Neem Clay Mask has also been used as a natural acne treatment. Read what others are saying!

Ingredients:

Aqua, Illite (French Clay), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Oil), Azadirachta Indica (Neem), Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Thought this mask feels nice on my skin, isn’t messy compared to a lot of masks and is a unique product, I can’t get past the fact that I wish these ingredients were all organic. This mask doesn’t contain a single organic ingredient, which is just plain discouraging to me.

I so badly wish that Just Neem would make an all-organic version of this. I would be in line to get it. I believe the idea and plants used in this mask are a neat idea that I haven’t seen before in a skin care product, they just are not delivered in an organic manner.

I’d recommend this to anyone wanting to take a step up from the mask they bought at the drug store, as it is free of a lot of harsh chemicals and does perform well as far as making skin feel clarified. I would not recommend this mask, though, to someone that is looking for an all organic mask.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Just Neem Body Care Review

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Just Neem Body Care

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Just Neem:

“JustNeem, LLC is a Body Care company based in Cary, NC, specialized in natural premium Neem products for body and skin care. JustNeem is a certified B-Corporation. B-Corporations are a new type of corporation, which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

From our profit we support job creation, economic development, Neem tree planting and ecological improvements in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania, West Africa. Read more aboutOur Mission. This year, 2012, we were recognized by B Lab as a “Best For the World” company for our efforts.

All products we make are with the finest cosmetic grade raw materials and contain naturally grown Neem and other pure ingredients that help sustain healthy and soothe irritated skin. Our Neem comes from our own orchards grown organically in the deserts of Africa.

JustNeem products are made with African Neem- and there is a reason for that. African Neem is known for its high concentrations of active ingredients that exert Neem’s healing and protective properties.

We know that you will love what Neem can do for your skin and enjoy using JustNeem Body Care products!”

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Wind & Sea Body Polish

Just Neem’s Description:

“Neem Body Polish is a rich blend of moisturizing oils, soothing Neem, and exfoliating sugar. With every wash this natural sugar scrub removes dead skin cells and leaves skin well nourished, smooth, and hydrated. Its organic oils comfort and rejuvenate the skin. Try it! You’ll love it! No Sulfates, Parabens, or Phthalates.

  • Soothing Neem
  • Sunflower, Coconut, and Grapeseed oil
  • Gently exfoliating sugar
  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Invigorating fragrances
  • No Sulfates, Parabens, or Phthalates
  • Gluten free

Sucrose (Sugar), Azadirachta indica and Helianthus Annuus (Neem-infused Sunflower Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Sodium Chloride, Liquid Castile Soap (Water, Potassium Oleate*, Potassium Cocoate*, Glycerin*, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Palm Kernel Acid, Potassium Citrate), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl  Glycol, Fragrance Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Iron Oxide.

*Made with USDA organic oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This body polish smells like taking a deep breath of ocean air. It is like having a little container of the beach with you in your shower.

The oily mixture and grittiness of this polish make it such a nourishing experience for your skin. The grit isn’t too abrasive, but just enough to remove the dead skin cells from the surface. I think this scent would appeal to both men & women, making it great to put in a shower for family or guests in your house (if you are nice enough to share such a treat!). 🙂

I love that Just Neem uses organic oils in this body polish. Most of the other ingredients are clean–as they do not use sulfates, parabens and phthalates (all harsh chemicals) in their product line.

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Coconut Soap

Just Neem’s Description:

“Saturate your skin with the moisturizing elements of Coconut oil and the healing benefits of Neem. This Coconut Neem soap is perfect for irritated and stressed skin. It relieves dryness and helps fight skin infections. The exotic Coconut-Vanilla fragrance is plainly irresistible! It reminds you of relaxing at the beach!

Use our Coconut soap for your face as well as your body. Many customers have reported it’s excellent use for Acne prone skin.

  • 4.2 oz bar
  • Exceptional face & body soap
  • Healing Neem
  • Natural glycerin soap
  • Moisturizing Coconut oil
  • Good for acne prone skin
  • Naturally antibacterial

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycerin (from sugar and vegetable oil), Sodium Stearate (from salt and vegetable oil), Sorbitol (a sugar), Propylene Glycol (from sugar and vegetable oil), Neem Leaves (a healing herb), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (from mineral acid, vegetable fatty acids, and sodium carbonate), Coconut Oil (a moisturizing oil), Stearic Acid (from vegetable oil), Lauric Acid (from coconut and palm oil), Titanium Dioxide (a natural oxide), Fragrance Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This soap smells like coconut heaven! Like the body polish brings you right to the ocean, this soap brings you right to a beach surrounded by coconut trees. The coconut scent is rich and intoxicating.

I use it as a hand soap by my bathroom sink, but it is also fantastic for acne prone skin, as Just Neem suggests. Having a dual purpose soap on hand that smells divine is a great thing.

It leaves skin clean but not stripped, and smelling fantastic. Unfortunately, I’m a bit discouraged by some of the ingredients because they are items that I have learned to be harsh. Would love and applaud this soap a lot more without those extras.

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Lovely Summer Body Lotion

Just Neem’s Description:

“Nourish your skin to a healthy glow! Our Neem lotion contains the healing properties of Neem and the long lasting moisturizing elements of Jojoba and Coconut oil.  This hydrating, all-natural body lotion is a wonderful skin protecting and soothing agent for dry skin. Pair our lotions with  soap, bath salt, or body polish of the same fragrance. Choose your favorite scent!

  • 8 oz bottle
  • Healing Neem extract
  • Jojoba & Coconut oil
  • Soothing and deeply moisturizing
  • For eczema and extremely dry skin
  • 7 different fragrances
  • Or choose fragrance free

Ingredients:

Distilled Water, Neem-infused Sunflower Oil (Azadirachta indica and Helianthus Annuus), Emulsifying Wax, (Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Acid), Optiphen (Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol), Fragrance Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

The smell of this lotion of lovely, summery, and so pleasant to smell as you apply. The consistency is rich and enables a little bit of the lotion to go a long way.

This ingredient list looks a bit cleaner than the soap, which is great. The moisture lasts on my skin for a long time with no need for re-application.

I would recommend these products to someone looking to be reminded of the beach and summer while showering!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Energy Bits Spirulina Algae Product Review

 

Thank you to Energy Bits for contacting me and sending me a sample of this unique product.

Energy Bits description: “100% organic spirulina algae, boosts mental and physical energy and endurance. A favorite of athletes, runners, teams and executives.”

They suggest taking 30 of these tablets before a workout. My first reaction: “THIRTY tablets? Goodness Gracious–seems like a lot?!” I still have feelings resonating from that initial thought–it seems like quite a task to chew on 30 tablets before a workout.

A lot of the bloggers I follow, like Laura and Kalli, have recently done blog reviews on this same product. I was intrigued after reading their thoughts. I wanted to give these little bits a try.

Let me just say, when I think of pre-workout/run fuel, I think of coffee, espresso and iced tea. Something that will give me a good jolt of “energy” and get my blood pumping. I wouldn’t say that Energy Bits had that affect. I don’t think I got any kind of noticeable sensation after taking them. Granted, I did not take 30 bits at once, because I did not want to use up the whole sample batch–I took 10 instead. I swallowed them with water, instead of chewing them.

I’m not sure if those factors affected the outcome, but the conclusion I’ve come to  is this: I see Energy Bits as more of a supplement than a pre-workout boost.

It’s funny that I chose the word supplement, because located on the product literature I received, it reads, “Why Algae is a Food, NOT a Supplement…”

I understand what they mean–they are trying to differentiate plant based items we ingest and lab-created items we ingest. In using the word supplement to describe Energy Bits, I mean I can imagine the benefits they provide in aiding or supplementing a healthy food intake.

From my own experience and what works for me before a run, I wouldn’t say this would do much for my rapid fire energy reserve I will be tapping into while running. 🙂

I do, however, believe that all sea greens are absolute super foods–so incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Laird Hamilton raves about them in his book, which I constantly refer to in regards to health and fitness.

I thoroughly enjoyed trying a new Spirulina product (I have taken spirulina in both powder and capsule form in the past for its nutritional benefits).

If you have tried this product, what are your thoughts?