My Morning Skincare Routine

In theory, I love the idea of 100% natural skincare.

But have you ever tried smearing avocado on your face for the sake of glowing skin? Its not as glamorous of a process as you might have imagined..

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I have been really into skincare for the last couple months. I’m really trying to step up my game and it’s actually turned into something I really enjoy researching (AND buying, *eye roll*)….

To address the avocado mask statement, I’m working on finding clean products that WORK, so right now my routine is about half natural and non, just a heads up. This post will be number one in a short series of skincare posts covering everything from lifestyle and diet trucks that I’m incorporating to get my best skin!

Why not kick it off with my morning routine?!

The general steps I follow for my skincare routine are to wash, tone, serum, moisturize, apply eye cream, and lastly jade roll (Read my last blog post on jade rolling if you are like WTF is that?!).

My morning skincare routine and favorite current products:

Step One- Rinse or Cleanse

In the morning I typically will do a light rinse with water or fully wash my face, it all depends on how my skin feels that morning. If I’m feeling more dry, I will just rinse with cold water to wake myself up and tighten my pores. If my skin isn’t too dry I will do a full cleanse. I’m currently using the Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Cleanser: Check it out here

I like how it foams up, and you do not need much product to cover a lot of ground, so it also lasts a long time. It leaves my skin with that ‘shiny’ look and feeling squeeky clean. This cleanser also smells amazing and is super affordable. Bonus!

Step Two – Tone:

I started including this step a couple months back after my esthetician recommended I include it in my routine. After washing my face and patting it drying it with a clean wash cloth, I use Witch Hazel and cotton rounds to tone. Sometimes you might notice that you clean more makeup or dirt off of your face when toning even after washing it, so i find this step necessary now. Using witch hazel is a great natural product for toning your face. I order mine directly off of amazon and it’s very inexpensive! Grab it on amazon here. I have tried other toners and nothing has compared to witch hazel for me.

Step Three – Serum:

Once my face is all cleaned up I apply a vitamin C serum. I am about halfway through my bottle of Ole Henricksen Vitamin C Truth Serum Shop it on Sephora here and would give it a 9/10. It definitely has brightened my skin up. If you are looking for a natural Vitamin C Serum I would also recommend this one from Mad Hippie Shop it here.

Vitamin C serum is supposed to be brightening and help with the production of collagen, which helps keep your skin looking soft and supple.

Step four – Moisturize:

Once my serum soaks in, I moisturize. Currently I am using the Ole Henricksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer from Sephora, shop it here.

What I like about this one is how lightweight it is so when I use it in the morning, makeup applies nicely over it. Now that it is full blown winter, I would like to find something heavy duty for nighttime, if you have any recommendations leave a comment below or tag me on IG. 🙂

Step Five – Eye Cream:

This is a new step for me as of about a year ago, and this product is probably my favorite of all five, which is the Origins Ginzing refreshing eye cream. This leaves a glowy, almost highlighter look under your eyes, which is super nice on its own or as a base for concealer. I love taking this with me on flights and putting it on at the beginning as my skin tends to dry out. Again with this product you need a very small amount so the little pot should last you a long time! Shop it here.

After all of these steps, I jade roll!

There you have it, my morning skincare routine! I would love to hear what all of your faves are so I can check them out. Tag me in your routine on Instagram or comment below!

Xo

Everything Jade Rolling

Jade rolling is a skincare technique that has been around forever. As in centuries. Just like any good trend, it’s definitely ‘back’ and I am totally on board.
While jade rolling used to just be for the wealthy women of ancient China, thanks to the luxuries of 2017 (almost 2018!), you can now order your jade roller on Amazon one day, and be rolling your way to prettier skin by the next. So why wouldn’t you?!

What is jade rolling?

Jade rolling is literally just rolling jade across your face (lol). Okay its a little more complicated than that. There are tons of techniques you can try, levels of jade rollers you can buy, and endless Youtube videos you can watch…..trust me, I got a good 20 minutes in the other day.
A jade roller is natural handheld skincare tool that is cool to the touch, so it has very calming effect on the skin, and the stones move smoothly over the contours of your face. There is typically a smaller jade stone on one end and a larger stone on the other so you can target areas of different sizes. For example, I use the small jade stone under my eyes and along my nose, and the larger one everywhere else.

Why should I jade roll?

Using a jade roller, the goal is to roll the stone across your face and neck in a way that helps promote circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote lymphatic drainage. There are a lot of other benefits from jade rolling, but essentially it de-puffs you and helps with lymphatic drainage, which is enough to have me hooked.
Think of it as a massage for your face! We hold a lot of tension and emotions in these areas, so its good to pay some attention to them.

My jade rolling routine

When it comes to when I jade roll, I don’t discriminate, although I especially love to jade roll in the morning. I find anything that promotes circulation in the morning is great because typically we have the most swelling and water retention right after sleeping, so this is the perfect thing to do to help bring that down before you start the day.
Both morning and night, I wash my face and apply my serums and moisturizers, then follow it up with jade rolling. Essentially I do my normal skincare routine in full and then once everything is fully soaked in, I roll over it. I feel like this even helps the products really soak into my skin so I can get the full benefits from them.
When it comes to how I actually roll, I follow a lymphatic drainage massage routine. This is a great ‘map’ to follow, if you will. I would also recommend looking up some Youtube videos.
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Follow the arrows in each of the areas. These motions and directions promote lymphatic drainage which has tons of benefits. That’s another post!

What to look for in a jade roller

It sounds obvious, but you want to make sure the jade roller you go to purchase is actually jade. There definitely are knock-offs out there so make sure it says it is 100% authentic jade. I purchased mine off of Amazon and am happy with it, so if you want an easy and affordable option you can shop my jade roller here.  Like almost any product, there are variations in amounts you can spend, but I find this one does the trick.
So that’s what I’ve got for you on jade rolling! I hope you found this helpful or at least interesting.
Have you tried jade rolling or are you interested in it? Comment below what you think about this ‘new old’ technique and any other skincare topics you want to hear about!

Everything You Need to Know About Collagen

Ah, collagen….where do I begin?

Collagen has been all the rage in 2017, and for good reason! Claiming to be great for hair, skin, nails and gut health, you can see why the general population is gaining interest in it.
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The question is, are all of these claims about collagen actually true?
I have personally been using Collagen for over a year and I have definitely noticed a difference in all of those areas!

What is collagen?

I will leave the actual definition to the experts.
According to Vital Proteins (my go-to brand for all collagen related products):
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.”
Also, a fun minor detail – collagen makes up 30% of the protein in our bodies! That being said, its pretty important we support our systems with collagen in supplement form, considering most of us are not eating the way our ancestors did and therefore not getting those key nutrients anymore.

What are the benefits of collagen?

Collagen has a long list of benefits, including the ones I briefly mentioned like hair and skin improvement, as well as some more surprising effects like boosted metabolism and increase in muscle mass output. I can’t personally attest to those two, but what I have noticed myself is an improved elasticity in skin, hair growth, and most of all improved digestion from taking collagen. I’m not going to say that all of this improved over night, but I noticed the positive effects of collagen really quickly when I started using it.

What does collagen taste like?

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Collagen comes in a powder or pill form, has no taste and blends well with just about any beverage or recipe.  You can add it to soups, tea, or my favorite, matcha or coffee lattes (I have a full bulletproof coffee recipe on my blog if you want specifics).
When you blend collagen in a blender with a liquid you will notice it froths up, which is a side bonus if you love lattes like me.

What are the best collagen brands?

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There are a plethora of brands out there wheeling collagen these days. The one brand I would wholeheartedly refer all my galpals to is the Vital Proteins collagen. I have been using their collagen peptides and other similar products from the brand for over a year with nothing but great results.
You can purchase the exact product I buy here: here
I wanted to keep this short and sweet but answer all of the questions I have gotten on Instagram. If I didn’t address your question leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
I post recipes incorporating collagen all the time on my Instagram account, so make sure to check there for some ideas. If you try collagen make sure to tag me on Instagram in your pictures so I can see what recipes you come up with!
xo

My Favorite Smoothie Recipe of the Summer

One of my favorite summer memories growing up was when my sisters and I would pick raspberries in our backyard.

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Okay those are strawberries on my jumper… close enough.

Whether my mom made a recipe with what we gathered or we ate them straight out of the bucket, they were always one of my favorite summer foods. Needless to say, raspberries are nostalgic for me AND something I love to incorporate into recipes in the summer. If you’ve been following my Instagram you know that this summer I have have done my fair share of experimenting with different smoothie recipes, and as my time seems to diminish (thanks to moving, traveling, working, living, breathing…) along with our warmdays, I wanted to document my favorite and most simple smoothie recipe that anyone can whip up quickly.

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I partnered up with Driscoll’s on this recipe to share this recipe with you guys, which only made perfect sense as they focus on organic produce – which I love, AND they have a couple exciting giveaway opportunities I know I would want to take advantage of! More on that below. In the meantime here is the recipe:

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What I like about this recipe is that it really fills you up and keeps you full. Thanks to the fat from the avocado, it is really creamy and satisfying, while the berries are naturally sweet and have fiber that help you feel full, and the protein powder is great for breakfast or post-workout.20914319_10156162654116393_431640053012525581_n

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh Driscoll’s raspberries

1 cup Almond milk

1 scoop of protein powder

Handful of mixed greens

1/2 avocado

sprinkle cacao nibs

ice to desired consistency

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a blender and top with cacao nibs! Easy as that. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and feel free to mix it and add other fruit or sprinkle in other superfoods like flax or hemp seeds.      

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Now onto the giveaways!

Visit http://www.berrytogether.com to enter for a chance to win the top prize of an all-expense paid trip to Madden’s on Gull Lake or be one of four two win Driscoll’s berries for a YEAR! 

Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try this recipe and definitely if you alter it in anyway, I want to see what you come up with!

Coconut Sea-Salt Collagen Balls

Coconut Sea Salt + Chocolate Chip Fat Balls Recipe with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

I’m so excited to share this quick and easy recipe! These coconut ‘fat balls’ are super simple to make, no baking required, low in sugar, and sooooo delicious. They are also so versatile, I had a hard time figuring out what to name them. With coconut, vanilla, sea salt, chocolate chips, collagen, etc. they are delicious on their own, or you can get creative and add coco powder, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
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I love adding the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – Buy Here!into this recipe because it adds protein with no change in taste and the benefits of collagen are endless, and especially great for hair, nail, and skin quality. Many of us lack collagen in our modern diets so it’s nice to sneak it in whenever possible!
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Thank you to my mama for the original recipe! A couple weeks ago she had me blindly try Hail Merry Caramel Sea Salt macaroons and this recipe that she had made. They were both delicious but I could really tell a difference in taste with her homemade recipe, and knew I had to share it. Since then my boyfriend and I have made it a couple of times in less than 10 minutes (he LOVES them too), in fact this last Sunday before Game of Thrones we whipped some out last minute and even doubled the recipe in 10-15 minutes, even with taking these pictures in between.
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I’ve already shared the recipe with a couple of friends who have made them for bridal parties, brunches, or just to have on hand for themselves, and everyone just loves them, even with being low sugar, low carb, high(er) in healthy fats, refined sugar free, dairy free, gluten free… the list could go on and on, so here’s the recipe!

Recipe info:

  • Makes about 24 small to medium size balls – very easy to double or triple.
  • There are only about 4 grams of sugar per ball.

Ingredients:

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Dry:
1 cup almond flour
1/8 cup maple sugar
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
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Dry ingredients.
Wet:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Optional (but recommended!):
2-3 scoops of collagen or protein powder of choice

Dark chocolate chips- 2-3 chips per ball or more!

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I used 63% dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Simply add dry ingredients in a bowl, mix, then add wet ingredients, mix everything together and roll into balls! I would recommend storing in the fridge and enjoying within a week or in the freezer for a longer period of time.
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I hope you liked this quick recipe as much as I do. Tag me in your pictures on Facebook or Instagram so I can see your creations!
xox Saucey

3 Healthy Summer Starbucks Drinks (Including two ‘Pink Drinks’!)

The Starbucks ‘pink drink’ is blowing up the internet this summer. Understandably, as the it is super photogenic and probably tastes like candy, considering its packed with sugar.

The good news is if you want something just as pretty without all the sugar, you can have your pink tea and drink it too!

I usually love making my coffee at home so I can add adaptogens and other ingredients that I love, but whether I’m getting coffee with a friend or in the mood for one of these drinks, its nice to have a couple different (relatively) healthy Starbucks orders up my sleeve.

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A healthier Starbucks “pink drink” which I will share more about below!

In the last couple of years Starbucks has made an effort to include alternative milk options that are non-dairy and non-soy, which is great if you are like me and try to steer clear of those ingredients most of the time.

I did some snooping around on the internet and found the ingredient lists for both their coconut milk and almond milk, which are the two milk bases I order in my drinks at Starbucks.

I found that the almond milk has a better ingredient list than the coconut milk, as it does not have carrageenan in it. The majority of the time I try to avoid products with carrageenan in it as it is thought to be inflammatory to the body and it’s effects are not yet fully known, and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be a part of an experiment. 😳🙊🙅🏼 In addition, there is also sugar and some other processed ingredients in these lists. Here are the ingredients for each:

Almond milk ingredients: Almond milk (filtered water, almonds), sugar, tricalcium phosphate, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).

Coconut milk ingredients: Water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2.

When you realize that all you need for almond milk is almonds and water and coconuts and water for coconut milk, you can see how these ingredients are not super clean and are things I personally try to avoid consuming on the reg. You could opt to bring/use your own creamer or almond milk if you wanted. That being said, I think it is just good to be aware of these things and then make decisions! I try not to get hung up on it and just have it once in a while.

Here are my 3 favorite healthier summer Starbucks drinks and how to order them:

  1. When you need a kick in the face ☕️💥

    How to order: Cold brew with almond milk. Easy! If you didn’t get your eight hours or want a preworkout pick me up, order this. Cold brew is intense, and I legit can’t drink this after 12:00 in the afternoon because I will not be able to fall asleep at night. Granted, I am sensitive to caffeine, but still, just a heads up. Cold brew to me tastes better and more smooth than coffee and the splash of almond milk makes it creamy and adds a little sweetness to it. The only macro nutrients/calories in this come from the splash of almond milk which should be under 50 calories. You could of course not add any almond milk it would be 0 calories, and pure caffeine.

2. When you want to say “this tastes like a strawberry milkshake” 

The first time we tried this my sister actually that. This order is a little longer so I would copy and paste it into your notes in your phone to help you order it: unsweetened passion tango tea with coconut milk and no sweetener. I first saw this pink Starbucks drink on Brittany Dawn Fitness Instagram account and had to try it for myself, and this is definitely a good one to know about when you want something light and not so coffee-like, especially for the summer. The unsweetened iced tea has 0 calories so again here the only calories come from the coconut milk, so it should be somewhere under 30, depending on how much your barista puts in there. You could add your own stevia if you want it more sweet as well!

Here it is again: Venti unsweetened passion tango tea with coconut milk and no sweetener.

3. When you want the Starbucks ‘pink drink’ above but are doing Whole30 and have to settle 

Or not, this good regardless. I am in the middle of doing a Whole30 so the Starbucks coconut milk is not an option for about 25 more days, so I’ve simply been ordering an unsweetened passion tango tea, iced, with no sweetener. Does the trick!

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I hope these quick ideas of healthier alternatives you can order at Starbucks are helpful for when you are on the go or just want something different! Let me know in the comments what your favorite drink to order is and tag me in your drinks if you post them on Instagram or Facebook.

Thanks for reading, Saucey. xo

My Favorite Products + Tips for Healthy Traveling

Traveling is one of my favorite parts of life. The anticipation beforehand, the new experiences, the memories after… you know the drill, its all fun.

But the getting to and fro is not always all rainbows and butterflies. I used to hate flying, now I actually look forward to it.

The way I see it now, the time in the air is at least two hours to focus on whatever you want. Whether its zoning out and watching a movie, writing, or reading a book I haven’t made time for, I love the couple of hours of solitude flying gives me.

Two books I’m listening to on audio currently!
I used to stress out about having everything I ‘needed’ for a flight, mostly because I never really knew exactly what those things were, I just knew I wanted to stay healthy and feeling my best when flying but always felt a lack of control as I was taking myself out of my typical environment. Luckily over the last year I have found a really great mix of products that have made flying 10x more enjoyable for me, and as I was gathering them for a flight this week I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you! It might sound like a lot of items but once you have them gathered together in their respective travel bags, you will be ready to toss them into your carry-on and take off quickly knowing you set yourself up for a healthy trip.
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Off we go!

My Favorite Flying ‘Tools’:

Bose QuietComfort 35- These had to go first as they are definitely the best travel investment I have made this year (I actually also use these daily while working and on walks, so maybe just one of the best overall investment I’ve made this year). These bad boys are super comfortable, the sound is amazing, and the best part is they are noise canceling, and you never know when you are going to be stuck next to a crying baby on a flight. I usually tune into a book on Audible or listen to a podcast for some duration of my flights, so these get used a lot.

Once you own them you will wonder how you traveled without them!

The Dream Sleeper- This was recommended by Ben Greenfield on one of his podcasts and now I must say, everyone needs this. I am someone who can never, I mean never ever, take naps, but that changed with this i. This sleeping mask is silk with velcro in the back and also slightly cancels out noise. If I need to sleep on a flight to adjust to the time zone or take a nap, I’ll put this mask on with my headphones, and although I may look like a crazy person, I can get a bomb nap in no matter where I am. I sleep with this on at home most nights as well but it is especially great when traveling and you can’t control the lighting.
The silky material is gentle on your skin and hair and can be washed easily.
Trigger Point Roller- This is a super compact foam roller with two ‘trigger points’ on it that extend out. I tend to get knotted up in my shoulders and neck from flying and starting out a trip feeling tight is a no-go. I’ll take this out in the hotel room and lay down with the foam roller under my back and work it over any knotted areas. This can really help work out tension and help you last until a massage, yoga class, or chiropractor. This is also great if you are sore from a workout, and the benefits of foam rolling for physical performance are pretty substantial.
I like how small this foam roller is yet it can work pretty much any body part you need.
Portable charger- Luckily most airplane now have outlets that allow you to charge your very necessary devices, but just in case, I always pack a fully charged portable charger for my Apple products. I ordered mine from Amazon.

Tip: Organize in multiple travel kits and makeup bags-

I usually take a large tote sized bag as a carry-on, so small items can easily get lost into its abyss. I recommend using as many small, zip bags as possible, or even clear bags, to organize all of your goods.
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I use a separate bag for cosmetic products, one for supplements, one for cords and electronics, etc. 

Essential Supplements For Flying:

Vital Proteins Collagen- I talked about Collagen briefly in my bulletproof coffee recipe post, but here I will just mention that this supplement is a must-have for me when traveling because besides helping with the health of your hair, skin, and nails, it is also great for helping your gut lining. When traveling it is nice to be able to not only stick to your regular supplement and nutrition routine but also give your gut flora as much assistance love as possible. These have no taste so I just pour them into my water or coffee and I’m good to go! (In this case I also packed a bone broth packet but I have yet to try this one, so I will report back later on this flavor!)
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These travel packs are so handy and you can order them at www.vitalproteins.com or buy them at Whole Foods. 
Onnit Total Gut Health Packets- Continuing on about giving your Gut some TLC while traveling, these little packs are life savers. Each pack come with prebiotics, enzymes, and probiotics, which are all really necessary in helping you stay regular and adjust to different foods. I love that I just need one pack for each day I will be gone, instead of counting and packing up tons of separate pills.
You can buy these by the box here are www.onnit.com
RX Bars- I like to toss an RX Bar in my carry-on for a snack in case I get hungry during the flight and can’t find any great options at the airport (which rarely happens but you can never have too many snacks I guess). These are a little higher in sugar but have great really simple ingredients that are paleo and even Whole30 friendly. I have noticed these are sold at a lot of airports lately which is super convenient, but I buy mine at Trade Joes when I am home.
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Some of my other favorite flavors are Chocolate Sea Salt and Peanut butter.
Nuun electrolytes- Does anyone else feel like they get super dehydrated when they fly no matter how many bottles of water they try to down? I picked these electrolyte tabs up at Whole Foods (I have also since seen them at Target), before an international flight earlier this year and I noticed a big difference in my hydration when flying when I use them. These are little electrolyte tabs you drop into you water bottle and shake up. They taste great and the ingredients are overall pretty good and the tube is very convenient for travel!
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This is the Lemon Lime flavor which I would recommend, have not tried the others..yet!
Onnit Melatonin spray- I am sure you are familiar with the hormone and supplement melatonin. Basically, melatonin supplements are great for helping adjust to different time zones or help induce sleep when you need a little extra help or overdid it on the caffeine and have to be up early. I like to bring this travel sized spray with me so I don’t have to pack a bunch of loose pills. This one has a minty taste which is nice as well! www.onnit.com

Favorite beauty items for traveling:

Origins eye cream and moisturizing mask- I usually do not wear makeup on flights and instead go heavy on the moisturizers. Air can get really dry thousands of feet up and I find that makeup just dries me out even more, so right before the flight i put on a layer of the Origins Ginzing eye cream and the Drink Up Intensive ‘Overnight’ Mask. My skin feels and looks super dewy and moisturized when I land.
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This is the travel size, which I will probably continue to buy because it is super convenient and has lasted me a long time!
Pixi Spray- This is a nice add on to the products mentioned above. Essentially, this is a moisturizing spray for your face that makes you look glowy and I will usually spray this on at the end of a flight.
Sugar tinted lip balm- Gone are the days of suffocating lipsticks or stains (well while traveling that is, I’m willing to suffer sometimes). This lip balm comes in a bunch of shades and is soooo moisturizing and feels amazing on your lips. I love this ruby shade that I picked up from Sephora, but will definitely be collecting in as many shades possible. I give this a 10/10 on land and in the air.
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The consistency is super sheer which I like for these purposes. 
Kiehls hand lotion- Again, with the dry air issue. Any moisturizer is great, I just like the small size of this one, and Kiehls is one of my favorite skincare brands.
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Alright, written out, it might sound like I’m a little maintenance when it comes to my travel ‘necessities’. But really, now that I have all of my favorites figured out, I am able to keep them in their respective bags for the most part and easily throw them into my carry-on when its time to go, making packing and traveling in general so much more simple!
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I hope this helped give you some ideas of products you can use that will help you stay healthy and most importantly happy while on your next adventure!
Let me know what your must have travel products are in the comments below or on Instagram!
Love, Saucey xo

Supercharged Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Ah, Bulletproof Coffee. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s about time. BP coffee is all the rage, and for good reason, but what exactly is it and why should you drink it?

Technically speaking, Bullet Proof is both a brand, founded by Dave Asprey, which sells everything from coffee to bio-hacking tools, as well as a specific coffee recipe. But to un-complicate it for you, the term “bulletproof coffee” is used loosely to describe basically any combination of coffee blended with fat. And it’s awesome. 

In this post I am going to drill down and simplify every ingredient that goes into my recipe to make it simple and easy to understand!

An overview of everything that goes into my supercharged bullet proof coffee.

Before I go any further I should add that I am not a nutritionist, I am certified in a total of 0 health courses, and I think everyone should just do what feels good for them. My accreditation in this topic is as strong only as the fact that I have read all of Dave Asprey’s books, seen him talk live and chuck bottles of Brain Octane Oil at a crowd of people at PaleoFX 2017 (it happened), and have drank the stuff for years now. That being said, for this post and all of my future health related posts, I am simply sharing what I have found through research, trial and error and lots of cups of coffee. 😊

I digress…

I started drinking bulletproof coffee about 2 years ago. My first recipe was simply any black coffee, almond milk, and coconut oil, and I will give you guys the most basic, super simple recipe that absolutely does the trick, below. BUT, I also wanted to share my extra, supercharged bulletproof latte recipe as well, to show you just how over the top you can get with your morning joe (LOL) and inspire you to get creative with it. My recipe changes all the time, but this is the one I go to most commonly.


How I feel after supercharged bulletproof coffee… #boujee

Okay, so why the butter in your coffee?

You can do a quick google search and get as science-y or bio-hacky as you like, but for me, bulletproof coffee makes me feel really good and keeps me full all morning. It slows the release of caffeine in your system so you don’t feel the anxious, jittery feeling and crash that can come with caffeine. Plus, its quick and easy with little to no clean up, I can drink it while I’m working or driving, and I get to pack in a bunch of extra nutrients that I wouldn’t normally get otherwise. While I could do a separate blog post on each of these ingredients below (nerd), I’ll give you the fly-over of each and explain why I include them in my coffee.

Benefits of each ingredient in a basic bulletproof coffee recipe:

Why Bulletproof Coffee: I use the Bullet Proof brand black coffee created by Dave Asprey. It is mold and toxin free and is the best source of coffee I have found. Yes, mold and toxins. In your coffee. Its common  and it can give me brain fog, so I go for the BP brand coffee when I can because I know the source and that it is clean. (For more information on this super sexy topic of mold and toxins, you can read here https://blog.bulletproof.com/why-mycotoxins-are-kryptonite/).

I use the K-cups because it is easy and I am a one cup kind of gal most days, but you can buy the coffee in any form.
 Why Brain Octane Oil: The name makes it sound intense, but put simply Brain Octane oil is found in small quantities in coconut oil, and helps enhance mental and physical energy. How? As soon as you consume it it is rapidly absorbed in the body as a source for fuel and helps increase the ketone levels in your body. More about ketones/ ketosis in another post….

Read more on Brain Octane oil here

Alternatively, you can use coconut oil. Its high in healthy fats, makes your coffee frothy, and does the trick too. Plus you probably have it already!

Why ghee: Ghee is just clarified butter that preserves the best parts of the butter, meaning it is high in vitamins and works for people with casein or lactose sensitives, like me! It’s also great for digestion and fighting inflammation.

That’s it! That’s all you need for the basic BP coffee recipe. Now on to the over the top stuff…

Benefits of each ingredient in my extra, supercharged bulletproof coffee recipe:

Why Collagen: Collagen turns you into a mermaid. Just kidding, but basically. It really does change your hair, skin and nails, and helps them grow and become glowier (not a word). It doesn’t grow you a fin but it helps you out with pretty much every other good quality I imagine a mermaid to have. I have been using it for about 6-9 months and I have noticed such a difference both inside and outside, as it also helps with digestion as well. Most of us are missing collagen in our modern diet, so I find it worthwhile to add it in. Plus it has zero taste and it is high in protein. I was not joking when I said it is the bomb!

I use this brand


Why Ashwaganda: Have you heard of apoptogenic herbs? I just started reading and trying them this year and I am hooked on phonics. More to come on that, but all you need to know for now is that Ashwaganda falls into this family and it helps manage stress and hormone levels in the body, which has endless benefits.

I use this brand Ashwaganda

Why Cinnamon: Cinnamon is like that kid you kind of knew from school when you were little that you run into when you’re and adult and you start talking to them and realize how cool they are and wonder why you were never best friends.  Following? Okay, what I’m trying to say is that cinnamon is a common spice that is overlooked for its health benefits. Cinnamon not only makes recipes sweet without adding sugar, but it also helps stabilize blood sugar, is anti-inflammatory, and has a long list of other health benefits. Read more here if you want to get more acquainted.

Why Almond Milk: In my opinion, almond milk doesn’t have a ton of health benefits. It’s just a great substitute for dairy as I am intolerant, and it makes the coffee into more of a latte by creating foam. It adds a vanilla-y taste as well which is nice. I use Califia farms unsweetened vanilla or whatever other flavor I have in my fridge.

For basic bulletproof coffee, ingredients and directions:

Basic Bulletproof Coffee Ingredients:

1 cup of black coffee

1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Brain Octane Oil or coconut oil (start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up to ease your digestion into it. Just trust me on this one.)

1 teaspoon of ghee

Basic Bulletproof Coffee Directions:

Brew coffee and pour into blender cup

Add Brain Octane Oil (or coconut oil)

Add ghee

Blend for 30 seconds.

You should see a foamy/frothy top form. Yep it’s that simple. Pour into a mug or thermos and enjoy!

Supercharged Bulletproof Coffee ingredients and directions:

Ingredients:

All ingredients listed in the basic recipe above, plus:

1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

1 teaspoon of ashwaganda

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

1 splash of almond milk

Supercharged Bulletproof Coffee Directions:

Heat almond milk however you prefer (microwave, stove top) and pour into blender cup

Brew coffee and pour into blender cup

Add Brain Octane Oil (or coconut oil), ghee, cinnamon, collagen, and ashwaganda

Blend for 30 seconds. You should see a foamy/frothy top form. Pour into a mug or thermos and enjoy!

Lately, I have been pouring mine into a thermos and drinking it throughout the morning. It is so full of good stuff, it’s basically my breakfast and really keeps me full until lunch or a mid-morning snack.


I hope you like this recipe and have fun trying different combinations and seeing what you like! Please comment below with any questions as well as recipe combos you come up with. If you do make the recipe, tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your pictures!

Enjoy xo Sauce

Quick And Healthy Cookie Dough


Quick AND healthy cookie dough? Twist my arm!

This recipe is gluten, dairy, and soy free, lower sugar and carb, and higher protein and fat. Is the main ingredient air? No. Magic? Maybe.


If you are like me you would rather save the whole baking part of baking cookies and just go straight for the dough. I’ve tried a lot of different gluten free and dairy free cookie dough recipes, but they all turned out too chalky, dry, or flavorless. After tweaking the recipe and trying different combinations, this is the best recipe I’ve come up with to date!

This healthier option for cookie dough can be eaten alone, mixed in with other desserts like ice cream sundaes, or used in whatever other way your imagination takes you! This recipe doubles well if you are preparing it for a party…or for yourself.

Enjoy and share your photos with me on social media! xo

Cookie dough recipe:

Total Time: 15 minutes  Yield: about 15 cookie-sized servings 

Ingredients:

2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil (solid but soft)
1 Tablespoon of honey
2 Tablespoons ghee
4 Tablespoon almond butter
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dark chocolate chips to your hearts content (I did about half of a bag of an Enjoy Life regular size dark chocolate chips)
stevia to taste, if additional sweetener is needed
Almond milk to consistency you prefer (I use Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla)

Directions:

Simply mix the dry ingredients together in medium sized bowl. Then, combine the wet ingredients in smaller bowl. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and mix well, adding almond milk until ideal consistency is reach.



Roll into cookie dough-sized balls, put in mini mason jars as shown, or get creative serving however you like. Stick the dough in the fridge, wait for it to cool and harden a bit. Devour 😋

Comment below and tag me on Instagram if you try this recipe and PLEASE let me know of of any recipes you would like a healthy alternative for!

 

 

 

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

Hello, and welcome to my blog! In case we haven’t met yet, my name is Sarah, also commonly referred to as Sauce or Saucey.

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“No one is you and that is your power.”

I am a 20something living in Minneapolis and I am in love with living my best life. Between creating healthy habits, finding awesome hacks, and soaking up self-development books and podcasts, on this blog I will basically spill my thoughts and findings on creating an overall lifestyle that helps me bring my best-self to my work, relationships, and live a more enjoyable and fulfilled life.

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“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that have shaped you.” -Andrea Dykstra

I have been interested in health for as long as I can remember, but finding a balance between being healthy while still enjoying life has taken work for me. I am thankful for what I have been through because it has taught me that living a wellness lifestyle without extremes is doable, and very worth it. I have also discovered so much about myself and the role that mindset plays in self-care.

So!…….

My goal is to help people live their happiest and healthiest life in a fulfilling and enjoyable way. I wanted to create the place that I wish I had to go visit a couple years ago; a place to share my thoughts on personal development, living a wellness lifestyle, personal style, and more.

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“Although difficult, change is always possible. What holds us back from making the changes we desire are our own limiting thoughts and actions.” -Satsuki

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