Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Secret to Growing Long, Healthy Nails

If you're like me, then you are probably plagued with brittle, hard to grow nails. Having long nails has always been a struggle for me; they would reach a certain point and then break off. No matter what foods I ate or how much coconut oil I rubbed into them or how many mantras I repeated (I must, I must, I must increase my nails), I seemed destined to have stubby nails for life.

I started doing research on biotin when I noticed a serious thinning in my hair (that's another issue for another day). If you've been around the health and supplement scene for a while, you may have heard of it. 

I began taking 1,000 mcg of biotin daily for a few months and noticed absolutely nothing. But it seemed to help so many people! I was desperate for it to help me as well, so I reached for the highest dose of biotin that they make in pill form: Biotin Maximum Strength Tablets, 10,000mcg. After a few weeks, the results were amazing!

I noticed a little bit of a difference in my hair growth: it grew a bit faster and I had less fall out. But my nails started growing like weeds and there was no more breakage. No more! Within a few weeks, I had to cut my nails down every 5 days or I wouldn't be able to type on my phone or laptop. The results were that drastic.

Every one around me noticed too. I was getting compliments on my nails from coworkers, strangers, and even my doctor! I have never had a vitamin or supplement work this well before -and I've tried them all.

What is biotin and how does it help grow nails?

The supplement I've trusted for two years

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that is found naturally in a number of foods. Sunflower seeds, lentils, peanuts, and barley all have a high amount of biotin (ranging from 31 to 66 mg per serving). Biotin is essential for encouraging the production of protein for nail and hair growth. 

People started to link biotin with nail strength after using it to treat brittle hooves in horses. It's weird but it works -like Mane 'N Tail shampoo.

Biotin also helps produce keratin - the main protein in nails- and aids in the production of collagen and elastin, which supports healthy skin structure beneath the nail.

The result is an overall healthier and stronger foundation for your nails to thrive.

(Can you tell I'm an aspiring hand model?) 

What else does biotin do?

  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Supports the health of skin
  • Supports metabolism
  • Helps metabolize energy
  • Regulates blood sugar
Biotin is generally considered safe, with no negative effects linked with taking high doses. Obviously, before starting biotin supplements, consult with your health-care professional.

Have you had any success with biotin?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2 Ingredient Cookies

Yes, you read that right. It's possible to bake healthy cookies using just 2 ingredients: bananas and oats (plus whatever add-ins you want!)

And these cookies are about as healthy as they can be so you can have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert, or marry them if its legal in your country.

Trust me, these little chewy cookies won't last. They are best eaten when they are still fresh but may hold in an airtight container for a short while. 

2 Ingredient Cookies

1 banana
1/2 cup oats
Add-ins such as cinnamon, craisins, raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mash the banana and oats in a small bowl with a fork until they are mixed together. Add in whatever extras you want!

2. Form small cookies (7-9) and put them onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes. 

3. Put them all into your face hole.

Yes, I have not posted anything on this blog in quite a while, but I am looking to reboot it! If you have anything in particular that you would like to see from me, please let me know. 
I am thinking of doing more meal recipes, analyzing and commenting on media articles, and creating an inspirational series.
Let me know what you think!

Stay Sweet xo

Friday, June 19, 2015

Easy Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

As adults, we exercise our right to eat whatever we want for any meal. I think that by the time we are adults, we have earned that right. Therefore, we have most certainly earned the right to eat chocolate whenever we please. I think that that right should be acted on more. Don't you think? 

I just want to share all chocolate recipes all of the time. Especially when they are easy to whip up in one minute.

In my opinion, the best recipes are more like guidelines or ideas; you just add the ingredients to your taste, add in whatever you feel, and enjoy. That's the best way to learn and create the best dishes.

This is a dish that I just threw together one evening when I had leftover quinoa and a nasty chocolate craving. You can add everything to taste in just a couple of minutes. 

 Chocolate Quinoa Pudding Guidelines

1/2 cup cold quinoa
1/3 cup almond/soy/whatever milk
a drop of vanilla extract
1-2 Tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
1-2 Tablespoon brown sugar or your favorite kind of sweetener like maple syrup or coconut sugar.
a sprinkle of cinnamon

Simple stir together all of the ingredients until you think it tastes like heaven and enjoy!

What's your favorite guidelines recipes?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Chocolate Fudge Overnight Oats

Once summer comes around, all I want to do is eat cold foods. I want cold pasta, cold rice, cold smoothies, etc. Oatmeal is no exception to that. If you're like me and crave cold oatmeal ready to eat when you wake up (it's much better than it sounds!), than do yourself a favor and make overnight oats! 

Everyone knows the joys of eating cold pizza in the morning so I stand by my weirdness.

Chocolate Fudge Overnight Oats

1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (I choose maple syrup)
1/2 serving chocolate Sunwarrior protein powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
a tiny pinch of salt 

Fudge Syrup:
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp maple syrup, agave, or honey

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a jar of other sealed container and leave in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. When you're ready to eat, mixup some fudge syrup and pour over the top.

What is your abnormal food craving?

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