MISS VITALITY COCOA RAW BALLS

Miss Vitality Raw cacao balls

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups of Almond Meal

1 cup of Almonds

½ a cup of cashews

1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

½ cup of Pumpkin Seeds

½ cup of Sunflower Seeds

Step 5: Enjoy!

 

½ cup of shredded Coconut

½ a cup of Cranberries

8 Pitted Dates

1 teaspoon of Elevate (Organic Greens and Reds)

2 to 3 tablespoons of Organic Cocoa

2 teaspoons of Coconut oil

METHOD:

Step 1: Place all dry ingredients into a food processor or thermomix and blend until all ingredients are chopped and in small rough pieces.

Step 2: Add enough coconut oil and mix into a consistency that all the ingredients stick together.

Step 3: Add more cocoa if required for a darker chocolate taste

Step 4: Roll into small balls and place in the refrigerator or freezer.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Miss Vitality Raw Cocoa Balls Recipe

RAW CHICKPEA HUMMUS

Miss Vitality Raw Chickpea Hummus

INGREDIENTS:

345g uncooked chickpeas

2 tablespoons tahini

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 lemons, juiced

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 cup filtered or spring water

1 pinch paprika

METHOD:

Step 1: Soak the chickpeas for 24 hours. Drain, and let sit for 2 to 4 days or until the bean sprouts are 3cm long. Rinse the beans once or twice a day.

Step 2: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute. Place the sprouted beans in the hot water and let sit for 1 minute. Drain.

Step 3: Place the sprouted beans into the container of a large food processor. Add the tahini, salt, lemon juice and garlic. Process until smooth, adding water if necessary. It will take 3 to 5 minutes to blend.

Step 4: Let sit in the food processor for 5 minutes to allow the beans to absorb as much of the water as possible. If too thick, add more water, and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Step 5: Spoon into a serving dish and garnish with paprika.

 

Miss Vitality Raw Chickpea Hummus Recipe

CHIA AND COCONUT PUDDING

Miss Vitality Chia and coconut pudding

INGREDIENTS:

400g can organic coconut cream

80ml (1/3 cup) honey

1/3 cup Chia Seeds

Blueberries, to serve

Toasted coconut, to serve

 

 

METHOD:

Step 1: Place coconut cream, honey and chia seeds in a bowl.

Step 2: Stir well to combine.

Step 3: Cover and store in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight to thicken.

Step 4: Divide among serving glasses.

Step 5: Top with berries, and coconut if desired.

Miss Vitality Chia and Coconut Pudding Recipe

Yoga Vs. Pilates: Which one is right for you?

Yoga and Pilates are often thrown into the same category. True, they are similar practices, but they have some major differences that many people don’t recognise.

 

Difference 1: The origin
The practice of yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the centuries and cultures into many different types of yoga: Ashtanga, Kripalu, Bikram and Vineyasa, to name just a few. Pilates is a much younger practice, beginning in the mid-20th century by an athlete named Joseph Pilates. He created the exercises as a form of rehabilitation and strengthening.

Difference 2: Mind, Body and Spirit
Both yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and body are connected. However, yoga adds an additional element to the mix—the spirit. Exploring spirituality is a huge part of yoga practice, especially through meditation.

Difference 3: The Class
Many yoga classes are flexible in routine. Postures, sequences and variations can be combined into tens of thousands of routines to create a class. So it will be up to the style of yoga you practice and the teacher guiding you to decide what’s on the agenda. Pilates classes are a little more structured. Because of this, you will more likely know what to expect when you walk into the door of a Pilates class than in a yoga class.

Difference 4: The Workout
In both practices, you will gain strength and flexibility. Pilates classes offer a total body workout but focus on aligning the spine and strengthening the core. The exercises done in Pilates classes almost always involve regimented movements to gain core and spine strength. In a yoga class, you will work out every muscle in your body equally. Each posture is accompanied by a counter-posture to ensure you create balance in your body.

Difference 5: Breathing Techniques
Breathing and concentration techniques are important to both yoga and Pilates practices. However, yoga uses breath work on a very deep level. Often in yoga classes, there will be segments dedicated to breath work, called pranayama. In Pilates practices, you just inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.

 

So how do you decide which one is for you? If you are certain you want your practice to be spiritual and are looking to manage your stress, yoga may be the better option for you. If your priority is to focus on your back and core, Pilates may be a better fit.

If you don’t know where to start, try them both and you will find one that you enjoy or benefit more from.

Wellness for your children – the natural way

You don’t need to spend a ton of money and time to boost your child’s health. Instead, you can make small lifestyle choices to improve your child’s immune functioning, development and overall well-being without putting a dent in your wallet. 3 quick and easy way to do so are:


1. Catch some rays
Vitamin D is vital for your child’s healthy bone and immune system development, but many kids (and adults) border on vitamin D deficiency. Just 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight per day will give your child all the vitamin D they needs. Encourage sun exposure before 10a.m. or after 4p.m. to minimize the risk of sun damage.


2. Plant a garden
Your kids benefit in two ways when your family plants a garden: They get dirty, and they learn to love veggies. Believe it or not, children need to interact with dirt, soil and dust to build a healthy immune system for life, so it’s actually good for them to get dirty in a garden. Also, kids are more likely to enjoy fresh veggies if they’ve participated in planting and harvesting the produce.


3. Serve more fruits, vegetables and beans
Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting phytonutrients as vitamin C and carotenoids. Phytonutrients may increase the body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses. Studies show that a diet rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Try to get your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Also consider replacing meat with beans and rice a few times a week, as the beans contain healthy protein as well as a full range of minerals that are often missing from diets.

Morning rituals to empower your day and change your life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about what your reality should be. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be. One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals.

 

Here are some the easiest yet life-changing rituals you can do every morning. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bedtime rituals, but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude
Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

2. Write down your most important tasks 
Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life. What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. This step will also prioritise and manage your time better.

3. Hot water with lemon
Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells.

4. Rise earlier
The practical advantages of waking up early include that you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or yoga, more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carrying out the other morning rituals! It has been shown that sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus promoting more restorative sleep. Studies also show for instance that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.

5 simple ways to relieve stress

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. In fact, 70% of adults say they feel stress or anxiety daily that can seriously impact their functionality and ability to carry out their daily tasks. Here are a few ways to relieve stress and anxiety that you can easily implement into your daily routine

  1. Exercise
    Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to beat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can help relieve mental stress, and the benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise. Try to find an activity you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock climbing or yoga. Activities that use repetitive movements of large muscle groups, such as walking or jogging, can be particularly stress relieving.
  2. Reduce your caffeine intake
    Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety. People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back.Although many studies show that coffee can be healthy in moderation, it’s not for everyone. In general, five or fewer cups per day is considered a moderate amount.
  3. Spend time with friends and family
    Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times. One study found that for women, in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. Furthermore, both men and women benefit from friendship. Another study found that men and women with the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
  4. Learn to say no
    Not all stressors are within your control, but some are. Take control over the parts of your life that you can change and are causing you stress. One way to do this may be to say “no” more often. This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, as juggling many responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Being selective about what you take on — and saying no to what will unnecessarily add to your load — can be a good start to controlling your stress levels.
  • Listen to soothing music
    Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body. Slow-paced instrumental music can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as stress hormones. Some types of classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian music can be particularly soothing, but simply listening to the music you enjoy is effective too. Nature sounds can also be very calming. This is why they’re often incorporated into relaxation and meditation music.

There are many things you can implement to attempt to reduce stress and anxiety if you find these few simple tips aren’t working for you, but they are a great start to put you on the right track for a less stressed mindset!

Why is it worth adding meditation to your beauty program?

Beauty it is not only what you see, but also what you radiate when you associate with others. It comes from inside you and that is what makes other people attracted to being around you and  radiate towards you and your energy. A simple key to reach the kind of beauty described is not hiding in anti- age or beauty creams. You have to connect with the real you. Your emotions and your thoughts can be clearly pictured on your face and if these are not positive, then your true beauty will not be able to shine through.

Stress and anxiety are part of all people’s lives and they are an obstacle to beauty in general. Stress and anxiety can be a destroyer of skin and a creator of lines and wrinkles on the skin. They can affect people by turning their skin dry and pale and also leading to bad dietary habits. So, don’t let it destroy you, eliminate it first!

What should you do?

You should be concentrated on your goal and your beauty program, which does not include stress, anxiety and wrinkles. All you have to do is to reduce negative thoughts and emotions which does sound hard, but can be managed. Meditation is the perfect way to achieve that and it can be easily added into your daily routine.

Meditation rules:

1. Wear comfortable clothes

2. Sit upright and comfortable

3. Relax, this is your moment
First of all, it would be preferable to meditate every morning when you wake up. Start by closing your eyes and breathe. Inhaling from nose, exhaling from mouth. Focus on your breath and make it deeper and slower. Think of your problems and all the things that have an influence on you and look at them from distance. You can solve them all when you are not in them. You are not a part of them anymore. Just focus on your breath. Do not pay attention to any thought coming. Acknowledge it and keep on breathing. Now you inhale positivity slowly and exhale your negativity sharply. Aim to do that for about 10 minutes every day and with practice it will become easier day by day. The results of meditation will make you wonder why you didn’t start it earlier! A happier and more energetic day with very low stress and anxiety levels will pay you back for those 10 minutes!

The clever way to consume calories

The worst trap in which people always caught in is the belief that calories are the only reason why they gain weight. Having that in mind, they think that the only way to lose weight is to reduce their daily calories. Of course this is true, but that is not the end of the story. The thing is that the calories from healthy fats aren’t equal in value with those from sugar.

So, generally, cleverness is not only people related, it is also food related! Specifically, there are calories that fill people’s bodies with energy without adding harmless fat in it and that fat is the one we need. These calories are the clever ones and you should start consuming whether you aim to lose weight or just want the best for your health and body!

All foods have calories

Calories are everywhere and that is not a bad thing! Because of them we can have energy and face our daily routines with strength. They are necessary and our body needs them for necessary functions. However, some people are afraid of consuming calories or they are obsessed with counting and tracking them, believing that they have to avoid them in order to lose weight. Nevertheless, there is a half side of calories’ history that is as bright as their benefits

What are clever calories?

If someone is used to following a diet with refined, processed and high sugar foods, they have no chance for weight loss. Their body would store these fats and they wouldn’t have the possibility to burn all of them. But if the individual  prefers to consume healthy fats, lean protein and carbs, they can eat a lot more food and lose weight at the same time!

The secret is that all of us should prefer to eat foods with nutritional value rather than the ones which have nothing to offer us, but stored fat in our body. And these are the clever calories, which are included in foods with sometimes high amount of calories or high amount of fat. The point is that we need this kind of calories and fat!

What should you eat?

Did you know that there are hormones which control metabolism, losing or gaining weight, mood and hunger? These hormones are influenced by the food we eat. If you choose the right food, you will see your life changing! Here’s a list of foods with clever calories:
– Fruits and berries
-Seeds, nuts and peanuts
-Eggs
-Seafood
-Vegetables
-Olive oil, coconut oil, butter from grass-fed cows
-Beans
-Whole grains (brown rice, oats, quinoa)
– Meats (lean beef, chicken breasts, lamb)
– Dark chocolate

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part III

We complete our discussion on our fabulous new Miss Vitality range.

In Part II of these series of blogs on Miss Vitality we continued our discussion and talked about Elevate, CoEnzyme Q10 and Illumination Formula.

We finish our series with the final three products in the range, which focus on following concerns:

Rosacea
Ageing
Hormonal imbalances
Dermatitis
Eczema
Compromised skin needing healing and repairing
Acne Prone Skin

 

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is the anti-ageing queen and scientifically developed to slow down the ageing process by protecting DNA and Telomeres. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each DNA strand that protect chromosomes. Without telomeres, the DNA strands become damaged and can’t do their job, therefore, resulting in ageing and inflammation.

Resveratrol is neuroprotective, cardioprotective and can also slow down the progression of Alzheimers.

This product is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory derived from the roots of Japanese Knotwood, one of the richest sources of Resveratrol. Many good quality skin care products contain Resveratrol, by taking this internally and externally you will be achieving optimum results in age prevention.

Curcumin Forte

Not just a cooking spice! Curcumin Forte is an anti-inflammatory buster! It contains the most potent part of the Turmeric plant which reduces inflammation in the body and skin.

It is suitable for everyone, especially people with arthritis or those who suffer from any inflammatory pain. Used together with Miss Vitality Good Oil, Curcumin Forte will inhibit pro-inflammatory markers.

Curcumin Forte can be a herbal alternative for anti-inflammatory painkillers.

Curcmeroids, which is the key ingredient, also balances sebum (oil) production in acne-prone skin and helps reduce inflammation for those who experience rosacea. It is excellent in detoxifying the body of lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Good Oil

This high potency Omega fish oil is sourced from small fish only such as sardines, anchovies, and whitebait which are less exposed to heavy metals.

Good Oil increases cellular elasticity and moisture to relieve symptoms of impaired and barrier-compromised skin. The essential fatty acids are beneficial in relieving dry, itchy skin conditions such as dandruff and dermatitis. It is also beneficial in eliminating folliculitis as this condition can indicate that the body lacks Omega 3.

The essential fatty acids in Good Oil help to protect and strengthen nerve cells and membranes, balance hormones and improve gut health.

Good Oil brings you all the benefits of a high quality fish oil without the fishy aftertaste.

In some cases when treating a health/skin condition or concern, it may be necessary to start with the highest recommended daily dosage until you see the required results. It could take 1 or two bottles for this to be achieved. Then continue on minimal dosage for maintenance.

Each product in the Miss Vitality range compliments each other. Therefore it is safe and effective to use them all together if you wish.

Please refer to our Shop By Concern categories under our Miss Vitality pages to see what products suit you best.