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An Accidental Hippie

Your place to discover how good healthy living can be

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We all know someone—and it may even be YOU—who is just filled to the brim with ambition! You know the type…a passionate, goal-oriented go-getter with a strong desire and drive to reach their dreams no matter what it takes. But all that hustle can sometimes work against you if you don’t keep your ambition focused on the positive and on the healthy side. Healthy ambition is key when working toward goals! Unhealthy ambition on the other hand, can lead you straight down the road into Burnout Town. Not only mentally, but physically. It’s always best to avoid unhealthy behaviors in business—because chances are, this will only lead to failure and even burnout. Check out the difference between the good, the bad, and the burnout—and see where you stand! Healthy Ambition Practices humility. Has something to offer. Practices gratitude. Has nothing to prove. Is open to new ideas from others.

Unhealthy Ambition Feels entitled. Selfish and threatened by the success of others. Takes on responsibilities without knowing why. Lacks gratitude. Does not celebrate the success of others.

Avoiding Burnout Actively manage your time. Learn how to manage stress. Get more exercise and fresh air. Give yourself time to breathe. Spend some screen-free time: no phone, no laptops, no tv, etc. Self-care is key Are you on the right track of Healthy Ambition? Take some time to evaluate where you stand in your business and career and see where you can improve and continue to grow! Enjoy reading this blog? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more!

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Skincare Smoothie Sunday? Yes, Please!

Skincare Smoothie Sunday is our favorite! Who doesn’t love a refreshing smoothie to start the day or as an energy boost? Fresh fruit and veggies are nature’s candy, after all…so taking advantage of their powerful impact on our skin from the inside out is a no-brainer.

If you aren’t already setting aside time each week to show yourself a little extra love from the inside out with some healthy treats—especially ones that double as an amazing boost for healthy skin—then the time is now!

When you think of skincare, you probably think of your daily routine of cleansers, essence, serums and moisturizers. Of course these are vital to obtaining and retaining healthy-looking, beautiful skin. But remember…you are what you eat! So be sure to feed your skin right!



It’s All Good

So what is it exactly that makes a smoothie so great for your skin? There are so many benefits to feeding your glow other than the taste bud bliss.

First, you’ll be using fresh fruits and veggies, which are an incredible and natural source of vitamins and nutrients. Artificial ingredients please step away from the blender! And forget about adding any processed sugars to your blend, too. Fruit has natural sugars built right in, so no need for anything extra!

Most of the ingredients you will use are compliments of Mother Nature—and a great source of and antioxidants—something your skin will definitely thank you for. Take raspberries for example, not only can they protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, they can reduce signs of aging and help treat inflammation. Sign us up!

Nourishing your body with the essential nutrients of a homemade smoothie has never been tastier! This delicious Glowing Skin Smoothie recipe made from raspberries, dates, bananas, flax seeds is a fan fave!



Glowing Skin Smoothie

2 cups water (500 milliliters)

1 tbsp flax seeds

2 bananas

2 cups frozen raspberries

6 dates


Ingredients

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. It’s as simple as that!

Of course you don’t have to limit your smoothies to Sundays, but it’s a great start to a new and tasty habit designed to help give you that incredible glow you’ve been craving…from the inside out!

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Cooking at Home

I know for someone who isn’t use to cooking for themselves cooking at home on a regular basis can seem daunting. When I was younger, I was a horrible cook! Since I had no clue what I was doing I bought a lot of pre-made, box dinners where I just had to add meat. Whenever I tried a recipe things didn’t turn out half bad though. I started thinking maybe I could become a better cook someday. I use to hate cooking, but as the years have gone by I have not only found it to be much easier, but it actually has become something I really enjoy. I think you could enjoy it too.

Here are some of my best tips.-

1. Buy quality ingredients. I know, I know. “You can’t afford to buy expensive organic food.” But, I challenge you to look at how much you’re spending now on food and sugary drinks. You may be surprised. Quality ingredients do cost more initially, but the investment is worth it when you realize how much your saving from not going out to eat and how much better you start to feel from eating clean ingredients in your food.

2. Make the decision. You have to make the decision that you’re going to make the time to cook for yourself. Sounds almost ridiculous, right? But the truth is, if you don’t make the decision to take the time to nourish your body through healthful, delicious food that you’re cooking for yourself than it isn’t going to happen.

3. Meal planning. This is one of my biggest suggestions for you. Planning your meals will make cooking at home so much easier. Grab this calendar template here to write down all your meals for the week or even month

4. Cook once, eat twice. You should always aim to cook more than you need for one meal. Since you’re already cooking, make extra so you can cook once, but eat twice. This will save you time and also prevent you from driving through somewhere to catch dinner on one of those nights where you just feel too tired or rushed to cook. I use these meal containers to freeze my extra meals.

5. Invest in some good cooking utensils and cookware. Having the proper equipment in your kitchen really can make all the difference when it comes to prepping your meals. I suggest investing in a good set of knives and some stainless steel cookware.

I hope this helps you to get started on your own cooking journey. I’ve gathered some of my favorite easy recipes here to help you get you started.




CRISPY SLOW COOKER CARNITAS-Recipe found at gimmesomeoven.com



Farmer's Market Stir Fry- Recipe found at 100daysofrealfood.com



Sausage, Peppers and Onions over Rice- Recipe found at AnAccidentalHippie.com


Italian Chicken Sheet Pan Supper- Recipe found at foodnetwork.com


Classic Chili- Recipe found at thewholesomedish.com