Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

After I get my girls their breakfast in the morning is one of my favorite parts of the day.  Sipping coffee with a healthy muffin, while I do my morning devotions equals perfection. Love getting my day started with the Lord and let me tell you what better way than with yummy baked goodness? We’re doing no added sugar for the month of January and these muffins have become our treat. Hubby and kids gobble them up so I’ve been making them on the daily. Good thing they are SO SO SO easy.

Not a big fan of stevia, but these unsweetened chocolate chips are to die for. Here’s the link on amazon, but you can buy them at whole foods as well. Be sure that your apple juice has no sugar added and that your oats are JUST oats in the ingredient list. Not going to ramble on because let’s be honest you just want the recipe.

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A Little Taste of Summer ~ Acai Bowls

After coming home from Maui last month I became obsessed with Acai Bowls. They’re deliciously refreshing and can be found anywhere on the island. Figured why not bring a little touch of summer into my life every day and make them at home. Not even kidding, I’ve had one almost every day since. We’re doing no-sugar January and it’s been the perfect replacement for my ice-cream addiction. Love eating healthy 90% of the time, but ice-cream has been my weakness for as long as I can remember. For those of you who know me, you’ll be shocked to know it’s been 10 days! The only reason I’ve been able to do it is because of my these acai bowls.

The acai berry is actually one of the healthiest berries you’ll ever find. Found in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest, the small, dark purple berries are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids ~ making them a super food. Being highly perishable we find them in the US as a frozen puree, making them perfect for smoothie bowls. An acai bowl is basically a really thick smoothie that’s been topped with granola.

Acai does your body good from the inside-out. From boosting energy to being a great anti-ager, they have so many benefits. The high amount of antioxidants helps balance your cholesterol, as well as boost your immune system. They have twice as many antioxidants as blueberries. The superfood also helps you maintain a healthy weight, by having the ability to reduce fat deposits. Umm… yes please!!! They help keep your digestive system clean by using the dietary fiber as detoxification. As if that wasn’t everything the nutrition in the berries gives your skin a healthy glow as well. So basically what I’m saying is you’d be CRAZY not to add them to your diet. Whether for breakfast, lunch or a snack… you’ll love them! They look delicious, are healthy, keep me full for so long and most importantly satisfy my craving for something sweet.

Be creative with your bowls and feel free to top with whatever fruit you have in the fridge. You can use almond milk or coconut milk instead of yogurt. Some people love to top with peanut butter, but here’s my favorite way to eat them:

Acai Puree Pack (un-sweetened)
1 Frozen Banana
Scoop of Plain Greek Yogurt

Pour in a bowl and top with sliced strawberries and kiwi. I also add macadamia nuts, unsweetened coconut and granola. Then if I want to make it an extra-special treat, i’ll add a little of these chocolate chips. SO DELISH! Comment and let me know what ya’ll think. 

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Give the Gift of Safer Beauty

Christmas is only 11 days away ~ I think it’s safe to say it’s getting close to last minute. Here are some wonderful options to cross a few people off your list. It’s no secret that we LOVE to give or receive a deliciously scented bath or body product…but what might not be known is that MOST lotions and washes contain NASTY synthetic ingredients. When you shop with Beautycounter, rest assured that NONE of our ingredients contain “fragrance” or parabens linked to cancer or hormone disruption.

Winter Glow Body Duo! $55 US/ $68 CAN (Savings of $24) or Citrus Mimosa Hand Duo! $39 US/ $48 CAN (Savings of $17)

Now for the makeup junkies out there…DON’T gift makeup with heavy metals! (Which is found in MOST cosmetics here in the U.S!) Need a bold or timeless look? Smoldering lids, precise definition, big, BEAUTIFUL lashes…this is an incredible gift!

Smokey or Nudes Eye Trio $38 US/ $46 CAN ($33 savings)

Let’s talk LIPS. Lead is banned in paint and gas but is in 95% of conventional lipsticks sold in the U.S! Not to mention…women consume roughly 7 POUNDS of lip product in her lifetime! Pucker up with the perfect pout this Holiday season! Trust us, your best friend, sister, girlfriends will THANK YOU!

Polished Pout Trio-Nudes: $48 US/ $58 CAN ($39 Savings)

The Winter Jewels Palette is one of my favorite Holiday gifts this year! Add a subtle glow with the gorgeous highlighting powder and stunning bronzers. Whether you’re shopping for yourself OR a loved one—you can’t go wrong!

Winter Jewels Palette $58 US/ $70 CAN

Get your GLOW on with this last-minute gift set—perfect for ANYONE on your list ~ our Daily Detox Charcoal Set is sure to impress! $52 US ($20 Savings)

If you’d like your order to arrive before Christmas ~ The cut off for priority shipping in the US is December 18th and the 17th for Canada. Here’s the link to Shop. Have a wonderful week enjoying the Holidays with your family.

Xo Jo

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