Avocados - Not Just An Ugly Fruit

Avocados - Not Just An Ugly Fruit

So, as you have probably guessed, we are obsessed with Avocados! Although they are certainly not the prettiest item to look at, they are a super unique type of fruit. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrates, while the avocado is high in healthy fats. You need healthy fats to help you absorb certain nutrients, such as fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K - all of which can be found in our Beauty Blend!) and antioxidants (like lycopene and beta-carotene).

 

Here we have some of the main nutritional benefits of adding avocado into our diets:

They are super nutritious.

Let’s get our geek on for a minute...

Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fibre so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

They contain more potassium than Bananas.

Potassium is a super important mineral that so many people do not have enough of in their diet. Avocados are loaded with potassium, which helps support healthy blood pressure levels.

They are naturally high in fibre.

Avocados tend to be high in fibre, approximately 7% by standard weight measures, which is much higher than other foods. Fibre is important in remaining healthy when losing weight, and maintaining our metabolic health.

Avocados are not only beneficial to our insides, they also have amazing effects on our skin!

 

Here we have selected 3 skin loving benefits of this totally underrated fruit:

Antioxidant Carotenoids for Healthy Skin.

Avocados are an amazing source of antioxidant carotenoids such as: alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These are free radical quenching properties that provide great protection for our skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Can we get a hallelujah!!!

 

An abundance of Vitamin C.

Avocados contain large amounts of vitamin C, which is an important factor in keeping our skin healthy. We should ideally have many sources of vitamin C in our diet every day as it is water soluble and cannot be stored in your body. In a nutshell, we can not overdose on Vitamin C.

As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind our skin cells together and help maintain their firmness and structure. It is never too early to think about wrinkle prevention ladies!

Moisturizing Monounsaturated Fatty Acids.

One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated.

Omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. For those who suffer from skin irritation and dryness regularly, eating more avocado is paramount for skin health and moisturization.

Omega-9 fatty acids are also one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados, and even more so avocado oil, are a great source of this skin moisturizing fat.

We love making our own facemasks and could not select one to share, soooo, we have included TWO as they are AMAZING!!!

1. Avocado Honey Face Mask.

This easy to make face mask for dry skin uses only 2 natural ingredients, namely, avocado and honey, both of which act as natural moisturizers. This mask works wonders for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado, remove the skin as well as the seed, and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry your face with a soft towel.

This avocado mask recipe works to impart a beautiful glow to your face. This face mask is not too sticky, but it is delicious!

2. Oatmeal Avocado Face Mask.

This acts as a great moisturising mask and helps in restoring damaged skin. Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions in the label on the oatmeal packet and mixed it well with the mashed avocado (without its skin and seed) until it turns into a pulp-free paste of uniform consistency. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries up. Once it’s done, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

 

Show us your Avocado smoothies, dishes or exciting ways to use it! Tag @omgdetox to be featured!

September 27, 2017 by Natalie Diver
The Autumn Survival Guide

The Autumn Survival Guide

The leaves are changing colour and the air is becoming more crisp, this can only mean one thing, ** said in the voice of Jon Snow** Autumn is coming!


We have spent all summer sculpting our bodies, protecting our skin and enjoying the sun. Although it is hibernation weather, we should not neglect ourselves, our bodies still need some serious TLC during the colder months.


So we have an Autumn Survival Guide for you to help you keep your glow without that sun kissed effect.


1. Hair

Treat yourself to a haircut to trim away the damage done by the sun, and salt and chlorinated water. This is also the perfect time to start nourishing your locks in order to prevent the damage winter can do.

Tip: Apply coconut oil to your hair once a week for a luxurious shine and deep moisture treatment without any harsh chemicals!

2. Skin

Prepare your skin for the colder months by getting into a regular moisturising routine. Now is the time to switch to a richer, creamier moisturiser. The cold, harsh air will dry out the skin and become dry and flaky. Remember to exfoliate first so you remove any dead skin cells and so that your skin can easily absorb the moisture.

Tip: Prevent dryness and flakiness by using a hydrating face mask or serum on a regular basis. Do not forget to still apply sunscreen. Just because the temperature may be low, does not mean the UV rays will be less detrimental.

3. Eyes

Cooler weather can dry our skins, especially the tender, delicate skin under your eyes. Make sure you use a moisturiser specifically for eyes.

Tip: Get rid of dark circles and puffiness by applying cool teabags, cucumber or coconut oil to the sensitive areas. Take care not to get it in your eyes!



4. Hands & Nails

Your hands are constantly exposed and can suffer from dryness in the colder season, especially around your joints. Keep them soft and hydrated by regularly applying hand cream.

The colder air can also make your nails more brittle, so be sure to file them at least once a week to avoid breakage.

  1. Nutrition

In the cold weather, the craving for heartier foods is something we all get (if we are honest). The appeal of salads disappears with the heat!

Here we have an awesome recipe for Apple Pie Porridge that will keep your energy levels and metabolism functioning throughout the day.

Ingredients:

2 medium peeled and diced apples.

2 heaped tablespoons of raisins.

¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.

400mls of sugar free apple juice (if you can press your own, that would be fabulous!).

100g rolled oats.

200ml of water, coconut or almond milk.

2 tsps of Oh My Glow Beauty Blend

Method:

Place the diced apple, raisins, cinnamon and apple juice in a saucepan, place the lid on, and  cook on a high heat for 3-4 minutes.

Add in the oats, Beauty Blend and water/milk and simmer for a further 2 minutes.

Serve in bowls and sprinkle with a little cinnamon for extra flavour if desired.

We have your back this Autumn, our Beauty Blend is loaded with skin loving vitamins and minerals. Oh My Glow Beauty Blend is a powdered supplement, made entirely from 10 superfoods with nothing else added. It is known to reduce bloating, clear skin, boost energy and aid weight loss! The perfect Autumn accessory for sexy skin!

September 21, 2017 by Natalie Diver
Recipe: Strawberry Tangerine Smoothie

Recipe: Strawberry Tangerine Smoothie

Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, strawberries are part of our amazing Oh My Glow superfood blend and a common ingredient in many smoothies. Not to mention, they taste AMAZING. Combined with targeting and added to coconut water? Even better. 

 

Try this:

8 (or so) good sized strawberries, chopped. 

2-3 tangerines (peeled and ready to blend) 

2 table spoons Oh My Glow

Unsweetened coconut milk to taste + texture

Ice 

 

Blend together and you'll have a heathy, guilt-free, antioxidant packed afternoon snack.

xo, Oh My Glow team

August 18, 2017 by Natalie Diver
How Stay Healthy When Traveling

How Stay Healthy When Traveling

Good morning loves!

In the midst of traveling, we thought we'd put together our best tips to stay healthy when traveling this summer.

  • Bring an empty, reusable water bottle with you in your carry-on. Most airports have drinking fountains and water stations, so if you bring one with you, you won't have to purchase the high-priced airport water ;)
  • Bring snacks! If you have a long-day of travel ahead, its best to keep you system on track by packing snacks it's already used to eating. Fresh fruits are a US-approced TSA carry-on item and granola bars are nice and easy!
  • Pack your carry on with a mini bathroom bag. Of course under 4oz of liquid is required for carry-on items, but things like dental floss, mints, hand lotion, chapstick, a hairbrush, and hand sanitizer can come in super handy if the rest are in your checked baggage. Plus, it gives you a nice way to refresh yourself between connecting flights.
  • Hydrate! Back to step one, make sure to hydrate yourself because flying can be extremely dehydrating to your skin and body. Although it's not ideal to slam down water prior to a flight, after it's over, make sure to up your intake to keep energized and feeling yourself. 

Safe Travels!

XO, Oh My Glow Team

 

June 26, 2016 by Natalie Diver
Summer Beach Survival Guide

Summer Beach Survival Guide!

Hello loves!

We LOVE the beach! BUT - we know how messy and aggravating it can be to pack up for a day in the sun. So here's some pro tips to help YOU make the best of it! Enjoy!

1. Bring an old fitted sheet to use as a beach mat

Flip it inside out and use your cooler, towels, shoes, (basically whatever you've got) to help keep the sides up. That way, when you step into it, you won't bring the sand in, and best of all: the wind won't blow the sand into your mat!

2. Worries about your belongings while your away? Bring a (clean) diaper!

No really, roll up your valuables into a clean diaper and it'll look like a dirty diaper near your beach bag. Likely no one will venture into THAT to check what's inside. OR for a more practical option, clean out an old lotion bottle and store keys and valuables in there :) 

3. Invest in some good beach chairs

We've found lugging a chair around isn't the brightest idea when searching for the perfect spot to plop down and relax, EXCEPT for when you have a backpack chair! Easy to cary, store, and super practical to help keep you off the hot sand. 

4. Aloe vera ice cubes really help with sunburn

Freeze it to help cool off and relieve the burn! Coconut oil is also great as a post-bur moisturizer :) **We suggest sunscreen, but whether or not you plan, sunburn can still happen, so this is our favorite fix.

5. Bring an extra set of towels for the car

If you're like us, getting sand and water on your car seats is not a very good option. So we stash an extra few towels in the car and use those to sit on during the ride home. PLUS, they make a great way to cover the center console or steering wheel to protect it from the heat

 

Happy Beach Days!

XO, Oh My Glow Team

June 26, 2016 by Natalie Diver
Breakfast Fruit Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

Recipe: Breakfast Popsicles!

Happy Summer Oh My Glow loves!

With the beach, pool, boating, and many more fun outdoor activities on our mind, we've found a perfect way to enjoy an on-the-go breakfast that's good for you and will help keep you cool during these hot days :)

The best part? All you'll need is a popsicle mold, yogurt, sliced fruit, and a freezer!

 

  • Start with the yogurt (we used vanilla, but go on and experiment!). Add a layer to the mold as a base. 
  • Next, add in your fruit slices (the closer to the edge of the mold they are, the more they will show through and look nice).
  • Glaze over with another layer of yogurt 
  • Put into the freezer and serve when frozen! Now You have HEALTHY frozen yogurt pops!

 

*Dip into granola or add granola to the mix for an extra yummy (and healthy) way to enjoy!

**Boost the nutrition and taste by adding in 2 tbs Oh My Glow to your mold!

 

XO, Oh My Glow Team

 

 

June 26, 2016 by Natalie Diver
Coconut Berry Detox Smoothies

Coconut-Berry Detoxing Smoothie

Summer's here! What's better than cooling down with an ice-cold smoothie? A good-for-you smoothie, that's what! This one is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and even some protein! And even better - It's super simple and FAST to make, which we all have time for!

 

Here's the recipe:

- 1/2 cup blueberries 

- 1/2 cup strawberries 

- 2 tbs Oh My Glow 

- Chia seeds (to taste -- we added 1 tbs)

- ~1 cup Coconut milk (to taste/texture again, it's up to you!)

- 1 tbs honey for sweetness (again, add to taste)

- ice to taste/texture 

 

*Try substituting the fruits for a tasty new flavor! (Strawberry-banana, Mango-pineapple, Blackberry-mango, etc)

**Boost the protein by adding in a protein powder or a greek yogurt of choice!

 

xoxo, Oh My Glow Team

June 20, 2016 by Natalie Diver
Summer Reading List

Oh My Glow Summer Reading List

Hey Loves!

Summertime is a GREAT time to slow it down and relax with an amazing book! (Or E-Book, we get it!) Either way, whichever floats your boat, we suggest these great finds to boost productivity, wellness, leadership skills, motivation, and FUN! 

 

1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - Jen Sincero

This one is a great motivational (and funny) pick-me-up, but also inspire-me book :) 

2. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek 

Again, another great feel-good book. But this one also lets you look into yourself a bit to challenge your way's of thinking and looking at the world. We give it two thumbs up for that reason :)

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie 

The title says it all! This is a motivational book on how to make ANY situation work FOR you :) 

4. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

AMAZING, AMAZING read. This one is completely positive and will leave you feeling EXCELLENT chapter after chapter. This also makes a really great gift for anyone going through a tough time

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling

OK -- This one isn't a motivational, leadership how-to, or an inspiring book as the rest are, BUT how could we NOT read this?? Of course it isn't released until the 31st of July, but hey, we're PUMPED! (When you grow up with these characters and story lines, it is a complete MUST-HAVE for any reading list)

6. ANY John C. Maxwell book (We suggest the complete collection for the fullest effect)

Motivational, inspiring, feel-good, and very informative, this collection will be sure to develop you in more ways than you knew possible. 

 

We're curious to know, what's on your summer reading list?

Send us some love using #omgdetox 

XO

June 20, 2016 by Natalie Diver
Exercises To Add To Your Workout

5 Exercises You You Need to Add to Your Workouts

Happy #MOTIVATIONMONDAY loves!

 

Today we're talking fitness! We all know how important regular physical exercise is to our mind, body, and overall health. We've come up with a list of 5 exercises that we're willing to bet YOU aren't incorporating into your workouts, and you should for optimal results. 

1. Dead Lifts (Back days): While cardio, legs, and biceps are great workouts to keep in your regimen, we suggest adding 1 back day per week. Your back is going to be similar to your core, the better strengthened and conditioned it is, the stronger you will be. Fun fact: Adding in regular back exercises to your workout regimen will actually help to RELIEVE constant back pain by strengthening the muscles that ache. 

2. Bench Press: YES, this IS important ladies and gents! Chest workouts are not just for men! Ladies, if you leave these essential muscles untrained you are actually setting yourself up poorly for the other muscle groups you are training! This could lead to muscle strains, unbalanced/disproportioned muscle tone, and most certainly weaker muscles than if had you trained them. Fun fact: Training your chest muscles will actually HELP you train your other upper body muscles (biceps, triceps, etc).

3. Squats: Here's why they're important: We all want strong glutes! Want that nicely shaped, toned, and shapely back-side? Squats will help you get there! Don't skip out on these because they're difficult, CHALLENGE yourself to complete these at least 1x per week to help achieve your best back-side yet.

4. Push ups: UGH. Dreaded push-ups. But YES they are important, and YES they are valuable. Not only do they help to tone and strengthen your arms and chest, but they also help increase core strength (Hello, six-pack!) Add 3 sets of 10 into your routine at least 1x per week

5. Stretching: OK-so this isn't an official "exercise" move, but it IS incredibly important to your workout routine. After a great workout, stretching your muscle groups out will help promote recovery and flexibility. It is also a great way to warm-up before a workout session. Try adding 5 minutes in at the end of your workout this week and see what a difference you feel.

 

xo, Oh My Glow Team

 

June 20, 2016 by Natalie Diver
Weekend Workouts Tips

5 Tips to Surviving Weekend Workouts (and Actually Doing Them)

It's Friday loves (Finally!) and we all know what that means...THE WEEKEND IS HERE! Time to punch out on that timecard, throw some fun music on, roll the windows down and go anywhere but the office! OR THE GYM. (cue the horror music) ;)

Just kidding! We all know working out is good for us, but let's face it, working out on our precious weekends is just not motivating. We want to sleep in, eat what we want, lay on the couch or lounge by the pool - basically we want to do ANYTHING but think about exercising after how exhausted we are from the week (that's MORE work, duh)

So we've pulled together a few tips to help motivate you to get going this weekend and master that workout!

1. Start your day early (Yes...for real. Trust us, it's worth it). When you start your day off with a great workout, even on a weekend, you basically feel like a super-human version of yourself. Get up at a decent hour, get to the gym early and knock it out. You'll feel productive right off the bat! (Wait too long into the day and you'll inevitably convince yourself to not go). So just do it, get it done, and move along! After a good workout, you pretty much feel invincible, so take that as a great feeling to start your weekend. 

2. Update your playlist! It's super difficult to get motivated for a run, walk, or gym session without the proper mindset. Music is one of those "things" that can put you in just about any mood you desire, so if it's difficult to get yourself motivated, throw on a playlist that really gets you pumped! It'll be much easier to get through your workout :)

3. Get a gym buddy. If you are held accountable by another person (friend, family member, whoever!) you are much more likely to actually get the workout done (and done well). Plus, workouts with a friend are great for changing up the workouts you would normally do by yourself (and if you weight train, now you have someone to spot you!)

4. Get outside! Want to motivate yourself to enjoy working out a bit more? Do something that your mind won't see as a "workout"! Paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, hiking, walking in a park, walking your pet(s), getting involved in a weekend recreation club or league that plays a physical sport like kickball, soccer, football, etc! There are SO many ways to "sneak" your workout in without even noticing you "worked out" (until after when you're super sore and were glad you ended up working out on the weekend) 

5. Try something you've never done! Working out CAN be fun! Whether you try Yoga or Pilates, Crossfit, a new class at the gym, or even a new jogging route, try and spice up your routine on the weekends! After all, you do have more time do devote to it, so you might as well use it to try new things and figure out what you like to do best :) 

 

And lastly,

Fuel your body with GOOD FOR YOU food! Don't kill your weekend workouts with an awful post-workout meal. Make sure to fuel up pre and post-workout to set yourself up for success and the feeling of ultimate satisfaction. You'll be energized and ready to tackle whatever else you want to do with your days off! 

Enjoy!

xo, Oh My Glow Team

June 17, 2016 by Natalie Diver