Honest Tea – Just a tad sweet and honest to goodness it’s good!

This is a tea I always grab before I leave my local health food store.

Hey! I deserve it!

I have concurred my grocery list.

I’m ready for a refreshingly good beverage to sip on as I make my journey home.

To all the ladies and gentlemen that grocery shop you know it’s not always easy! haha…

honest tea - my honest thoughts

Today I grabbed the Mango White Tea.

Why it’s good –


Fair Trade Tea & Sugar


Never tried Honest Tea? Read how they brew their tea and sweeten it! And next time you want some honest to goodness good tea try it!

Trader Joe’s Organic Liquid Stevia Review



What is Stevia?

Stevia is a plant.

If you are new to Stevia, let me help you catch up. You can find out more about Stevia and what it is here and here.

Is Stevia safe?

The food babe did a awesome post that is packed full of helpful information about Stevia.

Fun Facts on Stevia:

  • Stevia is a plant.
  • You can purchase Stevia in powder and liquid form.
  • Stevia is a lot sweeter than sugar.
  • Stevia is calorie-free.

Now for my review on the Organic Liquid Stevia from Trader Joe’s.

I love that it comes with a dropper, this makes it handy for those who want a couple drops in their coffee, tea or smoothies. Everyone has their own preference but I actually like the liquid over the powder.  For me the taste was something I had to get used to. But that is just the stevia taste in general nothing to do with the Trader Joe’s brand. Overall this product is great and Stevia is a great alternative to sugar and other artificial sweeteners.








BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 3 – Gluten Free Crackers: Everything Non GMO

Gluten Free Crackers: Everything Non GMO from Costco



I love Milton products and for years I bought the Milton bread at Costco. When I spotted these crackers I knew I had to try them. They are tasty and after reading the product highlights it makes them even more yummy!

Product Highlights:

+ Certified Gluten-Free
+ Non GMO Project Verified
+ No High Fructose Corn Syrup
+ Orthodox Union Kosher
+ rBST Free
+ Xanthan Gum Free
+ Peanut and Nut Free
+ Certified Vegetarian
+ No Trans Fat
+ Baked, Not Fried

These puppies can go fast in our house so buying in bulk at Costco helps. The kiddos and I love these for a healthy snack just the way they are or if you want to get fancy you can add some cheese or dip. And for those looking for Gluten free these are amazing!!! We love Gluten free snacks that taste this good! 😉


Happy Gluten Free!


Sunburst Foods order and product review

Our first order with Sunburst Foods  was a little over a year ago and we’ve order several times since. Or first order with them we tried their one pound of organic raw carob powder and one pound of organic dried chia seeds.  If the Sunburst foods slogan “Superfoods Bursting with Life” isn’t enough to peek your interest,  all the amazing products they carry will. They have an awesome variety and their website has categories like –  Superfood powers, super greens, super blends, sprout powders, super juices, nut butters, super meals, energy bars, super vitamins, seeds and berries, cacao and protein. Now tell me after reading a menu like that one, you don’t want to  buy and try every super food they offer!


Their website is super easy to navigate and they state on their site that they strive to offer organic, raw, non-GMO, and vegan Superfoods, dried at low temperatures, to supply you with a bounty of vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients for super health. They are dedicated to finding the highest quality Superfoods available.

They give a very detailed and complete description of all products such as the Botanical Name, Other names the superfood might go by, Possible Benefits, Country of Origin, Storage Instructions etc. They even list quick highlights of the products like:

Product Highlights

  • Organic
  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • 100% pure
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • High in antioxidants
  • High in protein
  • High in Omega-3’s
  • High in fiber

As you can tell I was highly impressed with their website and it’s details.

Another super cool thing is they offer  organic, raw, 100% pure, non-GMO, and vegan Superfoods that are dried at low temperatures and lab-tested. You can read more on their quality assurance here.

Ordering was a breeze, their prices are good and I like being able to order in bulk if needed. The shipping isn’t a make it or break it deal for me but they do offer FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $99 All other orders only $5.99. So that was a plus.

My orders always arrive quickly and the product is fresh and I am always pleased.

Since our first order we have tried several of their products such as – Organic Raw Cracked-Cell Chlorella Powder, Organic Raw Extra Large Goji Berries and more!

*WE WERE GIVEN NOTHING FROM SUNBURST SUPERFOODS FOR THIS REVIEW. We have continued to purchase from this company because they have delivered amazing superfoods and our experience has been flawless.

Eliminating Toxins

How can you support and help detoxify your body?

Eliminate toxins.


Start your day with a cup of warm water and add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.

Exercise regularly: Find an exercise you love and stick with it.

Hangout in Saunas, hot yoga, Epsom salt baths and relax.

Twice a year you can introduce eating clean for a week: Fresh organic steamed veggies, organic meat and NO processed and packaged foods.

Eat and drink Super foods:

Prepare meals or juice with broccoli, kale, cabbage, dandelion greens, turmeric, apples, beets, artichoke, seaweed and garlic.

Source: WomenSense

The Gluten Free lifestyle Part 2: Hidden Sources of Gluten

It’s easy to recognize gluten in food like breads, pastas and pastries, but it can be a bit harder to find the hidden sources of gluten in other products and foods. Below is a list of the hidden sources of Gluten.

These ingredients and additives can include gluten, but sources must be carefully scrutinized. For example, modified food starch from corn is considered gluten-free, so long as no wheat starch is included. Apple cider vinegar is acceptable, but distilled vinegars contain gluten. If you’re unsure, check the labels or contact the manufacturer for detailed production information.

  • Binders
  • Blue cheese
  • Brown rice syrup (if barley malt enzyme is used)
  • Buckwheat flour and soba noodles (if combined with wheat)
  • Caramel coloring (made from barley malt enzymes)
  • Coatings
  • Colorings
  • Dextrins
  • Dispersing agents (i.e., cellulose, citric acid)
  • Emulsifiers
  • Excipients (added to prescription medications to achieve desired consistency)
  • Extracts (in grain alcohol)
  • Fillers
  • Flavorings (in grain alcohol)
  • Flours, breads, cereals, crackers, pasta, sauces and condiments made with the primary gluten source grains or their derivatives
  • Grain alcohol (beer, ale, rye, scotch, bourbon, grain vodka)
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Malt or malt flavoring (barley malt)
  • Modified starch, modified food starch (when derived from wheat)
  • Mono-and diglycerides (made using a wheat-starch carrier)
  • Oils (wheat germ oil and any oil with gluten additives)
  • Preservatives
  • Soy sauce (when fermented using wheat)
  • Spices (if contain anti-caking ingredients)
  • Starch (made from primary gluten source grains)
  • Vegetable gum (when made from oats)
  • Vegetable protein
  • Vinegars (distilled clear and white or with a mash starter)
  • Vitamin E oil

Source: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/special-diets/gluten-free


1. Scrambled Eggs: Some restaurants add pancake batter to their scrambled eggs to make them fluffier.
2. Fish/Seafood: Sometimes fish and seafood is dusted with flour to keep it from sticking to a cooking surface.
3. Vegetables: They could be steamed in the same water that is used to prepare/reheat pasta.
4. Soups: The soup base, or roux, is often made from a flour base.
5. Potato chips and tortilla chips: These are often contaminated with gluten when they are prepared in a fryer that is used to fry other breaded and battered foods.
6. French fries: Can be coated with a flour mixture, and just like chips, they some often contaminated with gluten when they are fried in a fryer that is used to fry other breaded and battered foods.
7. Crab: Make sure to eat real crab!! Real crab is gluten-free, imitation crab often is not.
8. Sauces: Oftentimes, the base of sauces are made with a roué, which uses flour.  Other sauces, like soy sauce and teriyaki sauce typically contained fermented wheat.
9. Burgers/Meatballs/Meatloaf: Breadcrumbs are often added to burgers, meatballs, and meatloaf.
10. Mashed potatoes: Flour is sometimes added to mashed potatoes as a thickening agent.
11. Vegan meat substitutes: Vegan meats products are often made from wheat.
Make sure that you talk with the restaurant manager to find gluten-free items on the menu before ordering. Remember to tell the manager or chef that both the meal AND its preparation must be gluten-free.
Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7731/11-hidden-sources-of-gluten.html


  • Foods that may contain soy sauce, such as in an Asian restaurant. Soy sauce contains wheat unless you purchase a wheat free version. You’re not likely to find that in a restaurant.
  • Sauces of all types, including salad dressings and condiments, marinades, gravies
  • French fries are often dusted in flour to give them more crunch. So even if they are cooked in fresh oil they are still not safe to eat.
  • Pilafs often contain rice shaped pasta, called orzo.
  • Spice mixtures may use wheat as an anti-caking agent, filler, or thickening agent.
  • Foods that come prepared may have gluten hidden in a filler or thickener, or a coating or sauce. In restaurants these foods are very common.
  • Processed cereals often contain barley malt.
  • Ice cream may have flour as an anti-crystallizing agent.
  • Beverages such as rice or soy may have barley malt or malt enzymes may have been used in manufacture.
  • Beer, unless it’s marked gluten free.
  • Imitation fish, bacon, lunch meats, self-basting poultry
  • Stuffings
  • Communion wafers

Source: http://www.gluten-free-around-the-world.com/sources-of-gluten.html#sthash.1F6cFH0W.dpuf


We hope you found this list helpful in your Gluten Free lifestyle.

Top Signs of Dehydration

With winter here. Dehydration is still a serious issue. The loss of too much fluid from your body, does not occur just during the hot days of summer and I think a lot of people don’t find themselves as thirsty when it’s cold outside.

Top Signs your body is Dehydrated:

  • Dry & Chapped Lips

  • Headaches

  • Dry or Cracked Skin

  • Achy Joints and Muscle Cramps

  • Fatigue and Weakness


Some other causes of dehydration:

Bad breath, fever and chills, food cravings, especially for sweets.


Some drinks that can cause dehydration:

Alcohol, energy drinks, and even caffeine as it has a slight diuretic effect.


How to Check If You’re Dehydrated:

Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow, Higgins explains. Yellow, chardonnay, and orange are the “warning” colors to watch for. When your body is about three percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about five percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated – which is considered severely dehydrated – your urine will appear orange.



Tips for Staying Hydrated:

  • Keep your water bottle handy. “If it’s right next to you, you’ll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realizing it,” says Sakimura.
  • Spice up plain water. “If you don’t love plain water, jazz it up by adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh or frozen fruit,” says Sakimura. “Or, try naturally flavored, calorie-free seltzers (my personal favorite) — their fizz and fruit flavor makes them more appealing than plain, flat water.”
  • Try different teas. Sakimura recommends reaching for unsweetened flavored teas, which are available in lots of different flavors. “Sip fruity iced teas during the day (with lots of ice if it’s hot out) or cozy up with a mug of hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night — they all count towards your daily fluid goal.”
  • Makeover your snacks. “Swap dry, carby snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers — which have a very low water content — with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter, and cut veggies with hummus,” recommends Sakimura.
  • Pile on the produce. “Aim to make half your plate produce at meals. All those vegetable and fruit servings will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sakimura.
  • Sip more during meals. “Sipping water with meals will help you eat more slowly, pace your eating, and of course stay hydrated,” Sakimura adds.
  • Opt for room temperature or cooler water. When it comes to fluids, steer clear of extreme temperatures. When ice water comes into the stomach it constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which help the stomach function properly and help with water absorption, explains Higgins. “Ice water will just sit in your stomach until it warms up. If you hear water swishing around in your stomach, it means the water is not getting absorbed,” says Higgins. Fluids that are cooler or room temperature are better options.

When it comes to total water intake, which includes water gained from foods and other beverages like tea and milk, the Institute of Medicine recommends that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day (or about 12 cups), and most men get about 3.7 liters a day (or about 15 cups).

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/unusual-signs-of-dehydration/

The Good and The Bad Foods for your Skin

Keeping a nutritious diet supports your immune system and it helps support your skin defenses too.



Fatty acids, whole grains, vitamin B and lots of fruits. These foods and nutrients can help your skin fight bacteria that causes acne.

The good foods for clear skin:

  • Fatty Acids: wild salmon, cod, flaxseeds, almonds

  • Whole grains: brown rice, wild rice, barley, whole-wheat bread

  • Vitamin B6: cauliflower, sunflower seeds, walnuts, avocado

  • Fruits: kiwi, pomegranate, papaya, peach, lemon, berries, apples and bananas


These nutrient-poor foods contain bad substances that can cause skin reactions that lead to acne. Cut out these foods or reduce.

The bad foods that bother your skin:

  • Caffeine: coffee, tea, colas and energy drinks

  • Sugar: candy, soda, desserts and syrups

  • Processed Foods: hot dogs, canned soup, tv dinners, instant noodles

  • Greasy foods: chips. fried foods, fast food, margarine