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DIY Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

When it comes to taking good care of our health it doesn’t just stop at exercising and eating good clean high quality foods these days. So many personal care products are full of synthetic chemicals and toxins that harm our health as well.

Our skin is our largest organ and is capable of absorbing 60% of what we put on it so you better believe what you put on your skin will contribute to your overall health.

“Some of the most dangerous and toxic chemicals found in personal care products are also some of the most common ingredients in products you may be using today.” -Katheryn Seppamaki | functionaldiagnosticnutrtion.com

Now I’ll admit, it can be quite overwhelming when people are telling you you need to change your diet, start exercising, and then on top of that you even need to swap out pretty much all your home and beauty products you have been using for probably your whole life..

For some people, maybe that’s you, the information overload can be enough to paralyze you and consequently cause you to not make any change at all.

Start slow if all this is new to you..small changes over time will eventually lead to a complete lifestyle change. Don’t try and tackle more than you can handle and contribute to even more stress in your life that you don’t need. When it comes to swapping out home and beauty products just do one at a time and eventually before you know it your home and beauty products will be toxin/chemical free!

With that being said, this is one of my favorite new recipes I have been using to make a natural body scrub. It is SO SIMPLE and you most likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen already!

The dangerous part about this recipe is that it is edible and includes sugar, so you technically could eat it. I would recommend not even trying it because once you do, you will find yourself using it as a snack in the shower instead of a body scrub..yes I am guilty of this lol!! The good news though is because it is made of all edible ingredients you know it is perfectly healthy for your skin and free of any nasty chemicals.

This natural body scrub recipe is made up of only 3 simple ingredients:

Coconut Oil: a natural chemical free moisturizer with disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. It is also rich in  many proteins that keep the skin healthy and rejuvenated.

Ever since I have started using coconut oil on my skin my skin has never felt so soft and smooth.

Sugar: Just simple refined white sugar acts as a natural exfoliant when combined with the coconut oil that will successfully scrape off excess dead skin as well as get rid of unwanted substances that might be clogging your pores. You can choose more coarse sugars that are less refined if you want a rougher scrub.

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice: The fresh squeezed lime juice will also help to scrub out dead cells and most of all in combination with the coconut oil it simply smells amazing! It’s so refreshing and will make you wish you were at a beach drinking a pina colada.

You could also use lime essential oil as well for this recipe.

If you’re ready to swap out your toxin/chemical filled body scrubs for this natural homemade scrub I don’t think you will be disappointed. It would also make for an easy homemade gift!

Now due to the nature of the saturated fat in the coconut oil it will harden in colder temperatures so if you are using this in the winter time just run the jar under a little bit of hot water and it will soften up pretty quickly. You also can just scrape some out with your hand and it will soften automatically in the warmth of your hands.

Enjoy!

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients

  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 2 parts sugar (just plain white refined works great or you can choose a different less refined sugar depending on the consistency you want the scrub to be)
  • juice of fresh squeezed lime (there isn’t an art here, just squeeze enough in until it smells like you would like it to)
  • 1 glass jar

Directions

  1. Mix all together in a mixing bowl until well combined and then scoop into your desired glass container.
  2. Depending on the temperature, you may need to warm the coconut oil up just slightly to a consistentcy that will mix easily.

This Week’s Meals 2/14/16

Here is another week’s worth of what we ate at the Finch house for lunches and dinner’s!

This was actually what we ate all last week but I never got around to writing it until now. I usually only post lunches and dinner’s because breakfast is typically the same every morning at our house. If you would like to see what we usually eat for breakfast you can check out my breakast edition post.

Make sure to read all the way to the end of this post though because I have included a delicious grain free waffle recipe with a chocolate coconut cream sauce you won’t want to miss!! I tried this out on Saturday as a special treat for us to switch it up and ..oh my word!!!

Monday

Lunch: Avocado Chicken Salad with a side of baby carrots

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Photo Credit: becomingbetty.blogspot.com

Dinner: Spaghetti and a side salad from Capizzi’s (local restaurant)

*Young Life club started back up last Monday and we are always provided a free meal by our committee. I usually always eat this even though it’s typically a not so healthy meal because they go out of their way to provide it for us. If this were an everynight thing then that would be a different story. Once a week I am ok with. Plus I don’t have to cook or clean dishes that night!*

Tuesday

Lunch: Leftover Avocdao Chicken Salad

Dinner: Grass-Fed Beef Burger Salad with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Salad Incudes: Spinach, topped with grass-fed beef burger patties, tomato slices, sauteed onions, bell peppers and mushrooms and Stubb’s BBQ sauce

Wednesday

Lunch: Citrusy Shaved Zucchini and Sardine Salad

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I know I know..sardines?!! Most of you probably can’t stand even the thought of eating these, but if you can learn to like them they are so good for you. They are an excellent non-dairy source of calcium as well as omega 3 fatty acids. I buy Wild Planet wild caught sardines from Kroger as they are one of the highest qualities. I used a vegetable spiralizer to make my zucchini into noodles for this recipe. It was so easy to put together for a quick lunch. I’m sure you could top it with any fish you like and it would still be good.

Dinner: Leftover Grass-Fed Burger Salad with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday

Lunch: Citrusy Shaved Zucchini and Sardine Salad

Dinner: Zuppa Tuscana

I don’t have a picture or a link for this one..I’m sorry! I found this recipe off of the instagram account @whole30recipes and it is a delicious and easy hearty soup that’s great to make ahead to last you throughout the week for lunch or dinner. Here is how to make it..

Ingredients: 1-2 pound grass-fed ground beef, 1-2 tsp crushed red peppers, 1 large white onion, diced, 2 tsp. minced garlic, 32 oz. broth or 4 cups, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 3 large potatoes thinly sliced, 1/2 bunch of kale chopped

Directions: Saute the beef with red pepper flakes. In a large pot, saute the onion, and garlic until soft in some olive oil or butter. Add in broth and bring to a boil. Add in the potatoes and bring down to a simmer for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Add in the beef, kale and coconut milk and serve!

Friday

Lunch: Leftover Citrusy Shaved Zucchini and Sardine Salad

Dinner: Steak, Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes from Chilis ..plus I snacked on everyone elses appetizers

*We went out to eat for a friend’s birthday and had a great time! Sometimes fellowship with friends trumps good high quality clean food. Laughter and good quality friendships are just as important for your overall health. Don’t let that be an excuse to eat out every single meal though!! Balance people.*

Saturday

Breakfast: Grain Free Waffles with Chocolate Coconut Cream Sauce and Sauteed Bananas

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For the sauteed bananas: just slice up your bananas and toss them in some coconut oil over medium heat in a skillet until they are nice and warm then serve on top of your waffles!

This was like eating dessert for breakfast!! I definitely wouldn’t recommend eating this everyday, but for a special treat on the weekened this was amazing and much healthier than refined white flour waffles topped with high fructose corn syrup. You could always top the waffles with any topping that you like. Fresh fruit and almond butter is another one of my favorites!

Make sure to grab my FREE meal prepping tips handout over here if you haven’t yet to help you plan ahead and make life easier in the kitchen throughout the week! Hope you all have a great week! Let me know if you try any recipes on here and what you think 🙂

This Week’s Workouts + Green Apple Protein Smoothie

I’m getting to write this week’s post as I’m sitting in the car currently driving to Austin, Texas where I’ll be dropping my husband off for a bachelor party and I then will continue on to go see family in Fredericksburg!

The drive is long, but it’s not too bad when this is my view the whole time..

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She is so excited to see her grandparents, great grandparents and aunt and uncle and show them how much she’s grown! In fact she’s so excited she crapped herself and almost ruined her cute outfit. Thank goodness for the white onsie underneath her little cardigan that we just took off and threw away. We’re all clean now and will try to contain the excitement the rest of the way.

So, I won’t be getting a workout in today since we are on the road pretty much all day, but here’s what I did the rest of the week.

Monday

I took the workout that was posted at our local Crossfit Paris Texas gym and changed it up just slightly so that I could do it at the high school track since it was so pretty outside that day.

Reps of 50-40-30-20-10 of air squats and sit-ups followed by a 400 meter run around the track after every round while pushing my girl in the stroller.

I didn’t time it but I think it took me around 20-25 minutes.

Tuesday

I did a short mile walk with Harper in a body carrier just to get outside and get some fresh air. I think it was a little too windy though because she has been a little congested ever since. I’m sorry girlfriend!! We will wait until it gets a little warmer to do that again.

Wednesday

Tabatas of the following exercises with a 2 minute rest between each round. (Tabatas: 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work followed by a 10 second rest. So each tabata is 4 minutes total. Your score for each tabata is the least amount of reps you ended up with in a single round at the end of the 8 rounds. For example if you started out with 15 squats and on the last round you only got 10, your score is 10. It’s a great workout to redo once a month or so to test your muscular endurance)

1. Air squats-my score was 16

2. Sit-ups-my score was 11

3. Push-ups-my score was 6 touching chest to the ground every time

4. Alternating rounds of strict pull-ups and hanging knee raises-my score was 2 strict pull-ups and 15 knee raises

*This is one of the quickest ways to get an awesome workout in. You can search Tabata music on youtube and find tons of great timers to use. To modify these you can always alternate between two exercises within the 8 rounds until you feel ready to do one movement for all 8 rounds or, to modify even more you could do four different exercises. Just try and pick exercises that will hit different muscle groups.

Thursday

I made this one up on the fly once I got Harper down for an afternoon nap and it kicked my butt.

Reps of 21-15-9 of sumo deadlift high pulls (I used a 55# kettlebell) and burpees followed by 100 double unders after each round.

*Do 21 of each then 100 du’s, 15 of each then 100 du’s etc..

I didn’t time myself on this one but it shouldn’t take you longer than 10-15 minutes..

I counted it a success that I didn’t pee myself during the double unders. I was told this would happen after I had kids..I don’t hope to join that club.

With all the sunny weather we’ve had it’s put me in the mood for smoothies again. Here is one I tried this week after one of my workouts I think you might like.

Green Apple Protein Smoothie, serves 2

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Hope you all have a great weekend!!

 

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