GREENS DRINK for acne

This post shares my personal thoughts. I am now an ambassador for BIOHM Health and may receive compensation for purchases using my code.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection lately as we approach the end of the year. One of my constant battles has been with my gut health, digestion and skin. You can see in the photo below that among my freckles, I had some acne on my forehead and even a few spots on my upper chest.

It is super embarrassing and makes me uncomfortable in my own skin. And I’m 26. Why am I breaking out like this?!

Most of it stems from 1) hormones and 2) gut biome. If either are off, this is usually reflected on our faces. I want to treat my conditions from the inside, out. So the process continued.

I’ve spent lots of time, money and energy researching, testing and reviewing what is going on with my body and what has worked a little, a LOT or might just be a marketing hoax. I mostly focused on foods I was eating and trying to get more benefits from things like salmon for its Omega 3s, more leafy greens like kale and spinach and increasing seeds and nuts like almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds.

One thing that for a long while I felt was not making much difference was greens powder. There are SO MANY OF THEM on the market. Like, how do you even pick?!?! 

I’ve tried a few and have FINALLY found a product from BIOHM I like and I’ve felt a difference! I purchased during their Cyber Monday deals so I could also get a colon cleanser and gut health kit (aka stool test).

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During my search and experimenting, I realized that I was lacking a large amount of nutrients, specifically ones call “micronutrients”, that are found in specific foods, like fruits and vegetables. When living by a more “routine” or “restrictive” diet, you often lack these micronutrients and are missing out on additional vitamins and benefits they can bring your body.

Using a greens powder can help bring some of those micros to your daily nutrition. BIOHM Super Greens contains ORGANIC, US-sourced plant extracts, digestive fiber and enzymes. It offers 15B active probiotics, working to break through digestive plaque and help restore and maintain optimal gut balance.

greens drink for acne by Strong Sweet Caroline

One thing I’ve enjoyed with them so far is the taste is subtle and delicious. You might also know from other greens that they need to be shaken or stirred pretty rigorously in order to fully blend the probiotics.

I’m eager to continue using them and see how my skin and body respond. I already know that they have helped with my regularity LOL!

Get them for 20% off for the holidays December 17 through December 19! Look for more updates on my skincare and gut health in the future. This is a front burner issue in my life and I hope to help those of you prevent it from becoming an issue or help you find your solution!

Save on all additional products — code: CAROLINE

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Super Food Pumpkin Granola & Thanksgiving

This is the season for gratitude. Alright, every day and moment should have some gratitude! With Thanksgiving this week, it’s more important than ever to be grateful for the people, things and opportunities we have in life.

I think it’s easy for people to get caught in the whirlwind of our day to day. It’s the grind right? Different days of the week, as well as highs and lows each day, get us axel-wrapped. But all it comes down to is one life. One.

I think Thanksgiving is being heavily overlooked this year. Christmas decorations put up almost immediately after Halloween, Black Friday deals being blasted for weeks and numerous other distractions keeping us preoccupied with what matters most.

If you are like me, you might need a break from it all. Take a deep breath. Go for a walk in a nature park. Do some yoga. Drink a cup of hot tea. Read a new book. Just sit in quiet with your loved one(s) taking in the environment.

Then, come back and remember that love and appreciate you experienced in the little moments. Live each day finding things your are grateful for–make a list of three things at the end of each day or just think about them in your head.

It makes you feel better, right? As you may have read in my last post, the kitchen is one of my muses and I recently felt unattached. My boyfriend David helped me find reconnection and reminded me why he is one of the people I am most grateful for in life. He cherishes me more than anyone and helps me find my inner self and overcome any challenge, even when he travels and is states away.

My latest recipe got me excited to cook and work towards what I’m grateful to work towards — inspiring others to make health simple. David liked it too, even though he isn’t a big pumpkin fan. 🙂

Strong Sweet Caroline | super food pumpkin granola and gratitude

Here is a recipe perfect for Thanksgiving: pumpkin granola! Make ahead of time and put in separate bags for gift giving, sprinkle on top of some yogurt for a dessert or use at home as a breakfast like I did topping my egg whites.

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What are you most grateful for this week? Thanks for reading and look forward to more gratitude and positivity in the blog and each day in your own life.


Super Food Pumpkin Granola

Makes 10 1/2 cup servings

Macros: 158 calories, 4.7g proteins, 22g carbs, 5.8g fats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled or quick oats
  • 1/4 c uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and patted dry with paper towel
  • 2 Tbsp agave
  • 2 Tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c chia seeds
  • 1/4 c raw pepitas
  • 1/4 c chopped nuts
  • 1/2 c dried berries

Process

  • Preheat oven 325 degrees.
  • Spread oats and quinoa on a parchment lined baking sheet. Toast for 10 minutes in oven.
  • While oats toast, in a small bowl combine agave, brown rice syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, spices, salt and vanilla.
  • Pour the toasted oats into a medium bowl and add chia seeds, pepitas, nuts and fruit.
  • Pour the sweet pumpkin mixture and stir in until oats and seeds evenly coated.
  • Spread on baking sheet again and bake additional 20-30 minutes until golden.
  • Granola will crisp as it cools.