natural health

Medjool Dates

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WHAT ARE MEDJOOL DATES?

Dates are a fruit from the date palm. Medjool Dates, AKA the “King of Dates” are a soft, large variation of date that are sweet with a caramel-like flavour. They’ve traditionally been grown in North Africa and the Middle East, but are now grown in North America, specifically California.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Most people enjoy Medjool dates because they satisfy your sweet tooth while also being good for you. In moderation of course, because these sweet little morsels do have a high natural sugar content. Here are some of the nutrients and health benefits linked to Medjool dates:

  • Easy to digest – which means its nutrients are easier for your body to absorb
  • High in fibre – Specifically soluble fibre, which helps to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, also softens stool 🙂
  • Source of copper – An essential trace metal in your body. Aids in the absorption and use of iron, maintains normal brain and red blood cell function
  • Selenium – Helps immune functioning, linked to cancer prevention and contains 23 types of amino acids
  • Vitamin B6– 6% of the suggested daily intake with just 2 dates
  • High in Potassium – Potassium helps to maintain heart rate and blood pressure. Bite for bite you’re getting 3X the amount of potassium with a date vs. a banana!

Medjool dates have been linked to several other health benefits, Google away and you can find additional sources and information.

If you’re interested in purchasing Medjool dates, you can find them at most supermarkets. Our local Whole Foods sells small containers of organic dates in their prepackaged section. That’s where I bought the dates I used in this Rawnola Recipe.  If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you, we’ve also purchased Natural Delights dates from other supermarkets. They have a store locator on their website that shows where you can pick up these little bites of heaven!

Medjool Date

Careful, there’s a seed in there!

 

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Ethical and Cruelty-Free Beauty Subscription Services: Petit Vour

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I’m trying to transition all my makeup and skin care to natural, cruelty-free products and it’s going well so far. I feel like there is way more variety at Whole Foods or your local supermarket, drug store etc. than before, but some natural brands can be preeeetty pricey. To the point where, when I buy something and it isn’t working, it bums me and my wallet out.

It’s tough to get samples at the grocery store, and I could just return the full size product if it’s not working out, but I hate being wasteful and always ask myself: “Where do those lightly used products go once people return them?”. I ended up asking someone at Sephora what they would do with a concealer I was returning and they said it would probably be thrown out…

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Meditation Challenge Day 1

FullSizeRender-1Today was the start of the tujawellness 30 Day Meditation Challenge that I hesitantly signed up for. I had tried meditation a few times in the past with a group of people from my yoga studio, and I hate to admit it, but I did not like it at all! All I could think about the entire time was that I wanted to lean on something, or scratch that itch on my back, or wiggle my shoulders around, or why I couldn’t stop talking to myself in my head… I may have even peeked once or twice to see what everyone else was doing… (woops).

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Rose Tea

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So Fresh and So Green Juice

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*I’m just so fresh and green*

This juice is so refreshing and light, that it’s theme song is So Fresh and So Clean by Outkast.

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Do you let your face fly fancy-free?

From the tumblr “saved by the bell hooks”

I was at a party on the weekend and had some interesting conversations with some cool people that I had just met. One of those cool people told me about this awesome new tmblr called saved by the bell hooks that mashes up images from Saved by the Bell and quotes from Bell Hooks:

http://savedbythe-bellhooks.tumblr.com/

It is such a clever name and idea! Bell Hooks is a very quotable author who writes about feminism/gender, race and capitalism, while Saved by the Bell is an old, cringe worthy show that had my 12-year-old feminist self squirming in my seat when I watched it. Saved by the Bell really does get saved by Bell Hooks when her quotes are paired with images from the show, helping me replace some of the gag-worthy memories of the show with happy ones.

As I started looking through the tumblr when I got home, I quickly came across the image above. It was so fitting because it reminded me of another conversation I had with a different cool person that I met that night. This cool person shocked me when she said that she never leaves her house without a full face of makeup, and that her parents were the only people who have seen her fresh faced (aka without makeup). This was something that she wanted to change, but didn’t feel ready to yet.

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