Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Silk's NEW Cashewmilk & My Fav Anti-Inflammatory Tea Recipe #SilkCashew



Let's talk about chronic illness for a minute. More specifically, let's talk about the chronic pain that inevitably follows the chronic illness.

Most of you know I've been sick for nearly 11 years and unfortunately with chronic illness comes many, many different symptoms. Aside from being diagnosed with 8 to 10 different conditions, for me, some of the things I've experienced throughout the years are brain fog, insomnia, depression, sporadic leg weakness, anxiety, mottling of the hands and feet, hot flashes, paralysis....you name it, I've probably experienced it at least once!

One of the symptoms that stays with me on a 24/7 basis is chronic pain. The level of the pain may fluctuate day to day but it's ALWAYS there in one form or another.

Not only is it always there, but certain things in daily life can set it off like the weather, medications, and certain foods such as sugar, wheat, and dairy which is why, aside from some cheese, I've limited my dairy intake considerably since it's one of the major foods that cause inflammation.

I literally cannot tell you the last time I actually even had regular cow's milk! The past several years I've stuck to mainly almond milk for my milk-related needs, which is why I was ecstatic when Silk mentioned they were coming out with a new cashew milk! 




Available in Original Cashewmilk and Unsweetened Cashewmilk, Silk's newest cashew milk tastes creamier than skim milk and also has less calories; 60 per serving, 25% fewer calories than skim milk*. Not only that but they have 50% more calcium than dairy milk.

I'm just thrilled I can actually have a plain ol' glass of milk again without worrying about being in pain afterwords!

Speaking of chronic pain, I actually found this particular recipe I'm sharing with you guys when my pain level was incredibly high and I had done everything I could think to do. I was sobbing, could barely move, and very desperate so I turned to the online world for help and I'm so thankful I found this recipe when I did.

The fact that it's pretty much organic and holistic (depending on the ingredients used of course) is also a nice benefit!

If you, yourself, know chronic pain or have someone in your life that does and could benefit from this wonderful tea, please pass this recipe along. I can promise you they'll appreciate it more than you know.


Anti-inflammatory Tumeric & Ginger Tea
(adapted from MindBodyGreen)


(Serves 1)





Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 TSP ground turmeric*
  • 1/4 TSP ground ginger*
  • Splash of Silk Cashewmilk
  • Raw honey (to taste)

*For this tea, both tumeric and ginger would probably be better fresh but pre-packaged spices can work in a pinch.






Instructions:

  • Step #1: In a small sauce pan bring your water to a boil. Once boiling add your turmeric and ginger, reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for a good 10 minutes.
  • Step #2: Once everything is pretty well simmered you can add your splash of Silk Cashewmilk.
  • Step #3: This is a very important step, especially if you used fresh ingredients! Pour your tea from the saucepan into a strainer which will catch all the chunky pieces you do NOT want to be drinking.
  • Step #4: Once strained, stir in your spoon full of raw honey to taste and enjoy!


My favorite part is actually pouring in the milk because of how the hot tea and creaminess of the milk react to each other. I tried to grab a video of it so you can see for yourself!

Please excuse the blatant milk spillage.



A video posted by Kayla Potega (@theeclecticelement) on





In the past I'd have used almond milk to tame the spiciness of this tea but since I received my Silk Cashew Milk I wanted to substitute that and see how the switch worked. The creaminess of the cashew milk paired with the tea amazingly and, quite honestly, I think it was considerably better than the previously used nut milk.

Aside from the tea, the cashew milk has also been substituted for half-and-half in my mom's morning coffee and for almond milk in a few bowls of my cereal.

The consensus?

We'd buy it and use it again in a heartbeat! Next step is holiday baking with it!

Make sure to follow the Silk Facebook Page to keep up-to-date with the happenings and also subscribe to the Silk eNewsletter-Silk has some very exciting things going on so you absolutely don't want to miss out!

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To find more awesome cashew milk recipes you can also follow the Silk Cashew Milk Pinterest Board.



Have you used Silk's new Cashew Milk yet? What would you substitute it for?







This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.






*Silk Original Cashewmilk: 60 cal/serv; skim dairy milk: 80 cal/serv. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Fragrances are the Perfect Holiday Gift + Fun Quiz & Giveaway #HolidayFragrance


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.



Honesty time. I've never been one for perfume or fragrances. Due to my fluctuating multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and allergy to bee stings, I've tried to stray away from fragrances that could give me a reaction or at the very least attract bees my way.

I cannot tell you how unattractive I look running hobbling away from incoming bees, clutching my epi-pen-carrying purse, all the while having a mini panic attack...

Anywho, lately I've been experimenting with certain smells and fragrances and have thankfully noticed no adverse reactions to some of them. Plus there are no bees in the Winter months, at least where I am located, so I'd say that's a win win!

And with the holidays coming up fast (Christmas is less than two weeks away!) fragrances and fragrance sets make such a fantastic gift. Good thing Wal-Mart has you covered with their exclusive fragrances you won't find anywhere else!

Before you set out on your fragrance gifting journey, you might want to check out Wal-Mart's Holiday Fragrance Gift Center complete with fragrance descriptions, recommendations for that lucky man or woman on your shopping list, and a fun and quick holiday quiz.



What Holiday Shopper Are You?



Complete the simple 5 question quiz and not only will you figure out what type of shopper you are, but you'll also receive a $4.00 off coupon at the end of the quiz which is good for any of the featured Coty fragrance items $14.88 and up.

Don't worry though, if budget is something you have to stick to there are some great gift possibilities that start at only $8.98 and work for any budget!




Here are just some of the high quality featured celebrity and other fragrances Wal-Mart carries:


Beyoncé - Heat Rush: Beyoncé Heat Rush shines, sparkles and excites the moment it touches the skin. Surrounded by a luminous fragrant aura, the woman who wears it feels instantly effervescent and alive. Sensual and bright, the scent lights up a room just as Beyoncé captivates with her presence.

Halle Berry - Exotic Jasmine: A sensual yet modern combination of jasmine blossoms that will tempt the senses with an exhilarating blend of seductive woody notes and irresistible skin.

McGraw - Southern Blend: Inspired by the man surrounded by his natural elements, his home and portrays the true masculinity of the modern man. The fragrance opens with a burst of fruits and spices that blend into a whiskey accord. A lasting impression is made with the sexy smoothness of the dry down. 

Nautica - Blue: A masculine blend of scents infused with Jasmine, Cedar, Bergamot, Musk, Sandalwood and Water Lily. A distinguished fragrance crafted for the adventurous gentleman who radiates a crisp, clean style.


Despite the pain and fatigue, shopping for the perfect fragrance gift set was quite fun! Our Wal-Mart had a ton of high quality fragrance sets to choose from so I had some trouble narrowing it down and coming up with a scent I thought would be a good fit for an extra "just in case" present to wrap and put under the tree.

Shopping for fragrances really is quite a personal affair but after a little while of putting my sniffer to the test (unfortunately there was no way to sample the perfumes before purchasing them so I had to ninja the boxes open and covertly lay on the sniff test) I came up with two candidates...




When you think about it, fragrances make such a wonderful gift, especially if the recipient enjoys different smells or you know for sure what someone would enjoy. With Wal-mart's selection, you can find something that suits anybody on your list; light and crisp, musky, floral, spicy...

Yes, you can indeed use the word "spicy" to describe a scent.

After a little back and forth with the two candidates, I wasn't sure what I liked better-the light and crisp floral scent or the spicy floral scent. Both were pleasant and came with a large spray bottle along with a pretty glass perfume bottle.

And the winner is...

love2love - Freesia: A scent of elegance and sensuality. It opens with a blend of peach blossom, lavender and lily, which lead to the heart of freesia, rose and violet. The base consists of sheer musk, heliotrope and cedar.




Plus with my $4 off coupon I printed off from completing the quiz (I'm a Wild Card Shopper by the way), my purchase price was around $10 instead of the $15 I would have spent.

Every little bit counts!

Moral of the story, if you're looking for a great last minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list or want a just-in-case present to wrap and put under your tree, Wal-Mart's Holiday Fragrance Gift Center is the perfect place to look!



{The Giveaway} 

1 of 5 $50 Wal-Mart Gift Cards!!!




Holiday Fragrance Gift Center Giveaway