July Favorites + Announcement!

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Hey guys! 

Check out my latest Youtube video where I share with you my favorites for the month of July! Health, beauty, natural, organic and cruelty-free options to update your stash! Plus, my current favorite quote and books! 

I want to hear from you! I want to know:
What are YOUR favorites?
Which book to you recommend?
Do you want to see what I’m learning from Rouxbe Plant Based Certification Program?

Products Mentioned:
My full Amaki Skincare Review: http://jessicaremmers.com/news/amaki-skincare-review
Pacifica Persian Rose Body Butter: http://amzn.to/2aHMyhB
Pacifica Persian Rose Perfume (They have MANY more delicious scents)
Monoi Oil in Pitate
Giovanni 2chic Ultra Repair Conditioner, Blackberry and Coconut Milk: http://amzn.to/2aG8OaD
tarte cosmetics Tarteist Clay Paint Liner: http://amzn.to/2agh66l
Zuzu Luxe Blush Bella Donna: http://amzn.to/2apzQ2U
Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal: http://amzn.to/2aMtNId
Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade DE: http://amzn.to/2agioy7
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: http://amzn.to/2ad4dyb
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson: http://amzn.to/2aMuIbP
The Golden Key by Emmet Fox: http://amzn.to/2apBNMW

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New Summer What I Ate Today Video! Vegan & Gluten-Free + Meal Prep!

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Hey Guys!! 

Check out my latest video where I show you what I would eat in a day especially when it’s HOT as heck!
I’ll show you how I meal prep a potato salad that you can have later and try 3 different ways. Mixed with some cool black and white shots of Santa Monica beach, I hope you enjoy!

Featuring:
⋅Fresh Cold Pineapple
⋅Glowing Green Smoothie (full of fiber, minerals and hydration)
⋅Potato Salad (3 ways)
⋅Snacks
⋅Quick & delicious beans and rice dinner

♥ Jessica Remmers (healthyhappyjess)

 

Day in LA~ New Vlog!! Vegan Sushi Recipe + Parasite Cleanse + Comedy Show!

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Hey guys!! Check out my latest vlog where I show you an example of what I do in LA! I’ll show you how I make my vegan sushi (avocado rolls) that I make ALL the time + an update on my Paragone Parasite cleanse that I am smack dab in the middle of.
Also, I’ll take you along with me on a night out watching a friend perform stand-up comedy! I’d love to hear from you! Let me know your favorite part of the video! Printable recipe below!!
LOVE!!! ♥

 

Avocado Sushi Rolls

I love sushi! Eating vegan definitely doesn’t mean you need to give up amazing sushi. I used to love going and getting sushi but discovered just how quick and easy it is to make at home. Now I make this all the time because it satisfies my craving, it’s easy to digest and it’s so delicious.
You can adjust this recipe by adding other veggies besides avocado like cucumber, carrots, peppers or mangos. Have fun and get rolling!


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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice or sushi rice (cooked)
  2. 1 avocado
  3. 3-4 nori sheets
  4. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  5. 4 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  6. optional (add veggies: cucumbers, carrots etc.)
Instructions
  1. Take your sushi roller and place it in a large freezer bag to keep it clean. (A bamboo place mat can work too).
  2. Lay Nori sheet down on roller and apply a thin layer of rice.
  3. Add 2-3 pieces of sliced avocado on a 1 inch layer nearest to you.
  4. Simply roll it up then cut into .5-1 inch pieces.
  5. Top with sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy with your gluten-free tamari soy sauce!
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Amaki Skincare Review

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As you know, I am ALL about using the purest, organic, most natural and crulty-free products and living the healthiest and happiest life possible. I am always eager to share new things with my friends and I want to keep expanding and share not only food/recipes but also beauty, fashion, travel, home decor and any other aspects of my healthyhappy life!

I’m excited to share with you some very lovely products I received for review…I have to say, I am very impressed by these 3 full size items I got from Amaki Skincare! Not only are they visually beautiful, they smell amazing and actually are very effective.

Amaki Skincare - Jessica Remmers

Amaki skincare is a family owned business and started by a certified esthetician. The products were created to help heal imperfections and leave skin soft and glowing. I love that all ingredients are organic and sourced in the USA!

They sent me a 3 piece set which is part of a really great Mother’s Day promotion they are running. Products are normally $51 but this set is only $37. Well worth it for a gift or for yourself! It comes in the cutest box and packaging all ready to go!

Here is an honest review of the products and my thoughts!

The first product I tried was the refreshing Rose Water Mist Hydrating Toner:

Rose Water Toner - Jessica Remmers

 

What is it? 100% pure distilled rose water

What it does: Refreshes, tones and hydrates the skin

How to use:

Makeup Setter/Refresher:  Use it after cleansing before your moisturizer to help your moisturizer work even better. 
You can also apply it after foundation (before powder) to set your makeup. 
Spritz on face ANY time of day to refresh your makeup!

I’ve used it all the above ways and I absolutely love it! It smells so heavenly and really helps to keep my skin soft and helps with the occasional flakiness I get while wearing makeup. 

Hair Treatment: After shampooing, use it as a final rinse to soft and refresh hair and leave it smelling amazing for hours.

Facial Mask: Mix rose water with bentonite clay for the ultimate face mask. (I can’t wait to try this one!!!)

Eye Brightener: Soak cotton pad with rose water and place under eye for a few minutes to relieve puffiness and redness!
So awesome to have this stuff on hand!

Overall Thoughts: I enjoy this product so much! I’ve heard about rose water toners for years but never owned one. I have had facials where it would be spritzed on my face and it always felt like such a treat! Now I can do it anytime of the day and not only does it really refresh my skin, it brightens my mood too!

Next item is the Konjac Facial Sponge:

Konjac Facial Sponge - Jessica Remmers

 

What is it? Natural biodegratable charcoal facial sponge

What it does: Cleans and removes all makeup while gently exfoliating and drawing out impurities in the skin.
Added charcoal helps to wash away blackheads and whiteheads.

How to use: Soak it under warm water to soften and massage onto face with or without facial cleanser.

Overall Thoughts: I really like this sponge! I’ve even been using it in place of my Clarisonic Mia. It feels gentle but it does a great job of getting rid of dead skin and congestion. I tend to have to exfoliate quite a bit because I am prone to congestion and also rosacea, which makes exfoliating tricky. I find that using this sponge doesn’t flare up my rosacea but does a great job of exfoliating. It is also very cute and fun to use, it comes with a little suction cup that you can hang near your sink! 

Next up is the Jasmine & Rose Nourishing Oil:

Jasmine & Rose Nourishing Oil - Jessica Remmers

What is it? Made from the highest quality evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, bergamont essential oil, rose geranium essential oil, jasmine essential oil and rosebuds.

What it does: Lightweight oil is quickly absorbed leaving skin balanced and hydrated.

How to use: This oil is gentle and nourishing for face, body, hair and nails!

Overall thoughts: If you know me, you know that I LOVE jasmine, almost anything jasmine. Combine that with pure organic oils and essential oils and beautiful rose, well, I just feel like a princess using this. It is NOT greasy at all! I use it on my face and hair and it hydrates perfectly. It makes my hair really shiny and smells SO GOOD!

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my review! If you are looking to try some new organic products and want to feel pampered I definitely recommend this line. Also, I feel like anyone would love this as a gift and could get a lot of use out of it! These products are definitely sparking joy in me while using and looking at them 😉

Amaki Website: Amaki Skincare

Here is the Mother’s Day gift set: Mother’s Day Gift Set

Check me out on Snapchat if you haven’t yet! I post a lot more throughout the day!  ♥ Snapzzz: @JessRemmers

LOVE!! jess

Jessica Remmers

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Vlog: My Experience with the KonMari Method + Yard Sale

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The last few months I have been KonMari-ing like crazy…

the whole process can take several months and it starts to feel almost like life is put on-hold until it is complete…In the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” Marie Kondo explains how tidying your space can tidy your life and can even lead to the organization of your life on a much greater scale. It truly helps you to discover your true interests, personal style and what really makes you happy. As you hold each item, in one category at a time (clothes, books, misc.), in your hand and ask yourself does this “spark joy?” If it doesn’t spark joy it gets thrown in the pile of stuff to get rid of thus clearing your home and ultimately your mind as well.

I finally finished going through this process and while I still have a lot to do as far as organizing my space, I have gotten rid of so many things and feel so light and free. I wanted to go through this process to help me decide what I wanted to do next with my life…I was engaged last year and thought my life was heading in a particular direction only to find it not to be and the apartment I am living in holds many memories of the past 6 years, should I get a fresh start? I do really love my place and especially my neighborhood. I feel safe and secure here and it’s kind of in my comfort zone (which can be a good thing as a single women living in a big city). Still, I can’t help but feel moving would feel really exciting. I hate to use money as an excuse for anything but I have an amazing deal on rent and it does seem foolish to spend any more than I am paying now as I enjoy the freedom this low rent allows me. Since I got rid of SO MUCH stuff it almost feels like I just moved in! I barely have any furniture which feels really nice. I would like to say that I am a minimalist now, even though I’ve always kind of had that mindset, to consciously call myself a minimalist gives me even more clarity on how to live my life. Less waste, super planned out purchases and the feeling of not needing anything are some of the benefits of this lifestyle. 

For now, I am practicing feeling gratitude for all that I have. I am envisioning some new decorating I can do in my apartment to make it feel brand new to me and fill it with things that make me feel happy. I talked to the landlord about making some changes and I already have some new items picked out that would feel lovely in here…Stay tuned for more updates and check out my last vlog of more of what was said here and the yard sale I had to get rid of the old in order to make room for the new!

♥ Jess

 

3 Vegan Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes ♥ New Video!! ♥

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Check out the video and printable protein cookie recipe is below!! ♥ ♥

 

 

 

Chickpea + Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the easiest, healthiest, most tasty, unprocessed, vegan, gluten-free, protein cookies!


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Ingredients
  1. 1 can garbonzo beans
  2. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  3. ½ cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  4. ¼ cup maple syrup
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips or carob chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor except for the chocolate chips, blend until smooth.
  4. Add chocolate chips (or smashed chocolate bar)
  5. With wet hands, form into 1½” balls. Take a fork and gentle press down to make ridges and more round shape (wet fork in between so it doesn’t stick).
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes (or more if you like them crispy). Store in the fridge, they taste excellent cold!
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First LA VLOG!!!

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New Video! My Lunch with David + Sunrise Morning Routine!

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I have been meaning to get this video out for a few weeks now and I’m excited to share with you my lunch with Kundalini yoga teacher and fellow gluten-free vegan David Piazza!! He has been inspiring me with his transformational morning routine which is all about getting in at least one hour of mediation (which can be anything from prayer to arts and crafts) and then 2 hours of personal creative work all before the sunrises!! He starts his day off at 3:30 am and by the time most people are “off to work” he has already accomplished so much!

Watch more about his routine in my latest video below which includes delicious vegan food from Cafe Gratitude and Carrot Cake!

Love!

Jessica Remmers ♥

What I Ate Today: Fall Recipes and Vlog

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New What I Ate Today Video: Fall Edition!

Shopping List: (for the day!)
1 can coconut milk
almond milk
4 honey crisp apples
dates
chia seeds
ripe bananas
Veggie Broth
2 bags of organic butternut squash or 1 med/large whole butternut squash
garlic
bag of gold potatoes
fresh ginger
seasonings:
curry spice
garlic powder
pink Himalayan salt
cayenne pepper
paprika
cumin
red pepper flakes
dill
cinnamon
nutmeg
coconut sugar (optional)

Apple Pie Smoothie


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Ingredients
  1. 1 large or 2 smaller chopped honey crisp apples
  2. 3 frozen ripe bananas
  3. 4 soft pitted dates
  4. sprinkle of coconut sugar
  5. 2 sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg
  6. 1 tbs chia seeds
  7. Almond milk to desired thickness
Instructions
  1. Start by softening the dates by soaking them in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
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Easiest Tasty Butternut Squash Soup

Delicious, easy butternut squash soup recipe that is healthy, vegan and gluten-free!


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Ingredients
  1. 2 bags of Trader Joes Butternut Sqash cubes or 1 med/large whole Butternut Squash
  2. 1 large Honeycrisp Apple
  3. 1/2 cup of full fat coconut cream
  4. 2-4 garlic cubes
  5. 1 tbsp. olive oil (or veggie broth)
  6. 1 inch of fresh grated ginger
  7. red pepper flakes
  8. garlic powder
  9. nutmeg
  10. salt & pepper or (cayenne)
  11. 1 Carton of Veggie Broth
  12. Optional: add 2 sweet potatoes, turmeric, or fresh herbs
Instructions
  1. Steam- Throw both bags of butternut squash in a pot to steam along with your cut up and peeled honey crisp apple.
  2. While it is steaming get a separate pan and put olive oil, minced garlic, grated ginger and all seasoning and begin to sauté it lightly until it starts to bubble, turn down heat and add coconut milk.
  3. Once the cream is broken down, stir together all ingredients and remove from heat and set aside.
  4. When your butternut squash is done (fork should easily press through) remove from heat, drain, rinse with cool water and then throw it in your blender along with cooled coconut milk seasoning.
  5. Blend together with your cold Veggie Broth till desired thickness
  6. Transfer this mixture into your large pot and heat!
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Crave-worthy Kale Salad

Perfect for Fall!


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Ingredients
  1. Head of Kale
  2. 1 lemon
  3. 1 Tbls. olive oil
  4. 2 large garlic cloves
  5. Paprika
  6. Cayenne pepper
  7. Sea salt and pepper
  8. Pomegranate Seeds or Cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  9. Almonds (or any nuts/seeds you prefer, pecans, walnuts, cashews…)
  10. Nutritional Yeast
Instructions
  1. Clean and dry kale.
  2. Peel (or cut) all the kale leaves from the stem. (You will not be using the stem)
  3. Chop up remaining leaves as finely as you can and place in a large bowl. Or use your food processor to chop it even finer!
  4. Mix half of your lemon juice with half your olive oil and a few sprinkles of sea salt and pour over your kale and begin to massage the leaves until they become slightly wilty. (About 2 mins).
  5. Set aside.
  6. Mix remaining lemon, garlic and seasoning into a cup and stir to make the dressing.
  7. Pour over Kale and mix thoroughly.
  8. In a food processor chop up almonds until the the texture is fine, similar to parmesan cheese.
  9. Plate your salad and top with cranberries, nut parmesan and nutritional yeast.
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Curry Roasted Potatoes

No-oil seasoned delicious potatoes!


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Ingredients
  1. 6 Gold Potatoes
  2. 1/3 cup coconut cream
  3. 1 tbs. curry powder
  4. 2 minced garlic cloves
  5. cayenne pepper
  6. chile flakes
  7. cumin
  8. dill
  9. paprika
  10. nutmeg
  11. pink salt
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel and chop potatoes, set aside in bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, place all other ingredients and whip together.
  3. Pour mixture over potatoes and coat well.
  4. Place seasoned potatoes in a oiled baking dish or over parchment paper.
  5. Bake on 400f until soft inside and crisp about 50 mins to 1 hour.
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New Video: Healthy Mindset and Music

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I talk a lot about food and nutrition, but the most important thing to our health is a positive mindset and how we deal with hard times. Someone can seem perfectly “healthy” on the outside, taking good care of themselves, eating healthy and working out, but if we don’t spend even more time on maintaining a positive and grateful mind, dis-ease can creep in. Art and music is one way we deal with a hard situation to connect to the beauty and humanity we all share. I found a “perfect” song a few weeks ago that really helped me and I share the story in my latest video. I want to know which songs/movies/art helps you??