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My Top 25 Fav Vitacost Products

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It’s no secret that I LOVE Vitacost!

I’ve been ordering from them every month for years. It’s a mutual relationship. They offer me the best deals on my favorite beauty, food, and home products, with new specials weekly on top of their already low prices, and I eat them up (literally). Whenever I hear of a new product to try whether it’s a recipe ingredient or health store product, I always search their site first and I almost always find it. It’s the only site I trust to buy supplements from because when you order from a site like Amazon, you don’t always know if you’re getting the real thing. Since Vitacost is turning 25 this year they asked me to share some of the items that I order from them every month and in turn, they will offer YOU a chance to win a $75 shopping spree on their site. I will choose one winner to give a code for $75 off on Vitacost.com. Trust me you can get so many goods for $75! Maybe you’ll even like some of the ones below because they are tried and true by yours truly. It was hard to choose only 25 since I’m always finding new things I love, I’ll keep sharing my new favorites as I find them, for now enjoy my current top picks! You may find a cruelty-free and chemical-free theme since I’ve been either pregnant or breastfeeding for over a year now and I love using the purest organic products possible. I will be drawing a winner on March 11, 2019, check my Instagram for details and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.

Here goes…

 

My TOP 25 Vitacost Favs

25.  Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid Free and Clear

This is a great line of cleaning products for a household with a baby because it’s safe from any irritants, toxins, and fragrances yet effective for the whole family. I keep this stocked up for cleaning bottles, pacifiers. toys and dishes. I also use their laundry soap and disinfectant wipes.

 

24.  Ecos All Purpose Cleaner Parsley Plus

Safe and effective cleaner I can spray on anything and don’t have to worry about chemicals. An added bonus is that it smells super fresh! I even like the earth-friendly parsley room spray it smells light and clean and not perfume-y.

 

23.  Mrs. Myers Clean Day Soy Candle in Geranium

This scent makes me really happy. I first smelled it burning in the powder room of a cute little brunch spot in Highland Park. It was a spring day and I knew I wanted my bathroom to smell like this. I also love the hand soap.

22.  Weleda Everon Lip Balm

It’s always fun to find a new lip balm, right? A friend told me that this was by far her favorite lip balm, so I had to try it. Of course, Vitacost had it and I love it too. It goes on weightless without build-up yet it’s super silky and hydrating. This is the perfect balm to use under lip liner and lipstick.
Weleda Everon Lip Balm 0.17 oz

21.  Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara

This is my favorite clean mascara that actually gives a beautiful volume to my lashes without irritating my eyes. I also use the concealer for under my eyes. It’s super creamy and hides my tired shadows.

 

20.  Zuzu Liquid Liner

I love wearing liquid liner but most of them make my eyes water…not Zuzu’s! It gives a precise line without irritation and doesn’t smear. I also like how easy it washes off at the end of the day. I use the brown for everyday casual and the black for a classic cat eye.

 

19.  Dr. Tungs Smart Floss

Okay, I’m about to gush over a floss. Have you ever looked forward to flossing your teeth? Neither did I before I started using this. There is something about the texture of the strand that clings to each tooth as it glides in and cleans between impeccably. Super satisfying and a cleaner mouth to boot.

 

18.  Mother’s Special Blend

This is all the stretch mark prevention I used during pregnancy and I lucked out without any! I mixed this with my body lotion and it perfectly hydrated every inch of my body. It is the purest you can get which was super important to me and it actually works. I love how it says on the label “For that special time, before, during and after pregnancy,” basically, you can add it to your regimen anytime, pregnant or not for soft skin.
Mountain Ocean Mother's Special Blend Skin Toning Oil 8 fl oz

 

17.  California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash

I’ve been using this stuff since the beginning with my babe and his skin is so soft. I like the ingredients and that its simple to use on his body and hair (he was born with a good mop). It doesn’t hurt his eyes if a little gets in and has the softest most delicate scent which makes me want to eat my child.

 

16.  Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer

Hands down the best hand sanitizer! No strong chemicals or fragrances yet it kills 99.9% of germs on contact and its moisturizing formula is gentle enough for babies. I get the small travel size and then refill them with the larger eco-refill bottle.

 

15.  Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Chocolate Peanut Butter

I know this is super healthy and full of protein and greens but I actually just like the taste. I like to mix extra peanut butter and cacao with my banana berry and spinach smoothies. Yum. I like all their products.

 

14.  Simple Mills Pancake & Waffle Mix- Gluten-free

One of the best gluten-free pancake mixes I’ve found and I like to have this on-hand. I always will add a half of a banana per serving to the batter and it really makes these delish. It doesn’t say to on the instructions so don’t forget.

 

13.  Vitacost Root2 Hemp Protein

When you want a simple one ingredient protein to add to a smoothie that won’t change the flavor too much but is rich in plant nutrients, I go for this. The price is amazing too.

 

12.  Eden Foods Organic Popcorn Kernels

I’ve been making my own stovetop popcorn lately and it’s a game changer. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner but it’s a super easy and delicious snack. Here’s how I make it:

Classic Coconut Oil Popcorn Recipe

  • Melt 3 tbs coconut oil in a pan over medium-medium high heat in a tall pot.
  • Once it’s melted add 3 popcorn kernels
  • Once all 3 of the kernels pop add 1/3 cup kernels
  • Remove from the pot from the burner (while leaving the burner on) for 30 seconds while swirling the pot to make sure all the kernels are evenly covered and reach the same temperature.
  • After 30 seconds, put the pot back on the burner and move the pot back and forth over burner periodically while the corn pops.
  • Once you hear a break in the pops, for a few seconds, remove from stove and pour into a big bowl.
  • Top with salt and nutritional yeast.

 

11. Kal Nutritional Yeast Flakes

If you are obsessed with nutritional yeast like I am, get the bigger tub and put it on everything. If you’ve never tried nutritional yeast, don’t let the weird name fool you, it’s umami flavor is addicting. Put it on everything you’d put parmesan cheese on and skip the dairy and gain all those B vitamins.
Kal Nutritional Yeast Flakes 12 oz

 

9.  Vitacost Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

Vegan chocolate chips that taste delicious and can be used for a ton of recipes. I like to add these to cookies, loaves and melt down for toppings. They also have a dark organic chunk for those bigger chocolate piece needs.

 

8.  Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamin

I love that this is a totally raw and vegan prenatal made from whole foods that do the job of giving you all the vital nutrients for before, during and after pregnancy. It’s super easy to take capsules didn’t make me as nauseous as other ones I’ve tried. I also liked these for nursing.

 

7.  Garden of Life MyKind Organics Vitamin B12 Spray

Super fun and easy spray of organic vitamin B12 when you need an extra boost. 

 

6.  Pure Synergy Pure Radiance Vitamin C Powder

My favorite way to take vitamin C is from a whole food source powder. This one is full of wild-gathered camu camu from the Amazon with organic acerola and an array of antioxidant-rich organic berries and sprouts. I feel an energy boost immediately after taking this and always have this in my cabinet. It’s great to take during the winter months to prevent viruses or anytime you feel one coming on. It’s also great for the skin.

 

5.  Natural Vitality Natural Magnesium CALM

Most of us are magnesium deficient and I find this to be a relaxing way to ensure I’m getting enough. If my muscles are sore or I’m having a hard time unwinding at the end of the day I will take this before bed and it usually helps me sleep.

 

4.  Nourish Organic Face Cleanser and Lotion

I was looking for a really pure and organic daily cleanser and moisturizer during pregnancy and I found this to be one of the best I’ve tried. It has very simple and natural ingredients that didn’t irritate my skin. In fact, I don’t think my skin has looked has looked better than when I use this combo. 

 

3.  Vitacost Organic Coconut Oil

Giant tub of organic coconut oil at an amazing deal! I use this for cooking, delicious vegan treats and to moisturize my babies skin.

 

2.  Hu Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

OMG. This. I love when a chocolate bar tastes authentic, like real dark, rich cacao, and creamy hazelnuts. Not overly sweet but really satisfying and because of the pure ingredients I don’t mind if I finish the bar.

 

  1.  Vitacost label Pantry Staples

I saved the best for last because these are the main reason I continuously order every month. The Vitacost label: nuts, seeds, beans, superfoods, oils, spices, chocolate chips etc. They have the best deal on organics with no membership. And they often times do buy one get one half off deals. Stock up on the goods!

 

Happy 25th Birthday Vitacost!! Here’s to another 25 years and more deals. Don’t forget to enter to win $75 to spend! 

Click the picture above to get to my Instagram page and comment the item you’d most want to try to enter to win $75 on Vitacost.com!

 


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Healthy “Cherry Garcia” Nicecream to Help you Sleep!

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I was inspired to make a healthy version of Cherry Garcia Nicecream because I think it’s an excellent treat to eat before you sleep! There are so many healthy sleep promoting ingredients that will curb your sweet tooth too!

Eating healthy carbs before bed (like bananas) are the perfect snack because they are full of brain relaxing tryptophan.
🍌 Bananas also help balance your serotonin levels and help with melatonin putting you in a good mood and helping you sleep. They also are full of magnesium and potassium which will help relax your muscles.
🍒 Cherries are a natural source of melatonin which help to regulate your internal clock.
🍫 Cacao is full of antioxidants that help you get your beauty sleep as well as mood elevating properties. It’s also full of muscle relaxing magnesium!
Try this next time you’re craving a sweet treat before bed! 😘 The full Printable recipe is under the video!!

Healthy “Cherry Garcia” Nicecream

🍒 Healthy “Cherry Garcia” NiceCream that will actually help you sleep! 🍒 Eating healthy carbs before bed (like bananas) are the perfect snack because they are full of brain relaxing tryptophan.
🍌 Bananas also help balance your serotonin levels and help with melatonin putting you in a good mood and helping you sleep. They also are full of magnesium and potassium which will help relax your muscles.
🍒 Cherries are a natural source of melatonin which help to regulate your internal clock.
🍫 Cacao is full of antioxidants that help you get your beauty sleep as well as mood elevating properties. It’s also full of muscle relaxing magnesium!
Try this next time you’re craving a sweet treat before bed! 😘


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Ingredients
  1. 2 frozen bananas
  2. 1/2 cup sliced pitted cherries
  3. 2 tbs. cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
  4. 1 juice of one lemon wedge
  5. 1tbs. coconut shreds or frozen coconut meat (optional)
Instructions
  1. Slice frozen bananas and set aside to soften while you gather the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Slice and pit 1/2 cup of cherries.
  3. In your food processor, blend bananas until they become a (ice) ceamy base.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to desired consistency leaving some pieces more chunky.
  5. Place in a bowl and enjoy!
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5 Easy Tips on Switching to a Healthy + GF/Vegan Diet (on a Budget)

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I’ve spent most of my adult life eating healthy…

I find it to be the single most important thing to do to look your best, feel your best and prevent illness. It’s an investment, as a matter of fact, I probably spend more on healthy food and supplements than on any other thing. The reason for this is because I believe you pay for it now or you pay for it later…

With that being said, it honestly doesn’t have to be SO expensive…

I also know that when you make the switch to a healthier lifestyle and contemplate a plant-based and/or gluten-free diet you can start to feel overwhelmed by all the choices of superfoods and supplements out there. You may not know even where to start…
On the other hand, you might become frustrated by what seems to be the LACK of plant-based food choices…you may wonder “what’s the best vegan cheese alternative” or “what kind of bread do I buy!” It can make you just want to forget the whole thing altogether…I GET IT!!

It honestly doesn’t have to be so confusing!!

That is why I spend so much time bringing the resources to you…I’ve been there and studied and experimented with it all and I LOVE to share what I learn with all of you so that you don’t have to feel alone and you can get some inspiration from someone who is actually living it and has been for years…

I am here to help.

Here are 5 foolproof resources that will help you to easily and inexpensively make the healthy plant-based choices for you and your family and these just so happen to be fun too!

 1. Order from Vitacost
If you’ve followed me for a while you will have seen me talk about this mega-resource because I have been ordering from them every month for YEARS. I find them to have the most discounted food and supplement products out there. Not only are they super easy to order from and have specials constantly on the already discounted products, they also deliver to your door within 2 days and the selection is better than your local Whole Foods. Oh, and if food and supplements weren’t enough they have a lot of drugstore options too like eco dental floss, dish soap, pet foods and even Himalayan salt lamps!
So next time you come across a recipe ingredient that has you scratching your head, type the product into the Vitacost search box and the next thing you know, it will be on your doorstep without breaking your bank account, seriously.

I always post my Vitacost hauls on my social media, if you want to follow me to get more inspo on what I order, make sure you are following me on my Insta and YouTube channels…Oh, and I might as well offer you a code to get 20% off your first purchase right? Just click this link and sign up and you can thank me later…Vitacost.com2. Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market
Okay, this might me the most fun one on the list because you can really make a day of it or start a weekly ritual with a friend and you will learn SO much about local and seasonal food every time you visit. If you haven’t ever gone YOU MUST.
Eating local and seasonal fruits and vegetables is the healthiest way to eat those said colorful powerhouses. They provide for our bodies exactly what we need per season so we can stay in optimal health. The people who work in the booths know a lot, pick their brain, you will learn something new, guaranteed. Oh, and since we are on the subject of inexpensive, the produce is always discounted from what they sell in the store and sometimes you can talk them down. 😉

3. Don’t Forget about Trader Joe’s
Sometimes when we are on our Farmer’s Market kicks and online shopping we forget just how doggone low Trader Joe’s prices are especially on greens, potatoes, produce, frozen fruits, veggies, tea, flowers and they just started selling super cheap nutritional yeast! Compare prices!!! Pick out which things you always buy at trader Joe’s so you can run in and grab those few inexpensive items and get on out!

4. Eat Simply
Eating simple whole fruits and veggies is the most important thing to keep in mind. Make sure you are smashing in the healthy carbs: bananas, potatoes, quinoa, rice, veggies, dates, etc and filling up…The main thing you want to keep in mind is making sure you are food combining properly and just eat simply. A quick rule on food combining is to eat the bulk of your fruit in the am before any cooked foods and never after and try eating greens at every meal.
Fruit and smoothies in the am and eating a huge salad with your favorite veggies and potato wedges or sweet potato (no-oil) fries in the pm will be your best friend on this healthy lifestyle. It may sound simple and it is! Eating simply is not expensive, picking up a bunch of bananas and a bag of potatoes is super cheap. Definitely don’t try and get too fancy with your food when you are first starting out because you will burn out quick. Keep it simple and carbed up!

5. Follow Inspiring Food and Lifestyle Accounts on Social Media
This might be the most important tip for switching from a SAD to a plant-based one. The reason why is because at first it may seem radical to only eat plants, right?! You kinda have to see it to believe it, see what other people are eating, rather, THRIVING on daily. There are some amazing people posting content daily, so get inspired. Most of these peeps are also alerting you of when things are on sale or offering discount codes too! You will learn SO MUCH about what is out there on this lifestyle…and I promise you will learn what vegan cheese is best!!

Another great resource is NutritionFacts.org, Dr. McGregor the author of “How Not to Die” post regular YouTube videos that debunk health myths and offer great insights based on medical research that promote a healthy whole-food and plant-based diet.

For more info, I have put together a SUPER DETAILED “Getting Started” Shopping list and I want you to have if for FREE.
Just sign up at the top with your email and I will send it on over!

Don’t forget to check my Instagram

Comment with your thoughts, love!

♥jess

Andrea Cox Cleans Out My Fridge + Behind the Scenes Fun

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Did you catch it? I went LIVE on Facebook with the beyond beautiful and amazing Andrea Cox over the weekend! Although I was nervous because it was my first time live, we had SO much fun! You can tell by all the giggles 😆
I’ve been following Andrea for well over 4+ year (even before I was vegan 😱) and I’ve always felt she was a soul sister as we see eye to eye on so many things, plus she is a wealth of knowledge and I learn so much from her…she is detox specialist, raw vegan chef and a talented entrepreneur with her own line of amazing supplements! I can watch her talk all day and that is why she is so wildly popular on Facebook! So yea, Andrea made a raw vegan soup in MY kitchen!! How wonderful it is to have collaborated with someone I’ve admired for so long?! Go follow her and check out our goofy dancing video on Facebook (Jessica Remmers and Andrea LEIGH Cox) Check out the behind the scenes video below with exclusive behind the scenes footage and fun….don’t forget to add dates to the soup because it is literally the BOMB (like all of her recipes are)!! 💣 Perfect for the Holidays!! Comment below if you saw us live! ♥ jess

 

My Vegan Thanksgiving + Vlogmas Day 1

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Check out my latest vlog where I show you my prep work for my organic, gluten-free, plant-based, whole-food FEAST!

This is the third year in a row I made a vegan Thanksgiving for the fam…

Here is the video…also, I’ll post info on my other 2 vegan Thanksgiving below with recipes and posts!

 

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Meal Prep with Me + CHICKPEA CRAZY!!

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In case you missed it over on YouTube…meal prep with me! I made a versatile cashew sour cream (cheese) that you can pair with SO many dishes + it’s great to have on hand.

I also make chickpea “tuna” salad, braised coconut chickpeas and I give tips on preparing dried beans and cleaning your greens!

 

Also, here is my FAMOUS Chickpea cookie recipe!

PB&J Everything Oats (New Recipe)

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Helloooooooo

As you may already know, I have enrolled in the Rouxbe Plant-Based Certification Program!!! You know what that means??
It means I’m going to be posting lots of new recipes for you all and gathering even more to hopefully be release in a book format soon!! 

I want to share with you my first recipe…I’m calling it PB&J Everything Oats because you can throw just about everything in this baby! It’s hearty, nutritious and tastes like a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich mmmmmmmm…

Let’s get started: (scroll to the end for printable recipe)

PBJEOSetUpIngredients:

As you know, I like to give you OPTIONS so that you can cultivate your own cooking tastes as well as use ingredients you already love, while discovering more with these recipes. I tend to mix things up depending on what I’m in the mood for or what I have on-hand. Here is what I used + more options to consider:

GF rolled Oats (I tired a new one from Trader Joes called Ancient Grain & Super Seed Oatmeal, it already has added nuts, grains and seeds so you don’t have to add more)
Peanut Butter (or any nut or seed butter you prefer)
Loads of mixed frozen berries
Maple Syrup to sweeten
Coconut milk (or other nut milk) and shreds to top

Options:
Add bananas, dates, apples and/or cinnamon

PBJEOPrep

Once you’ve cooked your oats, it’s time to mix all the ingredients together!
I like to save some fruit, maple syrup and coconut to add to the very end….

PB&JEverythingOats

Once everything is stirred together top with remaining ingredients! This is a great late breakfast or lunch idea!

Here is the full recipe with detailed and measured instructions:

PB&J Everything Oats

Nutritious and hearty these oats pack protein and the flavor of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!


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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup GF rolled Oats (I tired a new one from Trader Joe’s called Ancient Grain & Super Seed Oatmeal, it already has added nuts, grains and seeds so you don’t have to add more)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 3/4 cup mixed frozen berries
  4. 1 tbs. maple syrup
  5. 1/3 cup coconut milk (or other nut milk)
  6. 1 tbs. coconut shreds
Options
  1. Add bananas, dates, apples, more nuts/seeds and/or cinnamon.
Instructions
  1. Cook oats according to product instructions.
  2. Once oats are cooked, stir in mixed frozen berries to soften.
  3. Mix in nut butter, maple syrup and half of your coconut milk.
  4. Once everything is stirred together, top with remaining coconut milk, maple syrup and coconut shreds.
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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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Indian Dal Lentils Recipe~ Vegan + Low Fat

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New recipe video is up! See how I make my Indian Dal lentils, no need for butter or oil in this recipe!