Tips for Your Optimal Beauty Traveling Adventures

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I travel quite a bit. And I’m not talking about short domestic trips, I’m talking trips across the world. So, healthy preparation and travel tips have become an expertise of mine simply through trial and error.

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m from America but I live in New Zealand. I am very family oriented and have amazing friends I grew up with so I like to go home every 6-7 months.

When I travel across the country I might be embarking on 24+ hours of straight travel without much sleep and multiple plane rides.

Today, I am going to share with you my favorite Optimal Beauty travel tips! You can use these on any international or domestic flight and road trips too.

  1. Prep your food! Many people don’t know that you can bring any food and any amount of food you want (as long as it fits the carry-on baggage requirements) and doesn’t contain liquid which you can deal with after you get through security. The trick here is making sure the food you’re bringing is A) Filling B) Delicious so you’re not tempted and satisfied C) Nutritious so you can thrive as much as possible. Fab food to bring can be a quinoa salad with nutritional yeast and lemons on the side, quinoa or other grain prepped with coconut oil, salt and pepper, pancakes (yes they travel well!), veggie sticks, fruit, nuts & seeds, 100% dried fruit bar, healthy chocolate such as Luvju from Loving Earth (for sweet cravings). I also bring various selections of tea bags. I bring 3 types 1) for relaxation such as chamomile or Yogi’s Bedtime 2) green tea or peppermint for revitalization 3) favorite tea of the moment which could be anything from vanilla rooibos, Yogi Skin Detox, etc. I also make sure to bring an empty water bottle with me, fill it up in the airport after security as well as buying 2 extra Liter bottles. I also pack super foods in a  baggy to take to the nearest juice/smoothie bar (there is almost always somewhere in an airport with a blender) and ask them to blend it with ice and water and sometimes fruit too. Just make sure to tell them NOT to add sugar because a lot of the time they will think you want it. An example of a good super food blend might be: green powder, cacao powder, maca powder, cinnamon, desiccated coconut, brown rice/pea protein powder.
  2. Equipment. I highly recommend a neck pillow which you can pick up at the airport. They’re small enough to carry around/find a spot for in your bag and very comfortable. Lavender essential oil is always in my bag of goodies for relaxation. Put a few drops on your temples and rub in a circular motion. This will help you relax. Same method with citrus or peppermint essential oil for when you need to wake up. Bring layers. It tends to be very cold on flights and domestic flights don’t always have blankets and international flights don’t always have extras (which I always find I want). A sleep mask. They do give you one on international flights, but you might want to bring your own just in case. The darkness the mask provides will help you fall asleep more easily as light kills the melatonin you need to promote sleep. A good book. Music on your iPod, iPhone, etc. I also bring Chlorella or Spirulina tablets to take in between meals as they help curb appetite and contain a huge array of vitamins and minerals. I also make sure I bring a sufficient amount of my vitamins and supplements depending on travel time. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, milk thistle, B-Vitamisn are all on my list. You might want to bring along some organic stevia for sweetening your herbal tea with and you might want to carry on some toothpaste, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, deodorant and natural perfume. After long flights you’re likely going to be a littttttle stale. Better to have these things with you than searching for them in-between flights.
  3. Starbucks is very useful. You can always get a cup of hot water to steep your organic tea in and if you’re not allergic to gluten you can oder their oatmeal (contains small amount of gluten) without the toppings and steeped in hot water. Flavor with stevia and cinnamon (provided there) and eat as a healthy, filling meal or snack! Delish.
  4. Stretch and walk. During your layovers and on your flights walk around and stretch. Blood clots can occur from sitting for too long. Keep your circulation in motion by stretching and walking as much as possible. Also, it is helpful to wear loose clothing for better circulation and that way your feet and ankles will be less likely to swell up.
  5. Hydrate. I mentioned the importance of stocking up on water above but it’s important to know that flying is extremely dehydrating and you should make a point to drink even more than usual. Coconut water is the perfect energy drink/way to completely hydrate and replenish your electrolytes. If you can find coconut water at the airport you can mix it with green powder for one of the most nutritious snacks in the world.
  6. Be prepared to just relax and chill out. This is important for international flights. They ARE SO LONG and if you’re antsy to “do something” you’re just simply out of luck. It will help a lot with boredom if you just accept that this is a time for you to relax.

I hope this helps!

Do you have any other tips to add to the list?

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Traditional Hummus

A couple of years ago, I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to the mediterranean! I went to Athens and Santorini. Greece is amazing in every way (especially Santorini in my opinion). One of my favorite parts of their culture is their food! Healthy, fresh and delicious. One of my favorite food items traditional to Greek culture is hummus. It’s filling, satiating and full of healthy ingredients…if you make it yourself.

Today, most brands of hummus sold in grocery stores are filled with artificial junk including the cancer-causing staple in most processed foods- canola oil! Eek!

There is a better way…

Making traditional hummus yourself is probably one of the sinchiest things you can do in the kitchen. I am by no means a chef. I like recipes that are simple, healthy and delicious. If a recipe doesn’t possess all 3 there’s a good chance I won’t make it. This Traditional Hummus recipe abides by these qualifications to the tee and you have the ability to make it taste exactly the way you want!


 

This version of Traditional Hummus uses incredibly nurturing ingredients such as…

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Chickpeas or 16 oz.
  • 4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 juice Lemon
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Celtic/Himalayan Sea Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Benefits are subject, but not limited to:

  • Chickpeas:  Low in fat and high in fiber, contains many beautifying vitamins and minerals
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil: High in antioxidants, contains Vitamins E & K, good source of healthy fat which will keep you satiated and full, also has anti inflammatory agents
  • Lemon: Detoxifying, high in Vitamin C, even fights acne
  • Garlic: A natural antibiotic, strengthens the immune system
  • Himalayan/Celtic sea salt: Same taste but so much different than refined/table salt because: It contains naturally occurring minerals, is completely free from any harmful chemicals including pesticides and herbicides, has a lower amount of sodium chloride.
  • Black pepper: Aids your digestion

Method:

  • Whether you’re boiling your own or draining from a can, make sure to thoroughly rinse and drain the chickpeas in filtered water.
  • Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.
  • I recommend adding salt and pepper last so you can modify the taste.
  • Put into a bowl or desired dish and drizzle a little more olive oil on top.

That’s it! It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and you can add a little more olive oil if it becomes too dry. I recommend dipping veggies like carrots, cucumber and celery in it.

Enjoy!

xoxo, Danielle

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to celebrate St. Patty’s in Dublin, Ireland! Yes, it was AMAZING! I traveled with a group of friends. We were all living in London for a semester during our Junior year of college through our University’s Study Abroad Program. From London, Ireland was just a hop, skip and jump away! We traveled to see Howth as well (a small town outside of Dublin and one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen).

This year, whether you’re staying clean and lean or you’re taking a load off and celebrating- have fun and enjoy the festive spirit!

Try out this Happy St. Patty’s Day Extra Green Smoothie! Complete with a festive, nutritious Pot O’ Gold feature! And guess what? You can choose to let loose by adding in a little vodka or other clear alcohol! 😉

Ingredients:

1 handful spinach

1 BIG handful romaine lettuce

1 large cucumber

1 pear

1/2 banana

3-4 Mint leaves

1/2 lemon juice

1 tsp. bee pollen for protein (Or, your festive Pot O’ Gold feature!!)

1 tsp. chia seeds for optimal digestion- they slow down the conversion of carbohydrates (the fruit) into sugar!

1 serving of liquid chlorella- for glowing skin!

Filtered water to desired consistency

Using Vodka? Try 1 oz.

Have fun in whatever you’re doing! As for me, I’m starting my day with a hot bubble bath! Like my festive shirt? 😉

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo, Danielle

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