I will follow up each video with a blog breaking down my methods and additional directions.
Aztec Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar Mask
I have been using this mask for about 2 years now after searching for a method to help with clogged pores. I found this particular mask from a blog post on MindBodyGreen Blog Post, which I frequent the website often to read more about creating a healthy lifestyle.
I bought my Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay from Apple Crate , a health food store near my house, but you can also find it on Amazon. The Apple Cider Vinegar is from the grocery store and my favorite brand is Bragg’s
I use two tablespoons of each in a glass jar or non metal jar. If the mixture is too watery just add more clay to thicken the mask. I cover my entire face and neck and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. I suggest you do a trial patch to ensure you do not have any issues with your skin. The mask will tighten on your face and feel a bit itchy but this is normal so don’t worry. After 10 to 15 minutes you can wash off the mask with warm water and your face will be left feeling soft! (mine is generally a bit red because my skin is sensitive but it eventually fades away. )
During the time I spent with my mask on I put together a list of meals I planned on making during the week and which I wanted to pre-make. When I do this the week goes so much smoother and eating out is then at a minimum. I enjoy having snacks on hand like cut up cucumber and celery ready in baggies to grab and go when needed. I also make energy balls that I love for a busy week, a great recipe below!
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8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked) (gluten free for me)
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)