Thank YOU! And 2017’s Best Of List.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you for being part of A Better Way Wellness. Thank you for helping me share real, truthful, and action-oriented health information. Thank you for making living a happier and healthier life a priority.

It’s been a year for the books and I wouldn’t be doing what I  am truly passionate about without you.

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So THANK YOU!

And as a small token of my appreciation, I am giving you a list of my most popular posts this last year.

It’s A Better Way Wellness’ Best Of 2017 List. It’s short, sweet, and full of health boosting tidbits. So have at it!

1. How to Use Supplements to Boost Happiness

If you want to be happier and want supplements to give you a boost, this is the post of you.

2. Healthy Happy Hour Part I and Healthy Happy Hour Part II

Do you love happy hour? And love feeling great? If so, click the links above to find out how.

3. How to Burn Fat in 15 Minutes

Who doesn’t want to burn fat fast? I know I do . . . if you do, too, check out this one.

4. How to be Happier at Work

Do you want to feel better and happier in the workplace? If this is you, I have actionable tips to help.

5. The Smoothie that Tastes Like Dessert, But Feels Like Medicine

Yes, please! Recipes that taste rich and luxe, but make you “feel like a million bucks” are my favorite. This one is easy-peasy. Give it a try!

6. My Fall Beverage Secret: The Sunshine Latte (Recipe Included)

I know it’s not technically fall anymore, but the Sunshine Latte will still please your mouth, mind, and body.

7. The Truth About Chocolate (& the Best Way to Eat It)

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chocolate is GOOD for you and I show you the best ways to have it in this post.

8. 5 Products to Change Immediately to Decrease Exposure to Carcinogens and EDCs

Consider a New Year's resolution around this one. Swap out one (or all!) of these products to protect yourself from carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

My Fall Beverage Secret: The Sunshine Latte (Recipe Included)

In my neck of the woods, fall is here! Frost in the mornings, sun in the afternoon, and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet.

This is the time of year I ache for something comforting to drink.

Something creamy and warming that leaves me feeling my best.

I know there are so many coffee lovers out there, but personally it leaves me feeling jittery and dehydrated (see more info on caffeine and the body here). Chai tea has the spice and flavor I desire, but I often find it too sugary. I adore matcha tea, but I’ve been looking for something new that feels more like fall to me.

Enter the Sunshine Latte. Named sunshine for its golden color and the warm feeling it leaves you with.  

The Sunshine Latte is my take on a turmeric tea latte. It is creamy, naturally sweetened, and full of warming spices. And has the health bonus of being beaucoup anti-inflammatory. A win-win-win in my book.

The best news? You probably have all the ingredients in your spice drawer and pantry.

If you are ready to try something new, healthy, delicious, simple, and homemade, give the Sunshine Latte a try. It won’t disappoint.



There you have it: my favorite fall beverage: The Sunshine Latte. Now that you’re in the know, share the recipe with your favorite person. Because we can all use a little more sunshine in our lives.

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Skye

 

Try This, Not That: Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Drinks

As detailed in last week’s Wellness Blast (Not signed up? Use this link to join), this month I am making a conscious effort to simplify.

Life. Food. Wellness. Movement.

And it got me thinking — what are simple switches you can make that will make you feel better and be healthier?

Ideas started FLOODING and so begins a multiple-week series devoted to healthy, simple, and delicious swaps for your favorite foods. This week is all about beverages! Be advised snacks, breakfasts, and desserts will be coming soon.

Instead of a Vanilla Latte . . . Try a Matcha Latte

If you indulge in a vanilla latte, my guess is you are jonesing for an energy boost and sweet sensation. Coffee, while delicious, can actually leave you feeling more tired later in the day. And the energy you get from coffee is often frenetic and not the type you truly want.

The swap? A matcha tea latte. This antioxidant-packed treat is a Japanese staple. It gives you controlled energy, without the late in the day low.

Three ingredients added to a blender (or stirred vigorously) is all you need. My easy matcha tea latte includes:
8 ounces of nut milk (almond is my favorite for the recipe), steamed
1/2 tsp matcha powder
10 drops of liquid chocolate stevia

Instead of a Caramel Macchiato . . . Try Organic Coffee + Natural Creamer + Maple Syrup or Honey

See above re: caffeine and sugar.

Instead, try organic coffee with a natural creamer. For sweetness, try Grade B maple syrup or honey.


Instead of 7-Up . . . Try Lime La Croix

If you are a sucker for 7-Up and love the combination of carbonation and citrus, I have excellent news for you. Lime La Croix! This flavored carbonated water is free of sugar, preservatives, calories, and artificial sweeteners.

Whole Foods sells these by the can so you can test one out before committing to a whole case.


Instead of a Chai Tea Latte . . . Try a Turmeric Latte

In college, my go-to drink was a chai tea latte (served steaming hot in the winter and over ice in the summer). It wasn’t until much, much, much later I realized everything IN those chai tea lattes. A grande chai tea latte from your favorite coffee shop contains MORE sugar than a Snicker’s bar. Eek!

Now I have found an amazing, spicy, wellness-enhancing substitute for my beloved chai. Say hello to the turmeric latte.

This super simple latte can be made at home in minutes. Imagine warmed almond milk, mood-boosting spices, and raw honey blended together with a little froth on top. Perfection.

I love these so much, I can’t stand the thought of not sharing these with you. If you are a chai-lover, you won’t be disappointed.


Instead of Premade Margarita Mix . . . Try My Margarita Cocktail

Store-bought drink mixes are notorious for three things: 1) being full of calories,  2) being more unnatural than Joan Rivers’ face, and 3) tasting gross. If you’re going to enjoy a drink, I say make the best drink you can.

Make your own margaritas! Really, it is quite simple. Want some inspiration? Check out my margarita cocktail recipe.


Instead of Drinking Water from a Plastic Water Bottle . . . Try a Glass or Stainless Steel Water Bottle

We could really talk about this for hours. Bottom line: plastics contain harmful endocrine disruptors that you should avoid. This is not hippie voodoo. There is strong scientific evidence to support this.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a reusable water bottle made from glass or stainless steel. My favorite glass bottles are from bkr. And I was recently gifted a Hydroflask I adore.


Instead of Diet Coke . . . Try La Cola La Croix

A simple switch for Diet Coke also comes from our friends at La Croix (no, I am not paid by them). Try their La Croix La Cola. Free of calories, sweeteners, and sodium. It has natural cola flavoring, sans sugar and carcinogens.


Take the Simple Switch Challenge

Pick one of these switches and trial it this week. Give it three tries before you make a final decision. If your palate is used to a regular Coke, it may take a time or two to get used to the natural flavor of La Croix La Cola. And if your tastebuds are expecting a chai tea latte, you may need to try the turmeric latte recipe a handful of times until it pleases your palate. That is perfectly normal, and actually a good thing. We are resetting your palate to enjoy healthier options that leave you feeling (and looking) great.

Loved this post? Stay tuned for next week!

 

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Skye