Detox Water: Infused Water Recipes

Why Detox Water?

Detox water is one of the most popular tools for weight loss. However, it also tastes delicious and helps the elimination of your body of toxins.

 

Water can be tasty too:

  1. Cucumber and Mint Detox Water- fresh and delicious!

  2. Detox Water Recipes
  • 1liter distilled mineral water
  • 1bunch fresh mint
  • 1packet cucumber
  • handful lime

 

2.Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

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  • 1 Apple thinly sliced
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick. I don’t recommend using powdered cinnamon

 

3.Strawberry Detox Water

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  • 5 large strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 orange sliced into wedges
  • 6 mint leaves hand torn
  • 1.5 liters water

 

4.Blueberry and Orange Detox Water

 

Detox Water Recipes

  • 2 Mandarin Oranges, cut into wedges
  • Handful of blueberries

 

5.Pineapple Detox Water- Ideal for Weight Loss!

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  • Half pineapple
  • Cinnamon
  • A liter of water

 

 

Infused water is one of the most effective and easy way to detoxify your body!

Adopt this habit and you will immediately see the results!

 

xxx

Marilena

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9+1 Wellness Tips that you Need to Follow

Well, the word “wellness: might have lot of dimensions but today I am focusing on the exercise dimension.

There are many times that people are not motivated, or bored regarding exercise.

Here there are 9+1 tips to help you get on track to fitness:

1.Ride your bike. Instead of taking the bus or driving to your  work or class prefer biking instead.

2.Play a sport. One Make it playful. By choosing a sport that you like your motivation levels will go to the top.

3.Walk instead of taking the car/public transportation. Walking is relating to burning of calories and feelings of relaxation.

4.Make it fun. You’re probably Create a fun daily routine that you should able to follow.

5.Bring a friend with you. With I is always different and more enjoyable if you have a friend with you in any type of workout or sport.

6.Prefer open spaces. Nature is the best way to enjoy a daily workout.

7.Aim to get in a 20-30 Minute Walk or Jog.  This might I know it is not always very easy, but once you start it you will love it. Getting up just 30 minutes earlier in the morning will give you plenty of time to get in a good walk (or jog). Instead, if you are not a morning person, go for a walk at the end of your day.

8.Lift Something Heavy for 5 Minutes Every Day. Whenever you do the house cleaning take the advantage and lift something heavy. Combine household with certain movements that will stretch your body and make you feel better.

9. Don’t Over Sit Your Welcome. Be sure that your body really likes to  move! Sitting is not as evil as it’s being made out to be now, but it is tremendously important that we don’t “over sit” our welcome. We need to stand more throughout the day, even if that’s while chatting with friends, talking on the phone, or just getting up in between nightly relaxing activities before bed.

10. Do Some Sort of Stretching Per Day. Stretching is associated with a good mood. It can also helps your digestion and provide you a relief of certain body pains.

 

Follow these tips and let me know the results!

 

xxx

 

Marilena

What’s so Super about Superfoods?

I am really excited about superfoods and their benefits.

It is really easy to add superfoods to your daily nutrition. When hearing the word “superfoods”, many people are wondering about what they really are.

Among them, you can find some of your favorite foods that are power packed and easy to be found.

 ‘Superfood’: What it really is?

Superfoods are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other things that keep your body running efficiently. They often include berries, tomatoes, nuts, salmon, whole grains, low-fat dairy, eggs, dark leafy greens, beans and legumes, and sweet potatoes and other.

 

Unfortunately, the most common foods can be forgotten in this world of holistic, anti-oxidant-rich, superfood nutrition.

Some of my all-time favorite superfoods are probably sitting right in your kitchen as we speak!

Take a look at some of the powerful nutrition foods that all of us must consume for a healthier diet:

1. Coconuts

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2. Berries

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3. Calciferous Vegetables

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4. Walnuts

Superfoods

5.Almonds

Superfoods

 

 

6.Cinnamon

Superfoods

 

7.Avocado

Superfoods

 

8.Pomegranate

Superfoods

 

 

 

Superfoods are related to health benefits and boost of energy. Adding superfoods to your diet is an easy job that will prove really helpful to yourself. Don’t forget that they are tasty too!

 

xxx

Marilena

Detox Diary: Tips for detoxifying your skin

Detox for skin? Does it really matters? Definitely yes!

Below you can see my skin detox routine and some smart tips on how to get started with detoxifying your valuable skin.

First things first, there are days when your skin needs a detox.  I see very often that my skin is extra dull or breaking out. This happens a lot after long vacations or after a bad de-makeup day(Don’t this to yourself believe me!). Bad food plays a role too.

Skin Detox simply means to renew and revitalize your skin to its normal look. Whenever  I feel that I need a facial detox I follow a one-week routine (or more) to remove all toxins and pollutants from my skin.

Time to glow!

TIPS FOR SKIN DETOX  (Thank me later):

Skin Detox Tips

#Cleanse your skin at least twice a day

Make skin cleansing a daily habit and be careful of the products you use. Personally, I prefer products that are natural and are water-based, for more hydration

 

#Be in love with mud or clay masks.

Simply because they draw out many of our skin impurities. Your skin will also become softer and more fresh.

 

#Drink more water

Perhaps this is the most important step for a skin detox routine. Hydration is everything to your skin. And if you want some extra detoxing power, add some lemon to the water. Lemons naturally promote healthy digestion.

 

#Remove the junk from your life

Skin is suffering when we repeatedly consume junk foods. Replace them with vegetables, fruits at least for one week and the you will be surprised by the results.

 

#Visit your Dermatologist

A visit to your dermatologist for a facial cleansing will have surprising results too. It is like the basis for a detoxed and fresh skin.

 

Always treat your skin right!

 

xxx

Marilena

 

 

 

 

6+1 Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls that will make your day

Who doesn’t love a homemade fresh smoothie or a a smoothie bowl full of vitamins?

Smoothies are well known but the latest trend is smoothie bowls.

The difference between them is that the smoothie bowls and often topped with fruits, nuts, seeds, muesli or granola and you can eat them with a spoon.

Smoothie bowls provide the opportunity to get even more creative with liquefied creations.

Personally, I have concluded to some of the most delicious and easy-to-make smoothie and smoothie bowls that I prefer to prepare daily.

1. Strawberry and Banana Smoothie- The most classic one

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

WHAT YOU  NEED:

  • 1 Cup ice
  • 1 Cup milk (Put almond milk to make it more tasty!)
  • 1 (3-oz.) scoop low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 banana

 

2.Pineapple, Banana, and Peach Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

WHAT YOU NEED: 

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 scoop  Vanilla
  • ¼ peach, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup puffed rice cereal

 

3. The “Green” one

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • optional: 1 cup ice
  • 2 cups (~ 60 g) kale, packed, fresh or frozen (organic when possible)
  • 1 cup (165 g) ripe frozen mango cubes (organic when possible)
  • 1 cup (150 g) ripe frozen peaches (organic when possible)
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g) minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lemons or limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups (360 – 480 ml) filtered water
  • optional: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup (depending on sweetness of fruit)

 

4.Caramel Crumble Apple Smoothie Bowl (The most “difficult” one but still very delicious and nutritious!)

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

WHAT YOU NEED:

Date Caramel
  • 1 cup soft pitted dates
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp coconut milk
  • 1.5 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
Banana Smoothie Bowl
  • 3 frozen bananas, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp date caramel
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ⅛ tsp vanilla
  • pinch cinnamon
Toppings
  • 3/2 cup Love Crunch Apple Crumble Granola
  • ⅓ apple, thin sliced
  • cinnamon sticks
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp extra date caramel (or more!)

5.The go to Smoothie Bowl

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 heaping cup (160 g) organic frozen mixed berries
  • 1 (100 g) small ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) light coconut or almond milk
TOPPINGS
  • 1 Tbsp (5 g) shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)
  • 1 Tbsp (12 g) Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (10 g) hemp seeds
  • optional: Granola
  • optional: Fruit

 

6. Blueberry Smoothie- Full of antioxidants!

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon sprouted flax meal
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

 

7. Last but not least, the Raspberry Smoothie

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup kefir
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

 

Enjoy them all

xxx

Marilena

Healthy and Vegan Food Spots in Athens that you should Know!

Are you a vegan or just looking for something healthy?

I know that for vegans and for people following a healthy living it is difficult to find what they really like in terms of food.

So, here they are some of the best healthy and vegan food spots that you should definitely visit in Athens:

1.The Protein House – Fitness Shop & Food Bar

Leoforos El. Venizelou 71, Kallithea – Tel: 2130411750

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In the Protein House you can find plenty of protein shakes, protein snacks, healthy smoothies. Also, you can taste vegan salads and small snacks.

2.Avocado

Nikis 30, Syntagma- Tel: +30 21 0323 7878

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Vegans have already found their food spot in Athens the last years. Avocado is a veggie restaurant which chooses bio and fresh products. You can choose among tasty vegan burgers, avocado snacks, salads , fresh smoothies, bio wines and veggie deserts.

3.Mama Tiera

Akadimias 84, Athens – Tel: 2114114420

Healthy and vegan spots

“Mama Tiera”, meaning mother of nature, is a vegan food spot in Athens that offers a multinational menu (Italy, Mexico, India, Spain). You will find a variety of vegan choices and gluten- free plates as well. Don’t forget to try their popular homemade nachos.

4.Wild in the City

Stoa Bolani, Voulis 7, Athens – Tel:  2103315776

Healthy and vegan spots

One of the newest places on the scene in Athens is Wild in the City right behind Syntagma Square, which offers a variety of snacks, sweets and sandwiches all made with real food and largely unprocessed – sweets without refined sugar or gluten, sandwiches made with paleo-friendly bread, and bulletproof coffee. They are constantly innovating and offering some of the most progressive eats in the center.

5.Pure Juice Bar

Sina 21, Kolonaki – Tel: 213 036 3671

Healthy and vegan spots

Pure Juice Bar  is located in trendy Kolonaki, and offers a variety of smoothies made with fresh fruits or vegetables, smoothie bowls, almond milk with their coffee, and turmeric lattes.

6. The Salad Project

Sygrou 13, Koukaki – Tel: 2109241402

Healthy and vegan spots

To get a quick green fix, The Salad Project offers you the chance to build your own salad in any combination you want, with fresh and creative ingredients as well as their own offerings too.

7. Vegan Nation

Ermou 86, Monastiraki- Tel: 210-3226226

Healthy and vegan spots

Famous Musaka with almond milk, veggie burgers, vegan sushi and creative fresh salads are some of the choices of the Vegan Nation. Vegan Nation proves that vegan kitchen can be tasty and creative too and especially in a street food concept.

8. Nice n’ Easy

Omirou 60 & Skoufa, Kolonaki- Tel: 210 3617201

Healthy and vegan spots

My last suggestion for a healthy food spot that you should visit is Nice n’ Easy. An organic bistro restaurant in Athens with contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and international comfort food dishes , which are served using high quality farm-to-table ingredients that support sustainable agriculture. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free dishes that you can enjoy!

 

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

xxx

Marilena

Vegan Stories: Can veganism change your life?

Vegan, veganism, veggie, vegetarian.. I am sure you are hearing these words a lot the last years. For many, are considered to be a trend that will make its cycle and then disappeared. For other people Veganism has become a way of living that they love.

Veganism

First, I need to say that veganism and vegetarianism are two different things (I know that many of you, including myself, didn’t know the exact differences). So let’s first see how they are different and then focused on Veganism and its benefits.

A vegetarian excludes meat, poultry, and seafood from their diet. Some vegetarians also exclude dairy, some don’t, and some may consume eggs.

Likewise, vegans avoid meat, poultry, and seafood, but they also take it a step further by eliminating all animal products from their diet. This includes any type of animal milk and eggs. Vegans avoid foods produced using animals or animal products in any way, including honey. Many vegans also avoid household products, clothing, or other items made from animal products or tested on animals.

Veganism: Why is it a really good idea

For your health

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Veganism are becoming more popular for the health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin and eternal youth.

Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.  These help you definitely control your fat and health issues like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

For the environment

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From recycling our household rubbish to cycling to work, we’re all aware of ways to live a greener life. One of the most effective things an individual can do  in order to help the sustainability efforts is to avoid all animal products. By the time you realize this and you start doing it you will really satisfied with yourself!

 

For people

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Veganism  is the sustainable option when it comes to looking after our planet but is also a more sustainable way for a human family. It is time to adopt a more sustainable way of living. Avoiding animal products is not just one of the simplest ways an individual can reduce the strain on food as well as other resources.

 

Vegans are frequently misunderstood as fringe eaters with an unnatural passion for animal rights. While many vegans do feel passionately about animals, its time for others to see that a vegan diet and lifestyle go way beyond animal rights. It is just a different and a more natural way of  living that no one should be afraid to adopt.

Remember: Veganism is a life change, don’t just a nutrition habit!

xxx

Marilena

DETOXIFYING: HOW TO GET STARTED ?

To start on the right foot, here are some smart tips on how to detox your body:

1.First of all, watch what you eat

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Get rid of any negative components that are harmful to your body.

Be inspirational and creative. The most important thing in this process is not to be bored to prepare your meals and your drinks!

Detoxifying is synonymous with creating a daily eating routine that you will love.

*Extra tip: Drinking a lot of liquids will help our metabolism process everything much faster. Water in particular, with a bit of lemon juice first thing in the morning, will help all the waste we have inside find its way out much easier.

2.Time to avoid sugar

Some people say that “We are what we eat”.Detoxifying your body is more related to what we keep feeding it than anything else. Thus, do not provide to your body unnecessary quantities of sugar.

Prefer fruits rather than sweets and put Stevia to your coffee rather than sugar.

3.Put Exercise into your life

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In order to be able to detoxify your body, you need to put exercise to your life.

Apart from losing weight, exercise will also help you to stay fit, improve your energy levels and your blood pressure.

Thus, digestion process becomes simpler for your body.

Other benefits from working out include:

  • The release of endorphins, which are the hormones that allow us to feel joy and happiness.
  • More effective concentration.
  • Self-awareness

4.Choose Organic food

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Aiming at a healthy lifestyle and  a detoxifying effort cannot be achieved by choosing processed foods. These foods lack all the nutrients that our body needs and replaces them with saturated fats, sugar, and chemicals that have never proved to help us in any way.

What you should actually do is to choose a healthy balanced diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables. Thus your body will be full with necessary nutrients that are coming from nature.

 

*Note to Remember: A healthy body leads you to a healthy mind. The combination of those two is a happy and energetic life full of peace and joy.

Every start is difficult, but remember to never give up!

xxx

Marilena

Choose Detox as a Lifestyle!

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Make your daily detox routine.

Many of you might have wondered about Detox and it really is.

Detox is something that many people do to lose weight, to flush out toxins to improve health or to jump-start a healthy eating plan.

In simple words,  detox can  definitely add a general boost and more energy into your life.

But you might ask how it achieve this?

The answer is through a continuous and internal process of cleansing and neutralizing of body toxins.

Toxins in simple terms are substances that can harm us and our daily body functions. The result of our body containing high levels of toxins is poor health.

Unfortunately, toxins can be also produced by stress, internal thoughts and emotions.

So, these are the main origins of toxins:

INTERNAL TOXINS ARE PRODUCED FROM:

  • Fermentation – a common problem in the digestive system
  • Putrefaction & rancidity from undigested foods
  • Toxic thoughts and emotions.
  • Normal metabolic processes produce lactic acid, pyruvic acid and urea amongst others that have to be detoxified.
  • The detox process itself produces free radicals that are damaging to our bodies if left unchecked.

EXTERNALLY TOXINS COME FROM:

  • Inhalation – smoking, air pollution, dental amalgam fillings, sick buildings
  • Ingestion – chemical residues on food, chemicals in water, drugs
  • Injection – vaccinations, flu shots, tattoos
  • Absorption – chemicals from personal care products, synthetic fabrics, paints, plastics, pesticides and chemical fertilizers sprayed on lawns
  • Irradiation – medical x-rays, nuclear power plants, bomb testing, uranium mine railings, cell phones and towers, computer monitors and televisions, microwave ovens, and power grid and radio and satellite transmissions.

To choose a detox and a healthy lifestyle is a difficult task, I know. And one of the hardest things about detox or cleansing is really knowing what to do and what not to do.

Your present way of living will affect the process of detoxifying and that’s why you should change it completely.

Once you see the results of a healthy lifestyle you will never change it!

xxx

Marilena

 

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