Category Archives: Vegan

Glow from Inside Out! Vegan Foods for Beauty + Recipes

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich

Along with using vegan and organic beauty products to bring out our best selves, we must not forget that beauty starts from within and radiates outwards. The foods we choose to eat everyday lay the foundation to the health of our bodies. Although, the key to beauty from within is by fueling our bodies with a variety of whole foods. We can pick and choose to eat foods that are rich in certain micronutrients that can help the growth, repair and nourishment of our skin, hair and nails. Consider incorporating some of these vegan foods into your everyday diet. With LOVE GOODLY and good food, your beauty will radiate from inside and out!

SKIN

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SWEET POTATOES + GARLIC
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that are vital to protecting the skin from cell damage caused by free radicals. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene which contributes to a healthy skin tone and skin cell development. They are also high in vitamin C which is needed to heal blemishes and maintain radiant skin. Garlic contains a good amount of zinc which is needed for repairing damaged skin and keeping skin soft. 

Fries can actually be good for you! Here is a vegan oil- free sweet potato fries recipe.

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AVOCADOS + BRAZILIAN NUTS

Don’t shy away from fats! They are essential for beauty. Avocados contain fatty acids which helps the skin stay plump and moisturized. Avocados also contain high amounts of vitamin E. This vitamin plays a role in minimizing cell damage and promoting skin growth. Brazilian Nuts are high in selenium. Selenium, along with vitamin C and E, can prevent age spots, skin cancer and sun damage. Try this vegan Avocado Ranch dressing
to drizzle on top of salads or this vegan guacamole dip.

HAIR

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LEGUMES + LEAFY GREENS
Hair is made out of protein. To keep strong, healthy, shining hair, make sure to include enough protein in your diet. Legumes are one of the highest sources of plant protein. A lack of protein in the diet may cause thinning of the hair, hair loss and dryness.  Dark leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli are also high in protein.

Make a quick and easy vegan lentil soup to get your protein in or a simple green smoothie to-go.

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DARK CHOCOLATE + FRUIT

Iron is a vital mineral for the hair. A lack of iron in the diet may cause hair loss. Dark chocolate (70-90% Cacao) is a healthy treat high in iron. 

Tip: Consume foods high in vitamin C (such as fruits or try a mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray) with iron because vitamin C helps the body absorb your iron intake.

Create your own vegan dark chocolate treats with this fun and easy recipe.

NAILS

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OATS + B-12
Oats contain an abundance of nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, zinc, and copper. These micronutrients are important for maintaining healthy nails. You can use oats to make these gluten- free banana oat muffins for breakfast.

Vitamin B-12 is also crucial to nail health. A deficiency in B-12 may cause dry and dark nails. There are many ways to get cruelty-free B-12 including the mykind Organics Organic B12  spray.

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FLAX + SUN FLOWER SEEDS

Flax seeds are high in omega- 3 fatty acids which keep nails strong. Sunflower seeds provide a great source of biotin which reduces splitting of the nails and aids to finger nail thickness.

Here is a vegan pancake recipe using flax seeds.

Sources:

Lewin, J. (n.d.). What to eat for healthy hair. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair

Lewin, J. (n.d.). How to eat for great skin – Digestion. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-eat-great-skin-digestion

Goldschmidt, V. (n.d.). 6 Foods For Amazingly Strong Nails — Are You Eating Them? Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://saveourbones.com/6-foods-for-amazingly-strong-nails-are-you-eating-them/

Behind the Brand: Mullein & Sparrow

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Smells divine, feels heavenly: floral facial steams from Mullein & Sparrow impart the very best properties of petals onto your face, without chemicals harmful to you or the planet.

Finding luxury in nature is completely possible, and our friends at Mullein & Sparrow are proof of that! Read on as Anit, the founder of Mullein & Sparrow, explains how to ditch the chemicals, and instead draw health, beauty, and inspiration from the world around you.

Mullein & Sparrow is a memorable name, what was the inspiration for it?

Mullein is my favorite herb, and my mom has always called me “sparrow,” so I merged the two together to create something personal and dear to me all around.

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 Why did you choose to create an eco-conscious, vegan brand?

I personally live an ayurvedic lifestyle, which was instilled in me by my family. At one point, I went backpacking through South America and was introduced to plant-based remedies, skincare and more. If I was sick, I was given herbs versus Tylenol. I wanted to create products that I feel good about putting into the world so it was important for me that they be completely natural and cruelty-free.

 We love that both of our brands support Farm Sanctuary.  What was the inspiration or goal behind adopting 12 Days of Giving / sponsoring 12 Farm Sanctuary animals?

We are huge animal lovers and have personally adopted before, but we wanted to do it on a larger scale and this holiday season felt like the perfect time. We hope that this campaign will inspire others to consider adopting as well.

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 How has Mullein & Sparrow changed your life?

I feel so creatively fulfilled.  I’ve always been the type of person who is brimming with ideas and who often feels inspired by so much of the world that’s it’s great to have an outlet for that energy.

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 What advice would you give to someone reading this, who is inspired by your story and wanting to start his/her own company?

I absolutely believe in following your heart and pursuing your passion, but you have to be willing to put in the time, money, and effort that it will take to start your own business. Know your limits because your business will no doubt push them.

 How important is it for a company to give back to the community?

We believe that those who have the privilege of a voice, a platform of any sort, should be the voice of the voiceless.

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 What is your daily routine (or maybe first thing you do in the morning)?

Self-reflection and yoga are staples in my routine. It’s a way to clear my head and keep me sane – especially when we’re really busy. I think it’s so important to make time for yourself in some small way every day.

 What can you always find in your purse?

Our Immortelle & Myrrh facial serum. It’s such a versatile serum that you can wear in any weather and with any skin type. And it’s perfect for on-the-go because of the roller ball applicator.

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 Who is your lifestyle icon?

I’m not sure I have a singular lifestyle icon because, again, I draw inspiration from everywhere.  But I often think of my grandfather both in business and in life generally. He had a factory and it wasn’t until he died that we found out how much charity work and outreach he had done in the community.  Complete strangers came to the house to pay their respects and tell us how he had helped them in one way or another and my mom makes sure to remind me that I have to uphold this lineage of decency and good work in the world.

 Three words to describe yourself?

Driven. Creative. Curious.