Vanessa Lamont

Also known as Miss V, Vanessa has brought her love of coffee, dancing, and bawdy sense of humor to a variety of roles at LUSH. She started working her moves on the shop floor in Victoria, BC, and crossed the ocean to Vancouver to take the reins as the Customer Care manager. From there her witty wordplay landed her the dream job of LUSH Times Editor. She also had the honor of working with the Charity Pot team, before moving on to start the Content department. The proud winner of the "Most Inappropriate Comment" award is putting her passion for LUSH and words to good use, we hope so anyway. When she isn't tip-tapping on the keyboard, Vanessa can be found drinking (more) coffee, perusing the local Farmer's Market, riding her bikes, going for long walks with her dog, or practicing her dance moves.

Jan 01.6

Fresh Detox Solutions

Tips and Tricks >> Fresh >> LUSH Facts

With New Year's resolutions in full swing, there are quite a few of us vowing to put health as a priority in 2013. Perhaps you've made a pledge to hit the pavement or the gym for the first time in... years? Or maybe revamping your diet is at the top of your list. One great way to get your body in gear after weeks of overeating, drinking, and being merry is a detox.

While we do recommend that you consult with your health practitioner to create a plan that is best suited to your personal needs, you can get started in the kitchen with a smoothie filled with fresh, nutritious ingredients. There are numerous smoothie recipes available, so we thought we'd try some to give you the best scoop. They are delicious, easy to make, and vegan and gluten-free too! Even better? They contain some of our favorite fresh ingredients for making products too.

Honey I Made You Breakfast

Short on time but high on hunger? They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now you can blend it up and take it to go.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large pears, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Add ingredients to blender, making sure the lid is on tight and blend away. If you prefer a thicker, icier version you can add 1/3 cup ice cubes before blending. *If you are Celiac, or gluten-intolerant ensure that you use oats from a gluten-free facility. You can also try a sprinkle of chia or buckwheat instead.

Oats: While we love to use oats and oatmilk in some of our best-selling products - Dream Cream, for their beneficial qualities on the skin, oats are incredibly nutritious as a food source. High in calcium, iron, and Vitamin B1, they are also high in carbohydrates and contain more protein and lipids (fat) than other grains. Some studies have shown oats beneficial against heart disease and heart failure. Not too shabby at all! 

Almond butter: Our almonds originate in the warmth of California, one of the largest almond growing areas in the world. Almond butter is a very rich blend. It exfoliates gently and is incredibly softening. In our Aqua Mirabilis body butter, the almond butter softens and polishes skin. Rich in monosaturated fats (the good kind), consuming almond butter is good for the heart and is known to lower blood pressure. Almonds are also rich in antioxidants so you can see why we're so nuts about it!

Cinnamon: Warming cinnamon essential oil has very powerful antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. We use it in our products to increase blood flow; in our Wiccy Magic Muscles it creates a VERY stimulating experience. Numerous studies have shown that eating cinnamon regulates blood sugar and reduces LDL cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to reduce the pain linked to arthritis, Hot stuff indeed.

 

Each Pineapple and Two's a Pear?

This fruity little number is refreshing and packed with antioxidants. Mix it up for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or an after dinner treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into chunks (you can use frozen pineapple too)
  • 1 cup unsweetened pear juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Add ingredients to blender, making sure the lid is on tight and blend away. If you prefer a creamier version or would like to add more protein and calcium you can also substitute yoghurt instead of the almond milk.

Ginger: Ginger is astringent, antiseptic and warming. Aromatherapists use it to relax tense muscles and to soothe aching joints, that's why we add it to our Hottie massage bar. Its warming action helps stimulate circulation, making it an excellent remedy for cold extremities. It is also thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect and is used in the treatment of conditions headaches and rheumatoid arthritis, among others. Herbalists recommend ginger for nausea. If you eat fresh ginger before meals it helps your digestive juices, and it also helps to improve the absorption of nutrients in the body. 

Pineapple: Along with vitamins and fruit acids, pineapples contain bromelain, making it an effective medicinal plant. Many athletes eat it fresh, believing its anti-inflammatory properties will help heal sports injuries and the enzymes in it will enhance fat metabolism and aid digestion. The alpha hydroxy acids and bromelain content of pineapple juice have soothing and clarifying effects when used on the skin. We use fresh pineapple juice in our Gorgeous moisturizer. Its fruit acids and AHAs help to revive tired skin. 

These recipes were modified from Whole Living in order to make them vegan. You can mix up just about any fresh fruit or vegetable for a healthy boost to your menu. And it's amazing just how many servings of greens you can get in, even the ones you don’t like by doing it. What are you waiting for? Get blending!

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Share it - we'd love to give it a try!

Vanessa Lamont

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