Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

green tea smoothie recipe

green tea smoothie recipe

green tea smoothie recipe

This is my favorite smoothie, I drink that at least once a day. I hope you like the recipe as much as I do!

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup frozen fruit

16 oz green tea – 4 oz strong green tea mixed with 12 oz water (you can change the tea to water ratio to taste)

1 tbsp protein powder (I use Lean 1 or Orgain)

1 tsp vegetable powder blend (I use Green Vitae Essence)

Blend and enjoy!

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Being done with one of the most difficult semesters of my college life feels incredible. I am definitely enjoying this time I get to spend at home, reflecting and preparing myself for the next stage of my life. The ability to spend a lot of time at home is also something I am going to cherish, since Sam and I are getting ready to sell our house. We’ve learned a lot being home owners, living here, and now leaving here.

Another perk of being on a short spring/summer vacation is reading. I went to the library and checked out some books that I could read for fun, that weren’t textbooks, that weren’t mandatory, these are the books I can truly enjoy.

And finally, I’ve been able to enjoy cooking, baking, and making all sorts of treats for myself and my loved ones. My latest obsession is the new TAZO® Chai Latte. There’s something about that rich and creamy taste with every sip providing a spicy and sweet escape. And the best part about the new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods is that you can explore a world of flavor from the comfort of your home. Growing up in Russia, tea has always been a big part of my life, especially black Indian tea, which probably partially explains my obsession with this product.

TAZO® Chai Latte combines the flavors of sweet cinnamon, fragrant cardamom, and spicy ginger. There is a perfect amount of sweetness and spice, with spice coming in at the end for a much needed kick. Needless to say this drink contains a perfect amount of caffeine, which makes this drink my new morning favorite.

NEW TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are made from milk, tea leaves and spices. Brewing the drink is a two step process, you start by adding a powdered mix, which is basically a sweetened dairy blend, to the cup before you brew. Then brew the K-Cup® pod as usual, stir and enjoy!

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And finally, I wanted to make sure to share that TAZO® has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to celebrate the release of the new K-Cup® pods. Tea and chai have always been a part of Padma Lakshmi’s life and family heritage and she is excited to celebrate the flavors of chai with TAZO®. In addition, she has also developed recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of chai and you can find them by visiting TAZO.com/chai/pairings. To learn more about this collaboration visit TAZO.com/chai!

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Whole30 Week 3 Recap

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One more week down and kind of one more to go, and I don’t want it to end. I think I am going to stay on the Whole30 for a while (that might be another month until college starts, or another year). I am definitely going to reintroduce certain foods back into my diet. I am going to add a little bit of dairy. I have to admit I miss Chobani! I never would’ve thought I’d say that. I am also pretty excited to be able to weigh myself soon, just out of curiosity. I can’t wait to find out how much Sam lost!

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Last Saturday we went to a wedding, and here is the thing, I couldn’t remember my dinner choice. So Sam and I had an agreement to be flexible and just eat. Turns out I had a prime rib, and Sam had pasta. My prime rib came with green beans and potatoes. And Sam’s pasta was, well, pasta. I have to admit we broke the rules for that night, and even had some cheesecake. Now the interesting thing is, Sam felt pretty sick after the heavy carb and dairy meal, while I was more or less okay. Another thing that hit me while I was eating what is not a part of Whole30 diet – I don’t miss it that much. Food is just a fuel for my body so I can function. And that’s the biggest lesson we’ve learned while on Whole30 – self-control.

So we are going to finish our week and a half and go from there.

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Out of the recipes I tried last week there were a couple that totally didn’t work. I made a beef and sweet potato casserole that had too much sweet potato, so neither one of us liked it, but we still ate it, because I don’t like to waste food.

Another thing I tried to make was braised cabbage in a crock pot. I am not sure what happened, I think I had way too much cabbage, but it wasn’t as good as the baked recipe that I’ve made before. But I am still working my way through it.

I made banana blueberry muffins for breakfast yesterday, and those turned out amazing. They are absolutely not sweet, and nothing like the sugary muffins I used to make, but I am not complaining. I am also starting to realize that I don’t like almond butter as much as sunflower butter.

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But the real gem that I made was Kale Pesto, and that’s the recipe I wanted to share with you today!

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1 avocado

1 cup frozen kale

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

Parsley (I used about 1 tbs dried parsley and a small amount of fresh parsley – one of the few things that grows in my garden!)

Salt to taste

Add all the ingredients to the food processor and pulse until desired texture achieved. So easy and so delicious. I almost thought I could get Sam to eat it, but alas, I didn’t succeed.

I am excited for this week, Blake brought over a Swirlio, so I can’t wait to make some frozen desserts.

Whole30 Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 of Whole30 is over and I am pretty sure Sam lost at least 10 pounds by now. You are not allowed to step on the scale at all while on this diet, so I am not certain, but people at work have been telling him he looks different, and I’ve noticed the changes too! Meanwhile I am here eating watermelon, and I can’t stop!

This week was definitely easier than the last, at least for me. I think the biggest part of it was me going to Costco last Monday to do some grocery shopping. Costco always makes me feel better, and I made sure to stock up on meat to last us for the next 2 weeks if not more.

I mentioned that I will share a few things that I bought for Whole30. So here goes: eggs, chicken, beef, bacon, salmon, bananas, watermelon, carrots, dates, avocados, peaches, broccoli, snap peas and a whole lot of nuts! I can’t emphasize how incredible it is to have this membership, and how much easier it is to get all my shopping done in one place.

For this week’s post I also asked my friend Kate to share her experience with Whole30, she was the one who got us all eating right after all 😉

My name is Kate and I began Whole30 on July 6. I am almost half way through with my first 30 days and I feel amazing! I work 40 hours a week and am a busy mom so planning and meal prep has been critical for me. 

I love the meals and how I’ve been feeling while on this program. It really feels like a lifestyle change. Plus now I have enough energy to workout again!!! 

I am not the best in the kitchen, but I have found the recipes to be really delicious and pretty easy. While making Clarified Butter I did start a small fire and burn my arm. So for now I will be buying my Clarified Butter (ghee) from Trader Joes! 

My favorite recipe so far has been one that I made with my Mom (she is also on Whole30). We made Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. We plan on making it again for an upcoming family dinner. 

A few of my favorite things this week: 

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Also the app TwoGrand (soon to be YouFood) has kept me accountable! I love checking off my daily goals and sharing my food photos. 

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Now to share some of my favorite recipes with you!

Saturday night I made this Chicken Apple Orange Spinach Salad for dinner, and Sam said that it has probably been his favorite so far.

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2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

1 apple diced or sliced (whatever you prefer)

1 orange peeled and diced

1 cup spinach (or more if you like spinach)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Turmeric to taste (it will make the chicken yellow, so Sam calls this Yellow Chicken Salad)

1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in the pan, add chicken and spices and cook until done.

2. Meanwhile prepare your spinach and your fruit and mix in a bowl.

3. Add chicken, mix well and serve.

Beef and Turkey Meatballs was another meal I cooked up for us. I’ve been craving meatballs way before we started Whole30, so getting to finally making them is a huge accomplishment.

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1 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground turkey

2 eggs

Rosemary and Parsley to taste ( I grow those two in my very very small garden, seriously it’s two pots, but I was really excited to use them in this recipe!)

3 tbsp flex seed (now this has a weird taste, and if you’ve never had it I suggest you skip out on it, or start with 1 tbsp).

1 medium onion diced

Salt, pepper and garlic to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Mix all ingredients in the food processor.

3. Scoop onto a foil or parchment lined pan with a spoon (I use an ice cream scoop!)

4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for 10 more.

Makes about 32 meatballs.

For the sauce:

1 can Organic Tomato Paste (I use the Costco brand)

1 Roma tomato diced

3 small peppers diced

Italian seasoning to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a small sauce pan, heat for about 5 minutes.

And finally, I want to share this Cashew Date Craisin Bites recipe. I got the idea from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds.

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25-30 dates

1 cup cashews

1 cup craisins

Pulse all the ingredients in the food processor until well mixed, then shape into bars, or roll into bite-size balls. These can be dangerous though, because they are pretty much all I want to eat now.

Well I hope you liked this week’s update, I can’t wait to share more!

Whole30 Week 1 Recap

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Last week we started Whole30. I’ve never heard of this diet until my friend Kate mentioned it during the 4th of July parade. I was immediately intrigued and decided to jump on the bandwagon. We were originally shooting for August, but last Sunday she texted me and said that we should start on Monday. So we did.

Sam and I have toyed with the idea of going paleo in the past, but something stopped us. Whole30 seemed less strict to me, and it allows potatoes!

My first step was to go to Whole30.com, print out the shopping list, throw all of our cheese in the freezer, and tell Sam what we were going to do for the next month. My next step was to go on Pinterest and look up the recipes. We started two boards that you can check out here and here. Pinterest can be an incredibly helpful tool, but make sure you read the recipe carefully, because it may not be whole30, even if it says it is.

I am off to Costco this morning to do some quick shopping before work, and I will share some shopping tips in the next week’s recap, but I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite recipes from last week.

Tuna Craisins Salad

1 can tuna in water

1/3 cup craisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix well and enjoy!

Baked Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Radishes

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts halved
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup radishes halved
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Add to pan and brown on both sides; about 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from pan and set in the baking dish, leaving oil in pan.
  6. Add brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, radishes and garlic to the pan.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally,.
  8. Add chopped garlic and spinach; continue to cook for 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat, set on top of chicken in the baking dish, add broth.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Beauty Brunch: Nails and Lips and Detox Drinks

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Welcome to beauty brunch! Today’s post is all about nails and lips. Remember the teaser I posted last week featuring Sinful Colors Nail Polish? Today we are going to talk about those, as well as some of the other products that I have been using to keep the polish on my nails for more than a day.

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Left to right: Solar Flux, Matte About Blue, Red Tired, Rubber Ball, Rain Rubber, Pipaya

These nail polishes have a very interesting grainy texture and remind me of a color my friend Luchessa sent me from Germany, but that one was specifically advertised as Sand Finish, while these say absolutely nothing on the bottle.

Of course the colors are brilliant and vibrant. I love the look and feel on my nails. As you may have guessed I wore blue and red ones for July 4th, and the color is still lasting. I am glad it didn’t chip on the first day. I have been making sure to use a top coat every time though. My new favorite is Sally Hansen base and top coat, as well as the Big Matte Top coat.

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Another summer beauty must-have I want to talk about today is lipsticks, glosses and tinted balms. I have been using a lot of different products lately, and wanted to share my thoughts, looks and opinions on.

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These two babies by NYX (Strawberry Milk and Narcissus) have been my go-to this season. I love the pale lip look, it compliments the tan.

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A couple other lip favorites have been Maybelline Baby Lips in Oh Orange ($3.99 on Maybelline.com)

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And Sigma Lip Gless in Get Ready ($10 on SigmaBeauty.com)

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And finally I want to share a couple detox drink recipes with you. If you are like me, plain water doesn’t taste good, so  that will help you stay hydrated and feel good.

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Bring 72 oz of water and 4 tablespoons of stevia to a boil, add 4-5 stalks of rhubarb cut up into 1 inch slices, and let boil for 5 minutes. Let cool, add ice and enjoy!

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1 thick slice of lemon, 5-6 freshly picked mint leaves, 5-6 freshly picked lemon balm leaves. Pour boiling water over everything, steep. Drink cold.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

7 Easy Salad Recipes

Salads are easy, filling and can be extremely delicious. I have been working on putting together some salad recipes for you. Today I will share 7 of them, my goal is to come up with 30 different recipes, one for each day of the month. And then? Maybe I’ll come up with 30 more, maybe I’ll just leave it as is, but there will definitely be more recipes next week!

I take a big salad to work with me every day, because I want to eat better, and feel better. All of these recipes have no dressing, and rarely salt and pepper. 

This is not some crazy diet that I invented, I eat these plus workout almost every day, just to be fit. This winter has been so long, that I think it had an impact on all of us in some way. 

Do you want to take this challenge with me? Live a healthier life, eat more greens? I hope you enjoy these recipes!

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Do you bring your own lunch to work? What do you normally eat/cook for yourself? Have a great Monday and come back next week for more salad recipes!

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Ditch the Holiday Bloat & Get the Holiday Glow

Hi everyone,

and happy Tuesday! Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, let’s get ready for Christmas! I am going to bring holiday related posts, outfit ideas, makeup tutorials and DIYs this month! I might even throw a couple gift guides in between! But today’s post is brought to you by Prescribe Nutrition, an amazing resource for everything food, lifestyle and diet related. Katie and Megan, are both nutritionists, and today, they are here on BeingZhenya.com with a post, that will help you get that holiday glow!

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‘Tis the season for all things celebratory.  Are you ready?  A house full of hungry family & friends for parties galore, kids running wild, cookie exchanges, oh and shopping, shopping and more shopping?!  Yep, it’s that time.  Time to turn up the volume on life.  Life and stress starts to hits a high note this time of year – pants get a little snug and the idea of a New Year’s resolution comes creeping back in.  If you are like many, you really wish a “resolution” (yeah, were are talking about the ones that involve the scale) never had to be made. What if you could make it through the holidays with a completely new perspective?  Glowing instead of full of regret?

Envision this: You attend and host parties where you feel awesome about what you bring (and eat.) You are armed and dangerous with tips, tools and tricks to navigate stress and the impact it has on you, your energy and your ability to withstand the temptations of unreasonably large cookie platters.  You look back on January 1st and your “resolutions” are void of weight loss goals and instead are full of ways to be a better person, practice more self care and save money for that trip you’ve always wanted to take.  Now THOSE are some resolutions!

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At Prescribe Nutrition we asked what our participants wanted, where they could use support and how they’d like it delivered, and then wham, the Holiday Disaster Prevention Program was written. Practical (and fun) tips to navigate the holidays.  So here’s a sneak peak in how we plan to tackle these guys feeling and looking our absolute best.

Step 1 – Fuel up: Yep, you heard it right.  The tanks need to be full. Full of fuel, the good kind. If you fill up you are far less likely to hover around the cheese and cracker platter all night.  You’ve been there, WE’VE been there.  “Tonight’s Jen’s party and so I’m going to eat really light today…”  Well, you know how this story goes.  A day filled with coffee and only a snack or two, and then bam, you show up famished, grab a glass of champagne and the next thing you know, three hours have passed and you’ve saddled up real close to the cheese platter, the headache has set in, and you want nothing more then a pair of sweatpants and your couch.  We think the party should be more about the company than anything.  Time to connect, laugh and really celebrate.

Remember – going to a party hungry, we’ll that’s just silly.  Have a pre-party mini meal.  In your head you think “Why would I eat before I’m going to eat.”  But then history reminds you, “This will be far less food/calories/sugar then if I over indulge in Fritos and dip because I was starving.”  Smart call.

Step 2 – Get Glowing: Some of our favorite nutrition and at home tips to get glowing.

  • One of the best ways to get your glow on in the peak of winter is to cram in a ton of antioxidants.  Easiest way to do this?  Have a green smoothie packed with nutritious goodness. Smoothies are a delicious, quick and easy way to add more of those powerful greens to your day.  Commit to having one a day everyday for at least one week before your big events.
  • Cut back on sugar.  In fact, if you really want to glow, get red of it all together!  Sugar is one of, if not the bigggest causes of inflammation – contributing to everything from acne to ruddy skin to weght loss resistance.  Kiss it goodbye and notice the difference within just a few days.
  •  Baking soda.  Baking soda?  You bet – use a dab on your toothbrush to whiten your teeth, to exfoliate your skin, even as dry shampoo. Check out all it’s virtues here.
  • Oil pulling.  Never heard of it?  It’s.the.best.  We promise. From whiter teeth to clearer skin to lower PMS, we swear by it. More on that here.
  • Speaking of oil…oil is pretty much your best friend during winter, well, the good kinds at least!  We love utilizing an oil cleanser for our face, our favorites being a  blend of castor, grapeseed, avocado and sesame oil. Learn more in our blog post on oil cleansing.

You feel a little better prepped already? Just the idea that there are ways come out on the “other side” still intact. At Prescribe Nutrition that was our whole goal in building the Holiday Disaster Prevention Program.

As Being Zhenya readers you are invited for a special 20% discount.  Just use the code: BZ20 and grab your seat as the PN team holds your hand through the holidayr!  Get ready to have some fun.  Hey, we can’t wait.

Enjoy recipes like the one below during the Holiday Disaster Prevention program.  Hope to see you on the discussion boards!

Mediterrian mint pesto

MEDITERREAN LENTILS WITH MINT PESTO
4 side servings 2 main servings

INGREDIENTS
1 cup fresh mint leaves
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded (quarter if you like less spice)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey or Grade B maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
12 brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and quartered
1 small red onion
1 small shallot
2 cups cooked lentils (we love the pre-cooked ones at Trader Joes!)
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 dates, pitted finely chopped
1 small avocado, pitted and diced large
Zest of 1 small lemon

  1. Using a food processor or blender, pulse the mint, jalapeno, olive oil, lemon juice, honey/syrup, salt and cumin until just combined. You can add more spice, salt or sweet to your taste.
  2. In a large pan that has a lid, heat the coconut oil or ghee over medium heat and add in the brussels in a single layer (don’t let your pan get too hot or you’ll burn the brussels and they’ll be undercooked in center). Sprinkle with salt, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Uncover and give a good stir, add in the shallot and red onion, then cover again and cook for another 2 minutes. Uncover and crank the heat to high and cook until the brussels are a nice caramelized brown.
  4. Add the lentils, almonds and dates into the skillet, stirring until the lentils are heated through.  Remove from heat and distribute the lentil stir fry onto plates or bowl. Top each serving with avocado and lemon zest to taste.  Now pretend you’re on a Mediterranean vacation.

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I hope you find these tips helpful! What’s your advice on getting/maintaining the holiday glow?

Zhenya

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Proskin 28 Day Blogger Challenge: Week 1

A couple weeks ago I came across a #BloggerChallenge on Twitter, and not knowing what it was, decided to look into it! And it turned out that it was, well a blogger challenge, organized by Proskin! I have heard of that brand before, but didn’t know exactly what they were about. After looking into it, I found out that Proskin is a brand that makes leggings that are supposed to tighten your skin and help you loose inches off your thighs! 

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So I decided to give it a shot. I was always curious to see if such things worked (especially after reading all the claims on their website!). I applied for the program, filled out my social media info and got approved almost instantly!

The leggings shipped extremely fast and got here (US) from England in about a week, and of course I immediately put them on! They are not just nice looking, but nice feeling leggings too! They are incredibly easy to style and I know I’ll be wearing them a lot more in the fall with all my dresses and skirts:
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What hooked me though, were the ingredients (info taken off their official US website  http://www.proskinus.com

How Proskins Slim Works

COMPRESSION FABRIC– A controlled level of pressure promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, flushing fluid and toxins which would cause cellulite out of the body. The appearance of cellulite is reduced, giving a more even skin tone through the strengthening of connective tissues in the legs, buttocks and hips.

PATENTED MICRO-ENCAPSULATED YARN– The fabric is impregnated with microcapsules containing the finest active natural ingredients. These are massaged into the skin during wear, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. The microcapsules in the fabric are guaranteed to remain in the garment for at least 100 washes.

How Proskin Slim Works

What the Microcapsules contain:

Caffeine – A renowned active slimming agent that activates micro-circulation and promotes fat destruction.

Retinol – A skin regenerator, which stimulates collagen, giving youthful appearance to the skin.

Vitamin E – An antioxidant that helps the skin feel smoother and softer.

Aloe Vera – To help the skin feel smoother and softer.

Ceramides – Restores the skin’s barrier system providing an immediate tensor effect.

Fatty Acids – Natural ingredients existing in our skin. They are the perfect vehicles to improve the penetration of the rest of the active principles into the skin.

Slim by Proskins contain silver, an anti-bacterial treatment for extended wear and improved garment life. They also include a moisture management software that regulates body temperature to 37° degrees C.

So why not try it, and see if they work! I will be posting measurements once a week for the next four weeks to help track my progress (or maybe a lack of it). But keep in mind, I work out, and try eat somewhat healthy on most occasions ;)!

A representative of Proskin also told me that to reach better results it’s important to wear your pair of leggings for at least 8 hours a week. Which I am going to admit will be hard, but possible! So here we go!

Measurements – Week 1

Hips 35″

Top of Thighs 21.5″

Widest Part of Thigh 21.5″

Above knee 15″

Below Knee 12.5″

Widest part of calf 13.5

I hope you enjoy this project with me! And let me know if you think there will be any changes!

Xx,

Z

По-русски: Мне всегда было интересно проверить работают ли там всякие чудо штаны, ремни, пояса и так далее! Поэтому когда я увидела в Твиттере один интересный хештэг, я решила попробовать легинсы Proskin на себе! Это британская фирма, которая не так известна в США. Ну и пиарятся они засчет блогеров, это понятно! 

Чудо-штаны мне прислали на прошлой неделе, и я конечно же сразу в них влезла! Они очень удобные, черные, надписей, кроме как названия бренда на поясе нигде больше нет. Смотрятся с платьем очень даже ничего. Так что носить можно. Конечно же в наше жаркое лето их особенно не поносишь, а носить, как сказал мне представитель компании нужно как минимум 8 часов в день. Что в моем случае проблематично, но возможно. Сложнее всего я думаю будет на выходных.

Хочется конечно отметить, что кроме этих чудо штанов, я также занимаюсь спортом и пытаюсь (да, именно пытаюсь) правильно питаться! 

Ну посмотрим! Заказала я все это конечно больше из любопытства и потому что на халяву. А то что штаны пропитаны чудо микрокапсулами в состав которых входит кофеин, ретинол А, витамин Е, алое вера, керамиды и жирные кислотоы, не может не радовать! 

В общем в путь! 

Женя

 

 

My Kombucha is Square

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As some of you, Instagrammers, have noticed, I started brewing my own kombucha! Wait what? We all thought I hated that stuff!

Back in the day, when I still lived in Russia, I had some American friends over, who had never seen kombucha before! So when they saw it their eyes grew bigger, and bigger, and I think it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t know the English for Kombucha (it was over 10 years ago! give me a break 😉 ) and in Russia we call it Tea Mushroom (чайный гриб). I also have memories of it being nick named the Happiness Mushroom! I guess it’s supposed to bring happiness and good luck to your household! Hey, okay with me 😉

A few years ago when I still nannied for a family in New York City, we were doing kombucha as well, but I hated it. I guess the childhood memories made a deep deep impact! I do remember killing one scoby, but the second one lived 🙂 And I even remember sharing it with someone on freecycle!

What is scoby? SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Other good examples are Ginger beer plant, kefir, mother of vinegar, sourdough – you can read more about it on Wikipedia!

I don’t know what made me try Kombucha a few weeks ago when I was out and about with a friend, I don’t know what made me like it, what made me ask for it on freecycle, what made me drive to Apple Valley after work to get a scoby, but I did all that, and now I have a square kombucha living in my kitchen, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that it’s something that should be in a science classroom!

Now everyone brews their kombucha differently, but here is what I do, and I learned that from Jade – the person who shared her scoby with me:

Bring three quarts of filtered water to a boil, and then add a cup of organic sugar and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Then take the pot off the burner and steep four bags of organic tea (2 black & 2 green) for 10 minutes. Then pour the mixture into a gallon size jar and let it cool to 98 degrees (body temp).  Once it reaches that temp add the starter (the liquid that the scoby is in), give a little stir, then add the scoby. Cover it with a white flour sacking cloth, and let it sit for 7-14 days. Metal should never touch the kombucha, so no metal utensils or anything!

I mix green and black tea when I brew my kombucha, it’s no specific brand, just something I pick up at the grocery store, or Marshall’s/TJMaxx – they have great tea variety (sometimes!), I also use regular white sugar, and then it all lives in a square glass jar I bought at Target for $5.99, that’s why it’s actually square! 

Of course we’ve all heard stories about some woman in Iowa, who supposingly died from it, but yet again some people say it helps cure cancer. I know one thing – everyone’s result is going to be different, so give it a shot, and see for yourselves!

Now let’s talk about what I like to put in my kombucha! Let me make it clear though, all the additives go in the glass, not the scoby jar!

Lemon juice has so far been my top choice!

I did try adding spinach/cucumber juice to it, and it tasted okay, but I wasn’t a fan! 

I do like to add cranberry to it though! That is super yummy!

Let me know if you like kombucha, tried it, hate it, whatever your opinion is – please DO tell! 

Happy Monday everyone! 

Xo,

Z

PS. If you are in the Twin Cities area and would like a scoby, let me know!

 

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