Here’s what’s been making me healthy, happy and glow in July!
It’s the middle of summer (for Ireland that means a lot of rain!) but we did manage to get some scorching hot days in July. On those days it’s nearly rude not to have ice-cream. I love the healthy, dairy-free, refined sugar free, Irish brand Nobo. They’ve got a great range of flavours from creamy Vanilla to fruity Mango and Passionfruit, zesty lemon to decadent Salted Caramel to name a few of my favourites. They’re made with a base of coconut milk and avocado and honey with no nasties!
I’ve to try to up my protein intake as my blood-work shows that I am low (it can happen with Crohn’s). One way I’ve been trying to sneakily add in some protein is by adding moringa powder to my morning green smoothie. Moringa is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and contains significant amounts of vitamins A, C, and E along with calcium, potassium and protein. I’ve been using Aduna Moringa powder which comes in a variety of sizes and I’ve also seen that they’ve a Raw Energy Bar too which I’ll have to try.
This month I’m loving the long evenings of summer, the milder weather, the abundance of produce at the farmers market and being a tourist in my own city and country. I don’t know why but I do way more daytrips during the summer and I can see why tourists come to Ireland. It’s a beautiful country.
It’s the time of year when more skin is on show and as I don’t really tan naturally I love applying some fake tan. My two favourites this month are Tan Organic and Lavera Self Tanning Lotion.
What I like about Tan Organic is that you can see the liquid go on so it’s easy to make sure there are no patches, it develops over a few hours into a very natural colour and it’s an Irish product. However, it can be a little messy (dirty clothes) and you need to wash it off. The Lavera Self Tanning Lotion on the other hand is just like a body lotion that you work into your skin and it develops over a few hours. It develops to a lovely colour, you don’t have to wash it off, it doesn’t stain clothes and it actually smells nice. It doesn’t go on as a colour straight away so you need to be mindful of making sure everywhere is covered. I’d recommend a tanning mitt for applying Tan Organic and washing your hands very well after applying the Lavera lotion to avoid tan hands!
Have you tried Nobo ice-cream or moringa powder? I’d love to hear recommendations for a nice natural fake tan.