1. I love the concept of this new sports bra.
It’s made by Naked Sports Gear, with a unique mesh top that doesn’t block the sun while you’re outdoors–> so you avoid thick tan lines and can absorb more vitamin D while you’re working out! The folks over at AHAlife sent me one to sample, which was very timely considering I was out-growing my usual size, and I am loving it so far. Even with my growing chest, this sports bra has been offering great support and definitely lives up to the no-tan-line promise. Plus, I love the cute sweetheart neckline!
*Note: The folks over at AHAlife are currently offering 20% off a purchase to all new users, plus free shipping on all orders over $100 until August 31st.
2. It’s too hot to drink hot tea this month.
We’ve officially been hit with a heat wave over here, so I’ve been drinking my red raspberry leaf tea over ice. It’s especially delicious when brewed with some peppermint tea, too! If you’re not familiar, red raspberry leaf tea is thought to help tone and prepare the uterus for a more effective labor and delivery, so this herbal concoction has become a regular drink during my days. Here’s hoping it helps when the time comes!
3. When making your own nut butter, make sure you use at least 3 cups of nuts in a large food processor.
I had to make a new batch of homemade almond butter this weekend, but only had about 2 cups worth of almonds to work with. I figured it would still work, but after 20 minutes, my almonds were NOT even remotely close to becoming almond butter! Instead, I overheated my food processor and had to let it cool down while I ran to the grocery store to replace my almond stash. So, what normally takes about 25 minutes became an all-day event!
On the positive side, I now know that even when I burn-out my food processor, it will eventually recover. In about 3 hours.
4. Speaking of kitchen appliances, thanks to your Facebook recommendations, I’m going to try working with a slow cooker.
I was overwhelmed by the number of slow cooker options out there, but many of you recommended the VitaClay, which I hadn’t heard of before! I chose this model because it’s free of aluminum, lead, and non-stick coatings, so I don’t have to worry about toxic substances being in contact with my food while it cooks away all day. This model also has a special “yogurt” function, which should be especially fun to work with! I see lots of homemade coconut yogurt in my future.
I can’t vouch for this machine yet, since it’s still on its way to my house, but I’m hoping I’ll love it. In the meantime, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite slow cooker recipes or suggestions!
Reader Feedback: Have you tried anything new this week? Please share your favorite slow cooker ideas below!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary sports bra from the folks at AHAlife, but as always, I am under no obligation to post a positive review.