1. Yogurt: One of the most accessible forms of probiotics is live-cultured yogurt. However, pay close attention to how the yogurt is made and the sugar/ high fructose corn syrup content.
2. Kombucha: This fizzy, sweet probiotic drink is a refreshing way to incorporate probiotics into your diet. The black tea is fermented with SCOBY, which is a live bacteria and yeast colony. Along with digestive benefits, Kombucha boosts energy and detoxes the liver.
3. Sauerkraut and Kimchi: These flavorful, cultured vegetables are an excellent way to build probiotics into your cooking. Sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage and is high in organic acids. Kimchi is widely used in Korean dishes and can also add some spice to your cooking!
4. Kefir: Kefir is very similar to yogurt because it is a fermented dairy product that is combined with fermented kefir grains. Because it's fermented with more bacteria and yeast, it's actually higher in probiotic content than yogurt.
5. Miso Soup: Miso Soup is made from fermented soybean paste. Miso is a traditionally Japanese dish that is known for its macrobiotic and digestive regulating properties.
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1. Himalayan Salt Lamp from Urban Outfitters
Himalayan salt products are known to have incredible health benefits and can be incorporated into your life through cooking or decor! The negative salt ions released by heating can boost blood flow, improve sleep and increase levels of serotonin in the brain. This salt lamp will add warm light to any space and bring healing energy.
2. Faux Fur Pom Knitted Throw from Pottery Barn
Who doesn't need more cozies around the house during the chilly winter months? Even better, the poms make for a decorative accent on any bed or lounger. No matter who you're gifting to, they will appreciate this one- guaranteed.
3. Classic red flats from Rhea Footwear
These flats are a staple piece this holiday season. Make any outfit Christmas party-ready with these festive flats! Comfy and safe for those icy winter months!
4. Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle from Anthropology
Candles are by far one of the most versatile gifts. Everyone appreciates a yummy smelling, pretty candle for their bathroom or bedside table. Anthropology candles make an amazing stocking stuffer!
5. Organic Vegan Cookie Mix Set from Free People
These cookie mix sets are an adorable and thoughtful gift for any and all vegan loved ones! Each cookie mix comes complete with a wooden spoon and cookie cutter or maple syrup. Give the gift of yummy and organic treats this Christmas season.
6. 101 Cocktails to Try Before You Die from Burro
1. Rest up.
Take full advantage of daylight savings and sleep in a few minutes past your alarm. Sleep is necessary for your body to become refreshed and replenished for the next day. Sleep is linked to improved memory, reduced inflammation and sharper attention skills.
2. Drink up. Fluids, that is.
Your body is constantly losing water throughout the day, so it's important to stay hydrated. Water oxygenates your blood and flushes toxins from the body so that your organs can function at optimal levels. Water also helps you digest your food properly and allows cells to be properly nourished with nutrients.
Everyone loves a cowgirl on Halloween. Pair the daphne brown booties with a relaxed plaid shirt and denim to create a classic Halloween look. Add a bolo tie to give your costume a trendy twist!
Who said black cats are bad luck? Black kitties are one of the most versatile costumes in our book. Add a furry accents with a cross body bag or fur vest to make your costume cozy and cute. This black cat will stay firmly planted on the ground in her trusty daphne booties!
Rosie the Riveter is the founder of the denim on denim trend! A classic American icon, Rosie makes for a fierce Halloween costume. Incorporate red accents with the classic red flats, a red head scarf and red lips.
1. To start off the list, we have Jessica in the Kitchen's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Crispy Sage. The squash adds a sweet twist to a traditional dish and transforms it into a yummy fall go-to. The best part, this recipe is vegan and gluten free!
2. Jump right into the Thanksgiving spirit with I Love Vegan's Roasted Vegan Thanksgiving Bowl. Put those post-Thanksgiving leftovers to use with this quick and easy roasted veggie bowl. Leftovers never looked so good...
6. Our Fall recipe book would not be complete without everyone's favorite Thanksgiving food- pumpkin pie! Oh She Glows' Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts are a great desert for a big Thanksgiving party, or a midnight snack during those long winter evenings.
This charming little spot tucked away on Melrose Place is the ultimate trendy, LA coffee shop. This magical brewery of all things caffeine-y and magical is the birthplace of "But first, coffee." So yes, you'll definitely need to take a few shots for the 'gram before you leave.
Located on the Venice's most beloved street Abbot Kinney, Intelligentsia Coffee is the home of true coffee engineers. Anyone from high-brow espresso hipsters to coffee commoners will find something skillfully crafted to their liking here. Rhea Recommendation: The Angeleno. Quad shot, simple syrup, milk, ice, shaken. Enough said.
Venice is truly a coffee hotspot. Blue Bottle Coffee is located just a few shops down from Intelligentsia and brings its authentic, San Francisco vibes to the heart of Abbot Kinney. The minimalist shop offers just enough options for the inquisitive coffee drinker, but keeps things simple and straightforward (as they should be).
Groundwork Coffee is one of the many buzzing businesses that line Rose Avenue in Venice. This lovely shop is the type to make you smile the moment you walk through its rustic doors. The friendly baristas and (what I like to call) comfort coffee is sure to warm your heart and belly.
Another San Francisco native, Philz Coffee is notorious for its carefully brewed pour-over coffee. Walking into the Santa Monica location is like walking right into your neighborhood coffee shop, pulling you in with its homelike atmosphere. Philz is living proof that a simple cup of coffee can be extraordinarily crafted and authentically special.
In case you missed it, off the shoulder tops are everywhere and they are our absolute favorite trend at the moment. Pair one with distressed mom jeans for casual Friday. Bring in the fall colors with a pair of daphne brown booties.
Fall is all about layers. Dress up any casual plaid shirt with a textured sport coat. Brown leather accents are a fall favorite for us. Pair the men's smoked brown classic boots with a brown watch to tie the whole look together.
What do you know? Another off the shoulder top... We warned you- they're everywhere! But we're not complaining. Transform any summer look into a fall fit by adding leather accents. Daphne black booties are a fall staple that look great with jeans, tights, or even a vintage denim skirt.
Black on black is yet another go-to that we adore for the fall and winter months. Pull it off just right by pairing a crisp black tee with faded black jeans to offset one another. Add a touch of color with a gold accented watch or men's matte grey slip-on's.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." Albert Camus
1. Change out your summer wardrobe. There's nothing like waking up to the first chilly day of Fall with all of your comfy sweaters still stowed away in bins. Once the scorching days become scarce, start to reintroduce some of your beloved fall pieces back into your closet space. This makes transitioning into colder weather much easier and less stressful!
2. Dust! After running AC units and fans all summer, you're most likely due for a good dusting. Take time to wipe down your fans, windowpanes, shutters and vents so that when it's time to crank up the heat during chilly nights, you air can be clean and dust free!
3. Stock up on your favorite teas. Tea before bed is one of my favorite fall and winter rituals. Steep fresh ginger in hot water for 5 minutes with a squeeze of lemon to help improve circulation during the colder months.
4. Journaling session. Journaling is a pretty regular thing for me, but it's especially important to journal during moments of transition. Take some time aside to recap from summer, document how much you've accomplished, what you're grateful for and what you're setting out to do during the winter months. Colder weather requires more indoor activities, so take this time to brainstorm how you'll stay active this fall and winter.
5. Put together some yummy fall recipes! During the fall and winter months, the body requires more concentrated energy to stay warm. Root vegetables like potatoes, garlic, onions etc. thrive in the winter months since plant energy moves downward to regulate in colder temperatures. Look into what foods will be best for your body when cooler weather sets in and get creative with fun recipes.
I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. -Robert Browning