8 Things I’m Loving Lately – Spring Edition!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 10, 2013


It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 months since my last things I’m loving lately post. Apparently, I wasn’t too excited over anything in the winter! Not surprising. Here are a handful of things I’m loving lately…feel free to share yours below too.

1. Goji Berries in smoothies

I don’t buy goji berries often due to their steep price, but they are fun for a treat now and then. And boy do they pack a nutritional bang for their buck! This particular mix above is made up of a 1 whole seedless orange (peeled of course), 1 tbsp soaked goji berries, 1/3 cup soaking water, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 3/4 cup strawberries, coconut oil and ice. A vitamin C powerhouse.

2. Fresh mint in smoothies

So far I’ve been able to keep 2 mint plants alive for the past few weeks (knock on wood). I love adding a handful of mint leaves into my morning smoothies for a fresh pick me up. Just one more way to sneak some green into your day.


3. Buckwheat Crispbread crackers

These are just about the simplest crackers on earth. The ingredients list? Organic buckwheat. That’s it. I admit, I’m not a huge fan of the flavour of these plain, but they sure are great dipping vehicles for hummus and guacamole.

4. Homemade Beet Juice Lip Gloss

When I posted this on Instagram the other day, a lot of you were curious about it so I figured it was worth mentioning. I’m wearing the homemade gloss in the pic below – the beet juice gives a light berry stain and the vitamin E oil works as well as a clear gloss. You could also use coconut oil, but it won’t give you that lasting sticky shine. All you do is cut a small piece (maybe 1cm x 3cm) of red beet and then rub the cut side (juicy part) of the beet all over your lips until it looks evenly distributed. Top with a thin layer of vitamin E oil all over your lips and smack ‘em around to spread. The key is to make sure your lips are not dry or cracked before putting on the beet stain or the juice will settle in dry patches. Can it be blended into a pre-made mix? I haven’t tried it yet, but I’d like to. I assume you’d have to extract the juice and then mix it with the vitamin E oil in a small jar. Does it last long? I’ve never found any lip glosses to last very long, so I’d say it’s about the same.

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5. Sprouting seeds

I finally took the plunge and bought my first bag of sprouting seeds! Well, make that a year ago. They got shoved to the back of my cupboard and forgotten. I absolutely love sprouts on wraps and salads so it’s time I started making my own. I’ll try to report back once I’ve gotten the hang of it. I checked on them this morning (see below) and I’m seeing the first signs of germination.

6. Homemade Maple Butter

In workout news, I recently made a second batch of Maple Butter! There really are no words to describe how good this stuff is…you really just have to taste it for yourself.

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7. Zen Budda Buttery-style Spread (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free)

A golden, buttery spread made from coconut oil? Yes, you heard that right! Coconut oil, olive oil, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, and sea salt are the only ingredients in this vegan, raw, and gluten-free spread. It’s nothing like Earth Balance, but it’s more of a cheesy spread that works great on toast, garlic bread, or crackers. I think I’m going to have to try and re-create this for the blog sometime…

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8. Gain Abs App

In other workout news, I love (to hate) this app – not only is it simple to use, but it’s the only thing that can force me to do 4 planks in a row! Well, make that 3 planks in a row because I usually skip the last one. You can specify the plank duration, rest duration, and how many sets (does anyone actually do more than 1 set?). I like to spontaneously drop on the office floor for a mid-day plank assault! Arrrrrr. It’s probably the worst 3 minutes of my day, but it just works so good and cursing like a sailor really helps with the pain.


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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

Even though ab work takes up much less time than the rest of my workouts, it’s easy to skip it – I’ll have to check out that app!


Johanna April 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

I can’t find anything on the web about Zen Budda. It just directs me to a corrected spelling. I’ll keep trying.


Kim @ Cooking in the City April 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

I am definitely intrigued by the Zen Budda! I found it online a couple places, like here: https://www.upayanaturals.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DRF-008, but shipping to the US is way expensive.


LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby? April 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

I would totally sprout things around my house, if I weren’t afraid of the “distinct old man smell”, as Creed puts it.


Johanna April 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

one more try, and i found it.


Jen G. April 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

There’s a couple of great recipes on Zero Waste Home (http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/2010/03/zero-waste-recipes.html). The author has beet-based lip/cheek stain and a vitamin E balm recipe, along with some other good homemade beauty products, cleaners and kitchen staples.


steph April 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

damn you really do glow


Laura Thomas April 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

Where do you find the Zen Budda? Would love a link! Or perhaps it’s a future copycat recipe???

I used to be so intimidated by sprouting but I got myself a metal gauze attachment for my mason jars and it works like a charm. I have fresh, beautiful, crunchy sprouts for a fraction of the cost of the store-bought ones.

I just discovered Maple Butter when I moved to NY state and it’s actually the best thing ever, can’t wait to try your recipe :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

I think I bought it at Organic Garage – it’s a company based out of Toronto called RawFoodz. :)


Seraphina April 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

Hi Angela, goji berries are the same as wolfberries, which you should be able to get for cheaper at Chinese shops/medicinal halls. I grew up eating them in soups (they are traditionally believed to be good for one’s eyesight) and was amused to see them become a health fad.


Laura Thomas April 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Oooh thanks, I found a link: http://www.rawfoodz.ca/our_products.html

Doesn’t seem like they sell in the US though :((( One more reason to make the trip up North! I’ve been looking for an excuse to take the 4 hr drive to Toronto!


Jill April 10, 2013 at 11:46 am

Really? good tip!


Alexandra @ Lean Green Healthy Machine April 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

Using beet juice and vitamin E oil as a homemade lip gloss is brilliant.
I’m guessing that the beet juice alone could be used as a lip stain?
Homemade products that avoid gross chemicals and are simple to create are my new obsession. Thanks for the inspiration!


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan April 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

The Zen Budda looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it! I agree Angela, planks are the WORST!


Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife April 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

I love new workout apps! thanks for sharing! One is good enough for me though :P


Janine April 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

Ooooohhhh, I LOVE mint in green drinks. IF you can find it, there is a chocolate mint plant that is an awesome addition to green drinks. Mine has been very hardy in zone 5. It’s not quite as hardy as my regular mint, but it still faithfully tries to dominate one part of my garden.

Chocolate mint leaves. To die for…..


Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

Mmm… that orange and goji berry smoothie looks delicious! I’ve been using the Sworkit app lately. It has lots of create your own workouts that need no equipment and they’re kind of fun!


[email protected] SavyNaturalista April 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

Mint smoothies what! I am going to try those; I always try to buy goji berries but the price pushes me away did not know you could put them in smoothies… I am so excited that I may just go buy some :)


Cassie April 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

I looked for the Gain Abs app and couldn’t find it on my Droid :( There were many other apps though, I suppose I could try one of those in addition to my existing core/ab work outs.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

I found it by searching “plank exercises” I think – try that and see if it comes up!


Cassie April 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

Yay, found it! thanks :)


Isabelle April 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hi Angela,
We are really into smoothies lately, one every morning and I really want to try that one. Never tried the Goji berries before.
Love mint with Mango juice, one of my fav. drink in the summer with a lot of ice on a hot day. Isn’t that a nice thought we are (yet again) going to have snow tomorrow!!??
You look as radiant as ever!!
Thanks for all the tips


Erika @ balancedspoon.com April 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

Fresh mint in smoothies? Yes please! My goal is to get some herbs growing in my backyard… I need more fresh ingredients in my life :)


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} April 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

Awesome post! I would love a post on your sprouts sometime… I’ve been wanting to try sprouting some seeds myself, but I think I would forget about them :)


Brittani April 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

I just got a new workout app called “Sworkit” that sounds similiar to the one you’re using. You can pick a type of workout (core, arms, lower body, cardio, yoga) and then the amount of time you have and voila – you have a hand-picked workout. Easy to start, hard as hell to complete!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

that sounds awesome, going to check it out :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

just downloaded it….looks good! Thanks for the suggestion :)


Brittani April 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Awesome! I hope you like it as much as I do. Enjoy the burn! :)


Bethany :0) April 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

I’m loving Yoga Studio’s app. They have many different levels, styles, and durations of yoga routines, and what’s even neater is that you can build your own routine based on other routines you’ve learned or your preferences using basic building blocks that they’ve pre-created or the individual poses. Very cool motivator when you don’t have the time (or money) to religiously go to a yoga studio!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

This also sounds great, hope they have it for droid!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

That lip gloss is so cute! I’m going to do another batch of chocolate mint this year, it was heavenly in push pops last year!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

These are all great! I started sprouting chickpeas a couple of years ago and couldn’t believe how easy it was! Need to do another batch.

Lately I’ve been loving Indian food, sweet and savory combos, and the Full Fitness app to track my lifting workouts.


McKel | Nutrition Stripped April 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

Ooo I love your spring picks and favorites (which some are turning into mine as we speak!) especially the mint and goji berries in smoothies, thats my favorite. I’ve never heard of the gain abs app, that seems super fun. Some more spring favorites of mine are citrus juice “ice cubes”. Thanks for sharing Angela!


Jill April 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

That smoothie looks delicious! Too bad I’m allergic to strawberries :(
I’ve been loving getting back into fresh salads now that we’re out of winter. I usually prefer soups and warm salads in the cold, so I’m enjoying the simple pleasure of raw leafy greens!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

I also hate ab workouts while doing them- but then afterwards am sooo glad that I did it! Thanks to yoga, my abs get a pretty good workout :)

My favourite right thing right now is Kombucha! It seems to be popping up in more stores and in different flavours. Fantastic :)


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker April 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Awesome tip with the natural lip gloss. I got nuts for that kind of stuff :) Annnnnd it’s so funny you mention the sprouting seeds, I was JUST thinking about getting some this morning. Happy spring, Angela <3


Shannon @ Skinny Sometimes April 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

What a great list, I haven’t tried most of these! I’m looking forward to trying fresh mint in my smoothies.


Lea @ Greens & Coffee Beans April 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Mmm… the goji smoothie looks really delicious!


janet @ the taste space April 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Love the list, Ange. I have been all over vegan lip balms lately. Not homemade as I figured I’d let someone else experiment with the recipe. I recently shared my favourite finds, including my favourite from etsy. Vegan balms are awesome! :)


Karen Beth Martin April 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

LOVE the look of that smoothie! I clipixed it for later. :)
Still trying to get up the courage to try mint in my smoothie. I have a big plant of it but… I’m worried about it in smoothie. Will do that soon!
Sprouting is my FAVORITE thing! You can get cheap bags of regular beans at any grocery store and sprout them. It doesn’t have to be fancy for anyone wanting to try it on the cheap.
As for that wonderful app, it isn’t on iPhone so bummer. However, I am totally loving OmVana lately… FULL of wonderful meditations, totally free and has a “mixer” option that is great. Check it out!
xo. :)


Christa @ Edible Balance April 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Dang, that’s a fabulous list! That juice looks heavenly, I LOVE goji berries! Zen butter?! YUM… I’ve seen it, but it hasn’t made it to my basket yet ;) I’m trying to get my plank on as well, through Purely Twins… they’ve got some killer workouts and the abs to show for it.

I have a huge love for juices smoothies lately, which is strange because it’s certainly not spring yet here! Just wishing, obviously…


Anna @ Your Healthy Place April 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I LOVE mint in smoothies and in juices. I shove a whole bunch in my juicer sometimes and it just freshens up the whole drink.

My roommate is from Toronto and he said he would go into Quebec just to get this amazing maple butter that he couldn’t find anywhere else. I’ll have to send him your recipe!


Heather @ Better With Veggies April 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Too funny – I did a 4 things im loving lately post today! ;) It’s a combo of a non-slip headband, crazy neon socks, a fitbit zip, and photo processing app for the phone. I’m going to check out the zen budda spread now – that sounds delicious!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

You inspire me to grow things! I was always fond of your posts when you used to live in your house with the beautiful deck and garden. I seriously need to test out my green thumb now that I live in Northern California which is such a great environment for it. Thanks for sharing all of your favorites and I MUST try the maple butter. Oh my…drooling.


Sally April 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I’m loving this post. I LOLed at several of these. Thanks for being here. YOU ARE A GODDESS. Any tips on learning to love sprouts? I love to grow them, can’t stand the taste. Every few months, I find my stash of seeds and say ‘Hey, I should sprout!’ Then I do, enjoy watching my seeds come to life, then taste them and say blaaahhhhh. I’ve tried them on salad, in sandwiches, in smoothies… any suggestions? anyone?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hi Sally, Have you tried seasoning them? A little Herbamare and pepper sounds like just the thing…or maybe your favourite dressing or sauce?


Melissa April 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’ve never tried goji berries, how long would I need to soak them? Thanks!


Court Star @ StarSystemz April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

If you have an Indian grocery store near you, you can get sprouting seeds CHEAP, I mean CHEAP! My girlfriend told me and I went and stocked up for 5$ I got almost 3 lbs. of mung beans! They also have spices at a great price too! Maple butter sounds amazing! I have to try it one of these days. My favorite app right now is the POLAR app my husband bought an H6 and downloaded the app to his iphone and it tracks EVERYTHING its amazing! I want one now! Have a great week :) Love + Shine CourtStar


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

thanks for the tip!


Marquelle April 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What foundation do you use? Your skin looks beautiful!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

Thank you! I use Bare Minerals powder right now. I’m pretty happy with it except it can feel a bit drying at times. I expect I will enjoy it more in the hummid summer months.


Alicia April 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Looking forward to trying the beet lip gloss with Vitamin E ( great idea). I’m also loving using coconut cream as a moisturiser & cleanser! There’s a great review here : http://lifeinblush.com/blog/review-rms-beauty-raw-coconut-cream/


Annie April 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Have you heard of fitocracy? The community there is knowledgeable, super friendly, and extremely supportive. Also, there are some awesome vegan groups! I just joined, and I’m definitely loving it!

Also, I really hope you recreate that buttery spread. I’m wanting me some. Bad :-p


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

No I haven’t but it sounds cool, thanks for the tip!


Nicole April 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The maple butter looks delicious! It sounds so good on a slice of warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven banana bread…


Averie @ Averie Cooks April 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm

That lip gloss sounds awesome. And love the pic of you! Your hair is darker than I remember it and with the gloss, you just pop! off the screen :)

And the Maple Butter…swoon. Thanks for the reminder on that one! I love homemade nut butter or butters of any kind. I would devour that!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 8:42 am

hah yea I had a bad run in with some lowlights not long ago – this was the fixed version. You don’t want to see the before!!

PS- emailing you soon!


Emily April 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Loving ALL of these things. I need to start incorporating mint into my smoothies again- it’s been too long!
And I’m definitely going to check out that app. Thanks for the recommendation! (:


Charlotte April 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Now I am craving maple butter and green smoothies, thanks for sharing!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

That buttery spread sounds awesome, especially if it is made with coconut oil! I need to try that ASAP.


A Pillow for Your Thoughts April 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Wow everything looks so good, especially the homemade maple butter! I like how you include so much great information to living a healthier life. It’s so important to eat healthy because being healthy always makes you a happier person!



Alex @ Raw Recovery April 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I’m enjoying the RunKeeper app to store all the information from my runs, Woodwick’s Fresh Persimmon candle (you can find it on Amazon), and medjool dates from Costco, which beat the sh*t out of the more expensive medjool dates I used to buy at Whole Foods. Also Thug Kitchen (http://thugkitchen.com/) is my newest obsession. If you haven’t seen it, you need to, like right now. It’s hilarious and vegan friendly :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

oh my, that website! too funny.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Ooh great roundup Ange! :) This post reminds me of all my fave things to do in the spring, like sprouting seeds and growing my own herbs. (I’ve heard that basil is the most temperamental, so perhaps mint is a little less maintenance? If so, I’ll give it a shot because basil doesn’t last long when I’m the gardener!) Lately I’ve been loving avocados and coconut flavoured things. Both of these baffle me because up until a couple of months ago, they were both foods that I wished I liked (for the health benefits) but really didn’t enjoy at all! This winter has done funny things to my taste buds!


kris April 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Woah love that you made your own beet juice lip gloss! And I’m also loving mint in smoothies and drinks lately. I actually just wrote a post on some of my new favorite foods lately :)


Rachel L April 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I love those buckwheat crispies…I have digestion issues and find that my body tolerates these very well!


Kendra Harris April 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I can’t wait to try that Zen Budda spread it looks amazing! One thing I have been loving lately is maca powder! Maca is a root vegetable that is native to the high Andes of Bolivia and Peru. Not only does maca lower cortisol levels, decrease stress, improve sleep quality, and increase energy, but it also is known to promote quick regeneration of fatigued muscle tissue. I am currently training for a half marathon and maca has helped me recover faster between long runs! Here is my go to recipe for after workouts:
1 large frozen banana
1 date
2 tbs maca powder
1/2 tbs chia seeds
1/2 tbs agave (light works best in this recipe)
1 cup almond milk
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! Serves 1. :)


Casey April 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I love your blog so much! :)


Alina April 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

What a great list. I am very curious about Zen Budda spread! I might even try making it just based on the ingredients list (or wait for your recipe). I’m loving spring weather. In the food department, I realized this week that I liked acai berry puree in my smoothies (though I think I’d prefer a powder, or whatever form that doesn’t have added sugar/cane juice/syrup). I also realized recently enough that I like Finn Thin Crisp Crackers (particularly the caraway ones). They’re thin, flavorful, and great for digestion (though I don’t think they’re vegan. I’m vegetarian, but don’t eat dairy often).


Julia April 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Ab workouts and smoothies. You have inspired me to spruce up my garden a bit this year, and grow my own ingredients! Still hate the abs work but thanks anyway.


marissa @ the boot April 11, 2013 at 12:31 am

i’m so inspired now! love this post! p.s. is that app just different planks the whole time?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

It’s 4 planks – regular, 2 sides, and back :)


Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com April 11, 2013 at 5:01 am

Love to read this posts!! I am in love with living in Amsterdam (moved here a couple of weeks ago), all my new green smoothie Creations, raw chocolate bars I find here in Amsterdam :)


elana April 11, 2013 at 6:14 am

I don’t know if anyone else has said this or if you already know, but you don’t need to get ‘sprouting seeds’ to sprout things. Just soak anything overnight, put it in a sieve over a bowl to catch the drips and keep it damp but not wet, and rinse it every day until it starts to sprout. You can sprout seeds like sunflower seeds, chickpeas, buckwheat, all sorts of lentils (but not split ones!), and grains. It’s probably cheaper than getting seeds that are marketed especially for sprouting.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

Your smoothie looks so summery! If only it looked summery outside… I can’t believe there are ice storm warnings today!

Lately I’m loving Nud Fud (raw vegan crackers from a company in Toronto – they are addicting!) and fresh figs.


Linda April 11, 2013 at 7:15 am

Love your posts and most especially the pictures-they are gorgeous. The tips, recipes, and the overall good advice do not go unnoticed either. Thanks


Anglea April 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

Am loving the ap ‘myfitnesspal’. It counts your daily calories as well as accounts for any exercise you have done. It becomes quite addictive in the sense that you want to log in daily to see how you are tracking.

p.s loved the goji berry smoothie recipe.


Lynn Sherman April 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

Loving this great list. I actually put mint in my green juice as well and it totally adds a ZING!
Will definately try the maple butter and look for the Zen Budda . Love your posts and can’t wait to check out the new wellness book. You do GLOW! You go girl!!


Pat April 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

Oh please share the amounts of orange, strawberries and lemon in that gorgeous smoothie??? I need to try it! Thank you. What a wonderful website.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

I did in the post :) enjoy!


Jenny @ Paleofoodiekitchen April 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

What a fresh looking smoothie! I will have to try that maple cream after my sugar detox!


Kathryn April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

I love growing sprouts! Thanks for the reminder. My favorite website for sprouting is www.sproutpeople.org Tons of information on things you can sprout, seeds, kits and my FAVORITE is the videos to help out.

I’m going to sprout tonight!


Aurélie April 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

Have you tried the salted version of the crackers (green packaging), they taste a lot better in my opinion, though I love the plain ones too. They also have chestnut flour crackers that are just amazing (but sweet).
Too bad I can’t find affordable and good quality maple syrup in France, your maple butter looks delicious!


Ashley April 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

not sure if someone has mentioned this in the comments yet, but you should check out asian markets (chinese specifically because i know they use them) for goji berries. they’re WAY cheaper there. goji berries are a normal ingredient in chinese cooking.


Mel April 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Wow, the beet juice makes WAY more of a visual impact than I’d have thought it would. Very pretty.


Elisa April 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

hehe, that’s funny about the beet lipgloss, going to try that tomorrow :-)

I am completely addicted to sprouting! Got organic wheat (for wheatgrass), broccoli and sunflower sprouting in my kitchen right now.

And like you, I have been using mint and goji berries more lately – just made a juice yesterday that was delicious: pink grapefruit, blood orange, carrot, ginger, mint. Yum!


Kat April 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I’m tempted to give making maple butter a go whenever I see you post a photo of the luscious spread. Too bad maple syrup is so expensive, otherwise I’d be making jars of the stuff!


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I love mint in smoothies! It gives them such a great flavor! I need to try the maple butter…sounds amazing!!


Megan L.W. April 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Still stalking and loving your blog, Angela!
Lately I’ve been doting on maca powder, matcha green tea powder, and raw cacao powder in my daily smoothie(s). Hurray for superfoods! I’ve also tried the goji berry trick and your post reminded me that my stock is empty!

I can’t get enough of raw kale salads marinated in a dressing of apple cider vinegar, tahini, nooch, and whatever spices are tickling my fancy that day. Throw some roasted root veggies on top and I suddenly become a bottomless pit.

I made your chocolate peanut butter rice crispy treats for a university bake sale last week and they were a hit! Although I decided to use sunflower seed butter to lessen the allergy factor, they still turned out delicious. <3

Much love!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

Sounds like we love many of the same foods! So glad to hear the PB crispies were a hit…thanks for making them!


bella April 12, 2013 at 4:21 am

lovely post Angela where do you get the buckwheat crisp breads at?


Liz April 12, 2013 at 7:57 am

Beet juice lipstick..looks great on you..how creative!


Janna April 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

I just wanted to say I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out! I keep checking on here to make sure I haven’t missed anything ;) I’m a huge smoothie fan, but I have to say the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten is the Crazy Woman Chocolate Blender Pubbing. I would eat it every single day if I let myself! haha

Thanks for all your great information!! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

Aw, thank you Janna that means a lot to me!


Sarah April 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

The gain abs app sounds interesting. I haven’t heard of yet. I’m going to download it so I get my plank on too.


Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings April 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

I’m love fresh mint lately too… in mojitos ;) I love your beet lip gloss, great idea!


Reba Cox April 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

The Buttery Spread looks awesome. Please re-make it!!!! I recently discovered the taste of hemp seeds. The only way to describe it is luxurious!


Jackie April 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I just pulled out my vitamix from a long winter of not using it and made my first sprouts in awhile. Spring always helps me eat cleaner.

Where do you get the Buckwheat Crispbread crackers?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I buy them at Organic Garage, enjoy!


Nutmeg Nanny April 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Isn’t fresh mint amazing :) and the homemade maple butter sounds tasty!


Erin April 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Bwa ha ha! My version of “cursing like a sailor” involves shouting out “happy place” things: “silence!” “free time!” “cara cara oranges!” “Seeing my kids drink a green smoothie without whining about or spilling it!” Planks, man. I hate them, but I LOVE them.


Vegan Radhika Sarohia April 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Never tried goji berry, will try those out and the beet lip gloss sounds FANTASTIC
Can’t wait to try it, I’d try it right now this instant but I have eaten all my beets that I bought
I’ll buy beets this weekend and give it a go, can’t wait:D


Vegan Radhika Sarohia April 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

And I also need to think of some new smoothie combinations that would allow for the addition of fresh mint leaves…right now I make blueberry smoothies [and sometimes peach, or pineapple-coconut] and mint wouldn’t go with any of those…I will think of something :)


Tanya @ playful and hungry April 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

Do you know wild garlic? It’s in season right now and I love it!


char eats greens April 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

I was JUST thinking about how I’d like to get some goji berries (price is what keeps me from them often, too!). I also would like to try my own sprouting seeds. Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you and then hopefully you have some tips, and then I can try this spring/summer!


Kate April 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

I have a friend who doesn’t allow his daughters to wear standard makeup and his youngest daughter (5 years old) revolts by asking ANY person she sees or meets that is wearing lipstick, to put some on her. Yeah, its definitely really dangerous as she could easily get sick or pick up a weird virus from a stranger. Anyways, this led me to try out an alternative because he had no interest in trying to make his daughters homemade lipstick. So I used a juicer for the beets and mixed it with coconut oil and it works like a charm. You can obviously add more or less of the beet juice based on how dark you want it to be. It’s probably best stored in the fridge. I hope that helps :)


Denisse CIS237 April 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Just love this post! I’m so doing the Homemade Beet Lip Gloss. It looks great!


Kim S April 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I’m sending a big plea for you to figure out how to make Zen Budda!! We have gluten, dairy and nut allergies in my house, so this would really solve some problems for me! Thanks for all your delicious posts!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Hi Kim, I definitely want to try and will share it for sure if I get it close. I don’t think it will be too hard… :)


RawFoodz April 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Thanks for lovn the Zen Budda! We work really hard to create great products for you all!
Coming soon to the U.S!


Liliana April 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Workout applications are really great! I was several at home, on my iPad.


carol April 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

The goji berry smoothie looks so beautiful. I am definitely going to make it!


Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating April 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

I don’t love smoothies in the winter and so it had been about half a year since I’d had them at all regularly – but lately I’ve been on a total smoothie kick! I’ve had one almost every day, they’re so good now that the weather is warming up!


kathy April 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

I bought the lePain des fleurs quinoa crackers. I absolutely LOVE them. Like you said, they don’t have much taste alone, but with nut butters or another type of topping, they are delicious. I’m on my second box. Will have to try the buckwheat. Love the beet lipgloss tip. Will have to give it a try. Thanks.


Jenn April 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Love your site…I’ve been lurking for years :)
An easier way to get the same great color lip stain you get from fresh beets is to use beet root powder (available at most health food stores). Depending on the intensity of the color, it makes a gest cheek/lip stain. Here’s a link to diy recipes, but there are lots on the web. In a pinch I’ve even mixed a bit with some Vaseline (which I don’t buy anymore after switching to natural products but seem to have a ton lying around still). http://www.yumuniverse.com/2010/10/14/easy-diy-beet-powder-cream-blush/
Thanks for your great recipes and tips, I always feel motivated to make healthier choices after reading your blog.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Oh wow I didnt even know you could buy beet powder! Thanks for the link :)


marlies April 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I just made that smoothie and wow! It was delicious! Even though I have had goji berries before, I never really noticed their flavor until I had this smoothie, where they definitely had a punch. Thanks for the tip with this great smoothie!


Victoria April 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

That could be mold if your seeds have been stored in a damp place. Or if you don’t rinse them frequently. :)


Leona April 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

The app is looking great! I definitely going to try it :)


Liliana April 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

So interesting the beet homemade lip gloss! I drink beet juice, but never thought of using it as a lip gloss :). Great idea!


Lindsey MM April 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

That citrus/strawberry/goji berry smoothie is amazing!! I just made it after yoga to tide me over while I’m waiting for dinner to cook :) thanks for the recipe!!


Heidi Kress May 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

can a girl get the recipe/quantities for the beet, apple, cucumber, lemon and carrot, smoothie? Looks AWESOME!! At our gym they were doing testers one day of one with beet and cranberries and lemon, and I don’t remember what else it was fantastic…


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2013 at 8:03 am

Hi Heidi, For sure! I posted it above in the comments section :)


Maree Kniest May 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

fresh mint + pineapple+ cucumber+ ginger+ coconut water=yum


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