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Coffee Hacks for Gorgeous Skin

Coffee Exfoliator 3Hi friends,

Show of hands, who here likes to start their day with a good cup of coffee?

I’m going to imagine that most of your hands just shot up into the air.

Now, how many of you are trying to kick the habit?

There is so much debate whether coffee is a health food or the devil. I think it really depends on your consumption. If you are drinking 5 cups a day, then, yea you are probably dependent on it and all that caffeine can cause anxiety and mess with your sleep, but if you stick to one to two cups a day, there are a lot of health benefits to your daily cup o’.

Coffee 1Did you know that coffee improves brain function and contains a ton of antioxidants?

In fact, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet!

Coffee has been proven as a natural fat burner and a physical performance enhancer. (So, go ahead and have a cup 30 minutes before a workout.) Coffee also may protect against type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and is good for the heart.

Coffee Exfoliator 1So I think I’ve established where I stand on the coffee debate. I, personally have about 2 cups of coffee a day. There’s something comforting and ritualistic about making a cup first thing in the morning that I really enjoy. I also sip my coffee slowly so it usually lasts an hour or two.

Coffee Exfoliator 4The health benefits of coffee are impressive, but I like my coffee to do even more. (Call me an overachiever.) I’ve come up with some beauty hacks for coffee that have made an impressive difference in my skin over the last few months and I’m going to share them with you.

Coffee Exfoliator 6 To start, I used to dump the coffee grinds into the trash after I made our morning pot of french press, but I now save them to use in the shower as an exfoliator. The grinds are too rough to use on your face, but they are perfect for the rest of your body and in addition to leaving your skin super soft, the caffeine may help to smooth away cellulite. Not admitting I have cellulite, buuuut

(Did anyone else catch that unintended pun? I swear, I didn’t do that on purpose haha!)

Bonus: If you self-tan then you know that it’s a good idea to exfoliate beforehand, but any kind of oils or moisturizers in your exfoliator can cause streakiness. Coffee grinds are the perfect solution 😉

Coffee with GelatinMy second coffee hack has made a huge difference in my face. I used to have some faint fine lines on my forehead that I could especially see when I woke up in the morning. Not cool.

I had a container of gelatin that I had only used a few times. Gelatin is having a huge moment right now, and for good reason. I’ll do a whole post on it soon, but to abbreviate, gelatin is pretty much pure collagen and has a number of health and beauty benefits. It helps with digestion and is great for joints, skin, hair and nails. The usual way to ingest it is by making it into fruit gummies or marshmallows, but I found that to be a little time consuming, so it was hanging out in my pantry NOT giving me any of those benefits.

One morning I thought to add it to my coffee and it worked perfectly! It’s flavorless and undetectable and I seriously see a difference in my skin. I’ve been using it every day and those little lines are gone!

There’s one key step to follow when adding gelatin to coffee. The gelatin needs to “bloom” which just means in order for it to dissolve fully, it needs to be stirred into something cold for about 30 seconds. I add about a tablespoon to hemp milk, stir it and then add hot coffee.

Coffee and Gelatin 1There you go! I love these coffee hacks. They are things I can do every day to see a real improvement in my skin, they are quick and easy, and I get to feel good about my daily cup.

Where do you stand on the coffee debate?

Do you like these types of posts? I have some more beauty and health hacks to share if you do, so speak up in the comments below and let me know!

 

With so much love,

Sam

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies

 

 

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 7Oh hey there,

How has your week been so far?

Let me tell you about mine. It’s been snowy, and also rainy, and then slushy. I think this is brownie weather.

I know, I know, all weather is brownie weather, but in the first week of March, when you can just see the finish-line of winter and without warning you get dumped on with a mix of snow and freezing rain, brownies are seriously a necessity.

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 5If you like a light, cakey brownie, this is not the brownie for you. If, however you are a super fudgy chocolatey brownie lover who also happens to adore coffee then keep on reading, my friend!

Oh, yea and they’re healthy. Did I mention they are healthy??

Are you really surprised?

I think you know me by now 😉

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 8And because you know me so well then you know this is where I ask you to trust me…

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 4I’m putting beans in your brownies!

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 2Yay! Healthy black bean brownies that are vegan and gluten-free to boot. And delicious.

Seriously delicious.

If you made my Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet Cake then you know how delicious beans in your baked good can be. If you haven’t tried it yet then these brownies will surely make you a believer.

High-fiber, gluten-free, and vegan. And don’t forget the chocolate.

It counts as a super food.

No really.

Plus, don’t brownies taste even better when they are guilt-free?

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 1Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies

Makes 12 servings

1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed

4 tbsp water

1 tbsp coffee

2 tbsp ground flax

3 T melted coconut oil

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with coconut oil. Soak the rinsed beans in water while prepping other ingredients.

In a small bowl stir together water, coffee and flax and let sit for 5 minutes.

Drain beans and add all ingredients except chocolate chips in a high-powered blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Pour batter into the baking dish and top with chocolate chips. If desired use a spoon to swirl the chocolate chips down into the batter. Bake for 24-26 minutes. Cool for at least 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for a few days or in the fridge for longer.

Healthy Mocha Black Bean Brownies 6Almost makes you wish for more slushy days.

Almost.

Not really.

 

Have you ever tried black bean brownies? Anything special you like to do on rainy days? I park myself on my couch with a cup of tea and a fuzzy blanket. Mmm, so cozy!

 

With so much love,

Sam