Clean Hygiene|Products I’m Obsessed With!

Recently, I’ve been slowly making the switch to clean, cruelty free, hygiene products in my bathroom! During the pandemic, I’ve had lots of time to think about what I am putting in and on my body, as well as what brands I am supporting.

Common chemicals that are found in household hygiene products such as parabens and phthalates have been known to agitate the hormonal system. Additionally, they are prone to causing health and reproductive issues. Why should we voluntarily be putting these chemicals into our body when we don’t have to anymore?

Many contemporary brands are stepping up and choosing not to fall into the trap of using these harmful chemicals in their products. After doing lots of research and testing out products, I have found a few brands that I am obsessed with! All of these brands are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and more!

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Hello Antiplaque and Whitening Toothpaste in Natural Peppermint $4.99

I didn’t know how badly I needed to switch to a natural toothpaste until I took the plunge! Using Hello Products has completely transformed how I brush my teeth. Each ingredient is listed on the tube with an explanation of what it is doing to your teeth. For example, the Tea Tree Oil cleans and freshens breath! This feature is so cool because it makes the ingredients look less daunting and ensures me that each ingredient is safe and effective.

I have been using whitening toothpastes for years. I can honestly say that I have seen more of a difference in using Hello toothpaste for 2 weeks than I have in years with other leading whitening toothpastes such as Crest and Colgate. This toothpaste has no fluoride, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, dyes, SLS/sulfates, parabens or triclosan! To add, it is vegan, never tested on animals and their toothpaste tubes are bpa free and contain no phthalates! Can it get better than this? There are a wide variety of toothpastes that suit your specific goals, so there is a product for everyone. You have to try this toothpaste out!

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Hello Naturally Healthy Mouthwash in Natural Mint $5.99

Here is yet another favorite from Hello AND I am happily here to report that they have changed the mouthwash game for good! Honestly, I have stopped using main-stream mouthwash for a while now because I hate how it burns the crap out of my mouth…not to mention that the freshness never lasts more than 5 minutes. Hello Naturally Healthy Mouthwash has been everything that I’ve always wanted a mouthwash to be.

It doesn’t burn, it keep my breath fresh FOR HOURS and it tastes amazing. To make this even better, this mouthwash contains no alcohol, dyes, artificial sweeteners, flavors or SLS/sulfates and is vegan and cruelty free! You will feel more confident than ever integrating this mouthwash into your routine…thank me later!

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Native Coconut & Vanilla Natural Deodorant $12.00

As an avid exerciser, just the sound of a “natural” deodorant used to scare the crap out of me…until I discovered Native products. Staying fresh and smelling the best that I can  during a workout and throughout the day is super important to me! After hearing rave reviews about Native on essentially every Podcast I listen to, I knew I had to give it a whirl. My twin sister and I put the deodorant to the test and we were both shocked by how incredible it was.

Whether I am doing a super tough workout, going for a leisurely walk or lounging around the house, I know that I am protected and staying fresh with Native deodorant! The Coconut & Vanilla scent is heavenly (definitely recommend), but if that isn’t your fav, they have a wide-range of other scents such as Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and more to choose from! The best part about this deodorant is that it is aluminum (harmful chemical) and paraben free! By using this deodorant you are doing well by your body and staying fresh…a win/win in my book!

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Native Vanilla and Coconut Body Wash $8.00

Yet another Native product that I am obsessing over! This body wash smells incredible, foams up beautifully and leaves me feeling so fresh and clean. This body wash is sulfate and paraben free ensuring that you aren’t putting harmful chemicals onto your body. One of my favorite features of this body wash is the ingredient list on the back of the bottle.

The list clearly outlines what ingredients are in the wash along with what the ingredients actually mean. For example, an ingredient listed is “Sodium Chloride” which they tell you means “Table Salt”. This is, again, such a huge comfort to me because I am aware of what I am washing my body with, thanks to Native. Check out their website for a wide range of scents that will transform your shower routine and leaving you feeling so good!

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It’s super evident that there is a lot of CRAP in mainstream toothpastes, deodorants and body washes on the market. Thanks to these brands that are health and safety conscious, we now have a variety of products that we can use and not feel like it will harm us in the end. Switching over all of your products can seem daunting and expensive, but if you take it a step at a time, before you know it, you will have transformed your bathroom to be filled with clean and heathy products! Please let me know if you tried out any of these products in the comments below, or DM me on Instagram about your experience @lexiejmurray!

xo, lexie

 

Go-To Vegan Snacks

Finding healthy snacks can be surprisingly difficult! Looking for options that are vegan, with few ingredients and have nutritional value definitely requires some work. Luckily for y’all, I’ve been doing some digging (and taste testing!) and found amazing, plant-powered options. All of these snacks will keep you fueled and focused throughout the day. Below, I am rounding up some of my go-to snacks, both salty and sweet, that are great for anytime of the day!

Koia Protein Shakes 

You guys (not to be dramatic or anything) but these shakes have changed my life! At only 190 calories a pop, with 18 grams of protein and just 4-6 grams of sugar these are the perfect, healthy pick-me up. Using a combination of pea, brown rice and hemp protein these shakes will keep you full for a generous amount of time. The formula contains 9 essential amino acids, delivering a complete protein intake for sustainable fuel. My favorite flavor is the cacoa bean…it seriously tastes like a chocolate milkshake! These shakes are perfect for a post-workout mini meal or snack anytime of the day.

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Hippeas 

ALL of my college friends know that I am crazy about these flavored chickpea puffs! I first discovered these when I was in line at Starbucks and was craving something salty. I saw the word “vegan” on them, picked up a bag to try and was hooked ever since. I am INCREDIBLY thankful that I did because these are my holy-grail salty snack. These puffs are made out of organic chickpea and rice flour, pea hull fiber and seasonings! There are 4 grams of protein per serving, plus they are baked, not fried! My favorite flavor is the vegan white cheddar!

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Hummus + Veggies

A classic. What is a vegan without this holy grail snack? Thanks to all new flavors of hummus these days, this snack is far from boring…the flavors and combinations are endless. I am a sucker for the classic hummus with baby carrots, sliced bell peppers or celery stalks. I am super eager to try Trader Joe’s new buffalo flavored hummus with celery. The protein in the hummus thanks to the chickpeas will also keep you feeling satisfied in-between meals.

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Avocado + Organic Rice Crackers + Trader Joe’s “Everything But The Bagel” Seasoning 

Avocado is a staple in my diet and I have them stocked at all times in my kitchen. They are packed with healthy fats and keep me super full. One of my favorite go-to snacks is taking half of an avocado, spreading it on a serving size of organic rice crackers and sprinkling Everything but the Bagel seasoning on top! It is delicious and very satisfying. If you would like to for-go the crackers, you can also eat the avocado plain with the seasoning, or substitute the seasoning for a drizzle of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon on top!

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Lara Bars in the Cashew Cookie Flavor 

Finding a clean, sweet snack can be nearly impossible. I am so glad that I came across these bars thanks to a recommendation by Kenzie Burke (Food Combining advocate). There are only 2 ingredients in this bar including dates and cashews. This is sure to satisfy any sugary craving you may be having and keeps me full thanks to the nuts in the bar.

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I hope that y’all found this post helpful. Please let me know if you guys try out any of these snacks by commenting below or tagging me in your Instagram stories @lexiejmurray!

xo, lexie

 

What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day videos have been taking over YouTube and the truth is, I haven’t been able to stop watching them! I thought it would be a great idea if I brought the trend over here to the Blogging community for y’all!

Health and wellness is my top priority so I tend to eat super clean, whole foods. I’ve been Vegan for over 2.5 years so you guys will be able to see what types of foods I eat on this lifestyle. In addition to being Vegan, I also follow Food Combining. Food Combining in short, is a method of eating that promotes optimal digestion. Certain foods pair better together in the digestive tract which leaves you feeling good after finishing a meal, rather than feeling bloated. In addition, this method of eating leans you out and improves gut health.

For example, starches and vegetables pair well (brown rice and broccoli), while starches and proteins (meat/meat substitutes and potatoes) do not. This is because of the way the digestive tract breaks down these compounds. There are a couple of guidelines to this eating method that I will insert below. After a week or so, these guidelines become so ingrained that you won’t have to think twice about what pairs well together. I found out about Food Combining thanks to YouTuber Maggie Macdonald, who started Instagram Influencer, Kenzie Burke’s Food Combining 21 Day Reset.

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Eating this way has completely changed my relationship with food. I have never eaten healthier or more whole…my body feels amazing, my mind feels clear and my skin is glowing! Below, I am going to take you through my everyday eating routine that is Vegan and follows Food Combining!

Breakfast 

Hot Lemon Water : I drink a cup of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon every morning before I eat or drink anything else. This helps to coat the stomach, detox your body, and prepare the gut for digestion.

1st Breakfast – Fruit Bowl : In Food Combining it is essential that fruit is eaten on an empty stomach (bananas are the only exception). This is because it does not mix well with other food categories due to its rapid digestive nature. I love cutting up a whole banana, throwing in some cantaloupe and a handful of blueberries!

Let the Fruit Digest for 30 Minutes 

2nd Breakfast – Koia Cacao Bean Protein Shake : These shakes are my lifeline y’all! I wake up everyday craving one…they seriously taste like a chocolate milkshake. They are Vegan, 190 Calories, 18 grams of plant protein, only 4 grams of sugar and the ingredients are so clean. I love having this shake as my second breakfast because I do intense exercise in the morning including running and lifting. It is imperative that I replenish my body with a complete protein that has essential amino acids. This holds me over properly until lunch time.

Lunch

Avocado Toast + Everything But The Bagel Seasoning : For lunch, I toast up 2 pieces of Sourdough bread until they are extra toasty! Next I use a whole avocado and spread it between the 2 slices of bread. I drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and crack some black pepper! It is soooo delish and super satisfying.

Hummus + Veggies : After I finish my avocado toast, I love eating some celery and carrots with Sabra Original Hummus! It gets some extra veggies in for the day and is so yummy.

Snack 

Lara Bar in the Coconut Cream Pie Flavor : This magical bar is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Kosher and Non-GMO and only has 5 clean ingredients…a total win! This bar is made up of dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews and extra virgin coconut oil. I usually snack on this bar right after work while I am prepping to make dinner. Some days I will for-go the snack if I’m not feeling super hungry…it’s so important to listen to your body’s needs and wants.

Dinner 

Brown Rice Veggie Bowl : This has been my current dinner-time obsession! I usually tend to do the starch and veggie Food Combining option for dinner. I start off by sautéing an entire box/bag of baby spinach (it really cooks down) in the frying pan…getting all of those greens in! I season the spinach with pink Himalayan salt, cracked black pepper and garlic powder. After the spinach cooks down, I add half of a carton of mushrooms and season them with the same ingredients. Next I add in a chopped bell pepper (red, yellow or orange). While the mushrooms and peppers are going, I start cooking the brown rice. I typically buy the quick, microwave version to cut-down the time and pop a serving size of rice in the microwave for 7 minutes. Once the mushrooms and peppers are done and the rice is cooked through, I add the rice to the pan and combine everything together. Next I add in some Vegan pesto (my mom makes homemade Vegan pesto from our garden) but there is also a Vegan pesto at Trader Joe’s that I’ve heard great things about. On low heat, I let it sizzle all together and make sure the pesto is combined into the veggies and rice. I put everything in a bowl and top it with sun-dried tomatoes! They totally make the dish. It is seriously amazing and super easy to make! You can also make this in bulk and meal-prep your dinner for the week. I have lots of other dinner recipes over on my Instagram in the “Vegan” story highlight @lexiejmurray.

Dessert 

A cup of Detox Tea : The Pukka Detox Tea is an awesome tea to cleanse your body at night with after a full day of eating. It tastes great and I personally love having something warm at night to help me fall asleep. I also have been loving the Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea as well.

2 Squares of Vegan Dark Chocolate OR one cup of Chocolate Almond Milk :  I love having something sweet at night. A little bit of dark chocolate or one cup of chocolate almond milk totally cures any sweet tooth that I have without many calories.

There you have it guys! That’s exactly what I eat in day as someone who does Vegan Food Combining! If you would like more information on Food Combining, definitely check out Kenzie Burke’s Social Media platforms for in-depth explanations and more.

Instagram : @kenzieburke

YouTube :  Kenzie Burke Health

Website : http://www.kenzieburkehealth.com

I truly feel like my best and happiest self eating this way. Having an awesome exercise routine and fueling my body with whole foods has changed my life and the way I view myself! Thank you so much for reading. If you would like more posts about what I’m eating (recipes) or what my exercise routine entails, comment below! As always, feel free to ask questions you guys have below in the comments or Instagram message me @lexiejmurray.

xo, lexie

A Day Downtown // Fredericksburg, VA

In need of a good meal and some retail therapy, my roommate and I took a trip to downtown Fredericksburg for a day of fun! I had never visited before but have only heard great things about the town and I couldn’t wait to explore. I was greeted by massive, historic, southern homes that truly took my breath away. The further we drove into town, an abundance of shops, boutiques and restaurants popped up. I couldn’t wait to stop into as many as possible! With that mentality in mind, I knew my roommate and I had a long day of shopping ahead of us.

We decided to start our day by fueling up at Mercantile. I cannot recommend this place enough. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with distressed exposed brick, crystal chandelier lighting, and colorful chairs. It is sophisticated, yet playful and is most certainly inviting. Mercantile has lots of vegan options which made me one happy gal, but also had many normal options if you prefer. I got an awesome tofu scramble with vegetables and a potato hash, and my roommate got breakfast tacos which consisted of steak, eggs, cheese and vegetables topped with a potato string garnish. It was delicious, and as we walked out of the restaurant door, we both looked at each other and said that we need to go back asap!

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After fueling up, we set our sights on the shops. I walked into boutique after boutique wishing I could take one of everything back with me to college! I had so much fun looking around, thinking about all the outfits I could create, but my favorite part of shopping were the incredibly nice boutique employees that had the sweetest southern charm! After getting my shopping fix, we stopped into an old bookstore called Riverby Books that was magical and historical. Old books dating back to the 1800’s were mixed with current literature, appealing to every booklovers taste. I was in heaven, snapping away and dreaming about the hours I could spend here with a coffee and a great read.

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I can’t wait to plan my next trip back to Fredericksburg! Have you ever been? If so comment your favorite restaurants and shops below! I would love to check them out!

xo, lexie