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Brandless Life Review

I fell in love with Brandless even before I made a purchase. I react to vibes, in person or through the interweb, and I immediately connected with Brandless and their No Bull Product Line.

My first order was conservative, only because I had to stop myself from purchasing every item in stock. So I chose essentials, peanut butter, almond butter, peanut powder, pasta, cookies, popcorn and pretzels. Everything is top quality. Everything is delishhhhhh…..

Almond Butter – great flavor, smooth, not gritty, comes in a cute squeezable pouch.

Peanut Butter – tastes like actual peanuts, and it blends smoothly.

Agave Nectar – a little goes a long way, perfectly sweet and we’re already out.

Grade A Maple Syrup – it was a pancake party, and the Maple Syrup was the guest of honor.

Organic Peanut Butter Powder – tastes like real peanuts! Perfect with banana and chocolate protein powder. Now to find some other fun uses for the PB Powder.

Everything Pretzel Thins – alone or with hummus, these are addicting.

Organic Crushed Pepper & Truffle Oil Popcorn – the pepper was perfect, but I would have liked a little more truffle flavor.

Organic Herbal Tea Sampler – I love tea, and these teas are high quality and full of flavor. The Chamomile is my favorite, but the Pomegranate White Tea is surprisingly good. Most berry teas are tart, but these all have a smooth flavor.

Double Chocolate Cookie Thins – AMAAAAAZING Crunch! and I must try all the other flavors soon.

Chocolate Creme Cookies – I’m almost afraid to tell you how good these were, for fear of them selling out, but they are incredible. Only 9 grams of sugar and to me, it’s better than it’s sugary counterpart. This is my perfect cookie.

Organic Lumaconi Giant Pasta – already gone. t

Two meals with a meat sauce and here in a much lighter dish with artichoke, mushroom and asparagus, in garlic & oil.


Lemon Basil Scones – I haven’t baked these yet, mostly because I don’t have a scone baking pan, and I cannot bake. So as soon as I have someone make these, I’ll tell you how great the were.

Green Tea & Aloe Body Wash – I love this body wash, it lathers well, smells fresh, and gives the skin a little tingle. Perfect for your morning shower.

Lemon Verbena Surface Cleaning Wipes – I like these as much as I like using Meyer’s Brand organic cleaning products. One wipe goes a long way.

I’m so excited that I’ve run out of ketchup, mayo, honey and agave, rice, and quinoa. Brandless saves money, and time. The only way to make Brandless even more awesome, is one day shipping…….

After just one order, I’ve decided I’m switching to Brandless for most of my household items. Brandless is a great brand name.

Any product suggestions?

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Ask Roe June Blog Series Phytonutrients -Turmeric

June Blog Series Phytonutrients
Turmeric Sweet Potato Hummus



Turmeric is bright yellow due to the high levels of curcuminiods, which also gives turmeric its many health benefits.

This week’s Blog in the June Phytonutrients Series, Turmeric. Turmeric has been a staple in my kitchen for years. Mostly associated with your favorite Curry Dish, this ancient spice is part of the ginger family, known as curcuma longa. Turmeric is used as both a nutritional supplement and as a dye for cloth. Turmeric has been used in India and Asia for centuries. In more modern foods it is a main ingredient in yellow ballpark mustard.

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In Ayurveda, Turmeric is one of the all important spices for Optimal Health. Turmeric is the spice used to help with digestion, liver function, blood circulation and as a topical treatment for wounds.

This week, I thought I would share my version of a sweet potato and turmeric hummus. The original recipe called for fresh garlic, which I felt would be too overwhelming, so I changed it to garlic powder. I think this helped to focus the flavor in the main place, on the delicate sweetness of the sweet potato and the earthiness of the turmeric. I’ve added safflower oil as an ingredient to the recipe to tie two phytonutrients into one dish. Once you learn the benefits of one phytonutrient, and then another; you can find ways to blend them into your foods to add a boost to your optimal health.


Sweet Potato Turmeric Hummus
Cook Time: 20 minutes to 1 hour

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8-10 people
51 calories per serving


  • 1 small sweet potato, baked
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 2 tsp pink salt
  • 1.4 cup water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric


  1. Bake or microwave your sweet potato. Slice open and allow to cool.
  2. Mix beans in food processor with salt, safflower oil, and tahini. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add spices, ½ the sweet potato and a few drops of water. Blend slowly and use spatula to scrape the edges of the food processor.
  4. Add second half of sweet potato and pulse, slowly adding more water as needed.
  5. Place in storage container and chill for 4 hours or more.
  6. Serve Chilled, Drizzled with Olive Oil and a topping of choice (optional), with pita, veggies or tortilla chips.

Benefits of Turmeric

  1. Eases aches and discomfort (a natural anti-inflammatory)
  2. Loosens stiff joints
  3. Soothes irritated tissue
  4. Helps balance blood sugar
  5. Works a a mood balancer
  6. Helps woulds heal
  7. Supports stomach lining


*Source Parenting Healthy Babies. For more information check out Parenting Healthy Babies. What a wonderful source of information for those looking for a more natural path through pregnancy and early childhood.

*When adding turmeric as an ingredient, remember less is more. This recipe is such a fun twist to hummus, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

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Ask Roe June Blog Series – Phytonutirents


June 21, 2018

Safflower (Oil)


Safflower Oil Origins

Originating from Southern China,  Safflower Oil was considered an essential product, that was used medicinally as well as a dye. Safflower is one of humanity’s oldest crops, and dye’s made from Safflower have been found in King Tut’s Tomb. Today we cultivate the oils for its healing properties.

Safflower is native to Asia and the Mediterranean region. The generic name, (Carthamus tinctorius) comes from Arabic and Hebrew words meaning “to paint”.


Safflower (Oil) Properties

Strengthens Hair & Nails

Clears Complexion

Boosts Immune System

Strengthens Cardiovascular System

Strengthens Respiratory System

Helps Alleviate Migraines and Headaches

Relieves Menstrual Pain

Alleviates Joint Pain

Anti Inflammatory

Helps with Type 2 Diabetes

Helps with Weight Loss


Safflower and Weight Loss

Safflower Oil contains CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid. A naturally occurring fatty acid. CLA has helped people lose fat, maintain weight loss, retain lean muscle, as well as control Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 is the type of diabetes that is often associated with obesity, and can be managed. In Ayurveda, Type 2 Diabetes is treated as a case by case metabolic disorder, and can be fixed with a controlled diet, according to the persons Dosha.

What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a naturally occurring fatty acid, with similarities to an omega-6 fatty acid but with health benefits for skin and weight loss. It’s one of the good fats, present in foods such as grass fed dairy products.

Foods Rich in Natural CLA

Safflower oil


Egg Yolk

Coconut Oil

Grass-Fed Dairy Products


Carthamus tinctorius – MHNT

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm (12 to 59 in) tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments.

*source: Wikipedia


Try adding Organic Safflower Oil into your meals, and feel the difference.














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Ask Roe June Blog Series – Phytonutrients

june 14, 2018


Machta Powder Power


Machta is very popular in the US.  Made into powder form, it is used in a variety of different ways. Traditionally steeped into tea; with Origins in China and the more associated Japan, this superfood has been making people healthy for thousands of years.


*In China during the Tang Dynasty (618–907), tea leaves were steamed and formed into tea bricks for storage and trade. The tea was prepared by roasting and pulverizing the tea, and decocting the resulting tea powder in hot water, then adding salt.[2] During the Song Dynasty (960–1279), the method of making powdered tea from steam-prepared dried tea leaves, and preparing the beverage by whipping the tea powder and hot water together in a bowl became popular.[3]


Preparation and consumption of powdered tea was formed into a ritual by Chan or Zen Buddhists. The earliest extant Chan monastic code, entitled Chanyuan Qinggui (Rules of Purity for the Chan Monastery, 1103), describes in detail the etiquette for tea ceremonies.[3][4][better source needed]

Zen Buddhism and the Chinese methods of preparing powdered tea were brought to Japan in 1191 by the monk Eisai. Although powdered tea has not been popular in China for some time, now there is a global resurgence in Matcha tea consumption, including in China. In Japan it continued to be an important item at Zen monasteries, and became highly appreciated by others in the upper echelons of society during the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries.

*Source – Wikipedia 


Traditional Machta Green Tea Preparation

Using a Bamboo Whisk & Tea Bowl

Sift 1-2 tsp machta in a small bowl

Add 2 oz. of hot water, not fully boiled

Use the Bamboo whisk to stir the machta powder

Make a zig-zag pattern with the whisk

Enjoy sipping right from the bowl

Sweet Treats made with Machta


Machta Truffles

Machta Smoothie Bowls

Machta Latte

Machta Cupcakes

Machta Pancakes

Machta Chia Pudding

Machta Ice Cream

Machta Macarons



Machta Tiramisu


Savory Machta Treats


Machta Gnocchi! OMG!

Machta Eggs Benedict

Machta Hummus

Check out the entire article in Self Magazine  and get inspired!



Machta Benefits


One of the most unexpected health benefits of matcha tea, is the boost of energy throughout the day. Researchers had thought that this was from the caffeine in matcha, but they found that it was actually the combination of matcha’s natural properties. Another recent study found that matcha even improved physical endurance by 24%. Coffee only increases performance by 15%.


Machta Torches Body Fat

Fights Cancer

Loaded with antioxidants including the all important *EGCg

Detoxifies Naturally

Calms and Relaxes while Naturally Boosting Energy, no jitters

RIch in Chlorophyll and Iron

Enhances Concentration

Enhances Mood

Lowers Cholesterol

Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium


*What is EGCg?

EGCg – Epigallocatechin gallate is a type of catechin found in tea.

Catechins are a natural antioxidants which help prevent cell damage. This helps block the formation of free radicals found in the atmosphere, from causing damage to the physical body.

Free radicals are the cause of cancers, aging and other various diseases. EGCg is one of the most powerful components of machta green tea.

Matcha truly has some Healing Properties.





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Ask Roe June Blog Series – Phytonutrients


June 7, 2018

Red Reishi Mushroom Powder



Red Reishi Mushrooms are a phytonutrient:




plural noun: phytonutrients

  1. a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases.


For thousands of years many Asian cultures have enjoyed the benefits of Red Reishi Mushroom Powder. Also known in China as  Ling-hzi Mushroom, this particular variety is consumed for its medicinal and pharmaceutical properties, and due to it’s very bitter taste, it is  not eaten on it’s own, but is a great addition to your everyday foods. *I add ½ tsp to my morning coffee.


In Ayurvedic Kitchen Pharmacy bitter is one of the 6 tastes of food for optimal nutrition. Along with sweet, sour, salty, pungent and astringent, these tastes help keep us balanced and in good health.

These 6 tastes are supposed to be consumed everyday, and help to keep us balanced. According to Ayurveda, the goal is prevention of illness, but if such an illness occurs, the issue is treated on an individual basis, rather than a general treatment, as we find in Western Medicine.

Illness prevention has always played an important role in my  own life, as I’ve never enjoyed doctor visits and still to this day, try to treat my body in such a way that it is not a welcoming environment to many illnesses.

My Autoimmune issue of Fibromyalgia and my Endocrine illness of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are managed as holistically as possible. I always leave room for western medicine, because for me, my blend of the two modalities works wonders for my optimal health.

The more I’ve brought phytonutrients into my life, the healthier I have become.


The Red Reishi Mushroom, and it’s powder, are considered important to the longevity of the body.

Benefits Include:

Anti-inflammatory – as in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, reduced inflammation in the lungs due to asthma, and can reduce inflammation in the eyes, caused by conjunctivitis.

Red Reishi protects the blood from oxidative damage, which is exposure to high concentration of oxygen free radicals, mostly in the air, that affect our, skin, our organs, and our bloodstream. Oxygen free radicals are atoms with an uneven number of electrons; once these free radicals are formed, they are highly reactive and cause many  cells to die or function improperly and poorly, when they react with DNA.

The Good News; this damage can be undone. Antioxidants, and phytonutrients can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction affect the free radicals have on the molecules, ensuring no further damage.


Red Reishi Mushroom can help alleviate many ailments The studies conducted in the US, UK, Japan and China, found that Red Reshi Mushrooms have the capability to offer protection against various diseases and illnesses, including:

Fatigue – including chronic fatigue syndrome

Frequent Infections – UTI, upper respiratory, bronchitis


Liver DIsease

Digestive Problems – ulcers, leaky gut syndrome

Autoimmune – Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s & Addison Diseases.

Viruses caused by HIV/AIDS, flu or hepatitis.

Skin Disorders – acne, cystic acne


Heart Disease, Hypertension & High Cholesterol


Anxiety & Depression

Sleep Disorders – narcolepsy and insomnia


Red Reishi Mushroom works as an immune modulator, the Red Reishi brings the body back to homeostasis.




  1. the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

This process regulates the activity of the immune system and restores hormonal balance to the body. The endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and central nervous system all benefit from this completely non-toxic phytonutrient.  Red Reishi mushroom contains a sugar called beta-glucans that can act as a precursor to hormones in the body, and fight cancers, tumors, and allergic reactions.

Red Reishi Mushroom is considered an adaptogen- herb, which helps us deal with the negative effects of stress, including depleted energy levels.

The mind, body, spirit modulations we encounter during times of stress lead to a multitude of health issues. According to Ayurveda, all illness begins in the ethereal body, and works its way through the physical body. Red Reishi Mushroom can help to combat the illness in the ethereal body, before it begins to exist within the physical body. In the world today, we can choose to help ourselves, we can choose phytonutrients for preventative as well as repairative healing methods for the body.

*note, please consult a medical doctor if any symptoms to any health issues persist.

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