Take Root : Eat Whole. Eat Clean. Eat Well

I love to "snack" throughout the day and munch on things while driving, after teaching barre3 or yoga or when I'm just chilling and watching TV at home. One of the challenges I face is finding a snack that is both healthy and delicious! I'm so glad that I now have more options for these mid morning and mid afternoon meals... thanks to TAKE ROOT.

They are a whole food, plant-based company providing snacks that make healthy eating easy, accessible and most importantly, delicious. Their products are free of refined sugar and artificial additives, designed to give energy and nourishment to the body in a clean and wholesome way.  The Take Root rules of thumb: organic and raw whenever possible, simple and straightforward ingredients—nothing you can’t pronounce, and 100% enjoyable. 

As you may already know based on my daily posts on IG and blog reviews, Kale happens to be one of my favorite greens. In fact, I recently posted my very simple DIY recipe for plain Kale Chips because a lot of readers were curious about it. Well for those who don’t have the luxury of time to prepare it at home, Take Root's best seller is their KALE CHIPS!

Aside from these green chips, they also offer other healthy and guilt-free products :

Take Root's Favorites

Vegan Cheeze Kale Chips
PHp 170 for small bag / Php 220.00 for large bag

Banana Bread with Flaxseed Granola
Php 110.00 / bag

Take Root's Founders - Monica and Aileen

This was my Sunday breakfast plate yesterday with Take Root's Banana Bread with Flaxseed Granola. I had it with my homemade yogurt, some fruits and our green smoothie! Happy plate = Happy Tummy!

Spread the green love,

Email : takeroot.ph@gmail.com
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* They are available now at the Beyond Yoga Studios and other Yoga Studios. 


Soul Free Custohm Accessories : Stones with Meaning

If you are like me who is deeply into Mala beads and healing stones, you should definitely check out the products of soulfree custohm. I guarantee that yogis and non-yogis alike will find their products very appealing. They make and customize stylish jewelry (mostly bracelets) to suit your personality and lifestyle. They have a whole gallery in Instagram that showcases their designs which you can choose from and you can customize your own, for instance you want your birthstone or a specific color. 

They also provide a size chart (in inches) to guide you on your bracelet size.

They created and designed me a Rhodonite + Rose Quartz 27-bead Mala where they incorporated stones which promote motherly love. Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away wounds and scars from the past and nurtures love. It grounds energy, balances yin-yang and aids in achieving one's potential. Similarly is encourages self-love and forgiveness. Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships and purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, inner healing and feelings of peace. 

I really love how mine turned out (the old rose color is just perfect!)! Truly a beautiful creation...not only is it stylish, it also promotes healing and self-love which are both part of my mantra. This is a reminder of the path I chose : to LOVE myself and others deeply and completely.

For your orders and inquiries, text or vibe through 0915027409340 or email them at soulfree.custohm@gmail.com. Wear something with meaning!

find love in everything you do,



Holy Guacamole : Gimme some Avocado Love!

Avocado open

I get a lot of questions on whether Avocados are really good for you so today's post will be just about that. 
Avocados may be FATTY, but that doesn't mean that they are bad for your health.
In fact, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse providing numerous potential health benefits.
Its creamy texture and rich taste make it a common ingredient in many dishes. It is probably most well known for being a key ingredient in the Mexican dip "guacamole".
Because of its high fat content, avocado is also used as a meat substitute in sandwiches and salads.
But what makes this fruit so good for you?
This Medical News Today information article provides a nutritional breakdown of avocados and details on some of the potential health benefits associated with its consumption.


Healthy Fats and Protein - an average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, which is much more than most other fruits.
Sugar - avocado's sugar content is low compared to other fruits. Half an avocado contains approximately 0.2 g of sugar.
Vitamins and minerals - avocados are an excellent source of potassium (containing more per weight than bananas). In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin K, Vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 vitamin C, and vitamin E.2
Dietary fiber - a medium avocado contains 11 grams of fiber, which is close to half of the daily recommended minimum intake.3


Apart from being an excellent source of fiber and vitamins, research suggests that there may be a nuber of other benefits associated with the fruit, including: lowering cholesterol levels, reducing risks of diabetes, promoting lower body weight and even preventing cancer. 
Research suggests that eating avocados could help lower levels of bad cholesterol. A study published in the Archives of Medical Research found that an "avocado enriched diet can improve lipid profile in healthy and especially in mild hypercholesterolemic patients, even if hypertriglyceridemia (combined hyperlipidemia) is present."4
After a week of following the avocado enriched diet the patients experienced a 22% decrease in bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and an 11% increase in good cholesterol.
Avocados may reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease
Metabolic syndrome is name for a group of symptoms that increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease One study, published in the Nutrition Journal assessed the link between avocado consumption and metabolic syndrome.5
The scientists concluded that "avocado consumption is associated with improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake, and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome."
Avocados may promote a healthy body weight and BMI
The same study (as the one referenced above), titled "Avocado consumption is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake, and lower metabolic syndrome risk in US adults", also found that people who ate avocados were more likely to have a lower body weight, BMI (body mass index), and waist circumference.5
Avocados may help prevent cancer
Avocados are rich in phytochemicals, which have been reported to help prevent the development of certain cancers. A team of scientists who examined the the chemopreventive characteristics of avocados concluded that "individual and combinations of phytochemicals from the avocado fruit may offer an advantageous dietary strategy in cancer prevention."6


Here's the chart I found in a site which helps determine the ripeness of an avocado from the outside. Quite tricky because you really have to look closely! Try it the next time you find yourself in the grocery or market....

Gimme some avocado love,