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Stuffed Avocados!

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HOLY YUM, guys!!

Avo obessesed?! Because I am and these are sooo yummy!

I made them for dinner the other night – sooo easy and perfect to take to work for lunch!

Avo obsession is a healthy obsession so don’t freak out if you’re an addict. I mean, too much is bad but it’s better to eat more avo than it is to scarf down some ice cream or tato chips!

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Stuffed Avocados

2 medium sized avocados

1 handful cherry tomatoes, chopped

 1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup organic corn

1/4 cup black bleans

1 lime, juiced

cilantro

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Slice avocados in half, scoop out the seed and cut into cubes. Scoop the meat out into a bowl and set the skins aside. Combine tomatoes, onion, corn, black beans, cilantro, lime juice and mix. Scoop back into your avo skins, top with salsa and enjoy!

You can sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake in the oven for a few minutes if you wish!

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Seriously, so yummy and so good for you!

Avocados are full of healthy fats and contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals!  They are high in oleic acid which is bomb.com for healthy bods. They are loaded with fiber and can lower cholesterol levels. And did you know they contain more potassium than bananas?! I need an avo tree in my backyard, like stat!

Those are just a few of the amazing benefits of avos so while you’re doing your apple a day thang, throw in a small avo with that!

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Carrot Zucchini Slaw

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SUMMER IS COMINGGG!

Not like it was a crazy winter + I’m sure we still have some stuff to get through but nonetheless, I am SO excited. I’m such a sun baby + nothing makes me happier than lying on the beach on a warm day with a Cindy Marg in hand – SO therapeutic. The beach is my happiest place + probably one of the only places I can go to clear my head + get some inspiration.

I also love love love to pour some champs + throw together a healthy cheese board + sit outside with some music till the sun goes down. <<probzzzzzz doing that tonight>>

Longer nights, puhleeeeez hurry!!

There are so many fun recipes (obvi will be posting these periodically) for the warmer months + I’m just SO excited. During the summer months I am all about throwing in more raw + refreshing foods – think: salads, slaws, veggie plates, fruit salads.

This guy is definitely super refreshing + is the perfect salad or side to anything grilled.

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Carrot Zucchini Slaw:

 2 large carrots, spiralized

 1 zucchini, spiralized

 3 TBSP fresh lime juice

 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

 1 TBSP chili powder

 light sprinkle pink himalayan salt

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Whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, EVOO, chili powder + salt. Place veggies into a bowl + toss with the dressing. This serves about 2 people if this is all you plan on having. If using as a side, it should serve about double that.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES. They are so so sooo good for you, especially raw! Raw veggies are the best because you haven’t cooked out any of the nutrients. Yumyumyum.

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Enjoy, mah loves!

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Get your smooth on with the sexy smoothie

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Honestly, I’m not sure why I even call it the sexy smoothie. Maybe it’s the spinach? Orrrrr maybe it’s the dark chocolate + the dark cherries? That sounds a little more tantalizing.

Super yums. Super easy. Super seductive.

Anywho, this is one of my favorites for a hot day or a favorite to help cool off after a workout!

Last week it was SUPER beautiful out so I definitely combined laying out with working out. Yep, I was that weirdo working out in my bikini (with tons of sunscreen of course!). But when there are only so many hours in a day, you gotta do what you gotta do. Plus, there are a ton of great workouts that do not require any equipment! Maybe I’ll have to get some backyard bikini workouts posted for y’all to try.

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The Sexy Smoothie:

♥ Handful of spinach

 1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen dark cherries

1 cup of full fat coconut milk

6 ice cubes

 Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder  (I prefer not to take protein powders but do you)

Blend it all together + top with cacao nibs, chopped walnut + unsweetened coconut shreds.

I love using the coconut milk because it makes it creamy + delish!

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+ can we just talk about how great cherries are for you?!

FULL of antioxidants – these antioxidants slow aging, fight free radicals + prevent cancer + heart disease

Aids in weight loss (ladiesssss) – the high water content mixed with high fiber fill you up quickly + keep you full much longer

Boosts melatonin levels – perfect for helping with the much needed beauty sleep

 Pain relief – reduce pain related to inflammation, arthritis + gout

Bone health – increased bone health when taken in conjunction with magnesium + calcium

Protection from diabetes

Reduce risk of stroke

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I’m also a HUGE fan of unsweetened dried cherries. I add them to yogurt, oatmeal, oats, chia pudding, etc. They are also great mixed with raw almonds for a mid-afternoon snacky.

Stay sultry, babes ♥ XX

Lo Mein Bang Bang

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The other night I was CRAVING Chinese food. This doesn’t happen often but when it hits it’s pretty intense. JorBabe + I have been doing SUPER good with staying on track since the new year + there was no way I was going to ruin it with some Pick Up Stix. That stuff is loaded, + I mean LOADED with MSG. The only time I’m willing to wake up with fat fingers + toes is for sushi nights. + even then I go easy on the low-sodium soy sauce.

+ so I decided to whip up my own version of Lo Mein!

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Lo Mein Bang Bang

♥ 8 oz. brown rice noodles (GF-woop!)

♥ Veggie combo (at our local market we have fresh, organic chopped carrots, broccoli + mushrooms + then I added some snow peas.)

♥ couple cloves of fresh garlic, minced

♥  1 TBSP sesame oil

♥ Sesame seeds (optional)

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Lo Mein Bang Bang Sauce:

♥  2-3 TBSP raw coconut aminos (use low-sodium soy sauce here if you don’t like the coconut aminos)

♥ 1 TSP pure organic maple syrup

♥ 1 TSP sesame oil

♥ 1 TBSP siracha (use less or none if you’re sensitive to spice)

♥ 1 TSP ground ginger (I use a little more bc ginger is so damn tasty + good for you!)

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Prepare noodles as directed on package. While noodles are cooking, prepare sauce by combining all ingredients into a bowl + mixing well. Next, sauté garlic in pan with sesame oil. Once it’s browed, add veggies + sauté for about 5 minutes. You want them crunchy but not completely raw. Drain noodles once they are cooked and throw in veggies. Pour sauce over everything + toss to make sure the sauce coats all noodles and veggies evenly. Plate your serving + sprinkle with some sesame seeds.

This a great gluten free, vegetarian dish + it completely satisfied my Chinese food craving without me having to OD on MSG.

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Using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce is by far the best choice. It’s not as salty but it still has enough of that soy sauce taste you need. Not to mention there are some amazing benefits to using CAs.

“When the coconut tree is tapped it produces a highly nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. A comparison between coconut tree sap and soy, shows that coconut sap contains 2-14 times the amino acid content of soy.” -Coconut Secret

So there ya have it, Lo Mein Bang Bang. + it makes about 4 servings so you’ll have plenty of delish leftovers!

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3 Ingredient Vegan Pancakes! + a super easy, healthy syrup!

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I’m a BIG bruncher. Mostly because I love mimosas but I also love breakfast food. A lot of people I know have a hard time eating breakfast. Nope, not me. I’ll never skip breakfast because it is my faveeee.

+ eating breakfast is SO good for you! It speeds up your metabolism + sets the tone for a super productive day. We just posted about this over on Bowed Arrows. Chchcheck it out here!

I used to be the girl that was always early to everything. + then some switch flipped + I am often a few minutes late or pulling in just on time – WTH. Because of this lovely transformation, I’ve had to adapt + figure out some quick + easy breakfast options. This breakfast smoothie is still my all time fave. But I’m also doing my Ezekial or Veganic toast with this 5 sec jam quite often. Food prep is my jam as well. I just found a super healthy vegan banana nut bread (I will be posting the recipe for soon) that is perfect for packaging into little baggies for the entire week!

When you have a little more time to brunch + enjoy some champs with fresh watermelon juice, you can whip up these 3 ingredient vegan pancakes! Super easy + super healthy.

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Vegan Pancakes:

♥ 1 ripe banana

♥ 1-2 spoonfuls of chia seeds

♥ 2 TBSP ground flax seed mixed with 6 TBSP water

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Throw all ingredients into blender + blend! You may need to add a little extra water. I added some almond milk to help it blend. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Turn burner on low to heat your griddle + add a little coconut oil to it. Spoon silver dollar sized onto your warm griddle. They will take a little longer to cook (about 3-5 min per side) so be patient.

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Berry Orange Syrup:

♥ 6-8 organic pitted dates

♥ 1 handful berries of your choice (I used blackberries)

♥  3/4 – 1 cup water (start small + add more if it’s too think)

♥ 1 tsp pure organic vanilla

♥ orange zest + juice {optional}

Throw all ingredients into your food processor or magic bullet + blend! You can warm in a small saucepan on the stove if you choose to. Pour onto your vegan pancakes + enjoy!

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Definitely boyfriend approved! JorBabe couldn’t get enough.

I am not a full on vegan but I do feel much better when I am eating less animal products. There is so much bad, fatty cholesterol in animal products + too much of it is harmful to our bodies (watch “Forks Over Knives”). I have never really enjoyed the taste of meat so i usually try pretty hard to cut that out of my diet. Eggs + cheese are a weakness of mine + I’ll have them occasionally. But I really enjoy creating or finding vegan recipes because they are SOO good + taste like the real thing. + if you eat a wholesome diet of tons of veggies, some whole grains, some nuts + some fruit, you will still get the proper nutrients your body needs!

I’m all about being healthy + feeling great.

xx

Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry: Oh Baby Oh Babyyy

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When I was younger I used to strongly dislike mushrooms. My cousin used to tell me that they had eyelashes in them. Eventually I grew up + realized he was a big fat liar but I still couldn’t manage to get that gross image out of my head. Like, come on, they totally look like they do have eyelashes.

+ then I tried them + realized that eyelashes or not, mushrooms are frickin’ delicious! + let’s just talk about how good they are for you! Mushrooms are naturally low in sodium, fat, cholesterol + calories. They are rich in vitamins B, C + D + they are rich in potassium + fiber. The high level of antioxidants present in mushrooms helps prevent cancer + diabetes + promotes heart health, immunity + healthy weight (more here).

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Since starting this blog + Bowed Arrows, it seems that I don’t have time to be bored anymore. I also don’t have much time to make elaborate dinners so quick + easy are things I love! Sometimes it’s hard to find quick, easy + healthy recipes but they are definitely out there. You just need to get creative + put in the effort to find them.

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Stir-frys are probably one of the easiest things to make. You just chop up some veggies, choose your meat (if you even want to have meat) + throw it all in a pan. Put a little on top of brown rice or quinoa + you’re set! Plus, it makes the best leftovers to take to work! + you can always mix it up + come up with new creations. On this particular night, I was craving mushrooms + brocc.

Broccoli Mushroom Stir-fry:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast chopped (omit for vegan/vegetarian option)
  • 1 cup organic bone broth (use veggie broth for vegan/vegetarian option)
  • 1/4 cup raw organic honey (sub pure maple syrup here for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh grated ginger ( Of course I add more bc I love it)
  • 2 TSP sesame oil
  • Coconut oil
  • 6 cups broccoli
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups organic mushrooms, chopped

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Put coconut oil into a pan with the chicken + cook over medium heat until done. Move chicken into a bowl. (skip this step for vegetarian option!) In same pan you cooked the chicken, add more coconut oil + cook broccoli + mushrooms until tender. Add sauce (broth, honey, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic + sesame oil) + bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer 3-5 minutes then toss chicken + green onions in. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

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If you love spice as much as I do, add some Siracha or red pepper flakes. It’s seriously soooo good.

It’s amazing just how great clean eating can taste if you do it right! No more burgers, fries + pizza for dinner every night. Mix it up with some healthy food. The healthier you start to eat, the better you will feel. + your body will also stop craving the bad food.

I still love love love to eat pizza + enjoy In N Out once in awhile but boy does my body hate me when I do. I get the worst stomach aches + feel so lethargic. It makes me never want to eat badly again. Train your body + mind + you will live a long, healthy, feel-good life♥

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What are your favorite quick + healthy go-to meals?

xx

| Coconut Aminos here |

All about that Greek Quinoa Salad

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I love easy + healthy + this is both! Such a quick prep time + so deliciously nutritious.

When you work a full-time job, you don’t have a lot of time to mess around or much energy to waste. I’m not entirely sure where it all goes. If anyone could help a sista with figuring that out, it’d be much appreciated!

The last thing I want for lunch is some fast food or some microwavable laboratory experiment. Sometimes I take leftovers but I’m not really into that whole microwave thing (for health reasons) so I try to stay away from it.

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I like to prep this the night before my work week starts that way I have it ready to go. It’s seriously so yummy and so filling!

Greek Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • kale
  • feta cheese (leave this out for vegan option)
  • ground black pepper
  • This awesome Greek dressing or dressing of choice (I like to use Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar + olive oil)

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Prep your quinoa as directed. Once cooked, chill. While the quinoa is chilling, chop your cucumbers, tomatoes + kalamata olives. Combine these with the quinoa. Once it’s all chilled, serve atop a handful of kale. Sprinkle on some feta + dress.

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I usually stop after the quinoa, veggies + olives have been mixed together. I store this in a container in the fridge + every morning before work I combine it with kale, feta + fresh ground black pepper. I have a set of olive oil + Bragg’s vinegar at work. Once I’m hungry for lunch, I just add a little olive oil + vinegar! You’ll make your coworkers so jeal. It’s just mmm mmm good. + did I mention how healthy it is?!

xx

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| Bragg’s Vinegar here |

The best dang guac ever!

I’m all about avocados. + I’m even more about that guac. In college my girlfrans and I would go for dinner and drinks before we headed out to the bars every Thirsty Thursday and I would legit order guac for my meal (+ a freakin’ HUGE A** skinny marg- YUM). Little did I realize how bad it was. I will never understand why people take perfectly yummy + healthy things only to add a bunch of unnecessary crap to them. Like WHY would you add sour cream to guac?! I know it’s a money-saving thing + you can spread the guac amoungst more peeps but COME.ON. Eww.

Just a weeee bit upset at how we’ve crashed + burned as a country when it comes to providing wholesome, healthy food.

Anyyyyways, back to the best dang guac ever. This really is so amazing + so simple! We all love simple! No more of that packaged pre-made guac with who knows what in it. Just grab some avos, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, +  fresh garlic from your local grocer + you’re golden.

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Guac:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos (or hatch green chili if you really love spice + are feeling like livin’ life on the edge-my fave!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • cilantro (optional)
  • pink himalayan salt (optional)

Scoop the avos into a medium sized bowl + mash. Next, add the rest of your chopped up goodness + the lime juice. Season with as much black pepper as your lil heart desires + stir. I always taste test to make sure I have the right amount of everything there. See how easy that was?? This goes so well with so many things: organic tortilla chips, on burgers, in burritos, with eggs, carrots, etc.

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Now try really really super duper hard not to devour it all. Yes, it’s healthy but everything in moderation!

+ then I totally got distracted taste-testing + forgot to take a picture of the end result…oops, my B.

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| Hatch Green Chile here |

OHHMYYGAGA: Dessert for breakfast with this breakfast smoothie

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Soooo…don’t get addicted to this flippin’ delishh breakfast smoothie. If you like dessert (me me mee), you’ll love waking up to enjoy this. You’ll go to bed excited to wake up in the morning. You might even dream about it. It’s that good. + the best part about it? It’s packed full (like seriously packed…you’ll see what I mean) of body good yumminess!

Sometimes I wake up early with JorBabe just to make him (errr..me) one. I mean, what other breakfast is worth waking up early for?? Jor loves this smooth too! If JorBabe is a happy camper, I’m a happy camper. WIN WIN.

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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. You’ve gone all night without eating so make sure you get something in you to keep that metabolism going strong. + make sure it’s something good for you so you start your day off on the right track!

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Breakfast Dessert Smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 TSP spirulina (absorbs free radicals in the body)
  • 1/4 TSP chlorella (fights free radicals, increases good bacteria in the GI tract)
  • 1/4 TSP cinnamon
  • 1 TSP bee pollen (enhanced energy, skin smoother, immune booster, allergy alleviation – see more here!)
  • 1 TSP ground flax (fiber, omega-3s, cancer-fighting lignans)
  • 1 TSP raw cacao powder (lots of antioxidants! anti-inflammatory, anti-aging)
  • 1 TSP green superfood
  • 1 TBS chia seeds (heart health, regularity, healthy weight)
  • 1 TBS maca powder (stamina)
  • 1 TBS almond butter (or organic PB…I like to switch it up sometimes)
  • 1-1 1/2 cups coconut or almond milk [make sure there is no nasty carageenan in it!]
  • 6 ice cubes

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…see, I told you it was jam-packed full of body good stuff. + it’s easy- just toss everything into your Nurtibullet or whatever you use to blend your smooths and TADA! You’re ready to run out the door and enjoy this on the way to work. It seriously makes my 45 min commute seem like a breeeze.

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♥xx

 Spirulina here | Chlorella here | Ground Flax here | Raw Cacao here | Green Superfood here

Chia Seeds here |Maca here | Nutribullet here

Hope you aren’t hangry: Spicy Lime Mashed Yams

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Seriously though, this is the best dang mashed anything I’ve EVER had. I lovee spicy, I lovee lime and I lovee yams! + it is sooooo easy to make!

Yams are great for you! They’re the healthy kind of carbs with lots of dietary fiber. This keeps you fuller longer + keeps your blood sugar levels even. Aside from fiber, they also provide good amounts of Vitamin C (think infection fighting, quick wound healing, anti-aging, strong bones + healthy immune systems), potassium, manganese + B vitamins (hellllooo increased metabolism!).

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So I found this recipe + had to make it right away. Ciarra used Sweet Potatoes but I only had yams on hand + like I said, I had to make it right away. Plus, IMO, yams > sweet potatoes. I also mixed the recipe up a bit to fit the needs of my lil taste buds because they get pretty dang demanding. ESP when the hangry hits.

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Spicy Lime Mashed Yams:

  • 3 yams
  • 2 TBS coconut oil <<< seriously the best thing to ever hit planet earth
  • 3 TSP lime zest (BC I LOVE LIME)
  • Juice of 1 lime (^^^)
  • 1 TSP pink himalayan salt
  • 1/2 TSP  ground coriander
  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper (I used 1 TSP bc spice is just tooo good)
  • 1 TSP ground black pepper
  • 1 TSP garlic powder

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Peel + cube the yams so that they cook a little faster. Put these in a pot with water + boil for about 30 minutes or until they are tender enough to mash. While the yams are cooking, mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl. Once the yams are tender enough, drain the water from the pot + add in your little spicy, limey, coconutty goodness . Get your masher + mash away! Garnish with a little lime and try not to eat the whole dang pot. You’ll learn how much self-control you have with this recipe. Serious NOMS.

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Enjoy! xx

Coconut Oil found here | Himalayan Salt found here