Wintertime Wellness + Antioxidant Overnight Oats: A Wellness Blogger’s Recipe For Glowing Skin

Hi! My name is Edie, and I am so excited to guest blog for Pamela Metamorphosis this month. Before we dive into my January wellness tips, I’ll tell you a bit more about myself.

I’m originally from the Bay Area — just shy of San Francisco. That said, I’ve lived in Colorado for almost a decade. After I graduated from the University of Denver, I spent my immediate post-grad years working in journalism and tech. However, I’ve always had a passion for health, wellness, and nutrition.

At the end of 2016, I decided to pursue a holistic health coaching certification, through an online program called the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Within the first few months of school, I realized my adoration for all things women’s health and wellness was greater than I originally foresaw.

So, as a creative outlet (and to repurpose what I was learning), I started a blog, a wellness Instagram account, and dove into the freelance writing world. I eventually left my tech job, and I now run my business and brand, Wellness with Edie. It has been life-changing — in the best way possible. I’ve started taking on clients, have expanded my writing portfolio, and have become an advocate for body acceptance. I help women struggling with food freedom / intuitive eating, balancing their hormones, and beating adrenal fatigue. That said, the power of self-care is at the root of my ethos.

 

 

One of the ways I empower my clients to live fulfilling, healthy lives is via wholesome, unprocessed foods. Additionally, I advocate for all-natural (and when possible, non-toxic) products — skin care, makeup, sunscreen, household cleaners, etc. The less we’re exposed to toxins on a daily basis, the more we’re able to support a variety of functions in our bodies. Therefore, I was thrilled when I discovered Pamela Metamorphosis! One, they’re local in Denver; and two, their products are chock-full of vitamins, antioxidants, and all-natural ingredients.

Speaking of antioxidants, you’ll find me do everything I can to increase my antioxidant consumption this time of year. While some antioxidants are naturally made in the body, we get others via our diet. They help slow the signs of aging, produce healthier skin, reduce the risk of cancer, and more. You can read more about the benefits here. Thanks to Pamela Metamorphosis, I’m able to add antioxidants to my skin every single day. You’ll find me using the Sensitive Skin Cleanser, the  Vitamin C Serum, and the Green Tea Moisturizer most often. They contain antioxidants to protect the skin against free radicals!

 

A few of my favorite antioxidant-rich ingredients are goji berries, wild blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans, cloves, and cinnamon. But, in addition to adding plenty of antioxidants to my meals in the wintertime, I also make sure to incorporate other forms of self-care to nourish my body. With less light during the day, I take full advantage of Colorado’s sunshine. I find that filling our apartment with natural light is the best remedy for the wintertime blues. Additionally, the sunshine nourishes our plants and helps to naturally detox our home. Plus, if I can keep one of our windows slightly ajar, I do that too. But, even on dreary days, I make sure to get out of our apartment (since I work from home). I’ll either go for a walk, take a yoga class, or meet a friend for tea/coffee. Fresh air always makes me feel rejuvenated, and research shows that fresh air is incredibly beneficial for our vitality and energy.

In the evening, I light candles, typically cozy up with a good book before bed, and make night time tea to wind down. Lastly, you’ll find me doing a #selfcaresunday routine every weekend, which always involves a Pamela Metamorphosis mask and scrub. Honoring my self-care routine improves my mood, releases tension/stress, and helps me sleep at night.

With self-care in mind, let’s talk about my favorite, antioxidant-packed breakfast. One of the ways that I take care of my body, every single day, is by fueling it with delicious and nutritious food. I also find that saving time in the morning is a helpful way to lower stress — the fewer decisions you need to make in the morning, the better. Like, breakfast. For this recipe, all you need to do is mix the ingredients in a container at night, store it in the fridge (covered) until morning, then serve yourself a portion for breakfast during the week. You can also add individual portions to mason jars or Tupperware for a grab-and-go option in the morning. This recipe is chock-full of antioxidants, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fiber. Enjoy!

 

Berry Antioxidant Overnight Oats

 

Ingredients:
1 cup lite coconut milk
2 cups cashew milk (or nut-milk of choice)
2 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
¼ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
¼ cup chia seeds
½ cup wild frozen blueberries
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Optional garnishes: slivered almonds, sliced bananas, raw pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, nut butter, etc.

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients (except the garnishes) in a large container. Cover, in the fridge, overnight.
In the morning, portion out one serving (this makes approximately four), and add any toppings you’d like.

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