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About: I’m beyond thankful to be completely obsessed with my career, I get to do what I am passionate about every day.
Fun Fact: I love meeting new people and engaging in conversations.
Favorite Product: My favorite product is Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair: Texture + Movement + Softness with the best aroma!
DIY Self-care Tip: Blow-dry against your part to create volume.
If you haven’t received a service with Nellie, now is the time! For the remainder of November and all of December, receive a deep conditioning treatment and blow out for only $25.
We are excited to now offer Sunlighten Infrared Sauna to our clients. Sunlighten is recommended by countless experts including Dr. Mark Hyman, Kris Carr, and Jordan Rubin.
What is Infrared?
Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue, giving a soothing, natural warmth. It is naturally occurring from the sun and is the basis for SunlightenTM sauna therapy.
Sunlighten’s Solocarbon infrared technology is therapeutic because it is 95-99% efficient at heating the body directly rather than simply heating the air. It works to raise the core body temperature to produce a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where the majority of toxins reside.
How Safe is Infrared?
Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.
Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional
Sunlighten saunas use infrared heat instead of hot rocks or steam used in traditional saunas. Traditional saunas heat the air at extremely high temperatures which can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. Because infrared heats the body directly instead of simply heating the air, infrared saunas are seven times more effective for detoxification. In a Sunlighten sauna, you will experience the deepest, most detoxifying sweat of your life.
Detoxification: A Sunlighten sauna generates a sweat 7x more detoxifying than a traditional sauna. Researchers have long known that toxic substances, including heavy metals, are eliminated from the body through sweat. Therefore, the more you can safely sweat (while maintaining proper hydration), the greater quantity of toxins will be released from your body. Infrared sauna usage is one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat.
Relaxation: Experience the purest form of relaxation and stress-reduction
Weight Loss: Studies have shown a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories
Heart Health: Sunlighten Solocarbon® heaters have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
Pain Relief: One of the most compelling reasons to use an infrared sauna is the natural pain relief associated with its use. Sunlighten saunas work by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally. For years, doctors have recommended Sunlighten saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, constant fatigue, fibromyalgia, joint pain/stiffness and other chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and Lyme disease with continuous use of infrared heat therapy
Anti-Aging: The skin’s appearance improves as pores open from the deeper sweat induced by infrared therapy
Cell Health/Immunity: Stay healthy with the natural preventative properties of exclusive LED near infrared heating technology, which aids in cell health, muscle recovery, and overall immunity defense
Wound Healing: Aadvanced LED near infrared technology has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimalize scarring
About: I have been a Licensed Esthetician since January 2016 and have been dedicated to the field since graduating from Metro Beauty Academy. I have a passion for growing, continuing education as an Associated Skin Care Professional member and frequent student at the International Dermal Institute. I do all that I can to learn about the skin and to tackle different skin issues as well as new facial techniques so I can better accommodate each and every person who comes to me for any treatment. My passion is connecting with others and making everyone not only look good, but feel good in the process.
Fun Fact: I originally come from an art background, which explains my love for doing makeup (and also expressing myself creatively through my sense of style). Growing up, I was more into arts and literature and although I’m still very keen on both subjects, I’ve found a love for running, yoga, and weightlifting that started in my early twenties.
Another fun fact about me: I’m currently engaged to my boyfriend of 10 years and we have two “furbabies” (cats) named Desi and Daniel.
Favorite Products: Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster because it’s SO versatile and great for almost all skin types. It’s key ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, helps to bind moisture to the skin and aids in plumping up the skin along with a blend of Evening Primrose Oil, Coconut Juice, and Watermelon extract. The booster is perfect for any moisturizer, foundation, or concealer. I use it in my makeup routine by adding a few droplets to my concealer to avoid creasing and to avoid looking cakey.
DIY Self-care Tip: Always, always, always cleanse your skin at night. Makeup wipes are not enough. If you’re concerned about damaging your skin and/or aging your skin, it’s so important that you take the time to properly wash away any makeup, excess oil, or environmental pollutants on your face and neck. Find a good pH-balanced cleanser designed for your skin type to really avoid disrupting your skin’s barrier function. If you are unsure of what to use, schedule a facial appointment and ask your Esthetician for recommendations.
If you haven’t received a facial with Kassandra, now is the time! During the month of July and August, receive an AME Touch Facial for only $69 with Kassandra.
We are excited to now offer cupping therapy to our clients. So far, our clients have been loving the results of cupping and many are coming back for regular sessions.
What is cupping? Cupping, also referred to as “reverse massage” involves placing plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup, bringing blood to the surface and improving circulation. You will usually feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup, often this sensation is relaxing and soothing but sometimes slightly painful. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.
Cupping benefits the lungs, treats coughs and asthma, and combats pain in multiple areas of the body. This service often provides significant relief for those suffering from back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, allergies, and migraines.
Expect some painless discoloration on the skin.
Read More about Cupping in this Article: I Tried Cupping Therapy and Here’s What Happened
About: I have been here at Ame for two years now. I am most excited to use my knowledge I have gained over these past few years and apply it on the floor! I love having an impact on people every day, making them feel beautiful and more confident!
Fun Fact: My first concert was proudly watching Bon Jovi at two years old! I am a crazy dog mommy to two adorable pups! I am an HGTV addict and in my spare time, I love to run, go kayaking and fishing!
Favorite Product: My favorite product is Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair. This is my favorite product for texture. It adds amazing volume and lift to any curl and amazing texture to any and all layers while also remaining brushable and soft!
DIY Self-care Tip: My favorite DYI sleek and easy hairstyle is a middle part low bun. This simple and easy look for summer keeps heat damage at a low and looks cute anywhere from the beach to a night out on the town – add a pop of color earring for added easy flair and style!
If you haven’t received a service with Cole, now is the time! For the remainder of May and during the month of June, receive a chemistry treatment and blow out for only $25.
About: Allison Rathburn has been a licensed massage therapist for 6 years. She specializes in prenatal, deep tissue, and Mu-Xing massages. Allison originally started in nursing school but switched paths when she realized how beneficial massage is to overall health and well-being.
Fun Fact: Allison is a “Dog Lady”! She has three dogs; Isabelle, Eli, and Gracie.
Favorite Products: Biofreeze spray because it relieves pain from tight muscles instantly.
DIY Self-care Tip: Fill up your bath with warm water, add a heaping amount of Epsom salts, and sit in the tub for 15-20 minutes for complete relaxation and to relieve muscle soreness.
If you haven’t received a massage with Allison, now is the time! During the month of May, receive $30 off your sixty minutes or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage with Allison.
About: Kristina (Nina) Balogh has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since the Spring of 2016. After graduating with her Bachelors’ degree in English she decided to pursue her life long interest in sports and fitness by studying the art of bodywork and massage. An avid runner and triathlete, Nina loves to work with everyone on varying levels of fitness: from the weekend warriors to serious athletes helping with everyday muscle aches to rehabbing injured muscles. She understands the importance of self-care in everyone’s lives and wants to be able to assist anyone and everyone to achieve optimum health and relaxation. Nina is skilled in many different modalities with special interest and certifications in Soft Tissue Mobilization (Grastin technique), Myofascial Release Techniques, Prenatal massage as well as Sports Massage and Cupping. Always looking to expand on her knowledge, Nina will continue taking classes on the modalities she specializes in as well as others, including Active Isolated Stretching and Lymphatic Drainage. She is looking forward to continue working with her Ame family.
Fun Facts: Nina just completed her first Half Ironman Triathlon this past September. Nina and her fiancé, Justin are high school sweethearts and have three “fur children” whose names are: Bowie, Samson, and Delilah.
Favorite Products: Nina loves foam rollers because they are great for recovery and maintenance in between massages. They help relieve muscle tension and break up adhesions you may get from working out and other strenuous activities. She also loves Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Moisturizer. It leaves your skin glowing and super hydrated.
DIY Self-care Tip: Nina’s go-to DIY for self-care is lavender scented epsom salt baths for sore muscles and all over relaxation.
If you haven’t received a massage with Nina, now is the time! During the month of April, receive $30 off your sixty minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage with Nina.
Grace Winery is hosting all events. If you haven’t made it to one yet, you should definitely make time tonight or tomorrow. Grace Winery is an amazing place on its own and then when you add all of the ML Fashion Week excitement, you can’t go wrong! Find more info and tickets here: http://www.mlfashionweek.com
Here are some sneak peaks of what we’ve been up to:
AME Designers, Brett and Erika had a blast at Main Line Fashion Week Monday night demonstrating quick, easy, DIY ways to style your hair. Pictured Below is Designer Brett.
OK. I’m obsessed! AME Designer, Sarah gave this model a flawless, edgy updo. Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week
AME Designers, Sarah and Stefanie getting the models runway ready! Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week
Select services are 50 minutes and only $50! Choose from one or all (!!!) of the following services:
Please note: Spa week books up FAST! To reserve your preferred day and time, we recommend scheduling right away. Spa Week services are only available with select service providers. Call AME for details.
About Nicole: I became a licensed massage therapist in 2010 and have been happily employed at AME Salon and Spa for almost four years. I have been fortunate to work with chiropractors who have helped me gain a greater understanding of the body and the cause and effect of different modalities. At AME I offer an array of massages, some simply for relaxation, others to address areas of concern, benefitting in freedom from aches and pains that have built up over time. Many of my clients see me on a regular basis for deep tissue treatment to manage overall wellbeing. Book an appointment today so you can experience this first hand!
Favorite Product: My favorite product is the dry brush! This is a service I offer at AME and it is also a product that we sell so you can continue care at home each day. A third of the body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. Making this part of your daily routine will feel great, make your skin softer, and increase your energy and blood flow. You will be amazed at the positive effect this has on your life!
Best Kept Tip: After the dry brushing and a hot shower, apply a moisturizer for your skin. I love using the FarmHouse Fresh agave nectar, also sold at AME. This oil is made with a special blend of extracts tested and proven to reduce the rate of your skin’s water loss, which helps maintain skin elasticity.
To schedule an appointment with Nicole, call AME: 610-995-2631by
Our seasonal massage this month is rose oil and I couldn’t be happier about it! I absolutely LOVE the smell of roses and find it to be pretty nostalgic. Even better – rose oil isn’t just a pretty smell, you can also find tons of benefits in it! The scent of rose is so uplifting and has been used to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression for many years. Some other ways rose oil has been known to help:
*Because Rose oil has an affect on hormones, it should not be used during pregnancy.
*AME uses certified organic essential rose oil for our rose oil massage
March’s Spotlight is on AME Spa Technician, Janice Stein!
About Janice: I have been a Spa Technician (facials, massage, nails, waxing – I do it all!) at AME Salon and Spa for over five years. I am a tri-athlete and most recently I participated in the Iron Girl Triathlon. My husband and I have a great passion for travel. We just went to Thailand this past September and it was an amazing journey; one of our most favorite vacations this far. During our down time, we love spending time with our pug, Zeus – aka our baby.
Favorite Product: I love Vinylux polish – it dries quickly and lasts longer than most polishes!
Best Kept Tip: Anytime my muscles are sore and always after a long run, I soak in my tub with epsom salts. It speeds up recovery, soothes my muscles, and feels great!
To schedule an appointment with Janice, call AME: 610-995-2631by
Not only does peppermint smell wonderful (the scent alone is a pick me up), taste fabulous, and remind us of the holidays – it also has tons of health benefits! People have used peppermint for its medicinal uses for many, many years now. The most common medicinal use for peppermint has been as a digestive aid; typically treating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Some other ways peppermint has been known to help:
How to use it? How you use peppermint depends on what you are using it for. If you are suffering from a headache or a migraine, cold or congestion, as well as stomach cramps, hot peppermint tea is a great option. Another option for headaches and migraines is to apply a small dab of organic, peppermint essential oil on your temples and massage it in using circular motions or just breathe in the smell of the oil. For muscle aches and pains as well as rashes and skin irritations, you can use a topical peppermint ointment or balm – just be sure to read the product directions prior to applying as some peppermint ointments are not meant to be applied to certain skin conditions.
You can find peppermint in tea form, ointments, essential oil, essential oil capsules, throat lozenges, or fresh leaves.
If you like hearing about the benefits of peppermint and other foods, you will love our Holiday facebook group! I will host this 6-week, free of charge, wellness group starting November 23. We will focus on nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and giving. This group is not an intense fitness or dieting group. The purpose of this group is to enhance your holiday season by providing accountability and support in order to keep this season a healthy one. For more information and to sign-up, email: email@example.com
Start reaping the benefits of peppermint now! Our holiday specials are here and they’re fabulous! Learn more about our peppermint hot chocolate pedicure, peppermint massage, and peppermint mocha body polish here!
Notes: Peppermint should not be given to children under three years. Do not apply peppermint oil to the face of children under 5 years, as it may inhibit breathing. Do not use peppermint if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or if you have a hiatal hernia. (Johnson & Foster, Dog & Kiefer, 2014)
Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, David Kiefer, MD. (2014). Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants. National Geographic, 37, 170-173.
November’s Spotlight is on AME Designer Director, Theresa Surprenant! HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Theresa!
About Theresa: I love doing colors and cuts that add the “WOW” factor to my client’s style!
I have been in the hair industry for 38 years and with AME for a total of 25 years. I worked for the salon in its original location in King of Prussia and have worked at this location since its start.
Favorite Hair Product: I absolutely love Redken Fashion Work. It adds great shine and the right amount of a workable hold. It’s a great product to use while blow-drying.
Best Kept Styling Secret: The Blow-dry set with a round brush and hair clips. This method adds body and movement without damaging the hair.
To schedule an appointment with Theresa, call AME: 610-995-2631by
September’s Spotlight is on Sarah Bowden! Sarah was recently promoted to Senior Designer and we couldn’t be happier for her!
About Sarah: I have worked at AME for 6 years! My passion for hair really stems from my background in art. I tend to treat every client like a blank canvas waiting for me to paint my next masterpiece.
I was given the opportunity to complete my training right here at AME where I learned from some of the most talented hair stylists.
The hair industry is constantly changing, thus I am always learning and attending continuing education classes in order to stay on the cutting edge. Helping my clients achieve the look they want is what makes me excited to come to work everyday!
Favorite Hair Product: I have always loved the Keratin Treatments. Keratin makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Thanks to keratin, the humidity is no longer a struggle. Glotion Potion is one of my favorite products in the keratin line. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.
Hair Trend You are Loving: I am loving middle parts and “curtain bangs” that frame the face so nicely.
DIY Styling Secret: I can’t live without my dry shampoo. It helps my blow out last for days – even after hitting the gym! Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is my favorite and it smells great! *I am right with Sarah on this one. I’m not even going to admit to how often I swap out suds for dry shampoo. P.S. I feel like the bottle of Fresh Hair lasts FOR-EVER, it never ends!
To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call AME: 610-995-2631
Contributing authors and AME Designers Liz Corl, Meaghan Cianci, and Beth Forte are so excited about Fall Trends….and so am I! These ladies got together to discuss the newest fall trends and when I asked them what their favorites were, here’s what they came up with:
This fall season is all about the color; keeping it soft, tone-on-tone, and natural. Summer hair gets faded out so the inclination for our guests is to refresh their color; get it rich and looking healthy again. There is a big mix in color choices in the fall. The color varies between a preference of blonde or brunette. Around the end of September when people’s tans start to fade and they begin to transition to fall clothes, many tend to go darker with their color. Richer pigments are always requested more in the fall. The hot color trend for this fall is Bronde. A blonde can transition to shades of brown or a brunette will transition to shades of blonde. Blake Lively’s current color is a perfect example of Bronde. Other big fall colors are rich, deep browns and dimensional reds. Hair painting, baby lights, balayage, and sombre color techniques are here to stay for a while.
Like the hippie movement in the early 70’s, we feel a change happening in our culture and within ourselves. Styles are shifting from the conformity of the last few seasons. There’s a strong influence of 1970’s, anything goes, free love feel. We are craving this freedom and embracing our own individuality. The styles for the fall are undone. The grunge style is making a comeback. Hairstyles are on the messier side and high textured is in. Medium length lobs are still in. Women are growing out their short layers, angles and bangs and wearing the lob. The lob is moving from wavy to more straight or textured with an easy breezy feel to it. Women who need more edge are cutting shags and the timeless layered bobs are sticking around.
Cuts are mid-length. Lots of our clients are cutting their waist length hair for shorter lengths. For men, Beatlemania is back-at least for the hair style. Men are opting for the medium length Mop Top hair style as well as growing their hair long, putting it in a bun, and sporting beards.
Looking to update your look for the Fall without a drastic change? Try out some of these tips:
*If you’re anything like me, you are useless when it comes to styling your hair and even “easy” styles are hard to make happen. I rely on the help of AME Designers to show me how to do these. Next time you are in, feel free to ask your Designer to teach you how to make these tips happen for you.
AME offers a quick and easy customized chemistry system. It’s only 5 min at the bowl and customized to your hair needs. Try an ends refresher for shine and to add some tone properties to get rid of those faded, thirsty locks. Learn more about our treatments and other promotions here and call us to schedule your treatment!
NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Killer.Curls is a leave-in, anti-frizz curl defining crème. It’s paraben free, hydrating, strengthening, weightless, and has lasting results. Get it now through October 31, 2015 for 20%OFF!
AME’s stylists are headed into July with some new techniques! Last week, AME hosted an in-salon educational class. Redken Educator, Roger Molina spent the day with our stylists teaching them new techniques for styling and cutting hair as well as some product knowledge. AME owner, Lori Pastore is committed to ensuring her stylists stay up-to-date on the latest trends, techniques, and products. Roger will be visiting AME again to focus on barbering techniques.
Marie, AME Stylist talked with me about some of the great techniques the stylists learned from Roger:
Roger showed us some really creative ways to style hair using a needle and string as well as some exceptional techniques for cutting a “Lob” (AKA long bob). Roger used string to weave through the hair in order to pull it up instead of using lots of pins.
We learned how to do a tight fade for women and men. A tight fade is a short haircut that starts extremely close to the hairline and gets longer as it goes up the head. Some women are sporting this style but on a longer scale than men.
As stylists, we love using our knowledge to think outside the box and create personalized looks for our clients. It’s such a great feeling being able to give our clients the exact look they want that best fits them so that they can look and feel their very best.
Feel free to ask your stylist if you would like to learn more about any of these techniques. They can’t wait to work with you! Be sure to check out our fabulous promotions for July and August!
When scheduling, please keep our holiday hours in mind:
Thursday, July 2nd: 9am-9pm (Regular Hours)
Friday, July 3rd: CLOSED
Saturday, July 4th: CLOSED
Sunday, July 5th: CLOSED
Monday, July 6th: 12pm-9pm (Regular Hours)
AME has all of your gift giving needs for Mother’s Day! We have put together some of our favorites to make your gift giving easier:
Brittani, one of our lovely nail techs-recommends one of our newest nail products; CND Nail Rescue. This is a great option for those who often receive shellac polish. CND Nail Rescue repairs damaged nails with the power of Keratin protein and moisturizing jojoba oil.
Jackie is a fabulous estetician here at AME. Jackie recommends trying our Ferulic acid and retinol brightening solution as well as the Ferulic & Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross. This solution feels so great on your skin and helps prevent and treat sun damage and wrinkles. The moisturizer helps to counteract the visible signs of aging, increase its natural moisture barrier, and restore elasticity to sagging skin. Jackie also recommends the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel pads- one of my favorites. These pads are like wiping a magic wand over your face. Especially suited for stubborn skin conditions that have not responded favorably to other anti-aging treatments, this peel improves the appearance of fine lines, reduces pores, and treats breakouts. Regular use can visibly improve dark spots and skin tone.
A few of my favorite things…
I absolutely LOVE the Farmhouse Fresh product line. One of my very favorites is the Nectar Bath Soak. This is a powder you add to your bath water that smells wonderful and leaves your skin silky smooth. Encourage mom to relax with a nice tub soak this Mother’s Day.
Library of Flowers is a new fragrance line for us and I am loving it. My favorite scent is Honeycomb. These scents are all clean, light, and refreshing. Library of Flowers has lotions, cremes, bath milk, bath oil, shower gel, perfume, and candles as well as gift sets. Not to mention, the packaging is beautiful making this line perfect for gift giving. I am loving the coco butter handcreme in the Honeycomb scent and it comes in a cute, little tin. If you’re not sure which scent to try, we have sampler tins that include 3 different roll-on scents. Now through the end of May 2015, Library of Flowers products are 20% off!
Another fabulous gift that is sure to please is the gift of choice: an AME Gift Card! Let the mothers in your lives come on in for the salon and spa services of their choice! We also offer packages for facials, massages, and pedicures at a discounted price.
*Free gift with every gift card purchase of $200 or more. While supplies last!
AME would like to wish all Mothers the happiest and most joyous Mother’s Day!
“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson
Cacao has often been referred to as a superfood. It is delicious and has many health benefits. Cacao is beneficial in managing PMS symptoms, metabolizing glucose, keeping the heart healthy, guarding against toxins, easing depression, and it also helps act as a delivery agent for many other superfoods like mushrooms, goji berries, and spirulina not to mention, it is high in minerals. The idea that chocolate is good for us comes from the health benefits of raw cacao. Unfortunately, once we heat the cacao and turn it into your average, traditional chocolate, many of the health benefits referred to have been lost. Consuming raw cacao is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth as well as reap some healthy benefits.
What is cacao? Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume. In it’s most natural form cacao is a seed. Everything chocolate comes from this seed known as cocoa beans. Chocolate does not have sugar or dairy until it is added in.
What is in cacao (and how it’s beneficial to our health)?
heart, brain, muscle cramping, elimination, alkaline, bone strength
balances blood sugar
immunity, liver, pancreas, skin
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
healthy unless chocolate is cooked and then it is a trans fat
focus, alertness, appetite suppressant
endorphin (same as what is released after exercising)
when cooked is bad for the kidneys
There are many reasons to eat chocolate only when pure and raw. The oxalic acid and omega 6 fatty acids become problematic (trans fat and oxalates). There are a lot of delicious ways to use raw cacao. You can buy nibs, powder, and cacao butter. Blue Mountain Organics carries many great cacao products. One of the special qualities cacao has is that it hides the flavor of foods that might not taste so great to you (or your kids!). You can eat spirulina with cacao and never even taste it.
One of my favorite recipes with raw cacao is super easy, healthy, and delicious! This protein immunity pudding can be modified according to your tastes and it is really hard to mess it up so feel free to add or subtract ingredients. I’m not a fan of mushrooms so I skip those and I like to add in maca powder.
Chocolate Protein Immunity Pudding
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 little chunk of cocoa butter
1 tsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp reishi mushroom
1 tsp chaga mushrooms
1 Tbsp spirulina
1 handful of spinach
1 handful frozen strawberries
1 handful goji berries
a very small pinch of raw vanilla
Soak the chia seeds in the coconut milk for 30 minutes. Then place chia seeds and milk in a mixer along with all other ingredients and blend. Sprinkle with cacao nibs if you like. IT IS YUMMY and healthy.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz.
There are so many raw goodies you can make with cacao that are really healthy. One of my favorite treats is cacao covered raisins.
Brendan Brazier put out a maca bar recipe for Mother’s day. Those are another one of my favorites! Raw cacao, maca, maple syrup, macadamia nuts, coconut….yummmmm. They make a delicious and good for you treat!
Another good use for cacao is to make protein bars with raw cacao, hemp protein, coconut oil and a few other wonderful ingredients of your choice.
I also make smoothies with cacao, coconut milk*, banana, and spinach. It is healthy as can be and it tastes delicious!
*It is important to use a non-dairy milk when making recipes with cacao as research has shown that dairy inhibits the antioxidant absorption in raw cacao
How do you cacao? Please share any good recipes!
SPA WEEK IS HERE!!!
Have you scheduled your spa week appointment? If not, call AME today! Spa week ends this Sunday, April 19th.
For more details on Spa Week services, please visit our website!
Disclaimer: Please note: Spa Week services are only available with select providers. Spa Week services are only available during the promotion period April 13 – April 19, 2015. May not be combined with any other promotions and/or offers. Call AME for details.by
Spring has sprung and it’s time to rid yourself of your winter locks and visit your stylist to create your new Spring look.
I was talking with one of our fabulous stylists, Kelly and she had some wonderful suggestions for refreshing your look. I loved hearing about the new, restorative hair protector – Olaplex. Olaplex has been featured in various press as an award-winning, beauty breakthrough treatment.
Kelly recommends considering lighter shades for your highlights and color as well as adding layers to your haircut for your Spring look. Ok, now for the exciting part. I had no clue what Olaplex was and being a blonde, I need to know about it and my hair needs to have it. Here is what Kelly had to say about this beauty game-changer:
Olaplex is a great reconstructive treatment that rebuilds the bonds in the hair which can become damaged or even broken during coloring and styling. Olaplex maintains the integrity of the hair leaving it shinier, stronger, and healthier. Olaplex will also make your color last longer.
Since the bonds in your hair break during coloring, Olaplex should be used every time you receive a color treatment. It can also be used before a Keratin treatment or on its own as a separate treatment. Olaplex is also available as a take-home treatment to use once a week!
Treatment plans will vary for each guest so be sure to talk to your stylist for more information.
Check out Allure’s Beauty Breakthroughs 2014 (slide #11) for an in-depth explanation on how Olaplex works.
“Olaplex is a breakthrough in the color department because this is the first time we have even been able to repair the bonds within the hair and actually restore it while also coloring and lightening the hair so that it can be pushed farther than ever before. It’s not a band-aid treatment at all—it permanently restores hair,” says Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, CA.
Online Group Wellness
JOIN US! AME Salon and Spa is offering FREE online Group Wellness Sessions in a private FaceBook group. As your Health Coach, I will provide nutritional facts and recommendations, recipes, answer your questions and more in a private, non-judgmental environment.
Our next session is April, 1, 2015. Email: Alyssa@amesalonandspa.com to join.by