Shop for a good cause

A trip down memory lane! Founder Lonneke Engel and the other girls that supported Organice Your Life organized many events in New York City over the past decade to bring awareness to different causes. Let's check out this one shop for a cause event!

Shop for a good cause party

April 26th 2011 Fabiola Beracasa, Lonneke Engel and Valentina Zelyaeva hosted a charity event in one of the most beautiful vintage boutiques in New York called“Use Your Head”.  (a great name if you want to become more aware of your choices in life!) The owner of the shop, Henry Buhl (Founder of ACE), was kind enough to let us make this event happen. And of course, charming Brazilian manager of the shop – Carlos Barbosa- was a shining star of the night!

Organizing for the party

Lonneke, Carlos and Valentina spent hours during the week before the party organizing the store. The result? A very beautiful high-end looking boutique with clothes displayed beautifully! We were very proud of it. Lonneke said she is going to volunteer more often to help the store stay in good shape! During the party, we all got together with our friends to shop and/or donate our unwanted and gently used clothes.

Profits going to ACE New York

All the profits made a the store, go 100% to  “ACE” , which is a New York organization that helps homeless off the street and back to work, as well as improve communities and clean the streets of Downtown NYC.

Sponsors

It was a fun night where “Organic Avenue” (unfortunately out of business these days) provided us with fresh alkaline water and samples of freshly made juices for everyone. People could ask questions about the cleanses we were doing together with the other OYL contributors and even sign up for it. People got 20% discount on the LOVEdeep 3-day cleanse by using the code "OYLDEEP" at checkout when buying the 3-day LOVEDEEP cleanse at Organic Avenue , they would get 20% discount!

Also a big Thank you for the girls from Organic Avenue who had a wonderful display at our party! And for those who weren’t doing a juice cleanse, we were serving organic sparkling wine. (provided by Valentina! )

La Perla had donated a few amazing dresses! And top-model Doutzen Kroes donated beautiful high-end designer clothing worth thousands of dollars.

A special Thank You goes out to “NAGO” capoeira academy for their donations and presence.

Win- Win

It feels great to have a party and in the meantime raise money for a good cause!

Here some of the photos from the event! Images made by Josh Wong Photography

From Left to Right: OYL's Kate Dillon, Munemi Imai, Lonneke Engel, Valentina Zelyaeva.
Use Your Head shop manager Carlos Barbosa and friend.
Valentina and friends shopping for a good cause!
Lonneke talking to 2 people from New York Magazine.
Fabiola Beracasa and her crew.
Organic Avenue supplied their signature alkaline water and juice samples.
Valentina & friend.

Models love to shop vintage!

Lonneke & Valentina with The Organic Avenue team!
Fabiola & Lonneke checking out the store for great designer must-haves!

All profits went 100 % to charity and the shop was run by volunteers. Use Your Head was located at 262 Mott street in NYC. They went out of business a few years ago unfortunately :(  But you can still support the homeless people of Soho and beyond by going to ACE New York.

Love, 

Team OYL

First published on April 28th 2011, updated in 2020

 

 


5 ways to hide vegetables in food

A lot of people don't like to eat vegetables or beans, even though they know they are good for you. Kids are really good at that. So here are 5 ways to hide vegetables in food, and no one will ever know because they taste so good! Why don't you try these 5 recipes?

1. Zucchini Banana Bread muffins

Baking is a great way to add vegetables into your baked goods. These Zucchini banana muffins are so good!

Zucchini Banana Bread muffins Recipe by top model Lonneke Engel

 

2. Super Power Smoothie with baby spinach

A simple smoothie with fruits and a handful of vegetables is super easy to make and does the trick!

Super power smoothie with baby spinach recipe by top model Abigail O'Neill

smoothieee

3. Black Bean Brownies

A healthier version of the famous brownies, but these actually taste better than the "real" ones in our opinion!

Black Bean brownies recipe by top model Lonneke Engel

4. Immunity Booster juice with bell pepper, celery & cucumber

Juicing is another great way to mix in vegetables in your sweet juice.

Immunity booster juice recipe by top model Valentina Zelyaeva

 

5. Pumpkin pie

Baking is our favorite way to add vegetables to our diet. This pumpkin pie recipe is so delicious!

Pumpkin pie recipe by top model Abigail O'Neill

Pumpkin Pie

Enjoy!

 


Organice Your Life® Holiday Party #12

Let's go back in time and share some true Organice Your Life memories!

On December 14th 2012, the Organice Your Life ® family and guests gathered on the 51st floor of the Time Warner Building to celebrate the annual Organice Your Life® Holiday Party!

OYL Holiday party 2012
Invitation artwork by Joey Holthaus for Haus of Joey

Host was top model and Organice Your Life contributor Valentina Zelyaeva, who invited all her model friends to join for a fun night of celebrating the Holidays. Founder Lonneke Engel was not present as her health did not permit her to unfortunately. She was missed but was happy to hear everything went on smoothly thanks to Valentina, and organizers, Antoniette Costa and Jackie Swerz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzsRP9-y_-Y

Of course there is no OYL party without delicious organic food & drinks. We want to thank all our amazing sponsors including The Juice Press, Perrier Jouet, Hail Merry Snacks, Antica Espresso, Fiji Water for catering the party, and giving items for the goodiebags, which also included a the Clean Plates book, Burts Bees lipbalm and a VitaCoco drink.

Antoniette Costa took care of the live music with an amazing performance with live beatboxer, cello & violin players and background singers.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEy_iLsJ4H0

Everyone left the party inspired for the Holidays and to have a great 2013!

 

Our goodie bags are filled with amazing treats including Clean Plates, Burts Bees, The Juice Press, VitaCoco, Hail Merry.
Antoniette Costa Performing
Healthy Snacks
Jackie Swerz, musician Antoniette Costa and model Valentina Zelyaeva
More Healthy Snacks
Models Liza Yermalovich, Anastasia Krivosheeva, Kristina Romanova and Valentina Zelyaeva

Photo Credits: Josh Wong

Illustration of invitation: Haus of Joey

First published on December 12th  2012, Updated in 2019


Why I love Salt Lamps

I was once searching for a new natural skin care products and I came a cross this website of Natural Salt Lamps

About SO Well

This company uses pure Himalayan Sea Salt as a base of all their products. On their website, beside the beauty products, they sell natural cleansing products for the house, shampoos, bar soaps, clay cookware, candles, organic bedding and many other amazing natural products. But what especially stood out for me were the salt lamps!

Lamps are made out of a pure Himalayan Salt, each lamp has a unique shape, cause its hand crafted to preserve natural energy. When a lamp is lit by a small, energy efficient bulb, crystal salt emits an electrical charge, enriching our environment with health promoting negative ions. Salt Lamps purifies the air in our homes! It is very beneficial for people with allergies and asthma.

And look how pretty it looks in the evening!

LOVE, VAL

First published in 2012 by Valentina Zelyeava, updated in 2019


Healthy cats

I want to talk about our furry friends and what we feed them every day.

Cats

I am a big cat lover. Since I was little, I always had a cat. My parents didn't have money for "fancy cat food" - prepackaged dry crackers or canned chicken. So, my mom had to feed our cats with raw meat or fish - which is a natural diet for cats in the wild.

New York City

I moved to New York in 2003 . After being here for a while, I got one cat and after a year another one. At first I didn't care what I feed my cats - I never read the labels, I never Googled the company... But once I became conscious of what I eat, I became aware of my cats' diet as well.

My healthy cats' diet

Now their diet consist of 50% organic raw chicken and 50% of high quality canned food. And never tap water! They drink same fresh filtered water as I do. My cats loved " Blue Buffalo" and "Wellness" - these two companies use only real meat and fresh fruits and vegetables in their products.

How to feed your cats the best food

When you shop for pet food, always read labels. Stay away from companies that use bad animal by-products - like " animal carcasses, parts of animal carcasses, products of animal origin which are not intended for human consumption, includes catering waste - all waste food from restaurants, catering facilities, central kitchens, slaughterhouses (!) and household kitchen ' - according to online information. If this information doesn't make you think twice about what you feed your cats, I don't know what will.

When I see my healthy cats, happy, full of energy and with shiny coat - it makes me smile!

Love, Valentina Zelyaeva

First published By Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on September 26th 2010, updated in 2019 


Valentina & her bike

How to get rid of the cellulite NATURALLY

I want to share some tips on How to get rid of the cellulite naturally and How to tone your body for this summer!

This is what I do every day. These tips are very easy because its all-at-home body care. There are many expensive treatments and massages to help minimize the cellulite, but eating a fresh whole food diet, drinking water and exercising will make your body looks amazing all year around!

1.  Pure water with a lemon

Start your day with a big glass of pure water with a freshly squeezed lemon juice. This will help to flush and cleanse your body from the inside. Giving you a fresh start of the day.

READ MORE : Water!

2.   Dry brushing

Before you step into the shower, give your self a good dry-brushing all over your body, concentrating on  your legs, thighs and butt.

You can purchase a natural brush for the body at any health food store.

How to dry-brush:

-      Standing completely naked and dry in your bathroom, start brushing you body using short strikes ALWAYS toward your heart. Start from your feet, then legs, behind the knees, thighs, butt, hands, arms, stomach.

Dry-brushing increases circulation of the skin. It stimulates the lymph canals and helps your body to get rid of the toxins. Dry brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which help improve skin texture and cell renewal.

Organice Your Life choice of brush:
Dry Body Brush - 100% Natural Bristles - Cellulite Treatment, Increase Circulation and Tighten Skin. (Pack of 1)

3.  Cold shower

After you dry brushed your body, jump into the shower, wash you body using natural chemical-free body soap like Dr. Bronner. When you are done, take a quick icy-cold shower. Cold water will tighten your skin, improve circulation and strengthens immunity.

READ MORE: dr. Bronner

4.  Grapefruit Essential oil

Add a few drops of a Grapefruit essential oil into your natural body cream. I love Coconut Oil, so I add essential oil into my coconut oil – the combination makes it especially gorgeous and it smells AMAZING! Concentrating on your legs, tights and butt, moisturize your whole body giving yourself a nice massage. The essential oil of grapefruit is extracted and compressed from its peel and has many beneficial properties as being a disinfectant, stimulant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and tonic.

Organice Your Life choice of grapefruit oil:
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil (4 oz), USDA Certified by Mary Tylor Naturals, Therapeutic Grade for Stress Relief, Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Diffuser, Home

5.  Exercise

Pick your favorite exercise and just move your body; walking running, jumping, dancing!

Valentina & her bike

LOVE, VAL

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on Organice Your Life on April 19th 2012, updated in 2019

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Ginger Lemon Tea

I make this tea every other day because I love it so much and I never get bored with ginger flavor. Its so spicy and warming and reach and …. healing!

The power of ginger lemon tea

When you feel your stomach is upset or when you over-eat (think Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas celebration!), or when you just need immunity boost, make this tea for yourself or your love one, sit in a cozy chair with a blanket, and enjoy the herbal aroma that is oh so good for you! Sipping ginger lemon tea will calm you down, fire up your digestion and warm up your soul.

 

 

 

Chocolate to go with tea

I always keep raw chocolate bar in my fridge (yes, i do keep my chocolate in a fridge! it stays crisp and fresh) . Chocolate and this tea is a delicious treat at any time of  a day!

 

 

 

Ginger-Lemon Tea Recipe

Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • Ginger
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 4 cups boiling hot water
  • raw honey (optional)

Instructions
  1. Make a lemon zest with smaller peeler, and shred a ginger with a large peeler.
  2. Put inside of teapot, add hot water and let it seat for 10 min.
  3. Serve in your favorite cup.
  4. Add honey at the end (optional).
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

Cheers to health!

LOVE, VAL

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on November 24th 2011, updated in 2019

 


Raw Carrot Soup

Today I have something very special to share with you: a delicious raw soup!

Raw carrot soup

If you still not sure about raw blended soups, try this one! Its a creamy carrot soup with avocado! So delicious and healthy! And let me tell you, it took 5 minutes or less to make it. All you need is freshly squeezed carrot juice, 1 avocado and spices. No cooking involved, no messy dishes and pots to clean up after. Its perfect lunch recipe for busy people.

Carrot Soup Recipe
a delicious colorful raw soup filled with many nutrients

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed carrot juice
  • 1 avocado
  • sea salt
  • curry powder
  • turmeric powder

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Ready!

 

 

Carrots are exceptional sourse of Vitamin A,C, K  and potassium. Contains high level of beta-carotene  and dietiery fiber.

 

Turmeric is a root vegetable, which is famous for its anti-infalmmatory properties and high content of antioxidants. * If you are pregnant or breast feeding DON'T include turmeric in this recipe.

Avocado is a great sours of a healthy fat and the best food sours of Vitamin E.

Love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on January 15th 2019, updated in 2019


Valentina by Alique

Model skincare

The more I learn about nutrition and beauty, The more I come to understand that the secret to looking radiant is to do more internally than externally!

For me that means: eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, making your daily meals at least 80% or more raw - less cooking, boiling, heating, microwaving, frying your food, -drinking more water, take high quality oils as a supplement ( choose one of the following: raw coconut oil, organic olive oil, hemp seed oil, flaxseed oil, avocado).

RELATED: Why you need to drink enough water

My beauty model skincare regimen

Externally your beauty regimen shouldn’t be complicated at all! I got rid of bunch of expensive creams. I used to spend crazy amount of money on commercial beauty products. Today,  I replaced them all with just a few products that I found work best for me.

click on pictures for more information

Raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is the best body moisturizer, occasionally I use it on my face (1 drop of coco oil is all you need for an entire face).

OYL choice: Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

Raw honey

I use organic raw honey as my daily healing  mask.

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Cleanser

I just discovered black Japanese soap “Deitanseki Clay Soap”. I found it while visiting  Morikami Japanese Garden in Miami. It deeply hydrates skin. Does not clog pores , gently cleanse face, especially the pores, with micro-porous active ingredients. Enriched with Kaolin Clay and selected Carbon Powder The Bentonite helps your skin retain its natural moisture. (click on picture for more information or to purchase it)

Face moisturizer

I have a couple of different face creams.  I switch between them all the time:  “EMINENCE” Rose Moisturizer:


and “Dr. Perricone” Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer:

Thermal water

I wash my face with Thermal Water, also use it as a toner before applying moisturizer.

OYL choice :Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Calming Facial Mist Spray for Sensitive Skin, 10.1 oz.

 

Face scrub

I love  “REN” face scrub.

Clay mask

Again, “REN” clay mask is amazing. Or you can purchase any clay mask at your healthy food store.

Pineapple mask

I always have a fresh pineapple at home.  I use it as a peeling mask, fruit acid “eat away” dead skin cells leaving your skin looking fresh.  How to use pineapple as a peeling mask: Take a piece of pineapple, rub it all over the face. Leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse. Spray Thermal water following by moisturizer or coconut oil.  (you can substitute it to strawberry or papaya)

My tip - If you are going to spend money on beauty product, invest it in a really good face moisturizer, like I did :)

LOVE, Valentina Zelyaeva 

First published by Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 3rd 2012, updated in 2019.

photo by Alique for Organice Your Life


Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice

If you have been reading my posts, you know that I’m all about smoothies, juices and raw food recipes. I love to be creative in the kitchen and raw vegetables and fruits are huge inspiration to me.

 

Sometimes I go to supermarket without knowing what I want for dinner, I just buy what’s in-season and look for fresh ingredients. I don’t remember last time I bought something that is canned, bottled or frozen… Anyways, back to my veggies :)

When I get home, I simply put my produce on the table and start creating my meal: it can be blended soup, big salad, a smoothie, raw pasta made with zucchini, or just simple juice.

One morning I made a beet-pineapple-cucumber juice. WOW! It came out so incredibly delicious! It’s a real treat!

Before you run to your juicer (I hope I inspire you so much, that you have to “run” to make my recipes) I must warn you, that after juicing all the ingredients, my kitchen turned out to be  a crime scene - deep red color with drops of blood aka beet juice everywhere! Even on a ceiling.

But trust me, the mess is so worth the result!

 

Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice
a light juice to enjoy at any time of the day

Author:
Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: juice
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 beet root
  • ½ pineapple
  • 1 larg cucumber

Instructions
  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer. Serve in a tall glass cup to enjoy the gorgeous purple color!

LOVE, VAL

photo credit Valentina Zelyaeva

First published July 24th 2011, updated in 2019


Organic vs non-organic

When you buy your fruits and veggies at supermarket in the USA, they always have this little sticker with numbers on it. Do you know what it means?

Produce from organic farms

Produce that comes from organic farms, have a sticker with five numbers, and always starts with number 9.

Organic vs non-organicOrganic vs non-organic

Produce from non-organic farms

Produce that been treated with pesticides, have stickers with four number, and always starts with number 4.

(Sorry, I don’t have non-organic fruits at home to snap a picture of it)

More information on organic vs. non-organic

  • Organic foods are foods produced using methods which do not involve synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic products are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Click here to read more.
  • In the United States, the National Organic Program (NOP) is the federal regulatory framework governing organic food. You should visit their website to learn more http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop.
  • Wikipedia offers also a list of countries with regulations on organic agriculture. It contains links to documents with the status of formal government-standards, regulations, and certification of organic farming and organic food.

Next time you go to supermarket, pay attention to it and you will see.

Have a great fruit and veggie shopping!

Love, Val

 

First published on October 31st  2012, updated in 2019


Breakfast smoothie

Hello, lovely OYL readers! Today I want to share a breakfast smoothie. It contains fruits - for vitamins, leafy greens - for minerals and avocado - for fat (natural, high quality plant-based fat), which is a key ingredient for beautiful, glowing skin.

Breakfast Smoothie
Delicious smoothie for breakfast

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 peeled orange
  • ½ pineapple
  • ½ cucumber (do not peel organic cucumber! skin contains essential minerals)
  • handful peppermint
  • handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
  1. Place orange, cucumber, pineapple and water in high speed blender.
  2. Blend till smooth consistency.
  3. Add kale, peppermint and avocado.
  4. Blend again.
  5. READY!

 

LOVE, VALENTINA

Pictures by Valentina Zelyaeva

First published on April 10 2012, updated in 2019