I may have jumped on the konjac sponge band wagon a little late, but despite my delayed reaction, I still feel compelled to share my discovery with you as if I were the first!
What is a Konjac Sponge?
Konjac sponges have gained popularity in the Western world in the last few years, but the Japanese have taken advantage of their cleansing properties for over 1500 years (so…we were all a little late on the band wagon!). This could be a clue to how they achieve their flawless, porcelain-doll-esque skin.
Konjac, pronounced kon-yak, is a type potato native to Asia. It consists of over 95 percent water, and has a naturally alkaline composition, lending itself perfectly to skin care. The sponges are made from the root fibers of the plant, and are extremely gentle on the skin, so much so that they are even suitable for use on babies.
So what benefits can you expect from a Konjac Sponge?
Well, as gentle as they are, Konjac sponges are also great at removing impurities and lightly exfoliating the skin. They often come infused with green tea, clay, or charcoal, to help with certain skin types, but even without these additions, the natural ph level of the sponge will help to smooth, calm, and balance your complexion.
How to use your sponge
Green- Usually green tea, calming
Black- Usually Charcoal, removes impurities/detoxifying
Pink or Red- Usually clay, good for oily skin
White- Usually pure konjac root, perfect for sensitive skin
Your sponge should last for about a month, after that it’s time to toss it and get a new one BUT here’s my favorite part…..
You can throw your old sponge in the compost with your fruit and vege scraps! It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so you can feel good about your skin, and your impact on the environment! Yay!
The pictures alone might be enough instruction on how to make this favorite meal/drink of mine. It really is as simple as it gets, but also as delicious as it gets.
I've called it a "post workout" shake because of it's high protein content, but it's a suitable snack for anytime you're in a rush and need something nourishing. It also makes a great healthy substitute if you're craving something like ice cream.
Anyway, I won't keep you in suspense any longer as I'm sure you just want to make one immediately...
1. 30g Low carb protein powder of choice (mine is vanilla whey)
2. 1/3 cup Coconut cream
3. 6 Frozen Strawberries
1. Add all ingredients to a blender with about 6 ice cubes and 1/2 cup of water
The Ice cubes and frozen strawberries make this shake thick, so you can eat it with a spoon, which is somehow very satisfying. The coconut cream will make it velvety a smooth. Mmmm, all this writing about it has made me want one!
Of course, you can use other frozen fruits, but I like strawberries for their lower sugar content. If you want a vegan shake, simply use vegan protein powder!
If you've got a spare 30 seconds you might like to add in:
We all know that greens are good for, but sometimes getting your daily dose can seem like a chore. Never fear, green smoothies are here to save the day! These recipes pack in all of goodness, without skimping on the delicious factor.
1.Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie