The LTB Report... Faith, Love & Clean Juice with Kat Eckles.

I'm thrilled to bring you this inspiring LTB Report {so glad the first one was such a big hit!} featuring Clean Juice's Kat Eckles! If you live around the Lake Norman area and are reading this blog, chances are you've already met this tiny firecracker with a heart of gold. And if you haven't gotten the chance to know her, you're in for a real treat. She's the type you'll talk to for five minutes and wish you were best friends with in ten. Keep reading below to find out Kat's secrets for glowing skin, the health-boosting tonic she always wakes up to {recipe below} and the vice she just can't live without {!!!}.

The Live.Taste.Beam. Report

Meet Kat Eckles of Clean Juice

Meet Kat. "Happy in love" wife and mother of four wonderful kiddos, owner/founder {along with her husband} of Lake Norman's favorite juice bar, Clean Juice and self-proclaimed Mexican food addict who loves serving others in God's big, beautiful plan. Insta: @cleanjuicebar

Meet Kat. "Happy in love" wife and mother of four wonderful kiddos, owner/founder {along with her husband} of Lake Norman's favorite juice bar, Clean Juice and self-proclaimed Mexican food addict who loves serving others in God's big, beautiful plan. Insta: @cleanjuicebar


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MORNING ROUTINE: Our morning routine gets a little crazy getting the kids out of the door by 7:15 for school {I know ALL you mamas can relate!}. I make an at-home alkaline water the night before {recipe to follow} and always start my day with this because it's so important to hydrate the body upon waking. Once I finish my alkaline water, I make an organic coffee blended with 1 heaping tsp of organic cold-pressed coconut oil to drink as I drive the kids to school. 

ALWAYS IN YOUR BAG: My bag is a scary, scary thing! Haha... I do really love the Honest Company organic lip balm, although my daughters are always stealing it from me!

VICE YOU WILL NEVER GIVE UP: Coffee!!! Only organic though! It has been reported that some {coffee bean} farmers use 250 POUNDS of fertilizer per acre and we all know about the ever-growing link between pesticides and cancer, fertility issues, Parkinson's, etc. I order the San Francisco Bay Organic Rain Forest Blend OneCup from Amazon. Not only are they organic, but they don't have a plastic bottom, rather a standard filter, so you aren't heating up plastic in your morning coffee which comes with another whole set of issues.

ALL OF YOUR ENERGY COMES FROM... Ahh! Lots of green juice! I've definitely found that the cleaner and healthier I eat, the better I feel. And I just don't have the luxury of not feeling good these days because I have so much that I'm responsible for. I'm also really intentional about taking down time when I need it. Every few nights when I am really "feeling it", after I get the kids to bed and the house cleaned up, instead of catching up on work or emails like I usually do, I will just get into bed and read the Bible or watch an episode of really bad, random, mindless reality TV haha. Taking that time to just be still with myself helps me rejuvenate and wake up ready to take on the next day.

KEEPS YOU GROUNDED: Absolutely, my faith. My relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship in my life and there is no way that I could make it through my day without turning to Him for guidance and support.


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FOOD PHILOSOPHY: You have to listen to yourself and your body. What works for Sally isn't going to work for Susie. Not every can and should be vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, paleo, etc... You have to learn to listen to your own body and give it what it needs. I personally try to eat as clean as possible. Organic is SO important to me. I rarely eat any meat besides chicken and the only dairy I really eat is cheese {I've really, really tried to give up cheese, but it is just not happening for me}. I also have "bad" days as well... I think I ate about 15 miniature pieces of Halloween candy for dinner last night. But today, I woke up and started my day with "The Hardcore One" and a shot of wheatgrass. Life, in general, is all about how well you recover, right?

"Life, in general, is all about how well you recover, right?"
Clean Juice... the best thing to happen to Birkdale Village since Pure Barre. Stop by today and enjoy a fall take on a classic skin-loving acai bowl. Thank me later ;)

Clean Juice... the best thing to happen to Birkdale Village since Pure Barre. Stop by today and enjoy a fall take on a classic skin-loving acai bowl. Thank me later ;)

FAVORITE MENU ITEM AT CLEAN JUICE: Ahh... I feel like this changes weekly! Right now, I am on "The Intense One" kick, but I use filtered water instead of coconut water and always add flax. I add flax to pretty much every drink I ever make because it is SO good for you. My husband is currently obsessed with "The Fall Bowl"... he has one every single day!

GO-TO FAMILY DINNER: We are Mexican fanatics. Our whole family, even the babies, LOVE Mexican food. I try to make it healthy when I make it at home by using Ezekiel tortillas and lots of organic black beans and no rice. If we go to a restaurant though, all bets are off and we are making sure we lick that bowl of queso clean :)

FAVORITE FALL PRODUCE: Pumpkin!!! Is there any other choice?!

BEST MEAL YOU'VE EVER EATEN? I am obsessed with the Ahi tuna salad from 131 Main. The first time I ate it, I didn't stop talking about it for a week. So, so good.


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BEST SKIN TIP: A good nighttime moisturizer is so important. Also, if possible, I try to give myself a break from makeup all together during the week. I really believe this gives your skin a break and some time to rejuvenate and breathe.

BEST JUICE FOR GLOWING SKIN: All of them! Seriously, juice, in general, is so great for skin health. We have a green smoothie called "The Radiant One" {swiss chard, celery, romaine, apple, avocado, lemon, coconut water} that I formulated specifically for glowing skin, which floods the body with hydration and antioxidants from all the greens.

FAVORITE WAY TO GIVE BACK: I wish I could give back so much more than I do... I try to say yes to most outreach opportunities that present themselves to us because I feel like that is the point of life - to be here for each other and just love on each other. I truly feel SO blessed to have this growing platform that allows us to give back even in small ways. That is the beautiful thing about being a contributor with your time, gifts and resources... it is not just about you at all. It's about this teeny, tiny part that you play in God's overall huge, beautiful plan. It takes all of us doing our small part to rise up and love each other, and I just crave watching it happen.

Beautifully said Kat! I am now going to make your alkaline water every.single.night! Perfect for rushed momma mornings! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing! :) And to my beautiful readers, make sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss out on Kat's recipe for a simple and delicious Thanksgiving side dish your whole family is sure to love! 



Health-Boosting Alkaline Water 

Make this easy and affordable health tonic every night to increase energy, boost mental clarity, and keep cravings at bay.

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1 organic lemon, cut into 4 pieces 

24 oz filtered water

1/2 teaspoon himalayan pink sea salt, or to taste {unground; whole crystals}

*for the alkalizing benefits of sea salt, click here


Place lemon pieces {don't squeeze!} in water with sea salt and let sit over night. That's it! Drink daily for good health, optimized digestion and pretty, glowing skin!