Natural Homemade Hand Sanitizer (No Alcohol)

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Using only a few natural ingredients it is very easy to create a homemade hand sanitizer that works just a well as the store bought but without all of the nasty chemcials that have been a huge concern lately. Triclosan is used in many products as a way to kill fungas, bacteria and viruses, but did you know what it is also an endocrine disruptor and and is a huge contributor in allergies such as contact dermatitis.  It is also the chemical that is currently being blamed for the strains of resistant bacteria. This recipe uses essential oils to kill the germs, so it works great and smells great too!

Ingredients

8 oz Aloe Vera Gel (important that it is just natural aloe with out parabens, the only two brands I could find were Lily of the Desert and Aubrey)

1 tablespoon Witch Hazel

1/4 teaspoon pure Vitamin E oil ( important as this ingredient makes the Aloe Vera shelf stable.)

30 drops 100% Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops Clove Essential Oil

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Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a sterilized mason jar or reuse a well washed old bottle to keep in your purse or at work. This receipe is shelf stable because of the vitamin E oil. A little goes a long way!

Feel free to add some lavender or cinnamon oil along to change everything up a bit.

 

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Spirulina/Chlorella Healthy Pina Colada

A rep from the company Prairie Naturals paid us a visit at the store a couple of weeks ago and shared an incredibly yummy recipe for a healthier Pina Colada. If you wanted to add alcohol, fee free but it would somewhat defeat the purpose of making a healthy cocktail 🙂

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Ingredients

1 cup Pineapple Juice

1/2 cup Coconut Milk (canned, you want all the healthy fats)

1/4 Ice

1/2 teaspoon Aqua Greens ( or any other Spirulina/Chlorella combination)

 

Directions

Pulse all ingredients on high in a blender for 60 seconds. Garnish any way you wish, I added shredded coconut. Serve cold. Makes 1 large serving.

 

*Recipe originally provided by the company Prairie Naturals

Avocado Cacao Pudding (Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

2 tablespoon coconut sugar

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 banana

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Strawberries and Walnuts for Garnish

Almond Milk (optional for consistency)

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Directions

Blend all ingredients (except, strawberries and walnuts) in a food processor or vitamix. Top with berries and walnuts and serve!

 

* Adapted from the original recipe by: http://www.radiantlyrawlifestyles.com

Red Lentil, Barley & Quinoa Soup

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Ingredients

1 onion, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

3 celery stocks, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 3/4 cups small red lentils

1/2 cup quinoa

1/4 cup pearl barley

8 cups vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

Prepare all of the vegetables and saute until tender in a large pot with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When soft, add the spices and cook until fragrant. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Next pour in the barley and let cook for 10 minutes, then add the lentils and quinoa. Simmer everything until the desired consistency has been reached.

* To make this recipe gluten free omit the barley, I decided to add some because I love the chewiness it gives to the dish.

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How to Make an Alcohol Based Tincture

First you must start with a clean work surface and gather all of your tools:

– Sterilized glass mason jar

– Boiling water

– Pure Vodka

– Dried herbs of Choice (I used Horsetail, which is full of silica for strong hair and nails.)

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Fill your mason jar half way with the dried herbs you have chosen to make your tincture. Make sure not to pack them down. Next fill your mason jar with just enough boiling water to completely wet the herbs. This step also helps with the infusion and will create a stronger tincture.

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Next, fill the mason jar the rest of the way with pure vodka. Always make sure to use a type of alcohol that can be consumed. Never use rubbing alcohol!

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Sercure the jar with a tight fitting light and store in a dark, cool place for 6-8 weeks. Make sure to shake the jar everyday and do not let the he contents settle.

 

** I decided to make a Horsetail tincture which is full of silica and helps to promote strong hair and nails. When taking a tincture internally it is recommended to first dilute in a small amount of water. If you would first like to evaporate the alcohol, make as a tea and pour a small amount into boiling water. Since this tincture is specifically for hair, I will be adding it to my shampoo and massaging it into my hair along with coconut or olive oil.

 

 

Yogi Juice (Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Ingredients

1 English cucumber, roughly chopped

4 small kale leaves, washed and roughly chopped

1 organic sweet apple, cored and chopped into quarters

1 organic pear, cored and chopped into quarters

1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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Directions

In a high powered blender or juicer, combine all of the ingredients. If using a blender, pass the juice through a juice bag or fine sieve to filter out any pulp. Any left over juice can be stored in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

 

Recipe originally from: http://www.ohsheglows.com (Check out the Oh She Glows Cookbook, it’s amazing! She is such an inspiration :))

 

Strawberry, Raspberry, Apple & Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (Raw, Gluten-Free)

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Ingredients

Salad

8 oz fresh baby spinach

1 organic pink lady apple, sliced

11/2 pounds organic strawberries, quartered

1/2 cup wild grown raspberries

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

Vinaigrette

1/4 cup cold filtered water

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons raw honey

11/2 cups organic strawberries, quartered

 

Directions

Wash and prepare the fruit and baby spinach, toss everything in a large bowl. Combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a blender or magic bullet and pulse until smooth and fully combined. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and enjoy immediately.

 

 

 

Daily Routine + Detox Plan

I have noticed lately that I have started to fall of the wagon a little bit. Routine isn’t something that I can stick to very easily, I’m more of a spontaneous personality. The thought of a structured day is enough to make me cringe, but I guess this is also why I have a hard time finishing anything that the start. Basically, I get bored easily!

With summer just around the corner I thought that it might be a good idea to “loosely” follow some simple guidelines to ensure that I am detoxed and ready for what the summer months have to offer (camping, fishing, gardening etc.)

Here is the starting of a daily routine I plan to follow, you are welcome to join me and may add and remove anything to fully personalize this plan for you! If you need assistance just leave me a comment below and I will be more than willing to help out 🙂

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Morning

1 full glass warm lemon water- cleans all channels of the body while gently alkalizing the system. This is the first step in removing the any food left over from the previous day.

1 refrigerated probiotic – if you are someone who takes their other supplements in the morning and are more likely to remember (I prefer to take this at night, so it can sit in the gut overnight)

30 minute meditation or reflection (if you are new to mediation there are many great DVDs available to help you begin- I recommend the company Gaiam.)

1 full glass of green juice or smoothie- this is where you can get creative. Here is a recipe for a chocolate mint green smoothie.

Late Morning

1 cup of fresh fruit (strawberries, kiwi, oranges etc) OR small handful of raw nut and seed mix

Afternoon

Huge (I mean HUGE) green salad with nuts, a plethora of ripe veggies and an olive oil based dressing!

Mid-Afternoon

Carrot or celery sticks with almond or hemp seed butter.

Evening

I’m leaving dinner unplanned, I am currently cooking for another person who doesn’t follow a gluten-free or vegan diet. It makes it much easier on both of us to not have to make two separate meals.

1 mug Rooibos tea-before bed.

30 minutes of yoga- to help relax and stretch before bed

* This plan is something I am going to be following very loosely and will be adding and removing items as I go. I will eat depending on what I feel my body needs that day. Also please note that you should always drink plenty of water!

What routine do you currently follow?

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Easy Quinoa “Meatballs” (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Ingredients

1 cup quinoa

3 cups vegetable broth

1 garlic clove, very finally minced or microplaned

Sea Salt

Freshly ground pepper

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Directions

Rinse the quinoa under running water until thoroughly cleaned. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a small pot and then add the rinsed and drained quinoa, cook until no water remains and quinoa is tender. At this point, you can fluff the quinoa with a spoon, stirring until the grains start to mush and hold together. Add the minced garlic to the hot quinoa and let sit covered for 15 minutes.

Add seasonings of your choice, this recipe is very open to allow for your personal preferences. Spices and herbs or minced cooked vegetables is a good place to start.

Form 1 inch balls of the mixture and place in the fridge to set up for about 20 minutes. You should be able to make approx 20 balls.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet, carefully add your quinoa balls and cook until just lightly browned. If you cook to long the quinoa becomes too crunchy.

Arrange the cooked quinoa balls on a plate and add your favorite homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy ❤