Drinking Straws

This article by Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, BC comes at the right time for us as our boys love to drink out of straws and we were going through so many!  Such a negative impact on the environment including wildlife.

http://www.longbeachlodgeresort.com/site/tofino-360/strawless-by-earth-day.html

Not worth it.  Hence why we purchased these stainless steel drinking straws with cleaning brush that we can re-use over and over again!

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Routine

I have tried many natural deodorants in attempts to stay away from chemicals especially with a family history of breast cancer. I saw this Calgary based company on tv (they appeared on an episode of Shark Tank) and thought I would give it a try. The bonus here is that they have many different kinds to choose from so it is more individualized and you can order samples to try out before you commit to your favourite !  They also have one for men.

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You apply it with your hands (might be weird to some if you are used to traditional deodorant) but no big deal to me, and it works!! It actually works.

Check them out here, your body will thank-you…

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Snack Bags

If you’re using a ton of zip loc baggies or seran wrap for your kids lunches or snacks like I was, take a peek at these instead!  Washable, reusable and adorable and so much better for the environment, these Colibri Reusable Snack Bags are perfect.  They come in small and larger sizes and adult patterns too  😉  I will slowly be phasing these in and saying bye bye to ziploc.

Isn’t Mr. Fox just so cute?!

Check them out here…

https://well.ca/searchresult.html?keyword=colibri+snack+bags

 

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Hazelnut Milk

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I’m becoming obsessed with nut milks.  So basically you can make nut milk out of any nut and this time I chose hazelnut.

This is simply 1 cup hazelnuts (soaked in water overnight, drained and rinsed).  Plus 1 Litre of water.  Blend on high until smooth.  Strain into a large mason jar in order to separate the pulp. (Don’t throw away the pulp! Try my Hazelnut Peanut Butter bites instead https://nourishmemama.com/2015/10/16/hazelnut-peanut-butter-bites/ )

You can use nut milks in place of regular milk ….anything from cereal, coffee/tea, smoothies, warm or cold.

Try adding some banana, cacao powder and ice to this hazelnut milk for a yummy smoothie  🙂

Cashew Milk

For those who avoid dairy or just want to try a new milk other than cows milk, nut milks are a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Cashews are rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc and also have some B vitamins and vitamin A.  They also have Phytonutrients which are linked to prevention of disease and improved health.

This cashew milk is super easy to make with a blender and turns out nice and light and frothy!

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Raw Soaked cashews

1 Litre Water

1 Tsp Cinnamon

2 Tsp Maple Syrup

Pinch of Salt

3-4 Ice Cubes

Soak your cashews in a bowl of water overnight.  The next day, drain and rinse the cashews and add them to your blender, along with all remaining ingredients.  Blend on high until smooth and frothy.  Strain through a strainer into a large mason jar setting aside the nut pulp. (You can get creative and try to find ways of using up the nut pulp…baking perhaps?)

If you are not using it right away, store your milk in a  mason jar in the fridge and use within a day.

Drink it by itself cold, or warm or add to smoothies!

 

Bacteria Buster – Carpet Freshener

For those of us who still have carpeted areas in our house (including myself) we tend to use perfumed products to freshen it up; they are not the best option since  all of their functions can be  replaced by natural products that you can enhance with essential oils.

You can make a carpet freshener powder by adding essential oils to Baking Soda or Borax Powder.  For each tablespoon of powder, add 1 drop of your choice of essential oil to the powder and mix well.  How much you make depends on your requirements.  Store in a tightly sealed jar overnight and then sprinkle on your carpet and leave for a few minutes before vacuuming.

Good Bacteria Buster essential oils are:

Cinnamon, Pine, , Thyme, Grapefruit, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lime and Clove.  Take your pick!

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Your Gut Health

Autumn has officially arrived! I have to say that I am liking the break from intense heat and the cool crisp air that comes with September. But as the summer dies down, my thoughts lean toward cold and flu season….booooo! Last year our whole family was hit hard with sickness. The role that stress can play on your immune system is great, so I think considering our life last year that probably played a part of why we all kept getting sick.

That’s why this year I am planning on boosting our immune systems in a number of ways to get ready for old man winter!  So I wanted to share my tips with you 🙂

The first way is by adding fermented foods into my diet. Pasteurization strips foods of live bacteria that your gut needs to stay healthy. So by adding fermented foods into your diet you are essentially adding the “good guys” or good bacteria back into your gut. Good digestion affects your entire body including immunity.

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kefir and yogurt have been around for thousands of years. Fermentation with lactic acid bacteria increases the nutrition value of foods and can enhance the absorption of protein and minerals. Fermented foods also lower the pH of the intestinal tract slightly creating an environment that is more hospitable to good bacteria and less hospitable to yeast and bad bacteria.

So toss some fermented veggies like sauerkraut or beets on your salads or have them as a side! Try incorporating them in some of your meals to get those “good guys” defending you against disease.

For inspiration check out the salad I made today….I tossed some Arame & Ginger Sauerkraut on top of this spinach salad with orange segments, avocado, wild salmon and a Sesame & Tamari dressing.

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Not all fermented foods are equal in the taste/texture department so for picky kids who may not enjoy a side of sauerkraut (bahahaha) try adding Kefir to their smoothes!!

Keep that tummy happy and stay tuned for some more tips on staying healthy  🙂

Hummus – Your Way

Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans are low in calories, low in fat, a good complex carbohydrate, fairly high in fiber and a good protein source.

If you enjoy hummus and pesto, you may want to try out this recipe!  I used a “Corriander & Cashew” pesto, but you can use any pesto you like (think sun-dried tomato, basil, red pepper, etc).  There are so many new variations out there to try.  I also used canned chickpeas for this recipe.

Try it out with the kids too as a dip for veggies, toasted pita, plain tortilla chips or as a spread for wraps or crackers.

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Although a little time consuming, a good tip when making hummus is to remove the skins from the chickpeas before processing to make a smoother hummus.  Simply pinch the skin and remove.  It will work either way, so if you don’t have the time don’t worry about it.  But I actually find it quite therapeutic myself, and your kiddos may even help (distraction? yes please!)   😉

Ingredients:

1 large garlic clove

1 can (540 ml) of chick peas drained and rinsed (skin’s removed – optional)

Juice from 1 lemon

1 Tbsp Tahini

1 tsp pesto

Pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup – 3/4 cup water

In a food processor, process the garlic until minced.  Add all remaining ingredients plus 1/3 cup of water.  Process and check the consistency.  If it’s not smooth enough add more water until desired consistency is achieved.

Store for up to a few days in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Hydrating Sweet Almond Oil & Sea Salt Facial Scrub

I mixed up this quick facial scrub after I tried to put on some new Mineral Make-up that I bought (free of any bad chemicals).  I’m used to using a liquid foundation, and the pressed powder just didn’t go on nicely for me.

So I wanted to try to get a smoother complexion and nice hydration to see if the make-up would go on better.  After using this scrub at night and putting on the make-up in the morning it seemed to go on much nicer!

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Almond oil is rich in vitamins, helps maintain moisture levels and absorbs fairly quickly without blocking pores and the sea salt is exfoliates the skin (make sure to use fine-grain sea salt).

This scrub will get rid of any flaky or dead skin and give your face a beautiful glow….  a perfect base for make-up.   As I mentioned, try it at night before you go to bed in order to give the oil time to absorb so you’re not looking overly “shiny.”

Mix:

1 Tsp Sea Salt with 1 Tsp Sweet Almond Oil in a small bowl with a spoon until combined.

Scrub lightly all over your face for about 10-20 seconds.  Then using a facecloth and warm water gently wipe off.  Rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.

Sleep tight!

 

DIY Deodorant

For many years now I’ve tried so many different store bought “natural” deodorants.  Especially with a family history of breast cancer if I can avoid any negative impact on my own health, I will.

I’ll be honest, some of them just don’t work!  In fact I think they may make you smell worse.  Let’s face it, it’s great if you can use a natural product but if it doesn’t work you’re not going to stick it out.  Pardon the pun  😀

This DIY deodorant works for me and hopefully it will work for you too.  Obviously everyone’s body is different and will react differently to products.  But if you’re looking to try out a natural deodorant, mix this one up and test’er out !

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup arrowroot powder (this looks like baking powder and can be found in bulk food stores)

About 6 Tbsp Coconut Oil (in it’s solid state)

Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined very well.  Store in an airtight jar.  You can simply use your hands to apply, or if you want you can use an empty deodorant container and press it in to the container until full.  Use as you would normally.

Note: You could even add a few drops of an essential oil.