I have known about organic chia seeds for some time now but I didn’t really start incorporating them into my diet until about a year and a half ago, and only to help me with my weight loss regimen. After having my 4th and final child I was ready and determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (again). I had read that taking 1 tablespoon of organic chia seeds with water 15 minutes before your meals helps you to feel fuller. And so I started incorporating organic chia seeds into my diet more with recipes like:
Organic Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding Recipe:
- 1 Cup of milk (cow, goat or any nut milks)
- 1/4 c of Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- Couple tablespoons of raw honey or Stevia to taste
Heat milk, vanilla in a small sauce pan until hot (not boiling) stir in the organic chia seeds and take off heat. Let mix sit for 10 minutes or until thick. Stir in raw honey and other add in. You can make this chocolate pudding by adding a tsp. or two of raw Cacao powder!
And I soon noticed that adding these organic chia seeds to my diet was definitely making me feel fuller sooner, and healthier, and so I knew there must be more to this little, gelatinous, seed so I started to research and I was blown away by the many nutritional benefits of this magical, little seed!
10 Health Benefits of Organic Chia Seeds:
1. High in Protein: Chia seeds have the highest amount of protein than any other grain (about 2.5-3 g per 1 tbsp). Organic chia seeds are easily absorbed and digestible. Chia has a total of 19 essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein source . Chia seeds can even replace the protein in those protein shakes!
2. Joint Pain: Daily use of chia over time will greatly reduce or eliminate joint pain. The omega 3 in organic chia seeds are a proven anti-inflammatory. Even the Aztecs ate chia seeds to relieve knee pain. A number of arthritis sufferers have reported reduced pain and inflammation after a few weeks of taking organic chia seeds. The high concentration of omega-3 helps to lubricate joints and keep them supple.
3. Rich in Fiber: Organic chia seeds are also very high in fiber, 10 grams in just 2 tablespoons which makes up 1/3 of your daily fiber intake. Chia seed fiber is 5%-10% mucilloid soluble dietary fiber (helps lower cholesterol and manage diabetes) 90%-95% insoluble dietary fiber (promotes healthy regularity). Taking chia daily will greatly aid your regularity.
4. Antioxidants: Organic chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, cancer and aging. Per serving they contain a much higher level of antioxidants than blueberries! So that high antioxidant profile also helps them have a very long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.
5. Gluten Free: If you are like me and have a gluten free child in your home or you yourself are gluten free, don’t fret because organic chia seeds contain no gluten or grains. Therefore, all of the nutritional benefits of organic chia seeds can be obtained on a gluten-free diet.
6. High Energy Food: Chia is known as a mega energy food. Athletes (like runners, climbers, weight lifters, etc.) take it because of its prolonged sustained release of energy. It has twice the potassium as bananas. It easily can give you sustainable energy throughout your daily cardio and strength workouts. You will be amazed at your increased energy levels.
7. Recovery: Amino acids are the “building blocks of protein” while antioxidants are the ultimate defense against free radicals. Organic chia seeds are full of both. Eat them soon after your workout to jump start recovery.
8. Omega 3 and 6: Organic chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Organic chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids , and has the highest known natural percentage of alpha linolenic fatty acid. More than flax seeds even (which needs to be ground, or in oil form which can be expensive and has a limited shelf life) or salmon. Omega 3 and 6 help our brain functions and naturally brightens our mood. They also help our central nervous system and cell membranes health. Omega oils are important for our vital organs, especially our thyroid and skin cells. chia also is an important part of heart healthy eating and cardiovascular health.
9. Detoxification: Similar to psyllium, the swelling action of chia in the body helps to cleanse and soothe the colon, and absorb toxins while lubricating and strengthening the contraction of muscles.
10. Weight Loss: Like I mentioned above that I started using organic chia seeds for an aid in my weight loss here is why: The essential fatty acids contained in organic chia seeds helps to boost our metabolism and promote lean muscle mass. The seeds are sometimes added to food to provide bulk and nutrients while adding very few calories. For these reasons, many people have found organic chia seeds are quite useful in weight loss and maintaining your weight when you have reached your goal.
Other Ways to Incorporate Organic Chia Seeds in Your Diet:
- As a drink. Add 1 tablespoon to your favorite drink
- Incorporate into your smoothies
- Stir into your prepared oatmeal or other warm breakfast porridge
- Stir into your hot tea
Now aren’t you happy you know of all the amazing qualities and benefits of this super seed?! They sure have come a long way since the famous Chia Pet craze… you remember the little jingle right? “Chi-Chi-Chia”, well who knew that those crazy pets were actually a power house super-food! Just go to your favorite health food store or pick some up here and start incorporating them into your diet today!
Organic baby care wipes are my absolute favorite natural baby care product. Making organic baby wipes yourself is quick, easy, and is a great way to save money for things that are more exciting to buy. Like dark chocolate! And they are all natural and organic! You just need a few ingredients and supplies and you probably already have them around the house.
D.I.Y. Organic Baby Wipes Recipe:
-1 package of bounty select a size or viva (must be one of these thicker brands)
- A bpa free container with tight fitting lid
-2 T Dr. Bronner’s
-1 T Coconut oil
-Essential oils (Optional-I use 6-8 drops of lavender and orange, I also like to put a few drops of tea tree oil for an extra boost, and it also helps keep mildew and mold away, the coconut oil also helps too)
2 cups water boiled then slightly cooled (or you can use distilled water warmed up in microwave or on the stove)
First cut your paper towel roll in half. Don’t use a serrated knife as you will have a bunch of little fuzzies in your wipes. Put one half in your container and save the other for later. It’s ok if it sticks up over the edge. It will just squish down nicely when you are done.
Second mix all the other ingredients and then pour the mixture over the towels. Don’t worry about that cardboard roll as soon as it sits for a while it will come right out. Let sit for a while( at least 10 minutes) until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Remove cardboard center and you are ready to go. Pull wipes from the middle!
There you have it some fool proof, quick, easy, money saving, natural and organic changes you can make to your baby’s everyday care. For me, making my own organic baby wipes is one less thing to worry about! Don’t forget what goes ON your baby’s skin, goes IN your baby’s skin!
Tips: if you don’t have a container that fits you can also us an old baby wipes container. Just fold the paper towels and lay flat, and then pour the mixture over the paper towels!
*If you are not interested in making your own organic baby wipes check out these trusted organic baby wipes instead!
Raw apple cider vinegar (personally, I prefer Bragg’s) has been around and been used for centuries. Since 400 b.c., Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine and the all famous quote, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” used to make himself an energizing tonic and health elixir from apple cider vinegar mixed and honey. How cool is that?! Now fast forward to today, organic apple cider vinegar has been a staple in our home now for 2 years. My husband and I take it as a supplement daily and I use it for countless things that I will list below.
Some Important Things to Know About Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Not all apple cider vinegar is created equal. Usually what you find in the grocery store has been pasteurized, refined, distilled or filtered to make the end product look more appealing to the customer. With all that unnecessary processing it kills all the healing, and beneficial properties of the vinegar. So stay away from household brands like Heinz.
Instead what you need to look for is an unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar. It will look different than what you are used to getting at the grocery store, unlike the clear “pretty” look of the grocery store brand “REAL” organic apple cider vinegar will have a cloudy look, and you might see things floating around in it. Don’t fret… all those things you see are really what separates the good stuff from the “bad”! Organic apple cider vinegar is a truly natural product. It’s made from organic apple juice which then goes through a double fermentation. That is how it retains all the nutritional goodness of the apples from which it was made plus it is fortified with the extra acids and enzymes produced during the double fermentation. You can find organic apple cider vinegar at most health food stores or you can conveniently purchase it online here.
Here’s the fun part, now I will list all the benefits and uses for this wonderful product!
32 Health Benefits & Uses for Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Taken daily organic apple cider vinegar provides a high source of potassium and enzymes.
My husband I take it (for overall health). We take 1 tsp. 3X’s a day in a glass of water. I like to add a little Vanilla Stevia to sweeten it up a bit, it kind of tastes like apple pie especially if you add a little shake of cinnamon Try to take it first thing in the morning with a big glass of water, it helps wake up your system! tastes like apple pie especially if you add a little shake of cinnamon Try to take it first thing in the morning with a big glass of water, it helps wake up your system!
2. The enzymes in apple cider vinegar also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and can help regulate candida issues.
3. Fight allergies in both humans and animals
4. Organic apple cider vinegar lowers glucose levels, and may be helpful for diabetics
5. Organic apple cider vinegar can also be very helpful in reducing gas and bloating. Just take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar diluted in water or tea before a meal.
6. It can also help eliminate symptoms of heartburn. Take a dose as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming on.
7. If you feel a sore throat coming on gargle with organic apple cider vinegar it will usually stop it in its tracks (1/2 tsp w/ 1/2c warm water)
8. Organic apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
9. This will help/cure acid reflux. Take a 1-2 tsp of Bragg’s raw apple cider before each meal and you can toss your Dr. meds away! (I’ve read this from many people!)
10. Protect against food poisoning. If you suspect you ate something fishy take a dose of organic apple cider vinegar when you arrive home.
11. Awesome for detoxification. Take a couple tablespoons in the morning with water and this helps cleanse the kidneys and wakes up the liver.
12. It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
13. May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.
14. Rich in ash which gives organic apple cider vinegar its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. (It is particularly important if you drink a lot of coffee or wine.)
15. Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
16. A few lab studies have found that organic apple cider vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. Despite its acidic taste, apple cider vinegar actually promotes alkalinity in the body. As Charlotte Gerson says, “cancer cannot live in an alkaline body,” and one of the primary ways the Gerson Therapy battles cancer and other diseases is by bringing the body into an alkaline state which makes it an inhospitable environment for cancer.
17. It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes. Topical solution: Mix 1 part organic apple cider vinegar with 3-4 parts water. Apply to face with cotton ball (like you would any toner) leave on for 10 minutes and rinse. If you have severe acne you can leave it on overnight.
18. Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
19. Organic apple cider vinegar is an effective body odor remedy, since it can help adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. For armpit odor, simply wipe them once each morning with undiluted organic apple cider vinegar (using a cotton ball). For foot odor, fill a pan with warm water and add 1/3 cup of organic apple cider vinegar, then let your feet soak in this mixture for 15 minutes once per week.
20. Organic apple cider vinegar, when used as a rinse, will make your hair feel smooth and shiny, and provide a bit of extra clarification to remove oil and dirt. It balances your hair’s pH, which helps seal the cuticle and make the hair smoother. It can also help with dandruff, clear away greasy build-up, and soothe itchiness and irritation of the scalp.
Simply mix a tablespoon or two in a glass of water, and rinse your hair with it at the end of your bath. Make sure to rinse it out well afterwards, or your hair might feel a little crunchy. I do this often, it’s often called the “No Poo” Method. Which is good for detoxing hair from chemical products. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will dissipate once your hair dries, so you don’t have to go around smelling like salad all day (not that that’s a bad thing!).
21. Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
22. Help fight yeast infections. Apple Cider Vinegar has been found to be an effective treatment for yeast infections. Go to this page for more details on how soaking in a bath mixed with a few cups of ACV can be used to treat this infection.
23. Organic apple cider vinegar is known to help fight cellulite. Oral Remedy: Mix 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar into an 8oz glass of water. Optionally add a small amount of honey or stevia as a sweetener. Drink this once each morning. Topical Remedy: Mix 3 parts ACV with one part massage oil (I like to use Almond or coconut oil) . Gently knead solution onto affected area. Do this twice daily. This will help reduce appearance of cellulite.
24. Due to its acidic properties, organic apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.
25. Helps strengthen the immune system
26. Increases stamina
27. There are many causes for diarrhea but organic apple cider vinegar is a very natural effective treatment. Since the high pectin concentration acts as a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining of the colon. A suggestion is to add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to a large glass of water, and drink this 3 times daily while the symptoms persist.
28. Soothes bug bites
29. Hair detangler. In a spray bottle I add 1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water as a natural hair detangle in the morning. Also if lice is going around school, I add a couple drops of Tea Tree Oil for natural lice prevention.
30. Gets rid of fingernail or toenail fungus
31. Sunburn relief. Dilute and swab affected area or you can also add a cup to your bath too soothe the burn.
32. And of course last but not least, make a delicious salad dressing. Here is one of my favorite organic apple cider vinegar salad dressing recipes:
2 Tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar, Mix 2 garlic cloves (chopped), 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp. raw honey,1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice(or lime might be good too), 1/3 cup water, 1 tsp. dried basil leaves, dash of cumin and cayenne and a dash of Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste. Enjoy!!
There are many more uses for organic apple cider vinegar including pet care, household care, and even automotive care! Get yourself a bottle or two or three so you always have it on hand. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent brand it is raw organic apple cider vinegar which sweet mother earth provides. Cheap health and happiness!
Tell me how you use organic apple cider vinegar in your home!
Growing up in the 80′s the only thing I knew about honey, was that my mom squeezed it from a plastic bear bottle on top my white Wonder bread sandwich covered with Jiffy peanut butter…..(*shudder*). Or, if we were sick with a sore throat Dad would make a lemon tea concoction and squeeze some of that same honey into the drink to sweeten it, and that’s about all I knew of honey growing up. Thankfully those days (and white bread!) are in the past and if that’s all you know about honey too….it’s okay because I’m here to open your eyes to a WHOLE new world of honey, and not just any honey… organic raw honey!
What is difference between that “bear” honey we all remember from childhood, and organic raw honey you ask? Well organic raw honey comes fresh from the honeycomb and it is a alkaline -forming food that contains tons of natural enzymes, vitamins and a powerhouse of natural antioxidants which haven’t gone through any pasteurization process to kill all those natural benefits. The honey that comes in the beat shaped bottle is really no better than straight sugar, it’s been processed and pasteurized with the heat killing all those enzymes and nutrients that our body needs. Once the enzymes are gone, that honey does no good for our bodies. Also unlike the bear honey, organic raw honey has many more benefits and uses that go far beyond sweetening your tea and sandwiches!
Health Benefits of Organic Raw Honey
- Organic raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
- Promotes digestive health
- Strengthens the immune system
- Helps to alleviate and eliminate allergies
- Recent studies proved that honey reduced overall cholesterol levels when taken daily
- Can stabilize blood pressure
- Balances blood sugar levels
- Organic raw honey is a natural multivitamin. It contains significant amounts of: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulfur, and phosphate
- Can calm nerves
- Raw honey is anti-inflammatory which is excellent in treating respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis
-Because of organic raw honey’s high sugar content and naturally occurring enzymes it makes a perfect food for long term storage or even your emergency kit. Most organic raw honeys last forever.
Amazing Uses for Organic Raw Honey
- Apply organic raw honey liberally on a wound to speed healing
- Can apply to Acne for stop treatment
- Take a tablespoon or two to help indigestion
- Can apply a thin layer to a sunburn to help heal quickly
- As a skin cleanser. Apply a small amount to face and massage in and rinse. The grainy crystals will help exfoliate skin.
- Give yourself a facial. Apply honey as above and massage, but leave on your face for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. This will help smooth the skin, fight wrinkles and reduce redness.
- Apply to cuts, scrapes, burns and rashes. Organic raw honey’s anti-bacterial properties will help fight infection and reduce scarring.
- Organic raw honey is an excellent alternative to cough medicine. Helps reduce coughs and sooth sore throats naturally.
- A tsp taken 3 times per day can help prevent seasonal allergies
- Honey mixed with equal parts coconut oil makes a wonderful skin conditioner
- Apply to hair for 10 minutes to give you hair an extra conditioning boots and it makes your hair silky and shiny too.
- Take a tablespoon of raw honey before your workout or any physical activity for a natural energy boost!
- Used topically, raw honey will act like an antiseptic which means it will prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms unlike other antiseptics that can damage the skin.
- Take a tablespoon of raw honey before bed (straight or with some warm chamomile tea) as a natural sleep remedy. Will help you relax and fall asleep faster.
- Sse as an alternative to sugar in baking
- Like I used to have when I was young… organic raw honey makes a far better peanut butter and honey sandwich
Despite the important benefits of organic raw honey, there are some warnings:
- Infants under the age of 1 should not be fed organic raw honey because of the risk of botulism. Their underdeveloped immune systems cannot prevent the Clostridium botulinum pores from multiplying. Botulism can cause paralysis and death.
- People with bee venom allergies sometimes suffer an allergic reaction to honey. These allergic reactions can easily become life-threatening.
- There is a higher risk of food poisoning when you consume organic raw honey vs. pasteurized honey.
With the knowledge of the above warnings, I still purchase only organic raw honey for my household. The pros far outweigh the cons for me.
I hope these benefits and uses helped open your eyes to a whole new world of organic raw honey. How do you like to use organic raw honey in your house?
“If I had known then what I know now…” is something I’ve found myself saying a LOT in the last couple of years since I decided to start living a more organic and healthy life. I especially was saying this after I learned how many harmful chemicals are in all our favorite commercial baby care products (just click here to find out what might be lurking in your favorite baby care ingredients). People need to remember that our skin is the largest organ on our body and it only takes around 25 seconds for any product and all it’s chemicals to absorb into our skin. When my husband and I found out I was pregnant back in 2011, I knew without a doubt this time around I was using all natural and organic baby care products on my baby. I wasn’t sure where to even start in the beginning, and so, for all the other moms and dads just getting started out there I’ve put together three of my top organic baby care products and tips that we use:
Organic Baby Care Products Tip #1: Use Natural Baby Lotion/Oil
I know you might miss that pretty scent of Baby Magic, I know in my family Baby Magic was huge… a baby didn’t smell like a baby if you didn’t have Baby Magic…well that pretty scent sure don’t smell good to me anymore, that exact scent you smell does your baby’s skin more harm than good. Instead start using Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is going to be so much better for your baby’s skin. Not only does it smell delicious, coconut oil is a natural antibiotic and a natural anti-viral as well. Other good options are: Almond oil, apricot Jojoba oil or Lafe’s Organic Baby Lotion.
Organic Baby Care Products Tip #2: Do Not Use Non-Organic Baby Powders
Most baby powders out there contain talc, which is closely related to asbestos and has been linked to different types of cancers. I urge you not to use it on your baby. Instead here is a good alternative recipe at is simple to make and you will be able to breath easy knowing there are no cancer side effects:
Organic Baby Care Products Tip #3: Recipe for Organic Baby Powder
Natural Baby Powder Recipe
- 1/2 C Arrowroot powder
- 1/2 C Organic Cornstarch
- Now you can put that in a little shaker as is, or if you want to boost up the protection you can grind up some dried chamomile flowers and mix it in. Use it just as you wood with any baby powder.
Organic Baby Care Products Tip #4: Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
Your baby has natural protective oils in their skin at are actually better not washed off to often as they protect your baby a great deal. If you need to use a baby wash or shampoo the only product I use for both is Dr. Bronner’s Organic Unscented Baby Mild and just a little bit goes a long way.
What are some of your favorite organic baby care products and/or tips?
My favorite snack for myself and my family are raw nuts. Just a small amount (handful) packs a huge nutritional punch and they are the perfect grab and go snack which makes a busy mom’s life just that much easier. They are great for packing in school lunches, before or after sports activities, long car rides and just great for anyone who’s in a hurry and needs a little snack on the run.
Not only are raw nuts a perfect snack but raw nuts also contain several really awesome health benefits! And I don’t know about you, but given the choice, I’d much rather eat cashews and other types of raw nuts than take any sort of medication.
And so, here are 10 amazing health benefits of consuming raw nuts:
- Walnuts have high levels of vitamin E and are a great source for plant-based omega-3 fatty acids they are full of natural antioxidants and phytosterols which help to break down those nasty free radicals and protect our heart.
- Walnuts may also reduce the risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer and help guard against arthritis.
- Almonds, the skins are rich in antioxidants including phenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits.
- Almonds are also rich in calcium and help stabilize blood sugar too.
- Brazil Nuts contain a powerful antioxidant -boosting trace mineral called selenium which may help prevent many types of cancers and cardiovascular disease.
- Cashews just a handful or two of raw cashews a day is equivalent to 1 dose of Prozac for mild depression
- Cashews have tryptophan with is the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters. Serotonin gives you that, good mood feeling.
- Cashews are also high in magnesium which is great for heart health and building strong bones. They are also usually more affordable than the other nuts listed.
- Pecans are high in vitamin E and 18 other vitamin and minerals, research has shown that a regular consumption of these may help lower LDL cholesterol and promote healthy arteries.
- Macadamias: are high in fat, most of it being monounsaturated. They are a good source of thiamine and contain small amounts of Potassium, phosphorus, calcium and selenium.
7 Delicious Ways to Eat Raw Nuts:
1. Make homemade “Larabars” This is my kids favorite, perfect for school, after school snacks, and to take on hikes or family activities. I’ve adapted many of my own recipes from this site.
2. Throw a handful in your smoothies
3. Make nut butters (using a food processor or a Vitamix/Blendtec a Ninja might even do it too)
4. Sprinkled on top of a salad
5. Trail mix: Throw in your favorite dried berries or fruit with a few pieces of dark chocolate.
6. Soaked: Another way to enjoy raw nuts is to soak or sprout them first. Soak them for at least 8-12 hours or overnight in purified water with a pinch of sea salt. This makes them easier to digest, and removes an outer coating that contains a digestive enzyme inhibitor.
7. Milk: We love to make nut milk in our house. If you have a super blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec you can easily make Almond or Cashew milk.
In a nutshell:
Raw nuts are a powerhouse for nutrition and however you choose to enjoy them, your body is going to reap the rewards. Just remember like with all things in life, moderation is key, so stick to a handful or two a day!
In my home our favorite breakfasts are organic smoothies. Why smoothies? They’re fun, they’re tasty, and you can pack so many nutrients in just one drink! Why organic? Organic promises you and your family the least amount of pesticides in your food or in this case your smoothie. Now, I am raising 3 kids of my own so I know sometimes it is hard to buy all organic all the time, and that’s when I use my little trick. The easiest way I remember is like this, “If you eat the skin, always buy it organic, if you don’t then it is okay to go conventional (but I will always advocate that organic is best!). So I always buy all organic berries, apples, lettuce, carrots, and peppers. Now that we got that covered let’s make some organic smoothies!
My son is the pickiest eater in my family…and he knows it too. He wants so bad to like “vegetables” but it’s hard for him to eat them, so what do I do? I put them in his organic smoothies, and yes he knows it and yes he loves them! If you have a super blender (like a Blendtec or Vitamix) you will be able to use about any vegetable or fruit you like or even the Nutri Bullet does a great job. If you are like many who have a standard blender I will give you other options too.
Now I have to be honest, I haven’t measured out my organic smoothies in years, after you make so many you just kind of just get used to the idea of what works. And so measurements have become “handfuls, dashes, and sprinkles”, but I’ll give you some recipe (ideas) to get you started. Feel free to substitute and change things up to you and your family’s preference! Each of these organic smoothies recipes serve about 2 people.
- 1 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 Handful of spinach or kale
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup liquid of choice (any juice or milk of choice)
- 1/2 c water
- Ice (if I use frozen fruit then I don’t add much ice, if any)
*Sweetener -if you are like me and still like to add a little sweetness to it, I usually add a few drops of some vanilla stevia or a scoop of raw honey and sometimes a few dates (dates require a super blender)
*My kids love a dash of cinnamon too.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Organic Smoothies
- 1 cup milk
- 2 bananas
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 2 tablespoon honey (or stevia to taste)
- 3 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 c ice cubes
*If you are watching your calories or fat intake you can use organic powdered peanut which has 85% less fat.
Also if you want more “shake like” organic smoothies, freeze your bananas beforehand. My kids love having this for breakfast. My daughter is also now peanut sensitive, so I make this smoothie for her using almond butter and tastes just as delicious.
- 3 or 4 oranges peeled
- 1 banana
- 1 Handful of nuts (I like cashews, because they are creamy)
- 1-2carrots or 1/2 cup baby carrots
- 1 cup of milk of choice (I like using almond or coconut for a little tropical twist)
- Vanilla stevia (this helps with the creamsicle part of the smoothie, if you don’t have Vanilla Crème Stevia, you can always use a little bit of Vanilla extract too)
- Ice (I usually add a bunch of ice, the kids like this one really cold)
Very Berry Blast Organic Smoothies
- 1 cup liquid (orange juice is good with this one, but I usually just add water)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of Raw Honey (more or less for taste or substitute with Stevia)
Tropical Green Smoothie Organic Smoothies
- 1/2 cup milk (coconut or almond milk is delicious in this)
- 2 cups raw spinach or kale (if you do not have a super blender, might want to steam your kale first)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple
- 1 ripe banana
Green Drinks are all the rage right now, but I hope it’s not just a fad for you, because there are good reasons for all the hype. They are packed full of green goodness, greens have phytochemicals which are essential for proper functioning of the immune system and to enable our body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases. If you hate eating greens, smoothies are a perfect way to add them to your diet.
General Rules for Experimenting with Organic Smoothies
- Add 1/2 cup of liquid for all recipes
- Add 1 whole banana (the riper the better) for most recipes
- Many like yogurt in their smoothies, add 1/2 cup of organic Greek yogurt to any of your smoothies, it will give it a creamier, slightly tart taste.
- If you like yours thicker add more ice, for thinner add more liquid
My Favorite Boost of Nutrition for Organic Smoothies:
A tablespoon of any of the following or a combination:
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Flax seed (or meal or even oil if you have it)
- Coconut Oil ( sometimes it will clump because true coconut oil solidifies when cold, so make sure you melt it first and make sure it’s not too hot, then while blender is whirling pour it in slowly)
- Squeeze of lemon packs a good punch
- Fresh ginger (start small maybe a 1/4 of a teaspoon and work up ginger is awesome when combined with greens or oranges)
Hope this guide to organic smoothies helps you on your way to making nutritious delicious organic smoothies you whole family will love!
The one product that I cannot live without would definitely be organic coconut oil. This is a staple in my house; I have it in every room and use it for everything. It really is a one stop shopping item, because you can do multiple things with it. Do you remember the Father from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? In the beginning Toula describes her father as, “My dad believes in two things: That Greeks should educate non Greeks about being Greek and every ailment from psoriasis to poison ivy can be cured with Windex.” Now just cross out that “Windex” and insert organic coconut oil and this is a statement I can get behind! In this blog post I’ll share 90 different and amazing uses for organic coconut oil:
Organic Coconut Oil in the Kitchen
1. Great for baking, use it to substitute butter in your recipes
2. Has a high smoke point, great for cooking, sautéing and stir fry’s, very tasty on roasted vegetables.
3. Use in place of butter on your toast, biscuits or muffins, oatmeal, quinoa etc.
4. Great addition to smoothies
Organic Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene
5. Replace your other moisturizers with coconut oil. I keep a little jar of organic coconut oil in my bathroom. After washing your face apply a small amount to face and neck.
6. Use as an all over body lotion
7. Helps prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
8. Daily use will help prevent age spots, or if you already have them it will help them to fade.
9. Eye make-up remover.
10. Use as an eye cream, apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
11. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant (not compatible with latex).
12. Shaving – it will help to use before and after. Use before to help prep and soften skin, when you use it after it helps moisturize and sooth.
13. As a natural deodorant but more effective in combination with arrowroot powder and baking soda.
15. Best massage oil you can use.
16. For nursing mommas this is great for nipple cream. In between feedings rub a little on especially if you have cracked or sore nipples.
17. Skin problems- itchy dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, athletes foot.
18. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and organic coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
19. Body scrub – mix organic coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a pretty a certain scent.
20. As a naturally SPF 4 for sunscreen.
21. Use topically to aid in yeast infections.
22. To get rid of cradle cap on baby – just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth or run a soft baby comb gently through affected area and it should come right off.
23. Diaper “cream” this is all I used on my baby. Great for poor baby bum rashes. Also, safe to use with cloth diapers.
24. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth.
25. Little dab on the lips for a natural chap stick.
26. Deep conditioner, take a tablespoon rub into to hair and scalp, put a shower cap on and leave in for 20 minutes or longer, you can even leave in overnight.
27. To treat lice. Lice hate coconut. If my daughter comes home with lice. I lather up the coconut oil on her hair and leave in for 2 hours or overnight then I use a lice comb to go through her hair.
28. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins.
29. Whip Shea butter with coconut oil to get a nice body butter cream.
30. If your child gets gum stuck in their hair. Rub organic coconut oil in and around the gum and leave in for 10-15 minutes, then use your fingers to pull it right out… or a comb.
31. Can help resolve acne when used regularly.
32. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Organic coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells so much better than anything from the drug store.
33. Put on split ends to de-frizz hair.
34. To help soothe the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy.
35. Natural baby lotion.
Organic Coconut Oil Health and Wellness Benefits
36. Lower stress level. Run some into your temple in a circular motion. The scent is extremely soothing and helps relieve stress.
37. Oil Pulling, I just started applying this to my daily dental routine and I am loving it.
38. Digestive health- organic coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such like irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also helps the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making it for awesome all around health!!
39. Helps increase breast milk and nutrients in breastfeeding moms (3 table spoons).
40. Stimulates/boosts your metabolism.
41. Aids in thyroid function
42. Increases energy, especially if you take with a tablespoon of chia seeds, don’t take close to bedtime or you might have trouble falling asleep
43. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms.
44. Help improve good cholesterol levels.
45. Speed weight loss when taken on a daily basis.
46. Helps increase absorption in calcium and magnesium.
47. Some evidence shows that taken daily can help with anxiety and depression.
48. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush.
49. Control cravings for weight loss.
Topical Uses For Health Issues that Organic Coconut Oil is known for relieving, aiding or even curing
51. Herpes (both external and internal use)
52. Genital Warts (daily application)
53. Nose bleeds- Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries.
54. Canker sores
55. Relieve pain and itching if applied to external hemorrhoids.
56. Cold sores
57. Back pain, sprains and sore muscles.
Internal Uses For Health Issues that Organic Coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving or curing
58. Mental alertness
59. Digestive health-A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion.
60. Dental health
62. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea.
63. Asthma, even in children.
65. Boosts immune system.
66. Circulation, if you are feeling cold all the time.
67. Adrenal Fatigue
68. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow.
70. Helps with inflammation in Crohn’s Disease.
71. Hot flashes
75. MRSA (mix with Oil of Oregano).
76. Alleviate gallbladder pain.
78. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally.
79. Sooth sore throats when taken in a cup of tea.
80. Naturally boost hormone production.
81. As a daily supplement for overall health.
Other uses for Organic Coconut Oil
82. Mix with a few drops of tea tree oil and neem oil for a natural bug repellant.
83. Season cast iron pans.
84. Natural Goo Gone – just mix equal parts organic coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old rag or sponge.
85. To condition leather or soften, when rubbed in. (always test a small area first).
86. Furniture or wood polish (again test an area first).
87. Improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier.
88. Rub into hinges of squeaky doors.
89. Mix into your pets’ food for overall health.
90. Have any bronze? Bronze medal perhaps, polish it up with organic coconut oil. A little dab on a cotton cloth will clean and shine it up in no time.
Can you believe one product can do all that?! Just amazing the many uses of organic coconut oil… and I know I didn’t even list them all!! I hope you become a organic coconut oil believer and user now! For those of you who are already aware of the many benefits of using organic coconut oil, did we leave any off the list?
15 Green Cleaning Product Recipes
1. Scrubbing Cleanser: Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a few squirts Bronner’s liquid soap for an effective, yet non-abrasive cleanser. Use a thinner version (more soap added) for a toilet bowl cleaner.
2. Tile Grout Cleaner: Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda, mix into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit, scrub with toothbrush, wipe-up with sponge.
3. Floor cleaner: Mix several tablespoons of Bronner’s liquid soap in a bucket of water (roughly 1 part soap to 40 parts water) and stir gently.
4. Liquid Laundry Detergent:
Pour these ingredients in a one gallon jug (I stick a little funnel in the top to make it a bit easier). Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill jug almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle. I love using Dr. Bronner’s for green cleaning because unlike other similar products it is available in several different natural scents like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond and others. I use 1/2-1cup per load depending on size. For those of you concerned with HE washers…I haven’t noticed any more soap suds with this recipe. On a small load I will notice some suds, but on a large load it has low suds and works just great.
5. Fabric Softener: Add ½ – 1 cup vinegar to your softener dispenser
6. Bleach Alternative (Laundry): 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
7. Surface Cleaner: To a spray bottle add a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water to clean your table tops, kitchen tops and bathrooms.
8. Glass Cleaner: In a 16 oz. or bigger spray bottle mix:
- 1 pint water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 10-15 drops of essential oils (optional, but helps the vinegar smell)
Shake bottle & spray on windows. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to wipe off. If you have always used commercial window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castile soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time you are green cleaning the windows to remove detergent residue.
9. All Purpose Cleaner:
- 1 tsp. borax
- 1/2 tsp. washing soda
- 1 tsp. liquid castile soap
- Essential oils as preferred- I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender and 10 drops orange
Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys to disinfect.
10. Oven Cleaner: Dampen inside of oven with water. Sprinkle liberally with baking soda. Leave 20 minutes, then scrub until clean.
11. Microwave Cleaner:
- ½ cup vinegar
- 2 cups water
Combine in microwave safe bowl, heat on high for 3-4 minutes, remove bowl and wipe down inside of microwave.
12. Mildew/Germ Killer :
- 16 oz spray bottle
- 1 part hydrogen peroxide
- 2 parts water
Spray. Let sit. Rinse after 1 hour.
13. Wood Floor Cleaner:
- ¼ c. vinegar
- 1 gal. warm water
Mop or rag should be slightly damp for cleaning.
14. Linoleum Floor Cleaner:
- 1/2 c. vinegar
- 1 gal. warm water
Mop or rag can be fully wet for cleaning.
15. Vegetable/Fruit Wash:
- 1 cup vinegar
Fill sink with water, add vinegar, and stir. Add the fruit you want to wash and let soak for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove fruit from water, pat dry and store.
A Few Extra Green Cleaning Tips
- During spring and summer put up a clothes line and hang dry all your laundry
- At night run your dishwasher without the heat-dry setting and let them air dry overnight.
- Set your washer on cold/cold for the most eco-friendly setting
- Use microfiber cloths instead of sponges
I hope these simple recipes will help you see how easy it is to make the switch to green cleaning. Green cleaning not only helps you stay healthy but with a few basic ingredients you can save tons of money as well!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and all moms deserve to enjoy this special day. Mother’s Day is about celebrating the special mothers in your life, whether it be your own mother or your mother in-law, a sister or a close friend who is a mom, celebrating them by giving them an organic gift or participating in an eco-friendly activity allows you to not only make mom happy but the environment and your wallet as well! And while kids mean well, planning Mother’s Day and buying gifts (especially if it’s an organic gift) isn’t always their forte, so dads and co-moms listen up!
In this blog post we’ve listed some organic gift ideas for Mother’s Day as well as a wide range of eco-friendly and fun activities the whole family will enjoy.
Organic Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day:
Artisana Gift Set: If you’ve got a vegan and/or gluten free momma at home this is a perfect one for you. I personally would love getting this because it’s one of my favorite organic brands!
Sweet Tooth Basket: Perfect for mommas who get sweet tooths (isn’t that all of us?), and they’ll feel less guilty about eating these.
Detox Gift Set: All moms need some time for themselves, usually we are too busy taking care of everyone else, this set lets mom treat herself while taking care of her body.
shopOrganic Gift Cards: Honestly, this is the gift I’d want because then I can choose whatever organic gift I want to buy!
Eco-Friendly Activities for Mother’s Day:
Mother’s Day Performance
If you have elementary aged children at home who love to be the center of attention this is a good one. Encourage your kids to put together any type of performance, sing a song, write a poem, make up a dance or even put on a silly fashion show.
Throw an Organic Tea Party
This one is a favorite in my family. Have a tea party for mom. If you have any dusty tea sets, wash them off and put them to good use. Decorate the table pretty or if it’s nice outside you can have an outdoor tea party too.
Make little sandwiches and treats with her favorite organic teas. And make it an event (we like to dress up for our tea parties)!
Get active mommas! Head outdoors, take a hike, or ride your bikes. Whatever mom’s favorite activity is, do it together as a family, whether it’s going to hit some balls at a batting cage, kicking around a soccer ball at the park or gardening.
Moms love all things homemade. I know I just adore it when the kids come home from school with something special they made just for us. You know what, it might not be too pretty, it might fall apart or break, or the pieces of paper might fall off from not using enough glue, but they made that special just with mom in mind, and that is what makes these gifts so treasured.
Decorate a container (and old coffee can would work) or use a large mason jar and have all your siblings write their favorite memories of mom on a strip of paper and stick it in the jar. It could also be loving or encouraging words, a favorite scripture or even an inspirational quote or saying. This is perfect for moms and grandmas that live far away. Send this to her and tell her to read just one a day until she gets through them all!
I hope that these ideas will help make your next Mother’s Day one to remember and remember, when all else fails, tell your mom you love her.
Have you ever received an organic gift for Mother’s Day? What was your favorite Mother’s Day gift (to give and/or receive)?