Yes! It can be done, and it’s actually quite simple and requires very little time, few ingredients and it is very cost effective, especially if you already have some of these ingredients on hand. Why make my own organic diaper cream when it’s so easy to buy? Good question. So many of us moms are unaware of the dangers of conventional baby care products (can’t lie I was too, with my first two children). For example: I have a very old tube of A+ D Original Ointment in front of me right now (that I received as a baby shower gift two years ago) and the ingredients include: Petrolatum, cod liver oil, Fragrance, Light mineral oil, Microcrystalline wax and paraffin. If petrolatum (petroleum jelly) doesn’t set off a red flag to you right away then you might want to read this article right away. Fragrance is another red flag. I always put a product back that has the word “fragrance” listed in the ingredients. Why? Because fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds are in just that simple word…fragrance. Pretty alarming huh? Don’t fret, if making your own organic products seems a little intimidating to you then you can buy a perfectly safe organic diaper cream here. But if you do have the time and interest to make your own organic diaper cream, it’s not as hard as it may seem and it’s so rewarding when you apply it to your sweet baby’s skin.
Healthy, Homemade Organic Diaper Cream Recipe
What you will need:
- 1/2 c Coconut Oil (read about the many benefits here)
- 1/4 c Shea Butter
- 1 T Beeswax (optional)
- 1 T Vegetable Glycerin (Optional)
- Herbs (optional, In this batch I used 1T each Chamomile flowers and Calendula which both have has anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile has and added anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.
- Essential Oils (also optional, I like to use 5-10 drops of Lavender)
- 1 tsp Arrowroot Powder (optional, has extra drying power) Whoops! Not pictured.
Heat some water in double boiler or saucepan over medium high heat (I use a glass bowl on top of my sauce pan as my double boiler, which I designate for all my home making products) Melt the coconut oil. If you wish to add herbs, add them now and turn heat to low and let sit for 1 hour (pictured above). If you are NOT using herbs you can add the beeswax now also.
Strain Herbs in a fine mesh strainer. * If using beeswax return to double boiler pain and melt beeswax. Once beeswax is melted continue to the next step
Poor coconut oil in a mixing bowl and add shea butter and your optional arrowroot powder and vegetable glycerin. Mix until Shea butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. (you can even use a fork to mash it in also)
In the winter I skip this step because it is usually cool enough, but it’s been a steady 75 degrees and above in the Pacific Northwest and my coconut oil has been mostly liquid so I like to stick my whole mixing bowl into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to slightly solidify. You can totally skip this step, but it just makes a prettier end product.
Mix until you get fluffy white peaks or until it resembles yummy whipped cream or vanilla frosting, yes, it looks good enough to eat!
Oh wait I almost forgot. If using essential oils.. it’s not too late to add them in now…like me!
Give the mixer a few turns to incorporate that oil then you’re done!
Just scoop your cream into a container or jar and there you have it. Your very own, chemical free happy baby, happier mommy butt cream!!!
- In hot weather this will want to melt, so best to store in a jar, in a cool place away from sun/ heat. Perfectly fine to use when melted though. I like to put mine in the fridge for awhile if it starts to melt.
- If you want to use chamomile you can also use a chamomile tea bag and let it steep in coconut oil.
- A little goes a long way
- This is safe to use with cloth diapers. I used it successfully when I cloth diapered my baby. I never had a problem with build up. You might have to strip them or run them through a vinegar baking soda rinse.
- This is not only good for baby butts. I use this all the time on baby’s skin and on mine!
- And if this was too much for you. I totally understand. Just click here and buy a perfectly safe alternative!
If you missed my other blogs about natural baby care it’s not too late! Take a look now!
Have you ever made your own baby products? How did they turn out?
On August 5, seventeen activists will set out on a cross-country 3300-mile journey from the nation’s capital to Seattle, Washington for what is being called the “Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour.” The tour features five mutant GMO art cars fitted…
When you think of electrolyte replacement drinks, those brightly colored sugary drinks quickly come to mind. What many people don’t realize is that electrolyte replacement is very simple and you can make your own organic beverages for electrolyte replacement right at home. No need for artificial flavors, artificial colors or excessively sweetened beverages – all you need is water, salt, and citrus. Making your own electrolyte replacement drink at home saves money and ensures you’re getting the most nutrition.
Let’s look at the ingredients in these simple organic beverages. First we have water. Make sure you’re using pure water – distilled, filtered, or simply boiled. Next up is the salt. Electrolytes are salts that keep our body, muscles, and nerves functioning properly. While technically any salt will do, I’d recommend using a high quality sea salt like himalayan pink salt or a celtic sea salt. If the salt grains are large, grind them in a mortar and pestle before adding them to the water. The last ingredient in this organic beverage is citrus. Oranges are especially good (so that was why we always had orange slices at our childhood soccer games!) but you can also use grapefruit, lemon, lime or any other citrus that you like.
2 Organic Beverages Recipes for Electrolyte Replacement
SweetTart Electrolyte Booster
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 squeezed orange
2 cups water
Mix and enjoy!
Quick and Easy Electrolyte Replacement
1 lemon, halved and squeezed into a glass
1 orange, halved and squeezed into a glass
1 spoonful of honey, stirred in
a few shakes of salt
Fill the rest of the glass with water, stir to combine the honey, and drink.
I was introduced to hemp some years ago while visiting a grade school friend. She offered me a glass of chocolate hemp milk and I fell in love. Sadly I didn’t continue my quest of the benefits of hemp until recently. Sure I’ve had many yummy products which contained either hemp seeds or hemp oil, but never before had I bought them for my own use. When I bought my first bag of hemp seeds, I admit I didn’t even wait to get to my car before I ripped into the bag to grab a handful to shove in my mouth! After having two more big handfuls I looked at the nutritional facts on the back and noticed… holy cow, I just ate 14 grams of fat in less than 1 minute! Don’t fret! It’s GOOD fat and along with that 14 grams of fat came 10 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds! Pretty awesome right?! I was so excited about the nutrient profile of this superfood that I couldn’t wait to research all the health benefits of these yummy, little, seeds! After I started researching I realized that If I were to blog about all the wonderful benefits of this little superfood, you would be reading for quite some time, so for your benefit I touched on my favorites and instead will leave you links at the bottom for further reading if you wish!
13 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed Oil
- Hemp seeds have an advantage over other seeds purely because of its oil. The natural oil in hemp seeds contains a very high quality of protein which and has 10 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. This protein has a very similar structure to proteins in our blood making it easy to digest even more so than proteins found in meats, cheeses and whole eggs.
- They’re an excellent source of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which include Omega 3 and 6 (I could write a whole blog about the benefits of EFA’s alone!).
- Hemp seeds are comprised of 27% carbohydrates, almost all are in the form of soluble and insoluble fiber, which is good for slowing glucose absorption. Insoluble fiber’s job is moving matter through your digestive system and keeping your bowel movements regular.
- Hemp helps to reduce inflammation and improves circulation, also helps people who have heart disease, arthritis, and even psoriasis.
- Helps improve organ function and boosts immunity levels.
- There are NO known allergies to hemp foods. They can be eaten by those who are unable to tolerate dairy, nuts or gluten.
- Aids in weight loss, naturally. You can reduce cravings and boost your metabolic rate while getting a good dose of essential fats, proteins and most vitamins among other nutrients necessary for promoting good health.
- Aids in lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL) and blood pressure.
- Hemp oil contains plant sterols which may reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer.
- Hemp seeds and hemp oil are great in promoting cellular health.
- At a cellular level, they lubricate membranes and eliminate wastes such as lactic acid in post-exercise muscles. What does that mean to you? No or less soreness after exercise.
- Over time eating hemp seeds heals and moisturizes skin, and reduces inflammation.
- One of my favorite benefits is that the EFA’s in hemp seeds have anti-cancer properties that inhibit tumor growth.
Delicious Hemp Seeds – How do you eat these things?
Hemp seeds have a nutty flavor and can be added to most anything!
- Eat them raw
- Throw a few tablespoons of seeds into your smoothie
- Sprinkle on top of salads or yogurt
- If you have a Vita-Mix or Blentec you can make your own delicious hemp butter. Just throw in a couple cups of seed and let it go until you reach the consistency you like.
- When I make pancakes for the kids I like to mix in a tablespoon or two into the batter
- Sprinkle on top of your favorite cold or hot breakfast cereal.
Where do you buy hemp seeds? Try your local health food stores or click here to buy easily online! How do you eat your hemp seeds? Share your ideas or recipes in comments below!
WAIT! Remember I said I’d leave you links to more reading? Here you go! Enjoy!
Hemp Seed Nutritional Profile
Hemp Seed: The Most Nutritionally Complete Food Source
Hemp seed Health Benefits
By now we all know that organic foods and products are healthier and better for us than those that aren’t. Organic milk, organic produce, organic grains…..but what about a key element in all our baking and cooking that makes our dishes taste delicious… what about organic spices? Yes, spices and herbs are best to buy organic too! I know in the beginning of my wellness journey I had no idea that using organic spices had an impact on my health, but the more I learned the more I realized that those nasty store bought packets of ranch dip, taco seasonings and Italian seasonings that I was buying on a weekly basis, didn’t contain organic spices, and were packed with icky ingredients such as MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and other chemical additives I can’t pronounce.
Of course now I use organic spices to make my own seasoning blends, well, really now I make EVERYTHING using organic materials… (I even make my own shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant, but that can be for a future blog!).
Organic Spices in D.I.Y. Seasoning Blends
Making your own seasoning blends does take a little time, but it’s worth it. Just knowing your family isn’t getting any extra unwanted and unnecessary sodium and chemicals in the food you prepare for them, is all worth it. Plus, it only takes a little chunk of time, because once you’re done you have a ton of seasonings that you won’t have to buy or make for a while! And if you buy your organic spices and herbs in bulk at shopOrganic, it will save you money in the long run! Now here are a few of my favorite seasoning blends using organic spices, that I make most often!
Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe with Organic Spices:
1/4 cup Cumin Powder
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Onion powder
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Oregano
1-4 Tablespoons Cayenne Powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 teaspoon ground pepper
To Make: Place all ingredients in bowl and mix. Store in an air tight container or jar (I like to use mason jars). Use just like you would use with any taco seasonings. I use about 2 Tbsp. per pound of meat when I am making tacos. Adjust it to your preference.
Italian Seasoning Blend with Organic Spices:
1/2 cup Basil
1/2 cup Oregano
1/4 cup Rosemary
1/4 cup Marjoram
1/4 cup Thyme
1/4 cup Sage
2 -3 Tablespoons Dried Minced Garlic
To make: This one I actually throw in my vita mix and pulse it a few times just to cut down the rosemary and make it a tad finer. You can also use a mortar and pestle or a food processer. Store in container until ready to use. Use in all your favorite Italian recipes.
Ranch Dressing Mix with Organic Spices:
1/4 cup Dried Parsley
1 Tablespoon Dill
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Basil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
2-4 teaspoons Sea Salt (optional)
To Make: Mix together and store in an air tight container.
For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry Ranch mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
For Dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry Ranch Mix with 2 cups of sour cream or yogurt. Store in fridge until ready to use.
Dry Onion Soup Mix with Organic Spices:
2/3 cup Dried, Minced Onion
3 teaspoons Parsley Flakes
2 teaspoons Onion Powder
2 teaspoons Turmeric (optional )
1 teaspoon Celery Seed (or omit salt and use Celery Salt)
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Organic Sugar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Mix all ingredients and store in jar. Remember to shake before each use.
Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.
Tip: If you buy herbs in bulk you can freeze them for longer use!
Those are my four most used seasonings using organic spices in my home. Which organic spices and herbs are your favorites? Do you have a seasoning you would like to share? I know I would love to see if anyone has a good homemade curry seasoning recipe… I just can’t seem to make a good one!
Who doesn’t love a drizzle (or flood) of liquid amber on their stack of pancakes for breakfast?! I know I do and my kids certainly do as well. We love using organic maple syrup and I will tell you why it’s not only delicious but nutritious as well, but first I want to warn you what not to buy! When you are walking down the aisle at your local grocery on a mission to get syrup…don’t be fooled by the eye catching bottles like Mrs. Butterworth’s or the sweet face of Aunt Jemima smiling back at you. Those syrups are what we call “fake” syrup. There are around 10-12 ingredients in those “syrups”, which include: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring and other artificial flavors. Yuck, I know!
The better choice for your family is definitely going to be organic maple syrup. It’s pure, it’s natural, it’s organic and the best part is there are actual health benefits to switching to or using pure organic maple syrup! Not only is it a whole food (1 ingredient) organic maple syrup has some actual nutritional benefits! Did you know organic maple syrup contains Zinc and Manganese? Manganese is a trace mineral which is an essential component in a number of enzymes that are important for energy production and antioxidant defense. Zinc is an essential mineral for our immune systems which help protect our body from unwanted invaders like viruses and bad bacteria! I don’t think you will find those awesome benefits in that cute Mrs. Butterworth’s bottle!
Organic Maple Syrup: Grade A vs. Grade B
Another question that might come up when you are buying organic maple syrup is what is the difference between Grade A and B? The good news is the difference is ONLY in the taste. Grade A does not mean it’s better in the quality of the syrup or nutritional value. It’s only for color and flavor. Grade A or “Grade A Dark Amber” is usually harvested in the beginning of the season and is lighter in color and milder of the syrups and sometimes has a slightly thinner consistency and is perfect for pouring all over your stack of flapjacks in the morning.
Then there is “Grade B” (my personal favorite), Grade B is usually your darker, thicker syrup which has that real “maple” taste and yummy caramel undertones. This syrup is excellent to use in your baking recipes in place of other sweeteners like sugar and brown sugar and will give your baked goods that slight scent of maple when it’s in the oven. Now that you know the difference between the two, I hope you will try each one out and see what you like the best!
9 Delicious Ways to Add organic maple syrup Other Than On Pancakes
Let’s face it we all know it’s good over your favorite pancakes, so here are some other ways to use it:
1. Drizzle on top of your oatmeal in the morning
2. Be adventurous instead of sugar cubes and honey, try some organic maple syrup in your tea or coffee for a unique taste
3. Substitute it in your favorite baked recipes. It’s worked well for me in Muffins
4. Drizzled over peaches and cream for a sweet dessert or snack
5. Smoothies! Sometimes instead of Raw Honey or Stevia I like to switch it up with organic maple syrup.
6. My kids love honey on toast but if we are out of honey try maple syrup. Toast a piece of sprouted grain bread and spread on your butter of choice (my kids love peanut butter and almond butter) then drizzle with organic maple syrup and top with sliced bananas!
7. Baked Sweet “Sweet” Potato. Bake a sweet potato when it’s done spread a little coconut oil and drizzle with organic maple syrup and sprinkle with a little cinnamon and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt …. such a treat!
8. For a yummy chicken or salmon marinade
Combine 1/3 c soy sauce,1/2 c organic maple syrup, 1/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger root and if using on fish add 1 tsp dried Dill Weed. Combine together in bowl. Pour over your chicken or fish and let marinate for 1-3 hours or overnight.
9. Apple Sunday Recipe:
2 Apples chopped
2 Tablespoons butter of choice (I like Almond or pecan butter for this recipe)
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
2 Tablespoons chopped nuts (again I like pecans, almonds or walnuts)
1 teaspoon of vanilla (or almond extract)
coconut flakes (optional)
To make: Blend or mix together the butter, extract, syrup until smooth. Divide the apples into two bowls and pour the mixture over the apples. Top with nuts and coconut flakes!
Those are some ways we use organic maple syrup in our home. What are your favorite ways to enjoy this delicious treat? Let me know in comments below!
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!
Greens. We know we’re supposed to eat a lot of them, but how do you do it without getting bored of the same old salads? Make your own organic salad dressing! Nothing beats the freshness of homemade organic salad dressing and they’re really so simple to make with just a few key ingredients and whatever spices and seasonings you have on hand. I’ve got a handful of organic salad dressing recipes tucked in my back pocket that I can pull out and use when I’m in a rut. Salads never have to be boring again, once you know the tricks.
There are two main types of organic salad dressing – vinaigrette and creamy dressings. The basic formula for a vinaigrette is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil with whatever seasonings you’d like to add. The key is find the right balance between the acid, fat and seasonings. Since oil and vinegar naturally repel each other, these dressings will separate when standing. Creamy dressings add an emulsifier like mayonnaise to keep the ingredients from separating. You can either use a homemade mayo (simply whisk 1 ounce of egg yolk with 1 cup of oil until you reach the right consistency) or use a commercially prepared mayonnaise.
I’ll share with you some of my favorite organic salad dressing recipes but the flavors can so easily be tweaked for your own taste buds. By varying the type of oil (olive, sunflower, safflower, sesame, etc), the type of vinegar (balsamic, white wine, red wine, apple cider, flavored), and the seasonings, there’s nearly endless combinations.
Here are some of my favorite organic salad dressing recipes:
Raw Vegan Italian Salad Dressing
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. While this works best in a high speed blender, any blender will do.
I don’t know what else to call it because it is so good and you’ll crave it once you try it – its that good! I found a version of it online a while back and it was an instant addiction.
Miso Tahini Organic Salad Dressing
1 Tbsp miso
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup waterWhisk all ingredients together until creamy; you may need to add more water to thin the dressing.
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of dried thyme
salt and freshly ground pepper
In a small bowl, add the vinegar, garlic, mustard and mix well. Slowly add the olive oil while either whisking or stirring rapidly with your fork. Add the oregano and thyme, salt and pepper, taste and adjust seasonings.
Creamy Caesar Dressing
2 anchovy fillets
3 garlic cloves
1 cup mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Place anchovies and garlic in a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse until finely minced. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. This dressing is better the next day after the flavors have combined overnight.
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!
An exotic little seed that sprouts a tiny tail when its cooked, organic quinoa has so much going for it I barely know where to start. It’s a gluten free grain that is very high in protein, it’s easily digested and can be used for a wide variety of dishes from pilaf to cold salads, breakfast porridge and muffins (yes, muffins!), savory sides and sweet desserts.
A South American staple food, organic quinoa was first used for food at least 3,000 years ago in the Andean region of Bolivia, Peru and Columbia. The Incans called it the ‘mother grain’. In the 1980′s quinoa was introduced to the US and its cultivation began to increase for the first time since the fall of the Incan civilization. So powerful is this ancient food, the United Nations declared it a ‘superfood’ and NASA ranked it high on its list of possible foods for long duration space flight. A good source of complete protein as well as other nutrients, organic quinoa is a great addition to any meal.
The number one reason I’ve heard from people who have eaten organic quinoa and didn’t like it is that it tastes bitter. Organic quinoa has a coating on the outside of each seed of a compound called ‘saponin’, a bitter resin that needs to be rinsed off the grain before cooking. That bitterness goes away completely once you rinse the quinoa. Pour the amount you’re going to cook into fine mesh strainer and rinse it with water. You’ll see soapy bubbles; that’s the saponin. Rinse until the soapy bubbles stop.
There are a few different types of organic quinoa – white quinoa, red quinoa, black quinoa, and a combination of the three which is sometimes called tricolor or rainbow quinoa. The darker varieties have a slightly nuttier flavor but they can all be used interchangeably depending on what color you’d like your final dish to be.
Now that you know the secret to cooking great tasting quinoa, I’ll share with you some of my favorite recipes: a breakfast porridge, a muffin, a hot pilaf, a cold salad and a dessert.
Five Fantastic Organic Quinoa Recipes
Organic Quinoa-Hemp Breakfast Porridge
Get a good start to your day with this protein-rich, hearty breakfast that is full of antioxidants and omega 3′s.
Rinse and drain quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Combine quinoa and hemp milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 10 to 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is soft. Add hemp seeds, blueberries and cinnamon. Enjoy!
Quinoa Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
These muffins make it easy to get great nutrition on the run – perfect for lunchboxes for kinds and adults alike.
2 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped raisins
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup grated carrots
1 small minced onion
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp milk
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 F. Combine the turkey, raisins, quinoa, carrots, onions, salt, pepper, oregano and Worcestershire sauce together, combining well. Add the egg and milk and combine well so that the mixture holds together. In an ungreased muffin pan, distribute mixture evenly, mounding the mixture on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until completely cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool a bit before turning them out of the pan.
Quinoa & Mushroom Pilaf
Enjoy this earthy, nutty pilaf instead of rice with dinner or try eating this cold on a bed of salad greens.
1 cup quinoa, pre-washed or rinsed
1 2/3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 small carrots, diced
1/2 tsp thyme
1 ounce dried mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Rehydrate dried mushrooms in boiling water and slice into strips. Combine quinoa and broth in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down, cover, and simmer until quinoa is cooked, about 15 minutes. While the quinoa is cooking, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they start to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add the carrots and thyme and cook until carrots are tender, another 5-7 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, mushrooms and garlic and cook, stirring constantly for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. When quinoa is finished, remove from heat and combine the quinoa and vegetables and stir in the chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
A twist on a classic Mediterranean dish – by using organic quinoa in the place of bulgur wheat the dish becomes gluten free while maintaining all of the traditional flavors.
1⁄2 cup quinoa, prewashed or rinsed and drained
1⁄3 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup lemon juice
1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
1 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
6 or 7 radishes, diced
1⁄2 cup chopped scallions
2 tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with 3⁄4 cup water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, 15 minutes or so. Remove from the heat and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Toss the cooked quinoa with the oil and lemon juice and sprinkle with pepper. Let the quinoa cool completely, then add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Adjust seasonings and serve.
Chocolate Quinoa Pudding
A twist on a classic rice pudding recipe, made even more decadent with dark chocolate.
Add quinoa, milk and maple syrup to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in cocoa powder. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently until the water has been almost completely absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds. Let cool – serve warm or chill to serve cold.
Now that you have organic quinoa recipes for any meal of the day, which are you going to try first?