Each month shopOrganic offers a different selection of sale items so that you can save a little money on the path of making better choices. These specials also give you an opportunity to try some new products that you might have overlooked before. We’ve highlighted some of these great products below. Be sure to head up to shopOrganic.com’s Sale section to see all of the September specials at shopOrganic.
September Specials at shopOrganic
479 Degrees Organic Gourmet Popcorn
All flavors 10% Off
Try this premium organic gourmet popcorn made in small batches in San Francisco using only the finest ingredients. Enjoy both savory flavors like Creamery Butter or Black Truffle & White Cheddar. Try sweet flavors like Sea Salt & Caramel or Toasted Coconut & Caramel. Click HERE to try them now.
Select skin care products 10% Off
Andalou Naturals is the first body care company to obtain Non-GMO Verified certification. Andalou infuses the best of nature and knowledge into mindful and effective products that are good for people and the planet. Their products are made with fruit stem cells which renews skin at the cellular level, blending nature and knowledge for visible results. Click HERE to try them now.
Drew’s Organic Salad Dressing
All varieties 10% Off
Turn your ordinary salads into something extraordinary with Drew’s organic salad dressings. Drew’s takes your favorite classic dressings like French, Ranch and Caesar to the next level with organic ingredients. Upgrade your salads with Drew’s organic salad dressings. Click HERE to try them now.
Organic Body Care 10% Off
Nourish, a line of USDA Certified Organic body care, will delight your senses with their delicately scented skin and body care products. Certified organic deodorant, body wash, lotion, body butter, body polish and hand wash in scents like Vanilla Almond, Fresh Fig, Lavender Mint, Wild Berries, or if you’re scent sensitive, Unscented. Click HERE to try them now.
Specialty Organic Rice 10% Off
From the tender pale green Jade Pearl Rice to dark and hearty Forbidden Rice, to mineral-rich Volcano Rice – make your side dishes extraordinary with Lotus Foods organic specialty rices. Try using Forbidden Rice or the Jade Pearl rice in a delicious rice pudding using coconut milk for extra richness and flavor. Click HERE to try them now.
Organic Jarred Vegetables 10% Off
Imported from Poland and made with simple old world ingredients, Othentic’s jarred vegetable salads and pickles will leave your taste buds tickled with great flavors. The pickled baby beets are so tender and sweet, the spicy vegetable salad is tangy with a kick, the dill pickles have just the right amount of sour and crunch; try them all! Click HERE to try them now.
Organic Tulsi Tea 10% off
In India, the herb Tulsi, also called holy basil, has been widely known for its health promoting and medicinal value for thousands of years. Commonly called sacred or holy basil, it is a principal herb of Ayurveda, the ancient traditional holistic health system of India. Holy basil is known as “The Incomparable One”, “The Mother Medicine of Nature”, and “The Queen of Herbs”. Try them all HERE!
Organic Facial Oils & Chakra Blends 10% off
Creating balance between mind, body and spirit isn’t always easy. It takes conscious effort, focus and practice. Aura Cacia created seven chakra balancing essential oil blends to help you restore balance to your everyday life. Use them in your meditation practice during yoga, include them in a self massage practice, use them in conjunction with chakra sound therapy, chakra color therapy, or simply use them as a fragrance to enjoy throughout the day. Click HERE to try them now.
Aura Cacia Organic Skin Care Oils are gathered from across the globe to bring you the best quality possible. From Moroccan Argan oil to Senegalese Baobab oil, to Kenyan Macadamia Oil, Chilean Rosehip Oil and Vietnamese Tamanu Oil, these skin care oils are extremely beneficial for the skin. Use them on their own or combine with some Aura Cacia Essential oils to create your own blend to nourish your skin. Click HERE to try them now.
Maca is a superfood in its own right and what it is mostly known for is its energy boosting and hormonal properties. Did you know that maca goes back thousands of years and is grown in Peru at very high altitudes? In fact it is the highest altitude growing plant in the world. Maca is actually a root vegetable which kind of resembles a radish or a turnip but more sandy color and is part of the potato/starch family. Maca has a ton of nutritional goodness like; amino acids, carbohydrates, and tons of minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E and it’s high in potassium. Now take a look to see what this superfood can do!
- Helps to balance and regulate out our hormones to each individual person
- Decrease hot flashes in women with Menopause
- Reduce stress
- Normalize sleep
- Encourages muscle growth
- Treat PMS (Mood Swings)
- Help boost energy naturally (and without those coffee jitters or shakes)
- Increases Stamina and athletic performance
- Nicknamed “Natures Viagra” helps to naturally boost and improves sexual function and libido in men.
- Nourishes glandular system (Thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands to name a few)
- Reverse vaginal dryness
- Lessens aches and pains
- Helps slow down the aging process
- Restores balance to the body, especially our hormones
- Helps improve mental awareness/clarity
- Low in calories
How To Add Maca to Your Diet:
Maca’s benefits are usually noticed very quickly after you start adding them to your diet. Remember to start taking maca slowly, starting with 1/2 tsp a day and working up over a week or two’s time until you reach 1-2 tsp a day. It’s actually good to take time off from maca, so your body doesn’t get too accustomed to it. If you take it for a week, take a week off or a month on, month off. Find a good cycle that works for you! Also, keep in mind maca has an earthy, nutty flavor which sometimes can have hints of butterscotch, now here are some ideas for how to add maca to your meals:
- Add to your smoothies
- Mix or blend into your milk or juice
- Mix into your muffin or pancake recipes
- Stir into your hot breakfast cereal
- Add it to your cookie recipes nn bn
- Sprinkle onto your popcorn (especially yummy if your popcorn is popped with coconut oil)
One Last Thing About Maca!
Because maca can have powerful effects on our bodies and to our health remember that it is NOT a drug. It is a plant and it is NOT toxic to our bodies. If you are just starting out in your healthy lifestyle and you start taking maca, you may notice flu like systems, don’t be alarmed. Maca is SO nutrient dense that it is pushing all or “throwing out” all those toxins out of your body to replace with what your body is craving…nutrients!
Have you ever used maca? What was your experience?
You may think of cornstarch as a thickener, and it is – it’s great for makings sauces and gravies but did you know it has a myriad of household uses also? Check out this list of unusual uses for organic cornstarch and be prepared to be amazed. Not only is organic cornstarch economical and versatile, it is very eco friendly, just make sure you’re buying organic cornstarch so you’re not getting GMO corn.
Kitchen Uses For Organic Cornstarch
DIY Baking Powder: If you run out of baking powder, all you have to do is mix 1 part of organic cornstarch with 1 part of baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar and you’ve got baking powder.
Remove grease spots from walls: It’s happened to all of us, the splattering of grease in the kitchen. To remove grease spots that may splatter onto the wall, sprinkle organic cornstarch onto a clot and rub the grease spot gently until it is gone.
Polish silver: Make a paste by mixing organic cornstarch with water. Use a damp cloth to apply this to your silverware. Let it dry, then rub it off with a clean soft cloth to make it shine like new.
Unstick marshmallows: If you’ve ever bought a bag of marshmallows and they’re all stuck together inside the bag? Add some organic cornstarch to the bag and shake it up. The cornstarch absorbs moisture and the marshmallows will separate.
Create a Perfect Fluffy Omelet: Just add ¼ teaspoon of organic cornstarch per egg, beat well and cook as usual for the fluffiest omelet ever.
Laundry Uses For Organic Cornstarch
Lift a scorch mark from fabric: If you’ve ever left the iron in one spot a little too long, you know the feeling of seeing that scorch mark and knowing you’ve ruined your clothes. Save that clothing by wetting the scorched area and covering it with cornstarch. Let it dry then brush it away and the scorch mark will be gone.
Remove blood stains: Whether it’s on clothing or table linens, you can remove or minimize a bloodstain with this method. Make a paste of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Cover the spot with the cornstarch paste and rub it gently into the fabric. Put the cloth in a sunny area to dry. Once it is dry, brush off the remaining residue. If the stain is not completely gone, repeat the process.
Remove grease on fabric: Blot as much grease as you can with a cloth and sprinkle cornstarch over the stain. Let it sit for ten minutes, and then shake it off. To break up the grease, dab the stain with white vinegar. Launder as normal.
Remove ink stains on fabric: Mix a paste of cornstarch and milk and apply it to the stain. Let it dry, brush off the residue, and launder as usual.
Bath & Body Uses For Organic Cornstarch
Dry shampoo: Even if you’re not ‘no-poo’ (no shampoo) all the time, if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to shower, sprinkle some organic cornstarch on your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes before brushing out. The cornstarch will absorb the oil and make your hair look fresh. This method also works great for pets.
Sweat & Odor Remover: To absorb sweat, sprinkle on some organic cornstarch. This will also help absorb body odor.
Sunburn, Bug Bites & Poison Ivy Relief: Make a paste of organic cornstarch and water and apply to the affected area. Let the paste dry and then remove with lukewarm water.
Facial Mask: Mix ¼ cup organic cornstarch, 2 Tablespoons milk and 1 egg white. Mix until smooth and apply to face. Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off.
Household Uses For Organic Cornstarch
Remove ink stains from carpet: Mix milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the ink stain. Allow to dry on the carpet for a few hours, and then brush off the dried residue and vacuum.
Give carpets a fresh scent: Sprinkle a little cornstarch on your carpeting. Wait about half an hour and then vacuum normally.
Soak up furniture polish residue: If you wind up with polish left on the surface of your furniture, sprinkle cornstarch lightly on furniture then wipe up the polish and cornstarch and buff the surface.
Make windows shine: Create your own window cleaning solution by mixing 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bucket containing 3-4 quarts (3-4 liters) warm water. Mix well and put the solution in a trigger spray bottle. Spray on the windows, then wipe with a warm-water rinse. Rub with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth.
Get rid of roaches: Make a mixture that is 50 percent plaster of Paris and 50 percent cornstarch. Spread this in the crevices where roaches appear.
Remove stains on leather furniture. To get rid of oil stains from leather simply apply cornstarch to the oil spot. Leave the cornstarch in place overnight to give the cornstarch time to soak up the grease. The next day use a cloth to brush off all of the corn starch. You may need to repeat to remove the stain.
Save your books You can use cornstarch to help you prevent and kill mildew in your books. Sprinkle cornstarch all throughout the book to absorb the moisture of the damp pages. Let the cornstarch sit several hours or overnight. Then take your books outside and brush the pages clean
Say no to squeaky floorboards: Sprinkle cornstarch in between the seams where the boards are rubbing together and the squeak will stop.
Organic Cornstarch Solutions for Babies & Kids
Untangle knots: Have your kids ever gotten their shoes tied in such tight knots that you can’t get them undone? Sprinkle the knot with a little cornstarch. It will then be easy to work the segments apart.
Make your own paste: The next time kids want to go wild with construction paper and paste, save money by making the paste yourself. Mix 3 teaspoons organic cornstarch with 4 teaspoons cold water. Stir to create a paste consistency. Use with fingers, wooden tongue depressor or popsicle stick.
Make finger paints: Mix together 1/4 cup organic cornstarch and 2 cups cold water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until the mixture becomes thick. Pour your into several small containers and add food coloring to each container and you’ve got finger paints.
Clean stuffed animals To clean a stuffed toy, place the stuffed animal into a bag. Sprinkle cornstarch into the bag, close it tightly, and shake. Take the toys out of the back and brush them clean.
Make face paints: Mix two parts of organic cornstarch with one part of white vegetable shortening to make a non-toxic grease paint. Make different color variations by just adding a few drops of food coloring mix until you get the color you want.
Clean sticky playing cards: Place the cards into a paper bag along with a 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Shake the bag. Remove cards and wipe them down and the sticky will be gone.
Un-stink shoes: If you’ve got active kids, you know how stinky their shoes can get. Sprinkle some cornstarch inside the shoes to absorb perspiration and odor.
Diaper Rash Relief: To protect your baby from diaper rash, add ¼ cup of organic cornstarch to their bath water. To sooth diaper rash, powder their bottoms with cornstarch after each diaper change.
Remove grease stains from zinc oxide ointment: Use a spoon to scrape off as much of the ointment as you can. Sprinkle the stained area with cornstarch and let it sit for an hour or so. Brush the starch away and treat the stain with a grease-cutting dish soap. Wash in cool water.
Do you have any of your own tips and tricks for using organic cornstarch? Share below in the comments!
Last week we posted a blog post on sea salt recipes for beauty care. This week we wanted to explain the difference between organic sea saltand table salt. Many people don’t think about the little things we’re putting into our
foods, but there’s a big difference between the table salt you’re used to seeing on the dinner table and sea salt.
Sea Salt Vs. Table Salt
Table salt is much like white sugar, highly processed and refined. There is 84 trace minerals in pure sea salt. After table salt has been processed more than 80 of those essential minerals have been removed and in their place they add back into or “enrich” with anti-clumping, anti-drying fillers like aluminum compounds. Potassium iodine is also added because the natural iodine in sea salt was removed during processing. You also might see some kind of bleaching additive too, to keep the salt nice and white. Does that sound like a salt you want to be using in your baking or adding to your meals? I hope not!
Has a whopping 84 minerals and trace elements. It is an unprocessed, unrefined “raw” and truly natural salt which is hand mined in salt caves that were formed 250 million years ago as ocean salt settled in little pockets around the earth. Pretty cool huh?!
The Truth About Salt
You are probably accustomed to thinking that salt is bad for you, period…that is true, to an extent. But it’s table salt who is the enemy. Eating common table salt actually causes excess fluid in your body that can contribute to many different things: arthritis, kidney and gall bladder stones, gout, cellulite. It can cause diabetes and obesity to worsen. Table salt causes blood pressure to rise quickly because the blood is working hard to remove the toxins in that salt away from the heart, that is why some doctors will tell you to limit salt in-take if you have high blood pressure. The preservatives and additives that are added to table salt can do their own damage to our bodies over time, like:
- Kidney, liver problems
- Heart disease
- Thyroid problems
- Muscle cramps
That’s just to name a few! So, if you have table salt in your home right now, I suggest you go throw it out and replace it with some natural sea salt.
The Health Benefits of Sea Salt
Like I said before sea salt has 84 minerals and trace elements and the cool thing is that those minerals and elements are identical to the elements found in our body. Some benefits of using sea salt daily are:
- Builds a strong immune system
- Helps fight acne
- Aids in digestion
- Promotes healthy pH balance in our body
- Helps with nerve stimulation
- Salt contains magnesium, which is important for producing enzymes, nerve transmission, bone formation, forming tooth enamel, and resistance to heart disease and important for babies developing brain
- Promotes sleep naturally
- Promotes blood sugar health
- Anti aging
- Regulates water content in our body
- Helps with circulation
- Great for your skin
- Supports respiratory health
- Good for detoxing
- Helps with proper functioning of the adrenal glands
How to use Sea Salt to Stay Healthy
You can use it just as you would your thrown out table salt.
- Season your cooking
- Sprinkle on your meals
- Add to your favorite baking recipes
- Use to make salt scrubs
- Soothing bath: Add 1/2 -1c of sea salt to your warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. Helps draw out toxins and leaves your skin smooth.
- Drink before bed to help you sleep 1/2 teaspoon to 1 glass of water.
- Mix with warm water to gargle when you feel a sore throat coming on
- Use to make your neti-pot solution: 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt to 8 oz. of distilled water.
I hope this helped convince you to turn away from table salt once and for all. What is your favorite sea salt and how do you like to use it? Psst! My favorite is Himalayan salt!
Aside from being the most common seasoning, sea salt is said to have literally thousands of uses. Sea salt can be used for cleaning, insect repellent, odor removing and a whole lot more. One of my favorite ways to use sea salt is in homemade beauty treatments like exfoliating salt scrubs, facials, and even hair spray.
Sea Salt Facial
Since sea salt is made by the evaporation of sea water, it contains many trace minerals which have health benefits for the skin. It’s easy to gently exfoliate and stimulate your face a sea salt facial scrub. Simply mix equal parts fine grind sea salt and olive oil with a few drops of essential oils. Use rosemary essential oil for dry skin, lavender for acne, clary sage to reduce signs of aging. You can also use any of Aura Cacia’s Facial Care Serums like baobab, argan or rosehip. Blend together and gently massage the face and throat using upward strokes. Let the mixture sit on your face for up to five minutes then rinse. The sea salt will give your face an extraordinary glow.
Sea Salt Body Scrub
Sea salt is wonderful for removing dead skin cells. Since the coarser varieties are quite abrasive, it is a great choice for scrubbing dead skin from rough spots like elbows and feet. It is also good for removing impurities and for helping flush toxins form the body. The increased blood flow to the skin after using a salt scrub helps bring circulation to the skin, thus aiding the elimination of toxins. Sea salt has also been shown to be therapeutic for muscle pain due to its high magnesium content. Magnesium functions as an electrolyte when it is consumed and this can help reduce muscle spasms and cramps.
To make your own sea salt body scrub you’ll first choose a base. This will be a skin-friendly oil like almond, jojoba, avocado or apricot kernel. Then choose a scent. Using essential oils is a great way to customize your scrub. For relaxing effects, try lavender, sandalwood, jasmine or lemon balm. For uplifting effects, try bergamot, grapefruit, sweet orange or clary sage. You can also create a body scrub with therapeutic effects. Eucalyptus will help clear congestion and ease headaches, rosemary is great for arthritis and muscle aches, peppermint is a great decongestant.
Mix two parts salt to one part base oil. Add just a few drops of essential oil to the mixture and mix well. Use all over your body for healthy skin, healthy body, and healthy mood.
Sea Salt Hair Spray
I’ve always loved the way my hair looks after a day at the beach with that sea salty air blowing through it all day. I even went so far as to buy a commercial hair spray that’s supposed to mimic that look using sea salt. Since I don’t like to use unnatural chemicals in my hair, I sought out ways to re-create that look using natural ingredients and I found a few DIY recipes, tried them, and came up with a blend that I love.
All you need is an empty spray bottle, sea salt, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel. Fill your spray bottle with 1 cup of water, preferably filtered or distilled. Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and ½ teaspoon coconut oil. Since you can use this spray any time of year, you may be making this in the wintertime and coconut oil will solidify in colder temperatures so you may want to substitute almond oil in the winter. Add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, place the top on the spray bottle and shake to combine everything. Spray on damp (but not wet) hair and scrunch to create beach waves!
Do you have any favorite body care uses for sea salt? Please share them in the comments!
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
When I look at the ingredients lists for most condiments, even the organic condiments, I’m always just a little bit disappointed to find ingredients that I wouldn’t typically eat. For instance, jarred organic mayonnaise will always contain soybean oil or canola oil. Even though I know they’re non-gmo, since they’re organic, I still would rather use a different type of oil. The solution? Make my own! The same goes for ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, even ranch dressing. So let’s take a look at just how easy it is to make them!
DIY Organic Condiments
Organic Mayonnaise Recipe
The key to making homemade mayonnaise is to start with your ingredients at room temperature, so a few hours before you’re going to be making it, let your ingredients sit out on your counter. This is one the organic condiments that once you taste it fresh, you may never be able to eat it jarred again.
Place all ingredients aside from 1 cup of olive oil in a blender or food processor. Blend until well mixed – about 20 to 30 seconds. Slowly drizzle the remaining olive oil into the mixture while it is mixing. This needs to be done very slowly so make sure that you’re pouring only the thinnest stream of olive oil into the mixture. Once it is all combined it should look like the creamiest version of a mayo you’ve ever seen. Place the mixture in a jar and refrigerate. It should last for about a week longer than the expiration date on your egg.
Note: The olive oil you use will add flavor to your mayo. If you’re using a strong tasting olive oil like Bariani, you’re going to have a strong tasting mayo, so choose an olive oil that has a light flavor if you don’t want it to overpower your mayo. You can also use sunflower or safflower oil instead of olive oil.
Organic Ketchup Recipe
The kid-friendliest of the organic condiments, ketchup is a favorite of just about every kid I know. Considering how much sugar is in commercially prepared ketchup, why not try making your own?
7 oz tomato paste
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons sweetener of choice (try coconut sugar, coconut nectar, date sugar, or honey)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 Tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup filtered water
Place all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together completely.
Organic Mustard Recipe
Mustard is one of those organic condiments that can be made in a myriad of ways for everyone’s taste – from dijon to spicy brown to grainy mustards or super smooth spicy mustards, everyone has their favorite. My favorite is the really grainy type so here’s a recipe to make your own at home.
Place mustard seeds, wine vinegar, and wine in a small bowl and let stand for 3 hours. Empty the bowl into a blender or food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse until the seeds are broken. Add the remaining ingredients and process for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the container process for another 30 seconds. Place in a well-sealed container and refrigerate. Allow to sit overnight before using. Mustard mellow with age so if it is too strong at first, let it sit for a couple of weeks.
Organic Ranch Dressing Recipe
Its not that far of a stretch to group this salad dressing in with the rest of the organic condiments. While technically a salad dressing and not a condiment, since so many kids will eat any veggie if its dipped in ranch, I’m treating it like one of the other organic condiments. We don’t do a lot of dairy in my household so this is a recipe for a raw vegan ranch dressing that can stand up to the best traditional ranch dressing recipes.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours and drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 pitted dates soaked in 1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup of the reserved date soak water
2 large cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons red onion
1 Tablespoon Herbamare
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped finely
1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon scallions (use the green part only), chopped finely
Add all ingredients except the fresh herbs to a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in the fresh herbs. If you’re using this as a dip, store it in an airtight container and let it chill for 2 hours before serving. If you’re using this as a dressing, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water and stir well before storing.
Are there other organic condiments you’d like to learn how to make? Let us know in the comments and we’ll post recipes in a future blog!