Monday, 27 May 2013

Speedy Summer Hemp Salad

If you are in the mood for something refreshing and quick, have I got the salad for you! As you all know I am a huge fan of the website Oh She Glows, and this recipe is another delicious one from Angela. 


I didn't do any modifications although I did double the ingredients so I had some left overs for lunch. Trust me, you will be wanting leftovers! The recipe does state that the salad can get a little watery and to eat it immediately. I found it wasn't an issue if you don't mix the salad and dressing together in a big batch.

 This is what was inside the pepper when I cut it open, I didn't have the heart to put it in the compost before snapping a picture. It was just so cute!

If you do end up making this tasty salad, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! If you are feeling extra adventurous tweet me a picture. :)

Happy Monday,
Sara


Thursday, 23 May 2013

How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

One of the best feelings when trying a new natural remedy is when you find something that works REALLY WELL. Ladies and gentlemen: I'm here to tell you that using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth is one of those times!

Not only does it work amazingly, but it is cheap like borscht! (Do people still use that saying? I didn't think so). Aside from being affordable, it's a non invasive treatment so your teeth won't freak out when you apply it. Also, your gums will stay pink! Am I the only one whose gums went grey when trying to whiten? The best thing about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth is that it's not wreaking havoc on our good friend called Earth.

If you want to learn how to have whiter teeth for pennies, watch my video!



If you try it, I would love to hear how it went for you! If you have any other natural teeth whitening remedies other than activated charcoal, please share them in the comments below!



Have an awesome day!
Sara

Friday, 17 May 2013

Healthy Two Bite Cookies


One of the most challenging things for me as I learn more and more about nutrition is what to eat when I am craving something sweet. I know a lot of people suggest fruit, but 9 times out of 10 that just doesn't cut it for me. When I found this recipe on Oh She GlowsI was really excited to try it.

I love that there are no eggs, flour, dairy or added sugar. All of the sweetness comes from the bananas! This recipe isn't overly sweet at all, but just sweet enough to please my sweet tooth.

I adapted it by doubling the recipe and omitting the shredded coconut, because I didn't have any. I've made it with the coconut before and both turned out great, but I prefer it this way. My boyfriend says it's the best batch yet!



Ingredients:
  • 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, warm (or olive oil)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup 85% dark chocolate bar chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot. In a large bowl break the bananas apart, and then mash in the vanilla and softened coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, cinnamon, salt, chocolate, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. The dough is somewhat wet but if it seems to wet add a few shakes more of the rolled oats. Now form 2 bite balls (about the size of a golf ball) by rolling in your hand. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 13-14 minutes until bottoms are golden. Let cool for about 20 minutes to set. Makes about 27 cookies.


Monday, 13 May 2013

DIY Gold Chain Laces

So I know this might sound weird, but I am not a big sandals girl. At the moment I only have one pair, but would rather wear cool boots or high tops in the summer. 

I saw these beautiful Jeffery Campbell sneakers (these weren't the exact ones but you get the idea). 


I was drooling over them and wishing I could have them! Then my lovely friend Anne said to me "why don't you just make your own?" As soon as she said that, lightbulbs started going off in my brain! The end result is nothing like the Jeffery Campbell sneakers, but I'm equally as happy with them!

I love gold chains so much! I think these laces are MADE for high tops and army boots! You can make them with a really thick chain, or a really dainty one. The options are endless. Check out my youtube video to see the whole process.


If you make these I would love to see how they turned out, so throw me a tweet or post them on my fb page :)



Thursday, 9 May 2013

Warm Asparagus and Potato Salad

Potato salad season is upon us! I think it's safe to say that with this recipe I will be deemed "Potato Salad Queen". This is the perfect addition to any summer meal, and it hits the spot!




I'm pretty much sold at trying a recipe if it has dill in it, because it adds so much deliciousness. It's the perfect blend with the mustard and the lemon juice. I'm a huge sucker for sour things, and the amount of sour in this salad is just right. I adapted this recipe from Oh She Glows. I enjoy a saucy salad rather than a dry one, so I increased all of the liquid and seasoning.


Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 2.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp honey 
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 heaping tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 2 heaping tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, finely chopped

Roasted Potatoes:
  • approximately 2 lbs potatoes (I used organic Russet), washed & chopped into 1” pieces
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Sautéed Asparagus

  • 2 bunches of asparagus, ends broken off and chopped into 1” pieces
  • extra virgin olive oil + 1/4 tsp salt, for sautéing 


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425F. In a large bowl (or if you are lazy like I am just do it in the baking sheet), mix together the potatoes and seasonings. Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment or non-stick mat (unfortunately I was too lazy for this too and paid the price scrubbing). Roast for 30 minutes, tossing once half-way through baking. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

3. Sautee the asparagus in a little oil (seriously very little oil or you will regret it) and salt over low-medium heat for about 8 minutes, until tender and crisp.

4. Mix the potatoes and asparagus in a large mixing bowl and season to taste. If you like a "wetter" salad poor on all of the dressing, however if you prefer a less saucy salad spoon on separately. Serve immediately, warm. Makes about 4-5 servings.

Now enjoy the tastiness!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Layered Raw Taco Salad

One of my favorite blogs for recipes is called Oh She Glows. Get used to the name because I will be posting her recipes often! I enjoy EVERY single recipe of Angela's I try, she speaks my food language!


With the weather warming up, my body is craving salads. One of my recent favorites is this delicious and nutritious Vegan Raw Taco Salad. Don't let the long ingredient list put you off, because everything whips up very quickly!


Since becoming a vegetarian two years ago, I haven't tried any meatless taco salads. Let me tell you...THIS SALAD IS A WINNER! The cashew cream is better than sour cream and the walnut taco meat adds the perfect amount of texture. The best part is...it keeps you filled up for hours!

If you try this I would love to know what you thought of it!

Enjoy the lovely spring weather and have an awesome day!
Sara





Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe

Have you ever wondered what was in regular store bought deodorants and antiperspirants? I sure didn't. Not for the longest time anyway. It wasn't until the last year that I started to really think about the stuff that I put on my skin, hair, and face. I started to wonder if all of those chemicals I couldn't pronounce were good for me. 

This new curiosity has led me down some very interesting paths, one of them being deodorants. I did a little research on one of the main ingredients in a lot of today's antiperspirants; aluminium. Aluminium is a heavy metal and when used in skin care products clogs your pores. Despite what we are told, sweating is a very good thing! In our society today we view it as taboo but releasing toxins from your body through sweating is not only natural, it's necessary.


Not only is aluminium pore clogging, it is debated as having a connection to Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, and other brain diseases. Until science settles this argument I have decided to use my good old fashion intuition on this one. My gut is the best pointer when I face conflicting information! 


I have been wanting to make my own deodorant for a very long time. Not only have I made it, but I have made a video on how to do it below. I have to admit, I had my doubts about if this stuff would work. To my surprise it worked BETTER than I thought it would!


If you have experience with making or using homemade deodorant, please comment below! I am open to learning new recipes and techniques to making it, so if you have a different recipe I would love to hear it!




Thank you so much for reading! Have an awesome day!
Sara