DIY: Green Cleaning a Classroom

Never before I was a parent did I think the words, “Don’t lick that!” would come out of my mouth quite so regularly. Kids don’t merely touch things – they like to have whole body experiences with them. Fast forward to the first time I saw my preschooler helping clean his classroom with the “pink stuff” in the spray bottle. “What’s in that?” I asked. No one knew. Mind you, this was the same kid whom I found sucking on a nozzle of Formula 409 (before my green conversion). The guy at Poison Control didn’t know what was in that either. Surprisingly, ingredients don’t have to be listed on cleaning product labels. Nowadays with some searching, you can find Formula 409 ingredients on the Clo

Top 7 Heart-Healthy Foods + How to Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet

Your heart plays a crucial role in your health. It’s responsible for pumping blood throughout the body to supply your tissues with important nutrients and oxygen, and it works tirelessly 24/7 to keep you going. What you eat directly influences the health of your heart, and incorporating a few heart-healthy foods into your diet is key to providing it with the nutrients that it needs. These foods can also reduce the risk of the dangerous heart conditions and heart diseases that affect millions worldwide. Combined with a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet, getting in your fix of these heart-healthy foods is the best way to keep your heart strong and healthy to help stave off coronary heart d

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

Ingredients For the Cake: 1 cup coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 8 ounces Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or semi-sweet chocolate), melted 1/2 cup maple syrup 8 large eggs 1/2 cup dairy-free plain whole yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the Frosting: 1 cup palm shortening (if you'd prefer a buttercream frosting, check out this recipe ) 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour 1/2 teaspoon unflavored grass-fed gelatin 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or semi-sweet chocolate chips), melted and cooled Instructions Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Place the coconut flour, sea salt, and b

What is a Grain Free Diet?

Though not for everyone, a grain-free diet has been increasing in popularity the past few years. Many people have turned to a grain free diet in hopes of easing symptoms from everything to gluten sensitivity, autoimmune disorders, and poor digestion. Followers of a grain-free diet, particularly those following an autoimmune protocol, tout the myriad benefits from reduced inflammation and improved digestion to better mental health. Getting rid of grains has the potential to help curb food addiction, improve mental health, decrease heart disease risk, and improve symptoms associated with leaky gut. With most dietary changes comes the possibility of improved health, if only because you become m

DIY: Homemade Hand Sanitizer with Tea Tree Essential Oil

INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon filtered water 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil Dispenser tube DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients together and mix Transfer ingredients into squeeze bottle

Have You Fallen in Love with Cooking Yet?

There is another new wave of cooking shows - documentary-style series based on books - unraveling cooking theories and styles. From Cooked by Michael Pollan to Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat, we are in love with food shows, but have we lost our love of cooking? Cooking is the most basic way to provide nourishment and be in touch with our diet. Touch, smell, taste, sight, are all engaged while cooking. When preparing foods, we become acutely aware of the amount of food and spices we use in preparation. We become more engaged with the quality of the food, as well. Once we start to dive into cooking, we begin to expand the foods, herbs and spices we cook with. We begin a journey across the

What's the Hipster Hype About Kale?

In the past few years, kale took the media by storm, becoming a notable health craze. It flooded social media, health food stores, and popular restaurants across the country. Many people have hopped on this health band wagon, and for good reason. Read on to find out why! Kale is One of the Most Nutrient Dense Greens With close to 10 vital nutrients, kale's credentials are hard to beat. Vitamins A & C, copper, and manganese are just a few. Most people tend to be deficient in all of these key nutrients. Manganese benefits include skin and bone health, and copper assists with collagen production Kale is Versatile In regards to cooking, Kale is arguably one of the more versatile greens. Kale can

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

A nutrient–packed meat sauce served inside roasted spaghetti squash. Ingredients 1 small spaghetti squash 1/2 lb ground turkey 1/2 bell pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 carrot, chopped 1 8 oz can tomato sauce (homemade or store bought) 2 Tbs cooking oil 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp kosher salt 2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley, for garnish Directions Preheat your oven to 400°F. Carefully cut your squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds from the center. In a roasting pan, put squash cut sides down and add a little water to cover the bottom. This will help steam the squash. Bake for 30–45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. The flesh should b

10 Reasons to Go Fermented

1. Helps reduce anti-nutrients 2. Increases vitamin and mineral levels 3. Improves phytonutrient content and absorption 4. Makes carbs easier to digest 5. Enhances quality and absorbability of plant protein 6. Promotes gut health and strengthens gut barrier 7. Supports healthy blood sugar levels 8. Promotes heart health 9. Supports emotional and cognitive (brain) health. 10. Guards against harmful bacteria and aids in detoxification. *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Recipe: Know Your Roots Salad

This salad seems intimidating, but it really just cooks itself—just chop the vegetables and turn on the oven. Ingredients 3 golden beets and stems 1 large sweet potato 2 cup water 1 cup dry wheat berries 2 Tbs sunflower seeds 1 Tbs olive oil (plus 1 tsp) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 Tbs maple syrup 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic, minced and divided 1/4 tsp kosher salt 2 grinds black pepper Directions Cut greens off beets. Loosely wrap beets in foil and bake at 425°F for 45 minutes. Allow to cool and peel the skin off. Chop. Chop sweet potato and rub with 1 Tbs olive oil, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Bake with beets for 45 minutes. Combine wheat berr

For the Love of Beets

Beets are a staple in my house. Whether we have them as a pickled side dish, in a juice, on a sandwich, or in a salad, it is a favorite in my home. Kids love them, too. Beets provide some impressive health benefits. They are low in calories, and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. Beets also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. Beets are a very grounding, earthy food. Beets are delicious and versatile, fitting well into a healthy and balanced diet. They also may also support weight loss! They are a wonderful, nutrient packed, power-punch addition to any meal. Beetroot is a delicious and versatile ve

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