Turmeric for Health

turmeric root and powder against white backdropEveryone seems to be mentioning turmeric for health, these days. And it’s not just about a spice that you put in your curry. A proud member of the ginger family, turmeric is said to be an immune system builder and powerful antioxidant. I got the scoop from Randi Ragan, holistic well-being expert, founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa and author of the brand-new book A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind and Spirit. This beautifully-illustrated book is chock full of recipes, teas, tonics, exercises and daily practices—including instructions on how to make an easy turmeric for health tonic, which I’ve included below. All are designed to reduce stress, avoid illness and improve wellness. Interested? I’ve got two copies to give away! [Read more…]

Reinventing Detox by Eating Clean

arugula salad in large bowl on white backgroundAmie Valpone—best known as The Healthy Apple—healed herself from a decade of chronic illness by resetting her eating habits. Along the way, she became a professional chef, culinary nutritionist, recipe developer and author. I became obsessed with her new book Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, especially after I discovered recipes like this ridiculously delicious Magical Peach Arugula Salad, which is gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Want to try? I scored the recipe! [Read more…]

How To Make A Holiday Organic Cocktail

blackberry organic cocktailWondering what to sip this season? Take a minute to mix up this delicious blood orange organic cocktail, courtesy of pro mixologist and author Jordan Catapano, the force behind This Girl Walks Into A Bar and the brand-new Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Every Woman book. I visited Jordan in her Los Angeles bar/studio to mix a few organic cocktails–here’s the video (and recipe) to prove it! [Read more…]

Easy Organic Vegan Chia Pudding Recipe Hack

organic vegan chia pudding recipeHow did I live this long without ever tasting vegan chia pudding? Seriously, this stuff is amazing! It’s got the mouth-boggling texture of tapioca, but all the ingredients are good for you. You can eat it for breakfast, dessert or a snack, and it’s so delicious, even kids will never guess it’s nutritious. I first tasted a vegan chia pudding made by Mommy & Bean, which delivers pre- and post-natal healthy food to moms at home or in the hospital in Southern California. (If you’re expecting, definitely connect with Mommy & Bean here–this is an amazing mom-powered company!) Then I tracked down the perfect recipe at Whole Foods, which I’m sharing here with you. It’s raw and vegan, dairy- and gluten-free, and high fiber. Best of all? You don’t have to cook it. Want to try? [Read more…]

Organic Chocolate Mousse Easy Recipe Hack

Mommy Greenest Organic Chocolate Mousse RecipeOh, how I love chocolate (preferably organic and fair trade). But I really do hate making dessert. So when I was recently tasked to bring something sweet to a dinner party, I looked for the easiest possible chocolate recipe I could find. This no-bake, chocolate mousse easy recipe was so easy to make–and amazing to taste–I had to share. My little helper was pretty impressed, too! [Read more…]

Recipe Hack: Vegan Sushi

vegan sushiI’m not much for following recipes. I get overwhelmed with too many ingredients and tend to cook by taste, instead. But my husband surprised me with vegan sushi the other day and we loved it so much I had to share the recipe. So without further ado, here’s a recipe hack for Delicious Living’s Carmelized Tofu and Avocado Rolls, otherwise known as vegan sushi. [Read more…]

DIY Natural Bug Repellant Perfume

close up of woman's hands spraying something from a translucent brown bottle onto her wristTis the season for bugs. And although I happen to love the scent of citronella, others—I’m not naming names, but we could be married—hate it. So I whipped up a new recipe for DIY natural bug repellant perfume that employs three of my favorite scents, with no citronella in sight. Want to try? I’ll show you how! [Read more…]

Five Minutes to Natural Skin Lightening

honey jar and half lemonAh, August. Back to work. Back to school. And looking back in the mirror is the evidence of how much fun I had in the sun this summer: Freckles, wrinkles and dark spots, especially on the sides of my face where my hat didn’t cover.

Once upon a time, I might have reached for a prescription or over-the-counter skin lightening cream to combat this kind of sun damage. But I know now that hydroquinone, their most common ingredient, has been linked to cancer and, ironically, ochronosis, also known as skin darkening. Yikes!

That’s why this DIY is such a relief: With two kitchen cabinet ingredients and five minutes, you can start the skin lightening process to naturally reduce dark spots for good. This is one of the easiest natural beauty DIYs I’ve ever tried, and trust me, it really works! [Read more…]