Whole New Mom http://wholenewmom.com Healthy Living for Real People in Today's Changing World Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:26:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 64148957 12 Adaptogens You Should Know and Why You Need Them http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/what-are-adaptogens/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/what-are-adaptogens/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:24:42 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40098 What are adaptogens? Most likely you have been using natural healers in your life for awhile now.  Herbs like Green Tea for antioxidants, Ginger for an upset stomach, or Garlic for its immune boosting effects. However, there are some new kids on the block. Rather, they are old kids, but they are getting a lot of attention these days. They are — Adaptogens. Haven’t heard about them before? If not, you’re about to learn something fascinating, and you will wish you knew about it sooner. I first heard about adaptogens about 3 years ago when working with a new practitioner on my thyroid issues. We used […]

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What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are the unsung heros of natural healing and living! Here's all you need to know on what adaptogens are and why you need these healers in your natural medicine cabinet. Plus 12 adaptogens to get started with!

What are adaptogens?

Most likely you have been using natural healers in your life for awhile now.  Herbs like Green Tea for antioxidants, Ginger for an upset stomach, or Garlic for its immune boosting effects.

However, there are some new kids on the block.

Rather, they are old kids, but they are getting a lot of attention these days.

They are — Adaptogens.

Haven’t heard about them before? If not, you’re about to learn something fascinating, and you will wish you knew about it sooner.

I first heard about adaptogens about 3 years ago when working with a new practitioner on my thyroid issues.

We used a few of them at the time and so began a “relationship” that still goes on today.

I started working with Linda (who wrote this post on the cause of thyroid disease) for thyroid and adrenal issues.  While we were working on my protocols, Linda brought up adaptogens.  I don’t think I really knew what they were, though I had heard the term.

Linda explained that adaptogens help your body adapt to stress.

I hadn’t thought about it before working with Linda, but stress comes from many places – both external and internal.  Adaptogens can help regulate many kinds of stressors, plus they adapt both to the stressor, and also to the person taking them. As you can imagine, they can be quite helpful.

Adaptogens are getting a lot of attention these days for several reasons.

Number one, people are trying more and more to turn to natural substances instead of to pharmaceuticals for healing.

But the other reason that adaptogens are getting more attention these days is that they are quite useful for dealing with stress, and there is so much more stress today than in most of history.

Think about it…..

We’re up waking up earlier, staying up later, the fast-pace of social media and technology are increasing at breakneck speed, the toll of the increase of illness on our society and families is putting more and more pressure on us to survive with stress.

It’s just all. too. much.

So do adaptogens heal?  They do in a way, since they help the body to adapt to stressors of many kinds, and too much stress causes many health problems.

What Are Adaptogens?

The term “adaptogen” comes from Dr. Nikolai Lazarev, a Russian scientist) who first coined in 1947, but Isreal Brekham, PhD and Dr. I. V. Darymovhe created the formal definition in 1968. The formal definitely includes the following criteria:

1. An adaptogen is nontoxic to the recipient.
2. An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents.
3. An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor. (Source)

In other words, adaptogens must:

  1. Be safe
  2. Work by reducing your body’s stress response
  3. Support overall health by helping the body achieve balance known as homeostasis

If you take apart the word, you can get a hint as to what adaptogens are.

Adapt, of course, means to change to what is going on.

Adaptogens are substances that help the body be more “normal”, or “balanced” in many arenas.

While working with the above-mentioned practitioner, I worked with 3 adaptogens, but I’ve recently been getting better acquainted with more of them and I am finding them to be fascinating.

Stressed Out Plants for Stressed Out People

Interestingly, adaptogens are mostly plants that have adapted to growing in very stressful conditions, which is what makes them so powerful.  They give their strength and adaptability to us.

For example, maca grows in a harsh climate and at a high altitude, whereas rhodiola flourishes in harsh and mountainous climates of Asia.

So, these plants have innate abilities to adapt to stress that they in turn transfer to us to help us to deal with our harsh conditions in a healthier manner.

Which brings us to a good point about sourcing adaptogens. As with essential oils, I think that it is important to source adaptogens grown in indigenous locations (where they grow naturally), and to source them organically and sustainably grown when possible.

If you source adaptogens outside of their indigenous location, then you might not be getting the same ingrown quality that you would get otherwise.

What Adaptogens Do:

David Hoffmann, in the Herbal Handbook, clarifies how adaptogens work

“….an adaptogen enables [the body] to avoid reaching a point of collapse or over-stress because it can adapt ‘around’ the problem.… The core of their action appears to be in helping the body deal with stress… Adaptogens seem to increase the threshold of resistance to damage via the support of adrenal gland and possibly pituitary gland function. By stretching the meaning of the word it can come to mean what in the past was called a tonic. This is especially when an herb can have a normalizing effect; that is, contradictory actions depending on the body’s needs. This restorative quality is a common and unique feature of herbal medicines.…”

But there is a biological function of how this happens.  Here is the technical information: (source)

The beneficial stress-protective effect of adaptogens is related to regulation of homeostasis via several mechanisms of action associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the control of key mediators of stress response such as molecular chaperons (e.g. Hsp70), stress-activated c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK1), Forkhead Box O transcription factor DAF-16, cortisol and nitric oxide (NO).

The key point of action of phytoadaptogens appears to be their up-regulating and stress-mimetic effects on the “stress-sensor” protein Hsp70, which plays an important role in cell survival and apoptosis. Hsp70 inhibits the expression of NO synthase II gene and interacts with glucocorticoid receptors directly and via the JNK pathway, thus affecting the levels of circulating cortisol and NO. Prevention of stress-induced increase in NO, and the associated decrease in ATP production, results in increased performance and endurance. Adaptogen-induced up-regulation of Hsp70 triggers stress-induced JNK-1 and DAF-16-mediated pathways regulating the resistance to stress and resulting in enhanced mental and physical performance and, possibly, increased longevity.

This is very complicated, but what it basically means, is this:

Adaptogens protect us against stress and help us achieve balance by several means that are associated with the HPA Axis and by acting on mediators of stress response, including cortisol and nitric oxide (NO).

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are the unsung heros of natural healing and living! Here's all you need to know on what adaptogens are and why you need these healers in your natural medicine cabinet. Plus 12 adaptogens to get started with!

Common Adaptogens

There are many plants that fall under the rubric of adaptogens.  Some are more commonly accepted as being adaptogens, whereas others are more “outliers.”

In future posts, I’ll cover many of these in more detail, but following are some of the more common adaptogens.

  • Ashwagandha: grown in bushes that are native to India
  • Eleuthero: – a small woody shrub native to Northeastern Asia
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi): Tulsi is native to the Indian subcontinent
  • Maca: Maca is native to the Andes mountains.
  • Panax Ginseng: – used for much of ancient history for health benefits.  This is different from Siberian ginseng, which has different qualities.
  • Rhodiola Rosea: a perennial flowering plant that grows in cold regions of the world, including the Artic.
  • Schisandra: a woody vine that is native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East
  • Astragalus – comes from the root of a plant in the pea family.  Typically grown in the northern and eastern parts of China, as well as in Mongolia and Korea.
  • Licorice – a root native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia
  • Moringa – native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan
  • Gotu kola – native to wetlands in Asia

There are many more plants that are considered to be adaptogens. I hope to touch on quite a few of these in more detail in the future.

Adaptogens can be taken individually, but often they are used in combination as they work synergistically.

My Experiences with Adaptogens

Personally, I have used a number of these.  I’ve taken Rhodiola in this tincture form for many years (and still do), and take ashwagandha on and off as well.  Moringa is something that I have in my home and have tried for a bit. Hoping to try it some more.

I used to not think that I tolerated maca and holy basil well, but I have been using them again and am doing fine.

Currently, I am really enjoying this Cocoa Complex from Neal’s Yard Remedies. It’s loaded with adaptogens and other supports for a healthy life.  I only take a small amount in the afternoon (1/4 – 1/2 scoop) with some water or coconut milk and some stevia for a lovely pick me up.

I’ve been sleeping better since starting it, which has been a huge plus for someone who has had sleep problems for a long time.

As I mentioned above, adaptogens are often taken in combination since they work synergistically. This is what the people at Neal’s Yard Remedies have done — put together a number of adaptogens that work well together.

 

Love this for my afternoon pick me up without sugar! Neal's Yard Remedies Cocoa Complex - with adaptogens

I’ve mentioned Neal’s Yard before, and for good reason.  They are an extremely ethical company with fabulous products.  You can read more about them here.

This Stress Manager from Herb Pharm is another good example of an adaptogenic blend made with herbs that work synergistically together.

Cautions

1.       Adaptogens are Not “One Size Fits All”: Different people might react differently to adaptogens, so take care in your use of them, just as you would with any new natural substance.

2.       Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:  There is mixed information about pregnancy and breastfeeding use about adaptogens.  I hope to touch on this more in the future.

If you are taking medication (or any other medication, for that matter) that suppresses the immune system, please do not use adaptogens without consulting a physician about a potential herb-drug interaction.

Of course, the above concerns are very important to heed, but following is one that I think gets easily overlooked.

3.        Don’t Overdo It: The temptation in our modern day busyness would be to just take adaptogens and keep pushing through. That might work in the short run, but you need to always listen to your body.  If you end up using adaptogens as a way to keep going when your body wants you to slow down, you might end up in serious burnout.

It would be best to use adaptogens as a short term support, or perhaps long term if you are an individual that is overly sensitive to stress.  At the same time, some of their health benefits

Regardless of how you use them, I hope you look into them more and see what these powerful, health-giving adaptogens can do for you.

 

Have you heard of adaptogens before?
Have you used any adaptogens?

 

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Hi everyone.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and are able to rest a bit.

There are some great things going on this week – enjoy the savings and I will see you next week.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Save 20% on Essential Oils

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There’s an amazing sale going on at my favorite Essential Oils Retailer.

Get 20% off a BIG list of oils from different locations around the world, including many that I use almost every day, through tomorrow at 11:59 MDT.

From Lavender to Helichrysum to Geranium, there are some great oils to choose from.

Go here to see the whole list.

In case you missed how I chose this company for our family’s oils, go here to the start of The “Best” Essential Oils Series, or go here to read my Rocky Mountain Oils Review.

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NYR Organic has amazing products, including the Skincare that has my skin looking amazing (this past weekend, someone guessed my age 10 years young and someone else asked what I am using on my face since my skin looks so good :)).

They have a load of lovely hand lotions, but the Garden Mint and Bergamot is something special.

I had heard it was wonderful, but I kind of thought “yeah right” since I didn’t know how it could be, but this past weekend I got to use it and the Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Wash, and wow…..it’s pretty addictive.

I’ve even heard testimonials that it’s gotten rid of age spots.

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Learn more about what I love about NYR Organic (Neal’s Yard Remedies) here.  I’ll be writing more soon, but they truly are an amazing company and are doing so much to change the world for the better.

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If you want to learn more about oils, there’s a free Essential Oils Summit coming up.

Whether you’re a beginner or have been “oiling” for awhile, there is going to be something for everyone.

And you can register here to access all of the talks for Free.

Just so you know, there won’t be any company names mentioned in the talks, but a lot of the speakers are representatives for the big MLMs in the oils industry.  And some are affiliates for companies and some even sell their own oils.  Just keep that all in mind if you choose to attend.

Of course, I haven’t heard the talks, so I can’t say that I will agree with the whole thing (especially if there is liberal internal use of oils recommended), but I am sure there will be loads of great information to glean.  I plan to listen to as much as I can.

Here are some of the talks I’m most looking forward to:

How to Rebalance Your Hormones with Essential Oils
Essential Oils for a Better Night’s Sleep
Managing Learning Disabilities with Oils
Raising Healthy Families with Essential Oils and Homeopathy
Common Essential Oil Usage with Animals
Essential Oils for Mood Management and Stress
Addressing Anxiety with Essential Oils

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

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I hope you were able to listen in to all of the talks about sleep this past week.

Right now, you can grab the recordings at a reduced price.

Did you know?

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  • A decrease in sleep by 1.5 hours reduces performance by 32%.
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If you missed the whole thing, or missed talks you really wanted to hear (like I did), then you can go here to buy the recordings before the price goes up.

 

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In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Fermentation for Beginners

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Ketogenic Diet

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Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic Desserts

Ketogenic Diet

Superfoods

(We’ve been including more Superfoods in our diet.  Did you see my recipe for Superfood Berry Popsicles that I just shared?  They’re great!)

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The Yoga Beginner’s Bible

(I know some of you might have issues with yoga, and I have concerns as well with the spirituality end of it.  However, I do think that many of the stretches and poses are physically beneficial.)

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Cupping Therapy

(Have you seen the Cupping marks on the backs of many Olympians?  I thought it was interesting to see alternative therapies in the limelight. Here’s some more information on this therapy.  I’ve tried it a few times. I wasn’t sure about how much it helped but it was interesting.)

Cupping Therapy

Ketogenic Diet Fat Bomb Recipes

Ketogenic Diet Fat Bomb Recipes

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These Superfood Berry Popsicles are just the thing for a healthy summer treat. They're low carb and dairy-free with options for AIP/autoimmune protocol. Made with an amazing Organic Vegan Superfood Berry Blend that's loaded with healthful ingredients and antioxidants.

Nothing like popsicles on a warm day for a refreshing treat.

And these Superfood Berry Popsicles are more than just refreshing — they are a super healthy treat.

These low carb popsicles are loaded with antioxidants from multiple organic superfoods.

When I told my son I was going to make these he said, “Oh yes! Please make popsicles. I LOVE them!”

And when he found out that there would be berries in them, he was even more excited.

Of course.

I got this recipe from a friend of mine awhile ago, and we just LOVE it!

Actually, we haven’t made popsicles in a long time. Not sure why, but we haven’t.  So we were so excited to do it again and to find a recipe that is fun, delicious, and even beautiful!

Why Superfoods?

Superfoods are kind of a word that’s thrown around today a lot, but basically they are foods that are powerhouses of nutrition.

If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I used to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD), but had to move to lower carb foods due to candida.  We also are pretty much dairy free around here due to my oldest’s life threatening allergy to dairy (amongst other things).

But more than just trying to avoid things like sugar, loads of carbs (especially refined carbs), and the things my son is allergic to, we have really been making an effort to put more healthful foods into our diet to improve our health.

The main things we have been trying to increase in our diets are vegetables and fruits, particularly low carb fruits like berries, and superfoods that pack an extra punch of nutrition.

I really thought that we were eating healthy enough, but when I sat down and looked at it, I realized that we weren’t.  It’s easy to grab nuts or something like that for a snack, and when you are eating lower carb, it’s harder to eat fruits, and sometimes eating veggies just gets a little “old”.

So I’ve been looking for new ways to get more produce into our diets without adding too many carbs.

I’ve tried various green drinks and have found them to be a great help. You can easily put the powders in smoothies or add them to recipes, but this idea of making popsicles out of them was just too fun.

For this recipe, you can of course use whatever fruit powder you like, or you could reverse engineer the ingredients to make the superfood powder that I used, but I do love the blend that I will mention in this post.

We’ve used the powder mostly in water as an afternoon pick me up drink, but this popsicle recipe is our favorite use thus far.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

The Powder

DIY Fruit Powder Blend Ingredients:

If you want to make this recipe by making your own Fruit Blend, here are some links to products to get you going.

Here are some ingredients that would be helpful should you choose to do that.

  1. Blueberry Powder (Organic)
  2.  Acai Powder (Organic)
  3. Apple Powder (Organic)

There are a few Berry Blends you can buy and a few Superfood Blends, but just be careful what you purchase and read the reviews.  A common complaint is that many of the powders (the berries in particular) become rock solid quickly after purchase.  I think that’s why the use of the cassava maltodextrin is so crucial in the blend that I used.  In fact, I had a berry powder years ago that did that very thing despite it having a moisture packet in it.   So just be careful what you buy and be careful how you store them should you go that route.

If you’d like to try out the one that I use, here is some more information about it.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Berry Complex 

The powder that I used is a great powder loaded with so much I wanted in our family’s diet.

  • No added sugar
  • Non GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • No preservatives
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Certified organic

Regardless of whether you choose to use the Superfood powder that I did, or DIY your own version, you will want to blend several powders and extracts together to get the benefits of many different phytonutrients.  Following are the ingredients in the NYR Organic Powder with the benefits of each.

Ingredients

Apple Powder – high in fiber and pectin

Blueberry Powder – high in anthocyanins (great for health and skin radiance)

Blackcurrant Powder – high in anthocyanins. Supports good circulation and skin radiance.

Acerola Cherry Extract Powder – high in vitamin C

Açaí Powder – high in antioxidants resveratrol

Green Bell Pepper Powder – high in vitamin C and antioxidants

Pomegranate Juice Powder – high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals

Chia Seeds – high in Omega 3 fatty acids and great for gut health

Goji Berry Extract Powder – often called the “elixir of youth”.  It’s stickiness shows that it has polysaccharides in it and helps moisturize skin from the inside out.

Stevia – a natural sweetener that I use in so many of my recipes. It is over 200 times as sweet as sugar and yet has no calories, no glycemic index and none of the negative side effects of sugar.  In this post about stevia and health, you can see that it actually might support healthy blood sugar levels.

Anthocyanins are the plant colorings responsible for the vibrant reds, blues, and purples in fruits, and they have been noted to show promise in protecting from many health conditions. (source)

It’s a fabulous pick-me-up in the morning or afternoon and has only a few carbs, and as a result, is a great way to get more produce into your diet.

And…..it makes amazing popsicles.

They are low carb, no sugar-added, and even adaptable for the AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol or Autoimmune Paleo).

Notes about Ingredients – The “flavourings” are Organic Blackberry Flavors and the Maltodextrin is from Organic Cassava and keeps the Acerola Cherry Powder from clumping as it has a tendency to do so.  Also, all of the ingredients are sourced in the US.

Get your Antioxidant Boost with this delicious Neal's Yard Remedies Berry Complex. It's loaded with health benefits and tastes amazing!

Notes:

For the AIP option for this recipe use another fruit powder because the powder that I used contains some non AIP foods.  I couldn’t find a powdered superfood powder blend that was certified organic anywhere else, but you could make up your own using individual fruit powders that work for you.

Carb Count:

I typically don’t give any kind of nutrition counts, but from my quick calculations, if you make small popsicles (like the 1/2 cup push up pops that we used) they have about 5 grams of carbs from the berries (we used blueberries) and 1.3 grams from the berry powder.  So a total of 6.3 grams of carbs per popsicle.

If you are on the THM plan, the blend I used has maltodextrin and so it’s off plan. Use one of the berry powders that I offered as an alternative.

The Popsicle Molds

These Popsicle Molds will give you popsicles very similar to the ones in the image.

But you could use any shape or variety you like.Zoku Popsicle Molds

These Superfood Berry Popsicles are just the thing for a healthy summer treat. They're low carb and dairy-free with options for AIP/autoimmune protocol. Made with an amazing Organic Vegan Superfood Berry Blend that's loaded with healthful ingredients and antioxidants.

 

Superfood Berry Popsicles - Low Carb with AIP options
 
Author:
Recipe type: Desserts - Ice Cream
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 4 large popsicles or 6 small popsicles or push-up pops, depending on size
 
These Superfood Berry Popsicles are Low-Carb Popsicles made with Superfoods and are loaded with antioxidants for amazing health benefits.
Ingredients
  • Water (please use filtered. Here is more on How I Make Our Water Safe)
  • 2 scoops (10 g - approx 2 Tbsp) Berry Powder or Superfood Berry Complex Powder (or for AIP see above note). Add more if you like more flavor.
  • 1½ cups Berries
  • ½ Lemon or 1 T Lemon Juice (I buy huge bottles of lemon juice at Costco)
  • Stevia to Taste (we used 2 scoops [1/16 tsp] of Nunaturals brand. See How to Use Stevia) Omit for most AIP diets or use honey or maple syrup.
Instructions
  1. Blend the BerryPowder with 2 cups of water.
  2. Add the juice of ½ of a lemon (1 Tbsp of lemon juice) to the blended mixture. Stir well.
  3. Fill the popsicle molds half way with berries.
  4. Pour the Berry Complex Mixture over the berries to fill.
  5. Freeze 'til solid. About 5 hours for large popsicles.

These are so good – my youngest would eat of them if I let him — but alas, he has to share :).

I hope you enjoy them too.  It feels great knowing that I got some fabulous nutrition into him and not junky sugar-laden stuff.

What is your favorite frozen treat?

Photo Credit: Heather Ollenburg

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Healthy Living Deals

Hi everyone!

Hope this finds you well and enjoying your weekend.

Loads of great deals to help you stretch your dollars including a Free offer of my Favorite Hand Cream from my Favorite Personal Care company, and something we all need — a Free Sleep Summit.

I’m going to be there for sure!

Enjoy the deals!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

My Fave Hand Cream – FREE

Neal's Yard Remedies - Garden Mint and Bergamot Hand Cream

This month, get my favorite Hand Cream for Free with your $50 purchase from NYR Organic.

NYR Organic has so many amazing products, including the Skincare that has my skin looking amazing (this past weekend, someone guessed my age 10 years young and someone else asked what I am using on my face since my skin looks so good :)).

They have a load of lovely hand lotions, but the Garden Mint and Bergamot is something special.

I had heard it was a wonderful product, but I kind of thought “yeah right” since I didn’t know how it could be, but this past weekend I got to use it and the Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Wash, and wow…..it’s pretty addictive.

I’ve even heard testimonials that it has gotten rid of age spots!

Go here to shop and get your free Hand Cream.

Learn more about what I love about NYR Organic (Neal’s Yard Remedies) here.  I’ll be writing more soon, but they truly are an amazing company and are doing so much to change the world for the better.

I’m more than happy to help you choose products and help you get even more freebies if your order is over $150. Just comment here or email wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com.

 

Free – The Sleep Success Summit

Sleep Success Summit

If sleep problems have ever been an issue for you, make sure to sign up for this amazing The Sleep Success Summitwhere you will learn how to improve that ever-elusive (for many of us) Good Night of Sleep.

The Sleep Success Summit starts on August 8th, and tens of thousands will learn from the expert wisdom so important to healing illness, reducing stress and improving their lives by improving sleep!

Did you know?

  • 30% of people experience insomnia at some point in their lives.
  • Those who sleep next to a snoring partner lose one hour of sleep each night.
  • 25% of children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD have a sleep disorder. When fixed, these symptoms disappear.
  • One night of sleep deprivation can put your body into a diabetic state!
  • A decrease in sleep by 1.5 hours reduces performance by 32%.
  • Reaction time after staying awake for 17-19 hours is worse than a 0.05% blood alcohol level.Register now to make sure you’ll see the free talks.

 

10% off NEW Carrier Oils

Rocky Mountain Oils Carrier Oils Sale

My favorite online essential oils retailer has some Great New Products — Carrier Oils, and to celebrate, they are offering 10% off of all of them!

Rocky Mountain Oils finally has added lovely Carrier Oils to their online offerings, including:

Almond Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Jojoba Oil
Avocado Oil
Apricot Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil

These are great prices for these oils.

In case you missed why I chose this company for our family’s oils, go here to the start of The “Best” Essential Oils Series, or go here to read my Rocky Mountain Oils Review.

The Carrier Oils are on sale thru 11:59 MDT on Sunday Aug 7, so don’t delay.

Save on Great Clean Makeup

Crunchi Collection

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly, is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and non toxic blushes that compete with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford.

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of August (plus get Free Shipping). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post about your order.  PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Lilla-Rose-Hair-ClipsNew to Lilla Rose — get a free clip!

Buy 3 clips, just email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com and I will send you a certificate for 1 free clip up to $15.

Read my Lilla Rose Review here.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Perennial Vegetables

Perennial Vegetables

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Native American Medicine

Native American Medicine

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Gardening

Gardening

Progesterone: the Ultimate Women’s Feel Good Hormone

Progesterone: the Ultimate Woman's Feel-Good Hormone

Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet

Herbal Remedies: 2 Books: Herb Gardening And Herbal Medicine for Beginners

Herbal Remedies: 2 Books: Herb Gardening and Herbal Medicine for Beginners

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!
Which is your favorite deal?

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How to Make Flowers Last Longer (plus the best tip of all) http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/how-to-keep-make-flowers-last-longer/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/how-to-keep-make-flowers-last-longer/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:14:36 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40045 I’ve got a slightly “off topic” tip for you all today — How to Make Flowers Last Longer Yes, I know.  This is a health blog, right? Well, it’s really more than that.  Typically I think of myself as a healthy-living, budget-friendly blogger, but I do go outside of that realm sometimes. I am very interested in current events and how they intersect our lives and health, and I LOVE tips. Kitchen tips, DIY tips, money saving tips — all of it. Tips like: The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic The Easiest Way to Freeze Berries How to Substitute Sweeteners and […]

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Being in nature is a great way to add to your emotional (and physical) health, and bringing a bit of the outdoors in (like in the form of cut flowers) can do plenty to boost your mood and make you feel healthier. Here's how to make cut flowers last longer, and bring a bit of nature inside to boost your spirits!

I’ve got a slightly “off topic” tip for you all today — How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Yes, I know.  This is a health blog, right?

Well, it’s really more than that.  Typically I think of myself as a healthy-living, budget-friendly blogger, but I do go outside of that realm sometimes.

I am very interested in current events and how they intersect our lives and health, and I LOVE tips.

Kitchen tips, DIY tips, money saving tips — all of it.

Tips like:

The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic
The Easiest Way to Freeze Berries
How to Substitute Sweeteners

and more.

Really, when you think about it, today’s tip IS about health.  And saving money.

Being in nature is a great way to add to your emotional (and physical) health, and bringing a bit of the outdoors in (like in the form of cut flowers) can do plenty to boost your mood and make you feel healthier.

My youngest and my husband often bring in freshly picked wild flowers to brighten our home, and I typically set them in a small vase (or Mason Jar) by the sink.

I know for me, when I see flowers next to my kitchen sink, it makes washing dishes and doing kitchen chores quite a bit more pleasurable, and we all know that pleasure is an important part of being healthy.

And of course, if you are spending money purchasing cut flowers, then finding a way to keep cut flowers fresh is a great budget-stretching tip.

So, let’s do it, shall we?

Flowers and Me

I have never been a fan of flowers.  Well, what I mean is that I like flowers, but I don’t like how expensive they are — and I really don’t like when they die.

It basically feels like buying flowers is like pouring money down the drain to me.

Yes, I can be a stoic sometimes.

So while other women love getting flowers, I would purposely ask my husband (and I asked him before we were married too) not to buy me flowers.

Ever.

And he thoughts I was weird.

But that’s just me.

As I mentioned earlier, however, I will happily receive wild flowers.  Anytime.

Recently I inherited some cut flowers that were just gorgeous, and I wanted to figure out how to keep them fresh as long as possible.

I just so wanted to drink in the real beauty for as long as possible.

They were wild-flower-like bouquets — just pure natural beauty with so many colors.  I was smitten.

At least as smitten as one can be with flowers, that is.

Anyhow, over the years, I’ve looked up ways to keep flowers fresh, and some of the tips have worked, while others haven’t done so well.

So I went back to the internet to see what other options there were.

Here is a list of options that I culled from the internet including why they are supposed to work.

Each one has some merit, but we’ll talk about what I chose and what worked the best later.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Being in nature is a great way to add to your emotional (and physical) health, and bringing a bit of the outdoors in (like in the form of cut flowers) can do plenty to boost your mood and make you feel healthier. Here's how to make cut flowers last longer, and bring a bit of nature inside to boost your spirits!

How to Make Flowers Last Longer

  • Trim – Trim the stems at a 45 degree angle before placing them in the water.  This allows more water to be absorbed.
  • Remove Leaves – Remove foliage from lower part of the stem – the foliage is a great place for bacteria to grow which is something that shortens the life span of the flowers
  • Water – add water and check water level daily
  • Use Filtered Water – filtered water is better
  • Sterilize the vase – again, bacteria shortens the life span of the flowers
  • Bleach – reduces bacteria
  • Keep Dark – sun and heat encourage flowers to age / mature
  • Vodka —  Vodka, or any alcohol, might halt ethylene production, but it also might help prevent bacteria growth.
  • Sprite — Some say that the acid in the water helps and others say that the sugar helps the flowers.
  • Apple cider vinegar & sugar — Vinegar is an antibacterial agent and the sugar serves as flower food
  • Refrigerator — Cold temperature slows aging of the flowers
  • Aspirin — Aspirin may lower the pH of the water
  • Add a Penny – The copper in “real” pennies is an acidifier that is thought to help keep flowers fresh
  • Flower Freshness Packs (the ones you get at the florist)

After looking over the above list, I decided to try the Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar option, plus some additional filtered water in the vase.

I really didn’t feel like investing in those packs of Flower Freshness Stuff (plus I’m not too keen about putting more artificial into the environment and I found out that one of the ingredients in those Flower Fresh Packs is BLEACH! (source)

Blech!  No thank you!  My flowers aren’t worth putting bleach into my home or the environment.

And some of the other options weren’t something I had or felt like spending money on (like Sprite!).  I mean, if I were going to drink the rest of the Sprite, I might invest in a bottle for my flowers, but since we struggle with candida here and soda isn’t on my healthy list of drinks (we actually never buy soda except for possibly Zevia or Bai on very rare occasions), I wasn’t about to bring it into the house for this purpose.

We don’t have aspirin in our house, and I had forgotten I had vodka (plus that’s a pretty pricey way to keep flowers fresh, in my opinion), and didn’t want my flowers in the fridge, of course, because it’s hard to enjoy them when they’re hidden away like that.

So in went the Apple Cider Vinegar and Water blend, and so began the experiment.

I had several vases, and most went in rooms with light, but one vase went in the bathroom, which tends to be more dark.

Three days after doing this, and they all still look pretty good, with the exception of the ones with stems that weren’t hitting the water (oops!)

And interestingly enough, I later went on the internet and I found this test that showed that the method that I chose was, in fact, the best. (source)

It’s pretty fun when you find out that what you chose to do was, in fact, the best choice of all.

Better yet, it’s toxin free!

Oh, and you can see the Vase of Flowers making my bathroom beeeyoootiful right here on Instagram (and of course, you can follow me too.)

Wondering how to make flowers last longer? Here are loads of tips including the ones that work best!

The Best Way to Make Flowers Last Longer

What You Need

Filtered Water  (of course, tap water will work, but filtered is better. Here is the water filter that we use)
Apple Cider Vinegar (we use this brand)
Sugar (just regular sugar. We have some around for making kombucha)

Method

1. Add filtered water to the vase.

2. Remove foliage from the lower part of the stem.

3. Place 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 Tbsp Sugar in a container and blend.

4. Add the mixture to the vase. Depending on the size of the vase, you can add more or less of the vinegar and sugar blend.

5.  Add the flowers to the vase.

6.  If possible, keep your flowers in a cool and dark room (e.g. away from heat vents and bright lights)

7.  Approximately every 2-3 days, change the water, add more of the solution to the vase, and trim the flowers again or at least rinse of the stems.

8.  Enjoy your flowers for a long time!

Do you like having flowers in your home?
What have you tried to make them last and has it worked?

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DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oil Blend http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-blend-pink-eye-goopy-eye/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-blend-pink-eye-goopy-eye/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:35:40 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39982 My son doesn’t look so good there, does he? It is for sure not fun needing a Natural Remedy for Pink Eye or for “Goopy Eyes” anytime — but in the summer it just seems wrong. You know what I mean — right?  Being sick in the summer when almost no one else is sick and you could be at the pool, or outside playing — it’s just a bummer. But it happened to my youngest this summer, and it happened big time. It all started when he came home from a party on a Saturday and told me, “I don’t […]

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No matter what we can do to prevent things, goopy or pink eye just happens! When my son woke up with a goopy eye – this DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oils Blend helped soothe and heal his eye. This natural remedy is one we'll be keeping on hand!

My son doesn’t look so good there, does he?

It is for sure not fun needing a Natural Remedy for Pink Eye or for “Goopy Eyes” anytime — but in the summer it just seems wrong.

You know what I mean — right?  Being sick in the summer when almost no one else is sick and you could be at the pool, or outside playing — it’s just a bummer.

But it happened to my youngest this summer, and it happened big time.

It all started when he came home from a party on a Saturday and told me,

“I don’t feel well, Mom.”

My initial thought was that he had eaten too much junk at the party.  The host had been gracious enough to serve gluten-free hotdog buns as an option, but my boys don’t do well on a lot of carbs, and well — he had had more than his fair share at the party.

Now, it could be that the overdose of carbs and party food sped things along and made the illness last longer, but it became apparent pretty quickly that the food wasn’t the problem.

He. Was. Really. Sick.

Within about a half hour of him coming home, I thought he felt warm so I took his temperature, and he already had a fever. So he settled down in front of the TV and started watching You Tube videos of The Lone Ranger.  🙂  We have all become close friends of The Ranger and Tonto in our home in recent days….

Then more things happened — his fever climbed, the aches started, a horrible sore throat ensued, and more.

It was when he ended up complaining about odd chest and back pains and mentioned some breathing issues that I called our physician and we ended up at Urgent Care.

The visit turned out to be pretty uneventful and we came home with a more comfortable, but still worn out and sick child and I proceeded to treat him naturally as much as possible with everything I could throw at the illness.

And I threw a lot at it.

Loads of natural remedies for sore throat and the like.

Since I’m very concerned about the overuse of antibiotics, and I don’t like the ingredients in most OTC meds, I prefer to go as natural as possible.

Here are some other Natural Supports that I have shared previously:

DIY Cold and Flu Remedies
Natural Ear Infection Remedy
Unbelievable Wart Remedy
Natural Helps for Indigestion
Natural Helps for Anxiety

The Beginning of the “Goopy Eye”

Anyhow, after a few days, my son’s right eye started “gooping up”.  He had quite a bit of discharge and was waking up with his eye stuck shut.

I don’t know what it was.

Was it Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)?  Just another symptom of the virus that he had but not technically Pink Eye?

Regardless of what it was, his eye was struggling and needed support.

Years ago, breastmilk would have been my remedy of choice, but alas my nursing days are long gone, so I had to turn to other sources of healing.

I immediately looked up ways to help support his body so that his eyes would heal, and came up with a several solutions, but ended up going first with a chamomile tea bag, and then with some diluted essential oils.  The essential oils blend really seemed to be the way to go.

I used the following Essential Oils Blend on his goopy eye, and then when the condition went to his other eye, we used it on both.  They both cleared up pretty quickly.

About a week later, my oldest got the same illness.

His, however, went right to his ear first, so we did some work using this Natural Ear Infection Remedy (and another help I will be sharing soon), but now his eyes are a goopy too so it’s time to make the blend again.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Here are the details on the blend.

I chose the following essential oils for my “Goopy Eye Essential Oils Blend” for the following reasons:

Lavender

Lavender oil is helpful for supporting the immune system and also has antimicrobial action (source)

Melaleuca

Melaleuca oil has been shown to have antimicrobial action (source)

Notes about Melaleuca:

  1.  Melaleuca (otherwise known as Niaouli — Melaleuca Quinquenervia, should not be used on children under 6)
  2. Melaleuca is not the same as Tea Tree Oil.  Please make sure to check the Latin name of the oil that you are buying to make sure you are getting what you want.  In this case you want Melaleuca Quinquenervia.  This Melaleuca is otherwise known as Niaouli oil so you might see it called that by some retailers.

Regarding carrier oils, you can use any quality oil.  Fractionated Coconut Oil is a favorite since it doesn’t stain clothing (or sheets) and has a long shelf life.  However, you could also use almond, grapeseed, olive, etc.)

Since you would typically be using this blend on a child during the day and at nighttime, I recommend using Fractionated Coconut Oil to avoid the staining of clothing and sheets.

I hope this helps you when you are in need, and I sure hope that you don’t need it in the summertime like we did.

Why This Company for Essential Oils?

Oh, and for those of you who haven’t been around here a long time, if you’re wondering why I went with this specific company for “the best essential oils”, you can read the series here.

Or you can skip to the end here to read why I love Rocky Mountain Oils.

I’ll be sharing more about them and oils in general in the near future.

No matter what we can do to prevent things, goopy or pink eye just happens! When my son woke up with a goopy eye – this DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oils Blend helped soothe and heal his eye. This natural remedy is one we'll be keeping on hand!

Here is information on diluting essential oils for children for your review (source).

Please also note that melaleuca should only be used on children over 10 years of age as it is high in 1,8 cineole.  As an alternative for younger children, use tea tree instead of the melaleuca.

What have you done for goopy eyes or pink eye?

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Free Kindle Books & More Healthy Living Deals ~ Jul 24, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-24-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-24-2016/#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:43:08 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39986 Whoa is it HOT this weekend! It used to be that I didn’t like summer at all, but as I’ve worked on healing my body, now I do enjoy even 80-degree heat, but 90s? No thanks. Is there anyone out there who likes it that hot? It’s that hot today, but thankfully we’re going to be getting a break this coming week.  And I could use it. We had a horrible bug in our home the past 2 weeks, and my oldest is still sick with it.  It’s been hard, but I’ve done more research on natural remedies and now […]

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Healthy Living Deals

Whoa is it HOT this weekend!

It used to be that I didn’t like summer at all, but as I’ve worked on healing my body, now I do enjoy even 80-degree heat, but 90s?

No thanks.

Is there anyone out there who likes it that hot?

It’s that hot today, but thankfully we’re going to be getting a break this coming week.  And I could use it.

We had a horrible bug in our home the past 2 weeks, and my oldest is still sick with it.  It’s been hard, but I’ve done more research on natural remedies and now have more to share…..so again, thankful even for the trial since now hopefully someone else can be blessed as a result.

Here are the deals for the weekend, and there are some good ones.

Enjoy!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

10% off Kits and Wooden Essential Oils Boxes

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

 

My favorite essential oils retailer has some nice deals on right now.

They have the typical 10% off Kits Sale, but the also have a new special….

10% off their NEW Wooden Essential Oils Boxes.

I seriously need a new way to store my oils (ummmmm many are just piled up in a drawer.  Not exactly the best organizing technique)

You can 10% off their NEW Wooden Essential Oils Boxes

Sleep Success Summit 

Sleep Success Summit

Got insomia?

Can’t sleep?  Tired but Wired?

I’ve had insomnia on and off for years.  And it’s terrible.

I’ve found some great things that work for me, but I can’t wait to attend this summit……

If you’re like me, and sleep is something you need more of, The Sleep Success Summit is a MUST attend.  And it’s all free.

From Aug 8-15, 35 Experts share how to Get a Good Night’s Sleep and have better health as a result.

I’ll for sure be there.  Join me here — and since it’s all viewable from the comfort of your home, you can even come to The Sleep Success Summit in your PJs!

 

Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Now through the end of July, get Free Hair Sticks from Lilla Rose.

Spend $40 to $49.99 Retail and get any single Decorated NEW Hair Stick FREE

OR

Spend $50+ Retail and select any two Decorated NEW Hair Sticks Free.

If you are new to Lilla Rose — get a free clip!

Buy 3 clips, just email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com and I will send you a certificate for 1 free clip up to $15.

Read my Lilla Rose Review here.

2 for 1 Sale

 

Beautycounter 2 for 1 Sale

 

If you’re a fan of Beautycounter’s products, check out their 2 For 1 Sale!

Products are only available while supplies last, so don’t delay.  A good many are sold out already, but there are a few good ones left.

I haven’t mentioned Beautycounter in awhile since I have been diving into other products to find cleaner alternatives, but I know some of you love them, and there are some products that are still my favorites, and some that are super clean.  I personally love their mascara and their lipstick is the only one that has ever looked nice on me.

 

If you are looking for products that are safe and perform, and you want to support a company that is working to get safe products into the hands of everyone (and is really shaking up things in Washington), you’ll enjoy Beautycounter.

Save 25% on Great Products

Neal's Yard Remedies Summer Sale!

Through the end of July, choose from a bunch of fabulous Neal’s Yard Remedies products on sale for 25% off!

Some of my faves in this sale are:

Here’s the full list of Sale Items.

But hurry – the sale is only on While Supplies Last!

Read more about what I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies here.

Save on Great Clean Makeup
Crunchi Foundation and Primer

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly, is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and non toxic blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford.

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of July (plus you get Free Shipping). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post about your order.  PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

 

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook

The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook

Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential Oils for Beginners

Spiralizer Cookbook

Spiralizer Cookbook

Life Simplified

Life Simplified

Primal Paleo

Primal Paleo

Fermented Vegetables

Fermented Vegetables

Essential Oils for Dogs

Essential Oils for Dogs

That’s all for now.
Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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Caramelized Coconut Chips (like “Dang” Brand) with low carb & AIP options http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-coconut-chips-like-dang-brand/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-coconut-chips-like-dang-brand/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:40:32 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39917 This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful recipes I have ever come up with. Why? Numerous reasons. I’m a busy mom, and I’m a frugal mom, and we have special diets in our house. My oldest has life-threatening food allergies, plus due to the horrid presence of candida in our guts, we have moved towards the low carb end in our diets. Not to mention, I have 2 boys.  Growing Boys.  Quickly Growing Boys. And they are hungry. Sometimes I am just amazed at the amount of food these boys can eat — […]

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This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful recipes I have ever come up with.

Why?

Numerous reasons.

I’m a busy mom, and I’m a frugal mom, and we have special diets in our house.

My oldest has life-threatening food allergies, plus due to the horrid presence of candida in our guts, we have moved towards the low carb end in our diets.

Not to mention, I have 2 boys.  Growing Boys.  Quickly Growing Boys.

And they are hungry.

Sometimes I am just amazed at the amount of food these boys can eat — particularly my youngest.  He will eat a large snack, then a big plate of dinner, and then at bedtime he is hungry.

Again.

Having enough healthy food around for them can be tough, but it’s even more tough to have something around that doesn’t break the food budget.  Plus something EASY so I’m not constantly heating up the oven and spending oodles of time in the kitchen.

When we’ve got Kale coming in from our garden, Kale Chips are popular here, and I like to make these Coconut Delights, Almond Joy Bars, Homemade Protein Bars, and Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Balls to have around.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

So the idea of a good snack for this household is one that is:

  • allergy-friendly
  • budget-friendly
  • low carb (or at least has that option)
  • easy to prepare
  • healthy

Enter the Perfect Healthy Snack — Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips.

These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect, and if you’ve ever bought them at the store, you know exactly what I am talking about.

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

There’s only 1 problem with these chips though — they are addictive, but at the price they are offered at, the addiction can break the bank.

Check out this popular brand of Coconut Chips.

Now, these taste amazing, but are they “$19.99 for only 12 1.43 ounce bags” amazing?

Wowza.

And we’re not even talking Organic Coconut, folks!

 

This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

 

The Cost Savings

 

I buy EVERYTHING (pretty much) in bulk, and coconut (chips and shreds) is one of the things that fits in that “everything” category.

We buy Medium Coconut Shreds in 25 pound bags, and I buy Coconut Chips in 25-pound bags as well, since coconut has a pretty decent shelf life. The savings work out well for us.

At that bulk amount, I get 1 pound of coconut chips for only $2.60 a pound.  I’m thinking about moving to Organic Coconut Chips and getting them in bulk for $4.44 per pound (you can probably get these cheaper as well, depending on where you shop), but even at that price you are still way ahead of the packaged coconut chip price.

Either way, you can see that the savings over the store bought option are just incredible.

They are so good that basically if you like coconut, you will like these, and if you LOVE coconut, you will LOVE these.

Recently, I took some of these to a friend’s house as a treat to share and they were a huge hit. I left a bunch with her since she liked them so much and she is working hard at getting the junk out of her diet — and I promised that I would get the recipe up on the blog asap.  So here it is :).

These Toasted Coconut Chips are a fabulous way to handle a sweet craving without giving in to junk food, and if you use a low carb sweetener, you aren’t feeding candida.

 

Oh, and if it’s hard to find Coconut Chips where you live?  Here’s how to Easily Make Coconut Chips and Shreds.

This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

The main thing to remember when making these chips, is to really watch the heat that you are cooking with, and really watch the coconut chips.  I toast mine on the lowest heat possible on my stove — well, just a tad over the lowest heat, and still I need to watch them like a hawk.

I’ve made the mistake several times of not watching them closely enough, and well, they burn very easily.  If you catch them early enough in the burning phase, they are still edible, but once you hit a certain point, they’re just plain horrible, and not good for you either.

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Homemade Toasted Coconut Chips
 
Author:
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 6 cups
Cook time:
Total time:
 
Save money and keep on snacking with these homemade toasted coconut chips! These chips are special diet-friendly and low-carb.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pan.
  2. Cook on the stovetop over very low heat until lightly toasted / browned.
  3. Cool before eating.

What is your favorite Healthy Snack?

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DIY After Swim Spray {to Neutralize Chlorine} — and Why You Need It http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/diy-after-swim-spray-neutralize-chlorine/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/diy-after-swim-spray-neutralize-chlorine/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:12:35 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39831 Today I’m sharing with you a simple recipe for something to make your summer a safer one — Vitamin C Spray to neutralize chlorine exposure on your body and your hair, aka a DIY After Swim Spray. It’s summer….and with that comes time at the beach — and the pool. And with the pool comes exposure to tons of chlorine, something that I am not a fan of. Chlorine is a problem in so many arenas of our life.  It’s in our tap water, it’s in bleach that so many use in household cleaning applications, and it’s in use heavily […]

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This DIY After Swim Spray will make your summer a safer one! It neutralizes the chlorine from the pool so your kiddos wont continue to get exposed when they're out of the water. This Vitamin C Spray is a natural remedy that will allow you to just keep swimming through summer!

Today I’m sharing with you a simple recipe for something to make your summer a safer one — Vitamin C Spray to neutralize chlorine exposure on your body and your hair, aka a DIY After Swim Spray.

It’s summer….and with that comes time at the beach — and the pool.

And with the pool comes exposure to tons of chlorine, something that I am not a fan of.

Chlorine is a problem in so many arenas of our life.  It’s in our tap water, it’s in bleach that so many use in household cleaning applications, and it’s in use heavily in most swimming pools. If you have the privilege of frequenting a salt pool instead of a chlorine pool, your exposure to chlorine is much less, but it is still something to consider.

In any case, chlorine is a friend only in the sense that it kills bad stuff like bacteria and viruses.

Clearly, it has its place.

Who really wants to swim in a pool where some kid might have done something …. you know…..), and there are all kinds of things in our water that we don’t want coming out of our taps.

However, chlorine in and of itself carries with it its own health concerns.

We all know how when you spend too much time in a chlorinated pool, you tend to have some seemingly harmless effects such as red eyes and maybe a rash.

However, the health implications go beyond that.

Health Concerns Related to Chlorine Exposure

Chlorine carries with it the following potential health risks.  Chlorine can:

– dry out your hair
– cause breathing problems
– cause dental erosion
– dry out your skin
– cause still births
– cause bladder cancer
– lead to rectal cancer
– cause cardiovascular disease
– cause allergies through sensitization.

Sources: 

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA361110/dangers-of-chlorine.html
http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_general.htm
http://www.medicaldaily.com/toxic-water-asthma-and-other-health-dangers-swimming-chlorinated-pools-246927

Wow.

I don’t know about you, but after reading that list, I’m really really concerned about chlorine exposure — more than I was before.  Did you have any idea it could be that problematic?

I know for myself, I have a hard time walking by the swimming pool in a hotel.  I just don’t. want. to. be. there.

Simply way too much chlorine.

Anyhow, this past year we moved into a new (to us) home.  One of the lovely things about our new place is that there is a community pool.  I didn’t think we’d love it since I’m no longer into sunning myself (I way overdid that in my teen years) and don’t really like chlorine (probably is very similar to the chemical sensitivity that makes me react to artificial fragrances), but this year we have really enjoyed it — especially my boys.

We pay a little extra for the boys to have swim lessons at the pool and one of the requirements is that they must shower after leaving the pool.  I’m glad for that, but I don’t want my boys using the toxic shampoo and such that is provided, so I send them with non-toxic options.

However, this year I really have noticed that the chlorine smell still lingers, even after their prolific use of the natural products I send with them (I can tell by how little is left after not that many trips to the pool!).

Turns out that normal shampoo and other cleaning products leave behind a chlorine film.

Not good.

Besides the issues above with chlorine and health issues, my oldest has Asperger’s Syndrome and we already know that he has detox issues, so I really don’t want the extra toxic burden on his body.  And with all of the toxins in our environment, it makes sense to additional ones as much as possible.

I want the chlorine to be gone!

Vitamin C Neutralizes Chlorine

Apparently what happens is that the vitamin C reacts with chlorine to form dehydroascorbic acid and hydrochloric acid.

Hydrochloric acid? That’s stomach acid.  And while I love it for helping out with digestion and it worked wonders on my rosacea, do you really want this on your skin?

Don’t worry – – from what I have read, the amount produced here is not of concern.

What Kind of Vitamin C to Use?

Two kinds of Vitamin C neutralize chlorine — sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid.

Either version of vitamin C – ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate – will work, there are several reasons why sodium ascorbate is the better choice here.

First, ascorbic acid will lower pH, while sodium ascorbate will not.  When you are spraying something on your skin, better to spray the non acidic item than the acidic one.

Secondly, sodium ascorbate dissolves much more readily than does ascorbic acid.

If you do choose to make this Vitamin C Spray with ascorbic acid, please do make sure you make the recipe as is and don’t make it stronger.

You’ll probably be fine either way, but make it too strong and you can have another issue on your hands.

This DIY After Swim Spray will make your summer a safer one! It neutralizes the chlorine from the pool so your kiddos wont continue to get exposed when they're out of the water. This Vitamin C Spray is a natural remedy that will allow you to just keep swimming through summer!

This spray is great because it’s very inexpensive to make. You can, of course buy it pre-made, but this is the easy peasiest of the easy peasiest.

And it doesn’t sting.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

What kind of bottle to use?

I used a bottle that I had around the house. It’s glass but it’s very very thick.  If you use aglass bottle, make sure to have it cushioned when you pack it for your trip to the pool.  Of course you’ll have towels and maybe an extra shirt in your bag that should work just fine for that purpose.

4 fl oz Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle with Black Spray Cap (4 Pack)

Otherwise, use a high quality plastic bottle.

Note – The essential oils in the spray are mostly for fragrance purposes, but they are nourishing to the skin so they have that added benefit as well.

Homemade Vitamin C Spray

Ingredients

1 cup Filtered Water  (See my recommendations on How to Filter Water here)
5 grams (1 tsp) powdered Sodium Ascorbate
Essential Oils (optional)
A qualityGlass Bottle or quality Plastic Bottle

I recommend using

To find out why I chose the essential oils company linked to above, you can go to the start of the “best” essential oils series, or find out more about my choice for the best essential oils company.

Method

Using a funnel, add water to a glass bottle or stable plastic spray bottle.

Add the ascorbic acid.

Put lid on bottle and shake to combine.

After swimming, spray the solution all over, including on hair.

Rub the solution in, making sure to cover all of your skin.  If the Vitamin C doesn’t cover your skin, it won’t protect it.

Shower as usual.

You should notice that your hair and skin smell much better after using this spray than if you only showered using shampoo and soap.

Do you and your family swim often?
What have you done to reduce chlorine exposure?

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Free Kindle Books & More Healthy Living Deals ~ Jul 9, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-9-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-9-2016/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2016 22:24:47 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39849 Hi readers. It’s that time of the week again — and I’ve got a bunch of great Free Kindle Books and more savings to help you stretch your healthy living dollars. My youngest isn’t feeling so well, so I’m diving into ways to help him feel better  – the Herbal Books in the Free Kindle Books seem to be helpful. Hope you all are having a nice summer weekend and that your family members aren’t dealing with an illness.  No fun to be sick in the summer! By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click […]

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Healthy Living Deals

Hi readers.

It’s that time of the week again — and I’ve got a bunch of great Free Kindle Books and more savings to help you stretch your healthy living dollars.

My youngest isn’t feeling so well, so I’m diving into ways to help him feel better  – the Herbal Books in the Free Kindle Books seem to be helpful.

Hope you all are having a nice summer weekend and that your family members aren’t dealing with an illness.  No fun to be sick in the summer!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

10% off Essential Oils Kits

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

When I got first tried essential oils, I had no idea where to start. Know what I mean?

Well the people at Rocky Mountain Essential Oils have made it easier for you to get started…..with their Essential Oils Kits – and they’re all 10% off.  Plus you get free shipping in the US. (outside the US get $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $199).

My Favorite Kits

These kits are the ones with oils that I use regularly. You can’t really go wrong with these.

Single Essential Kit – some of the most popular oils they carry

Purification Kit  – for cleaning your environment and helping your immune system. I used the Purify Blend for off-gassing we had with 2nd hand furniture & a new dishwasher, of all things — here’s my DIY Purify Oil Blend.

Mom’s Essential Kit – I have this and LOVE it!

Mom’s Essential Starter – Basics for moms on the go.

Read why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils here.  The whole “sometimes dicey” series starts here.

My experience with Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) all started with Native American Nutritionals (NAN).  Since then, Rocky Mountain Oils purchased NAN and soon the NAN site will be gone, but the oils are better than ever.

25% off Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies Summer Sale!

Now through the end of July, so many fabulous things at Neal’s Yard Remedies are on sale for 25% off!

Some of my favorite included in the sale are:

Here is the full list of Sale Items.

Make sure to hurry – the sale is only on While Supplies Last!

You can read more about what I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies here.

Save on Makeup Faves

Crunchi Collection

Looking for safe makeup?

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly, is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light – no “caked on feeling” here.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford — but these are NOT Toxic.

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of July (plus you get Free Shipping). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post about your order.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Free Hair Sticks &
Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Now through the end of July, get Free Hair Sticks from Lilla Rose.

Spend $40 to $49.99 Retail and get any single Decorated NEW Hair Stick* FREE

OR

Spend $50+ Retail and select any two Decorated NEW Hair Sticks* Free.

Plus, if you are a new customer to Lilla Rose, if you Buy 3 Clips I will send you a Coupon for a Free Clip worth up to $15.

Just place your order here, email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, and I will send you your certificate in the mail.

You can read my Lilla Rose review here.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Pressure Canner Cookbook

Pressure Canner Cookbook

Extensive Guide of Home Remedies

Extensive Guide of Home Remedies

Eliminate All Sugar Cravings in 21 Days

Eliminate All Sugar Cravings in 21 Days

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Gluten-Free Recipes

Gluten-Free Recipes

Essential Oils for Allergies

Essential Oils for Allergies

The Benefits of Having Your Baby Later

The Benefits of Having Your Baby Later

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Autoimmune Breakfast Recipes

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Autoimmune Breakfast Recipes

That’s all for now.
Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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DIY Purify Essential Oils Blend – for Home & Health http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/homemade-purify-essential-oil-blend/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/homemade-purify-essential-oil-blend/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:43:07 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39606 Since I first started using essential oils years ago, we’ve  come to a place where we use essential oils every day. We use individual oils as well and blends, and I like them both. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Homemade Purify Essential Oil Blend, which is one of our favorites.  We’ve used it several times and it was very effective, and it is a very helpful blend with many applications in your healthy natural home. By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a […]

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This DIY Purification Blend is great for cleaning the air from toxins, odors, and more – plus it's great for treating wounds too! It really worked on off-gassing issues we had at our home – no more stink! Save money by making this homemade purification EO blend.

Since I first started using essential oils years ago, we’ve  come to a place where we use essential oils every day. We use individual oils as well and blends, and I like them both.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Homemade Purify Essential Oil Blend, which is one of our favorites.  We’ve used it several times and it was very effective, and it is a very helpful blend with many applications in your healthy natural home.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Why Make Your Own Essential Oils Blends?

I love making my own essential oils blends.  Of course, it’s totally fine to buy the blends pre made, and it’s very convenient to do so, but for some of the same reasons that I make my own Homemade Seasoning Blends, I like making my own essential oils blends. Others you may like are my DIY Antibacterial Blend (like “Thieves”), DIY Hair Growth Blend, and DIY Breathe Blend, and there will be more to come.

  • Control over ingredients: Of course, if you are buying pure oils, then making your own blends won’t really help you as far as keeping adulterants, etc. out of your oils blends, but if you want a particular blend and there is one ingredient that you can’t use (say you are allergic to it, etc.), then you can leave that out and still use the rest of the blend.

  Also, typically Fractionated Coconut Oil is used as a carrier oil, but other oils like almond and sesame, etc. are sometimes used and blends are sometimes pre-diluted.  By making your own blends, you control everything, including the carrier oil.

  • Save Money by not paying extra: Additionally, it is less expensive to make your own blends.
  • Save Money by not wasting oils: You can use your single oils as is, or use them in blends, therefore potentially not buying as many oils and having single oils go to waste.

Why Use a Purify Blend?

Clean air is so important.  So much of the “healthy living movement” is focused on food….on eating non-GMO, organic, clean unrefined foods, and often we focus on clean filtered water (read Is Your Water Safe?), and then possibly clean non-toxic personal care products.

But do we even think about clean air?

We should.

Since I was a child, I have suffered from airborne allergies, including reacting to cigarette smoke, pollen, mold spores, chemicals in artificial fragrances, and more. And those issues have continued until today.

I always knew that I felt bad around these things, but when I was young, I didn’t know that some of them are just plain bad. for. you.

Now I know better.

In any case — just think about it.

Yes, we eat all day long.  Every day.  And so we should do what we can to ensure that our food is sourced as clean as possible.

We drink water — and drink much more water than the quantity of food that we eat (at least, this should be the case), and so we should make sure that our drinking water is safe. Here is how we filter the water in our household.

However, air quality is crucial too.

Our modern houses are sealed more tightly than houses were in the past, and we have more toxins indoors today as well.

Toxins from:

  • carpeting
  • home care products (I hope you are using non-toxic versions of these !)
  • personal care products (ditto —  please clean these up as much as you can)
  • gas and electric stoves
  • gas appliances
  • paint
  • furniture
  • toxins brought in on shoes
  • and on and on

This past year, we had 2 circumstances when the Purify Blend was especially helpful for us.

With a dishwasher and furniture.

First, the furniture.

I found a lovely used Pottery Barn dining set on Craigslist.  When we drove to the complex where it was for sale, I could smell the dryer sheet odor emanating from the buildings.  However, the dining set was wood, so it never occurred to me that the smell would be embedded in the furniture.

It was.

Right after we got it in our home, I knew I had to do something.  I tried several things, including wiping down the furniture with Homemade Furniture Polish, and even with a natural soap solution, and even put the chairs outside to offgass, but it wasn’t until I made a solution of this Purify Blend and water and wiped down all of the furniture with it, that I got real relief. At the same time, I put some of the Purify Blend in my diffuser and let it run round the clock.

(I later realized that I should have emulsified the oils before adding them to the water, but they still worked out.  Mostly the emulsification is to prevent sensitization caused by applying the oils neat to the skin.  In this case that wouldn’t happen but they will blend and be more effective if you emulsify them first.)

Finally — clean air and non stinky furniture!

It now looks lovely in our kitchen eating area, but oh, the offgassing was rough.

Then, the Dishwasher.

Then later, our dishwasher broke.  We ended up getting a great deal on a floor model, but once we started using the machine, the smell coming from it was disconcerting.  After looking into the matter for awhile, turns out that the offensive stench was coming from the insulation lining of the dishwasher.

You know….all that stuff that makes it quiet?  Well, it makes it stink.

We were assured that the smell would dissipate with use, but in the meantime, it was 10 degrees outside and so opening the windows wasn’t a great option.

Finally, I turned to Rocky Mountain Oils’ Purify Blend and well, it worked great.

And as the dishwasher started to stink less, I needed the blend less and less.

Until finally I have a non-stinky dishwasher.  Happiness.

And it cleans pretty well too.

Much More than an Air Cleaner

The Purify Blend is helpful in so many ways.

According to the Rocky Mountain Oils site, it is useful for:

  • killing airborne anaerobic bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, and neutralizing mildew
  • helping eliminate fungus, viral, bacterial, and other infectious problems
  • helping eliminate the scent of cigarette smoke and other noxious odors
  • working to help neutralize poison from insect bites, spiders, bees, hornets, and wasps. Also helps repel bugs and mice.
  • treating wounds and cuts–helps regenerate connective tissue and aids skin to heal
  • helping stimulate poor circulation

The issue of purifying the air using essential oils is due to multiple reasons.

  1.  Negative Ions
  2. Positive Ions
  3. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

And there is real evidence that the oils in this blend work.

For example, lemongrass has been shown to purify the air (source) and to soothe skin (source).

Tea Tree Oil has been shown to have antimicrobial qualities in many studies (source)

Before we get to the recipe, if you are interested in knowing why I chose the essential oils company that I did, here is the beginning of the best essential oils series (where it all started), and you can also skip to the end here.  I will be writing more in the near future about oils in general, as well as about RMO oils and other companies.

This DIY Purify Blend is great for cleaning the air from toxins, odors, and more – plus it's great for treating wounds too! It really worked on off-gassing issues we had at our home – no more stink! Save money by making this homemade purification EO blend.

Have you had to get rid of problematic smells in your home before?
What did you use?

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Happy Fourth of July to all of my readers in the U.S.!

We hope to be participating in some of the festivities today, and I hope you are able to as well — please remember to give thanks for the freedoms that we do still have, and if you are one who prays, please pray that we can continue to have them.

I have learned more about how our country started, and while I know that our hope can’t be in our nation, we do have a great (mostly) heritage that we should be proud of.  That of course doesn’t mean that I don’t love other nations, so please don’t take it that way.  I have lived overseas, traveled to other countries, and have friends from many nations and I think so many have a richness to share, but some are just being led by horrible dictators and worse and I would not wish that kind of travesty on anyone.

In any case, back to today.

Some great deals right now – enjoy the savings.  The Neal’s Yard Remedies deals are amazing.  Enjoy them – it does’t get any better than that!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Free Hair Sticks

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Now through the end of July, Spend $40 to $49.99 Retail and get any single Decorated NEW Hair Stick* FREE

OR

Spend $50+ Retail and select any two Decorated NEW Hair Sticks* Free.

Just place your order here, email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, and I will send you your certificate in the mail.

You can read my Lilla Rose review here.

10% off Essential Oils Kits

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

When I got first tried essential oils, I had no idea what to buy.  You too?

The people at Rocky Mountain Essential Oils have made it easier for you to get started…..with their Essential Oils Kits – and they’re all 10% off – with free shipping in the US. (outside the US get $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $199).

My Favorite Kits

These kits are the ones with oils that I use regularly:

Single Essential Kit – some of the most popular oils they carry

Purification Kit  – for cleaning your environment and helping your immune system. I used the Purify Blend for off-gassing we had with 2nd hand furniture & a new dishwasher, of all things (more to come on that).

Mom’s Essential Kit – I have this and LOVE it!

Mom’s Essential Starter – Basics for moms who are on the go.

Read why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils here.  The whole “sometimes dicey” series starts here.

My experience with Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) all started with Native American Nutritionals (NAN).  Since then, Rocky Mountain Oils purchased NAN and soon the NAN site will be gone, but the oils are better than ever!

25% off Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies Summer Sale!

Now through the end of July, loads of fabulous things are on sale for 25% off!

Some of my favorite included in the sale are:

Here is the full list:

But hurry – the sale is only on While Supplies Last!

Read more about what I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies here.

 

Save on Makeup Faves

Crunchi Collection

Need a safe foundation? Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly and is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light – no “caked on feeling” here.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford — but these are NOT Toxic!

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of July (plus you get Free Shipping!). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post and tell me that you ordered.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Free Sunscreen
and Salt Styling Spray

Beautycounter 4th of July Offer

If you are already a Beautycounter customer, here’s your chance to stock up and get some free products through the end of the day with your purchase of $150.

I personally prefer other sunscreens since this one has phenoxyethanol in it, but Beautycounter is very careful with their formulations and the Beautycounter Sunscreen ranks a 1 on EWG, which is GREAT.  And it performs really well.

And the Salt Spray is lovely – gives great sea styling without drying your hair out.

I personally LOVE Beautycounter’s mascara (I’ll be sharing more about that soon….I’ve been trying out a ton of more natural / safe mascaras and this one is great), and their lipstick is the only one I can wear.  It’s pretty and not too “lipsticky.”

Shop here to get your freebies.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Herbal Remedies: Adaptogens

Herbal Remedies: Adaptogens

Whole 30

Whole 30

The Only Book of Essential Oils that You’ll Ever Need

The Only Book of Essential Oils that You'll Ever Need

Vinegar Solutions

Vinegar Solutions

Alkaline Diet

Alkaline Diet

Essential Oils for Allergies

Essential Oils for Allergies

Nutrition and Wellness

Nutrition and Wellness

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AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Taco Seasoning ~ nightshade and seed-free http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/autoimmune-protocol-aip-taco-seasoning-no-nightshades-seeds/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/autoimmune-protocol-aip-taco-seasoning-no-nightshades-seeds/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:13:55 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39692 Today’s recipe is something that I didn’t think was possible — an AIP Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe. One of the things that really spices up a meal (pun intended) is seasoning blends.  With the right seasoning mix, you can turn plain meats, veggies, eggs, or a salad, into something really special. And one of our favorite seasonings is taco seasoning, however if you’re on the AIP diet, regular taco seasoning is out of the picture. It’s laden with peppers and seeds, both of which are off-limits on the AIP diet, but I love all things taco, so I really wanted to develop […]

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One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

Today’s recipe is something that I didn’t think was possible — an AIP Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe.

One of the things that really spices up a meal (pun intended) is seasoning blends.  With the right seasoning mix, you can turn plain meats, veggies, eggs, or a salad, into something really special.

And one of our favorite seasonings is taco seasoning, however if you’re on the AIP diet, regular taco seasoning is out of the picture. It’s laden with peppers and seeds, both of which are off-limits on the AIP diet, but I love all things taco, so I really wanted to develop this.

It’s been years since I have bought taco seasoning in the store — we actually buy very little processed food at all.  Instead, we’ve used this Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend for years, and it has served us well.

Problem is, that about a year ago, I started looking at the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (otherwise known as the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, or the AIP Diet, or AIP for short), and that changed everything.

My Life with Special Diets

For those of you who don’t know about the AIP Diet, it can be tough. I’ve been on a number of special diets over the years, but this one is just about the hardest one.

My special diet journey started with my son’s life-threatening food allergies that manifested themselves in severe eczema when he was an infant.  I removed the top allergenic offenders from my diet so that the proteins wouldn’t be present in my breastmilk, and his skin healed miraculously.  Basically I removed wheat, egg, dairy, soy, fish, nuts, and peanuts from my diet.  Tough, but doable.

Then later, when it was clear that I had major issues with candida, I went on the candida diet.  This was hard in a different way, but with alternative sweeteners like stevia, xylitol, erythritol, and the like, it’s very manageable once you get rolling.

I’ve tried GAPS for my oldest at one point. That was hard.

And Paleo.  Hard, but mostly tough since I have to always be mindful of the candida thing.

But AIP.

Wow.

I’ll tell you more later, but I ended up trying the AIP diet on the advice of a top blogger who knew of my struggles with Thyroid Disease and Adrenal Fatigue.  She had done the AIP Diet for awhile and said it was a huge help, so I tried.

And it was hard.  Again, mostly because I have the whole candida “thang” going on, which means you have to avoid loads of fruits, yucca, tapioca, cassava, and such things in excess, and they are the backbone of so much that is AIP.

Spices are hard too since you technically are supposed to not eat nightshades or seeds, and so many of the lovely fragrant, intense spices are just those.

Spices like:

cumin
coriander
pepper
nutmeg
cayenne
chili peppers,
and paprika.

Yup – all my favorites.

Perhaps they are yours too?

One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

So — since I’m totally not into boooooring food, this recipe came about out of necessity for something really fun and tasty to spice up “meat and veggies”.  Even though I am not totally following the AIP Diet right now, you never know when that might happen again, and I really wanted to have this in my back pocket. Plus, with the growth in autoimmune disorders in today’s society (due to the perfect storm of gut health and overall health insults), I really wanted to make this available to those who are desperately trying to heal, but are finding their diet to be less than appealing.

Whether you are on the AIP Diet or not, you will enjoy this blend — guaranteed.

My youngest, in fact, told me it was the best seasoning I have ever made.  Now, he might say that in a few months about another seasoning, but he really liked it.  And that’s a good sign :).

Serve this on tacos (of course), on other meats, as the seasoning for Homemade Sausage Patties, on salads, veggies… really on anything savory.  And if you’re not grain-free you could have it on popcorn as well, or as a blend to put on Homemade Kale Chips.

The possibilities are endless.

Oh, and while you’re at it, here are great recipes for AIP Taco Shells and AIP Tortillas.   So you’re all set for your next AIP Mexican Fiesta :).

One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

What You Will Need

  • Onion Powder
  • Cilantro (can subsitute parsley, if desired)
  • Salt (I use Real Salt)
  • Oregano
  • Turmeric
5.0 from 1 reviews
AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Taco Seasoning ~ nightshade and seed-free
 
Author:
Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 3.75 tsp
 
It's hard to give up things like tacos when you go on AIP. This autoimmune protocol taco seasoning is free of nightshades & seeds.
Ingredients
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro (can substitute parsley, if desired)
  • ½ tsp salt (I use Real Salt)
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Store in a tightly-closed container.
Notes
- For a seasoning with a bit more "heft" to it, add about 1 t on plan starch of choice to the mix.
- Use approximately 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix for each pound of ground meat (or to taste. Some may prefer 1 Tbsp, others up to 4 Tbsp).
- You can add approx. ¾ cup water to the beef and seasoning mixture to make a more "saucy" beef.
- And mentioned in my "Saving Time in the Kitchen by Baking in Bulk" post, I recommend making more of this in advance so that you have it on hand when you need it. Cook once, use two three four times or more :-)!
- We even love this as a standby seasoning on our table. It tastes great on veggies and loads of other dishes!
- For my spice shopping, I really like Frontier Brand and Mountain Rose Herbs. I've done taste tests and the Frontier Brands have won out every time and they are very reasonable. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of nicely priced organic products in smaller quantities. Bulk but not HUGE bulk amounts :-).

What is YOUR favorite seasoning?
How would you use this Taco Seasoning?

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Free Kindle Books & More Healthy Living Deals ~ June 26, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-june-25-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-june-25-2016/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:58:02 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39694 Hey everyone. I’ve got some more great deals for you today.  Of course there are the regular Free Kindle Books, but there are some new things this weekend. An amazing deal on a Huge Special Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle that is a complete “no brainer” — it has a fabulous course that is worth $197 all by itself! You do not want to miss this.  More below. By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep […]

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Hey everyone.

I’ve got some more great deals for you today.  Of course there are the regular Free Kindle Books, but there are some new things this weekend.

An amazing deal on a Huge Special Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle that is a complete “no brainer” — it has a fabulous course that is worth $197 all by itself!

You do not want to miss this.  More below.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

10% off Essential Oils Kits

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

When I got started with essential oils, I was clueless! But the people at Rocky Mountain Essential Oils have made it easier for you to get started…..with their Essential Oils Kits – and they’re all 10% off – with free shipping in the US.  (outside the US get $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $199).

My Favorite Kits

These kits are the ones with oils that I use regularly:

Single Essential Kit – some of the most popular oils they carry

Purification Kit  – for cleaning your environment and helping your immune system. I used the Purify Blend for off-gassing we had with 2nd hand furniture & a new dishwasher, of all things (more to come on that).

Mom’s Essential Kit – I have this and LOVE it!

Mom’s Essential Starter – Basics for moms who are on the go.

Read why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils here.  The whole “sometimes dicey” series starts here.

My experience with Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) all started with Native American Nutritionals (NAN).  Rocky Mountain Oils has since purchased NAN and soon the NAN site will be gone, but the oils are better than ever!

Buy 2 Get 1 Free &
30% off Men’s Grooming Set

Buy 2 Get 1 Free NYR Organic Gift Sets

Through the end of June, Save 3 Ways from my favorite skincare company, NYR Organic.

Pampering at its finest — without the toxins, and with the #1 Ethical Company in the World for 2014.

  1.  Get the Geranium and Orange Shower Gel and Hand Wash for only $20 when you spend $45 (this Geranium Oil is helping to rebuild the lives of women in war-torn Congo) – That’s a 44% Savings!   I really love their shower gels.  A little goes a long way and the scents are very exotic – and all natural.  No artificial fragrances in there!
  2. Get 30% off the Men’s Grooming Collection.  PERFECT for Father’s Day!  My husband really enjoys these products…and I love that they are not his old toxic faves.
  3. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE Select Gift Sets.  These are really lovely and they’re a great value  – GREAT for stocking up for presents down the road.  I have the Geranium and Orange one and am looking at buying some others.  The Beauty Sleep Gift Set is such an amazing value as it is.  The Beauty Sleep Concentrate retails at $53, and the at 33% off, the set is only $41.54, so you save and get 2 other items for free.The Rejuvenate Frankincense Set is a fabulous value, containing the amazing Frankincense oil — I love this toner and face wash and how good my skin looks!

NYR’s skincare is just amazing.  My skin feels and looks great, and they disclose the percentage of organic ingredients on every container.

Read more about why I love NYR Organic here.

92% off Essential Oils & Herbs Resources
(Plus 50% off Coupon!)

Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle

Right now, through June 27th, you can get this amazing deal — 92% off of 20 Essential Oils and Herbs resources.

This is such a no brainer.

Here’s why:

  1.  Get 20 Resources worth over $400! – including a great book from Wellness Mama, and more
  2. Get a FABULOUS Essential Oils Course worth $197!
  3. Get a 50% off coupon for Herbs and Essential Oils as a BONUS!

There are some great resources in here including loads of books, but the one you want is the Vintage Remedies course – they are so solid there…and their course retails for $197.  You get ALL of this for only $29.97, PLUS you get the 50% off coupon.

And it all comes with a 30 Day Happiness Money Back Guarantee.

What a deal.  Get more info and buy the bundle here.

I’ll be taking the course myself — would love to have you join me!

Lilla Rose Buy 3 Get 1 FREE

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

I haven’t offered this deal in a long time…. but it’s back!

If you are a new customer with Lilla Rose, through the end of July, you can Buy 3 Clips and Get 1 FREE Clip (up to $15).

Just place your order here, email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, and I will send you your certificate in the mail.

You can read my Lilla Rose review here.

Save on my Fave Makeup

Crunchi Collection

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly and is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels light so you don’t feel like you’ve got a bunch of stuff caked on your face.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal and lipstick often looks way too heavy on me. These are just perfect.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford — but these are NOT Toxic!

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of June (plus you get Free Shipping!). Just order and then email me to get your refund at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, or comment on this post and tell me that you ordered.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

OPPORTUNITY: If you’re looking for a great work at home opportunity, Crunchi is still in the startup stage, so this is a great time to join and get in on the ground floor.  Just email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com or comment below the post for more information.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic Diet

Food Myths

Food Myths

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential Oils for Beginners

101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes

101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes

Living Room Weight-Training

Living Room Weight-Training

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Alkaline Diet

Alkaline Diet

That’s all for this week.  
Have a great evening and see you next week!

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Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl – dairy free & low carb, with AIP option http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/vegan-mint-chocolate-ice-cream/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/vegan-mint-chocolate-ice-cream/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:10:00 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=35713 I have a super fun treat for you all today — Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, but not your normal Mint Chip Ice Cream.  This one has 2 twists — this vegan mint ice cream is made with Fresh Mint, and with melted chips that are turned into a ganache. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and I have had a “thing” going for a long time now. I’ve mentioned it in previous posts about ice cream, but the ice cream flavor of choice that we regularly had in our home was Breyer’s Natural Mint Chocolate Chip.  (Though my mother’s favorite […]

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If you love Chocolate Mint, you will love this Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream -- made with Fresh Mint and with a fun twist -- Chocolate Ganache instead of Chocolate Chips! Dairy free, low carb, and with an AIP option.

I have a super fun treat for you all today — Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, but not your normal Mint Chip Ice Cream.  This one has 2 twists — this vegan mint ice cream is made with Fresh Mint, and with melted chips that are turned into a ganache.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and I have had a “thing” going for a long time now.

I’ve mentioned it in previous posts about ice cream, but the ice cream flavor of choice that we regularly had in our home was Breyer’s Natural Mint Chocolate Chip.  (Though my mother’s favorite was Coffee, so sometimes we had Breyer’s Coffee in the freezer, but not typically.)

I had a very (very, very, very) bad habit of sitting and eating in front of the TV after school while doing homework at the same time.  NOT a good recipe for proper eating or studying (or recreation) habits, and no, I do not recommend that you allow your children to do the same thing.

I got straight A’s every year, pretty much without fail (with the exception of the year that my parents’ marriage started to dissolve) so it was hard for anyone to argue with me about a need to change, but anyhow…..it wasn’t good.

I often wonder how much more I could have accomplished (or how many other more enjoyable things I could have done) should I not have wasted so much time that way.

Anyhow,we all know that eating while watching TV or doing something else (like working on your blog :)), lends itself to overeating.  Well, that was seriously the case with me and the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.

Let’s just say that there wasn’t typically much ice cream left at the end of several of those sittings.

My mom would call what was left in the ice cream container after several of my ice cream eating episodes, “little mountains.”

And she was right, but the emphasis really needed to be placed on the “little.” Le sigh.

If you love Chocolate Mint, you will love this Vegan & Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream -- made with Fresh Mint and with a fun twist -- Chocolate Ganache instead of Chocolate Chips! Dairy free, low carb, and with an AIP option.

Anyhow, I don’t eat much ice cream any longer, and when I do eat it, it’s low carb and dairy free.  And well really, there aren’t many options to buy low carb, dairy-free ice cream in the store or in an ice cream parlor.  And when there are options, well — talk about pricey.

So into the kitchen we go to experiment and create our own frugal and healthy solutions.

A New Kind of Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

This Mint Chocolate Ice Cream is different, as I mentioned.  Instead of mint extract, it’s flavored with fresh mint leaves, and instead of the traditional chocolate chips, it’s got a lovely chocolate ganache weaved throughout.

As a result, the flavor is a tad herby, which you may or may not like.  If that’s not your thing, you could cut the mint leaves in half and add in some mint extract, or just omit them all together and go for the mint extract for the whole thing.  You’ll still have a lovely dessert.

This recipe is inspired by Candace, my blogging friend who used to blog at Candida-free Candee.  She had a Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream on her blog which I thought was so much fun. I loved the idea of the fresh mint and put my own twist on it by doing a ganache instead of the chips.

The end result is a more “grown uppy” ice cream.  Something that might be too eccentric for your littles (unless you use the mint extract, of course), but that should please most adults who enjoy mint.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. I appreciate your support a great deal and helps keep this free resource up and running.

If you love Chocolate Mint, you will love this Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream -- made with Fresh Mint and with a fun twist -- Chocolate Ganache instead of Chocolate Chips! Dairy free, low carb, and with an AIP option

What You Will Need

Fresh Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl - dairy free, low carb, with AIP option
 
Author:
Recipe type: Desserts - Ice Cream
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
Enjoy a dairy-free mint chocolate ice cream made with fresh mint for a sweet, fresh and surprisingly delicious treat!
Ingredients
Ice Cream
Ganache
Instructions
Ice Cream
  1. Blend coconut milk and mint in a blender (I used a Vitamix) until the mint is finely chopped. Alternately you can chop the mint very fine with a knife or chop in a food processor.
  2. Transfer mixture to a pot and bring to a boil over low heat.
  3. Once it reaches a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour.
  4. Pour mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve or a fine sieve. You may need to do this twice. If you have a few flecks left that should be fine and shouldn't affect the final product.
  5. Add in stevia, salt and lemon juice.
  6. Place mixture in fridge until chilled, at least an hour or two. (This step will help in the churning process and should result in a better texture.)
  7. Once mixture is chilled, measure out a ¼ cup and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin and whisk until combined.
  8. Add 3 Tbsp of boiling water to the gelatin mixture and whisk until dissolved.
  9. Add gelatin mixture to ice cream base and whisk until combined. Allow to sit for few minutes.
  10. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and proceed according to manufacturers' directions.
  11. Enjoy!
Ganache
  1. While the ice cream is churning, make the ganache and let it cool completely before adding it to the ice cream.
  2. Heat the chocolate chips and coconut milk over very low heat, stirring until melted.
  3. In a freezer-safe container, scoop in ⅓ of the ice cream, top with ⅓ of the ganache, then layer another ⅓ of the ice cream, then ⅓ of the ganache, then the remainder of the ice cream and top with the remainder of the ganache.
  4. Freeze until solid.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How about you?
What is YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?

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Healthy Living Deals

Whoa is it HOT today.  I was just out watering the plants, and had to come in to cool off.

One other being that is really feeling the heat today is a fun new addition to our family — a furry gray kitten!

Head on over to Instagram to catch a glimpse of “Lucky” eating her first meal…….my kids are just in love with her! (and well, so am I).

She’s currently sacked out, asleep on the deck in the shade.

Just about how I’m feeling when it gets this warm.

Anyhow, here are some great deals to take the heat out of your budget.

Enjoy the savings and the health benefits.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

20% Off Essential Oils

Rocky Mountain Oils Father's Day Sale

Just a few days left (through June 20) to get 20% off Essential Oils singles and blends from my favorite essential oils retailer, Rocky Mountain Oils.  (In case you missed it, here’s why I chose them).

In celebration of Father’s Day, RMO has put together an fantastic list of oils for Dad (and really, they are great for EVERYONE.)

Here’s everything that’s on sale:

FOR WORK
Focusing (for a clear head so Dad can get his work done efficiently)
Peppermint (for so many things – aches and pains, for energizing and stamina)
Energize (I love to use this blend when I’m feeling sluggish.)
Aligning (“like a chiropractor in a bottle”)
At Peace (my youngest really like this one for when he’s feeling anxious at bedtime)

FOR HOME
Sandalwood (helps w/ nervous tension and stress.  This has an amazingly deep scent)
Cedarwood (mostly for insect repellant and skincare – also helps w/ stress and anxiety)
Patchouli (helpful for depression, anxiety, skincare and more)
Tranquility (one of our favorite blends when you need to relax)
Majestic Breeze (“a … formula that helps stimulate the blood circulation. This …gives you the mental and physical energy to get through your day.”)

FOR ACTIVE TIMES
Sports Pro (great after a workout)
Fitness (helps stop between meal cravings — I need this! –and gets you motivated to work out)
Bug Off! (this is going to be seeing a lot of action at our home this summer!)
Frankincense Serrata (very high quality Frankincense)
Joint Support (helps with joint pain)

Enjoy the savings and don’t wait too long….you don’t want anything to sell out and time is of the essence (get it?)

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Don’t miss this fabulous chance for healing!

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Gift Sets
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Buy 2 Get 1 Free NYR Organic Gift Sets

This month, you can Save 3 Ways from my favorite skincare company, NYR Organic.

  1.  Get the Geranium and Orange Shower Gel and Hand Wash for only $20 when you spend $45 (this Geranium Oil is helping to rebuild the lives of women in war-torn Congo) – That’s a 44% Savings!   I really love their shower gels.  A little goes a long way and the scents are very exotic – and all natural.  No artificial fragrances in there!
  2. Get 30% off the Men’s Grooming Collection.  PERFECT for Father’s Day!  My husband really enjoys these products…and I love that they are not his old toxic faves.
  3. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE Select Gift Sets.  These are really lovely and they’re a great value  – GREAT for stocking up for presents down the road.  I have the Geranium and Orange one and am looking at buying some others.  The Beauty Sleep Gift Set is such an amazing value as it is.  The Beauty Sleep Concentrate retails at $53, and the at 33% off, the set is only $41.54, so you save and get 2 other items for free.The Rejuvenate Frankincense Set is a fabulous value, containing the amazing Frankincense oil — I love this toner and face wash and how good my skin looks!

NYR’s skincare is just amazing.  My skin feels and looks great, and they disclose the percentage of organic ingredients on every container.

Read more about why I love NYR Organic here.

Save on My Faves

Crunchi Collection

If you’re looking for some new makeup, look no further.

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly and is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels light so you don’t feel like you’ve got a bunch of stuff caked on your face.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Not sure which is my favorite, really.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal and lipstick often looks way too heavy on me. These are just perfect.

They also have a great Primer (helps your makeup stay nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford, but these are NOT Toxic!

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of June (plus you get Free Shipping!). Just order and then email me to get your refund at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, or comment on this post.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Opportunity: If you’re looking for a great work at home opportunity, Crunchi is still in the startup stage, so this is a great time to join and get in on the ground floor.  Just email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com or comment below the post for more information.

 

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Preparedness Gardening

Preparedness Gardening

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Botanical Hearts Designs Coloring Book for Adults

Botanical Hearts Designs Coloring Book for Adults

Magic Powers of Epsom Salt

Magic Powers of Epsom Salt

Paleo Diet – the 4 Weeks Challenge

Paleo Diet - the 4 Weeks Challenge

Ketogenic Fat Bomb Recipes

Ketogenic Fat Bomb Recipes

Easy Healthy Cooking

Easy Healthy Cooking

For Father’s Day…

How to Be a Good Husband

How to Be a Good Husband

That’s all for this week!
Have a great rest of the weekend and see you next week.

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Choosing Maple Syrup: What Grade Should You Buy? http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/how-to-buy-maple-syrup/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/how-to-buy-maple-syrup/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:23:51 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39567 My family doesn’t use a lot of maple syrup due to candida and eating more low carb (for sweeteners we mainly use stevia, xylitol, and some erythritol and coconut sugar), but we do use it occasionally and have some in our pantry right now. Over the years, I heard different things about What Grade of Maple Syrup is Best, or that you had to be careful about formaldehyde in maple syrup processing, so whenever I did buy maple syrup, things got pretty confusing. Today, Erin from Eat Real Stay Sane is here to address those concerns, and help us all know what […]

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Wondering what Grade of Maple Syrup to buy? Should you buy maple syrup Grade A, or Grade B, or.....I could never figure it out, but now I know -- and I also found out the truth about formaldehyde in maple syrup - yikes!

My family doesn’t use a lot of maple syrup due to candida and eating more low carb (for sweeteners we mainly use stevia, xylitol, and some erythritol and coconut sugar), but we do use it occasionally and have some in our pantry right now. Over the years, I heard different things about What Grade of Maple Syrup is Best, or that you had to be careful about formaldehyde in maple syrup processing, so whenever I did buy maple syrup, things got pretty confusing. Today, Erin from Eat Real Stay Sane is here to address those concerns, and help us all know what type of maple syrup to buy, and she even has a great recommendation of a brand she trusts.  

We recently spent an entire week with my husband’s family… and we almost ate ourselves to death.

They’re terrific people, but OH BOY do they love sugar, canola oil, — and eating out. We’re definitely the foodie oddballs among them and let’s just say we felt gross after that week of gorging.

A tenet of our blog’s brand (not just for our blog, but for life) is that we try to fret as little as possible about eating junk food. We eat so healthy most of the time that a little self-indulging ain’t gonna open the disease floodgates.

The LAST thing we want to worry about on a rad family vacation is if we’re being hoity-toity or difficult by turning our noses up at meals and desserts made by family. However, if there is an easy solution to eating healthier, we’ll still take that route.

For example, my mother-in-law brought REAL, organic maple syrup for us while we were there! We had pancakes several times that week, and she wanted to accommodate our real food hippy-ness.

Thanks Mom!

But why maple syrup? How does it compare healthwise to other sweeteners out there?

And should you buy Grade A or B?

And what about formaldehyde in the processing?  Yikes!

Let’s dive in.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. I greatly appreciate your support and it helps keep this free resource up and running.

What is real maple syrup?

Before I became a real foodie, I had no idea there was such a thing as fake maple syrup. It’s amazing how much I didn’t know about food. Now that we have been using the real stuff for years, the fake stuff almost makes me gag. If the fake stuff is my only option, I go the “drown-in-butter” route.

This is the ingredient list of Mrs. Butterworth (fake) syrup:

High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Molasses, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Polysorbate

So… basically there is no actual maple syrup is in their syrup.

Just high fructose corn syrup, GMOified corn syrup, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors. What in the world is your body going to do with all that stuff that isn’t actually food?

I don’t think we want to find out.

Compare that ingredient list to Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup:

Organic. Maple. Syrup

Now that is what I like to see!

Just one simple ingredient which is exactly what you should expect from maple syrup.

Why should you use real maple syrup?

We love to drizzle maple syrup on our pancakes and waffles (who doesn’t right?), in our homemade yogurt, over oatmeal, as a glaze, and sometimes in recipes that need a maple flavor. While we’re big sucanat and raw honey users, maple syrup’s flavor is distinctly perfect for certain foods and it’s potentially healthier.

Pure maple syrup has more nutritional value than most sweeteners and has one of the lowest calorie levels (although we never count calories). It’s got several minerals including potassium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and selenium. In this study you can see that maple syrup has up to 24 different antioxidants, which is like unleashing an army inside your body to heal free radical damage and inflammation.

Here’s a more in-depth look of the nutrition information of pure maple syrup from the International Maple Syrup Institute.

If you’re going to add any sort of sugar to your diet, add something that actually provides some nutritional benefit. Eating healthy is all about balance.

For me that includes adding tasty natural sweeteners to my brownies or apple cinnamon dump cake. Can ya blame me?

I do want to throw out one caveat:

While maple syrup is miles better than its processed counterparts, it’s still chock full of carbs. Use all sweeteners sparingly so as to avoid packing on the pounds or wreaking havoc on your blood sugar, or causing candida.

Wondering what Grade of Maple Syrup to buy? Should you buy maple syrup Grade A, or Grade B, or.....I could never figure it out, but now I know -- and I also found out the truth about formaldehyde in maple syrup - yikes!

The ABCs of real maple syrup.

I always thought it was weird there were different grades of maple syrup. For years I was told (and read in many places) that Grade B syrup was the best.

I always remembered it as “B for best”. I often read that Grade B contained more nutrients in it while Grade A involved more processing.

Last month, I went to go buy some more maple syrup and I couldn’t find Grade B maple syrup anywhere! Even the health food stores didn’t have any.

I decided to jump on the ol’ Google machine to find out where in the world my Grade B goodness went. Google told me that the whole maple grading system recently changed and Grade B no longer existed.

Nooooooo!

Great, now what am I supposed to buy? I hate when you find your one thing you love and it all changes and you have to figure out where your good healthy product went. I wonder how much time I wasted staring at all the containers of maple syrup trying to find Grade B that didn’t exist anymore?

What is the best real maple syrup grade?

I was disheartened that my Grade B maple syrup had suddenly disappeared from the face of the Earth. But I was determined to find the equivalent to the superior Grade B somewhere, even if it meant growing maple trees in my apartment and getting the sap myself. (okay, not really).

It ended up being pretty easy to find.

I went straight to the source and contacted Coombs Family Farms directly. They’re the brand that I usually buy (and no they didn’t endorse this post, they just put out a quality product). If you want to know anything about maple, these are the guys to talk to. I mean they should know since they’ve been tapping trees for 7 generations!

I first asked about what the nutritional differences are between the grades of maple syrup. Here’s what they said:

The different grades of maple syrup have no more or less nutritional value across the board. The grade systems are put into place to classify solely the light transmittance (color) of the maple syrup, not its nutritional value.

Grade B is classified as that because of its darker color and stronger flavor which comes from being harvested later in the season when the trees start producing sap that boils down to a darker color. There was the false misconception that one grade was “better” than the other which was very misleading information. The University of Vermont did a study a while back to explore the nutritional differences, or lack thereof, between the different grades of maple which came up showing they are all the same across the board.

Okay good to know! And by the way, I love it when companies respond to my inquiries thoroughly and don’t try to sugar-coat answers… pun intended.

Fired up by the awesome response, I went back for more.

Is there Formaldehyde in Maple Syrup?

I’d heard food companies process Grade A maple syrup with formaldehyde – sounds terrible, but honestly, would any ingredient surprise you in our foods today? Here’s how they responded:

To address the concerns about processing and the use of formaldehyde/chemicals, that is a practice that has been banned in the US since the 1980’s (banned in VT in the 1970’s) and Canada recently about 10 years ago. The use of formaldehyde is illegal and can result in some serious consequences for farmers. Even though chemical (pesticides and fertilizers) are not commonly used on maple trees, by purchasing a certified organic product it is guaranteed there will be no chemicals found in the finished product or used in the process of harvesting the sap.

Maple syrup is not a “processed” product because the only steps involved in making the finished product involve boiling the tree sap to remove naturally occurring water, and the resulting product is what is bottled.

Typically a de-foamer is used during the boiling process to prevent excessive foaming of the sap while boiling. We use an organic sunflower oil at a rate of 1 drop per 30 gallons of sap. This oil gets cooked off during the boiling process and is not found in the finished product.

So, Grade A maple syrup and formaldehyde concern?

Turns out that no one uses the stuff for preserving frogs when making Grade A Maple Syrup.  Boy do we have low standards with food nowadays — can’t believe that I even needed to ask that!

Grade B is Now Grade A

And as it turns out, “Grade B” is still around. There is simply a new name for it now – and Grade A is just as healthy anyway.

Here’s a quick guide for the new maple grading system (the right column lists the new terminology):

Old Name                                                                            New Name

Fancy or Grade A Light Amber                                             Grade A Golden and Delicate Taste
Grade A: Medium or Dark Amber                                       Grade A Amber Color and Rich Flavor
Grade A: Dark Amber or Grade B                                         Grade A Dark Color and Robust Flavor
Grade C                                                                                       Grade A: Very Dark and Strong Flavor

So basically  — just buy whatever type of maple syrup you want since the only difference is how much “flava” you want.

Just make sure you stick with a brand that’s responsible and organic.

I like Coombs Family Farms because they are:

  • committed to sustainable forest management
  • certified non-GMO, and
  • their organic maple syrup is certified by QAI (Quality Assurance International), which is a step above being simply organic.

Moral of the story: go straight to the source if you really want to know the truth behind the products you’re buying. Companies are usually more than happy to answer your questions because they want you to buy their product!

How about you?
What grade and what brand of maple syrup is on your table?

camanderin160Erin and Cameron Smith, owners of Eat Real Stay Sane, teach people how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes eating real food, eliminating toxins, and overcoming chronic illness. The secret for them has been to cook homemade substitutes of foods they like – but with healthy ingredients. Get their free ebook, “Guilty Pleasure Recipes Without the Guilt.” You can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Healthy Living Deals

We’re into the full swing of summer here….our neighborhood pool is open and the boys are starting swim lessons.

I’m figuring out the plants at our “new to us” older home, and trying to stay ahead of the heat that is drying out all the ground.

Thankfully “this old house” is situated in such a way that it doesn’t get that hot.  Our A/C has turned on, but nowhere near as much as it did in the old house.

Makes this frugal gal happy!

And I’ve got some more amazing deals for all of you frugal folks out there.

A BIG Essential Oils sale, a very important Hashimoto’s Summit, and loads more!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Save 20% on Essential Oils for Father’s Day!

Rocky Mountain Oils Father's Day Sale

Right now, through June 20, get 20% off Essential Oils singles and blends from my favorite place to buy essential oils, Rocky Mountain Oils.  (Here’s why I chose them, in case you missed it).

In celebration of Father’s Day, RMO has put together an amazing list of oils for Dad.  (Although they would be totally useful for anyone in the family!)

Here’s the Big List of Sale Items:

WORK
Focusing
Peppermint
Energize (I love this blend when I’m feeling sluggish.)
Aligning (“like a chiropractor in a bottle”)
At Peace (my youngest really like this one for when he’s feeling anxious at bedtime)

HOME
Sandalwood
Cedarwood
Patchouli
Tranquility (one of our favorite blends when you need to relax)
Majestic Breeze

ACTIVE
Sports Pro (great after a workout)
Fitness
Bug Off! (this is going to be seeing a lot of action at our home this summer!)
Frankincense Serrata (very high quality Frankincense)
Joint Support

Whew – that’s a lot of oils.  Enjoy the savings and don’t wait too long….you don’t want anything to sell out!

Free Kickstart Your Health Videos

Body Ecology

Toxic foods and products are everywhere. Learn how to protect yourself and ditch the toxic load!

Check out this Free Video Series to learn how.

Bestselling author and nutrition authority Donna Gates will teach you strategies to identify toxins and culprits impacting your health, plus she’ll give you a proven nutritional plan for getting them out of your body.

Best of all, she will talk about some of the latest science about genetics and whether we are destined for disease… or if we can truly control gene expression through diet.

Sign up to get instant access to Video 1.

(You’ll receive the rest of the 3-part series over the next few days!)

Don’t miss this fabulous chance for healing!

Hashimoto’s Summit

Healing Hashimoto's Summit

Starting today, get help for Autoimmune Thyroiditis. Did you know that it’s been estimated that 90% of those with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s? I didn’t know it, and maybe I had Hashis much of my life without knowing it.

Arm yourself with information at the Healing Hashimoto’s Summit that starts today!

Don’t miss 30+ amazing experts teaching you that this is one of the most common yet uncommonly diagnosed diseases in the world! This event will raise awareness of the autoimmune disease, help with early detection and connect you to proper testing for diagnosis.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s don’t often show early, and can take 8-10 years to be detected, but may include:

  • Adrenal exhaustion
  • Weight gain
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle nails
  • Bloating
  • Anxiety
  • Thinning, brittle hair
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Panic attacks
  • Short term memory loss
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

If you, or someone you love has any of these symptoms, Hashimoto’s might be to blame.

Join me and Register for FREE here.

 

Save 44% on Body Care
& 30% off Men’s Care for Father’s Day

NYR Organic - Neal's Yard Remedies Father's Day Sale Men's Collection

This month, you can save in 2 ways from my favorite skincare company, NYR Organic.

  1.  Get the Geranium and Orange Shower Gel and Hand Wash for only $20 when you spend $45 (this Geranium Oil is helping to rebuild the lives of women in war-torn Congo) – That’s a 44% Savings!   I really love their shower gels.  A little goes a long way and the scents are very exotic – and all natural.  No artificial fragrances in there!
  2. Get 30% off the Men’s Grooming Collection.  PERFECT for Father’s Day!  My husband loves these products!

NYR’s skincare is just amazing.  My skin feels and looks great, and they disclose the percentage of organic ingredients on every container.

Read more about NYR Organic here.

Save on my Favorite Makeup!

Crunchi Collection

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and now — they have my favorite Lip Gloss too.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Not sure which is my favorite, really.  They’re all lovely.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal and lipstick often looks way too heavy on me. These are just perfect.

I’m extending my offer — Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of June (plus you get Free Shipping!). Just order and then email me to get your refund.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Opportunity: If you’re looking for a great work at home opportunity, Crunchi is still in the startup stage, so this is a great time to join and get in on the ground floor.  Just email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com or comment below the post for more information.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Herbal Medicine First Aid Kit

Herbal Medicine First Aid Kit

Cooking By Hand

Cooking By Hand

Essential Oils and Herbs

Essential Oils and Herbs

Stretching

Stretching

Natural Homemade Shampoo

Natural Homemade Shampoo

The Wheat Belly Cure

The Wheat Belly Cure

Gardening Herbs

Gardening Herbs

Green Living – Saving Water

Green Living - Saving Water

Essential Oils and Vitamin D

Essential Oils and Vitamin D

That’s all for now — see you later this week!

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Addictive 10-Minute Spaghetti Squash Salad – low carb, paleo, with AIP options http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/spaghetti-squash-salad/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/spaghetti-squash-salad/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:55:19 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39461 I’m a busy mom, so I am always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes….and for new things to shake up our mundane meals.  This Summer Spaghetti Squash Salad totally fits the bill. It’s easy to throw together, tastes amazing, and if you cook your spaghetti squash in a pressure cooker (I LOVE my pressure cookers), or crock pot, then you can make this dish without heating the kitchen up at all.  And since the temps where I live are hitting 90 degrees this weekend, you can bet I won’t be heating up the oven — no way! This recipe […]

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Looking for an easy side dish? This Spaghetti Squash Salad is super tasty and is an easy recipe you can throw together in a flash (as quick as under ten minutes!). Plus it's paleo and low carb and has AIP options. It's kid-friendly too -- my boys LOVE it!

I’m a busy mom, so I am always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes….and for new things to shake up our mundane meals.  This Summer Spaghetti Squash Salad totally fits the bill.

It’s easy to throw together, tastes amazing, and if you cook your spaghetti squash in a pressure cooker (I LOVE my pressure cookers), or crock pot, then you can make this dish without heating the kitchen up at all.  And since the temps where I live are hitting 90 degrees this weekend, you can bet I won’t be heating up the oven — no way!

This recipe comes from my dear friend, Candace, who used to write at Candida-Free Candee.  Her blog is gone, but her fabulous recipe lives on.

My youngest danced around the kitchen after eating this, singing “This is the BEST! This is the Best!”

He said that this is the best dish I have ever made, next to My Most Requested Recipe — Pakistani Kima (Ground Beef Curry), and I think I agree.

In fact, it’s quite addictive.

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My Personal Thoughts on Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is kind of a funny thing to get personal about, but — here goes.

I’ve always had a love – hate relationship with spaghetti squash.

I love that it’s low carb, and I love thinking about how good it’s going to taste when I put some salt and olive oil or butter, or spaghetti sauce on it, but then……well, once I cook it, I quickly get sick of it.

First of all, I buy too much of it.  But secondly, I don’t have any fantabulous recipes for the thing.

I tend to buy a lot of it when it’s on sale (especially if I can find it for a really really low price), thinking that I will cook a bunch of this amazing low carb pasta, and then freeze it for future eating, but I never do it.

What happens instead is that I end up making the spaghetti squash, and really enjoying it…

For about 1. meal. total.

Then I am stuck.  In a big Spaghetti Squash Rut.

For some reason, I get really tired of it quickly and end up trying to slug it down, and not doing very good job of it.

Not to mention the fact that it’s hard to cut it — and hard to cook it.

I know — you can cook it in the oven, but I really don’t like heating the oven up just for a lone squash, and cooking a spaghetti squash in the oven takes a LONG time.

At least I’ve had a good solution for the cooking part for a long time.

The Solution

The pressure cooker.

You can literally cook a spaghetti squash (or any winter squash, for that matter) in only about 8 minutes in the pressure cooker.  And I know–the pressure cooker thing. You’re worried about it exploding all over the place like my Irish grandmother’s did (I think she ended up with spaghetti sauce on the ceiling), but the new fangled pressure cookers of today just have so many safety valves that you don’t need to worry about tie-dying your kitchen ceiling or endangering your life :).

Seriously, if you have never considered getting a pressure cooker, please do consider it.  I wrote about my love for pressure cookers here, and recently bought the Instant Pot, but have yet to break it in.  From what I hear, it’s going to be one of the best things I have EVER bought for my kitchen.  So looking forward to it!

So — this Salad totally takes away the “I can’t stand to see another plate of spaghetti squash” conundrum.

In fact, you and your kids are sure to love it. The tangy dressing and the vibrant colors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

And it’s fast! With the squash ready in 8 minutes, the dressing comes together so fast — that you’ve basically got a side dish ready in about 10 min (not counting the time for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure and all that).

Not to mention, if you’ve got leftover squash lying around, you’ve got an incredibly fast 2 Minute Side Dish.

What You Will Need

  • Spaghetti Squash (see variation suggestions for other options)
  • Red Onion
  • Red Pepper (if you don’t have fresh, use a mix of dried peppers, and for AIP, use chives instead of peppers)
  • Yellow Pepper (see above)
  • Fresh or Dried Basil
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes (use Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes or purchase those without additives.  Omit for AIP)
  • Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Mustard Powder (optional; omit for AIP)

Variation Suggestions:

Instead of spaghetti squash, you could make this dish using regular pasta, of course, or bean pasta (we made it that way and it was amazing!)  We really like this Bean Pasta.

It’s got a pretty high amount of protein and a much lower carb count than most pastas.  In addition, it’s grain-free!

This salad would be a great addition to any outdoor barbecue, but is of course just great as well for a tasty side dish at home.

Looking for an easy side dish? This Spaghetti Squash Salad is super tasty and is an easy recipe you can throw together in a flash (as quick as under ten minutes!). Plus it's paleo and low carb and has AIP options. It's kid-friendly too -- my boys LOVE it!

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Spaghetti Squash Salad - low carb & paleo, with AIP options
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
A tangy dressing coats this Spaghetti Squash Salad for a kid-friendly side dish that's allergy-friendly, low-carb, paleo, and has AIP options.
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (approximately 4 cups of flesh)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced (or ¼ cup dried mixed peppers, or use approx. ½ cup more onion instead of peppers for AIP)
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced (see above for alternative and for AIP)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (or 1 Tbsp dried)
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted and chopped (use Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes or purchase a variety without additives. Omit for AIP)
Dressing
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt (I recommend Real Salt)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder (optional and omit for AIP)
Instructions
  1. Slice squash in half, lengthwise, and remove the fibrous strings and seeds. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place facedown on a foil–lined baking sheet. Bake at 400° F for 30-40 minutes or until the squash pulls apart in “spaghetti” strings. Cool. Alternatively, cook the spaghetti squash in a Pressure Cooker for a much faster (and cooler) alternative.
  2. Using a fork, remove the squash's flesh and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Add in all other Salad Ingredients.
  4. Place dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to mix well.
  5. Pour over salad, then toss and serve.

How about you? 
Do you like spaghetti squash, or have a favorite way to eat it?

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Hi readers–

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It sure is summer here — one of my boys and my husband even went to our neighborhood pool today – and even swam in the rain :).

I dropped by thinking they’d want a ride home, but the swimming was still going on, so I hung out and we chatted with some fathers who were there with their kids.

It was really nice — standing under a covering, get rained on a bit (the covering wasn’t waterproof), watching the kids play in a neighborhood pool in the rain — the kind of thing that good summer memories are made of.

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By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

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