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This Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe comes together in a flash and tastes AMAZING. It's a truly simple salsa recipe, but it's quite possibly the best salsa recipe you will ever have.

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Are you a salsa lover?

Our family just LOVES salsa. If you're like us, you just can't get enough of this 

What is Salsa?

Traditionally, Salsa fresca is what those in the United States typically mean when they use the the word salsa, with the main ingredients of this dish being tomatoes, chiles and onions.

Salsa rojo literally means “red sauce.” Of course the red color comes from a base of tomatoes, but I'm sure you've noticed that other types of “salsa rojos” are becoming popular these days. Think about strawberry salsa, cherry salsa, cranberry salsa–I've even seen beet salsa! Regardless of what you use to make salsa, the word generally refers to raw or near-raw sauces used as dips.

Salsa verde (VAIR-day)-literally means “green sauce.” The sauce is typically made with tomatillos instead of tomatoes. 

The Origin of this Best Fresh Salsa Recipe

So now that we've established what salsa is, let's get on with how the recipe for the best salsa came to be.

Do you remember my post about our weekend of processing and storing tomatoes?

Well one year, being the vegetable freaks that we have become, we planted a large garden and also bought into a local CSA as a “back up.” I guess that not many people have a CSA membership as a back up to a large garden, but we did. Probably was a little too much as you will see, but hey. 

Veggie goals.

Well, one day our CSA farmer offered us a TON about 120 pounds of tomatoes including heritage tomatoes with all kinds of colors—reds, yellows and oranges–and me, being the glutton for bulk kitchen anything, accepted his offer.

fresh salsa ingredients on white table

What happened next was a lot of the following:

Washing. Chopping. Slicing. Dehydrating. Freezing.

And eating.

Now, we LOVE (and I do mean LOVE) sun dried tomatoes, so that was my big goal–to make a TON of homemade sun-dried tomatoes.

If you've ever priced sun-dried tomatoes, you know that they are NOT cheap. And ORGANIC sun-dried tomatoes?

Might as well forget about it.

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Anyhow, I couldn't dehydrate the tomatoes fast enough to prevent them all from spoiling, so we had to chop up quite a few and get them right into the freezer. If you haven't heard about freezing tomatoes, you may wish to check out my post on The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes.

When you're talking 120 pounds of tomatoes, easy is important! Make that CRUCIAL. But even if it's easy, 120 pounds of any kind of produce makes for quite a bit of work.

So we worked and worked. And nibbled, of course.

We ended up with quite a few tomatoes in the freezer for future pasta sauce and other hot dishes (like our favorite Ground Beef Curry), and we ended up with a very decent stash of the “Easiest Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes” as well.  Yum :-)!

And with the rest of the tomatoes?

Well, we ended up making 3 4 5 batches of what I think just might be the Best Salsa Recipe ever.

And now I get to share that recipe with you as well.

fresh salsa ingredients in white bowl

Possibly The Best Salsa Recipe Ever

Now, I've had quite a few salsas that are wonderful.  Some are sweet and some are spicy and some are more eclectic (the mango/pineapple salsas, tomatillo, green tomato, etc.).  I just love salsa, and well, dips of all kinds.

Unless it was really spicy or full of chemical additives or sugar (we're on a pretty close to sugar-free diet), there pretty much isn't a salsa that I would pass up.

But I must say that this recipe is one of the cleanest, most satisfying salsas that I have ever had. I tasted it for the first time about 5 years ago at a baptism and quickly begged asked for the recipe.

In fact, this salsa was so popular, that the hosts of the party emailed the recipe out to everyone who had attended–since practically everyone had asked for it!

Over the years, I had completely forgotten about this recipe, but it resurfaced again this past week as I was going through my recipe file. And boy was I excited!

I made up a quick batch and wow, is it fresh and wonderful tasting.

Of course, this salsa tastes great with the standard tortilla chip, but we tend to dip all kinds of other things in it as well or even use it as a condiment if we happen to make a lot.

In fact, we love dipping popcorn in it.  Here's one of our favorite popcorn recipes.  And this one is great as well.  Enjoy!

Low-Carb Dippers for This Garden Salsa

For those of you who are eating low carb, this Flax Bread makes a great salsa dipper too, and you could also dip the following:

– celery sticks
– carrot sticks
– cucumber rounds
– zucchini rounds
– bell pepper strips 
– jicama sticks

and more.

Dipping is just about THE perfect way to get more veggies into your and your family's diet.

Oh and if you love dips as much as we do, here are some of our favorite dips to add to the Dip Section of your recipe box:

Other Favorite Dip Recipes

Simple Savory Hummus
Spicy Olive Hummus
Vegan Ranch Dip / Dressing
Pizza Hummus (dairy-free)
Zesty Avocado Dressing / Dip
Almond Butter Fruit Dip
Healthy Chocolate Dip

And now you'll want to add this one as well.

I know, it's a simple recipe.

But it's shockingly good. And I hope you do agree.

Before we get to the recipe, here are some tips you should know:

Recipe Tips for This Fresh Salsa Recipe: 

  • Cilantro Tips: See my post on 6 Super Tips for Cilantro so you can save money and time with this great herb. You could easily increase the cilantro amount.  The more the better, in my opinion.  Boy, I used to think that the stuff tasted like soap, but I really love it now :-)!
  • Green Pepper: This salsa tastes great both with and without the green pepper.  I used frozen pre-diced peppers and it was great!
  • Lime Juice: The original recipe recommended quite a bit more lime juice so you can be adventurous if you like.  I thought it tasted great with this amount.
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And now on with the recipe.

"The Best" Homemade Salsa – Recipe

This Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe comes together in a flash and tastes AMAZING. Soo thankful I found this recipe after it vanished from my kitchen for years.

  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion ((I included the white portion))
  • 1/2 cup peppers ((chopped; optional))
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice ((or the juice of 1 lime))
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Chop tomatoes.
  2. Add other ingredients and mix gently.
  3. Adjust seasonings to taste.

I hope to offer up some other salsa recipes soon, including some adventurous ones. Beet salsa, anyone :)? 

Recipe Update Notes:

This post was updated with new information and photos. The original photo was as follows and I used heirloom tomatoes in addition to yellow and orange tomatoes. Following is the original photo for reference:

How about you? 
Do you have a fabulous salsa recipe to share!  Please do :-)!

 

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30+ Healthy Fourth of July Recipes https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/healthy-fourth-of-july-recipes/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/healthy-fourth-of-july-recipes/#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:49:49 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=64720 The Fourth of July is of course about Independence and Freedom, but food always has a central place in any celebration. Make your 4th a healthier one with these delicious and Healthy Fourth of July Recipes that are sure to make your gathering a special and tasty one! If you're like me, it's always fun...

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The Fourth of July is of course about Independence and Freedom, but food always has a central place in any celebration. Make your 4th a healthier one with these delicious and Healthy Fourth of July Recipes that are sure to make your gathering a special and tasty one!

collage of healthy fourth of july recipes

If you're like me, it's always fun to enjoy food at holiday gatherings, but if you aren't careful about what you eat, you can wonder the evening or day after if the celebrating was worth it. I thought I would make it easier for you to enjoy Independence Day without guilt.

Whether you are putting on a spread for others, or you just need some dishes to take to pass, you're sure to find something (or somethings) that are just right!

And I'm sure you'll agree with me that these recipes are so tempting, you'll want to make all of them throughout not only the summer, but all year round.

30+ Healthy Fourth of July Recipes

Here are the amazing recipes. If you are needing to eat lower carb or dairy-free or some other special diet, see the notes at the end of the post.

Paleo Chicken Yakitori Skewers

Juicy chicken thighs and lightly charred scallions, basted in a naturally sweet and savory Paleo Teriyaki Sauce.
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Paleo Chicken Yakitori Skewers

Crispy Baked Polenta Chips

These crispy baked polenta chips recipe are super easy to make, and are a healthier alternative to fries--served with a quick avocado pesto for a light lunch or snack.
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Crispy Baked Polenta Chips

Jerk Chicken Marinated Skewers

These jerk chicken marinated skewers pack lots of flavor and punch. Placed on skewers with delicious veggies and juicy pineapple, these are perfect for any BBQ!
Get the Recipe Here
Jerk Chicken Marinated Skewers

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's an easy One Pan Meal without the carbs.
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This Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's an Easy One Pan Meal without the grain wrapper!

Cucumber Hummus Bites

These vegan cucumber hummus bites are an easy summer appetizer that’s perfect for BBQs.
Get the Recipe Here

Thai Chicken Wings with Sweet Chili Sauce

These delicious Keto Low Carb Paleo Sweet Chili Thai Chicken Wings are the perfect sticky Asian chicken wings with a homemade Thai Sweet Chili Sauce!
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Thai Chicken Wings with Sweet Chili Sauce

Smoked Whole Yellow Cauliflower with Jerk Spice

This Smoked Cauliflower is a Caribbean inspired plant-based barbecue side dish that’s a great alternative to traditional meat options and a super fun twist to any 4th gathering!
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Smoked Whole Yellow Cauliflower with Jerk Spice

Pizza Hummus – dairy & sesame free

This Super Creamy Pizza Hummus is not just the melding of two uber popular comfort foods, but it's sesame-free and dairy-free too, making it great for almost anyone on a special diet!
Get the Recipe Here
pizza hummus in white bowl with pita wedges

Steak Shish Kabob with Chimichurri

These Beef Shish Kabobs are delicious grilled steak skewered with veggies and served with a homemade simple chimichurri sauce.
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Steak Shish Kabob with Chimichurri

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

A fun changeup to traditional potato salads--this salad is naturally sweet from the roasted sweet potatoes with a chipotle lime kick from the dressing. It's paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and Whole30.
Get the Recipe Here
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

This vegetable packed Greek Pasta Salad looks like a real crowd pleaser--easy to make and basically summer in a bowl! Make it gluten-free easily with GF pasta!
Get the Recipe Here
Greek Pasta Salad

“Dorito®” Popcorn – gluten free & vegan

This Dorito Popcorn Recipe has a flavor reminiscent of Doritos, but without the chemical additives--plus it's dairy-free too!
Get the Recipe Here
dorito popcorn in yellow bowl

Pineapple Mango Sauce

This Pineapple Mango Salsa Recipe is super easy, fresh, and flavorful! Serve with tortilla chips, grilled chicken, and more!
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Pineapple Mango Sauce

Grilled Corn and Halloumi Salad

This grilled corn and halloumi salad with avocado is the perfect side dish for your summer BBQ’s including the Fourth!
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Grilled Corn and Halloumi Salad

Keto Taco Stuffed Avocado Boats

These Keto Taco Stuffed Avocado Boats are a tasty twist on Mexican tacos using avocado taco boats that would be a super fun addition to any 4th!
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Keto Taco Stuffed Avocado Boats

Spicy Olive Hummus

This Spicy Olive Hummus Recipe is the perfect blending of kalamata olives and creamy hummus, plus it's sesame free so it works for almost any special diet–and it has just the right amount of kick!
Get the Recipe Here
olive hummus in white bowl with baked pita bread wedges

Summer Corn Salad

I love how simple this corn salad is--made with fresh corn, tomatoes, red onion, feta and an apple cider vinegar dressing.
Get the Recipe Here
Summer Corn Salad

Classic American Coleslaw (Gluten Free, Vegan)

The traditional cole slaw done allergy-free!
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Classic American Coleslaw (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Sweet Potato Buns

This has to be the easiest recipe here--a great creative idea for making your BBQ grain-free!
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Sweet Potato Buns

Simple Guacamole – AIP, paleo, dairy free, nightshade free

This Simple Guacamole comes together in a flash and tastes amazing!
Get the Recipe Here
aip guacamole in white bowl with paleo tortilla chips

Kale and Blueberry Salad with Vegan Buttermilk Dressing

A lovely festive salad with a vegan buttermilk dressing.
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Kale and Blueberry Salad with Vegan Buttermilk Dressing

Classic American Macaroni Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Your favorite traditional macaroni salad made gluten-free and vegan.
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Classic American Macaroni Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

A super colorful and flavorful salad that will be a unique addition to your festivities.
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Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Low-Carb Cauliflower “Potato” Salad – vegan & paleo

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Easy Mango Cabbage Coleslaw

Sweet and salty make a great pairing in this fruity slaw.
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Easy Mango Cabbage Coleslaw

Healthy Cowboy Caviar

The ever popular cowboy caviar healthified--note: I would replace the sugar with coconut sugar or another whole food or low-carb sweetener.
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Healthy Cowboy Caviar

Easy Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

Vegetables are always better grilled, making this a great delicious way to add more veggies to your day.
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Easy Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

"The Best" Homemade Salsa

This salsa is super simple, but tastes amazing--bursting with garden freshness.
Get the Recipe Here
hand dipping tortilla chip into fresh salsa in white bowl

Chili, Green Bean and Potato Salad

This chili, green bean and potato salad is an ideal lunch and a colorful assortment making a quick and easy salad recipe.
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Chili, Green Bean and Potato Salad

Paleo Chicken Wings with Smoky Spice Rub and Sticky Glaze

These paleo chicken wings get their great flavor from a spice rub and smoky honey lime glaze that are simple to make.
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Paleo Chicken Wings with Smoky Spice Rub and Sticky Glaze

Classic American Potato Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Another classic summer recipe--traditional potato salad done vegan and allergy-friendly.
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Classic American Potato Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Zesty Spaghetti Squash Salad

This spaghetti squash salad is the perfect zesty side dish that everyone will love.
Get the Recipe Here
spaghetti squash salad in a white bowl

Greek Chickpea Salad

This colorful salad is made with favorite Greek ingredients combined in an easy Greek Chickpea Salad.
Get the Recipe Here

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Creamy Avocado Dill Dressing

Basic corn on the cob made special with a lovely Avocado Dill Dressing.
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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Creamy Avocado Dill Dressing

Zesty Fat-Free Black Bean Dip – Our Family Favorite

This Bean Dip is a zesty favorite that is super easy to make and always gets rave reviews.
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Vegan Black Bean Dip - gluten-free, healthy, easy, whole30, dairy-free, low fat

Avocado & Strawberry Spinach Salad

Avocados and strawberries and a creamy dressing top greens for a colorful salad loaded with nutritious goodness.
Get the Recipe Here

Special Diet Alternatives for these Healthy Fourth of July Recipes

Low-carb: Use a low carb sweetener when applicable. Try cauliflower or zucchini for beans in hummus / small chopped veggies for beans and corn in salads. For the Polenta Fries, do jicama instead. Use guacamole instead of hummus for the appetizers. Use zoodles for the pasta in the pasta salads. Of course, the popcorn won't work out but you can use the Dorito Seasoning for another snack topping–like on paleo chips.

The Mango Salsa and Sweet Potato Buns cannot be made low-carb, but you could make an Eggplant Bun instead or use this Flax Bread.

Swap out the mango in the slaw for another low-starch vegetable.

Instead of the corn on the cob, use the Avocado Dressing on grilled low-carb veggies instead.

Paleo: You can substitute other veggies for corn in salads and kabobs. For beans in hummus, try cauliflower or zucchini. Use jicama instead of the polenta for the fries. Use zoodles for the pasta in the pasta salads. Use the Dorito Seasoning for another snack topping–like on paleo chips. 

AIP: Sub other vegetables for nightshades. Follow the other paleo substitutions. Use an AIP guide to substituting spices where needed. The salsa would not be an option for AIP. The potato / green bean salad could be made with cauliflower dices and used for reintro if omitting the pepper. You would have to be really creative to make many of these recipes AIP, but some can work for sure with a some ingenuity!

 

I would love to hear which of these amazing dishes you hope to try! I can't make my mind up–so all of them it is!

Which of these healthy 4th recipes is your favorite?

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The Fourth of July is of course all about celebrating Independence and the Birth of America, but fireworks and barbecues are all part of the celebrating–and dessert is always a special part of any celebration! How about making some of these Healthy Fourth of July Desserts part of your celebration this year?

collage of healthy fourth of july desserts

One of the nice things about the Fourth of July, is it's right in the middle of summer so most people in the US are able to celebrate by being outdoors. And summertime is also the time when fruits are in season, making it easier to grace your dessert table with the natural sweetness of fruit instead of refined sugar.

Berries are a fantastic compliment to this holiday due to their intense red and blue colors, of course. But these healthy desserts aren't just for the Fourth. I'm sure you'll be tempted to make these amazing Fourth of July Treats all year–and not just in the summer!

All of the recipes featured here are gluten-free and  refined sugar-free, and have no artificial colors either. Who needs them when you have all this gorgeous natural color from the fruits themselves!

Healthy Fourth of July Desserts

Following are an amazing assortment of Gluten-free Fourth of July Desserts–many are paleo, all are dairy-free, or have dairy-free options, and all are easily done low-carb. 

For more details on special diet options, see the notes following the luscious desserts.

And as a prelude to the sweet patriotic goodies, try some of these Healthy Fourth of July Recipes on for size!

Easy & Healthy Fruit Dessert Pizza

This dessert pizza looks amazing, doesn't it? Super festive and refreshing too!
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Easy & Healthy Fruit Dessert Pizza

Homemade Fruit Popsicles for the Fourth of July

These Homemade Fruit Popsicles Are The Perfect Dessert For The 4th Of July With Their Red, White, And Blue Hues!
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Homemade Fruit Popsicles for the Fourth of July

Whipped Coconut Pudding

This Whipped Coconut Pudding tastes great on its own and it doubles as a fantastic healthy dairy-free & low-carb alternative for whipped cream for topping any dessert!
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coconut milk pudding with berries in glass dessert cups

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Bars

I'm drooling over these refreshing No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Bars that are dairy and gluten-free!
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No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Bars

3-Ingredient Strawberry Sage Popsicles

These Strawberry Popsicles have an interesting twist--sage! Believe it or not, this makes for an intriguing and delicious pairing you need to try!
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3 Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Sage Popsicles - a Super Quick and Healthy Snack that's great for summer and all year round.

The Best Paleo Blueberry Pie

This blueberry pie looks so amazing--I can't believe it's Paleo, gluten free, and refined sugar free! Perfect for summer time!
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The Best Paleo Blueberry Pie

Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip

This Health Vegan Chocolate Dip is sure to be the hit of your gathering when paired with fruit, marshmallows or cake. It's low-carb and can be made with any sweetener you like.
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hand dipping strawberry into paleo chocolate dip in a glass bowl surrounded by fresh berries

Paleo Sheet Cake

This Paleo Sheet Cake is perfectly decorated with luscious colorful berries--the perfect healthy dessert for the Fourth!
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Paleo Sheet Cake

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake

This Oatmeal Cake is simple to make ahead for a special healthy treat. It's gluten-free with vegan options and tastes great topped with whipped cream or coconut whipped cream too!
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vegan oatmeal cake with berries on top in white pan with spatula

Paleo Strawberry Shortcake

Classic strawberry shortcake done Paleo with an easy and quick gluten free biscuit! What a showstopper!
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Paleo Strawberry Shortcake

Superfood Berry Popsicles

Cool off with these super healthy and super patriotic popsicles that are berry loaded with nutrition.
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Superfood Berry Popsicles

Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Popsicles

Super fun red, white, and blue popsicles that are sure to put a smile on everyone's face!
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Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Popsicles

Silky Smooth Bean Fudge

Yes, this is fudge made with beans! This vegan fudge is delicious, but not as heavy as traditional fudge--even non-bean lovers will love beans when they try them this way.
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Healthy Bean Fudge - gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan

Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies

No bake is always a great idea in the heat of summer and these are so tempting. These paleo no-bake raspberry cream pies have a super smooth and creamy filling and a cashew and toasted coconut-based crust.
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Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies

Citrus Drizzle Cake

This amazing summer cake is bursting with citrus flavors and a touch of honey.
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Citrus Drizzle Cake

Berry Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bark

Light, cool and refreshing frozen yogurt bark topped with swirls of jam and fresh berries--made with only three ingredients.
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Berry Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bark

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Pizza

Isn't this just too fun? It's a dairy-free treat that is perfect for any summer party and ready in minutes--whole30, Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free.
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Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Pizza

No-Bake Vegan Lemon Berry Cheesecake Cups

These mini no-bake vegan lemon berry cheesecake cups are the perfect treat for cheesecake lovers who want a healthier lower sugar and dairy-free option. Make a bunch and store in the freezer for your celebration, or anytime! They're Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free & vegan.
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No-Bake Vegan Lemon Berry Cheesecake Cups

Raw Strawberry Pie

This pie from is not only seasonal, beautiful, fragrant and delicious, but there is no cooking required. It's just the perfect summer treat!
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Raw Strawberry Pie

Healthy Berries and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

This is a great simple treat that's loaded with healthy goodness including loads of berries and chia seeds.
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Healthy Berries and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Grain-Free Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart

This tart is lovely and super adaptable to any kind of fruit. Of course the berries are perfect for the Fourth! Use a vegan lemon curd if needed.
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Grain-Free Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart

Keto Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

This simple crumble combines the natural sweetness of strawberries with the tartness of rhubarb for the perfect summer dessert.
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Keto Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Firecracker Popsicles

These fun firecracker popsicles will be a sure hit, plus they are easy to make and of course super festive!
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Firecracker Popsicles

Healthy Berry Crisp

This Healthy Berry Crisp Recipe is the perfect end to your Fourth of July festivities. It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and has no refined sugar.
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Healthy Berry Crisp

Strawberry and Blueberry "Cheese-Like" Cake

This luscious and creamy Strawberry and Blueberry “Cheese-like” Cake is completely gluten and dairy free--and lovely too!
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Strawberry and Blueberry "Cheese-Like" Cake

Fresh Berries and Whipped Coconut Cream Tart

This grain-free tart recipe has a crumbly cinnamon almond shell topped with fresh berries and whipped coconut cream--yum!
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Fresh Berries and Whipped Coconut Cream Tart

Key Lime Popsicles

Get the delicious flavor of key limes in these dairy-free popsicles that are low-carb with a vegan option.
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Key Lime Popsicles

Keto Berry Parfait

This parfait is simple to make using whatever keto pound cake you like, topped with whipped coconut cream.
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Keto Berry Parfait

Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

The perfect cake for someone who's needing a dessert that is everything-free!
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Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Flag Cookies

These cold sweet honey oatmeal bars with coconut cream topping beneath layers of berries look so tempting, plus they're no bake so--no heating up the kitchen!
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No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Flag Cookies

Grain-Free Fresh Berry Cake

This Grain-free Berry Cake is similar to a clafoutis, a French dessert of fruitarranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.
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Grain-Free Fresh Berry Cake

Keto Probiotic Berry Cheesecake Popsicles

These popsicles cultured cream cheese filling, and a sugar-free sweetener blend, these Keto Probiotic Berry Cheesecake Popsicles are perfect for healthy summer snacking for adults and kiddos alike!
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Keto Probiotic Berry Cheesecake Popsicles

Special Diet Notes: 

Low Carb Options: if a crust is higher carb, you can adjust it to make it lower carb by using another crust, such as the one in this post

Also, if you need to eat lower carb you can use a low carb sweetener as an alternative.

Dairy-free: If you are dairy-free, and a recipe calls for yogurt or milk, just sub in dairy-free milk and coconut milk yogurt or another dairy-free yogurt. Cream cheese can be replaced with a vegan cream cheese alternative like the homemade version in this post.

Egg-free: If a recipe calls for eggs and coconut flour (there are only a few of those), it will be tough to make it without eggs, but you could sub in almond flour for the coconut flour and attempt a conversion. I haven't worked out how to do this yet but will try to do it and update with that later.

AIP: Some of the recipe here are easily converted to AIP. If a recipe calls for flour, you could use Tiger Nut Flour or Cassava Flour. For sweeteners, stick to honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.  For egg, use a gelatin egg substitute or another acceptable alternative, and for nut flours, you can try the cassava or tiger nut flours, making appropriate substitutions as outlined in this post, but you will need to do the reverse.

I can't guarantee how the AIP recipes will turn out, since that's a lot of alterations, but they are worth trying for sure. And if you're like me, perfection isn't necessary. I just want something good and healthy to eat!

With all of these great options to choose from, it will be hard to make just one!

Which of these Healthy Fourth of July Desserts is your favorite?

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Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip – paleo & vegan https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/healthy-chocolate-fruit-dip/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/healthy-chocolate-fruit-dip/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:37:37 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=63864 This Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip is healthy, dairy free, and paleo–it's so rich and creamy, you won't believe that it's actually good for you! It's special enough for entertaining, but is so simple to whip up, it's an easy and delicious treat you can make anytime. So here is the problem. You love chocolate (as...

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This Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip is healthy, dairy free, and paleo–it's so rich and creamy, you won't believe that it's actually good for you! It's special enough for entertaining, but is so simple to whip up, it's an easy and delicious treat you can make anytime.

healthy chocolate dip in a glass bowl surrounded by fresh berries

So here is the problem.

You love chocolate (as in you REALLY love chocolate), but you are trying to be healthier. Nothing like wanting to be healthy and then chocolate starts calling you from everywhere. 

Can you hear it?…”Hello! I'm here. The answer to all of your problems and cravings!”

vegan chocolate dip ingredients in food processor

Yes, chocolate cravings can be a big problem.

The solution?

Well, you could try earplugs, but sadly the whispers from unhealthy food aren't affected by plugging ones ears.

So I recommend the following.

First of all, you have to get the unhealthy stuff out of the house. 

Out goes:

 – processed cookies, sugar-laden treats, regular store-bought ice creams. 

And that includes everything you've hidden away for a rainy hungry chocolate craving day.

Then you have to make healthier options readily available to you for when those cravings hit.

This is where this healthy chocolate dip comes into play.

Make. This. Dip.

I'm telling you, it's the answer.

And it's a simple healthy answer. Ready to get you through those sweet chocolate craving moments without a ton of guilt and without the sugar hangover.

Yum.

healthy chocolate dip in food processor

Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip–The Answer to Your Chocolate Cravings

I'm telling you, this dip is amazing.

And it's not only delicious, but healthy, and it's allergy friendly too!

This Vegan Chocolate Dip is Seriously Yummy

Here's how good this dip is. You will literally want to dip EVERYTHING in this dip.

Well, unless you are like our oldest.

Our oldest son doesn't like dipping fresh veggies or fruit in anything. I mentioned in my Almond Butter Fruit Dip post that he doesn't like dip, but actually it's the dipper part that is a problem.

So he'll dip nuts, or a Homemade Marshmallow or dried fruit, but not EVERYTHING.

The rest of us? We'll be dipping all the fruit, all the marshmallows, dried fruit, nuts, and even our fingers into this dip. Oh and the best thing to dip? Possible a LARGE spoon.

Seriously, it's that good.

This Fruit Dip–Simple Chocolate Fix

And talk about simple–there's no heating, no special ingredients, no freezing. Nothing. Just put the ingredients together and blend them. Seriously, you could even skip the food processor and use a fork. It won't be near as creamy, but you could do it and call it Healthy Chunky Chocolate Dip or something like that–I just would make sure that you can't see the green parts of the avocado in there because that would be, er–well, a little unappetizing.

healthy chocolate fruit dip in a small glass bowl surrounded by fresh berries

Info About the Ingredients in This Vegan Chocolate Dip

The chocolate and the sweetener are obvious.

The avocados give the recipe incredible creaminess.

The pepper gives it a little kick. Just a smidge. Smidge kick amount approved by our taste testers (who were over on Easter and witnessed the disappearance of said dip).

The salt is always needed. If you see a sweet recipe on my blog that doesn't have salt in it, especially if it's chocolate, please tell me because it's obviously a mistake.

Remember this–salt is needed with everything sweet. Pretty much that's a rule that I live by. Just think Salted Chocolate and apply that rule to everything sweet in your life. You'll thank me.

The nut butter and the coconut milk fat turn the creaminess up a notch. You can omit if you are in a hurry, but I wouldn't do it.

A Very Important Note about Cocoa

Yes, it's true–cocoa and chocolate can and are very important topics. But then again, you knew that already, didn't you?

You will note that I linked to a specific cocoa powder in this recipe. I would highly recommend that you buy it and here is why.

  1. This cocoa is super dark and rich and, along with the coconut milk fat and almond butter and avocado, it makes this recipe really special. I
  2. There has been some press about cocoa having elevated amounts of lead and cadmium in it. This brand tests for that and their levels are acceptable.
  3. During the Christmas / Holiday baking season, this cocoa is available at Costco at a great price. So you can stock up (like we do!)

Special Diet Notes for this Vegan Chocolate Dip:

This recipe, like almost all of the recipes on my site, either meets or is easily adapted to meet the needs of those on special diets. Here is how to do that.

Keto/Low-carb: Using the sweeteners in the recipe, the dip is a Keto Chocolate Dip as well as a Low-carb Chocolate Dip.

THM / Trim Healthy Mama: This recipe, using the noted sweeteners, is a THM:S. If you'd like more information on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, you can see more here.

AIP: For AIP, use carob instead of cocoa. Carob has an inherent sweetness, however, so you would want to reduce the sweetener some. Instead of stevia, use coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey. 

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Recipe Notes for this Dairy-free Chocolate Dip:

Sweeteners: You can really use whatever sweetener you like–the texture might change a little, but not enough to be a big problem. 

Stevia Conversion: If you'd prefer another sweetener to the stevia extract, you can follow the information in this post on How to Use Stevia to adjust the recipe.

Coconut Milk: I used my Homemade Coconut Milk for this recipe, but you could use any other dairy-free milk, or even milk. Coconut or cashew milk will yield some of the creamiest results.

Pepper Options: I made this recipe using ground chipotle peppers. You can use any hot pepper that you like, but make sure to adjust for the degree of heat with each. You want just enough for a faint “kick”–but not something that leaves you with a pain in the tongue.

Almond Butter Alternatives: You can substitute in any other nut or seed butter as needed. Allergic to almonds? Try sunflower seed butter or even pumpkin seed butter in this Paleo Chocolate Dip–yum! See Homemade Nut or Seed Butter.

Coconut Milk Fat: (As the recipe notes, you can use either 2 T off the top of homemade coconut milk or put a can of coconut milk in the fridge and use 2T of the heavy thick part off of the top of that after it hardens. Coconut cream is another option as well.)

hand dipping strawberry into paleo chocolate dip in a glass bowl surrounded by fresh berries

Healthy Chocolate Dip

This Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip is just the thing for satisfying your chocolate craving–without the guilt. Great with fruit, or even simply eating off of a spoon. Bonus–it's low-carb and dairy-free too.

  • 3 small avocados
  • 5 T cocoa powder ((I love <a href="https://amzn.to/2WH5Urn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>the brand I linked to))
  • 2 T coconut milk ((see <a href="https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/make-your-own-coconut-milk/">Homemade Coconut Milk</a>))
  • 2 T heavy fat part off the top of coconut milk<br /> ((See Recipe Notes for details. Alternatively, use <a href="https://amzn.to/2WIx71n" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Coconut cream</a>))
  • 1/2 cup sweetener ((I used <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Health-Garden-xFEFF-Xylitol-Sweetener/dp/B003CNOUWQ?tag=whnemo-20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">xylitol</a>))
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 T almond butter
  • pinch cayenne
  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Spoon into small bowl and serve with fruit, nuts, etc.

  4. Store any leftovers in the fridge and use within a few days.

So there you have it–a delectable chocolate avocado dip.

I am pretty sure that I have successfully saved you from the fallout of your next “gotta have chocolate now” moment.

You're welcome.

I can't wait to hear what you think about it!

What will you dip into this yummy paleo chocolate dip (besides your fingers :))?

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Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake {vegan option} https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/baked-oatmeal-recipes-for-oatmeal-recipes-for-oats/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/baked-oatmeal-recipes-for-oatmeal-recipes-for-oats/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2019 00:49:24 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=9708 Looking for a nutritious way to start (or end) your day? This Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake is a super easy recipe that's loaded with whole grains and lots of flavor and can be easily made vegan too. It's a healthy treat that your whole family is sure to love! Breakfast is a tough meal of the...

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Looking for a nutritious way to start (or end) your day? This Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake is a super easy recipe that's loaded with whole grains and lots of flavor and can be easily made vegan too.

It's a healthy treat that your whole family is sure to love!

gluten free oatmeal cake with berries in a white baking pan

Breakfast is a tough meal of the day for families on the go who are trying to be healthy.  It's easy to lean on convenience foods so that everyone can grab something fast when they're headed out the door, and that can mean some not so good decisions, you know?

Breakfast When I Was Growing Up

When I was little, we had a lot of those “not so good for you” type breakfasts.

Now granted, convenience foods were all the rage. Not many people were talking about whole grains or organic, or gluten-free or non GMO for that matter.

And as far as I remember, no one was talking about these “foods” being bad for you.

Some of the breakfast “foods” that I remember us having were:

Thomas'® English Muffins
Thomas' Corn Toast-R-Cakes®
Homemade Cinnamon Toast (made with margarine and white bread and granulated white sugar–yikes!)
Ka-Boom® Cereal (my sister's favorite)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Life Cereal
Cream of Wheat

Get the idea :)?

I have distinct memories of riding to school in the car eating my cinnamon toast, munching on the sweet crunchy moistness that it was. Yum.

Now that I've woken up to how important it is to have real food, things have changed. Oh how they have changed.

The Move to Healthier Breakfasts {Including this Vegan Oatmeal Cake}

soaking oats for baked oatmeal cake

Stir the oats to prepare them for soaking.

Since we've become more whole foods focused as a family, we've changed what we've had on our breakfast table.

Now, I never did serve PopTarts, or the above-mentioned “Toast-R-Cakes®” to my family, but regardless, we have had to make some changes.

When I was first married, we would eat pre-sweetened yogurt, and sometimes “healthier” boxed cereals, but as time went on, even those went by the wayside.

We ditched processed cereals and the yogurts that have a lot more sugar than you think. Really–check the label if you don't believe me.

Now, over the years we have moved to eating lower carbs, we still do enjoy grains now and then, but when we do, they are always whole grain and gluten-free. 

This Whole-grain, Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake fits the bill and has been a favorite in our home for a long time.

A Healthier Breakfast Option

Now, truth is, we are a little unconventional around here and have been known to have some unusual breakfasts. Like this Chocolate Chia Pudding, this Bean Fudge, or Homemade Protein Bars or Almond Joy® Bars for breakfast. Actually those Almond Joy Bars are amazing for breakfast–tons of healthy fats to get you going and keep you satisfied.

The way I see it – if it's healthy, you can have it for breakfast, right?  Even if it's fudge.

Why not last dinner's leftovers, in fact?

This Oatmeal Cake Recipe is, of course, a little more of a conventional breakfast food.

The Origin of this Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake

Our Baked Oatmeal Cake obsession all started when our dear friend, Beckie, shared some baked oatmeal with us at her home one night after a homeschooling family gathering.  I'd heard of baked oatmeal, but had never made it nor tried it. 

Well, my kids gobbled it up and….when gobbling like that happens, I go on a mission. This time on a quest for the best Baked Oatmeal recipe that I could find.

I came home with Becky's recipe in hand and poked around on the internet a bit. I found a few recipes that intrigued me, but I ended up making a combination of my friend's recipe and this one from Baked Bree.

The resulting success story is what you see pictured above.

A Kitchen Mistake Gone Right

The funny thing about this recipe is it basically was a mistake.  Remember I mentioned that Becky's recipe for for baked oatmeal?

Well, this recipe became a “cake” by mistake.

I knew it was important to soak grains (especially oats) and so when I set out to try out my version of the cake, I set the oats out to soak overnight.

The next day ended up being a flurry of too many things to do and so I didn't get around to baking the cake until about 24 hours later.  The result? A delicious not-too-sweet-at-all cake that is so light, you won't believe that it is made from whole rolled oats.

In fact, when I took the 24-hour-soaked version over to Becky's house for her to try, she said, “You added flour to this, didn't you?”

Nope–the oats just turned out that way.  Amazing.  See how much soaking your grains can change the grains themselves?

Side note–for another “mistake turned family favorite, see my post on Chaat Masala.)

You could definitely make this dish the Baked Oatmeal Way, but I will most likely work on that to perfect it into another recipe.

But if you like experimenting, for a more Baked Oatmeal-ish recipe, simply soak the oats overnight only. Or you could simply not soak them at all. The top will be more like a cake, but the bottom of the dish will be more dense and like thick oatmeal on the bottom.

Either way–oatmeal yumminess.

preparing oats for soaking for baked oatmeal cake with berries and walnuts in the background

Layer nuts and fruit in the bottom of the baking dish.

 

The photos in this post are of the “soaked for 24 hour” option. 

oatmeal cake with walnuts and berries on top ready for baking in white baking pan

Oatmeal Cake ready to go in the oven.

Don't know about soaking grains?  I never had heard of this until a few years ago and I didn't really understand.  The basic reason is that grains (and especially oats) contain phytic acid and other anti-nutrients that make digestion difficult.  You can read more about this in my post on how and why to soak grains.

We like this recipe both ways, but I personally think the cake version is a bit nicer.

If you try it both ways, I would love to hear what you think!

Either way, this cake tastes special–especially topped with whipped cream or yogurt–and lots of fruit.

vegan oatmeal cake with berries on top in white pan with spatula

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Recipe Notes

  • Topping Options: I make this regularly with walnuts and dried apples from our dehydrator. So many combinations are possible. Bananas and walnuts, fresh apples and pecans. For the cake in these photos we used berries and walnuts. We even once just blended shredded coconut (about 1/3 cup) into the batter and sprinkled both cinnamon sugar and extra coconut on top.  Mmmmmm……
  • Milk Options: Use any type of milk you prefer.  I recommend healthy raw milk if you use dairy.  Otherwise, any non-dairy alternative will work great like Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, or Rice Milk, etc.  Here is a great organic store-bought coconut milk.
  • Bake In Bulk: As with any tried and true recipe, I recommend Baking in Bulk to save time and money. I've made the mistake of baking new recipes in bulk before (and then I end up with way too much of something we may not like). But now I'm getting better at “new recipe restraint” and so now I just bulk bake with the recipes that we love.  I typically mix up and soak 4 batches of this cake at time. Make a bunch and freeze for on-the-go breakfasts or snacks anytime you need them.
  • Gluten-free Oats: If necessary, use gluten-free oats. Here is a great brand. I've heard that the GF Harvest company's oats are very reliably gluten-free and they test for glyphosate too!
  • Oil / Fat Options: You can use any other healthy fat for the coconut oil, or use applesauce for a fat-free / Trim Healthy Mama (THM:E) menu option.
  • Sweetener Options: Although xylitol is a good candida-friendly sweetener, organic erythritol is as well. Or sub a liquid sweetener using my guidelines in Substituting Sweeteners. You can use an additional 1/3 cup of a healthy granulated sweetener instead of stevia. If using stevia, here is a great brand of stevia scoops. Also, see How to Use Stevia for some tips on stevia.
  • Egg Alternatives: Here is a great egg substitute. Also see my Powdered Egg Substitute for a homemade option. This cake turns out great with either option.
  • Baking Powder Option: If you would like to make your own baking powder, or need a corn-free or grain-free option, see this Grain-free Baking Powder.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Substitute: See this Healthier Cinnamon Sugar for a homemade cinnamon sugar alternative.
  • Soaking Notes – as you can see in my post on soaking grains, typically an acidic medium is recommended, but there are mixed thoughts on this. You could add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the oats before soaking.

pieces of gluten-free oatmeal cake with coconut yogurt and berries on top

Other Healthy Baked Goods to Try:

If you're a fan of whole grain baking, here are some other recipes that you might enjoy.

Baked Oatmeal (or Oatmeal Cake) (gluten-free with vegan and sugar-free options)

This Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake is so simple and healthy, you'll love how easy it is to make and your family will love the hearty, not-too-sweet taste.

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 4 cups coconut milk ((or milk or any other milk substitute))
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil ((melted))
  • 1/3 cup xylitol ((or other sweetener as desired))
  • 3/32 tsp stevia extract ((or other sweetener as desired–see Recipe Notes))
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs ((or egg substitute–see Recipe Notes))
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup nuts ((optional))
  • 1 cup fresh or dried fruit ((optional))
  • cinnamon sugar ((optional – for topping))
  1. Mix oats, milk, and sweetener(s) in a large bowl. Combine well.

  2. Soak either overnight (for a more baked oatmeal-type dish) or for at least 24 hours (for an Oatmeal Cake) at room temperature. Make sure to read the instructions about How to Soak Grains.

  3. Add remaining ingredients, saving baking powder and egg substitute (if using) until last.
  4. Mix well.
  5. If using nuts and/or dried or fresh fruit, put half of the nuts and fruit in the bottom of a greased 8×8 square baking dish.
  6. Pour the batter onto the nuts and fruit (or directly into the prepared dish if not using the nuts and fruit).
  7. Top with the remaining nuts and/or fruit if desired.

  8. Top with cinnamon sugar if desired.
  9. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the middle of the cake is set.
  10. Serve either warm, with additional cinnamon sugar, nuts, fruit and milk, whipped cream or yogurt. Alternatively, eat at room temperature like a regular cake.

  11. Store in the refrigerator in a closed container or freeze for a longer shelf life.

Note: This post was originally published on 12/22/11. It was republished on 6/1/19 with updated information and images. Following is the original image for reference.

Need a healthy, easy breakfast? This Baked Oatmeal Cake can be started the night before and finished in the morning and it is flourless, refined sugar free, with an egg free and dairy free option. One of our family favorites!

I'd love to hear how you like this Baked Oatmeal Cake once you've tried it!

 

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37 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes https://wholenewmom.com/holidays/healthy-mothers-day-recipes/ https://wholenewmom.com/holidays/healthy-mothers-day-recipes/#comments Tue, 07 May 2019 19:23:35 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=63668 On Mom's special day, what better way to say “thank you” than with a home cooked meal that she doesn't have to cook! These Healthy Mother's Day Recipes are a great way to show gratitude to Mom, celebrate all she's done for you, and conveniently make sure she doesn't have to do any of the...

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On Mom's special day, what better way to say “thank you” than with a home cooked meal that she doesn't have to cook!

These Healthy Mother's Day Recipes are a great way to show gratitude to Mom, celebrate all she's done for you, and conveniently make sure she doesn't have to do any of the cooking! From breakfast to brunch to dessert, these recipes are sure to please.

collage of healthy mother's day recipes

Each recipe in this list is gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Most of them are dairy-free and egg-free or can easily be adapted. (That doesn't include the egg dishes, of course!) Many can easily be done low carb / keto as well.

I put notes with each dish so that you can adapt the recipes to your specific dietary needs.

collage of healthy mother's day recipes

I hope that these recipes give you some great ideas to celebrate Mom while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

And P.S. she would love it if you do the dishes too.

Oh and if you'd like more ideas of ways to treat Mom, this post of Homemade Mother's Day Gifts (my favorite kind) will be sure to give you plenty of ideas.

Savory Healthy Mother's Day Recipes

Below are some tasty mains and sides for your Healthy Mother's Day Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch.

Pakistani Kima Beef Curry

This might not seem like your typical Mother's Day dish, but I'm telling you this tastes amazing!
We have served it for many special occasions, and it's always a hit.
Can be made low-carb, THM, and AIP per the information in the post.

ground beef curry (Pakistani Kima) in bowl with spoon

Bacon and Potato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Bacon and Potato Salad together? What a great combination!
You could do this low-carb using cauliflower for the potatoes as done in this “Faux Tato Salad” here. AIP using sweet potatoes or cauli and omitting pepper. THM:S using cauli taters.

Healthy Bacon and Potato Salad

Spaghetti Squash Salad

Mom will love the tangy flavor of this Spaghetti Squash Salad. It tastes great warm or cold and is a lovely side dish to accompany your Mother's Day breakfast, brunch, or lunch. AIP option in post.

A tangy dressing coats this Spaghetti Squash Salad for a easy healthy side dish that's allergy-friendly, low-carb, paleo, with AIP options.

Garden Veggie Quinoa Salad

We like to make this salad by adding the veggies to warm quinoa. It's a great way to get extra veggies into your diet!
Low-carb and AIP options in post.

Healthy Easy Vegan Quinoa Salad - gluten free, Whole30 & THM

Everything Bagel Frittata

What a great idea for a frittata!
Because Everything Bagel Seasoning makes everything better.
Cannot be done AIP.

Everything Bagel Frittata

Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

This salmon looks incredible. I love the combination of fennel, tomatoes, and potatoes.
If you need a low-carb option, you could use turnips, radishes, or cauliflower for the potatoes. I think green beans would be great as well. For AIP make the same change and use celery for the tomatoes.

Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Another “off the beaten path” Healthy Mother's Day recipe, but one that Mom (and everyone) is sure to love.

This Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's an Easy One Pan Meal without the grain wrapper!

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

This salad looks amazing! I love the crunchiness of the chicken melded with all of the fresh veggies. 
For AIP, omit paprika and sesame oil and use broccoli for peas.


Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Chicken Milanese

Believe it or not, this Chicken Milanese is gluten and grain-free.
The crunchy outside is made from flax, so this makes for a great low-carb dish.
For AIP, you would have to omit the parmesan (try nutritional yeast), paprika, flax, and pepper. I would use cassava flour or another breading option.

Chicken Milanese

Easy Crust Dairy-Free Veggie Quiche

This dairy-free quiche can be easily done gluten-free or low-carb as well.
And we all know that quiche is a great option for any Mother's Day table.
Cannot be made AIP.

This Easy Crust Dairy-Free Quiche is loaded with Veggies in a Gluten-free Quinoa Crust (grain-free option). It's a make ahead meal that's sure to please!

Asparagus Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Pasta salad is one of my favorite things ever.
Make this with gluten-free noodles and you've got the perfect Gluten-free Mother's Day offering for your table!
Use zoodles for a low-carb dish.
For AIP, change out the peas and peppers and use another dressing option. This Avocado Dressing would be great.

Asparagus Pasta Salad

Moroccan Carrots

This is another dish that works great every day but also for special occasions.
You can also make this ahead of time and store in the fridge while the flavors of the dressing marinate. 
If you like the dressing, you can use it on any low-carb veggie side as well! Use another dressing for AIP. We like this one.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Frittata

Another great Healthy Brunch Recipe–substitute in a low-carb vegetable for the sweet potatoes if need be.
Broccoli or cauliflower pieces work great–and peppers and mushrooms are fantastic as well! Cannot be made AIP.

This Sweet Potato Frittata has comes together super fast since you can prepare some ingredients ahead of time. The perfect easy meal.

Crustless Caramelized Onion and Asparagus Quiche

Crustless pies and quiches are great time savers. Caramelized onion adds great flavor to this dish. Again, cannot be made AIP.

Crustless Caramelized Quiche

Sweet Healthy Mother's Day Recipes

From pancakes to waffles to desserts and drinks,
here are some healthier treats to make Mom's day special without the refined sugar!

Sugar-Free Lemonade

This Keto Lemonade is the perfect pairing for your Mother's Day table.
All the flavor–with no artificial sweeteners!

Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe. Super Easy. Super Refreshing. This Homemade Lemonade is a great way to keep the heat and the munchies away :)

Dairy-Free Mocha Latte

Treat Mom to a special coffee drink that's sure to warm her heart.
You can even make this with decaf or my Coffee Substitute.
Top with coconut whipped cream for an extra special treat–use stevia or another low-carb sweetener as needed. Use carob and my coffee substitute for AIP.

Mocha Latte

Strawberry Almond Flour Cake

This cake. Enough said. I can't imagine any mom not loving this.
It does call for eggs, but you can try cooking it with my Powdered Egg Replacer and it should work pretty well!
Easily made with low-carb sweeteners using the information in this post on substituting liquid and granulated sweeteners.
This could work AIP with cassava flour and making appropriate changes and using an egg sub.

Strawberry Almond Flour Cake

Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars are really great and are a lightened up version of traditional lemon bars–
made gluten-free with a grain-free option.
They call for eggs, but we've done them without–they aren't amazing that way but they do work.
I hope to work on another option for that! AIP options in the post.

gluten-free lemon bars on a white plate

No-Bake Apple Crumble

I love this idea–perfect for busy families and such a lovely presentation!
What a fun idea–I never would have thought that a crumble could be no bake!
This could be low carb using Granny Smith apples and a low-carb sweetener.
Skip the nutmeg and use an AIP flour for that special diet.

No-Bake Apple Crumble

Easy Peanut Butter Granola

I couldn't stop thinking about this granola once I saw it.
Great on its own for a Mother's Day treat or as a topping for any of the puddings, etc. in this post.
Could be made low-carb swapping out the oats for nuts and coconut and changing the sweeteners.
This would be very tough to make AIP but you could try with shredded coconut and tiger nut butter.

Easy Peanut Butter Granola

Oatmeal Cake

This Oatmeal Cake is an old time favorite in our family and is one of the first “healthier” recipes that I ever made. It's another great make ahead recipe that you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning!
It's gluten-free and easily make vegan too! Top with whipped cream or coconut yogurt for a special treat.
Could be made low-carb using almond flour but I haven't tried this. This would be tough to make AIP but you could try it with cassava or tiger nut flour.

gluten free oatmeal cake with berries in a white baking pan

Lemon Coconut Loaf

This loaf looks amazing. Again, it has eggs and you can try using my Powdered Egg Replacer if you can't have them.
Hopefully it works out well! I can't wait to try it myself!
Sub in a low-carb sweetener as desired. Another recipe that would be hard to make AIP but you could try with an on plan flour and egg alternative.


Lemon Coconut Loaf

Whipped Coconut Pudding

This whipped pudding is great on its own or as a whipped cream substitute that can top any of the sweet recipes here!

paleo coconut pudding with berries on top in glass dessert dishes

Easy & Fluffy Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes

What Mother's Day is complete without pancakes? 
Don't these look amazing?  I love how easy they are too!
Could possibly be made low-carb with almond flour following the directions in this post.
I would try cassava flour and ACV for AIP and paleo.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Winter Citrus Salad

I love the pairing of this tangy dressing with the citrus fruits–and the feta and avocado and onion.
Can't have dairy? Just omit the cheese or try this Almond Feta!
For low carb, use a low-carb sweetener and possibly make with lemon juice instead of orange. Skip the mustard, pepper, and cheese for AIP. This post has an AIP feta that should work!

Winter Citrus Salad

Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Truffles

All I can say is–make these truffles!!
We love them. So easy to make, the kids will love helping–and eating!
AIP options in the post.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles - paleo, keto, vegan, low carb, dairy free, THM, AIP

Oat & Quinoa Blender Waffles

Have you ever made pancakes, waffles, or other baked goods in your blender? It's a thing.
These look fantastic and they are vegan to boot!
Could possibly be made with almond flour for a low carb version. Using cassava flour should work for AIP.

Oat & Quinoa Blender Waffles

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Watermelon Salsa

Just too much fun. I love this idea!
Pair with grain free chips like these if you are avoiding grains.
This can't be done lower carb but if you use just a little it could work for your diet. Omit the peppers for AIP–maybe add some celery instead and more onion.

watermelon salsa in white bowl with tortilla chips

Cinnamon Crumb Grain-Free Coffee Cake

This cake is sooo good–I literally make 4 of them every time I bake it. 
You would do well to take my advice and do the same :). Works pretty well with the vegan option in the post as well. AIP option in the post.

Grain-Free Cinnamon Crumb Paleo Coffee Cake with vegan and low-carb options. THM:S

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

These look amazing too–so many great options! Sweet strawberry with a crunch topping.
I think these would be great paired with some of the Coconut Pudding above. Lower carb options are in the recipe.
AIP and paleo would be hard with this recipe but I'm thinking you could try coconut for the oatmeal and an on plan flour.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Maple Blueberry Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

Doughnuts are such a fun thing to make and eat.
I love how these look and that you actually can have a healthy option for doughnuts!
Mom will appreciate the healthfulness and that she won't feel icky eating all that sugar!
These could be made lower carb possibly with an unripe plantain and changing out the maple syrup for a low-carb option.
Use a different sweetener for AIP.

Maple Blueberry Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

Silky Smooth Bean Fudge

This bean fudge is another oldie but goodie from my blog. We've made it for years and it's still a favorite. 
Even friends who aren't into whole foods (or beans) love this! Mom will love it too! As beans are the base for this recipe, they can't be substituted easily–but I'm working on other options! Can't be AIP or Paleo.

Healthy Bean Fudge - gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan

Strawberry Coconut Truffles

Another great truffle option, this time with strawberries.
These would be lovely in a small gift box as well. I bet they would be great chilled too!
Use my Homemade Chocolate Chips or another similar option to make these low carb.
Easily done AIP using carob chips that are on plan or make your own.

Strawberry Coconut Truffles

Hail Merry Knock-Off Lemon Tarts

If you're familiar with Hail Merry treats, they are a vegan health food store brand that has a lot of fun flavors–but they are uber pricey. I have these No Bake Coconut Cookies on my site that are similar to their macaroons.
Now you can treat mom to their goodness without breaking the bank! 
I think tiger nut flour and a coconut filling would make this work AIP.

Lemon Tart Knock Off

Teff Waffles or Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Yet another “oldie but goodie” from our recipe box.
Teff is a really fun grain to work with, and these waffles actually have a chocolatey flavor that comes from it.
Teff is also loaded with nutrition. Mom is sure to like these!
These would be tough to make low carb. Possibly doable with almond flour and adding in eggs.
Cassava flour could work for AIP.

teff waffles with caramelized bananas on a white plate

Yogurt Parfait

What a lovely presentation for your Mother's Day table!
Made with coconut yogurt, so dairy isn't a problem if you are avoiding it.
If you use a low carb granola this is quite naturally low carb.
Use an AIP / paleo granola to make this fit your plan.

Yogurt Parfait

Easy Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This delicious mousse is a copycat of a version from a local popular “crunchy” restaurant in our town that, sadly, has ceased operating. Mom will love the taste and the healthfulness of the ingredients.

This Easy Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse is to die for! Unbelievable creaminess loaded with fiber and nutrients, plus it's low-carb, sugar-free & vegan!

 

Which of these Healthy Mother's Day Recipes is your favorite?

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30 Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts https://wholenewmom.com/holidays/30-homemade-mothers-day-gifts/ https://wholenewmom.com/holidays/30-homemade-mothers-day-gifts/#comments Sun, 05 May 2019 04:53:11 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=63710 This Mother's Day, how about telling Mom how much you love and appreciate her with something homemade and heartfelt? Here's a great assortment of Homemade Mother's Day Gifts that are sure to please the mom in your life. Holidays like Mother's Day are often said to be getting too commercialized, and I completely agree with...

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This Mother's Day, how about telling Mom how much you love and appreciate her with something homemade and heartfelt? Here's a great assortment of Homemade Mother's Day Gifts that are sure to please the mom in your life.

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Holidays like Mother's Day are often said to be getting too commercialized, and I completely agree with that. There are loads of cards for sale, people rushing around buying cut flowers and chocolate and stuffed animals, and more.

While that is all fine, how about this year doing something to change that? How about giving mom something from the heart–something homemade and even preferably all natural? As a mom myself, I can sure say that I LOVE homemade gifts the best. They are super heart-warming, and there is just so much of the giver involved.

Homemade Gifts Are My Favorite

Some of my favorite things that my kids have given to me are handmade. I have boys, and they aren't the crafty (hoping to work on that with them more even though they are getting older), but still I love some of the simple things that they have given to me:

– “artwork” done with magic markers (very very rough–from when our oldest was about 2??)–it's been in a frame for years
– a pencil-drawn squirrel that will soon be in a frame
– a small hand-written “card” that says “I LOVE MOMMY” – this sits in a frame in my bathroom
– wild flowers picked from our backyard or a walk with Dad

As you can see, these gifts were super simple, but I LOVED them because they were made by my kids. I treasure them most likely more than any other gifts I have ever gotten.

Taking the time to make something shows love and care in a special way for sure.

Following are some Homemade Mother's Day Gifts that I'm sure any mom would like–in fact I think I will show this list to my kids and husband to give them some major hints!

Oh and of course, we all know that cooking for Mom on her day is a great gift as well. I'm sure you will find some great recipes to choose from in this collection of Healthy Mother's Day Recipes.

homemade mother's day gifts collage

30 Natural Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Homemade Sugar Scrub

This Homemade Sugar Scrub is the perfect Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift for making mom's skin smooth and soft! Use her favorite essential oil or blend to delight her senses.

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

Homemade Lip Scrub

Mom (and her lips) are sure to love this Homemade Lip Scrub as a Handmade Mother's Day Gift. So natural she can literally eat it!

Got dry, chapped lips? This Nourishing Homemade Lip Scrub will smooth and soften them to near perfection. Sooo healthy and natural--you can even eat it :)!

Homemade Body Wash

How about this Citrus Body Wash as a Homemade Mother's Day Present? Less drying than soap and customizable with other scents of course!

homemade body wash in bottle with towels and citrus fruits

Homemade Hairspray

This Mother's Day, give mom the gift of a natural hold and beauty with this DIY Hairspray.

Almond Butter Cups

What mom wouldn't love these Almond Butter Cups for a DIY Mother's Day Gift?
And if you're lucky, she'll share!

paleo almond butter cups in a pile on dessert plate

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Truffles

These Chocolate Avocado Truffles are the perfect Healthy Gift for Mom. Loaded with nutrition and of course–chocolate! What could be better? Mom will be happy to share (I think!) since they are so good for you!

Chocolate Avocado Truffles - paleo, keto, vegan, low carb, dairy free, THM, AIP

Homemade Hand and Body Cream

I'm sure Mom would love some of this Homemade Body and Hand Cream for Mother's Day. And again, you can customize it with her favorite scent!

This Nourishing Hand and Body Cream is super easy and keeps your skin soft, even in the winter months. The ingredients are all wholesome and good for you – nothing toxic! Add your choice of essential oils for a luxurious smell.

Eye Makeup Remover

This all natural Homemade Eye Makeup Remover is the perfect gift for mom to make her evening routine safer!

I tried a bunch of Homemade Eye Makeup Removers and this one worked the best – now improved even more! Ditch the toxins, save money, and make it yourself!

Homemade Soaps without Lye

These Homemade Soaps without Lye are a great Last-Minute Gift for Mom that dad could pull off with the kids since there's no lye involved!

Want to make soap but you're worried about caustic lye? Here's How to Make Soap - without lye! This Easy Homemade Soap Recipe is great for making your own homemade soap or for easy homemade gifts.

Rose Water Spray

Facial Sprays are all the rage these days. Make mom's day with this DIY Rose Water Spray that she can use to freshen up throughout the day.

Homemade Rose Water Spray

Almond Crescent Cookies

These cookies are the bomb. Really. Make a batch of these and put them in a nice tin or box wrapped in a pretty bow and delight mom. They are low-carb too so if mom is watching her carbs, they're the perfect treat!

Almond Crescent Cookies - grain free & sugar free with a dairy-free & low-carb, keto option.

Air Purifying Plants

How about gifting mom a lovely indoor plant that does double duty as an air cleaner this Mother's Day?

collage of air purifying plants including ficus, mums, and spider plant

Mild Curry Powder

Put some spice in Mom's day with this year with some of this delicious Homemade Mild Curry Powder. Every time she makes something with this she'll remember the lovely Mother's Day gift that you gave her.

homemade curry powder in glass jar

Chaat Masala 

This Chaat Masala is another homemade spice mix that is sure to be a much loved gift by Mom.
It tastes amazing on everything from mains to sides and salads–and gives just the right amount of “oomph” to almost any dish.

Homemade Chaat Masala Recipe

Tea Cup Succulent Planters

Succulents are said to bring many benefits to the homes in which they are grown. 
Benefits or not, I love these Tea Cup Succulent Planters for a sweet Mother's Day Gift.

Teacup Succulent Planters

Instagram Coasters

Wouldn't these DIY Coasters make a super cute Homemade Gift for Mother's Day? You could use photos of Mom with the kids, family photos, etc. Super fun!

DIY Instagram Coasters

DIY Garden Gift

Gardening gifts are the perfect gift for Mother's Day–and these Homemade Mother's Day Garden Gifts are just perfect for either the beginning or experienced gardener.

Mother's Day Garden Gift

Lavender Mint Homemade Shampoo Bars

I personally would LOVE to get a Homemade Shampoo Bar as a Handmade Mother's Day Gift. I have been meaning to try these for a very long time. Hint, hint, family members :).

Lavender Mint Essential Oils Shampoo Bar

Moisturizing Homemade Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are a a fun alternative to lotions and these Homemade Lotion bars would be loved by Mom for sure. 

Moisturizing Solid Lotion Bars

Homemade Leather Tote

This has to be my favorite gift out of all of these. In fact, I might just make one of these Homemade Leather Totes as a Mother's Day Gift for myself!

DIY Leather Tote

Turn a Note or Drawing into Framed Art

As I mentioned above, my sons' artwork is something I just LOVE getting for any occasion. Any mom would just love this Framed Art for Mom's Day. Love.

DIY Framed Art

Rose Petal Bath Salts

Bath salts are a great way to make a bath not only more enjoyable but also to add health benefits to Mom's bath. These Homemade Bath Salts are lovely to boot.

DIY Rose Petal Bath Salts

Etched Glass Water Bottle

Isn't this the coolest thing? So many possibilities and now Mom can carry her filtered water around in style!

How to Make an Etched Glass Water Bottle

Avocado Bath Bombs

Most Homemade Bath Bombs are made from Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid which nourish the skin, but these bath bombs have the added benefit of one of my favorite things ever–avocados. To see how much I love avocados, see these recipes for Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Truffles, and this delicious Guacamole.

Avocado Bath Bombs

Serving Tray

What Mom wouldn't love this DIY Serving Tray for Mother's Day? Surprise Mom with this Oatmeal Cake for breakfast on it, and watch her smile.

DIY Serving Tray

Decorative Gift Bags

These Homemade Gift Bags are the perfect thing to use to present your Homemade Gifts to Mom in.

How to Make Gift Bags

DIY Custom Candles

Candles are a favorite gift for most any mom, but as you might know,
many candles give off toxins that are as bad as, or worse than second hand smoke. 

Make Mom a much safer DIY Candle instead using these simple instructions.

Make Your Own Candles

Milk and Honey Floral Bath Soak

Give Mom a super frugal Spa Day with this Homemade Bath Soak for Mother's Day–and bonus, there's a vegan option. 

Milk and Honey Floral Bath Soak

Sweet Tea Pot Topiary

I have a sweet spot for topiaries.
Maybe it's because their compact structure reminds me of the Japanese Bonsai Trees.
I lived in Japan for a year and was pretty steeped in the culture for years after that and the country still holds a special place in my heart.

Sweet Pot Topiary

Gardening Gift Basket

If your mother likes gardening (and even if she is just getting started),
she will love this DIY Gardening Basket for Mother's Day.

DIY Gardening Gift Basket

Oh and finally–this isn't a Mother's Day Gift per se, but it's a tip you just might need for Mom.

How to Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

Whether you give Mom some fresh picked or bought flowers, here's how to help them brighten up the home longer. 

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!

Which of these Homemade Mother's Day Gifts is your favorite?
I'd also LOVE to hear what your Handmade Mother's Day Gift from your past is! Please do share.

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Pizza Hummus – dairy & sesame free https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/pizza-dip-pizza-hummus-dairy-and-sesame-free/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/pizza-dip-pizza-hummus-dairy-and-sesame-free/#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2019 04:16:20 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=18207 Do you love pizza–and hummus? Then you are sure to love this Super Creamy Pizza Hummus. It's not just the melding of two uber popular comfort foods, but it's sesame-free and dairy-free, making it great for almost anyone on a special diet too! If you've been around my blog for awhile, you already know that...

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Do you love pizza–and hummus? Then you are sure to love this Super Creamy Pizza Hummus. It's not just the melding of two uber popular comfort foods, but it's sesame-free and dairy-free, making it great for almost anyone on a special diet too!

pizza hummus in white bowl with pita wedges

If you've been around my blog for awhile, you already know that I like dips.

I mean, I really like dips.

Everything tastes better with a dip–don't you agree?

I'm not a big fan of raw veggies, but give me something to dip them and suddenly the veggies start to disappear.

But dipping in the same ol' dip can get a little boring sometimes, so you have to mix it up. That's when I start thinking about what other dips I can create.

Why Make Homemade Hummus

My family loves hummus.

You wouldn't know it by our grocery store receipts, however.

pizza hummus ingredients in food processor

See, we're kind of cheapskates frugal.

Basically, we never buy hummus. Ever.

Honestly, I don't know that we have ever bought full-priced hummus (and even on sale, I will say we've likely only bought it about 2-3 times.) 

I've told you before that for years we really had to watch our pennies (and dimes, and nickels. All of those things.) Money was really tight and well, I always lived by the rule that you have to have savings in the bank and prepare for the future, so I worked hard to make sure we never went in debt.

So buying things anything prepared that wasn't discounted in a major way didn't happen. This is the reason why there are recipes like DIY Coconut Milk, Chocolate Chips, Rice Milk and Coconut Butter on my blog. You know–that frugal thing!

I LOVE making things instead of buying them..and when you've got an amazing recipe for homemade hummus, and a great food processor–who needs to :-).

Truly, one of my husband's favorite recipes that I make is our Savory Hummus.

You likely won't believe how much of this I make at one time.

I literally get 10 cups (that's 3 pounds, plus) of garbanzo beans, soak them overnight, cook them (make sure you read my post on How to De-Gas Beans), and then make one gigantic batch of homemade hummus.

Really.

And it doesn't last long.

How This Pizza Hummus Came to Be

Recently, I saw Katie's recipe for Melty Pizza Hummus–Mmmmm pizza and hummus. Are you kidding me?–and thought I needed to make something like it, but we really felt we needed to change up the recipe quite a bit. Until we were saying “Yummmmmmm” when we ate it. 

This recipes is “it.”

The pizza part of this hummus is really fun for us. You see–my oldest has a life-threatening allergy to dairy (and he avoids gluten) so he'd never had store-bought pizza (I developed this recipe before gluten-free pizza was readily available anywhere).

And making pizza can be a little bit of a daunting task for this busy mom.

But a dairy-free pizza dip?  That is something this busy mom can pull off!

I changed the recipe quite a bit, and we LOVE the final result.

In fact, when I first made it, I made it twice in one week.

And the second batch disappeared as fast as the first.

In fact, it is sooo good that my oldest son said that I don't even need to make his requested pizza for his birthday– I could just make this instead.  (He was sort of joking, of course :-).)

The next time your family is craving pizza, and asking for takeout, save yourself some dough, grab yourself some garbanzo beans, and try this dip out.

pizza hummus ingredients blended in food processor

OK so maybe I'm being a little too optimistic that this will satisfy your pizza cravings, but…you never know!

This Pizza Hummus Is Allergy-friendly

One thing that is special about this hummus and the other hummus recipes on my blog that they are tahini and sesame-free.  You could use tahini in place of the oil in either recipe, but I think that hummus without tahini is refreshingly light and we've heard the same from others who have tried these as well.  (My son also is deathly allergic to sesame, which is why I started making hummus without it.)

And of course, as I mentioned above, despite the name “pizza”, this hummus is dairy-free as well. This dip gets its cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast, something that we quickly learned about after we discovered that our oldest had a life-threatening allergy to dairy. 

Nutritional Yeast is a dairy-free yeast that isn't live (i.e. you can't make bread with it) and it is chock full of B vitamins naturally.

I'd love to hear what you think about this dip!

More On this Hummus Recipe

This hummus is great as a dip, on top of rice, or inside a wrap.

You could try my Buckwheat Wraps or serve with my Focaccia Flax Bread.

Or…by the spoonful!

You can even eat hummus as a side dish–I personally think that hummus alongside egg tastes amazing paired with some veggies on the side. Egg dipped in some creamy hummus with some crunchy veggies. Yum–you gotta try it.

If you like dips too, you really need to try out some of our family's favorite healthy dips.

Other Healthy Dip Recipes on Whole New Mom

Savory Hummus (a great twist on a traditional favorite)
Zesty Bean Dip (everyone asks for the recipe whenever we share this) 
Avocado Dressing / Dip (another one that always gets rave reviews)
Olive Hummus
Almond Butter Fruit Dip
Vegan Ranch Dressing / Dip
Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip

and believe it or not, there are more to come. Dips. Yum. Can't stop thinking about more fun dips to make. It really is kind of an obsession sometimes.

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hand dipping flatbread into pizza hummus

 

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional Yeast Information: Nutritional yeast adds a super punch of protein and B-vitamins and iron, and if you get a supplemented version like this one, it also supplies B12, something that vegans typically lack in their diets. However, if you have MTHFR, you might wish to avoid this. As such, we purchase and use a non fortified version like this one.
    Nutritional yeast does not feed candida. And if you are up on the controversy about free glutamates and excitotoxins, I have done some research into that and I decided that I am just fine including nutritional yeast in our diet. I hope to share more about this in the near future.
  • Red Pepper Spice Factor: My family thinks 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper is a little too much, but for some reason, I've taken a liking to spicy food recently and I think it's great as is. And still, my sons have literally gobbled this up–spicy or not.
  • Other Bean Options: I haven't tried this yet, but I think you could make this with any bean, but white ones, like navy, would adapt the best.
  • Cheese Option: I haven't tried this yet either, but if you like, you could use a regular dairy cheese (like some parmesan or mozzarella, or a mix of both) and I think it would taste great.
  • De-Gassing Your Hummus: Please de gas the garbanzo beans – read How to De-Gas Beans.
  • Garlic Peeling Tip: For tips on peeling garlic, see The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic.

Pizza Hummus–dairy and sesame free

This Pizza Hummus Recipe is dairy and sesame free and a great healthy snack. Great as a veggie dip or chip dip or eaten right off the spoon.

  • 3 cups garbanzo beans
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 3/4 tsp organic basil ((dried))
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red peppers ((or to taste))
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor, or high-powered blender (like Vitamix or Blendtec)
  2. Blend until smooth, to your liking.
  3. Serve at room temp, or chilled. Store in fridge.

What do you like to eat with hummus or bean dip?

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Are Mycotoxins Making You Sick? https://wholenewmom.com/toxic-mold/what-are-mycotoxins/ https://wholenewmom.com/toxic-mold/what-are-mycotoxins/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:32:17 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=58012 What Are Mycotoxins? Today we're talking about these toxic byproducts of mold, what they are, where they come from, how they can affect your health, and what to do about them. If you would have mentioned the word, mycotoxins” to me years ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue what you were talking about. However,...

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What Are Mycotoxins? Today we're talking about these toxic byproducts of mold, what they are, where they come from, how they can affect your health, and what to do about them.

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If you would have mentioned the word, mycotoxins” to me years ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue what you were talking about. However, over the past few years, I have had to learn what mycotoxins are because my life was turned upside down by them.

Mycotoxins damaged my health and they were the result of mold damage that we had in our house. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we were living in a moldy environment.

We couldn’t see mold in the livable space in our home, but it was in our attic. Mold exposure can cause a wide range of symptoms. However, it wasn’t until we moved out that I began to realize that mycotoxins were still impacting my health.

When we moved out of our old home, we took everything with us. Once we moved into our new home and started to unpack the items, I smelled a familiar smell…

I came to learn that mycotoxins travel. They especially like cloth and porous material.

Once in our new home, I began to feel better since I wasn’t living in the moldy environment, but I was frustrated because I wasn’t getting completely better. It was at that point that I finally realized it was the mycotoxins that were continuing to harm me.

I ultimately had to get rid of most of the items we had moved in from our old house.

So What Are Mycotoxins Anyway?

The term “mycotoxin” hasn’t been around very long and it isn’t very well known; however, it’s more common than most people realize.

Scientists coined the term in 1962 after a crisis resulting in the death of 100,000 turkeys in England. Their deaths were linked to a peanut meal contaminated with secondary metabolites from a fungal toxin.
According to the US National Library of Medicine,  

“mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals.”

However, they also mention that “mycotoxins are not only hard to define, they are also challenging to classify.”

In other words, mycotoxins are a toxic chemical that some molds produce. In fact, you know that “new car smell” or even the smell that dryer sheets leave on your clothes or that smell that comes from dryer vents that you can smell when you're out for a walk and pass by a home where they are doing laundry? Yuck–those are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In fact, mycotoxins are VOCs as well. They are similar in structure to ketones, aldehydes, alcohols, and aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. You can see more about the concerns about these components of artificial fragrances here.

Mycotoxins Are Dangers to Your Health

There are over 400 mycotoxins.

Some mycotoxins are mildly annoying, resulting in allergy-like symptoms, but others can make you very sick and even be life-threatening. (source) Diseases caused by exposures to mycotoxins is known as mycotoxicosis. 

Everyone responds differently to them, making it hard both yourself and for medical professionals to diagnose what is going on with your body and whether it is related to mycotoxins or not.

Some people don't exhibit much, if any observable response to mycotoxins. The reason being is partly due to genetics.

A quarter of the population has a gene (HLA-DR) that makes them more susceptible to mold toxicity. People with this gene have “difficulty recovering from mold and other toxin exposures.”

This explains why two people living in the same moldy environment might react differently. In fact, that is how it was in our case.

I became extremely ill due to our mold exposure, while my husband only had minor symptoms that didn’t interfere with his daily life.

Dr. Jill Carnahan is someone who sadly knows firsthand the impact that mold and mycotoxins can take on someone. She states,

when you’re made sick by mycotoxins you’re basically being poisoned. This is called mycotoxicosis.

The symptoms of mycotoxicosis differ depending on the type of mycotoxin you’re exposed to, how long you’re exposed to it, the amount of the exposure, and your personal attributes such as age, gender, and health.

She believes that mold and mycotoxins, along with other indoor air pollutants, may contribute to over 50% of her patient’s illnesses.

Mycotoxins can be acutely or chronically toxic–depending on the type of fungus and amount of exposure. They are fat soluble, so they can be stored in organs and tissue, resulting in mold toxicity and many serious health effects, including skin and lung infections.

Mold poisoning can also affect the liver, kidneys, and brain and the entire nervous system. Mycotoxins can also suppress the immune system and lead to death.

petri dish test with mold and mycotoxins growing in it for post about what are mycotoxins

How Mycotoxins Get Into Your Body

Mycotoxins can enter your body through your digestive and respiratory system, and even through your skin.

It's not a pleasant thought, but mycotoxins can cause neurotoxicity impacting your brain. They can also damage your DNA and cause mitochondria (cell) dysfunction and suppress the immune system.

Mycotoxins in Food

Mycotoxins can be found in crops that have a long storage process, such as grains.

Some of the foods which they can be found in are:

  • corn
  • wheat
  • barley
  • oats
  • rice
  • peanuts
  • coffee
  • cereals
  • grain-fed meat

When it comes to food, Dave Asprey, who has also been negatively impacted by mold and mycotoxins states,

between soil-destroying pesticides and abhorrent factory farming practices, the US has the most severe mycotoxin problem of any country.

What he means is that our soil has been so badly depleted by modern farming techniques, that the “bad guys”, including mycotoxins, are unable to be kept in check by the good microbes in the soil, leading to a proliferation of toxic components in the food that you eat on a daily basis.

It makes sense that if you’re dealing with mold and mycotoxins, you should consult with a physician who understands mold toxicity and consider following a low mold diet.

Mycotoxins in the Air

It is estimated that over 50% of buildings in the US have water damage. You can see evidence of this everywhere–water stains on the ceiling, stains on the carpet, water dripping from ceilings, warped floors peeling paint. These aren't all definite signs of mold but they should be investigated.

And when you spill something wet on a carpet, even though you mop it up quickly, the moisture seeps through to the padding and gets trapped there, leading to mold. It only takes 48 hours for the mold to start growing–and then the mycotoxin damage begins.

Since modern houses are more tightly constructed, the toxins can build up more quickly. Additionally, modern houses in most countries are made with drywall, which is a great breeding ground for mold once it is wet.

Mycotoxins Through Your Skin

Mycotoxins can also enter the body through the skin, but this is a less common issue unless your skin is in regular contact with a source (think moldy clothing or a moldy body lotion, for example).

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Testing for Mycotoxins

There are a few different ways you can test for mycotoxins in your system. One of the ways they can be measured is in your urine. You can have a complete panel of urinary mycotoxins run through Real Time Labs or Great Plains Labs. There are also blood tests which can help pinpoint if you are experiencing health challenges due to these toxins.

Another great company is Life Extension. They are very reputable and they have a mold toxicity test, plus a wide range of supplements that are highly regarded around the world. Just use this link and search for “Mold Illness Panel” and you can see the tests that they offer.

How to Address Mycotoxin Exposure

Test Your Home for Mold

If you have health challenges which doctors are unable to explain, I would highly recommend checking your indoor air environment. Test for mold.

If you know you have been exposed to mold, the best thing is to get out of that environment, do what you can to remediate the problem, and then work on preventing future mold exposure while you work on your health.

For Mold Testing helps please visit this post on Andrea Fabry's Mold Story

Work with a Practitioner Who “Gets” Mold

In addition to removing yourself from the environment, you will need to get the toxins out of your body. There are different protocols which can assist with removing the toxins from your body.

I highly recommend working with a healthcare professional whenever you try to detox. Detoxification is typically considered to be a good thing, but if your body isn’t healthy enough to detox, it can create problems. Think about it–if you can't get rid of the toxins, but you are mobilizing them (moving them around) in your body, they can end up circulating and going to places where you don't want them (think brain or other organs), or just overall making you feel worse. 

Regardless, when you detox you will want to really support your detoxification system to avoid Herxheimer reactions as much as possible. To see more about this topic, you can read this post on Herxheimer reactions from candida.

Binders, such as activated charcoal and bentonite clay, which can help you bind the toxins to get them out of your body. You will also need to treat infections that come as a result of the exposure.

If you or a loved one you know suspect that you’re being impacted by mold or mycotoxins, I highly recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor who is familiar with mold illness, or another professional who is familiar with environmental illness. They can diagnose the situation and help put you back on the road to improved health.

Help for Mold Toxicity

The following book is written by one of the most well-respected mycotoxin experts in the world. It's worth considering as a resource when dealing with mold illness.

I hope this post has helped you to realize how much of a problem mold and mycotoxins can be and that you can use this information to improve the health of yourself, your family, and your loved ones.

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This Healthy Almond Butter Fruit Dip a clean-eating alternative to the HFCS-filled fruit dips in the store.  It's great not only as a dip, but also as a glaze or eaten right off the spoon.

Bonus–this dairy-free fruit dip also special-diet friendly–it's vegan and low carb with a nut-free option.

dairy-free fruit dip in white ramekin surrounded by fruit

I love dips of all kinds. 

And there's a good reason why. 

Dipping makes everything taste better. Don't you agree?

I'm sure all of the parents out there would agree that while it can be hard to get kids to eat a lot of veggies, when you pair those exact same veggies with a dip, the veggies are more apt to disappear.

And that goes for adults too.

I mean, I love vegetables, but I really don't like eating them plain. And I very much dislike eating them raw and plain. But pair them with this delicious Avocado Dip or this Sesame-free Hummus, or this Vegan Ranch Dip, or some other delicious dip, then those same not-so-tempting vegetables will be gone in a flash.

Of course, there are those people who don't like dips. Our oldest is one of those. I don't understand it, but he doesn't really like dips. Well, let's qualify that–he doesn't like dipping things into dips, and he doesn't like dressing on his salads, but but he will eat dips on rice, plain, or he'll spread them on breads, wraps, and such.

I think it's a texture thing, but that doesn't totally make sense since he will eat the same texture in another context, he doesn't like them.

So my non-dip-loving son, loves this dip, but he doesn't like dipping things into it. But he'll eat it with a spoon or he'll drizzle it onto Buckwheat Pancakes or Teff Waffles, or he'll even put it on Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream, but no way will you find him dipping any kind of fruit in it.

Come to think of it, he doesn't like fresh fruit anyhow so…..

I digress.

Anyhow, no matter your dipping desires, this Dairy-free Fruit Dip is delicious.  In fact, it's almost always gone super fast whenever I make it.

The Need for a Healthier Almond Butter Fruit Dip

I used to love those ooey gooey super sweet caramel apple dips when I was younger, but wow are they loaded with all kinds of things that I don't want to or can't eat anymore. 

  • high fructose corn syrup (linked to cancer!)
  • partially hydrogenated oils 
  • disodium phosphate
  • mono and diglycerides
  • potassium sorbate
  • white sugar (causes all sorts of issues)

Ick.

Since we've changed out lifestyle to be whole food and lower-carb, there was really no way I was going to be buying that for myself or my family. And truly, I never have. By the way, they are pricey too! And homemade dip is not. Frugal whole foodies, you will love this vegan fruit dip!

This dip, though it's not a caramelly dip, is really tasty.  And is made of only healthful ingredients.

And it's super fast to make!  My kind of busy mom–kids need something yummy to eat now–recipe.

dairy-free fruit dip in high speed vitamix blender

How This Healthy Vegan Fruit Dip Came to Be

Most of the vegan fruit dips out here are loaded with dates. I love dates, but they are super high in carbohydrates (and sugars), something that is a no-no for those of us struggling with candida.  So I wanted to develop a recipe for a fruit dip that would work for our family. Since our oldest has a life-threatening allergy to dairy, it needed to not only be low-carb, but it also needed to be a dairy-free fruit dip.

I found several versions of nut butter based dips on a few websites, thought about what I liked about each of them, and then made a number of versions until I found just the right flavor.

This is it.  Just right sweetness with a touch of cinnamon to add the perfect extra something.

We even made a special trip to buy some apples to go with it since we didn't have any in the house (what was I thinking–making a dairy-free fruit dip without apples???)

My youngest son was totally thrilled about the whole thing. First of all, he loves apples. Second, he had never had a fruit dip before (and he really liked this one), and the grocery store we went to has a really fun mechanical horse that kids can ride on for just 1 penny! He rode with dad and brother while mom shopped.

How nice to have extra blessings added to an otherwise mundane las minute apple-buying errand.

Ways to Use this Super Versatile Almond Butter Fruit Dip / Sauce:

One nice thing about this Almond Butter Fruit Dip is that you get the wonderfully rich taste of almond butter with about half the calories and fat since you're thinning out the almond butter.  Of course, these are good fats, but all things in moderation and if you are needing to watch your caloric intake, this really helps.

hand dipping apple slice in dairy-free fruit dip in white bowl, surrounded by fresh fruit

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Recipe Notes for this Almond Butter Fruit Dip

  • Nut substitution: You can substitute other nut or seed butter as desired or needed. See my post on Homemade Nut or Seed Butter. Pecan would be especially nice. Sunflower will add a more peanutty taste to the final product.
  • Coconut milk alternative: Any other non-dairy milk such as coconut milk can be used instead of almond milk. My Easiest Almond Milk and Easiest Coconut Milk are great make-your-own options. Coconut and cashew milk will yield a creamier final product.
  • Sweetener alternative: You can use 2 Tbsp of any other healthy sweetener instead of stevia. However, if you use a liquid sweetener you may need to use a slightly different amount, so read this post for help with substituting sweeteners. Vegetable glycerine is a good option.
  • Alcohol-free vanilla extract option: In case you need to avoid alcohol (since it's not cooked off in this recipe, here is a link to an alcohol-free vanilla extract.
  • Topping Tip: Feel free to add more non-dairy milk to the dip to make a thinner dip or sauce for topping pancakes, hot cereals, and more.

You can alter this recipe as you like.

Some great variations include:

  • Use maple syrup for a more mapley taste (is that a word?)
  • Add chocolate or carob for a chocolatey treat!  Start with 2 Tbsp or carob or chocolate and go from there.
  • Add shredded coconut for a coconutty / nutty blend.  
  • Add chopped nuts for a chunky topping / dip.
  • Add cacao nibs or chocolate shaving for a chocolatey nutty dip or topping.hand dipping strawberry in dairy-free fruit dip in white bowl, surrounded by fresh fruitOf course, if you are REALLY into chocolate, then this Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip is for you.

    Now, onto the recipe!

     

    Almond Butter Fruit Dip | Dessert Sauce (low carb, dairy and sugar free)

    This Easy Healthy Fruit Dip is dairy and sugar free. Great not only as a dip, but also as a glaze or eaten right off the spoon!

    • 1 cup almond butter ((see notes for nut-free alternatives))
    • 1 cup coconut milk ((or other non-dairy milk))
    • 1/16 tsp pure stevia extract powder
    • 3 Tbsp xylitol ((see notes for alternative sweeteners))
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    1. Place all ingredients in food processor or blender.
    2. Mix until combined and smooth. (this is super quick in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. 

    3. Add additional non-dairy milk if desired.

    4. Serve with fruit or other dippers, or on top of desserts. 

    5. Store whatever you don't manage to polish off in the refrigerator.

    I so hope you enjoy this healthy Almond Butter Fruit Dip as much as we do!

    How will you most likely use this ? 
    As Dip, Spread, Drizzle, or on a Spoon :-)?

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Copaiba vs CBD Oil https://wholenewmom.com/essential-oils/copaiba-vs-cbd/ https://wholenewmom.com/essential-oils/copaiba-vs-cbd/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:41:21 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=50864 Have you seen the CBD vs copaiba oil debate about which is better? I'm going to set the record straight with a detailed analysis of both products to help you cut through the marketing hype and be armed with everything you need to know. Today we're going to tackle a tough topic–CBD vs Copaiba Oil. Both...

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Have you seen the CBD vs copaiba oil debate about which is better? I'm going to set the record straight with a detailed analysis of both products to help you cut through the marketing hype and be armed with everything you need to know.

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Today we're going to tackle a tough topic–CBD vs Copaiba Oil. Both CBD oil and Copaiba oil have been getting a lot of attention these days. People are excited (with good reason) about the benefits that they are seeing from these products, but it has led to some confusion about which is better–and it's also led to a lot of marketing hype.

Now, buckle up and make sure your thinking caps are on straight, because this post is going to get technical.

Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD-rich hemp oil is all the rage these days and is touted as being a help for many health issues and other concerns.

Personally, our family has seen AMAZING results with CBD oil. 

Truly, what has happened has literally been nothing short of miraculous and I've been thrilled to help some of my readers (and local friends) see great results as well.

Here are some of the benefits that we've seen personally and heard about from others:

  • My son used to have panic episodes VERY regularly, and has had almost NONE since starting on CBD oil
  • More restful sleep
  • Improved organization skills and motivation
  • Brain fog lifted
  • More focus
  • Improved energy
  • Relief of head tension
  • and more

Clearly, this is a health revolution.

However, there is some confusion in the marketplace that needs to be addressed.

I Love Essential Oils

First of all, if you've been on my blog for any time at all, you all know that I LOVE essential oils and have been using them for a long time.

We use them pretty much every day–from lavender for sleep, this DIY cough essential oils blend, and we also love this DIY Thieves® blend, and I use these essential oils for hair growth every day. Clary sage is another essential oil that I use often for hormonal help and these Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue work great as well. Almost too many to name!

Suffice it to say that I. love. essential. oils.

But something is going on in the essential oils world that needs to be addressed and it has to do with copaiba essential oil and how it is being compared CBD.

What Is this CBD vs Copaiba War About Anyway?

In a nutshell, CBD oil has become a super hot product. People are hearing about the amazing benefits of CBD and as demand grows, so does supply. The market sees that there is money to be made and they are pursuing the profits.

Seriously–it seems like everyone (including essential oil companies) is selling CBD oil these days. However, some essential oil companies aren't selling CBD oil, but they are jumping on the bandwagon in a different way.

They say that they have something even better than CBD oil–and that something is copaiba oil.

Some essential oil reps and companies are claiming that they have an essential oil that is WAY better and “more powerful” than CBD–and that it's less expensive too.

These claims have created a lot of confusion about CBD vs. copaiba oil.

In fact, it's gotten so confusing that I've even seen people say that they are using CBD, when what they are using is Copaiba Oil.

The truth is that CBD and copaiba are not the same thing.

Just like I have attempted to clear up other issues like is stevia safe and is erythritol safe and the issue of xylitol and tumors, and the rumors about rotten Costco coconut oil, today I'm going to address the CBD vs. Copaiba Oil issue.

But before we get to the comparison, here are some terms that you need to know.

What Is CBD Oil?

To start with, CBD oil is not an essential oil. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid.

The endocannabinoid system is a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists (something which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor). There are two primary cell receptors that comprise the endocannabinoid system (ECS)–Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys, or the things that unlock these receptors are cannabinoids.

CBD oil is either CBD rich oil extracted from industrial hemp, or an oil made from CBD isolate in a carrier. The word “isolate” sounds like the word “isolated”, and CBD isolate is just that–CBD only–while the CBD rich oil that is not made from isolate is full spectrum, meaning it is (typically) complete with the other cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally parts of hemp.

What Is Copaiba Oil?

Copaiba is an essential oil derived from the resin of the copaiba tree. The copaiba balsam is processed to make copaiba essential oil, much like other plants are distilled to make essential oils.

Essential oils are not like olive or coconut oil, but they are oils distilled from plants. For more information on this, read Essential Oil Facts.

What Is Beta-caryophyllene (BCP)?

Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a component of both CBD oil and Copaiba oil.

People touting that Copaiba is better than CBD oil focus on Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) which is part of both CBD oil and copaiba oil.  Say “Beta-caryophyllene” with me. Or maybe don't.

While many in the essential oil business talk about BCP as if it's a cannabinoid, it is not–Beta-caryophyllene is actually a terpene. Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds–meaning that they have a smell.

Side note, while many essential oils are known for their strong smells, and terpenes are responsible for the fragrance in essential oils, even though copaiba oil is rich in some terpenes, copaiba oil has a gentle smell, so don't expect to be overpowered by it.  ??eliminate??

BCP is also found in clove, rosemary, melissa, essential oils. This is of interest since clove essential oil is often touted as a help for dental issues and is used by many mainstream dental practitioners to help with dental discomfort including sore gums. What is odd, is that it's also found in feces and saliva. Ewwww… 

CBD vs Copaiba Myths

So let's get this sorted out.

Following are the arguments that need to be addressed regarding the comparison of CBD and Copaiba Oil.

Myth: Copaiba is better because it has more Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP)

1. BCP Isn't Really a Cannabinoid

In my post on Is Coconut a Nut?, we talked about how coconut is a nut, fruit, and a drupe (yeah, you'll have to read the post to learn about that). In a similar manner, BCP can be classified as both a terpene and a cannabinoid, but it's really a terpene.

Those on the Essential Oil side might tell you that BCP is a cannabinoid, and then those on the CBD side will tell you that BCP is a terpene. Technically BCP is a terpene, but it can be referred to as a dietary cannabinoid because of its action on the endocannabinoid system.

Copaiba oil does, in fact, contain a significant amount of BCP–typically around 55-60%, while CBD-rich hemp oil usually contains between 2 and 30%.

Essential Oil companies are touting that copaiba oil as a far superior solution to CBD, because…get this...it has WAY more of one of the terpenes found in the cannabis plant: beta-caryophyllene (BCP). But note–that is just one component.

2. CBD Oil's Other Components

Yes, Copaiba Oil has more BCP than CBD Oil has. However, full spectrum CBD oil has a lot of things in it that Copaiba doesn't have.

This is like saying that oranges are better than blueberries since oranges have way more vitamin C than blueberries. But we all know that there are other things in blueberries that make them beneficial for good health.

CBD oil (provided it is not made from isolate), has many other beneficial components in it that contribute to what is called the “entourage effect”–meaning that they each help the other parts work better. Those parts include cannabinoids, bioflavonoids, and other terpenes.

Copaiba Oil's Other Components

On the other hand, Copaiba oil is not just made up of BCP alone. Copaiba oil has other beneficial compounds in it as well–namely copaene, bergamotene, and humulene which have benefits. But wait, CBD oil has humulene and bergamotene too. The moral of the story here is that both have benefits and the main arguments being made aren't the whole story.

Higher Bioavailability of Certain CBD Oil

While it's true that there is more BCP in Copaiba oil then in CBD oil, this doesn't take into account the fact that there are certain CBD Oils that have a much higher bioavailability. Nano technology and water solubility greatly increase the bioavailability of the components of CBD Oil as such, these CBD oil benefits would clearly outpace that of copaiba oil.

At this point, it seems from research that CBD Oil's health applications are much wider than those of Copaiba Oil.

Myth: Copaiba Oil's Direct Receptor Interaction Is Preferred

Facts:

1. Direct action on 1 receptor is not necessarily better than indirect action on both.

Those who argue that Copaiba is better than CBD oil state that BCP works directly on the CB2 receptor, where CBD only has indirect action on both CB1 and CB2 receptors. (source)

CBD is an Allosteric Modulator

Furthermore, CBD performs complex actions on the body. CBD is known as an allosteric modulator, meaning that it can enhance or inhibit how a receptor transmits a signal by changing the shape of the receptor it's acting on.

This is a chemical phenomena which has extensive benefits. Additionally, CBD actively stimulates vanilloid, adenosine, and serotonin receptors. It is a completely gross misrepresentation of nearly 30 years worth of data to insinuate that CBD is not beneficial due to its inability to directly stimulate cannabinoid receptors. 

One example is that CBD is a positive allosteric modulator of the GABA-A receptor (helps the GABA receptor work better) and is a negative allosteric modulator of the CB1 receptor, so that one doesn't get psychoactive effects when using CBD.

The CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain but also throughout the body, while CB2 receptors are in the immune and GI system mainly, but also a bit in the brain. 

Myth: There are 70 Studies on Copaiba Oil So It's Better

The above is something that has been pointed out by a certain MLM Essential Oil company.

Well, there are loads of peer-reviewed studies on CBD as well.

Myth: CBD Oil Has a Lot of THC in It and Will Get you High

Fact: CBD Oil Isolate has no THC in it. Full Spectrum CBD Oil that is sourced from industrial hemp has little to no THC in it and has no psychoactive effects. 

Now, it is the truth that even a small amount of THC could possibly result in a false positive drug test result, depending on the sensitivity of the test. CBD Oil without THC should not do this ever. One thing to remember is that poppy seeds and some other foods and OTC medications, can also result in false positive test results. 

Usage Safety Concerns

Most essential oil experts agree that you should not use essential oils internally unless you are under the care of a physician or aromatherapist. And make sure you read about essential oil emulsifiers before making anything with Copaiba oil.

In fact, there is actually a study on rats showing that ingesting copaiba essential oil increases bilirubin and can cause liver damage. (source)

Yes, go ahead and put Copaiba in your diffuser, or dilute it and apply it topically. But please don't ingest it.

Most CBD oil, on the other hand, is meant to be ingested. You can use CBD oil topically in a salve, or you can vape it, but most people like using it orally, typically in capsule form or as sublingual drops. But please speak with your physician before trying CBD oil in any form, particularly if you are taking medications. You might wish to do this before using Copaiba Oil as well.

Is Copaiba Cheaper than CBD oil?

Quite possibly. It all depends on how much of each product you need and how you will use it and of course if it works for you. Cheaper doesn't mean anything if it doesn't work. My son sees great benefits using a very small amount of CBD oil. So far, we haven't seen much benefit using copaiba oil, but we haven't done much experimenting.

Legal Questions

I don't know of any federal or state regulations regarding copaiba oil. There are some regarding CBD oil, but typically that is only for CBD oil that is sold in stores and/or that has more than .3% THC.

Why Not Try Both?

My question is–why does this have to be “my oil is better than your oil” fight at all? Why not try both?

For you, CBD oil might work better than Copaiba Oil or vice versa.

In fact, Copaiba Oil is supposed to help amplify the effects of other essential oils and has been said to amplify the effects of CBD oil as well. So both is almost always going to be better than using only one.

Personally, from everything that I have read (and it's been a lot)–I think that CBD oil is the way to go. But every one is different. No need to get into a huff about this–just try them and see what you think!

Conclusion

Copaiba Oil is not the same as CBD oil and the main beneficial ingredient that is getting so much attention (BCP) isn't even a cannabinoid.

Copiaba oil and CBD oil are two different thing and they're both good.

If we're going to argue about this, what's next–a war about which is better–avocados vs oranges?

I say try them both and enjoy the benefits of each. Instead of perpetuating the CBD vs Copaiba war, let's understand the benefits of both and consider using both for a comprehensive formula to improve wellness.

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Where to Buy CBD-rich Hemp Oil and Copaiba Oil

So this is a tough question because it's hard to know who to trust. There are so many places to purchase both CBD oil and Copaiba oil, you want to make sure that you are buying pure versions of each. Purity is crucial, especially if you are going to be using these products on a daily basis.

There is a lot of monkey business going on in the CBD oil industry, as well as in the essential oil industry. Actually, the truth is that there is a lot of nonsense going on in every industry–food, personal care, essential oils, and more. It's so hard to know who to trust! I just caught a company in a bold faced lie this past week. It's a scary world out there for us consumers!

I spend a lot of time doing research for my family (sometimes it feels like too much), because I don't want to spend our hard-earned money on junk and well, we've been taken before and I'm pretty fed up with it.

Like I said, it can feel like too much at times, but I'm so thrilled when I find out that my efforts help you all as well.

Essential Oils: If you'd like to try the oils that my family is using, you can go to this series where I started a search about where to buy our essential oils from (the final post is here).  

CBD Oil: There's a lot to sort through about this as well. I encourage you to really do your own research about quality companies to purchase from.

I do my best to stay on top of these industries, and I'm always doing research, so stay tuned–you can subscribe to my newsletter here for updates on this and other topics.

Have you used CBD Oil or Copaiba Oil?
Please share your experience in the comments.

 

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25 Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/saint-patricks-day-reflections-and-treats/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/saint-patricks-day-reflections-and-treats/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2019 23:50:09 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=12175 St. Patrick's Day is a fun and meaningful day to celebrate, but most of the desserts made for this day include loads of sugar and artificial food coloring. We've put together a list of Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts to help you celebrate without the guilt! Saint Patrick's Day holds a special place in my...

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St. Patrick's Day is a fun and meaningful day to celebrate, but most of the desserts made for this day include loads of sugar and artificial food coloring. We've put together a list of Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts to help you celebrate without the guilt!

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Saint Patrick's Day holds a special place in my heart.

My father is from Dublin, Ireland and March 17th was my late mother's birthday.

In fact, most of my father's relatives still live on the Emerald Isle and my father has just moved back to Ireland–we miss him!

I visited Ireland during my college years and it really is a special place (though I'm sure in the many many years since then that it's changed quite a bit.)

While in Ireland one summer, I did the following:

  • Studied at Trinity College.  But the courses were in Irish History and Literature so I don't recall much.  Just ask my husband – I'm a math and science brain for sure!
  • Spent loads of time with relatives.
  • Hitch-hiked across the small island in 6 hours with another girl in my program (yes, it was safe to do that in Ireland then–I even had the blessing of my very cautious Irish grandmother!)
  • Enjoyed all the funny names for things like the word “crisps” for potato chips.
  • Learned that fresh eggs can be stored at room temperature for a long time (they have eggs stacked on the floor in the grocery store!)
  • Walked into a pub on the Western side where everyone was speaking Gaelic, Ireland's native language.

St. Patrick's Day History

The story behind St. Patrick's Day is inspiring. In a nutshell:

      • Patrick was from Britain, born near the end of the fourth century.
      • When he was sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and forced to tend sheep in Ireland.
      • His trials led him to seek God.  One day he thought he heard God telling him to flee his captors, so he did.
      • He was caught again and put into slavery, but again escaped and returned to Britain.
      • He had another “vision” from God calling him back to Ireland.
      • There, he studied with priests, became a priest and a deacon, and eventually Bishop of Ireland.
      • “Patrick evangelized, taught literacy, equipped men and women for ministry, and provided leadership for new churches throughout the Emerald Isle.”

We don't participate in all of the alcohol, etc., but I like to celebrate on some level.

I'd love to do the whole naturally corned beef and all that, but sometimes just having a few fun green or rainbow-themed treats is enough and is a great way celebrate as well. It's more about the Leprechaun tales than the real St. Patrick, but you can always tell the real story along with the fabricated tales.

Of course, if you'd like to have a more simple meal for St. Patrick's Day, you could serve up this Paleo Shepherd's Pie with Roasted Vegetables. It's lovely.

So here are some Healthy St. Patrick's Day Treats to enjoy with friends or family. I do so hope you enjoy them and better health as well.

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Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are such a great idea for a healthy St. Patrick's Day Dessert! If you need to avoid eggs, try my Powdered Egg Replacer or another egg alternative like a flax or chia egg. For low-carb, use a low-carb sweetener instead if needed and low-carb chocolate chips too--also sub almond flour for the arrowroot using the recommendations in my Pumpkin Snickerdoodles post.
Get the Recipe Here
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint and chocolate are always a favorite--and when brownies are involved, it can't get much better. If you are in need of avoiding the grain, you can use almond flour for this recipe--just adjust the other ingredients. I have some information to that end in my Pumpkin Snickerdoodle post.
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Mini Mint Chocolate Brownies

Secret-Ingredient Mint Fudge – vegan and sugar free

Can you guess what gives this Mint Fudge its natural green color? Hint: It's not spinach! This paleo mint fudge is lightly mint flavored, dairy-free, vegan, and low-carb too.
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In need of a healthy dessert? This Easy Mint Fudge Recipe is naturally colored with a secret ingredient and loaded with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, plus it's dairy and sugar free too. It's naturally paleo and low-carb to boot.

Grasshopper Pie — gluten free, paleo & dairy free

Doesn't this Grasshopper Pie look amazing--and the green is all natural from nutrition-packed spirulina! You can make this lower carb by using almond flour for the crust and choosing a low-carb sweetener, and an egg replacer should work fine for those who need it.
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Grasshopper Pie — gluten free, paleo & dairy free

Dairy-free Matcha Ice Cream (paleo & vegan)

I can just taste this ice cream now--so creamy and delectable and made with the goodness of matcha. Substitute in a low-carb sweetener if need be.
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Dairy-free Matcha Ice Cream (paleo & vegan)

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl - dairy free & low carb, with AIP option

This dairy-free mint chocolate ice cream is naturally colored with fresh mint and has a fun twist on traditional mint chocolate chip ice cream. Instead of chips, it has a creamy ganache swirl throughout.
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vegan mint chocolate ice cream in black speckled cups

Keto St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies (Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo)

What a fun treat for kids and adults alike! And look at that vibrant green--who needs artificial colors when you can have this naturally?
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Keto St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free + Paleo)

Creamy Avocado Lime Pudding - paleo & vegan

This Creamy Avocado Lime Pudding is a great healthy dessert that's loaded with the healthful goodness of avocado! Plus, it's dairy-fee and low-carb too. THM:S
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Creamy Avocado Lime Pudding Recipe- a Vegan Pudding Recipe that comes together in a flash. A great paleo dessert that your kids will love!

4-Ingredient Avocado Mint Nice Cream

"Nice Cream" typically is made from frozen bananas, but not in this case. The "nice" in this case (and the color, of course) comes from the highly-revered nutritional powerhouse, the avocado. Use a low carb sweetener if desired.
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4-Ingredient Avocado Mint Nice Cream

No-Bake Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars - paleo & vegan

No need to turn on your oven for these Grasshopper Bars. The lovely avocado stars again in these delicious No-Bake Chocolate Mint Bars that are easily done low carb, vegan, AIP, and are THM too.
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Chocolate and Avocado Grasshopper Bars - Chocolate Mint Bars

Gluten-Free Vegan Matcha Brownies

I love so much about these brownies! Lightly colored and with all of the benefits of matcha, topped with freeze-dried fruit and even rose petals. If you're watching carbs, you can change out the sweeteners but the dates will be hard to substitute. You could try a chia blend with water or maybe couple that with coconut and made into a paste with added sweetener.
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Gluten-Free Vegan Matcha Brownies

Tropical Pineapple, Macadamia and Spirulina Maxima Bars

Top off your meal with these bars that are packed to the brim with nutrition from pineapple, macadamia, and spirulina. These would not be able to be done lower carb unless you are really creative with coconut butter and added sweetener perhaps.
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Tropical Pineapple, Macadamia and Spirulina Maxima Bars

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe - Dairy Free

What a great healthier alternative to the popular sugar and green-food-coloring laden drink in a certain fast food restaurant--drink up!
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Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe - Dairy Free

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy free with sugar-free option)

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a favorite with many ice cream lovers. Round out your St. Patrick's Day Celebration with this dairy-free, low-carb, naturally-colored version of this classic ice cream.
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dairy-free mint chocolate chip ice cream in a glass bowl

Healthy Green Velvet Cake

This cake's rich green color comes from spinach which adds loads of nutrition to this delectable dessert. If you are avoiding eggs use an egg substitute. Those avoiding grains and carbs could use almond flour instead, making appropriate adjustments to the recipe.
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Healthy Green Velvet Cake

Keto Key Lime Poke Cake

This Keto Key Lime Poke Cake looks delicious, light, and flavorful! If you need to avoid eggs, this will be a tough one to substitute for so I would choose another option, but it could be done. Use a vegan curd for the filling and use an appropriate egg replacer for the cake.
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Keto Key Lime Poke Cake

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies (Paleo GF)

These brownies are almost exactly what I used to make when I was younger--but done healthier! If you are low carb just replace the sweetener and an egg substitute should work pretty well for this recipe.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies (Paleo + GF)

Key Lime Popsicles (low carb & dairy free with AIP & vegan option)

These Dairy-free Key Lime Popsicles are a great refreshing treat for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. They work for a low-carb diet and can be made vegan too.
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Key Lime Popsicles

No-Bake Chocolate Matcha Cream Tart

This tart is a gorgeous dessert option that will make any St. Patrick's Day celebration extra special. If you are on a low-carb diet, try substituting coconut for the dates in the crust and either coconut cream or avocado for the banana--some extra low-carb sweetener will be needed as well.
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No-Bake Chocolate Matcha Cream Tart

Baked Gluten-Free Vegan Funfetti Doughnuts (Paleo)

Kids of all ages are sure to love these rainbow-themed gluten-free doughnuts. If you are avoiding carbs, this is a tough recipe to alter. If you are on the THM eating plan, these are an E recipe. For paleo, you will have to omit the sprinkles or make your own.
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Baked Gluten-Free Vegan Funfetti Doughnuts (Paleo)

Raw Vegan Matcha Cheesecake (paleo too!)

This is a fantastic Cheesecake that's Raw, Vegan and made with the super nutrition powerhouse Matcha. If you need to reduce the carbs, you could probably use some coconut instead of the dates and a low-carb sweetener as well.
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Raw Vegan Matcha Cheesecake

Instant Avocado Vanilla Pudding (Vegan)

Skip the boxes with "who knows what" or rather "you know what and it's bad" ingredients and make this just as fast "instant" vanilla pudding instead!
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Instant Avocado Vanilla Pudding (Vegan)

Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan & Paleo)

I can't wait to make these! Make sure to use a low-carb sweetener and low-carb chocolate chips (or make my Homemade Choc Chips) if you need to reduce the carbs.
Get the Recipe Here
Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan & Paleo)

No-Bake Andes Mint Bars

Andes Candies were always a favorite of mine growing up. Love this adaptation into a healthful bar. For low-carb use a low-carb sweetener instead.
Get the Recipe Here
No-Bake Andes Mint Bars

 

Whatever you choose to do, I hope this Saint Patrick's Day finds you healthy and enjoying loved ones around you.

Which Healthy St. Patrick's Day Dessert is your favorite?

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25 Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Snacks https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/healthy-st-patricks-day-snacks/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/healthy-st-patricks-day-snacks/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2019 21:58:11 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=62932 St. Patrick's Day is something we love to celebrate, but the foods (especially the non traditional ones) associated with the day aren't typically the healthiest. We've put together a great list of healthy St. Patrick's Day snacks to help you celebrate the Luck of the Irish while keeping your diet in check. Each of the...

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St. Patrick's Day is something we love to celebrate, but the foods (especially the non traditional ones) associated with the day aren't typically the healthiest. We've put together a great list of healthy St. Patrick's Day snacks to help you celebrate the Luck of the Irish while keeping your diet in check.

St Patrick's Day Snacks - Irish nachos, Chocolate Mint Smoothie, Rainbow Chia Pudding and Green Bean Chips

Each of the snack recipes here are gluten-free, or are easily adapted, and of course there are no artificial colors lurking inside. Bonus, if you are on a special diet, many or all of these can work for you as well. The recipes are all either dairy and egg-free, or can easily be converted.

We hope that these help you enjoy your celebration and better health as well!

St Patrick's Day Snacks - Irish nachos, Chocolate Mint Smoothie, Rainbow Chia Pudding and Green Bean Chips, GF Irish Soda Bread

Oh, and if you are hankering for more sweet things than savory, you can head over to this post of Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts to get your fill.

Following is every Irish lover's snacking dream. At the end of your snacking rainbow lies a pot of a plethora of St. Patrick's Day Snacks to please even the pickiest of leprechauns.

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Snacks

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

I am a total pushover for anything Mint and Chocolate. Add healthy to it and I'm sold.
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Spinach Pancakes

These super nutritious and oh-so-green pancakes are gluten free, vegan, and can be eaten alone or filled with all kinds of tasty fillings.
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Spinach Pancakes

Crispy Kale Chips - A Healthy Snack Your Kids Will Love!

These Crispy Kale Chips are a satisfying and light nutritious snack. I actually am not a fan of most store-bought kale chips, but I have to keep my kids out of these--they are so good!
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Kale Chips Recipe - They're super easy to make and super nutritious! My kids LOVE them--it's one chip you can feel good about them eating, and they're a fortune in the health food store. So make 'em yourself and SAVE!

Pandan and Coconut Milk Layered Agar

This layered Indonesian pandan and coconut milk layered agar that is easy enough for midweek, yet impressive enough for a party. Pandan is a fascinating vanilla-flavored plant that you can likely find in your local Asian food store. Worth a trip for sure!
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Pandan and Coconut Milk Layered Agar

Pea Hummus

This hummus has a different twist to it since its base is peas instead of traditional garbanzos, making it perfect for this Irish Holiday celebration.
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Pea Hummus

Asian Edamame Hummus

Another fun green twist on hummus--this time made with edamame instead of garbanzos.
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Asian Edamame Hummus

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Guacamole

This Simple Guacamole Recipe is made without nightshades or dairy and meets the qualifications of the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet. Even if you're not following that diet, it's sure to please.
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aip guacamole in white bowl with paleo tortilla chips

Eat-the-Rainbow Spring Rolls

A fun way to enjoy all of the colors of the rainbow with lots of nutrition and without any artificial additives!
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Eat-the-Rainbow Spring Rolls

Baked Cucumber Chips with Salt & Vinegar Flavor

A fun crispy and healthful snack--make with organic cucumbers to avoid the pesticides. Great eaten alone or with a dip.
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Baked Cucumber Chips with Salt & Vinegar Flavor

Rainbow Popcorn

Popcorn is always a fun treat. For St. Patrick's Day, serve up several of the colors of the rainbow with these creative popcorn toppings.
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Rainbow Popcorn

Gluten-Free Tempura Asparagus with Matcha Salt

Tempura done up with a fun double-green twist that's gluten-free. You can try aquafaba or possibly my Powdered Egg Replacer as an alternative to the egg yolk if you need to avoid eggs.
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Gluten-Free Tempura Asparagus with Matcha Salt

Green Monster Hummus

The deep green of this intensely nutritious hummus comes from spinach with a dash of oregano and basil. Yum.
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Green Monster Hummus

Layered Rainbow Chia Pudding

A colorful twist on chia pudding. It might not lead to a pot of gold, but it will please the eyes and the tummy!
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Layered Rainbow Chia Pudding

Healthy Homemade Green Gummy Snacks

Gummies are always a treat--and these have none of the artificial colors and all of the health benefits of your favorite green juice!
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Healthy Homemade Green Gummy Snacks

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Pancake Kabobs

The shamrocks on these colorful kabobs are easily made GF by using a gluten-free flour. Everything is better on a stick!
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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Pancake Kabobs

Healthy Shamrock Shake – Vegan & Gluten Free

Skip the sugar high of the traditional Shamrock Shake and make your own--the healthful way!
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Healthy Shamrock Shake – Vegan & Gluten Free

Irish Nachos

Ireland and potatoes go together. These "Irish Nachos" are a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Substitute your favorite dairy-free cheese if needed.
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Irish Nachos

Avocado Dip Veggie Shooters


Everything is better when you can dip it! These avocado dip shooters are a great way to get more veggies into your diet. Use coconut milk yogurt if you are needing a dairy-free alternative.
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Avocado Dip Veggie Shooters

Can't Stop Eating 'Em Crispy Green Bean Chips

These Crispy Green Bean Chips are so good you will have a hard time staying out of them.
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Dehydrated Green Bean Chips

Healthy Limeade Gelatin (GAPS, Paleo)

The green color for this gelatin treat comes from spirulina and chlorella, giving it an extra nutrient boost. Made with real food, honey-sweetened, this healthy limeade gelatin is suitable for both the Paleo and GAPS diets too!
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Healthy Limeade Gelatin (GAPS, Paleo)

Wild Garlic Ramp Pesto

This deep green pesto gets its lovely color and intense taste from wild garlic. This would be great as a veggie dip or on crackers or wraps.
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Wild Garlic Ramp Pesto

Green Machine Smoothie Recipe - Healthy Dairy-Free Smoothie

Up your healthy living game with this Green Machine Smoothie. You'll be energized from the inside out in no time!
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Green Machine Smoothie Recipe - Healthy Dairy-Free Smoothie

Avocado Toast with Veggies

Avocado on toast is the perfect healthy comfort food--and a super fun twist on a sandwich for the leprechaun in everyone!
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Avocado Toast with Veggies

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda bread is something no St. Patrick's Day celebration should be without. And now you can have it gluten free!
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Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

Coconut Matcha Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten free)

These golden pancakes are naturally tinted green from matcha--think of them as your lightly green tinted pot of gold!
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Coconut Matcha Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten free)

Hope these Healthy St. Patrick's Day Snacks help your day to be a fun celebration without the dietary regret later.

Oh, and if you are looking for other healthy holiday recipes, here are some more options!

Healthy Fourth of July Desserts
Healthy Christmas Cookies
Gluten-free Christmas Cookies
Healthy Valentine's Treats

What is your favorite from the list?

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Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/beauty-personal-care/homemade-baby-laundry-detergent-for-sensitive-skin/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/beauty-personal-care/homemade-baby-laundry-detergent-for-sensitive-skin/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:29:19 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=62576 If you have sensitive skin, or you have a new little one in your home, you know how important it is to have a laundry detergent that isn't harsh or irritating. This Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent is perfect not only for babies, but also for those who have skin that needs a little extra TLC....

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If you have sensitive skin, or you have a new little one in your home, you know how important it is to have a laundry detergent that isn't harsh or irritating. This Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent is perfect not only for babies, but also for those who have skin that needs a little extra TLC.

homemade baby laundry detergent with baby onesies

Our Sensitive Skin Experiences

I have had sensitive skin for most of my life. I have vivid memories of the time when my mother, sister, and I all had severe skin reactions to Bounce Dryer sheets (my mother even needed a steroid prescription to get rid of hers!) and I had a hard time finding skincare that didn't cause acne for me. And at times, finding a laundry detergent that didn't cause any issues for me was tough.

If this sounds familiar, you know what I mean.

Of course, babies have skin that is typically even more sensitive than kids or adults.

Our first child was born at home, but we had our second in the hospital and I regret that I wasn't more diligent in what I allowed him to be bathed in. In fact, it's partially due to the fact that our first was born at home that I wasn't more on top of things–you don't need to be when its a home birth, so I wasn't prepared.

Right after our second son was born, the hospital staff whisked him away, and I didn't even know why. But they bathed him in whatever hospital soap they used and he didn't do well with it. When we got him home, his skin was terribly red, and he was clearly irritated by it. It took us hours of washing him down with a gentle cleanser and a wet washcloth to calm his skin down. Sigh.

Lesson learned–baby skin is sensitive, so you need to take care of it.

homemade baby laundry detergent ingredients

Why Babies' Skin Is More Sensitive

There are a number of reasons why babies' skin needs more TLC than adult skin.

One of them is that babies' skin is thinner and has less natural moisturizer than that of adults. For this reason, it's vital that you take steps to protect their skin. Babies' skin also loses more water than mature skin does.

These concerns are intensified when dealing with premature babies–they have even more sensitive skin, since the barrier didn't have time to develop as it normally would in a full-term infant.

Baby skin continues to develop through the first year of life, but needs special care as the maturation process takes place, and it is particularly susceptible to infection.

In summary, babies' skin is finer and more sensitive, and hasn’t fully developed. The protective hydrolipidic film on their skin is still very thin, and this makes infant skin more vulnerable to harsh external factors such as wind, cold, heat, friction, irritating products, etc.). (1, 2)

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homemade baby laundry detergent in food processor

Ingredients in Typical Store-Bought Baby Laundry Detergent

You can of course buy store-bought baby laundry soap, but you really have to be careful about what you are buying. Of course this goes for many personal care products on the market, but when you're shopping for something to use on your baby's skin, it's even more important.

Even thought they're marketed for babies, many baby laundry detergents on the market have ingredients that aren't the best for baby's (or any sensitive) skin.

Here are just some of the questionable ingredients in Dreft Baby Newborn Liquid Detergent, a brand that is often recommended by physicians:

Dreft Baby Newborn Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Fragrance
Propylene glycol
diethylene glycol
dtpa, fluorescent brightener–huh?
dimethicone
simethicone
siloxanes
silicones
sodium hydroxide
diethylene glycol

Hmmmm…not sure I want all of these on my baby's skin. In fact, I know that I do not.

homemade baby laundry detergent

Why Make Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent

When thinking about what kind of laundry detergent would be best for baby's skin, you want to be particularly careful.

What you want to look for in a gentle non-toxic detergent is one without questionable additives like sodium laurel sulfate, artificial fragrances (see the dangers of fragrances here), or other possible irritants. Plus, making your own detergent is quick and cheap! Check out the recipe and tips below to make laundry day greener without much effort.

By the way, the following DIY Baby Laundry Detergent Recipe / Formula is from Wendyl of Wendyl's Green Goddess of New Zealand. The formula was given sharing permission to a previous guest writer on this site. So thankful to have this fantastic formula available for all of us.

Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent

  • 1/4 cup Dr Bronner's baby mild castile liquid soap ((60 ml))
  • 1 cup washing soda ((sodium carbonate))
  • 1 cup baking soda
  1. Place washing soda in food processor and blend until fine.

  2. Add baking soda and blend briefly to mix.

  3. While the motor is running, drizzle liquid soap into food processor and process until evenly distributed and powdery.

  4. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Use 1 Tablespoon for regular loads or 2 Tablespoons for large loads.

Don't want to make your own DIY Baby Laundry Detergent?

While I love DIYing just about anything (including Homemade Shower Cleaner, Moisturizing Homemade Foaming Soap, and Homemade Rice Milk, for example), I know how it goes. Sometimes you just don't have time to do it or you just want to purchase something quick.

If you feel like you just don't want to make your own baby laundry detergent for whatever reason, here are a few good options for you. Assuming that the companies are being honest about their ingredients (I have found that many are not), I would recommend Molly Suds as one good option.

Another good option is Pure Detergent. It's made only with soap berries and aloe vera so it should work for almost anyone's skin.

Please share your thoughts on this Homemade Laundry Detergent for Babies after you try it!

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Homemade Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/homemade-foaming-soap/ https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/homemade-foaming-soap/#comments Sat, 02 Feb 2019 02:38:22 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=840 This Homemade Foaming Hand Soap is one of the easiest ways to create a greener and healthier you. This foaming soap is simple to make, inexpensive, and it works really well–and is, of course, fun for kids (of all ages) to use! Why make your own homemade foaming hand soap? Well, if you are: tired...

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This Homemade Foaming Hand Soap is one of the easiest ways to create a greener and healthier you. This foaming soap is simple to make, inexpensive, and it works really well–and is, of course, fun for kids (of all ages) to use!

homemade foaming hand soap

Why make your own homemade foaming hand soap?

Well, if you are:

  • tired of refilling your soap pump containers over and over again thinking of the amount of money you are literally tossing down the sink?
  • spending a lot of money purchasing foaming soap containers over and over again?
  • frustrated with the goopy mess that standard soap pump soap leaves on your hands that sometimes isn't gone even after washing?
  • wondering about all the extra ingredients in your hand soap that are probably not good for you (and please don't tell me that you are using anti-bacterial soap.  Well, I take that back.  You can tell me and then I'll recommend that you stop :-).)

Then I highly recommend that you consider making this soap now.

ingredients for homemade foaming hand soap

I am always motivated to save money while avoiding synthetics and toxins as much as possible, as long as I don't have to spend too  much time doing it.

This motivation has led me to make my own Homemade Shower Cleaner, DIY Lip Scrub, Homemade Hairspray, DIY Chest Rub, and more.

Now, in addition to those things, you can even make your own foaming soap at home and:

  • save a lot of money by refilling and not purchasing new pumps
  • save money by making your own refill foaming soap
  • save money over regular soap pumps by using less soap
  • avoid toxic chemicals and fragrances by using only healthy ingredients in your soap

And you will be happy to know that it is EASY.

As in SUPER EASY.

making homemade foaming hand soap

First, add water to the foaming pump container.

Before we get to the soap, here are some other simple “make it yourself” projects you might enjoy:

Why Is Glycerin in this Homemade Foaming Hand Soap?

Glycerine adds a number of benefits to this homemade foaming soap.

Moisture

First of all, glycerin is a humectant. As such, it moisturizes the skin by bringing moisture from the air into the skin's outer layer and also forms a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. Adding glycerin to your soap can help to lock in this moisture, leaving your hands (or other parts of your body, for that matter) more soft. (source)

Glycerin mimics skin's natural moisturizing factor (NMF), so it's great for all skin types. It's important to do this since your NMF is depleted as you age and that is accelerated if you use irritating substances on your skin. (source)

Better Texture

The glycerin makes for a smoother, thicker soap which is much nicer to pump and use than thin, runny foaming soaps.

Preservative

Actually you would need 50% glycerine for this soap to truly be preserved, but it's good to know that glycerine does add some preservative properties to this homemade foaming hand soap.

Don't Eat the Soap, but…..

One thing you might not know, is that vegetable glycerine is not only great for adding moisturizing qualities to this homemade foaming soap, but it's also a great sweetener alternative for those trying to consume fewer carbs. In most cases, you can use whatever glycerine you like for sweetening as well as for use in personal care products, but you might want to ask the manufacturer.

Actually, the ingredients in this foaming soap are so non toxic, you really don't have to worry if some gets in your mouth, but still I wouldn't go around making it a habit of eating it.

Where to Buy Vegetable Glycerine

There are many places that you can buy vegetable glycerine. You should be able to find it in a drugstore or nutrition store, but almost definitely in a health food store.

If you'd prefer to buy it online, you can find it on Amazon and also at Starwest Botanicals.

bottle of homemade foaming hand soap

What Dispenser Should I Use for this Homemade Foaming Hand Soap?

Finding a good quality dispenser for this soap is a little tough.

I have had multiple quality issues with some soap pumps and tried about 4 different kinds.   One brand that kept breaking was the Pampered Chef version and the other was a Cuisipro.  The Pampered Chef design appears to be unchanged, but the Cuisipro is certainly new. Those who would like a pump without a label on your soap dispenser may wish to try those.

The ones that we currently have are holding up great.  Some I purchased at Williams-Sonoma (on clearance, but no longer available) and the others are by Deep Steep.  The Deep Steep Dispensers originally had organic foaming wash in them, so we used up and then cleaned well and refilled with my homemade soap. In my opinion, this is a much better option than buying a chemical-laden foaming soap and either using it or dumping it :-).)

A reader commented that she loves the dispenser from this product and she simply removes the label off of the bottle after emptying it out. I would think that one would have to clean the bottle and pump out really well to get the residual scent out of it but otherwise it looks like a great option!

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Homemade Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

  • foaming soap dispenser ((this brand has worked very well for us over the years))
  • water
  • natural liquid soap of your choice ((the brand that I linked to is one good option))
  • one squirt vegetable glycerine ((for extra moisturizing) (optional))
  • a few drops of your choice of essential oils ((optional) (read my post on <a href="https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/the-great-essential-oils-showdown-in-search-of-the-best-essential-oils/">Which Essential Oils are Best? – Part One</a> to see why I recommend this company))
  1. Fill empty foaming soap dispenser with water, approximately 4/5 full.

  2. Fill remaining space with a liquid soap of your choice (and glycerine and essential oils, if using) being careful not to get too close to the top.

  3. Shake gently to mix and use. Note: you definitely do not want to add the soap first. If you do, the soap will foam up as you are adding the water to fill the container and you will end up with a foaming, half-filled container.

If you are wondering which essential oil to use, citrus oils like lemon or orange are wonderful!

 

So there you have it–simple, isn't it?

Very little work for a lot of money saved and better health for your family.   You can easily reduce the toxic exposure in your home and you have a bit more of your financial resources available to address your family's needs and to bless others.

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If not, will you try it?

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11 Best Easy to Grow Indoor Air Purifying Plants https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/indoor-air-purifying-plants/ https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/indoor-air-purifying-plants/#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2019 20:43:08 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=57735 Plants are a lovely addition to any home, but did you know that there are actually air purifying plants that can help make your home a healthier place to live? It's true–there are actually many indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins. Plants are a favorite thing that many like to add to...

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Plants are a lovely addition to any home, but did you know that there are actually air purifying plants that can help make your home a healthier place to live? It's true–there are actually many indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins.

collage of air purifying plants including ficus, mums, and spider plant

Plants are a favorite thing that many like to add to their living situation. Plants bring nature inside, and that's a good thing. Connecting with nature has been shown to have many health benefits, but even that aside, plants simply beautify any environment. But there's more–it's really true that plants clean indoor air.

In this article, we will talk about plants that are pretty to look at, but also are some of the best indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins from your living environment.

Air Purifying Plants–a Healthy Addition to Your Home

We all want our homes to be a safe place to retreat. We work hard to make sure our family feels comfortable and supported, we strive to serve nourishing whole foods, and we carefully research before bringing things into our home that might contain toxins. And yet, our physical homes are sometimes not the healthiest place to be because of poor indoor air quality. Did you know that one of the easiest ways to improve air quality is to grow air cleaning plants indoors? It's true.

Now, before you say you have a brown thumb and kill everything, let me say that there are some plants that are super hard to kill. If you try you can kill them, but you’d have to try.

For years, I believed that I could not grow indoor plants. The reality was, I preferred to grow plants outside since those plants feed my family, and thought that indoor plants were too fussy. So, I used the “brown thumb” excuse.

Then I came across a study from NASA about indoor air quality and decided that indoor plants were worth looking into. I wasn't interested in all indoor plants–just the indoor plants that filter air. Because in my life, things have to have more purpose than just being decorative.

You probably already know that houseplants (or any plant at all, for that matter) are good for exchanging carbon dioxide and oxygen, but did you know that some plants are also good at removing toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and that they even address mold spores (and possibly mycotoxins–toxins from mold) at least by suppressing their effects? It's true!

Why We Need Air Purifying Plants

But just where do these toxins come from? Well, from many places, but they definitely come from the out-gassing in the building of the home, from furniture, from cleaning products, and pretty much anything we bring into our home.

In years past, homes were more ventilated than they are today. Windows and doors weren’t quite sealed all the way and indoor and outdoor air were more easily exchanged. Homes were built with windows on opposite sides of the room so the windows could be opened easily for a good cross breeze.

These days, most homes are built air tight to reduce energy consumption with ventilation only happening through the attic. This is one reason why air purifying house plants are so important and worth the effort.

The good news is the 11 plants I’m sharing with you today are easy to keep alive with very little care. Each plant has its own growing environment requirements, so in addition to the tips that I'm sharing, be sure to check the tag that comes with your plant or ask the workers at your local nursery.

General Guidelines for Growing Indoor Air Purifying Plants

Use potting soil rather than soil from your garden

Potting soil is developed for growing plants in containers–not in the ground. Container plants need loose soil, but they also need the soil to be able to hang on to some moisture and not let the water run straight through. This was probably my biggest issue with growing houseplants. I wanted to use the soil and compost from my garden because it was free and grows amazing vegetables. However, it didn’t work well indoors.

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Important Safety Note – Please be cautious and use a face mask when using potting soil as there are known cases of people getting very ill from potting soil spores. (source)

Low light doesn't equal no light

All plants need some light in order to grow. They use the light and chlorophyll in the leaves to make food. If you find that a low light plant isn’t doing well consider putting it on a covered porch for a few days (not in direct sunlight) or near a sunny window.

Here is one “DIY lighting system” that a friend taught me; she has two “sets” of indoor plants. They aren’t identical but they’re interchangeable. One set is in the house while the other set is on the covered porch. She swaps them out every couple of weeks. It only takes about 10 minutes and she’s now able to enjoy air filtering houseplants in her home that has very little natural lighting.

Start small and then grow

When I got serious about growing air filtering plants indoors, I first got a bamboo for the bathroom. I decided that if I could keep it alive for three months, I’d get another plant, rather than purchasing multiple plants at the get go. My advice is to not start growing all of these air filtering plants at the same time since it will easily be too overwhelming.

collage of air filtering plants including ficus, boston fern, peace lily, snake plant, and spider plant

11 Easy to Grow Air Cleaning Plants

While there are many houseplants that clean the air, some are proven to do so and are also easy to grow. According to a NASA study, the following plants remove toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air, making them some of the best indoor plants for air purification. (source)

One thing to note, however, is that according to the Humane Society several of these plants can be poisonous to pets, so be aware and do your research if you have curious dogs or cats. (source)

Following are 11 plants that have been proven to clean the air, as well as links to where you can purchase them, if you'd like to do so. I think you'll be amazed at all that these purifying powerhouses can do!

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauno Loa’)

Peace Lilies remove formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air which makes one of the best air purifying plants. Peace lilies like bright, indirect sunlight; although they’ll grow across the room from a window, they won’t flower unless they are in the sunlight, so put them near a window if at all possible.

Some say that studies show that Peace Lilies absorb mold spores but I could not find documentation of this.

Peace lilies like evenly moist, well-drained soil.

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauno Loa’) in brown pot

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauno Loa’)

Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Ferns remove formaldehyde and xylene from air. They are a tropical plant and like moderate temperatures and lots of humidity with lots of indirect sunlight. A bathroom with a window is a good place to grow Boston ferns.

Mist the leaves of your Boston Fern with water several times a week, or put the pot in a shallow tray with pebbles and water, to increase the humidity around the plant. Boston Ferns also like the soil to always be moist.

Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata) in white pot

Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum elatum)

The Spider Plant is another plant that removes formaldehyde and xylene and also likes consistent soil moisture. Spider plants like a lot of indirect light so place them near a sunny window.

They grow well in hanging pots as long as you keep the soil moist.

spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum) in colorful teacup on saucer

Snake Plant / Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)

The Snake Plant removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. It is also one of the hardiest plants around.

While Snake Plants like any indirect sunlight, low or high, just don’t put this plant where it gets direct sunlight. It also doesn’t require much watering and can go two to four weeks between watering. Make sure the soil completely dries out between watering so the roots don’t rot.

Snake Plant: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii) in terra cotta pot

Snake Plant: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)

Weeping Ficus (Ficus benjamina)

The Weeping Ficus removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air. Ficus plants like bright light, so put it near a window that gets light.

Ficus is a tree and will keep its tree shape regardless of how big it is which makes it an interesting plant if kept in a smaller pot. Like many of the other plants mentioned Ficus like a humid environment and will do well with regular misting – misting every couple of days. But they don’t like their roots to always be wet so if the top of the soil is damp wait a few days before watering again. A weekly watering should be sufficient.

Weeping ficus (Ficus benjamina) in blue pot

Weeping ficus (Ficus benjamina)

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. Ivy is a fun climbing plant and looks nice in hanging pots, dangling from shelves, or growing up a topiary.

This ivy likes humidity, so a weekly misting with water is a good habit. It also likes bright light but indirect sunlight is best as direct, harsh light will burn the leaves. English Ivy is on many noxious weed lists so be sure to check your local list before planting it outside.

One study focused on English Ivy's ability to remove mold spores from its environment, making it a particularly attractive option to address indoor air.

English Ivy (Hedera helix) in hanging pot

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)

Aloe Vera is a common household plant mostly used for treating minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. But it’s also an air filtering plant. Aloe vera removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

Aloe vera is pretty hard to kill as long as you give it bright light and don’t over-water it. It stores a lot of water in its leaves and only needs to be watered once or maybe twice a month.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

The Bamboo Palm and other palms like the Parlor Palm remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air. Bamboo palms prefer bright indirect light but will tolerate medium and even low light if you don’t over water the plant.

When the top 1/3 of the soil depth is dry, water until the soil is evenly moist. Don’t let the Bamboo Palm sit in the excess water that drains from the pot. Other than that these plants are pretty easy to grow indoors.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) in white pot

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

The Pot Mum or Florists Mum is another superstar when it comes to removing indoor air toxins. The pot mum will remove formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air.

Pot mums like bright light and damp soil. You’ll probably need to water this plant twice a week. Most people only keep pot mums around while they are flowering and toss them when the flowering season is over. However, you can put them outside (as long as they don’t freeze) and they will probably flower again the next summer at which time you can bring them back inside.

Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) in yellow pot

Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

The Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy removes formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. This is another fun trailing plant that can be grown in hanging pots, draped off shelves, or climbing a moss pole.

If you have a friend with one of these plants, ask for a cutting and root well in a glass of water. After they’ve developed roots, transplant into a container.

Golden Pothos plants prefer bright indirect light and regular misting with water. However, they do not like water-logged soil so let it dry out before watering again.

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus) in black pot with spray bottle

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

The Dragon tree removes formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. It’s also a really interesting-looking plant, adding an Asian or modern feel to the environment. Dracaenas like bright indirect sunlight but can acclimate to lower-light situations, but the leaves will be thinner. For better growing, let the top 50% of the soil dry out before watering and don’t let the pot sit in a saucer of water.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) in terra cotta pot

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

As you create a safe home for your family, don’t overlook the air that you are breathing. There are many things we bring into our home that affect the quality of our indoor air. Growing indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins is an easy and fun way to improve air quality and add beauty to our homes.

Conclusion

One thing to note is that there is some conflicting information regarding how much benefit there really is to having plants in your home as far as how much the air is really improved. It is clear that healthier plants will improve air quality more than their unhealthy counterparts, and we all know that there are other benefits to having plants in a home besides air cleaning properties.

Some studies indicate that you would need a huge amount of plants in a home to make any significant benefit, while others say that other studies show that those studies are too pessimistic.

Regardless, if you add all of the benefits of plants together, it seems that adding them ones home is a good idea.

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Homemade Rice Milk | Vegan Milk Substitute https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/do-it-yourself-dairy-free-lactose-intolerance/ https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/do-it-yourself-dairy-free-lactose-intolerance/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:59:42 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=7188 This homemade rice milk is a super simple recipe, it helps you avoid all of the additives typically found in store bought rice milk, and works great for all of your vegan baking, cooking, and more. This recipe can be made using either brown or white rice, and literally can be made with only 2...

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This homemade rice milk is a super simple recipe, it helps you avoid all of the additives typically found in store bought rice milk, and works great for all of your vegan baking, cooking, and more.

This recipe can be made using either brown or white rice, and literally can be made with only 2 ingredients and in just minutes.

homemade rice milk in a glass bottle next to a bowl of rice

Whether you are dealing with a milk allergy or intolerance, or you just want a simple option on hand for a last minute handy milk substitute, I have an answer for your troubles that you and your wallet will truly enjoy (and the environment will love as well :-).)

For years now, we've been making our own rice milk and other dairy-free milk alternatives. Our oldest was diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to dairy before he was even one year old, and my husband is lactose intolerant, so having a milk substitute on hand has been a constant need in our home.

In fact, we make homemade dairy-free milk several times a week for use in recipes, baking, or adding to hot drinks or to cooked hot cereals. Since moving our diet in a lower-carb direction, we mostly make homemade coconut milk or homemade almond milk  but homemade rice milk was a mainstay for us for a very long time.

Rice is an easily digestible grain, making rice milk a fantastic choice for someone who is struggling with a digestive sensitivity or upset, plus rice is gluten-free and fairly non-allergenic, so rice milk works well for almost any special diet.

If you have someone in your household who suffers from a dairy allergy or intolerance, you know how beneficial having dairy-free milk substitutes around can be. And when you can make them yourself–all the better.

Besides being helpful for food allergies or intolerances, rice milk is helpful for having around the house for those occasions when you run out of milk in the middle of making a recipe.

How I Discovered How to Make DIY Rice Milk

This discovery came one day, years ago, while shopping at a health food store. And I do mean years ago–way before dairy-free milk substitutes were in vogue. While looking at the pricey options in the “milk substitute aisle”, I noticed that the only ingredients listed on the boxes were — grain, water, and occasionally sweetener and flavoring.

There just had to be a way to make this myself and save a lot of money.

So I went home, got out my blender, estimated the amount of rice and water I should use, added a dash of salt and a tablespoon of sweetener, and the rest is money-saving history!

Why Make Homemade Rice Milk?

Control Over Ingredients

Here is an ingredient list from a store bought rice milk:

 Filtered Water, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Expeller Pressed Canola and/or Organic Expeller Pressed High Oleic Safflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

Now, it's nice that they are using filtered water and organic rice and rice syrup and oils and flavoring, but there are some disconcerting ingredients in there.

Natural Flavor

The term “natural flavor” is used as a catch all phrase. According to FDA,

The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.

Basically, anything added to a food for flavor that is not an artificial flavor is a “natural flavor.” There are some companies that use the term to simply conceal propriety truly natural flavorings, but unless you contact the company, you don't know.

Carrageenan

This thickener could cause some gastric distress and has some other evidence of causing other intestinal issues and even inflammation. A small amount might be tolerable, but those who consume a lot of processed foods should take this into consideration.

Vitamin A Palmitate

Vitamin A is a synthetic form of the vitamin that is prevalent in fruits and vegetables, meaning that supplementation is typically not needed. It is very rare for someone to be deficient in vitamin A. Additionally, there are reports of excess vitamin A being linked to birth defects, liver problems, and bone damage.

Canola Oil

Canola oil has been surrounded by many concerns about its safety. Most of the canola on the market is processed using highly a highly refined process involving high heat, hexane, and deodorization, plus almost all canola oil is genetically modified. As a polyunsaturated fat, it has also been linked to possible inflammatory effects.

You can see how canola oil is made in this video.

I don't think I want this in my rice milk!

Protect the Environment

By making your own rice milk, you are avoiding not only the added waste of the cartons, tetra-paks or bottles, but also the gas needed for additional trips to the store.

Save money

Store bought rice milk is quite pricey, especially when you see how inexpensive it is to make your own.

How Much Will You Save Making Homemade Rice Milk?

At the time that this post was written, a 32 oz container of organic rice milk cost about $4.35 each (even at a good bulk price on Amazon.com).

We purchase organic rice in bulk–$2.25/lb for white basmati, or $1.35/lb for organic long grain brown rice. You can find organic short grain brown rice on Amazon for $1.79/lb.

Organic white rice is a great choice when buying in bulk. It stores well, and has less of an issue with arsenic contamination.

If you assume that a typical household would consume about 2 32 oz. containers of rice milk each week, your savings could be:

Cost of Boxed Rice Milk:

$8.70 per week for 52 weeks = $452.40 per year

Cost of Homemade Rice Milk:

Using Bulk Organic Long Grain Brown Rice:

Use 3.25 oz rice per week to make 64 oz of rice milk = $.27 (if using organic long grain brown rice) = 14.04/yr.

Approximate Annual Savings: $438.46.

That's a lot of savings!

And you save even more when you add in the savings in car use and gas by not making another trip to the store.

Savings Disclaimer:

Of course, it would be best to use filtered water for your homemade rice milk (in addition to using it for all of your of your drinking, baking, and cooking needs). This post talks about how to make your drinking water safe. Our family uses the PureEffect Water filters and we love them.

Our cost for filtered water is about 25 cents per gallon. So that would make our cost for this Homemade Rice Milk to be $20.54/yr so your savings would still be a whopping $471.92.

Want more money saving tips?

The following posts might interest you:

Homemade Powdered Sugar
Homemade Chocolate Chips
Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid
Easiest Homemade Coconut Milk
DIY Foaming Soap
Homemade Taco Seasoning

homemade rice milk in a glass bottle next to a bowl of rice

How to Use This Homemade Rice Milk

Recipe Tips for Homemade Rice Milk

  • Rice Amount: Use more or less rice, depending on what you would like the consistency of the final product to be. Standard rice milk is thinner than full fat cow's milk, but it's of course your choice what consistency desire.
  • Water: It is crucial that you use filtered water for this recipe. My post on how to make your tap water safe goes into more details about tap water contamination concerns.
cooked rice stored in a plastic bag with Twixit Clip

Cooked rice stored in a plastic bag with Twixit Clip

  • Time Saving Tip
    Prepare extra rice ahead of time
    and portion it out in 1 cup increments in small food-safe plastic bags and store in the freezer for future rice milk making. For this purpose, I love using Twixit Clips (any kind of clip will work, but these clips are simply amazing. They last a very long time, have a lifetime guarantee and are so much easier to use than those pesky twist-ties! Simply thaw out the rice whenever you need rice milk. Bonus time saver, if you have a Vitamix or other high speed blender, it can handle the rice frozen! Simply pop the frozen rice into the blender with the filtered water and blend.
  • Flavored Milk:
    Add flavorings
    like chocolate, strawberry, or coconut–the sky's the limit! Think of all the variations you could make.
  • Buy a Vitamix
    If you've been thinking about a Vitamix and someone in your family has an allergy to dairy, you won't believe how much time and money this machine will save you. And clean up is a breeze! There are other high speed blenders, but the Vitamix is my hands down favorite.
  • Quick Cooling Tip – Make ice cubes out of this Homemade Rice Milk to increase longevity, or to have on hand for putting into hot cereals, hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate (or this coffee substitute) to cool them off more quickly than regular rice milk would do.

Homemade Rice Milk

This homemade rice milk is a super easy vegan milk substitute, plus it saves you money and helps you avoid all of the additives typically found in store bought rice milk.

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 4 cups water ((<a href="https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/is-your-water-safe/">filtered</a>, if possible))
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp sweetener ((or to taste; optional))
  • Vanilla extract ((for vanilla-flavored milk; to taste))
  1. Place all ingredients in blender.

  2. Blend for four minutes in a regular blender, or two minutes in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.

  3. Use in recipes or drink as you would regular milk.

  4. Store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

I'm sure you'll appreciate how this Homemade Rice Milk helps stretch your vegan diet and healthy eating budget!

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What other dairy-free milk substitutes have you tried?

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How to Make a Chia Egg https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/chia-egg/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/chia-egg/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:46:43 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=61575 This easy chia egg replacer is a great egg substitute to use in all your vegan baking! Learn how to make and use chia eggs for all your egg-free cooking adventures. If you've been looking at vegan recipes, you might have noticed that there is a thing called a chia egg. Sounds a little weird,...

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This easy chia egg replacer is a great egg substitute to use in all your vegan baking! Learn how to make and use chia eggs for all your egg-free cooking adventures.

chia egg in glass bowl with a spoon

If you've been looking at vegan recipes, you might have noticed that there is a thing called a chia egg. Sounds a little weird, though, doesn't it? So what is a chia egg, you might be asking, and why would one want to use it?

What Is a Chia Egg?

We're not talking chia in the sense of the old chia pets where you would water chia seeds and grow grass. The seeds are the same, but in this case, we're not growing anything. We're talking about making an egg replacer out of chia seeds and water only.

A chia egg is quite similar to a flax egg. Basically, in either case, you are using seeds and water to make a gelatinous substance that acts as a binder (something that holds things together) for baked goods. After adding chia seeds to water, the seeds get slimy, and cling to things–kind of like a raw egg. That's why they can be used instead of eggs in so many applications.

When and How to Use Chia Eggs

Basically, one would use a chia egg, or other egg substitute, if one is allergic to eggs, has an intolerance or sensitivity to eggs, or if you just happen to have run out of eggs while you are in the middle of baking. If you've got chia in your pantry, no need to run to the store at the last minute.

You can use chia eggs (or flax eggs) as an egg replacer in baked goods like cookies, biscuits, muffins, quick breads, and more. We've used them in this Flax Bread.

Chia eggs are also really handy as binders in dishes like meatloaf and meatballs.

One thing that they don't tend to work well in is cakes, as you really need something that acts as a leavening agent for cakes. For that purpose, you might want to try my Powdered Egg Replacer.

A chia seed egg substitute will work well for recipes that call for 1 or 2 eggs, especially in recipes that call for all-purpose or whole wheat flour as opposed to grain-free flours.

However, if recipes call for more than 2 eggs, a chia egg substitute will not produce the best result. Just as with flax eggs, the interior of the food will be heavy and too moist and will not rise the way it should. Recipes using coconut flour will not work well either and anything like a meringue or souffle will not turn out either. Ask me how I know :).

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Though eggs are quite nutritious on their own, chia seeds are nothing to sneeze at nutritionally either. Chia seeds are:

  • high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • high in fiber (1 ounce has 11 grams of fiber)
  • are non GMO and typically grown organically
  • promote a healthy digestive tract
  • are gluten free, vegan, and grain free
  • are an excellent source of magnesium, plus are a source of calcium and antioxidants
  • promote satiety (feeling full) so you can manage your weight more easily
  • increases plasma ALA and EPA
  • reduce insulin resistance

We use chia seeds for way more than just as a chia egg substitute in our home. You can eat them plain (many do this as an appetite suppressant), or sprinkle them on hot cereals, add them to smoothies or yogurt, or make chia pudding from them.

chia seed egg substitute in glass bowl with a spoon

Flax Egg vs Chia Egg

While flax eggs and chia eggs are pretty similar, there are some differences that you should be aware of.

Grinding

You have to grind flax seeds in order to make flax eggs, but you do not have to grind chia seeds to make chia eggs. You can grind them, but it's not necessary.

Taste

Flax seeds have more of a flavor than chia seeds. So if you are making a more mild-flavored recipe, a chia egg replacer might be your best bet.

Cost

Chia seeds, while they have many benefits over flax seeds, do cost quite a bit more than flax seeds.

Storage

Flax seeds need to be stored in the fridge or freezer, whereas chia seeds can often be stored at room temperature for a decent amount of time. So if fridge space is at a premium, you might want to opt for chia eggs.

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Appearance in Baked Goods

Black Chia seeds are typically quite dark and don't blend into baked goods as well as flax eggs, especially when using them whole and particularly when comparing them to golden flax seeds. If you would like to not see the chia seeds in your finished product, you can use organic white chia seeds instead.

Endocrine Activity

There is conflicting information about this, but flax seeds are suspected of acting in some fashion on the endocrine system. I recommend talking about this with your health practitioner if this is of concern to you.

Where to Buy Chia Seeds

If possible, you will want to purchase chia seeds that are organic. It is also preferable to purchase the kind that are non irradiated and sustainably sourced. One of my favorite all-time brands is Frontier.

When considering what to buy, note that one pound of chia seeds will make about 45 egg substitutes.

Recipe Notes for Chia Seed Egg Replacer

Note that the recipe for the chia egg substitute states that you should let the chia egg sit for 5 – 15 minutes. Actually, you can even make it up the night before if you like.

If you make the chia egg the same day that you are going to be using it, I recommend making it at the start of your baking / cooking so that it's ready to use when it comes time to add it to the rest of the ingredients.

chia seed egg replacer in glass bowl with a spoon

Chia Egg Substitute

This easy chia egg replacer is a great egg substitute to use in all your vegan baking and more. Learn how to make and use chia eggs for all your egg-free cooking adventures.

  • 1 Tbsp organic chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp water
  1. Place chia seeds in a small bowl.

  2. Add water to seeds.

  3. Stir to combine.

  4. Let chia and water mixture sit for 5-15 minutes to thicken.

  5. Use in recipes as a 1:1 substitute for eggs.

I'd love to hear what you think after trying out this chia seed egg substitute!

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3518271/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538527

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22090467

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20087375

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How to Make a Flax Egg https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/how-to-make-a-flax-egg/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/how-to-make-a-flax-egg/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2018 17:38:19 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=55683 Knowing how to make flax eggs is an essential resource for all kinds of vegan baking.   Following is a step-by-step tutorial plus lots of information about how to make this versatile vegan egg substitute and use it successfully in many applications. If you or a loved one is allergic to eggs or not eating...

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Knowing how to make flax eggs is an essential resource for all kinds of vegan baking.
 
Following is a step-by-step tutorial plus lots of information about how to make this versatile vegan egg substitute and use it successfully in many applications.
golden flax seeds in measuring spoon for vegan flax egg

If you or a loved one is allergic to eggs or not eating eggs for some reason, you know how life changing it can be. I know when our son was diagnosed with multiple life-threatening food allergies, it turned our world upside down.

Basically, he was covered in eczema as an infant and food allergies were the cause.

It took us awhile to figure out how to cook all over again–without dairy, egg, and many nuts. For me (someone who loves to bake), it was hard to get used to a new way of doing things.

One of the best helps to me was learning how to make my own dairy-free milk, and having egg substitutes that I could use for baking.

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The first egg substitute that I used was this Egg Replacer by Ener-G. It worked great, but it's fairly pricey. I ended up making my own Powdered Egg Substitute, and love how it works.

However, it is quite starchy, and our family has been moving more and more toward a low-carb diet, so I had to learn other ways to substitute for eggs including figuring out how to make a flax egg.

What Is a Flax Egg?

A flax egg is a vegan egg substitute made from–you guess it–flax. Basically, you combine ground flax seeds and some water, and the mixture results in a gelatinous mixture that works as a binder in many recipes that would otherwise use eggs for this function.

Flax eggs are 100% natural, vegan, gluten free, paleo, keto, low carb, and whole30. They also work for those on the Trim Healthy Mama diet, depending on the dish that you are using them in.

Of course, you can purchase organic flax eggs as well, and as such, they work well for almost any special diet.

Tips for Flax Eggs

First Things First

It is best to mix the flax egg before starting work on the rest of your recipe so that the “egg” is ready to go when you need it.

Resting Time

While the instructions say to let the mixture set for 5-15 minutes, flax eggs should work even if you let the mixture sit longer–it gets thicker as time goes by.

Don't Let Them Rot!

Flax seeds go rancid much more easily than do coffee grinds so I recommend using a washable grinder like this one for this purpose. That grinder is the one that we have and I love it.

They Don't Rise

While flax eggs are for binding baked goods and other things like pancakes, they don't work as a leavening agent. My Powdered Egg Substitute works better for that purpose.

Benefits of Using a Flax Egg

Eggs are a great source of nutrition, but if you can't eat them, well, you can't eat them. But flax eggs are at least a pretty nutritious addition to your egg-free recipe. Even though I LOVE my Powdered Egg Replacer in almost any dish, it's lacking in the nutrition department.

In contrast, flax brings with it a plethora of nutritional benefits:

  • high in fiber
  • low in carbs (if you are watching your carb intake, this is a plus for you)
  • high in omega 3 fatty acids
  • high in antioxidants
    and more

When to Not Use a Flax Egg

Even though flax eggs are quite versatile for vegan baking, there are times when a flax seed egg substitute simply won't work. For the most part, you will get good results when using flax eggs in cookies, bars, biscuits, veggie burgers, pancakes, and even cakes (though flax eggs can be a little heavy for most cakes), but following are some times when using a flax egg isn't the best choice:

Recipes with a Lot of Eggs

The most obvious is for recipes such as Meringue Cookies or Meringue Toppings for pies that consist almost entirely of egg whites. Another would be for a flan or other such recipe when a large component of the recipe is egg yolks.

Other not-so-obvious cases are recipes that call for three or more eggs for a typical recipe. The reason being is that the eggs are contributing so much to the recipe that when you use a substitute, the final result just isn't quite satisfactory.

That being said, I have had good results using my Powdered Egg Substitute, and also flax eggs or chia eggs, for this Focaccia Flax Bread, but the reason for that is, I think, that the bread is made almost entirely from flax.

This Grain-Free Coffee Cake is a good example of a recipe like this. It calls for 4 eggs and 2 egg whites. The cake turns out pretty well using my Powdered Egg Replacer, but is quite flat and gummy when using either a flax egg or chia egg.

Coconut Flour-Based Recipes

I don’t recommend using flax eggs as an egg replacement in recipes that use coconut flour. Coconut flour is very dense and absorbs so much liquid that it almost always needs eggs in order to work properly.

Lightly-Flavored Recipes

For recipes that are lightly flavored, a flax egg isn't typically the way to go. On their own, flax seeds have a light, nutty flavor and in the majority of recipes, you won’t taste them at all. In light-flavored recipes, you would be better off using a chia egg, gelatin egg, or, again, my Powdered Egg Replacer.

Please note that if your flax smells strong, it is likely rancid. Rancid flax has an almost fishy taste, especially when heating it–not something you want in your baked goods!

golden flax seeds in measuring spoon for vegan flax egg

Tips for Making and Using Flax Eggs

Don't Make Ahead

Though I'm all for time-saving tips like this Measuring Tools Tip, Baking in Bulk, the Easiest Way to Peel Garlic, and my love of using a Pressure Cooker, grinding flax ahead of time is not a good idea.

Once flax is ground, it begins to go rancid very quickly. I've heard that it starts to go rancid / oxidize after only 3 days. If you grind it ahead of time, store it in the fridge or the freezer to preserve freshness.

Where to Buy Flax

You can find raw flax seed in many healthy food stores as well as online. I recommend, if possible, that you only purchase organic flax seed and that you purchase it whole, not ground, for the reason mentioned above.

Golden vs. Brown Flax

While golden flax is a more appealing color for most baking applications, the flavor of both is identical, so you can use them interchangeably in recipes. If you're making a lightly-colored baked good, then using golden flax seeds are a better choice.

Now that we've addressed almost everything you need to know about how to make a flax egg, here's how to do it!

vegan flax egg in small glass bowl with metal measuring spoon

How to Make Flax Eggs

Flax eggs are a nutritious egg substitute for lots of vegan baking, plus they are easy to make, needing only 2 ingredients.

  • 1 tbsp ground raw flax seed
  • 3 tbsp water ((please use filtered water))
  1. Combine ground flax seeds and water and place in a small bowl.

  2. Let sit for 5-15 minutes either at room temperature or in the fridge.  The mixture will gel up more as more time goes by.

  3. Use the flax egg as you would a regular egg in your recipe.

So that's a lot of information beyond just a simple flax egg recipe. I hope you feel empowered to be able to use flax eggs in all o your egg-free and vegan baking adventures!

Feel free to ask any questions about DIY flax eggs in the comment area below. 

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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Veggies https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/shepherds-pie-recipe-paleo-dinner-recipes/ https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/shepherds-pie-recipe-paleo-dinner-recipes/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2018 01:03:32 +0000 https://wholenewmom.com/?p=25280 This Paleo Shepherd's Pie Recipe is loaded with nutritious roasted veggies and topped with a savory cauliflower topping, making it a fantastic low-carb alternative to traditional Shepherd's Pie. This is a great one pan meal with rich flavor you're sure to love and it's adaptable to almost any special diet. Finding recipes that are kid-friendly...

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This Paleo Shepherd's Pie Recipe is loaded with nutritious roasted veggies and topped with a savory cauliflower topping, making it a fantastic low-carb alternative to traditional Shepherd's Pie.

This is a great one pan meal with rich flavor you're sure to love and it's adaptable to almost any special diet.

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Finding recipes that are kid-friendly and also healthy can be a challenge. If you have kids, you know how helpful it is to have easy healthy meals that everyone in the family can enjoy so that you aren't needing to or tempted to make multiple meals every night.

Some of our family favorites that I have shared on the blog include this Pakistani Kima, Gluten-free Chili MacBaked Chicken Nuggets, and this healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl, but this recipe for Low-Carb Shepherd's Pie Recipe, is sure to become another one that we really love.

This shepherd's pie recipe is the creation of a healthy-living blogger friend who used to contribute here, Candace from Candida-free Candee. She created some other great recipes on this site like Key Lime Popsicles, Garlic & Chive Vegan Cheese, and these fantastic Homemade Gummies.

I'm so glad she shared this recipe with us–I just LOVE the added touch of the roasted veggies to bring extra flavor to an already delicious comforting meal.

Truth is, we Shepherd's Pie so much so that I have two versions on my site.  I have a Vegan Adzuki Bean Shepherd's Pie Recipe on my site already (my apologies for the not-so-great photo in advance–I will get to them soon) but I really do love Candace's twist on this traditional recipe.

Shepherd's pie typically is topped with mashed potatoes, which, while totally yummy, is a little heavy on the carbs for those of us watching our carb intake.  However, whether or not you are watching your carbs, you will love this reduced-carb version for sure.

This Low-Carb Shepherd's Pie is Make Ahead Friendly

I like to prepare meals ahead of time whenever possible so when things are busier I don’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen.

This low-carb shepherd's pie is a great make ahead dish to add to your family's recipe box. You can chop and roast the vegetables and even cook the cauliflower ahead of time, making meal time easy peasy.

Some other good prep-ahead, make-ahead, or easy meals on my site are:

Indian Lentils
Sweet Potato and Sun-dried Tomato Frittata
Dairy-free Quiche with Quinoa Crust (grain-free option)

roasted vegetables and meat in cast iron skillet for paleo shepherd's pie

Vegetables and beef after cooking down the added liquids

Where Did the Name Shepherd's Pie Come From?

Here is some of the history of one of Ireland’s most beloved dishes.

Shepherd’s Pie first came about some time in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Housewives back then were on the frugal side and as such, they were looking for ways to incorporate leftovers into a meal so as not to waste any food. Reusing leftovers was hard then as it is now, however, the shepherd's pie is the delicious result of a frugal necessity.

Recipes for shepherd's pie vary quite a bit, but they are all fundamentally the same. There’s a crust of mashed potatoes on the top and bottom and inside there is minced meat. Cottage Pie is similar and uses beef while a Shepherd’s Pie uses lamb or mutton.

In that sense, this recipe for Paleo Shepherd's Pie is truly a Cottage Pie, but I'm not telling :).

A Different Kind of Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

The Topping is Roasted

In more ways than one, this is not your typical shepherd’s pie. This particular creation is full of roasted veggies (so it helps you up your vegetable intake) plus it is a great meal for those who are trying to remove grains and starches either completely or partially from their diets.

Shepherd’s pie is a great winter comfort food, it is so warm and filling, however, it can be a little bland at times so the additional veggies & the roasting really help to mix things up.

Adding roasted veggies to the filling was an easy choice to add more flavor. Roasting is so quick and adds so much to dishes. In fact, once you've roasted a few veggies, you're sure to want to roast everything!

To make traditional shepherd's pie low carb, you simply ditch the potatoes and use cauliflower for the topping.

Yup, cauliflower.

Most likely if you've been eating low carb, or on the AIP diet, you've seen cauliflower used as a substitution in many recipes–for Pizza Crusts, or as an alternative for potatoes like in this Faux-tato SaladHowever, in this recipe, I'm doing something different with the cauliflower to make it even better.

Even if you're not a cauliflower lover, or have tried cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice and haven't been a fan, try this recipe since in this recipe it's not only the veggies in the Low-carb Shepherd's Pie that are roasted, but the cauliflower is too! Roasting this white cruciferous veggie adds SO much flavor; you really must try it. Even cauliflower haters will be clamoring for more.

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The Topping is Flavored

Additionally, for more flavor, the cauliflower topping also includes nutritional yeast.

Yes, yeast.

This is a bit of a controversial topic, but even if you are suffering from candida, never fear. This yeast is deactivated and non-pathogenic and does not feed candida. However, some practitioners say that if you are dealing with a very severe case of candida of candida, then it's possible that nutritional yeast might be something to avoid. At the same times, the word “yeast” still freaks some people out a bit, so that's the case with you, and you are feeling cautious, just leave it out. The cauliflower is pretty delicious on it’s own.

It is a good idea, if you are have MTHFR, to avoid fortified nutritional yeast and go with a non-fortified nutritional yeast. MTHFR is a genetic condition which leads to people having detox issues

 

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Time Saving Tips for This Whole30 Shepherd's Pie

This Whole30 Shepherd's Pie recipe is a time saver. Roast veggies for a few recipes at a time you can really minimize time spent in the kitchen.

While the components of this recipe take a few extra steps I think you will agree that it is well worth it. For extra time saving make a couple of these pies, pop them in the freezer, and heat them up on a cold day!

Recipe Notes

  • Pepper Options: For peppers, using one each of red, orange, and yellow makes for a colorful meal and is the version used for these photos
  • Garlic Tip: See Easiest Way to Peel Garlic for a great tip on peeling garlic.
  • Vegan Option: If vegan, use about 4 cups of your bean of choice for the meat, but de gas the beans first.
  • Kombucha Vinegar: The original recipe called for kombucha vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar, so you can use kombucha vinegar if you like, but it is very hard to find. You can of course make it yourself.
  • Bone Broth Options: Here are some tips on how to make bone broth. Also, you can use this Vegetable Broth Mix for a vegan version. If you'd prefer to buy bone broth instead of making your own, here is a great place to do so.
  • Skillet: Note that I make this recipe often in the cast iron skillet that you see in the photos. Another skillet can be used as well, but I love how the recipe turns out (and looks) in this skillet.

Paleo Shepherd's Pie with Roasted Veggies (grain & dairy free, vegan option)

This Paleo Shepherd's Pie Recipe is loaded with yummy roasted veggies and topped with a delectable savory cauliflower topping.

  • 2 heads cauliflower ((roughly chopped))
  • 2 stalks celery ((finely chopped))
  • 3 bell peppers ((large dice – omit for AIP))
  • 3 medium tomatoes ((roughly chopped))
  • 1 large onion ((chopped))
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 pounds ground meat ((beef, venison or lamb))
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley ((finely chopped and loosely packed))
  • 1/4-1/3 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup homemade beef broth
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast ((optional))
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil ((or to taste))
  • 1 tsp salt ((or to taste))
  • 1 tsp organic pepper ((or to taste))
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place 2 rimmed baking sheets to preheat in the oven. (optional, but helps cook the veggies faster and gives them a nice roasted bottom.)
  3. Take chopped cauliflower and toss it in a large bowl with 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add in nutritional yeast (if using) and salt. Toss to coat.
  4. In another bowl, toss the tomatoes, onion, and peppers in a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Once oven is heated, take out baking sheets and line with parchment paper, if desired. Place in an even layer the cauliflower on one sheet and the rest of the veggies on the other.
  6. Bake until nicely roasted, about 20-25 minutes.
  7. While baking, saute garlic in extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add celery and cook until slightly softened.
  8. Add in beef and brown, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Once veggies are done, remove them (except for cauliflower) from their baking sheets and add to the beef mixture. Pour in broth and vinegar and simmer until cooked down slightly. Stir in parsley.
  10. While mixture is cooking down, place the cauliflower in a high-powered blender (I used my Vitamix) or food processor and puree. You may need to add more yeast or salt at this point.
  11. Divide the beef mixture evenly among two 8″ pie plates and top with the roasted cauliflower puree.
  12. Bake at 375° for 15-25 minutes or until heated and the topping has a golden colour. (colour will be lighter if yeast is omitted).

The above nutrition facts are estimates only. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer here.

I hope this Paleo Shepherd's Pie Recipe makes its way on to your dinner (or lunch) table soon and I would love to hear how you like it.

Enjoy and be comforted!

Let me know what you think about this low-carb shepherd's pie in the comments.

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