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  • DIY Deodorants: Safer, healthier, nontoxic alternatives

    How to make safer, healthier, nontoxic deodorants If you are learning how to make your own deodorants, than you probably already know a few things about the many toxins found in many of our skincare products, including deodorants. (You may still like to learn more about the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry or 14…
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  • How to safely clean an oven

    DIY Green Clean Your Oven (& Wood-burning stove window): Life Hack Oven cleaners can be extremely toxic and the self-cleaning feature on most ovens is so toxic that they kill many birds and sicken many humans every year. What’s the alternative? Read more about the difference between cleaning and sanitizing. In this case, you just…
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  • DIY Green Cleaning Recipes & Tips

    Everything you need to get a great, green, healthy clean with simple ingredients & recipes You can tackle nearly every cleaning need in the house with four basic ingredients: baking soda, white vinegar, salt, and either borax or your favourite oxygen-based (non chlorine) cleaner for the really tough stuff.  I also recommend a gentle soap…
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  • Healing Baking Soda Drink Recipe

    How to use baking soda for healing infections and staving off disease One of the cheapest and easiest ways to oxygenate your body is with baking soda.  (I adapted this recipe from the Healthy, Wild, and Free blog and I’ve been using it for awhile.)  ½ tsp of baking soda (I recommend diminishing to 1/4…
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  • DIY Nut Butter

    Like fresh nut milk, once you make your own you will never go back! Ingredients 3 cups freshly roasted unsalted nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts or even sunflower seeds for the nut averse) Directions Place nuts on baking sheet, toast for 10 mins on middle rack in a 300 F oven, wiggle them around…
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  • Low Sodium Pork Marinade

    Low Sodium Roast Pork Marinade (2 pound(ish) Pork Loin) {From the Green Mama notebook: I recommend organic, fairly traded, non-irradiated spices. I get most of my spices from The Gathering Place: a small, family-run, organic company.} 1 Cup Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar 0 mg 1Tsp Dulce Flakes 15 mg 1 Tbsp Cumin 10 mg 1…
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  • Lacto Fermented Pickles

    Ingredients 2 lbs organic vegetables diced and sliced  (I like using carrots and radishes for their beauty and flavour. But you can use daikon, cucumbers, beets, cauliflower, kale, celery etc.) Flavour enhancers like garlic, pickling spice, or spicy peppers to your taste. A 2% brine (roughly 1 heaping Tbsp of non-iodized unrefined salt for every…
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  • DIY Almond Milk

    Ingredients 1 cup whole raw nuts or seeds (I love almonds) 4 cups filtered water (plus more water for soaking) pinch of sea salt 1/4 tsp of cinnamon 1 tbsp of vanilla extract   Directions soak nuts overnight for 6-12 hours drain and rinse nuts blend with water and flavours for at least a minute…
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  • DIY Sunscreen: Making your own healthier sunscreen

    DIY Sunscreen Recipe ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup coconut oil ¼ cup beeswax 2 tablespoons shea butter 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (high quality) Optional: a few drops of non-citrus, baby friendly essential oil Directions: In a double boiler (or a jar in a pan of water over low heat) melt the oils, beeswax, and…
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  • DIY Sazon: The Healthy Way

    Learn more about why you might want this easy, healthy recipe as a DIY alternative for the much-used and loved  Sazon. This recipe is for one meal, but it can be made in large batches, to store. It actually tastes best a few days after being made.  Mix, or grind together 1 TBSP each of coriander, cumin, annato or achiote, garlic…
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  • Applesauce Waffles: Healthy, Grain-free Breakfast Recipe

    These waffles are delicious, easy to make, and can be made to fit a Paleo, gluten-free, low-grain, or just hungry lifestyles. Always reach for organic ingredients when possible. I make these waffles and freeze them in freezer bags to pull out and toast on busy school mornings–way more affordable, healthier, and more delicious than store-bought….
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  • Banana Cashew Waffles: The Healthy, Easy Waffle Recipe

    Waffles used to be a weekend thing. But making up waffles on the weekend and freezing them for easy reheating in the toaster, has made them a week-day thing. These grain-free or low-grain recipes can be made Paleo or gluten-free friendly and pack plenty of protein and taste to start the day off right. Banana…
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  • Vegan, creamsicle pops: Healthy, delicious, and easy popsicle recipe

    This is a delicious, healthier, and vegan alternative to the creamsicle icepops of your youth. And so easy. All you need is a popsicle maker (and I recommend a stainless steel one, such as the one we have.) Of course, I also recommend getting organic ingredients. Ingredients Orange juice A large handful of raw cashews…
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  • Orange-cicle Ice Cream: Healthy, delicious, & easy The Green Mama way

    This is an absolutely delicious, and healthier, alternative to the creamsicle icepops of your youth. And so easy. It does require an ice-cream maker. If you don’t have one, or you are vegan, try the vegan popsicle version instead. Ingredients 1/3 cup raw honey 2 cups orange juice 1/4 tsp orange extract 1 tsp vanilla…
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  • Easiest Sandwich

    Ingredients: 2 Tbsp nut butter 2 slices of your favourite bread 1/2 Tbsp honey Directions: 1. Slather your bread with nut butter and honey. 2. Smoosh the breads together to make a sandwich 3. Slice in half and package for the lunch box. Try Abeego food wrap, Onyx Sandwich containers or Go Go Bags.  …
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  • No Bake Granola Bars (vegan) by DREENA BURTON

    Recipe provided to The Green Mama by Dreena Burton, Author of the new cookbook Plant Powered Families, out now on Ben Bella Books. Makes 8–10 bars or 16 squares These bars are perfect for school lunches because they are nut-free and pack very well. Plus, they are pretty simple to put together! Ingredients 1/2 cup brown rice syrup…
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  • Protein Power Balls (vegan) By DREENA BURTON

     Recipe provided to The Green Mama by Dreena Burton, Author of the new cookbook Plant Powered Families, out now on Ben Bella Books.   Makes 25–28 balls Ingredients 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup coconut flour (see note) 1/3 cup hemp seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1½ cups pitted dates 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 2–3 tablespoons…
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  • The Green Mama’s DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

    All-purpose cleaner Mix a really gentle castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s, with warm water. Use a clean sponge, rags, or a brush, and scrub! One cup of soap in 3.8 litres (1 gallon) of water is a good concentration for walls, floors, and counters. One part castile soap to one part water in a foaming…
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  • Garden Bounty Infused Water

    This is almost too easy to call a recipe. Basically I am suggesting that instead of giving in to the pleas for juice (whether they come from your children or your own inner child) you make delicious infused water ! Infused water is basically just cutting up organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs and adding it…
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  • Watermelon Margarita

    photo by LizHammond.ca  We made this slightly healthier super summery twist on the classic margarita last week at my best friend’s lake house. We modified this recipe from GOOP and loved the results. So fresh! We also made a virgin batch by omitting the tequila and all of the pregnant and nursing ladies and kids…
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  • Bone Broth Recipe

    Bone broth is nutrient rich and great for the whole family, including babies. It’s the only thing other than breast milk and water, that I ever put into bottles for my babies. Ingredients: •    Approximately 4 pounds of organic (ideally free-range) marrow bones, knuckle bones, bits of leftover beef (or lamb or venison or buffalo…
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  • Green Juice Recipe 101

    Green Juice Recipes What we don’t need when juicing is a bunch more sugar, what we do want is readily accessible vitamins and minerals. That means the juice should be at least 60% dark leafy/ 40% other vegetables and fruit. 60% leafy jean can mean kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, cilantro. 40% can include apples, pear,…
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  • Make your own dairy-free milk formulas for infants, toddlers, children

    Are you looking for a dairy-free or milk-protein-free milk substitute or infant formula? First, please remember that it is extremely rare that a baby would be lactose sensitive or allergic. Breast milk is made up largely of lactose and baby’s are designed to consume breastmilk. There is a genetic condition that does occur that makes…
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  • Make your own coconut milk

    Coconut milk (that super creamy stuff so essential in Thai cooking and many other recipes) is one of those foods that I love but try not to buy in cans. That’s because cans leach BPA (and the BPA-free ones leach other bisphenols) into what’s inside. The most vulnerable foods, that leach the most of that…
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  • Betcha Won’t Believe it’s Broccoli Pesto Pasta By JOY FOODLY

    Today we have a recipe from Chef Hollie Greene of  Joy Foodly. Check out the yummy recipe below and their Barnraiser campaign to bring food, cooking, and health education to lower-income families through a school-based initiative  that aims to help families eat more seasonal fruit and vegetables.   Betcha Won’t Believe it’s Broccoli Pesto Pasta Serving size: 4…
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  • DIY Natural Facepaint

    How to Make Safer Face Paints for Kids Wanna make face paint that doesn’t contain artificial food colouring (which is made of coal tar dye), synthetic fragrances, or other dangerous ingredients? Here’s a basic recipe. 2 teaspoons of organic cornstarch 1 teaspoon of natural, zinc-oxide based diaper cream or straight zinc-oxide cream Natural, organic food dyes. (See below…
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  • Cream cheese frosting

    Ingredients 1/2 cup or 115 grams organic cream cheese at room temperature (or try kefir or yoghurt cheese) 2-6 TBSP honey (to taste) 2-3 TBSP whole, organic yoghurt (if you have it) Instructions Blend by hand or with a hand mixer. I’ve even done it in a blender. Refrigerate (if needed) until it is a…
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  • Carrot cake: an easy, yummy, healthy alternative

    Carrot Cake     2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I’ve also done this recipe with spelt flour.)     1 tsp baking powder     1 1/2 tsp baking soda     1 tsp salt    11/2 tsp cinnamon     1/2 tsp ginger     1/2 tsp cinnamon     3/4 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)     3/4 cup…
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  • Belly, Body, Breast, and Baby Balm

    This recipe has changed and morphed over the years – but it is basically the simplest and best skin hydration I’ve found. Not only do I make it to use at home, I make extra when I blend a batch to share with new mamas in my community. No photos will be shared of this…
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  • Electrolyte tea recipe

    I remember when I was giving birth, and throwing up endlessly, my midwife made a delightful concoction of mint tea, lemon, honey and salt.  Yesterday I made myself a pot of tea and added the above ingredients plus cayenne to the brew and that made for good sipping on the hour.       When…
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