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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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  • 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 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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  • Spice it Up

    There isn’t a hispanic cupboard in the world that doesn’t contain Sazon. Not one. My mother cooked with it. As did hers. As ubiquitous as salt, Sazon is the Spanish version of…well, salt. I never read its ingredients, as I would always mindlessly toss a box of Sazon in my grocery trolley as one might…
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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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  • 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 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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  • DIY dry shampoo

    Dry shampoo is just what it sounds like–dry–and you use it dry! In other words, it’s a new mother’s little helper. Don’t have time for a shower and the pony tail look isn’t cutting it–DIY dry shampoo is the trick. The issue with shampooing in general is that its literally addictive. The more you shampoo…
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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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  • The Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever

      Ingredients 3 large bananas, very ripe (or previously frozen) 1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil (better texture than butter) 1/2 cup sugar, panela, or honey 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond or dashes of cinnamon or grated fresh ginger 2 large eggs 2 cups unbleached flour/whole wheat flour/spelt flour all work 1 teaspoon baking…
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  • Carmel Sauce Recipe

    Ingredients 1 cup brown sugar (or panela) 1/2 stick butter (4 Tablespoons) 1/2 cup half-and-half or cream or whole, raw milk 1 Tablespoon vanilla Pinch Of Salt How to prepare Mix all ingredients over medium heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until thicker. Turn off heat. Serve warm or refrigerate until…
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  • Crumbly Recipe

    The Crumbly Recipe 1/4 cup flour 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp brown sugar Mix the ingredients together  (fingers are fun!) Sprinkle on top of banana bread or other.