Ditch the Poison with DIY Natural Cleaning Products

Natural Cleaning Products

We buy cleaning and household products to kill germs and clean our houses, but many people don’t consider the ingredients those products contain, or whether or not they are safe. Of course most people know that you shouldn’t ingest or inhale these products directly, but don’t have a clear understanding of harm they can do beyond that. This post will share with you the dangers of household products as well as some DIY Natural Cleaning Product alternatives!

The Dirty Truth of Household Products

Common household cleaning products contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns. Others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer and other diseases.

Chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases. Combining products that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia (i.e. oven cleaners) produces chloramine gases, while chlorine combined with acids (i.e. toilet bowl cleaners) forms toxic chlorine gas that can be deadly.

But they smell so good……

Fragrances added to cleaners such as laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory problems, headache, sneezing, and watery, irritated eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. However, because chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets and private information, companies aren’t required to list their toxic ingredients they simply have to label them as containing “fragrance.”

Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption. Chemicals that are hormone disruptors can interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. Health effects can include decreased sperm counts, increased rates of male birth defects and increased rates of some types of cancers. Ingredients used in some detergents and cleaners have been shown to mimic the estrogen hormone. Not to mention that these chemicals get washed down our drains and into our local water sources and into the environment. Toxins are bad for everyone so eliminating as many as possible is good for ourselves, our family and the environment.

DIY Natural Cleaning Products

Making your own homemade natural cleaning products does not need to be hard or expensive. In fact, you can make several products in a very short period of time. Here are some great easy DIY recipes for natural cleaning products using common ingredients and essential oils. Using these homemade products will eliminate toxic chemicals and cut down on indoor air pollution which helps to improve overall health and wellness! Click here to learn where to get pure Essential Oils for your cleaning products.

If you are looking for some DIY Natural Cleaning Product Recipes Here are some from my favorite oily bloggers:

Have you tried to make your own natural cleaning products yet?

The AMAZING Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods

It’s been a little over two years since I began my journey into making fermented foods. It has been such a fun experience that I have really enjoyed! Who knew that crocks, covered major jars and natural carbonation bubbles could get someone so excited! I have to admit, at first I was scared to try it, and with each and every new ferment I would pray that I wouldn’t kill myself or my family, but the more I became comfortable and began to see the amazing benefits, I became hooked. This post will share with you the amazing benefits of fermented foods and why you should jump on the bandwagon and include these foods into your diet to improve your overall health and well-being.

What is Fermenting?

Fermentation has been used by humans for the production of food and beverages for centuries. Fermentation is employed for preservation in a process that produces lactic acid as found in such sour foods as pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut and yogurt, as well as for producing alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer and Kombucha. It is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases and/or alcohol. Fermented foods and beverages are high in natural probiotics and have many health benefits. The art of fermentation has been replaced with high heat pasteurization and commercial preservatives which means that are bodies are missing out on these beneficial bacterias. Many experts believe that this could be the reason for mysterious viruses, intestinal parasites and chronic health problems that seem to becoming more and more common.

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods contain essential probiotics which help beneficial bacteria to flourish in the gastrointestinal system. Healthy gut flora helps to treat and prevent diseases such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Dermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Common Cold

Fermented foods are the most potent form of probiotics available. One tablespoon of fermented sauerkraut contains more natural probiotics than an entire bottle of probiotic capsules. The beneficial bacteria helps to draw out toxins and heavy metals and helps our body to better absorb nutrients from our foods. You can honestly ferment just about anything! Yogurt, salsa, garlic, mustard, pickles and pretty much any fruit or vegetable!

Making your own fermented foods and drinks is very easy and extremely cost effective I always have something fermented and we include these foods and drinks into our diets daily. If you are looking to get started with fermented foods Click Here for Oh Lardy’s New Book- Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermented Fruit and Vegetables and enter code FERMENT30 to get 30% off the price by November 26th! This book is nothing short of amazing! It goes into great details all about how to begin fermenting and helps you get past the fears and any problems that newbies might encounter! And the recipes have inspired me to create even more fermented goodies for my family! We love including fermented foods in our diet and have been enjoying the benefits they have to offer.

Homemade Antioxidant Facial Serum

Antioxidant Facial Serum

I love making my own homemade skin products. After learning more about products and ingredients, there are so many toxins in commercial brands that have no place on the human body. Our skin is our largest organ so it is important to be mindful what we put on. This homemade antioxidant facial serum is easy to make and literally makes your skin GLOW! Here is my recipe!

I love coconut oil! To eat, to cook with to wear! Seriously, its all-purpose and I love it. Make sure it’s organic non-refined virgin coconut oil (where-to-buy). It’s a staple in my house and I have a tub in the kitchen and one in the bathroom for beauty products. It also made my Medicine Cabinet Must Have list! It is the base I use for most of my products, including this anti-oxidant facial serum.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for skin

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Antioxidant
  • Soothes skin infections
I also love essential oils. I recommend Therapeutic Grade essential oils. I use Young Living which you can learn more about here.  Below are the oils I use in my antioxidant facial serum recipe and their benefits.

Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil for skin

  • Anti-aging properties
  • Antioxidant
  • Immune Booster

*Warning- This is considered a “HOT” oil. Always make sure to dilute prior to applying to skin as it can burn.

Benefits of Orange Essential Oil for skin

  • Maintain Smooth, Glowing Skin
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-aging properties

*Warning- This is a photosensitive oil. Be cautions when exposed to the sun within 24 hours of using this oil.

Homemade Antioxidant Facial Serum

  • 2 ounces of Organic Coconut Oil (Where to Buy)
  • 4 Drops of Oregano Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops of Orange Essential Oil

Mix the carrier oil and essential oils in a glass bottle with a pump (where to buy). Apply to face as needed. This high concentration of active ingredients contains a potent dose of anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients. A small amount goes a long way and should last for several weeks. The coconut oil will harden in colder temperatures so you may need to heat up the jar under warm water or place a small amount and warm up in the hands before applying. My face feels so smooth and soft and healthy since using this antioxidant facial serum.

Have you tried making your own homemade products yet? 

Meditating with Mala Beads

Mala Beads

I often get asked from others some advice on meditating. I have shared some tips for beginners to get started in a regular meditation practice and it is one I encourage in order to live a more conscious lifestyle, manifest dreams, and improve overall health and well-being. Meditation is not easy. I have been meditating for year and at times I still find it hard to quiet my mind when it is time to practice. This post will share how I use mala beads to help meditate deeply without much effort.

What Are Mala Beads?

Mala beads are a string of beads, similar to a necklace. Typically mala beads are in strings of 108, although sometimes different numbers are used. A personal mala is a wonderful accessory to meditation, which when used regularly with a personal mantra, absorbs the vibrations of the practice. They are traditional prayer beads made of many different types of materials such as wood, gemstones, seeds or crystals similar to those used in other religions.

They are a wonderful tool for meditation because they help to keep focus with optimum energy levels. Meditation can be tricky to practice because, by its very nature, the mind tends to wander off during the meditation practice. If energy is low at the time of meditation, falling asleep can result. If the energy is too high, thoughts cause distraction. At these times, the mala beads provide a much needed anchor. The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and a chosen mantra or affirmation, so that both-sleep as well as excessive mental distraction-are prevented by this action upon the beads.

My Experience with Mala Beads

I first started using mala beads during my second pregnancy. I got them for my daily meditation and relaxation sessions to prepare for my upcoming labor. I instantly fell in love with them! They were helpful in allowing me to find peace within, especially at times when I needed it the most. I have been using them ever since and use them daily in my meditation and affirmation practice. For myself (and many other yogis I know) mala beads quickly become a favorite accessory.  I wear mine almost everyday and get compliments on them quite often! (even by non-yogis!) :) They can be found online and can be handmade and elaborate such as found here, or they can be simple and more traditional such as found here and here.

When I find myself in an uncomfortable or stressful situation the beads are there to ground me and help me illicit a relaxation response. Another way I help to supercharge the powers of my already amazing mala is to add essential oils to it. Frankincense or Cedarwood are two of my favorites and help to bring mental clarity and sense of calm. I use wooden beads which are great at absorbing the smell of the oils! I will often add a drop to my thumb at the start of my meditation practice allowing the oils to get on the beads and enhance my meditation. Click here to learn more about where to order essential oils.

Do you use mala beads? We would love to hear your experience!

DIY First Aid and Wellness Kit

Wellness Kit

Many OTC medicines have an extensive list of ingredients. Are they really all necessary? What about side effects? All medicines are created to mimic natural alternative in a more convenient way to provide to general public. Over the counter drugs carry with them a danger of overdosing and prolonged use of these drugs are discouraged and can lead to further medical problems. For me and my family, using natural alternatives is a no brainer. I think there is a place for pharmaceutical drugs and all the other wonders modern medicine has to offer, but when it comes to everyday health I prefer a more natural route. I have created a First Aid and Wellness Kit that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being and nourishes our bodies when we are run down and fighting off illness. This article will share with you some tips and tricks for putting together your own Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.

*Because each and every one of us are different our Wellness kits will also be unique based on individual needs. This list is for basic first aid and common ailments. 

Why You Should Have a Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.

Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in medicine products? I became much more aware when I first became a mother. When my kids were babies there were several recalls on Children’s Tylenol and Motrin, every few months it seemed. The fact that there could be multiple recalls on the same medicine in a couple year period freaked me out. Especially when those reasons have included nauseating package odors, small glass or metal particles in liquid medicines and wrong levels of active ingredients (YIKES!). From then on I began to take a natural approach to our medicine. While herbs and essential oils are very potent, they are generally safe and can be used without worry. Below are some recipes that I have stocked in my natural wellness kit. I have one at home and a smaller travel kit for on-the go. You can watch my video about my travel kit here. To learn more about where to buy Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils click here.

Basic first aid kit:

Healing Salve- Fill Roll on bottle or small glass jar with coconut oil and 6-8 drops of either Lavender, Frankincense or a combination of both.

First Aid Spray- In a spray bottle add a teaspoon of sea-salt and 4 drops of Peace and calming and 6-8 drops of Thieves.

Ointment for Bruising & Swelling- Fill glass roll-on bottle with carrier oil and add 6 drops of PanAway.

Bug Spray- In a spray bottle add water with 8-10 drops of Purification.

Oils for Common Discomforts:

Essential oils are very effective in assisting with common ailments. By simply diffusing, applying topically or by rubbing on the bottom of the feet the oils can help support the body’s immune system naturally. Here is a list of common ailments and oils that many be helpful.

Head and sinus discomfort- Peppermint, Valor, PanAway

Itchy eyes, ears and throat- Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint

Feeling run down and under the weather- Thieves, Peppermint, Raven, Frankincense, Oregano, R.C., Purification

Irritated throat- Purification; Thieves

Sinus Congestion- Peppermint, Eucalyptus Blue, Thieves, R.C. Breathe Again,

Cough- Frankincense, R.C.

Ear discomfort (never inside ear! Either diffuse or rub around outside of ear)- Lavender, Peppermint, Purification, PanAway, Melaleuca Alternifolia,

Upset Stomach- Peppermint, DiGize

Cold Sores: Peppermint, Thieves, Lavender,

Rashy or irritated skin- Lavender, Peppermint, Stress Away, Peace and Calming.

Bladder discomfort- Oregano, Lemon, Thieves, Purification, DiGize, Melaleuca Alternafolia

Yeast imbalances- Melaleuca Alternifolia, Oregano, Thieves, Purification

5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health

Invest in your health

If you have an expensive car or a nice piece of property most people will make a point to invest to keep that prized possession in mint condition. Why should we feel any less about our bodies? It’s the only place we have to live and if we don’t keep good care of it what happens? It gets run down and even worse, it can go kaput. It is so important to take the time to invest in our health and wellness and doing so doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 5 simple ways to invest in your health.

5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health

1. Eat Good Food

Our food is our fuel, eating whole nutrient dense foods gives our body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. A diet high in processed foods has an overall affect on the entire mind and body. While many people think that local, organic and sustainable food is expensive hasn’t priced the cost of illness and disease that is associated with poor diet. Doctors visits, prescriptions, hospital visits all come with a cost, not to mention how you feel day in and day out. It’s no secret that those who eat better foods feel, look and generally are healthier than those that don’t. Diet also plays a factor in how we feel. Eating processed foods is taxing on the liver which causes us to become sluggish and depressed. Making an effort to eat fresh, local organic fruits and veggies and grass-fed or pastured meats will make a difference in overall health and well-being.  And when it comes down to dollars and cents, organic food can be slightly more expensive but A.) It’s better for you and B.) It’s actual FOOD, not chemicals and who know’s what! That is, of course, unless you enjoy eating and drinking beaver butt, flame retardant and yoga mats!

2. Reduce Toxins

We are bombarded with chemicals all day every day. In our air, water, food, products- You name it! While there is no way to eliminate them all, there are things that can be done to reduce the amounts you are exposed to. Eating healthy organic foods as mentioned above is one way, reducing the amount of chemicals in our households is another. We spend quite a bit of time indoors and common household products can contain dozens of harmful cancer causing chemicals. Many beauty products too are a mixture of toxic ingredients that break the rule of- if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! By choosing products from conscious companies or making your own with essential oils and other natural products is a great way to reduce everyday exposure to chemicals. Again, while the natural alternatives may be slightly higher in price they outweigh the physical, emotional and future monetary costs associated with the toxic options.

3. Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential to our house but, surprisingly, many people do not make it a priority. Missing even 90 minutes of sleep is enough to reduce your ability to do certain cognitive and physical tasks. It impairs your thinking ability, your memory and how well you function. sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here are some ways to improve sleep naturally for overall health and well-being.

4. Time to reflect Inward

Many people forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. Making a point to meditate and reflect inward on a regular basis is important for overall wellbeing. has been linked to a number of powerful health benefits, including improving some of the most pressing concerns of modern life, such as high blood pressure and unchecked stress. Spending just a few minutes each day on quiet reflection can lead to major physical and mental health improvements. New to meditating? Here are some tips for beginners to get started.

5. Be Happy

Stress kills and in this day and age it seems there is always something to worry about. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of your health and happiness. Practicing the first 4 steps will increase happiness. Another way to get you out of a funk is to establish mantras or reciting positive affirmations, grounding/earthing and exercise and living more mindfully are all ways to help relieve stress hormones and create endorphins to stimulate happy feelings.

How do you invest in your health? We would love for you to share your tips!

Invest in your health

September Giveaway – A $300 Amazon Giftcard

September Giveaway

I am so excited to be offering another Giveaway with a great group of bloggers. The prize this month is just AWESOME! A big thank you for they made this giveaway possible. Please make sure to stop by their pages and show them some love and earn more entries to win!

Oh the things you could buy with a $300 Amazon Giftcard! For inspiration on healthy living products you can checkout my Shop Healthy page to see my favorites. Or, you can always get yourself one of these……because who wouldn’t want that!

Here is how to enter to win:

    • Click HERE to see what I would buy if I were to win this (I’m not eligible obviously!) and make sure to leave a comment on what you would buy if you win the September giveaway!
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A winner will be chosen via random.org. Giveaway ends on September 29, 2014 at 12 am eastern. We will announce the lucky winner by October 1, 2014. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to an email with his/her full name, address, and phone number. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone!

Good Luck! And don’t forget to check back on the 1st to see if you are the winner of the giveaway!

September Giveaway


30 Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipe Roundup

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipe Roundup

All good things come to an end, and Summer is no exception. The upside is that once the hot, lazy dog days are over its time to welcome spring with all things Pumpkin Spice! If you are anything like me its a great transition into seasons and something I look forward to.

Unfortunately, this week Food Babe dropped a huge BOMBSHELL on us Pumpkin Spice Latte lovers and called out Starbucks for their very unhealthy, cancer causing version that is a fan favorite. And while I believe that you cannot limit all toxins and the whole everything in moderation mentality, it’s very hard for me to feel good about indulging in something so toxic. Also, it pisses me off to no end that these companies knowingly serve these toxic concoctions to their customers all in the name of profit! Of course, I can’t simply turn my back on my favorite Fall flavor so instead I did what I do best which is to seek out healthy versions for all to enjoy!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Alternatives

Pumpkin Pie Steamer by 20 Something Allergies

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte by Real Nutritious Living

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer by The Coconut Mama

Real Food Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer by Girl Meets Nourishment

Pumpkin Brownies and Almond Milk Gingerbread Latte

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie by Oh Lardy

Holiday Pumpkin Smoothie by Eat Naked Now

Other Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Spice Recipes:

Learn how our ancestors prepared a pumpkin by Fostering Nutrition

Why use cans when Pumpkin Puree is one ingredient by Loula Natural

Immune Boosting Pumpkin Spice Mix by Loula Natural

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby by Savory Lotus

Dairy Free Banana Pumpkin Ice Cream by Real Food RN

Salty Sweet Crunchy Pumpkin Spiced Roasted Garbanzo Beans by Real Food RN

Pumpkin Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal by Real Food RN

Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding by Real Food RN

Baked Sweet Potato Pie Fries by Real Food Kosher

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almonds by Real Nutritious Living

Paleo Pumpkin Spiced Muffins by Real Nutritious Living

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting by Girl Meets Nourishment

Low Carb Pumpkin Bagels by Beauty and The Foodie

Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars by Beauty and The Foodie

Coconut Milk Pumpkin Ice Cream by The Coconut Mama

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins by Health Extremist

How to add pumpkin to a child’s diet by Green Mom’s Collective

Healthy Pumpkin Protein Oats by A Happy Healthnut

Paleo Gaps and SCD approved Pumpkin Biscuits by Eat Naked Now

Pumpkin Cream Cookies by Eat Naked Now

Simple Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter by Mix Wellness

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shooters by A Happy Healthnut

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by Holistic Squid


10 Ways to Increase Mindfulness

Increase Mindfulness

With the ongoing demands that many of us face it can seem hard, if not impossible to increase mindfulness and live live to the fullest. Stress from work life, family life and the incessant never ending list of chores can take its toll on our mental health and wellbeing, but the truth is that even the most mundane tasks can be amazing if you are truly present. More important, being mindful is undoubtedly one of the only ways to enjoy life to the fullest. This post will share with you 10 ways to increase mindfulness.

10 Ways to Increase Mindfulness

1. Do one thing at a time. Doing too many things at once can cause chaos and disarray. Single-tasking is an art. When you’re pouring water, just pour water. When you’re eating, just eat. When you’re bathing, just bathe. Don’t try to knock off a few tasks all at once. This can be very hard for many people, especially moms. Try to spend at least some part of your day without multi-tasking. Also, when completing a single-task do not rush that task. Instead, take your time, and move slowly. Make your actions deliberate and mindful, not rushed and random. It takes practice, but it helps you focus on the task at hand.

2. Do less. If you do less, you can do those things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. If you fill your day with tasks, you will be rushing from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what you do. But you’re busy and you can’t possibly do less, right? You can. It’s simply a matter of figuring out what’s important, and letting go of what’s not. Read more: The Lazy Manifesto: Do Less.

3. Put space between things. Manage your schedule so that you always have time to complete each task. Don’t schedule things too close together — instead, leave room between things on your schedule for unforeseen interruptions. This allows for a more relaxed schedule, and leaves space in case one task takes longer than intended.

4. Spend at least 10 minutes each day doing nothing. I mean absolutely nothing. Just sit in silence and become aware of your thoughts and feelings. Focus on your breathing and simply notice the world around you. Become comfortable with the silence and stillness. It’ll do you a world of good — and for such a short time. I promise, you won’t regret it!

5. Stop worrying about the future – focus on the present. As you become more aware of your thinking you may begin to notice you are constantly worrying about the future. Learn to recognize when you’re doing this, and practice bringing yourself back to the present. Just focus on what you’re doing, right now. Enjoy the present moment, as you will never get it back. Notice the sights and the smells, take inventory of your body and how it feels. Live it. And just remember “Worry is interest paid on trouble before it’s due!” and Ain’t Nobody got time for that!

6. Be present in Personal Connection. This is one that is not only a way to practice mindfulness, but also applies to just about everyone. I know I am guilty of interacting with my phone during social engagements. How often do you see a group full of people all engagingly staring at their phones? Beyond technology many of us have spent time with someone but have been thinking about what we need to do in the future? Or thinking about what we want to say next, instead of really listening to that person? Instead, focus on being present and really listening and enjoying your time with that person. It’s a refreshing shot at life and it feels good to

7. Surround Yourself with Positive People. While it may be impossible to completely avoid all interactions with negative people in your life (Sorry!), you can limit exposure. Being around negative people undo feelings of peace and happiness and actually trigger the fight or flight response removing us mentally from the present moment. This response causes the sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones within our body. Spending the majority of your time with positive people helps to empower you to grow. If you have a negative person in your life who you cannot avoid it is best to try to solve the underlying issue behind the negativity.

8. Eat Slowly and Enjoy Your Food. Hectic schedules can mean that most food is crammed down our throats in a rush. Where’s the joy in that? Eating mindfully is to savor each bite, slowly, and really get the most out of your food. Interestingly, you’ll eat less this way, and digest your food better as well. In addition, eating the healthiest possible food that is available to you, helps our bodies and mind to function on a higher level.

9. Live slowly and savor your life. Just as you would savor your food by eating it more slowly, do everything this way. Try to sit down and savor each and every moment. As I type this, for example, my kids are playing nicely together. Such a lovely and rare moment. In fact, I’m going to take a few minutes off to enjoy it. Be right back!

10. Turn Mundane Tasks into Meditation. Cooking and cleaning are often seen as drudgery, but actually they are both great ways to practice mindfulness, and can be great rituals performed each day. If cooking and cleaning seem like boring chores to you, try doing them as a form of meditation. Put your entire mind into those tasks, concentrate, and do them slowly and completely. Taking this time to become mindful become a special time and could change your entire day (as well as leave you with a cleaner house). Instead of thinking negative thoughts of the activity you bring yourself a sense of peace and relaxation.

Now rinse and repeat. This is not a quick fix. You have to continually practice the above suggestions daily. When you notice yourself getting frustrated, take a deep breath. When you ask yourself, “What should I do now?”, the answer is to keep practicing. It takes 21 days to establish a habit so practicing daily will help to establish mindful habits. Increasing mindfulness is something that should be practiced often and is important for everyone in all stages of life.

 Increase Mindfulness

Spirulina Popcorn

Spirulina Popcorn

I had to share one of our new favorite snacks. My son will eat just about anything, but my daughter can be very picky, both of them go crazy for this snack and ask for it often. It is something I can happily give them and it makes me so happy they love it, and it is SO EASY to make. It’s Spirulina popcorn! I know, Who woulda thunk, huh? I’ve had this superfood in my smoothie or in vitamin form, but that’s really the extent that I’ve use it. I happened upon this inspiration while getting a sample snack from our local coop. The kids loved it and I quickly stocked up on my of this green superfood!

So Easy and So Healthy Spirulina Popcorn

Why Choosing Organic Non-GMO Popcorn is Important

Did you know that much of the Corn in the U.S. is Genetically Modified? Using organic non-GMO corn to make spiralina popcorn is the best choice. Popcorn is rich in iron, protein, vitamin B 1, vitamin B 2 and Niacin. It contains calcium and phosphorous that is important for strong bones in the body. It is high in antioxidants and low in calories. Organic popcorn does not have any pesticide or toxic residues that are found in popcorn that is not organic.

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a green superfood that has one of the highest concentration of chlorophyll of any food known. Chlorophyll has numerous health benefits; it’s well-known for its ability to break down and eliminate toxins and heavy metals such as DDT, PCBs, mercury, cadmium, and lead. Spirulina has also been shown to be beneficial for GI problems, fighting infections and helping the body assimilate calcium and balance other trace minerals. Spirulina helps support a healthy pH balance in your body. A diet heavy on acidic foods such as animal proteins and grains can be effectively balanced by the alkaline properties of spirulina.

Other benefits of Spirulina:

  • reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • control symptoms of ulcerative colitis
  • strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
  • helps boost the immune system
  • inhibits the power of many viruses
  • diminish allergies such as hay fever

Spirulina Popcorn Recipe:

I would recommend popping your own corn without a microwave if you have that choice. Microwave popcorn bags contain toxins not to mention the fact that I don’t think microwaves are a very healthy and effective way of cooking in general.
To pop you own use the stove and turn to medium high heat. In a large pot, pour/melt just enough margarine/oil to cover the bottom of the pot no deeper than 1/4inch and cover with about twice that depth with popcorn kernels. Stir to cover the kernels with the oil. COVER and put on a hot burner, move it around a bit to evenly heat the bottom of the pot. It will take a few minutes before the first popping starts. Remove from the heat when the popping slows down or when you see the pot lid rise (full)
The recipe itself is easy, pop the corn, or use already popped organic corn (Trader Joe’s has a yummy olive oil version) add a dash of sea salt and sprinkle some spirulina and mix up so that most pieces of popped corn have some green on them. Enjoy!


Spirulina Popcorn