himalayan pink salt

ayurveda + himalayan pink salt vs. regular white table salt or sea salt

For thousands of years of Ayurvedic medicinal tradition, Himalayan Salt has been the one salt that is considered truly therapeutic. Himalayan Salt contains the full spectrum of 84 minerals and trace elements. It is an unrefined, unprocessed raw salt that is hand-mined from abundant salt caves that were formed over 200 million years ago as ocean salt settled in certain geologic pockets around the earth. I recently took part in an Ayurvedic workshop on the elemental approach to foods and tried … [Read more...]

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the best recipe for how to to make your own homemade super soft squishy play dough! And what’s really in store-bought “play-doh”…

According to the Play-Doh manufacture, this brand name product is composed of water, a starch-based binder, a retrogradation inhibitor, salt, lubricant, surfactant, preservative, hardener, humectant, fragrance, and color. A petroleum additive gives the compound a smooth feel, and borax prevents mold from developing. How can something that's so seemingly simple contain such a long list almost entirely made up of chemicals? I'll be sharing more on the concerns of petroleum based dyes and … [Read more...]

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what we’re snacking on lately | 5 healthy snack ideas for mamas & kids

Here are some easy, healthy, "clean" snacks perfect for busy moms and little ones. For the most part I don't prepare different food for my kids. We usually all eat the same which makes it easier to keep healthy choices in the house! These are some of my snack pics pulled from my instagram that I've shared over the past little while. We tend to rotate through these ones the most. 1 // celery sticks and hummus 2 // unsweetened apple sauce, high fiber granola and cinnamon 3 // banana slices … [Read more...]

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modern mom beauty series: cleansing your body with an ayurvedic detox bath | how to

Tension, stress and worries of the day almost entirely melt away the second we sink into a hot, deep bath. The healing qualities of water are not only able to help the body release the emotional toxins we hang onto but the physical toxins as well which is why hot baths are generally the first thing we turn to when we're sick or our children are feeling under the weather. Impurities are removed, mucus is released and we immediately feel lighter. I was hit with the flu for the second time in a … [Read more...]

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a healthy costco cart: what to buy? | pictures of my (mostly) organic, gluten-free grocery load

Footie jammies, yoga pants, 10 year supply of windshield washer fluid...sound like your cart after a quick trip for groceries at Costco? It's difficult to not come home with a cart full of things you don't really need when shopping at Costco, but I've finally learned to (mostly) shop for only groceries and generally only go if I need a full load. If I go in there to just grab a couple things, chances are I'll come out with $175 worth of who knows what. Costco is the ideal place to buy … [Read more...]

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fit + healthy mama fat loss tip: green tea – learning to love it

Knowing the health benefits of green tea (fat loss, antioxidants, cancer fighting, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, lowers risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease and the list goes on) I make sure that I get in a few cups a day.  And since I don't like the taste (or smell) or plain green tea I buy a brand that I love to drink so I won't notice that peculiar green tea taste/smell.  Tazo's "Zen" is fantastic. It's a blend of green tea, spearmint and lemongrass leaves. I find it really … [Read more...]

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in the kitchen: chia seeds: a superfood you should be eating. what are they + how to eat them

Ever since I spotted a bag of white chia seeds at Homesense a while back I've been obsessed. Yes, take note: HomeSense has an awesome selection of natural foods if you didn't already know! These little seeds are incredibly versatile and are perfect for packing in extra nutrients. They're also a pure, unprocessed, pesticide free natural growing seed! It's no wonder they've been named a superfood - they pack the maximum amount of nutrients in a minimal amount of calories. There's not much … [Read more...]

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kris carr’s morning green juice recipe

I get asked a lot if I juice or blend for my green smoothies and the answer right now is blend - mostly because I find it quick and easy and clean up is a cinch with a magic bullet. I'm learning though that by juicing you're allowing the nutrients to make it to your blood stream and cells a lot quicker since your body doesn't have to go through the process of digesting all that fiber from the fruits and vegetables you just blended. For the green smoothie challenge that I've been taking part … [Read more...]

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how to: make your own bread by hand in 5 minutes with no kneading required

I've been making this bread for probably a year now. It's the only recipe I'll likely ever use because it's just too easy and too delicious to bother trying a new one! The crust is always chewy and never rock hard and crumbly. Inside you're left with a hearty, holey, artisan looking bread that you'd pay $3-$4 per loaf at the grocery store. And this is guaranteed to be free from preservatives, artificial colors, flavors and other random chemicals. - 3 cups lukewarm water - 1 … [Read more...]

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oatmeal leaving you hungry in the morning? the trick to feeling full for longer | recipe

Starving after you eat your morning oatmeal?  The trick to making your breakfast oatmeal stretch until your next snack or lunchtime is to load it up with protein and fiber via nuts, seeds and coconut.  And it'll be much more enjoyable for the entire family when it's packed with something crunchy and sweet. To make things simple, when I didn't make my crockpot oatmeal or don't have the time to make steel cut oatmeal on the stove, instead of having to figure it all out in the morning prep a … [Read more...]