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Waste Free Winter

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This winter we took part in a challenge to reduce our waste production that we called Waste Free Winter. Inspired by a visit to the local waste management site, and with both of us moving to new homes, we were determined to spend the colder season cutting back on the garbage.  Here is a breakdown of our experience and tips we’ve picked up along the way.

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Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is a staple in my kitchen as you can use it as a pasta replacement in any dish you please! When cooked, it comes out in strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. It is a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and also contains vitamin C and other antioxidants; therefore it has much more nutritional value then regular pasta.

There are many different ways to cook spaghetti squash, but I now have my favourite as it consistently comes out with the perfect texture, not too hard or too mushy!

Directions

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise
  2. De-seed
  3. Put squash cut side down in a baking dish
  4. Add up to a cup of water to the dish so that it’s base is fully covered
  5. Bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes, or until tender
  6. When ready, use a fork to rake the squash into “pasta”

Once cooked, you can top it with anything that would would put on regular spaghetti noodles!

It is harvested early in the fall season, so you’ll be seeing them in your grocery stores soon!

No More Dirty Looks

I get asked what all natural beauty/skin care products I use quite a bit by friends and family, so I thought I would quickly post about one of the websites that has helped me as I transition to all natural skincare and make up, please say hello to…

NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS

No More Dirty Looks (NMDL) is a website that launched in 2010, it’s also a book and a community for people who are passionate about natural beauty, wellness and healthy living. Founded by co-authors Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, these ladies are queens of green beauty in my eyes. Their book, posts and the website community helped me personally deal with a dermatitis flare a few winters ago (more on that soon…) so I feel like it’s my duty to support and share my love of their site.

Some things you’ll find on NMDL:

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Blendily Gift Card Giveaway in partnership with Loam Magazine!

Blendily Giveaway

We are SO excited to announce this Instagram Giveaway, in partnership with Loam Magazine and Blendily, a natural cosmetics kitchen that offers beauty products that are hand-crafted in small batches with pure ingredients. They feature local and seasonal herbs and plants as well as sustainably harvested exotic botanicals.

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Not only are we partnering with these two great brands to giveaway three $25.00 gift cards, we are also planning on some other exciting projects with Loam Magazine. For more details or to read their awesome write up about us, click here.

CONTEST RULES:

Want to be entered for a chance to win? To enter, just follow each of us on Instagram (click on the image above to take you to the post) and let us know in the Instagram comments one of your favourite short and sweet ways to take care of yourself and the earth!

We’ll choose winners at random next week.

Best of luck from all of us and stay tuned for more from us and Loam Magazine!

Book Club – Deliciously Ella

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I came across Ella Woodward’s website one day while I was scrolling through food porn pictures on Pinterest. Usually when something on Pinterest sparks my interest, I follow the link to check it our further; if I still like it, I’ll pin that one recipe and then exit out of that website and never visit it again. However, I occasionally come across a website that captures my attention and somehow sucks me in to exploring it for hours. Even more rarely, I find a website that keeps me coming back regularly to visit –  Deliciously Ella turned out to be of those sites. When I found out that Ella was releasing a cook book I was so excited, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Ella’s book, Deliciously Ella, contains healthy recipes that are all plant-based and gluten-free!

Ella Woodward has a very inspirational story about how she got started down a path of healthier eating and living. She did not grow up eating a plant-based and gluten-free diet, in fact she was a self-professed sugar monster and fruit and vegetable hater. However, when she was just 19 she was diagnosed with a rare illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which effected her autonomic nervous system and plagued her with pain. She ended up being bedridden 95 percent of the time, and drugs and steroids were not helping her. After doing some research, she came across some people who had healed their conditions with food, and she was inspired to give it a try. She immediately gave up her old eating habits and started a whole-foods, plant-based diet, which meant giving up meat, sugar, dairy, gluten, and all processed foods. Amazing, while making this change Ella slowly started to feel better, and after 2 years she was off of all her medications and was symptom free! Talk about a success story!

I have recently changed my diet in a similar way to try to help with my own chronic health issues; stories like Ella’s inspire me to keep it up, and cook books like Ella’s help me to enjoy the transition. I’ve tried many recipes from her website and loved them, so I can’t wait to start trying out recipes from her book! Check back on this post often throughout the month as it will be filled with pictures and reviews of the recipes that I try!

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Medjool Dates

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WHAT ARE MEDJOOL DATES?

Dates are a fruit from the date palm. Medjool Dates, AKA the “King of Dates” are a soft, large variation of date that are sweet with a caramel-like flavour. They’ve traditionally been grown in North Africa and the Middle East, but are now grown in North America, specifically California.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Most people enjoy Medjool dates because they satisfy your sweet tooth while also being good for you. In moderation of course, because these sweet little morsels do have a high natural sugar content. Here are some of the nutrients and health benefits linked to Medjool dates:

  • Easy to digest – which means its nutrients are easier for your body to absorb
  • High in fibre – Specifically soluble fibre, which helps to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, also softens stool 🙂
  • Source of copper – An essential trace metal in your body. Aids in the absorption and use of iron, maintains normal brain and red blood cell function
  • Selenium – Helps immune functioning, linked to cancer prevention and contains 23 types of amino acids
  • Vitamin B6– 6% of the suggested daily intake with just 2 dates
  • High in Potassium – Potassium helps to maintain heart rate and blood pressure. Bite for bite you’re getting 3X the amount of potassium with a date vs. a banana!

Medjool dates have been linked to several other health benefits, Google away and you can find additional sources and information.

If you’re interested in purchasing Medjool dates, you can find them at most supermarkets. Our local Whole Foods sells small containers of organic dates in their prepackaged section. That’s where I bought the dates I used in this Rawnola Recipe.  If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you, we’ve also purchased Natural Delights dates from other supermarkets. They have a store locator on their website that shows where you can pick up these little bites of heaven!

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Careful, there’s a seed in there!

 

PETIT VOUR MARCH 2015 BOX REVIEW

Petit Vour Box March 2015

Another month over and another Petit Vour box to review! Last month’s subscription box was good, but this one was way better. I’m excited to share my thoughts on April’s all-natural and cruelty free products!

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