Who is Mama?
Mama believes in fresh, organic, local/in season, unprocessed plant-based food. A Culinarian with cooking school, restaurant and catering backgrounds, she is a certified Ayurvedic Nutrition Therapist and co-author of Yoga for Cancer: Esoteric, Yogic and Dietary Remedies. She also completed Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Plant Based Nutrition Course at eCornell University. Carissa believes we are healthier both short- and long-term because of the addition of more and more unprocessed and unadulterated plant-based foods into our diet. Through this blog, she shares information with other parents on how to create a disease-free, healthy life by adding more raw fruits and vegetables into their family’s diets. She has been a panelist on Huffington Post Live and contributed to PETA, RawMom, and more. She also recently won the #FOKFamily contest with her Chickpea and Sweet Potato Tagine recipe. She also blogs about homeschooling and her attached family in The Cardinal House.
What is the Soap Shop?
After years of battling hand eczema, Carissa began to create her own non-toxic and environmentally friendly soaps. She discovered that high olive oil content Castile Soaps are the mildest and gentlest on the skin. Today, Mama in the Kitchen soaps are based on the premise of simplicity and purity:
- the less ingredients, the better. There are no preservatives, parabens, SLS, SLES, unnatural colors, or unsustainable palm oil.
- soaps are handcrafted in small batches to ensure the highest quality. They are cured for a couple of months to ensure gentleness.
- the scents are mild and not overpowering. Quality essential oils are used over fragrance oils when economical. When fragrance oils are used, they do not contain parabens.
- no animal fats are used. Her soaps are therefore vegan and/or vegetarian friendly.
You can purchase her creations from the Mama in the Kitchen Soap Shop.
What does Mama blog about?
Mama in the Kitchen’s blog is about A FAMILY: a Son with multiple allergies that have slowly disappeared through the years, an athlete Dad, and a homeschool Mama, who have created a Health Concious Family. Today, we proactively choose health. We make time to de-stress, to enjoy each other’s company, to exercise (all 3 of us are ranked indoor rowers) and most importantly, we choose to eat foods that are as organic, as in-season, as unprocessed and as freshly prepared as possible. If there is a treat on their table like Mama’s donut holes, spinach chips and green sundaes, rest assured that they are all freshly prepared, kid- and family-approved, nutritious and plant-based. What’s more, they don’t take more than 30 minutes of active ‘work’ and they truly are so healthy you will have no qualms serving them even for breakfast!
Mama in the Kitchen includes our family’s dietary adventures and choices, how this Mama gets her boys to eat more unprocessed plant-based foods and how this Mama pampers herself! There are many well-researched posts and tips on how the a plant-based diet affects a family’s health. There are also raw and cooked plant-based family recipes that are quick (under 10 ingredients and 30 minutes of active work – otherwise, I have no time for them myself) and easy to follow (not complicated) for parents who don’t have much time and yet want healthy fare for the family.
Speaking of pampering Mama, Mama in the Kitchen also contains numerous reviews on cosmetic products, and more recently, recipes on how to make your own handmade and natural soaps and various toiletries. Do stop by and shop in the Mama in the Kitchen Soap Shop too!
Hope you stay and enjoy looking around!