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Champagne and Orange: Mimosa Soaps

29 Aug

Are you ready for Brunch? These Mimosa soap treats are a perfect blend of Champagne and Orange.

IMG_7682007IMG_7676005Recipe:

  • 100% olive oil
  • Champagne, flat (boil off the alcohol first, otherwise your batch may rice or seize) and frozen
  • lye (NaOH)

At trace, add

Pour into molds. Unmold after 24 – 48 hours. Cure for 4 – 6 months. Wrap them up so they look like mini Champagne bottles.

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DIY Raw Anti-Aging Face Mask and Moisturizer

6 Sep

DIY Face Mask

This Face Mask is so delicious… I was eating it before, during and after applying it on my face! I adapted PeggyKotsopoulos’ Anti-Aging Homemade Natural Skin Face Mask recipe into a Raw Vegan one.

Simple Face Mask Ingredients

Raw Vegan Face Mask

Puree all together:

  • 1 banana (potassium revitalizes the skin)
  • 1 avocado (for vitamins A and E to soften the skin)
  • 1/2 orange, juiced (vitamin C)
  • 1 big spoonful raw almond butter (more vitamin E and protects skin from pollutants)
  • 1 big spoonful raw honey (for blemishes and zits, and anti-aging properties) (if you don’t use honey, try olive oil or a few drops of sea buckthorn oil instead)

Step 1: Apply generously to your face. Leave it on for 10 – 20 minutes. It will begin feeling firm and tight.

Step 2: Wipe off. My face felt kind of ‘matte’. Then rinse.

Step 3: Apply just enough DIY Anti-Aging Moisturizer and feel your face loving it. Notice my cheeks are a little rosy and glowing.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer

In a small tub, mix together:

Peggy’s book Must Have Been Something I Ate also contains other very easy and simple homemade beauty products, suck as natural skin exfoliators, toners, lip balm, lip gloss, body moisturizer, cellulite treatment, acne zapper, age-spot remover, teeth whitener and breath freshener.

Step 4: Allow your face to soak it all in.

I was surprised that extra-virgin olive oil is not at all greasy. The skin soaks it all in and my skin feels wonderful!

Raw Orange Soda Pop

6 Apr

I got an e-mail a few days ago from Stacey asking for help because she wants her husband to eat better.  One line struck me in her e-mail: “The only fruit he will eat are oranges.” So, Stacey, here is a drink for your husband.

And for all you Mamas out there who are struggling to feed family attached to their corn syrup filled and artificially flavoured soda, try this one!  This is a wonderfully nutritious alternative to Fanta, Sunkist or even the Airborne Effervescence!  One glass of orange juice has more protective properties than a vitamin C pill!

 

A Glass of Raw Orange 'Soda Pop'

Add:

1/4 tsp aluminum free baking soda (not raw, but it adds fizz)

to:

2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice

Enjoy immediately.

Creamy Spinach ‘n Orange Juice

26 Feb

Everyone seems sick around us and this is just the thing to boost our immune system: full of vitamin C and B! Similar to our Grapefruit Cilantro Juice, this is delicious!

Process in a juicer (or you can also juice the oranges, place in a high speed blender with spinach – but this way your juice won’t be creamy):

a few big handfuls of spinach, depending on taste
5-7 peeled naval oranges

Enjoy the creaminess of your awesome boost of vitamin C!

Our Green Valentine’s Day Sundae

13 Feb

 

Our Green Valentine’s Day Sundae

Who can resist this for breakfast or dessert?  My son wanted his Banana Lollipops today, but when he saw me preparing this, he changed his mind.

We all love this.

Happy Valentine’s To You!

For The Green Pudding, puree in blender together:

2 bananas

2 avocados

1 big naval orange

Place in sundae glasses.

Sprinkle top with ground flax seeds.

Top with Cacao Syrup, mix together:

2 tbspns raw cacao powder (or carob)

4 tbspns raw local honey

Sprinkle top with raw cacao nibs.

Serve and Enjoy!

Fennel and Orange Salad

22 Apr

I just bought the book Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with more than 200 recipes for a healthy and sustainable you.  With a title like that, of course it jumped out at me.  Alice Waters’ recommendation was: “Clean Food is a must-have for any advocate of good, clean, and fair.”  Mario Batali says: “Clean Food is the most exciting book based on fresh produce and simple recipes I have used in years. 
Well, I just had to have it. 
The book is divided into seasons and the recipes are easy and created with nutrition in mind.  The author uses more tofu and canola oil than I would like, but these are easy to substitute.  Recipes do not use dairy, eggs and wheat.  Cream is also created from cashews, which is very much a raw foods method.  The 2 Spring recipes I have so far tried are the Carrot Raisin Salad and the Fennel and Orange Salad.  I tweaked both recipes and the latter was a success with our son.  This salad is full of vitamin C.
Mix together in a bowl:
4 navel oranges, segment, reserving any juices from segmenting and from the cut skins
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced, cover with boiling water for 30 seconds, drain well
1 fennel bulb, cored and sliced thinly
a bunch fresh mint leaves, chopped
Mix together in another bowl:
1 tsp ground coriander
all the reserved orange juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt or more for taste
3 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
Mix the dressing into the vegetables.