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Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Clean Eating, Recipes | 1 comment

Organic Grain-Free Granola Bar Recipe

As I limit the number of additives in my food, I have actually expanded my go-to meals and snacks. My homemade granola recipes have evolved… I first started making granola with Organic Steel-cut oats, then I switched to Bob’s Organic Gluten-Free Oats (which just means it is not processed on machines that also process gluten) and recently, I switched to grain-free granola and found this AMAZING recipe for grain-free granola bars! Once you start making these, you won’t want to buy those store bought ones ever again! And before you stop reading, I promise- these are EASY to make and so tasty! Plus, once you buy the (quality) ingredients, you will have them on hand to make these granola bars again and again. And, you can use the ingredients separately in other recipes. Even if you you do not have any gluten-sensitives, it is nice to have a grain-free option that is not only easy to make, but actually is delicious. Grain-Free Granola Bar Recipe via Joyful Abode: Ingredients:...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Clean Eating, Recipes | 1 comment

Healthy Pulled Pork Recipe With Homemade Dry Rub, BBQ Sauce and No Mayo Coleslaw Recipes

Until recently, I was not a huge meat eater, but am finding I want to mix up the foods I eat. And who doesn’t love pulled pork?! I found some organic, pork shoulder (bone-in) for $3.99/lb at Whole Foods. I got a small slab and brought it home to cook in my crock pot. My previous recipes have always had me cooking it in BBQ sauce or chicken stock. I wanted to making it with a dry rub this time. I also wanted to make my own BBQ sauce… So, I found recipes for homemade dry rub, BBQ sauce and some no mayo (non-dairy) coleslaw. Yum. First, the Dry Rub Recipe via Whole Lifestyle Nutrition: Ingredients: 1 tbsp unrefined sea salt (I use Himalayan Pink salt) 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp onion flakes 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1/4 cup organic cane sugar, coconut sugar or rapunzel sugar (I used organic coconut sugar) 1/4 cup paprika Instructions...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Health & Nutrition, Products | 0 comments

Plastic Alternatives. Avoid BPA. Eco-Friendly Products

As I continue to eradicate my life of plastic, I have found some great alternatives. My first plastic-free finds were glass bottles with silicon sleeves. I ordered a case of Aquasana. Got 6 bottles + caps and also got the 6 pack of colored silicon sleeves with matching tops. Which is great because each person can pick a color and that will be theirs! Lifefactory makes some too. I prefer the ones where you drink directly from the glass, so I choose the screw-off top versions. I also got a glass travel coffee mug. I love it. Unfortunately, it is sold out right now, but worth the wait. Hopefully it comes back. I checked their website and it isn’t on there either. And I just found this awesome Glass Tea Tumbler, I haven’t purchased it yet but I am a fan. Why? No plastic tea strainer. I do have a glass one currently but the tea basket does have some plastic surrounding the mesh. If I am pouring boiling...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Health & Nutrition, Products | 1 comment

Buying Sunscreen: How To Pick The Best Sunscreen.

About 3 years ago, one of my friends made the comment, “You’d be surprised by the ingredients that are in beauty products”… Well, I must admit, I didn’t look into it… until now. An interesting point that I found in my research is from the 1960s through the mid 1980s, the regulation of health, safety and environmental risks was generally stricter in the United States than in Europe. Since the mid 1980s, the obverse has often been the case: a wide array of European consumer and environmental regulations, including those governing GMOs, are now more restrictive than in the United States. In a number of important respects, European regulatory politics and policies over the last fifteen years resemble those of the United States between the late 1960s and the mid 1980s. They are often politicized, highly contentious and characterized by a suspicion of science and a mistrust of both government and industry. By contrast, the US regulation of GMOs resembles the European regulatory style of the 1970s: regulators have...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Organic Farming Threat: Gentically Modified (GMO) Alpha Crops

  Ok. I hadn’t yet dedicated a post to GMOs, as the topic is so complex and is among one of the most controversial issues in our modern society. Recently, I have learned more about another negative impact of GMOs and I wanted to just report how this news can affect organic farmers and thus, the organic agricultural system . The more I read, the more infuriated I became… but before I tell you about it, let’s do a brief (well, the topic is so expansive but I will try) overview on GMOs. First, what does GMO stand for? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOs are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. In essence, it is taking one (or...

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