I wanted to make a fun and not-so-naughty holiday cocktail and went with a twist on a margarita for our Christmas party. A hibiscus margarita is one of my favorites and I usually make them with hibiscus tea sweetened with honey, lime juice and tequila, with a dash of orange bitters. For the holiday version,… Read More Bottoms Up: Cocktails with Good-For-You Ingredients
I love using kitchen ingredients as personal care and beauty products—corn starch as dry shampoo, diluted apple cider vinegar as a facial toner or hair conditioner, coconut oil as a moisturizer or makeup remover, coffee combined with honey for a face scrub. In the kitchen, I use honey as a healthier alternative to sugar; in the bathroom, I use the coffee and honey scrub every week or… Read More The Best Lip Balms: Honey-Based Goodness
My love for the great outdoors is deep and eternal, but the threat of bug bites is a constant and nagging concern. I’ve tried a lot of the DEET-free insect repellents on the market and found many to be effective, including non-toxic and better-for-you bug sprays made by Badger and All Terrain. Most natural insect repellents use essential oils I already have, so I started experimenting with… Read More DIY Natural Bug Repellent Spray
Two recent conversations inspired this post: hearing about a family member who suffered from dehydration after a long day in the sun without adequate fluids, and a friend who has been bothered by a recurring cold since she started working in a new office. To both I say, “Drink up!” In addition to eating clean,… Read More Drink Up: Daily Tonics and Teas for Good Health
13 tips for staying healthy at the office, both physically and mentally.… Read More 13 Tips for Staying Healthy at the Office—Physically and Mentally
Organic chocolate three ways, sampled from Natural Products Expo West last week: An organic chocolate bar made with quinoa from Alter Eco. Hot chocolate from CaCoCo that’s made simply with raw dark chocolate and water. Lip balm from Eco Lips and Dagoba Organic Chocolate. (I love Roseberry.) Mmmm.
I make soups with roasted vegetables often — just a roasted vegetable blended with vegetable stock — but I also like the idea of adding one extra ingredient to give it some zing. Here, I added pignoli nuts (pine nuts) to asparagus. Ingredients: 1 bunch of asparagus 3 Tbsp. pine nuts 2 cups vegetable stock… Read More Soup Recipe: Roasted Asparagus and Pine Nuts