HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Sun, 05 Jul 2015 14:54:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Knotted, Twisted, Tied: 13 Chic Ways To Wear a Scarf in Your Hair http://hellonatural.co/13-chic-ways-to-wear-a-scarf-in-your-hair/ http://hellonatural.co/13-chic-ways-to-wear-a-scarf-in-your-hair/#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52546 Now that the heat is becoming unbearable, we’re thinking more and more about simple, quick hairstyles to beat the sun. Scarves are our friends – not only can they make a hairstyle fun and colorful, but they also offer much needed sun protection. So take out those pretty silky pieces, and let’s see what we can do with them.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair1. How to Style a Turban Scarf by Hello Natural. This tutorial uses a small scarf to hold onto any hair length. What are you waiting for?

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair2. Retro Rolled Updo by The Clothes Horse. A perfect combination of a retro rolled up updo and the pretty bow scarves of vintage divas.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair3. Wire Bow DIY by Skunkboy Blog. Turn an old scarf into a wire bow for extra structure. Use it freely in your bun or ponytail!

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair4. Faux Updo Tutorial by Keiko Lynn. Pretend you have long, luscious locks even when you don’t, by covering up with a beautiful scarf.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair5. Plaid Bun by Hello Natural. Use a thin scarf to completely change the look of your everyday bun. Instant color with no dye!

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair6. Half Knot Hippie Wrap by Svetlana Hillkovich. You’ve probably already worn a hippie scarf before, so why not give new life to an old style?

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair7. Maiden Braid by Scarves. If maiden braids are your favorite, upgrade the classic style with a colorful scarf. Your hair will look more voluminous too!

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair8. Turn a Vintage Scarf Into a Headband by Hands Occupied. You don’t have to cut your precious silk scarf to get a headband – just twist and turn like this tutorial shows.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair9. Beach Waves Scarf Tutorial by Ducklings in a Row. The perfect hairstyle for the beach, which goes perfectly with a pina colada!

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair10. Knotted Bun Fun by Paper & Stitch. Tie your hair in a top bun on one side and wrap it in a scarf for this fun summer hairstyle.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair11. Classic 1950s Headscarf by Into The Woods. Make all your 1950s dreams come true with this easy tutorial that uses a square scarf.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair12. DIY Turban by Honestly WTF. Make a chic turban out of a scarf to keep your hair off your neck and the sun out of your scalp.

Hair Round Up - 13 Ways How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair13. The Head Sscarf by Local Milk. The same scarf you use for covering your shoulders in the evening can be used on your head when the sun is too bright. Perfect for traveling!

Make sure to read up on how to tie a scarf, too!

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14 Ways to Make Your Own Healthy Summer Desserts http://hellonatural.co/14-healthy-frozen-fruit-recipes-for-summer/ http://hellonatural.co/14-healthy-frozen-fruit-recipes-for-summer/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52479 There is nothing, nothing like frozen desserts in summer. Sure, fruits may be refreshing, but don’t they seem more like a treat when they’re ice cold? We’re big fans of popsicles, ice cream, granita, slush, and froyo around here, and we can’t imagine getting through the hot season without them. If you’re on the same page, here are 14 ways to make your own summer treats from healthy frozen fruit recipes:

Strawberry Mint Sorbet

Strawberry Mint Sorbet

The sweetness of strawberries with the freshness of mint make a fantastic frozen dessert for any day of the week.

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Coconut milk smoothie popsicles

Coconut milk smoothie popsicles

Make healthy smoothies more of a treat for the kids by turning them into popsicles.

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Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream

If it's good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow, then it must be really good! Plus it only has a handful of ingredients.

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Salted caramel coconut ice cream

Salted caramel coconut ice cream

This decadent ice cream is made with coconut milk and topped with chocolate sauce and coconut flakes.

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Cherry Raspberry Lime Cocktail Pops

Cherry Raspberry Lime Cocktail Pops

A grownup treat, these cocktail popsicles are easy to customize and definitely delicious.

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Cucumber Watermelon Slush

Cucumber Watermelon Slush

With two of the most hydrating fruits as ingredients, this slush couldn't be more refreshing!

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Peach Honey Frozen Yogurt Bites

Peach Honey Frozen Yogurt Bites

What's better than bite-sized froyo? One that only takes 3 ingredients to make!

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Watermelon Lime Hibiscus Ice Pops

Watermelon Lime Hibiscus Ice Pops

These ice pops are packed with vitamin C, and have all the hydrating qualities of watermelon.

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Dairy free blueberry chocolate chunk ice cream

Dairy free blueberry chocolate chunk ice cream

You don't need dairy to make the best ice cream ever - coconut milk is your secret weapon!

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Strawberry lime sorbet

Strawberry lime sorbet

You don't need an ice cream maker for this sorbet - just frozen strawberries, lime juice, and maple syrup!

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Hazelnut affogato

Hazelnut affogato

A dessert like no other, this hazelnut ice cream is topped with hot espresso and Frangelico.

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Red, White & Blue Granita

Red, White & Blue Granita

This is our go-to dessert for the 4th of July, but it's delicious on any summer day.

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Strawberry prosecco granita

Strawberry prosecco granita

With strawberries and prosecco, this granita recipe is perfect for romantic occasions like summer star gazing.

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Cucumber basil spa pops

Cucumber basil spa pops

Best served by the pool, these cucumber basil popsicles are refreshing and so tasty.

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Red, White + Blue Granita Recipe http://hellonatural.co/red-white-and-blue-granita-recipe/ http://hellonatural.co/red-white-and-blue-granita-recipe/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=33396 Red White + Blue Granita | Henry HappenedWhat can I say? I’m a sucker for any fruity, icy summer treat. We’re big fans of granita at our house. And of all the frozen desserts, granita is one of the easiest to make. This homemade granita recipe is really three in one – strawberry, coconut-lime and blueberry festively layered in a pretty dessert cup. With 4th of July just around the corner, this is a fun dessert to celebrate with.

Red White and Blue Granita Recipe | Henry HappenedAnd granita could not be easier to make. Puree the ingredients, pour into a shallow pan, freeze, and in a few hours you’ve got granita! This recipe is a little more fruit-heavy than others, so the granita is a little more like sorbet. If you prefer an icier granita, use half the fruit and add more water and simple syrup.

Red, White + Blue Granita Recipe | Hello Natural
Red White and Blue Granita Recipe | Henry Happened

Red, White and Blue Granita
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12-16
 
A fun, colorful 4th of July dessert made with layers of fruity granita. Gluten-free and vegan.
Ingredients
Simple Syrup:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
Strawberry Granita:
  • 16 ounces fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
Blueberry Granita:
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Coconut Lime Granita:
  • 14 ounces light coconut milk
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
Instructions
Simple syrup
  1. Stir sugar and water together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Makes 3½ cups of syrup.
Strawberry Granita
  1. Place all ingredient into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a freezer safe pan and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. When ready to serve, scrape a fork across the surface to create shavings.
Blueberry Granita
  1. Place all ingredient into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a freezer safe pan and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. When ready to serve, scrape a fork across the surface to create shavings.
Coconut Lime Granita
  1. Place all ingredient into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a freezer safe pan and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. When ready to serve, scrape a fork across the surface to create shavings.
To assemble
  1. Layer the granita in small dessert cups and serve immediately. To prepare ahead, layer in freezer-safe cups and freeze until ready to serve.

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No Fail Plan: How to Give Up Dairy (+ Not Miss It) http://hellonatural.co/no-fail-plan-how-to-give-up-dairy-not-miss-it/ http://hellonatural.co/no-fail-plan-how-to-give-up-dairy-not-miss-it/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52478 I have a friend who has been lactose intolerant forever. In the 15 years I’ve known her, every time I’ve seen her ask questions about a menu, turn down ice cream or complain of an accidental dairy disaster, I’ve thought, “Ugh, I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t eat dairy.” I always figured that since I had no obvious problem digesting it, that meant I had the green light to eat ice cream, yogurt and cheese until the cows came home, so to speak.

dairy-free-blueberry-chocolate-chunk-ice-creamSo, imagine my surprise when—after hearing about my year-plus of unbearable bouts of PMS, painful periods, and inexplicable fatigue—my naturopath prescribed going off of not just gluten (which I was prepared for), but most dairy products as well (which I was so not prepared for). If it’s possible to grieve for cheese, I definitely did; I left that appointment feeling like I was being punished rather than helped. But, thanks to a previous stint in veganism, my lactose-intolerant friend, a whole lot of Pinterest-ing, and an open mind, I got creative and tried to look at this as a new adventure. And it turns out that getting dairy out of my diet was one of the best things I ever did—for my health, energy levels, digestion and skin. Here are some tips from my experience on how to give up dairy, whether it’s because of an allergy, or it’s simply to lose weight or feel better.

Should You Give Up Dairy?

Everyone’s different, so of course going dairy-free isn’t a cure-all. But you may want to consider giving it up if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Digestive issues and bloating
  • Bad PMS
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Acne, especially cystic acne or breakouts around your mouth and chin
  • Weight gain, or inability to lose weight
  • Chronic sinus infections, congestion and colds

Do a Two-Week Trial

Try living without dairy for two weeks and seeing how you feel, then gradually re-introduce it. If you notice a difference, try going without for a month, and so on. It gets easier the longer you avoid dairy, so you may find yourself not craving it anymore.

Tips For Going Dairy-Free

Here are a few a-ha moments, tips and coping mechanisms I’ve experienced:

1. Do Your Research

In the age of Pinterest and food blogs, this is the easiest part. You can find delicious non-dairy recipes in no time. Obviously Hello Natural is a good source; we also love Oh My Veggies, The Awesome Green and Connoisseurus Veg.

2. Replace Flavors and Textures, Not Foods

This is something that took me months to figure out. I want cheese all. the. time. And I finally realized that I was really craving was the umami flavor. So, what else has an umami flavor to it? Nutritional yeast, hummus, mushrooms, cured meats and fermented foods. Voila—craving crisis averted. If you get your umami fix from other sources, you may not rely on cheese as much for it. Same with creaminess: if you always put sour cream on tacos because you love the texture, try avocados instead. If ice cream is your weakness, a creamy but healthy smoothie can hit the spot. This vegan blueberry-chocolate ice cream (pictured above) is tops too!

3. Figure Out Your Limits

Depending on what’s going on with your body, your limits might be different. Some people can’t digest lactose (the sugar found in dairy), and some people are allergic or sensitive to casein (the protein in dairy). Some people are actually allergic to milk. A doctor, nutritionist, or naturopath can help you get to the bottom of what’s happening, and you can make choices from there. For me, casein was triggering an autoimmune condition I didn’t know I had; I can still “technically” have cream and butter, which contain only traces of casein, so I bend the rules there a bit. But cheese, milk, ice cream and yogurt? Off-limits. Some people do okay with non-cow cheeses like chèvre, manchego, or buffalo mozzarella. A lot of this is trial and error—and make sure to check with a health practitioner if you suspect you have an actual allergy or a more serious dairy intolerance.

4. Keep a Food Diary

By putting in writing what you eat and how it makes you feel, you can learn all sorts of things about yourself and become better at figuring out your own food issues. It’s like being a food detective! Try it out with our downloadable food journal template for a few days, and see what you learn.

5. Talk Yourself Out of Cravings

There are times where I think I’d give my right arm for a piece of cheese pizza or some nachos—mostly when I see other people eating it. Sometimes you just have to reason with yourself. You can have that pizza or nachos if you want. However, you’re choosing not to because your body doesn’t like it. There’s something else you can have instead, and it will be just as satisfying and not make you feel bad later. Nachos are fleeting; feeling healthy and having better skin is priceless.

6. Use Dairy Replacements With Caution

We’re fortunate to live in a vegan-friendly world where non-dairy options abound: coconut ice cream, almond milk, dark chocolate, soy creamer, non-dairy buttery spread…the list goes on and on. Many of them are healthier options than dairy, but just remember that a lot of these foods are processed and contain preservatives, often more so than dairy. If you’re using soy cream cheese, almond creamer, coconut yogurt, and rice milk ice cream every single day, that could come with its own set of issues. A lot of women who have hormonal issues are also discouraged from eating soy, since it can affect estrogen levels and metabolism…some of the same issues you were giving up dairy to solve. Commercial soy products often contain GMO soy, too. Many nondairy substitutes can be made at home, though, including nut milks and cashew cheese.

7. Choose Your Battles

I still break the rules occasionally. A couple weeks ago, in fact, I ate a few bites of pimento cheese, mac and cheese, and banana cream pie from my friends’ plates at an amazing Southern restaurant during my birthday dinner. That was overdoing it, and before I even got home I felt nauseous and could totally feel a zit forming under my skin. It was a special occasion though, so I made my peace with the decision.

If you absolutely can’t live without cream in your coffee, try giving up all dairy except for that, and only buy high-quality, organic cream. If a trip to Dairy Queen with the kids is a summer road-trip tradition, by all means have a Dilly Bar if you want one. The dairy police aren’t going to arrest you! Just keep tabs on how you feel, and when it’s worth cheating.

8. Make Sure You’re Getting Probiotics

If you’ve depended on yogurt for probiotics, you’ll want to seek out another source like kombucha, supplements, cultured veggies, or coconut water kefir.

9. Learn How to Navigate Menus

Don’t be shy about politely asking for items sans cheese, sour cream, or butter. Most restaurants will be happy to help you find non-dairy options, or to let you customize a menu item. Try vegan or Paleo-friendly places; Asian and Latin-American cuisines are especially easy to find dairy-free options.

I’m sure my issues didn’t stem completely from dairy, but I know giving it up has helped a ton. My skin—which was kinda-sorta fine with the exception of an epic breakout like clockwork right before my period—stabilized and cleared itself up within a couple weeks. (Now when I do get a breakout, it’s totally manageable and goes away on its own within a day or two.) My digestion and energy levels are much better, and my periods are more predictable and no longer life-interrupting. Plus, I lost a few pounds, which is always a bonus. Believe me, I still want cheese pretty much every day. But I want to feel better even more!

Ready to give up dairy? Try these alternatives!

Dairy Free Sour Cream

Dairy Free Sour Cream

Top your tacos, nachos, and enchiladas with The Honour System cashew-based vegan sour cream. It’s creamy, tart, and preservative free!

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Edamame milk

Edamame milk

100% natural and preservative-free, edamame milk (via Daily Cooking Quest), is an excellent source of protein with Indonesian flair.

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Whipped Coconut Cream

Whipped Coconut Cream

Light, fluffy, and ever so sweet, The Healthy Foodie’s whipped coconut cream tastes as creamy and delicious as the original.

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Vegan feta cheese

Vegan feta cheese

With almost zero fat and 100% cholesterol-free, vegan tofu feta cheese (via Minimal Eats) will be your go-to, dairy-free salad topper.

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Blue-Green Spirulina Milk

Blue-Green Spirulina Milk

Nutrient-dense blue-green spirulina milk (via Nutrition Stripped) may just be the perfect plant-based protein. Subtly sweet, creamy, and cool, this nutritious algae and nut beverage is a fantastic dairy alternative.

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Vegan nacho cheese

Vegan nacho cheese

What do you call cheese that’s not yours and is non-dairy? nacho vegan cheese! Our Four Forks version is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

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Caramel iced coffee frappe

Caramel iced coffee frappe

You don't need dairy to serve your favorite, sinful-tasting frappe. This Hello Natural recipe can be done in under 10 minutes!

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Almond Milk

Almond Milk

A Food Centric Life’s homemade raw almond milk is as versatile as it is tasty. Use it in your morning smoothies, over cereal, with your coffee, or alongside a cookie.

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Raw Probiotic Cashew Yogurt

Raw Probiotic Cashew Yogurt

Wallflower Girl explains how to make your own protein-rich raw probiotic cashew yogurt without fancy equipment and ingredients. It’s raw, vegan, gluten free, and completely scrumptious.

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Nutritional Yeast “Cheese” Sauce

Nutritional Yeast “Cheese” Sauce

Keep your favorite comfort food, mac n’ cheese, while ditching the dairy. Our Fresh Kitchen’s nutritional yeast “cheese” sauce offers a creamy, vegan alternative.

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Nut Milk - 4 Ways

Nut Milk - 4 Ways

Hazelnuts, almonds, pecans and vanilla bean, Veggie’s by Candelight has a nut milk recipe for everyone.

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Coconut coffee ice cream

Coconut coffee ice cream

Dive into dessert without the fear of a tummy ache. Coconut coffee ice cream (via Baked by Rachel) is so rich, creamy, and sweet you’ll never miss the cow’s milk. Top with whipped coconut cream for the ultimate dairy-free sundae.

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Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese

Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese

Cover your bagel with vegan garlic herb avocado cashew cream cheese (via Healthy Slow Cooking) morning, noon, or night. This savory cream cheese base is easily adaptable to most any of your favorite flavors (think olives, walnuts, or agave!).

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5 DIY Ways To Protect Your Hair from Sun, Heat + Humidity http://hellonatural.co/how-to-protect-your-hair-from-sun-heat-humidity-with-diy-sprays/ http://hellonatural.co/how-to-protect-your-hair-from-sun-heat-humidity-with-diy-sprays/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=51614 Long hours in the summer sun and heat can wreak havoc on your hair. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays, lots of sweat and humidity, and chlorinated pools or the salty ocean can dry out and damage hair. Whether you’re hitting the pool, the beach or just the backyard, use these homemade hair sprays to keep your locks healthy and strong. Here’s how to protect your hair from sun, chlorine, salt water and sweat.

5 DIY Hair Sprays for Summer1. Protect with SPF and Rosemary

If you don’t have a hair product that contains sunscreen it’s easy to make your own. Adding rosemary oil stimulates hair follicles and encourages hair growth while strengthening hair at the root. Use a clarifying shampoo afterward to get rid of buildup.

  • Water
  • SPF 25 sunscreen
  • 3-4 drops rosemary oil

Dilute two teaspoons of SPF 25 sunscreen in a cup of water – I use homemade coconut oil zinc oxide sunscreen; since the oil and water don’t mix, you will need to shake well before each use. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz on hair before going out into the sun or getting into the pool to protect your color and shine.

2. De-Frizz with Aloe and Argan Oil

When strands are already dried out from sun and chlorine, humidity can create a fluffy, frizzy mess. Your hair hero: aloe! Its polysaccharides restore moisture to hair to seal out humidity and add shine. For extra frizz-fighting power, reach for argan oil, which hydrates hair without making locks greasy.

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons aloe
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin

Mix ingredients together in a large measuring cup and pour into spray bottle.

3. Add Texture with Coconut and Salt

Sea sprays are always popular in summer and it could not be easier to make your own. Sea salt is great for oily hair as it naturally pulls out oil and moisture. To counteract the drying effects of the salt, add a small amount of oil to condition the hair. Coconut oil’s lauric acid (which is similar to the proteins in natural hair) deeply penetrates the hair shaft.

  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

4. Lighten with Lemon and Chamomile

Harsh UV rays can cause highlights to fade and leave hair color looking dull, but you can get the sun to work for you by applying a lemon-infused spray before heading outside. Lemon’s citric acid heats up in the sun, opening the hair cuticle to lift out pigment and deliver natural-looking golden highlights. (Just be careful to not overuse this spray – the high acid content can dry out hair.) To really lighten, add chamomile, which contains a plant compound that helps brighten hair.

  • 2 cups water
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons almond oil
  • 10 drops chamomile essential oil

Combine ingredients and mix well. Transfer to spray bottle and shake thoroughly before each use.

5. Condition with Coconut Milk

Coconut milk’s high fat content, proteins, and vitamin E nourish hair from roots to ends, helping restore thinning hair, split ends and dry, damaged hair. It also works as a conditioner and de-tangler while improving hair growth.

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (can also use coconut, argan or jojoba)
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Recycle Your T-Shirt into a No-Sew Reusable Grocery Bag http://hellonatural.co/recycle-your-t-shirt-into-a-no-sew-reusable-grocery-bag/ http://hellonatural.co/recycle-your-t-shirt-into-a-no-sew-reusable-grocery-bag/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52036 One can’t ever have too many market totes. We use ours for everything from trips to the super market and hardware store, to sojourns to the pool. I also give them away to friends if I send them home with leftovers or other items that need to be bagged up. I’m always happy to do so, because I know they’ll reuse it, but that does mean I’ll be down a bag. You can usually find an inexpensive reusable grocery bag at the grocery, and that’s usually where I replenish my stock, but these bags all seem to lack the “cute factor.” Since “cute” is of utmost importance at my house, I was ever so happy to come across this recycled tote tutorial. Best of all…it requires NO sewing!

Recycled T-shirt Market Tote

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagHere’s how we made ours:

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagSupplies Needed

  • Old t-shirt
  • Scissors

Tips on choosing a t-shirt: If you want a deep bag, choose a longer T. Keep an eye on the quality; shirts that have worn thin might not be substantial enough to hold produce and the like. If you like longer handles, choose a T with large/wide armholes in a big size. You can also achieve this with a smaller size shirt by extending the cuts far beyond the lines where the sleeves attach to the shirt.

Step 1: Lay the t-shirt out on a flat work surface and try to flatten as many wrinkles as possible before you start to cut anything.

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagStep 2: Cut the arms off the t-shirt by cutting through both the front and back sides.

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagStep 3: Cut around the neck opening on the t-shirt so the opening is now even on both sides. Trim the hem of the shirt if it is scalloped so that it is one straight, even line.

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagStep 4: Cut slits into the bottom of the t-shirt. Cut them so they are approximately 1″ wide and 3″ to 4″ long. I used the length of my scissor blades as a guide. Be sure to cut slits into the edges along the sides as well, and separate the front slit from the back.

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagStep 5: Turn the t-shirt inside out and begin to tie the strips together. Tie one strip from the front of the t-shirt to the corresponding strip directly on the back of the t-shirt. Continue down the line until each strip has been knotted. (If you happen to be cutting up an old rocker T, you might want the fringe on the bottom to show, if so, don’t worry about turning the shirt inside out!)

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagStep 6: The previous step “closed” off the bottom of the bag, but if you were to turn it inside out again you would find tiny holes at the bottom of the bag between each tied strip. We’re going to close off these holes by tying one tied strip to the tied strip right next to it. Pull the knot tight to secure.

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagStep 7: Turn the bag right side out so the fringed pieces are hidden away inside the bottom of the bag. The bottom should now look like the photo below:

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery BagThere you have it, your very own recycled t-shirt market tote!

Recycle Your T-Shirt into a Reusable Grocery Bag

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23 Red, White & Blue Buys for 4th of July http://hellonatural.co/4th-july-red-white-blue-picks/ http://hellonatural.co/4th-july-red-white-blue-picks/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:45:22 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=34835 July 4th is almost upon us! And it’s one of my favorite holidays – a low key celebration generally filled with lots of food. Plus I happen to love wearing the colors red, white and blue. Here are 23 great finds to help you show off your American spirit with style.

23 Red, White & Blue Buys for 4th of July | Hello NaturalWhile dressing for this occasion can be tricky (I’m sure you don’t want to look like a flag), it all comes down to choosing great pieces that aren’t too costume-y but still feel celebratory. Just remember not to go too overboard with the flag theme. And get extra mileage with these chic pieces that can be worn year round.

1. Old Navy Canvas Tote (similar) | 2. J.Crew Vintage Cotton Tee in Stars | 3. Super Sunglasses Basic Sunglasses | 4. Gap Slip-on Sneakers | 5. Joe Fresh Drawstring Sweatshirt | 6. biltmore® & madewell baseball hat | 7. Essie in Boucer its me and Russian roulette | 8. Madewell the simple tote in flag stripe | 9. Old Navy Americana-Print Lounge Shorts | 10. Club Monaco Ryan Leather Espadrille  | 11. Madewell a-line tank in stripe | 12. Julianne Hough Ryanne lace up espadrille | 13. Clare Vivier Flat Clutch | 14. Madewell beach shirttail tee in stripe | 15. Chuck Taylor® All Star® Leather Sneaker | 16. Ray-Ban Acetate Covered Aviator Sunglasses | 17. Madewell the simple pouch in flag stripe | 18. Soludos Striped Smoking Slipper Espadrilles | 19. J.Crew printed silk snood | 20. Soludos Striped Smoking Slipper Espadrilles | 21. J.Crew linen tee in stripe | 22. J.Crew Chevron braided belt | 23. Joe Fresh Stripe Tote

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Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream + Toasted Pistachios http://hellonatural.co/grilled-pineapple-with-coconut-whipped-cream-toasted-pistachios/ http://hellonatural.co/grilled-pineapple-with-coconut-whipped-cream-toasted-pistachios/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=51430 Grilling fruit is one of the most underrated pleasures of summer, and pineapple is the perfect fruit to grill. Not only is it packed with vitamin C, fiber and manganese (it’s also anti-inflammatory and helps digestion), pineapple’s natural sweetness means it gets beautifully caramelized when you cook it.

How to: Grilling Pineapple with CoconutIf you don’t have a grill available, never fear—you can get the same effect using a grill pan or nonstick skillet on the stove. It only takes a couple minutes to heat up, and is topped with a coconut milk-based whipped cream and a healthy mixture of toasted nuts and seeds. Crunchy, creamy, sweet. Sounds like one to put in the dessert recipe rotation even when it’s not summer.
How to: Grilling Pineapple with Coconut
Photos by Ana Stanciu

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream + Toasted Pistachios
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Serves: 2-3 servings
 
Whipped coconut milk and crunchy pistachios top slightly caramelized pineapple in this summery dessert.
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple, cut into 6 even rings/slices crosswise
  • For the coconut mousse
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • For the seed topping
  • 1 tbsp toasted pistachio
  • 1 tbsp toasted almonds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional: organic raw honey and shredded coconut
  • Top each of the grilled pineapple rings with whipped coconut milk, add one tsp nut and seed mix, drizzle with honey and serve.
Instructions
  1. For coconut mousse
  2. Add refrigerated coconut milk to a cold bowl and beat with electric mixer until desired thickness. Mix longer if you like more of a whipped cream texture.
  3. For nut topping
  4. Place the seeds and nuts into a food processor, add salt and pulse two or three times to roughly crush and combine.
  5. For pineapple
  6. Heat pineapple slices/rings for 2-3 minutes on each side, over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet or on a grill. Transfer to a plate and top with coconut mousse and nut mixture.
  7. Top grilled pineapple with coconut mousse and nut mixture. Drizzle with organic raw honey and/or shredded coconut if desired.

 

 

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10 Amazing DIY Uses for Lavender http://hellonatural.co/faves-10-amazing-diy-uses-for-lavender/ http://hellonatural.co/faves-10-amazing-diy-uses-for-lavender/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52223 I hope you like the smell of lavender, because we plan to keep on using it a lot in the future! So far, we’ve put it in soda and smoothies, in cleaning products, beauty treatments, and we’ve even used it successfully to treat insomnia. These are some of our favorite ways to use this extraordinary plant – what are yours?

DIY lavender dryer sheets | HelloNatural.co1. Dryer Sheet Sachets. Make reusable sachets out of pretty fabric remnants, and fill them with lavender for a fresh smell in your laundry.

Lavender-Berry Smoothie with Coconut Yogurt2. Berry Coconut Yogurt Smoothie. Give your smoothie a very special flavor with the aid of lavender buds. They give it a lovely floral hint.

Lavender Insomnia Remedies3. Insomnia Remedies. Get a good night’s sleep with lavender, whether you use it in a bath soak, face mask or aromatherapy massage.

Lavender Calendula Hand Salve | HelloNatural.co4. Healing Hand Salve. Combine the benefits of lavender and calendula to make a soothing, moisturizing hand salve.

Homemade Lavender Soda5. Homemade Lavender Soda. Use lavender simple syrup to make your own soda and get a delicious drink the homemade way.

Lavender Linen Spray | Henry Happened6. Lavender Linen Spray. You only need three ingredients to have your linen always smell nice and fresh. Plus, lavender keeps moths away!

DIY Aromatherapy Shower Tablets | HelloNatural.co7. Aromatherapy Shower Tablets. Unwind in the shower with these aromatherapy shower tablets scented with calming lavender oil and buds.

make your own infused honey-118. Infused Honey. Infuse your honey with herbs and flowers for a gourmet flavor. Lavender goes well with chamomile or rose petals.

Felt Heart Handwarmers9. Felt Hand Warmers. Winter seems far away, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead! Make these lavender-filled felt hearts to warm your hands when it’s cold outside.

DIY flavored syrups flowers fruit10. Infused Simple Syrup. This lavender and rose simple syrup is an excellent base for summer cocktails, and so easy to make!

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10 Must-Try Detox Water Ingredients http://hellonatural.co/10-must-try-detox-water-ingredients/ http://hellonatural.co/10-must-try-detox-water-ingredients/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=51419 There’s no easier way to detox than by drinking a lot of water, but plain old H2O can get pretty boring after a while. Make your detox tastier—and easier—with the help of these 10 detox water ingredients, all easily added to your bottle.

Make sure to read our tutorial on how to make infused water, too!

10 Detox Water Ingredients10 Detox Ingredients To Add To Your Water

1. Lemon

Not only is lemon detoxifying, it also has plenty of vitamin C which helps balance your pH. Squeeze a little into your morning glass, or go all out with this Daily Cleanse Water.

2. Parsley

Parsley is a natural diuretic containing detox-boosting vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, vitamin K, and folate.

3. Cilantro

Cilantro has similar benefits to parsley, and can help rid the body of heavy metals. It’s even being studied as a potential way to purify water!

4. Grapefruit

Grapefruit contains glutathione, a protein that helps the liver produce more detox enzymes. And the vitamin C certainly doesn’t hurt either. Try a Weight Loss Flush water (pictured above) with grapefruit for a refreshing afternoon sipper.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Where to even being with ACV? Its uses range from detoxing to deodorant, but one of the best things about it is that it helps break down food when you consume it before eating. Put a tablespoon or 2 in water, like this Digestive Aid Beauty Water, if you’re not a fan of doing vinegar shots :) Make sure to buy raw, organic, unfiltered ACV.

6. Ginger

Another wonder ingredient, ginger is anti-inflammatory, settles the stomach, stimulates digestion, and boosts circulation. That slightly spicy flavor gets you sweating, which helps you detox through your pores. (P.S.: ginger is also great addition to your bath water.)

7. Pineapple

Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, helps cleanse the blood, reduces swelling, fights inflammation, and improves digestion. Plus, come on, the flavor!

8. Cayenne

Similar to ginger, the spiciness of cayenne will get your pores sweating out toxins in no time. Cayenne also helps regulate the body’s pH and blood sugar, which can help curb sugar cravings.

9. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is thought to help your body prevent accumulation of fats and toxins; it’s also been studied for its blood sugar-lowering capabilities. Cinnamon pairs well with almost any fruit; try combining it with peach slices or pomegranates in your infused water.

10. Cucumber

Piggyback off of water’s hydration benefits by adding a few slices of cucumber to your carafe or bottle. In addition to tasting amazing (try combining it with mint or lemon), cukes are anti-inflammatory diuretics that will combat water retention.

What do you add to your water?

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