HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup http://hellonatural.co/vegan-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/ http://hellonatural.co/vegan-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41912 Vegan Creamy Butternut Soup | Hello Natural

Image Courtesy of Sonja Dahlgren for Elegantly Vegan

This delicious soup from vegan chef Veronica Stenberg checks all the necessary boxes on a chilly October afternoon – it’s full of fresh, seasonal vegetables; it’s creamy and delicious; and its fragrance will fill your home, drawing everyone out from under the blankets. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll love Stenberg’s vegan Butternut Squash Soup, which gets its creamy texture from coconut milk.

Want to try more tasty vegan recipes? Good news! We’re giving away 5 copies of Stenberg’s book Elegantly Vegan. The gorgeous cookbook is filled with 50 healthy recipes for every occasion, from Sunday brunch to hearty salads. Enter to win right here!

Creamy Vegan Butternut Soup with Lime + Coconut Milk
Author: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 28 ounces butternut squash
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 10 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 chili fruit
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • olive oil to fry in
Instructions
  1. Slice the butternut into equally thick slices and brush with olive oil. Place on an oven tray with baking paper.
  2. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees F, the butternut should be soft throughout.
  3. Let the butternut cool off then remove the skin.
  4. Heat up olive oil in a pot, fry garlic, red onion and finely chopped chili on medium heat.
  5. Add the cayenne pepper and vegetable stock. Pour in half of the coconut milk, and add the butternut, whisk around and mash the butternut gently in with the coconut milk. Then pour in the rest of the coconut milk and add lime juice.
  6. Raise the heat of the plate and cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat.
  7. Chop the coriander and add to the soup, cook on low heat for about 10 minutes under a lid.
  8. For a smooth texture, mix your soup with a hand blender. Serve immediately and garnish with extra coriander leaves.

Elegantly Vegan can be downloaded from iTunes by following this link.

Recipe courtesy of Elegantly Vegan by Veronica Stenberg 2014 © www.elegantlyvegan.com Reprinted with author permission.

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DIY: Calming Sleepy Time Homemade Bubble Bath http://hellonatural.co/homemade-bubble-bath/ http://hellonatural.co/homemade-bubble-bath/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39146 It’s always a challenge to get kids excited about bath time. You need toys, towels to clean up the inevitable splashes and more than a little patience for mom. But luring them with bubbles is a sure-fire winner. Homemade bubble bath is easy to make and much safer on sensitive skin than Mr. Bubbles.

Homemade Bubble Bath | HelloNatural.coAnother perk of homemade bubble bath is that you can sneak in essential oils like lavender and chamomile that calm little ones and get them ready for bed. Or you can try one of these aromatherapy bath blends for stress, balancing or sinus relief.

Don’t be surprised that homemade bubble bath doesn’t create enormous bubbles like the commercial stuff. This recipe uses more castile soap than this honey vanilla bubble bath so there’s more bubble action. But you’ll still need to agitate the water to create a good foam.

Adding glycerin helps counteract they drying effects of the soap. A drop or two of food coloring makes bathtime even more fun because it colors the water, too. Or let the kids pick their color and add a drop to the water each time you use the bubble bath. Kids loove this!

Sleepytime Homemade Bubble Bath | HelloNatural.coCalming Sleepy Time Bubble Bath

  • 1 cup mild liquid body soap like Dr. Bronner’s
  • 1/4 cup pure vegetable glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chamomile essential oil or a ‘pillow blend’ essential oil that combines lavender and hops
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a sealable bottle. (It’s probably better to use a plastic bottle if you plan to store it in the bathroom.) Stir ingredients gently; you don’t want to make bubbles just yet! To use, pour about 1/2 cup under running water and agitate water to create bigger bubbles.

Have you tried making homemade bubble bath?

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10 BEST: Essential OIls for Staying Healthy this Winter http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-essential-oils-for-colds-flu/ http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-essential-oils-for-colds-flu/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:30:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39156 When cold and flu season strikes, your immune system goes from fighting the occasional battle to being embroiled in an all-out war that can last all winter long, depending on where you live and how many germs you’re exposed to.

Essential oils are a great natural remedy for colds and flus (among many other things), and how you use them is up to you. The Chalkboard runs down how to properly inhale and diffuse essential oils, and the importance of using a carrier oil when inhaling. Many oils can be applied to the bottom of your feet, or added to body wash, lotions or moisturizers.

10 Essential Oils for Cold and Flu | HelloNatural.coHere are our top 10 essential oils for colds and flu:

1. Oregano

Antiviral and antibacterial, this essential oil helps boost the immune system and is perfect for combating infections. You can even use it to make a natural hand sanitizer.

2. Thyme

If your immune system needs a boost (or your liver needs a detox), turn to thyme oil, one of the original ingredients in Listerine! This oil also has antiseptic properties, and can be used to stimulate circulation in those with sports injuries, pains and strains.

3. Eucalyptus

This antiseptic and antibacterial oil is often found in cough drops and ointments (if you’ve ever used VapoRub, you’ve smelled it). Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the immune system and combats inflammation in the lungs. Use it to make your own steam inhalation remedy, great for healing sinus infections.

4. Lime

Like its cousin orange oil, lime oil has tons of uses. It’s antiseptic, antibacterial and  antiviral, meaning it will help your immune system fight off germs left and right. It can also be added to natural household cleaners, and is great at removing sticker residue and gum from surfaces.

5. Frankincense

Great for coughs, frankincense oil is said to be a natural remedy for the lungs. Use it in this DIY antiseptic spray, too, in order to protect wounds.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil just smells healthy! Not only is it great for digestion, it’s beneficial to the respiratory system. And you can make your own toothpaste with it!

7. Hyssop

Hyssop helps with respiratory infections (like bronchitis) and supports the lungs. If you get chronic bronchitis or just have a pesky cough that won’t go away, try this one out. It’s also said to help with water retention and bruises.

8. Lemon

When earaches or swelling in your lymph nodes has you feeling icky, rub a little lemon oil (with carrier oil) around your ears and/or lymph nodes to allow them to drain. Lemon oil also helps energize, making it perfect for a DIY air freshener.

9. Clove

Known for its toothache-remedying powers, clove oil is also anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-bacterial. It’s often mixed with cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary in a blend called Thieves Oil. Or mix with vanilla and use it in this DIY body oil.

10. Ginger

If nausea is what’s getting you down (that darn flu!), opt for ginger essential oil, which can also soothe flu-related aches and pains.

What oils do you use for colds and flu?

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Guilt-Free, Gluten-Free Apple Pie http://hellonatural.co/guilt-free-gluten-free-apple-pie/ http://hellonatural.co/guilt-free-gluten-free-apple-pie/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39128 All year I crave apple pie. I can’t wait for the cinnamon flavor to fill my kitchen, to devour that delicious crust. But when that autumn moment comes, that cinnamon-apple-crust moment, I just can’t allow myself to indulge. Loads of white flour, white sugar and heavy fats, everything sounds so wrong but yet it tastes and smells soooo good! This year I decided to search for alternatives, experiment and recreate an apple pie worth indulging in, every piece of it, guilt free!

Gluten-Free Apple PIe recipe | HelloNatural.coFor every guilty sweet pleasure there is a healthy alternative. You just have to give it a chance and accept that there maybe some differences in taste, but the result is still great and your body will thank you for every extra minute you spend searching for alternatives. And when it comes to apple pie, it’s actually quite easy. At every step of the preparation you can cut down the fats, sugar and unhealthy carbs. Here how to do it:

Gluten-Free Pie Crust

– replace white flour, which is completely lacking in nutrients and fiber, with almond and buckwheat flour. They give a nutty taste and enrich your pie with fiber and minerals. I decided to go further and create an even healthier pie, so I used gluten-free flour for the crust.

– cut down the cholesterol by replacing the butter with coconut oil – the flavor will be more intense and your arteries will thank you.

Healthy apple pie filling

– use apple varieties that are not very sweet, like Granny Smith. Tip: don’t through away the peels, simmer them and obtain a liquid with calming effects, especially if you have insomnia or agitated sleep.

– replace white sugar with unrefined varieties – Muscovado or coconut sugar

– cut down on the animal fat by using full fat milk instead of heavy cream when preparing the caramel sauce

Gluten-Free Apple PIe recipe | HelloNatural.coYour pie will still taste delicious- and you can indulge in a slice (or two or three) without worrying about sugar overload or unwanted pounds!

Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Pie
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
 
If apple pie is your favorite autumn dessert you will love this guilt-free version. Gluten-free, low in sugar, low in unhealthy fats, but with a gorgeous taste and bathed in healthy caramel sauce.
Ingredients
For the crust
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, chilled
  • 5 tablespoons ice water
For the filling
  • 5-7 apples
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup Muscovado sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare the crust dough - In a food processor, with dough blade, pulse the gluten-free flour, baking soda and sea salt until well combined. Add the coconut butter and pulse to obtain crumb-like texture. Add the cold water and vinegar, and process until well combined. Remove the dough from the processor, wrap in plastic foil and refrigerate for 30 mins.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F.
  3. Peel the apples, remove the cores, and cut in cubes. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Prepare the caramel sauce - mix the lemon juice, water and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Add the coconut milk and sea salt, mix well and let simmer for 10 mins until the liquid thickens.
  5. Remove from the heat and pour it over the apples. Add the cinnamon and mix to combine.
  6. Divide the dough in two, roll them out and place one on the bottom of the baking pan.
  7. Fill with apples in caramel sauce, place the top crust on, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 10 mins.
  8. Reduce the heat to 175°C/347°F and bake the pie for 35 mins.

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How to Clean Your Whole Kitchen with 10 Basic Ingredients http://hellonatural.co/13-diy-kitchen-cleaners/ http://hellonatural.co/13-diy-kitchen-cleaners/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39136 When it comes to the kitchen, we think it’s ultra important to stick to natural cleaners. That is where your food is stored, prepped and cooked, after all! DIY kitchen cleaners aren’t complicated; see below for 13 easy recipes you can make with just 10 household ingredients.

10 Ingredients to Clean Your Whole Kitchen | HelloNatural.coTo make it even easier, we put together a shopping list of everything you need to make them. You probably already have at least half the ingredients on hand!

10 Basic Ingredients to Naturally Clean your Kitchen

  1. citrus (orange, grapefruit and lemon)
  2. vinegar
  3. baking soda
  4. castile soap
  5. salt
  6. super washing soda
  7. dish soap
  8. water
  9. essential oil (tea tree, citrus or lavender recommended)
  10. citric acid (only needed for making your own dishwasher tablets)

P.S. If you’re hosting Turkey Day, read our tips for prepping your kitchen for the biggest cooking day of the year!

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Find a pretty bottle and refill it with this DIY foaming hand soap mixture—much cheaper than buying a new bottle every time!

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Clean Your Grill the Natural Way

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Two ingredients and some elbow grease goes a long way—and helps you ensure safe grilling.

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A DIY Wreath 4 Ways (Customize for Halloween, Thanksgiving + Christmas) http://hellonatural.co/diy-wreath-3-ways-customize-halloween-thanksgiving-christmas/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-wreath-3-ways-customize-halloween-thanksgiving-christmas/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39167 Fall makes me feel like being all kinds of crafty. Something sets in and suddenly I’m at the craft store (or, let’s be honest, on Pinterest) looking for inspiration. Then I remember I’m not as crafty as I want to be, get frustrated, and go home empty-handed. This year I wanted things to be different, so I came up with an easy, basic DIY Wreath that can be changed for the different holidays.

DIY Wreath 4 Ways | HelloNatural.coAnd it’s super easy to make! I guess you could say it’s the wreath for those of us who are still beginners. (Nothing wrong with that, right?)

#1 – A basic wreath that works year round

DIY Grapevine Moss Wreath | HelloNatural.coLet’s start with the basic wreath and go from there. (See below for tips and supply sources.)

DIY Grapevine Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • One 12- to 14-inch grapevine wreath
  • Assorted kinds of moss
  • Hot glue gun (low heat is best for this)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Floral wire + cutters (basic green and grapevine wire)
  • Ribbon (not pictured)

Instructions

Lay the wreath on a clean work surface. Glue the moss onto the wreath, working in smaller patches. I started with the Spanish moss (the lighter, spindlier one) and then added the green moss to fill in the gaps.

DIY Grapevine Wreath | HelloNatural.coPeriodically tip the wreath up and let the loose moss fall off so you can see where you need to add more moss. Let the glue cool completely. Tie a ribbon through the wreath and hang.

And now, this is how to change it up for each of the major fall and winter holidays.

#2 – Halloween Wreath

DIY Halloween Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Basic wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial spiderweb
  • Spiders and/or bugs (spider rings work really well)
  • Black crow
  • Orange ribbon

DIY Halloween Wreath | HelloNatural.coInstructions

Thread a ribbon through the wreath. Separate out small bits of the artificial spiderweb. Pull the pieces over the wreath in different directions, twisting and pulling as needed, covering it as little or as much as you want. Add more as needed. Nestle the spiders and bugs into the moss and spiderweb. If needed, use a little floral wire to secure the spiders. Use floral wire to attach the crow on the inside bottom of the wreath. Hang using the ribbon.

#3 – Thanksgiving Wreath

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Basic wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial or real colorful fall leaves
  • Artificial berries and other fall floral stems
  • Artificial apples or other fruit
  • Floral wire
  • Colorful ribbon

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath | HelloNatural.coInstructions

Separate out the leaves and other floral stems, clipping with wire cutters as needed, to create small groupings. Use floral wire, if needed, to secure and nestle the different elements into the moss and grapevine. Some apples come with wire already attached, if not, poke a hole in the bottom and inserted some floral wire that I had doubled up and twisted on the end. The ones I used were made of styrofoam and it worked brilliantly.

#4 – Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Basic moss wreath
  • Artificial red berries
  • Pine cones
  • Floral wire
  • Burlap ribbon

DIY Christmas Wreath | HelloNatural.coInstructions

Separate out the red berries and clip into smaller clumps. Cut pieces of floral wire and twist around the pine cones leaving a good amount at the end for securing to the wreath. Tuck the berries and secure pine cones around the wreath, using as many of as few as desired. Hang using the ribbon.

TIPS + SOURCES

  1. Try Hobby Lobby for grapevine wreaths, floral stems (berries, leaves, feathers, beads), moss, orange and burlap ribbons, spiderweb, tiny acorns, and grapevine wire.
  2. Dollar Tree is great for seasonal pieces like the black crow, spiders, apples, moss.
  3. Using floral wire to secure decorative elements instead of using hot glue makes it easy to change out the items for each holiday. Keep them in a plastic bag or container so it’s easy to switch them out as needed.
  4. I’ve seen other tutorials using spray adhesive to secure the moss to the grapevine, but I found that hot glue worked better for me.
  5. To store wreath when not in use, wrap in plastic (like a garbage bag) and store in a flat box.
  6. Try adding fresh elements from nature – leaves, rose hips, dried flowers, herbs, etc.
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A Healthy Chocolate Smoothie That Tastes Like Dessert http://hellonatural.co/healthy-chocolate-smoothie-tastes-like-dessert/ http://hellonatural.co/healthy-chocolate-smoothie-tastes-like-dessert/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41607

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Sometimes chocolate is the only thing that will do, and there’s no reason to deny yourself even if you’re trying to eat healthy (why not have pudding for breakfast?!). This detox-friendly healthy chocolate smoothie satisfies cravings while packing in good-for-you ingredients like spinach, parsley, antioxidant-rich cherries and beauty-boosting cinnamon.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie | Healthy Chocolate Smoothie with Cherries | HelloNatural.co

  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries (or use fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or coconut, hemp or almond milk—store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey or 1-2 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional topping)

Mix in the blender and enjoy! Makes 1 to 2 servings.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie | Healthy Chocolate Smoothie with Cherries | HelloNatural.co

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Hydrating Honey Mask + 2 More DIYs for Moisturizing Skin in Winter http://hellonatural.co/3-tips-for-moisturizing-skin-in-winter/ http://hellonatural.co/3-tips-for-moisturizing-skin-in-winter/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39148 Winter weather can leave our skin dehydrated from cold temperatures, wind and the effects of indoor heat. Dry skin can also lead to irritated or sensitive areas, so nourishing and hydrating products are crucial. But serums and sprays to repair skin can be expensive! These simple, natural alternatives to store bought products are sure to keep your face glowing and hydrated all winter long. Read on for our favorite methods for moisturizing skin in winter.

3 DIYs to Moisturize Skin in Winter | HelloNatural.co1. Mist throughout the day with an essential oil mineral mist

  • bottle of mineral water
  • essential oil
  • mist spray bottle

Mineral water provides a nice pH balance for our skin and also helps us absorb minerals. Adding a few drops of an essential oil like geranium or lavender can be very beneficial for hydrating dry skin. Combine and pour into a spray mister and apply throughout the day as needed for added hydration.

2. Apply a Weekly Hydrating Honey Mask

Hydrating Honey Face Mask + 2 More DIYs for Winter Skin| HelloNatural.coThis moisturizing mask is a wonderful treat while enjoying a nice bath soak. Honey retains moisture, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and the oil in avocados treats the dry patches that sometimes pop up during the winter season.

  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (about 3 vitamin E capsules)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 avocado

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

3. Make a rich Moisturizing Face Oil

Almond Face Oil | HelloNatural.coAlmond oil absorbs easily and is light in consistency. Even if you feel you have an oily t-zone, it’s still a good choice for an everyday facial moisturizer, especially in dry winter months.

  • almond oil
  • choose one of the following essential oils for your skin type: chamomile for sensitive/redness, lavender for dry, ylang ylang for oily

Add about 10-15 drops of essential oil for every ounce of almond oil. Keep the oil in a dark, glass jar to retain its potency.

Do you have any remedies to combat winter dryness?

Photos by Lindsey Rose Johnson

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Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail (Perfect for Parties!) http://hellonatural.co/sweet-spicy-chai-tea-cocktail-perfect-parties/ http://hellonatural.co/sweet-spicy-chai-tea-cocktail-perfect-parties/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39185 Some people crave pumpkin in the fall, but for me the season is more about apples. My parents live on a sprawling prairie about an hour south of Minneapolis, and last time I was there I was tasked with picking all the apples from their trees—and then schlepping them home with me because they were about to leave for vacation.

Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail Recipe | HelloNatural.coI planned to make cider using this tutorial from Bon Appetit. But before I had a chance to, I ended up using all the apples in salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas and as a vehicle for peanut butter. So I was out of apples and had no cider to show for it, which made me want it even more; then I read two fellow contributors’ posts—Lindsey Johnson’s uber-pretty DIY Chai Candle and Ana Stanciu’s yummy Honey Bourbon Apple Cider—and remembered that when I was vegan, I used to make a chai “latte” with apple cider in place of the milk. (I’m not a fan of soy milk, and this was back in the late ’90s before coconut and almond milk were all the rage.)

Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail Recipe | HelloNatural.coThis combo seemed ripe for the cocktail-making, so I added some rum and voila. Fall in a cup. It’s enough to make you want to jump in a pile of leaves. (Take that, pumpkin spice latte!)

You can use either your favorite chai tea bags or a liquid chai concentrate. (Store-bought chai concentrate can be very sweet; if you prefer a less-sweet version, make your own with this tutorial from Gimme Some Oven.) Chai tea bags will add flavor without extra sugar—it’s not traditional chai, but I like Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy tea blend; it’s got a good initial bite that warms you up, then mellows to a cinnamon-y finish. An orange slice garnish adds a bright citrus scent as you’re drinking, which complements the richness and depth of the chai spices.

Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail Recipe | HelloNatural.coThe cocktail can easily be made for a crowd; simmer a pot of it at a Halloween or Thanksgiving get-together to make your house smell great—and keep your guests incredibly happy. The recipe below is for one serving; to make a big batch, use a half-gallon of cider and 8 ounces of chai concentrate or 10-12 chai tea bags, simmer and leave covered on the stove on the lowest setting. You’ll want to have guests add the rum to their glasses, though, as the alcohol will burn off if it’s on the stove too long.

Sweet + Spicy Cider-Chai Tea Cocktail
Author: 
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Move over, pumpkin spice latte. There's a new fall drink in town. This one combines the spiciness and warmth of chai with smooth rum and fresh apple cider.
Ingredients
  • 2 chai tea bags, or 1 ounce chai concentrate
  • 1 cup fresh apple cider (see the Bon Appetit link above if you'd like to make your own)—use 7 ounces cider if you're using chai concentrate
  • 2 ounces gold rum (spiced if you wish)
  • Orange slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish
Instructions
If using tea bags:
  1. Heat apple cider on the stove just until boiling, then immediately turn to lowest setting (just hot enough to keep the cider warm). Place tea bags in cider and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Stir in rum to heat, then pour into a mug or heat-safe glass and let sit until cool enough to sip. Garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick.
If using chai concentrate:
  1. Warm chai concentrate and cider on the stove just until heated through (do not boil). Stir in rum to heat, then pour into a mug or heat-safe glass and let sit until cool enough to sip. Garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick.

What fall drinks are you loving?

Photos by Ana Stanciu

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18 Easy, Healthy Wrap Recipes Perfect for Lunch http://hellonatural.co/18-easy-healthy-wrap-recipes-for-lunch/ http://hellonatural.co/18-easy-healthy-wrap-recipes-for-lunch/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:30:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39174 Wraps are a go-to lunch item, which makes perfect sense: They’re easy to bring to work, to eat at a desk (especially if you can type with one hand), and to fill with any combination of delicious ingredients. If you’re in need of some lunch inspiration, though, look no further. Here are 18 of our favorite easy, healthy wrap recipes for lunch. We see some coworker lunch envy in your future….

18 Healthy Wrap Recipes Perfect for Lunch | HelloNatural.co

Short Rib Lettuce Wraps

Short Rib Lettuce Wraps

Short ribs aren't just for dinner. Make them a satisfying lunch with this lettuce-wrap recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.

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Quinoa Avocado Wrap

Quinoa Avocado Wrap

Avocado, spinach and feta combine with protein-packed quinoa in these wraps from Green Valley Kitchen.

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Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap

Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap

These hearty, spicy wraps from Confections of a Foodie Bride are substantial enough to get you through the afternoon.

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Protein Packed Kale, Avocado + Hummus Wrap

Protein Packed Kale, Avocado + Hummus Wrap

Up your protein with this trifecta of deliciousness: kale, avocado and hummus.

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Sweet Potato Salad Collard Wrap

Sweet Potato Salad Collard Wrap

Collard greens fill in for tortillas in the Seasonal Diet's healthy sweet potato salad wraps.

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Scrambled Egg Wrap

Scrambled Egg Wrap

Scrambled eggs are a perfect, protein-packed wrap filling. This recipe from Seven Grams pairs them with a dill spread, radishes and pea shoots.

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Channel the flavor of Buffalo wings in a healthy way—a lettuce wrap from Simple Roots Wellness.

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Black Bean Taco Wraps with Cashew Cream

Black Bean Taco Wraps with Cashew Cream

These romaine lettuce "tacos" from Food Fanatic combine all the flavors you already love, just in a healthier shell and with vegan cashew cream.

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Philly Cheesesteak Wrap

Philly Cheesesteak Wrap

When you can't quell your Philly cheesesteak craving, these wraps from Maebells are ready in 15 minutes.

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Ginger Tzatziki Chicken Wrap

Ginger Tzatziki Chicken Wrap

Greek flavors and ginger make this easy grilled-chicken wrap a go-to weekday meal.

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Chickpea Greek Salad + Homemade Spinach Wraps

Chickpea Greek Salad + Homemade Spinach Wraps

Chickpeas are a hearty, protein-heavy filling for a veggie wrap in this recipe from Katie At the Kitchen Door.

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Thai Chicken Salad Wrap with Blueberries

Thai Chicken Salad Wrap with Blueberries

Blueberries are full of antioxidants, and make a great complement to spicy, fresh Thai flavors—like in this recipe from Spoonful of Flavor.

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Creamy Avocado White Bean Wrap

Creamy Avocado White Bean Wrap

Creamy avocado and white beans are toped with a spicy, crunchy slaw in this recipe from So How's It Taste.

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Grilled Chicken + Hummus Wrap

Grilled Chicken + Hummus Wrap

Hummus holds everything together beautifully in these za'atar-infused grilled chicken wraps from Not Enough Cinnamon.

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Curry Chicken Wraps with Coconut Yogurt

Curry Chicken Wraps with Coconut Yogurt

These curry chicken wraps from JewHungry are a perfect way to use up rotisserie chicken—plus, they can be made non-dairy.

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Greek Salad Wrap with Roasted Red Peppers

Greek Salad Wrap with Roasted Red Peppers

Put your favorite salad in wrap formation with the help of this recipe from Maebells.

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Vegan Refried Bean Taquitos

Vegan Refried Bean Taquitos

Think of taquitos as a portable, crunchy lunch version of tacos. These vegan taquitos from Clean Eating Veggie Girl are ready in 20 minutes!

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Tempeh Sweet Potato Scramble Wrap

Tempeh Sweet Potato Scramble Wrap

The earthiness of sweet potato pairs nicely with tempeh's nutty taste. Wrap up this smokey, vegan scramble from Connoisseurus Veg.

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