HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:47:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 10 Homemade Hair Treatments for Dry, Dull or Frizzy Hair http://hellonatural.co/homemade-hair-treatments/ http://hellonatural.co/homemade-hair-treatments/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=21412 A couple of years ago I posted a simple trick for battling brassiness in blonde hair – purple Kool-Aid! It’s crazy and weird, but it works. And people went nuts! My take away? Apparently I’m not the only person willing to put strange food items in my hair. So after a summer of sunning and swimming, give your locks a little TLC with a homemade hair treatment.

10 Homemade Hair Treatments for Dry, Dull or Frizzy Hair | HelloNatural.coHere are 10 tips for easy DIY hair masks made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

10 Homemade Hair Treatments

Need to moisturize?

Avocado Hair Mask | HelloNatural.co1. Avocado

Avocado has a well-deserved reputation for one of nature’s perfect foods. Its oils and proteins will smooth and moisturize your locks without weighing down fine hair. Mash up half an avocado and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil. Shampoo hair, squeeze out water and apply mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. My hair came out super soft – not flat or greasy. And the added scent made sitting around with green goop on your head much more pleasant. If you’re not worried about weighing down your hair you can amp up the moisture by adding 1-2 tablespoons of oil, egg yolk or yogurt.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask | HelloNatural.co2. Coconut Oil

The wonders of coconut oil never cease! This oil is heavy, which is great for penetrating deep into the hair shaft, but use it sparingly, especially if you have fine or thin hair. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply to the ends of damp hair. If the oil is solid just warm in the microwave until liquid before applying. Got really dry hair? Keep the oil on overnight and shampoo out in the morning.

Banana Hair Mask | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co3. Banana + Olive Oil

Not only can bananas work their magic on your feet, but they are awesome for your hair! Mix a banana with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mash thoroughly until the banana is pureed. (You want a smoothie like texture so you don’t end up with banana chunks in your hair.) Then massage into your hair and scalp. Leave treatment on for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly and shampoo.

Pumpkin Hair Mask | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co4. Pumpkin + Honey

The perfect use for canned pumpkin leftovers (because there are always leftovers). Pumpkins have lots of amazing benefits – they’re rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey, a natural humectant, to one cup of pumpkin puree and pack as much as you can onto your hair and scalp. You’ll need to either wrap your hair in saran wrap or wear a shower cap to keep the mask in place. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then rinse. Feel free to apply to your face as well!

Need a color boost?

Cocoa Powder Color Boost | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co5. Cocoa powder

Give brown hair a boost with cocoa powder. According to Whole Living, a combination of cocoa powder, plain yogurt, honey and apple cider vinegar will give you a deeper, richer brown. I couldn’t test this one personally but if you can make bronzer lotion with cocoa powder why not try it in your hair?

Lemon Chamomile Color Boost | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co6. Lemon + Chamomile

To warm up ashy blonde hair, try lemon and chamomile tea. Both have long been used as whitening agents for blonde hair. You can do a simple rinse by tilting your head back over the sink and pouring a cup of cooled tea combined with the juice of a lemon over clean, wet hair. Let sit for a couple of minutes and rinse. I also tried this brightening mask that combines tea and lemon with a grated potato. Yes, potato! Shampoo, apply to hair and blow dry hair on low for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse and style. This ended up being more work than I’d want to do on a regular basis but I loved how bright and shiny my hair ended up.

Purple Koolaid Color Boost | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co7. Purple Koolaid

Got some brassiness in your blonde locks? Do a rinse with grape-flavored Kool-Aid to get rid of the dreaded orange. Dude, this totally works. I have never had a problem with my hair turning purple (I have heavy blonde highlights not all over color) but if you do see a hint of color, just shampoo again.

Dull, frizzy hair?

Sugar Water Hairspray | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co8. Sugar water

If your hair is frizzy, try mixing a packet of sugar (about a teaspoon or so) with a cup of water. Pour a bit into your palms then run hands over dry hair. Your hair will get a slight bit of “crunch” and hold because you basically just made homemade hair spray!

Aspirin Hair Mask | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co9. Aspirin

Residue and product buildup will also dull your hair. The cure is as simple as crushing an aspirin into shampoo! Just add the aspirin powder to a small amount of shampoo and lather up. The salicylic acid in aspirin helps remove buildup and restore shine. You can do this every two weeks. Another remedy: baking soda. Combine a handful of shampoo with one to two tablespoons of baking soda and massage into hair. Warning: I have used baking soda to intentionally strip out hair color (because the color was too dark) so don’t use baking soda on recently colored hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co10. Apple cider vinegar

An apple cider vinegar rinse helps clarify and smooth hair cuticles – the secret to shiny hair! Combine a tablespoon of vinegar with a 1/2 cup of water and pour over damp hair. Add a couple of drops of essential oil is the smell is too much. Comb through hair, let it sit for five minutes and then rinse. The acidity in the vinegar helps seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, making it lie flat.

Have you tried any of these hair masks? What’s your favorite homemade hair remedy?
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Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh Salad Recipe http://hellonatural.co/cauliflower-rice-salad/ http://hellonatural.co/cauliflower-rice-salad/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=33384

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Cauliflower “rice” is my newest healthy food obsession. It’s the darling of paleo, low-carb and gluten-free eaters. If you haven’t tried it or made it at home, now is the time! I’m betting that you’ll fall in love with this cauliflower rice salad so much that you’ll be buying a head of cauliflower every time you go to the store.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice Salad | HelloNatural.coOne thing I love to make in the summer is tabbouleh – the Meditteranean classic salad typically made with bulghur wheat, cucumbers, tomatoes, loads of fresh parsley and mint, and a refreshing lemony vinaigrette. I kept true to the original for my Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad and only swapped out the bulghur for the cauliflower rice. SO healthy and SO delicious.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice Salad | HelloNatural.coCauliflower is low-carb, full of nutrients – vitamins C, K, and B (folate, B6, B1, B3, pantothenic acid) – and high in fiber. Because of its high sulfur content, cauliflower is a powerful detoxifying food which can help prevent cancer while providing anti-inflammatory benefits. And, if that isn’t enough, cauliflower also provides many cardiovascular and digestive tract benefits.

How to make cauliflower “rice”

I usually use half of a large cauliflower for one salad. Instead of making all the rice at once, I make it in two batches. I feel like it keeps from drying out better that way and losing nutrition. (That could be in my head, but it sounds good!)

How To Make Cauliflower Rice Salad | HelloNatural.coRemove the leaves and tough stem from the cauliflower. Cut in a circle around the stem to remove the toughest of the leaves, then cut the core out. For the rice, use mostly the florets. The stems are fine if they are tender and not dried out at all.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice Salad | HelloNatural.coHow To Make Cauliflower Rice Salad | HelloNatural.coBreak into florets and place in a food processor. Depending on the size of the food processor, you might need to do this step in two batches. Pulse until the cauliflower is finely chopped and resembles couscous. (We call it “rice” but it’s more like couscous in texture and appearance.)

Then, make beautiful and healthy cauliflower rice tabbouleh with it! This is the perfect summer weeknight meal: fast, fresh, and full of hydrating cucumber and tomato, plus the detox power of parsley and lemon.

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Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh Salad
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
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Serves: 4-6
 
A gluten-free twist on a classic favorite - loaded up with cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a refreshing lemon and olive oil vinaigrette.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cauliflower "rice"
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1-2 large lemons
  • 2-4 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place cauliflower "rice" in a medium bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, cucumber, shallot, herbs, lemon juice, and oil. Toss to combine. Taste again and add salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice Salad | HelloNatural.co

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Infused Water: 3 New Summer Flavor Ideas http://hellonatural.co/infused-water/ http://hellonatural.co/infused-water/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=34509 3 Infused Water Flavors for Summer | HelloNatural.coA few months ago I shared a post on How to Make Infused Water plus a bunch of ideas and flavor combinations. Today I’m sharing three more summery infused water recipes. Making infused water makes getting your daily allotment of water much more tasty and fun without added sugar. You’ll be amazed at how quickly water can be infused with fruits, veggies and herbs — and how refreshing it is.

You don’t need a ton of fruit or whatever flavoring agent you’re using. But if you do add more, it will produce a stronger flavor and you’ll be able to refill it a few times without it being too bland. As a quick refresher, use fruit that’s ripe, but still firm. You don’t want to use overly ripe fruit or the water won’t last very long and there’s a chance of contamination from mold. It’s also important to keep the water refrigerated or add ice if it’s out on the counter. Insulated bottles also work.

Infused Water 3 Ways | HelloNatural.coOnce you add the desired flavoring agents to the bottle, fill it up with water, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, preferably 60, or longer. You can definitely make this ahead of time. Depending on the kind of fruit, veggie or herb used and how ripe it is, the water will last 3-4 days without spoiling.

It lasts longer if you allow the water to be infused, then strain out the fruit, veggies or herbs. (Smell and taste it to be sure if you’ve left it any longer.) The water might get a little cloudy from certain ingredients, like fresh ginger. I lean towards only keeping leafy herbs in the water for 1-2 days because after that they start to deteriorate; rosemary will last longer. You can always add more later. Fruit spoils more easily than vegetables too, so keep that in mind, especially if it’s been cut. Now that we’ve covered all of that, let’s get to the summer flavors! (For even more flavor ideas, check out this infused water post.)

1. MANGO BASIL

Infused Water 3 Ways | HelloNatural.coBasil adds great flavor to water. When it’s paired with fresh sliced mango, it has a tropical feel. It’s very refreshing and the mango adds a little sweetness that is also nice. This would be great as a non-alcoholic beverage at a party. Switch things up by using fizzy water.

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Mango Mint Infused Water
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Recipe type: beverage
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Serves: 6
 
Mango Basil
Ingredients
  • ½ mango, peeled and sliced
  • 1 handful fresh basil, washed well
  • 1-2 quarts water
Instructions
  1. Place in a carafe, jar, or pitcher and fill with water. Refrigerate until ready to drink, at least an hour to allow flavor to infuse the water. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge. Can be refilled with water two or three times, or until flavor dissipates.

2. CUCUMBER MELON MINT

Infused Water 3 Ways | HelloNatural.coCucumber and melon is one of my all-time favorite combinations. They work so well together, but mint adds another layer of flavor. This tastes like spa water to me and is perfect for sipping while you work or out at the pool. You could even fill up a thermos to take to the beach.

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Cucumber Melon Mint Infused Water
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Recipe type: beverage
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Mango Basil
Ingredients
  • ¼ to ½ large cucumber
  • 2 slices cantaloupe
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 1-2 quarts water
Instructions
  1. Place in a carafe, jar, or pitcher and fill with water. Refrigerate until ready to drink, at least an hour to allow flavor to infuse the water. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge. Can be refilled with water two or three times, or until flavor dissipates.

3. BERRY ROSEMARY

Infused Water 3 Ways | HelloNatural.coI think this combo would be fantastic for a bridal or baby shower. You get big berry flavor with a hint of rosemary. It’s very sophisticated. This is one that doesn’t keep quite as long because the berries will start to break down. (They can be strained out.) The rosemary will keep for longer, but you can remove it if the flavor gets too strong.

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Infused Water 3 Ways
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Recipe type: beverage
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Cucumber Melon Mint
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mixed fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
Instructions
  1. Place in a carafe, jar, or pitcher and fill with water. Refrigerate until ready to drink, at least an hour to allow flavor to infuse the water. Keeps for 1-2 days in the fridge. Can be refilled with water two or three times, or until flavor dissipates.

Summer Infused Water 3 Ways | HelloNatural.co

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3 Ways To Fight Acne with Tea Tree Oil http://hellonatural.co/3-tea-tree-oil-acne-remedies/ http://hellonatural.co/3-tea-tree-oil-acne-remedies/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52595 Tea tree oil has been praised for it’s antibacterial properties in fighting acne. Not only is it effective in treating mild to moderate acne, but it isn’t as irritating or drying to the skin in comparison with other active acne ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide. This natural alternative roll-on is fantastic for spot treatment of the hormonal kind or that pimple that likes to show up just before important events!

3 Tea Tree Oil Acne Remedies

Acne Roll On | 3 Tea Tree Acne TreatmentsAcne Roll On Spot Treatment

  • Roll On Applicator – 5 or 10 ml
  • Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca)
  • Carrier Oil- jojoba, hemp seed or grapeseed oil

Jojoba, hemp seed and grapeseed oils are great carrier oil choices for fighting acne. They are non-greasy, anti-inflammatory, and oil regulating. Using a 5 or 10 ml roll on applicator, fill 3/4 of the way with your choice of carrier oil. Fill the remaining 1/4 with tea tree oil. Mix and roll on the next time you face a break out.

Tea Tree Acne Fighting Mask

Soothe Acne Mask | 3 Ways To Fight Acne with Tea Tree Oil

  • 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 1/2 peeled cucumber

Blend all ingredients well and apply to face with fingertips or facial brush. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. The aloe and cucumber will soothe inflamed skin while the cucumber seeds themselves are rich in potassium and vitamin E which help reduce blemishes.

Tea Tree Oil Acne Spot Treatment

Acne Spot Treatment  | 3 Tea Tree Acne TreatmentsTea tree oil is one of the most powerful ingredients to fight acne. Its properties are both antibacterial and antiseptic. This easy to make spot treatment is great to leave on overnight.

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At-Home Detox Body Wrap http://hellonatural.co/detox-body-wrap/ http://hellonatural.co/detox-body-wrap/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=35829 I don’t know about you, but in the summer holidays all I want to do is lounge around and eat ice cream (ahem, fruit) and take some time out to really, really relax. The detoxifying body wrap is my ticket to destination relaxation. The reason why all those exclusive day spas charge hundreds of dollars for body wraps is that they’re incredibly relaxing and effective at overhauling the skin. Whenever I do this body wrap, I’m always a little stunned by how calm, yet energized I feel afterwards.

At-Home Detox Body Wrap | HelloNatural.coAt-Home Detox Body Wrap

The other bonus: My skin feels amazing. Baby-bum soft. Papaya is packed with nutrients and enzymes that pump the skin with good stuff and exfoliate away the dead skin. Epsom salts, just like our grandmas said, relax the muscles and tease out the toxins. Rice bran cleanses, coconut oil nourishes and lavender is there to make sure you take your mind off the job!

There’s a lot of mystique around body wraps, and most think they can only be done within the hallowed walls of a day spa. Pfff… If you’re the proud owner of an old bed sheet, then you have all the equipment you need. Line the bath, lounge chair or floor (anything that can be wiped clean in case of a spill) with the sheet and a couple of towels to make it more comfy and away you go.

At-Home Detox Body Wrap | HelloNatural.co

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Detox body wrap
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Recipe type: DIY Beauty
 
A purifying papaya body wrap to relax and detox the body while smoothing and softening the skin.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups papaya, grated
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 cups rice bran
  • ½ cup softened coconut oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • Old bed sheet preferably cotton
Instructions
  1. Prepare a bath, sun lounge or floor with towels to lie on. Check the room is warm, because the wrap will cool the body. Put the heater on or an old blanket in reach, if need be.
  2. Mix all the ingredients, except for the Epsom salts, in a big bowl.
  3. Place 1 cup of the mixture in a separate bowl to use on the face.
  4. Stir the Epsom salt into the big bowl of mixture and the body wrap is ready.
  5. Take a warm shower to help open the pores, but don’t shave before the wrap.
  6. Spread out the bed sheet and sit in the middle.
  7. Using your hands, pat the mixture all over your body, starting with your feet and covering up with the bed sheet as you go.
  8. Apply the face mask and snuggle up in the sheet.
  9. Relax, by focusing on your breathing. Stay there for anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.
  10. When you’re ready, scrape the body wrap onto the sheet and dispose or clean off for another use. I have been known to compost the whole thing, cotton sheet and all.
  11. Rinse off under a warm, but not hot shower. Moisturize with something like coconut oi.
  12. Drink lots of water and pay attention to how you and your skin feel.
  13. It’s a good idea to exfoliate the body every day for three days after, because of the way the enzymes dissolve and dislodge the dead cell walls and toxins.
  14. You can repeat this treatment once a week for a month and continue monthly for maintenance.

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13 Best Healthy Zucchini Recipes http://hellonatural.co/13-best-healthy-zucchini-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/13-best-healthy-zucchini-recipes/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=54022 One thing you should know about zucchini is that it’s one of the lowest calorie veggies. That alone makes it a perfect option for healthy meals. But it’s also antioxidant with anti-aging benefits, a good source of potassium, helps reduce blood pressure, and is rich in vitamins A and C. So there’s no reason you shouldn’t try these delicious zucchini recipes, is there?

13 Healthy Zucchini Recipes

Baked parmesan zucchini fries by Hello Natural

Baked parmesan zucchini fries by Hello Natural

One of our favorite ways to serve zucchini is fries. And nothing tops fries better than parmesan!

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Taco stuffed zucchini by Oh My Veggies

Taco stuffed zucchini by Oh My Veggies

Get your favorite Mexican flavors in a healthy version, with these baked zucchini boats.

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Zucchini cauliflower potato bake by I Food Real

Zucchini cauliflower potato bake by I Food Real

All the best seasonal vegetables, zucchini included, are topped with a delicious blend of garlic, dill and Greek yogurt to make these hearty dish.

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Zucchini Bread Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese by Recipe Runner

Zucchini Bread Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese by Recipe Runner

Yes, you can use zucchini for your desserts as well. Who doesn't love a secretly healthy pancake?

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Zucchini noodles with simple basil pesto by Well and Full

Zucchini noodles with simple basil pesto by Well and Full

Zucchini noodles are the easiest healthy meal we can think of, and the simple basil pesto makes it absolutely delicious.

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Greek Frittata by Kalyn's Kitchen

Greek Frittata by Kalyn's Kitchen

This Greek frittata with zucchini, tomato, feta, and herbs will be delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Lemon-garlic zucchini ribbons by The Baking Fairy

Lemon-garlic zucchini ribbons by The Baking Fairy

Lemon juice has a way of completely changing the taste of zucchini, so try this when you find the vegetable uninspiring.

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Vegetarian Fajitas by Cook's Hideout

Vegetarian Fajitas by Cook's Hideout

vegetarian fajitas might just become your new favorite Mexican dish!

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20 minute pesto pasta salad by The Fitchen

20 minute pesto pasta salad by The Fitchen

This pasta is super easy to make, and really quick too. The perfect dinner for when you don't want to spend too much time near the stove.

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Zucchini stuffed with rice and feta by Tangerine Zest

Zucchini stuffed with rice and feta by Tangerine Zest

A filling vegetarian dish made with rice and vermicelli, and topped with the tastiest feta and basil combination.

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Crispy baked zucchini wedges with basil chimichurri by Gringalicious

Crispy baked zucchini wedges with basil chimichurri by Gringalicious

Soak zucchini wedges in a delicious combo of egg, breadcrumbs and spices, bake in the oven and serve with this fantastic chimichurri-pesto dip.

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Green summer soup with dill by Green Evi

Green summer soup with dill by Green Evi

This green soup is loaded with veggies and fresh herbs: zucchini, arugula, green peas, dill and basil. It’s refreshing and makes a perfectly satisfying summer midweek meal.

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Red curry cauliflower and zucchini soup by Mango & Tomato

Red curry cauliflower and zucchini soup by Mango & Tomato

An easy recipe that you can adapt according to what you have in the fridge - plus you can serve it on top of rice if you'd like!

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12 No-Fail Tips To Improve Your Productivity http://hellonatural.co/12-no-fail-tips-to-improve-your-productivity/ http://hellonatural.co/12-no-fail-tips-to-improve-your-productivity/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=53213 Are you the kind of person with an organized desk or with an organized chaos? I personally can’t properly focus if the space where I’m working at is not neat and organized, and I really believe that a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind, so I’m constantly picking up things, tidying up and trying to keep everything where it belongs. It may sound exhausting, but trust me, when you’re on top of everything, things flow easier.

How To Be More ProductiveNotepads, post-its, notebooks, a calendar and a jotter are part of  the little “army” (as I like to call it) of organizational aids that keep me on top of everything and make my life easier.

3 Must-Haves for Staying Organized

1. Meg Biram GSD notepad collection

Meg created this amazing set and series of notepads that have become my absolute best, but most importantly, they have changed the game for me in the best possible way. I can easily keep track of tasks, see an overall scope of the things I need to get done, and focus focus focus!! I highly recommend it :)

2. Notebooks for each job I have

As a freelancer and a blogger, I like keeping a separate notebook for every job/brand/blog I work with. Everything I need to know about each one is in one notebook and I can easily refer to them when needed. Nothing like avoiding loose papers and ideas jotted everywhere.

3. A small monogrammed jotter

Is there a better feeling than crossing off tasks from your to-do list? This jotter is perfect in size and the option to personalize it is a little plus that will put a smile on your face ;)

I also rely on my phone’s calendar to keep track of appointments (I’m lost without it), and following these tips below have really helped, so hopefully you’ll find them useful!

12 Tips to Improve Your Productivity

12 Tips on How to Be More Productive

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Cool Down with 3 Hydrating Summer Detox Juices http://hellonatural.co/cool-down-with-3-hydrating-summer-detox-juices/ http://hellonatural.co/cool-down-with-3-hydrating-summer-detox-juices/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=53061 Summer beverages are all about hydration and refreshment. Cucumbers, watermelon, mint and other summer faves are made to keep us cool as, well, a cucumber, and to keep our bodies nice and hydrated so we don’t overheat or melt down.

3 Summer Detox Juice Recipes

These 3 detox juices are major multi-taskers, though: they do a great job of cooling you down when heat and humidity strike (think of them as air-conditioning for your insides!), and are full of diuretic detox ingredients like watercress, parsley and celery that battle bloating and inflammation.

Watermelon Toxin Flush

Watermelon Toxin FlushThere’s a reason watermelon has its name! If you’re one of those people (present company included) who hacks off a piece to eat over the sink immediately after buying one, you’ll love this juice. The combination of watermelon and mint is absolutely divine, and the lemon helps regulate your pH.

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Toxin Flush Juice
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1-2 servings
 
Greens and hydrating watermelon and cucumber combine for a summery detox drink.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups of watermelon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 5 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Juice all ingredients in juicer. Pour into glass(es) and enjoy immediately.

Cucumber Detox Elixer

Cucumber Detox ElixerBored with your green juice routine? Carrots sweeten this one up a bit, while lemon adds tang and watercress or dandelion leaves (your choice) add a peppery, slightly bitter flavor as well as calcium and antioxidants.

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Detox Elixir
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1-2 servings
 
Lemon, watercress and dandelion leaves have powerful detox properties while cucumber and carrot replenish nutrients.
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 celery stalks
  • handful of watercress
  • or 3 dandelion leaves
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Juice all ingredients in juicer. Pour into glass(es) and enjoy immediately.

Mint Grapefruit Cool Down

Mint Grapefruit Cool Down JuiceMint also pairs well with grapefruit, and this easy drink has extra detox power thanks to the immune-boosting, inflammation-fighting properties in parsley, a natural diuretic.

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Cool Down Juice
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1-2 servings
 
This simple juice features the amazing combo of grapefruit and mint. Fresh parsley adds even more detox power!
Ingredients
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 1 handful fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Juice all ingredients in juicer (remove grapefruit peel before juicing if your juicer is unable to handle it). Pour into glass(es) and enjoy immediately.

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Plastic Purge: 10 Safer Ways To Store Food http://hellonatural.co/plastic-purge-10-safer-ways-to-store-food/ http://hellonatural.co/plastic-purge-10-safer-ways-to-store-food/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=53990 With all the studies linking the chemicals in food-storage plastics (namely, DIDP and DINP, as well as the now-maligned BPA and DEHP before them) with health problems like high blood pressure, endocrine disruptions and insulin resistance, I’ve become a little fearful of the plastic lunch containers sitting in my kitchen—especially the cheapie ones that I tend to use for sending leftovers home with guests. Of course there are many other environmental and lifestyle factors that affect us, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. So I’ve tried to make the switch to non-plastic containers and wraps for everything I possibly can.

Besides some convenience (microwave and dishwasher use is not recommended with plastic, as heat causes chemicals to leech out), safer food storage options are often sturdier, stain-resistant, longer-lasting, better for the planet, and sometimes even prettier! Here are 10 products to make the switch:

10 Safer Ways to Store Food1. Mason Jars

Not only are they a safe and sturdy way to store food, mason jars can also be used for canning, storage, vases and many other uses around the house. They seal tightly and the base can be heated and put through the dishwasher. Their consistent shape means no more digging through piles and piles of lids looking for the right one. I like keeping the 8-ounce size around for making infused booze or storing snacks, and the pint size is perfect for leftovers, salads, infused water and smoothies. They look beautiful on display, too!

2. Glass with Plastic Lids

Pyrex, Anchor Hocking and a few other companies offer these extremely convenient—and hallelujah, stackable—glass containers that have tight-fitting plastic lids. Yes, the lids are still plastic, but you can still heat your food in the bowl portion and only use the lids when you’re storing or transporting. They can be used for salads, easily identifying leftovers, storing extra veggies, or even using as serving bowls in a pinch. While mason jars don’t stack well, these shallower bowls lay nice and flat in a lunch tote, and are great if you have limited storage space in the kitchen.

3. Snapware

Raise your hand if, even with a tight-fitting lid, you’ll find a way to spill a container of leftovers. Just me? Maybe that’s why I absolutely adore the set of glass Snapware my mom gave me for Christmas. (Yes, I asked for food storage containers for Christmas.) It’s pretty impossible to spill anything with these super-tight lids. I love the small round containers for storing my stashes of roasted chickpeas or trail mix, and the larger ones are excellent for leftover soup or sauces.

4. Lifefactory

Two big drawbacks to glass: one, it’s breakable, and two, it gets incredibly hot to the touch. Lifefactory’s silicone sleeve protects both your fingers and the container, should you drop it or pack your lunch bag a little too crowded. The lids and sleeve are made from synthetic materials, but they’re phthalate and polycarbonate free—and they’re not touching your food. Note that the lids are dishwasher and freezer safe, but should not be heated.

5. Leftover Jars

I remember my great-grandma, a farm wife, would (among many other odd behaviors) reuse glass mayonnaise and peanut butter jars when I was a kid, and I was totally grossed out by it. Years later I lived with a hippie boyfriend who drank water out of what I’m pretty sure was the same reused kombucha bottle for the entire 4 years we dated, and that seemed pretty gross, too. But now I’m the weirdo who saves all her lemonade bottles, spice jars and peanut butter containers, painstakingly peeling off the labels and scrubbing them in order to reuse them—and my roommate and boyfriend are the ones rolling their eyes.

Not only do you save yourself some shopping and glass recycling when you reuse; glass food jars are already the perfect sizes and you can bring the clean ones to the bulk section of the supermarket to save even more money. As always, grandma was right! One note though: I’ve found jars that contained a tomato or pickled product just don’t get clean enough to reuse (especially the bottom of the lids). And be warned that once you pop the safety seal, it may not reseal super tightly in the future.

6. Waxed Paper

Wrap cheeses with waxed paper and keep in the cheese drawer to keep moisture out (and flavor in) for a couple weeks. Natural Value makes an unbleached, eco-friendly waxed paper, as well as waxed paper bags, which are nice for snacks, leftover chunks of ginger, bars or cookies and peeled garlic cloves.

7. Foil

If you have a large chunk of something you’re going to freeze—say, a dessert or piece of meat—a foil/waxed paper combo works well. Wrap the food tightly in waxed paper, then again with heavy-duty foil, making sure there is overlap on each side and there are no holes for freezer burn to creep in. For other foods, wrap foil tightly over the tops of bowls (avoid storing anything acidic in foil). Note that foil tears easily, so be gentle and double up with waxed paper if necessary. Look for recycled foil if possible, and rinse and reuse it if you can.

8. Stainless Steel

Obviously you can’t put these in the microwave. But if you’re looking to store snacks, sandwiches, salads or other non-microwaved foods, these are a great, sturdy option. Look for one with a lid that snaps or latches closed. PlanetBox’s bento-style stainless lunch boxes are nice if you or the kids are bringing a lunch every day! Avoid storing acidic foods in stainless steel.

9. Silicone Covers

Just slap these over whatever container you’re using and pop it in the fridge! You can even use them in the oven or microwave. Disinfect them regularly with boiling water.

10. Beeswax Wrap

These malleable flat wraps (made from hemp, organic cotton, jojoba oil and beeswax) can be pressed and sealed onto just about any container, used to store sandwiches and cheeses, or wrapped around the cut ends of veggies. Hand wash them with soap and water like you would your dishes.

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12 Clever Ways To Reuse Wine Bottles http://hellonatural.co/12-clever-ways-to-reuse-wine-bottles/ http://hellonatural.co/12-clever-ways-to-reuse-wine-bottles/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=55047 Confession time: wine may be our little guilty pleasure. Mulled wine in winter, sangria in summer, and a glass of rosé in any season. What about all those bottles around the house, you ask? Well, those can easily be reused, and here are some ideas we like:

Citronella candles by Hello Natural

Citronella candles by Hello Natural

Keep the bugs off the porch while you enjoy an evening outdoors with these stylish citronella candles in wine bottles.

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Pendant lamps by I Love To Create

Pendant lamps by I Love To Create

Using glass pebbles and wine bottles, you can make these pretty pendant lamps for a change in decor.

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Votive holder by La Crema

Votive holder by La Crema

Wine bottles cut in half make some excellent votive holders. You can paint them, too.

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Halloween poison bottle by Ruffles & Truffles

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Reuse a wine bottle to make spooky poison bottles for Halloween.

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Bird feeder by Rogue Engineer

Bird feeder by Rogue Engineer

Bring a little life into your backyard with these fabulous bird feeders made from wine bottles.

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Yarn wrapped vases & table numbers by A Handcrafted Wedding

Yarn wrapped vases & table numbers by A Handcrafted Wedding

Give a shabby chic accent to an outdoors party by wrapping wine bottles in pastel yarn. They make lovely centerpieces!

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Egg cups by Nur Noch

Egg cups by Nur Noch

The bottom of a wine bottle can quickly be turned into a stylish egg holder.

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DIY penny vase by Mulsin & Merlot

DIY penny vase by Mulsin & Merlot

An original take on the penny vase, made with a wine bottle and white-rubbed pennies.

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Paper doily decoupage bottle by Craftiments

Paper doily decoupage bottle by Craftiments

Make wine bottle vases totally pretty with the aid of paper doilies. As easy as it sounds!

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Self watering bottle by Julie Blanner

Self watering bottle by Julie Blanner

Keep your plants alive when you're on holiday with this easy DIY device made from an old wine bottle.

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Chandelier by DIY Network

Chandelier by DIY Network

This project requires a little more time and skill, but it's definitely worth it!

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Soap dispenser by Living Well Spending Less

Soap dispenser by Living Well Spending Less

These etched wine bottle soap dispensers are the perfect containers for your DIY cleaning products.

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