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Few foods are as universally revered as good old macaroni and cheese. But even a real crowd-pleaser could use some rejuvenation every now and then. It’s time to explore the vast world of mac n’ cheese twists. Featuring fresh seasonal vegetables, herbs, spices and cheeses a plenty, these unique recipes will soon wiggle their way into your heart. Here are 15 of the most delicious spins on this classic dish.

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Baked Pumpkin Kale Mac & Cheese

Baked Pumpkin Kale Mac & Cheese

Ease into autumn in tasty style with Some the Wiser’s Baked Pumpkin Kale Mac n’ Cheese. Packed with pumpkin, kale, and ooey, gooey cheese this healthful comfort food guarantees your kids will gobble up their vegetables.

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Brussels Sprouts + Fontina Mac & Cheese

Brussels Sprouts + Fontina Mac & Cheese

Seared Brussels sprouts doused with olive oil, Fontina, and a hint of rosemary make for a mouthwatering combination. Ari’s Menu’s Brussels Sprouts Fontina Mac n’ Cheese is both hearty and healthy!

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Mac & “Cheese” with Creminis, Peppers and Spinach

Mac & “Cheese” with Creminis, Peppers and Spinach

Swap the dairy cheese for nutritional yeast, pack with protein-rich veggies and voila! You have Eat Healthy Eat Happy’s Vegan Mac and “Cheese."

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Gluten-Free Baked Mac & Cheese Bake with Kale

Gluten-Free Baked Mac & Cheese Bake with Kale

A simple pasta bake like this one combines the best of mac & cheese and baked ziti in one easy dinner. Add sauteed kale for weeknight dinner perfection.

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Mac & Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Mac & Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Peppers (via Cook the Story) is double delicious! Creamy mac n’ cheese baked to perfection in your favorite colored bell peppers; it’s beautiful and delectable.

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Avocado Mac with Pepita Bacon

Avocado Mac with Pepita Bacon

A ripe, buttery avocado is the secret to success for Vegan Yack Attack’s Avocado Mac with Pepita Bacon. Smoky pepita bacon combines beautifully with the creamy avocado “cheese” for a unique taste you’re sure to love.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese

Roasted Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese

100% vegan and oh-so-healthy, Love and Lentil’s Roasted Sweet Potato Mac n’ Cheese provides that classic mac nostalgic flavor with grown-up nutrition. Top with sauteed mushrooms for an even more well-rounded meal.

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Bacon and Feta Mac & Cheese

Bacon and Feta Mac & Cheese

Make your taste buds dance with Bacon and Feta Macaroni and Cheese by the Rustic Willow. Creamy, melty feta and Parmesan cheeses mingle with crispy bacon for a pumped-up version of this kitchen classic.

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Cheesy Acorn Squash Pasta

Cheesy Acorn Squash Pasta

Bursting with cauliflower, creamy squash puree, and Vermont cheddar, Cheesy Acorn Squash Pasta (via This Runner’s Recipes) packs a nutritious punch. Whole wheat penne pasta rounds out the hearty flavor for this fall favorite.

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Skinny One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

Skinny One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

Toss a plethora of healthy ingredients-including ground turkey, black beans, tomato and spices- into one sizzling pan for Oh, Sweet Basil’s Healthy One Pot Chili Macaroni. Cover your chili mac with your favorite fresh shredded cheeses for a zesty dinnertime treat.

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Black Truffle Mac & Cheese

Black Truffle Mac & Cheese

Few can resist the decadent aroma and flavor of black truffle oil. And why should you resist? Let Tide and Thyme’s Black Truffle Macaroni and Cheese lure you in with it’s rich, earthy flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture. You deserve it.

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Mozzarella Mac Deep Dish Pizza

Mozzarella Mac Deep Dish Pizza

Imagine pizza and mac n’ cheese together in delicious harmony. Vegan Yack Attack makes your dreams come true with Mozzarella Mac Deep Dish Pizza. Layers of creamy mac, fresh vegetables, and herbaceous marinara make for the most mouthwatering deep dish around.

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Creamy Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Creamy Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Autumn is prime time for pumpkin foods and this year your mac n’ cheese can join the fun. Creamy Pumpkin Macaroni and “Cheese” (via the Lean Clean Eating Machine) provides all of the delicious decadence but none of the guilt. Vegan and gluten free, too.

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Vegan Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Vegan Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Give your mac some southwest sizzle with Chipotle Mac and Cheese by Carolina Girl Cooks. Packed with vitamins, protein, and distinctive flavor, this smoky, cheesy macaroni tastes great even the next day.

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Tomato Mac & Cheese

Tomato Mac & Cheese

Tomato Mac and Cheese (via Recipe Geek) elevates this classic kid’s favorite by adding tomato, thyme, and sharp white cheddar for a truly tasteful dish.

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Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays With DIY Aromatic Wax Fire Starters http://hellonatural.co/diy-aromatic-wax-fire-starters/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-aromatic-wax-fire-starters/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39165 Chilly nights just beg for a fire in the fireplace. It’s so nice to snuggle up under a favorite blanket in front of a fire and read a good book or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Sure, you can purchase fire starters at the store, but it’s much more fun to make them at home. These wax fire starters are very similar to a candle, but have combustible items such as dried leaves and pine cones to help get the fire going. I added in some aromatic whole spices and herbs that will fill the house with a lovely smell as the fire burns.

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DIY Aromatic Wax Firestarters

What you need:

soy or beeswax, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, mini pine cones, dried rosemary, cotton wicks, paper muffin liners, muffin pan

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STEP 1

Fill the papers with bay leaves, cones, spices and herbs.

STEP 2

Nestle a 1 and 1/2 inch piece of cotton wick into the center of each well.

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STEP 3

Melt the wax and pour it into each well, making sure the items are partially submerged in the hot wax. (They don’t have to be completely covered.)

STEP 4

Let cool completely, then remove from the muffin tin. Store in a tin or jar until ready to use!

Wax Firestarter Cupcakes | HelloNatural.coTo use the fire starter, place in the bottom of a fireplace between the logs. Light the wick.

IMPORTANT: These are only for use in traditional fireplaces. Do not use for gas fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. Can be used outside for campfires. Exercise safety precautions when using.

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DIY Aromatic Wax Firestarters
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups (about 1 pound) soy wax flakes
  • 2-3 cups mini pine cones
  • 12 bay leaves
  • 6 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon whole dried spices such as cloves and allspice berries
  • Twelve 1 and ½ -inch pieces of cotton wick or string
  • Standard 12-cup muffin tin
  • 12 paper liners
  • Old pan, for melting wax
Instructions
  1. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Fill each one with 1 bay leaf, 3-4 mini pine cones, a few pieces of broken cinnamon sticks, and about ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, and a few whole spices. Nestle one of the cotton wicks into the center of each well.
  2. In an old pan over medium heat, melt the wax flakes. Pour an even amount of wax into each well. If needed, gently press the items down so they are mostly submerged in the wax. (They don't need to be completely covered - just enough to hold them together.) Let cool completely.
  3. Remove the fire starters from the muffin pan. Store in an airtight jar or tin, or package individually to give away as gifts.
  4. To use the fire starter, place in the bottom of a fireplace between the logs. Light the wick.

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24 Gorgeous Lipstick Picks for Fall http://hellonatural.co/24-gorgeous-lipsticks-for-fall/ http://hellonatural.co/24-gorgeous-lipsticks-for-fall/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40893 A sweep of color on your lips is a simple fix that can take you from looking blah to bam! in about two seconds. The effect of a bold red or hot pink shade is immediately uplifting. Not in the habit of sporting a red lip? Not to worry, we’ve found 24 lipsticks for fall in 8 beautiful shades.

24 Lipsticks for Fall | HelloNatural.coWhether you opt for a bold red lip or a subtle and soft pink one, there are options for every taste. Is there anything easier to boost your confidence and look?

BARELY THERE NUDES

M·A·C ‘Cremesheen + Pearl’ Lipstick | Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick No. 02 Golden Girl | Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in 01 Oh My Beige!

NUDE PINKS

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Bare Pink | Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Peony Pink | e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Coral

BUBBLEGUM PINKS

L’Oreal® Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Ballerina Shoes | Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in Life in Pink | Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick No. 16 Sweetheart

BRIGHT ORANGES

M·A·C ‘We’re Back’ Lipstick in Tangerine Dream | Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick No. 29 Latin Lover | Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti 

VERY BERRIES

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in 008 | NARS Audacious Lipstick  in Rich Berry | Shiseido ‘Shimmering Rouge’ Lip Color in Venus

BOLD REDS

NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick in Rita | Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ Lipstick in Legendary | Nars Lipstick in Fire Down Below

BROWNS

M·A·C ‘Artificially Wild’ Lipstick in Photo (S) | Clinique Different Lipstick in Shy | NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick in Jeanne

DEEP PLUMS

Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ Lipstick in Plum Scene | Nars The Multiple in BLKR 413 | Boots No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Berry

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DIY Anti-Cellulite Oil + Honey Cellulite Massage http://hellonatural.co/diy-anti-cellulite-oil-honey-cellulite-massage/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-anti-cellulite-oil-honey-cellulite-massage/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39199 Cellulite can affect each of us, but that’s no excuse to throw our hands in the air with defeat. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and exercising are essential, but sometimes we need a little more hands on help. The battle with those dimples and lumps can be waged with this intense honey massage technique and a simple to make anti-cellulite oil.

Honey Cellulite Massage

Honey is a wonderful element that helps eradicate cellular waste from our body. Applying honey directly to the skin absorbs internal toxins, increases circulation and delivers a healing dose of antioxidants to repair skin.

Honey-cellulite-massageStart with clean, dry hands and apply a thin layer of honey to the area of skin with cellulite, about 2 teaspoons. Drag your hand back and forth in each direction, lifting your hand off your skin with each pass. Each time it will be more and more difficult to lift your hand away from your body. You can increase pressure throughout the 5-10 minute massage, however beware that if you use intense pressure bruising might result.

Expect some redness as you’ve just forced blood circulation to increase to this area. The blood brings nutrients and oxygen and takes away toxins from the tissues and muscles. Rinse with warm water and apply the following anti-cellulite oil. This massage can be done several times a week.

DIY Anti-Cellulite Oil

Cellulite-Oil-2Juniper oil is known to clear waste from the body and increase circulation while orange oil relieves fluid retention and swelling. Rosemary will help with edema and swelling as well.

Orange Rosemary Anti-Cellulite Oil

  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil
  • 15 drops orange essential oil
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 15 drops juniper essential oil

Combine the three essential oils with jojoba oil as your carrier oil. Apply to cellulite and gently massage into skin. Store oil in a dark, glass bottle to keep fresh and shake before each use.

For more anti-cellulite ideas check out these 9 at-home remedies.

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12 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals to Get You Through the Holidays http://hellonatural.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/ http://hellonatural.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39130 My slow cooker is my BFF. I use it several times a week, every week. Whoever came up with the idea of make-ahead slow cooker freezer meals is a genius! It’s a total time saver. In just a few hours (including shopping time) you can put together enough meals for a few weeks. That’s a healthy, delicious dinner every night with enough for leftovers too!

12 Make-Ahead Frozen Slow Cooker Meals | HelloNatural.coChoose recipes your family already enjoys and that adapt well to being frozen first. For example, we don’t like to freeze slow cooker meals made with potatoes because they end up losing their appeal after being frozen. Other veggies and fruit (I’ve got two below!) work great.

I plan out the meals/bags I want to make and head to the store with my list. Buying some items that are already frozen and/or chopped is a great time saver. For example, frozen chicken works well because it’s easy to pull out the number I need and not have to worry about them freezing in a big lump.

12 Easy Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals | HelloNatural.coThen when I get home, I chop all the onions (and cook them if my recipe calls for that), carrots, celery, etc. I measure out any dry seasonings I need. Then I work in a semi-assembly line until all the bags are filled.

Labeling is so, so important. It’s nice to include cooking time as well as if there are any special instructions like adding water to the slow cooker or if I need to add an ingredient, like sour cream, at the end of cooking time.

12 easy slow cooker meals to make ahead and freeze

12 Easy Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals | HelloNatural.co1. Meatballs + Tomato Sauce

One bag frozen meatballs (homemade are great too!), one 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

Cook time: 3-4 hours on HIGH

Serve with: cooked pasta, green salad, garlic bread

Serves 4, can easily be doubled

2. Ginger Peach Chicken

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 12-ounce bag of frozen peach slices, 1 sliced red onion, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce, 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 2 teaspoons ground coriander

Cook time: 4-5 hours on HIGH

Serve with: cooked white or brown rice, steamed veggies

Serves 6

3. Vegetable Beef Stew

2 pounds stew meat, 1 diced onion, 2 sliced carrots, 1 sliced parsnip, 1 large rutabaga (peeled and cut into cubes), 1/2 cup red wine, 2 tablespoons beef stock base or 3 bouillon cubes

Extra instructions: add 1 1/2 cups water to slow cooker

Cook time: 8-10 hours on LOW

Serve with: mashed potatoes or rice

Serves 4-6

4. Teriyaki Chicken

2 pounds chicken thighs, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 can pineapple chunks

Cook time: 8 hours on LOW

Serve with: cooked white or brown rice, green veggies

Serves 4-6

12 Easy Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals | HelloNatural.co5. Pork Country Ribs + BBQ Sauce

2 pounds boneless country ribs, one bottle BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)

Cook time: 8-10 hours on LOW

Serve with: mashed potatoes, veggies, and salad

Serves 4

6. Salsa Chicken

2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (breast or thighs), 16-ounce jar of your favorite salsa

Cook time: 6-7 hours on LOW

Serving suggestions: rice bowls, tacos, enchilada filling, nachos, burritos

Serves 4-8, maybe more depending on how it’s used after cooking

7. Mushroom Barley Stew

1 pound mushrooms, 2 sliced carrots, 1 sliced celery rib, 1 diced onion, 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, 1 cup uncooked barley

Extra instructions: add 2 quarts vegetable stock to the slow cooker before cooking

Cook time: 8 hours on LOW

Serve with: hot, crusty bread or rolls

Serves 4-6

8. Lentil-Butternut Squash Curry

1 diced onion, 2 cups red or brown lentils, 2 cups diced butternut squash, 14-ounce can coconut milk, 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 2 teaspoons salt

Special instructions: Add 8 cups water to the slow cooker before cooking

Cook time: 6-8 hours on LOW

Serve with: hot, cooked rice, flatbread, raita

Serves 8

12 Easy Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals | HelloNatural.co9. Sausage Lentil Soup

12 to 14 ounces sliced kielbasa sausage, 2 cups brown lentils, 2 carrots (diced), 1 celery rib (diced), 1 diced onion, 3 minced garlic cloves, 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Extra instructions: For best flavor, brown kielbasa and diced onion, let cool completely before adding to bag (optional, but results in a better flavor and texture), add 2 quarts of water or stock to the slow cooker before cooking

Cook time: 4-5 hours on HIGH

Serve with: fresh bread and/or rice

Serves 6

10. Sloppy Joes

One pound ground meat (pork, turkey, chicken, or beef), 1 diced onion, 1 diced green bell pepper, 15-ounce can tomato sauce (or 1 6-ounce can tomato paste mixed with 1 cup water), one Sloppy Joes seasoning mix packet

Cook time: 3-4 hours on HIGH

Serve with: buns, veggie fries

Serves 4-6

11. Cranberry-Mustard Pork

One (3-4 pound) pork roast (loin, shoulder, butt), 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon brown or Dijon mustard, 1 diced onion, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, zest and juice of 1 orange

Cook time: 8-10 hours on LOW

Serve with: mashed potatoes or rice, steamed broccoli

Serves 6-8

12. Beef Stroganoff

2 pounds stew meat, 1 pound sliced mushrooms, 1 diced onion, 1/2 cup red wine, 1 tablespoon beef stock paste (or 2 bouillon cubes)

Extra directions: Add 1 cup water to slow cooker before cooking. Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream before serving (do not add freeze with other ingredients or add at beginning of cooking time or it will curdle)

Cook time: 8 hours on LOW

Serve with: rice or noodles

Serves 4-6

Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Tips + Hints

  • LABEL THE BAGS. Label them with the name of the recipe, cooking time, and any special instructions (adding liquid, etc.)
  • Bags can be thawed out in the fridge overnight before popping the contents into the slow cooker the next day, though it’s really not necessary.
  • The bags can be frozen flat, but I prefer to freeze the bags upright to make them easier to pop into the slow cooker. If you plan on thawing the bags overnight (totally fine), then it doesn’t matter how you freeze them.
  • I don’t like to freeze potatoes. I also don’t like broccoli or cauliflower cooked in a slow cooker (totally my preference!). If you prefer to add these veggies, by all means do. I recommend buying the already frozen bags and adding those instead of freezing your own. (Again, preference.)

12 Easy Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals | HelloNatural.co

  • The bags won’t really take that much longer to cook if they are frozen when going into the slow cooker.
  • Searing the pork roast and stew meat adds flavor, but isn’t completely necessary – it’s a way to cut down on prep (and cooling time).
  • Some of these recipes don’t include salt. This is on purpose so that salt can be added at the end according to personal taste.
  • If you chose to add dairy in the form of cream, milk, sour cream, yogurt, or cream cheese, do during the last 30-60 minutes (for low and high) so the dairy products don’t curdle.
  • The cooking times I’ve given are the ones I typically use. The general rule of thumb is 6-8 hours on LOW or 3-5 on HIGH. For bigger cuts of meat, I prefer the longer, slower cooking time. It’s totally up to you and your schedule.
  • Broth can be substituted for the wine – I’m not sure it really cooks off because of the lid on the slow cooker.

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10 Essential: Healthy Snacks for Clean Eating http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-healthy-snacks-for-clean-eating/ http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-healthy-snacks-for-clean-eating/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39158 Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of foods you actually want to eat that will help you stay on track throughout the day. Here are our favorite healthy snacks for clean eating; they’ll keep you full without making you feel sluggish.

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1. Pineapple with Coconut

Slice up some ripe pineapple and top with unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes. It’s like a pina colada…without the booze (and the extra calories).

2. Berries

strawberriesSure, berries are full of antioxidants, but they also contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. If you have a sweet tooth, this is a perfect snack for you. Sprinkle on a few raw, sprouted almonds if you need more texture.

3. Veggie or Fruit Chips

Homemade kale or apple chips satisfy the urge for something crunchy. Add savory seasonings to your veggie chips and you’ll fend off the salty cravings, too.

4. Apples

Apples have an unbeatable crunch, and their sweet-tart taste always hits the spot. Pair them with a little tahini, sunflower seed butter or unsalted almond butter for an afternoon energy boost.

5. Flax or brown rice crackers with guacamole

Skinny Guacamole recipOnce you start snacking on crunchy flax or rice crackers topped with guacamole, you won’t even miss chips and dip. For a guac with less fat, try this asparagus version (pictured above).

6. Coconut milk yogurt or kefir with cinnamon

The cultures in coconut yogurt are good for your gut and perfect for those who love creamy desserts. Add beauty-boosting cinnamon for even more flavor.

7. Healthy Smoothies

Lavender-Berry Smoothie with Coconut YogurtYou don’t even need to get out the blender every time! Learn how to prep a week’s worth of smoothies, and a month’s worth of berry-banana-spinach smoothies. We’ve got even more healthy smoothie recipes here! (Including the lavender-berry one pictured above.)

8. Green drinks

Kale, spinach and other greens are easy on the liver and full of fiber to keep you full. When you’re sick of salad, blend them into a green smoothie or juice.

9. A Handful of Seeds

pepitas and sunflower seedsPumpkin seeds are packed with fiber, magnesium and protein. And sunflower seeds have vitamin E, copper and B vitamins.

10. Chia Protein Balls

When you want chocolate, you want chocolate. Luckily, these chocolate chia protein balls are a healthy option.

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Lavender Calendula Healing Hand Salve http://hellonatural.co/healing-hand-salve/ http://hellonatural.co/healing-hand-salve/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39120 Winter wreaks complete havoc on my hands. I’m talking peeling and cracking, itching, and lots of irritation. It’s such a bummer and makes me kind of cranky. I’ve tried loads of different moisturizers and lotions, and though they’ve helped, they’ve also fallen short. Awhile ago, a friend shared some beeswax salve with me. My hands were in heaven. I decided I needed to start making some at home so I could always have a jar next to the kitchen sink and my bedside. The healing hand salve really helps keep my hands soft and supple. What more could I ask for?

calendula-lavender-hand-salve-4Calendula, or marigold, as it is commonly know as, is very healing. The evidence has been well-documented. Salves ad poultices made with calendula have been used for hundred (and probably thousands!) of years. The dried petals are available in bulk in some health stores and online. The infused oil is usually easier to find. But if you can find the dried petals, it’s super easy to infuse olive oil with it. (And it’s quite a bit cheaper too.) Lavender is another favorite when it comes to healing salves and balms. Plus it smells amazing.

Lavender Calendula Hand Salve | HelloNatural.coThe beeswax is also very healing and helps seal in moisture. Shea butter and coconut oil, along with the olive oil, are very moisturizing and will help protect hands from drying out when mixed with the beeswax. The coconut oil also adds anti-microbial benefits. The salve is a little oily as it melts on your skin, but is absorbed pretty quickly. Use it as often as needed. It isn’t just for hands either – use it on your feet, lips, elbows, and knees, or anywhere that needs some TLC.

Lavender Calendula Hand Salve | HelloNatural.coWarm the olive and coconut oils in a small pan or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Add the lavender and calendula to the warm oils and let steep for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing gently to extract as much oil as possible.

Lavender Calendula Hand Salve | HelloNatural.coPour back into the glass measuring cup and add the beeswax.  Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or in a pan of simmering water. Stir in the shea butter. It should melt quickly. Let cool for a few minutes, then add the lavender essential oil, if using. Pour into a heat-safe, shallow jar with tight-fitting lid.

Lavender Calendula Healing Hand Salve
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Heal your hands with a soothing, moisturizing hand salve made with calendula, lavender, and beeswax.
Ingredients
  • 3 oz olive oil
  • 2 ounces coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lavender buds
  • 1 tablespoon dried calendula petals
  • 2 ounces beeswax pellets (white or yellow)
  • 2 ounces shea butter
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Pan of simmering water
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Glass jar
Instructions
  1. Gently heat coconut and olive oils in a glass measuring cup in the microwave or place it in a small pan or simmering water.
  2. Add the dried calendula petals and lavender buds. Let stand for 30-60 minutes then strain. (Warm again if it's too thick to strain.)
  3. Place the infused oil back into the measuring cup and add the beeswax. Melt again either in the microwave or in the pan of simmering water.
  4. Remove from heat and add the shea butter. It will melt quickly. Stir well to combine.
  5. Let cool slightly, the add the lavender essential oil, if using.
  6. Pour into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Let cool completely before using.
  7. Will keep for several months. Use as often as needed.

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HEALTHY SNACK: Cinnamon Ginger Baked Apple Chips http://hellonatural.co/baked-apple-chips/ http://hellonatural.co/baked-apple-chips/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41821 Many of us are starting to prepare (or thinking about starting to prepare) for the holidays, in all the good and bad ways this implies. The following recipe fits in well with this preparation since it combines so many flavors associated with this time of year, especially apples and cinnamon. The other advantage of this snack is that these chips are BAKED. Here’s to saving our calories for apple pie!

Cinnamon Ginger BAKED APPLE CHIPS

Baked Apple Chips with Cinnamon and Ginger | HelloNatural.coIngredients needed

Makes 4 to 5 servings

  • 4 apples
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups cold water
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of ground ginger

Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit while preparing your apples. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add lemon juice to a bowl of cold water and set to the side. Wash and slice your apples as thin as you can, core and all. Add apple slices in the cold water and lemon juice mixture for a few seconds as this will prevent browning. Remove apple slices from the water, and place in a single layer on your lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the chips with cinnamon and ginger powder.

Bake the apple slices for 1 hour, then flip to the other side. Bake for another hour. If the slices are not dry enough, you can bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Once the apple slices are done to your liking, remove from heat and set to the side to cool. Once the apple slices are cool, place them in a air-tight container for storage.

BAKED RADISH CHIPS WITH SEA SALT

Here’s a snack to make up for eating out of your kids’ Halloween basket. The hardest part of this recipe is getting all the dirt off the radishes then waiting for them to bake to crispy savoriness.

Baked Radish Chips with Sea Salt | HelloNatural.coIngredient needed

Makes 5 to 6 servings

  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • sea salt to taste

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the greens and tails of the radishes. Wash thoroughly (you may need to scrub them to remove the dirt completely). Thinly slice your radishes then place in a mixing bowl. Drizzle coconut oil on top, then mix well to coat. Place each chip on the lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the radish chips for 1 hour. If the chips are not as dry as you would like them to be, bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Once the radish chips are done, sprinkle with sea salt.

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13 Ways to Turn Your Bath Into an At-Home Spa http://hellonatural.co/diy-bath-products/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-bath-products/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37346 A quiet day at the spa is probably on everyone’s relaxation list. But let’s be honest: who has the time or the money to actually take a day off and go to a specialized salon? I know I don’t. Sometimes the closest you can get is a soak in the tub between work and chores, at weird moments like 2 p.m. on a Tuesday or midnight on a Saturday. At least there are options: we found tons of DIY bath products that will make you feel like you’re at a spa—even if it’s an at-home version!

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13 DIY Bath Products for an At-Home Spa

Dried rose bath bombs

Dried rose bath bombs

Nothing is more romantic than the smell of roses in the bath tub, don't you think?

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Homemade lavender bath bombs

Homemade lavender bath bombs

Enriched with shea butter and apricot kernel oil, this bath bomb recipe from Soap Deli News is nourishing and gives you smooth skin.

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Seaweed soak

Seaweed soak

A relaxing soak from Simple Medicine, combining dead sea salt, organic seaweed powder and chamomile essential oil.

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Honey vanilla bubble bath

Honey vanilla bubble bath

The best bath is a bubble bath! This one smells like vanilla and almond oil.

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Orange green tea bath salts

Orange green tea bath salts

A refreshing recipe from The Wonder Forest that also works as an antioxidant.

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At home detox bath

At home detox bath

Detox baths remove the impurities from your system. Get the how-to on JJ Begonia.

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Ginger detox bath

Ginger detox bath

Give your body a much needed detox with this ginger and mustard based bath mix.

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Lavender soak

Lavender soak

This lavender soak by Savy Naturalista will help you get a good night's sleep.

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Fizz banger bath bombs

Fizz banger bath bombs

If you're up for a little fun, these pastel color bath bombs from Red Brolly might be the answer.

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Homemade chocolate milk bath

Homemade chocolate milk bath

A long lasting mixture of just three ingredients that will leave your skin feel comfortable and nourished.

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Peach passion bath salts

Peach passion bath salts

Peach passion fruit becomes bath salts in this relaxing recipe from Savy Naturalista.

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Herbal bath soak

Herbal bath soak

Everything you need to know about making your own herbal bath soak, from A Fresh Legacy.

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Mint mojito DIY bath salts

Mint mojito DIY bath salts

All the mojitos you didn't get to drink this summer won't go down the drain. Oh, wait...

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Vitamin-Rich Homemade Eye Wrinkle Cream http://hellonatural.co/diy-eye-wrinkle-cream-recipe/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-eye-wrinkle-cream-recipe/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39197 The fragile skin around our eyes is usually the first area on our face to age with fine lines and wrinkles, the ones we so unaffectionately term ‘crow’s feet.’ We have fewer oil glands in this area to keep the skin lubricated and protected, and we’re constantly squinting and smiling. One way to treat and protect this delicate area is by regularly applying a vitamin A- and E-rich homemade eye wrinkle cream.

DIY Eye Wrinkle Cream Recipe | HelloNatural.coSimple to make at home and perfect to use day or night, apply this eye wrinkle cream recipe using your ring finger on the orbital rim, both underneath the eye and just beneath the eyebrow. Apricot kernel oil is full of vitamins A and E and will help with easy absorption, but if it’s hard to find, you can substitute with almond oil.

DIY Eye Wrinkle Cream Recipe | HelloNatural.coBeeswax is used to thicken the cream, but it can be substituted with soy wax, which is all natural as well.

Coconut Eye Wrinkle Cream Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • ¼ cup apricot kernel oil
  • 3 vitamin E capsules (about a half teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 3-4 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar. To melt the ingredients you’ll want to bring a pot of water to a simmer on the stove, making sure the water is not higher than the jar. Place the glass jar full of ingredients into the pot and wait for it melt. Stir the ingredients occasionally and then transfer to another jar when completely melted. Set the jar aside to cool and harden and then add a lid and you’re ready for application.

Have you started to use an anti-wrinkle eye cream yet?

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