HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Sat, 23 May 2015 13:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Cucumber Basil + Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pops Recipe http://hellonatural.co/summery-spa-pops/ http://hellonatural.co/summery-spa-pops/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 13:00:21 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=32332

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It’s important to stay cool and hydrated as the weather warms up. Our preferred summer afternoon snack is homemade popsicles. These get a fun makeover into spa pops. They are healthy, hydrating and 100% natural. You’ll be surprised how quickly they disappear from the freezer!

Cucumber Basil Pops

Cucumber Melon Spa Pop | HelloNatural.coCucumber and melon are two of my summer favorites. Both have a high water content naturally, making them a great base for popsicles. I added basil and lemon to the cucumber pops. They taste like infused water – not sweet, but utterly refreshing.

Cucumber Melon Spa Pop | HelloNatural.co

Cucumber Basil Spa Pops
Author: 
Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • juice of 1-2 lemons (to taste)
  • smal handful basil leaves
  • ½ to 1 cup water, if needed for blending
Instructions
  1. Puree cucumber, lemon juice, and basil in blender. Add water if needed. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
Notes
-Fresh cucumber juice can also be used, or the mixture can be strained, if desired, before pouring into the molds.

Watermelon Strawberry Pops

Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pop | HelloNatural.coTo the watermelon pops, I added strawberries – a perfect summery combo!

You could definitely use other varieties of melon, berries, or other fruits. Other fresh herbs like mint, or even edible flowers would make pretty spa pops too. I use these molds which hold about 4 ounces of liquid in each one. The exact amount may vary a little bit due to natural variations in water content in the fruits and cucumber.

Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pop | Henry Happened

Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pops
Author: 
Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cups strawberries
Instructions
  1. Puree watermelon and strawberries until very smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.

Some different combinations to try:

  • Lemon with edible flowers
  • Cucumber and mint
  • melon with slices of strawberry
  • Make with water or coconut water for extra hydration benefits.

Cucumber Melon + Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pops | HelloNatural.co

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12 Easy Styles to Better Your Bun http://hellonatural.co/12-bun-tutorials/ http://hellonatural.co/12-bun-tutorials/#respond Sat, 23 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49683 What’s fancier than a ponytail, but just as easy to make? The bun, of course. Whether you make yours nice and sleek like a ballerina, or ravished like a French girl, we’re pretty sure it’s on your weekly hairstyle rotation. Or is it a daily thing? Either way, you will find these tutorials useful for those busy mornings when you’re in a rut:

12 Bun Tutorials

1. Super sleek bun by Lauren Kelp. Pretend you don’t have dirty hair with this sleek bun tutorial.

How to get the perfect bun by Ginger Side of Life | 12 Bun Tutorials2. How to get the perfect bun by Ginger Side of Life. We’re not over sock buns yet! They look so perfect and polished!

Sock bun 2.0 by Inspired by This | 12 Bun Tutorials3. Sock bun 2.0 by Inspired by This. But if you are slightly bored with the regular sock bun, you can upgrade it with this chic tutorial.

Messy braided double bun by Girl Loves Glam | 12 Bun Tutorials4. Messy braided double bun by Girl Loves Glam. Embrace the messy look with this braided double bun that’s easy to make at home.

Plaid Bun | 12 Bun Tutorials5. Plaid bun by Hello Natural. Add a little color to your bun with this easy idea. The secret? Plaid fabric scraps.

The 10 minute fishtail updo by Pearls on a String | 12 Bun Tutorials6. The 10 minute fishtail updo by Pearls on a String. As good looking as a fishbraid, as comfortable as a bun, this hairstyle is the best of both worlds.

Upside down French braid by Stylishly Me | 12 Bun Tutorials7. Upside down French braid by Stylishly Me. Not just a simple top bun, but one that also shows off your braiding skills.

Shoulder length hair tutorial by Ducklings in a Row | 12 Bun Tutorials8. Shoulder length hair tutorial by Ducklings in a Row. Even when you don’t have long hair, the bun can be your friend!

Messy upside down French braid by The Merrythought | 12 Bun Tutorials9. Messy upside down French braid by The Merrythought. This hairstyle looks especially lovely if you have highlights, but it will also help hide a bad hair day.

DIY messy bun for long hair by Sitting in Our Tree | 12 Bun Tutorials10. DIY messy bun for long hair by Sitting in Our Tree. Make your long hair nice and messy with this simple hairstyle tutorial.

Messy pretzel chignon by Coconut Robot | 12 Bun Tutorials11. Messy pretzel chignon by Coconut Robot. An easy, effortless hairstyle that looks like a food item? Count me in.

 Fluffy top knot tutorial by Twist Me Pretty | 12 Bun Tutorials12. Fluffy top knot tutorial by Twist Me Pretty. Get a big ole’ bun even if you don’t have a ton of hair by following this video tutorial.

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No-Fail Plan: 10 Salad Dressings You Should Stop Buying + Start Making http://hellonatural.co/10-homemade-salad-dressings/ http://hellonatural.co/10-homemade-salad-dressings/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=51001 To prevent salads from becoming boring, just add dressing. We know it’s really convenient to buy it ready-made, but you might not realize how easy it is to make at home! Plus you have complete control over what goes it in. If you’re using fresh ingredients for your salad, why not do the same with your dressing? Here are 10 common salad dressings you should stop buying and start making.

Detox Dressing | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings1. Detox Dressing (by Hello Natural). Add good fats with avocado or olive oil to a tasty detox salad dressing. Lemon gives a bright, fresh flavor and doesn’t leave the dressing feeling too oily or heavy.

Blue cheese dressing by Taste and Tell Blog | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings2. Blue cheese dressing (by Taste and Tell Blog). Make your own blue cheese dressing from actual blue cheese and toss it on your favorite salads.

Tahini Dressing | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings3. Tahini dressing (by Hello Natural). Mix tahini with lemon juice, honey and some spices to get the perfect tahini dressing for any salad.

Caesar Dressing by The Black Peppercorn | 10 Homemade Salad Dresssings4. Caesar dressing (by The Black Peppercorn). The homemade version of Caesar dressing is made in about 10 minutes in the food processor.

Ginger-Lime Dressing by Oh My Veggies | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings5. Ginger-lime (by Oh My Veggies). If you’re not into thick dressings, go for something light and detoxifying, such as this ginger-lime dressing sweetened with honey.

French dressing by Hidden Fruits and Veggies | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings6. French dressing (by Hidden Fruits and Veggies). A tangy dressing with vinegar, lemon juice and ketchup, which you can easily whip up at home.

Blueberry Vinaigrette | 10  Homemade Salad Dressings7. Blueberry vinaigrette (by Hello Natural). Making vinaigrette is the easiest thing! Plus you can customize it to high deliciousness by adding things like blueberries.

Italian dressing by Cooks with Cocktails | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings8. Italian dressing (by Cooks with Cocktails). Make your own version of Olive Garden’s signature dressing with vinegar, parmesan cheese and Italian spices.

Ranch dressing by Little Broken | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings9. Ranch dressing (by Little Broken). Taste the buttermilk, dill and Tabasco in this impressive ranch dressing you’re gonna want to put on everything.

Honey mustard by My Food Story | 10 Homemade Salad Dressings10. Honey mustard (by My Food Story). Your don’t need more than a couple of minutes to make this dressing, plus you can store it in the fridge for two weeks.

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Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + More http://hellonatural.co/fight-summer-bummers-with-10-natural-remedies-for-bug-bites-sunburn-more/ http://hellonatural.co/fight-summer-bummers-with-10-natural-remedies-for-bug-bites-sunburn-more/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49588 Everybody loves summer, but it comes with its own set of annoyances thanks to pollen, sweat, bugs and humidity. Keep these natural remedies on hand to fight summer bummers, and you’ll get back to enjoying (or sweating out) the sunshine and glorious weather in no time.

10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + Other Summer Bummers1. Bug bites

Calendula Bug Bite Balm | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreIf you’re in a humid climate, you probably get your fair share of bug bites over the summer. (We’re basically swarming with mosquitoes here in Minnesota from May to September.) Fight off the little buggers with citronella diffusers and DIY all-natural bug spray, then treat the bites with a homemade calendula or activated charcoal-based bug bite balm.

2. Sunburn

5 Natural Sunburn Relief Remedies | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreThe flip side of a day at the beach is a day—or two or three—of itching, peeling and general unsightliness. Not to mention the damaging and dangerous effects overexposure to the sun can have. Whip up a DIY sunscreen before you head out, then treat any burns with homemade cooling lotions and baths made with soothing ingredients like aloe and cucumber.

3. Chlorine hair

Lemon Hair Mask | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreDoes pool chlorine leave you or the kids with green, brittle hair? This DIY green-be-gone hair mask will do the trick.

4. Flip flop feet

3 DIY Foot Treatments | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreWalking around barefoot and in flip-flops all summer long can be hard on your feet. Get them back in tip-top shape with soothing, rejuvenating DIY foot treatments made from household ingredients.

5. Acne

Tomato Acne Scrub | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreSweating is A-OK when you’re playing outdoors. But if you have oily skin, a breakout inevitably ensues. Not so fun. An apple cider vinegar-based toner and other natural acne remedies can help your skin balance its oil production. A turmeric mask is a great preventative measure, too.

6. Stains

DIY Sweat Stain Remover | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreBarbecue sauce, dirt, fruit…why do all of summer’s most wonderful things leave the worst stains? Consult this summer stain guide to find out how to remove them naturally, and this sweat stain-removal method to whiten up the underarms of your favorite t-shirts and tank tops.

7. Dehydration

Infused Water 3 Ways | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreDrinking enough water is even more important when it’s hot and we’re running around all day. Make sure you’re keeping on top of your hydration game with coconut water drinks (it’s called “mother nature’s sports drink” for a reason) and plenty of tasty infused water recipes.

8. Bee Stings + Poison Ivy

Epsom Bath Salt | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreTo treat bee stings or poison ivy rashes, make an Epsom salt compress by mixing two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water. Soak a cotton washcloth in the solution and apply. Or, take a soothing Epsom salt bath.

9. Summer Colds and Allergies

16 Genius Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar | Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreThere is probably nothing worse than sitting inside with the sniffles on a gorgeous summer day. Battle summer colds with a eucalyptus steam, elderberry syrup, immune-boosing juices and 3 other DIY cold remedies that will have you back outside in no time. Allergies can be eased with a teaspoon of local, raw, organic honey or raw apple cider vinegar.

10. Cuts + Scrapes

Fight Summer Bummers with 10 Natural Remedies for Bug Bites, Sunburn + MoreBike crashes, scraped knees and spills in the yard are far more common when the kids are playing outside more. For minor cuts and scrapes, treat with aloe vera gel, turmeric or raw honey to speed up healing. A couple drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil can help the process, too.

How do you treat summer bummers?

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Watermelon, Lime + Hibiscus Ice Pops http://hellonatural.co/watermelon-lime-hibiscus-fruit-ice-pops/ http://hellonatural.co/watermelon-lime-hibiscus-fruit-ice-pops/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=52067 Oh, ice pops, how you make summer heat easier to bear! Making your own popsicles is not only fun, but it also gives you complete control over what goes in them. This recipe from the amazing The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook, for example, has all the vitamin C you and the kids need as well as being hydrating – and really pretty too!

Watermelon, lime and hibiscus ice pops | Hello Natural

Watermelon, lime and hibiscus ice pops
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Vitamin C packed ice pops that will refresh even the hottest summer day.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 ½ cups watermelon chunks (from about 1¼ pounds watermelon)
  • ¼ cup raw agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring ¾ cup water and the dried hibiscus flowers to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let stand until cool. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
  2. in a food processor, blend the watermelon chunks until liquified. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with muslin into a pitcher; discard any solids. (You should have about 1½ cups watermelon juice.)
  3. Stir the hibiscus water, agave nectar, and lime zest and juice into the watermelon juice. Pour the juice mixture into ice pop molds and freeze until firm, about 7 hours.
Notes
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook

 Summer Detox Salad

Summer detox may be the easiest one: there are fresh fruit and veggies available everywhere, plus the heat makes you want to stay away from hot oil or the oven. This salad can easily become your go-to dinner, and you’ll be happy to see it’s easy to make and super healthy.

Greens such as broccoli and spinach are packed with antioxidants and other phytonutrients, which makes eating them fresh a must. Surprisingly enough, mature spinach leaves are even healthier than baby spinach, so pick a nice bunch to make this salad.

Detox Ranch Salad | Hello Natural

Ranch detox salad
Author: 
Recipe type: salad
Serves: 6
 
Enjoy the taste of summer vegetables while also detoxifying your body.
Ingredients
For Salad
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stem reserved
  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and cut into florets
  • 2 medium carrots, unpeeled, coarsely grated
  • 4 large kale leaves, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raw pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons cranberries, fresh if in season or dried
For Purple Dressing
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
For Salad
  1. Peel the broccoli stem and chop, then chop the broccoli and cauliflower florets with a sharp knife or by pulsing in a food processor. Place the chopped broccoli and cauliflower in a large bowl. Add the carrots, kale, and spinach and mix well.
  2. Garnish the salad with the sunflower seeds, pepitas, and cranberries. Serve with purple dressing.
For Purple Dressing
  1. In a blender, combine the blueberries and lemon zest and juice on high speed until liquified.
  2. In a small dry skillet over a high heat, toast the maca, stirring continuously, for about 30 seconds. Add the toasted maca to the blueberries and combine. Season with salt and pepper. use the dressing immediately.
Notes
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook

The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook shares 100 delicious vegetarian dishes from one of the world’s greatest spas, so if you can’t make the trek to Malibu for their luxurious transformation you can at least create a spa experience in your own backyard!

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DIY: Grapefruit Cellulite Scrub + Body Oil http://hellonatural.co/diy-grapefruit-cellulite-scrub/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-grapefruit-cellulite-scrub/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49629 I don’t know why I’m always surprised that there is a natural remedy for any ailment that works as well as (or better) than expensive commercial solutions. Even cellulite! Mother Nature must be a girl, right? We all have our lumps and bumps and this simple cellulite scrub and body oil will help improve the appearance of your skin – no harsh chemicals required.

Grapefruit Cellulite Oil + ScrubThis cellulite oil penetrates skin easier than those fancy creams and lotions so the essential oils can do their magic. I’ve combined three essential oils that are naturally effective against cellulite.

Essential oils for cellulite

  • Grapefruit essential oil contains large amounts of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps break down cellulite.
  • Juniper essential oil is known for its detoxifying and purifying effect.
  • Rosemary leaf oil stimulates circulation and vital metabolic processes.

Grapefruit Cellulite Oil + Scrub

DIY: Grapefruit cellulite oil
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup olive oil (can also use almond, jojoba or even coffee-infused oil)
  • 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 15 drops juniper essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
Instructions
  1. Combine oils in a glass jar and stir to combine.
  2. To use, apply a small amount of oil to damp skin.
  3. During the first four weeks of use, massage oil into the skin with circular movements, at least twice a day.
  4. For ongoing maintenance, continue with the daily application.

Grapefruit Coffee Cellulite Scrub

Grapefruit Cellulite Oil + ScrubYou can’t talk about cellulite without talking about my favorite remedy, coffee. The caffeine in coffee grounds acts as a temporary diuretic that removes excess water from the skin. Just like it does for puffy eyes, caffeine tightens and improves the appearance of those troublesome areas. Plus, the grounds make an excellent exfoliator to remove dead skin.

And, you can add grapefruit again here for its natural ability to breakdown fat and cellulite. (Excuse me while I add grapefruit to everything now.)

DIY: Grapefruit cellulite scrub
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup coffee grounds (fresh or used)
  • ½ cup oil (pick your favorite - almond, olive, coconut, etc.)
  • 15-20 drops grapefruit essential oil
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl, stirring together to thoroughly mix and create a thick paste.
  2. Add more oil or sugar to get desired consistency.
  3. Store in a lidded container. Will last several months unless water it introduced.
  4. To use, apply to skin and scrub in circular motions over areas with cellulite.

There are a whole host of cellulite remedies you can do at home that barely cost a thing, like honey massage and a detox body wrap. Have you tried any natural cellulite remedies?

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How To: Make Homemade Pop Tarts with Real Fruit http://hellonatural.co/homemade-berry-pop-tarts/ http://hellonatural.co/homemade-berry-pop-tarts/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48753 Nothing makes me more nostalgic than desserts from my childhood. Store-bought pop tarts were a rare treat around our house, so we loved it anytime we had some in the kitchen. Now that I’m a mom, I want to give my kids the same tasty memories that I had as a kid. The good news is, that it’s super simple to recreate these store-bought treats at home with natural ingredients.

Homemade Berry Pop TartsAnd when you use Stevia In The Raw®, it helps reduce sugar and calorie intake for the whole family. Stevia In The Raw® is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners that also includes Sugar In The Raw®, Agave In The Raw® and Monk Fruit In The Raw®. These are great products for cutting down on the amount of sugar and calories in your baked goods. With summer holidays and BBQ season coming up, In The Raw® will be a staple in my kitchen for all of my pies and cookies.

Homemade Berry Pop TartsTo get started with using Stevia In The Raw® in your favorite baked goods, simply replace half of the amount of sugar with Stevia In The Raw®. For the rest of the sugar, I recommend using Sugar In The Raw® Organic White. It’s just a lovely, natural sugar!

Homemade Berry Pop Tart FillingFor the fruit fillings in these Berry Pop Tarts, I used that ratio of half Stevia In The Raw® with half sugar, and the results were wonderful! The fresh fruit taste with enough added sweetness to make it dessert worthy. I used blueberries and raspberries, but the same fillings could be made with strawberries or blackberries if you have those on hand.

Homemade Berry Pop TartsUsing a refrigerated pie crust made these pop tarts come together quickly and easily. Just roll out the two pie crusts and cut each into 9 rectangles. Top with a dollop of the fruit fillings and top with a second rectangle of dough.

Homemade Blueberry Pop TartsCrimp the edges with with a fork and poke a few holes for venting. Pop them in the oven, and in less than 15 minutes they’re ready to go.

Homemade Blueberry Pop TartsI added a simple glaze and some sprinkles, because in my mind, no pop tart is complete without some sprinkles! But honestly, they were delicious without the glaze, so feel free to leave them naked. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve been loving these berry pop tarts for a sweet weekend breakfast treat. And I know they would make an awesome dessert for any summer get-together: think mini fruit pies – with sprinkles!

Visit the In The Raw® website to find where you can buy Stevia In The Raw®, print some handy coupons, and find great baking tips and recipes.

Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Berry Pop Tarts
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 9 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag, divided
  • ½ cup Sugar In The Raw® Organic White, divided
  • ¼ cup cornstarch, divided
  • ¼ cup water, divided
  • 1 package refrigerated store-bought pie crust (two crusts)
  • Glaze (optional)
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Place blueberries in a small sauce pan. Add ¼ cup Stevia in the Raw, ¼ cup Sugar in the Raw Organic White, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and 2 Tablespoons of water. Set saucepan over medium low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit is soft and mixture is thickened; about 20 minutes.
  2. Repeat process with the raspberries and remaining Stevia in the Raw, Sugar in the Raw Organic White, cornstarch and water.
  3. Allow fruit mixtures to cool before forming the pop tarts.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Roll out one pie crust to ⅛ inch thickness. Cut crust into 9 - 2x3 inch rectangles and place on prepared baking sheet. Add 1 Tablespoon of fruit mixture in the center of each piece of dough. Roll and cut second crust in the same manner as the first, and place the rectangles on top of the fruit mixture. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pop tarts. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, transfer pop tarts to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Glaze
  7. Mix confectioners sugar with vanilla extract and 1 Tablespoon of water. Spoon glaze over cooled pop tarts and garnish with sprinkles.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of In The Raw via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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80 Make-Ahead Freezer Meal Recipes http://hellonatural.co/80-make-ahead-freezer-meal-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/80-make-ahead-freezer-meal-recipes/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49686 For busy moms, mealtime is rarely a stress-free occasion. Dinner is tough as little ones grow restless and impatient, but breakfast and lunch can be just as hectic. The solution? Frozen meals. But not the usual French fries and chicken fingers – meals that you can prepare ahead and pull out anytime. We knew we had hit a nerve when our slow cooker freezer meals started flying around the Internet. (I’m pretty those 12 meals are the only reason I kept my sanity over Christmas break.)

80 Make-Ahead Freezer Meal RecipesBesides the few foods that don’t freeze well, such as cucumbers, raw potatoes, boiled eggs, mayo and some dairy products, almost anything goes! So grab your zip-lock bags and your plastic Tupperware and let’s see we what we can make. We have 80 – yes, 80! – make-ahead freezer meal recipes.

Freezer Breakfast Recipes

Smoothie Freezer Packs | 80 Make Ahead Freezer Meals1. Make a month of green smoothies in a hour by Hello Natural. Use that spare hour on Sunday to chop and bag your favorite fruits and veggies. You’ll have a month’s worth of breakfast smoothies in no time!

2. Buttermilk pancakes by Happy Money Saver. You will probably get overexcited and make more of these pancakes than you can eat…. It’s a good thing they can be frozen!

3. Make ahead breakfast cookies by Kitchen Frau. Freeze this dough for up to 3 months, bake for 20 minutes, and you’ve got yourself some energizing breakfast cookies.

4. Grapefruit buttermilk waffles with toasted coconut by Cookie Monster Cooking. Reserve some time on the weekend to make waffles, and freeze enough of them to last the whole week.

5. Make ahead breakfast quesadillas by Oh My Veggies. Save time by making more of these quesadillas at once and freezing part of them for next week.

6. Oat Bran muffins by I Food Real. A filling, nutritious breakfast muffin that you can freeze for up to six months!

7. Sweet potato breakfast burritos by Kim’s Cravings. These freezer-friendly breakfast burritos are the perfect meal for when you’re on the run.

8. Nut butter + cranberry delight bites by Marfigs’ Munchies. A healthy snack that you can make ahead, store in the freezer, and take with you on any trip.

9. Healthy maple oatmeal muffins by Well Plated. Healthy oatmeal muffins with maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg, which freeze beautifully.

10.Big batch of green smoothies by Hello Natural. Start every day with a refreshing green smoothie by making all of them ahead of time.

11. Spicy Italian breakfast roll ups by Recipe Tin Eats. Freezable and microwavable food you can eat with your hands when in a hurry.

12. Gluten-free buckwheat waffles by Cookie + Kate. These healthy, buckwheat waffles will fill your morning with energy.

13. Leftover pizza scrolls recipe by Insatiable Munchies. Pizza for breakfast? Why not, just pop these scrolls out of the freezer.

14. Cranberry almond energy bars by The Creative Bite. A protein packed recipe that you can store in your freezer for a healthy and convenient snack or breakfast.

15. Gluten-free carrot cake breakfast cookies by Iowa Girl Eats. Packed with good-for-you ingredients and ready in just 20 seconds out of the freezer.

16. Breakfast burrito by Hello Natural. Make them, freeze them, enjoy them every morning.

17. Freeze and bake biscuits by Baker Bettie. These black pepper and sage buttermilk biscuits are easy to bake fresh or frozen.

18. Banana flax freezer waffles by The Muffin Myth. Made in bulk and kept in the freezer, they’re perfect for quick and easy breakfasts on busy mornings.

19. Acai superfood parfait by Whole Food Bellies. Ice cream for breakfast, something you’ve always wanted, is now doable and defensable.

20. Raw coffee quinoa protein bars by Strength & Sunshine. Protein bars are an easy breakfast on the go, and this one will give you extra energy!

Freezer Lunch Recipes

Garden veggie freezer burritos by Oh My Veggies | 80 Make Ahead Freezer Meals21. Garden veggie freezer burritos by Oh My Veggies. Get into freezer cooking with this easy burrito recipe you can just microwave when needed.

22. Garlic lime chicken kebabs by Happy Money Saver. Freeze these kebabs directly on the skewers, then throw on the grill when you’re ready to eat them.

23. Make ahead slow cooker meals by Hello Natural. Freeze all the chopped ingredients so when the time comes you can place them in the slow cooker and watch it do it’s magic.

24.Slow cooker short rib tacos by Wright Family Table. Whether you freeze it before it’s cooked or after is up to you. Either way, the final taste will be just as amazing.

25. Curried cauliflower chickpea wraps by The Muffin Myth. Enjoy these vegetarian wraps, then enjoy them later after some freezing time.

26. Make ahead cassoulet by Beyond Mere Substance. You can have your favorite complex dish any time if you simply freeze it ahead. This cassoulet is proof!

27. Freezer-friendly meatballs and sauce by Cooking Up Cottage. Heat this sauce while you’re boiling some spaghetti and lunch is basically ready!

28. Parmesan crusted chicken tenders by Kristine’s Kitchen. Baked and delicious, these chicken tenders are easy to freeze ahead in big batches.

29. Crockpot honey soy chicken by Uproot from Oregon. Leave all the work to the crockpot and the freezer for easy make ahead meals.

30. French onion soup freezer kits by Noshing with the Nolands. Get the gourmet taste of onion soup in minutes with this freezer kit.

31. Traditional homemade potato gnocchi by Natural Comfort Kitchen. Homemade gnocchi is delightful, and cooking it from frozen only adds 30 seconds to the process.

32. Simple chicken potstickers by Noming Thru Life. Cooked in 10 minutes, these potstickers make a hearty meal that can be customized to your liking.

33. Baked chicken nuggets recipe by Natasha’s Kitchen. Low fat, tender and juicy nuggets that you can grab from the freezer any time.

34. Peas and scallions with dill by Veggies Don’t Bite. Enjoy this as a vegetarian lunch or as a side dish served with grilled chicken breast.

35. Green vegetable rice by My Body My Kitchen. Easy vegan rice that you can freeze and upgrade depending on what fresh ingredients you have on hand.

36. Spicy honey BBQ quinoa meatballs by Milo & Oats. Spicy, delicous and freezer-friendly, these quinoa meatballs are a life saver when you’re busy.

37. Easy Bolognese sauce by The Cooking Doctor. Always have some bolognese sauce ready in the freezer, and quick spaghetti will never be a problem.

38. How to cook dried beans by Kitchen Treaty. Never buy canned beans again – just cook it and pop it in the freezer to always have at hand.

39. Chorizo, hatch chile and smoked porter chili by eHow. Feel free to make a double batch of this chili to freeze for another day.

40. Sticky chicken with vegetable fry rice by Recipe Tin Eats. Budget friendly, freezer friendly and super flavorful, just what you need for lunch!

Freezer Dinner Recipes

Ultimate vegan chili by Love and Lentils | 80 Make Ahead Freezer Meals41. Ultimate vegan chili by Love and Lentils. This chili recipe will make enough food for several meals  – lots to freeze and eat whenever you’re in need of a quick, hearty dinner.

42. Lemon chickpea shallot casserole by Bunsen Burner Baker. There’s nothing like a good, hot casserole in the evening. Especially when you didn’t go through all the effort of making it that afternoon!

43. Creamy spinach and mushroom lasagna by Damn Delicious. This vegetarian lasagna is great for tonight’s dinner, plus you can freeze the leftovers for months!

44. Chili dog chili by Simple Seasonal. Make this chili ahead of time and freeze for busy nights, then you can eat it with hot dogs or by itself.

45. Vegan chicken patties by Boards & Knives. Avoid buying frozen foods. This recipe allows you to make your own chic’n patties to eat and freeze.

46. Herbed whole grain pizza dough by Cookie Monster Cooking. Making the dough to homemade pizza is the hardest part. Once made and frozen, it takes only minutes to cover with toppings and bake.

47. Bacon turkey burgers by Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish. Light turkey burgers that you can easily freeze for another night.

48. Greens, Mexican rice + refried bean burritos by Foodess. Leave out the avocado and freeze these burritos ahead of time for a quick weekday dinner.

49. Spiced eggplant lentil stew by Natural Comfort Kitchen. The Mediterranean flavors of this stew are even more prominent after some time in the fridge. Freeze leftovers to enjoy again!

50. Winter green soup by Mitzy at Home. Soup is one of the dishes that’s easiest to freeze. This one is green and healthy, packed with Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

51. Chocolate espresso beef and black bean chili by An Edible Mosaic. This unusual combination might become a staple in your home, especially since it freezes so well.

52. Spinach lasagna rolls by Veggies by Candlelight. These spinach rolls are tasty and healthy, and you can store them in the freezer for a long time.

53.  Split pea and country ham soup by Hungry Foodies. A rich and satisfying soup that you can freeze for another night.

54. Cheesesteak football croquettes by Tasty Ever After. Make and freeze these tasty croquettes and enjoy them in front of the TV.

55. Quinoa and spinach patties by You’re An Animal. These gluten-free patties are easy to make and you can jut as easily freeze them for later.

56. The ultimate chicken noodle soup by Sumptuous Living. Enjoy a warm bowl of chicken soup whenever you want by freezing it ahead of time.

57. Chili con carne with cornbread dumplings by Supergolden Bakes. Freeze the chili and just make a fresh batch of dumplings to serve with.

58. Winter vegetable soup by In Fine Balance. Finding this soup in the freezer is like finding money in the laundry!

59. One pot red wine beef stew by Natural Comfort Kitchen. Freeze this delightful beef stew, if you happen to have any leftovers (doubtful!)

60. Turkey meatball and pasta soup by I Food Real. Freeze this soup in an airtight container and enjoy time after time.

Freezer Dessert Recipes

Frozen Granita Recipe |80 Make Ahead Freezer Meals61. Red, White & Blue Granita by Hello Natural. Making granita is as easy as mixing simple syrup with fruit and leaving in the freezer.

62. Mocha brownies by The Pioneer Woman Cooks. With these in your freezer, you can surprise your family with dessert when they least expect it.

63.Meyer lemon vanilla muffins by Oh My Veggies. If any of these delicious muffins don’t get eaten, freeze them and serve on another occasion.

64. Lightened up cookies and ice cream pie by Deliciously Yum. With six ingredients and eight hours in the freezer, this impressive pie comes to life.

65. Chocolate and caramel ice cream parfait by Lovertime Cook. The perfect summer dessert, which basically makes itself in the freezer.

66. Chocolate almond butter freezer fudge cups by A Girl Worth Saving. These tasty fudge cups are set in the freezer, and you can keep them there for surprise visitors.

67.Vegan Peppermint patties by Dreamy Leaf. These delicious peppermint patties are not only vegan, but they’re also best served out of the freezer.

68. Cocoa rosemary hazelnut icebox pinwheels by Tasty Joy. Keep this spectacular pinwheel dough in the freezer, then just slice and bake when you have company.

69. Lemon and raspberry freezer sorbet by Prepping Parties. A sorbet that tastes like summer and that only your freezer can make!

70. Chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge by My Purple Spoon. No baking, just freeze to make these delightful fudge squares.

71. Make ahead freezer cookies by Simply Playful Fare. Do your holiday baking ahead of time and freeze it to spare you some hours during that busy period!

72. Summery spa pops by Hello Natural. Let the freezer do all the work with these popsicles while you take care of everything else.

73. Healthy dark chocolate monkey tails by The Yooper Girl. Frozen bananas topped with chocolate and seeds or nuts are the perfect healthy treat from the freezer.

74. Frozen yogurt bites by Hello Natural. When you need just a little sweetness, pick one of these yogurt bites from the freezer and enjoy a guilt-free snack.

75. Mocha & orange sable icebox cookies by Port and Fin. These look very sophisticated and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have them in the freezer at all times.

76. Salted caramel nut butter cups by Style Nectar. Thank your freezer for making you such divine nut butter cups.

77. No bake pumpkin pie bars by Food by Mars. Gluten-free and vegan, this pie swaps the oven for the freezer.

78. Peach and vanilla beam freezer jam by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Free of preservatives, this homemade jam can be stored in the freezer for any occasion.

79. Inside out freezer cupcakes by Recreating Happiness. The icing for these cupcakes is inside, so they’re easily freeze and heat later!

80. Pumpkin chocolate freezer fudge by Fettle Vegan. Fudge that melts in your mouth, with pumpkin, vanilla and cashew butter.

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DIY: Skin Healing Calendula Oil for Face + Body http://hellonatural.co/diy-skin-healing-calendula-oil-for-face-body/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-skin-healing-calendula-oil-for-face-body/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=51009 Post and photos by Taylor Hengen Newman

Renowned for its skin-healing properties, calendula is a pretty little flower that packs a powerful (yet gentle) punch. An oil infusion created with its petals yields a soothing, antibacterial final product that can be applied to skin straight out of the shower, or used in everyday items from homemade first-aid salves to diaper creams. It will help heal damaged skin, reduce scarring and generally keep skin happy and calm.

Skin healing calendula oil | Hello NaturalYou can easily grow your own calendula and dry its petals for infusing, or purchase some already-dried online. Any natural oil – almond, olive, etc. – will work for this recipe, but I recommend jojoba oil. It mimics the oils our bodies naturally produce, so maintains skin’s healthiest moisture-balance while it hydrates and softens.

How to Make Skin Healing Calendula Oil

Skin healing calendula oil | Hello NaturalSupplies Needed

  • Dried calendula petals (enough to fill your jar/bottle of choice about halfway)
  • Jojoba oil (enough to fill your jar)
  • One clean jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid

Instructions

  • Fill your jar about halfway with calendula petals.
  • Pour oil into the jar until it’s just about full. The herbs will absorb some of the oil, so you won’t end up with quite as much as you pour in.
  • Secure the lid onto the jar and place in a sunny spot for about a month. In the spring and summer, you can place the jar directly outside. In cooler months, place it by a warm, sunny window indoors. Shake occasionally to redistribute the jar’s contents.
  • After about a month has passed, pour the jar’s contents through a small strainer or a muslin bag, straining the oil (or pouring it once strained) into another, clean jar or bottle. Straining can take some time, so don’t rush this, and if you use a muslin bag, squeeze it around the herbs, before discarding, in order to get a few more good drops of the oil.

Skin healing calendula oil | Hello NaturalThe calendula oil infusion doesn’t need to be refrigerated – you can store it in your bathroom cabinet – but if it starts to smell ‘off,’ it’s probably time to toss it and make more. The oil is wonderful as a face and body moisturizer, and works especially well when applied to wet skin just after cleansing.

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How To: Make Your Own Spray Cleaner for Wood Surfaces http://hellonatural.co/diy-wood-cleaner-sauder/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-wood-cleaner-sauder/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=47530 Sauder, an amazing US-based furniture maker, recently invited several bloggers to try out one of their new pieces and photograph it for an online lookbook. (You can check out the creative styling of all the bloggers here.) I’m not sure my styling stacks up the home decor heavyweights like Cassity of Remodelaholic but it was fun to participate!

DIY Wood Spray Cleaner + Sauder Lookbook

DIY Wood Spray Cleaner + Sauder LookbookThe cheerful red cabinet is right next to the kitchen and dining table, which inevitably means dirty hand prints and inexplicably placed food stains. A simple wood spray cleaner does the trick of keeping things clean, without drying out the wood.

DIY Wood Spray Cleaner + Sauder LookbookThe wood spray cleaner is not only handy to have around for wood surfaces, but I also got more entertainment than I’d care to admit shaking things up to watch the oil droplets fly around. Apparently I need to get out more.

Wood Spray Cleaner

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 quart warm water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray onto wood and then dry with a soft cloth. Please note this spray is more of a cleaner than a polish. It works well for painted or laminated wood that doesn’t need the same amount of oil.

DIY Wood Spray Cleaner + Sauder LookbookDIY Wood Spray Cleaner + Sauder LookbookOh, where did that come from? Yep, the bar cart couldn’t resist getting into the picture.

Elise Display Cabinet via Sauder

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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