HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:41:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie http://hellonatural.co/post-thanksgiving-green-detox-smoothie/ http://hellonatural.co/post-thanksgiving-green-detox-smoothie/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40942 If you have a morning smoothie routine, you’ve already made the first step for detox. Smoothies are one of the easiest and most delicious ways to include detox powerhouses to your diet. If your system is sluggish from a few days of excess this green detox smoothie will kick start the tune up and clear out the stored toxins overwhelming your system.

Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie | HelloNatural.coWhen you fuel your body with detoxifying ingredients first thing in the morning, you kick start your metabolism, your liver works with maximum efficiency, you feel light and energetic. As your body flushes out the toxins lurking in your system, your skin will glow and the under eye circles disappear.

Detoxing is no rocket science. It’s not about complicated diets, food restrictions, deprivations or strict schedules. Your body has its own ways to heal and detox, and it does so every single day through perspiration, respiration, bowel elimination and urination – it only needs the right foods to help clear out the stored toxins. And the good news is that most of them are perfect smoothie ingredients.

Smoothie detox superstars

Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie | HelloNatural.co

  • Lemons – stimulate digestion and the release of enzymes that neutralize toxins, converting them in a water-soluble form
  • Apples – contain pectin, which is a soluble fiber that retains the toxins in the colon and flushes them out;
  • Green Veggies  and Sea Algae – the magic word is chlorophyll, the powerful nutrient that starts the detox process, cleaning your body of heavy metals, pesticides and other environmental toxins; the most powerful green veggies are: cucumber, broccoli and dandelions, as for the sea algae consider chlorella and spirulina;
  • Green Leafy Vegetables – are high in fibers, potassium and antioxidants, the main ingredients for a healthy liver and digestive system; make sure you eat plenty of kale, spinach, celery, chard, turnips, romaine, mangold;
  • Green Tea – contains nutrients called polyphenols, with a strong antioxidant effect, helping your body to fight against free-radicals
  • Bee Pollen – is packed with nutrients that nourish the liver and reinstate your body’s natural equilibrium, helping it to naturally detox

Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie | HelloNatural.coYou can find these ingredients at the supermarket, at the farmers’ market or the natural food stores, so you can easily include them separately or in combinations in your morning smoothie routine. When my immunity is down and my system needs a detox kick, I add as many of these ingredients in my smoothies. It does wonders!

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Detox Green Smoothie Monster
Author: 
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
 
A powerhouse smoothie packed with the superstar ingredients to kick off your body detox.
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 organic green apple, cut in cubes
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cucumber, cut in cubes
  • ½ cup almond milk
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in the blender and process to obtain a creamy smoothie.
  2. Drink right away

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101 Best Christmas Cookies To Make This Year http://hellonatural.co/101-best-christmas-cookies-to-make-this-year/ http://hellonatural.co/101-best-christmas-cookies-to-make-this-year/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40899 It’s so easy to get sucked down the Pinterest rabbit hole while searching for holiday cookies to make, so we’ve rounded up 101 of the best Christmas cookies for you! Choose from classics, unique spins on traditional cookies, as well as new recipes that just might become family favorites.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.coMany of these recipes are vegan and/or gluten-free. Just consult the handy little icons next to each one (and make sure to confirm whether it meets your dietary needs once you click through).

gf = gluten-free | vegan = vegan

Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodles + Other Classics

1. Classic Sugar Cookies from Betty Crocker are everyone’s favorite, and this large-quantity recipe is perfect if you’re doing a cookie exchange.

2. Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Healthy Sugar Cookies are a nice lighter, dairy-free option—and they can be made gluten free. gf vegan

3. Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles from The Best of This Life will please everyone who hits the cookie tray. gf

4. Soft Shortbread Cookies from Swanky Recipes are perfect on their own, or to dunk in coffee or hot cocoa.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co5. Better save a tray of Portuguese Girl Cook’s Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars to hide away, because they will go FAST.

6. Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies from Taste of Home are a cross between a snickerdoodle and a cinnamon roll. So you can eat them for breakfast, right?

7. Grain-Free Sugar Cookies from Chocolate-Covered Katie are easy to make Paleo. gf vegan

8. Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Sugar & Spritz Cookies from Lexie’s Kitchen are a healthier way to indulge your spritz craving. gf vegan

9. Betty Crocker’s Vegan Sugar Cookies are a dairy-free spin on a classic. vegan

10. Vegan Chocolate Haystacks from Because I Love Chocolate are also gluten-free! gf vegan

11. If you’re like me, Betty Crocker’s melt-in-your-mouth Cream Wafers are a go-to holiday treat. It’s tough to eat just one…or five.

12. Betty’s Linzer Star Christmas Cookies are a traditional favorite made with red currant jelly.

13. The Food Network’s Hazelnut-Chocolate Linzer Cookies can also be made in a Blackberry-Pecan flavor.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co14. Beard + Bonnet’s Snickerdoodles are almost too good to share, so make sure you make a second batch! gf

15. Delicate Lace Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod are a sophisticated, pretty way to celebrate.

16. Kare from Kitchen Treaty swears by Dolly Parton’s Sugar Cookie Recipe. Who knows if it’s really Dolly’s recipe, but we’ll go with it!

17. Date-sweetened Nutcracker Cookies from Oh She Glows are a great way to get the health benefits of nuts in cookie form! gf vegan

18. If you like walnuts, you’ll love Eat Drink Pretty’s Russian Tea Cakes.

19. Combine your loves of eggnog and cookies with these Eggnog Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies.

Peanut Butter

20. Peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter kisses…whatever you call them, try this recipe from Dessert for Two.

21. Peanut butter blossoms get some aesthetic upgrades in this recipe from Betty Crocker.

22. Kitchen Treaty’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are exactly what you think. Delicious. gf

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co23. Chewy Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies from Lexie’s Kitchen have a lovely (and yes, magical) peanut butter center. Plus, they’re sweetened with either dates or coconut sugar. gf vegan

24. Gluten- and dairy-free Peanut Butter Cups from Frugal Living NW are a great cookie alternative for those with special diets, or who just want to avoid flour and butter. gf vegan

Fruity

25. Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate from Two Peas and Their Pod are a great way to enjoy the classic chocolate-orange combo in cookie form.

26. If you’re trying to cut back on refined sugar, Easy Maple Jam Thumbprint Cookies from Natural Sweet Recipes are a good option.

27. Citrus-Kissed Fig Thumbprints from Betty Crocker are a unique spin on a classic.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co28. Rice Flour Jam Cookies from Kurry Leaves are, dare we say, the jam. gf

29. Use seasonal clementines and blood oranges for the Food Network’s Citrus Christmas Squares.

30. Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies from Boulder Locavore contain healthy fruit and nuts. gf

Dark Chocolate Ganache Dipped Macaroons31. Dark Chocolate Orange Ganache Macaroons from Hello Natural are an elegant, giftable treat suited for all the gluten-free chocolate lovers on your list. gf

32. Cinnamon and orange is another timeless combo, which you can try out in Betty Crocker’s Cinnamon Orange Squares.

Minty

33. White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod have a beautiful, festive red and white color combo.

34. Candy Cane Macarons from Annie’s Eats are light and fluffy, but super decadent. (Note: the recipe measurements are in metric, so you’ll need to convert.)

35. Grain- and Gluten-Free Fresh Mint Double Chocolate Cookies from Texan Erin are made with fresh mint. Yum! gf

36. Candy Cane Cookies from Betty Crocker are a traditional minty fave.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co37. Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies from Oh My Veggies are made using candy canes or peppermint candies.

38. Grashopper Mint Chocolate Bark from Brown Eyed Baker takes Andes mints to the next level.

39. Raw Chocolate Thin Mints from Pure Ella are a healthier spin on everyone’s Girl Scout favorite. gf vegan

40. Peppermint royal icing-topped Snowflake Cookies from Lulu’s Sweet Secrets are a minty spin on traditional sugar cookies.

Chocolate, Chocolate + More Chocolate

41. Sarah Bakes’ Gluten-Free Vegan Frosted Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are decadent without the dairy. gf vegan

42. Martha’s Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies combine the best of two worlds: cinnamon and chocolate.

43. Two Peas and Their Pod’s Mini-Hot Cocoa Cookies use hot cocoa mix and marshmallow for an edible version of your favorite winter beverage.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Tassies | 101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co44. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Tassies from Hello Natural are a unique, bite-sized spin on traditional chocolate chip, and they use store-bought dough to make prep even easier. gf

45. Thanksgiving meets Christmas in these Flourless Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Hummusapien. gf vegan

46. Cookies ‘n’ Cream Fudge from Hello Natural is easy to make and package up for the cookie exchange. gf

47. Gluten-Free Oatmeal, Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat Good 4 Life are moist and full of heart-healthy oats.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co48. Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from The Pretty Bee are sweetened naturally, with applesauce and prune puree. gf vegan

49. Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Eat Good 4 Life have lots of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, and can be made a little spicy if you like. gf

50. The secret ingredient in these Hello Natural Chocolate Chip Cookies? Yep, garbanzo beans. The kids will never know they’re getting extra fiber!

51. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod adds a sophisticated flair to a classic.

Mocha Brownie Cookies | 101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co52. Gluten-Free Mocha Brownie Cookies from Hello Natural are flourless, chocolaty and only 56 calories each! gf

53. Sometimes you just need a Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookie, like this one from the Mom 101 cookbook (via Hello Natural). And that’s okay.

54. Connoisseurus Veg’s Vegan Pecan Crusted Toffee Bites have a subtle maple taste. gf vegan

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co55. Who says vegans can’t enjoy fudge? Oh My Veggies’ Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge begs to differ. gf vegan

56. Mix and match your fillings in the Food Network’s Cocoa Thumbprints.

Barks, Brittles + Biscotti

57. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bark from Cravings of a Lunatic is totally crave-worthy. gf

58. Superfood-packed Coffee Toasted Almond + Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark from Half Baked Harvest is the bark of your dreams! And it’s full of good-for-you antioxidants and healthy fats. gf vegan

59. Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark from Betty Crocker is a cookie in bark form.

Granola Brittle | 101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co60. 10-Minute Granola Brittle from Hello Natural couldn’t be any easier, or tastier. (Hint: don’t double the recipe; just make it twice.)

61. Recipe Girl’s Peanut Brittle is an easy way to make treats for a crowd! gf

62. Martha’s Almond-Ginger Biscotti is perfect for dipping in coffee, hot cocoa or tea.

63. Fruity, nutty Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti from Shugary Sweets is great if you’ve maxed out on chocolate. (Is that possible?)

64. Cardamom Biscotti from Martha Stewart adds a nice chai scent to your home.

65. Vegan Eggnog Crunch Biscotti from Oh She Glows has a decadent, but dairy-free, eggnog glaze. vegan

66. Chocolate and pecans? Yes please. Worlds collide (in a good way) with this Pecan Biscotti recipe from Bon Bon Rose Girls.

Meringues + Marshmallows

67. This Giant Chocolate Marshmallow from Waitrose could be dangerous…in a good way. (Note: this recipe uses metric measurements; you’ll need to convert.)

68. The Urban Poser’s Rustic Homemade Marshmallows are free of gluten, corn, dairy (they still contain gelatin, though, so not vegan) and refined sugar. gf

69. The Food Network’s Chocolate-Covered Snow Peaks are a lighter, gluten-free cookie alternative. gf

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co70. These cute Christmas Tree Meringues can be served on their own or in Raspberri Cupcakes’ Christmas Mess recipe. gf

71. Her Christmas Tree Marshmallows are also pretty cute!

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | 101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co72. Don’t be intimidated by making marshmallows at home; Peppermint Marshmallows from Hello Natural are so easy the kids can even help!

73. Chocolate Mint Meringues from Shugary Sweets are as pretty as they are delicious.

74. Peppermint Meringues from Woman’s Day serve as a cute decoration, and a tasty treat.

Candies + Cookie Alternatives

75. These dipped treats from The Cooking Photographer couldn’t be any easier. (Just resist the urge to dip everything in white chocolate year ’round.) gf

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co76. Giant Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows from Messy Parents Messy Kids are super easy, and the kids can help!

77. Cinnamon Sugared Almonds from Something Swanky are extremely addictive—and kinda-sorta healthy :) gf vegan

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co78. Averie Cooks’ Butter Mints recipe will remind you of the old-fashioned treats Grandma used to make. gf

79. Homemade Salted Caramels from Live Laugh Rowe will put a smile on the grinchiest faces. gf

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co80. The Merrythought’s sweet-and-salty Chocolate-Covered Pretzels are bright and festive.

No-Bake

81. Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites from Port and Fin only include 4 ingredients. So easy. gf vegan

82. Must-Make Cream Cheese Mints from Cupcake Vixens are pretty and only use a few ingredients. gf

Nutella Truffles | 101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co83. Try not to eat all the Nutella Truffles with Frangelico (from Hello Natural) before you gift them. gf

84. For an extra jolt, try these Coffee No-Bake Balls from Sweet Makes Three.

85. Oh She Glows’ No-Bake Peppermint Patty Bars are good enough to eat year ’round, and they’ve got tons of antioxidants.vegan

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co86. No-Bake Coconut Snowballs from The Kitchn can also be made raw if you like. gf vegan

87. Kitchen Treaty’s Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters are so simple; all you need to do is stir and pour.

88. Attention cookie-dough lovers (a.k.a. everyone!): These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Better Homes & Gardens are all of the chocolaty goodness, with none of the baking.

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co89. Amaretto Snowballs from Pure Ella use only 4 ingredients! gf vegan

90. Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties from Oh She Glows use healthy coconut oil and dark chocolate. gf vegan

91. No-Bake Persimmon Snowballs from With An Open Mind are a great way to use this unique winter fruit. gf vegan

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co92. No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Bars from The 36th Avenue only require 4 ingredients as well—talk about easy.

93. Some people swear by those green holiday wreaths! Use this recipe from Betty Crocker and customize with the cereal of your choosing.

Ginger Cookies

94. Cranberry Ginger Cookies with Maple Icing from Bare Root Girl add some antioxidant-rich fruit into the gingerbread mix. gf vegan

95. Chewy Molasses Spelt Cookies with Candied Ginger from Oh She Glows are a slightly spicy treat. vegan

96. Martha’s Giant Ginger Cookies are a ginger-lover’s delight!

101 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Year | HelloNatural.co97. You’ll have tons of fun decorating Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Mengf vegan

98. Free People’s Grain-Free No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Balls are a nice change of pace, and they’re sweetened with dates! gf vegan

99. A white chocolate-cream cheese frosting makes these Soft Gingersnaps from Two Peas and Their Pod even more enticing.

100. Ina Garten is the master, so we’re going to believe her when she says this is the Ultimate Ginger Cookie.

101. Triple the ginger with Epicurious’ Triple Ginger Cookies.

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7 Natural, DIY Ways to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays http://hellonatural.co/7-natural-diy-holiday-scents-for-the-home/ http://hellonatural.co/7-natural-diy-holiday-scents-for-the-home/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41713 It isn’t the holidays if you can’t smell it. The crisp winter air, a fresh Christmas tree, the gingerbread baking, the mulled wine and citrus all combine to make this time of year feel cozy and festive at the same time. And you can have your house smelling all Christmas-like with these natural, DIY holiday scents for the home, even if you’re not into baking!

1. Fall Pot Simmer

3 Easy DIY Fall Scents | HelloNatural.coAdd some of your favorite winter scents – such as rosemary, vanilla and citrus – to a pot of simmering water. Keep adding water and the pot simmer will smell gorgeous all day (and keep the air humid).

2. Chai candles with soy wax

DIY Chai Candles | HelloNatural.coIf a chai latte is your guilty pleasure, enjoy its amazing smell around the house with these soy chai candles made with cinnamon, clove and ginger.

3. Aromatic wax firestarters

How to Make Aromatic Wax Fire Starters | HelloNatural.coThe fire may already smell like it’s Christmas morning, but imagine what these aromatic wax firestarters filled with pine cones and cinnamon will do!

4. Dried Fruit + Nut Potpourri

3 Easy DIY Fall Scents | HelloNatural.coMaking your own potpourri is fun because you can really customize it using elements from your yard or garden. Using dried fruit and nuts creates a pleasant scent and an array of colors and textures that makes a perfect gift.

5. Layered scent holiday candles

Layered Scent DIY Holiday Candles | HelloNatural.coEach colorful layer is a different scent, so you can customize this soy wax candle to your favorite holiday fragrance.

6. Woodsy Spicy Essential oil Room Spray

3 Easy DIY Fall Scents | HelloNatural.coA spritz of a room spray made with essential oils will instantly perk up a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. This blend with cedar, clary sage and clove creates a nice woodsy, spicy outdoorsy scent.

7. Citrus Ginger Mulled Wine

Homemade Mulling Spices | HelloNatural.coMulled wine is a winter classic and simmering a medium-bodied red wine with orange, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla makes a perfect warm, spicy blend that fills the whole house.

For more natural scent ideas, check out these 7 more ways to make your house smell amazing!
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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies in a Jar http://hellonatural.co/double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies-in-a-jar/ http://hellonatural.co/double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies-in-a-jar/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40938 I still remember the first time we received a cookies in a jar mix for Christmas from one of our neighbors. I thought the idea was brilliant, and of course, it looks pretty cool all layered in the jar. The gift jars trend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, so why not join in on the fun? I love peppermint mocha anything. This recipe is inspired by International Delight Peppermint Chocolate Truffle coffee creamer. The cookies are yummy warm from the oven and even better with a mug of peppermint mocha-spiked coffee or hot cocoa.

Peppermint Mocha Cookies in a Jar Gift | HelloNatural.coThe key to cookies in a jar success (on the recipient end especially) is in the layering. It’s important to separate out the brown sugar so it can be creamed with the butter properly before adding the dry ingredients. The cookies mix up a bit nicer that way but if it all gets mixed together in the bowl, no real harm is done.

Peppermint Mocha Cookies in a Jar Gift | HelloNatural.coUse a good quality cocoa powder for an extra rich, chocolate flavor. For the peppermint element, I’ve used peppermint baking chips to accompany semi-sweet chocolate chips. The other secret to great chocolate cookies (or any chocolate recipe for that matter) is a little bit of espresso powder. It helps deepen the flavor of the chocolate and it always goes well with peppermint too. And that’s it!

Peppermint Mocha Cookies in a Jar Gift | HelloNatural.coBe sure to include the recipe and directions with the gift, as well as a bottle of International Delight. And if you need a great hot cocoa recipe, which would also be a fabulous jar gift to give with coffee creamer, check our recipe – it’s one everyone on your list would love, just like they’ll love these cookies!

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies in a Jar Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 dozen
 
Layer the ingredients for these yummy, peppermint-y cookies in a jar and include directions for a fun gift.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peppermint baking chips
Needed for mixing recipe:
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a quart size jar, layer ingredients in the order given. The brown sugar can be placed in a resealable bag to keep it separate.
Mixing directions:
  1. Beat butter with an electric mixer. Add the brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the egg and beat again for 1-2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat 30 seconds more. Add the remaining ingredients from the jar a little at a time, mixing well.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, drop dough onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating baking sheets back to front and top to bottom half way through baking time for even baking. Let cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then remove from baking sheet and finish cooling on rack. Store in airtight container.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Every Budget http://hellonatural.co/holiday-gift-guide-great-gifts-for-every-budget/ http://hellonatural.co/holiday-gift-guide-great-gifts-for-every-budget/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40940 Let’s be honest, shopping for holiday gifts can be tough (and hard work!). If you’re not in the mood for homemade holiday gifts, we’ve compiled holiday gift guide by price points to give you a head start on ideas – and prevent last minute panic attacks.

When it comes to gift giving, I usually go with gifts that are functional and practical, and that have some sort of general appeal. Who doesn’t love a plaid scarf? Who wouldn’t enjoy a scented candle in a pretty glass that can later be repurposed? And what about a personalized initial mug? You can’t go wrong with that, right? Happy shopping!

Holiday Gift Guide | HelloNatural.coUNDER $12

Old Navy Women’s Jersey Slippers | J.Crew Jewelry Catch All | Kikkerland Hammer Tool | Faribault for Target Wool Phone Sleeve | Wild & Wolf ‘Scrabble®’ Mug | Gap Cozy holiday stripe socks | Gap Convertible wool mittens

UNDER $25

Heart Stripe & Blah Blah Blah iPhone Cases | Happy Plugs Earbuds | Madewell front door key fob in calf hair | korres® lip butter | herbivore botanicals™ dead sea salt bath salts | Besttime Marquee Lights | Indigo Hello Lovely Pen  | Indigo Hello pen

UNDER $50

Dauville White & Gold Pebble Dish | Jonathan Adler Pop Vodka Candle | Kate Spade Bookshelf Pencil Pouch | S’well Sparkling Champagne Water Bottle | Kate Spade New York Deco Dot 12 Month Agenda | Jonathan Adler Gold Carnaby Zebra Dish | Gorjana Alphabet Necklace

UNDER $100

Fujifilm® instax mini 8 camera | Madewell leather ipad sleeve in stripe | sparq® whiskey cubes | J.Crew Classic Plaid Scarf | Tom Dixon Orientalist Scented Candle | Pulsar PM 2805 Watch | triple c™ bluboom portable speaker

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Chopped Kale Salad with Leftover Turkey + Cranberries http://hellonatural.co/chopped-kale-salad-with-leftover-turkey-cranberries/ http://hellonatural.co/chopped-kale-salad-with-leftover-turkey-cranberries/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41706 When it comes to leftover turkey, it seems like sandwiches get all the glory. But I admit that I prefer a good salad with leftover turkey. It’s a great way to stretch those leftovers beyond the traditional sandwich.

Chopped Kale Salad with Leftover Turkey | HelloNatural.coRoasted turkey is combined with chopped fresh kale and dried cranberries – another nod to Thanksgiving flavors. Add tart green apples, sweet pineapple for a sweet tart taste, and creamy avocado and crunchy cashews add a dose of good fats. Topped with a ginger vinaigrette, the salad is great on its own in a bowl but can also be used to make wraps with tortillas or lettuce leaves.

Leftover Turkey Kale Salad | HelloNatural.coSalads are meant to be made in bulk so that you can prep once and eat it over several days. Don’t waste all those yummy veggies! Toss the salad together and simply cover the bowl with Glad Press’n Seal to keep the salad in the fridge for a day or two. If you plan to keep it longer than that, don’t add the vinaigrette or avocados. Instead, add them right before serving.

Leftover Turkey Kale Salad | HelloNatural.coLeftover Turkey Kale Salad | HelloNatural.co

Turkey Salad with Kale
Author: 
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale
  • 1½ cups cooked turkey, diced
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • ¾ cup pineapple (fresh or canned), finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup cashews, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine kale, turkey, fruit, and nuts in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together the sesame oil, vinegar, and fresh ginger. Pour over the salad, season well with salt and pepper, and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately, or cover well until ready to serve.
Notes
-If making the salad in advance, add the avocado just before serving so it doesn't turn brown.
-Other fruit can be substituted for the fresh and dried fruit in the salad.

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5 FAVES: DIY-Worthy Christmas Ornaments http://hellonatural.co/easy-diy-christmas-ornaments/ http://hellonatural.co/easy-diy-christmas-ornaments/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40936 How do you decorate the house for the holidays? Over here, it’s all about DIY Christmas ornaments, although it’s pretty hard to decide on a theme and stick with it! These are some of the ideas we’re looking into this year – which one would you pick for your home?

1. Hexnut snowflake DIY ornaments

Hexnut Star Ornaments | Hello NaturalHexnuts have the perfect shape to play around with, resulting in cool ornaments that are not too girly.

2. Gold leaf DIY ornaments

Gold Leaf Ornament | Hello NaturalThere’s plenty of room for imagination when you start with a blank “canvas” and elegant gold leaf.

3. DIY birdseed ice ornament

Birdseed Ornaments | Hello NaturalOrnaments aren’t just for indoors – the garden could benefit from a little color, while the birds will be interested in the seeds.

4. DIY diamond ornaments

DIY Diamond Ornaments | Hello NaturalThese diamond ornaments may be made of cardboard, but they look expensive and sophisticated.

5. DIY glitter ornaments

Five faves: ornament DIYs | Hello NaturalGlitter is so easy, yet so good-looking and festive! All you have to do is pair it with Mod Podge for some pretty ornaments.

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15 Natural Hair Remedies for Every Ailment from Dandruff to Dryness http://hellonatural.co/15-natural-hair-remedies/ http://hellonatural.co/15-natural-hair-remedies/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43988 Everyone I know has an issue with their hair. Even the shiniest, fullest of manes can be problematic occasionally. Maybe it’s hard to cut and style or it frizzes up in humid air – there’s always something! Fortunately, Mother Nature has an answer for everything, even hair hassles. Whatever your hair problem, you will probably find the all-natural solution below. And if you don’t, just leave a comment and we’ll gladly research it for you!

15 Natural Hair Remedies for Every Ailment | HelloNatural.co1. Damaged hair

Blow-drying, straightening and dyeing can work against your hair. Banana and honey are perfect natural hair remedies; they work together to hydrate and repair damaged hair. Follow this easy recipe to make the mask.

2. Oily hair

De-grease oily hair by simply rinsing it with a solution of lemon peels boiled in water.

3. Split ends

Massage the ends of your hair with almond or coconut oil and leave it overnight. This will make your hair smoother and easier to manage.

4. Tangled hair

Wrangle stubborn hair with this leave-in detangling spray, made with rosemary essential oil and conditioner.

DIY Detangling Spray | HelloNatural.co5. Head lice

Prevent those dreaded lice by adding a few drops of tea tree oil in your everyday shampoo. Too late for prevention? Coat hair in olive oil and comb thoroughly. Leave oil on overnight for 7 days and then every other night for two weeks. It might seem like overkill (pardon the pun) but the pesky bugs have a 30-day life cycle and this treatment insures they are gone for good.

6. Flat hair

Upgrade your shampoo by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a large dollop, then washing as you normally would. This clarifying treatment gets rid of product buildup and adds body and life to your hair.

7. Slow growth

Give your hair a boost and make it grow faster with a yogurt mask. Apply plain yogurt to hair and wrap it in a towel for 15 minutes. Wash as normal and apply this mint spray to stimulate hair follicles.

8. Frizzy hair

Dull, frizzy hair can will hold better if you give it a little boost, in the form of an easy sugary water mix. Get the recipe here.

Sugar Water Hairspray | 10 Homemade Hair Treatments | HelloNatural.co9. Scalp sunburn

Unfortunately, sunburn happens to your scalp as well, especially if you don’t like covering your head in summer. Soothe it with an aloe vera gel mask, which will also moisturize hair.

10. Fine hair

For thin, fine hair, make yourself a mask from banana and avocado, which will make your hair look fuller and healthier. Then spritz hair with a homemade beach spray for tons of texture and body.

DIY Sea Spray for Hair | HelloNatural.co11. Dry hair

Sesame oil is packed with nutrients and emollient-rich properties, which combat hair dryness. Mix 2 teaspoons of sesame oil with some grated ginger and massage into the scalp for 10 minutes, twice a week. You can also make a deep hair conditioner with coconut oil and shea butter.

12. Dull hair

Give your hair the shine it deserves with an apple cider vinegar rinse. This will smooth the hair follicle and balance the pH of your scalp.

13. Itchy scalp

An itchy scalp can be caused by allergies to hair products, dry weather or stress. Whichever the reason, you can soothe it with a mix of lemon juice, olive oil and water massaged into the scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and wash as usual.

14. Greasy roots

For in between hair washing days, use one of these 3 dry shampoo recipes (pick the one that’s right for your hair color). Apply to the roots of your hair and let it sit for 5 minutes. Comb it out and style as usual.

3 Dry Shampoo Recipes | HelloNatural.co15. Dandruff

To combat dandruff, soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight, then ground them into a paste and apply to the scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing. You can also make your own tea tree shampoo to nix flakes.

16. Thinning hair

Make an at-home mask with coconut milk and olive oil for thinning hair. The healthy proteins and essential fats in coconut milk strengthen strands and boost hair growth.

Coconut Milk Hair Mask | HelloNatural.co17. Dull color

To stretch out hair color appointments, give hair color a boost with an at-home tea rinse. There’s a tea for every hair color!

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3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes http://hellonatural.co/3-holiday-pot-simmer-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/3-holiday-pot-simmer-recipes/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40929 I love when someone walks into my house and says, “Mmm! It smells so good in here!” Sometimes it’s because I’ve been baking, and other times it’s because I have a pot simmer going on the stove. These three holiday pot simmer recipes will help bring extra holiday cheer into your home with their warm, comforting scent wafting from the kitchen and into every room.

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coI package these up in little bags so they are ready at a moment’s notice. (And they’re great for giving out as neighbor gifts – a nice change from sweets!) All of the components I’ve used here are dried or preserved in some way, but fresh fruit can easily be used instead.

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.co3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes

1. SPICED COFFEE Pot Simmer

How it smells: like your favorite coffee house. Bonus points for using this pot simmer while making sugar cookies.

Spiced Coffee Pot Simmer | 3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coWhat you need:

-1/4 cup whole roasted coffee beans
– whole spices (3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods, 4 star anise, and 1 teaspoon allspice berries)

2. CRAN-APPLE SPICE Pot Simmer

How it smells: fruity and spicy, like wassail

Apple Cranberry Ginger Pot Simmer  | 3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coWhat you need:

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or 1/2 cup fresh)
  • 1/4 cup dried apple rings (or 1/2 fresh apple, sliced)
  • a few slices dried ginger (use equal amount of fresh)

3. CITRUS JUNIPER Pot Simmer

How it smells: fresh, bright and woodsy

Citrus Juniper Pot Simmer | 3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coWhat you need:

  • 3-4 slices dried oranges
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes | HelloNatural.coLove pot simmers? Try this vanilla rosemary recipe or this grapefruit cinnamon simmer!

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17 Fab Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes http://hellonatural.co/17-fab-gluten-free-cookie-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/17-fab-gluten-free-cookie-recipes/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:30:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=40930 Gone are the days of gluten-free cookies being bland, crumbly, and just plain “meh.” Thanks to the tireless efforts of bloggers and foodies we are now armed with a full arsenal of delicious, chewy, flaky, flavorful and fantastic gluten-free cookie delights. From almond flour to coconut, pistachio and cocoa, the world of gluten-free cookie recipes is as diverse as it is delicious.

17 Fab Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes | Hello Natural

 Chocolate Almond Linzer Cookies

Chocolate Almond Linzer Cookies

While free of lactose and gluten, Yummy Beat’s Chocolate Almond Linzer Cookies certainly don’t lack that flaky, buttery, shortbread feel.

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Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Cups

Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Cups

Elvis’ all time favorite, peanut butter and banana, gets a sweet makeover! Food Fanatic’s Peanut Butter Banana Cookie Cups bring the favorite flavors of childhood in a sophisticated new package.

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No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Peanut Oat Cookies

No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Peanut Oat Cookies

Dazzle party guests with Delightful Mom’s No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Peanut Oat Cookies. No one will suspect these sweet treats are packed with protein featuring quinoa as the secret ingredient!

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udgy Vanilla & Almond Cookies

udgy Vanilla & Almond Cookies

Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, Fudgy Vanilla & Almond Cookies (via Full Up & Eating) are the perfect cookie to accompany your cup of tea.

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Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Fall in love this fall with the Healthy Maven’s Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. With just the right amount of sweet, these chocolately, cranberry delights are perfect post-meal.

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No-Bake Healthy Cookie Balls

No-Bake Healthy Cookie Balls

Not all delicious cookie treats have to add to your waistline. Garlic Girl’s No-Bake Healthy Cookie Balls are a healthy alternative to your calorie-filled cookie fix.

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Oat Thumbprint Cookies with Chia Seed Jam

Oat Thumbprint Cookies with Chia Seed Jam

With the perfect sweetness attained by ripe bananas, My Fussy Eater’s Oat Thumbprint Cookies with Chia Seed Jam give you a healthy way to say “Yes!” to cookies. Raspberry chia seed jam tops these beautiful, healthful treats.

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Mocha brownie cookies

Mocha brownie cookies

The perfect combination between a brownie and a cookie comes from Hello Natural, in the form of chocolatey mocha deliciousness.

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Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

You certainly don’t need refined sugar to make a scrumptious treat if Primal Palates’s Cinnamon Swirl Cookies are any indication. These gorgeous and festive cinnamon blasts are fun for fall and fun for all!

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Raw Vegan Bars with Avocado

Raw Vegan Bars with Avocado

Transform cocoa powder, coconut, and almond butter into healthfully delicious Raw Vegan Bars with Avocado (via Sweet as Honey). These anytime treats contain fruits, vegetables, and plenty of protein.

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Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

It’s finally here! A gluten-free sugar cookie that won’t crumble to bits upon first bite. Thank you, Melbelles, for the fluffy Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies, what a dream come true.

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Cinnamon Apple Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel

Cinnamon Apple Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel

Who can resist a colorful macaron? With gluten-free Cinnamon Apple Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel by Mandy’s Recipe Box, no one has to! These gorgeous goodies are packed with your favorite fall flavors and easy on the eyes to boot!

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White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles by Breezy Bakes are the quintessential autumn sweet. With creamy white chocolate dancing around cinnamon dusted pumpkin cookies, these crunchy classics will have you praying for fall.

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Quick and Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Turns out, cookies are not only an acceptable breakfast item, they’re a nutritious choice thanks to Sweet Phi’s Quick and Healthy Breakfast Cookies. Wholesome and packed with protein, these yummy cookies certainly travel better than oatmeal.

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Orange, Almond, and Pumpkin Seed Florentines

Orange, Almond, and Pumpkin Seed Florentines

A symphony of flavor, Mon Petit Four’s Orange, Almond, and Pumpkin Seed Florentines are the perfect crispy sweet. Ripe with delicious orange zest, these beauties make an elegant treat.

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Flourless Pistachio Cookies

Flourless Pistachio Cookies

Give Recipe gives us glorious Flourless Pistachio Cookies. With just four simple ingredients these gorgeous green goodies and filled with flavor and fantastic any time of year.

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Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Even the classics can be reinvented - take cute from these awesome gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from Hello Natural.

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