HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:17:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 17 Cheers-Worthy Holiday Cocktail Recipes http://hellonatural.co/17-cheers-worthy-holiday-cocktail-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/17-cheers-worthy-holiday-cocktail-recipes/#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41732 17 Holiday Cocktails | HelloNatural.coHoliday time means plenty of parties and nothing gets to the heart of the party like a festive cocktail. From peppermint to gingerbread, and star anise, too, a palate-pleasing holiday-inspired drink always hits the spot and gets you in the spirit. We’ve gathered up 17 of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes just for you!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Wassail

Slow Cooker Cranberry Wassail

Back to the Root’s brings us a sweet-tart version of this Yuletide favorite. Slow Cooker Cranberry Wassail is the perfect accompaniment to your holiday get together.

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Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple Cider Mimosa

Spice up your holiday brunch with the Cookie Rookie’s oh-so-sweet Apple Cider Mimosa. Delightful and festive, these easy cocktails taste like bubbly apple pie!

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Cranberry-Ginger Gin Punch Recipe

Cranberry-Ginger Gin Punch Recipe

Perfect for entertaining, this festive gin punch from Hello Natural features antioxidant-rich cranberries, ginger and lemon.

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Ginger Whiskey Sour

Ginger Whiskey Sour

Get into the holiday spirit with a Ginger Whiskey Sour (via Lynsey Loves Food). Homemade ginger syrup gives this classic cocktail a modern, spicy-sweet flavor.

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Bourbon + Aperol Punch with Rosemary + Grapefruit

Bourbon + Aperol Punch with Rosemary + Grapefruit

Don’t spend the whole party behind the bar mixing cocktails, whip up a bowl of Nerds with Knives’ Bourbon and Aperol Punch. The warmth of bourbon mixed with citrus and rosemary brings instant holiday cheer to all who drink it.

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White Russian with DIY Kahlua

White Russian with DIY Kahlua

Learn how to make a White Russian recipe featuring homemade Kahlua from Hello Natural.

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Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Hibiscus Hot Toddy

For a beautiful and tasty twist on a wintertime classic, try a Hibiscus Hot Toddy (via A Spicy Perspective). Swap whiskey for rum or keep it classic!

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Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Delicious Mulled Wine (via What’s Gaby Cooking) is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. With holiday flavors like star anise, vanilla, and brown sugar this warm wine tastes just like love.

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Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Warm up with a Honey Bourbon Apple Cider from Hello Natural. The fruity taste of the apple cider, the warming effect of the bourbon, the sweet honey and cinnamon flavor make the perfect way to celebrate the season.

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Stout Gingerbread Flip

Stout Gingerbread Flip

10th Kitchen brings us the sophisticated and spicy Stout Gingerbread Flip. This gingerbread treat is for the beer lovers out there.

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Cranapple Martini

Cranapple Martini

For a simple and elegant holiday twist, reach for a Cranapple Martini (via Your Southern Peach). Be sure to use a high quality gin to ensure fantastic holiday flavor.

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Homemade Bloody Mary Mix with Turmeric + Black Pepper

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix with Turmeric + Black Pepper

Turmeric, black pepper and fresh veggie juice make this homemade Bloody Mary mix from Hello Natural perfect for brunch or a healthy happy hour.

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Pear + Sage Sparklers

Pear + Sage Sparklers

When the heavy holiday foods have you feeling full, reach for a refreshing Pear and Sage Sparklers (via Omletta). This light, crisp, and seasonally spiced cocktails are a delight with or without the booze.

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Blueberry Pomegranate Holiday Fizz

Blueberry Pomegranate Holiday Fizz

Shake things up with a lively Blueberry-Pomegranate Holiday Fizz (via Valley and Co. Lifestyle). Top with fresh pomegranate seeds for a party cocktail that really pops!

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Vegan Egg Nog

Vegan Egg Nog

Allergies or preference keeping you away from your favorite holiday creamy holiday cocktail? Have no fear, Pickles and Honey’s Vegan Eggnog is here!

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Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail Recipe

Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail Recipe

This spicy tea cocktail combines the warmth of chai with smooth rum and fresh apple cider (via Hello Natural).

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Desi Gimlet

Desi Gimlet

Not a Curry creates a unique taste of Indian with the Desi-Gimlet. Featuring lime, soda, gin, soda, and jal-jeera, this crisp, spicy cocktail will warm you up this holiday season.

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Homemade Raspberry White Chocolate Creme Soda (Perfect for a DIY Soda Bar!) http://hellonatural.co/homemade-raspberry-white-chocolate-creme-sod/ http://hellonatural.co/homemade-raspberry-white-chocolate-creme-sod/#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41733 I’ve had a thing for raspberry creme soda ever since I was a kid. I loved the pretty pink color, creamy fruit flavor, and bubbles that tickled my nose. It felt extra fancy during special occasions, like the holidays. I love creating homemade sodas and thought it would be fun to create a little DIY Raspberry Creme Soda Bar – perfect for a last-minute holiday get-together!

DIY Raspberry Cream Soda Bar | HelloNatural.coA DIY soda bar is always popular at parties for grown-ups and kids alike. It’s really fun to let everyone make their own. You can easily add different syrups like chocolate for more variety.

DIY Raspberry Cream Soda Bar | HelloNatural.coThis raspberry creme soda recipe starts with a base of homemade raspberry syrup and a few tablespoons of International Delight White Chocolate Raspberry coffee creamer. (White Chocolate Raspberry is a seasonal variety only available for a limited time!) Then the glass is filled to the top with sparkling water. The tangy raspberry syrup and sweet coffee creamer make a really yummy soda – like an old fashioned egg creme.

DIY Raspberry Cream Soda Bar | HelloNatural.coFor more of a dessert soda, top with whipped cream, extra berries and a sprig of fresh mint to make it look festive. Add a paper straw and start sipping!

White Chocolate Raspberry Creme Soda
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Recipe type: Beverage
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8-10
 
An easy way to make homemade raspberry creme sodas.
Ingredients
For raspberry syrup:
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup water
For creme soda per serving:
Instructions
For raspberry syrup:
  1. Place raspberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then lower heat and cook for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on solids to remove as much liquid as possible. Transfer to a jar and chill for about an hour. Makes about 1 cup syrup.
For creme soda:
  1. Pour creamer and raspberry syrup into the bottom of a soda glass. Add sparkling water. Top with whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and a mint sprig, if desired.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. Find more holiday recipes on Facebook or Pinterest. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Escape Holiday Stress with 3 Easy Bath Soak Recipes http://hellonatural.co/escape-holiday-stress-3-easy-bath-soak-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/escape-holiday-stress-3-easy-bath-soak-recipes/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41727 Bathing shouldn’t only be viewed as a mundane task for good hygiene, rather it can be a ritual of relaxation and focus. We all have different ways to unwind after a long day of work, parenting or both. Next time you’re tempted to switch on the television and tune out, consider drawing yourself a bath with one of these three tranquil bath soak recipes instead.

3 Easy DIY Bath Recipes with Red WIne, Green Tea and Citrus | HelloNatural.co1. Rejuvenating Green Tea and Lemon Bath Soak

Adding a few tea bags to your bath and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice is a wonderful, easy bath soak combination that will leave your body feeling revived and toned. Green tea has many anti-aging benefits and the acids from the lemon juice will exfoliate and brighten your skin. After you have filled your bath tub with warm or hot water just add in these ingredients and enjoy your soak.

  • 3-5 green tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • warm/hot bath water

2. Anti-aging Red Wine Soak

Ever wonder what to do with that last bit of wine leftover in the bottle? The next time you consider pouring it down the drain, try starting a bath instead! High in antioxidants and anti-aging properties, red wine gives a boost to sagging skin and is also anti-inflammatory.

Red Wine Bath | 3 DIY Bath Soaks to Escape Into | HelloNatural.coAdding a glass of red wine to your running bath water is a fantastic solution for that leftover or day old red wine.The polyphenols in red wine soften skin and help contribute to a beautiful glow as they clear out dull skin cells.

  • 1 cup red wine
  • running bath water

3. Detox Ginger Bath

Ginger has long been praised for its medicinal properties. Ginger can help with ailments such as arthritis pain, headaches, inflammation and also alleviates digestive troubles such as nausea. Sweat is one of the best ways to rid the body of toxins. This detoxifying ginger bath gets the lymphatic and circulatory systems working in about 20 minutes of soaking.

Ginger Detox Bath | 3 DIY Bath Soaks to Escape Into | HelloNatural.coBe sure to hydrate with plenty of water before and after this bath! And prepare yourself for quite a bit of sweating. Add the following to a warm bath and let the detoxifying benefits begin.

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated ginger (heaping teaspoon of ginger powder can be substituted if fresh ginger is not available)
  • warm/hot bath water
  • a cold glass of drinking water tub side for hydration

What are your must-haves for your bath escape? Favorite book, candle, relaxing playlist?

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Aloe Vera Martini + Green Goddess Tips from thinkTHIN Founder http://hellonatural.co/green-goddess-tips-thinkthin-founder-aloe-vera-martini-recipe/ http://hellonatural.co/green-goddess-tips-thinkthin-founder-aloe-vera-martini-recipe/#respond Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=45360 Wellness pioneer Lizanne Falsetto is widely known as the founder and CEO of thinkThin, but she’s also a health advocate and a supporter of women’s entrepreneurship. We chatted with Lizanne recently about some of her favorite recipes and products, beauty-boosting foods, healthy snacks, and her go-to beauty routine.

Lizanne Falsetto's Wellness + Beauty Tips (+ Her Aloe Vera Martini Recipe) | HelloNatural.coIn addition to thinkThin bars, what are some of your favorite better-for-you snacks to help stay on track over the busy holiday season?

Grapes, almonds and goji berries—salty, sweet and savory.

What are some easy ways to make special occasions healthier without sacrificing taste?

Eat protein before you leave the home, and drink water. Every glass of wine should be followed by a glass of water. I also incorporate George’s Aloe vera juice into drinks.

What better-for-you holiday cocktails or drinks do you recommend to keep things festive without overindulging?

I stay with light alcohol and pomegranate juice that has Vitamin C and floating frozen cranberries. Avoid soda mixes and highly sugary drinks. Something festive to include is accent pieces, for example you can put mint into ice cubes that add a great touch to any drink.

What are your favorite beauty-boosting foods?

Some of my favorites are blueberries, avocado, papaya and noni juice.

What does your typical beauty routine look like?

I clean my skin with simple soap and water, never go to bed with makeup on, always use sunblock and I try not to wear makeup when I don’t have to. I use an olive oil-based lotion on my skin as well.

What’s your go-to healthy smoothie?

George’s Aloe vera, noni, acai ice, whey protein and hemp seed. Blend with a banana and it’s delicious!

What are some of your favorite ways to relieve stress?

Exercise, a good Jacuzzi, hot water and chamomile tea.

Lizanne Falsetto’s Aloe Vera Martini

Aloe Martini Recipe | HelloNatural.coAloe Martini Recipe

  • 1-2 slices cucumber
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 ounces vodka (Lizanne recommends Grey Goose)
  • 1 ounce aloe vera juice (Lizanne recommends George’s aloe products; check out our Healing Aloe Smoothie recipe to learn how to harvest the gel from an aloe plant.)

Combine cucumber slices, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar in a shaker and crush with a muddler or spoon. Add vodka and aloe vera juice and fill with ice. Cover and shake, then strain through a sieve into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

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Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie with Cashew Milk http://hellonatural.co/gingerbread-smoothie-silk-cashew-milk/ http://hellonatural.co/gingerbread-smoothie-silk-cashew-milk/#respond Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=43581 Has anyone else already started planning their New Year’s resolutions? Amid the hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday party eat-a-thons, it’s nice take a minute to do something that’s good for your body. Getting on the green smoothie bandwagon is at the top of my list. Heaven knows I should be eating more greens and blending it up so I can’t even taste it seems like a darn good idea. (Next up is dusting off the ol’ treadmill!)

Green Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie | HelloNatural.coI ditched dairy ages ago in favor of almond milk, but this smoothie with cashew milk is a new favorite. The creamy taste of cashew milk combined with nut butter and avocado make this smoothie super filling. The kids make me buy original cashew milk to go with their cereal, but if you like to use unsweetened milk you can throw in 1/2 of a banana.

Load up your gingerbread smoothie with super foods by adding spinach, chia seeds, flaxseed meal and cinnamon. Seriously, this smoothie will keep your energy running all morning long. And you can tell yourself that you had a ‘cookie’ too – without guilt!

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Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal or chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • ½ banana or stevia to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in blender and blend thoroughly.
  2. Add ½ frozen banana if desired or a handful of ice.
  3. Drink immediately.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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3 Overnight Masks To Wake Up To Glowing Skin http://hellonatural.co/3-overnight-masks-glowing-skin/ http://hellonatural.co/3-overnight-masks-glowing-skin/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41723 Have you ever been told you look tired, or asked if you didn’t sleep well the night before? Usually the restless night of sleep, late night out, or early morning wake up call is evident on our face. When we sleep our skin goes into repair mode and when we shorten those hours of rest, we are shortening the time our body gets to rebalance itself. Beauty recipes you can leave on overnight have a better chance of making a difference on tired, dull or over stressed skin and hair. Here are three simple, all-natural overnight masks to make the most of your sleep.

1. Hydrating Honey Sleep Mask

Have you ever slept in a facial mask? I have and I can tell you that your sheets might need changing in the morning, but it’s well worth the extra load of laundry.

Overnight Honey Face Mask | HelloNatural.coVitamin E is a wonderful way to hydrate our skin. This mask will leave your skin moisturized and glowing when you wake up. You can use a little less honey if you’re worried about the consistency while you sleep.

2. Overnight Shea Butter Hand Mask

There’s no reason this buttery heel balm can’t be used for chapped hands too!

Shea Butter Hand Mask | 3 Overnight Beauty Masks | HelloNatural.coApply a thick layer of lavender and shea butter balm to hands, nails and feet and then put on a pair of socks. Crawl into bed and let the oils and shea butter work on repairing your dry hands and feet.

3. Coconut Dream Dry Hair Mask

For those of us with dry hair, this almond milk and coconut oil mask is the perfect recipe for an overnight hair treatment. Repeat weekly for soft, shiny hair all winter long.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask | 3 Overnight Beauty Masks | HelloNatural.coDepending on the length of your hair you might need to increase or decrease these amounts. Mix together in a bowl and apply to scalp and ends of hair. You can wear a shower cap or cover your pillow with a towel for sleeping. In the morning, rinse with a mild shampoo, no need for conditioner.

  • 3-4 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
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10 Essential: Immune-Boosting Foods You Should Be Eating http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-immune-boosting-foods-eating/ http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-immune-boosting-foods-eating/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41728 Everyone knows that you are what you eat, but that’s especially true when it comes to your immune system. Eating nutritious foods that support your ability to fight off infection, disease, viruses and inflammation is key to staying well, especially in the colder months when colds and sore throats can seem like an everyday occurrence. Get your immune system in tip-top shape with these 10 nutritious (and tasty!) immune-boosting foods.

10 Immune Boosting Foods | HelloNatural.co1. Garlic

This one should be easy—who doesn’t love garlic? Allicin, a compound found in garlic, helps fight off cold symptoms and can even reduce the length of a cold if symptoms do appear.

Try: Use fresh garlic in your cooking, mash some up and eat with a small spoonful of raw honey, or simply eat a couple raw cloves every week. (Trust us, it’s not that bad!)

2. Probiotics

dairy-free-yogurtWhether it’s in the form of kombucha, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut or kimchi (or the many other fermented foods you can make at home), probiotics help regulate the bacteria in your gut, keeping your intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.

Try: Probiotic Lacto-Fermented Lemonade | Continuous Brew Kombucha | Homemade Fermented Vegetables

3. Fish + Shellfish

Selenium (found in clams, oysters and crab) is beneficial to white blood cells, which in turn help rid your body of viruses. Meanwhile the omega-3s in salmon and mackerel reduce inflammation in your body (bonus: they help keep winter skin soft and moisturized, too). Just be aware of mercury levels found in fish, and use caution if you’re pregnant.

Try: Pesto Baked SalmonMussels Italiano | Mexican Ceviche

4. Mushrooms

Speaking of white blood cells, compounds in mushrooms (specifically shiitake, oyster and maitake) have been shown to boost those little buggers, too.

Try: Creamy Pumpkin Quinoa Risotto, or add them to pasta, stir-fries or pizza

5.  Kale

Leftover Turkey Kale Salad | HelloNatural.coCruciferous veggies—especially deep green ones like kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli—help keep your liver functioning optimally, meaning it can keep flushing out toxins and germs from your system.

Try: Chopped Kale Salad with Turkey and Cranberries | Roasted Broccoli | Raw Baby Kale Salad with Oranges, Blueberries and Pomegranate Seeds

6. Ginger

Here’s another one that shouldn’t be hard to eat more of! Naturally spicy, warming ginger helps break down toxins in the lungs and sinuses, and helps fight off infection by clearing out your lymphatic system.

Try: Sun Salutation Juice | Green Tea and Ginger Ice Cubes | Ginger-Turmeric “Tea”

7. Lemons

Lemons, like other citrus fruits, are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, but lower in sugar than oranges, grapefruits or limes. Not only will lemons’ antioxidants help keep you healthy, it also helps reduce inflammation, swelling and mucus production.

Try: Detox Probiotic Smoothie with Kefir and Lemon | Apple Zing Juice with Lemon | Daily Cleanse Water

8. Blueberries

Baby Kale Salad with Oranges, Blueberries and Pomegranate | HelloNatural.coBlueberries (and raspberries) are extremely high in immunity-boosting antioxidants; that rich blue color is indicative of phytochemicals, which stimulate the immune system.

Try: Coconut Water, Blueberry and Kale SmoothieWatercress and Quinoa Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

9. Coconuts + Coconut Oil

You know we love coconut oil for its many beauty, household, medicinal and culinary uses. It’s also high in lauric acid, which converts to a compound that ensures your body is ready to fight off viruses (it’s supposedly the same compound found in breast milk that helps babies build their immune systems).

Try: Oil Pulling | Lavender-Berry Smoothie with Coconut Yogurt | Blackberry-Coconut Smoothie Bowls

10. Honey

Choose raw (preferably buckwheat, but clover is okay) honey for its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It’s also effective against allergies!

Try:  Drizzle into oatmeal, a fruit salad or tea | Spicy Apple Cider Vinegar TonicHoney Peach FroYo Bites

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Healthy Holiday Trifle with Chia Jam and Cherries (Non-Dairy and Gluten-Free) http://hellonatural.co/healthy-holiday-trifle-with-chia-jam-and-cherries-non-dairy-and-gluten-free/ http://hellonatural.co/healthy-holiday-trifle-with-chia-jam-and-cherries-non-dairy-and-gluten-free/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=45701 You know we’re suckers for healthy versions of holiday foods (see: our healthy Christmas brunch menu). Arie-Elle of Nourish & Inspire Me, an awesome wellness blog, happens to be as well! She’s been so kind as to share the Healthy Holiday Trifle recipe from her blog’s latest e-book with Hello Natural readers.

Healthy Holiday Trifle | HelloNatural.coArie-Elle’s trifle (she calls it a “Summer Trifle” since she’s Australian :) is a healthier remix of a family favorite; this and all the recipes in the Christmas-recipe e-book A Nourishing Christmas – The Sweet Edition, are dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly and soy-free! A Nourishing Christmas also contains recipes for favorites like egg nog smoothies, gingerbread and cherry-chocolate cheesecake. Check out her Pantry Staples e-book, too—you can even bundle the books and get a discount. Says Arie-Elle:

Trifle is a traditional English/Australian dessert that my grandma has made at Christmas time since I was little. Unfortunately, my grandma (bless her heart) would use packet custard, sugary, jelly, processed sponge biscuits and cream. Although it tasted delicious, these ingredients don’t really fit in to my whole-food philosophy so I set out to create a whole food version of a trifle that was not only nourishing for the body but delicious! And oh boy, is it delicious!

As always with my recipes, I like to keep it simple, so I decided to make a raw custard out of cashew cream – and I think I prefer it to the real stuff! In place of the sponge biscuits I made a paleo-friendly coconut sponge cake out of coconut flour and eggs, which is so divine we had to stop ourselves from eating it all!

For the jelly I made a strawberry chia jam, which has the added benefits of omega-3-rich chia seeds. With the addition of fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream this dessert is close to one of my favourite recipes that I have created and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

Healthy Holiday Trifle | HelloNatural.co

Healthy Holiday Trifle
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
Trifle is a traditional English dish and an Aussie favorite. This gluten-free, paleo-friendly, non-dairy holiday trifle topped with fresh berries and cherries might be your new favorite healthy dessert! Layers of chia jam, coconut sponge cake and cashew cream make it extra dreamy. A must make!
Ingredients
Cashew Custard:
  • 2 cups cashews (soaked)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut nectar
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg
Berry Chia Jelly:
  • 2 pints organic strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • 2 tsp honey or coconut syrup (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp guar gum or xanthum gum
Coconut Sponge:
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
Whipped Coconut Cream:
  • 2 cans of coconut cream left in the freezer for 30 mins or fridge overnight
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum (optional)
Other Layers:
  • 4 small bananas (or 2 large)
  • 1 pint raspberries & 1 cup cherries for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt coconut oil and set aside. Whisk your eggs until fluffly, add coconut nectar. In a seperate bowl add coconut flour, vanilla bean and baking powder and mix well. Now combine eggs into coconut flour and add melted cocnout oil. Mix well. in a round baking dish lined with baking paper, add your mixture and spread into edges and smooth top. Put in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked and golden. Set aside to cool before cutting the sponge horizontally into 2 thinner cakes.
  2. Be sure to use cashews that have been soaked for at least 2 hours. Add all cashew custard ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Set aside
  3. Remove the tops of your strawberries and add them and raspberries to the blender with lemon and honey if using. Blend until smooth. Transfer puree to a large jar and add chia seeds. You can also add a little guar/xanthum gum to thicken if desired. Stir well and allow to set for 30 mins in fridge.
  4. Spoon out the thicker portion of the cream that should have separated from the liquid in the fridge. Using an electric beater or whisk, whip the cream until it becomes thick. This can take 5-10 minutes, I like to add a little xanthum gum or tapioca powder to allow it to thicken quicker. if the cream gets too warm it will not thicken so if you need to, pop it back in the fridge for a little to cool.
  5. Add your cashew custard first, then a layer of coconut sponge, then berry chia jelly, cut up your bananas into discs and create a layer of bananas, add your whipped coconut cream and top with berries!
Notes
Gluten-Free
Paleo-Friendly
Non-Dairy

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10 Natural Ways To Tame Frizzy Hair All Winter http://hellonatural.co/10-natural-ways-to-tame-frizzy-hair-all-winter/ http://hellonatural.co/10-natural-ways-to-tame-frizzy-hair-all-winter/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41729 Frizzy hair is a year round nightmare. And can you believe it’s caused by brushing your dry hair? Other factors include extreme humidity, blow drying, chlorinated water and hair products. The cuticle layers of each hair strand need moisture in order to lay flat and smooth, and you can give them a push by using these tried-and-true natural ways to tame frizzy hair.

10 Natural Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair | HelloNatural.co1. Use a protein hair conditioner made with egg and avocado, both of which add moisture and smooth out the frizz.

2. Carbonated water can be used as a hair rinse after each regular shampooing. The low PH levels help fight frizz, soothing it.

3. Comb dry your hair with wet fingers to prevent frizz, and by all means avoid brushing it after it’s dry!

4. Avoid alcohol-based hair products! These will dry out hair, creating unwanted frizz. Go for good quality products that don’t have alcohol in them .

10 Natural Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair | HelloNatural.co5. Sugar water works like a charm on difficult hair. Just mix a teaspoon of sugar with a cup of water for a slight “crunch” in your hair.

6. Rinse with cold water, which helps close the hair cuticles. This not only makes it less prone to frizz, but it also makes it shinier.

7. Don’t over-process your hair. Stay away from product and hair straighteners as much as possible, and try to avoid hot ironing on a regular basis.

Dry Hair Repair - Frizz Spray | HelloNatural.co8. Use a natural anti-frizz spray.

9. For a last minute solution, use children’s detangling spray if your hair is already frizzy. It’s less oily than other products.

10. The best solutions often come from within, so include lots of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. This helps strengthen the hair follicle and contributes to its overall moisture. Think fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel), flaxseed, acai and kemp oil.

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How To Make Yogurt Brûlée with Fresh Berries http://hellonatural.co/healthy-yogurt-brulee-recipe-with-fresh-berries/ http://hellonatural.co/healthy-yogurt-brulee-recipe-with-fresh-berries/#respond Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41726 siggi’s is one of my very favorite yogurt brands. The extra thick and creamy yogurt feels so decadent – almost too decadent to be healthy for you. But that’s not the case at all! The yogurt the perfect stand-in for eggs and cream to make a Healthy Berry Yogurt Brûlée recipe you can dig in to for breakfast or dessert.

Healthy Berry Yogurt Brûlée | HelloNatural.coTechnically the yogurt is actually skyr (pronounced skeer), an Iclandic-style yogurt that’s strained until very thick yielding a creamy, cultured product that has 2-3 times the amount of protein as other types of yogurt. Each 8-ounce serving of plain skyr only contains 120 calories and a whopping 23 grams of protein with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, thickeners or coloring. The other varieties are sweetened with organic agave and contain real fruit, not flavorings.

Yogurt Creme Brulee | HelloNatural.coThe milk used in siggi’s comes from grass fed cows and is rBGH free. You couldn’t ask for a better yogurt. The plain yogurt lists only two ingredients: skimmed milk and live active cultures.

Healthy Berry Yogurt Brûlée

This recipe makes a lovely breakfast, snack or dessert. The best part is that it’s almost instant – only three ingredients and no baking required! Line the bottom of four six-ounce ramekins with fresh berries, then top with plain Siggi’s yogurt. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

Healthy Berry Yogurt Brûlée | HelloNatural.coSprinkle the tops of each one with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar. If you have a culinary torch, just run it over the top to melt and caramelize the sugar, otherwise place the ramekins under a hot broiler for a few minutes.

And that’s it! In about 15 minutes (not 4 or more hours!) you can be enjoying a healthy version of creme brulee with all of the flavor and satisfaction and none of the guilt!

Healthy Berry Yogurt Brûlée | HelloNatural.coThere’s something really fun about cracking the top of the burnt sugar and digging into the thick, creamy yogurt and juicy, sweet berries.

Healthy Berry Yogurt Brûlée
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Recipe type: breakfast, snack, dessert
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1⅔ to 2 cups plain Siggi's yogurt (0% or 2% fat is fine)
  • 1 pint fresh berries
  • 2-4 teaspoons organic cane sugar
  • Fresh mint, optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of four six-ounce ramekins with fresh berries, then top with plain Siggi's yogurt.
  2. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, then sprinkle the tops of each one with ½ to 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar.
  3. If you have a culinary torch, just run it over the top to melt and caramelize the sugar, otherwise place the ramekins under a hot broiler for a few minutes.

siggi’s rather delicious yogurts with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar.

Try delicious flavors like vanilla, pumpkin & spice, and mixed berries & açai, power up your breakfast with their recipes and print a coupon.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of siggi’s Dairy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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