Flower-Child Probiotic Overnight Oats | Vegan & GF

Why am I calling these overnight oats Flower-Child? Because they contain a combination of flowers that make this a lightly sweet overnight oatmeal with bursting with fruit-based prebiotics & probiotics! I am a huge fan of overnight oats because they are quick & easy to assemble + are excellent for whatever your mood is into that day when it comes to flavor + toppings.

Lets talk probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms/bacteria. Prebiotics are non digestible carbohydrates that are food for probiotics. We carry around 100 trillion microbial cells in our body. Probiotics are noted for aiding digestive health + supporting the immune system because of its friendly, beneficial bacteria (some more on that here)

Ora Organic’s Trust Your Gut Organic Probiotic & Prebiotic Powder contains 20 billion probiotics per serving and scoop provides 20% of your daily fiber needs. It’s freeze dried so it can be stored in a dark space and the powder makes it versatile for using it in recipes! The best part is that Trust Your Gut is all plant sourced: probiotics from tapioca, jerusalem artichokes, & its fruity taste comes from organic apples & raspberries. The powder is completely vegan, allergen friendly, gluten free, & organic (duh).

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Springtime Cookies & Plant Based Dyes | Vegan & Gluten Free

Simple will always win in my book. Because there are sometimes you want to develop and devour something in a pinch. Therefore I like these cookies a lot. These are simple, plant based, and filling almond based cookies. I’d like to think they are quite nutritious too but I’m not a nutritionist so I can’t totally make that claim. But just trust me y’all.

For these cookies I made coconut butter icing and I experimented with some natural food dyes in the form of tea powders. Tip: I highly recommend using tea in powdered form to create vibrant colors. With the Wild Foods Curr Berry Tea (Organic Hibiscus, Elderberry, Red Currant & Cranberry), I did use it in liquid form because I didn’t have a grinder to process the tealeaves + berries. If you have a grinder, I highly recommend using it to make some pretty colors.

And so returns the beautiful matcha powder. Two vibrant colors: Wild Foods Wild Matcha #2, which was also used in a refreshing Matcha Chia Fresca, and Blue Chai’s dreamy blue matcha powder. Both are organic and the Green Tea Matcha adds an energizing flavor while the Curr Berry definitely gives some berry flavor

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ella + mila nail polish | vegan & eco-chic

Perhaps it’s just me but I really enjoy having a to-go color for my nails. When it comes to shades, I like to stick to the basics: nude, red, & moody colors.

Although polish dries on the nails and isn’t necessarily absorbed through our skin – most nail polishes are still filled with chemicals that aren’t kind when released in the atmosphere. They can pose considerable problems when inhaled over time (as profiled in this NYT report). Nail polish is classified as a household hazardous waste and it’s required to be disposed of in a proper hazardous waste disposal site (don’t trash it! use this guide)

The good news? The rise of non-toxic nail polishes, but not all are created effectively. But many of us want to feel safer and have fewer chemicals in our beauty repertoire. Cue ella + mila nail polishes.

The literal rainbow (and more) can be found on the ella + mila shop. They are a line of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in an array of beautiful colors for any occasion. Most importantly: ella + mila happens to be 7-Free, vegan, palm oil free, and they are made in the United States.

What is 7-Free? It means that these nail polishes do not contain the following: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, TPHP, Xylene or Camphor. Thus they are a safer alternative to generic polishes.

Onto the shades! Although there are so many choices at ella + mila – I only chose what I would use + genuinely want. These color are great for all seasons + occasions. First up is Lilac Luster, a pretty spring/winter shade that is a light lilac color that is great for everyday wear.

 

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Jessica Murnane’s Plant Based Grasshopper Pie

It’s March y’all and we are but a few weeks away from spring (march 20th 2017 to be exact!). Now that we are stepping away from the chill of winter its time to prepare for the changing of season, return of sunlight, and maybe even pie.

I came across Jessica Murnane’s Plant Based Grasshopper Pie via Glossed & Found. Now I spent some amount of my childhood in the South namely Virignia where my mothers side of the family still lives, and I cant blame them! Beside the existence of actual seasons, the bounty of nature is your literal neighbor, and a sense of Stars Hollow in the air – I do miss my roots.  Grasshopper Pie however is a retro southern dessert from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Its name comes from its green color and it’s a luscious amalgam of chocolate and mint. But the spin on this recipe happens to be vegan and gluten free and its color derives from algae. Spirulina is an excellent source of Vitamins A, K1, K2, B12, iron while also giving a boost of protein (2 grams per one teaspoon) which you can check out on Nutrex Hawaiian’s info page.
Jessica Murnane’s Plant Based Grasshopper Pie

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Zero Waste + Minimalistic Dental Care Guide

When I began to minimize the objects and products in my life, I did not want to skimp on efficacy when it concerns my health. I also wanted products that were purely plant & botanical based, organic within its means with minimal packaging, and yes it is possible! There are companies and small-batch shops who will kindly create sustainable solutions without using harmful ingredients and minimal packaging. This incorporates the concept of this zero waste guide: producing less waste. Also all of these products happen to be vegan and gluten free.

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Brush With Bamboo Toothbrushes | Made of sustainably sourced wild (no pesticides or fertilizers used) Chinese Moso Bamboo for the toothbrush handles which can be composted with the removal of the bristles. The bristles are made of castor bean oil and plastic which can be recycled. Brush With Bamboo has a guide on how to care and dispose (in a zero waste manner) of the brush. My favorite aspect is actually the bristles. They give a more cohesive clean than the typical plastic electric toothbrush (which I no longer use). By composting the brushes and the packaging it comes it, you create soil instead of waste! You would also be supporting an impressive company with ethical and sustainable values.

In Vitamin Charcoal Tooth Powder | Finding a toothpaste I liked was always a hassle. Personally I found most of them abrasive, contained an ingredient I didn’t want, and then the tubes only created waste. Even at natural food markets I was usually out of luck in finding something I was content with. I became interested in using activated charcoal for dental health and last year I came across In Vitamin’s Tooth Powder and I thought A) Am I really going to forgo society’s accepted use of toothpaste in lieu of powder & B) Is this safe (its free of SLS, baking soda, and preservatives) ? Lo and behold I still have the powder I purchased last year and it is my favorite. It is full of botanical wonders like organic orris root, myrrh gum powder, bentonite clay that benefit your gums and teeth. In Vitamin is a perfect example of stores willing to make zero waste adjustments: the shop owner kindly sent out Tooth & Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal in Citrus enclosed in a biodegradable bag which I then stored in a labeled mason jar. & No it won’t stain your teeth!
Plant Makeup Herbal Mouth Rinse | Most mouth rinses on the market are stored in plastic and contain ingredients that are harmful or unnecessary like food dyes. This is a gluten free alcohol based mouth rinse thats basically an infused garden. Plant Makeup uses organic peppermint, locally gathered wintergreen, clove, local soapwort, organic corn alcohol (40% alcohol) and sage. This mouth rinse is definitely a plant based zinger (hello!) to promote healthy & sparkly teeth & gums. You can reuse the glass bottle it comes in as well!

RADIUS Vegan Xylitol Floss Sachets | Created out of nylon and coated with vegan candelilla plant wax, USA grown cranberry, peppermint – this floss is cruelty free and plastic free while the packaging is all 100% biodegradable. The floss itself is soft and durable while being kind to your health and the planet. The company’s products are quite easy to find in your local natural markets and leave zero to no footprint.