Heart Healthy Raw Chocolate Pudding

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and I felt this was the perfect excuse to celebrate all matters of the heart; so why not have chocolate pudding?!

All chocolate pudding is not created equal, but those made with legitimate ingredients like cashews and coconut can protect your heart; perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Check out my Raw Chocolate Pudding YouTube video- it’s a goody; click here for the delicious visual goodness and , of course, the recipe!



Food For The Busy~ Shaved Zucchini and Black Bean Salsa Salad

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The holidays are in FULL swing, which for me means brainstorming and planning 2014; this month also heralds the beginning of a hectic season of catering. As I get busy during the day, I sometimes come up for air and realize I haven’t had food in hours, which leaves me hungry and scrambling for a sustenance.

This zucchini salad has quickly become my stand-by quick food source during the day, because it couldn’t be easier to prepare; this salad is an exercise in make ahead food! The salsa can be made ahead, and the zucchini can be shaved days in advance, so when the time comes for quick, high frequency food to fuel your day, this salad is ready in a pinch- it’s all assembly!

I want to stress the importance of food as fuel during stressful times; when we are under nourished AND stressed, the result is sickness. I don’t know about you, but getting sick during the holidays does all sorts of sabotage to my yuletide cheer. Raw food is a friend to us all during the winter, despite what you might think; because raw foods are brimming with nutrients that fortify the body and promote immunity- Eat RAW, be WELL!

In the nature of keeping it brief, because we are all phenomenally busy, I present to you Shaved Zucchini and Black Bean Salsa Salad- perfect food for the busy!

Shaved Zucchini and Black Bean Salsa Salad

1 lrg zucchini, washed and shaved with a peeler
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 small onion, minced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 can BPA Free Black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp salt

In a bowl combine, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, onion, jalapeno and beans, and toss with lime juice and oil; season with salt and reserve.

When you are ready to serve the salad, fold in the shaved zucchini. PERFECT food for the busy!

 

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Lose the Chapstick: My Favorite DIY Natural Lip Balm

I, like most women, love to smell yummy; not just for the opposite sex, but for me! But with the slew of toxic chemicals in personal care products, smelling good can come at a price.Today’s guest post ushers in Organic Week (Sept.21-28) with an homage to natural lip balm; and with the temperatures cooling, I think a DIY natural lip balm recipe is perfectly timed.

Happy Organic Week! Cheers to our health and the health of our planet!

Bianca

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Apple Cider Vinegar, Nature’s Beautifier

If you haven’t noticed already, I am obsessed with clean beauty; as the thought of putting chemicals and synthetics on and into my body send shivers down my spine. I’ve shown you how to make your own face wash and body moisturizer, and today’s guest author Sarah will speak to the benefits of apple cider vinegar and it’s many uses in our beauty routine.

A word on Sarah. Sarah is the real deal; she is incredibly passionate about holistic living and she shares her passion with the world; I’m honoured to have her share her wisdom on the Vitality Guide for Women.

And with that I say, take it away Sarah!

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Apple Cider Vinegar, Nature’s Beautifier

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Homemade Beauty Products

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It is said that women expose themselves to over 200 toxic chemicals before they even leave the home; from hair care to skincare, the toxic cocktails include chemicals such as pthalates, sulphates, triclosan, BPA and the list continues. For more information about your beauty products, visit David Suzuki’s website where he details exactly what to avoid- click here.

The reason that we should all endeavor to steer clear of these toxins is because of what they do to our bodies. You see, conventional beauty products that are laden with chemicals disrupt our hormones; and because we, as females, are hormonally dependent (we go through hormonal cycles every 28 days for gosh sakes); and when we disrupt the natural flow of things we can do serious damage. From out of whack hormones to cancer (companies will deny it, but it’s undeniable) our beauty products do some ugly things to our insides.

Homemade beauty products are great, because they are very easy to make and allow us to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. Generally you will find me cooking up tasty foods in my kitchen, but recently I began cooking up homemade beauty products; that are not only effective but smell delicious too- so good, in fact, you could literally eat them!

Today’s recipe is for my CocoMint face wash and it features organic peppermint soap and coconut oil.

The peppermint soap comes from one of my favorite brands, Dr. Bronners. His soaps are 100% organic, fair trade and vegan, you can even ingest them safely; in fact, one of my coworkers at the deli uses it as her toothpaste! And the reason that I chose peppermint is because of the menthol; the menthol in peppermint helps to naturally balance the PH levels of the skin which can reduce acne flare ups- and it smells delightful. And I used coconut oil because a) I LOVE IT and b) it’s antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial, so it helps to further reduce breakouts. Now, you may be thinking that coconut oil will cause breakouts, but because it’s non comodegenic it won’t clog pores. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, is there anything coconut oil cannot do?!

A great many of my homemade beauty products contain coconut oil, because it’s simply one of the best things in the world!

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