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SIMPLE CUCUMBER & TOMATO SALAD

 This delicious and simple salad is SO easy to make and delicious to eat! With tons of fiber, phytonutrients, and flavor this could just be one of your new staples in life!

I'm all about keeping healthy cooking simple! This salad has always been a hit and is super simple to put together! The feta is a perfect addition but is also optional!

Of course, I suggest buying all ingredients organically! If you can't buy everything organic make sure you are following the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists! I've included them below. Always buy produce on Dirty Dozen list organically and those listed on the Clean 15, you can buy those conventionally.

Okay now that you better know to buy your produce, let's do this:

Ingredients:

8 Medium - Large cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
1/2 Large cucumber peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Handful of Arugula chopped
1/4 cup organic feta (Sheep's feta is best and healthiest!)
2 tsp. of Italian spices
3 Tbsp.. Extra...

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Homemade Popsicles

hippie kitchen treats Jul 01, 2020

Let’s reminisce….

… dog days of summer,  playing by the pool all day long (probably without sunscreen), and consuming Popsicles until our heart’s content… awe the sugary sweetness paired with frozen sensation was marvelous.

Now back to reality. Store-bought Popsicles are laden with high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring making this novelty treat a tragic reflection of  the over processed and cheapened food industry… even the sweetest and most simple summer treats fall victims.

Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean you have to forego one of the most awesome inventions ever!

Homemade Popsicles are so simple and require just a few tools: Blender, Popsicle Molds, and Popsicle sticks. I recently purchased these and DIG them…

Two super simple recipes for Homemade Popsicles:

Fudge-nut-sicles:

2 bananas
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 cup nut...

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13 Tips on Eating Healthy on a Budget

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

The harsh reality is that eating healthy is a privilege. This fact has been weighing heavy on my heart. It is a passion of mine to help people make better food choices and support food companies that are actually doing it right! But the fact remains that an estimated 11% of the world population is starving and 23.5 million people live in food deserts, geographic areas where access to healthy and affordable food is limited or completely non-existent.

What's even more devastating is that food insecurity has a high correlation with increased diabetes rates. In Chicago, the death rate from diabetes in a food desert is twice that of areas with access to grocery stores. (Source) Want to see where food deserts exist, click here .

A fundamental reason that many don’t have access to healthy food is a consequence of the backwards food policies we have in place. Couple this with living in the time of a pandemic, healthy food is becoming increasingly expensive.

We also...

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Au Naturale - ORGANIC & NON-TOXIC MAKE-UP

As I venture further into my blogging work I am excited to continue to align myself with AMAZING, conscious, eco-friendly, and ethical companies.

As a woman, I LOVE makeup… I’ve had a hard time finding products from ONE line that I love.

INTRODUCING…  AU NATURALE

This company is LEGIT!!! They are also:

“Vegan and Cruelty-free. The entire line is vegan, ethical and cruelty-free. Your followers can shop with confidence if they are passionate about stopping animal cruelty.

Gluten-free. Are you celiac or gluten-free for health reasons? With your body absorbing 60% of what you put on your skin, gluten-free cosmetics is important for continued healing. All products are gluten-free so shopping on our store is a breeze.

Organic/ Non-Toxic. Are you an eco-influencer passionate about reducing toxics in yours and your followers every day products? Rest assured our ingredients are organic and sustainable. All products are made in the USA...

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR WINE?

clean living clean wiine Jun 16, 2020
 

So do you actually know what's in your wine? Well, do you?

If you drink wine regularly, listen up!  

In March of 2016 Moms Across America released new results showing that 10 major California wines contained the chemical glyphosate. “Glyphosate, deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2015, was found in all three categories of wine. This includes conventional (chemically grown), organic and biodynamic wines.” (Source)

If you aren’t aware, glyphosate is a synthetic compound that is non-selective systemic herbicide. It is used to kill unwanted plants. It is the chemical found in the common weed killer, Roundup. 

Besides glyphosate in wines, the FDA allows up to 250 additives such as: 

  • Ferrocyanide – this chemical is used as an anti-caking agent and exposure has been linked to respiratory and digestive health issues.  
  • Ammonium phosphate – an ingredient in fertilizers and used...
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DARK CHOCOLATE HIPPIE MOM RAW BARS

hippie kitchen treats Jun 16, 2020

I really couldn’t think of a better name for these bars that were created in my kitchen. So Hippie Mom Raw Bars it is!

These raw ingredients are nutrient dense, high in fiber, loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats and proteins, and satisfy that sweet tooth with flavor and fullness. Boom.

I made these last week and brought them to a yoga retreat in Sedona… they were a huge hit and many of the amazing women asked for the recipe. I promised to share… but I normally just throw things together and hope whatever I’m creating turns out delicious… not all creations do but these did. #win

This time, I documented the recipe and here it is!! The kids and husband devour them so I have to keep a stash in the fridge for me! Don’t tell.

Let’s do this:

Base Ingredients:
1 cup organic almonds butter (or other nut or seed butter)
1 cup organic raw pecans, cashews, or walnuts
12 dates (pitted)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/8 cup chia seeds
1/8 cup hemp seeds
...

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SALMON SALAD

I rarely post recipes as everything I make is just intuitively thrown together. BUT so many people who I’ve fed this dish to LOVE it so I did my work and measured it all out!

The thing is this salad is so delicious and nourishing. Full of good fats, proteins, and yummy-ness this is a common dish we have at the Wells household.

Wild-caught salmon is so nourishing AND satiating! One of the most wonderful things it contains is anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids which are PARAMOUNT to good health! Check out this article – 17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids!

Do you know what else I love about this concoction? You can add SO many nourishing and nutrient-dense herbs! Not only do herbs provide incredible flavors but are packed with SO many health benefits… it’s not even funny.

The herbs I love to use are:

#1 DILL! Dill is a good source of vitamin C (awesome antioxidant), fiber (vital for your gut!), folate (your cells need it to divide and...

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TOP 6 DETOXIFYING FOODS

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2020

This is a section of my 14 Day Clean Eating Detox Program where we use foods to heal the body, gut, and brain. The following whole, nutrient-dense, and real foods support our body’s detoxification process. I always work to incorporate one or many of these foods daily.

Our body’s need us to advocate for them! No one else will do it for them.

The following are the top detoxifying foods we can incorporate into our daily diet!

  • Beets
  • Broccoli sprouts (and other Sulforaphane Veggies)
  • Dark Green & Red leafy veggies
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Green tea

BEETS

Beets contain a group of phytonutrients called betalains that support detoxification through an important phase 2 detox liver. Beets support the liver’s efforts ridding our body of are body doesn’t need! So eat these beautiful root veggies as much as you can during this cleanse.

The recipe I highly recommend incorporating into your diet is this Love Your Liver Salad! I make a huge batch on the weekend...

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HEALTHY HOMEMADE BANANA BREAD (GLUTEN FREE)

bread hippie kitchen treats Jun 15, 2020

I’m all about finding healthy recipes and making them even healthier! I’ve been using this recipe, adapted from Kookies and Cate, for a few years now.

I make it my own by using sprouted flours and adding seeds like chia and hemp to up the nutritiousness! Lately I’ve been using the Paleo flour by Bob’s Red Mill. It’s gluten free and works SO well in baking!

I love making this on the weekends and sometimes if the boys are up, they’ll help me… the smell is AMAZING and it pairs perfectly with my adaptogen coffee (recipe coming soon!).

When it’s done, we rejoice and indulge in yumminess. Okay, enough talk… Let’s do this:

HEALTHY HOMEMADE BANANA BREAD:

INGREDIENTS

  • cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 pasture raised eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup milk nut milk (I use homemade cashew milk… here is a recipe to make your own)
  • 1 teaspoon...
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CLASSIC HOMEMADE HUMMUS

I’m all about dips. You make a big batch and there they are waiting to be eaten when you’re starving… they last for days in the fridge and when you make them with real, whole, nourishing ingredients… they can help you stay on track. It’s all about prepping and preparing my friends.

This classic homemade hummus recipe is one I’ve been using for years! Super easy, really yummy, and nourishing. Boom.

Let’s do this:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (I LOVE Eden foods option)
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean liquid (use the water after cooking or the liquid in the can).
  • 1/4 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Sea salt to taste (I like a lot)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Drain garbanzo beans (save liquid!)
  2. Put ALL ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender.
  3. Blend until it forms a creamy texture.
  4. Store in an air-tight glass container in refrigerator.
  5. Enjoy!

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