Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Our family adores energy balls and we create new ones each week with various ingredients: dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, coconut, Medjool dates, nut/seed butter and more!

The boys have fallen head over heels in love with Goji Berries and so I decided to create an energy ball with these little miracle workers. Goji berries have a very long history in Ancient China and have been used for eye, liver and kidney issues.

They are a great source of Vitamin C, Iron, and Fiber and contain all 8 essential amino acids!!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

I decided to add as many goodies as possible to these energy balls: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Chocolate, and Coconut!

Further Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji Berries

  • Just one ounce of these berries will fulfill 10% of your daily protein requirements!
  • The high amount of vitamin C is great to boost your immune system and protect you and your little ones from the flu.
  • These berries can aid in weight loss. The sweet and yummy taste (plus the added fiber) can help you to have an easier transition from processed sugar to whole foods. Our family LOVES to snack on these!
  • Goji berries contain a special antioxidant called zeaxanthin (this antioxidant gives them their beautiful and bright color). Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they’re exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation.
  • Goji berries are fantastic for lowering blood sugar and avoiding sugar crashes. They can also improve sugar tolerance if you slowly substitute these for the processed sugar snacks!
So now that we have talked about this amazing superfood, let’s get to blending and rolling these amazing Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

Let the Food Processor do all of the work! Just keep processing until a dough ball like this forms 🙂

Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

These are a must try energizing bite to add to your family's weekly meal plans! Great for the kids lunch boxes or an afternoon pick me up!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, energy ball, kid friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 70.15kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medjool dates *Packed with seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 2 tbsp cashews
  • 1.5 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

Instructions

  • Start by removing the seeds from the medjool dates and adding to the food processor. Follow this by tossing in all of the remaining ingredients.
    vegan goji berry bites
  • Turn the food processor on and allow it to do all the work for you. If you need to stop to scrape down the sides, go right ahead. Continue to food process the mixture until a dough like ball is formed.
    Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball
  • Once the dough is formed, remove from procesor and take either a 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depending on the size you want) amount and roll into balls. You can leave as is or you can roll in some coconut shreds as shown. The balls will be quite sticky so I do recommend rollling them in some sort of a powder/shreds. Feel free to use cacao powder, coconut shreds, pulsed nuts, powdered sugar or whatever else you want!
    Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls
  • Store in the refrigerator to set and also to keep for the week. I like to keep mine stored in an airtight glass container. These are fantastic for snack lunch boxes, mid-afternooon pick me ups or even as a quick out the door energy boost!

Notes

**Can sub out any nuts for seeds.
**Can sub goji berries for any dried fruit you have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 70.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.84g | Protein: 1.14g | Fat: 2.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.95g | Sodium: 0.34mg | Potassium: 108.01mg | Fiber: 1.34g | Sugar: 9.62g | Vitamin A: 18.25IU | Calcium: 15.87mg | Iron: 0.48mg
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

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Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!
Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

Vegan Cheese Sauce loaded with Vegetables

Do you know what really bugs me?

When I slave over the stove for a good hour or so while my kids run through my legs, throw toys around, and drive me a tad bit bonkers and then they refuse to eat the meal. Are you kidding me? Is this payback for my crazy teen years? haha!

p.s. I’m sorry mom!!

It took me a bit of time but I finally figured it out. Kids like simple.

Kids like what they know, kids like what they can dip and kids like what looks good.

So today, I am honored to present my kid-approved (every single time) Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!!!

This sauce has it all. It has three different types of veggies (you can add more if you would like!) and a flavor that is out of this world. No cows, goats or other animals were used and abused for this sauce. I promise it will be a new staple in your home for years to come.

Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables

Every parent’s dream: a nutritionally sound and delicious sauce that kids will beg for!

Benefits of The Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

Potatoes

  • The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in potatoes all help the body to build and maintain bone structure and strength.
  • Keep the peel on! A ton of vitamins and minerals are in the peel 🙂
  • Potatoes contain a great amount of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Niacin, and Folate.
  • Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. These compounds act as antioxidants in the body by neutralizing potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.

Carrots

  • Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.
  • They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Orange carrots get their bright color from beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A.

Zucchini

  • Rich in several vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Manganese, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Folate, Copper, Phosphorous, Vitamin B6 and Thiamine!
  • Raw zucchini offers a similar nutrition profile as cooked zucchini, but with less vitamin A and more vitamin C, a nutrient that tends to be reduced by cooking.
  • Zucchini boasts several antioxidants that may provide various health benefits. The highest levels are found in the skin.
  • Zucchini is very rich in water which is beneficial to healthy digestion.

Sunflower Seeds: To read our full article on these amazing seeds, click here!

So now that we have talked about some of our amazing ingredients, let’s get cook’n!

Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables
Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables

Veggie Packed Vegan Cheese Sauce

This will 100% be a new weekly staple for you. If you have kids, this may be a bi-weekly staple! This cheese sauce is so delicious and nutritious....we put it on EVERYTHING!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, kid approved, vegan, vegetable packed
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-2 garlic cloves peeled, pressed and minced
  • 1/2 small onion roughly chopped
  • 3 large potatoes We use russet or yukon. Scrub and chop. Peel if you wish.
  • 3 large carrots Peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large zucchini roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds soaked overnight and rinsed/drained
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast Add more as needed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice Fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar I am a white wine vinegar fan
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp mustard (brown or yellow) You can also try dijon. I find that each mustard gives this a different (yummy!) taste.
  • Dash Turmeric Powder

Instructions

  • If you forgot to soak the sunflower seeds, no worries. Just pour some boiling water over the seeds and let sit while the veggies cook. Rinse and drain when done.
  • Peel the carrots. Roughly chop the potatoes, carrots and zucchini. Add to a large pot of water and boil until fork tender. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • From here, carefully remove the veggies and place into a high speed blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Taste test and adjust. Sometimes I will add in some more vinegar, sea salt or even lemon juice. It all depends on what your taste buds are craving! I rarely need more nutritional yeast but again, it's all up to you.
  • Store this sauce in a large mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Use on everything! I love to serve this with homemade french frieds, nachos, as a soup with some sourdough bread, over some toast or even with a load of veggies for dipping.

Notes

**Add any veggies you like. Broccoli does beautifully in this recipe!!
***Can substitute sunflower seeds for silken tofu, cashew nuts or omit. 
***Add more turmeric for more yellow color. 

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3673IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg
Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

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Vegan Pomegranate Sweet P Quinoa Salad
Vegan Pomegranate Sweet Potato Bowl

Vegan Pomegranate Sweet Potato Bowl

Last week we introduced this amazing Vegan Pomegranate Sweet Potato Bowl recipe to our newsletter subscribers and now it’s time to go public!

This bowl is filled with two of my favorite in-season Fall picks; Baked sweet potatoes and pomegranate seeds. I absolutely love to pair these two together and the outcome is delicious. While you could pair this bowl with pretty much any of your favorite dressings, I do prefer to use some sort of a cream sauce like our chosen cashew cream dressing. Feel free to substitute soaked cashew nuts for some soaked sunflower seeds for a much more budget-friendly recipe! Read more

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5 Sustainable Children's Brands that We Love!
5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love!

5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love and Trust

The amazing list of fair trade, sustainable and ethical children’s brands is fairly long but we do have a few favorites that I would like to share with you today. I highly recommend saving these names for the future if needed. You can always search these brands in the many second-hand shops (digital and walk-in), as well as a bookmark to await the off-season sales that I love!

For tips and tricks to sustainable and eco-friendly shopping for children, check out our latest post here!

Patagonia has to be one of my all-time top favorite sustainable, ethical and innovative brands out there. I cannot even begin to express how much I cherish every single Patagonia item in our home: both second hand and new (on sale, but still new haha). While on the pricier side, the amount is absolutely worth every single penny. These products will last for years and years, and you can trust that your hard-earned money is going to one of the best companies out there.

With a mission statement to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” – Patagonia is a brand to take note of. Patagonia belongs to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet. They reject fast fashion by creating high-quality, long-lasting products and offer a repair and reuse program. You can learn all about this fantastic company here. 

Patagonia

Our family switched over to barefoot shoes about 6 months ago, and we will never look back. The amazing quality of these barefoot shoes created by the Wilding family is just superb. The collection is beautiful, sustainable and there are also fully vegan options for those of us who choose sustainable with zero animal products involved.

I highly recommend adding a pair of these shoes to your children’s closet and allowing their feet to grow as naturally as possible. It is so important for our feet to have the proper room and environment to grow in! “After nearly two years of intensive development work, the goal was reached: a shoe that protects feet from injuries and weather, while restricting as little as possible its natural movement and healthy growth. The Wildling lasts – the basic models for the shoes – are based on an anatomical foot shape with a natural width, orientated towards a strong, healthy foot. It provides feet with space they need to develop healthily”. You can learn all about barefoot shoes here!

wilding shoes

Monty & Co Dungarees

I have been an Osh Kosh B’Gosh gal since as long as I can remember. This brand clothed me, my brother and all of our cousins and they were passed down from generation to generation. It’s brands like Osh Kosh that parents looked out for: durable, super long-lasting and budget-friendly.

My sons wore second-hand Osh Kosh dungarees for their first two years of life until they spurted up about 3 inches and left me in despair. I had nothing left and started to frantically look for a replacement. I am so excited to let you all know that I found a brand just as amazing as Osh Kosh (maybe even better?!) that I have fallen head over heels for Britain’s Very Own Monty & Co. 

These dungarees are so durable it’s unbelievable. My sons have put their blue and khaki dungarees through hell and they keep coming out looking brand new from the wash or simple spot cleans! I ordered 2 sizes bigger and simply roll the pants and tighten the top for it to fit right now. That is to say, these will have no problem lasting until they are 4 and then I will happily pass them down to their little cousins or friends! You can learn all about Monty & Co here!

two boys in dungarees Monty & Co

Petit Tembo Sweatshirts and Tees

Hands down, the softest sweatshirts my children own. These organic, fair trade and highly durable sweatshirts (and tees!) are perfect for any child’s closet. The Petit Tembo sweatshirts run a bit wide, so they are perfect to last much longer than regular-sized clothing!

100% organic cotton + sustainable + ethically made.

Above all, 20% of their net profits are divided equally and donated to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust + Kisumu Hope Restoration.

You can check out our full-featured blog post on this amazing company here!

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Doc Cotton’s clothing is all made by 100% organic materials and can be personalized to your very own print! You can send them whatever print you like, and they will create you a one of a kind piece for you and your child. The prints are digitally printed for minimal environmental impact and improved colorfastness! Each item is handmade in Peckham, the yarn is sourced in Greece and knitted in Leicester.

I really love this company because each item is made to order, and waste is minimal. Doc Cotton will also buy back the item after the life cycle has ended so that you can rest at ease knowing that your item will find a new home in an upcycled or recycled way. I chose some really fun bright and colorful prints for the boy’s pants and I adore them so so much.

You can find out all about this amazing brand here!

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

These magical adventure boots by MyMayu are made for EVERY single season and are perfect for our adventures little ones. They have a cinch at the top of the foot and the top of the boot to stop the feet from sliding out. This also helps with water/mud/rocks from sneaking in through the top of the boot. Why is every boot not made like this?!

The boots have a waterproof coating and extra liners that you can add for colder weather. The boys have tested these boots in rivers, muddy puddles, and tons of hikes! I cannot say enough about these. I snagged these during their off-season sale for about half off and I ordered 1 full size up (worked like a charm!). You can learn all about MyMayu here!

mymayu boots
5 Sustainable Children's Brands

What are some of your favorite brands for the little ones? I love finding new brands to share with our amazing community.

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Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes: A Full Guide!

A Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

For the past 365 days, our followers and friends have witnessed our family go through the beautiful transition to a sustainable, mindful and minimal way of living. This transition started with one crazy and chaotic place: MY CLOSET. Before having children, and maybe even that first year while dealing with postpartum depression, I had a serious shopping addiction.

Mix a shopping addiction with zero knowledge into the horrific conditions of the fast fashion industry, and you got yourself a pretty ugly situation.

The research into sustainable, fair trade and mindful consumerism started about 18 months ago, and I have been absolutely hooked ever since. As a result, I took my time learning and understanding how much of the system works and took these tips and tricks to my own closet.

I swear…once I tackled that monster, everything else seemed to fall into place. Our kitchen, pantry, and even living room followed suit. One particular place that I have really come to love is the bedroom of my twin toddlers which features an open closet. Their closet is exactly what a child’s closet should look like:

Sweet, Simple and Easy to Work With.

By choosing each piece carefully and mindfully, I was able to create a sort of capsule wardrobe for my children without much work. It’s interesting how taking our time with selection, taking into account how many times the child will wear each piece, and sizing up for longer use can really transform any closet into a fully “usable” sustainable closet. So many times, we forget that clothes are meant to be worn over and over again until their life cycle has ended and not just a trend to toss away. Choosing wisely can mean the difference between a closet that works for you or against you.

If you are ready to explore the magical world of sustainable, second hand, fair trade (and more!) fashion for kids, look no further than this Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes!

Saving Money While Saving the World!

First Up: Help Clothes to Reach The End of Their Lifecycle #30Wears and Beyond

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Second-Hand Finds: From their heads to their toes!

First of all, what some of you may (or may not) know about our family is that we shop primarily second hand. Our sons clothes are 100% from my grandmother and mother’s garage sale finds since birth, and we did not start to introduce “new” clothing until every single last piece of their amazing finds had reached the end of their cycle with the boys. This simply means that my sons grew out of them all quite fast – as most children do.

This is something that we all need to keep in mind as parents. Children grow quickly.

Too quickly for new clothes to have any chance of sustainability in a child’s closet. 

The most sustainable and eco-friendly thing that you can do as a consumer of children’s fashion is to shop second hand, vintage, rentals or any other means to help the clothes reach the end of their life cycles. Our goal here is to use and wear these materials as many times as possible before recycling or upcycling. We are talking about sustainability here and this is the facts: Nothing is more sustainable than what has already been made.

I am in no way saying that you shouldn’t feel free to support the many fair trade, ethical, eco-friendly and even upcycled brands out there. Just keep in mind that adding second-hand items to your children’s closets will genuinely help a pretty big crisis that we are facing in the world today.

Second Hand Shopping

Second Hand Online Shops

  • ThredUP: The Largest Kids‘ Consignment and Thrift Store Online

  • Kid’s Dress Smart: Where 60% of proceeds of every sale sent directly to Children’s Charities

  • Kidizen: Kidizen is your resale marketplace to buy, sell, and swap your kid’s clothing, gear, toys, decor and more.

  • Little Luxuries: Gently worn, preloved, secondhand designer children and baby clothing brands

  • Baby Outfitter: Everything listed on Baby Outfitter is “like new” and they are very picky about selections and what they will sell!

  • Loopster UK: Where quality kid’s clothes live on

  • Facebook MarketPlace: A gem that has saved us a ton of money on everything from wooden toys to emergency shoes when our kids both shot up 2 sizes in under a month!

Second Hand Shops Nearest You (Physical Stores)

  • The Thrift Shopper Website: Simply type in your zip code and a huge directory of nearest consignment shops, goodwill shops and so forth will come up for you to check out!

  • Thriftigo APP: Download this app to keep second-hand store information readily available on your phone wherever you are!

  • Thrift Store Listings: Another helpful directory of local thrift stores based on your location.

Rental Companies for Sustainable Children’s Clothes

Renting clothes is such a fantastic way to stay sustainable but also have fun! From birthday parties to photoshoots, you can have exactly what you want and return back to the company for the item to make another child (and parent) happy!

  • Rainey’s Closet: Just one look at this gorgeous website and you will know that you can find just about any precious and gorgeous piece for any occasion. From fairy dresses, formal dresses and adorable bow and ties….you cannot go wrong with this rental service for any special occasion.

  • The Borrowed Boutique: Another gorgeous rental service that has a bit more clothing for boys as I noticed. I even saw a top hat!

  • Sylette Co: Another great rental company located in sunny Los Angelos!

  • Magical Clothing Rental Canada: A gorgeous rental store for our Canadian friends! Thousands to choose from and easy return service.

  • Bundlee UK: A very cool and more laid back version of the rental service for our UK friends. You can find pretty much everything on this rental site!

  • Circos Rental for Kids and Maternity: This rental is for kids up to 2 years old and new mamas in Europe!

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Shopping For New Clothes: Tips & Tricks

While second hand will forever have a special place in my heart, I will say that there is something quite special about finding that *perfect* piece of clothing that just meets every single one of your needs without having to go through countless shops and racks. Sometimes, no matter how long you look, you will not find that particular item that you need second hand. Do not fear; these tips will help you to keep your sustainable goals in check while also saving money and a few headaches along the way.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Alessandro in a brand new Petit Tembo sweatshirt that just exceeded all of our expectations. 

Go For the Basics

While the flashing shoes and tasselled shirts may intrigue your child at the shop, I urge you to get the basics down first before thinking of going with any trends. Basics include solid and durable t-shirts, long sleeves, sweaters, zip-ups, leggings, thermals, dungarees, rain suits/all-weather suits, rain boots, barefoot shoes, all-weather breathable hats, gloves, circular scarves, durable and warm socks, and any imperative weather gear for where you are living.
Each one of these basics should come in a solid or easy to clean print. While I always recommend going second hand with most of any child’s closet, some superb brands offer these basics. One brand that I always check out sale season (late summer and late winter) is Patagonia. They have, by far, the best layering pieces that I have encountered. I stock up during sale season, and I always keep on eye out for them when second-hand shopping.

Size Up 1-2 Sizes

One of the easiest things that you can do to help your child’s clothes have a longer (and happier!) life is to have them worn as much as possible!

One easy way to do this is by sizing up 1-2 sizes, depending on your child. I personally size up 2 sizes for the boys and it has worked beautifully. This year we’ve only had to purchase 2 pairs of pants and 2 extra sweatshirts for the chilly weather. By sizing up, I saved a significant amount of money!
While my sons currently fit in a size 2T, I only search for 4T and even have all of our collaborations send over the larger sizes. Any parent can easily roll up or hem the clothes to fit the child at the time and let them out over the years. You do not have to be any sort of professional tailor here, I promise you! I do the simple roll-up method, and it works like a charm.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Ask The Question: How Many Times Will This Be Worn?

While we will be asking many questions along the way, this first question will help you to steer clear of any items that you should save for the RENTAL category. If you hold up an item and cannot guarantee that your child will hit at least 30 wears, then simply put it down and step away from the item (this is a wonderful trick to work for parents too!).
If you can guarantee that the item will be work 30+ times, then you can move on to the following questions…

Two Key Follow Up Questions

Here are two key questions to ask before adding the item to your little one’s closet for the most sustainable and ethical approach:

  • Who made this and under what conditions? A simple question that should be asked before purchasing any item. Most importantly, a sustainable company will have this information readily available to you without any trouble whatsoever. In fact, the good guys want to share this information with you more than anything!
  • What is this made of? Take a look at the tag and check out the fabrics. Is it organic? Synthetic? Does it contain flame retardants? All very good questions to answer before allowing the item into your home and opening your wallet to support the brand.
a child picks his mother a flower

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Always Choose Natural Fibers over Synthetic

Linen, Cotton (organic is best) and hemp are some of the best materials for children’s clothing. Synthetic materials do have a place in fashion for durable swimsuits and even winter jackets, but try your best to keep these purchases for the second-hand category. We want to aim to decrease the use of plastic in the fashion industry and your money truly does make a huge difference.

Natural fibers are best for the environment and your children for so many reasons:

  • Natural fibers cause much less (or zero) irritation to skin.
  • Natura fibers are much less resource-intensive to produce and manufacture.
  • Synthetic materials “shed” microplastics that have been found sneaking their way into our very own drinking water.
  • Many synthetic materials use toxic production processes that are harmful to the waterways, the garment workers and the person who wears the item.

Learn How to Mend, Repair and Upcycle

One of the best ways to help to reduce waste your very own home is to learn just a few simple tricks of the trade. This can be as simple as learning how to sew, hem, patch and upcycle old clothes and broken items around the house. Like we always say, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own!

You can find a local sewing class, take a few online lessons via youtube or even host a little “trade” party! I have actually been to a few fun coffee dates where my friend’s mother and grandmother would come and they would teach us something fun like knitting, baking an epic cake or even tips & tricks to help with the little ones. These are marvelous gifts to learn from the hand of an expert and I cannot tell you how much I cherished learning these skills from these amazing women.

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

There you have it! Just a few helpful ways to shop with a more mindful and sustainable approach. I promise you; once you start you will be absolutely amazed at how GREAT it feels to be part of the sustainable movement. We need you. The World needs us to be much more mindful and conscious of our consumer decisions. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I would love to hear your own tips and tricks to sustainable living!

p.s. Check out our top 5 sustainable and ethical children’s brands here!

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Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Spoiler Alert: The Video (below) of our family making playdoh was our FIRST ever attempt!! It was so much easier than I had anticipated and I am thrilled to share this extremely easy homemade recipe with you all today. Homemade playdoh with turmeric powder….it’s genius.

I first heard about this recipe while researching Waldorf and Montessori ideas for toddlers and then it just seemed to follow me around everywhere. Just a few days ago I had one of my favorite Instagram Zero Waste Gals @PlantedInTheWoods post photos of her making playdoh with beetroot and turmeric powder and I thought to myself…ok…It’s time we do this!!

I do hope you all enjoy this recipe; it was so much fun!

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

We like to keep our waste low by using things that we already have around the house to play with the playdoh. The boys love to use their knives, forks, and spoons from the kitchen as well as various seeds, dried fruit, rocks, sticks and even feathers from their nature table.

With just 20 minutes set aside (and enough food coloring or powders to go around), you can very well make an entire rainbow of playdoh for your children to enjoy! The dough will last about 3 months if stored properly.

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

What are the Benefits of Playdoh??

  • Enhances Fine Motor Skills! The constant rolling, squishing, flattening and molding of the playdoh strengthens and develops the child’s hands.
  • Improves Pre-Writing Skills by improving the pincer grip.
  • Imagination and Creativity with the unlimited possibilities that await them!
  • Soothes and Calms the child; Allows for concentration and a new way to express emotions.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Increases Curiosity; by blending colors and building whatever their heart desires!
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric

Homemade Turmeric Powder Playdoh

This is such a short and sweet treat for your kiddos; just mix together the ingredients, knead and you have your very own homemade (and natural!) playdoh 🙂
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Course: how to
Keyword: all natural, homemade playdoh, toxic free, zero waste parenting
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large ball
Cost: A few dollars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder Less or more; depending on the color you want
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, citric acid, oil and turmeric powder. Mix well and adjust the turmeric powder as needed for your color choice. Feel free to swap the powder out for some food coloring; just use as much as you wish for the color of choice.
  • Once well mixed, add in the 3/4 cup of boiling water. The water will take right to the mixture and seem like not enough but it is perfect; just begin to mix together until dough forms. I like to use my hands in the bowl and then transfer the playdoh to the countertop to knead.
  • Knead and knead until the dough is nice and smooth. Store in a wax wrap or an airtight container to keep. It will last about 3 months if properly taken care of!

Notes

**Do not dispose of the playdoh when it has reached the end of its life. Instead, check out these awesome tips from WonderBrains for old playdoh!

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Vegan Beet and Pomegranate Bowl with Cashew Creme
Vegan Beet and Pomegranate Bowl with Cashew Creme

Vegan Beet and Pomegranate Buddha Bowl with Cashew Creme Sauce

If you are looking for an absolutely gorgeous buddha bowl with a fun twist, look no further than this amazing Vegan Beet and Pomegranate Buddha Bowl. One of my favorite things about this bowl is that it can be made both raw and cooked; ready in under 5 minutes or just under 20 minutes! Simply choose which one you prefer and get slicing and dicing!

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Homemade Vegan Chimichurri Sauce
Vegan Avocado and Parsley Chimichurri Sauce

Vegan Avocado and Parsley Chimichurri Sauce

To be honest, I do not know what I love most about this refreshing and delicious Vegan Avocado and Parsley Chimichurri Recipe; the color, the taste or the versatility! Martin and I were juicing some parsley and celery the other day and I had the sudden urge to recreate this sauce. I haven’t had the pleasure of devouring my grandmother’s homemade  (super oil-packed but delicious all the same) Chimichurri recipe in YEARS and I just had to have it right at that moment!

I grabbed a few avocados, a handful of parsley and got to work.

We tested out about 4 different recipe varieties before settling on this one but I have to tell ya, EVERY single one was delicious! While the taste is on the lighter side of the traditional chimichurri sauce, it was just divine. There is no way that anyone can mess up this sauce. I highly recommend having fun with it and adding anything that you would like. Maybe next week I will add in some spinach, broccoli or even hot peppers!

For reference, the traditional chimichurri recipe is as follows: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup parsley, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, 4 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp oregano, 2 tsp crushed pepper, and sea salt/pepper. 

Vegan Chimichurri Sauce

The color of this Vegan Avocado and Parsley Chimichurri Sauce is gorgeous!!!

Benefits of Avocado and Parsley

Avocados

  • While most fruits are high in carbohydrates, avocados are high in wonderful healthy fats!
  • Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • High in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5 & B6, and Vitamin E!
  • Contain more potassium than bananas!
  • Avocados tend to be rich in fiber — about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber may have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

Parsley

  • EXCELLENT source of Vitamin C.
  • Parsley is a nutritional powerhouse with vitamins A, B, C and K and the minerals iron and potassium.
  • Fantastic to kill bloat and reduce water weight.
  • It’s a natural diuretic, which helps to eliminate excess fluid without depleting the body of potassium.
  • Aids in balancing blood sugar, helping with long-term weight balance. It also plays a key role in preventing the degenerative effects of diabetes on the liver.

So now that we have talked about some of our amazing ingredients, let’s get blending!

Homemade Vegan Chimichurri Sauce

Homemade Vegan Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado and Parsley

This is one of our favorite sauces to add to any taco bowl, simple salad or to use as a dip for our yummy tortilla chips!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy, easy vegan pasta, Healthy, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 61kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 ripe avocadoes
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 6-8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • sea salt & pepper, to desired taste

Instructions

  • Prep parsley and mince garlic.
  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Taste test and adjust.
  • Play around with the sea salt and pepper until it is just right. Add a pinch of crushed red peper if you wish!
  • Store in an airtight mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week!

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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