A recap of recipes, favourite beauty tips and things from around the internet from February 2017.
Ahh! I write this February 2017 and it’s already getting to be mid-March-ish. Where does time go?! I hate to be one of those people who is forever complaining about how fast days fly and if there were only a couple more hours in day but with February being a few days shorter than most months I really feel like the month just blew right by me.
COOK MY BOOKS
I think this is great!! Chelsea over at Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen started a great challenge at the beginning of the year – The 2017 Cook My Books Challenge. If you are anything like me, or like Chelsea, you have quite the collection of cookbooks that barely ever get looked at let alone cooked from. Pinterest has made finding recipes too easy. So she’s challenging us to cook more from our books. Each month you cook just 3 recipes from your cookbook collection.
Pretty fun idea, right? So in February I cooked 3 delicious dishes from my books.
10-Spice Chocolate Chili from My New Roots by Sarah Britton
Smokey Split Pea Soup from Cook Yourself Sexy by Candice Kumai
Roasted Cauliflower + Chickpeas with Mustard + Parsley from It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow
RECIPE HIGHLIGHTS FROM FEBRUARY 2017
FAVOURITES IN BEAUTY
Making my own dry shampoo out of ingredients I already had in my kitchen… Thanks, Joy!! I have super dark hair so it’s always been hard for me to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave my hair very grey and awkward.
I only make about a 1/2 cup of the dry shampoo at a time (using about 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and about 5 drops of either peppermint or orange essential oils). And it seriously works!! I use an old make-up brush, like Joy suggests, and apply just a little to my roots, let it sit for a minute or two and then brush it out. My hair looks clean and has so much volume when I use this. And I can now go for about 5 days without washing my hair. Is that gross or convenient – you tell me!!
And Mad Hippie! I have fallen in love with the Mad Hippie products – particularly the cream cleanser and the antioxidant facial oil. The cleanser has been the only face wash that hasn’t completely dried my skin out this season but instead leaves my face feeling soft and moisturized. It’s amazing! And equally amazing is the facial oil. I have bad eczema on my hand and this oil is the ONLY that has helped keep it under control. Not to mention it is great for my face too. I use it around my eyes (to prevent wrinkles… and I can’t believe I am already at that I need a wrinkle solution point of my life – le sigh!!), on any sort of pimple or blemish – this stuff takes it away in a matter of hours, and anywhere I feel needs a little extra moisture. I highly recommend it.
FAVOURITES IN FOODS
Protein Powders!! Which is weird for me – I’ve never been into proteins before or, like, super-charging my smoothies before. But you guys, I’m obsessed!! I now know what all the protein rage is about. Right now, I am working on a couple different tubs – Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein in Coconut, Progressive Harmonized Vegan Protein in Vanilla, VegiDay Raw Organic Protein in Berrylicious, and Vega One All In One in French Vanilla. If I had to pick my favourite or two, the Vegi-Day and the Progressive. (Last month we tried the Genuine Health Fermented Greek Yogurt Protein in Vanilla and it was by far my favourite protein yet!!)
No, this is not a sponsored post… I’m genuinely sharing my favourite things.
Other food obsessions as of late, chocolate (obviously), using flax oil instead of olive oil in homemade salad dressing (it’s so nutty and delicious – just make sure you buy a flax oil that’s refrigerated) and raw honey. I was always using pure liquid honey but then I discovered a completely raw honey that’s made locally in the Waterloo region. It’s so thick and rich, creamy and delicious, I could seriously eat it by the spoonful. (I may or may not have eaten the better part of a jar in just a few weeks… oops!!)
The world of honey is confusing at best. What makes a raw vs organic vs pure honey isn’t well defined from what I could determine. Raw honey is supposed to be unpasteurized and contains naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Raw honey is also supposed to be a great anti-microbial substance too. Regardless of the nutrients that are likely present in raw honey, it definitely tastes so much better than the golden liquid stuff. I still use the liquid stuff for a lot of cooking and baking and save the raw stuff to add to smoothies, yogurt or just on its own. Just remember to always choose a local honey!!
FAVOURITES FROM AROUND THE INTERNET
Single-Serve Paleo Microwave Brownie from Joy Food Sunshine
5 Healthy Swaps that Will Transform Your Eating from Running in a Skirt
3 Powerful Ways to Eat Less at Restaurants from Dietetic Directions
Blood Orange and Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Toasts from Miss Allie’s Kitchen
7 Simple Kitchen Hacks to Make Your Life Easier from Born to Sweat
5 Ways to Boost your Gut Health from Viand the Blog
Vegan Gluten Free Buckeyes from Pumpkin and Peanut Butter