Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ULTIMATE Greek Salad with Quinoa + Avocado

Prep time:  20 minutes  Yield: Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 large cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1-2 cups cooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup pitted black olives (preferably brine-cured), chopped
  Dressing: 
Organic Ingredients are always best.

Monday, October 3, 2016

8 Simple DIY Green Cleaners for a Healthy Home


With just a few inexpensive ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen you can mix up healthy versions of all those colourful toxic cleaners you'd otherwise waste your hard earned money on. It's time to clean not contaminate. 

Taken from one of my "go-to" books for keeping a Healthy Home, the New York Times Best Seller, The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers by Dave Wentz & Myron Wentz, PH.D.

DIY Green Cleaner #1 
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER: One Quart of warm water + 4 Tbsps Baking Soda + 1 Tsp white vinegar

DIY Green Cleaner # 2
CARPET STAIN REMOVER: Baking Soda + water OR Club Soda

DIY Green Cleaner #3
WINDOW CLEANER: 3 Cups water + 1/4 cup White vinegar + 1 1/2 Tbsps Lemon Juice

DIY Green Cleaner #4
WOOD POLISH: Refrigerate two parts Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil + 1 part Lemon Juice

13 Healthy Home Tips to Reduce Your Toxic Exposure

Buy it on Amazon: The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers by Dave Wentz & Myron Wentz, PH.D.



Healthy Home Tip #1 - Reduce the number of chemical cleaners you use, especially aerosols. Use cleaning products with ingredients that have been used for hundreds of years and have shown no toxic effects. Here are some simple DIY cleaners using safe natural ingredients. (pg. 68 of The Healthy Home Book)

Healthy Home Tip #2 - Use Gloves when cleaning with any product you wouldn't eat.  Cleaning products put toxins into our bodies through our skin and as we breathe.  Also add a few drops of real citrus scent/essential oil to a spray bottle of water to mist rooms for a fresh scent. (pg. 189 of The Healthy Home Book)


Healthy Home Tip #3 -  Use Skin Care products - lotions, antiperspirantcleaners, makeup and hair & body products - without chemical preservatives such as parabens and formaldehyde releasing ingredients. Preservatives are designed to be cytotoxic, ie: they kill cells. Don't put anything on your skin that you would be toxic if you put it in your mouth. (pg. 69 of The Healthy Home Book


Healthy Home Tip #4 - Read the Label on your tube of toothpaste. Does it contain Fluoride? If so check the warning. Did you know that it can be fatal, especially in young children if swallowed. Read more about the dangers on page 87 and 88 of the The Healthy Home Book, and considering switching to a flouride- free toothpaste that contains safe and natural ingredients to give your family truly healthy and clean teeth.