home-made fabric softener3 c. water1 1/2 c. white vinegaressential oil/fragranceStop here for chemical free. Or add cheap hair conditioner – 1 cup. Whisk very well and pour into a jar.
Do you want to make your own protein powder instead of buying the pre-made stuff? That’s awesome, because it’s actually so easy! I won’t lie – I’m a real die-hard fan of clean, vegan protein powders. In fact, I love one brand so much that I have six month’s worth stocked up in my fridge – I’m not even kidding. As someone who’s not too fond of beans or grains, and someone that likes healthy things that are quick and easy to use and make, I find that a clean, vegan protein powder helps fill in the gaps to make me feel and look my best. However, I understand some people want a do-it-yourself option, which is why I thought I’d share a recipe with you that I made about a year ago for my own DIY protein powder.
This recipe is really a mistake that happened by chance when I had an abundance of ingredients running out of my fridge and a mental need to do something with them. (I can’t stand having perfectly healthy superfoods and vegan ingredients go to waste.) So, I took nothing more than some of my overflowing stock of mason jars and started adding ingredients in them to make my own protein mix. What I came up with isn’t only a great way to use up ingredients, but also gives you a way to customize your own flavors and protein powder bases at home.
Just keep in mind that you’ll need some BPA-free containers like mason jars or other jars to hold your powders in. If you’re not afraid of using plastic baggies, those can work, too. Get creative with these and try a new one out each day to see what you like best.
Here are some key ingredients you’ll need to get started with:
A High Protein Base
First, select one of the following, which all have a high protein content in a relatively small serving:
- two tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/4 cup hemp protein powder or 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup sprouted brown rice powder
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed protein powder
- 1/3 cup pea protein powder
- 1/4 cup raw flax seeds (ground)
All of these have anywhere from 8-16 grams of protein per serving. You can always use more than one to increase that ratio even more.
You can also add in any of the following to increase the protein content, since these all have extra amino acids (which are easy to get on a vegan diet):
- spirulina (4 grams per teaspoon)
- cacao (10 grams per ounce)
- maca (5 grams per two tablespoons)
- oats (5 grams per 1/3 cup rolled)
- pumpkin seeds (7 grams per 1/4 cup)
- almonds (7 grams per 1/4 cup)
- quinoa flakes (5 grams per 1/4 cup)
- coconut flour (6 grams per 1/4 cup)
- sunflower seeds (7 grams per 1/4 cup)
Now it’s time to add some flavor and nutrition with some especially awesome superfoods. Some of these are repeated from above, in case you didn’t use them. If you did, don’t feel the need to repeat them, however, do feel free to use more than one of these if you wish (I always do!) Here are some of my favorites:
- raw vanilla bean powder (1/2 teaspoon)
- cocoa powder or raw cacao powder ( 1 tablespoon)
- maca powder (1 teaspoon)-adds a caramel like flavor
- mesquite powder (1 teaspoon- adds a smokey, maple flavor)
- lucuma- (1 teaspoon – adds a maple, vanilla flavor)
- acai powder (1 teaspoon- for extra nutrition and a chocolate-berry taste)
- goji (1 teaspoon -for extra nutrition and a tart taste)
- cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon)
- ginger (1/4 teaspoon)
- stevia powder (1 teaspoon)
- green superfood powder of choice (1 serving)
Just add any of more than one of these to each jar to customize your powder and come up with new flavors so you never get bored. You’ll find the perfect protein powder for you and won’t ever have to buy any again, unless you just want to.
Are you wondering why protein is important to begin with? Check out this body builder’s perspective and how to get enough on a vegan diet.
Also, to find out the calorie content of your protein powder, plug the ingredients into a handy online tool known as Cronometer, or feel free to add them up according to the serving sizes on the nutrition panel of each ingredient according to what you use.
How to Use Your Protein Powder
The easiest way to use your protein powder is in a smoothie, but here are some other ideas if you’re looking for more options:
- Raw Vegan Superfood Protein Bars
- Protein pudding – Just mix your protein powder with nondairy milk, some coconut flour to thicken or even oats and some water. Add stevia to sweeten and maybe a sliced banana for good measure.
- Crunchy Raw Vegan Protein Balls- Gluten Free
- Sugar-Free Vegan Protein Bars
- Protein Balls- Raw, Vegan and Soy-Free
- Stir it into oatmeal
- Bake with it
1. DIY All-Natural Powdered Detergent
This great DIY All-Natural Laundry Detergent uses only five ingredients and makes clean, fresh smelling laundry! For this mix, you need some washing soda, Borax, soap (castile soap works well), a spot remover, and baking soda. It does contain Borax, so if you are sensitive to it, try one of the Super Basic recipes below.
2. Super Basic Powdered Detergent
This is bare bones powdered detergent at it’s best! Clean, fresh smelling clothes and simple ingredients. This recipe cleans 15 to 20 loads, but can easily be increased. You’ll need 1 bars of castile soap, grated and 3 cups washing soda (if you can’t find it, don’t fret — you can make your own washing soda out of plain old baking soda!). Combine ingredients in a food processor until grainy. Store in an airtight container and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of detergent per wash load.
3. Super Basic Liquid Detergent
If you’re not a fan of powdered detergent, you don’t have to be left out of the DIY laundry loop! Here’s how to swap powdered for liquid: 3/4 cup liquid castile soap plus 1 cup washing soda Pour the washing soda into a bucket and cover with hot water. Stir until the soda is dissolved and then slowly add in the liquid castile soap. Using a funnel, pour the liquid detergent into recycled bottles or mason jars. This recipe also cleans between 15 to 20 loads, using 2 to 3 tablespoons per wash. Gently slosh the mixture around before using to combine if it has separated.
Both the “Super Basic” recipes can be easily modified to suit your laundry needs: add a few drops of essential oil with each load for fragrance (lemon is nice smelling and can also work to remove stains and grease).
Some other tips for your new DIY laundry regime include pouring a 1/2 cup of vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser to further disinfect and soften clothes. For whites, try adding 1/2 cup of peroxide to the bleach dispenser to brighten whites and remove protein stains.
1. Rosehip & Carrot Seed Facial Serum
You’ve likely heard the term Retinol tossed around in skincare advertisements. That’s because retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which is highly antioxidant, great at repairing damaged tissue, and reducing scars and wrinkles. Rosehip seed oil is especially high in retinol, as well as omega fatty acids, and the potent antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene.
Carrot seed oil is packed with vitamins and nutrients, most important of which are carotenoids. Carotenoids can boost the body’s immune response to UV rays, which makes it excellent at preventing sun damage. Carrot seed oil also detoxifies and stimulates the rejuvenation of cells.
This great recipe combines both these amazing oils to create a fantastic moisturizing serum for mature, dry, or damaged skin.
2. Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
This Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream recipe is thickened with beeswax, so if you choose not to use bee products, you can substitute with any of these natural waxes. In addition to rosehip and carrot seed oils, this cream uses apricot kernel oil. Apricot kernel oil is high in gamma linoleum acid, which helps balance moisture levels in the skin. It’s also full of vitamins A & E; both super skin rejuvenating. It’s easily absorbed and non-greasy.
3. Eczema Cream
Worse than wrinkles are dry scaly patches caused by eczema! If you suffer from this common skin condition (or even if you don’t) you’ll love the hydrating and repairing power of this great DIY cream. It contains only four ingredients, one of which is geranium oil. Geranium oil is astringent, which means it tightens the skin, reducing sagging. In addition to stimulating cell regeneration, it’s antibacterial — great for those prone to acne!
4. Coconut Whipped Body Butter
Coconut oil is readily available and very popular right now because of its ample benefits to skin and body. It’s a natural, easily absorbed moisturizer that is solid at room temperature. Coconut oil can protect from free radicals and delays wrinkles and sagging skin. When whipped in a stand mixer, this delicious body butter is silky smooth, and can be used on the face as well as the body.
Homemade Whipped Body Butter
- 1 c. Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
- 1 c. Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp. Jojoba Oil (optional)
- 2 tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. (Important to break up the chunks of shea butter to create smooth finished product).
- Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool until it solidifies.
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk cooled mixture until it takes on a whipped consistency similar to whipped cream.
- Resist licking your fingers, it may look delicious, but I can promise it doesn’t taste so great.
- Spoon whipped butter into tubs or jars with a lid and store in a cool place. *This will become liquid again if it gets too warm.
Feel free to try other oils or your favorite essential oils to create a scented body butter!
5. Olive Oil Cleanser and Moisturizer
Many natural oils can be used to clean skin as well as moisturize, as is the case with this simple Olive Oil Cleanser and Moisturizer recipe. And olive oil is highly anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for sensitive or acne riddled skin. It protects against free radicals, as well as having antimicrobial properties.
All you need is:
- cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
- cold-pressed castor oil
- small soft washcloth
- some sort of small container (for storage)
- I recommend only doing this once* per day and before bed so the oil can nurture your skin overnight and all the dirt and bacteria from your daily routine can be set free.
- Pour some oil into your palms, rub together, and gently spread all over face.
- Gently massage the oil soothingly into your face and pores for about a minute or so
- Take the washcloth and drench it with warm, steamy water and place over your face. Not too hot! Comfortably hot, so that when you put it to your face you can feel the steam entering your pores. (Cold water will not open your pores, thus fail to let out impurities.)
- Leave the washcloth on until it becomes cool again.
- Gently wipe off the oils on your face with the washcloth and rinse the cloth in hot water.
- Repeat if you’d wish, if not simply pat your face with a clean, soft, and dry towel.
- If your skin is a bit dry, massage a few drops of olive oil into your skin. This is what I do. Note: olive oil can stay and be absorbed on your skin, castor should not.
- Adding some essential oils beneficial to the skin, such as lavender or tea tree, would add some benefits as well! A little goes a long way…
- Store your oil container in a cool, dry, and dark place, such as a cabinet.
*Take note: doing this more than once per day or even daily may cause dryness for those with sensitive skin. No worries! Just make sure to skip a day or so (whatever works for you) in between cleansing if this happens. Massage a bit of olive oil into your skin if dryness occurs. I’ve found that doing this cleansing every few days is what works for me. I use solely olive oil to wash my face on the other days. Works great.
You can use olive oil to moisturize your face, but also your body! The olive oil worked so well that it’s the only moisturizer I use now for all areas of my skin. My skin is so soft all the time. Even my feet!!!…
Soak 1/4 c. sesame seeds in water.
In blender, combine:
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
Starting off with 1/8 cup water, add a little at a time, pulsing constantly until desired consistency. You can add sesame oil, or olive oil instead of water.
Keeps in the refrigerator for about 5 days or more.
Now use it to make your own salad dressing or hummus!
She does it in glass pie plates with organic black sunflower seeds, makes it very easy. Soak overnight, lay in soil…
Or even easier-The SproutPeople eat their’s right after soaking 1-2 hours!
Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts.
Measure out 2/3 Cup of seed*
Pick out anything you don’t think should be there (shell or plant pieces, imperfect seeds if you wish (we don’t), etc.).
Rinse your seeds to remove dust or debris.
Note: Sunnys tend to be a bit on the “dusty” side (it is a byproduct of the Hulling process) so rinse and rinse some more – until the water runs clear.
Transfer your seeds into your Sprouter, or a bowl.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Allow seeds to Soak for 1/2-2 hours.
We Soak for 30-60 minutes when growing these straight.
We stop here when growing straight sunny sprouts. We eat our crop as Soaks.
You can continue to grow your crop, but in our opinion they are at their best – when grown alone – just after their Soak. We eat them all within a few hours – they never even go into the fridge.
If you insist on continuing, here is the method:
Empty the seeds into your Sprouter (if necessary).
Drain off the soak water.
You can use it – it has nutrients in it.
Set your Sprouter anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top – in the corner of our kitchen, but where the sprouter won’t get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us.
We don’t mind the indirect sunlight or the 150 watts of incandescent light, because light just does not matter much.
A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves, and these sprouts are definitely not going to have leaves. Until a plant has leaves, light has little if any effect. Sprouts also happen to like air-circulation, so don’t hide your sprouts.
We stop here. There is no real point in sprouting further.
These sprouts are not intended to germinate fully. At most their germ is meant to bulge – but don’t try to grow a root. That is why they are called Soaks.
As always, we suggest that you taste your crop at Every Rinse – including the very first – just after the Soak period. The soaked seeds are already alive and are now super-nutritious – and – they now have no enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed) so they’ll digest themselves and nourish you.
Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final Rinse.
Be sure – if you plan on storing your crop – to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final Rinse.
The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts – they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag, our shelf life extending Produce Storage Bags, or the sealed container of your choice (glass is good too).
Whatever you choose – put them in your refrigerator – if you can keep from eating them all first.
*Seed to Use
If using Sproutpeople’s Single Harvest Pack – use the whole bag.
These seeds will yield approximately 1.5:1 (you get 1.5 pounds for every pound of dry seed), so in theory you can start with up to as 2/3 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity.
We generally advise maxing out at 1/2 capacity, until you get used to growing a particular crop.
How to make picklesPosted: 21 Aug 2013 07:11 PM PDTStep 3 Brine the Pickles-
sweet/salty/spicy as well as some extra components to have a nice balanced flavor profile. Simply add the ingredients to a 1 quart mason jar, give it a little shake, then add your cucumbers. Secure the lid of the jar and give the jar another shake and place in your refrigerator.
My Pickle Brine
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water (or enough to cover the pickles)
- 3 T rawbsugar (artificial sweetener works here)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dill
- 1/4 tsp pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp mustard seed
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Step 4: Wait. This can be the hardest part, you need to wait at least 3 days for your pickles to brine, possible a couple of days more if you needed to add much more than 1 cup of water to cover your cucumbers.
As more cucumbers come in you can simply add them to the jar and have a non-stop supply of incoming snacks…at least until the end of summer.
For something a little more traditional you can also try the following:
Alton Brown’s Dill Pickle Brine
- 5 1/2 ounces pickling salt, approximately 1/2 cup
- 1 gallon filtered water
- 3 pounds pickling cucumbers, 4 to 6-inches long
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dill seed
- 1 large bunch dill
Directions: Same process as above though probably going to have to wait 6-7 days before your pickles are ready and are good for about 2 months.
Natural Insect Repellent Recipe
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You can make natural insect repellent yourself. The insect repellent is safe and effective, plus it costs much less to make it than to buy it.
There are a few different formulations you can make for your natural insect repellent. These repellents involve diluting essential oils that the insects find distasteful or which confuses them. The oils don’t mix with water, so you’ll need to add them to other oils or to alcohol. It’s important to use an oil or alcohol that is safe for your skin. Also, don’t go overboard with the essential oils. The oils are potent and could cause skin irritation or another reaction if you use too much. If you are pregnant or nursing, do not apply an insect repellent, natural or otherwise, until after you’ve gotten it cleared by your physician.
Natural Insect Repellent Ingredients
Different insects are repelled by different chemicals, so you’ll get a more effective repellent if you combine a few different insect-repelling natural oils. If you are making large amounts of insect repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it’s 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch use:
* 10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
* 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol
The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:
* cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
* lemon eucalyptus or regular eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
* citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
* castor oil (mosquitoes)
* orange oil (fleas)
* rose geranium (ticks and lice)
Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:
* olive oil
* sunflower oil
* any other cooking oil
* witch hazel
Natural Insect Repellent Recipe
Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency of the product.
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I often make this whipped shea body butter recipe as part of my own personal skin care routine and as a gift for family and friends. It’s easy to make, very cost effective and, the best part is, it contains only natural ingredients. You can even eat it, if you were so inclined.
Whipped Shea Body Butter:
1 cup refined shea butter (cocoa butter also works here)
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup light carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil or a Healing Botanical Oil Infusion (more on that later).
Optional: 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (vanilla, lavender, orange, mint, etc.).
Also: you can add other healing ingredients such as 1 tbs of neem oil, rose oil or sea buckthorne oil. You can even add manuka honey or aloe. This whipped shea body butter recipe is beautiful in its simplicity, creating an amazing, nutritive base that you can play around with.
Melt your oils and butters (coconut oil, shea butter and carrier oil) down in a double boiler. I use a glass bowl or measuring cup in a pot full of water. Add ingredients to the glass bowl, and then place the bowl in a large pot filled 1/3 of the way with water. Turn the stove on medium high and stir the oils frequently.
When the oils have melted, forming a uniform consistency, remove them from heat. Add in your other ingredients, if you wish. Stir, allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then place it in the fridge for one hour. he hour, your mixture should have formed a solid, but uniform mass. Place it in a mixer and beat for 10 minutes or until you form a creamy, frothy butter that looks like whipped cream. Distribute the mixture into recycled containers or glass jars, and then refrigerate them for another hour.
The body butter feels like rubbing silky whipped cream onto skin. It soaks in wonderfully and provides skin with non-greasy moisture that lasts all day.
You can add 1/2 cup of this healing oil to your whipped body butter recipe, creating an all-natural moisturizer with skin soothing medicinal properties. :
Healing Botanical Oil Infusion:
1 mason jar
1 large amount of dried herbs (enough to fill the jar) such as calendula or chamomile. Both of these herbs contain skin-healing properties, which help to decrease itching, dryness and inflammation. Calendula is also great for healing minor burns and skin infections.
1 large amount of carrier oil (enough to fill the jar) such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, etc.
1 slow cooker
1 cheese cloth
Add the dried herbs to the mason jar. Next, fill the jar with oil, covering the herbs, all the way to the top. Fill the slow cooker 1/3 of the way with water and turn on to high. Put the herb and oil-filled mason jar into water, leaving the lid off. Leave the lid off the slow cooker and allow it to cook for 6-8 hours. The heat from the slow cooker heats the oil, allowing it to draw the fat-soluble medicinal properties from the dried herbs.
After 6-8 hours you should notice that the oil has a different colour, smell and consistency, indicating that it has absorbed the healing properties of the herbs. Strain out the herbs using the cheese cloth.
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