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On Mom's special day, what better way to say “thank you” than with a home cooked meal that she doesn't have to cook!

These Healthy Mother's Day Recipes are a great way to show gratitude to Mom, celebrate all she's done for you, and conveniently make sure she doesn't have to do any of the cooking! From breakfast to brunch to dessert, these recipes are sure to please.

Each recipe in this list is gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Most of them are dairy-free and egg-free or can easily be adapted. (That doesn't include the egg dishes, of course!) Many can easily be done low carb / keto as well.

I put notes with each dish so that you can adapt the recipes to your specific dietary needs.

I hope that these recipes give you some great ideas to celebrate Mom while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

And P.S. she would love it if you do the dishes too.

Oh and if you'd like more ideas of ways to treat Mom, this post of Homemade Mother's Day Gifts (my favorite kind) will be sure to give you plenty of ideas.

Savory Healthy Mother's Day Recipes

Below are some tasty mains and sides for your Healthy Mother's Day Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch.

Pakistani Kima Beef Curry

This might not seem like your typical Mother's Day dish, but I'm telling you this tastes amazing!
We have served it for many special occasions, and it's always a hit.
Can be made low-carb per the information in the post.

Bacon and Potato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Bacon and Potato Salad together? What a great combination!
You could do this low-carb using cauliflower for the potatoes as done in this “Faux Tato Salad” here.

Spaghetti Squash Salad

Mom will love the tangy flavor of this Spaghetti Squash Salad. It tastes great warm or cold and is a lovely side dish to accompany your Mother's Day breakfast, brunch, or lunch. 

Garden Veggie Quinoa Salad

We like to make this salad by adding the veggies to warm quinoa. It's a great way to get extra veggies into your diet!
Low-carb option in post.

Everything Bagel Frittata

What a great idea for a frittata!
Because Everything Bagel Seasoning makes everything better.

Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

This salmon looks incredible. I love the combination of fennel, tomatoes, and potatoes.
If you need a low-carb option, you could use turnips or cauliflower for the potatoes. I think green beans would be great as well.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Another “off the beaten path” Healthy Mother's Day recipe, but one that Mom (and everyone) is sure to love.

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

This salad looks amazing! I love the crunchiness of the chicken melded with all of the fresh veggies. 


Chicken Milanese

Believe it or not, this Chicken Milanese is gluten and grain-free.
The crunchy outside is made from flax, so this makes for a great low-carb dish.

Easy Crust Dairy-Free Veggie Quiche

This dairy-free quiche can be easily done gluten-free or low-carb as well.
And we all know that quiche is a great option for any Mother's Day table.

Asparagus Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Pasta salad is one of my favorite things ever.
Make this with gluten-free noodles and you've got the perfect Gluten-free Mother's Day offering for your table!
Use zoodles for a low-carb dish.

Moroccan Carrots

This is another dish that works great every day but also for special occasions.
You can also make this ahead of time and store in the fridge while the flavors of the dressing marinate. 
If you like the dressing, you can use it on any low-carb veggie side as well!

Sun-Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Frittata

Another great Healthy Brunch Recipe–substitute in a low-carb vegetable for the sweet potatoes if need be.
Broccoli or cauliflower pieces work great–and peppers and mushrooms are fantastic as well!

Crustless Caramelized Onion and Asparagus Quiche

Crustless pies and quiches are great time savers. Caramelized onion adds great flavor to this dish.

Sweet Healthy Mother's Day Recipes

From pancakes to waffles to desserts and drinks,
here are some healthier treats to make Mom's day special without the refined sugar!

Sugar-Free Lemonade

This Keto Lemonade is the perfect pairing for your Mother's Day table.
All the flavor–with no artificial sweeteners!

Dairy-Free Mocha Latte

Treat Mom to a special coffee drink that's sure to warm her heart.
You can even make this with decaf or my Coffee Substitute.
Top with coconut whipped cream for an extra special treat–use stevia or another low-carb sweetener as needed.

Strawberry Almond Flour Cake

This cake. Enough said. I can't imagine any mom not loving this.
It does call for eggs, but you can try cooking it with my Powdered Egg Replacer and it should work pretty well!
Easily made with low-carb sweeteners using the information in this post on substituting liquid and granulated sweeteners.

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This Mother's Day, how about telling Mom how much you love and appreciate her with something homemade and heartfelt? Here's a great assortment of Homemade Mother's Day Gifts that are sure to please the mom in your life.

Holidays like Mother's Day are often said to be getting too commercialized, and I completely agree with that. There are loads of cards for sale, people rushing around buying cut flowers and chocolate and stuffed animals, and more.

While that is all fine, how about this year doing something to change that? How about giving mom something from the heart–something homemade and even preferably all natural? As a mom myself, I can sure say that I LOVE homemade gifts the best. They are super heart-warming, and there is just so much of the giver involved.

Homemade Gifts Are My Favorite

Some of my favorite things that my kids have given to me are handmade. I have boys, and they aren't the crafty (hoping to work on that with them more even though they are getting older), but still I love some of the simple things that they have given to me:

– “artwork” done with magic markers (very very rough–from when our oldest was about 2??)–it's been in a frame for years
– a pencil-drawn squirrel that will soon be in a frame
– a small hand-written “card” that says “I LOVE MOMMY” – this sits in a frame in my bathroom
– wild flowers picked from our backyard or a walk with Dad

As you can see, these gifts were super simple, but I LOVED them because they were made by my kids. I treasure them most likely more than any other gifts I have ever gotten.

Taking the time to make something shows love and care in a special way for sure.

Following are some Homemade Mother's Day Gifts that I'm sure any mom would like–in fact I think I will show this list to my kids and husband to give them some major hints!

30 Natural Homemade Mother's Day Gifts Homemade Sugar Scrub

This Homemade Sugar Scrub is the perfect Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift for making mom's skin smooth and soft! Use her favorite essential oil or blend to delight her senses.

Homemade Lip Scrub

Mom (and her lips) are sure to love this Homemade Lip Scrub as a Handmade Mother's Day Gift. So natural she can literally eat it!

Homemade Body Wash

How about this Citrus Body Wash as a Homemade Mother's Day Present? Less drying than soap and customizable with other scents of course!

Homemade Hairspray

This Mother's Day, give mom the gift of a natural hold and beauty with this DIY Hairspray.

Almond Butter Cups

What mom wouldn't love these Almond Butter Cups for a DIY Mother's Day Gift?
And if you're lucky, she'll share!

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Truffles

These Chocolate Avocado Truffles are the perfect Healthy Gift for Mom. Loaded with nutrition and of course–chocolate! What could be better? Mom will be happy to share (I think!) since they are so good for you!

Homemade Hand and Body Cream

I'm sure Mom would love some of this Homemade Body and Hand Cream for Mother's Day. And again, you can customize it with her favorite scent!

Eye Makeup Remover

This all natural Homemade Eye Makeup Remover is the perfect gift for mom to make her evening routine safer!

Homemade Soaps without Lye

These Homemade Soaps without Lye are a great Last-Minute Gift for Mom that dad could pull off with the kids since there's no lye involved!

Rose Water Spray

Facial Sprays are all the rage these days. Make mom's day with this DIY Rose Water Spray that she can use to freshen up throughout the day.

Almond Crescent Cookies

These cookies are the bomb. Really. Make a batch of these and put them in a nice tin or box wrapped in a pretty bow and delight mom. They are low-carb too so if mom is watching her carbs, they're the perfect treat!

Air Purifying Plants

How about gifting mom a lovely indoor plant that does double duty as an air cleaner this Mother's Day?

Mild Curry Powder

Put some spice in Mom's day with this year with some of this delicious Homemade Mild Curry Powder. Every time she makes something with this she'll remember the lovely Mother's Day gift that you gave her.

Chaat Masala 

This Chaat Masala is another homemade spice mix that is sure to be a much loved gift by Mom.
It tastes amazing on everything from mains to sides and salads–and gives just the right amount of “oomph” to almost any dish.

Tea Cup Succulent Planters

Succulents are said to bring many benefits to the homes in which they are grown. 
Benefits or not, I love these Tea Cup Succulent Planters for a sweet Mother's Day Gift.

Instagram Coasters

Wouldn't these DIY Coasters make a super cute Homemade Gift for Mother's Day? You could use photos of Mom with the kids, family photos, etc. Super fun!

DIY Garden Gift

Gardening gifts are the perfect gift for Mother's Day–and these Homemade Mother's Day Garden Gifts are just perfect for either the beginning or experienced gardener.

Lavender Mint Homemade Shampoo Bars

I personally would LOVE to get a Homemade Shampoo Bar as a Handmade Mother's Day Gift. I have been meaning to try these for a very long time. Hint, hint, family members :).

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Do you love pizza–and hummus? Then you are sure to love this Super Creamy Pizza Hummus. It's not just the melding of two uber popular comfort foods, but it's sesame-free and dairy-free too, making it great for almost anyone on a special diet too!

If you've been around my blog for awhile, you already know that I like dips.

I mean, I really like dips.

Everything tastes better with a dip–don't you agree?

I'm not a big fan of raw veggies, but give me something to dip them and suddenly the veggies start to disappear.

But dipping in the same ol' dip can get a little boring sometimes, so you have to mix it up. That's when I start thinking about what other dips I can create.

Why Make Homemade Hummus

My family loves hummus.

You wouldn't know it by our grocery store receipts, however.

See, we're kind of cheapskates frugal.

Basically, we never buy hummus. Ever.

Honestly, I don't know that we have ever bought full-priced hummus (and even on sale, I will say we've likely only bought it about 2-3 times.) 

I've told you before that for years we really had to watch our pennies (and dimes, and nickels. All of those things.) Money was really tight and well, I always lived by the rule that you have to have savings in the bank and prepare for the future, so I worked hard to make sure we never went in debt.

So buying things anything prepared that wasn't discounted in a major way didn't happen. This is the reason why there are recipes like DIY Coconut Milk, Chocolate Chips, Rice Milk and Coconut Butter on my blog. You know–that frugal thing!

I LOVE making things instead of buying them..and when you've got an amazing recipe for homemade hummus, and a great food processor–who needs to :-).

Truly, one of my husband's favorite recipes that I make is our Savory Hummus.

You likely won't believe how much of this I make at one time.

I literally get 10 cups (that's 3 pounds, plus) of garbanzo beans, soak them overnight, cook them (make sure you read my post on How to De-Gas Beans), and then make one gigantic batch of homemade hummus.

Really.

And it doesn't last long.

How This Pizza Hummus Came to Be

Recently, I saw Katie's recipe for Melty Pizza Hummus–Mmmmm pizza and hummus. Are you kidding me?–and thought I needed to make something like it, but we really felt we needed to change up the recipe quite a bit. Until we were saying “Yummmmmmm” when we ate it. 

This recipes is “it.”

The pizza part of this hummus is really fun for us. You see–my oldest has a life-threatening allergy to dairy (and he avoids gluten) so he'd never had store-bought pizza (I developed this recipe before gluten-free pizza was readily available anywhere).

And making pizza can be a little bit of a daunting task for this busy mom.

But a dairy-free pizza dip?  That is something this busy mom can pull off!

I changed the recipe quite a bit, and we LOVE the final result.

In fact, when I first made it, I made it twice in one week.

And the second batch disappeared as fast as the first.

In fact, it is sooo good that my oldest son said that I don't even need to make his requested pizza for his birthday– I could just make this instead.  (He was sort of joking, of course :-).)

The next time your family is craving pizza, and asking for takeout, save yourself some dough, grab yourself some garbanzo beans, and try this dip out.

OK so maybe I'm being a little too optimistic that this will satisfy your pizza cravings, but…you never know!

This Pizza Hummus Is Allergy-friendly

One thing that is special about this hummus and the other hummus recipes on my blog that they are tahini and sesame-free.  You could use tahini in place of the oil in either recipe, but I think that hummus without tahini is refreshingly light and we've heard the same from others who have tried these as well.  (My son also is deathly allergic to sesame, which is why I started making hummus without it.)

And of course, as I mentioned above, despite the name “pizza”, this hummus is dairy-free as well. This dip gets its cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast, something that we quickly learned about after we discovered that our oldest had a life-threatening allergy to dairy. 

Nutritional Yeast is a dairy-free yeast that isn't live (i.e. you can't make bread with it) and it is chock full of B vitamins naturally.

I'd love to hear what you think about this dip!

More On this Hummus Recipe

This hummus is great as a dip, on top of rice, or inside a wrap.

You could try my Buckwheat Wraps or serve with my Focaccia Flax Bread.

Or…by the spoonful!

You can even eat hummus as a side dish–I personally think that hummus alongside egg tastes amazing paired with some veggies on the side. Egg dipped in some creamy hummus with some crunchy veggies. Yum–you gotta try it.

If you like dips too, you really need to try out some of our family's favorite healthy dips.

Other Healthy Dip Recipes on Whole New Mom

Savory Hummus (a great twist on a traditional favorite)
Zesty Bean Dip (everyone asks for the recipe whenever we share this) 
Avocado Dressing / Dip (another one that always gets rave reviews)
Olive Hummus
Almond Butter Fruit Dip
Vegan Ranch Dressing / Dip

and believe it or not, there are more to come. Dips. Yum. Can't stop thinking about more fun dips to make. It really is kind of an obsession sometimes.

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Recipe Notes
  • Nutritional Yeast Information: Nutritional yeast adds a super punch of protein and B-vitamins and iron, and if you get a supplemented version like this one, it also supplies B12, something that vegans typically lack in their diets. However, if you have MTHFR, you might wish to avoid this. As such, we purchase and use a non fortified version like this one.
    Nutritional yeast does not feed candida. And if you are up on the controversy about free glutamates and excitotoxins, I have done some research into that and I decided that I am just fine including nutritional yeast in our diet. I hope to share more about this in the near future.
  • Red Pepper Spice Factor: My family thinks 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper is a little too much, but for some reason, I've taken a liking to spicy food recently and I think it's great as is. And still, my sons have literally gobbled this up–spicy or not.
  • Other Bean Options: I haven't tried this yet, but I think you could make this with any bean, but white ones, like navy, would adapt the best.
  • Cheese Option: I haven't tried this yet either, but if you like, you could use a regular dairy cheese (like some parmesan or mozzarella, or a mix of both) and I think it would taste great.
  • De-Gassing Your Hummus: Please de gas the garbanzo beans – read How to De-Gas Beans.
  • Garlic Peeling Tip: For tips on peeling garlic, see The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic.

Pizza Hummus–dairy and sesame free

This Pizza Hummus Recipe is dairy and sesame free and a great healthy snack. Great as a veggie dip or chip dip or eaten right off the spoon.

  • 3 cups garbanzo beans
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 3/4 tsp organic basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red peppers ((or to taste))
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor, or high-powered blender (like Vitamix or Blendtec)
  2. Blend until smooth, to your liking.
  3. Serve at room temp, or chilled. Store in fridge.

What do you like to eat with hummus or bean dip?

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Whole New Mom by Teresa Jungling - 1M ago

What Are Mycotoxins? Today we're talking about these toxic byproducts of mold, what they are, where they come from, how they can affect your health, and what to do about them.

If you would have mentioned the word, mycotoxins” to me years ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue what you were talking about. However, over the past few years, I have had to learn what mycotoxins are because my life was turned upside down by them.

Mycotoxins damaged my health and they were the result of mold damage that we had in our house. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we were living in a moldy environment.

We couldn’t see mold in the livable space in our home, but it was in our attic. Mold exposure can cause a wide range of symptoms. However, it wasn’t until we moved out that I began to realize that mycotoxins were still impacting my health.

When we moved out of our old home, we took everything with us. Once we moved into our new home and started to unpack the items, I smelled a familiar smell…

I came to learn that mycotoxins travel. They especially like cloth and porous material.

Once in our new home, I began to feel better since I wasn’t living in the moldy environment, but I was frustrated because I wasn’t getting completely better. It was at that point that I finally realized it was the mycotoxins that were continuing to harm me.

I ultimately had to get rid of most of the items we had moved in from our old house.

So What Are Mycotoxins Anyway?

The term “mycotoxin” hasn’t been around very long and it isn’t very well known; however, it’s more common than most people realize.

Scientists coined the term in 1962 after a crisis resulting in the death of 100,000 turkeys in England. Their deaths were linked to a peanut meal contaminated with secondary metabolites from a fungal toxin.
According to the US National Library of Medicine,  

“mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals.”

However, they also mention that “mycotoxins are not only hard to define, they are also challenging to classify.”

In other words, mycotoxins are a toxic chemical that some molds produce. In fact, you know that “new car smell” or even the smell that dryer sheets leave on your clothes or that smell that comes from dryer vents that you can smell when you're out for a walk and pass by a home where they are doing laundry? Yuck–those are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In fact, mycotoxins are VOCs as well. They are similar in structure to ketones, aldehydes, alcohols, and aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. You can see more about the concerns about these components of artificial fragrances here.

Mycotoxins Are Dangers to Your Health

There are over 400 mycotoxins.

Some mycotoxins are mildly annoying, resulting in allergy-like symptoms, but others can make you very sick and even be life-threatening. (source) Diseases caused by exposures to mycotoxins is known as mycotoxicosis. 

Everyone responds differently to them, making it hard both yourself and for medical professionals to diagnose what is going on with your body and whether it is related to mycotoxins or not.

Some people don't exhibit much, if any observable response to mycotoxins. The reason being is partly due to genetics.

A quarter of the population has a gene (HLA-DR) that makes them more susceptible to mold toxicity. People with this gene have “difficulty recovering from mold and other toxin exposures.”

This explains why two people living in the same moldy environment might react differently. In fact, that is how it was in our case.

I became extremely ill due to our mold exposure, while my husband only had minor symptoms that didn’t interfere with his daily life.

Dr. Jill Carnahan is someone who sadly knows firsthand the impact that mold and mycotoxins can take on someone. She states,

when you’re made sick by mycotoxins you’re basically being poisoned. This is called mycotoxicosis.

The symptoms of mycotoxicosis differ depending on the type of mycotoxin you’re exposed to, how long you’re exposed to it, the amount of the exposure, and your personal attributes such as age, gender, and health.

She believes that mold and mycotoxins, along with other indoor air pollutants, may contribute to over 50% of her patient’s illnesses.

Mycotoxins can be acutely or chronically toxic–depending on the type of fungus and amount of exposure. They are fat soluble, so they can be stored in organs and tissue, resulting in mold toxicity and many serious health effects, including skin and lung infections.

Mold poisoning can also affect the liver, kidneys, and brain and the entire nervous system. Mycotoxins can also suppress the immune system and lead to death.

How Mycotoxins Get Into Your Body

Mycotoxins can enter your body through your digestive and respiratory system, and even through your skin.

It's not a pleasant thought, but mycotoxins can cause neurotoxicity impacting your brain. They can also damage your DNA and cause mitochondria (cell) dysfunction and suppress the immune system.

Mycotoxins in Food

Mycotoxins can be found in crops that have a long storage process, such as grains.

Some of the foods which they can be found in are:

  • corn
  • wheat
  • barley
  • oats
  • rice
  • peanuts
  • coffee
  • cereals
  • grain-fed meat

When it comes to food, Dave Asprey, who has also been negatively impacted by mold and mycotoxins states,

between soil-destroying pesticides and abhorrent factory farming practices, the US has the most severe mycotoxin problem of any country.

What he means is that our soil has been so badly depleted by modern farming techniques, that the “bad guys”, including mycotoxins, are unable to be kept in check by the good microbes in the soil, leading to a proliferation of toxic components in the food that you eat on a daily basis.

It makes sense that if you’re dealing with mold and mycotoxins, you should consult with a physician who understands mold toxicity and consider following a low mold diet.

Mycotoxins in the Air

It is estimated that over 50% of buildings in the US have water damage. You can see evidence of this everywhere–water stains on the ceiling, stains on the carpet, water dripping from ceilings, warped floors peeling paint. These aren't all definite signs of mold but they should be investigated.

And when you spill something wet on a carpet, even though you mop it up quickly, the moisture seeps through to the padding and gets trapped there, leading to mold. It only takes 48 hours for the mold to start growing–and then the mycotoxin damage begins.

Since modern houses are more tightly constructed, the toxins can build up more quickly. Additionally, modern houses in most countries are made with drywall, which is a great breeding ground for mold once it is wet.

Mycotoxins Through Your Skin

Mycotoxins can also enter the body through the skin, but this is a less common issue unless your skin is in regular contact with a source (think moldy clothing or a moldy body lotion, for example).

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Testing for Mycotoxins

There are a few different ways you can test for mycotoxins in your system. One of the ways they can be measured is in your urine. You can have a complete panel of urinary mycotoxins run through Real Time Labs or Great Plains Labs. There are also blood tests which can help pinpoint if you are experiencing health challenges due to these toxins.

Another great company is Life Extension. They are very reputable and they have a mold toxicity test, plus a wide range of supplements that are highly regarded around the world. Just use this link and search for “Mold Illness Panel” and you can see the tests that they offer.

How to Address Mycotoxin Exposure Test Your Home for Mold

If you have health challenges which doctors are unable to explain, I would highly recommend checking your indoor air environment. Test for mold.

If you know you have been exposed to mold, the best thing is to get out of that environment, do what you can to remediate the problem, and then work on preventing future mold exposure while you work on your health.

For Mold Testing helps please visit this post on Andrea Fabry's Mold Story

Work with a Practitioner Who “Gets” Mold

In addition to removing yourself from the environment, you will need to get the toxins out of your body. There are different protocols which can assist with removing the toxins from your body.

I highly recommend working with a healthcare professional whenever you try to detox. Detoxification is typically considered to be a good thing, but if your body isn’t healthy enough to detox, it can create problems. Think about it–if you can't get rid of the toxins, but you are mobilizing them (moving them around) in your body, they can end up circulating and going to places where you don't want them (think brain or other organs), or just overall making you feel worse. 

Regardless, when you detox you will want to really support your detoxification system to avoid Herxheimer reactions as much as possible. To see more about this topic, you can read this post on Herxheimer reactions from candida.

Binders, such as activated charcoal and bentonite clay, which can help you bind the toxins to get them out of your body. You will also need to treat infections that come as a result of the exposure.

If you or a loved one you know suspect that you’re being impacted by mold or mycotoxins, I highly recommend seeing a functional medicine doctor who is familiar with mold illness, or another professional who is familiar with environmental illness. They can diagnose the situation and help put you back on the road to improved health.

Help for Mold Toxicity

The following book is written by one of the most well-respected mycotoxin experts in the world. It's worth considering as a resource when dealing with mold illness.

I hope this post has helped you to realize how much of a problem mold and mycotoxins can be and that you can use this information to improve the health of yourself, your family, and your loved ones.

Did you know about Mycotoxins before reading this post?
Have you suffered from reactions to mycotoxins?

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This Healthy Almond Butter Fruit Dip a clean-eating alternative to the HFCS-filled fruit dips in the store.  It's great not only as a dip, but also as a glaze or eaten right off the spoon.

Bonus–this dairy-free fruit dip also special-diet friendly–it's vegan and low carb with a nut-free option.

I love dips of all kinds. 

And there's a good reason why. 

Dipping makes everything taste better. Don't you agree?

I'm sure all of the parents out there would agree that while it can be hard to get kids to eat a lot of veggies, when you pair those exact same veggies with a dip, the veggies are more apt to disappear.

And that goes for adults too.

I mean, I love vegetables, but I really don't like eating them plain. And I very much dislike eating them raw and plain. But pair them with this delicious Avocado Dip or this Sesame-free Hummus, or this Vegan Ranch Dip, or some other delicious dip, then those same not-so-tempting vegetables will be gone in a flash.

Of course, there are those people who don't like dips. Our oldest is one of those. I don't understand it, but he doesn't really like dips. Well, let's qualify that–he doesn't like dipping things into dips, and he doesn't like dressing on his salads, but but he will eat dips on rice, plain, or he'll spread them on breads, wraps, and such.

I think it's a texture thing, but that doesn't totally make sense since he will eat the same texture in another context, he doesn't like them.

So my non-dip-loving son, loves this dip, but he doesn't like dipping things into it. But he'll eat it with a spoon or he'll drizzle it onto Buckwheat Pancakes or Teff Waffles, or he'll even put it on Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream, but no way will you find him dipping any kind of fruit in it.

Come to think of it, he doesn't like fresh fruit anyhow so…..

I digress.

Anyhow, no matter your dipping desires, this Dairy-free Fruit Dip is delicious.  In fact, it's almost always gone super fast whenever I make it.

The Need for a Healthier Almond Butter Fruit Dip

I used to love those ooey gooey super sweet caramel apple dips when I was younger, but wow are they loaded with all kinds of things that I don't want to or can't eat anymore. 

  • high fructose corn syrup (linked to cancer!)
  • partially hydrogenated oils 
  • disodium phosphate
  • mono and diglycerides
  • potassium sorbate
  • white sugar (causes all sorts of issues)

Ick.

Since we've changed out lifestyle to be whole food and lower-carb, there was really no way I was going to be buying that for myself or my family. And truly, I never have. By the way, they are pricey too! And homemade dip is not. Frugal whole foodies, you will love this vegan fruit dip!

This dip, though it's not a caramelly dip, is really tasty.  And is made of only healthful ingredients.

And it's super fast to make!  My kind of busy mom–kids need something yummy to eat now–recipe.

How This Healthy Vegan Fruit Dip Came to Be

Most of the vegan fruit dips out here are loaded with dates. I love dates, but they are super high in carbohydrates (and sugars), something that is a no-no for those of us struggling with candida.  So I wanted to develop a recipe for a fruit dip that would work for our family. Since our oldest has a life-threatening allergy to dairy, it needed to not only be low-carb, but it also needed to be a dairy-free fruit dip.

I found several versions of nut butter based dips on a few websites, thought about what I liked about each of them, and then made a number of versions until I found just the right flavor.

This is it.  Just right sweetness with a touch of cinnamon to add the perfect extra something.

We even made a special trip to buy some apples to go with it since we didn't have any in the house (what was I thinking–making a dairy-free fruit dip without apples???)

My youngest son was totally thrilled about the whole thing. First of all, he loves apples. Second, he had never had a fruit dip before (and he really liked this one), and the grocery store we went to has a really fun mechanical horse that kids can ride on for just 1 penny! He rode with dad and brother while mom shopped.

How nice to have extra blessings added to an otherwise mundane las minute apple-buying errand.

Ways to Use this Super Versatile Almond Butter Fruit Dip / Sauce:

One nice thing about this Almond Butter Fruit Dip is that you get the wonderfully rich taste of almond butter with about half the calories and fat since you're thinning out the almond butter.  Of course, these are good fats, but all things in moderation and if you are needing to watch your caloric intake, this really helps.

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Recipe Notes for this Almond Butter Fruit Dip
  • Nut substitution: You can substitute other nut or seed butter as desired or needed. See my post on Homemade Nut or Seed Butter. Pecan would be especially nice. Sunflower will add a more peanutty taste to the final product.
  • Coconut milk alternative: Any other non-dairy milk such as coconut milk can be used instead of almond milk. My Easiest Almond Milk and Easiest Coconut Milk are great make-your-own options. Coconut and cashew milk will yield a creamier final product.
  • Sweetener alternative: You can use 2 Tbsp of any other healthy sweetener instead of stevia. However, if you use a liquid sweetener you may need to use a slightly different amount, so read this post for help with substituting sweeteners. Vegetable glycerine is a good option.
  • Alcohol-free vanilla extract option: In case you need to avoid alcohol (since it's not cooked off in this recipe, here is a link to an alcohol-free vanilla extract.
  • Topping Tip: Feel free to add more non-dairy milk to the dip to make a thinner dip or sauce for topping pancakes, hot cereals, and more.

You can alter this recipe as you like.

Some great variations include:

  • Use maple syrup for a more mapley taste (is that a word?)
  • Add chocolate or carob for a chocolatey treat!  Start with 2 Tbsp or carob or chocolate and go from there.
  • Add shredded coconut for a coconutty / nutty blend.  
  • Add chopped nuts for a chunky topping / dip.
  • Add cacao nibs or chocolate shaving for a chocolatey nutty dip or topping.

Almond Butter Fruit Dip | Dessert Sauce (low carb, dairy and sugar free)

This Easy Healthy Fruit Dip is dairy and sugar free. Great not only as a dip, but also as a glaze or eaten right off the spoon!

  • 1 cup organic almond butter ((see notes for nut-free alternatives))
  • 1 cup coconut milk ((or other non-dairy milk))
  • 2 scoops pure stevia extract powder ((1/16 tsp))
  • 3 Tbsp xylitol ((see notes for alternative sweeteners))
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor or blender.
  2. Mix until combined and smooth. (this is super quick in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. 

  3. Add additional non-dairy milk if desired.

  4. Serve with fruit or other dippers, or on top of desserts. 

  5. Store whatever you don't manage to polish off in the refrigerator.

I so hope you enjoy this healthy Almond Butter Fruit Dip as much as we do!

How will you most likely use this ? 
As Dip, Spread, Drizzle, or on a Spoon :-)?

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Whole New Mom by Adrienne - 2M ago

Have you seen the CBD vs copaiba oil debate about which is better? I'm going to set the record straight with a detailed analysis of both products to help you cut through the marketing hype and be armed with everything you need to know.

Today we're going to tackle a tough topic–CBD vs Copaiba Oil. Both CBD oil and Copaiba oil have been getting a lot of attention these days. People are excited (with good reason) about the benefits that they are seeing from these products, but it has led to some confusion about which is better–and it's also led to a lot of marketing hype.

Now, buckle up and make sure your thinking caps are on straight, because this post is going to get technical.

Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD-rich hemp oil is all the rage these days and is touted as being a help for many health issues and other concerns.

Personally, our family has seen AMAZING results with CBD oil. 

Truly, what has happened has literally been nothing short of miraculous and I've been thrilled to help some of my readers (and local friends) see great results as well.

Here are some of the benefits that we've seen personally and heard about from others:

  • My son used to have panic episodes VERY regularly, and has had almost NONE since starting on CBD oil
  • More restful sleep
  • Improved organization skills and motivation
  • Brain fog lifted
  • More focus
  • Improved energy
  • Relief of head tension
  • and more

Clearly, this is a health revolution.

However, there is some confusion in the marketplace that needs to be addressed.

I Love Essential Oils

First of all, if you've been on my blog for any time at all, you all know that I LOVE essential oils and have been using them for a long time.

We use them pretty much every day–from lavender for sleep, this DIY cough essential oils blend, and we also love this DIY Thieves® blend, and I use these essential oils for hair growth every day. Clary sage is another essential oil that I use often for hormonal help and these Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue work great as well. Almost too many to name!

Suffice it to say that I. love. essential. oils.

But something is going on in the essential oils world that needs to be addressed and it has to do with copaiba essential oil and how it is being compared CBD.

What Is this CBD vs Copaiba War About Anyway?

In a nutshell, CBD oil has become a super hot product. People are hearing about the amazing benefits of CBD and as demand grows, so does supply. The market sees that there is money to be made and they are pursuing the profits.

Seriously–it seems like everyone (including essential oil companies) is selling CBD oil these days. However, some essential oil companies aren't selling CBD oil, but they are jumping on the bandwagon in a different way.

They say that they have something even better than CBD oil–and that something is copaiba oil.

Some essential oil reps and companies are claiming that they have an essential oil that is WAY better and “more powerful” than CBD–and that it's less expensive too.

These claims have created a lot of confusion about CBD vs. copaiba oil.

In fact, it's gotten so confusing that I've even seen people say that they are using CBD, when what they are using is Copaiba Oil.

The truth is that CBD and copaiba are not the same thing.

Just like I have attempted to clear up other issues like is stevia safe and is erythritol safe and the issue of xylitol and tumors, and the rumors about rotten Costco coconut oil, today I'm going to address the CBD vs. Copaiba Oil issue.

But before we get to the comparison, here are some terms that you need to know.

What Is CBD Oil?

To start with, CBD oil is not an essential oil. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is an endocannabinoid.

The endocannabinoid system is a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists (something which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor). There are two primary cell receptors that comprise the endocannabinoid system (ECS)–Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys, or the things that unlock these receptors are endocannabinoids.

CBD oil is either CBD rich oil extracted from industrial hemp, or an oil made from CBD isolate in a carrier. The word “isolate” sounds like the word “isolated”, and CBD isolate is just that–CBD only–while the CBD rich oil that is not made from isolate is full spectrum, meaning it is (typically) complete with the other endocannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally parts of hemp.

What Is Copaiba Oil?

Copaiba is an essential oil derived from the resin of the copaiba tree. The copaiba balsam is processed to make copaiba essential oil, much like other plants are distilled to make essential oils.

Essential oils are not like olive or coconut oil, but they are oils distilled from plants. For more information on this, read Essential Oil Facts.

What Is Beta-caryophyllene (BCP)?

Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a component of both CBD oil and Copaiba oil.

People touting that Copaiba is better than CBD oil focus on Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) which is part of both CBD oil and copaiba oil.  Say “Beta-caryophyllene” with me. Or maybe don't.

While many in the essential oil business talk about BCP as if it's a cannabinoid, it is not–Beta-caryophyllene is actually a terpene. Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds–meaning that they have a smell.

Side note, while many essential oils are known for their strong smells, and terpenes are responsible for the fragrance in essential oils, even though copaiba oil is rich in some terpenes, copaiba oil has a gentle smell, so don't expect to be overpowered by it.  ??eliminate??

BCP is also found in clove, rosemary, melissa, essential oils. This is of interest since clove essential oil is often touted as a help for dental issues and is used by many mainstream dental practitioners to help with dental discomfort including sore gums. What is odd, is that it's also found in feces and saliva. Ewwww… 

CBD vs Copaiba Myths

So let's get this sorted out.

Following are the arguments that need to be addressed regarding the comparison of CBD and Copaiba Oil.

Myth: Copaiba is better because it has more Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP) 1. BCP Isn't Really a Cannabinoid

In my post on Is Coconut a Nut?, we talked about how coconut is a nut, fruit, and a drupe (yeah, you'll have to read the post to learn about that). In a similar manner, BCP can be classified as both a terpene and a cannabinoid, but it's really a terpene.

Those on the Essential Oil side might tell you that BCP is a cannabinoid, and then those on the CBD side will tell you that BCP is a terpene. Technically BCP is a terpene, but it can be referred to as a dietary cannabinoid because of its action on the endocannabinoid system.

Copaiba oil does, in fact, contain a significant amount of BCP–typically around 55-60%, while CBD-rich hemp oil usually contains between 2 and 30%.

Essential Oil companies are touting that copaiba oil as a far superior solution to CBD, because…get this...it has WAY more of one of the terpenes found in the cannabis plant: beta-caryophyllene (BCP). But note–that is just one component.

2. CBD Oil's Other Components

Yes, Copaiba Oil has more BCP than CBD Oil has. However, full spectrum CBD oil has a lot of things in it that Copaiba doesn't have.

This is like saying that oranges are better than blueberries since oranges have way more vitamin C than blueberries. But we all know that there are other things in blueberries that make them beneficial for good health.

CBD oil (provided it is not made from isolate), has many other beneficial components in it that contribute to what is called the “entourage effect”–meaning that they each help the other parts work better. Those parts include cannabinoids, bioflavonoids, and other terpenes.

Copaiba Oil's Other Components

On the other hand, Copaiba oil is not just made up of BCP alone. Copaiba oil has other beneficial compounds in it as well–namely copaene, bergamotene, and humulene which have benefits. But wait, CBD oil has humulene and bergamotene too. The moral of the story here is that both have benefits and the main arguments being made aren't the whole story.

Higher Bioavailability of Certain CBD Oil

While it's true that there is more BCP in Copaiba oil then in CBD oil, this doesn't take into account the fact that there are certain CBD Oils that have a much higher bioavailability. Nano technology and water solubility greatly increase the bioavailability of the components of CBD Oil as such, these CBD oil benefits would clearly outpace that of copaiba oil.

At this point, it seems from research that CBD Oil's health applications are much wider than those of Copaiba Oil.

Myth: Copaiba Oil's Direct Receptor Interaction Is Preferred Facts: 1. Direct action on 1 receptor is not necessarily better than indirect action on both.

Those who argue that Copaiba is better than CBD oil state that BCP works directly on the CB2 receptor, where CBD only has indirect action on both CB1 and CB2 receptors. (source)

CBD is an Allosteric Modulator

Furthermore, CBD performs complex actions on the body. CBD is known as an allosteric modulator, meaning that it can enhance or inhibit how a receptor transmits a signal by changing the shape of the receptor it's acting on.

This is a chemical phenomena which has extensive benefits. Additionally, CBD actively stimulates vanilloid, adenosine, and serotonin receptors. It is a completely gross misrepresentation of nearly 30 years worth of data to insinuate that CBD is not beneficial due to its inability to directly stimulate cannabinoid receptors. 

One example is that CBD is a positive allosteric modulator of the GABA-A receptor (helps the GABA receptor work better) and is a negative allosteric modulator of the CB1 receptor, so that one doesn't get psychoactive effects when using CBD.

The CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain but also throughout the body, while CB2 receptors are in the immune and GI system mainly, but also a bit in the brain. 

Myth: There are 70 Studies on Copaiba Oil So It's Better

The above is something that has been pointed out by a certain MLM Essential Oil company.

Well, there are loads of peer-reviewed studies on CBD as well.

Myth: CBD Oil Has a Lot of THC in It and Will Get you High

Fact: CBD Oil Isolate has no THC in it. Full Spectrum CBD Oil that is sourced from industrial hemp has little to no THC in it and has no psychoactive effects. 

Now, it is the truth that even a small amount of THC could possibly result in a false positive drug test result, depending on the sensitivity of the test. CBD Oil without THC should not do this ever. One thing to remember is that poppy seeds and some other foods and OTC medications, can also result in false positive test results. 

Usage Safety Concerns

Most essential oil experts agree that you should not use essential oils internally unless you are under the care of a physician or aromatherapist. And make sure you read about essential oil emulsifiers before making anything with Copaiba oil.

In fact, there is actually a study on rats showing that ingesting copaiba essential oil increases bilirubin and can cause liver damage. (source)

Yes, go ahead and put Copaiba in your diffuser, or dilute it and apply it topically. But please don't ingest it.

Most CBD oil, on the other hand, is meant to be ingested. You can use CBD oil topically in a salve, or you can vape it, but most people like using it orally, typically in capsule form or as sublingual drops. But please speak with your physician before trying CBD oil in any form, particularly if you are taking medications. You might wish to do this before using Copaiba Oil as well.

Is Copaiba Cheaper than CBD oil?

Quite possibly. It all depends on how much of each product you need and how you will use it and of course if it works for you. Cheaper doesn't mean anything if it doesn't work. My son sees great benefits using a very small amount of CBD oil. So far, we haven't seen much benefit using copaiba oil, but we haven't done much experimenting.

Legal Questions

I don't know of any federal or state regulations regarding copaiba oil. There are some regarding CBD oil, but typically that is only for CBD oil that is sold in stores and/or that has more than .3% THC.

Why Not Try Both?

My question is–why does this have to be “my oil is better than your oil” fight at all? Why not try both?

For you, CBD oil might work better than Copaiba Oil or vice versa.

In fact, Copaiba Oil is supposed to help amplify the effects of other essential oils and has been said to amplify the effects of CBD oil as well. So both is almost always going to be better than using only one.

Personally, from everything that I have read (and it's been a lot)–I think that CBD oil is the way to go. But every one is different. No need to get into a huff about this–just try them and see what you think!

Conclusion

Copaiba Oil is not the same as CBD oil and the main beneficial ingredient that is getting so much attention (BCP) isn't even an endocannabinoid.

Copiaba oil and CBD oil are two different thing and they're both good.

If we're going to argue about this, what's next–a war about which is better–avocados vs oranges?

I say try them both and enjoy the benefits of each. Instead of perpetuating the CBD vs Copaiba war, let's understand the benefits of both and consider using both for a comprehensive formula to improve wellness.

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Where to Buy CBD-rich Hemp Oil and Copaiba Oil

So this is a tough question because it's hard to know who to trust. There are so many places to purchase both CBD oil and Copaiba oil, you want to make sure that you are buying pure versions of each. Purity is crucial, especially if you are going to be using these products on a daily basis.

There is a lot of monkey business going on in the CBD oil industry, as well as in the essential oil industry. Actually, the truth is that there is a lot of nonsense going on in every industry–food, personal care, essential oils, and more. It's so hard to know who to trust! I just caught a company in a bold faced lie this past week. It's a scary world out there for us consumers!

I spend a lot of time doing research for my family (sometimes it feels like too much), because I don't want to spend our hard-earned money on junk and well, we've been taken before and I'm pretty fed up with it.

Like I said, it can feel like too much at times, but I'm so thrilled when I find out that my efforts help you all as well.

Essential Oils: If you'd like to try the oils that my family is using, you can go to this series where I started a search about where to buy our essential oils from (the final post is here).  

CBD Oil: You can read more in my post about our CBD Experience and see the companies that are “Whole New Mom Approved.” 

I do my best to stay on top of these industries, and I'm always doing research, so stay tuned–you can subscribe to my newsletter here for updates on this and other topics.

Have you used CBD Oil or Copaiba Oil?
Please share your experience in the comments.

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St. Patrick's Day is a fun and meaningful day to celebrate, but most of the desserts made for this day include loads of sugar and artificial food coloring. We've put together a list of Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts to help you celebrate without the guilt!

Saint Patrick's Day holds a special place in my heart.

My father is from Dublin, Ireland and March 17th was my late mother's birthday.

In fact, most of my father's relatives still live on the Emerald Isle and my father has just moved back to Ireland–we miss him!

I visited Ireland during my college years and it really is a special place (though I'm sure in the many many years since then that it's changed quite a bit.)

While in Ireland one summer, I did the following:

  • Studied at Trinity College.  But the courses were in Irish History and Literature so I don't recall much.  Just ask my husband – I'm a math and science brain for sure!
  • Spent loads of time with relatives.
  • Hitch-hiked across the small island in 6 hours with another girl in my program (yes, it was safe to do that in Ireland then–I even had the blessing of my very cautious Irish grandmother!)
  • Enjoyed all the funny names for things like the word “crisps” for potato chips.
  • Learned that fresh eggs can be stored at room temperature for a long time (they have eggs stacked on the floor in the grocery store!)
  • Walked into a pub on the Western side where everyone was speaking Gaelic, Ireland's native language.
St. Patrick's Day History

The story behind St. Patrick's Day is inspiring. In a nutshell:

      • Patrick was from Britain, born near the end of the fourth century.
      • When he was sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and forced to tend sheep in Ireland.
      • His trials led him to seek God.  One day he thought he heard God telling him to flee his captors, so he did.
      • He was caught again and put into slavery, but again escaped and returned to Britain.
      • He had another “vision” from God calling him back to Ireland.
      • There, he studied with priests, became a priest and a deacon, and eventually Bishop of Ireland.
      • “Patrick evangelized, taught literacy, equipped men and women for ministry, and provided leadership for new churches throughout the Emerald Isle.”

We don't participate in all of the alcohol, etc., but I like to celebrate on some level.

I'd love to do the whole naturally corned beef and all that, but sometimes just having a few fun green or rainbow-themed treats is enough and is a great way celebrate as well. It's more about the Leprechaun tales than the real St. Patrick, but you can always tell the real story along with the fabricated tales.

Of course, if you'd like to have a more simple meal for St. Patrick's Day, you could serve up this Paleo Shepherd's Pie with Roasted Vegetables. It's lovely.

So here are some Healthy St. Patrick's Day Treats to enjoy with friends or family. I do so hope you enjoy them and better health as well.

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts
These Healthy St. Patrick's Day Desserts are a great way to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland without the guilt. These recipes are all gluten-free with no artificial colors. I've added special diet tips for those who need them. Enjoy!
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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

These Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are such a great idea for a healthy St. Patrick's Day Dessert! If you need to avoid eggs, try my Powdered Egg Replacer or another egg alternative like a flax or chia egg. For low-carb, use a low-carb sweetener instead if needed and low-carb chocolate chips too.

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Mini Mint Chocolate Brownies (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)

Mint and chocolate are always a favorite--and when brownies are involved, it can't get much better. If you are in need of avoiding the grain, you can use almond flour for this recipe--just adjust the other ingredients. I have some information to that end in my Pumpkin Snickerdoodle post.

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Secret-Ingredient Mint Fudge - vegan and sugar free

Can you guess what gives this Mint Fudge its natural green color? Hint: It's not spinach! This paleo mint fudge is lightly mint flavored, dairy-free, vegan, and low-carb too.

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GRASSHOPPER PIE — Gluten-free, Paleo & dairy-free

Doesn't this Grasshopper Pie look amazing--and the green is all natural from nutrition-packed spirulina! You can make this lower carb by using almond flour for the crust and choosing a low-carb sweetener, and an egg replacer should work fine for those who need it.

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Dairy-Free Matcha Ice Cream recipe paleo vegan blender

I can just taste this ice cream now--so creamy and delectable and made with the goodness of matcha. Substitute in a low-carb sweetener if need be.

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Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl - dairy free & low carb, with AIP option

This dairy-free mint chocolate ice cream is naturally colored with fresh mint and has a fun twist on traditional mint chocolate chip ice cream. Instead of chips, it has a creamy ganache swirl throughout.

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Keto St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free + Paleo)

What a fun treat for kids and adults alike! And look at that vibrant green--who needs artificial colors when you can have this naturally?

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4-Ingredient Avocado Mint Nice Cream

"Nice Cream" typically is made from frozen bananas, but not in this case. The "nice" in this case (and the color, of course) comes from the highly-revered nutritional powerhouse, the avocado.

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St. Patrick's Day is something we love to celebrate, but the foods (especially the non traditional ones) associated with the day aren't typically the healthiest. We've put together a great list of healthy St. Patrick's Day snacks to help you celebrate the Luck of the Irish while keeping your diet in check.

All of the recipes here are gluten-free, or are easily adapted, and of course there are no artificial colors lurking inside. Bonus, if you are on a special diet, many or all of these can work for you as well. The recipes are all either dairy and egg-free, or can easily be converted.

Enjoy your celebration and better health as well!

Following is every Irish lovers snacking dream. At the end of your snacking rainbow lies a pot of a plethora of St. Patrick's Day Snacks to please even the pickiest of leprechauns.

Healthy St. Patrick Day Snacks
These Healthy St. Patrick Day snacks are a great way to celebrate the "luck of the Irish" without regret. All of the snacks are naturally colored and gluten-free without refined sugar or flour, and are suitable for most special diets too. Each of these gluten-free St. Patrick's Day Recipes is either dairy-free and egg-free or has simple alternatives.
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Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

I am a total pushover for anything Mint and Chocolate. Add healthy to it and I'm sold.

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Spinach Pancakes

These super nutritious and oh so green pancakes are gluten-free, vegan, and can be eaten alone or filled with all kinds of tasty fillings.

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Crispy Kale Chips - A Healthy Snack Your Kids Will Love!

These Crispy Kale Chips are a satisfying and light nutritious snack. I actually am not a fan of most store bought kale chips, but I have to keep my kids out of these--they are so good!

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Pandan and Coconut Milk Layered Agar

This layered Indonesian pandan and coconut milk layered agar that is easy enough for midweek, yet impressive enough for a party. Pandan is a fascinating vanilla-flavored plant that you can likely find in your local Asian food store. Worth a trip for sure!

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Pea Hummus

This hummus has a different twist to it since its base is peas instead of traditional garbanzos, making it perfect for this Irish Holiday celebration.

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Asian Edamame Hummus Recipe

Another fun green twist on hummus--this time made with edamame instead of garbanzos.

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Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Guacamole

This Simple Guacamole Recipe is made without nightshades or dairy and meets the qualifications of the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet. Even if you're not following that diet, it's sure to please.

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Eat the Rainbow Spring Rolls

A fun way to enjoy all of the colors of the rainbow with lots of nutrition and without any artificial additives!

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Baked Cucumber Chips with Salt & Vinegar Flavor

A fun crispy and healthful snack--make with organic cucumbers to avoid the pesticides. Great eaten alone or with a dip.

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Rainbow Popcorn

Popcorn is always a fun treat. For St. Patrick's Day, serve up several of the colors of the rainbow with these creative popcorn toppings.

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Gluten-Free Tempura Asparagus with Matcha Salt

Tempura done up with a fun double-green twist that's gluten-free. You can try aquafaba or possibly my Powdered Egg Replacer as an alternative to the egg yolk if you need to avoid eggs.

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Green Monster Hummus

The deep green of this intensely nutritious hummus comes from spinach with a dash of oregano and basil. Yum.

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If you have sensitive skin, or you have a new little one in your home, you know how important it is to have a laundry detergent that isn't harsh or irritating. This Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent is perfect not only for babies, but also for those who have skin that needs a little extra TLC.

Our Sensitive Skin Experiences

I have had sensitive skin for most of my life. I have vivid memories of the time when my mother, sister, and I all had severe skin reactions to Bounce Dryer sheets (my mother even needed a steroid prescription to get rid of hers!) and I had a hard time finding skincare that didn't cause acne for me. And at times, finding a laundry detergent that didn't cause any issues for me was tough.

If this sounds familiar, you know what I mean.

Of course, babies have skin that is typically even more sensitive than kids or adults.

Our first child was born at home, but we had our second in the hospital and I regret that I wasn't more diligent in what I allowed him to be bathed in. In fact, it's partially due to the fact that our first was born at home that I wasn't more on top of things–you don't need to be when its a home birth, so I wasn't prepared.

Right after our second son was born, the hospital staff whisked him away, and I didn't even know why. But they bathed him in whatever hospital soap they used and he didn't do well with it. When we got him home, his skin was terribly red, and he was clearly irritated by it. It took us hours of washing him down with a gentle cleanser and a wet washcloth to calm his skin down. Sigh.

Lesson learned–baby skin is sensitive, so you need to take care of it.

Why Babies' Skin Is More Sensitive

There are a number of reasons why babies' skin needs more TLC than adult skin.

One of them is that babies' skin is thinner and has less natural moisturizer than that of adults. For this reason, it's vital that you take steps to protect their skin. Babies' skin also loses more water than mature skin does.

These concerns are intensified when dealing with premature babies–they have even more sensitive skin, since the barrier didn't have time to develop as it normally would in a full-term infant.

Baby skin continues to develop through the first year of life, but needs special care as the maturation process takes place, and it is particularly susceptible to infection.

In summary, babies' skin is finer and more sensitive, and hasn’t fully developed. The protective hydrolipidic film on their skin is still very thin, and this makes infant skin more vulnerable to harsh external factors such as wind, cold, heat, friction, irritating products, etc.). (1, 2)

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Ingredients in Typical Store-Bought Baby Laundry Detergent

You can of course buy store-bought baby laundry detergent, but you really have to be careful about what you are buying. Of course this goes for many personal care products on the market, but when you're shopping for something to use on your baby's skin, it's even more important.

Many baby laundry detergents on the market have ingredients that aren't the best for baby's skin.

Here are just some of the questionable ingredients in Dreft Baby Newborn Liquid Detergent, a brand that is often recommended by physicians:

Dreft Baby Newborn Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Fragrance
Propylene glycol
diethylene glycol
dtpa, fluorescent brightener–huh?
dimethicone
simethicone
siloxanes
silicones
sodium hydroxide
diethylene glycol

Hmmmm…not sure I want all of these on my baby's skin. In fact, I know that I do not.

Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent

This Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent is great not only for newborns but is also perfect for people with sensitive skin. 

Why Make Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent

When thinking about what kind of laundry detergent would be best for baby's skin, you want to be particularly careful.

What you want to look for in a gentle non-toxic detergent is one without questionable additives like sodium laurel sulfate, artificial fragrances (see the dangers of fragrances here), or other possible irritants. Plus, making your own detergent is quick and cheap! Check out the recipe and tips below to make laundry day greener without much effort.

By the way, the following DIY Baby Laundry Detergent Recipe / Formula is from Wendyl of Wendyl's Green Goddess of New Zealand. The formula was given sharing permission to a previous guest writer on this site. So thankful to have this fantastic formula available for all of us.

Homemade Baby Laundry Detergent

  • 1/4 cup Dr Bronner's baby mild castile liquid soap ((60 ml))
  • 1 cup washing soda ((sodium carbonate))
  • 1 cup baking soda
  1. Place washing soda in food processor and blend until fine.

  2. Add baking soda and blend briefly to mix.

  3. While the motor is running, drizzle liquid soap into food processor and process until evenly distributed and powdery.

  4. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Use 1 Tablespoon for regular loads or 2 Tablespoons for large loads.

Don't want to make your own DIY Baby Laundry Detergent?

While I love DIYing just about anything (including Homemade Shower Cleaner, Moisturizing Homemade Foaming Soap, and Homemade Rice Milk, for example), I know how it goes. Sometimes you just don't have time to do it or you just want to purchase something quick.

If you feel like you just don't want to make your own baby laundry detergent for whatever reason, here are a few good options for you. Assuming that the companies are being honest about their ingredients (I have found that many are not), I would recommend Molly Suds as one good option.

Another good option is Pure Detergent. It's made only with soap berries and aloe vera so it should work for almost anyone's skin.

Please share your thoughts on this Homemade Laundry Detergent for Babies after you try it!

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This Homemade Foaming Hand Soap is one of the easiest ways to create a greener and healthier you. This foaming soap is simple to make, inexpensive, and it works really well–and is, of course, fun for kids (of all ages) to use!

Why make your own homemade foaming hand soap?

Well, if you are:

  • tired of refilling your soap pump containers over and over again thinking of the amount of money you are literally tossing down the sink?
  • spending a lot of money purchasing foaming soap containers over and over again?
  • frustrated with the goopy mess that standard soap pump soap leaves on your hands that sometimes isn't gone even after washing?
  • wondering about all the extra ingredients in your hand soap that are probably not good for you (and please don't tell me that you are using anti-bacterial soap.  Well, I take that back.  You can tell me and then I'll recommend that you stop :-).)

Then I highly recommend that you consider making this soap now.

I am always motivated to save money while avoiding synthetics and toxins as much as possible, as long as I don't have to spend too  much time doing it.

This motivation has led me to make my own Homemade Shower Cleaner, DIY Lip Scrub, Homemade Hairspray, DIY Chest Rub, and more.

Now, in addition to those things, you can even make your own foaming soap at home and:

  • save a lot of money by refilling and not purchasing new pumps
  • save money by making your own refill foaming soap
  • save money over regular soap pumps by using less soap
  • avoid toxic chemicals and fragrances by using only healthy ingredients in your soap

And you will be happy to know that it is EASY.

As in SUPER EASY.

First, add water to the foaming pump container.

Before we get to the soap, here are some other simple “make it yourself” projects you might enjoy:

Why Is Glycerin in this Homemade Foaming Hand Soap?

Glycerine adds a number of benefits to this homemade foaming soap.

Moisture

First of all, glycerin is a humectant. As such, it moisturizes the skin by bringing moisture from the air into the skin's outer layer and also forms a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. Adding glycerin to your soap can help to lock in this moisture, leaving your hands (or other parts of your body, for that matter) more soft. (source)

Glycerin mimics skin's natural moisturizing factor (NMF), so it's great for all skin types. It's important to do this since your NMF is depleted as you age and that is accelerated if you use irritating substances on your skin. (source)

Better Texture

The glycerin makes for a smoother, thicker soap which is much nicer to pump and use than thin, runny foaming soaps.

Preservative

Actually you would need 50% glycerine for this soap to truly be preserved, but it's good to know that glycerine does add some preservative properties to this homemade foaming hand soap.

Don't Eat the Soap, but…..

One thing you might not know, is that vegetable glycerine is not only great for adding moisturizing qualities to this homemade foaming soap, but it's also a great sweetener alternative for those trying to consume fewer carbs. In most cases, you can use whatever glycerine you like for sweetening as well as for use in personal care products, but you might want to ask the manufacturer.

Actually, the ingredients in this foaming soap are so non toxic, you really don't have to worry if some gets in your mouth, but still I wouldn't go around making it a habit of eating it.

Where to Buy Vegetable Glycerine

There are many places that you can buy vegetable glycerine. You should be able to find it in a drugstore or nutrition store, but almost definitely in a health food store.

If you'd prefer to buy it online, you can find it on Amazon and also at Starwest Botanicals.

Dispenser Notes

Finding a good quality dispenser for this soap is a little tough.

I have had multiple quality issues with some soap pumps and tried about 4 different kinds.   One brand that kept breaking was the Pampered Chef version and the other was a Cuisipro.  The Pampered Chef design appears to be unchanged, but the Cuisipro is certainly new. Those who would like a pump without a label on your soap dispenser may wish to try those.

The ones that we currently have are holding up great.  Some I purchased at Williams-Sonoma (on clearance, but no longer available) and the others are by Deep Steep.  The Deep Steep Dispensers originally had organic foaming wash in them, so we used up and then cleaned well and refilled with my homemade soap. In my opinion, this is a much better option than buying a chemical-laden foaming soap and either using it or dumping it :-).)

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Moisturizing Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Ingredients

foaming soap dispenser (This brand has worked very well for us over the years.)
water
natural liquid soap of your choice (One good option is Dr. Bronner's.)
a squirt of vegetable glycerine (for extra moisturizing) (optional)
a few drops of your choice of essential oils (optional — citrus oils like lemon or orange are wonderful!) (Read my post on Which Essential Oils are Best? – Part One to see why I recommend this company.)

Directions

  1. Fill empty foaming soap dispenser with water, approximately 4/5 full.
  2. Fill remaining space with a liquid soap of your choice (and glycerine and essential oils, if using) being careful not to get too close to the top.
  3. Shake gently to mix and use.  Note:  you definitely do not want to add the soap first.  If you do, the soap will foam up as you are adding the water to fill the container and you will end up with a foaming, half-filled container.

So there you have it–simple, isn't it?

Very little work for a lot of money saved and better health for your family.   You can easily reduce the toxic exposure in your home and you have a bit more of your financial resources available to address your family's needs and to bless others.

Have you made DIY Foaming Soap before?
If not, will you try it?

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