Natural Swimming Ponds


Swimming ponds are something that I am very interested in. When we finally have a chance to move to a place with more land, I am definitely going to build one of these – by myself of course! This particular video explains the natural filtration methods quite well. This could be done using solar energy as well for an even greater degree of sustainability. I am not a fan of ponds that look overly manmade though, so mine will be more of a natural design.

Growing Sweet Potatoes In Hanging Planters

Growing Sweet Potatoes In Hanging Planters
Image credit: Grow Food Not Lawns

This is a great idea for those with limited gardening space! You won’t exactly be growing sweet potatoes in bulk, but you could make a great salad from the leaves and I like the idea of hanging plants being edible as well as beautiful. This is additional food garden square footage I had not yet considered. I need to do an experiment propagating some sweet potato vines soon so they have a chance to sprout before the weather gets warm!

Caution: while sweet potato leaves are not poisonous, common potato leaves are so don’t eat the leaves from those!

Blueberry Smoothies

Blueberry smoothie recipe2 cups blueberries
2 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 orange
4 packets stevia
Ice

 

Wash 2 cups of blueberries and place them in the blender along with 2 cups of coconut milk, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, the juice from 1 orange and 4 packets of stevia. Blend until smooth. Fill the blender to the top with ice and blend until the ice has been fully incorporated. Enjoy!

Vegan, Gluten Free Friendly

Blue Cheese and Onion Omelet

Blue Cheese and Onion Omelet Recipe5 eggs
1 cup onions
1/2 cup blue cheese
Olive oil for cooking
Salt and pepper to taste

 

 

Alright, I know – this isn’t paleo. I decided a few weeks ago to add a little dairy back into my diet and see what happens. So far I am doing ok with no problems, so that is a massively good thing being that I don’t eat meat and can’t eat gluten.

Heat your pan before adding olive oil and onions. Cook onions briefly until they start to turn transparent. Shape the onions into a square in the center of the pan. Crack 5 eggs directly on top of the onions and keep all the liquid tight to the onion square you created earlier. You could scramble the eggs if you prefer, but I thought they were more fun unscrambled. Space the eggs evenly over the onions and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook the eggs thoroughly before adding the blue cheese on top. Cook the cheese just long enough for it to melt. Serves 4.

Caution: for those who are gluten free, make sure that the blue cheese you are using is indeed gluten free as some types aren’t.

Gluten Free Guide

gluten free guide
This list is a good start for people beginning a gluten free diet. For those with severe reactions to gluten, there are a few other places gluten might hide that you need to be aware of. Spices (I learned the hard way), candies/breath mints (thank you Altoids for a few weeks of misery), nuts (read the ingredients and allergy panel first), lotion, soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, oats (even the gluten free oats can’t be handled by some with gluten issues), some cheeses, beer, malt liquors and other types of booze. I’m sure there are more hiding places I can’t think of at the moment, but the important thing you need to learn is to read the labels completely on EVERYTHING you use. If you don’t know what is in it, don’t use or eat it. Every time I forget this rule and think something should be safe I have gotten sick. Always read the label.

Image by tastguru.com

Coconut Milk Fruit Dip

Vegan Fruit DipCoconut Milk – 1 can
1 orange
4 packets stevia
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Your choice of dipping fruit

 

 

Place your can of coconut milk in the freezer for a few minutes so the cream and water can separate. After it has cooled, remove only the cream portion and save the water for a smoothie later. Place the coconut cream in the blender along with the juice and zest from one orange, 4 packets of stevia (I like stevia in the raw) and 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and serve in a small dish along with fruit to dip. Top with additional orange zest just before serving. Tip: For a more firm dip, use colder coconut cream.

Gluten Free, Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly, and Delicious!

Grapefruit Margaritas

Grapefruit Margarita Recipe1 large grapefruit
2 limes
Tequila (to taste)
Stevia (3 packets)
Ice

 

 

If you are going to enjoy a cocktail, you may as well make it as healthy as possible (don’t worry – these still taste awesome). Peel one large grapefruit and place into blender along with the juice of 2 limes, 3 packets of stevia and tequila (amount is up to you). Blend this first until completely smooth. Top off the blender with ice and blend again until the ice is fully incorporated. Enjoy!