Hair Mask Recipe

correcting hair mask recipeIngredients:
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

 

 

This is my go-to hair mask when my hair needs to be shiny and smooth for a big event, or to repair my split ends if my schedule has forced me to go too long between haircuts.  Put the ingredients into the blender and process until smooth. Put on hair and work through from root to tips.  Cover with a shower cap and hat, let sit for a few hours before washing out. Style as usual.

Tip: This recipe will leave a scent behind for a few washings, so do this a few days before any big events to allow enough washings in between to eliminate that. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix to help cover up the scent (do research on these to make sure your favorite essential oils are safe for use on your scalp and don’t use essential oils if you are pregnant or have other health conditions).

Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar ScrubIngredients:
2-3 tbsp. organic sugar
1/2 tsp. organic lemon juice
1/2 tsp. castor oil

 

 

Mix 2 tbsp. organic sugar (your choice of type, but smaller grains are better and nicer for your skin) with the lemon juice and castor oil. You can add additional sugar if desired for a thicker mixture. Scrub gently on your face, then wash with cool water and finish with witch hazel astringent. Since there are no preservatives in this mix, I would suggest only making enough at one time for each use.

Grain Free Calzones

gluten free calzonesIngredients:
1 1/2 cups mozzarella
1/2 cup diced portobello mushrooms
1/8 cup chevre
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. psyllium husk (opt.)

 

Preheat your griddle while you wash and dice your mushrooms. Place 1 cup of mozzarella in the center of the griddle arranged in a circle. Top with the garlic powder and basil. Break the chevre into small chunks and arrange on top. Sprinkle the Portobello mushrooms and remaining mozzarella over the layer of chevre. Begin to push in the edges with a spatula, freeing them from the griddle. The bottom of the cheese should have formed a golden brown crust by this time. Fold over one half of the circle with the spatula onto the other and serve. Enjoy!

This recipe is virtually carb free and a great option for anyone who can’t eat gluten or is trying to reduce the amount of grains in their diet. For those who are severely gluten intolerant, always make sure to check the ingredients on your spices to ensure there aren’t any surprises hiding there. :)

Tip: when using the psyllium (added for obvious reasons when consuming large quantities of cheese) make sure to consume plenty of water. Read the instructions on your psyllium bottle for the recommended quantities.

It Works Wrap Review

It Works Wraps ReviewI bought a pack of 4 of these with high hopes after seeing positive reviews online. So far I haven’t seen any real difference between these expensive wraps and our DIY body wrap recipe. You can try them for yourself and see, but I’m not convinced they are worth the extra price.

Gluten Free St. Pat’s Cheesecakes

all natural green food coloringCheesecake Ingredients:
2 packages cream cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup whipping cream
15 packets stevia
1/2 tsp. matcha tea powder
1/8 tsp. peppermint extract

 

Frosting Ingredients:
1/4 package cream cheese
1/8 cup whipping cream
5 packets of stevia
1/4 tsp. matcha tea powder
3 drops peppermint extract

In a food processor, add two packages of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of whipping cream, matcha tea, 10 packets of stevia and a dash of peppermint extract. Blend and taste. Continue to add additional stevia and peppermint slowly until it is sweetened and minty enough for your taste. Add the eggs and blend until smooth. Pour into cupcake molds (we used Wilton’s shamrock molds) and place into a 350 degree oven until the edges turn a golden brown.

The cupcakes unmold best when still warm. Allow to cool before frosting.

Mix all the frosting ingredients together in a food processor (add stevia and mint to your liking). Pour into a piping bag (or you can use a ziplock bag and snip off the end) and decorate the top of your cakes.

These freeze well and are very low carb, grain free, gluten free, and free of artificial coloring. Enjoy!

Tip: Buy organic ingredients wherever possible of course – even desserts should be healthy. Be careful about the brand of stevia you purchase as some of them have other sweeteners added. Trader Joe’s has a great version, or you can try Stevia In The Raw.  You can add more matcha for a more vibrant green color, but remember to adjust the amount of stevia and peppermint accordingly.