Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Brush your teeth with dirt they say… it’s good for them!

Hum,  dirt = clean, now that’s a thought.

When I first told people I make my own toothpaste they were surprised. Then I told them I now brush my teeth with dirt, oh they loved that one! Sometimes people think it’s cool but most of the time they think I’m nuts. Like I didn’t know that already….

I’ve been making my own toothpaste for many years now. I started with a coconut oil based one about 6 years ago. I have happy with it’s results overall, but I was looking for a little something more. As I started looking I read Bulk Herb Store’s Toothpaste recipe, I was intrigued. I immediately started experimenting with new recipes. I would think I found one I loved and then I would ditch it for another one. I was determined to create a blend with coconut oil and bentonite clay. I even had a post all ready to go two years ago, but it didn’t save… Then my friend Liz told me that while she loved it, her hubby didn’t like using it.  I was so frustrated that I took a step back.

That actually ended up being a good thing.  I got a couple tubes of Earthpaste in the mail for free and discovered a whole new world. ;) Honestly, though, it made me realize that I was overthinking my recipe and adding two many ingredients. Guess which was the first to go? My beloved coconut oil. I already oil pull most mornings, plus it just wasn’t blending right with the clay so I cut it out. It also gave me a chance to create a toothpowder.

I LOVE Earthpaste, but my budget doesn’t allow me to keep more than a tube or two on hand in case I run out of my homemade version.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

I get chills when I think about using a tube of “Insert Name Here” toothpaste from the store. I used to love that beautiful swirl of white, green and red, ahem… no name calling. We use or at least should be using toothpaste twice a day 365(6) days a year. With something that we use as frequently as that we need to take care.

Really let’s be honest here, how many of swallowed toothpaste growing up?  Yes, you over there get your hand up I just watched you  squeeze some in and swallow. Life with kids right? There are warning labels on toothpaste telling you to call poison on control if swallowed. Which happens, every. single. day. if you have kiddos.

Why not give them something that is safe to eat since it’s inevitable? That’s what is so great about this toothpaste, even though I don’t suggest eating it, you can. If you have concerns about using essential oils feel free to leave it out or use an organic extract. I personally am comfortable with the minimal amount used, they are high quality and extremely diluted.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste

  • 4-6 TBS purified or distilled water
  • 3 TBS bentonite clay
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp powdered stevia (or about 10 drops of liquid stevia)
  • 1/4 tsp charcoal (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp real salt
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (peppermint, clove, lemon, or orange) (ask me my favourite brands)
  • GoToob or small glass jar

Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl using a plastic or wooden spoon. You never want your clay to touch metal.

Add the essential oils and stir again.

Add one tablespoon of water at a time, stir until you reach the consistency you desire. Spoon into a GoToob or small glass jar.

 

Real Food Iced Coffee Shop Drinks to Make at Home

Real Food Iced Coffee Shop Drinks to Make at Home-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

I love coffee. I’m sure I’ve mentioned my love of the bitter brew before. Sometimes I still feel a bit guilty since well, I wrote a cookbook about everything tea…. When I started this blog coffee was not on the radar at all. Since then we’ve become good friends.

Summer is the perfect time to cool down with iced coffee drinks. You can find many tasty beverages, even ones made with quality ingredients like two of my favourites School Grounds and Ritual. Alas, my pocketbook doesn’t like me to indulge in them very often. With fancy iced coffee drinks ranging from $3.50-$5.00 just for a small it’s a once a month or less kind of thing.

Fancy iced coffee drinks may seem overwhelming to make but let me assure you they aren’t. All you need is quality coffee beans, a coffee maker, and an ice cube try. My “essentials” are pretty basic, I use a cheap grinder, a french press, and an espresso percolator. I use my french press for teas as well.

Fancy drinks get a bad rap but when you use real food ingredients like raw milk, maple syrup, stevia, and homemade almond milk you can enjoy them more often and save money at the same time!

If you are looking for hot drinks be sure to check out my sweet friend Elsie of Richly Rooted‘s post on The Humbled Homemaker.

Real Food Coffee Drink (Semi) Essentials

So what are you waiting for? Get that coffee (tea) chilling and make yourself an amazing coffee house drink at home!

Basic Iced Coffee

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee @ The Antidote Life (Photo)

Vanilla Iced Latte @ Montana Homestead

Coconut Coffee Cooler @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Creamy Iced Coffee @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Iced Caramel Macchiato @ Our Nourishing Roots

Dirty Iced Chai- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Fauxccinos

Banana Nut Butter Frappe @ Raia’s Recipes (Photo)

Frozen Strawberry Cappuccino @ Spirit Healers

Pumpkin Pie Fauxccino

Peppermint Mocha Frappe

Java Mocha Chip Fauxccino

Mocha Frapuccino @ Growing Up

Paleo Mocha Frappe @ Don’t Mess with Mama

Mocha Coffee Cooler @ Healthy Living How To

Coffee Substitutes

Dandy Blend Coffee Free Frappucino @ This Original Organic Life

Iced Tea and Other Beverages

Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea @ Richly Rooted

Sun Tea @ Richly Rooted

Herbal Meadow Tea 

Mix-ins and Toppings

Chocolate Whipped Cream

Raw Whipped Cream

Salted Caramel Sauce

Dark Chocolate Syrup

Other Coffee Treats

Affogato @ The Antidote Life

Ice Coffee Cubes

 What is your favourite iced coffee shop drink?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaded Italian Chicken with Peas in a White Wine Reduction

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There was a little Italian restaurant, Maria’s,  in my hometown that was open back in the 90s. It was a Mom and Pop place that specialized in simple dishes. Each day there was a handful of recipes prepared in the morning, that were kept warm behind a deli counter.

Occasionally my parents would take my sister and I there for lunch. I would walk up to the counter and peer through the glass. There was homemade pasta, peppers and sausage, marinara sauce, meatballs, and one other dish- breaded Italian chicken with peas in a white wine reduction.

I absolutely fell in love with the dish! Every time I walked up to the counter the chicken and peas won me over. My only chagrin is that I didn’t have more than a bite of their homemade pasta off my dad’s plate.

It’s been at least 20 years since they closed, but I have never forgotten the food.  Right before I moved back to the States from Baja one of “my girls” asked for the recipe before all the others I had made with them over the years.

Summer gardens and farmer’s markets are brimming with peas making this the perfect summer dish. If you don’t have peas sliced green peppers taste delicious as well.

I chose to serve this over pasta to make it a more frugal option. You can serve it over pasta or on its own with easy homemade rosemary focaccia bread and salad.

Recipe Note: If you don’t care to use wine it can be left out, the flavor profile will change but the dish will still be good.

Other Italian Recipes: 

Breaded Italian Chicken with Peas in a White Wine Reduction
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 cups fresh/frozen peas or two sliced green bell peppers
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • Fresh Parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken in small bite size pieces.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, garlic powder, basil, and oregano is a shallow dish.
  3. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture.
  4. Heat the oil olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer. Cook the chicken on each side for about 5 minutes. Untill it is a crispy light brown.
  6. Add the chicken broth, white wine, and butter to the skillet. Simmer for 5 minute, then add the peas (or green peppers).
  7. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the peas (green peppers) are just soft and the wine and broth have almost evaporated.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Breaded Italian Chicken with Peas in a White Wine Reduction

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast
2 cups fresh/frozen peas or two sliced green bell peppers
1 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
3 TBS butter
1 tsp unrefined salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
Fresh Parsley (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cut the chicken in small bite size pieces.

2. Mix the flour, salt, garlic powder, basil, and oregano is a shallow dish.

3. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture.

4. Heat the oil olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

5. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer. Cook the chicken on each side for about 5 minutes. Untill it is a crispy light brown.

6. Add the chicken broth, white wine, and butter to the skillet. Simmer for 5, then add the peas (or green peppers).

7. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the peas (green peppers) are just softnd the wine and broth have almost evaporated.

8. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

 

 What is one of your favourite Italian dishes?

50+ Real Food Ice Creams and Toppings

50+ Real Food Ice Creams and Toppings- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

It’s hot outside, the sweat drips from your brow. You try to decide what will cool you down. Lemonade? No, that won’t do. An iced mocha? Yummy, but it doesn’t hit the spot today. Then it hits you, ice cream, you need ice cream.

July is national ice cream month after all so what would be more fitting that a bowl of ice cream?

Ice cream often gets a bad rap for not being healthy. That’s just because people are used to ultra-pasteurized cream, cups of white sugar, and artifical ingredients. When ice cream is made from ingredients such as  raw cream, raw milk, coconut milk, maple syrup, raw honey, homemade vanilla extract, and fresh fruit it’s nothing to be feared.

As you look through the collection some are still considered  a “special treat” because of larger amounts of unrefined sugar but many others are perfect for a more frequent treat.

Ready to dive in? I  know I am! There is something for everyone in amongst these 50+ real food ice creams and toppings.

*For those of you that might wonder, this is the ice cream maker I have, it has held up wonderfully. This one is the one I have my eyes on, it lovely but has a pretty price tag.

Traditional

Easy Chocolate Chip Ice Cream @ Raia’s Recipes

Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream @ Raia’s Recipes

Simple Homemade No-cook Vanilla Ice Cream @ Organic Kitchen

Honey Vanilla Ice Cream @ Recipes to Nourish

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream @ NS

Cookie Dough Ice Cream @ NS

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream @ NS

Simple Peach and Honey Ice Cream @ NS

roastedstrawberry4Photo Credit: Just Making Noise

“Fancy” Ice Cream

Afogatto @ And Here We Are

Easy Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Chai Chocolate Chip Ice Cream @ NS

Saffron and Rose Persain Love Ice Cream @ And Here We Are

Simple Black Cherry Crème Fraîche  @And Here We Are

Rubard Ice Cream @ Learning and Yearning

Toasted Marshmallow and Sweet Potato Ice Cream @ Life From the Ground Up

Homemade Chocolate-Covered Blackberry Ice Cream Bonbons @ Red and Honey

Blackberry-Bon-BonsPhoto Credit: Red and Honey and Recipes to Nourish

Black Berry and Sweet Corn Ice Cream @ Scratch Mommy

Triple Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream @ NS

Horchata Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Coconut Blackberry Lime Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Oatmeal Chocoalte Chip Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Spicy Ginger Pecan Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Homemade Almond Dream @ Just Making Noise

Pomagranate Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Carrot Cake Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise

Tahini and Honey Ice Cream @ NS

Cranberry Mango Sorbet @ Nourishing Joy

Dairy-free

Vegan Mint Ice Cream @ How We Florish

Maple Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Creams @ Healthy Eats Reals

Dairy-free Coffee Ice Cream @ Healy Eats

Water Kefir (or Kombucha) Ice Cream Float @ Delicous Obsessions

Ice-Cream-FloatPhoto Credit: Delicious Obsessions

Dairy-free Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream @ Delicous Obsessions

Coconut Tulsi (Holy Basil) Ice Cream @ Delicous Obessions

Homemade Dairy-free Strawberry Ice Cream @ Naturally Loriel

Coconut Coffee Ice Cream @ It Takes Time

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream @ NS

Lavender Ice Cream @ NS

Sorbet

Pineapple Mint Sorbet @ Healy Eats

Lemon Earl Grey Sorbet @ NS

Lemon Nanna Sorbet @ NS

Rainbow Sorbet @ NS

Coocnut Lime Sorbet @ Just Making Noise

Frozen Yogurt

Banana Frozen Yogurt @ A Harmony Healing

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt @ NS

Toppings

Fruity Balsamic Glaze @ Delicous Obsessions

Magic Shell @ NS

Dark Chocoalate Syrup @ NS

Homemade Dark Chocolate Syrup- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Salted Caramel Sauce @ NS

Raw Whipped Cream @ NS

Ice Cream Alternatives

Chocolate Nut Butter Banana “Ice Cream” Bites @ The Antidote Life

Nutty Monkey “Ice Cream” @ The Antidote Life

 Fresh n’ Fruity Blender Ice Cream @ Raia’s Ice Cream

Coconut Mint-Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream @ Raia’s Ice Cream

Nutty-Monkey-Ice-Cream-Dairy-Free-682x1024Photo Credit: The Antidote Life

Coconut Cocoa Frosty @ Made to Glow

Creamy Peach Strawberry Bannana “Fro-yo” @ Made to Glow

Chocolate Hemp Chai Ice Cream @ A Healing Harmony

3 Minute Strawberry Nectarine Avocado Ice Cream @ A Healing Harmony

Happy Ice Cream Month!

What is your favourite ice cream?

Simple Garam Masala

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I LOVE Indian food. I love going out to eat it, cooking it, and eating more of it! I’m a sucker for buffets. I am able to try a bit of everything and get inspiration for recreating them myself and make it with much healthier oils.

Garam masala is a fragrant blend of spices commonly used in Indian cooking. Garam masala translates literally as “warm spice mix”. Garam means “heat” but not the type of heat that you would expect from a chile pepper but the warmth you feel as you eat a dish with the spices in them.

Every cook has a slightly different variation. The basis is generally cardamom, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper. I based my simple garam masala of a recipe in my favourite Indian cookbook “Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul“.

Garam Masala may be most common is India but it I also had it on  chicken shwarma when I was in Bethlehem a few years ago. I love how versatile it can be- in a pinch I have even been known to use it with black tea to make a quick cup of chai!

If you buy garam masala from the store there are often fillers added to cut costs. Be sure to read the ingredients to be sure it is an unadulterated blend.

I bought most of my spices at Mountian Rose Herbs, but my Ceylon cinnamon came from the local Mexican market. You can also find it on Amazon. I chose to start with ground herbs, you can buy them pre-ground or grind them yourself in a spice grinder, but I just use a coffee grinder. If you really want to get a work out you can grind them by hand in a mortar and pestle.

Simple Garam Masala- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Other Indian Inspired Dishes to Try:

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Simple Garam Masala
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 TBS ground cardamon
  • 2 TBS ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 TBS ground cloves
  • ½ TBS ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all the spices together and save in a glass container.

Simple Garam Masala

3 TBS ground cardamon
2 TBS ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 TBS ground cloves
1/2 TBS ground pepper

1. Mix all the spices together and save in a glass container.

 What is your favourite Indian dish?