Aside

Thanks so much for visiting Health Nut Family.  I am here to help you and your family become a healthier you.  Please be aware that I am not a doctor, nurse, medical expert of any kind, nor do I have a medical or culinary background.  This blog is based on research I have done to provide a better way of living for my family and myself.  I highly recommend that you do your own research before making any changes to your lifestyle.

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~Samantha~

Homemade Hand Soap

Seriously, hand soap is expensive…. AND all I can ever find is anti-bacterial!

So, I bet you can guess what I decided to do…. yes yes, make my own 🙂

Supplies:

1 gallon water
1 bar of soap (I used Kirk’s castile soap)
Essential oils of desires

Directions:

Add water to a large pot and bring to a boil.  While the water is boiling, shred the bar of soap (my least favorite part!)  Once the water is boiling, turn the heat off.  Add soap shreds a little at a time, stirring as you go.  Once all the soap is in, stir stir stir! (You can use an electric mixer if you wish).  Let it sit over night uncovered.  The next morning, stir stir stir again!  Add your essential oils and pour into container(s).

It may be a little runny, but it still works just fine!

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That’s it, seriously!

 

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How easy was that?  Really?!

Hungarian Goulash

I love Goulash.  Maybe not as much as cheesecake, but still……

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Goulash does not really look pretty does it?  Well it sure tastes good!!

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
4-5 banana peppers (any color), chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp hungarian paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp white wine vinegar

Directions:

Brown ground beef over medium heat.  While meat is browning, chop all your veggies and set aside.  Drain fat from meat (if there is any!!).  Add the rest of your ingredients into the pan and turn heat to medium/high.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer.  Let it simmer until most of the liquid is gone, about 20 minutes.

Serve over rice (I like basmati), egg noodles, or cook some brown rice elbow pasta and mix in with the goulash!

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Oh man, peanut is so into this dinner…… He did eat it for lunch later in the week 🙂

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Bumble bee ate this up… and then seconds.  Maybe thirds!

Rainbow Brite had some too….. She enjoyed it very much.

 

Kidney Bean Salad

Yum-O!  That’s right, yum-O…..

This salad is super quick and easy….. Plus tastes great!!  Oh Yeah!

Ingredients:

15 oz can or organic kidney beans
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 medium cucumber, chopped
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2-3/4 cup Ranch dressing

Directions:

Add all your ingredients into a medium bowl and mix!  And that’s it!

 

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Oh Ranch Dressing…. how yummy you are.  But your ingredient are AWFUL!

So, what can ya do?  Make your own I suppose!!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk of choice
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 T Italian seasonings
2 tsp dried dill

Directions:

Add all ingredient to your food processor and blend until creamy!

Then eat it.  🙂

Shepard’s Pie

I get sick of feeding the kids the same things over and over again for lunch……

So I decided I could put a little more effort into it than I had been!

Ingredients:

4 medium potatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced or chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
3/4 cup lentils
2 cups broth of choice (vegetable will make it vegan!)
1/2 cup water

1/4 cup oil
Milk

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Chop potatoes (peel them first if you must).  Place them in a medium pot and cover completely with water.  Turn heat to low and cook until potatoes are tender.  Add lentils to large pot with broth and water.  Turn heat to medium.  Let simmer until most of the liquid in gone.  Chop all the veggies and saute them in a little olive oil.  Mix lentils and veggies together and spread into a 9×13 in baking dish.  Drain water from the potatoes and mash them with coconut oil and milk (I don’t have exact measurements for the milk because I just add until I get the consistency I want!)

Spread the potatoes over the lentil mixture and bake for 12-20 minutes!

Then eat….. a lot!

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Peanut was soooo thrilled to eat this.  Whatever dude, it was good!

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Bumble Bee (who had recently been renamed Sassafras…. or Sassy for short) LOVED it!  She ate like three helpings!  My nieces loved it too, they both had a least two helpings each!

A Day In the Life of Beauty

With chemicals in just about everything these days it’s hard to get away from them!

Not just chemicals…. GMO’s are found in a lot of our products too.  (not familiar with gmo’s?  check out this site).

On top of chemicals and gmo’s…. there comes wheat, soy, and even dairy in our toiletries!  What?!?!  So, now what do we do?!  Make our own of course!!

Homemade Shampoo (I also got the recipe from the good ‘ole SIL, love you!!)

Mix the following ingredients together for a nice homemade shampoo

  • 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners) <— (this is our body wash!)
  • 1 cup organic green tea (brewed for 30 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon organic olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey

Use as is, or depending upon your hair type, add an herbal infusion to replace the green tea in the above recipe. Use a handful of fresh herbs or a spoonful of dried herbs and a cup of boiling water to prepare the infusion, steeping for 30 minutes. Here are some suggestions for different hair types (and predicaments):

  • for dark hair: sage leaves
  • for greasy hair: yarrow
  • for fair hair: marigold flowers
  • for dandruff: a mixture of nettle leaves and burdock roots

Conditioner

This rinse is super easy to make…. it will leave you wondering why you bought the bottle full of chemicals in the first place!

What you’ll need:

  • 2.5 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 bag of your favorite organic herbal tea, for fragrance

To make your vinegar rinse, place the water in a container of your choice (old conditioner bottle). Then, add the rest of the ingredients. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Use about 3/4 of a cup of the rinse each time you condition, shaking up the bottle prior.

Tips– Most people achieve the best results by washing with the shampoo 2-3 times a week and rinsing with the conditioner daily.

You will probably experience a period of excess greasiness.  This is completely  normal.  Your hair and scalp are ridding themselves of excess chemicals and toxins.  Please, STICK WITH IT–if you are experiencing lots of grease cut back on the shampoo and use more conditioner– you will benefit from it in the long run as you will achieve silky, shiny hair the natural way!

Well, thanks for that SIL!  You are awesome 🙂


I did a post on toothpaste a few months ago.  Hope you tried it out!!

Lotion:

Shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion have a lot of them same chemicals in them as the toothpaste, plus a ton more.  And most people are putting these chemicals in their mouth, on their skin, and all over their scalp DAILY!  Whatever goes on, goes in!  Don’t forget that!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup tapioca starch
30-40 drop of your favorite essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Super easy!  I used to use just coconut oil, but I found that was too greasy.  The starch in this recipe really helps to cut the grease down.  You can also use corn starch, (NonGMO of course) but we try to avoid corn whenever possible!

 

Recently I have been “suffering” from acne.  I mean, I had great skin as a teenager, so I guess I was doomed to have it sometime!

I’ve tried so many things to help clear it up, most were unsuccessful 😦

A few things I found that work really well include:

Tea tree oil!!  I try not to use it daily, because it really can dry your skin out!  Once a day is plenty.  I try to use it at night.

I also love these oils!  I use the skin one along with the tea tree.  I will rotate them, try to trick my acne a little!  Haha!

Well, due to my lovely acne, I now have lovely scars.  Why?  Because I’m a picker, I can’t leave it well enough alone.  The one thing I have found that works the best in organic lemon juice.  Really!  I will pour a little into a container and rub it one my scars 3-4 times daily and within a week they were much lighter!

Since using these products regularly my skin has been much better!  I only break out now and then!

I do use this companies products.  I do use their make up regularly and the facial cleanser now and then.

I am working on my own cleanser because I struggle with oily/greasy when it comes to my skin.  Can’t keep it happy!

When I have an upset stomach I mix peppermint oil with grapeseed oil and rub it across my stomach.  If it doesn’t help I will put a few drops in my mouth and that usually does the trick!

The kids and I put Protect on our feet and/or neck every day.  Helps keep the colds away.  It worked for me this year, did pretty well for Peanut, but Bumble bee struggled this year (I think it was trying to add some of her allergies back into her diet…. eggs gets her every time).

Mosquito bites…. who loves them?  Peanut tells me he loves mosquitos and wants them to come to our house and play.  Really kid?  You’re nuts!
Bug sprays are loaded with nasty chemicals, I most certainly will not spray my kids down with them!

We try to stay inside during the high “eating hours” and avoid areas that are packed with mosquitos.  But sometimes that’s just not possible so we use the repel oil from here.

And last but not least, sunscreen.  I wont get into the nasty details of the ingredient of sunscreen, I’m sure you can guess how I feel about that one!  I try to keep the kids out of the sun during the “peak” hours.  We play in the shade or take breaks and come inside.  The only time we feel the need to use any sunscreen is when we’re at the lake.  And in that case, we use this.

 

I hope this wasn’t way too much information, but the more people that stop buying these GMO’s and toxins…. the less they’ll make!!

Now go get this stuff made!!!