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Orange Creamsicle N’Oatmeal

paleo vegan orange creamsicle noatmeal

Mmm, n’oatmeal (not oatmeal)! Have you ever tried it? It’s an oat-free breakfast porridge that’s low in carbs, filling, and super quick to come together. I honestly can’t tell the difference between this and the real thing, and I used to eat oatmeal ALL the time during my low-fat-errything days.

And if you’ve never tried it before, this orange creamsicle n’oatmeal is an excellent way to start. It’s absolutely delicious and creamy, and you’ll be reminded of the Creamsicle bars you used to get from the ice cream truck as a child. They were my absolute favorite!

paleo vegan orange creamsicle noatmeal

To be clear, I have nothing against oats and I don’t think they are bad for you if they don’t bother you. However, I know that for me (and for many others), the carb content is too high and it’ll bring on some unpleasant candida symptoms that I’m still healing from. Also, there are many people can’t tolerate grains because they cause inflammation, so a n’oatmeal is a great option that they can enjoy without those symptoms!

There are so many ways you can dress up a n’oatmeal with different flavors and toppings, but these blood oranges were calling my name at the farmers market last week. I just love creating recipes based on the local produce I find, and it helps me stay under budget, eat seasonally, and get creative in the kitchen.

If you are a coconut and an orange lover, I think you’ll love this breakfast option. You can even make a big batch ahead of time and heat it up in the microwave on busy mornings. Just make sure to add the toppings right before you dig in. Hope you enjoy!

paleo vegan orange creamsicle noatmealpaleo vegan orange creamsicle noatmeal

Orange Creamsicle N'Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp almond meal
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • Optional: 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place orange and coconut milk in a high powered blender, and blender for 1-2 minutes, until completely smooth.
  2. Pour out into a small saucepan, and add almond meal, chia seeds, shredded coconut, maple syrup (if using), and sea salt.
  3. Heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat.
  5. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings (nuts, toasted coconut flakes, chocolate chips, orange slices, etc) and serve warm.

Paleo Whole30 Vegan Orange Creamsicle N'Oatmeal

Spring Cleaning: 16 Natural DIY Household Cleaners

16 Natural DIY Household Cleaners

Now that we are all moved in to our new home, I’m quite excited to tackle some DIY projects for the house. Since it’s also Spring cleaning time, one of the most important and urgent next project is: making new homemade cleaning products! Even in our old home, I concocted various cleaners for the home using safe and toxin-free ingredients for our own health and the health of our dogs.

There are so many harmful and harsh chemicals and fragrances in typical store-bought cleaning products that are linked to a variety of illnesses, so I try avoid them as much as possible. Our livers are already so burdened by the types of food we eat, as well as environmental toxins, so we should all make an extra effort to give it a bit of break and love. The good news is, you can easily make so many cleaners at home that do not cause any harm but are just as effective (and so much cheaper)!

After doing a bit of research, I put together the cleanest and the most effective homemade cleaning product recipes that I love from my fellow bloggers! Hope they work for you as well as they’ve been working for me!

1. All-Purpose Surface Cleaner: Two Ways

Image via Live Simply

Both of these all-purpose cleaners use simple ingredients you probably already have at home and are so effective in cleaning the kitchen, bathroom surfaces, carpets, and some appliances. Depending on the type of surface  you’ll be cleaning, choose either the vinegar-based or the castile soap-based cleaner!

2. Disinfecting Wipes

A healthier alternative to Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, which contains a long list of toxic chemicals, these homemade disinfecting wipes use vinegar and essential oils for a safer and convenient way to clean almost anything.

3. Homemade Dusting Spray and Wood Polish

Image via Nourishing Joy

This dusting spray comes in 2 different versions (regular and simplified), and it’s so great for cleaning furniture and wood without leaving residues. I love that it works on so many different surfaces!

4.  No-Streak Window Cleaner

Image via Whole New Mom

It took me a while to find a natural glass cleaner that works as well as Windex without leaving a film or streaks, but this window cleaner really does work SO well! You can use it on everything, besides marble, and I’m always so happy and satisfied with the results.

5. Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

Using a combination of simple ingredients and non-toxic liquid dish soap, these dishwashing detergent tablets are so easy and convenient to just pop into your dishwasher and let them do all the work!

6. Liquid Dish Soap

homemade liquid dish soap

This liquid dish soap is my own recipe that I’ve been using and perfecting for years now and I still love it! It cuts through grease easily and doesn’t leave a residue on the dishes like some DIY dish soaps I have tried.

7. Best Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Ever

Image via Crunchy Betty

When it comes to cleaning bathrooms, I absolutely hate doing it, and I want something powerful so I can get in and out quickly. This homemade bathroom cleaner works beautifully and I’m able to do just that with it, while still using non-toxic ingredients!

8. DIY Natural Toilet Bombs

Not only do these natural toilet bombs look pretty, they clean the toilet like nobody’s business! I also love that they make the bathroom smell so nice with the addition of essential oils. Plus, it’s such an easy way to clean the toilet!

9. Homemade Anti-Mold Spray

Seeing mold build up in your home is the WORST. Nothing grosses me out more, so I’m so happy to find a recipe that not only removes mold, but prevents it from starting! This anti-mold spray is so simple and easy to make, but the tee tree oil in it makes it a powerful but safe anti-fungal for your home.

10. Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I have tried SO MANY homemade laundry detergent recipes in the past, and this one is my absolute favorite! It cleans my clothes just as well as the store-bought brands and makes A LOT for super cheap. I use castile soap instead of Fels Naptha soap, and love how great it works!

11. Homemade Dryer Sheet

There are so many harmful unnecessary chemicals in commercial dryer sheets so I stopped using them a long time ago. These reusable dryer sheets soften clothes and reduce static naturally with vinegar, and you can add your own scent to your clothes with addition of essential oils!

12. Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils

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Ever since I started making a conscious effort to avoid toxic fragrances, I actually get a headache when I walk in the store and pass the aisle with cleaners and air fresheners. This natural air freshener uses just 3 ingredients, and makes the house smell soooo wonderful with your favorite essential oils!

13. Natural Bleach Alternative

I know it’s a struggle for many people to find natural bleach that actually works. Well, look no further, because I couldn’t believe how well this natural bleach alternative took out stains from my clothes after an overnight soak! You can even use it in your washer, or as a cleaner for sinks, tubs, and toilets.

14. Grout Cleaner

Is there anything baking soda and vinegar CAN’T do? This DIY grout cleaner is so effective for cleaning all your tiled floors, and it’s perfectly safe to use. Grab an old toothbrush and get scrubbing, and you’ll have clean and sparkling tile grouts in no time!

15. Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Image via Clean Mama

Our new house has hardwood floors (which I LOVE), so I’ve been searching for a good, natural cleaner ever since moving it. This easy breezy hardwood floor cleaner recipe is so simple to make, and keeps our floors super clean and smelling nice!

16. Easy Homemade Carpet Cleaner

We don’t have carpets anymore, but our old apartment was carpeted and this easy homemade carpet cleaner was our go-to for stains and general cleaning. Especially with 2 dogs (one with skin allergies) who are laying on the carpet all the time, we didn’t want to use any toxic chemicals that they could be ingesting. This carpet cleaner worked beautifully every time for any kind of stains we had!

 

Spring clean your house with these toxin-free and natural DIY household cleaners!

Paleo Creamed Spinach

Paleo Whole30 Creamed Spinach

I’m writing this from our new house in Long Beach, CA, and I couldn’t be happier! This house is so comfortable and it’s everything I’m looking for in a home: lots of natural light, huge backyard, and hardwood floors! Oh, and we also have a gas stove that I’m very excited about. Our last place had an electric one and I did not love it.

Needless to say, this past week has been a whirlwind, with getting things out of storage and getting settled into our new home. However, it’s so nice to finally have a place to call home, and I’m eager to get back to work again.

Today’s recipe is paleo creamed spinach, and I’m kinda obsessed. I love dishes that make you eat a ton of veggies by wilting them down like crazy, and this recipe does just that. Especially when they are doused in a heaping amount of healthy fat!

Paleo Whole30 Creamed Spinach

This creamed spinach is thickened with coconut milk and tapioca starch, and you wouldn’t even know that you are missing the dairy! I couldn’t stop eating this because it was so delicious.

If you need a way to fit in plenty of greens, or want to make a spinach dish that your kids will enjoy, I hope try out this creamed spinach. It’ll have you fall in love with spinach all over again!

Paleo Whole30 Creamed Spinach

Paleo Creamed Spinach
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped,
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 big bunches of spinach, stems removed
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • Juice and zest from ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions with salt and pepper, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Add spinach (in batches, if necessary) and cook for 4-5 minutes. Make sure to stir often until wilted.
  5. Pour in coconut milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Stir in tapioca starch.
  6. Remove from heat, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and serve.

Paleo Whole30 Vegan Creamed Spinach Side Dish