Homemade Mayo (paleo, keto, healthy) with tutorial

Homemade mayo lemons petals

Store bought mayonnaise is loaded with unhealthy oils such as canola or soybean oils. These oils are GMO derived and also nutritionally inferior. I’ve already written about why vegetable oils are not good for you.  And I’ve searched high and low for a 100% organic olive oil mayonnaise without any luck.  And even if you find one with olive oil, it is most likely made with “light tasting” olive oil which is usually mixed with lower quality oils. Using 100% extra virgin olive oil sounds like a great alternative but you will compromise on taste as your mayo will taste “heavy” like olive oil.  So what’s one to do?  Make your own!  This recipe takes me only 5 minutes to complete and the mayo tastes better than any store bought variety.  I have a little video tutorial so you can see how easy it is to make ūüôā


What you will need:

  • 1 whole organic, cage free, omega 3 egg (pasteurized at home ~ directions below)
  • 1/4 tsp mustard (any variety will do)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup avocado oil (any light tasting oil will work but remember what healthy oils to use.  Another option would be to use extra virgin olive oil but your mayo will taste like that so I’ve found avocado oil to be the best choice)

I use a 16 oz mason jar to make and store the mayo. No extra dishes to wash!

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I also pasteurize the egg because I am paranoid about Salmonella poisoning plus it’s simple to do. Place the egg in a pot with water and heat the water to about 140-145 degrees and keep the egg in the water for about 3 minutes.  This is enough to kill the germs but won’t cook your egg.  Let the egg cool down for about 10 minutes before using in this recipe.  I cook multiple eggs at once and put the other eggs either back in the fridge to make mayo in the future or I use them right away for another recipe like egg salad.

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Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in the order listed in a 16 oz jar
  • You will need an immersion blender for best results.  Use the immersion blender, starting at the bottom of the jar, and blend.  Make sure to not move the blender until you start seeing emulsification.  Then slowly move the blender up and down until all the oil is emulsified.  There’s a video below to show you how quickly emulsification takes place. 

 

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There is no need to slowly add in the oil while vigorously mixing for the emulsification process to happen.  The immersion blender mimics this action because it slowly adds in the oil while blending.  It’s like magic!  It’s that easy. I promise you that you will love it!

Thanks for reading ūüôā

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Zucchini Salsa (raw, vegan)

zucchini salsa lemons & petals

I love adding salsa to EVERYTHING! ¬†And it’s so easy with this recipe to make a batch ūüôā


What you will need:

  • 3 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno diced
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt to taste

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Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes before eating so that the flavors can marinate. ¬†It’s as simple as this.

Hope you will try it! ¬†Enjoy. ¬†Thanks for reading ūüôā

Zucchini Hummus (vegan, low carb, high protein, keto)

Zucchini Hummus lemons & petals

I love hummus! ¬†I can eat an entire tub of hummus! ¬†But the chick peas are not easy on the digestive system plus it’s a big load on the pancreas which leads to a huge insulin surge. ¬†You want to enjoy your hummus without any of these effects? ¬†Keep reading!


What you will need:

  • 1 cup diced organic zucchini
  • 1/3 cup raw organic tahini
  • 1 TBS organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TBS nutritional yeast (optional but highly recommended!)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 jalapeno (optional for heat)
  • juice of one small lemon

Blend all ingredient in a food processor or blender.  And that is it!  So easy and so delicious!  I swear this is the best hummus EVER!

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The nutritional yeast gives this hummus a cheesy, super yummy flavor and adds a nice boost of protein and Vitamin B12.

Nutritional breakdown:

  • Serving size: 2 TBS
  • Total calories: 88 calories
  • Total Fat: 8.2
  • Saturated Fat: 1.0
  • Total Carbohydrates:2.7
  • Total fiber: 1.8
  • Total protein: 2.6

Net carbs = 0.9!

Hope you make this! ¬†Enjoy. ¬†Thanks for reading ūüôā

DIY Face Mask for glowing smooth skin

face mask lemons & petals

Besan (also known as chickpea or gram flour) has been used in India and Southeast Asia for hundreds of years as an exfoliant and homemade beauty agent for smooth glowing skin.  This recipe uses only ingredients found in your kitchen and is so easy to make.  Tumeric is a natural skin brightening agent.  It is thought to reduce melanin production.  Honey is a great moisturizer for skin.  Yogurt contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, as well as alpha hydroxyl acids, which kill acne-causing bacteria.  The nutrients in egg yolks work to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize dull skin.

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The ingredients:

  • 2 TBS Besan (chickpea or gram flour)
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/2 TBS yogurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric powder

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Mix all ingredients together into a paste.

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Apply to face making sure to avoid the eye area. ¬†Leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse off with warm water. ¬†You’ll be left with smooth glowing skin ūüôā

Thanks for reading!

DIY Moisturizing Body Lotion Stick

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I wanted something moisturizing for my daughters’ dry skin. ¬†They don’t like getting their hands “greasy” and therefore don’t use lotion or creams or even coconut oil to moisturize their skin. ¬†So I came up with a solid moisturizing body lotion in a stick! ¬†You can actually use any mold you would like for these solid lotion bars. ¬†I chose an empty deodorant stick so my girls’ hands won’t get greasy as they apply the lotion. ¬†I am so happy with this recipe. ¬†And I love that it’s chemical free!

You will need:

  • 2 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 TBS shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 2 TBS beeswax
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I used lavender)

Melt the coconut oil, butter and beeswax in a double boiler.

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Then once melted, take it off the heat and add your essential oils.

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Quickly pour the liquid into your mold of choice before it hardens.  Set it in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to firm up before use.  To use in a deodorant stick like me, just roll up and apply on your skin.  You can customize this to be less greasy but using a bit more beeswax and by using different essential oils.

I hope you will give this a try. ¬†Thanks for reading ūüôā

Homemade Dairy free Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream lemons petals

This is the easiest recipe for ice cream! ¬†My kids devour this every time I make it…they even ask for it for breakfast ūüôā ¬†And I give it to them sometimes. ¬†This is a delicious no fuss way to satisfy the cravings for something cold and sweet. ¬†It has no added sugars and no dairy.

What you will need:

  • 2 frozen bananas (peeled)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, pineapple, etc (whatever you like)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)

Thaw out the frozen fruit for about 5-10 minutes. ¬†Then just put everything in a food processor or blender and process until it resembles soft serve. ¬†You may need to scrape down the sides a few times. ¬†But that is it my friends! ¬†Takes only a few minutes to see big smiles on your kids’ faces ūüôā

Serve on a cone or in a cup.

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It got a little melty by the time I took this picture but it was still super delicious and satisfying.  Hope you will give it a try.

Thanks for reading ūüėČ

Homemade Solid deodorant in a stick

lavender deodorant lemons petals

I stopped using Secret 4 years ago after realizing how harmful it is to use.

Ingredients in Secret: Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex Gly 15% (anhydrous), cyclopentasiloxane, talc, stearyl alcohol, dimethicone, hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance, polyethylene, dipropylene glycol, silica, behenyl alcohol

There is nothing natural in that!

  • Aluminum¬†– has been linked to Breast Cancer & Alzheimer’s Disease. ¬†Ugh!
  • Propylene glycol¬†– This is a petroleum based compound. In large quantities, this stuff can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
  • Cyclopentasiloxane –¬†(cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound. ¬†This stuff is a highly environmentally toxic compound. ¬†It is also known to cause non-reproductive organ toxicity along with endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity
  • Dipropylene glycol¬†– this stuff is used as a plasticizer, an intermediate in industrial chemical reactions and as a solvent. ¬†Gross!

No thanks! ¬†So then I thought I was being “natural” and started using Lavanila deodorants.

Ingredients in Lavanila: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe juice, water/aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed derived), Stearyl behenate (Coconut derived), Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Saccharomyces ferment, Alpha-Glucan oligosaccharide (Sugar derived), Yeast beta glucan, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Usnea barbata (Lichen) extract, Valeriana officinalis root extract (Valerian), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) flower/leaf/stem extract, Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji berry), Botanical fragrance blend.

At $14.00 for 2oz container, I was shocked to see some of these ingredients.

  • Carrageenan¬†– it is controversial but this is thought to cause ulcerations and inflammation in the colon which can lead to colon cancer
  • Propanediol &¬†Zea mays – These are both corn based compounds and 90% of the corn crops in the US are GMO

While these ingredients are not horrible, why pay so much money for controversially harmful products. ¬†Plus, it didn’t even keep me dry or odor free!

So I ventured out and tried to make my own…..and I had GREAT success! ¬†My very first attempt was a simple one but one that worked. ¬†I simply add baking soda and arrowroot to coconut oil and made a paste that I stored in a 4oz masor jar and applied with my fingers. ¬†While that worked really really well, I wanted something that I didn’t have to stick my fingers in and get both hands “dirty”.

I finally came up with a homemade solid deodorant that I can use in a deodorant stick!

What you will need:

  • 3 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 TBS beeswax
  • 2 TBS baking soda
  • 2 TBS arrowroot powder
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like using lavender) – optional

Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler.

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Once melted, add in the baking soda and arrowroot powder and then remove from the boiler.  Then add your essential oils and mix.

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Pour into your empty deodorant container and allow to harden for 12 hours. That’s it! ¬†It’s extremely easy to make. But what really surprised me was how incredibly well it worked! ¬†The baking soda helps absorb odors while the arrowroot powder helps absorb wetness. ¬†Plus the coconut oil is antimicrobial so helps to ward off the bad bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. ¬†The beeswax is mainly to help keep the deodorant in a solid state. ¬†The essential oils are for pleasant aromas but they also help to ward off bad bacteria especially tee tree oil and lavender.

This deodorant kept me dry and odor free even after wearing this deodorant all day AND doing a one hour spinning class…..and I didn’t even apply right before my workout. Trust me….this works wonders AND it’s organic, natural and healthy! ¬†Even my husband switched (minus the lavender of course ;)). ¬†I added cedarwood and patchouli essential oils to his and he is delighted!

Hope you guys try it out. ¬†Thanks for reading ūüôā