Less Noise More Joy

Less Noise More Joy

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Territory Foods: Meal Prep Chefs to the Rescue

Territory Foods: Meal Prep Chefs to the Rescue

So you want to eat well all or most of the time, but you’re a human and you have a job and relationships to maintain and people to take care of and a house to clean and not enough hours in the day.  What do […]

Grain Free Chicken Tenders

Grain Free Chicken Tenders

There are a lot of diets out there.  Many of them have been around for decades or even centuries.  Some are fads and quickly fade.  Not all “diets” are bad, and there are specific reasons for adhering to certain rules that can be beneficial.  The […]

Hungry Harvest, Honey!

Hungry Harvest, Honey!

Have you heard about Hungry Harvest?  If you’re a Shark Tank fan, you might have seen them pitch their business back in 2015.  Since then, they’ve grown quite a bit, so far saving 5 million pounds of food from ending up in a landfill.  They have also donated 700,000 pounds of produce to organizations that help serve the hungry with reduced costs.  In college I was the hippie who actually frequently went dumpster diving.  This isn’t that.  (And I don’t do that anymore.)  They rescue produce that would be thrown out and sell it at a reduced cost.  Why was the produce going to be thrown out?  A whole lot of reasons, believe it or not.  A lot of stores won’t sell produce that isn’t perfectly beautiful.  They discriminate against ugly onions, small bell peppers, and really large zucchini.  It’s not only that: stores also often order a surplus and what they know they won’t be able to sell gets tossed!  Every year in the United States, 40% of food goes to waste!  20 billion pounds of that percentage is from produce that is lost on farms.

 

Here’s what Hungry Harvest has to say about it on their website:

“The injustice of wasting this much edible food when 20% in the US lack access to a nutritious diet is plenty reason to rescue this produce & mend a broken food system. But the impact of wasted food extends beyond our bellies. Almost a quarter of agricultural water is used to grow food that’s not eaten. We generate the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of 1 in 7 cars by growing, shipping & processing uneaten food. Cutting food waste in half globally could reduce our ecological footprint by 16% & ensure a more sustainable future.”

“100 years ago, farmers could sell their entire harvest regardless of size, shape or superficial beauty of their produce.  People understood that a small apple was as delicious as a large one, a misshapen carrot as nutrient-rich as any other. Today, demand for aesthetic perfection & homogeneity in produce makes whole-harvest selling impossible for farmers.  66,500 acres are left unharvested annually because produce doesn’t meet these arbitrary standards.

When you put that alongside the surplus created when our partner farmers have a better-than-expected growing season, you end up with an awful lot of produce that’s destined to go to waste.  Leaving 20 billion pounds of produce in the field makes the already difficult business of farming nearly impossible.”

Read more at https://www.hungryharvest.net/#zDlOKi06VacK8RWx.99

 

They package up some of the “ugly”, off-size, or overproduced fruits and vegetables from the farm, packing house, and wholesalers into boxes called “harvest” and deliver them to your front door.

 

Here’s why I like it so much:

Not only are they reducing food waste, reducing landfill methane gases which come from non-composted food waste, supporting farmers, and helping provide to the hungry, but their boxes are incredibly affordable!

 

 

I strongly believe in the importance of organic farming.  It protects and benefits the environment.  It puts money in the pocket of the farmers and not just giant corporations.  It allows for the land to be reworked season after season and doesn’t drain the soil of its nutrients leaving it unable to grow anything.  It yields crops with a higher nutrient density than their conventional counterparts.  Organic farming bans the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, which lead to the death of bees who are vital to our food supply and the creation of superbugs that are immune to these chemicals.  Organic produce is usually more expensive than conventional produce, that is true.  Hungry Harvest has three different size organic harvest box options which allow you to buy organic produce at a fraction of the cost of the supermarket.  The Mini Organic Harvest, the Full Organic Harvest, and the Super Organic Harvest.  So, depending on how much you cook at home and how big your family is, you decide which size is best for you.  You can get it weekly or less frequently.  They send you an email with what will be in your box for the coming week and why it got rescued.  This allows you to meal prep around your produce that you will be receiving and making a grocery list for anything else you need (or don’t need because it’s already covered in your box!) . They offer recipe ideas for several items and they’re quirky and cute.

 

This is not a sponsored post, I just think it’s a great company with a great cause and allows you to not break the budget while prioritizing organic produce.

 

Right now, Hungry Harvest delivers to Maryland, Virginia, DC, the Philadelphia area, southern New Jersey, North Delaware, South Florida, the triangle area of North Carolina, and they’re still expanding.  If you’re on the West Coast, there’s a similar company called “Imperfect Produce”.

 

“No Produce Left Behind!”

Banana Skillet Bread

Banana Skillet Bread

Everyone likes banana bread, right?  If the answer is not right, I’m not sure what to do with my hands.  I grew up on banana bread.  If there were ripe bananas, you can bet there would be banana bread in our future.  This banana bread […]

7 foods to balance postpartum hormones

7 foods to balance postpartum hormones

You’ve done it!  You’ve birthed your baby in a magical or not so magical experience and now you’ve crossed the world changing bridge into motherhood.  The hardest part is over, right?  Wait, right?  The idea of childbirth was terrifying at first, but somehow you made […]

Soothing Superfood Anti-inflammatory Moisturizer

Soothing Superfood Anti-inflammatory Moisturizer

Gaining a knowledge of what goes on your skin is just as important as being mindful of what you eat.  Your skin is your largest organ and anything you put on it will be absorbed.   To my dismay, I have a food sensitivity to coconut.  It is obvious that if you are allergic to something internally, you shouldn’t use it externally.   I think I was purposefully ignorant that this also applied to food sensitivities.  For a food sensitivity, you need to remove it for at least 90 days before systematically reintroducing it into your diet.  This helps you determine if it is something that needs to be avoided forever, or if it can be reintroduced eventually.  If you want to read more about food sensitivities and testing, check out this post.

Many natural and holistic skin care products contain some form of coconut.  Coconut is an amazing plant and has so many healing properties, so it should be used by many.  For those of us who need to avoid it, there aren’t a lot of products out there to use.  I did my research of what oils would be best for my skin.  I have relatively “normal” skin and what I mean by that is it couldn’t be classified as “oily” or “dry” or “mature” (yet).   I tend to have some redness in my skin which can be aggravated by unhealthy and inflammatory food choices or the wrong skin care.  Sometimes I have blackheads or break out on my T-zone.  In the winter, my cheeks tend to get dry, but heavy oils are too much.  I need something that will sink in and absorb well.

Argan oil is easily absorbed and non-greasy.  Check!  It is also high in vitamin E and it hydrates and softens the skin (and hair).  It is non-irritating and gentle so most skin types can benefit.

Raw cacao butter is a superfood that can be used to make delicious chocolates, can be added to a matcha latte, and of course, can go on your skin!  It  prevents dryness and peeling.  It is highly recommended for eczema or dermatitis and is anti-inflammatory.  It is possibly anti-aging as well, and that’s always a crowd pleaser.

Lavender is gentle and relaxing and acts as a gentle astringent.  I love the smell of lavender.  I also like the taste, so I use it often in my dishes.  More on that later.

Patchouli is not everyone’s favorite smell.  My mother associates it with teenagers covering up the smell of marijuana in the 1960’s.  I personally love the smell and it pairs well with the gentle scent of pure lavender.  Patchouli is also anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and an astringent.  Patchouli for everyone!

This moisturizer recipe can be used by all skin types and is gentle enough for every day use.  It is non-irritating for sensitive skin.  Can be saturated for problem areas like if you suffer from wedding ring dermatitis or patches of eczema.

 

Soothing Superfood Anti-inflammatory Moisturizer (for all skin types)

1 1/2 Tablespoons raw organic cacao butter

1 Tablespoon organic argan oil

6 drops organic lavender essential oil

5 drops organic patchouli essential oil

 

Slowly melt the cacao butter in a sauce pan or double boiler.  Remove from the heat and stir in the argan oil and essential oils.  Pour into a small mason jar or jelly jar and seal with a tight fitting lid.  Allow to solidify at room temperature.  Label with the date made.  Will be best within 1-2 months.

beet cacao pancakes

beet cacao pancakes

What?  Beets in pancakes?  You better believe it, babe.  I told you I like sneaky vegetables, right?  Beets are beautiful!  I think they’re tasty, but not everyone agrees with that.  My kids are often unsure of them.  On a good day, they’ll eat them roasted, […]

tropical green smoothie

tropical green smoothie

It’s late October, but it still feels like summer here in Maryland.  This gives the excuse to have pumpkin spice some days and a totally tropical treat another. That’s my takeaway anyway.   This smoothie recipe is one of my classics and favorites. I used […]

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

I’ve done it.  I’ve made the perfect fall smoothie.  It tastes like dessert, because it kind of is. But I promise you it will pass for breakfast in any house because it’s loaded with secret vegetables and healthy fats!  And apples.  (Freshly picked by my 4 year old, local apples to be precise.) She was asking to make apple pie, but I wanted to skip having a dessert around. Her next suggestion was a smoothie, (cue my mom swoon), and so this magical drink was born.

 

This recipe came out of my experiment to eat out of the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.  I’m seeing how long I can last without grocery shopping.  This is to not have food waste, to build creativity and come up with some new recipes, to take a break from spending, and to not impulsively buy food just because I’m in the mood for something even though we have plenty of healthy food to eat already.  I say this recipe is a definite success.

 

 

Here are some of the benefits of the super foods in this smoothie…

The pumpkin pie spice blend includes ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.

Ginger is anti inflammatory and aids digestion.  It is also high in Vitamin C, magnesium, postassium, copper,  and manganese.

Nutmeg is a natural pain reliever.  It also helps gently detoxify the body as it provides digestive aid.

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants.  It helps curb appetite, and may help cut the risk of heart disease.

Cloves are a natural anesthetic and antiseptic.  They are anti-inflammatory and a good source of antioxidants.  They are also rubefacient which means warming and soothing.

Apples are high in fiber when you leave the skin on, as you should.  They are also a good source of antioxidants.

 

 

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

serves 2

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth.  Pour into 2 glasses and top with ground flax seeds.

 

 

Happy Fall!

 

 

Former athlete: starting over

Former athlete: starting over

Once upon a time I was an athlete.  A lot of things in life changed and my priorities got rearranged.  Then I had a baby.  Then another baby.  It’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually been an athlete, but whenever I go back to […]


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less noise, more joy.

less noise, more joy.

Hi everyone.  I’m glad you are here!  My name is Laura. I’m a health nut and a mindful mama of 2.  I’m many more things, but mostly, I’m a child of the King.  I want to write about my purpose on this earth, how I go about that, and how I will continue to grow.

God has put holistic, simple living on my heart and it’s an exciting journey. I’m still learning new and better ways to put things aside and to seek Him first.   My goal is to get rid of the clutter and the noise and to focus on bringing Heaven to earth as I try to walk in obedience.

Back in college, oh so many years ago…(just kidding it was  only 7-11 years ago), I was studying operatic vocal performance.  We had a master class one day where the teacher said, “You will never be a perfect singer. You are never done learning. There is always work to do.”  This concept resonated with me and has stuck with me ever since. It applies to so much more in life than just singing.

Our health journey isn’t perfection from day one. It’s a learning process. And we’re never going to be perfect!  I’m still going to eat too much sugar sometimes.  I’m going to be have an unbalanced diet sometimes.  I’m not always going to be consistently bitten by the fitness bug.

I’m never going to be a perfect mother…(can I get some hallelujah hands?)

I’m never going to be a perfect person.  But perfection isn’t the goal, and thank God I don’t have to be perfect cuz he already has that covered.

My desire is to get the clutter out of my way and to be able to hear His calling for my day to day life and for my future as it unfolds. To walk in obedience and to live simply, holistically, abundantly, and beautifully. To live with purpose, with grace, and with joy.

I’ll be sharing healthy recipes, holistic beauty tips, and mama stuff.  I’ll be breaking some of these things down and filling in my journey. I’ll be writing about what I have learned and am learning.

The underlying goal in all of this is simplicity in order to take some of the stress out of life and to be able to focus on living with gratitude and purpose.

I’m so glad you’ve found this blog and I’m excited to share my journey, to share some tips on holistic living, and to keep growing.  Thank you for reading. 🖤

 

 

 

 

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