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Healthy Homemade Popsicles!

Healthy Homemade Popsicles!

Popsicles always make me reminiscent of my childhood summers. Growing up in the Midwest, the temperature would reach triple digits, I would eat 4-8 freeze pops a day! I was a popsicle monster!  Of course, 20 years ago my parents weren’t as aware as  parents are now a days. Parents now know how unhealthy store-bought freeze-pops really are.  

Popsicles are a great way to cool down, and both kids and adults love them in the summer! So, I wanted to give you a few recipes to try at home that are easy, healthy, and delicious! These recipes will keep your body, and your kid’s body safe! Every time you choose to feed your kid real food, instead of heavily processed food, you are making a better tomorrow for not only them, but also the world they will grow up in!

 

Three Delicious recipes for you:

Strawberry Watermelon Freeze Pops

This one is for those of you with a sweet tooth! This is the perfect natural substitute for those sugary pops! Nothing but natural sugar here! If you don’t dilute this recipe with water it will be very sweet, just what kids love in the summer, and the best thing is, it’s all natural real sugar! Nothing fake in this recipe! This should make about 5-6 popsicles.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cup of watermelon (or about 1/4 a small watermelon)
  • 1 lemon
  • 10-14 strawberries

Directions

  1. Remove any black watermelon seeds.
  2. Blend ingredients together in a blender.
  3. Taste to the mixture to make sure you like it.  You can add a little water if the mixture is too sweet for your taste.
  4. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze for 4-6 hours.

Red Mango Chia Popsicles

This recipe not only will look tasty, but it will be the embodiment of your summer cool off! Refreshing mangos and strawberries are combined to make a delicious and nutritious snack! We even added in carrots ad chia seeds to this mixture just to add some more nutrients that your kids body will love!  This recipe will make about 10 (3 ounce) popsicles.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • ½ of a large carrot or 5 small carrots
  • 1/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1-4 teaspoon of honey
  • 4 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup mango of pieces (or about 1 mango)

Directions

  1. Add strawberries (fresh or frozen) and half of the coconut water to a magic bullet or food processor of some sort.  Add honey to taste. Add 1 teaspoon at a time until desired sweetness is achieved.  Stir in 2 teaspoons of chia seeds.  Set aside.
  2. Blend the mango (fresh or frozen) and carrots with the other half of the coconut water in a magic bullet, blender or food processor.  Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness.  With a spoon, mix in the remaining 2 teaspoons of chia seeds.
  3. To achieve a marbled look, interchangeably pour each fruit mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until set. (Usually 4-6 hours.)

Creamy Lime Pops

If you’ve been having trouble getting your kids to eat their greens this recipe will be perfect for you! We snuck in spinach to give this popsicle a superfood boost! This recipe should make about 5-6 popsicles.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2-1 cup spinach
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

Directions:

Puree all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold and freeze 3-4 hours, or until completely solid. If you’d like to add a fun white rim to your popsicles, when you pour, leave about 2 inches empty. Let your pops freeze for about 2 hours and then add coconut milk and fill the remainder of the mold. This will really complete the Key Lime look!

Have fun and tag @makes3organics and #organicforeveryone with your photos and experiences!

Love,

Nikki 

 

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Make Your Own Sunscreen: Safe for You; Safe for the Environment!

Make Your Own Sunscreen: Safe for You; Safe for the Environment!

Making your own sunscreen is simple, quick and easy!

 

Why Make Your Own Sunscreen?

Let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog post you most likely have an interest in living a healthier, toxin-free lifestyle. And that is amazing. Conventional sunscreens are wreaking havoc on our bodies and the oceans and waterways! Craig Downs, PhD, refers to sunscreen residue left in the ocean as swimmer pollution and rightfully so! He informs the public on the threat sunscreen has on coral reef.

Oxybenzone is one of the most common ingredients in sunscreen. It was found by Downs to cause bleaching of coral reefs. It damages the DNA in reef larvae and causes it to encase itself into a stony skeleton, when it shouldn’t have a skeleton at all.  This chemical can get into the ocean even if swimmers don’t actually enter the waters.

“Besides washing off swimmers’ skin and into the water, sunscreen can get into the sea by other means. Many sunscreen ingredients are readily absorbed through the skin. Oxybenzone, one of the most common ultraviolet-blocking chemicals in sunscreen, for example, can be detected in urine within 30 minutes of application. When you flush the toilet, or wash off sunscreen in the shower, chemicals from the lotion enter the sewer. For towns near coral reefs and without sophisticated sewage treatment and management systems, this pollution is rather inevitable.” [1]

I don’t know about you, but Oxybenzone, does not sound like something I want on my body or in the oceans.

So, conventional sunscreens are killing our reefs and that’s a bummer.  You may think - I’ll just buy organic!  Well I hate to say this, but that doesn’t mean your free from killing the reefs. Some plant-based oils can be toxic to reefs organisms especially arthropods, a very common type of ingredients found in organic products. Try to stay clear of neem, eucalyptus and lavender oils. Beeswax is also a no-go for the ocean because it could be contaminated with harmful fungicides.  Yes, there are organic fungicides used on organic materials and while they are organic they are still not good for the ocean. 

Say you have no plans to go in the ocean.  You may think no harm will come from picking up some sunscreen at your local drug store.  But, Oxybenzone has been under the microscope in relation to its link to cancer.  It is a hormone disruptor - which in the long run can lead to lots of bad health effects. Kendra Pierre-Lois writes a great debate analyzing both sides of the link to sunscreen application and cancer. [2]

When we make our own sunscreen, we can control all the little details that make up our product and we know where we will be when we use it to help determine proper ingredients. Maybe you know that you won’t be going swimming, perhaps you’re road tripping across a dry land mass and you’d like to use beeswax in your sunscreen. Maybe you have your own bee-hive and you know the beeswax is toxin-free.  But, if you know you’re going in the ocean, please be aware of what you are wearing when you enter it. There are many factors to consider, and we’ve got two recipes you can follow depending on where you’re going!  

Make it! 

First let me tell you about the active SPF ingredient - “Zinc is an essential mineral that we actually need in our bodies for optimal function, and is the only active sunscreen ingredient approved by the FDA for infants under six months.”[3]  Zinc Oxide can protect you from the sun, and is actually good for your skin!

The amount of Zinc Oxide you use, is totally up to you!  While most of the ingredients we will be using have a natural SPF of 5 or higher, the amount of Zinc Oxide powder will really determine how powerful you’d like the SPF to be!

The Zinc Oxide must be a certain percentage of the weight of your ingredients (before adding the Zinc Oxide). For this reason, it’s easiest to use a kitchen scale when making your sunscreen. For example, if you have 2 ounces of lotion and you’d like to make SPF 10 sunscreen, according to the values below you will need to add 0.2 ounces of Zinc Oxide to the lotion. Use the Zinc Oxide recommendations below.[4]

  • 2-5 SPF: Use 5% Zinc Oxide
  • 6-11 SPF: Use 10% Zinc Oxide
  • 12-19 SPF: Use 15% Zinc Oxide
  • >20 SPF: Use 20% Zinc Oxide

If this seems like too much, don’t worry we’ve got you.  We also crafted a super shortcut recipe for anyone that already has our products in their home.  You will just need to buy the Zinc Oxide to go with it!  Scroll to the bottom for that recipe. We are using our SHEA-CRED in our recipes because it already has REAL Aloe Vera in it, which will give you a little extra protection! These recipes will make you enough to put in one Makes 3 Organics body balm tin (about 2 ounces), to make more just double the recipe! 

Outdoor recipe:

Great for camping, hiking, etc.

SPF 15-20 (Modify for your needs!)

Ingredients:

.3 ounces of Beeswax

.8 oz of SHEA-CRED (or just regular Shea)

.83 Organic Coconut Oil

.35 Zinc Oxide

5 drops of Organic Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

5-10 drops of Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil (optional)

6-8 drops of Organic Rosemary Essential Oil (optional)

Directions:

  • Get a double boiler ready! If you do not have a double boiler you can simply but a mug or glass jar in a pan that has about 2-3 inches of water in it. It will create the same result. Bring it to a boil, and the drop the heat down to low.
  • Poor beeswax into the cup or top part of double boiler.
  • Add coconut oil and SHEA-CRED
  • Allow to melt completely. Once melted turn off heat.
  • Use a whisk or fork to stir contents as you add in the zinc oxide.
  • The contents will turn very white, once it is mixed well, you can add in your essential oil drops! Make sure you do not use citrus oils, as it will amplify the effects of the sun!
  • Quickly poor into your container, we reused one of our old body balm tins! Any type of eco-friendly jar works! You can even use a mason jar!
  • Allow to cool.


In the water recipe:

Totally ocean friendly!

20-30 SPF (Modify for your needs!)

Ingredients:

2 ounces of SHEA-CRED (or shea)

.4 ounces of Zinc Oxide

Directions:

  • Get a double boiler ready! If you do not have a double boiler you can simply but a mug or glass jar in a pan that has about 2-3 inches of water in it. It will create the same result. Bring it to a boil, and the drop the heat down to low.
  • Add SHEA-CRED to the cup or top part of the double boiler.
  • Allow to melt completely. Once melted turn off heat.
  • Use a whisk or fork to stir contents as you add in the zinc oxide.
  • The contents will turn very white, once it is mixed well, you can quickly poor into your container, we reused one of our old body balm tins! Any type of eco-friendly jar works! You can even use a mason jar!
  • Allow to cool.

 

 

Shortcut Sunscreen:

Following this exact recipe will get you a sunscreen equivalent to around 25-30 SPF.  Note, however, that this recipe has not been tested by the FDA.

(Modify the Zinc Oxide for your needs!)

Ingredients:

½ Organic Lavender Miracle Body Balm (1 once)

1 ounce SHEA-CRED

.4 ounces of Zinc Oxide (about 6 teaspoons)

Directions:

  • Get a double boiler ready! If you do not have a double boiler you can simply but a mug or glass jar in a pan that has about 2-3 inches of water in it. It will create the same result. Bring it to a boil, and the drop the heat down to low.
  • Add SHEA-CRED and Lavender miracle balm to the cup or top part of the double boiler.
  • Allow to melt completely. Once melted turn off heat.
  • Use a whisk or fork to stir contents as you add in the zinc oxide.
  • The contents will turn very white, once it is mixed well, you can quickly poor into your container, we reused one of our old body balm tins! Any type of eco-friendly jar works! You can even use a mason jar!
  • Allow to cool.

 

 

 As always, be safe about being in the sun.  Just like with regular sunscreen, apply often and give your skin a break from the sun as much as you can.  Wear sun-protecting swimming garments too.  Stay in the shade as much as possible and take breaks from the sun.  Sunburns are always a risk, especially on baby and toddler skin or skin prone to burning - so know your skin and stay safe!

Love,

Nikki

[1] (Craig Downs, 2016)

[2] (Pierre-Louis, 2017)

[3] (AnnMarie Skin Care, n.d.)

[4] (DIY Natural, n.d.)

 

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Summer Bod Eating Tips - How to Beat the Bloat!

Summer Bod Eating Tips - How to Beat the Bloat!

The term “food baby” commonly used by millennials to describe the effects of feeling way too full after a meal. But even if a “food baby” is the least of your concerns, let’s go over some great ways to keep that belly feeling healthy this summer!

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The Perfect Travel Companion for Summer

If your purse or car is usually filled with tubes of lotions, random lip balms, sunscreens and an assortment of other ointments that are just over populating your space, get ready for your summer to be revolutionized by Organic Body Balm.

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Three Stress Reducing Habits

Three Stress Reducing Habits

Developing positive habits, or rituals, to incorporate into your everyday life can be very beneficial in raising your vibration. Little things, such as: waking up and smiling every morning, oil pulling, reading before bed, etc. Little things like this added to your weekly, or daily routine can bring immense happiness into your life. 

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Toxic Beauty - a data story, by Maryam Khezrzadeh

The unsettling truth about cosmetics and personal care products is beautifully summarized in the Story of Cosmetics. The seven minute animation film tells us there are toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products: in shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, perfume, nail polish, baby powder.

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When to go Organic?

Have you wondered what I mean by living an Organic Life?  I hope that through my previous blog posts you have gained important knowledge about Organics and the Organic Movement and why it is so good for you to live an Organic Life!  There are so many different aspects of our daily lives where making organic choices can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of your body, mind and spirit.

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