Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

recipes

Natural Food Coloring Ingredients

Last night, my husband took out some Edy’s ice cream and started reading the ingredients. His butter pecan caught me off-guard when he said “turmeric color“. What? A spice from Persia is in his American indulgence? Could this be the same as the supplement I recently started taking to decrease inflammation and was recommended by my acupuncturist?

I then googled turmeric color and see that it is listed as a great way to color naturally. I am not going to ask why butter pecan ice cream needs coloring, but it did make me aware that there are a handful of ways to color foods without using traditional food coloring. This article here lists four (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/post-14-83649):

1. Beet juice. It can be added to frosting for a rosy, pink hue.
2. Blueberries. Smash 14 of them, then drain the juice for a deep blue shade.
3. Both of the above: combine the two to create shades of purple.
4. Turmeric powder. A teaspoon of this and you’ve got the perfect shade of yellow.
5. Avocado. Smash half a small avocado, then combine with the frosting using a fork.

Here’s to finding natural solutions for almost anything…and finding ways to eat good-for-you turmeric! If you are looking for a great supplement, try NativOrganics!

Snacks on Sunday Including Vitamin C

Maggie and I are having a snack today. I made homemade apple crisp, homemade frozen yogurt, and even bought new ramekin dishes to serve it in. This is Sunday afternoon at our house…great liquid Vitamin C included for top notch immunity!

Cooking Classes

I have been taking cooking classes this week and much to my suprise, they have been very fun.  The chefs introduce us to traditional techniques as well as the latest trends in cooking supplies. I created a video here of my experience which includes some of the dishes from the following classes:

-Summer Small Plates

-Italian Specialities

-Middle Eastern Cuisine


One of my favorite new tools is the silicon baking mat.  It stops me from having to use foil, parchment paper, and/or get my baking sheet extremely greasy.  It’s fantastic.

I’ve been taking classes at both Sur Le Table and The Gourmandaise School.  Both are excellent and for different reasons….Sur Le Table provides delicious meals and Nespresso coffee in under two hours.  Gourmandaise is more hands on, includes more actually teaching, and allows each person to cook their own meal from start to finish.  I’ve been trying both due to their schedule and how interesting the classes sound.

If you are thinking of taking a class, I’d highly recommend it!

New Measuring Spoons for Everyone!

This week, I sent a new set of measuring spoons to my sister-in-law.  We had ordered a set for ourselves and thought they were great.  Supposedly, she was missing this in her kitchen and so I had Amazon send her a “Christmas stocking stuffer in June”.

When they arrived, she told us that she already had a set, but that it’s always useful to have an extra set for when they are baking or cooking a lot of things.  I loved that idea!  What great efficiency to not have to clean and/or search the kitchen for a critical item when you need it.

Thus, we all now have new sets and are looking forward to another six months of cooking before the big holiday season comes along!

Adding Coconut Oil to Your Conditioner for Extra Moisturizing

I just heard of a hair trick via Livestrong.com that I think is very useful! By adding coconut oil to your regular conditioner, you can create an extra moisturizing treatment for your locks.  Who knew!

I just got a new conditioner that I love and that smells so yummy.  In this article by Livestrong, they recommend keeping the mixture on your head for a longer period of time.  With this conditioner smelling of peppermint, it is like a trip to the spa!

Here is the core steps of the article that I use:

Step 1

Choose a deep conditioner with a cream consistency over a thick or gel like formula. This will be less heavy on the hair and serve as a good base for the oils. This is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/regenepure-intense-volumizing-biotin-conditioner/dp/b00nevo4k4/ref=sr_1_3?m=a1n5ucbwqidvq5&s=merchant-items&ie=utf8&qid=1430250965&sr=1-3

Step 2

Remove 1/2 cup of deep #conditioner from the packaging and place it in a bowl.

Step 3

Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub them between your palms until they dissolve into a cream like consistency, and add it to the deep conditioner. Add any small chunks that remain to the conditioner as well.

Step 4

Apply the deep conditioner to your hair after shampooing, and place a shower cap over top. Allow it to sink in to the hair overnight if possible for optimal results.

Step 5

Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair. Coconut oil is thicker than regular conditioning agents, and will leave build up if excess is left behind. Shampoo again to remove the bulk of the conditioner if necessary.

Step 6

Rinse the hair with cold water to seal in nutrients and shine provided by the oils.

Baking With Good “Hidden” Ingredients

Very often when we think of “hidden” ingredients, we think of transfats, sugars, and other bad things for us.  In our household, I bake by adding good things…chia seeds, maka powder, and today, vegan protein powder.

My husband things of vegetables as things “that food eats”.  Thus, I have taken to “hiding” ingredients in things that he will eat.

Today, I made blueberry muffins and they are a hit.  I added the protein so they are more filling and have a longer burn rather than carb-only treats.

I realize he may object to the blueberries, but hopefully the coconut palm sugar will distract him.

Loving My Vitamin D3 Drops

This week I got some vitamin D3 supplements in drop form.  They are really meant for babies, but I figure I would just increase the dosage.  My doctor says I need to increase my intake to 6000 IU per day so I’m going to try any way I can.  I also walk the dog a lot more than before too and get some sun.

This week, I added them to my tea and I wondered why I had never thought of this before.  The drops are tasteless and they easily dissolve in my liquid.  I gulp down 6000 IU in a few minutes and with the drops, I am more certain that they are going into my system.  Pills and creams are less effective so this way I know I’m doing it right.

My acupuncturist takes 7000 IU per day.  He also surfs, runs outside, swims, and walks his dog.  For some reason, our generation is lacking in this vitamin and it’s affecting our energy, fertility, and who knows what else.  I’ve decided to step up to the plate and make sure I get my dosage. I’m not going to be a baby about it.

Baking With Taylor Swift

I decided to bake again despite my amateur routes. I put a video together of the ingredients and process. I accompanied the verse of the Taylor Swift song as follows:

And I know you heard about me
So hey, let’s be friends (Mr. Oven)
I’m dying to see how this one ends (yes, me too)
Grab your passport and my hand (vegan protein powder, almond flour, etc)
I can make the bad guys good for a weekend (organic ingredients by adding sugar)
So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames (thank goodness I have my ‪#‎grillgloves‬, just in case)

 


No Diffuser Required – Recipe for Room Spritzer

I love the smell of lavender or eucalyptus in the air, but I am not interested in getting an expensive diffuser. I have a wonderful#EESPRAYBOTTLE glass bottle that I recently got and I am so super excited to use that.

I also read that spritzer do other wonderful things besides making the air smell nice.  They are antibacterial and can help clear congestion.

Here is a simple recipe that I am looking forward to using in the yoga studio where I teach.  It contains a bit of vanilla which also helps keep the tube in the spray bottle clean with the alcohol.

Combine 8 drops Lavender essential oil + 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract in 8 oz of water.

The smell reminds me of a lovely spring day, just like the lily of the valley flowers that just bloomed at my house. Enjoy!

Tapping Into My Martha

For many of you who know me, I don’t include baking and cooking to my resume.  I enjoy putting things together in a bowl, but it isn’t often that it comes out edible.  My husband teases me on my creations and it’s often me and my dog who are eating what comes out of my kitchen.

Today, I tried Morning Glory Muffins with Almond Flour and they turned out great.  Here is the video of Martha making them and then below is my photo of my finished product.  Not to shabby!

Just call me Martha Stewart… Or maybe that’s who I’m calling. Morning Glory Muffins! #morningpep #baking A photo posted by Ingrid S. Greene (@ingridwellness) on