Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats

Meet my latest breakfast obsession – Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats! I was inspired by my Pina Colada smoothie bowl to make this overnight oats combo and it is SO. GOOD. The pineapple and coconut combination tastes so refreshing and delicious! It is the perfect overnight oats combo for the summer. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and is so simple to make!

On Sundays, I usually like meal prepping my overnight oats for breakfast for the week. It is literally so simple and then I have breakfast already made for me for the entire week! I make them all at once and then let them sit overnight in the fridge and then on Monday all I have to do is reach into the fridge and grab a jar for breakfast. It couldn’t be easier! I like to re-purpose glass nut butter jars and use them for my overnight oats. Re-purposing nut butter jars for overnight oats supports nontoxic living by reducing waste and use of plastics. Plastics do interact with our foods!

I love making overnight oats because it is a satisfying and delicious meal and also oats are not very expensive. I do try to buy gluten-free oats because even though oatmeal by itself does not contain gluten, oats are commonly processed in facilities where there could be cross contamination with gluten-containing products. If you have a gluten sensitivity, better to be safe and buy gluten-free oats.

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Nontoxic Deodorant

I started the transition to cleaner home and body products about a year ago.  I wrote a blog post about my transition, why I decided to switch to cleaner products, and some of the products that have worked well for me here.  To be honest, this was a pretty daunting process for two reasons – 1) because there are soo many products that we use daily that contain harmful chemicals and 2) it is such a challenge to find products that are actually clean. Several products are labeled “organic,” or “natural,” however these labels do not necessarily mean that the particular product does not contain harmful ingredients.
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Chocolate Chip Tahini Balls

Coming at you with another recipe to repurpose almond pulp! If you are unfamiliar, almond pulp is what is leftover part of the almond when you make your own almond milk. If you haven’t yet seen it, check out my  previous post on how to make almond milk.  Making your own almond milk is very simple, avoids the use of thickeners and preservatives found in store bought almond milk, and tastes delicious! It also reduces waste by not purchasing store bought almond milk in single-use containers.

Repurposing almond pulp reduces food waste by using all of the almond when making almond milk. When I first started making my own almond milk, I had no idea what to do with the leftover almond pulp. Now that I’ve been making almond milk for some time, I’ve found several easy, delicious, and healthy ways to repurpose nut pulp! For more idea, check out my tab of nut pulp recipes.

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How to Make Your Own Almond Milk *Update*

I’m really passionate about eating real food. I believe (and feel my best) when I eat fresh, real foods in the purest forms and minimize the amount of processed foods that I’m consuming. In my opinion, we don’t need all of those additives found in many processed foods today and its not doing our digestion any favors. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is super simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here.

I recently tried using blanched, sliced almonds to make my own almond milk vs. regular raw almonds. It was a complete game changer! This almond milk comes out naturally sweet and so so delicious! The recipe is very similar to the one I recently posted using regular, raw almonds just replaces them with blanched, almonds. See recipe below!

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Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Almond Milk

I recently posted about homemade almond milk and all of the benefits to making your own almond. If you missed it, check it out at the link here.

Homemade almond milk is so clean and easy to make. However, it is very plain- it tastes like almonds. Like it should because it is only made with 2 ingredients- almonds and filtered water. However, for a little more flavor you can sweeten the almond milk (the natural way!). This recipe sweetens the almond milk with fresh medoolan dates and cinnamon.

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How to Make Your Own Almond Milk

Almond milk is such a staple in my kitchen. I use it in my morning matcha lattes, my smoothie bowls, and oatmeal. If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know that I LOVE smoothie bowls! I’ve noticed that store bought almond milks contain a ton of ingredients including fillers and preservatives. I recently tried making my own almond milk. It’s something that I have been wanting to do for a while and it was seriously so easy! The craziest part? It actually tastes like almonds. The most basic almond milk is made with only 2 ingredients- almonds and water. You can also add additional ingredients such as dates and cinnamon to sweeten and flavor the almond milk (the natural way!), but in this post I will just include the most basic almond milk recipe.

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6 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards Non-Toxic Living

Toxins are everywhere. They are in our water, in our food, our kitchen, our home products, etc. We are surrounded by toxins and interact with them on a daily basis. With all of the different places we are exposed to toxins, it can be overwhelming to determine where to even start to alleviate our interactions with them. Below are a few simple hacks that can be used to get started on a journey towards Non-Toxic Living.

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Clean Skin Products

We all know that eating well is important. But wellness expands beyond the kitchen. It is not only important to be concerned with what we put into our bodies, but also with what we put on our bodies. What we put on our skin gets aborbed into the body, sometimes occuring immediately. And several popular, everyday products contain various chemicals and even gluten.

Over the past few months, I have begun the transition from my everyday household products to non-toxic household products, starting with products that directly contact the skin. To be honest, this was a long, painful process and involved some trial and error. Hopefully my learnings will make this transition easier for someone else.

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