DIY Healthy Swaps

HEALTHY GUMMIES

  • 1 cup kombucha
  • 1⁄2 cup boiling water
  • 1T lemon or lime juice
  • 1⁄4 cup gelatin (Great Lakes)

Directions:

  1. Gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Place the gelatin in a small mixing bowl
  3. Set aside molds or dish that you will use to firm the gummies.
  4. Combine all ingredients except boiling water and gelatin in a
  5. blender or Vitamix.
  6. When ready to mix and pour, combine the boiling water into the
  7. small dish of gelatin‐dissolve gelatin completely.
  8. Add the water/gelatin mixture into the blender with the other
  9. ingredients and blend again until fully incorporated.
  10. Pour the mixture into molds or a baking dish and transfer into the
  11. Chill at least one hour and then cut into squares and enjoy.

ALTERNATIVE MILKS:

ALMOND AND COCONUT

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 2-4 pitted Medjool dates*
  • 1/2-1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • small pinch of fine grain sea salt, to enhance the flavor

Directions:

  1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight
  2. Rinse and drain the almonds and place into a blender along with filtered water, pitted dates, and chopped vanilla bean.
  3. Blend on highest speed for 1 minute or so.
  4. Place a nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk.
  5. Rinse out blender and pour the milk back in. Add the cinnamon and pinch of sea salt and blend on low to combine.
  6. Pour into a glass jar to store in the fridge for up to 3-5 days. Shake jar very well before using as the mixture separates when sitting

Coconut milk

Directions:

  • Heat water, but don’t boil. It should be hot, but not scalding.
  • Put coconut in blender or Vitamix and add water. (If all water won’t fit, you can add the water in two batches.)
  • Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Pour through a mesh colander first to get most of the coconut out, and then squeeze through a towel or several thicknesses of cheesecloth to get remaining pieces of coconut out.
  • If you have to split the water, put all the coconut that you strained out back in the blender, add the remaining water, and repeat.

BUILD YOUR OWN SALAD DRESSING:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (high quality)
  • 1 tsp vinegar (White wine, basalmic, apple cider, red wine)
  • ½ tsp Sweet: honey or pureed fruit
  • ½ tsp Dijan mustard
  • 2 pinches herbs (thyme, basil) and/or
  • 1 pinch spice (salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed garlic)

TOOTHPASTE

Ingredients

  • About ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 small packets of stevia powder
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil

Directions:

  1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil.
  2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well.
  3. Put mixture into small glass jar
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. To use: dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles. Could also use a small spoon to put on toothbrush.
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