If you haven’t figured it out by now, let me share a little something with you—I’m hemp obsessed! I have been enjoying hemp seeds since I began to experiment with raw foods in 2007. These flavorful, little seeds find their way into my salads, smoothies, dressings and desserts probably more often than any other ingredient. As a culinary element, I adore their versatility. Hemp seeds add a light, nutty flavor and texture to both my sweet and savory dishes. On the flip side, when you’re looking for something smooth and creamy, hemp seeds blend up perfectly. In the world of superfood nutrition, hemp shines bright, providing us with an easily digested source of protein, all 10 essential amino acids, balanced levels of Omega-3 & 6 essential fatty acids (including the rare & beneficial GLA) and many other vital vitamins and minerals.
I recently had the pleasure of sampling Manitoba Harvest’s line of hemp products including their seed, oil and butter. The hemp butter was a divine treat! In all my years of hemp infatuation, for some strange reason, I had never tasted the butter. It was the first item I opened when my samples arrived and I instantly dug right in with a spoon. I loved everything about the first bite—the smooth texture, the green color, the earthy, hemp flavor—wow! I devoured that first jar and I’ve already purchased a second. It’s time to welcome a new staple into my life! My favorite way to enjoy it so far has been with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of salt and a banana for dipping. I highly recommend sharing this snack with kids instead of the subpar peanut butter I grew up on.
I love it when I have hemp oil in the house, giving me a break from my olive oil habit. Drizzling it on salads with a little lemon or apple cider vinegar, Himalayan salt and herbs is a common simple dinner solution in my house. I love Manitoba Harvest’s oil, perfectly nutty in flavor and full of healthy fats that my body just craves.
Of course, their hemp seeds are just perfect. I whipped up a batch of my favorite Creamy Peppercorn Ranch Dressing and enjoyed every luscious bite. With the seeds I had left over, I created an amazing new dish, Cilantro Hemp Tabbouleh. Wow—you’re in for a treat when you give this recipe a try!
Besides the high quality of their organic and pesticide-free products, I also love that Manitoba Harvest supports renewable energy in their facility and follows green practices in their offices. Check out their full line of products, including protein powders and creamy Hemp Bliss beverage.
So, for the grand finale, here is a brand new recipe. This is perfect for those days when the weather is warming up and you want to keep the stove off, which for me, is everyday!
Cilantro Hemp Tabbouleh
Let’s give traditional tabbouleh a fresh new twist with zesty cilantro and nutty hemp seeds. This salad is ultra refreshing and full of the health boosting benefits that hemp foods offer: essential amino acids, balanced essential fatty acids and easily digestible protein. Also, cilantro is an amazing food that helps cleanse the body of toxic heavy metals. Besides all that goodness, this quick dish is beyond flavorful.
4 cups diced cucumber (remove the seeds if very large)
3 cups roughly chopped cilantro leaves
1¾ cups diced heirloom tomatoes
¾ cup diced red bell pepper
½ cup Manitoba Harvest hemp seed
¼ cup diced sweet onion
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoon Manitoba Harvest hemp oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve. So easy & so luscious!
Wishes of Bliss!
Oh, I’m excited! My good friend Liz, of Liz Schau, Holistic Health has just launched a line of organic beauty products through a brand new etsy shop! Liz specializes in counseling clients with thyroid disease and auto-immunity conditions and knows how harmful it can be to slather your body in chemical laden products. After counseling client after client, Liz recognized a running theme–people don’t know where to turn for natural, organic AND affordable skincare products that are gluten, dairy and soy free! So, Liz launched her line to fill this gap (brilliant!). I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, but your skin is your largest organ and EVERYTHING that you put on your body is absorbed in one way or another. I encourage you to be as conscious of what you put on your body as you are with what you put in your body!
I had a chance to try a couple of the new products and I am in LOVE! First of all, I adore simplicity done right. Organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, essential oils and pure water are the only ingredients you’ll find on the labels. The products smell divine with Liz’s custom blends and they feel indulgent on the skin. My favorite is the hard lotion, a bar that melts with with your skin’s warmth to soothe, deeply moisturize and give you a gorgeous glow. Since I love to travel, a hard lotion is such a fabulous idea–no runny liquid mess in a suitcase or airport security trouble!
Okay, now for the fun part! Let’s get your skin nourished with Liz’s new line! Enter to win the entire line of Liz Schau, Holistic Health BEAUTY! Included in this giveaway are one classic hard lotion disc in Mint Tea Tree scent, a large heart-shaped Spiced Orange hard lotion bar, one Herbal Lemon lip tube, and one anti-bacterial instant hand sanitizer tin. All BEAUTY products are lovingly made in small batches, crafted with delicate aromatherapy scents, and with the highest quality ingredients: organic coconut oil, organically-produced local beeswax, essential oils, and purified water. Made without chemicals, as well as gluten, dairy, and soy (hypoallergenic and allergen-free). Perfect for those ladies (and gents) with dry skin, as the hard lotion is deeply moisturizing and nourishing — never gritty or clumpy, always smooth and creamy.
HOW TO ENTER!
* “Like” Natalia KW on Facebook
Leave a comment below on this blog post letting us know you did so and you’re entered to win!
For additional entries and multiple chances to win, complete any of the following. Please leave a separate comment on the blog for each additional entry.
* Sign-Up for the Liz Schau, Holistic Health Newsletter
* Follow Liz on Twitter.
* Link the giveaway online. Each link will earn you one more entry (Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, etc.
* “Favorite” the Liz Schau, Holistic Health BEAUTY products on Etsy.
* Add Liz Schau, Holistic Health BEAUTY to your circle on Etsy.
Please just make sure you leave a separate comment for each additional entry so we can keep track! Everyone will be entered via Random.org and the winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified immediately and the products will be shipped directly.
This giveaway ends Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm Central Time.
Thanks for playing!!!
Natalia & Liz
I’ve been super inspired to put this list together. I’ve watched many of my eco conscious friends create wonderful products, provide fabulous services and build green businesses from scratch, all with a huge smile on their faces and love in their hearts. They’re all spreading the good word of a lifestyle I can believe in and deserve some huge support this Holiday Season. Before you head to the mall, I encourage you to check out this list and support small conscious businesses. You can also use this as a guide to create your own wish list, letting your loved ones know that you’re hoping for something different this year. You could even pick up a little something special for yourself and start off 2011 as your best year yet. I hand picked these items to spread the word about things I love made by people who rock, everyday, trying to make a difference. Give them some love and get something fabulous in return! It’s a win-win!
Angel Calls with Wendy Elwell of Conscious Creations
This year, give the gift of peace! Experience an Angel Call with Empath, Channeler and Intuitive, Wendy Elwell. Her readings have brought validation, peace and healing to clients world wide. See for yourself, the results are amazing….and it’s FUN! I’ve personally received guidance through Wendy on countless occasions and afterwards, I always find myself right back on my path and in the flow. Wendy’s offering a 2 for 1 Special! Treat yourself and someone else, purchase a 1 one hour gift certificate ($100) and receive a complimentary hour for yourself or someone else. It’s a “Holiday YOU are Special!” Email Wendy@consciouscreations.us purchase your gift certificate and schedule your reading.
Wear it up top or not at all. Talented Graphic and Web Designer Adam Mills of Bottomless Design has taken his creativity to the next level. Check out his line of eco-friendly t-shirts. Birds in Flight in pink is totally my personal pick. So me.
Hand Crafted Printed and Woven Home Goods by Broken Twill Textiles
Gorgeous pillows, stylish re-upholstered small furniture pieces and one of a kind framed wall art fill the Broken Twill Textiles etsy shop. All textile pieces are hand woven and hand printed, drawing inspiration from nature and emphasizing the use of hemp and organic cotton. I am loving the Inlay Circle Hand Woven Pillow and the Lotus Hand Printed Pillow for my top picks.
Raw Organic Chocolate by Crucial Chocolate
Oh my goodness, this is what I want filling my stocking this holiday! Crucial Chocolate is an out of this world line of raw chocolate goodies that I am in love with. My favorite is the Celestial Chocolate Spread, a rich, creamy, malty superfood that will leave you super blissed out! Oh, and the Chocolate Creamy Comets, yummmm! Even better, they are running a winter special: buy one get one free. You can’t beat that! Ditch the old-school processed chocolate and support a high vibe company creating divine superfood sweetness.
What does sustainable fashion mean to you? Envision one garment that a woman can wear 20 different ways, handmade from eco fabrics or mill scraps. That’s what ecovogue365 is offering with their butterfli tube dress. Check out their etsy shop and hop on over to their website where you can see videos and drawings of how to wear your new tube. Or come up with your own fabulous way! The latest collection is perfect for all of your holiday soirees. I LOVE the shine and the Smoldering Topaz is definitely my top pick. Get 30% (WOW!) off your purchase with this exclusive code: HOLIDAY12GLOW.
When I first caught a glimpse of this interactive DVD, I was floored. I’ve never seen anything like it! Arthur and the Curse of the Rain Sorceress engages children with a fairytale storyline that changes based on the choices they make. It’s up to the viewer to guide the characters to happy endings! If I’m this excited about it, I can’t imagine how much your kids will love it! An awesome little tidbit: the DVD packaging is completely eco-friendly down to compostable shrink wrap. Check out the website, see how it works and share it with the children in your life this holiday!
BioMat Mini offered by Cylleria’s Complete Coaching
The BioMat is a Unique Pain Reducing, Reverse Aging & Cellular Regeneration System. The synergistic effect of Far Infrared Rays, Negative Ions & Amethyst Crystal Promotes circulation to all body systems with increased cellular communication, relaxation & detoxification. I LOVE the BioMat for deep relaxation and detoxification. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked! The mini is perfect to use at your desk while you’re on the computer, or to take with you to accupuncture and massage treatments to heighten their benefits. Oh yeah!
I love the creativity and uniqueness that Urban Eco Beauty brings to the fashion scene. Christina has created her line of Urban Girl Soho Wraps as a super versatile accessory that you can wear a number of different ways: in your hair, as a necklace, as a belt and more! I love the fine details and handmade quality in each piece, from hand cut fabric flowers and vintage beads to exotic feathers and semi precious stones. You can even contact Christina for a custom piece if you have some special beads or charms you want to include. I love all things feathers, so my top pick right now is “Desert Shine” (I have a similar piece in pink, of course). Christina has generously offered my readers a 10% discount using coupon code Beauty10.
In my opinion, there’s no better way to spend your hard earned dollars than investing in health & wellness. Whether you are looking for empowerment to reach your health goals or you would like to give the gift of wellness to a loved one, you must contact Liz Schau! Liz’s Health Counseling programs are an incredibly beneficial way to address the root cause of imbalances and to learn the tools you need to thrive everyday! This month, Liz is offering a FREE, limited edition Holiday Survival Immunity-Boosting Gift Kit featuring immune-strengthening herbs, supplements, spices, and oils to keep your immunity high during the winter months and provide medicinal insurance against colds and flus! To take advantage of this valuable offer, sign-up for (or give the gift of) a 3 or 6-month program in the month of December. I’m always asking Liz health related questions and find her to be full of knowledge, resources and compassion. I love that. Another thing I love…Liz generously charges on a sliding scale, making her holistic services available to all.
Well, here it is: my place to shamelessly self promote. I put my heart and soul into my raw food cookbook, Pure Pleasures, and I want everyone to experience the blissful feeling of feeding your body pure, organic, living food. Happy customers have told me that they love the unique recipes that they haven’t seen in other books, that they adore the bright photos, that the recipes are easy to follow and that the flavors are amazing. See for yourself and share the foodie love with a friend or loved one this holiday! Purchase through Natural Zing and stock up on your favorite raw food supplies at the same time or buy through Amazon with free shipping! Oh, and the ebook version is still on sale if you want to keep costs down and trees saved!
Whatever you do and wherever you shop this holiday season, I’m sending you love, light and wishes for the best of health and happiness! I’m excited to put my best foot forward in 2011 and to offer more inspiration than ever on the organic and green scene.
Wishes of Bliss!
I recently had the pleasure of trying Glass Dharma straws for the first time and wow, I was impressed! Check out my video review to see just how amazing these are. Glass Dharma is so awesome, they have generously shared a $25 gift certificate for a giveaway! It’s simple to enter, just watch the video and then check out the rules below!
Heehee, did you love it? It’s my first crack at a Vlog, so don’t laugh!
Okay–for the giveaway!
One $25 gift certificate to Glass Dharma’s website will be awarded to a lucky (random) winner! Please complete the following steps to enter.
1. Sign up for the Glowing Temple Newsletter.
2. Leave a comment here on my blog letting me know you are signed up. This will count as your entry.
That’s all that is required, but for additional entries, up to 5 total per person, complete the following steps and leave a comment for each step that you complete:
1. “Like” Glowing Temple on Facebook.
2. Follow @NataliaKW on twitter.
3. “Like” Glass Dharma on Facebook.
4. Follow @GlassDharma on twitter.
The contest ends at 11pm EST on September 19th. I will announce the winner on September 20th through the Glowing Temple Newsletter that you just signed up for! Good Luck!
Wishes of Bliss!
Happy Birthday Glowing Temple!!!
Glowing Temple is celebrating it’s first birthday with a super yummy giveaway! Thanks to the generosity of Coconut Secret, we’ll be awarding a gift pack of the full product line to one lucky winner! All items are raw and organic. The prize includes:
* 8 oz Coconut Aminos (gluten-free soy sauce alternative!)
* 12.7 oz Coconut Vinegar
* 12 oz Coconut Nectar (low glycemic liquid sweetener)
* 12 oz Coconut Crystals (low glycemic sugar alternative)
* 1 lb Coconut Flour (high fiber & gluten-free!)
It’s been an amazing year & this is my way to express gratitude for all of the support I have received.
If you haven’t yet, check out my review of the Coconut Secret product line.
1. Become a fan of Glowing Temple on facebook.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question: what is your favorite way to enjoy a coconut or coconut based product? Hmm, right now, mine would have to be using the coconut aminos in Sweet Sesame Ginger Lettuce Wraps!
Contest ends June 4th (Glowing Temple’s birthday!!!) at midnight, EST. I’ll choose a winner at random and announce it within 3 days of closing.
Thanks so much for participating!!! Please spread the word, share on facebook & Twitter. Let’s have some fun with this!
Wishes of Bliss!