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10 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings, Grain Free Coconut Apple Snack Bars and more Whole Foods Wednesday #118

Welcome! If you’re new here, thanks so much for stopping by. Whole Foods Wednesday was started as way for bloggers to share posts that help encourage others in a nourishing, healthy lifestyle the contributes to good health and to be a place of inspiration for those looking for recipes, tips and interesting articles.

What can I share?

  • Whole foods recipes (Read more about real food)
  • Natural living tips
  • DIY cleaning solutions
  • Homesteading
  • Gardening
  • Exercise 
  • Share up to 4 recipes/tips that you haven’t shared here before.
This showcase is all about featuring you! As a common courtesy of link parties, please include a simple text link back to thischickcooks.net or add a button to your post or sidebar. You can get the code for a button by clicking here.

 

Is there anything I can’t share?

Please, do not link up any recipes  include highly processed foods such as:
  • no white flour
  • no refined sugars (white and brown sugar)
  • white flour based pasta, bread etc…

 I hate to be the food police, but I would like for this recipe swap to be a source for finding nourishing and healthy solutions that make us feel our best. If you see a recipe in the link up below that does not follow those standards, please leave a comment or contact me to let me know.

Hostesses

Whole Foods Wednesday is on 2 blogs every week! Halle over at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition also blogs about real food, healthy living and gardening tips and co-hosts Whole Foods Wednesdays. Be sure to visit her and say hello!

PS- If you’re viewing this post via email, click over to the website to see all the awesome recipes everyone shares and try to visit a few of the blogs who linked up and leave them a comment. I know we all love comments :)
 

Last Week’s Reader’s Favorite Posts

Every week it is so fun to see what you all have shared! Here are just a few of the most clicked links from this past week. 
  
10 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings from Oh Lardy was last weeks most clicked link.
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Grain Free Coconut Apple Snack Bars from Real Food Forager was the second favorite.
 
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Our 3rd most clicked was An Unexpected Gift from Prudent Pantry.
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Time to show off your fabulous recipes and tips! Happy Wednesday and have a blessed day! :)

 



Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

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Making your own foaming hand soap is so easy and cheap! Foaming hand soap is kind of expensive for what it is. Somewhere on the web a while back(probably Pinterest), I found a post where somebody used castile soap to make their own foaming hand soap. I can’t remember which blog I originally found the recipe on, but I’ve used the recipe from Little House Living.

It is so super easy that you won’t even believe it! 1 cup of water plus 1 tablespoon of castile soap equals your own foaming hand soap. I buy the cheap container of soap from Walmart and dump out the chemical soap, saving the container to use for my homemade version. I like using castile because it is made with organic oils and doesn’t have all the funky detergents and unpronounceable chemicals you’ll find in standard liquid soaps. 

And, the icing on the cake is that you can make a cup of foaming hand soap for about 18-23 cents!! I found a 32 ounce container for only 11.99 so that equals 18 cents per cup of foaming soap.You can order castile online or find it in health stores. Our local Target even has it! Be sure to check the clearance section as I have found it there marked down. 

 Have you ever made your own foaming hand soap? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.

Pizza Poppers, Coconut Oil Chicken Glaze and Brown Bag Lunch Ideas at Whole Foods Wednesday #117

Welcome! If you’re new here, thanks so much for stopping by. Whole Foods Wednesday was started as way for bloggers to share posts that help encourage others in a nourishing, healthy lifestyle the contributes to good health and to be a place of inspiration for those looking for recipes, tips and interesting articles.

What can I share?

  • Whole foods recipes (Read more about real food)
  • Natural living tips
  • DIY cleaning solutions
  • Homesteading
  • Gardening
  • Exercise 
  • Share up to 4 recipes/tips that you haven’t shared here before.
This showcase is all about featuring you! As a common courtesy of link parties, please include a simple text link back to thischickcooks.net or add a button to your post or sidebar. You can get the code for a button by clicking here.

 

Is there anything I can’t share?

Please, do not link up any recipes  include highly processed foods such as:
  • no white flour
  • no refined sugars (white and brown sugar)
  • white flour based pasta, bread etc…

 I hate to be the food police, but I would like for this recipe swap to be a source for finding nourishing and healthy solutions that make us feel our best. If you see a recipe in the link up below that does not follow those standards, please leave a comment or contact me to let me know.

Hostesses

Whole Foods Wednesday is on 2 blogs every week! Halle over at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition also blogs about real food, healthy living and gardening tips and co-hosts Whole Foods Wednesdays. Be sure to visit her and say hello!

PS- If you’re viewing this post via email, click over to the website to see all the awesome recipes everyone shares and try to visit a few of the blogs who linked up and leave them a comment. I know we all love comments :)
 

Last Week’s Reader’s Favorite Posts

Every week it is so fun to see what you all have shared! Here are just a few of the most clicked links from this past week. 
 
 
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Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza Poppers from Nourishing Charlotte was last weeks most clicked link.
 
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Coconut Oil Chicken Glaze from Real Food RN was the second favorite.
 
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Our 3rd most clicked wasBrown Bag Lunch Tips from My Sister’s Pantry.
 
Time to show off your fabulous recipes and tips! Happy Wednesday and have a blessed day! :)

 




Lunch Box Boredom Busters {healthy lunches part 2}

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 Image: Christian Cable

Healthy lunch boxes can be more challenging to pack than they may seem! It is not that hard to come up with some ideas, but what is a bit more challenging is creating something new each day and not falling into the rut of packing the same lunch over and over. Bless my son’s heart, he probably ate PB&J with carrots sticks and some kind of fruit for 90% of his first grade career and he never even complained! Here are a some luncbox ideas to try to spice things up and keep your lunchbox from falling into a rut:

 

Entree Ideas

  • Wraps: tortillas can be filled with leftover beans, chopped up meat or chicken and cheese for a yummy wrap to turn those left overs into something new
  • Nut Butter sandwich- pair nut butter (coconut PB is yummy for coconut lovers) paired with jelly, raw honey or even apple slices. I usually use homemade sourdough for bread
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Kabobs- mix up cubes of meats, cheeses and berries or cubed fruit and stick them on toothpicks for another great way to use up leftovers
  • Grilled cheese
  • Egg Salad, tuna fish 
  • Meat and cheese roll ups- thin slices of meat and cheese rolled up and stuck in a muffin liner or held together with a toothpick
  • Cut up hotdogs without fillers/nasty stuff added (we love Applegate Farms)
  • Breakfast for lunch- leftover breakfast meats such as sausages or bacon, with leftover pancakes, waffles or toast spread with plenty of butter or cream cheese

Snacks and Sides

  • Fruits: strawberries, blueberries, balled melons, apples, peaches, pears, plums, cuties, grapes, sliced kiwi etc…
  • Veggies: sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, ants on a stick (celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins or chocolate chips), mini peppers or colorful pepper slices, baby carrots etc…
  • Cheese cubes
  • Popcorn with butter sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan or a bit of salt or even a tiny sprinkling of salt and sugar for a salty and sweet treat
  • Yogurt with berries, vanilla or honey
  • Coconut Chips
  • Trail mix: make your own with nuts, dried fruit, coconut chips and maybe throw in just a few chocolate chips once in a while as a treat

 

Sweet Treats

  • Homemade popsicles- I’ve had my eye on these silicone molds for a while to make homemade  ”Go-gurt” type yogurts or freeze as a popsicle treat
  • Cookies
  • Fruit and nut bars such as homemade Lara bars 
  • 5 Minute Candied nuts
  • Fruit Roll ups (you can easily make your own! or find nice ones at a natural foods store) 
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cookies, bars or muffins (lots of recipes)

What are your favorite items to pack in the lunch box? Please share them in the comments below!

Inspiration from: Pinterest