Friday, February 20, 2009

Cucumber Sandwich

You know the famous New Years resolution—Lose Weight. Well I decided not to make that resolution this year, however, I did take on the resolution to eat to live rather than live to eat and I must say I have been very good about eating my daily servings of fruits and veggies and increasing my water intake. I have not had a sip or a glass of soda this entire year and guess what, I don’t miss it.

Well anyway, I participated in a Healthy Pot Luck at work this week and was quite surprised at the array of healthy foods as well as their taste. One dish I sampled was made with tofu, onions, green peppers and rice. Of course, I twisted my nose to the tofu until I tried it. It was DELICIOUS! It was so good that I went out and purchased some tofu just to create this meal. The creator of this dish shared with me that it is best to get firm or extra-firm tofu to avoid the spongy, gross-like texture that many speak of, which was my only reservation about tofu. Of course this sparked me to ask more questions about healthy, creative snacks, meals, desserts, etc.

One quick, simple, and inexpensive meal this person shared with me was a cucumber sandwich. I was like yuck, cucumbers and bread, NO WAY. Boy was I turned into a BELIEVER after I sampled it. This sandwich is so doggone good that I had to make myself one for lunch as well as hubby. Here is what the creator did and I followed it exactly.

  • 2 slices of bread (preferably wheat)
  • Mayo (next time I will use Veganaisse)
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Sprouts
  • Black Pepper

  1. Spread the mayo on both sides of the bread
  2. Cut your veggies as small or as large as you like
  3. Place them in any order on your bread
  4. Add sprouts
  5. Add black pepper to taste
  6. Cut sandwich (if you wish) and Enjoy!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Shampoo Bars

Shampoo Bars are making a strong presence in the world of hair care. They are natural, environmental-friendly and a nice alternative to liquid shampoo. The best thing is they only contain ingredients good for your hair. NO synthetic colorants, preservatives and foam boasting agents are added to any of our shampoo bars. They are scented with premium essential oils and are made with natural vegetable oils along with other natural ingredients, such as herbal tea and beer. Our shampoo bars are suitable for vegans and has minimal packaging – no bottle to store and/or recycle.

To Use: Simply saturate your hair with water, rub the bar on your scalp and work the later through your hair. Don’t worry our shampoo bars produce loads of lather.

Special Note: Many commercial shampoos have special additives that will weigh the hair down which causes build up. Once you begin to use shampoo bars, it will strip away all the unwanted stuff from your hair, which can initially cause your hair to be stiff. Please don’t panic. This is a natural occurrence for many first time shampoo bar users. To cure this issue, mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water and pour all over your hair after washing. Follow with a cold water rinse and proceed with your normal hair care regime (condition, dry, etc.).

Why use the Vinegar Rinse? The vinegar helps rid your hair from any product buildup/residue with the added benefit of balancing your hairs pH and adding body and shine. Continue to use the Vinegar Rinse for at least a week or you may use each time you wash your hair, the choice is yours.

We have created a Shampoo Bar Sampler – an inexpensive way to try these babies out. Included with each sampler is a .5 – 1 oz size bar of each of our Shampoo Bars (Babassu, Beer and Botanical). Get them in our Etsy shop