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The Best Green Juice

The Best Green Juice

Here is the best green juice recipe you’ve been looking for! It’s delicious and packed with skin-nourishing nutrients your whole body will love. This green juice is my favorite because the apple and lemon add just the right amount of sweetness to mask the bitter, nutrient-dense greens, while the ginger adds a little zing. If you’re not a fan of ginger, start with a small amount (1/2-inch piece) and work your way up to 1- to 2-inches. This antioxidant-rich ingredient contains anti-inflammatory properties and aids digestion (1).

NOTE: Always buy certified organic greens, celery, cucumbers, and apples to avoid pesticide exposure, as conventional varieties of these items are some of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in America according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Best Green Juice

Here is the best green juice recipe you've been looking for! It's delicious and packed with skin-nourishing nutrients your whole body will love.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Green Juice
Servings: 1
Author: Rachel Sunley

Equipment

  • Juicer

Ingredients

  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 4 large kale leaves
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly.
  • Core the apple and peel the lemon. Chop all produce to fit through your juicer chute.
  • Run all ingredients through the juicer. I recommend juicing in the order listed above.
  • Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (though bestwhen fresh).

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible. Enjoy juice fresh for best flavor and nutrient content. Yields will depend on your juicer. 

Organic Hair Salon Review & DIY Nourishing Hair Spray

Organic Hair Salon Review & DIY Nourishing Hair Spray

When you find a product or service you love, you share it right?! I have to tell you about my experience with Colby at Pure Organics Salon​. Plus, I’m going to share my favorite DIY nourishing hair spray with you at the end of this post!

I’ve been highlighting and styling my hair for nearly 20 years. Like most women, I had NO CLUE about the harmful ingredients aka carcinogens (ingredients linked to cancer) and neurotoxins (ingredients known to poison our nervous system) I was applying to my body and breathing in every time I styled my hair or got it highlighted. I won’t go into detail here, but I encourage you to head over to the Environmental Working Group​’s website and search “hair products.” They do an incredible job summarizing the research. You can also download the Think Dirty App and search for the products you’re currently using to determine whether or not they’re safe.

Enter Pure Organics Salon. I’ve been wanting to make the switch for YEARS. Who knew breaking up with your hairstylist would be SO HARD? I’ve been going to the same girl who I absolutely adore for 16+ years. It’s terrifying to go somewhere new. Will they be welcoming? Will this organic stuff even work?

Mind blown. Colby is beyond welcoming and talented. My hair is beautiful. The products that they use have NO smell. No burning. No headaches. 💃🏼 I’ve seen her twice now and I feel like she’s a sister from another mister. She speaks my crunchy, non-toxic language. We chat essential oils, dogs, fitness, and business. She’s incredibly sweet and down to earth. If you’re local to Buffalo and looking to make the switch, I highlight recommend!

So, how about that hair spray? This DIY nourishing hair spray is great for hair growth & makes my hair feel super soft. It’s incredibly simple to make and it smells incredible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

DIY Nourishing Hair Spray

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop Clary Sage essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon unscented witch hazel
  • Distilled or purified water

Instructions

  1. Add essential oils and witch hazel to an empty glass bottle, swirl to combine.
  2. Fill with water, cap it with spray top.
  3. Add label to spray bottle.
  4. Shake vigorously before use; then lightly spray on wet hair.
  5. Dry and style hair as normal.

If you’re looking to get your hands on pure essential oils and get ongoing education and support from me, click here.

Chicken Soup Recipe

Chicken Soup Recipe

Homemade chicken soup is one of my favorite recipes to make this time of year. I like to make a big batch on Sunday, freeze half of it, and enjoy it for lunch all week! It’ll stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge, which is why I like to freeze half of it right away and thaw it out towards the end of the week. If you get bored with your lunches and like to switch things up, simply add a side salad made with a variety of chopped veggies and different salad dressings each day. 

Now before I share my recipe, you have to know… I don’t consider myself a recipe developer or a chef. In fact, I’m terrible at measuring things when I cook. I’m the type of gal who likes to whip things up and taste as I go. A little more paprika, a little more pepper, a pinch more of sea salt…. and it’s perfect! That said, you may need to add more sea salt, spices, or fresh parsley than what’s listed below. I also prefer lots of veggies and don’t add noodles to my chicken soup, but feel free to add your favorite gluten-free pasta noodles or zucchini “noodles” to this recipe. Get creative and modify to your liking! 

Chicken Soup

Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: Chicken Soup, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Servings: 8
Author: Rachel Sunley

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 32 ounces organic chicken bone broth
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • additional filtered water to cover
  • 1 bunch carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bunch celery, ends removed and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika*
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper*
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes*

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly. Set aside carrots and celery. Peel and chop onion.
  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, chop parsley.
  • Add bone broth, allspice berries, parsley, and chicken. Add additional water to cover the chicken and gently stir. Heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes (skim off foam every so often). Meanwhile, prepare the celery and carrots.
  • Add carrots, celery, paprika, onion powder, turmeric powder, sea salt, and pepper. Stir and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and check to ensure the chicken breast is cooked all the way through (cooking time varies based on the size of the chicken). Set aside to cool. Continue to simmer the stock and veggies for 15 minutes. 
  • Once the chicken is cool, pick the meat off of the bones. Return the shredded chicken to the pot, stir together, and taste the broth. Add more sea salt and spices to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible. Store the remaining soup in the cooking pot with a lid, large glass ball jars with wide lids for easy grab-and-go, and/or freeze it for later use. 

DIY Lavender Linen Spray

DIY Lavender Linen Spray

Ok, so I may have a slight obsession with Lavender essential oil. I have Lavender-infused body soap, lotion, chapstick and facial serum, I diffuse it every evening to relax before bedtime, and I even make a homemade Honey Lavender Lemonade recipe that is to die for. Last year, I started making my own linen sprays to save money (I used to pay a hefty price for a tiny bottle from a fancy store) and I was shocked at just how easy it is to make at home.

So let’s get started so you can learn how to freshen fabrics in your home for just pennies and with simple ingredients. This recipe requires only three ingredients and takes less than two minutes to make. It can be used to spray on sheets, blankets, carpets, sofas, and pillows. It will leave your entire home smelling clean and fresh, without any harmful synthetic fragrances. #Winning

About The Ingredients

  • Lavender essential oil has a scent that’s fresh, clean, and relaxing. It eases feelings of tension and stress by instilling an overall sense of calm. It promotes total body relaxation and supports a restful night’s sleep.
  • Alcohol acts as a preservative. If you prefer to make this recipe without alcohol; use unscented witch hazel instead.

Supplies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine the Lavender and grain alcohol (or witch hazel) in a clean glass spray bottle and swirl to combine.
  2. Fill with distilled water. Cap and shake well.

How To Use

Spritz on sheets, blankets, towels, and other linens. Shake well before each use.

Notes

With alcohol, this spray will last for months without the need for refrigeration.

What’s your favorite way to keep fabrics smelling fresh? 

Green Detox Juice

Green Detox Juice

If you want a juice that can deliver detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits for clear glowing skin, then this green detox juice is for you!

Here’s a quick rundown of the powerhouse ingredients in this drink and just some of their many health benefits: 

Dandelion greens contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, and K (1) and are one of the most powerful foods to support your detoxification pathways. 

Cilantro is often referred to as the “poor man’s chelation therapy” because it can help reduce the buildup of heavy metals like mercury and lead from the body (2).

Celery is known to help reduce inflammation, particularly in the digestive tract. 

Cucumbers contain a variety of antioxidants and minerals and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Apples could legitimately be called a “superfood” since they are packed with antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. 

Ginger has been traditionally used to soothe digestive upset and is well known for its ability to relieve gas. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging (3). 

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, are bursting with antioxidants, and contain various flavonoids and antioxidants that have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (4). 

NOTE: Always buy certified organic greens, celery, cucumbers, and apples to avoid pesticide exposure, as conventional varieties of these items are some of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in America according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Green Detox Juice

If you want a juice that can deliver detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits for clear glowing skin, then this green detox juice is for you!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Detox Green Juice
Servings: 1
Author: Rachel Sunley

Equipment

  • Juicer

Ingredients

  • 1 large handful dandelion greens
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly.
  • Core the apple and peel the lemon. Chop all produce to fit through your juicer chute.
  • Run all ingredients through the juicer. I recommend juicing in the order listed above.
  • Stir the juice before serving.
  • Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible. Enjoy juice fresh for best flavor and nutrient content. Yields will depend on your juicer. 

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash (after being baked) looks like spaghetti, tastes delicious, and it’s super simple to prepare. You can top it with red sauce, create a lasagna bowl, or simply add olive oil, fresh herbs, garlic, and spices. I encourage you to get creative and share your creations with me on Instagram @rachelsunley. I’d love to see them!

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Author: Rachel Sunley

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • extra-virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash spaghetti squash thoroughly. Slice the squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribbing from the inside of each half.
  • Drizzle the inside of the squash with olive oil. Place squash face down in a glass baking dish and use a fork to poke holes in the top of the squash. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside and fork tender (the time will vary depending on the size of your squash).
  • Remove from the oven and flip the squash so that the inside is facing up. When cool to the touch, use a fork to scrape and remove the strands from the bottom and sides of the squash.
  • Top with your favorite sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Choose organic and local ingredients when possible.