Sunday, March 5, 2017

A DIY Facial Product, a substitute for Peanut Butter, and a Great Little Treat

Since I haven't posted much lately, today will be an assorted of interesting to know things from the Month of February.

First - I don't digest peanut butter really well and after 17 years as an airline pilot, I have eaten so many little bags of peanuts when there wasn't time to run into the terminal for food, just the smell makes me a little nauseous.  Peanuts are a legume, not a true nut and not everyone does real well with them and almond butter always seems a bit grainy to me. So this week I tried some sunflower butter. WIN!  It was creamy and tasty and compared to my husband's peanut butter had:

Less carbs
Less sodium
more healthy fats

It also has:
TWICE the calcium
THREE TIMES the Vitamin E
TWICE the iron
and it has Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, and Phosphors, essential nutrients our peanut butter didn't have.

Smeared on some gluten free toast it was a tasty breakfast.
Moving on to "I don't care if it's healthy" I just want a sweet.

I saw these in our closest health food store having read how good they are.  $3.60 for one little tart but it says to eat just half, and honestly half was enough to satisfy.

There is no dairy or wheat in these, and they are full of healthy coconut oil. The ingredients are simple - organic shredded coconut, organic blue agave, cashews, organic virgin coconut oil and coconut sugar, almond flour, lemon juice, organic coconut flour, orange and lemon juice, and sea salt. Half a tart also has 4 and 1/2 grams of fiber
The lemon had a nice lemony zing to it but there is a decided coconut undertone. My husband hates coconut which means more for me, but I found the lemon/coconut flavor really refreshing. The crust had a nice tender crumb which complimented the creamy filling.  AT 200 calories for half it would be a great treat pre- or post- workout.
There's lots of more flavors then lemon and you can smaller single portion
Lastly - running low on my organic facial toner and finding the ones available at the health food store too pricey ($17 for a small organic toner??) I made my own and liked how it worked. I have skin that is both dry and sensitive but also prone to oil blocked pores and acne with many skin care products so I found that using one with a honey and apple cider vinegar base helped my skin a lot.

Apple Cider Vinegar - and use the organic with "the mother" (the sediment that is full of all sorts of good for you things), rosewater, honey, and essential oil - that was it. Since my toner bottle was soaking to remove the label, I stored this in a spare beverage bottle and will fill later (yes, the "funnel" is the top of a water bottle). At less than $4 to make 12 ounces its cheaper than any handcraft brand you can buy and it started to clear up those persistent white bumps I get from clogged oil glands without totally drying my skin out. My husband even complimented me on how soft my skin was after using this as opposed to a commercial version with a lot of witch hazel.
Natural Toner with Honey

1 cup rosewater - Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs) ACV restores the proper PH levels to your skin, the beta-carotene helps to counter future skin damage, and it also helps treat age spots, pimples and acne scars, reducing their appearance over time. It also helps with the bumps you get from clogged oil glands, common as we age

5 drops essential oil. Lavender essential oil is one of the best essential oil for sensitive skin. Its soothing properties calm down inflammatory skin conditions including eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and insect bites and stings, as well as hives.

2 generous Tablespoons of honey - Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention. Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is also extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow. I use Manuka or Beechwood honey from New Zealand. It's more expensive than domestic the but the benefits are worth the price. New Zealand honey is the bomb.

Mix and shake and store in a refrigerator (makes it less sticky and the froth will dissipate) and apply with a cosmetic pad and let your face air dry.  It does have a bit of a vinegar smell to it, but the rosewater does buffer that some and you will NOT smell like vinegar when you go to sleep.  Plus your skin will be smooth and beautiful in no time and if you are buying expensive organic toner, you'll have a couple hundred dollars  extra in your pocket at the end of the year.

That's all my friends - come on back later for more DIY healthy things, product reviews, and recipes.


  1. Thanks for the info! At our house we don't care about fine wine and things like that BUT we are all about good tasting peanut butter!


    1. I wish Mom could like it but she said too many years, and too many airplanes, and too many peanuts. If your parents were ever on a west coast U-Night-Ed Express flight from 1983 -1998 and the Captain was a very young cranky redhead with peanut breath that was Mom.
      Abby Lab

  2. I am lucky peanut butter is something I can eat. I love it. I love the flavour of almond butter but agree it is grainy. I haven't tried sun butter yet. Must put it on my list of things to try. I have looked at it before, but the one I found had soy, so it was off my can eat list.

    1. This brand was soy free. There is an almond butter that is creamy and really good. I'll buy it occasionally but it's expensive.

  3. Try cashew butter since almond is too grainy for your taste. Cashew butter is smooth and creamy.

    1. Cashew butter is my personal crack. When I was caught huffing some onto rice cakes out of my drawer at work my colleagues put me on the 12 step program and got me started on the sunflower butter which I can actually stop at two Tablespoons :-)

  4. Thanks for the info! I was intrigued by the tartlets and finally made it to Whole Foods today. You're right, half a tart is a sufficient serving, I might even try a third of a tart.
    I was also interested in the sunbutter as my son is severely allergic to peanut butter and I miss some of the recipes I used to make with peanut butter. Do you know if it would work well baked, as in those wonderful p-b cookies with a Hershey kiss in the middle that are a find memory of my childhood?

    1. I haven't tried to bake with it - but the texture and thickness (and fat content) is almost identical to PB so I bet it would work. I remember those cookies. YUM!


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