Happy Spring! I've been adoring the longer days, warmer feel of the afternoon sun, robins chirping and seeing bulbs popping up out of the ground. Along with Spring comes the urge to cleanse our spaces and our bodies. I keep randomly finding myself inspired to clean (couldn't stop myself from dusting the studio before I taught a yoga class this morning!). I'm also putting the finishing touches on my online Spring Detox program. To share this inspiration to cleanse, I have 2 recipes for you, one for home and one for body.
I'm a big fan of natural cleaning. For one, using conventional cleaners might actually make your home more toxic, not less. Also, cleaning products are poorly regulated and rarely contain a full ingredients list. Many of these chemicals are untested and few have ever been tested for their synergistic effects (when the chemicals interact with each other). One of the chemicals present in many cleaning products are VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are chemicals that are released into the air as gases and they are linked to reproductive, respiratory, neurological and developmental problems. Most scents and odours are made of VOCs and commonly include benzene, acetone and formaldehyde. Exposure to VOCs in pregnancy led to lower birth weights and lower IQ in infants. In an Environmental Defence study, 14 volunteers homes were tested before and after cleaning with conventional cleaning products. Post-cleaning 12 of the 14 had levels of VOCs that were higher than the German recommended level for exposure!!
Here's a recent recipe I wrote for Clean Eating Magazine for a DIY Dish Soap . It's easy to make and also works well as a hand soap.
Spring is a great time of year for a cleanse. An effective detox will improve digestion, increase energy and revitalize the mind. I've been offering seasonal detox programs in Toronto for a few years now and am so excited to be bringing the program online. It's called The Nourished Detox and you can find more info here and find us on Facebook and Instagram.
This is one of my favourite recipes from the detox - it's simple (only 3 ingredients), satisfying and contains wonderful ingredients to support healthy digestion.
Banana Chia Pancakes
-makes 1 serving
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut oil for cooking
Combine ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Heat oil in a pan of medium-low heat. Spoon batter onto pan into small-sized pancakes (makes 2-3). Serve with berries and a touch of maple syrup.
Wishing you a happy shift and new season ahead!