How to Live Clean in a Dirty World

It can be pretty overwhelming to live in 2017 with all the worrisome articles swirling the internet suggesting cancer is around every corner. Whenever I chat with my grandparents it seems as though I am always hearing some story like, “When your mom was a kid there were no seat belts and she lived.” Then there’s the ever popular “We drank from the garden hose and we’re fine!” Oh, and this! “There were no restrictions on pregnant women back in my day.”

These things may have been true. But what’s also true is modern science and modern medicine.

As time goes on, more and more research is conducted. Studies are done. New scientific evidence is being discovered and learned constantly. What was once true, is able to evolve into a different story. As science and medicine evolve with time, so must we.

Conflicting information on the internet is just as prevalent as man buns right now. Both need to knock it off, though. I digress, I lament with those who may feel overwhelmed to the point of inaction with the plethora of information (and misinformation) at our fingertips.

In our family we’ve slowly over time cut out as many toxins as we can. It is not going to happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged if it seems like a massive undertaking to detoxify your life. First we made the switch to buying more organic food. Next we have been making the switch to being more natural and plant-based in all other products we buy. First it was soap. Now, we’ve transferred our purchases to eliminating as many toxic products as we can! We call this over time switch”transfer buying”.

My encouragement to those who feel overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible undertaking of creating a non-toxic home environment would be to do it in stages. Take a year to do it, even. Focus on one area each month if you have to. For example, you could first remove all items of food in your home that contain harmful additives. Next month, you could look at your soaps, make up, or toothpaste and switch those out, and so on. It doesn’t have to be rocket science, but it WILL be worth while!

There are so many amazing resources out there to help you decide which ingredients to cut out and why. The Environmental Working Group’s website and the app “Think Dirty”, are two of my go-to resources to check ingredients.

You guys, IF YOU CAN’T PRONOUNCE AN INGREDIENT, you probably shouldn’t be using it! At the very least, look up the ingredients on the Environmental Working Group’s site, or the “Think Dirty” app, or even just a simple google search.

It is possible to make your family’s home environment more safe, and it’s so worth the effort especially if you have children in the house. Children deserve to grow  up without harmful chemicals bombarding their systems and wrecking havoc on their development. If you’re not sure about toxins affecting child development, research it. There is a lot of information out there to suggest that environment and what they’re exposed to has a lot to do with their development.

Here are a couple articles that talk about common food additives and harsh household chemicals to stay away from:

Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

Toxic Household Products You Should Throw Away

Dirty Dozen – Cosmetics

10 Harmful Chemicals to Avoid

Dirty Dozen – Produce to ALWAYS Buy Organic

If you need help or want some ideas on how to start creating a healthier home environment, please contact me. I’ve been on a mission to create a healthier home for my family for several years now and I have gained a lot of experience in the most effective ways to do it. I would love to help!

 

Roasted Root Vegetable Breakfast Bowls

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Roasted vegetables are a basic staple in our home. There are many variations I like to prepare depending on what we have on hand in the house. We actually LOVE to eat this type of meal for dinner! Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things. Also, another thing to note: often times you will see various ways to eat the same recipe. That is because my husband and I often like things served differently with different toppings! He’s more of a “ranch and white bread” type, which is perfectly OK, and I’m a little more adventurous with my palate.  You will see multiple ways to eat my recipes and I hope you find something you’ll enjoy. 

Sausage & Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Roasted Root Vegetable Breakfast Bowls

– Serves 2 Adults, Bakes at 375 degrees for 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

3-4 Eggs, however many each person wants

1 Medium Sweet Potato, peeled & cubed

1 Medium Sweet Onion, cut into 4-6 pieces

2 Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled & cubed

3 Carrots, peeled and cut into medium sticks

2 cups Broccoli, chopped into florets

1 Medium Lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

Seasonings: Equal parts thyme, rosemary, smoked paprika, curry powder, garlic, celery salt, and pepper – I lightly dusted each one over the baking tray of root vegetables, then mixed.

**Optional Ingredients/Toppings** – Grape tomatoes, shredded cheese, breakfast sausages, green onions, avocado, hot sauce or salsa

If you have never tried smoked paprika, I highly recommend it! It has become one of my favorite spices, especially when roasting vegetables. It adds a subtle smoky flavor that is out of this world! I also have grown to really love curry powder in my dishes, even when I am not making curry. I have found it adds a subtle touch of sweetness and a boost of great flavor. It may seem odd to regularly add curry to things but it really pairs nicely with the other seasonings. I love both of these flavors, especially together.

Preparation & Cooking:

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To start out, I arranged the vegetables on the cutting board and took a pretty picture – I mean, I laid them out and began to peel and chop them! Hehe. Anyway, after peeling and chopping I usually would add all of the veggies into a freezer bag with olive oil to be tossed around and then coated in the spice mixture. However, I am out of freezer bags so tonight I did all my mixing and seasoning on the baking sheets directly. This way is a little more work but less of a waste of freezer bags so that’s a plus!

Root Vegetables

I keep the broccoli separate from the root vegetables until the end. I do this for two reasons: 1. To create depth of flavor in the end dish. I took the broccoli and tossed them in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, celery salt & pepper. The lemon juice adds a lovely freshness and tang to the dish and another layer of flavor. I love cooking with lemons! 2. I hate mushy broccoli! It is very important to me to maintain the crunchy integrity of the broccoli and I quickly roast them at the end. This means, once the root vegetables are almost done, I put the broccoli in for about 8-10 minutes. Now, if you like your broccoli cooked more, I would turn down the oven temperature to 350 and bake them longer. I prefer a higher temp as to roast the outside of the broccoli yet still leave it crisp and intact. I have thought a lot about broccoli, can you tell?

I love Broccoli

For the root vegetables, after they’re coated in the olive oil and spice mixture, they go into the oven at 375 for 30 minutes, turning them every 10 minutes so they roast evenly. After 20 minutes of roasting, I put the broccoli into the oven and let them roast as the root vegetables finish up. While these two things are happening, you know, the magic in the oven, I cooked two sausage links for my husband and over medium eggs for the both of us.

Roasted Lemon Garlic Broccoli

Roasted Root Vegetables

After assembling this glorious mixture of vegetables, they get topped with whatever toppings of your choice! Tonight, for the mister, he enjoyed his bowl with chopped pork breakfast sausage, cheese, and two over medium eggs. For me, I went a little light and just had one egg over medium with chopped grape tomatoes. Usually, I’ll add avocado, green onions, hot sauce, and a zesty southwestern sauce I make (I’ll post the recipe on another page..it is AMAZING!). Get creative! But the base of this recipe is just so, so satisfying!

Here it is, breakfast bowls two ways:

Breakfast Bowls Two Ways

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know.

Best wishes,

K