Toothpaste, Clif bars, and spinach ice cream

I felt inspired this week to broaden my horizons in regards to being earthy. We’ve never been that type of family, unless you count making homemade granola and wearing Birkenstocks as “earthy.” (Not me, though! Wearing Birkenstocks, I mean. I remain resolute in my refusal to wear them.) One of my 2011 resolutions was to try new things, so this week I decided to act upon it. The result: spinach ice cream, homemade Clif bars, and homemade toothpaste. Now, I cannot take credit for creating any of these. All I did was follow recipes. But it’s daring to try new things that counts, right?

First up: spinach ice cream. Since I’ve been on an elimination diet for two months, I’m always looking for new ways to “cheat” and add new items to my rather limited menu. I was ecstatic when Mom found this recipe in a Costco Connections magazine. It’s so easy, and absolutely delicious! An additional bonus is that I love all things green, and this is as green as it gets. Are you ready for the recipe?

3/4 cup half and half or coconut milk (I used the coconut milk as required by my diet)
1/4 cup agave nectar (I might try some honey next time)
2 cups spinach, lightly packed
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract (this seems like an exorbitant amount, and it was rather vanilla-y, so I think I’ll use only a couple teaspoons next time)
2 1/2 cups ice cubes

Then you blend it in the blender until it’s smooth, and then you freeze it immediately so it doesn’t separate. Make sure you leave some out to try for yourself!

I recently rediscovered my friend Theresa’s sister Karen’s blog (catch that?) Appetite of Living. I’ve immensely enjoyed browsing her posts and getting inspired to do something wild and daring. Like making toothpaste, for instance. Not like running a half-marathon, which she also did. I try to set attainable goals for myself. 🙂 

 The other day Mom brought home several Clif bars for the rest of the family to eat. Alas, they contained sugar, so I felt sorry for myself as usual. Then I remembered reading about Karen’s homemade Clif bars, and my life was suddenly better. I made them for the first time, tweaking just a few things so that they were safe for me to eat. (I used all honey instead of any sugar, and left out the wheat germ and powdered milk.) They’re so easy, and make you feel so healthful! I can’t wait till next time, when I’ll try making them look more bar-like. If I succeed, I’ll share a better picture with you all.

Then I decided to make toothpaste. Again, inspiration and recipe came directly from Karen’s blog.  The four ingredients are baking soda, glycerin, salt, and peppermint extract–talk about easy! 

Ahh, being earthy/creative/industrious leaves me with such a feeling of accomplishment. It might be addicting, too, because next up…deodorant!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. April
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 20:12:56

    Good for you! I've been on an elimination diet for seven weeks now, and just made some wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and soy-free banana muffins, which, surprisingly, are NOT flavor-free! :-)Will you be making deodorant with Gretchen?


  2. Jessica Elisabeth
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 01:09:52

    Oh April, I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one on a diet. 😉 I have to remind myself it's not about the foods I can't have, but the foods I can. 🙂 And yes, Gretchen is going to have to share her deodorant making expertise with me!


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