Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Recipe: Raw Cashew Spread Collard Wraps

At this time of the year, when we spend more time inside eating, drinking, and being cozy, sometimes it’s necessary to detox for a day or two, or even for just a meal amidst so many heavy feasts. This recipe is just what you’ll need when you’re looking for something simple, healthy, and light. 


1 cup raw cashews
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1 lemon

1 bunch collard greens
1 avocado
1 carrot, julienned
¼ cup marinated sundried tomatoes  

1. Soak the cashews in water and let sit for an hour until softened.
2. Drain cashews and put in blender with nutritional yeast, paprika, salt, juice of the lemon, and 1/3 cup water. Blend for one 1-2 minutes on high until the mixture is smooth.

 3. Prepare the collards by removing the hardest part of the stem on each leaf.
  4. Julienne the carrots.
5. Cover the leaf with cashew spread, sundried tomatoes, and sliced avocado.
6. Tuck in the sides of the leaves and roll the collard leaf into a wrap. 

The spread can be used as a dip in place of hummus or baba ganoush, for veggies, bread, or crackers. This recipe makes about 10 collards wraps worth of cashew spread. 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

BDIH Natural Cosmetic Certified Products at Perelandra

Cosmetic additives and ingredients can negatively impact the health & well being of our bodies, the environment, and animals.  Many products contain a laundry list of potentially dangerous and gross ingredients, some obvious, some insidiously hidden (theCampaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead contamination in 61% of all lipsticks ittested), so how do you find safe, effective natural beauty & health aides?

A shortcut to decoding a product’s ingredients is looking for BDIH Natural Cosmetic Certification.  BDIH originated in Germany in 1996, and began compiling a list of standards to ensure the ultimate environmental ethics, animal safety, and quality of cosmetic products for sale in Europe.  According to BDIH, the makers of the products marked with its seal must use natural raw material such as plant oils and waxes, herbal extracts and essential oils and aromatics from controlled biological cultivation or controlled biological wild collection. In addition to the careful selection of raw materials, the ecological impact of each product plays an important role in the certification process. The parameters of the certification process covereverything from ingredient sourcing up to packaging and include:

· Strict no animal testing policy–this includes ingredients, raw materials, and finished product.
· No raw materials obtained from dead vertebrates may be used, including collagen, animal fats, mink oil, or living cells.
· Genetically modified ingredients are not allowed.
· There is a deliberate rejection of petrochemicals, 
· Ingredients must be sourced from plants or minerals ONLY.
· Radioactive treatment of raw materials is forbidden.
· Packaging must be minimal as to create the least amount of waste, and should be recyclable.

Finding brands that meet these stringent criteria for clean ingredients and manufacturing processes is easier than you think; here at Perelandra we stock BDIH certified products for skin, hair, and body that you might already enjoy from brands like Dr. Hauschka, and Aubrey Organics.  Browse our Health & Beauty Aide section to find your clean cosmetics today!

This post is brought to you by Eden Di Bianco, Perelandra's in-store Cosmetologist.