Note from Mommypotamus: Hey y’all, the Potamus family is 7 days away from starting our next big adventure! While pack Katie from Girl Meets Nourishment is stopping by to share her mouthwatering recipe for cheesy homemade crackers – thank you Katie!
They are perfect for lunches, road trips, or a tasty afternoon snack. I remember packed lunches with a small bag of my favorite cheese crackers, usually in the shape of squares or fish that brought joy with each bite! Continue ReadingRead More »
Note from Mommypotamus: Hey guys, I’m buried in boxes right now – packing up the house for a big move! We don’t know for sure where we’ll be in two weeks, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do. In the meantime, I’ve got some GREAT stuff lined up for you! Today’s guest post comes from Allison of The Sprouting Seed - thank you Alison!
For the birth of my son Ezra. I took classes, read books, practiced prenatal yoga and worked on my breathing. I wanted to be ready for what I thought was going to be the most painful part of having a baby. Continue ReadingRead More »
Note from Mommypotamus: Hey guys, I’m buried in boxes right now – packing up the house for a big move! We don’t know for sure where we’ll be in two weeks, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do. In the meantime, I’ve got some GREAT stuff lined up for you! Today, Susan from Learning And Yearning - the mama behind these DIY shampoo bars - is sharing her recipe for an extra gentle bar soap that’s great for those with sensitive skin, eczema, and of course babies! Continue ReadingRead More »
1. To set back to the initial state
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Note from Mommypotamus: Today’s guest post comes from Katja of The Savory Lotus. Thank you for stopping by to share this recipe, Katja!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were always my favorite. I loved the salty and sweet flavors together. And when Halloween came around, I would always try to trade for more Reese’s Cups.
Fast forward 20 plus years, and I still love salty and sweet together. It’s been a long time since I have had a Reese’s PB Cup, but I have been dreaming of making my own for some time now. And since chocolate seems to be too stimulating for me, I thought that having more nut butter than chocolate would be better. Here is my version:
There are no hydrogenated oils or refined sugars here like in the Reese’s version. Just wholesome, natural ingredients like almond butter, coconut oil, real celtic sea salt and honey. I adapted the recipe from my Toasted Coconut Fudge. I think you will be surprised at how EASY these are to make. And how tasty they are. I had to actually HIDE them from my family until I could find the time to take the photos for this post.
This recipe requires placing the mini muffin tin into the freezer between making the layers for a few minutes in order to get the right effect. It’s quite easy once you get started. And the mini paper liners really help. I hope you like my version of an old childhood favorite….
Nut Butter Layer:
Mommypotamus note: Cacao powder, which has more antioxidants, can also be used. It has a stronger flavor that some people love and some . . . don’t!
Seems like I am not the only one who loves nut butter cups. I love to see what other folks create.
Peanut Butter Cups from Our Healthy Homestead
Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups from Oatmeal with a Fork
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups from The Sprouted Kitchen
Healthier Peanut Butter Eggs from The Detoxinista
Katja is the author of the Savory Lotus, a food and wellness blog. She focuses on REAL, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods to nourish the body and the mind, and is passionate about helping people simplify their journey to health. She questions the existing state of affairs and features well-researched information to readers feel empowered about their health and to live a more sustainable, connected life.
Here are a few of Mommypotamus’ favorites:
And though it could technically be considered edible, this mint chocolate whipped body butter works better as a light bronzer.
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When your sweet babe starting mouthing everything EXCEPT the toys you bought them for that specific purpose, you probably didn’t actually price XRF machines so that you could scan random objects for lead. Even if it was your first baby that would be just nuts.
Fortunately, we don’t live in a country where profits are regularly put before human health. As soon as the devastating health effects of bisphenol A were discovered, the U.S. banned it outright.
Oh wait, I have that mixed up. China, Malaysia, Canada and the European Union all had the sense to ban bisphenol A (BPA) for certain uses before the FDA finally caved to pressure and banned it in baby bottles and cups. (source 1, source 2)
The FDA enacted the ban without admitting BPA is harmful in any way. In their words they were just “codifying” the general trend away from BPA-infused products. According to a 2010 study, products touting the “BPA-free” label went up 577% in just the twelve months between 2009-2010!
Don’t breathe that sigh of relief yet, though. Let’s set aside for a moment that BPA is still regularly used in children’s toys, food packaging, dental fillings and a variety of other products. There’s something else going on here.
According to this article, “Now that consumers are refusing to buy BPA-containing containers manufacturers have had no choice but to oblige with seemingly bisphenol-free alternatives. Ironically, BPA is used to make Sippy Cups (and polycarbonate) shatterproof, and therefore ‘safer.’ But, instead of manufacturers actually removing the danger in BPA-free labeled products, many are capitalizing on this marketing opportunity by removing only the perception of danger, opting to substitute BPA for equally toxic members of the bisphenol chemical class.” (emphasis mine)
Yep, that’s right. There’s basically an “alphabetic soup of toxic bisphenols in consumer goods,” says this article, which goes on to list them as:
In a study conducted last year, researchers found that manufacturers are quietly replacing bisphenol A with bisphenol S (BPS) in many products. Can these products be labeled as BPA-free? Yes they can. Maybe that’s why another study conducted last year found that “Bisphenol S concentrations in urine from the citizens of 8 countries were within the same concentration ranges as Bisphenol A levels reported by the same research group in the year before.” In other words, BPA levels dropped, but almost at the exact same rate that BPS levels rose. (Here’s a link to the original study)
Other sources have confirmed that – at least in Europe – “BPA-free” baby bottles now contain BPS. (source) As far as I know U.S. manufacturers have not revealed what they’re using.
Not a lot of studies have been done, but preliminary research indicates that it may actually be WORSE than BPA! Here’s why. From the studies we have, it appears that BPS has about the same level of estrogenic activity. (source 1, source 2) So far, estrogenic activity of BPA has been linked to:
What makes BPS potentially worse is that research indicates it takes longer to biodegrade. In other words, it may to stay with us longer and therefore have a more lasting effect. (source)
Recently a non-profit public interest group sued Coca-Cola on the grounds that it’s Vitamin Water product makes unwarranted health claims. To defend itself, Coca-Cola’s lawyers contended that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.” (source)
So basically, their defense is that we should have known they were lying? How very reassuring.
As parents, I think a healthy dose of skepticism is needed regarding manufacturers claims. Labels can mislead, and untested chemicals are usually presumed to be safe until a mountain of evidence proves otherwise. For example, did you know that marines where once told that Agent Orange was essentially “so safe you can drink it”? (source)
No! My kids have plastic toys and I have not called manufacturers about the composition of every single one. However, I do my best avoid plastic whenever possible, opting instead for glass water bottles & food storage containers, fresh foods instead of canned items, homemade glass spray bottles for cleaning supplies, etc. And of course, I don’t rely on labels to tell me everything I need to know!
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