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Skincare Good Enough to Eat: Unleashing the Power of Nuts and Seeds
Explore the versatility of nuts and seeds in creating nutritious milk alternatives and eco-friendly skincare products.
Welcome to the uRBAN wHIP blog, where we embrace the art of creating and using natural ingredients. Today, we're sharing innovative recipes to utilize nuts and seeds - a staple in many pantries. These recipes not only offer delightful culinary creations but also introduce a unique approach to skincare.
Nut Milk: A Versatile Beverage
- Ingredients: Organic nuts or seeds, water.
- Ratio: 1 cup nuts to 3 cups water.
- Equipment: Blender or food processor, nut milk bag or fine-meshed sieve.
- Soak and Rinse: Soak nuts overnight, activating enzymes for better digestion and blendability.
- Blend: Combine soaked nuts with fresh water and blend.
- Strain: Use a nut milk bag or sieve for smooth milk (optional).
Flavor Variations: Enhance your nut milk with vanilla or almond extract, raw cocoa, spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger), or sweeteners like maple syrup or honey. You can also experiment with fresh fruits like strawberries for a unique twist.
Using the Pulp: From Nut Flour to Body Scrub
Don't discard the pulp! Here are five creative ways to repurpose it:
- Nut Flour: Dry the pulp and grind it into flour for baking.
- Raw Cookies: Mix the pulp with dates, nut butter, and spices for delicious, no-bake treats.
- Raw Cheese: Blend the pulp with nutritional yeast, garlic, and herbs for a spread.
- Cereal: Combine pulp with nuts, dried fruits, and spices for a hearty breakfast.
- Body Scrub: A blend of nut pulp, oil, sea salt, and lemon zest creates a natural, exfoliating scrub.
DIY Nut Pulp Body Scrub Recipe
- 2 cups coconut and nut pulp
- 2 tablespoons of your choice of oil (olive, avocado, coconut)
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Use 1 cup for a single scrub session.
- Store the remainder in ziplock bags for future use (can be frozen for up to 3 months).
- Defrost frozen pulp or scrub in the fridge overnight.
- Use the scrub before shaving for a closer shave.
Why Choose Nut Milk and Pulp?
At uRBAN wHIP, we believe in the power of natural, homemade products. Nut milk offers a nutritious alternative to dairy, packed with vitamins and minerals. The leftover pulp, often overlooked, is a treasure trove for eco-friendly skincare, providing natural exfoliation and nourishment.
Embracing nuts and seeds in your daily routine is a step toward sustainable living and holistic health. Whether it's savoring a glass of homemade nut milk or indulging in a natural body scrub, these simple ingredients can transform your approach to nutrition and skincare. Join us at uRBAN wHIP in celebrating skincare that's truly good enough to eat!
- Danielle Lasit