Review: Schkinny Maninny

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I was able to try Schkinny Maninny over two days and I would recommend starting on the weekend. If you have always wanted to try a juice cleanse then this might appeal to you.

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The freshly squeezed juices, soup and salad arrived in a small esky. They were all packaged in plastic, so you can rinse them and recycle. The only real cooking I had to do was reheating through the soup.

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You are able to specify your dietary requirements when you order. I liked most of the juices, but thought the soup needed more seasoning. I would have liked the juices to be full of green vegetables, but the fruit based ones were yummy because of the fructose content.

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If you can afford the cost, I would recommend trying it once every few months when you are on holidays and relaxed.

Schkinny Maninny Nutritional Juice Cleanse
Schkinny Maninny Nutritional Juice Cleanse

Schkinny Maninny is available in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

 

Taste test: Three teas by The Loose Leaf Tea House

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I’ve been lucky enough to try some of the range of certified organic tea from The Loose Leaf Tea House. About 70% of their tea is currently Organic, and Monique is constantly trying to source more organic teas to add to their range. Their best sellers are the Organic Earl Grey, Organic China Sencha, Japanese blossom and the Organic peppermint. I tried the following three teas:

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Organic English Breakfast
The Organic English Breakfast is my favourite of the three teas and I’d happily recommend it to my friends. It has a beautiful smooth flavour, which reminds me of soft caramels. It is a traditional strong breakfast tea, made with certified organic and bio dynamic Assam and Ceylon teas. It produces a full-bodied aromatic blend. I could easily drink this tea every day.

It is best brewed for 3 to 5 minutes at a water temperature of 100°Celsius.

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Organic China Sencha

The Organic China Sencha is a delightful green tea. This certified organic tea is made from large leaf green tea, which produces a distinctive crisp and mild flavours. The tea has a high level of vitamin C because it is made from the first picking of the leaves in spring and steamed dried. This tea looks different to other green teas I have tried, as you can see the large vibrant green leaves. The tea has a yellow light green colour and gives a good rounded taste. It reminds Matt of the green tea served in Chinese restaurants.

It is best brewed for 2 to 3 minutes at a water temperature of 80°Celsius, so allow the kettle to rest awhile before pouring. It took about 5 minutes for the water to cool to the recommended temperature, but this will depend on your kettle.

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Organic Immune Boost
The Organic Immune Boost is a certified organic herbal tea which aims to build up the immune system and help keep away colds and flus. The tea consists of a blend of powerhouse herbs such as echinacea, Siberian Ginseng, spearmint, ginger and lemongrass. The packet is full of chunky herbs but the tea provides a well balanced taste. I prefer my herbal teas to be organic – you can really taste the difference, particularly with peppermint tea. I would recommend drinking this herbal tea through winter or as a warming drink to have before bed.

It is best brewed for 5 to 8 minutes at a water temperature of 100°Celsius.

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The teas are available for purchase online and at various locations around Australia.

Thank you The Loose Leaf Tea House for allowing us to try Organic English Breakfast, Orangic China Senha and Organic Immune Boost. 

Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners

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Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners.

It’s easy to make your own green cleaners with a few tried-and-true recipes. You’ll be protecting your health by avoiding using toxic chemicals in your home and these are better for the environment. Better yet, you’ll find yourself saving money.

What’s not to love?

Here’s a round up of my posts on how to make your own green cleaners:

How to make your own fabric softener

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White vinegar softens fabric and stops static cling. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash, with a few drops of lavender oil for odours.

Wool will stay soft if washed in warm water with eucalyptus oil.

Other green stain remover products to try are:

How to make your own dish washing detergent

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Many conventional dish washing detergents contain phosphate, which causes blue-green algae blooms in waterways.

Here’s  a simple recipe to make your own dish washing detergent:

1/4 cup petroleum-free soap flakes
1/4 cup glycerin
1/2 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil
11/2 cups of hot water

Instead of the eucalyptus oil, you may like to add a few drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil.

Other green dish washing detergent products to try are:

We also like to look for one which did not contain sodium laurel sulphate, as it kills the good bugs in your tummy!

Handy hint – Place a leftover lemon half in your dishwasher to keep your dishes smelling fresh and clean.

Note: If you are on the GAPS or SCD diet – it’s best not to use a dishwasher.

How to make your own oven cleaner

Conventional oven sprays contain some of the nastiest chemicals. Many are corrosive lye-based (sodium hydroxide) solutions that are dangerous to inhale.

Our green cleaner put the oven parts into the outside sink (which is larger and deeper then our kitchen sink) and soaked them for several hours. I wish I knew what she put in the water to soak off the grime.

I’ve had lots of success with using bicarb soda and vinegar for cleaning the top of stove and around the hot plates. The only problem was that I accidentally blocked up the gas hole and then one plate didn’t work properly until I gave it another more thorough clean.

Mix bicarb soda with water and leave the paste on for half an hour to loosen the grime, then wipe it off with a sponge or rag.

Karen Logan in ‘Clean House Clean Planet‘ recommends using a putty knife, razor and pumice stone to clean the oven.

How to make your own air freshener

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The best way to freshen the air inside your house it to open up the windows.

You may like to add some indoor plants to help filter out any existing pollutants and toxic chemicals.

Add some natural essential oils to a burner if you like aromatherapy.

Other green air freshener products to try are:

How to make your own stain remover

A solution of half vinegar, half water sprayed on stains half an hour before washing helps to remove grass, juice, mildew, coffee and tea.

Hairspray helps remove ink stains.

Other green stain remover products to try are:

  • Cinderella Stain Remover

 

How to make your own bathroom cleaner

Conventional bathroom cleaners often contain harsh toxic chemicals.

Washing soda cleans hard surfaces such as walls, sinks, tiles and tubs, but it rusts aluminum.

To remove mould from a shower curtain, mix 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water, spritz on and leave for a least two hours.

Vinegar also kills mould.

Other green bathroom cleaner products to try are: