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    DIY Honey Face Masks

    DIY Honey Face Masks

    Looking for an all natural, wholesome replacement for those expensive facial creams? By creating your own DIY honey face masks, your skin will be healthier and happier. A lot of research has been done that proves honey aids in hydrating skin, evening skin, and preventing blemishes. According to scientists such as Professor Peter Molan from the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of honey will help heal your skin and protect it from further damage.

    To see the benefits, it is important to note that not all honey acts the same. If you are planning to make your own honey face masks, be sure to buy unpasteurized honey or grade A honey, rather than the conventional stuff. With that said, we have several options below that will help you find the perfect balance for what your skin needs most.

    Feel free to also check out our collaboration with the Pollinator Partnership to support the Bee Friendly Farming Program, which encourages farmers to provide honey bees with a healthy living environment.

    For all of the following DIY face masks, we have a few tips given from dermatologist experts such as Dr. Doris Day and Dr. Michele S. Green.

    1. Gently apply each of the mixtures to your face and leave it on for a maximum of 20 minutes.
    2. Don’t use any of the masks more than once a week.
    3. Be aware of the fact that applying certain ingredients to your face may not have the same benefits as ingesting them.

    Deep Clean Pore Scrub

    Honey + sugar + olive oil

    -Honey (1 tablespoon)

    -Organic sugar (1 tablespoon)

    -Olive oil (1 tablespoon)

     

    Blackhead Eraser

    Honey + Baking Soda

    -Honey (2 tablespoons)

    -Baking soda (2 tablespoons)

     

    Acne Remover

    Honey + Nutmeg

    -Honey (2 tablespoons)

    -Nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon)

     

    Pore Shrinkage

    Honey + Apple Cider Vinegar

    -Honey (2 tablespoons)

    -Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)

     

    Smoother Skin

    Honey + Oatmeal

    -Honey (1 tablespoon)

    -Oatmeal (1 tablespoon)

     

    Face Cleanser

    Honey + Coconut Oil

    -Honey (2 tablespoons)

    -Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)

     

    Recipes adapted from The Indian Spot.

    For more information on honey and its healing properties, please visit the U.S National Library of Medicine National, Institutes of Health as well as Livestrong.

     

    Going to the Extreme: Diet Drama

    Going to the Extreme: Diet Drama

    We are so fortunate to have Maria Dalzot, MS, RDN guest blog for Ona Foods. Maria is a La Sportiva athlete, USATF National Trail Champion and multi-time US mountain team member. She is also a registered dietitian (RD) and a Washington State certified dietitian-nutritionist (CDN) with a Master of Science degree in human nutrition and food science. Maria works with people of all ages and disciplines to meet their performance and health goals.

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    Grain-Free Granola Made With Organic Honey

    Grain-Free Granola Made With Organic Honey

    Here at Ona, we're dedicated to crafting delicious grain-free treats sweetened with organic honey. As such, we love to share other recipes that align with our mission and values! This grain-free granola is packed with healthy fats, sweetened with organic honey, and tastes incredible! 

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    Healthy Ona Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Healthy Ona Ice Cream Sandwiches

    What's better than 2 of our tasty, grain-free Ona cookies? 2 Ona cookies held together with a generous layer of ice cream of course. We've put together 4 healthy Ona ice cream sandwiches that you don't need to feel guilty about! Each one features our treats paired with a homemade, dairy free ice cream. We also give store-bought ice cream suggestions because we understand that life gets busy! 

    Classic Chocolate Chip

    Chances are you’ve had (or at least seen) the traditional chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. This is a healthier twist on a classic favorite!

    Ingredients

    -2 Ona Chocolate Chip Cookies

    -The Kitchn's Vegan vanilla ice cream recipe or Coconut Bliss Vanilla  ice cream

    -Optional: Roll sandwich in dairy free chocolate chips to really mimic the classic sandwich! 

     

    Chocolate Chocolate

    If you’re a chocoholic, this one's for you!

    Ingredients 

    -1 Ona Chocolate Chocolate bar, cut in half

    -Minimalist Baker's dairy free chocolate ice cream recipe or Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate ice cream 

    Alternative: If this is too much chocolate for you, you can substitute any ice cream! You’ll still get your chocolate fix with the bar. :)

     

    Peanut Butter Sammie

    -2 Ona Peanut Butter Cookies 

    -ice cream of your choice (any vanilla or chocolate would work well). You could even layer in peanut butter and freeze it, for an extra treat! 

     

    Mix it up!

    Can’t decide on a flavor? Try using 2 different cookies for your sandwich! Really, any of our cookies with ice cream are delicious. I mean, it’s cookies and ice cream…

    - 2 Ona cookies of your choice (some combos we recommend are coconut and maple pecan or chocolate chip and peanut butter)

    -Dairy free ice cream of your choice. We love any Coconut Bliss flavor

     

    We’d love to see your cookie sandwich creations! Share on Instagram and tag #ona or @onatreats

     

    The Wonderful Work of the Food Equality Initiative

    The Wonderful Work of the Food Equality Initiative

    Living with dietary restrictions and food allergies is tough enough on its own. For low-income individuals and families, though, it’s almost impossible to afford quality food that is allergy friendly. Many low-income people rely on local food banks for their groceries, but not many food banks have an adequate supply of safe foods for those on restrictive diets.

    Emily Brown realized how much of a problem this was when her daughter, at age 1, was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. With assistance from the Women, Infants and Children program, Emily tried to find safe and nutritious food within her daughter’s dietary restrictions. That’s when she noticed a gap in the system and in the spring of 2014, she started the Food Equality Initiative out of Overland Park, Kansas.

    “When we started this a few years ago, nobody was talking about this issue,” Emily said. “Nobody was connecting the dots between food allergies and the high cost of food and the impact it can have on families, particularly low-income.”

    The first (and still only) organization of its kind in the country, FEI provides allergy friendly food and nutritional education to low-income individuals and families. FEI distributed over twelve thousand pounds of food in its first year open, all gluten free and allergy friendly. About 20 families rely on FEI for some or all of their food supply every month and the number of clients is growing. A second location is set to open in Kansas City, Missouri in late July.

    “Everything we do is very intentional. We put a lot of effort and thought into what goes on the shelves and the systems we use here,” Emily said. “For those of us with food allergies, it’s a condition and it’s only really managed by what you put in your mouth. That’s the preventative treatment. If you don’t have that access, you just can’t maintain your health. And we’re seeing research that supports the work we do. We look at the work we’re doing here as a model.”

    FEI relies on business sponsors to minimize out of pocket costs and Ona just happens to be their July Sponsor of the Month! Our own business began with food allergies and seeking out quality food that fit within a restrictive diet. Ona founder and owner, Chris Feuille, had health issues several years ago that forced him to eliminate all gluten, grains and dairy from his diet. Still craving sweets, his kitchen experiments with honey and nuts eventually became the Ona products we have today.

    Read more about the wonderful work the Food Equality Initiative does on their website: http://foodequalityinitiative.org/about-us-2/