May 15

FAQ: What’s Pink Salt?

FAQ: What's Pink Salt?Photo Credit: SixDepot

You don’t have to spend much time around our recipes to see that we use sea salt or pink salt pretty exclusively. Sea salt you’ve heard of… what in the world is this pink salt? We’ve heard your comments and we’ve read your emails. Let’s get this pink salt out in the open.

Here it is: pink salt is a form of sea salt! It’s also known as Himalayan Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Hawaiian Salt and there are probably more! There are different sources for pink salt, hence the different names. Why distinguish the different forms of salt and bother with the fancy pink stuff?

Pink Salt 101

Pink salts are believed to be the purest form of salt available because they are sourced from the deepest, unpolluted salt deposits in the world. They are extracted in the most natural ways, such as solar evaporation or hand-mined. The salt is extracted without chemicals or harsh methods. These salts are the best quality and the most natural because they are unrefined and untreated.

Due to the sourcing methods and locations of sea salts, these salts are full of essential minerals, trace minerals and electrolytes. These are extremely valuable to our bodies. Regular table salt totally lacks these minerals. We don’t use sea salts to be fancy, we do it to reap these health benefits. Feeling fancy is just a nice side-effect!

We also love that sea salts are free of chemicals and additives. 

White table salt often has sugar and toxic chemicals added to it. Without the minerals and electrolytes of sea salt, it’s just sodium chloride with unhealthy additives. A diet high in sodium is not healthy in general, but especially when it is high in salt that lacks any of the natural benefits of sea salt. Our society adds such an abundance of sodium to foods, considering the type of salt eaten on a regular basis can help you adapt a more natural, toxic-free lifestyle.

Pink salt is superior to white table salt in other ways.

Pink salts have a beautiful color, they can be used in face scrubs or bath soaks and taste simply amazing in all recipes! Pink salt adds an amazing robust flavor to foods and due to it’s strength, it’s usually best to use less! It’s high potency allows you to easily decrease your sodium intake while reaping the flavor. We try to use a bit less salt in our recipes because we always use a good quality salt.  We have also found that most sea salts are practically like a natural MSG. It’s magic in your dishes!

Final Word on Salt

Do you have to use pink salt in our recipes? Not at all. But we do recommend using some form of a good quality sea salt. Just go with a good quality, pure sea salt that fits your budget and taste. The salt you use doesn’t have to be pink or have a fancy “vanilla” flavor or have a course texture. Use what you like! Unless of course a recipe calls for it!

Sugar Free Gluten Free Cookies

When you have the choice to treat your body to a good salt, we have found it is worth it. It just feels good! You’ll notice a difference in your health and in the flavor of your culinary endeavors. Now let’s get fancy!

May 15

Salted Caramel Rice Krispy Treats

Traditional rice krispy treats merge with salted caramels in these easy, naturally-sweetened cereal bars.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispies

For a recipe that wasn’t on my “do-list” and just happened to be more eventful than planned, (there was a mishap with the caramel and my wrist has a burn to show for it) these rice krispy treats turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Every once in awhile, instead of struggling for days on one recipe, an idea will spark and in just a couple hours I’ll have a dessert on the table and a half written blog post. Last week, that spur of the moment dessert came out to be these delicious salted caramel rice krispy bars!
 You won’t believe how quick and easy this recipe is to make. A quick shortcut with the microwave for the caramel and just 7 simple ingredients later, you’ll have these sweet rice krispy treats that are almost easier than traditional marshmallow treats! Caramel mixed in with soft natural rice krispies creates a really soft chewy bite that is not overly sweetened. And nothing makes a dessert more fancy (or more delicious) like a layer of course sea salt. With a sweet caramel flavor and a nice crunch, this fleur de sel caramel flavor is over the top!

Vegan Rice Krispie Treats

Salted Caramel Rice Krispy Treats (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free)
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1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
1/3 cup Raw Honey or Agave
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Natural Butter Extract
3 1/4 cups Puffed Rice
3/4 teaspoon Coarse Salt

Butter an 8 by 8 dish with coconut oil and set aside.

In a microwave bowl, heat the coconut oil, coconut sugar and honey for 30 seconds. Stir sweeteners and heat for another 30 seconds. Heat for an additional four-15 second increments, stirring between each heating. Carefully remove caramels from microwave and stir in vanilla extract and butter extract. Stir until caramel is smooth. In a mixing bowl, combine caramels with the puffed rice, reserving about 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce. Spread puffed rice mixture evenly into the buttered dish. Scrape out leftover caramel sauce and spread over bars, then immediately top with salt. Place bars in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Note: I chose to use puffed brown rice which has no sweeteners added to it all, so even with the caramel, they are not overly sweet! If you use regular Rice Krispies, they will be very, very sweet and you may want to decrease the caramel a bit.

May 15

13 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes

This Mother’s Day is going to be extra sweet for our family. Our sister-in-law, Liz, is a soon-to-be mom and is expecting her baby boy any day now. Our brother Ben is about to become a dad. We’re going to be aunts to our first nephew. In all honesty, our dad probably hasn’t slept for weeks thinking about his first grandson. The excitement of this baby is just pulsing through our family and it’s only getting stronger!

No matter the stage of motherhood, it’s an incredibly important job. Where would we be without our amazing moms? Let’s make sure to truly honor the wonderful women in our lives. The appreciation they deserve is far beyond what we give.

Showing appreciation is simple and quite easy. Our mom feels the most loved when her regular mundane responsibilities are taken care of and she’s pampered with something sweet. The best gift might be taking the time to shop for, prepare and clean up her favorite treats! Here are a few of our family favorites that we know the women in your life will completely appreciate. Served with a clean kitchen and no dishes, we know it will be the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Happy Mother’s Day!

Happiest first Mother’s Day to you, Liz! We love you! AND PS: Happy Birthday! :) Have the best day!!!

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