Homemade / DIY

Healthy lunchbox

I got a new job about 6 weeks ago. I’d worked from home before. I’m on a tight budget. I want to eat healthy. The solution: Take a packed lunch to work.

I wanted something healthy, filling, substantial, affordable, easy and quick to make and eat, not funny-smelling, something gluten-free, and something that doesn’t need to be heated up in the microwave.

This is my unique solution: Substantial lunchbox salad (600g)

Healthy lunchbox ingredients

Healthy lunchbox ingredients

Ingredients (seasonal)

    • carrots
    • pineapple
    • a tangerine/naartjie, seeds removed
    • apple
    • cucumber
    • strawberry
    • lemon
    • fresh basil
    • fresh mint
    • 1/4 cup gluten-free raw, rolled oats
    • a handful of raisins and currants
    • 1 Tablespoon of desiccated coconut
    • 1 Tablespoon seed mix (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds/flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds)
    • cinnamon


Healthy lunchbox ingredients in the 'chopper'

Healthy lunchbox ingredients in the ‘chopper’

Put the fruit, vegetables, and herbs in the chopper part of a blender / food processor. Chop for a few seconds to desired texture.

Healthy lunchbox ingredients, chopped

Healthy lunchbox ingredients, chopped

Add the dried fruit, oats, coconut, and cinnamon.

Healthy lunchbox plus additions

Healthy lunchbox plus additions

Mix in to combine with a spoon.

Healthy lunchbox, mixed

Healthy lunchbox, mixed

Pack into a lunchbox.

healthy lunchbox ready

Healthy lunchbox, ready

Make it the evening before and store it in the fridge overnight.

Seeds and raw oats become more digestible when they soak in the juice of the fruit from the salad overnight.

This makes 600 grams. That’s pretty substantial!

Do you have any other suggestions for me?

What do you have for lunch at work?


Homemade Natural Mouthwash

I believe the physical action of swishing liquid around your mouth is what makes mouthwash effective. I’m never happy with the long list of ingredients in a simple product, so I decided to make my own. I researched and decided to keep it simple.


Ingredients and method

a few drops clove and/or cinnamon essential oil (for their anti-bacterial qualities)
a few drops of stevia liquid

Put all ingredients in a glass bottle and shake.


Easy peasy, cheap and cheerful. I don’t feel bad about using it twice a day.

When to use mouthwash?

I floss, mouthwash, then brush.

What order do you follow?

That one time I made my own natural toothpaste…

I’d been interested in making my own toothpaste for a long time. I searched for recipes online, and all of them used baking soda. I’d heard too many bad things about using baking soda on teeth so I came up with my own recipe.
I’d seen powdered activated charcoal as an ingredient, and I decided to make it my base ingredient. Activated charcoal draws out impurities, and can have a whitening effect.

Ingredients and method


I powdered a handful of activated charcoal tablets in the blender/chopper, added liquid organic virgin coconut oil, a few drops of Stevia, and a few drops of clove or cinnamon essential oil. I poured it into a small glass jar. When the weather got colder, it solidified.


Does it work?

Guess what? It turns your mouth black first before you rinse it away! After a few weeks, I think I noticed a difference and improvement in whiteness. Unfortunately, I didn’t take before and after photos.

The downside

I felt bad about spitting out my oily toothpaste down the sink drain. It also made the basin black.

Next time

I don’t think I’ll be using this permanently in the future, but it’s been an interesting experience. I think I’ll stick to Sensodyne Repair and Protect.

Have you ever made your own toothpaste?