A Balanced Life

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Breakfast. A great place to start!

I start my day with warm water and lemon and/or turmeric tea. Turmeric tea is what I look forward to every day! (Shh don’t tell anyone I left out the extra “r” in the sketch below- it was before I realized it had that R!) you can read more here

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I love my new(ish) discovery of Young Thai Coconuts. I use the juice and the meat for so many things (the recipe below, smoothies, and add the water to my juice blends).

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Lemon Creme (with Blueberry)

  • meat from 3 young Thai coconuts
  • 1/2 C lemon juice, and zest
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Butter (can use all oil)
  • 2 TBSP Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • seeds from a vanilla bean, pos discarded

 

 

Put all in a Vitamix and blend til smooth. Add water or coconut water so that it is a little runny. Then  Refrigerate and chia seeds will firm it up  I like mine at a yogurt consistency, but sometimes it is more like a thick pudding. This photo has blueberries and Young Living ningxia berry syrup and it is SO delicious!

IMG_0219Super Cereal Blend

 Ingredients:

  • 1 C Buckwheat
  • 1 C Millet
  • 1 C  Quinoa
  • 1 C Amaranth
  • 1/2 C Sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C Chia seeds

put all ingredients in a container. I first poured into the jar…but then i couldn’t mix them. So I dumped them into a bag, gave a couple of good shakes, then poured back into the jar for storing.

 

For Un-soaked cereal;

  • 1/4 C of Super Cereal Blend
  • 1 Cup water

Rinse porridge well in a fine mesh sieve.   bring  to a boil, then simmer 20 min.  Enjoy with warm milk, sweetener of choice, spices, fresh fruit and superfoods (goji berries. I love to use cinnamon, maple syrup, nut milk and blueberries . Sometimes I also do cranberries and toss those into the water while boiling.

Soaked Cereal:

  • 1/4  C Super cereal blend
  • 1/2  C water
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Rinse cereal well using a fine mesh sieve (I have started skipping this step!). place in a small pan with the ACV and cover with boiling water (kettle is fine, i used my hot water dispenser). In the morning, drain and rinse. Add 1/2 cup water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 10 min. Enjoy with warm milk, sweetener of choice, spices, fresh fruit and any superfoods you can.

This came from My New Roots, you can take a peek here

 

Juice:

I lOVE Juicing! Starting off your day with a green juice, well it just starts the day off right. Sometimes, I am great about juicing fresh daily. Other times, Not so much. So i have a handy little trick. I take a day and juice a ton of stuff with lots of variety. I pour the different juices into jars. Label them..because, although, you THINK that you will remember exactly what is in them, you won’t. Sad but true!  I usually make lots of green juices, a good bit of beet (my favorite), carrot, and often lemon. I like to have lemon handy for all sorts of reasons, so I make little ice cubes out of those. I also will add a lemon to the green ones that i am making. When I am done juicing, i start making juice cubes. I have some small, some medium and some large ice cube trays. I am not quite sure how i collected such a collection! But I do know that I found some that had lids and bought a few for this very reason.

Flash forward a few days or weeks…..Take a few cubes of this and a few of that and put them in  ball jars (because they have lids) and stick them in the fridge to begin a slow thaw.

I am sure that we would all agree that fresh, immediately drank from the juicer is the BETTER way to consume, But as a second choice- this rocks! No preservatives, not pasteurized, only pure goodness.

Are you Wondering what is good to juice?:

Greens: watercress, spinach (but not if you have a weak thyroid), kale, collard, turnip, beet tops, parsley (a LITTLE goes a LONG way!). I like to add in lemon, cucumber and sometimes and maybe dandelion or arugula. Depending on what quantities you have, you can keep the green juice at single ingredients or mix a few of them together. I add the lemon and cuke into other greens.

Red: beets. Beets + carrots. Beets + carrots + orange or lemon. You can even add in a little apple. But the beet is sweet enough, so don’t get carried away and make it counterproductive by making it too sweet.

Orange: Same as before, just leave out the red beets. You can add yellow or orange ones though!

Flu Shot: this is one of my favs! Tumeric root, ginger, lemon. These are a freezer must, so they are handy if you ever feel like you are coming down with something, or if you have been exposed to any sicklies!

General: You can add ginger to any or all of the above. I like to freeze leftover coconut water from making the Lemon Creme (from above) and add those to the juices. Sometimes I add Aloe Vera juice, or just water until I get the consistency and taste that I want.

Just keep in mind that sticking with organic is pretty important here. If you are juicing and getting concentrated nutrients from these vegetables, you will also be getting concentrated pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals! YUCK! The goal is to feed your body, not clog up your liver with toxins.

Smoothies:

More on these later. It will need it’s own post, but yet, couldn’t be left off the breakfast menu!

 

Ciao,

Stephanie

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Banana Bread that Rocks!

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I made some banana bread tonight that totally rocks! It also happens to be gluten free and dairy free. I chose to add chocolate chips, but you could add walnuts instead. When I decided to make the bread (shouldn’t we really call this cake?? maybe), I looked in the pantry to see what flours that I had available. I was going to use all almond flour, but I didn’t have enough. The recipe below will call for almond flour, but use what works for you- or what you have on hand. Cooking and baking is all about fun, easy and playing with flavors! I was at Canyon Ranch in Tucson last week and the  chef there likes to use certified gluten free Oat flour for all of his gluten free baking. It is easy to find if you look for Bob’s Red Mill brand, they are available in so many places! He likes it because it has good texture, some of the flours are so fine like  corn starch , that it doesn’t work quite as well. Back to the recipe, Where it says Almond flour, use what you like or have on hand. For the bread I made tonight I had 1+  cups of blanched almond flour, a cup + of courser almond flour, so I added about 3/4 cup of oat flour (the made up the final amount to equal 3.5 cups) then 1/4 c chia flour ( because i accidentally added too much oil and I knew that it would help to offset) I am including the extra oil and the chia in the recipe because i like the benefits and protein of chia.(you can reduce oil to 1/4 cup and skip chia if you refer) I used my Vitamix to make flour out of chia seeds, which I always have on hand for smoothies and salads. I also used a combo of coconut oil and olive oil (mostly coconut and topped off with olive to fill measure) Choose which you like or have on hand 🙂  If you choose chocolate chips with or instead of walnuts, be sure to get dark chocolate ones or dairy free ones. I use “enjoy life” brand.

Banana Bread without any guilt (the recipe)

Bowl 1:

3.5 Cups Almond Flour

.25 c chia flour ( or try chia seeds!)

1.25 tsp sea salt

1.25 tsp Baking Soda

.25 tsp gr cardamon

.25 tsp cinnamon

.25 tsp vanilla powder  (or liquid vanilla, but add to liquids)

Bowl 2:

3 large eggs

1/2 c light agave or sweetener of your choice ( i used date sugar because I wanted to try it)

1/2 c oil ( grapeseed, coconut, olive or a combo)

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5 Large ripe  Bananas ( I used some that i had frozen for smoothies, worked great!)

1/2 c chopped walnuts or chocolate chips ( go heavy if you really LOVE them, like ME)

1.  preheat oven to 350 and coat mini loaf pans with oil.

2.  place bananas in a food processor and pulse until blended, set aside

3. mix dry ingredients in bowl 1 (larger of the 2)

4. mix wet ingredients in bowl 2

5. fold wet into dry, then fold the combo into the  bananas ( i cheated and lightly mixed then dumped all into the processor and pulsed until well blended)

6. mix in nuts and or chocolate chips  by hand

7. pour into molds, sprinkle with nuts or chips if you like- then bake for 15-17 minutes. Let them cool slightly before removing from the molds.

 

ENJOY!

 

Biscuits!!

So, I tried out 3 different recipes for gluten free biscuits.

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Surprisingly they were all good. My favorite is #3 pictured here. It was Closest to a traditional biscuit. Coming in second place was #1. They look odd, because for some reason they came out purple in the baking precess. That is right, the dough was not purple!  or not like this anyway, because I was quite surprised.  Third place, is still tasty, a little bit denser, making for a good biscuit for sandwiches!

place 1     Whole lifestyle  almond biscuits!

with Blanched almond flour, coconut oil, butter, eggs, honey and bake soda and salt. you can get the recipe here

Biscuit number 3

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 3/4 tsp homemade baking powder, see recipe
  • 3/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, baking powder and unrefined sea salt.
  3. With a pastry cutter or fork, work in the butter and coconut oil until you have a crumbly mixture.
  4. Add eggs and honey and mix well to form dough.
  5. Spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.

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here I toasted with coconut oil and put some NUTZO butter on top and let me tell you…OMG(osh) delish!!

place 2  Second place is a biscuit from a friends Facebook post…so I don’t know where she got it! These are really soft like bread rolls.  They puffed up like yeast rolls would (then promptly fell! LOL)

Here is how I made them..

Biscuit number 1

  • 1/2 C + 2 TBSP  blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 C   coconut flour
  • 5 TBSP  psyllium Husk powder (no substitute, but save for adding to smoothies!)
  • 2 tsp  Bake powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  •           ………..
  • 3 eggs  (can exchange 1 egg for 2 TBSP coconut oil, 2 TBSP butter)
  • 1 C boiling water
  1. mix  dry ingredients together
  2. add eggs, then boiling water, mixing well
  3. use 1/4 c measure, then flatten out
  4. Bake at 350 for 15 in
  5. Optional: add a TBSP honey

 

place 3

Third place goes to the biscuits from Elana’s Pantry.

I will add that I rolled them out too thin and will make them thicker next time.

there are only 6 simple ingredients: blanched almond flour, sea salt, bake soda, coconut oil, eggs and honey. you can find the recipe here.

Biscuit number 2

  1. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, blend together coconut oil, eggs and honey
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until a nice dough forms
  4. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to ¾ inches thick
  5. Dust dough with extra almond flour if it is sticky and/or misbehaving
  6. Cut the dough into biscuits using a mason jar with a 2 ½-inch wide mouth
  7. Using a spatula, transfer biscuits to a parchment lined baking sheet
  8. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, until biscuits are browned on the bottom edges
  9. Serve with gravy, jelly or whatever else your heart desires

Makes about 7 biscuits

 

just a note….

I found all these recipes to be easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand (well I did have to go get the psyllium husk powder, but that was good because I could also use in smoothies!)

 

Bonus:

Since you read ALL THE WAY through this post…I will honor your efforts with a recipe that you certainly would not expect!! Drum roll please! Now for the best Old Fashioned Biscuits that I have ever made! NOT GF, Egg Free or even Healthy!!

Biscuits: The Real Southern Kind

  • 2 C self rising flour
  • 1 stick butter (=8 Tbsp) The real stuff that is organic AND Grass fed
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 C milk
  1. turn oven to 425
  2. add ACV to milk, and let stand
  3. cut butter into flour. Some use cold only, I used softened. you decide!Leaving larger chunks of butter will make for flakier fall apart biscuits.
  4. make a well in the flour, pour milk in it and Stir all together
  5. stir until a nice dough is formed
  6. sprinkle counter with flour, dump dough and knead a little like paydough!
  7. roll out with a rolling pin to desired thickness. I did about 3/4 to 1 inch. remember that they will double in height, so use that as your guide.
  8. bake for 10-12 min. tops will be golden brown.

*Consider doubling or tripling the recipe (maybe the second time you make them!!)

* you can substitute the butter with bacon grease (yep, up the UNhealthy quotient!), lard or even heavy cream.

If you want to watch the LOVELY Molly Ann give a tutorial, you can. Here is a video of them being made…this is Molly Ann, not me! (like her on facebook and follow her blog…if you like some good clean humor!!)

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Ciao,

Stephanie

 

Sunday is Cookday!

I love to cook on Sundays. we go to the farmers market for our weekly shopping on Saturdays, then after church on Sunday, I am free to play in the kitchen.

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I always have something new that i want to cook and I usually put together some jarred salads for the week, so that I have a head start on lunches. This is so helpful because lunch seems to be my busiest time where I can be on a roll and forget to eat….then I am so hungry that I will reach for really bad choices( for e that is sugar or chips). But if the salad is there and ready, voila, fewer bad choices made. I like to use the quart sized jars and layer carrots, and maybe some cukes or zukes,maybe some chickpeas, then nuts or seeds (my favs are sunflower and pumpkin), maybe some goat or sheep cheese in a couple (I try to have non-cow dairy only a couple of times a week) and then I top with mixed greens. I like to use scissors to cut up the greens before i drop them in, then they are ready to eat without having any pieces that are too big to eat. you can put your dressing in the bottom of your jar or wait and add when you are ready to eat. I prefer to wait, but I have done both ways and they both work great. Funny, I have just realized that I almost always do my lunch salads first because they make the biggest difference in  my good eating habits!

Then, I move on to make breakfast for the following week.

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This is a recipe that I LOVE called Coconut Creme. It is like a yogurt but made with young thai coconuts. Not at all coconut tasting. I like to add fresh blueberries and a tad of Ninxgia Berry Syrup.

I am also trying out A Super Cereal Blend That is made of nuts, seeds and quinoa and you prepare it like oatmeal.

then there are smoothies, but no prep needed for them!

Juices: I LOVE juicing, but sometimes I just don’t have (Okay, MAKE the time) to make it happen. I have a new little trick that I love. On Sundays (or any day!) I will juice a bunch of goodies and then freeze them in ice cube trays. This is a particularly helpful way to keep the leftover coconut water that comes from the thai coconuts when making the Creme. More on this in the breakfast post!

 

My favorite part is probably the goodies that I make from cleaning out the refrigerator. Sometimes it will be grilled or sauteed vegetables, or maybe a sauce  or chopped vegetable salad. Most often it ends up being a soup. Kitchen Sink soup is what I usually call it (that sounds better than Dump soup, because after all I dump all the leftover ingredients from the fridge in!)

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But today I made FOOD BABE’S Wedding Weight Loss soup. As I was making it today when my eldest stopped by for a visit. It is a half way between a chicken soup and one of our family favorites- White Christmas Chili. I’ll say this….It is delicious! I am so glad that i made a double recipe so I could send said daughter home with plenty and I will still have plenty leftover.  I changed it up a little and squeezed some fresh Meyer Lemon juice in to the soup. YUM. (the photo does not do this dish justice!)

Today I also caught up on a few things that I had been wanting to make. One recipe was another one from Food Babe. Almond Butter Brownies. I’l just say this- my daughter and I are stuffed. There were only 3 pieces left. I guess I will be making more!!

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They contain: almond butter, ground flaxseed,  salt, baking soda, coconut palm sugar and chocolate chips ( we used enjoy life because the are cleaner and dairy free). such simple ingredients!! get the recipe here

We ate them too fast to  show the full pan of them…Oh MY GOSH they are delicious!!

 

 

 

The second thing on my baking to do list was almond (gluten free and dairy free biscuits). I tried 3 different recipes. One was like a light and fluffy roll. The other 2 were more like a biscuit and cornbread combo. I tried 2 of the three hot out of the oven…then I just couldn’t eat any more….remember I had that delicious soup and 1/2 a pan of brownies! I’ll report my favorite when I try them in the morning. Looking forward to it already!

More Pumpkin…latte and smoothie

 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

(makes 4 servings)

  • 1 Cup unsweetned vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 packages Starbucks Via coffee
  • 7 drops vanilla Stevia, liquid
  • Optional: whipped cream, coconut or rice milk

Directions:

  • mix all together, then add 8 oz hot water
  • heat mixture until warm on stove top
  • add extra milk to taste

optional: top with whipped cream , caramel drizzle (recipe below)

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Salted Caramel Sauce (vegan!) makes 1 cup

  • 1 cup dates, presoaked
  • 3 Tbsp agave
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Put all in a food processor. be sure to scrape sides and enjoy on all kinds of treats!

 

pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Milkshake Smoothie

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp cashew butter (always choose natural!)
  • 1/2  tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 3 fresh dates (pitted)
  • 6-10 drops liquid stevia
  • dash of sea salt (great for minerals)
  • 1 serving Natural Protein Powder of choice (vanilla hemp is a good choice)

Place all ingredients in your Vitamix and blend until smooth.

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other options, try these…

pumpkin pie smoothie

Pumpkin protein smoothie

NingXia red and NingXia Nitro- Just an ounce a day is all you need!

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Ningxia Red: a real powerhouse! (pronounced Neeng-sha Red)

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Ningxia Red: those little packets that came in your kit that look like small Capri Sun packs.  I probably left mine in the fridge for at least a month before I  tried one; lets face it, the packaging doesn’t look very appetizing. But OH MY GOODNESS!  After I tried it I was like, “What was I waiting for?!?”  Even without chilling it, it is pretty good (lots of fruity essence and of course the ningxia wolfberry juice).  But it’s more than a yummy drink, well here, this is what I know about it:

  • it is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia Wolfberries have been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits. Whole Ningxia wolfberries and other nutrient-dense fruit juices make NingXia Red the perfect choice for optimizing wellness and stepping up to a whole new level of health.
  • Let’s just say, if you have a health concern, a beauty concern, an emotional concern, a mental concern or just an energy concern, start drinking 1-2 oz. of this beautiful stuff once or twice every day.
  • While not technically an oil or oil blend, it is still oily because it has essential oils infused in it.
  • For me, it’s about getting enough antioxidants, especially when my fruit and veggie consumption isn’t up to par. And, you know we need those antioxidants to support our immune systems and fight nasty cancer cells.  Ningxia Red is the #1 antioxidant product on the market today.  It’s all about the Ningxia Wolfberry having “the highest known protection against the dangerous superoxide free radicals as documented in the S-ORAC test conducted by Brunswick Laboratories”.  Or we can just say it ‘s rich in all sorts of good stuff like polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals.
  •  I also love the energy boost it gives me in the afternoon. On those days when I need the extra boost, I am glad that i have it handy to get an extra shot for a pick me up!  I ordered Ningxia Red packets so I can take them when i travel. You can also add to a  healthy morning smoothie.  This is more of an endorsement if you know how this person doesn’t like vegetables and tells restaurant wait staff that she “eats like a 5 year old”.
  • Some drink it because it helps regulate blood sugar levels. I’ve read testimonies regarding type I diabetes; you can search in Drops of Love or oil-testimonies.com for more on that. (let me know if you want to be added to Drops of Love on Facebook)
  • Also check out oil-testimonies.com regarding Ningxia Red and rheumatiod arthritis, probably any auto-immune disorder: because of the immune boosting power of this stuff it is a great addition to dealing with those issues.
  • It helps give clarity when mental fatigue strikes.

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  • I love it chilled, straight up, but some prefer it diluted in water or juice. Others like it in their morning smoothies.  I actually but some in a Mimosa last weekend!  You can buy it in 750ml bottles or boxes of 2 oz packets.  The glass bottles are kind of cool but I like to be able to keep a couple of packets in my purse so I usually go that route; personal preference.
  • and what about your kiddos… could anything be better than sending them off to school with a powerhouse ounce of vitamin filled goodness??

Now do you wanna know what is in this liquid gold??ningxia red

All that goodness is equal to the vitamins and antioxidants and all the wonderfullness of:

4 lbs carrots, 8 oranges, 2 qts carrot juice, 4 qts orange juice, 2 lbs of raw beets, 2 cups of beet juice, , 3 cups of raspberries, 2 cups of blueberries. More beta carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than Oranges, 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, and 6 essential fatty acids.

Or 1 oz has the same as 73 strawberries, 130 tomatoes, 34 lg onions, 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 93 apples, 59 broccoli florets, 22 carrots, 10+ lbs of spinach, or 55+ lbs of almonds. wow! just wow!

Packed with 93% d-limonene- a potent antioxidant and a marker for bioactivity.

Aids in maintaining the body’s normal cellular function

All with no added sugars, water or dyes. 1 ounce only has 2 grams of sugar per serving!

Want more? ningxia 30 reasons

  • Energy
  • sleep well
  • high antioxidant
  • low glycemic index (10) note: bread has GI= 60-80
  • rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E
  • High protein levels (19 amino acids)
  • 67 times more Beta-Cryptoxantin than oranges
  • 11 times more Zeaxanthin than raw egg yolk
  • high levels of immune stimulant Polyaccharides
  • rich in d-limonene

*having 4 bottles of NR per month is like having 4 tires on your car with proper inflation

*Dr Wenker: If i had to choose 1 product to give every single patient, it would be 4 oz per day. every Brain patient gets this plus 1 nitro daily. 

Nitro: energy drink of the Champions!

NingXia Nitro: is an all-natural way to increase cognitive alertness, enhance mental fitness, and support overall performance. Its benefits are derived from a wide range of powerful cognitive enhancers, including a proprietary blend of pure black pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, chocolate, yerba mate, spearmint, and peppermint essential oils. Combined with these therapeutic-grade essential oils, Bioenergy Ribose® improves physical performance, speeds up recovery, and increases overall energy reserves. Other supportive ingredients, such as B vitamins, green tea extract, choline, and Korean ginseng, are added to sharpen the mind and invigorate the senses. NingXia Nitro is a simple and convenient way to become more focused, support mental acuity, and enhance physical performance. Boosts energy and serves as a daily pick-me-up

 combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed. Each box contains 14 single-serve tubes (20 ml each).

This little packet packs a big punch while boosting energy, enhancing athletic performance and endurance (whoa!), and increasing mental fitness and alertness, cognitive alertness (lift mental fog?….yes please!) and physical activity! Seriously, with our world where we seem to have 50 things on our plate at any given time (helllooo mommies!), who doesn’t want improved focus?

Got athletes? This is so much better than energy drinks! AND it comes in handy dandy tubes that you can toss in your purse. Delicious chilled, but I rarely do.

Did you know?

  • NingXia Nitro contains 40 mg of naturally occurring caffeine per serving. I am caffeine free, and yet i have never gotten the caffeine headache from these. Win.
  • NingXia Nitro is sweetened with coconut nectar that is tapped from the trunk of the coconut tree
  • NingXia Nitro contains Bioenergy Ribose®, a form of d-ribose that has been clinically tested for its ability to increase energy, endurance, and aerobic activity and is currently used by the Olympic athletes.
    • C3G (1 nitro=300mg): lowers blood sugars (anti-diabetic effect), increases insulin sensitivity, activates muscles by invreasing sugar and fat uptake into muscle cells, supports weight loss, strong anti-oxidant, inflammation reducing effects- especially in fat cells.
    • satiates hunger
    • can help to increase focus and memory retention, clear thinking
    • boosts cognitive function and energy
    • fights against inflammation
    • supports cardiovascular function
    • equal to 3 cups of green tea
    • boosts endurance and athletic performance by 24% from improved fat metabolism
    • contains 40 Mg caffeine
    • cherries which release melatonin, which is why you can sleep after taking
    • ribose- also works to prevent jitters
    • vanilla- antiviral, the EO is 15x stronger than what is purchased in the store
    • cocao- relaxes airway, aids in seasonal allergy and asthma issues
    • yerbe mate- increases athletic performance recovery and muscle soreness
    • stimulates mind and body
    • Korean ginsing- increasses brain performance (dementia, alzheimers)
    • water soluble vitamin blend: B3, B6, B9, B12, Choline Bitrate
    • Potassium Iodine for T3-T4 hormone

     with energy drinks people end up in comas and sometimes die! they are high in sugar, high in caffeine and each can has mulitple servings. 

 

NingXia Slushy:ningxia red slushy

  • 1-2 oz of Ningxia red
  • crushed ice
  • fresh strawberries
  • 1 drop tangerine oil  (per 2 cups)
  • (agave or Stevia to taste)

puree strawberries, add crushed ice (equal parts), then NingXia Red and tangerine oil.

You can even turn it into popsicles!

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Try adding some oils to your NingXia Shot: (1 oz)

Mind Blaster: + (1 drop of each) lime, peppermint, citrus fresh, Frankincense and cinnamon bark

Simply Smooth: + 2 dr tangerine, 2 dr lime, 1 dr Frankincense

Atomic Fireball: + 2 dr cinnamon bark, 1 dr Ocotea

Dreamsicle: + 1 drop of ea Sacred Frankincense, orange, lime, tangerine, copaiba, citrus fresh, lemon

Digestion aid: + 1 dr of ea peppermint, frankincense, fennel, 2 d tangerine

ImmuBoost: +1 dr thieves, 1 dr orange, 2 dr tangerine

Blood Sugar Balancer:  + 4 dr ocotea, 3 dr grapefruit, 1 dr peppermint

I love doing this oil thing with you!

Stephanie

Pumpkin Nut Butter

 

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I absolutely ADORE pumpkin! I make pumpkin smoothies, homemade Pumpkin latte’s (I don’t trust all the added junk in the syrup at coffee houses), pumpkin soup, pumpkin cheesecake, and now…. pumpkin peanut butter! I had this at a friends house and became obsessed after I almost ate the entire confection!

Pumpkin Peanut (or almond) Butter

Ingredients:

1 C    Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)

1 C    Peanut butter (or almond)

1/2 C Honey or maple sugar  (more/less to taste)

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Apple Slices for dipping into the deliciousness! or just a spoon!

Instructions:

blend all ingredients until smooth ( i used a vitamix the first time and a food processor the second)

cover and refrigerate for 30 min

serve with apple slices

Note: if using fresh ground peanut butter, this will not be as sweet as store bought sugared peanut butter mix. This also makes a great base/addition to a smoothie. 

Pumpkin Peanutty Cider Smoothie…

Well, that is certainly a mouthful! And Delicious!! Seriously…apple, peanut butter, pumpkin… what a combo!

It all started when I was looking at leftover apple cider in the fridge while deciding on a smoothie flavor of the day. Well, let me tell you, the “what’s in the fridge today” method was super successful (this time- haha)!

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Pumpkin Peanutty Cider Smoothie

8 oz apple cider (for a less sweet version, add 4 oz cider + 4 oz water)

1/4 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup peanut butter (or 1/2 cup if you want it more peanutty!)

1/2 – 1 Tbsp Dandy blend (adds a slight coffee flavor that brings out the other flavors)

1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

optional: I added all of these for my Rocking blend! but since they do not add much in flavor, but lots in a powerful health punch, it is up to you! the banana adds a little sweetness, but also creamy smoothness.

1 Tbsp Maca

2 Tbsp pea protein (for variety, already has some protein with the nut butter)

4 (+/-) drops stevia

1/2 frozen banana

2 Tbsp flax oil

Give all a whir in the vitamix. I like to add all but the banana, then toss that in at the very end. just works nice that way.

Coconut Creme (synonym for Yogurt)

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Coconut Creme, it is a great replacement for yogurt for breakfast.        (makes 8 servings, or less if you gobble it down!)

Ingredients:

  • meat from 3 young thai coconuts (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice and add lemon zest (I like to add a few drops of YL lemon oil)
  • 2 TBS coconut butter 
  • 2 TBS Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds (benefits)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla extract
  •  1 vanilla bean, scrap seeds,discard pod 
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • coconut water- add enough to make a nice liquid consistency. the chia seeds will thicken the mixture
  • optional: add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a Vitamix, blend for a few minutes or until very smooth. 
  2. Cover and place into the fridge.
  3. Serve by topping with fresh blueberries. Make it like fruit on the bottom type yogurts an drizzle some  True Grit NingXia Berry Syrup™. learn more

Tartlets (optional) but this makes it a great desert!

ingredients:

  • 2.25 cups almond flour
  • .25 tsp salt- heaping
  • .75 tsp nutmeg
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • .25 Cup+ 2 Tbsp oil (used coconut butter or oil)
  • 1.5 TBS water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add in wet ingredients and form a crumbly dough using a spatula.
  4. Press equal amounts of dough into greased tartlet pans.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or serve raw. Both ways are delicious!
  6. Carefully remove tarts from oven and onto a cooling rack and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (this helps with the removal of the tarts from the pans)
  7. Carefully invert a pan in your hand and using a spoon tap the back of pan until the tart pops out into your hand. **THESE TARTS ARE VERY FRAGILE SO BE CAREFUL WHILE WORKING WITH THEM.
  8. Spoon the vanilla filling into each tart shell and top with seasonal berries.  

Notes:

* I oiled parchment paper and put it in the bottom of muffin top pans, they came out beautifully or use tartlets paper liners.

* To make this vanilla instead of lemon- replace lemon juice with coconut water. the lemon flavor is mild, so you can add anything to it that you like. 

Smoothie Add-Ins that add Great Health Value!

As much as I love smoothies, even more I love that I can choose to add some extras that really pack a nutritional punch. Below is a list that I recommend everyone get to keep on hand to add into smoothies. So many options and the best part…..they don’t change the taste (most any way.) This means that you can pick your smoothie mix/flavor and add from below to pump up the power! Go forth and conquer your  Health!

 

Chia Seeds:

In just 1 ounce, these little bitty seeds offer a powerful nutritional punch. These seeds are loaded with Antioxidants, Fiber, Protein, Omega 3s, Calcium, Manganese, and Magnesium. Offering 11 health Benefits….read more 

Hemp Seeds:

Hemp Hearts, or shelled hemp seeds, are one of natures perfect foods- a super food. The potent food supports well being for life and adds to good health. What benefits you ask??? How about weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease and injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduces inflammation, improves circulation, and controls blood sugar, and …..wait for it…..Improves your immune system!! read more

Raw Cocao: (adds a chocolate flavor)

Cacao beans are seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree, a small evergreen tree grown in Mexico and South America. Cacao beans are roasted and ground to produce cocoa and, after further processing, are the basis of chocolate. When the beans are dried at low temperature, however, they are called raw cacao beans, which can be consumed whole, broken into pieces called nibs or ground to produce raw cocoa powder. Cacao beans are rich in natural antioxidant compounds with many health benefits. Some of those include antioxidants, cardiovascular, cancer…..read more

Dates: (sweetens)

The benefits of dates include  being  rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber too. These delicious fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. Some health specialists have said that eating one day per day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. They also offer relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia,  sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Wow! That is A LOT packed into a little fruit.

The massive health benefits of dates have made them one of the best ingredients for muscle development. People consume dates in several ways, such as mixing the paste of the dates with milk, yogurt or with bread or butter to make them even more delicious. The paste is beneficial for both adults and children, especially during a time of recovery from injury or illness.   Read more 

Maca:

Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient. Why? Becasue Maca is loaded with Vitamins B, C, E, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Amino Acids. It also helps with energy, general health, skin, mood balance, sexual function, and women’s health and mood.

Note: There are no serious known side effects of maca, but like any other supplement it should not be taken in large amounts. When you first start using maca, it’s best to begin by taking smaller amounts and building up; even 1/2 teaspoon is a good place to start. And at the other end, 1 tablespoons (of the powder) is an average daily dose. Rotating a few days on and a few days off is often recommended. Taking too much can lead to adverse effects and throw your hormones out of whack. If you experience this, you should take less or wean yourself off completely.  Read more

Dandy Blend:  (adds a coffee flavor)

Dandy Blend is a unique coffee substitute that has no caffeine. It is the only instant coffee alternative in the United States that contains dandelion root. To Americans, dandelion may be considered a weed, but to people all over the world it is a valued vegetable and highly respected herbal medicine. It is one of the top six herbs in the Chinese medicine chest. If your doctor has recommended that you give up coffee (and/or add dandelion to your diet…well hard to believe!), This is the best product to allow you to continue enjoying the flavor and texture of a good “cup of Joe” at the same time. 

It also contains over 50 trace minerals (which the majority of Americans are seriously deficient in),  most of which the body uses to help synthesize compounds needed in metabolism. read more

Flax oil and Flax seed:

Flax is loaded with health benefits that include Omega 3s, lowering cholesterol, healthy skin, healthy hair and nails, lowers risk of heart disease and cancer, helps with Crohns,  Colitis and Sjogrens (dry eyes) symptoms, and works as a natural laxative, reduces menopause symptoms, and can aid in  burning body fat.  read more

Raw Honey: (sweetens)

Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These are the very nutrients that are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. In fact, pasteurized honey is equivalent to and just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.

Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers, canker sores, bleeding gums, sore throats, laryngitis. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Ready for more…slows aging, relieves morning sickness, prevents anemia, lowers total cholesterol and helps to raise HDL (good) Cholesterol and can help with sleep issues. WOW. that is amazing for little bees to accomplish.     read more

Brazil Nuts:

Brazil Nuts are super high in selenium, in fact, one will provide 100% of your needed daily value. a Must for thyroid support. These babys also provide Omega 6s, protein,  minerals and vitamins E and B complex.       read more

 

 

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