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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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Ways to use Oils in your daily life

 

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So many ways to add healthy choices into your daily life!

Now how about a few more??

sleep– lavender, peace & calming, vetiver  (staying asleep),clary sage (REM sleep), rutavala + bergamont+valerian+lavender+roman chamomile (Insomnia).

congestion– inhale peppermint, rub over sinuses

headaches- peppermint, frankincense, panaway, valor, deep relief, rc, mgrain   (determine if yours are tension, cluster, sinus or migraine and there is a specific way to tackle)

allergies– lemon, peppermint and lavender. inhale, diffuse, capsule

scars (and winkles) vanish- frankincense (seriously works!!)

blemishes– Frank, Mel A, purification, lavender

sore muscles– panaway, copaiba, idaho balsam fir

snoring– valor, thyme

metabolism– grapefruit

bruises, goose eggs (bumps)- valor

tummy /digestive issues- DiGize, peppermint

eczema, ear infections/aches, ADD, temper tantrums,sore throat, sunburn, warts, sugar cravings, balancing blood sugars, TMJ, PMS, depression, pink eye, anxiety, asthma, acid reflux, anti inflammatory, anger,concentration, focus, alertness, cough, diaper rash, fever…   the list is soooo long! And you can use on your pets too!

 

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!

 

Doggie Recipes (treats, sprays, odors, etc)

I thought that it would be nice to see some recipes that are fun for your pets. Some are tasty and others are better choices than heavy duty chemical bombs! I really don’t like to use those heavy duty chemicals on my dogs or my family!

NingXia Ice cube treats   ice cubes

  • mix 2 Tbsp of NingXia Red and 4 oz water
  • fill ice tray and freeze
  • serve as a treat

 

 

 

The coolest ever ice cube treat filled with toys!!

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Fill a stock pot with water and toss some toys, balls and whatever in. Stick it in the freezer until it is frozen through. Dump it out onto a tray on a hot day, for all kinds of fun.

What else do I do? I add Nutritional yeast to my dogs food. I let up some in the winter, although I really shouldn’t , because it is just that …Nutritional! I use it because it naturally repels fleas and ticks.  Nutritional Yeast is rich in many basic nutrients such as the B vitamins, chromium, 16 amino acids, 14 or more minerals, and 17 vitamins (not including vitamins A, C,and E).

Yeast is also high in phosphorus 12. Nutirtional yeast should not be confused with Live bakers yeast which can deplete the body of B vitamins and other nutrients.

Nutritional yeast is an excellent high protein and high energy food!

Another great choice is Apple Cider vinegar added to their water or food. Start with just a tad, then as they get used to the new flavor, you can add a little more. You can also just add on top of their food.

Many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and substances are available in Bragg ACV to improve the health of your dog. Bragg ACV can provide them with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in Bragg ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in Bragg ACV. Be sure to purchase Bragg, organic unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally fermented ACV for its medicinal features. Bragg ACV ranges in color from a light golden to orange. You’ll know you’ve found the right stuff if you see sediment, referred to as the “mother of vinegar” on the bottom of the bottle. Do NOT buy white distilled vinegar, as it has none of the beneficial elements listed above.

dog treats Biscuit treats (makes 7 dozen small paw print or other shapes)

  • 2 cup  flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • add 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. microwave nut butter 20 sec.
  3. add milk, oil. stir well
  4. mix together dry, add to wet.
  5. knead on a flowered surface (to roll and cut with cookie cutters) or in a bowl (to press into molds)
  6. roll and cut, place on a greased sheet or press into silicone molds
  7. bake 20 minutes

Eliminate ODORS from pet beds & kennels  (Oakley is my sleeping model)            IMG_9332

  1. in a glass spray bottle
  2. add 1 oz baking soda
  3. + 6 drops of purification essential oil
  4. fill the rest with water
  5. shake well before each use

Natural Air freshener (Febreeze)  (Toby is the not-so- elegant model)

  1. in a glass spray IMG_8462bottle
  2. + 6 drops of purification essential oil
  3. + 5 drops of citrus fresh essential oil
  4. fill the rest with water
  5. shake well before each use

 

Kitty litter box spray

  1. in a glass spray bottle
  2. + 8 drops of purification essential oil
  3. fill the rest with water
  4. shake well before each use

 

skunkEliminating Skunk smells (luckily I have not had to try this one!)

  1. in a glass spray bottle
  2. add 1 oz baking soda
  3. + 10 drops of purification essential oil
  4. + 5 drops thieves essential oil
  5. fill the rest with water
  6. shake well before each use
  7. shampoo with Animal Scents Shampoo

Flea/Tick Control #1                                               doggie flea

  1. 4 oz glass bottle
  2. + 4 drops purification
  3. 4 drops citronella
  4. 1 drop of cedarwood
  5. 2 drops palo santo
  6. 1 drop thyme
  7. fill the rest with water
  8. shake well before each use

Flea/Tick Control #2

  1. 4 oz glass bottle
  2. + 3 drops purification
  3. +3 drops Lavender
  4. +3 drops orange
  5. +2 drops citronella
  6.  +1 drop of cedarwood
  7. + 1 drop thyme
  8. + 1/2 tsp thieves cleaner
  9. fill the rest with water
  10. shake well before each use

As you can see there are lots of options for oils that will work. Start with what you have, then add to your next order those that you want to try.

Tick Repel

  1. 1 cup distilled water
  2. +4 drops grapefruit
  3. +2 drops ea of geranium and Palo Santo
  4. +1 drop ea Myrrh and peppermint
  5. +1 drop Castille soap or thieves soap (as an emollient)

 

Here is a little more!!! I have comprised a list of what was recommended from 2 boos and hearing 2 Doctors speak… You get the Cliff Notes. Lucky you!

 

 

Pets and Oils     (start young, 12 wks if you can) 

NOTE: these are suggestions for some alternative treatments. None are meant to diagnose, and none have guarantees. They are however suggestions of what has worked for others.  Many are personal testimonies of worked for their own dogs, a couple i have used on my own dogs. They are merely a place to start if you are looking for something other than pricey and possibly unhealthy RX types drugs. In many cases the prescription is what you will need, so make your own judgement call.

Dogs:      Dr Oliver Wenker (anasteiologist), Salina Bhimy (Bsc, Emergency vet centers)

Adrenal- Endoflex, ImmuPower

Allergy- (itch, sores all over) Protocol: 1) diet  2) Shampoo- animal scents with added lavender  3) lavender with copiaiba topically  4) smell skin- if it has a secondary yeast/skin infection….use anti fungal oils  5) geranium and lavender spray, purification spray for yeast infection, Valor,

Anxiety- P&C

Arthritis- (in senior pets) Ningxia Red, ortho ease, panaway, Copaiba. Use on area, no need to part hair. Relieve it, Mtn Savory, M-Grain. **supplements: Longevity, Omega Blue, Super C, Sulferzyme (caps or powder), BLM caps

Arthritis, (in senior pets)- major swelling in back limbs, loss of hair. 1) ask why immune system is so sick. diet, lots of inflammation. Use Copaiba, immupower, raindrop, ningxia red, sulferzyme.

Bacteria- Frank

Bad social skills– valor, P&C (ex Chihuahuas are skittish)

Behavior issues– Valor, P&C + valor (brings peace while building confidence), Frank, Lemon (increase awareness). RutaVala, Trauma Life, Gentle Baby, Lavender, Chamomile, Valerian, Petigrain

Brain/Pituitary/Thyroid– Brain Power, Endoflex

Breathing- nebulizer with raven, rc, peppermint, eucalyptus (low dose) then added egyptian oil (infections) trauma life (trauma)

Bronchus– Raven, Cypress, Aroma Life, ImmuPower

Calming down- valor, vetiver, lavender, Peace & calming, peppermint

Cognitive- Lemon, Brain Power, Clarity, Citrus Fresh, Orange, Highest Potential

*supplements: Longevity, Ningxia Red

Colon– Protec

Diarrhea – digize, peppermint

Ear fungus– coconut oil + oregano+ rosemary

Esophagus- Endoflex, ImmuPower

Eyes– Clarity

Fear- Valor (place around collar or leash), P&C

Fleas- purification helps repel

Flea Collar: on a soft rope, put a few drops of Purification + Palo Santo, then wrap in a bandana and ties loosely around neck.

Fungus– Frank

Fungal Issues- Ocotea

GI tract/Liver–     *supplements: Life 5, Digest & Cleanse, Essentialzyme, Omega Blue, Super C & Super B, Juva Cleanse

Grass allergies- shampoo, omegagize, sulferzyme, ningxia red will help flush out. wash pets feet when they come in from outside. super diluted purification when come inside

Heart- Raven, Cypress, Aroma Life, ImmuPower

Incontinence– ningxia, raindrop

Infections- melrose, valor, Frank, Thieves, RC, Raven    *supplements: Immunotone, ImmuPower, Inner Defense, Ningxia Red, Omega Blue

Injury- Lavender (gentle, non-infectious). combine with peppermint for faster healing/decreases infection/relieves pain.

Intestines– DiGize

Introducing new dogs in same house/area- P&C

Ipomoeas– Grapefruit, Lemon, Citrus Fresh

Itching- Valor + purification, Spruce, Pine, Lavender, Rose, Melrose, Myrrh

Kidney- Endoflex, ImmuPower

Leaky Gut– where allergies & diseases start. digestive enzymes & probiotics is the place to start. to heal the holes:

digestive enzymes, probiotics, omegas, multigtreens, ningxia red, sulferzyme

Lipomas– grapefruit, Lemon, Citrus Fresh    *supplements: cellulite magic

Liver–     *supplements: Life 5, Digest & Cleanse, Essentialzyme, Omega Blue, Super C & Super B, Juva Cleanse, Protec

Liver detox– release, trauma life, acceptance, forgiveness. lemon, valor, raindrop technique

Lungs– RC

Odor- YL shampoo + several drops of Palo Santo, Massage in for 20 min when you bathe, your pup will smell great

Overheating- peppermint (major for dogs and horses!- can also add drop to water for internal cooling like when on long hikes)

Pain-(including arthritis, dental extractions, post surgery) PanAway, add peppermint, thieves (esp. dental)

Parasites-(fleas, ticks, mosquitos) Purification,lavender, Lemon, peppermint, thieves

Sinus– Helichrysum, Raven

Skin condition– copaiba + coconut oil (opt. sacred frank, cedar wood (for hair), lavender) CHECK QUALITY OF FOOD!! Lemon. Myrrh, Melrose, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Mel A

Skin Masses– Valor, masses

Spinal Issues/Disc– PanAway, Spruce, Pine, Relieve it,

*supplements: BLM, Sulferzyme

Stomach- Endoflex, ImmuPower

Thymus- Raven, Cypress, Aroma Life, ImmuPower

Ticks- palo santo- couple drops on body or in spray mist, thieves

Trachea- RC

Training/behavior issues– Valor, P&C + valor (brings peace while building confidence), Frank, Lemon (increase awareness)

Trauma– Transform Kit

Tumors: frank, peppermint, Lavender, Ledum, PaloSanto, Sandalwood, Myrrh

*supplements: Ningxia Red, Longevity

Urinary/Renal: Raven, M-Grain, Clarity, RC

*supplements: longevity, Ningxia Red, K&B

Wounds- frank

Vaccines: reactions use reconnect       **studies show that they don’t work after 3 years, because they are already immune. can do a titer to check levels.

Popcicles: Ningxia Red frozen pops if they don’t like it in their water

Oils:

Purification: reapply as needed without fear of toxic effect. Wet a towel  with oil and wrap around cat or “pocket pet” in a burrito wrap. for birds, mist inside cage rather than applying directly to bird.

Valor: Use a diffuser, place around collar or leash.

Peace & Calming: diffuse, on the collar, blanket, toy, or place on a  towel and throw in dryer to have oil permeate.

PanAway– topically with warm compress, raindrop, vita flex, acupressure points

Peppermint– dilute heavily for cats. cooling, anagelsic, non-infectious

Frankincense- used for everything!  dilution recommended. favorite for smaller animals bc less strong.

Lemon– Topical, diffuse, ingest. Increase awareness in training & cognitive issues

Thieves- used on all animals if diluted. strong non-infectious, mainstay for treating in the field. Topical or internal, diffuse, raindrop, vita flex points. Non-toxic.

NOTES:

*2013 Iditarod winners use Ningxia Red and YLEO on their dogs

*apply slow. rub 1 d in hands, then rub along back, sides, chest (stay away from head and feet)

Oils on feet allow detox- can be uncomfortable. do after they are used to oils.

Pills from vets are to address symptoms, not root.

Leaky gut is where allergies & diseases start. GI tract— to liver— to push out of skin—results in CHRONIC skin allergies, ear infections, chewing paws. Garbage in—garbage out!!

food: No corn, Maze, Gmo grains. all affect dogs

Raw diet: add sulferzyme, ningxia red, power meal, digestive enzymes, probiotics.

ticks & fleas: be consistent & persistent . generally healthy animals are more resistant

(Heavily dilute!)                               Cats:

throwing up/gagging– due to stress, hairball, food. Ningxia Red

Melissa is terrific for cats!

Pain- PanAway (dilute heavily)

urinary  issue-spasms– PanAway

Horses:

Colic- Relieve It, Peppermint, DiGize,. Use: 25 drops on belly button and in Lower lip. Repeat every 20 min. If the horse has elevated temp, add 20 drops clove in the lower lip. Also Peppermint on the inside of the gaskins.

First Aid: Lavender, Melrose, Purification, Mel A, Helichrysum, Animal Scents Ointment. Use: mix 25 d of each in a spray bottle, add enough epsom salt to soak up oils, fill bottle with DISTILLED water. Pack with Animal Scents Ointment. Apply multiple times today. healed a bad wire cut well in 6 weeks, couldn’t see even a scar at 4 mos.

Inflammation– Copaiba, Cypress, Peppermint, Prtho SPort. Use; cold water/ice 20-25 min. 10 drops copaiba, cypress, & then Peppermint (in this order) & apply to inflamed area. Apply ortho sport on top of the oils. Repeat Multiple x a day.

Motivation/Energy/Focus– Harmony, Cedarwood, Nutmeg, Highest Potential, En-R-Gee, Ningxia Red. Use; 7 drops cedar wood, nutmeg, highest potential & En-R-Gee in lower lip. Let Horse smell Harmony, Highest potential, & Cedarwood. 60 cc Ningxia Red. Do 1st 3 steps approx 30 min before the performance. Apply ortho sport from knees down hocks when leaving stall for performance.

Overheating- peppermint (major for dogs and horses!- can also add drop to water for internal cooling)

Parasites-(fleas, ticks, mosquitos) Purification,lavender,

Scratches– apply 5 drops thieves oil & scrub with Thieves Dentrarome toothpaste or hand sanitizer while at an event.

Tail Rubbing– Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves foaming soap, b  Use: run cold water over area. scrub with cleaner or soap. spray with FIRST AID mix.

Transportation/Immune Booster- Oregano, Thieves, Orange, Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Ningxia Red, Raindrop therapy. USE: 10 drops of each oil 2x/day. 2 oz Ningxia Red 2x/day. start using 2 days prior to traveling and daily while at event. Raindrop 10-14 days before traveling

Dilution Ratios:

Horses– Minimum or none

Dogs:

0-10 lbs 75%+

11-25 lb 75%

26-45 lb 50-75%

46-75 lb 50%

76-90 lb 25-50%

91-150 lb 25%

>150 lb 0%

Cats: 75-90%

Rabbits: 75-90%

Ferrets: 75-90%

Reptiles: 75-90%

Pocket pet: 85-90%

Birds: 90-95%

 

If you want to try some of these recipes and need to order some oils, let me know and i’ll be happy to help you or to direct you how to order them yourself. These are great ways to keep your dog healthy and feeling strong and limber for a long time!

 

Ciao,

Stephanie

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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!

 

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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. 

The Seed to Seal Promise, why this is so important!

Essential oils have been around since before the Bible was written. Now that is longevity! The reason why this is so interesting is that people have been using them as powerful healers well before Merck or GlaxoSmithKline made commercials touting the benefits of chemicals and all the side effects that go hand in hand.

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Now we have a company that has made it a priority to grow, harvest, distill the highest quality plants into usable oils that can help to relieve the discomfort of common ailments. The aim is to get these high quality oils into every home. The company is 20 years old, but the founder has been using them in clinics and the like for many years before beginning Young Living. There is a sign in the distillery that reminds all who pass through and work there that Quality is the priority. As simple as the sign is…It speaks volumes.

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Almost all of us have some sort of “issue” that bothers us. You might get headaches, while I live with a dog that I am allergic to, my husband snores and has some sleep apnea, my oldest child is full of stress with a new job and studying for her CPA exam, another one works outdoors and often cuts or burns himself. I could go on longer, but you get the idea.

Does this make you excited like it does me? want to read more about the promise of purity in bringing clean, powerful , healing oils from plants into our homes?

read more……..

 

 

Thieves

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 Thieves, Just does SOOOO much! Especially, in this cold and flu Season. For example:

  • I put this on the bottoms of my feet  or rub on my hands before going somewhere germy like planes, malls and classrooms.  (Do you know of anyone else who goes on planes and into malls and classrooms?)
  • It is also great for sore teeth after braces adjustments. My friend used on her teeth and gums after having dental work done and my son swished with coconut oil after having all 4 wisdom teeth removed. That is how we fight bacterial infections here!
  • I gargled, swished, swallowed in a capsule and applied to my feet  when I thought I might be coming down with something. Then I have the family do the same thing.
  • I like to put a few drops in a small spray bottle with water and a little witch hazel to use as air freshener. (I was sure to shake well before spraying; as you know, oil and water don’t really mix.)
  • I bought the Thieves cleaner that is highly concentrated and use it on everything from mirrors and glass tabletops to the greasy stove.  (I just dilute accordingly.) And it smells SO good, not like the  chemically cloroxy can’t breathe stuff.
  • Diffuse, Diffuse, Diffuse. It just  smells sooo good and when tested at Weber State University, it was found to have a 99.96% kill rate on airborne bacteria!
  • and just a few more from my list of when to use: viruses, colds, flu, sore throats, bronchitis, strep, toothaches, gums, cold sores, infections, cuts, poison ivy, add a drop to wine, candida, coughs, pneumonia, fungus, strengthen immunity.
  • how to use: diffuse, ingest, topical. Dilute with a carrier oil if skin is sensitive.

This is one of Young Living’s (YL) most popular blends.

Love ya,

Stephanie

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